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Teens charged for attempted murder

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Two teens will appear in court today on attempted first-degree murder charges after allegedly shooting the mother of one of the suspects in the head Wednesday morning following an argument at a Catawba County home. Sherri Rhoney was rushed to a Charlotte hospital with…

City Council repeals trash fee, approves plans for brewery

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Those Lincolnton residents and businesses calling for a repeal of the recently imposed trash tax got their wish in an unexpected move Thursday night. The City Council voted 3-1, with Councilman Dr. John “Les” Cloninger in opposition, to get rid of the fee. This…

Suspect arrested in East Lincoln Christian Ministry break-ins

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Nearly three days after deputies identified a woman accused of breaking into a Denver organization twice in one morning, officers have apprehended her. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office issued a warrant for Sarah Elizabeth Leatherman’s arrest on Sept. 9 after detectives said they learned she…

Commissioners to vote on regulations for film, television projects in county

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners will revisit during its meeting Monday night an issue that previously elicited a split vote. During their Aug. 19 meeting, commissioners voted on revisions to the county’s ordinance regulating “special events and mass gatherings.” The changes are geared…

City gearing up for Apple Festival

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   With this year’s Apple Festival just over a week away, several groups are gearing up their preparations for the event. One of these includes the Lincoln County Cooperative Extension, which is once again hosting its annual “Apple Dish Contest.” Entries are currently being accepted.…

Clerk employee celebrates retirement

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Commissioners delay vote on eastern solar farm

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   A proposed solar farm in eastern Lincoln County will be on hold following a decision by the Board of Commissioners Monday night, which came in front of a packed house that spilled over onto two floors of the Citizens Center auditorium. Strata Solar’s request for…

Community comes together to help Denver family

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   “She has fight in her,” Nikki Shipp said of her 3-year-old daughter Gigi Mrozek. While Gigi laughs and plays like most other toddlers, she says very few words and cannot walk. Since she was 6 months old, her parents, who live in Denver, noticed their…

The perfect way to spend a morning

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City Council to hear permit request to convert warehouse space into brewery

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   An applicant’s request to convert existing warehouse space into a brewery will be considered by the Lincolnton City Council Thursday night. Lincolnton Business Center is seeking a conditional-use permit to use a portion of property, located on the south side of Motz Avenue, across from…