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City will host hearings on Duke coal ash pit permits

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    ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer   Despite potentially having to pay upward of $125 million in a federal settlement and a state fine, the nation’s largest utility company is pressing forward with wastewater permit renewal requests which nature advocates fear could contaminate local water. The permits, which are renewed…

Eagle Scout candidate stays close to home with project

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  LHS freshman builds flagpole, improves landscaping and dugouts at LMS     ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer   Jade Clark is not yet an Eagle Scout. The process is long and difficult, of course. Paperwork needs to be filled out. Tasks have to be completed. But the Lincolnton High School…

McHenry gets crash course at Rock Springs

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    ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer   When Rep. Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) toured Denver’s Rock Springs Elementary on Wednesday, he got a taste of what is perhaps the future of technology in education. The visit, a second stop on a tour that took the House of Representatives’ chief deputy…

Bank wants to give $75k, name city park

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    PHIL PERRY Staff Writer   First Federal Savings Bank of Lincolnton has proposed a $75,000 contribution to a new city park, which has a soft goal of opening in August. During a session on Thursday night, members of Lincolnton’s City Council listened to a presentation from CEO Wayne…

Officers make arrests in theft

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      Staff report   Lincolnton Police Department officers have made arrests in the December theft of copper from a Duke Energy substation on Motz Avenue. The theft resulted in $1 million in damage on Dec. 28, according to a press release from officers. The three-month investigation spanned four…

Lincolnton’s Bosiak garners national award

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Principal: Bosiak always advocates for the students     PHIL PERRY Staff Writer   A Lincolnton High School teacher has won a national award through a selection process that saw her stand out through a pool of over 600 nominees in the National Life Group’s “LifeChanger of the Year” program.…

Thread Trail expands

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    ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer   The trail at Sally’s YMCA in Denver got a little bit longer on Thursday. Suzanne Sellers, a board member of the Carolina Thread Trail and co-chair of Wandering Around Lincoln County, cut the ribbon opening up the 1.3-mile natural surface trail that will…

City makes another pitch to keep county offices

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    PHIL PERRY Staff Writer   A meeting of minds occurred on Tuesday night at the James W. Warren Citizens Center in downtown Lincolnton. Lincoln County commissioners hosted Lincolnton’s City Council for a friendly discussion regarding the potential moves of several county offices out of downtown. Essentially, an informal,…

City of Lincolnton could save $800,000

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  PHIL PERRY Staff Writer   According to a presentation constructed by City of Lincolnton finance director Steve Zickefoose and city manager Jeff Emory, the city could save $811,013 over a seven-year period by refinancing current bonds via a traditional banking institution. The initial savings provided by the lower interest…

Local soldiers deploy to Bahrain

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    Guardsmen will provide security at overseas base ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer As National Guard soldiers marched from their armory at 1224 N. Aspen Street in Lincolnton and made their way toward the James W. Warren Citizens Center on Saturday, the occasion represented many things. First, and most simply,…