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For Those About to Rock: Denver instructor promotes group learning

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      John Hatcher fosters fun, challenging environment   PHIL PERRY Staff Writer   Music instructors are no different than any other educator in the sense that they all have different styles, approaches and methods that ultimately reach the common goal of providing each student with a positive learning…

County considers new animal rules

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      ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer   The discussion of a potential animal services ordinance will make its way to a public hearing on April 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the James Warren Citizens Center. The ordinance, presented by animal services director Ron Rombs at Monday’s Board of Commissioners…

Piedmont Companies could be first to receive grant

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  PHIL PERRY Staff Writer   An initiative adopted by Lincolnton’s City Council in January 2013 as an incentive for development and renovation within the city may soon see the light of day. Piedmont Companies has applied for the grant and, according to city officials, appears to meet the requirements…

Search continues for missing woman

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    Staff report   The Lincolnton Police Department is seeking public assistance in locating a missing Lincolnton woman. Patricia Lynn Loveless, 62, has been missing since March 13. Loveless is a white female and is 5-foot-2 and weighs 98 lbs. with brown eyes and gray hair. She was last…

Deputies: Man, 71, was drug supplier

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    Staff report   A 71-year-old Gaston County man has been accused of being a supplier of illegal prescription drugs in Lincoln County by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies said they executed a buy-bust operation targeting Alvis Clatis Coon, of 101 Helen Avenue in Bessemer City, around 6…

Here’s to the volunteers

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Commissioners revisit solar farm fight

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  ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer   The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners attempted to justify its findings that a proposed solar farm near the Sailview neighborhood on Lake Norman would damage property values at its public meeting on Monday night. In 2013, the board ruled that Strata Solar couldn’t build…

McHenry pushes back against ammo ban

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      Staff report Rep. Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) introduced legislation on Monday to counter a recent move by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to restrict the manufacture and sale of popular rifle ammunition. The Ammunition and Firearms Protection Act “would prevent the ATF from proposing…

Markus Beam comes home to judge competition

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    PHIL PERRY Staff Writer   Lincoln County native Markus Beam has traveled the world with his rich baritone voice and will bring his talent home on Saturday as he judges the annual Heafner/Williams Vocal Competition at the Lincoln Cultural Center — a contest that he won in 2003…

Trilogy Lake Norman development in full swing

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  ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer   If things go according to Jay Seymoure’s plans, Trilogy Lake Norman will be ready for move-in come early fall. The community, a housing development of Shea Homes located off of Highway 73 in Denver that could welcome as many as 1,650 buyers, is currently…