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Bikes and barbecue roar into downtown

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Former Apple Queen headed to Miss North Carolina event

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer For Shanice Street, the pageant lifestyle came at a relatively old age. The New York native was not a toddler in a tiara, nor did she have pushy stage parents trying to showcase their child from the moment she stepped outside the womb. No, Street waited…

After city budget adoption, council members look ahead

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer In what many city officials have referred to as one of the toughest fiscal stretches the city has seen in recent years, finalizing the 2015-16 budget proved to be one of concession and compromise. For the second time in five years, a decline in tax revaluation…

Arts Council offering seminars by local artist

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Local artist Kathryn Berkowitz will lead three summer arts seminars through the Arts Council of Lincoln County for students 9-15 years of age. Berkowitz, who taught at a similar workshop in 2014 that focused on mixed-media collage, is inspired to be a part once again. “I…

Solar farm up for approval

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County commissioners are expected to make a decision tonight regarding the approval of a 129-acre solar farm. The conditional use permit, requested by Charlotte-based Atood LLC, would allow the company to construct the solar farm on the west side of Mariposa Road, about 1.5 miles…

County office move nears RFQ stage

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The plan to move Lincoln County office buildings to the old hospital location on Gamble Drive in Lincolnton was approved by county commissioners two months ago. Now it appears the county may soon be able to advertise to bidders looking to partake in the project. County…

Donations raise $32k for LHS student

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Oscar Martinez is getting a new wheelchair. In fact, he’s getting two, for good measure. The Lincolnton High student, who graduated on Tuesday evening from the special education program, inspired his teachers and peers to start an internet-based campaign to raise money to buy him a…

Over the Mountain: Pool hall celebrates 50 years

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Half-century celebrations are always special. Birthdays, marriages and professional benchmarks are commemorated in many ways. On Monday, Mountain’s Pool Hall on West Water Street in Lincolnton celebrated its 50th anniversary. The business initially was located on the Court Square, beside where City Lunch is located now.…

City adopts $29.7 million budget

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer An active public comment session, a closed session and a discussion regarding the preservation of a Lincolnton historical landmark highlighted the regular session for Lincolnton’s City Council on Thursday. A public hearing for comments on the proposed 2015-16 budget was on the agenda. City manager Jeff…

Historic depot to make way for splash park

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer When First Federal Park opens sometime in late 2015, the “old depot” that occupied the plot on Poplar Street in downtown Lincolnton will be remembered by some and quickly forgotten by others. What is considered historic, worth saving and preserving lies in the eyes — and…