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Police efficiency highlights city budget workshop

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Lincolnton police chief Rodney Jordan addressed city officials with a presentation on Friday that showed fiscal efficiency and a clear vision for future needs within his department during a budget and planning workshop to help identify department issues facing Lincolnton in 2015-16. Jordan showed efficiency in…

Lincolnton Art Crawl 2015 Featured Artist: Jen Walls

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Sometimes the road to an artist’s “true north” isn’t a direct or even an obvious one. Jen Walls, 52, has lived life on her own terms and forged a path that has led her to new creative heights. Having left a career as a banking executive…

Battle over solar farm not finished

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners will soon have to revisit its 2013 vote against a rezoning application for a solar panel farm in Denver. The owners of the land where the proposed 36-acre solar farm would be built by Strata Solar on Webbs Road — Gary,…

Lincolnton gun dealer breaks ‘silence’ about misconceptions

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Like most gun enthusiasts, Jeremy Kupper’s passion for weaponry was nurtured as a young child. His father taught him the basics about safety, fundamental gun care and operation. “It all started with pellet guns and grew from there,” said Kupper. “We would set up paper targets…

DOT attacks county roads during storm

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer For the second time in two weeks, Gov. Pat McCrory activated the State Emergency Response Team in response to the statewide winter storm that temporarily crippled roadways over the last 48 hours. On Wednesday, a state of emergency was declared for North Carolina. “The State Emergency…

K-9 Command celebrates 20 years with move to spacious city facility

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Phil Perry Staff Writer Mark and Amy Connolly have stayed true to their philosophy and applied lessons that they have learned through their small business’s 20-year journey to make K-9 Command one of the most recognized and celebrated businesses in Lincolnton. “We have built our business around offering a personal…

NCPA Awards: Second Place, Sports Features, Phil Perry–Summer of ‘69: A slugger’s brush with the big show

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Smith’s baseball journey took him all the way to the majors PHIL PERRY Staff Writer It was a hot, balmy evening on August 20, 1969. Chicago White Sox ace Tommy John stood confident on the rubber at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. as a young rookie slugger named Richard Smith…

Family mourns murdered woman

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer An elderly Denver woman who was the victim of what the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said is a homicide has been identified as Lucille Miller Punch, 77, of 482 Beth Haven Church Road. Punch’s body was found by her son-in-law on Sunday after she had apparently…

Office move revisited by county

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor An effort by first-term commissioner Bill Beam to temporarily halt the county’s $15 million renovation of the former hospital on Gamble Drive in Lincolnton failed Monday because of votes from the three veteran commissioners on the Board. Beam made a motion to stop all work at…

Bulla’s contribution to CAC inspires others to help

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer An act of generosity and compassion led a room full of people to come together and help a local nonprofit fund a project that will make the agency technologically able to give abused children a voice within the court system. The Lincoln County Coalition Against Child…