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County OKs 150-home neighborhood

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer By approving a 64-acre, 150-home housing development, Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners elected not to “hold the developer hostage” for things beyond his control. Two weeks ago, the county’s planning board recommended accepting Campground 64 LLC’s request despite traffic concerns voiced by future neighbors. On Monday,…

Library, schools to partner on online access

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer A new partnership will enable students at Lincoln County public schools to have unfettered access to the county libraries’ online resources. Library director Jennifer Sackett confirmed the agreement, which has yet to be finalized, on Monday. Sackett said the partnership will allow students to use student…

Eyes on the Pies: 40-year ECA tradition transcends generations

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer There is more to a pie than meets the eye. Like any good southern cooking, a tablespoon of love and a sprinkle of tradition goes a long way. “I don’t weigh them,” Lucille Johnson said. “I have been doing this for 30 years. I know by…

Deputies: Man had methamphetamine, automatic rifle

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Staff report Staff report A Vale man has been charged with possessing methamphetamine and an automatic weapon by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Narcotics investigators executed a search warrant at 5052 Grigg Road on Thursday and allegedly found several guns, ammunition and meth. Hector Quiroz, 39, was charged with one…

Camp meeting opens at Tucker’s Grove

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County comes down on environmental transgressors

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer The Natural Resources Division of Lincoln County regulates land-disturbing activities within North Carolina’s Department of Soil and Water Conservation. They work to reduce the impact of sedimentation and erosion for the welfare and safety of Lincoln County citizens. Conservationist David Ledford enforces the sediment and erosion…

Campground Road housing development on county agenda

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The surge in Lincoln County housing is expected to grow stronger tonight, when county commissioners will likely approve a 64-acre development. If commissioners give their blessing, it’ll be the second major local conditional use permit approved in less than a week. On Thursday, the Lincolnton City…

School board settles suit for $65K

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County’s school board approved a settlement in its lawsuit against Gaston Community Action on Tuesday, agreeing to receive most of the money the organization owed the school system. School board attorney Dean Shatley said the terms of the deal will net the school board $65,000…

Lincolnton man gets prison for child pornography

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Staff report A Lincoln County man was sentenced on Monday to 180 months in prison in U.S. District Court in Statesville for producing child pornography. Alexander Gonzales Solorzano, 28, of Lincolnton, will also serve a lifetime of supervised release and must register as a sex offender. According to the criminal…

Disbarred attorney files for bankruptcy

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer A day before Peter Capece was due to appear in Superior Court, the disbarred Denver attorney filed a joint petition with his wife, Kellee, for Chapter 7 bankruptcy Wednesday at the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of North Carolina. Capece’s case was continued…