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Commissioners vote to ditch moratorium discussions

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners voted on Monday unanimously to cease all further discussion of a six-month moratorium on residential development in East Lincoln, following a lengthy public hearing on the matter. “I don’t think we have the basis within which we could declare a…

Lincolnton City Council pulls back proposed public speech permits

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincolnton City Council has decided against creating a permitting process for public speakers at city events. City officials also said at Thursday’s meeting that they plan to increase the police presence at all future festivals and special events. “A lot of folks have put in…

Lincoln Charter considers $2 million expansion in Denver

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Lincoln Charter school board members will soon be voting to authorize construction of an addition to the school’s Denver campus. The addition will add approximately 15,000 square feet on two floors, including 12 classrooms, to be constructed on the west side of the building. The…

LHS production of ‘Aida’ opens Thursday

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Students and members of the Lincolnton High School Drama Club, under the direction of Shane Stephens, are putting the finishing touches on the musical production “Aida.” Performances will begin Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Lincoln Cultural Center. “Aida” is based on Giuseppe Verdi’s 19th-century…

Public speech permits up for hearing

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincolnton City Council will conduct a public hearing tomorrow evening to discuss proposed changes to the city’s code of ordinances regarding public speakers at city events. The proposed ordinance, crafted by city attorney T.J. Wilson following a series of meetings with city officials and Lincolnton…

Sex offender charged in jailhouse assault

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Staff report An inmate at the Lincoln County jail has been charged with assaulting detention officers who were trying to move him from his cell. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies said Christopher Neil Chastain, 29, of Daybrook Court in Stanley, assaulted the officers as they tried to remove him from…

Vale church founders celebrate 50 years

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Eight people from the Vale community got together in 1967 and decided to build a church. “We threw in our few pennies and started building,” said Fred Watts, who recently turned 90 years old. “It grew pretty good, we thought.” All eight were African Americans…

Development moratorium public hearing scheduled for tonight

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners will conduct a public hearing tonight regarding a proposed six-month moratorium ordinance on residential development in the East Lincoln area. Freshman commissioner Rich Permenter, who prioritized a long-term plan for the growth of Lincoln County throughout his campaign, suggested the…

Relocation of county offices moving forward, price increasing

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The plan to move a number of county offices from the James W. Warren Citizens Center to the site of the former Lincoln County Hospital facility on Gamble Drive is progressing. In 2015, the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners approved the relocation project. Since that time,…

School board discusses changes to elementary schools

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Education has approved changes to the makeup of elementary schools in Lincolnton. At a special meeting held Wednesday, the board unanimously voted to begin the process of transitioning G.E. Massey Elementary and S. Ray Lowder Elementary to K-5 schools and…