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Strata Solar case coming back before commissioners

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The controversial Strata Solar case will come before the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners for a third time, thanks to a ruling by the North Carolina Court of Appeals. The board first addressed the matter in 2013 when Denver residents Gary, Timothy and Virginia Dellinger requested…

Local musicians help keep old-time music alive

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Before radios became common, people made their own music. They learned the songs and how to play the instruments from relatives and friends. In rural areas, either during a gathering at a farm for labor-intensive projects like a pig killing, corn shucking or barn raising…

Lincoln Charter head discusses differences between charters, public schools

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Comparing charter schools to traditional public schools can be a quarrelsome subject. A charter school is considered a salvation by some and an organization that cherry-picks students and takes away funding from traditional public schools by others. Charter schools are public schools authorized by the…

Fla. man charged with trying to pass fraudulent checks

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Staff report A Miami, Florida man has been charged with attempting to cash a fraudulent check at a Denver business. Deputies said that Heber Felix Susarte-Dulzaides tried to cash a fraudulent check for $7,500 at People’s Bank in Denver on Dec. 15. Deputies said he tried to pass another fraudulent…

Man charged with trying to use fake ID to buy Jaguar

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Staff report A Charlotte man has been charged with trying to purchase a $33,000 Jaguar automobile with fake identification and false information. Deputies said Todde Obrien Houston, 28, went to Lake Norman Imports on Dec. 8 and used a fake identification and fraudulent information to try to purchase the car.…

Christian Ministry gives out food, toys before Christmas

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Months of hard work and dedication culminated on Thursday morning with wheelbarrows full of food and trash bags packed with toys being distributed to hundreds of local families through the annual Christian Ministry of Lincoln County Christmas fundraiser. The fundraiser eclipsed $100,000 through the generosity of…

Belcher leaving LHS, moving to district office

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Lincolnton High School principal Heath Belcher will be assuming a new role with Lincoln County Schools as director of human resources near the end of January, according to an email from system superintendent Dr. Sherry Hoyle. Belcher has a long tenure of service with LCS,…

New charter school’s application moving forward

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer West Lake Preparatory Academy, a potential new charter school that, if approved, will be located in eastern Lincoln County, made it through the first two rounds of reviews by the North Carolina Charter School Advisory Board and is on its way to potential approval by…

Curtis, Saine discuss HB2

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The North Carolina General Assembly is making headlines for the second consecutive week following a special session called to vote on the repeal of House Bill 2, a law that requires transgender people to use the bathroom based on the gender specified on their birth certificate.…

Drug suspect caught thanks to ankle monitor

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Staff report Two Lincolnton men are facing felony drug charges after leading deputies on a car chase in western Lincoln County on Monday. Deputies said David Nathaniel Neal, 34, of Highland Bluff Court, and Travis Shane Bivens, 36, of Pete’s Road, were charged after the men fled from deputies who…