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Large Denver retail, housing development up for approval

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UPDATE: A planned public hearing for Freemont Solar Center’s rezoning application to construct a 40-acre solar panel facility in Denver has been postponed until March. Staff report Lincoln County commissioners could approve plans for a large retail and housing development in Denver at a meeting tonight. According to documents from…

Bass fishing tournament to benefit ailing student

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Staff report A Lake Norman bass fishing tournament has been scheduled to benefit the family of a North Lincoln High student who is battling cancer. North Lincoln High School teacher Matt Benge is the chief organizer. “This is an independent fundraiser and is in no way associated with North Lincoln…

Art Crawl 2015 Featured Artist: Fable Link Jewelry

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Leaving a career of seven years to pursue a personal passion takes courage, vision and, ultimately, skills. Rachel Kupper, 28, has all three. The artist decided to pursue the road to independence after working as a bench jeweler for a major jewelry chain and finding that…

Deputies: Woman stole almost $200k from work

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Staff report A Lincolnton woman has been charged with taking more than $196,000 from a Denver business over a period of seven years. On Jan. 20, an official with S and L Saw Mill, located at 3044 Highway 16 in Denver, filed a report regarding funds that were allegedly stolen…

Gilleland looks back near end of final term

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Lincolnton mayor: I just wanted to make a difference PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Sometimes a journey, whether it be a spiritual, personal or even a political one, cannot be properly compartmentalized until the road winds down to a resting place. Not that Lincolnton mayor John O. Gilleland, Jr. is signing…

School district lines may be redrawn

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Staff report The Lincoln County Board of Education told county commissioners on Wednesday during a joint meeting that overcrowding in the Rock Springs district could force the school system to redraw attendance lines for the nearby elementary schools for the upcoming school year. According to documents provided by the county’s…

A Farmer and a carpenter: GSF Woodworking finds a niche

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Woodworking runs deep in the bloodline of Stanley resident Scott Farmer. A descendant of tradesmen, the soft-spoken artist began nailing boards together as a 6 year old. His father, Johnny, was a carpenter and painter by trade. Johnny, now retired, exposed his sons to the construction…

Commissioners OK $15 million move of offices

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners voted in favor of moving ahead with a project six years in the making on Tuesday, as plans for relocating county departments to the old Lincoln County Hospital facility will move past planning stages and into the first phase of…

Oaklawn renovation more than groundbreaking

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer As golden shovels with wooden handles pierced the earth at Oaklawn School in Lincolnton on Tuesday, the celebration of the near 100-year-old structure’s impending overhaul was music to the ears of over 40 people who found their way to the grassy knoll off of Linden Street.…

Trio busted by probation officers

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Staff report Three people were arrested on drug charges in Lincolnton after Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators assisted state probation and parole officers during a search of a home on Monday. Officers seized 13 bags containing a total of 60 grams of marijuana, two grams of cocaine, two tablets…