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Pirates, ahoy! at Kiser Intermediate

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Neighbors oppose Stanley solar farm

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor Residents of The Gates at Waterside Crossing in Stanley voiced their opposition to a proposed solar farm near their neighborhood at a county commissioners’ meeting on Monday. During a public hearing, commissioners heard that Freemont Solar Center’s 40-acre solar farm construction would negatively impact property values…

Commissioners to hear UDO changes

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Area Councils hope to ease design restrictions for commercial buildings Staff report The West Lincoln and East Lincoln Area Councils of the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce will present proposed changes to the county’s Unified Development Ordinance to county commissioners at a meeting tonight. The groups are asking commissioners to…

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…

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…