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Thread Trail growth planned

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    Groups hope extra miles are completed in 2014 JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Additional segments of the Carolina Thread Trail (CTT), a 15-county network of greenways, trails and corridors throughout North and South Carolina, are slated for completion this year in Lincoln County. Established in 2005 by the Foundation…

Caldwell County man charged with rape of teen

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Deputies said they charged a 35-year-old Caldwell County man Friday with raping a Lincoln County teen two years ago. The incidents took place in March 2012 at the victim’s home, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said. The Department of Social Services notified the law…

Deputies: Men sold pot at Wal-Mart

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Narcotics investigators located hydroponic marijuana Monday night inside vehicles belonging to two Iredell County men, including a teen, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies initiated a traffic stop on the two vehicles after watching each driver participate in a hand-to-hand transaction of…

Family, friends remember crash victim with scholarship and golf tournament

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Trey Whiteside was just 16 years old when his vehicle overturned on N.C. 150 in Lincolnton. He succumbed to his injuries less than 24 hours later, perishing in a Charlotte hospital. Since his death in June 2005, his family has been working to…

Planning Board recommends approval for 56-unit apartment complex in city

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   Lincolnton’s Planning Board met Tuesday afternoon to discuss a conditional use rezoning request and an amendment to the Lincolnton Unified Development Ordinance. The BTR Communities Group, LLC, is requesting the conditional-use rezoning of 9.77 acres of land from Planned Business to Conditional Use Residential…

Art takes over downtown Lincolnton

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      Artists occupied Lincolnton businesses Friday for the 5th Annual First Federal Savings Bank Art Crawl. The event, which was free of charge, was a collaborative effort between the Arts Council of Lincoln County, the Downtown Development Association of Lincolnton, Inc., the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce, Lincoln…

Paid internships partner industry with students

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   For the third consecutive year, manufacturers across Lincoln County are offering paid summer internships to local college students. Selected students would have the chance to focus on projects, problems and processes to encourage work experiences and build their resumes. The program, sponsored by the…

Teen charged with threatening cops on Twitter

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A Lincolnton teen threatened more than once to kill law enforcement officers on a social media website, deputies said. Marcus Daniel Sintoni, 19, of 920 Hunting Avenue, was arrested Feb. 27 by Alcohol Law Enforcement (ALE) officers in Charlotte and turned over to the…

Rotary readying for 21st annual auction

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   The Lincoln County Rotary Club is gearing up for its 21st Annual Auction for Education. This year, the auction will be held on April 10-12 at 6 p.m. each night at the James Warren Citizens Center in downtown Lincolnton. For the past 20 years,…

Commissioners to hear rezoning requests

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners will meet tonight to discuss the fate of several zoning requests. At the board’s last meeting, applicant Xiaopei Guo submitted a request to amend a conditional zoning district to permit an 8,160 square-foot retail sales facility with upper-story offices.…