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Craft breweries on BOC agenda

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Staff report Lincoln County commissioners will vote on a measure tonight that could pave the way to craft breweries opening in county areas heavily populated by businesses. The proposal, brought forth by county Zoning Administrator Randy Hawkins at prospective brewery owner Lisa D’Andrea’s request, would allow craft breweries in general…

Officers: Huntersville Man tried to meet 14-year-old for sex

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Staff report A Huntersville man has been charged with trying to meet what he thought was a 14-year-old for sex. Todd Michael Morrell, 39, of 14714 Lyon Hill Lane, is accused of chatting on social media with a Lincolnton Police Department detective who was posing as a 14-year-old. Detectives arrested…

Planning board votes against noise ordinance

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Staff report Lincoln County’s planning board nixed a set of proposed amendments to the county’s unified development ordinance that would make it more difficult for some commercial and industrial businesses, as well as racetracks, to operate. The changes, submitted by Hickory Grove resident Clint Hennessee, were suggested in response to…

Sex offender charged with failure to register

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Staff report A convicted sex offender has been arrested in Lincolnton on charges from Lincoln County and Catawba County related to registering his place of residence with authorities. Timothy Dwayne Self, 23, who lists his address as homeless, was allegedly staying at a residence in Lincoln County when he was…

City manager search narrows, finalists identified

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The City of Lincolnton has narrowed its search for a new city manager to less than 10 finalists in a field that began with more than 75 applicants. “We decided to go with a written response to pertinent questions to try to narrow the field even…

Tenowo breaks ground on $12.5-million expansion

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Tenowo is expanding its Lincolnton manufacturing facility with a $12.5 million investment. Owned by Germany-based Hoftex Group, the Lincolnton site currently serves North American clients in the automotive, industrial and apparel industries. Lincoln Economic Development Association vice chair Jim Watson, Lincoln County Board of Commissioners Chairwoman…

LTG to hold 24th summer drama camp

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer For 24 years straight, the Lincoln Theatre Guild has offered summer youth drama camp in both Denver and Lincolnton. “This year we are going to make it a better learning experience for all ages,” said camp director Phyllis Gordon. “In doing so, we are grouping the…

Bill would increase school vouchers

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer A Lincoln County lawmaker filed a bill Tuesday that would eventually increase, by more than tenfold, the state’s funding of private school vouchers. Senate Bill 862, filed by Republican state Sens. David Curtis (Lincoln, Iredell, Gaston), Chad Barefoot (Franklin, Wake) and Trudy Wade (Guilford) calls for…

Maiden man arrested for habitual assault

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Staff report A Maiden man is facing additional assault charges related to a March 15 fight at a child’s birthday party in Lincolnton. Alamar Teracious Edwards, 24, of 309 Lee Avenue, was charged with felony habitual assault by the Lincolnton Police Department on April 21. Officers said Edwards was initially…

First Methodist celebrates bicentennial

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Celebrating a birthday all year long is a little more forgivable once you turn 200. For Lincolnton’s First United Methodist Church, which members estimate first held services around 1816, the year has been full of monthly missions with different focuses and a similar goal of helping…