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City approves sidewalk alcohol ordinance

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincolnton City Council members unanimously approved the modification of an ordinance to allow a local winery to serve alcohol on its sidewalk café at their meeting Thursday night. According to Business and Community Development Director Brad Guth, the proposed ordinance change would allow only Southern Charm…

Local officials receive Main Street Awards

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Community advocates for local businesses and downtown revitalization efforts in Lincolnton were honored with 2013 North Carolina Main Street Awards. The program serves to help small towns preserve their history and utilize local resources to create vibrant central business districts. Director of Business and Community Development…

Suspect leads cops on chase

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Deputies said a Maiden man accused of methamphetamine possession led them on a foot chase through the woods after crashing a stolen vehicle into a tree Tuesday evening in Denver. Deputies stopped Trent Brandon Carpenter’s vehicle around 7 p.m. on Eastwind Cove after noticing he had…

Students make valentines for veterans

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Veterans being treated at hospitals in Hickory, Charlotte and Salisbury will receive valentines from Lincoln and Gaston college and Early College High School (ECHS) students this month. The “Valentines for Vets” project, initiated by Gaston College’s Student Government Association (SGA), began Monday as school officials bounced…

Trio charged with Vale store break-in

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Three out-of-county men, including one teen, have been charged with breaking into a convenience store on the county’s western end last month, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies said the suspects worked together to steal knives, cigarettes, rolling paper, lighters, tobacco pipes and other…

The end of an era

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Cooperative Extension marks 100 years

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Public offers mixed feelings on SHEA Homes development

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Proposal set aside until March to allow for more research ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners and Planning Board heard arguments from residents and neighboring businesses both for and against the construction of an active adult residential development in Denver on Monday. For the past few…

Bond reduced for woman involved in murder case

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A judge has decreased the bond for one of three suspects charged in the November death of a Denver woman along an area roadway. Patricia Ann Stroupe, 50, of Springs East Road, appeared in a Lincoln County Superior Courtroom Tuesday morning for felony accessory after the…

City to hear from public on sidewalk alcohol sales

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer The Lincolnton City Council will hold a public hearing Thursday night to discuss proposed revisions to Lincolnton’s sidewalk dining ordinance. According to Business and Community Development Director Brad Guth, the city currently regulates what a business owner can do on the sidewalk in front of their…