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Pro wrestling greats coming to Lincolnton High School

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County residents reminiscing about the good old days of the Scorpion Death Drop, the Torture Rack and the “belly to belly” suplex will have an opportunity next week to meet the heroes who made the moves famous. Big Time Wrestling, a fundraising-based promotional circuit, will…

Firefighter accused of stealing from charity, church appears in court

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Former Lincolnton Fire Department assistant chief Bill Fortenberry appeared in court for the first time on Monday after being indicted on nine counts of embezzlement in February for allegedly stealing from a church and a charity that aids burned children. Judge Forrest Bridges heard the proceedings…

Vote on craft breweries comes down to commissioners

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Like many other prospective business owners the past few years, Lisa D’Andrea’s eyes are set on Denver as the best place to let her ideas flourish. After Monday, however, her dreams of opening The Farm Brewery within Lincoln County limits now hinge on the five-member Board…

Attorney who stole $1.5 million could face decade in prison

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer A former Denver attorney who confessed to misappropriating his client’s $1.5 million estate may soon spend at least a decade imprisoned in a state penitentiary. Peter Capece sat silently in Lincoln County Superior Court on Monday while his attorney, Eben Rawls III, acknowledged the severity of…

Lincoln Idol taking applications for second annual event

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The Arts Council of Lincoln County is currently accepting applications for the second annual Lincoln Idol singing competition. Last year’s inaugural event saw a capacity crowd at the Lincoln Cultural Center’s Timken Performance Hall. “I was very pleased with the turnout and the weather did not…

Microbreweries on BOC agenda

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County commissioners will likely approve a measure tonight setting the stage for microbreweries to operate in county areas heavily populated with other businesses. Microbreweries are currently only allowed in the general industrial district. A series of amendments to the county’s unified development ordinance, however, would…

Lincoln County Sports Hall of Fame celebrates grand opening

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The Lincoln County Sports Hall of Fame opened the doors to its new home at the Lincoln Cultural Center on Friday with a gathering in the Timken Performance Hall followed by a tour and ribbon cutting by Lincolnton High’s legendary football standout Brat Stroup, who played…

Amy’s Closet expanding into Lincolnton

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer A local business whose purpose it is to aid Lincoln County’s only battered women’s shelter will expand into Lincolnton this week. Amy’s Closet, a nonprofit resale and outreach boutique currently operating in Denver’s Westport Shoppes, will open a store at 201 S. Cedar Street on Tuesday.…

Another commercial development proposed for Denver

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The onslaught of approved residences on the eastern end of Lincoln County appears to have finally been met with an influx of interested commercial properties. A Tennessee developer has requested that 16.7 acres next to the Wal-Mart on Highway 73 be rezoned from transitional residential to…

Annual Rotary auction set for Saturday

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer A series of unforeseen complications shortened the length and minimized the audience, but the Lincoln County Rotary Auction for Education will again take place this year with a six-hour event Saturday night. Traditionally, the auction has been a two- or three-day affair at the James W.…