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County comes down on environmental transgressors

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer The Natural Resources Division of Lincoln County regulates land-disturbing activities within North Carolina’s Department of Soil and Water Conservation. They work to reduce the impact of sedimentation and erosion for the welfare and safety of Lincoln County citizens. Conservationist David Ledford enforces the sediment and erosion…

Campground Road housing development on county agenda

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The surge in Lincoln County housing is expected to grow stronger tonight, when county commissioners will likely approve a 64-acre development. If commissioners give their blessing, it’ll be the second major local conditional use permit approved in less than a week. On Thursday, the Lincolnton City…

School board settles suit for $65K

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County’s school board approved a settlement in its lawsuit against Gaston Community Action on Tuesday, agreeing to receive most of the money the organization owed the school system. School board attorney Dean Shatley said the terms of the deal will net the school board $65,000…

Lincolnton man gets prison for child pornography

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Staff report A Lincoln County man was sentenced on Monday to 180 months in prison in U.S. District Court in Statesville for producing child pornography. Alexander Gonzales Solorzano, 28, of Lincolnton, will also serve a lifetime of supervised release and must register as a sex offender. According to the criminal…

Disbarred attorney files for bankruptcy

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer A day before Peter Capece was due to appear in Superior Court, the disbarred Denver attorney filed a joint petition with his wife, Kellee, for Chapter 7 bankruptcy Wednesday at the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of North Carolina. Capece’s case was continued…

Mayes to enter Charlotte Broadcast Hall of Fame

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer When the Charlotte Broadcast Hall of Fame inducts its inaugural class on Aug. 21, one Lincoln County resident and inductee plans to be present for the ceremony, despite a recent health scare that left him hospitalized for weeks. “It is a speed bump in the road,…

Deputies: Teens broke into Denver home

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Staff report The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has charged two teens with breaking into a home in eastern Lincoln County on July 24. Deputies said Glenn Allen Garris Jr., 18, of 14901 North Green Drive in Huntersville, and Austin Cooper Horn, 17, of 9504 Autumn Fire Avenue NW in Concord,…

Apartment complex gets OK from Lincolnton City Council

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Lincolnton’s City Council approved a rezoning request at a meeting on Thursday that will lead to the construction of a 200-unit apartment complex on Buffalo Shoals Road. The request came from Triangle Real Estate, regarding rezoning for a proposed 200-unit development to be located on the…

Sheriff’s Office increases presence at camp meetings

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Officers hope to provide calm after racial, religious violence PHIL PERRY Staff Writer In weeks following the Charleston, South Carolina mass shooting that left nine people dead and a community coming together in support of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, law enforcement across the country was left on high alert,…

Lincolnton, county near agreement on sewer debtors

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer An agreement between Lincolnton and Lincoln County that has been months in the making is expected to be approved when the city council meets on Thursday for its regular session at city hall. Through the agreement, the city will handle the invoicing of residents who are…