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City spent $286k on missing maps

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The City of Lincolnton spent more than $280,000 on stormwater maps during four recent fiscal years but now claims that those maps have been lost. Multiple city officials, including some who spoke on the condition of anonymity, questioned whether the maps, which were supposed to be…

School system implements new bus stop policy

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer In accordance with new State Board of Education policy, Lincoln County’s school bus drivers will begin giving hand signals in January. Schools were given nearly six months’ notice of the change, and county students have been watching a safety video to prepare for the switch. The…

Lincolnton couple rescues Model-T Ford

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Classic car enthusiasts Bobby and Chrissy Leatherman appreciate history as much as they do the roar of an engine or the restoration of a once proud set of wheels. A chance to purchase a 1922 Model–T Ford truck was too much for the Lincolnton couple to…

Secret Santa makes Lincolnton stop

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer It’s not often that Rodney Jordan says he’d welcome someone to copy actions that force his department’s involvement. But if anybody wants to mimic what happened earlier this month, when an anonymous, cash-filled letter was dropped off in a former elected official’s mailbox and police cruisers…

Lincoln County Animal Services fined by state

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County Animal Services was assessed a $7,500 civil penalty after an investigation into the shelter found several instances of animal neglect. The Animal Welfare Section of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services followed up on an October complaint and conducted a site…

Trilogy Lake Norman on target for first phase

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Shea Homes’ Trilogy Lake Norman development has progressed and is on target for initial goals pre-set for phase one of the new Denver community. The groundbreaking served as the first Trilogy development in the Carolinas, with 22 completed and 15 active across the country. Trilogy offerings…

Commissioners set for budget retreat

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Less than halfway through the fiscal year, Lincoln County government already has its eyes set to the future. Commissioners, together with County Manager Kelly Atkins, finance director Deanna Rios and any department head whose attendance commissioners require, will convene on Thursday at the James W. Warren…

Gallery 27 offers sensory journey with ‘Surface Solutions’

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Gallery 27 in Lincolnton will be offering a sensory journey to gallery attendees when they bring the work of two Charlotte artists to town to kick off their 2016 series “Visiting Artist Series.” The work of artists Chris Craft and Tim Sheaffer will be highlighted Jan.…

Commissioners OK 300-home development in Denver

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Absent of much conversation, the Board of Commissioners unanimously approved Eastwood Homes’ application to construct Carrington, a 302-home development south of South Pilot Knob Road on the east side of the Highway 16 Bypass in East Lincoln. Board chair Cecelia Martin said there was no reason…

Deputies: Man had two ounces of cocaine

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Staff report A Conover man has been accused of bringing two ounces of cocaine into Lincoln County. Misael Martinez Garcia, 21, of 1911 August Street, was arrested by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics unit on Monday. Deputies said they were conducting a surveillance operation near the 1600 block of…