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Schools earn various POY, COY awards

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RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor Lincoln County’s prep athletic success this spring has been recognized by its coaches and conferences. The area had multiple player and coach of the year awards given when each conference’s coaches gathered to vote for such accolades for each individual sport. Local teams winning conference championships…

City controlling use of fund balance

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer While Lincolnton puts the final touches on the 2015-16 budget, the potential loss of spousal insurance coverage, the elimination of select positions and a sewer and water hike to the tune of 9 percent have been the hot topics. According to city manager Jeff Emory, since…

Stanley man charged with possessing pot, pills

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Staff report A Stanley man has been charged with possessing marijuana and prescription narcotics by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Jimmie Dewayne Tate, 57, of 131 Fox Run, was arrested on Monday during a drug interdiction surveillance operation, deputies said. Tate was arrested after a traffic stop on Highway 16…

Planning Board recommends solar farm

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Despite the presence of more than a handful of concerned citizens voicing their objections, Lincoln County’s planning board voted unanimously to recommend approval of a 129-acre solar farm on Monday night. Atood, LLC plans to develop its solar farm on the west side of Mariposa Road,…

Criminal Charges – 6-3-15

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests and criminal charges: Purvis Bryant, 41, of 150 Openview Dr. in Lincolnton was charged May 29 with one count each of possession of a schedule VI controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and resist, delay and obstruction of a public officer.…

Stanley man charged with statutory rape

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Staff report A Stanley man has been arrested in connection with a statutory rape that allegedly occurred on Feb. 27. Joshua Keary Robinson, 19, of 1723 Forest Ridge Drive, was charged with two felony counts of statutory rape/sex offense of a 13-, 14- or 15-year-old victim by a defendant more…

Citizens heard at strategic planning open house

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer For the first time in over two decades, the City of Lincolnton held a strategic planning open house that provided the community an opportunity to communicate concerns for the future of the city with officials and department heads. The Lentz Center at Betty Ross Park provided…

Senior prank ends in arrests

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Staff report Seven Lincolnton High School students were arrested on Friday after allegedly breaking into the high school in a plan to release live chickens in the halls as a senior prank. Lincolnton Police Department officers found the suspects, all except one charged with misdemeanor breaking and entering and misdemeanor…

County approves $89.9 million budget

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County completed its months-long budget preparation process on Monday night, passing its budget ordinance by a 3-2 vote during a meeting at the James W. Warren Citizens Center. Board of Commissioners Chairman Carrol Mitchem, opposing a revenue-neutral property tax increase from $0.598 to $0.611 per…

Denver attorney stole $1.5 million

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Denver attorney Peter Capece has admitted to misappropriating a $1.5 million trust that was tucked into investment funds by the late Fritz Detmers, of Denver. Detmers died in 2009 at the age of 78. A probate hearing in Lincolnton on Monday did not produce any conclusions…