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Chick-fil-A breaks ground in Denver

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Staff report Eighteen weeks before it’s scheduled to open, Chick-fil-A gave Denver residents on Thursday afternoon a small taste of what’s to come. As 80-degree heat beat down on the Highway 73 dirt where the chicken establishment will soon sit, workers provided iced tea and lemonade to the 50 or…

Vehicle registration tax presents questions, officials provide answers

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A vehicle registration tax in the city of Lincolnton’s 2016-17 proposed budget has generated some negative feedback from citizens. On July 1, all North Carolina municipalities will have the authority to levy a tax of up to $30 per registered vehicle in accordance with state law.…

Craft breweries on BOC agenda

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Staff report Lincoln County commissioners will vote on a measure tonight that could pave the way to craft breweries opening in county areas heavily populated by businesses. The proposal, brought forth by county Zoning Administrator Randy Hawkins at prospective brewery owner Lisa D’Andrea’s request, would allow craft breweries in general…

Officers: Huntersville Man tried to meet 14-year-old for sex

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Staff report A Huntersville man has been charged with trying to meet what he thought was a 14-year-old for sex. Todd Michael Morrell, 39, of 14714 Lyon Hill Lane, is accused of chatting on social media with a Lincolnton Police Department detective who was posing as a 14-year-old. Detectives arrested…

Planning board votes against noise ordinance

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Staff report Lincoln County’s planning board nixed a set of proposed amendments to the county’s unified development ordinance that would make it more difficult for some commercial and industrial businesses, as well as racetracks, to operate. The changes, submitted by Hickory Grove resident Clint Hennessee, were suggested in response to…

Sex offender charged with failure to register

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Staff report A convicted sex offender has been arrested in Lincolnton on charges from Lincoln County and Catawba County related to registering his place of residence with authorities. Timothy Dwayne Self, 23, who lists his address as homeless, was allegedly staying at a residence in Lincoln County when he was…

Johnston steps down from Arts Council

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Executive Director Shelly Johnston has resigned from her position with the Arts Council of Lincoln County. Johnston, an active member in many capacities within the arts community in the area, accepted a position as a developmental director for Grandfather Mountain in Linville. “We will announce an…

LPD officer caught in taser wires during arrest

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A Lincolnton Police Department officer was shocked by another officer’s taser wires while trying to arrest a suspect who was allegedly assaulting him during a domestic disturbance call on Tuesday. Michael Darrin Smith, 49, of 330 Salem Church Road in Lincolnton, was arrested inside his home by Officer…

City manager search narrows, finalists identified

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The City of Lincolnton has narrowed its search for a new city manager to less than 10 finalists in a field that began with more than 75 applicants. “We decided to go with a written response to pertinent questions to try to narrow the field even…

Tenowo breaks ground on $12.5-million expansion

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Tenowo is expanding its Lincolnton manufacturing facility with a $12.5 million investment. Owned by Germany-based Hoftex Group, the Lincolnton site currently serves North American clients in the automotive, industrial and apparel industries. Lincoln Economic Development Association vice chair Jim Watson, Lincoln County Board of Commissioners Chairwoman…