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12/23/2017 12:02:00 PM
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Lincolnton's SONIC location next door to Fatz Cafe says
Lincolnton's SONIC location next door
to Fatz Cafe says "closed for winter"

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This new building in front of Sports
Page at Waterside Crossing,
intersection of Highway 73 and
Business 16, is now complete.  We
were told a dentist's office will be
locating there and much of the
rest of the building is
still available for lease.

(All Photos By Lincoln Herald Staff Except As Noted)

Wayne Howard

In addition to The Meating Place and GoodWood Pizzeria, Lincolnton will at last be getting a Chick-fil-A sometime in 2018.  We may have lost one restaurant.  Sonic is closed and the signs say "closed for winter," but Sonic is not like some businesses that are summer-oriented, so we'll have to wait and see.

As if there weren't enough already, two more Dollar General stores are coming.  One will be on Highway 150 at Pumpkin Center and the other, approved by the City Council at its December meeting, will be at the intersection of the Cherryville Highway and Highway 27 West behind the bank on the corner there.  It will have entrances/exits to both roads.

The new building in front of the Sports Page at Waterside Crossing (intersection of NC73 and Business 16) is complete.  The builder told us a dentist's office will be opening there, but much of the rest of the building is still available for lease.

We've also heard that the Sports Page may be relocating across the road (Highway 16) to a spot between the auto parts store and Peoples Bank, but there's no official announcement yet.

The Lincolnton Planning Board approved applications for two pubs on E. Water Street at its December meeting.  Now the requests go before the City Council at its January 11th meeting.  Pete DeGregory says he and April hope to open one at 110 E. Water St. (adjacent to the Bank of America parking lot).  The other, to be opened by Cornelius residents Brian and Marie Kenyon, is at 118 E. Water St.  

A Lincolnton landmark has been sold.  No official announcement yet, but Stroup's Jewelers, which has been around since 1952, has a new owner.  The current staff, including Joe Stroup, will remain for now, we understand.  Joe had been looking for the right buyer--one who wanted to keep the business operating in much the same fashion--since the summer of 2015.  We hope to tell you more early next year.  Old-timers will remember when the store was the location of the Shake Shop during the 1950s.

Those who opposed the movement of county offices to the proposed Government Center, wanting them to stay downtown, may get their wish after all.  The County Commissioners discussed the Government Center again at their budget workshop on Friday, December 15th.  Commissioners Anita McCall and Carrol Mitchem seemed intent on proceeding with the plan--previously approved in different versions by two previous groups of commissioners (only Mitchem from the current board was a part of those).  Commissioners Bill Beam and Martin Oakes were opposed.  Commissioner Rich Permenter said he hadn't made up his mind.

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This reporter had lunch with Commissioners Oakes and Permenter Wednesday (Dec. 20) and while that was not our main topic of discussion, the question of what to do with the Courthouse and what to do about the planned Government Center did come up.  

Commissioners have approved getting an architectural study of possible Courthouse renovations.  There is some question whether the Courthouse can be renovated sufficiently to house all the offices related to the courts and the courtrooms, etc. that judges and other court officials want.  The possibility has already been raised previously of moving the courts instead of other county offices to the former Lincoln County Hospital property on Gamble Drive.  Were that to happen, the question is what would be done with the courthouse?  Both Beam and Oakes have said they don't want it to become a museum.  Oakes has suggested it might be a suitable new location for the library.  It could also be used to house other (non-court related) county offices.  The one thing that seems certain: the final decision has not yet been reached.  

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