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Deputies investigating shooting incident in Denver

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Staff report Deputies said they’re investigating a shooting incident involving juveniles that occurred in Denver on Sunday. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a mobile home park in the 7600 block of Campground Road at around 5:45 p.m. on Sunday when one of the teens ran to a…

DA: ‘False assertions’ by deputy led to dismissal of 59 drug cases

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Catawba County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Jason Reid, who has announced his candidacy for the 2018 election of a new Catawba County sheriff, has been barred from testifying in criminal cases within the state’s 25th Judicial District by Catawba County District Attorney David Learner. In July, Learner…

Firefighters conduct controlled burn

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Two young firefighters were christened by fire this weekend. Boger City Fire Department received the gift of a house that they prepared for a controlled burn on Saturday. These controlled burns are not only used for educating young firefighters but also as refresher training for…

Local legislators talk override of Cooper veto of election reform

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer On Monday, the North Carolina Senate voted to override a veto from Gov. Roy Cooper and the state House followed suit on Tuesday, cancelling all North Carolina judicial primary elections in 2018. While Senate Bill 656 also alters numerous other state election laws, it’s the elimination…

Paul C. Rhyne Art Competition winners announced

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The winners to the annual Paul C. Rhyne Art Competition were announced at a reception held Thursday evening. This year’s judge, Andrew Atkin, had to choose the winners from the over 35 pieces of artwork that were entered this year. Lincolnton artist Kae Wright’s mixed…

Charter school plans discussed at community meeting

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Attendance was sparse at a community involvement meeting scheduled to discuss a proposed location for West Lake Preparatory Academy, a new Lincoln County charter school that was approved by the North Carolina Board of Education over the summer. Rufus Road Partners has filed a request to…

Lincoln Theatre Guild’s ‘Rocky Horror Show’ opens

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Many of the people performing in the Lincoln Theatre Guild’s production of the “Rocky Horror Show” hadn’t even been born with the cult classic first debuted in London in 1975. The show has retained its cult following all these years. Pete DeGregory, the director of…

Lincoln County man sentenced for child sexual assault

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Staff report A Lincolnton man was sentenced to more than two years in prison after pleading guilty in Lincoln County Superior Court in a child sexual assault case. Alomar Teracious Edwards, 25, of Lee Avenue, pleaded guilty to a charge of second degree kidnapping and received an active sentence of…

Deputies: Man tried to use fake ID to buy luxury SUV

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Staff report A Georgia man is accused of attempting use stolen identification to purchase a $90,000 luxury SUV at a Lincoln County business. William Wilson, whose last known address is in Austell, Georgia, was arrested on Oct. 18 at Auto Sports by the Lake on Highway 16 Business, according to…

Local owners hope to restore Henry River Mill Village

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer If it were not for the attention that it received for being the set of “District 12” in the first “Hunger Games” movie, Henry River Mill Village, located just outside Hildebran in Burke County would likely have continued to slowly deteriorate into the landscape. The…

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