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Lincolnton PD welcomes three new officers

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Three new police officers have joined the Lincolnton Police Department. One is a lifelong Gaston County resident while the other two are immigrants to the United States — one from West Africa and the other from Colombia. Mamadou Diallo has been in the country for…

Commissioner McCall to head ‘no-kill’ committee

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a request from freshman commissioner Anita McCall for the formation of an ad hoc committee focused on helping Lincoln County Animal Services achieve “no-kill” status with a live-release rate of at least 90 percent for 12 consecutive months.…

North Lincoln preparing for student jazz concert

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Springtime brings jazz music to North Lincoln High School, with several upcoming concerts to be performed by students who have auditioned for a seat in the band. A “Knight of Jazz” coffeehouse-style concert performed by the members of the band will be held on Monday…

Three people arrested on drug charges

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Staff report Three people have been charged with selling drugs by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies made the felony arrests on Tuesday after investigations into the sale of methamphetamine and heroin in central and eastern Lincoln County. Detectives charged the three people with a total of 20 felony drug…

Commissioners discuss moratorium on East Lincoln development

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners will conduct a public hearing on Feb. 27 to discuss a proposed moratorium on residential development in the Catawba Springs Township. Commissioner Rich Permenter, who prioritized a long-term plan for the growth of Lincoln County throughout his campaign, proposed the…

City officials discuss plans to issue permits for public speech

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Lincolnton city officials are reviewing a proposal to require permits for public speakers at city events prior to a March 2 public hearing. The ordinance is an attempt to address public speakers on streets and sidewalks during festivals and events in downtown Lincolnton through the implementation…

Downtown Development Association hires executive director

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Downtown Development Association of Lincolnton has announced the hiring of Brett Hicks to fill the role of executive director for the nonprofit organization. Hicks will also oversee the DDA’s Main Street program, which requires a full-time manager to maintain Lincolnton’s status as a “Main Street…

Blood Sweat Gears settling into new home

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Blood Sweat Gears, a bike shop formerly located near Harris Teeter at Waterside Crossing in Denver, has recently relocated to a new building that owner Keith Isenberg built from the ground up. The new building is located at 108 Killian Farm Road in Stanley. An…

Photography project helps keep Crouse history alive

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer For the past six years, the residents of Crouse have been sharing and preserving their memories as part of the Crouse Community History and Photo Project, which is part of numerous projects begun on behalf of longtime Crouse resident Willie Heafner. “When I was growing…

Man shot by officers arrested

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Staff report A Maiden man who was shot by officers after allegedly stealing a Humvee from the National Guard Armory in Lincolnton has been arrested. Brian Samuel Brittain, 32, of 3288 Anderson Mountain Road, was arrested on Monday after being released from a Charlotte hospital, where he was treated after…