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Man accused of shooting at trooper arrested after standoff

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Staff report A man is in custody at the Cleveland County jail after allegedly shooting at a state trooper with an AR-15 rifle and engaging law enforcement officers in a standoff. At around 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Sgt. G.S. Johnson of the North Carolina Highway Patrol responded to a call…

Man accused of stealing car

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Staff report A Lincolnton man has been charged with stealing a car. Randy Lee Rinck Sr., 57, of 2647 Keener Road, was arrested on Saturday by the Lincolnton Police Department and charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle, felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle and driving while license…

Two charged following search warrant

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Staff report Two Lincolnton residents are facing felony drug charges following the execution of a search warrant at their home on Dale Avenue. Nickolas Shawn Wright, 31, and Jerri Lynn Sigmon, 24, both of 2057 Dale Avenue, were arrested on Sunday at their home. Lincolnton Police Department officers served the…

Lincoln County Animal Services, on a no-kill mission, expands staff

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer In an effort to help the Lincoln County Animal Shelter achieve “no-kill” designation, the county has given animal services director Hannah Beaver permission to hire an animal control supervisor. “Animal control requires someone who is passionate toward animals and people,” Beaver said. “In hiring for this…

Alive After Five concert series wraps up Thursday

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The fourth and final series of Alive After Five is this Thursday. The Blackwater Rhythm & Blues Band will bring their blend of beach music, blues and funk to the stage. The group consists of nine members, with five playing horns, coming up to Lincolnton…

Filmmaker shares tale of Civil War’s aftermath

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer After spending four years in the Army, Michael Helms returned to his hometown of Lincolnton. He attended Gaston College for a year, then Gardner-Webb University for another year before enrolling in the University of North Carolina School of Arts to focus in film studies. Helms’s…

Local mail carrier retiring after three decades

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer A familiar face in downtown Lincolnton will be retiring this week. Eugene “Buzzy” Hartman has delivered mail in Lincolnton for the past 15 years, often on foot and carrying a postal bag. Hartman has worked for the United States Postal Service for almost 30 years,…

East Lincoln development spurs concerns over stormwater runoff

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The rapid growth of eastern Lincoln County in recent years has been received with mixed emotions from residents and merchants in the area. Each new development has been met with concerns over added traffic and overcrowding in schools. Now, as these substantial housing developments are being…

Tucker’s Grove Camp Meeting comes to a close

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The Tucker’s Grove Camp Meeting came to a close on Sunday. Soon, the campground will return to the vacated façade that it has for most of the year. If someone not knowing about camp meeting would happen to stumble upon the campground any other time…

NC redistricting could affect state Sen. David Curtis

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer North Carolina legislators have until the end of the month to redraw the state’s election district lines, after 28 districts were deemed unconstitutional by federal courts due to race-based gerrymandering. The maps that have now been used to elect the North Carolina General Assembly on three…