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Pair charged with assault with a deadly weapon

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Staff report A Crouse woman has been accused of beating a man with a blunt object. Lincolnton Police Department officers said Macy Jordan Walker, 23, of 973 George Brown Road, who is still at-large, assaulted the male victim, “with possibly a tire tool or baseball bat,” on Thursday. Austin Shane…

Commercial painters find inspiration outside of work

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer John Mackenzie “Kenzie” Baxter and his father, Ken Baxter, are commercial painters by trade. Ken Baxter founded Turner, Baxter Inc., a commercial, industrial and institutional painting and floor coating business. He retired six years ago and Kenzie Baxter has taken over the business. Baxter is…

Lincoln Charter expansion in beginning stages

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Lincoln Charter’s school board held its regular monthly meeting at the Lincolnton campus Monday evening. At the last board meeting held on Feb. 27, the board discussed authorizing construction of an addition to the Denver Campus. This addition will add approximately 15,000 square feet on…

Changes proposed for Rivercross development

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer A proposal to revise a portion of the master plan for the mixed-use Rivercross development in Denver will be subject to a zoning hearing in front of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners and the planning board on Monday. Rivercross, a retail and residential development on…

Four arrested on felony drug charges

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Staff report Four men are facing numerous felony drug charges following the conclusion of several Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office undercover investigations. Deputies said the investigations, which targeted methamphetamine and heroin sales in the southern and eastern parts of Lincolnton, ended Monday with 22 felony charges filed. Deputies said three of…

Deputies ask for help to find missing teen

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Staff report The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to locate a missing teen. A missing person report was filed with the Sheriff’s Office on Monday for Shane Michael Szathmary, 15, of Church Hill Lane in Maiden. Deputies said family members last communicated with Szathmary at…

Men arrested on robbery charges

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Staff report Two Gastonia men have been charged with armed robbery for allegedly stealing a pair of sneakers. Lincolnton Police Department officers said the victim arranged to sell a pair of Nike Air Jordan tennis shoes to a man they met on social media. The victim went to meet the…

Lincolnton woman killed in motorcycle wreck near Boone

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Staff report A Lincolnton woman was killed in a motorcycle accident in Watauga County on March 24. According to the Watauga Democrat, 47-year-old Carolyn Kluttz was a passenger on a motorcycle driven by Donald Kluttz, 38, when they were struck by a 17-year-old female driving a Subaru at the intersection…

State superintendent visits Lincoln Charter

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer North Carolina state superintendent Mark Johnson toured the Lincolnton campus of Lincoln Charter School on March 17, according to a press release from Lincoln Charter School. The visit was part of Johnson’s listening tour, which began in January. Johnson was joined by Lincoln County state…

Author to discuss new book on Hemingway at Lincolnton library

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Pfeiffer University English professor and Lincoln County resident Ashley Oliphant will be holding an event at the Charles R. Jonas Library next week to discuss her new book, “Hemingway and Bimini: The Birth of Sport Fishing at ‘The End of the World.’” Oliphant has spent years…