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Deputies respond to report of clown sighting

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office responded to a suspicious person report related to a clown late Saturday evening outside of Denver Mart, a gas station located at 3769 Highway 16 North in Denver. A woman reported that she sent her son inside the gas station and…

Lincolnton High students learn a lesson on charity

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Amidst all of the pageantry and festivities at Friday’s homecoming pep rally at Lincolnton High School was a group of students doing their part to raise money and awareness to aid the less fortunate on the other side of the world. Cathy Treherne’s English as a…

Lincoln County Concert Association ready for 2016-17 season

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer For over 30 years, the Lincoln County Concert Association (LCCA) has been bringing live music to Lincoln County. The LCCA begins its 2016-2017 season with two acts on Sunday. All of the performances, except the one held Feb. 5, will be at the Lincoln Culture…

Commissioners set to discuss farmland preservation

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Lincoln County Soil and Water Conservation director Rick McSwain will approach the Board of Commissioners tonight, seeking support in protecting the farmlands of Lincoln County. If approved, the Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District will become the administering authority of conservation easements. According to McSwain, a…

First ‘PACS’ event held at Betty Ross Park

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Lincoln County Schools first graders spent Wednesday morning at Betsy Ross Park learning about safety in a fun way. The event, which was being held for the first time, is called “Protecting a Child through Safety” or “PACS.” It was organized as a joint effort…

Downtown developments spur infrastructure improvements

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincolnton City Council has approved a contract between the city and Hickory Sand Company for $688,365 for downtown infrastructure improvements. A total of three bids were received for the downtown utility and sidewalk improvements project, ranging from approximately $700,000 up to $1.625 million. The project…

School board hires new associate superintendent

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Education has promoted Dr. Aaron Allen to associate superintendent of Lincoln County Schools. The position was previously held by Dr. Matthew Stover, who is leaving the end of October to become superintendent of Catawba County Schools. “I look forward to…

Deputies investigate vehicle theft, break-ins

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Staff report Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office detectives are investigating a vehicle theft and vehicle break-ins that occurred on West Berkeley Road and Natalie Commons Drive in Denver during the early morning hours Wednesday. A white 2010 Chrysler Town and Country van was stolen from a residence in the 7600 block…

Five arrested on felony drug charges

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Staff report Five people are facing felony drug charges after two Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office operations. Deputies said all five suspects were in possession of methamphetamine when they were arrested on Wednesday. Angela Lingerfelt Juarez, 43, of 3299 Gastonia Highway, is accused of selling meth to undercover detectives. Deputies secured…

Principal of the Year ‘always putting others before herself’

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer A call to the principal’s office can be a dreaded thing for a student. But when a student is called to Catawba Springs Elementary School Principal Kristi Smith’s office, sometimes it’s for a good thing. Smith keeps a treasure chest of special rewards in her…