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Lincolnton man charged with child sexual assault

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Staff report A Lincolnton man has been charged with statutory rape and taking indecent liberties with a child. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies said Kenneth Wade Fredell, 18, of Sigmon Street, inappropriately touched a 6-year-old girl at the victim’s home on May 28. Fredell was charged with one felony count…

Battle of Ramsour’s Mill events begin Friday

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The Ramsour’s Mill Battleground historic site in Lincolnton is beginning to be transformed to look much like it did during the Battle of Ramsour’s Mill on June 20, 1780. The annual celebration and reenactment of the battle will be held beginning Friday. The event commemorates…

Recording studio coming to downtown Lincolnton

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The Sound Factory was opened almost five years ago so that Roger Calhoun’s son, Casey, could get a job in the business after he graduated from college. The small but state-of-the-art recording studio was built above a garage at Calhoun’s residence in Maiden. Casey Calhoun…

Commissioners deny solar farm, approve budget

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners once again denied a request for the construction of a solar farm on 36 acres of land in Denver near Lake Norman, by a 4-1 vote on Monday evening. The commissioners ruled that those in opposition of the solar farm…

Lincoln County school board names new superintendent

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The Lincoln County school board has named a replacement for superintendent Dr. Sherry Hoyle, who is set to retire in July. A contract with Dr. Lory Morrow, the current superintendent of Davidson County Schools, was approved by the board of education during a committee meeting…

Hog Happenin’, Quiet Riot roar into Lincolnton

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The streets of downtown Lincolnton rumbled with the noise of hundreds of motorcycles attending Hog Happenin’ Friday night and Saturday. The iconic rock group Quiet Riot added their own rumble Friday evening during a concert played to a packed crowd. Quiet Riot’s history began in…

Controversial solar farm back on county agenda

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners will once again rule on the controversial Strata Solar case during tonight’s meeting before conducting a public hearing related to the proposed county budget for Fiscal Year 2018. The board first addressed the Strata Solar case in 2013 when Denver…

‘Cigars, Bourbon & Benefactors’ raises $45k for Child Advocacy Center

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Ross Bulla, who has been a member of the Lincoln County Child Advocacy Center (LCCAC) board of directors for the past three years and is the incoming vice chairman, has a love of cigars and bourbon. He wanted to reach out to others who have…

City adopts budget for Fiscal Year 2018

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincolnton City Council voted unanimously on Thursday night to adopt the Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal as presented by City Manager Steve Zickefoose. The vote followed a brief public hearing that included just one speaker, Lincoln County street preacher Alan Hoyle, who praised Zickefoose and…

Hog Happenin’ returns to Lincolnton this weekend

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The streets of downtown Lincolnton will bustle once again underneath the sweet, smoky aroma of barbecue and the snarling of motorcycles entering the city for the 17th annual Hog Happenin’ festival. Bennett’s Iron Station Thunder, a one-stop motorcycle shop located in downtown Lincolnton that operates as…