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Twelve arrested on felony drug charges

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Staff report The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit charged twelve people last week following an undercover operation targeting street-level drug dealers selling methamphetamine and prescription pills. According to detectives, the investigations took place over six months, during which the suspects sold drugs to undercover detectives. Most were charged with…

Two schools deemed ‘low-performing’

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Two schools within the Lincoln County Schools district received “low performing” designations from the state and now have to implement improvement plans — G.E. Massey Elementary School and F.D. “Jack” Kiser Intermediate School, both in Lincolnton. School improvement plans for those two schools were developed…

Criminal Charges — 12-28-16

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Brandon Fitzgerald Brooks, 33, of 1150 Hayworth ln in Lincolnton was charged on Dec. 23 with one count of failure to appear. A $1,000 secured bond was set. Patrick James Rajda, 36, of 8241 Pine Lake Rd. in Denver was charged…

Strata Solar case coming back before commissioners

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The controversial Strata Solar case will come before the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners for a third time, thanks to a ruling by the North Carolina Court of Appeals. The board first addressed the matter in 2013 when Denver residents Gary, Timothy and Virginia Dellinger requested…

Local musicians help keep old-time music alive

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Before radios became common, people made their own music. They learned the songs and how to play the instruments from relatives and friends. In rural areas, either during a gathering at a farm for labor-intensive projects like a pig killing, corn shucking or barn raising…

Lincoln Charter head discusses differences between charters, public schools

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Comparing charter schools to traditional public schools can be a quarrelsome subject. A charter school is considered a salvation by some and an organization that cherry-picks students and takes away funding from traditional public schools by others. Charter schools are public schools authorized by the…

Fla. man charged with trying to pass fraudulent checks

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Staff report A Miami, Florida man has been charged with attempting to cash a fraudulent check at a Denver business. Deputies said that Heber Felix Susarte-Dulzaides tried to cash a fraudulent check for $7,500 at People’s Bank in Denver on Dec. 15. Deputies said he tried to pass another fraudulent…

Man charged with trying to use fake ID to buy Jaguar

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Staff report A Charlotte man has been charged with trying to purchase a $33,000 Jaguar automobile with fake identification and false information. Deputies said Todde Obrien Houston, 28, went to Lake Norman Imports on Dec. 8 and used a fake identification and fraudulent information to try to purchase the car.…

Christian Ministry gives out food, toys before Christmas

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Months of hard work and dedication culminated on Thursday morning with wheelbarrows full of food and trash bags packed with toys being distributed to hundreds of local families through the annual Christian Ministry of Lincoln County Christmas fundraiser. The fundraiser eclipsed $100,000 through the generosity of…

Belcher leaving LHS, moving to district office

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Lincolnton High School principal Heath Belcher will be assuming a new role with Lincoln County Schools as director of human resources near the end of January, according to an email from system superintendent Dr. Sherry Hoyle. Belcher has a long tenure of service with LCS,…