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‘The Nutcracker’ coming to Citizens Center

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer It takes a village to stage a production as epic as “The Nutcracker” and, for the past 10 years, area dance studios and the Lincoln Cultural Center (LCC) have been doing just that. “The Nutcracker” requires approximately 65 dancers, six choreographers, three seamstresses, 15 backstage…

Six men arrested in child predator sting

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Staff report Six men have been arrested in connection with a child sex predator sting conducted by the Lincolnton Police Department. Officers said the operation, which led to arrests in November and December, “targeted offenders who communicated with undercover detectives posing as underage girls and boys on various social media…

LCAS inches closer to ‘no-kill’ designation

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Lincoln County Animal Services continues to inch closer to its goal of operating a “no-kill” animal shelter. The “no-kill” designation requires that a shelter routinely maintain a live-release rate of at least 90 percent. The Lincoln County Animal Shelter has posted a live-release rate of at…

Brackett appointed to District Court seat

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Justin Brackett, a Republican attorney from Kings Mountain, has been appointed by Gov. Pat McCrory to a newly created District Court judge seat that covers Cleveland County and Lincoln County. Brackett was defeated in November in a race for the District Court seat currently held by…

Lincolnton Police Department introduces new K9 unit

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The Lincolnton Police Department K9 unit Nash made his debut at the Christmas Parade with his handler, Officer Randy Carroll. It’s been about five years since Lincolnton has had a police dog on its force, according to Capt. Brian Greene. “I think the K9 program…

North Lincoln band thriving under new leadership

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The North Lincoln Band of Knights has marched its way into the Christmas season after appearing in three different holiday parades. The band recently won the most popular vote and placed second in the judged event at the Novant Health Thanksgiving Day parade in Charlotte.…

Runyon, Hooks honored by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office recently recognized two law enforcement officers for their achievements over the past year. Detective Frank Runyon and Detention Officer Robert Hooks, Jr. were honored for performance which exceeded that “which is required by the officer’s normal assignment,” according to a press…

Santa Express visits Battleground Elementary

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Santa Express, made possible by Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, visited Battleground Elementary School in Lincolnton on Friday delivering bags of fresh apples, school supplies, socks and hygiene items for the students. Each student received an entire bag of apples to take home for…

Commissioners approve four industrial incentive grants

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Four grant proposals approved by county commissioners last week will lead to more than $40 million of investments and create more than 150 jobs over the next two years. The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved four industrial incentive grants during their meeting on Dec.…

Deputies investigating church break-ins

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Staff report Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office detectives are investigating several church break-ins that have occurred during the last week. Deputies have responded to four church break-ins south of Lincolnton since Dec. 2. The most recent, at Long Shoals Wesleyan Church, was reported on Thursday. An X-Box and television were stolen and…