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LPD officers equipped with overdose-reversal drug

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Police officers with the Lincolnton Police Department have recently been trained on how to use Narcan, a prescription drug used to reverse the effects of an overdose of heroin or other opioid-based drugs. The Lincolnton Police Department is the first Lincoln County agency other than…

Child predator sentenced

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer A Gastonia man busted in a Lincolnton Police Department sting operation pleaded guilty to soliciting a child for sex. Michael “Doc” Robert Geressy was arrested in June when he came to Lincolnton to meet what he believed to be a 14-year-old child he met on the…

Greensboro man wins Heafner-Williams Vocal Competition

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The judges at the 15th annual Heafner-Williams Vocal Competition had difficult choices to make, according to founder Carolyn Heafner. Normally, only six people make it into the finals held on Sunday, but this year there were seven because the judges couldn’t decide on just six.…

Charity event benefits Coalition Against Child Abuse, during home ministry

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The Lincoln County community came together Saturday evening to support a joint fundraiser for the Lincoln County Coalition Against Child Abuse and a nursing home ministry founded by country singer-songwriter Bruce Hedrick. Denver resident Ronnie Caldwell met Hedrick through their shared love of music. One…

Residents rally against proposed Dollar General

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Some Lincoln County residents are speaking out in opposition of a proposed 9,100 square-foot Dollar General store proposed for the northwest corner of Highway 73 and Amity Church Road in the Ironton Township. A website, www.stopdg.com, was launched last week to encourage others in the community…

Lincolnton PD Lt. Jason Munday to run for sheriff

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Lincolnton Police Department Lt. Jason Munday has announced his plans to run for Lincoln County sheriff in 2018. “I’ve known in the back of mind for a few years now that I wanted to run for sheriff,” Munday said. “Prior to coming to Lincolnton I worked…

Program connects students from LHS, elementary schools for reading

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Throughout the school year, students at Lincolnton High School have been taking time out of their busy schedules to visit Lincolnton elementary schools to read to their younger counterparts. On Tuesday, football and basketball stars Langdon Givens and Sage Surratt went with fellow Lincolnton High…

Lowesville Gospel Concerts hosting three acts on Saturday

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The Lowesville Gospel Concert stage will be full on Saturday, with three special acts making an appearance. The Guardians, a group that concert organizer Carroll Cooke booked more than a year ago, will be traveling from Ohio to perform. Opening for the Guardians will be…

Commissioner Beam announces run for sheriff

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Chairman Bill Beam will not seek a second term on the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners in 2018. Beam, a career local law enforcement officer, will instead campaign to become the next sheriff of Lincoln County. “I feel like I can provide a better service to…

Deputies: Denver man lied about kidnapping

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Staff report A Denver man who told Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies that he was kidnapped at gunpoint and forced to drive around the Club Drive area breaking into mailboxes during the early morning hours of March 4 is facing charges of filing a false police report and trying to…