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Glow Run to help fund playground for fosters

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Patrons of Alive after Five on Thursday may notice some very colorful characters on the Marcia Cloninger Rail Trail. A Glow Run, with proceeds going to help to provide a playground and outdoor visitation area for local foster children, is set to kick off from 5–9…

Deputies: Man broke baby’s leg

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Staff report A Lincoln County man is facing felony child abuse charges after allegedly breaking his 3-month-old baby’s leg. David Lawrence Simmons, Jr., 24, of 8578 Unity Church Road in Denver, was taken into custody on Friday by Detective Dan Renn of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office after hospital workers…

Woman arrested for forged prescriptions

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Reporter A Lincolnton woman was arrested on Friday after allegedly attempting to pass forged prescriptions at a local pharmacy. According to a press release issued by the Lincolnton Police Department, Officer Brent Heavner responded to the Walgreens at 1230 East Main Street in Lincolnton on Sept. 14…

42nd city Apple Festival brings crowds, business to downtown

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Thousands flooded the streets of downtown Lincolnton on Saturday to celebrate the 42nd annual Lincoln County Apple Festival. Known for being a family-oriented event, the non-profit festival offered attendees a diverse array of entertainment and food, as well as an opportunity to shop and support local…

SWAT raids target violent suspects

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer The American Civil Liberties Union released a report in June that analyzed SWAT teams and what the organization said is law enforcement’s increasing use of militarized tactics to serve search warrants for low-level drug crimes. The report said that weapons and tactics of war are being…

Animal control, 911 costs off the table, for now

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer While Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners and Lincolnton’s City Council approved a water sales agreement earlier in September, the cost of the county providing 911 and animal control services to the City of Lincolnton has yet to be resolved. County commissioners and city councilmen spent more…

Rescue Squad Park bid up for approval

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer The Lincoln County Parks and Recreation Department will seek approval to award the contract for the construction of East Lincoln Rescue Squad Park to Brushy Mountain Builders, Inc. at a Board of Commissioners meeting today. According to the memorandum prepared by Lincoln County Public Works Director…

Charlotte man, 19, arrested for rape of juvenile

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Staff report A Charlotte man was arrested by a Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy on Wednesday on charges related to a sexual assault of a juvenile. Andre Keith Bracey, 19, of 2610 Alleghany Street, was charged by the Lincolnton Police Department with five counts each of second degree rape and first…

Farmers benefit from Harvest Moon Grille

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Locally sourced ingredients bring business to farmers ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer The recent opening of a Lincolnton farm-to-table restaurant is making a significant economic impact for several farmers located throughout Lincoln County and the surrounding area. Harvest Moon Grille, located at 331 East Main Street, officially opened its doors to…

FBI helps deputies make arrest in 2010 breaking and entering

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest in a breaking and entering case from 2010, with the help of the FBI. Sgt. Brandon Posey secured warrants on a suspect after being alerted that a palm print found following a break-in on April 8, 2010…