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Firefighter back on the job after injury nearly derailed career

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Lincolnton Fire Department Capt. Joe Fletcher’s father, James “Louis” Fletcher, has been a volunteer firefighter at the Boger City station since 1979 and, before then, he was a volunteer with a Yadkin County department. “I grew up in the fire service,” Joe Fletcher said. “I…

Rock Springs Camp Meeting continues to bring family, friends together

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Another year has gone down in the record books of the Rock Springs Camp Meeting. Although Terry Brotherton insists that he’s not keeping track of the happenings each year, after the work he put into his two volume series on the campground, entitled “Rock Spring…

Some restaurants hope to take advantage of ‘brunch bill’

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincolnton City Council and the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners have each adopted a “brunch bill” ordinance in the past two weeks to permit the sale of alcohol beginning at 10 a.m. on Sundays. The city council voted 3-1 in favor of the change two…

Curtis, Saine discuss NC redistricting plans

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer North Carolina legislators have until the end of the month to redraw the state’s election district lines, after 28 districts were deemed unconstitutional by federal courts due to racial gerrymandering. The current lines, drawn in 2011 with Republicans in control of the legislature, have been under…

Standoff ends when SWAT team arrests wanted man

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Staff report The Lincoln County SWAT team arrested an Iredell County man after he barricaded himself inside the basement of a building near Crouse on Thursday. Marcus Tyler Holloway, 32, of Statesville, was wanted on numerous charges, including charges related to the theft of lottery tickets from a Denver convenience…

Street preachers cause a stir at downtown Lincolnton events

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The issue of street preachers at downtown Lincolnton events was brought to the forefront once again at the end of last week’s Lincolnton City Council meeting. Fred Jarrett, chairman of the City of Lincolnton Steering Committee, took the opportunity during the segment of the meeting designated…

First responders train for active shooter at school

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Lincoln County first responders took part in an active shooter training exercise at Lincolnton Middle School on Thursday. This training was conducted to evaluate the active shooter plan for Lincoln County Emergency Medical Services (EMS). This plan has been in the works for approximately three…

Hesed House hoping to open year-round

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Hesed House of Hope took another step toward year-round service when the Lincolnton City Council agreed to donate up to $5,000 to help fund Lincoln County’s only homeless shelter. Currently, the Hesed House is a seasonal operation, with its doors opening at the beginning of…

‘Gong Show’ coming to Lincolnton

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Even though Lincoln Idol was a success last year, the Gong Show is coming to Lincolnton in October instead. Roger Calhoun, president of the Arts Council of Lincoln County, wanted to honor the life of Chuck Barris, the creator and host of the original Gong…

Rising WLHS senior crowned Apple Queen

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Twenty-one young women competed to become the 39th Miss Lincoln County Apple Queen on Saturday. They all spent the last month preparing for the event, which was held at the James W. Warren Citizens Center in front of an appreciative audience. Ana Acela Pérez Ochoa,…