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SAGA Combat Systems offers free classes to law enforcement

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer A martial arts program designed for Lincoln County law enforcement has been established by SAGA Combat Systems of Lincolnton. The acronym “SAGA” represents “Striking And Grappling Arts.” The school offers classes in karate, judo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. “We wanted to come up with a way to…

Denver Christian Academy is ‘a dream realized’

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer For Dennis Zinchuck and Michael Kiser, the opening of the doors for Denver Christian Academy represents long hours of research, conversation and sleepless nights. The school, located in the previous location of Lincoln Charter School at 2243 Charter Lane off of Highway 16 in Denver, held…

Deputies: Man posed as officer

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Staff report A Vale man has been accused of pretending to be a law enforcement officer after threatening to arrest two people during a dispute at a gas station in western Lincoln County, according to a release from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. The Lincoln County Communications Center received an…

Ice mixed with snow can’t stop winter fun

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DOT takes early action on roads

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Several western Lincoln County residents were left without power for about three hours on Monday afternoon when a car slid into a pole off of West Highway 27 near Rock Dam Road. “The driver was treated for minor injuries and Rutherford Electric had to set a…

Precautions taken by Sheriff’s Office to prevent repeat of SWAT gear theft

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Earlier this month, a Lincoln County SWAT team member’s home and department-issued cruiser were broken into and two weapons, including a submachine gun, and various tactical gear and body armor were stolen. Sgt. Robert Jeffries was not home at the time of the thefts and his…

Heat Under Feet: Main Street sidewalk warms up for 28th year

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Heated sidewalks and driveways are not a new amenity. Cities across the country have utilized them in target areas throughout their concrete landscape since they were popularized in the 1970’s. Today, landowners have the systems installed in their driveways and sidewalks around their residence. Within the…

NAACP celebrates Black History Month

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Woman arrested, man sought for break-ins

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Staff report The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has arrested one person and is looking for another in connection with a Jan. 5 break-in at businesses in western Lincoln County. Debra Suzanne Moore, 36, of 245 Boyles Road in Lawndale, was arrested on five felony counts of safecracking, larceny, breaking and…

Pomeroy settles into judge’s seat

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Following the Dec. 31 retirement of District 27B judge James W. Morgan, Gov. Pat McCrory appointed Lincolnton attorney Todd Pomeroy as a Superior Court judge for Lincoln and Cleveland counties. Pomeroy, a Lincoln County resident for 19 years, served as a partner at the Jonas Law…