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Lincolnton PD welcomes three new officers

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Three new police officers have joined the Lincolnton Police Department. One is a lifelong Gaston County resident while the other two are immigrants to the United States — one from West Africa and the other from Colombia. Mamadou Diallo has been in the country for…

Commissioner McCall to head ‘no-kill’ committee

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a request from freshman commissioner Anita McCall for the formation of an ad hoc committee focused on helping Lincoln County Animal Services achieve “no-kill” status with a live-release rate of at least 90 percent for 12 consecutive months.…

North Lincoln preparing for student jazz concert

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Springtime brings jazz music to North Lincoln High School, with several upcoming concerts to be performed by students who have auditioned for a seat in the band. A “Knight of Jazz” coffeehouse-style concert performed by the members of the band will be held on Monday…

Commissioners discuss moratorium on East Lincoln development

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners will conduct a public hearing on Feb. 27 to discuss a proposed moratorium on residential development in the Catawba Springs Township. Commissioner Rich Permenter, who prioritized a long-term plan for the growth of Lincoln County throughout his campaign, proposed the…

City officials discuss plans to issue permits for public speech

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Lincolnton city officials are reviewing a proposal to require permits for public speakers at city events prior to a March 2 public hearing. The ordinance is an attempt to address public speakers on streets and sidewalks during festivals and events in downtown Lincolnton through the implementation…

Downtown Development Association hires executive director

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Downtown Development Association of Lincolnton has announced the hiring of Brett Hicks to fill the role of executive director for the nonprofit organization. Hicks will also oversee the DDA’s Main Street program, which requires a full-time manager to maintain Lincolnton’s status as a “Main Street…

Blood Sweat Gears settling into new home

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Blood Sweat Gears, a bike shop formerly located near Harris Teeter at Waterside Crossing in Denver, has recently relocated to a new building that owner Keith Isenberg built from the ground up. The new building is located at 108 Killian Farm Road in Stanley. An…

Photography project helps keep Crouse history alive

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer For the past six years, the residents of Crouse have been sharing and preserving their memories as part of the Crouse Community History and Photo Project, which is part of numerous projects begun on behalf of longtime Crouse resident Willie Heafner. “When I was growing…

Police release more details in officer-involved shooting

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Staff report Police have released the names of both the suspect and the officer involved in a shooting early Saturday morning in Lincolnton. Lincolnton Police Department officer Thomas Hall, who has been with the department since October 2015, shot Brian Samuel Brittain, 32, during a car chase at around 4:30…

Worley happy to be back at LHS

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Happily settling into his return to Lincolnton High School as principal after leaving in 2013 to serve as an administrator, Tony Worley said he’s glad to be back because he really missed the kids. He served as principal for eight years at Lincolnton High School…