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Charlotte man arrested in child predator sting

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Staff report A Charlotte man has been charged with possessing child pornography in connection with a Lincolnton Police Department child predator sting. Jeffrey Alan Churchwell, 51, of 3216 Minnesota Road, was arrested on Dec. 28 after a month-long undercover operation. Officers said Churchwell made contact with a detective who was…

Cherryville New Year’s shooters start celebration early in Lincolnton

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer No one knows exactly when the tradition of the Cherryville New Year’s Shooters started, but it is known that the practice of shooting black powder muskets on New Year’s Eve was brought to North Carolina by the early German settlers. “Some people say we are…

West Lincoln medical facility still on the table

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer A withdrawn rezoning request that sparked more than an hour of heated discussion at a joint meeting between the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners and planning board earlier this month has been filed for a second time by Lincolnton Main Street, LLC. The request, which calls…

Water-skiers brave rain, cold for Lake Norman tournament

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer It would have taken a more than a rainy day to stop competitors and spectators from traveling to the Lake Norman Marina on New Year’s Day to attend what has become one of the longest-running barefoot waterskiing tournaments in the country. About the only thing…

LPD raid nets five arrests on two dozen felony charges

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Staff report A Lincolnton Police Department raid at a home on North Grove Street resulted in the arrest of five residents on two dozen felony drug charges on Dec. 23. Officers said Robert Shuford, Leslie Shuford, Berry Osborne, Jessica Lane and Arthur Houser, all of 401 N. Grove Street, were…

Rep. Jason Saine named to FCC committee

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Lincoln County state Rep. Jason Saine has been appointed to the Federal Communications Commission’s Intergovernmental Advisory Committee. The IAC will operate for a two-year term, which will commence with the committee’s first meeting in Washington, D.C. at FCC headquarters on a date to be announced. The…

Front porches, dance halls were once home to region’s mountain music traditions

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer With the industrialization of the southern Piedmont, old-time music that was once played on porches and homes became popular across the nation. Record companies like the Victor Talking Machine Company started to search out and record musicians from rural areas of North Carolina. In an…

Barefoot waterskiing tournament back for 39th year

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Lake Norman Marina is playing host to the 39th annual Barefoot Skiing Tournament on Jan. 1. The competition initially started on a lark and has now become an annual event on New Year’s Day. Terry Cody of Sherrills Ford and his fellow barefoot skiing friend,…

Twelve arrested on felony drug charges

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Staff report The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit charged twelve people last week following an undercover operation targeting street-level drug dealers selling methamphetamine and prescription pills. According to detectives, the investigations took place over six months, during which the suspects sold drugs to undercover detectives. Most were charged with…

Two schools deemed ‘low-performing’

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Two schools within the Lincoln County Schools district received “low performing” designations from the state and now have to implement improvement plans — G.E. Massey Elementary School and F.D. “Jack” Kiser Intermediate School, both in Lincolnton. School improvement plans for those two schools were developed…