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Volunteer firefighter retires after 41 years of service

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer There’s something to be said of a man who puts the well being of others above his own during an emergency and, for more than 40 years, Wayne Houser has done just that, dedicating countless hours of his time to protecting the people of Lincoln County…

City could issue permits for public speakers

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincolnton City Council has scheduled a public hearing to discuss proposed changes to the city’s code of ordinances related to public speakers at city events. The hearing will be held on March 2 as part of the regular agenda during the council’s monthly session. City…

Animal services advisory board to revise county ordinance

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Last year, at the request of a concerned citizen, the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to revive an animal services advisory board that had been dormant since 2008. The purpose of the Lincoln County Animal Services Advisory Board is to advise the county commissioners,…

Cherryville man arrested on child abuse charge

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Staff report A Cherryville man is facing a child abuse charge in connection with an incident that occurred in December. Detective Kelsey Harrington with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jonathan Matthew Williams, 33, of Knotline Lane, on Thursday on one felony count of child abuse causing serious injury. Williams…

UPDATED: SBI investigating officer-involved shooting

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Staff report The SBI is investigating an officer-involved shooting that took place early Saturday morning in Lincolnton following an attempted traffic stop of a Humvee that was reportedly stolen from the National Guard Armory in the city. Lincolnton Police Department officers were attempting to stop the vehicle, which was traveling…

Local students named finalists for prestigious scholarships

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Two Lincoln County students have been named as finalists for the prestigious Park Scholarships program at North Carolina State University. These two students, Brandon Keneda, currently attending Lincolnton High School, and Andrew Rutledge, currently attending West Lincoln High School, are two of the 112 finalists…

Officer named to FBI task force for crimes against children

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Lincolnton Police Department Det. Brent Heavner was recently sworn in as a task force officer for the FBI’s Violent Crimes Against Children Taskforce. A long-time member of law enforcement, Heavner has been employed with the Lincolnton Police Department for the last nine years. When Heavner…

Events honor fallen East Lincoln firefighter

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Several Lincoln County organizations have come together to honor fallen East Lincoln firefighter Josh Warren and support the family that he left behind. Carolinas Healthcare System-Lincoln will be offering free cardiac evaluations to emergency personnel in Lincoln County on Saturday morning as part of “Heart of…

‘Masters of Soul’ performing in Lincolnton

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The Lincoln County Concert Association will be hosting the Masters of Soul on Feb. 5 at 3 p.m. The group performs Motown hits including those by the Temptations, the Four Tops, the Supremes, Marvin Gaye and the Jackson Five. The performance will be held at…

Longtime officer looks back after three decades of service

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer After more than three decades serving the City of Lincolnton as a police officer, Kameron Keener is looking at retiring in December. There are some things he wishes he did differently during his service, but he said he doesn’t regret joining the force. While employed…