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Sex offender charged in jailhouse assault

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Staff report An inmate at the Lincoln County jail has been charged with assaulting detention officers who were trying to move him from his cell. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies said Christopher Neil Chastain, 29, of Daybrook Court in Stanley, assaulted the officers as they tried to remove him from…

Vale church founders celebrate 50 years

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Eight people from the Vale community got together in 1967 and decided to build a church. “We threw in our few pennies and started building,” said Fred Watts, who recently turned 90 years old. “It grew pretty good, we thought.” All eight were African Americans…

Development moratorium public hearing scheduled for tonight

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners will conduct a public hearing tonight regarding a proposed six-month moratorium ordinance on residential development in the East Lincoln area. Freshman commissioner Rich Permenter, who prioritized a long-term plan for the growth of Lincoln County throughout his campaign, suggested the…

Relocation of county offices moving forward, price increasing

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The plan to move a number of county offices from the James W. Warren Citizens Center to the site of the former Lincoln County Hospital facility on Gamble Drive is progressing. In 2015, the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners approved the relocation project. Since that time,…

School board discusses changes to elementary schools

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Education has approved changes to the makeup of elementary schools in Lincolnton. At a special meeting held Wednesday, the board unanimously voted to begin the process of transitioning G.E. Massey Elementary and S. Ray Lowder Elementary to K-5 schools and…

Carpenter: Unlikely that ICE will enlist local deputies

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer A pair of memos released by the Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday outlined how President Donald Trump plans to enforce two executive orders on illegal immigration that he signed last month. The memos, signed by DHS Secretary John Kelly, would expand the category of people…

‘Price is Right’ fundraiser to benefit Coalition Against Child Abuse

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The “Price is Right” benefit to raise money for the Lincoln County Coalition Against Child Abuse and Child Advocacy Center (LCCACA) is returning for the 11th year to the James W. Warren Citizens Center in Lincolnton. Funds raised from the event help LCCACA to protect…

Lincolnton Sportsman Club welcomes first female member

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The Lincolnton Sportsman Club, founded in 1945, recently revised its bylaws to allow female members. The first woman, Lincolnton resident Teresa Caudle, was voted in on Feb. 16. “I grew up in the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York and was always ice fishing, regular…

Commissioners table request for development on Lake Norman

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners approved four rezoning requests and tabled a fifth during a meeting on Monday evening. Jerry Reese, a Charlotte attorney requesting an amendment to a previously approved residential development on Lake Norman, made some last-minute changes to his updated master plan…

Arts Council readies for Robinson-Lineberger literary competition

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Arts Council of Lincoln County is now accepting entries for the 34th annual Robinson-Lineberger Literary Competition. “We have found, over the years, that there are people from all walks of life who enter this competition,” Arts Council of Lincoln County executive director Deanna McGinnis said.…