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Ku Klux Klan recruitment fliers found in Lincolnton

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Ku Klux Klan has extended its recruiting efforts to Lincolnton, distributing fliers around town late Saturday evening and into early Sunday morning. Dr. David Staton awoke Sunday morning to find a plastic bag weighed down by birdseed containing a card urging the recipient to contact…

State legislature still divided over HB2

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Democrats in the North Carolina General Assembly filed two bills last week aimed at fully repealing House Bill 2, the law that requires transgender people to use the bathroom in government buildings based on the gender listed on their birth certificate. The two proposals also call…

Student Advisory Council keeps giving to city

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Members of the Lincolnton Student Advisory Council have been busy with various projects intended to benefit the Lincoln County community. Some of the undertakings they are currently working on include convincing the North Carolina Department of Transportation to get the traffic lines repainted around Court…

California gang member charged with drug trafficking

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Staff report A Lenoir man has been charged with trafficking meth and heroin and possession of a firearm with an altered serial number. Lincolnton Police Department officers said narcotics detectives on Wednesday stopped a vehicle on Hubbard Street in which Ryan Joseph Gutierrez, 25, of 710 Pennton Avenue in Lenoir,…

Asbury Resource Center keeps helping local students

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The Asbury Resource Center, which opened in the old Asbury School building in Lincolnton in October, has been growing by leaps and bounds. The center is a joint collaboration between Asbury United Methodist Church and United Way of Lincoln County, offering clothing and school supplies…

A Place to Grow ready for Cultural Center art show

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer For the past couple of months, the children of A Place to Grow have been working on artwork to be displayed at the Lincoln Cultural Center. An opening reception will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Cultural Center. The reception will be attended…

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…