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EL Rescue Squad Park bid gets OK from county

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 in approval of awarding Brushy Mountain Builders, Inc. with the contract to construct East Lincoln Rescue Squad Park at a meeting on Monday. According to Lincoln County Public Works Director Don Chamblee, Brushy Mountain Builders, Inc. was the lowest…

Library moving forward with digitization

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer The Lincoln County Library is making strides to expand and improve its digital collection for the public. According to the county’s library director, Jennifer Sackett, the library recently purchased the site licensing and equipment needed to digitize and expand its collection. “This software enables libraries to…

Glow Run to help fund playground for fosters

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Patrons of Alive after Five on Thursday may notice some very colorful characters on the Marcia Cloninger Rail Trail. A Glow Run, with proceeds going to help to provide a playground and outdoor visitation area for local foster children, is set to kick off from 5–9…

Deputies: Man broke baby’s leg

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Staff report A Lincoln County man is facing felony child abuse charges after allegedly breaking his 3-month-old baby’s leg. David Lawrence Simmons, Jr., 24, of 8578 Unity Church Road in Denver, was taken into custody on Friday by Detective Dan Renn of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office after hospital workers…

Woman arrested for forged prescriptions

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Reporter A Lincolnton woman was arrested on Friday after allegedly attempting to pass forged prescriptions at a local pharmacy. According to a press release issued by the Lincolnton Police Department, Officer Brent Heavner responded to the Walgreens at 1230 East Main Street in Lincolnton on Sept. 14…

42nd city Apple Festival brings crowds, business to downtown

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Thousands flooded the streets of downtown Lincolnton on Saturday to celebrate the 42nd annual Lincoln County Apple Festival. Known for being a family-oriented event, the non-profit festival offered attendees a diverse array of entertainment and food, as well as an opportunity to shop and support local…

SWAT raids target violent suspects

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer The American Civil Liberties Union released a report in June that analyzed SWAT teams and what the organization said is law enforcement’s increasing use of militarized tactics to serve search warrants for low-level drug crimes. The report said that weapons and tactics of war are being…

Animal control, 911 costs off the table, for now

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer While Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners and Lincolnton’s City Council approved a water sales agreement earlier in September, the cost of the county providing 911 and animal control services to the City of Lincolnton has yet to be resolved. County commissioners and city councilmen spent more…

Rescue Squad Park bid up for approval

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer The Lincoln County Parks and Recreation Department will seek approval to award the contract for the construction of East Lincoln Rescue Squad Park to Brushy Mountain Builders, Inc. at a Board of Commissioners meeting today. According to the memorandum prepared by Lincoln County Public Works Director…

Charlotte man, 19, arrested for rape of juvenile

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Staff report A Charlotte man was arrested by a Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy on Wednesday on charges related to a sexual assault of a juvenile. Andre Keith Bracey, 19, of 2610 Alleghany Street, was charged by the Lincolnton Police Department with five counts each of second degree rape and first…