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City officials discuss plans to issue permits for public speech

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Lincolnton city officials are reviewing a proposal to require permits for public speakers at city events prior to a March 2 public hearing. The ordinance is an attempt to address public speakers on streets and sidewalks during festivals and events in downtown Lincolnton through the implementation…

Downtown Development Association hires executive director

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Downtown Development Association of Lincolnton has announced the hiring of Brett Hicks to fill the role of executive director for the nonprofit organization. Hicks will also oversee the DDA’s Main Street program, which requires a full-time manager to maintain Lincolnton’s status as a “Main Street…

Blood Sweat Gears settling into new home

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Blood Sweat Gears, a bike shop formerly located near Harris Teeter at Waterside Crossing in Denver, has recently relocated to a new building that owner Keith Isenberg built from the ground up. The new building is located at 108 Killian Farm Road in Stanley. An…

Photography project helps keep Crouse history alive

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer For the past six years, the residents of Crouse have been sharing and preserving their memories as part of the Crouse Community History and Photo Project, which is part of numerous projects begun on behalf of longtime Crouse resident Willie Heafner. “When I was growing…

Police release more details in officer-involved shooting

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Staff report Police have released the names of both the suspect and the officer involved in a shooting early Saturday morning in Lincolnton. Lincolnton Police Department officer Thomas Hall, who has been with the department since October 2015, shot Brian Samuel Brittain, 32, during a car chase at around 4:30…

Worley happy to be back at LHS

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Happily settling into his return to Lincolnton High School as principal after leaving in 2013 to serve as an administrator, Tony Worley said he’s glad to be back because he really missed the kids. He served as principal for eight years at Lincolnton High School…

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…