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Father and son charged in home invasion

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Staff report A father and son have been arrested in connection with a northern Lincoln County home invasion. The victim, who lives in the 4400 block of Herter Road in Lincolnton, told Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies that two Hispanic men broke into his home around 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday…

Man charged with break-in, theft of antiques

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Staff report A Cherryville man has been charged with stealing antiques from a home in Vale while the victim was asleep inside. The victim, an 86-year-old man, told deputies on March 12 that he had been awakened by the sound of movement in his basement and saw flashlights outside his…

Criminal Charges— 4-19-17

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Jamie Lee Freeman, 26, of 1526 Modena St. in Gastonia was charged Apr. 9 with one count each of possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession of a schedule I controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and rear lamps-required lighting…

East Lincoln Winter Guard celebrates successful season

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The Varsity Cheval Winter Guard from East Lincoln High School has had a very successful season of competition. Most recently they were the Carolina Winter Ensemble Association Scholastic A Gold Medalists and also regional finalists with the Winter Guard International (WGI) Knoxville, WGI Mid-Atlanta Power…

Student-produced video will help make Rail Trail safer

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Lincolnton Fire Chief Ryan Heavner discovered there was a potential safety issue with the Marcia H. Cloninger Rail Trail and he and Capt. Brent Smith set about to find a way to fix it. The safety issue was that if a person was on the…

Photo exhibit showcases beauty of North Carolina

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The Arts Council of Lincoln County is sponsoring a display of photography by members of the Lincoln Photography Club and their friends. The beauty of North Carolina is the subject of the exhibit, which will be on display from April 10-28 at the Lincoln Cultural…

Former astronaut visits East Lincoln Middle School

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer A former NASA astronaut landed at East Lincoln Middle School on Thursday to give a presentation to sixth grade students as part of the Schiele Museum of History’s initiative for having real scientists in the classroom. Tom Jones spent 12 years as a NASA astronaut…

Lincoln County Democratic Party elects new chairman

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Democratic Party elected new officers during the party’s annual county convention on April 8. Ross Bulla, founder and president of a global security risk mitigation and investigations firm based in Denver, will succeed Tommy Huskey as party chairman. “It’s a great honor,” Bulla…

Board of education approves redistricting proposal

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Members of the Lincoln County Schools Board of Education spent the majority of their time during a meeting on Tuesday in closed session reviewing the contracts of associate superintendent Dr. Aaron Allen and assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction Dr. Rhonda Hager, discussing personnel matters,…

Commissioners to hear presentation on Block Smith Gym sale

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer A proposal to renovate the Block Smith Gym to create a science center in Lincolnton will be brought back before the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners tonight. Edward McFadden, founder and chairman of STEM Career Path Project, Inc. will address the commissioners seeking a letter of…