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North Lincoln High set to stage ‘Grease’

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The North Lincoln High School drama department will step into the spotlight this weekend to stage the school’s annual spring musical. The cast and crew, directed by North Lincoln drama teacher Aubrey Bridges, will travel back to the time of leather jackets, classic cars and jukeboxes…

LPD officers equipped with overdose-reversal drug

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Police officers with the Lincolnton Police Department have recently been trained on how to use Narcan, a prescription drug used to reverse the effects of an overdose of heroin or other opioid-based drugs. The Lincolnton Police Department is the first Lincoln County agency other than…

Criminal Charges — 3-13-17

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Justin Dru Bragg, 30, of 3125 Bittersweet Tr. in Lincolnton was charged on Mar. 5 with one count each of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or distribute control substance schedule I, possession of drug equipment or paraphernalia, and possession with…

Child predator sentenced

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer A Gastonia man busted in a Lincolnton Police Department sting operation pleaded guilty to soliciting a child for sex. Michael “Doc” Robert Geressy was arrested in June when he came to Lincolnton to meet what he believed to be a 14-year-old child he met on the…

Around Town — 3-13-17

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TODAY Meeting Mended Hearts Chapter 379 will host a meeting at 5:45 in the Oak Room of CaroMont Regional Medical Center, located at 2525 Court Dr. in Gastonia. The cardiac support group will meet at 7 p.m. with speaker Meredith Mullins of Legacy Heart Care. Senior bingo The Gaston County…

Greensboro man wins Heafner-Williams Vocal Competition

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The judges at the 15th annual Heafner-Williams Vocal Competition had difficult choices to make, according to founder Carolyn Heafner. Normally, only six people make it into the finals held on Sunday, but this year there were seven because the judges couldn’t decide on just six.…

Charity event benefits Coalition Against Child Abuse, during home ministry

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The Lincoln County community came together Saturday evening to support a joint fundraiser for the Lincoln County Coalition Against Child Abuse and a nursing home ministry founded by country singer-songwriter Bruce Hedrick. Denver resident Ronnie Caldwell met Hedrick through their shared love of music. One…

Residents rally against proposed Dollar General

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Some Lincoln County residents are speaking out in opposition of a proposed 9,100 square-foot Dollar General store proposed for the northwest corner of Highway 73 and Amity Church Road in the Ironton Township. A website, www.stopdg.com, was launched last week to encourage others in the community…

Lincolnton PD Lt. Jason Munday to run for sheriff

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Lincolnton Police Department Lt. Jason Munday has announced his plans to run for Lincoln County sheriff in 2018. “I’ve known in the back of mind for a few years now that I wanted to run for sheriff,” Munday said. “Prior to coming to Lincolnton I worked…

Program connects students from LHS, elementary schools for reading

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Throughout the school year, students at Lincolnton High School have been taking time out of their busy schedules to visit Lincolnton elementary schools to read to their younger counterparts. On Tuesday, football and basketball stars Langdon Givens and Sage Surratt went with fellow Lincolnton High…