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Criminal Charges — 1-2-17

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Tyler Bradshaw McCurry, 21, of 3521 Maple Wood Dr. in Denver was charged on Dec. 28 with one count of failure to appear. Kevin James Potter, 30, of 3331 Falcon Ridge Rd. in Maiden was charged on Dec. 28 with one…

Cherryville New Year’s shooters start celebration early in Lincolnton

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer No one knows exactly when the tradition of the Cherryville New Year’s Shooters started, but it is known that the practice of shooting black powder muskets on New Year’s Eve was brought to North Carolina by the early German settlers. “Some people say we are…

West Lincoln medical facility still on the table

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer A withdrawn rezoning request that sparked more than an hour of heated discussion at a joint meeting between the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners and planning board earlier this month has been filed for a second time by Lincolnton Main Street, LLC. The request, which calls…

Water-skiers brave rain, cold for Lake Norman tournament

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer It would have taken a more than a rainy day to stop competitors and spectators from traveling to the Lake Norman Marina on New Year’s Day to attend what has become one of the longest-running barefoot waterskiing tournaments in the country. About the only thing…

LPD raid nets five arrests on two dozen felony charges

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Staff report A Lincolnton Police Department raid at a home on North Grove Street resulted in the arrest of five residents on two dozen felony drug charges on Dec. 23. Officers said Robert Shuford, Leslie Shuford, Berry Osborne, Jessica Lane and Arthur Houser, all of 401 N. Grove Street, were…

Rep. Jason Saine named to FCC committee

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Lincoln County state Rep. Jason Saine has been appointed to the Federal Communications Commission’s Intergovernmental Advisory Committee. The IAC will operate for a two-year term, which will commence with the committee’s first meeting in Washington, D.C. at FCC headquarters on a date to be announced. The…

Former commissioner Alex Patton named county veterans service officer

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Alex Patton, a long-time Lincoln County commissioner, will be stepping into a new role within county government. County Manager Kelly Atkins announced on Thursday that Patton has been hired as the new veterans service officer for Lincoln County, effective Jan. 3. “Alex has a true understanding…

Danny Morton is first baby of 2017 in Lincoln County

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Danny Dean Morton was born at 4:45 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2017 at Carolinas HealthCare System-Lincoln, making him the first baby born in Lincoln County in the new year. Danny is the son of Rose and Daniel Morton of Vale and was delivered by Dr. Tomas Luley. Danny weighed 7…

Criminal Charges — 12-30-16

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Matthew Jarvis, 49, of 2305 West Amber Dr. in Lincolnton was charged on Dec. 24 with one count of simple assault and battery or affray. Candace Lynn Johnson, 24, of 3535 Plateau Rd. in Vale was charged on Dec. 25 with…

Front porches, dance halls were once home to region’s mountain music traditions

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer With the industrialization of the southern Piedmont, old-time music that was once played on porches and homes became popular across the nation. Record companies like the Victor Talking Machine Company started to search out and record musicians from rural areas of North Carolina. In an…