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City Council to consider grant funding for prospective downtown businesses

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincolnton City Council will vote on several grant applications filed by prospective downtown businesses during their regular monthly meeting on Thursday evening. Two applicants are requesting a Smart Growth Incentive Grant in which the city provides a grant to the property owner based on the…

Criminal Charges— 6-28-17

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Amanda Marie Shearer, 30, of 2557 Old Pond Dr. in Lincolnton was charged June 15 with two counts of forgery of notes, checks or warrants. A $10,000 secured bond was set. Alisha Mae Wright, 33, of 1518 Bess Chapel Church Rd.…

Criminal Charges— 6-26-17

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Christopher Joe Malone, 37, of 6132 Covecreek Dr. in Charlotte was charged June 15 with three counts of failure to appear and one count of resisting/delaying/obstructing a public officer. A $1,000 secured bond was set. Robert Andrew Wehunt, 35, of 508…

Former apple grower finds prosperity in blackberries

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer At one time, Lincoln County was known for its apple production. Brent Brown is a fourth-generation apple grower. His great-grandfather, Bert Yarbro, was one of the original apple growers in Lincoln County. His father, Clyde T. Brown, was the plant manager at White House Foods…

‘The Collective’ brings together young local artists

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer A group of young people, who simply call themselves the “Collective,” have formed an artist collective to bring out each others’ dreams and celebrate art. The members are engaged in various forms of art – creative writing, poetry, music and painting — and they share…

Forum gives regional perspective to local education issues

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Communities in Schools of Lincoln County and the Lincoln County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council held their first Community Engagement Forum on Thursday at the Laboratory Mill in Lincolnton. The purpose of this forum was to bring different perspectives from not just the Lincoln County community…

Summer camps connect kids with law enforcement, the arts

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Along with the end of school for the summer comes, for many children, summer camp. This week, two very different camps offered opportunities for area children — the Lincolnton Police Department’s Law Enforcement Action Development Camp (LEAD) and the Arts Council of Lincoln County’s Art…

Dog was frequent sight in Boger City

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer During the years that James Hester operated his tax and used car businesses across the street from his home on East Main Street in Boger City, he said that he had a hard time getting across the street without getting hit. Penny, the black and…

Deputies: Five charged in connection with meth sales

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Staff report Five people have been arrested in connection with several Sheriff’s Office investigations into meth sales in the western and southern parts of Lincoln County. Deputies said the five suspects, who were charged on Friday, have all been arrested within the past six months on unrelated drug charges. One…

Criminal Charges— 6-23-17

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Andy Allen Clinton, 25, of 6601 George Hildebran in Hickory was charged June 12 with one count each of resisting/delaying/obstructing a public officer and parole violation. A $5,000 bond was set. Charles Thomas Alexander, 36, of 109 Holden Dr. in Earl…