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House passes BRIGHT Futures Act sponsored by Saine

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer A bill co-sponsored by Lincoln County state Rep. Jason Saine designed to equip rural communities with access to high-speed internet passed through the North Carolina House of Representatives with overwhelming support last week. House Bill 68, which passed with a 109-8 vote on Thursday, is also…

Bull riding runs in Morris family’s blood

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer What does it take to climb on top of a 2,000-pound animal who doesn’t want you there and stay on for eight seconds? These massive bulls are amazing athletes and they know their job, which is to buck off the rider as quick as they…

‘Thunder Over Carolina’ set for revamped debut

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The cast is set and rehearsals have begun for “Thunder Over Carolina,” a production that will be presented at the Lincoln Cultural Center beginning May 18. “Thunder” is a historical drama based on the Battle of Ramsour’s Mill, which was fought in Lincolnton in 1780…

Cosmetologist brightens days at Denver assisted living facility

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer For many senior citizens, the thought of living out their final years in an assisted living community is a dreadful last resort. That’s not a knock on the senior center employees who dedicate countless hours to caring for the elderly, but an acknowledgement of the harsh…

Zoning hearings on neighborhood, charter schools scheduled

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners will conduct five public hearings during a joint meeting with the planning board on May 1. Of those hearings, only one is related to a substantial new residential development. Meritage Homes of the Carolinas, Inc. is requesting the rezoning of…

Deputies asking for public’s help to find missing teen

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Staff report Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office detectives are looking for a runaway teenager who went missing Wednesday night. Deputies were dispatched to 141 St. Matthews Church Road in Maiden in reference a runaway teen. Tipton Lamar (T.J.) Jones, 15, left the residence around 10:30 p.m. on April 19. He was…

County to consider microbrewery referendum for Catawba Springs

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer A petition was brought before the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners on Monday night requesting an ABC referendum on the next county ballot. The petition, presented to the board by former East Lincoln Betterment Association president George Barr, would permit microbreweries and stand-alone beer bars in…

Lincoln County Coalition Against Child Abuse marks 10 years

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The Lincoln County Coalition Against Child Abuse (LCCACA) and the Lincoln County Child Advocacy Center, which opened its doors on July 7, 2007, celebrated its 10th anniversary on Thursday at a ceremony held at the Citizens Center in Lincolnton. “Ten years of serving victims in…

Renowned bluegrass group to perform in Lowesville

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The Farm Hands Bluegrass Quartet from Nashville, Tennessee will be returning to the stage at Lowesville Gospel Concerts in Lowesville on Saturday. The founding members of the quartet, Tim Graves and Daryl Mosley, were working at the Grand Ole Opry and they felt they needed…

Seven arrested on felony drug charges

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Staff report Seven people are facing felony drug charges following the conclusion of several Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office investigations. Detectives said the investigations were targeting alleged dealers of methamphetamine, marijuana and prescription drugs, according to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office. Four of the suspects have been arrested, three…

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