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Cuban-born dancer to grace the stage in ‘The Nutcracker’

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer “When you dance, you don’t need to know what language a person speaks,” Ana Acela Perez said. “When they are dancing, you can understand what they are feeling. There’s no need to use words.” Perez, a young dancer who recently moved to Lincolnton from Cuba,…

‘Happy Tree’ program brings Christmas to foster children

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Two Lincoln County residents are partnering with area businesses in an effort to bring Christmas to local foster children. Tracy Silver, a Lincolnton attorney, and Roger Calhoun, owner of Auto Body Solutions, are working together to coordinate a program similar to the Salvation Army’s “Angel Tree”…

Fire causes $500K in damage at Houser Transport

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Staff report A fire that started in a trailer destroyed trucks and a warehouse at Houser Transport in Vale on Friday. Northbrook Fire Department Chief Donald “Duck” Hull said the fire began around 1 p.m. and was discovered by employees returning from lunch. They found one trailer, which was backed…

Families keep Lincoln County dairy businesses going

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Down from more than 150 just 50 years ago, there are only five commercial dairies still operating in Lincoln County. Despite there being only five, Lincoln County is sixth in milk production in North Carolina. Iredell is No. 1, followed by Randolph, Yadkin, Gaston and…

Christmas parades on tap for Lincolnton, Maiden

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Thursday is Thanksgiving and, at the end of the night when the leftovers are put away, the football is over and the Black Friday lines begin to form, the attention of the nation will turn to Christmas. The city of Lincolnton and the town of Maiden…

Pair arrested on fraud charges

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Staff report Two Charlotte residents have been charged with using fake identification to buy more than $20,000 of lawn care equipment from a Lincoln County store. Michael William Murphy, 60, of 5901 McBride Street, and Latonya Denise Brown, 35, of 9406 Abney Court, were arrested on Tuesday by detectives. Deputies…

Tenowo honored as Lincoln County Industry of the Year

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Each year, the Lincoln Economic Development Association recognizes the Lincoln County Industry of the Year at the annual Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce banquet. This year, the award was presented on Thursday to Tenowo Non-Wovens for their positive impact on Lincoln County, involvement in the community,…

New River Bluegrass performing with Lowesville Gospel Concerts series

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Bringing a blend of vocal harmonies and acoustic music, New River Bluegrass will be performing on Saturday at 6 p.m. as part of the Lowesville Gospel Concerts series in Stanley. “These six guys do an awesome job of picking and singing and they write a…

Dairy Diaries: Lincoln County milk production through the years

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer There are fragments of former dairy farms, like the silos standing next to low barns that may be falling in, scattered throughout Lincoln County. At one time, Lincoln County was home to hundreds of working dairy farms, but many are now gone. Just 50 years…

Lincolnton firefighters give coats to local students

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The Lincolnton Professional Fire Fighters Association (LPFFA) brought some warmth to 72 Lincoln County Schools children on Tuesday. For the second year, members of the LPFFA took part in “Operation Warm,” a national campaign that the International Association of Firefighters has partnered with, to get…