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Ken Queen ends campaign for Congress

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer One of two Democrats vying to unseat Rep. Patrick McHenry from Congress has withdrawn his campaign for medical reasons. Ken Queen, who recently retired from the U.S. Navy after 15 years of service on four U.S. destroyers, announced the end of his campaign last week due…

Hesed House receives $20,000 in federal funding

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Hesed House of Hope, Lincoln County’s only homeless shelter, has been awarded $20,700 through the Emergency Food and Shelter Program sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA). “We are beyond excited to receive this funding,” Hesed House board of directors…

Anthony Huss joins GOP race for sheriff

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Another candidate has thrown his hat in the ring for the 2018 election of a new Lincoln County sheriff. Anthony Huss filed paperwork with the Lincoln County Board of Elections last week that will allow him to accept donations during his campaign for office. Huss, a…

Eleven indicted on felony drug charges

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Staff report Eleven people are facing felony drug charges following indictments handed down by a Lincoln County grand jury on Oct. 2. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office arrested seven of the suspects on Wednesday and Thursday, according to a press release. The indictments included 60 charges total against the 11…

Ayers named Lincoln County Schools Principal of the Year

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer While Lincolnton Middle School principal Dr. Dana Ayers was broadcasting her daily address to the school on Oct. 2, several staff members came into her office saying there was an emergency. After that announcement, superintendent Dr. Lory Morrow, associate superintendents Dr. Aaron Allen and Dr.…

Street preachers could face misdemeanors under proposed ordinance

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincolnton City Council has scheduled a public hearing for December to consider a recommendation from the City of Lincolnton Steering Committee regarding proposed changes to the city’s noise and special events and festivals ordinances that could address the recent complaints about street preachers at public…

Public input sought on proposed charter school location

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer A community involvement meeting regarding a proposed site for West Lake Preparatory Academy, a new Lincoln County charter school that was approved by the North Carolina Board of Education over the summer, will be held later this month. Rufus Road Partners, LLC, has filed a request…

Gong Show coming to Lincolnton on Saturday

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The contestants have been chosen for the “Lincolnton ‘Almost’ Gong Show,” scripts are written and, for the past several days, Deanna McGinnis, the executive director of the Arts Council of Lincoln County, has been making posts on Facebook looking for some rather odd items like…

Veterans receive heroes’ welcome in Lincolnton

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Three modern-day heroes visited Lincolnton on Friday. Two were Medal of Honor recipients, Retired Army Col. Walter “Joe” Marm and Retired Army Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Patterson, and the third, Army Staff Sgt. Joel Tavera, a veteran of the Iraq War and a severely wounded…

Rodeo held in honor of local girl

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Like many churches, Blazin’ Trails Cowboy Church holds a fall festival every year. This past year, however, Pastor Harvey Gates said that his eyes were opened up to an unfulfilled need in the community. Brooke Cockerline and her parents, Alicia and Jason, were members of…