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The Owl’s Nest reopens under new management

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The Owl’s Nest is not a new storefront in downtown Lincolnton but it will be reopening with a new owner, Julie Horton, on Saturday. The store was originally opened approximately a year and a half ago but, due to one of the illness of one…

Standoff ends when SWAT team arrests wanted man

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Staff report The Lincoln County SWAT team arrested an Iredell County man after he barricaded himself inside the basement of a building near Crouse on Thursday. Marcus Tyler Holloway, 32, of Statesville, was wanted on numerous charges, including charges related to the theft of lottery tickets from a Denver convenience…

Street preachers cause a stir at downtown Lincolnton events

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The issue of street preachers at downtown Lincolnton events was brought to the forefront once again at the end of last week’s Lincolnton City Council meeting. Fred Jarrett, chairman of the City of Lincolnton Steering Committee, took the opportunity during the segment of the meeting designated…

First responders train for active shooter at school

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Lincoln County first responders took part in an active shooter training exercise at Lincolnton Middle School on Thursday. This training was conducted to evaluate the active shooter plan for Lincoln County Emergency Medical Services (EMS). This plan has been in the works for approximately three…

Hesed House hoping to open year-round

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Hesed House of Hope took another step toward year-round service when the Lincolnton City Council agreed to donate up to $5,000 to help fund Lincoln County’s only homeless shelter. Currently, the Hesed House is a seasonal operation, with its doors opening at the beginning of…

‘Gong Show’ coming to Lincolnton

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Even though Lincoln Idol was a success last year, the Gong Show is coming to Lincolnton in October instead. Roger Calhoun, president of the Arts Council of Lincoln County, wanted to honor the life of Chuck Barris, the creator and host of the original Gong…

New Lincoln County Schools superintendent sworn in

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer New Lincoln County Schools superintendent Dr. Lory Morrow presided at her first meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Education on Tuesday. After Morrow was sworn in, the board recognized the Lincoln County Schools (LCS) transportation department for their inspection score of 15 in a…

Lincoln County joins city with new ‘brunch bill’ ordinance

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously on Monday evening to allow the sale of alcohol throughout the county beginning at 10 a.m. on Sundays. The county’s new “brunch bill” ordinance, which goes into effect immediately, permits alcohol sales on-premises at restaurants, as well as…

Rising WLHS senior crowned Apple Queen

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Twenty-one young women competed to become the 39th Miss Lincoln County Apple Queen on Saturday. They all spent the last month preparing for the event, which was held at the James W. Warren Citizens Center in front of an appreciative audience. Ana Acela Pérez Ochoa,…

New superintendent discusses vision for Lincoln County Schools

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The start date for the new Lincoln County Schools superintendent, Dr. Lory Morrow, was Monday and she’s excited to start in her new position. Her last day as superintendent of Davidson County Schools was July 28 and she spent the past week transitioning into the…