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Polar plunge to benefit Special Olympics

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Special Olympics Lincoln County will be holding its seventh annual Polar Plunge on Saturday, at the Betty G. Ross Recreation Center in Lincolnton. All proceeds from this event, which program coordinator Celeste Frazier said is the organization’s biggest fundraiser of the year, will be kept…

Commissioners, planning board discuss potential building moratorium

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners met with the county planning board on Monday evening to discuss the specifics of a proposed moratorium on residential development in East Lincoln. A public hearing on the matter is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 27 at the James W. Warren…

Hoyle announces plans to retire as superintendent

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Dr. Sherry Hoyle has announced that she will retire in July as superintendent of Lincoln County Schools. Hoyle has served as superintendent since 2011. “I was finishing my 31st year and I just felt like it was time,” she said. “I invested all my career…

Ku Klux Klan recruitment fliers found in Lincolnton

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Ku Klux Klan has extended its recruiting efforts to Lincolnton, distributing fliers around town late Saturday evening and into early Sunday morning. Dr. David Staton awoke Sunday morning to find a plastic bag weighed down by birdseed containing a card urging the recipient to contact…

Officers investigating robbery at ATM

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Staff report A woman was robbed at gunpoint at an ATM in Lincolnton on Feb. 6. Lincolnton Police Department officers said the woman was getting cash from an ATM at the Fifth Third Bank on East Main Street at around 6:45 p.m. when a man robbed her at gunpoint. Officers…

State legislature still divided over HB2

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Democrats in the North Carolina General Assembly filed two bills last week aimed at fully repealing House Bill 2, the law that requires transgender people to use the bathroom in government buildings based on the gender listed on their birth certificate. The two proposals also call…

Student Advisory Council keeps giving to city

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Members of the Lincolnton Student Advisory Council have been busy with various projects intended to benefit the Lincoln County community. Some of the undertakings they are currently working on include convincing the North Carolina Department of Transportation to get the traffic lines repainted around Court…

California gang member charged with drug trafficking

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Staff report A Lenoir man has been charged with trafficking meth and heroin and possession of a firearm with an altered serial number. Lincolnton Police Department officers said narcotics detectives on Wednesday stopped a vehicle on Hubbard Street in which Ryan Joseph Gutierrez, 25, of 710 Pennton Avenue in Lenoir,…

Asbury Resource Center keeps helping local students

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The Asbury Resource Center, which opened in the old Asbury School building in Lincolnton in October, has been growing by leaps and bounds. The center is a joint collaboration between Asbury United Methodist Church and United Way of Lincoln County, offering clothing and school supplies…

A Place to Grow ready for Cultural Center art show

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer For the past couple of months, the children of A Place to Grow have been working on artwork to be displayed at the Lincoln Cultural Center. An opening reception will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Cultural Center. The reception will be attended…