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United Way helps fund reading camp at Asbury Academy

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The United Way of Lincoln County is continuing its efforts to help the students and staff at Asbury Academy. A weeklong summer reading camp will be held in July to keep kids involved and avoid any possible setbacks associated with months away from the classroom. “We…

Lincoln County Cooperative Extension fills field crops vacancy

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Cooperative Extension has filled a position that has been vacant for nearly four years. Andrew Scruggs will work with local farmers in the role of the organization’s field crops agent. “The recommendations that I got on him were very high,” county extension director…

Lincolnton Business and Community Development director resigns

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The director of the City of Lincolnton Business and Community Development department is resigning. Vicki Davis will leave her position on June 24, according to a letter sent from City of Lincolnton interim manager Steve Zickefoose to city councilmen on Wednesday. Davis has accepted a position…

Lincoln Co. firefighter dies after collapsing at ELMS

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A 34-year-old Lincoln County firefighter died after a medical emergency he experienced while jogging during work-related physical fitness training at East Lincoln Middle School on Thursday morning. Joshua Warren was on duty at the Alexis Fire Department when he experienced the medical emergency. Warren was transported…

Deputies: Felon admits to hit-and-run, break-ins

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Staff report A Lincolnton felon has been arrested in connection with a hit-and-run accident, several vehicle break-ins and a home invasion. Joseph Adam Burrell, 35, of Roundtree Lane, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with fleeing the scene of an accident on Highway 150 near Ivey Church Road in Lincolnton…

Lincoln County animal shelter moves forward under new director

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Lincoln County Animal Services continues to strive toward reaching the goal of a 90 percent live-release rate. Taylor Sumansky has now been in her role as director for nearly a month and is beginning to provide a blueprint for how she expects the department to operate…

Starstruck Dance Studio celebrates 25 years

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A Lincolnton business is celebrating 25 years in Lincoln County. According to owner Kelley Barker, Starstruck Dance Studio has always been a family business. “My mom (Louise McManus) is a retired executive secretary,” Barker said. “She has always ran the business end very effectively. My first…

Local woman to appear on Jeopardy tonight

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer A local woman will finally get her moment in the spotlight while appearing on tonight’s episode of “Jeopardy.” After 18 years filled with numerous tests, auditions, joy and heartbreak, Beth Masterson has fulfilled a lifelong dream of competing on America’s top-ranked quiz show. Masterson, a correctional…

City holds meetings to promote ‘group focus’

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The City of Lincolnton recently hosted a meeting several organizations with the hopes of promoting a group focus on improving the downtown area while also including county-wide development initiatives. Attending the event were representatives of the business community and organizations like the city’s Building and Community…

County approves $32k for voting booths

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Lincoln County commissioners have approved a request from Board of Elections director Bradley Putnam to purchase of new polling booths for $32,000. The purchase of 50 new booths at $569.80 each can be misleading, according to Putnam. “Those particular ones vote four people,” he said. “They…