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Lincoln Charter School applauded for 98.1 percent grad rate

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Lincoln Charter School was recently recognized by the NC State Board of Education for its 2015-2016 graduation rate of 98.1 percent. North Carolina’s four-year high school cohort graduation rate is 85.8 percent, according to figures released by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Lincoln…

Lincoln County Public Library developing ‘master plan’ for facilities

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Public Library is gathering community input this week with the goal of developing a long-range master plan for its facilities. “Obviously, before we do anything major we’d like to get community feedback,” Lincoln County library director Jennifer Sackett said. “It’s really important to…

Lincoln Theatre Guild to present ‘Junie B. Jones’ play

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Junie B. Jones has a problem this Christmas season, and her name is May. Everything was going good and she was excited about the upcoming holiday sing along and playing Secret Santa until she draws the name of her arch nemesis – May. The holiday…

Community rallies around Christian Ministry Christmas Fund

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Thanksgiving is next week, which means that the dedicated volunteers who serve the Lincoln County Christian Ministry are hard at work on the annual Christmas Fund. The ministry has been responsible for the organization of the campaign for nearly four decades. “You can ask anybody who…

Lincoln County celebrates Veterans Day

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer “Three words come to my mind when I think about veterans – sacrifice, sacrifice and sacrifice and if you’ve been a veteran or are a spouse of a veteran you have sacrificed. We are vets but we are not asking for anything special – just…

Sen. David Curtis: NC is headed the right direction

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The 2016 election belonged to the Republicans locally, statewide and nationwide. The results baffled pollsters across the country and caught Republican Sen. David Curtis off guard as well. “I was really surprised that the Republicans did as well as they did,” Curtis said. “I was really…

Two developments proposed for Lincoln County

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer A pair of community involvement meetings were conducted last week to discuss two proposed developments in Lincoln County. The first meeting, held on Wednesday evening, stemmed from a rezoning request of 6.2 acres from transitional residential to planned development-commercial to permit an office park located between…

Documentary on flood of 1916 coming to Lincoln Cultural Center

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer What has been called the greatest natural disaster to hit western North Carolina occurred in July 1916 when two severe storms dropped more than 20 inches of rain in some parts of the state. Frequently referred to as the “Great Flood,” it rained without interruption…

Presentation to focus on Lincoln County historical markers

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Local historian Darrell Harkey will explain the stories behind Lincoln County historic markers for the East Lincoln Historical Society today at 6 p.m. at the Mundy House Annex in Denver. Harkey, now retired, is a native of Lincoln County and was formerly the historical coordinator…

Felon arrested on drug charges

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Staff report A Stanley man has been charged with trafficking opiates and possessing cocaine and marijuana. Mario Javon Johnson, 32, was arrested on Thursday by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office after a three-month-long investigation, according to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office. Deputies served a search warrant at a…