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Lincoln Theatre Guild honors top performers with ‘Golden Guild Awards’

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The Lincoln Theatre Guild closed a very successful season with the organization’s first Golden Guild Awards on Thursday. Special recognition was given for Best Actor and Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Actress, Star of the Ensemble and Who Stole the Show for each production…

Duke Energy hosts students during STEM camp

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Students from Lincoln County Schools spent Monday through Thursday of last week touring Duke Energy facilities, learning about the behind-the-scenes work that Duke Energy conducts as part of a special STEM camp that Duke offers to both Lincoln County and Catawba County schools. On Tuesday,…

Company ships high-quality charcoal across the country

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer When Robert Oren Eades of Sherrills Ford went to Troutman to pick up some recycled fan blades he was utilizing for an art project, he saw an old Webber grill in the corner of the warehouse and asked if he could buy it. Eades had…

Hidden painted rocks delight, inspire Lincoln County

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Rocks have become very popular in Lincoln County, and they’re not getting thrown. Instead, they are being painted in bright colors, some with inspirational messages painted on them, and then left in conspicuous places for other people to find. This simple but engaging hide and…

City Council awards grants to four prospective downtown businesses

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincolnton City Council approved nearly $90,000 in grant funding for four prospective downtown Lincolnton businesses during their regular monthly meeting on Thursday evening. The council awarded two Smart Growth Incentive Grants designed to assist in the redevelopment of downtown Lincolnton by encouraging the rehabilitation and…

Denver potter’s work celebrates bygone era

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Early German settlers in Lincoln County made utilitarian jugs and pots for storing food, and many local potters are still making pottery in exactly the same way as these early settlers did. Even though the jars were used for food storage, most families used metal…

Lincoln County gears up for Independence Day celebrations

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The streets of Lincoln County will be painted red, white and blue with the patriotism of three separate Fourth of July parades from morning until night on Tuesday. The celebration of America’s 241st Independence Day kicks off at 10 a.m. with the annual Westport Fourth of…

LCSO Lt. Jon Propst announces campaign for sheriff

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Jon Propst has announced his intent to run for Lincoln County sheriff in 2018. Propst filed paperwork with the Lincoln County Board of Elections on Thursday morning that will allow him to accept donations during his campaign for office. “Serving our…

Lincolnton man charged with cocaine trafficking

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Staff report A Lincolnton man has been charged with trafficking cocaine. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Deputies said Caleb Lane Mitchem, 21, of Home Trail, was arrested on Thursday after deputies seized more than a quarter pound of cocaine after stopping Mitchem’s vehicle on Generals Boulevard in Lincolnton. Deputies said Mitchem…

County Commissioner Martin Oakes to run for NC Senate

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Lincoln County Commissioner Martin Oakes has filed paperwork to establish a campaign committee for the 2018 North Carolina state Senate election. Oakes, a Denver Republican, was born in Southampton, England and raised in Canada. He also lived briefly in Holland and Sweden before moving to Massachusetts…