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Unity Presbyterian to hold organ dedication concert on Sunday

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Unity Presbyterian Church in Denver is holding an organ dedication concert July 24 to introduce the community to the largest church organ in Lincoln County. Organist Jeff Perks played an integral role in facilitating the purchase of the organ from Carmel Baptist Church in Charlotte and will…

Residents voice concerns about well water in western Lincoln County

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MATT CHAPMAN       Staff Writer Concerns have been raised in recent weeks over the quality of water in the western end of Lincoln County. While there are currently no health risks for those consuming well water, the amount of iron in the water is certainly not desirable, leading some residents to…

Former county commissioner, educator Harry Huss dead at 89

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A former Lincoln County commissioner has died at the age of 89. Charles Harry Huss was born in Lincoln County in 1927 and attended Lenoir-Rhyne University before receiving his graduate degree from UNC-Chapel Hill. He served as a teacher and administrator in Gaston County before retiring…

Field set for Lincoln County Board of Education race

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Three more candidates have filed to run for seats on the Lincoln County Board of Education, bringing the total number of candidates to eight with Tuesday’s deadline to file now in the rearview mirror. In a surprising turn of events, incumbent Cathy Davis has decided to…

Lincolnton to name new city manager Thursday

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Sources said Lincolnton’s City Council will name interim city manager Steve Zickefoose to the post on a permanent basis at Thursday’s meeting. The seat was left vacant after the city terminated the contract of former city manager Jeff Emory in January. “Essentially, the city manager search…

Congressman targets opioid abuse with law enforcement workshop

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Rep. Patrick McHenry, the chief deputy whip in the U.S. House of Representatives, held a workshop Friday morning in Gastonia to address the opioid crisis sweeping across North Carolina. More than 50 law enforcement personnel from 15 District 10 departments, including the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office…

City could help pay for clock restoration

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer When Lincolnton’s City Council meets on Thursday, one agenda item finds city officials discussing the possibility of spending $9,000 toward the renovation of a historic clock that once hung on Court Square. “Those funds come out of Business and Community Development and we have a line…

Man dies in accident in western Lincoln County

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  MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Jack William Wescott, 51, died after a single-car accident on North Brook #3 School Road in western Lincoln County on Thursday evening. There were no passengers in the van Wescott was driving at the time of the accident. Officials said it appears Wescott lost control…

East Lincoln High School to implement SMART lunch program

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer East Lincoln High School will implement a new SMART lunch program when school reconvenes in August. The program is designed to provide enrichment for students, offering opportunities for advancing academic performance and encouraging personal interests. “We went through our school accreditation process at the end of…

County set to celebrate Independence Day

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Lincolnton will celebrate Independence Day with events scheduled throughout Sunday evening. Beginning with free children’s games at the 100 block of Academy Street at 6:30 p.m., the annual parade will begin at 8:30 p.m. on East Main Street and Flint Street while winding down at Lincolnton…