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Lackey happy to be back as North Lincoln athletic director

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Returning to the position of athletic director after an eight-year hiatus, North Lincoln High School’s Mark Lackey has been involved in athletics his whole life and is looking forward to getting back to it. “I enjoy all aspects of athletics, making sure things are done…

Historical association receives donation of items from world wars

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The Lincoln County Historical Association was recently gifted with an extraordinary family collection by Mary Beth Page of Greensboro. The donated items include two Red Cross uniforms formerly belonging to her grandmother, Mary Anne Newcomb, one from World War I and the other from World…

Lincoln Charter students help prepare GED programs

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer A group of Lincoln Charter School seventh graders from the Denver campus both brushed up on their math skills and completed a valuable community project this semester. They partnered with Gaston College to help provide math instruction to adult learners studying to receive GEDs. “The…

Denver man’s artistry on display on NASCAR trophies

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Mike Dunlap up watching his dad, who was a fighter pilot in World War II, making plastic kit models of the airplanes he flew. He first started making plastic kit models of airplanes and cars when he was about 7. When he was 28, as…

Hog Happenin’ returns to Lincolnton this weekend

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The streets of downtown Lincolnton will bustle once again underneath the sweet, smoky aroma of barbecue and the snarling of motorcycles entering the city for the 17th annual Hog Happenin’ festival. Bennett’s Iron Station Thunder, a one-stop motorcycle shop located in downtown Lincolnton that operates as…

Christian Ministry welcomes new executive director

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Mitzi Williams officially took her seat at the helm of Christian Ministry of Lincoln County on Thursday morning behind the desk where Susan Brymer operated the nonprofit for three decades before retiring last month. “My goals are the same goals that Susan had,” Williams said. “I…

Deputies still searching for woman missing since 2014

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Staff report Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office detectives are still searching for a Vale woman who went missing in May 2014. Toasha Nicole Rice, also known as Nikki Green on her Facebook page, was last seen leaving a friend’s home on Eaker Road in western Lincoln County. She got into a…

Man charged with taking indecent liberties with child

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Staff report A Lincolnton man has been charged with taking indecent liberties with a child. Johnny Lee Metts, 63, of 313 West Church Street, was arrested on Monday by the Lincolnton Police Department. Metts is accused of sexually assaulting a child less than 12 years old. Detectives said officers received…

Lincoln County Animal Services on a ‘no-kill’ mission

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer A strategic plan that was adopted to help the Lincoln County Animal Shelter reach “no-kill” designation has spurred significant operational changes within the county’s animal services department. To become the first open-admission, government-run “no-kill” shelter in the state of North Carolina, Lincoln County must achieve a…

Rep. Saine talks NC House budget proposal

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer North Carolina House budget subcommittees discussed sections of the proposed spending plan on Thursday. The full document, complete with specific numbers regarding teacher salaries and tax policy, will likely be unveiled on Tuesday. The House and Senate have settled on a $22.9 billion spending plan, although…