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Long Shoals schoolhouse restoration efforts making progress

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Small schoolhouses like the one that still stands in the Long Shoals community in Lincolnton were once dotted around Lincoln County. Many memories were made at these schools. The parents of many of the students who attended this school worked at the Long Shoals Cotton…

Denver woman launches attack on litter

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer A Denver woman who has been cleaning the streets of her community for more than a decade is in search of others with a passion for environmental protection to join her fight against littering. Patty Korn — a 20-year veteran of the United States Air Force…

Work continuing on historic clock for downtown Lincolnton

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer It’s been approximately two years since Councilman Roby Jetton located the historic clock that once hung from the former First National Bank of Lincolnton building on Court Square. Jetton and Lincoln County Historical Association president Bill Beam have been working on the process of obtaining…

Deputies release photos of suspect in home invasion

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Staff report The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Unit has released photos of a vehicle and person of interest in a Thursday home invasion in eastern Lincoln County. Detectives said the vehicle is believed to be a gold or tan 1990’s Ford Taurus. The right front hubcap is missing…

Men charged with selling marijuana

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Staff report Investigators with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit have charged two men with selling marijuana. Both arrests came after the conclusion of two separate investigations into marijuana sales in southern and eastern Lincoln County, according to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office. Detectives used undercover and…

DA Mike Miller hires new assistant district attorney

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The District Attorney’s Office of Lincoln County and Cleveland County recently hired a new assistant district attorney to join the Lincoln County team. Lisa Turoso, an Ohio native with extensive prosecutorial experience, was sworn in on Wednesday afternoon by Superior Court Judge Forrest D. Bridges. “Lisa…

Antique machines on display at North Brook Antique Tractor Pull

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Many of them started out on pedal-powered toy tractors or lawnmowers and then graduated to high-powered, full-sized tractors. For the past 30 years, men, women and children have been competing at the North Brook Antique Tractor Pull, which meets once a month from March through…

Rep. Patrick McHenry leads whip team during critical juncture

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer In the month since Rep. Steve Scalise was shot during a congressional baseball practice, Lincoln County’s representative in Congress, Patrick McHenry, has assumed the responsibilities of the third-highest ranking member of the majority party in the House. This marks the first time a North Carolina legislator,…

Commissioners approve sale of Block Smith Gym

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners voiced support for two significant projects during their regular monthly meeting on Monday evening. The board voted unanimously for approval of the private sale of Block Smith Gym to STEM Career Path Project, Inc. for $1, following a public hearing…

Deeper Shade of Blue performing at Lincoln Cultural Center

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Donald “Papa” Goodson loved music and, in particular, bluegrass. He also loved the Lincoln Cultural Center and attended just about every event that was held there, according to his granddaughter, Shelby Gilmore. “Any time there was a play or any event at the Cultural Center,…