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Emanuel Reformed welcomes first female pastor

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Breaking a 230-year-old tradition, Rev. Susan Walker was recently appointed as the first woman pastor of Emanuel Reformed Church of Lincolnton. Her tenure at the church began in April when she was asked to be what’s called a “supply,” or substitute, preacher. “That’s really all…

Marksmen Quartet coming to Lowesville

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The Marksmen Quartet, based out of Murrayville, Georgia, will be performing for the first time on the stage at Lowesville Gospel Concerts on Saturday. Dr. Earle Wheeler is the founder of the quartet, which was first formed 50 years ago. He learned to love bluegrass…

Second West End Sales employee charged with theft

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Staff report A former employee at West End Sales has been charged with stealing numerous pieces of equipment as a result of an investigation into a separate theft by another employee. Stephen Lawrence Solesby, 36, of Highway 274 in Vale, was charged with stealing chainsaws, string trimmers, hedge trimmers, leaf…

Four men face felony drug charges

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Staff report Four men are facing felony charges after allegedly selling drugs to undercover detectives. Deputies said the arrests were the result of multiple investigations into the sale of crack cocaine and methamphetamine. Three men were charged with selling drugs and one was charged with purchasing drugs. Deputies said the…

Senior Games coming to Lincoln County

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer For the first time, Lincoln County will host its own local Senior Games, which are events, athletic and artistic, sanctioned by the North Carolina Senior Games – a statewide network of more than 50 local games that are held annually to qualify participants for state…

Donation to Lincoln Lovely Ladies will help women in need

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer A donation of brand new women’s undergarments will be distributed to a number of Lincoln County organizations to help women in need. Members of Lincoln Lovely Ladies, a volunteer organization founded by county commissioner Anita McCall in 2009, received the donation from a Cleveland County nonprofit…

Commissioners approve another East Lincoln neighborhood

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved on Monday a rezoning request for the development of a subdivision with up to 165 homes in East Lincoln. The request, filed by Queen City Land, LLC, allows for the rezoning of 84.7 acres from general business and…

Lincoln County Coalition Against Child Abuse hosts forensic interview training program

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Coalition Against Child Abuse is hosting a ChildFirst training seminar at the Lincoln Cultural Center this week. ChildFirst is a weeklong forensic interview training program designed for investigative teams of law enforcement officers, social workers, prosecutors, child protection attorneys and forensic interviewers. “I…

Deputies: Salesman stole, sold $10k lawnmower

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Staff report An employee of West End Sales has been charged with stealing a $10,000 lawn mower from the business and selling it. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies said David Clair Cummings, 68, of Roberts Road, stole a 60-inch-cut zero-turn mower in December from the western Lincoln County business where…

‘The Taffetas’ celebrates music, culture of the 1950s

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Returning to the Lincoln Cultural Center for the first time in 22 years, “The Taffetas, a Musical Journey Through the Fabulous Fifties” will be starring the original performers, Anna Lisa Johanessen-Locke, Sherry Duncan and Gaye Howard. The show, which will open on Feb. 3, is…