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LMS teachers, administrators working toward playground for special needs students

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer What started out as just a dream is a project that Lincolnton Middle School principal Dana Ayers is working to fulfill. Lincolnton Middle School and Lincolnton High School serve all of the moderate to severely disabled children in the Lincoln County Schools system. The mildly…

Deputies: Stanley man admits to child sexual assault

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Staff report A Stanley man has admitted to sexually assaulting a 9-year-old relative. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies said Gilbert Donald List Jr., 67, of Ballentrae Place, confessed to deputies that he sexually assaulted the girl throughout 2016. On July 2, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office received a report regarding…

Vale woman charged with selling meth

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Staff report A Vale woman has been charged with selling methamphetamine at her western Lincoln County home. Tammy Lynn Crawley, 54, of Knoll Drive, was arrested on Thursday and charged with selling street-level amounts of meth to undercover Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office detectives over a period of several months. Crawley…

Sen. David Curtis launches re-election campaign

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer In the midst of his third term, state Sen. David Curtis has announced his intent to campaign for reelection in 2018. Curtis, a Denver Republican and optometrist, has served Senate District 44 since he was first elected in 2012. Senate District 44 includes the entirety of…

Apple Queen Pageant to feature 21 of Lincoln County’s brightest

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Rehearsals have begun for the 39th annual Apple Queen Scholarship Pageant, with 21 contestants from all four Lincoln County Schools public high schools, Lincoln Charter School and Long Shoals Wesleyan Academy competing for the coveted title of Apple Queen. Business & Professional Women’s Organization Lincolnton…

Downtown Lincolnton revival efforts begin with community vision forum

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The City of Lincolnton Steering Committee will take the next step toward revitalizing downtown Lincolnton by conducting a community vision forum on Tuesday evening at First United Methodist Church. The steering committee, founded with the intent of streamlining efforts between local government, support organizations and citizens…

Public hearing on tap for Block Smith Gym science center

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners will convene this evening for its regular monthly meeting, which will include a public hearing regarding the proposed sale of Block Smith Gym. Edward McFadden, founder and chairman of STEM Career Path Project, Inc. made a presentation to the board…

Paragliders take a bird’s-eye view of West Lincoln

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer It’s been said that if man were meant to fly he’d have been born with wings. Jeff Pearson of Long Shoals wasn’t born with wings but he and anywhere from six to 10 friends meet off Houser Farm Road in Vale and spend several hours…

Federal and state legislators seek solution to opioid epidemic

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The opioid epidemic sweeping across the country has left state and federal lawmakers alike in search of legislative solutions. In 2015, 12.5 million Americans misused prescription opioids and an additional 828,000 people used heroin, according to the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Approximately…

Local potters featured at Mid-Year Pottery Market

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Lincoln County is home to numerous talented potters and many of them will be displaying their wares at the Mid-Year Pottery Market on Friday and Saturday at the Lincoln Cultural Center. Longtime potter and folk artist Kathy Richards of Lincolnton will be one of the…