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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…

Vale taxidermist expanding, to begin offering processing

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer When she was a young child, Jamie Harkey, 23, learned the craft of taxidermy from her father, Doug Harkey, who in turn learned it from his grandfather, Grady Lofton. Both father and daughter own and operate Harkey’s Taxidermy in Vale. They recently moved into a…

EMS first responders face ugly aftermath of opioid addiction

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Opioid abuse is an epidemic that’s ravaging the country and it’s the emergency medical services first responders who often deal directly with the horrors that result from addiction to prescription painkillers and heroin. “It’s all dangerous,” Lincoln County EMS training coordinator Chad Parlier said. “If prescription…

FEMA awards funding for local food and shelter programs

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Lincoln County has been awarded federal funding to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. The Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has elected to give Lincoln County $16,781 through its Emergency Food and Shelter Program. A national board chaired by…

Lincoln Charter nearing construction of $4 million expansion, upgrades

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Construction will begin soon on a new approximately 13,000 square-foot building at Lincoln Charter School’s Denver campus. The two-story building will contain 12 classrooms, administrative offices and an elevator to provide handicap access for both floors. It will connect to the existing gymnasium with a…

Woman convicted of child sexual assault

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Staff report A former Lincoln County resident pleaded guilty Tuesday in Lincoln County Superior Court to conspiracy to commit child abuse by sex act and taking indecent liberties with a child. Lois Flowers Mahala, 47, of Grover, was arrested on May 5, 2015 on the indecent liberties with a child…

Lincolnton man charged with trafficking LSD

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Staff report A Lincolnton man has been charged with trafficking LSD. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies said Zavier Zeus Hatcher, 20, of Georgetown Road, formerly of Clyde Wehunt Road in Cherryville, was arrested on Wednesday after the conclusion of an ongoing investigation into the sale of LSD, also known as…