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Apple Queen supports Alzheimer’s research

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Abby Hord gets recognized in more places than she did a year ago. The 18-year-old North Lincoln High School senior was crowned Lincoln County’s Apple Queen last July, and she’s hoping her newfound popularity comes in handy on Saturday for a good cause. Hord is hosting…

Learning about sport for dogs was new to me

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist Laura McSwain told me how she and her dogs became involved in Fly Ball. She had heard of a chapter in Winston-Salem and this was where she became involved in this sport for dogs. The dogs are trained in agility, running, jumping hurdles, jumping on a…

Lincoln Charter School students get an education in dog training

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer When 65 elementary school students are collectively quiet and patiently watching a stage, something special is going on. Lincoln Charter School students were given a treat in the form of a presentation on dog training, tricks and safety at Lincolnton’s K9 Command on Tuesday. While end-of-grade…

Criminal Charges — 5-22-15

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests and criminal charges: Heather Nicole Hamrick, 28, of 822 Long Shoals Rd. in Lincolnton was charged May 19 with one count each of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a schedule II controlled substance. Matthew Stephen Whitener, 24, of 2221…

Lake Norman Charter ends EL’s season in third round

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RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor HUNTERSVILLE — East Lincoln got by its recent nemesis that is the second round of the state girls soccer playoffs, but Lake Norman Charter made sure the Mustangs’ season ended in the next round. Lauren Smithers scored two goals and the top-seeded Knights held East Lincoln…

WL baseball, softball teams are one win away from regional series

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RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor West Lincoln’s softball team has never played in a fast-pitch regional game, and its baseball team wasn’t expected to have that chance. But both can pull off the rare double trip to the regional series with wins tonight. The Rebels softball team will be on the…

Area products lead CVCC to D-II world series

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  RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor Catawba Valley Community College’s baseball team is world series bound thanks to a handful of local products. The Red Hawks won the Region X/Southeast District tournament last week, clinching their spot in the 10-team National Junior College Athletic Association Division II World Series, which begins…

There’s more to a city than what you see on TV

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor I went to Baltimore this past weekend and saw a baseball game, 13 horse races and the neighborhood I grew up in, and ate some food better by far than pretty much anything that can be found in North Carolina, including a massive pile of crustaceans.…

Reader’s Forum: Eyes on Lincoln County — 5-22-15

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Eyes on Lincoln County It seems a not-so-flattering spotlight has been shone on our community recently, one that does not necessarily reflect the majority of the county. Board of Commissioners Chairman Carrol Mitchem’s stance on several issues as of late has been questionable at best. However, his recent comments on…

Old academy offers history lessons

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist It was a very interesting evening. There was a history lesson going on inside the oldest building in Lincoln County. Pleasant Retreat Academy was chartered by the General Assembly of North Carolina in 1813. It was dedicated as the Confederate Memorial Hall in 1908. The building…