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Lincolnton firefighters give coats to local students

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The Lincolnton Professional Fire Fighters Association (LPFFA) brought some warmth to 72 Lincoln County Schools children on Tuesday. For the second year, members of the LPFFA took part in “Operation Warm,” a national campaign that the International Association of Firefighters has partnered with, to get…

Commissioners approve two new subdivisions in East Lincoln

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners on Monday approved two residential developments in East Lincoln that will bring 250 new homes to the area. The first subdivision, to be known as Wildbrook, will be developed by Hawthorne Development Group. The neighborhood will sit on 73 acres…

Pair arrested on child abuse charges

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Staff report A Newton man and a Lincolnton woman have been arrested on child abuse charges. Lincolnton Police Department officers arrested Keith Lee Clontz, 32, of 1548 Highway 16 in Newton, and Hayley Danielle Hoyle, 31, of 207 Little Street in Lincolnton, on Friday in connection with the abuse of…

Saine discusses General Assembly, governor’s race

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer All eyes are on the North Carolina governor’s race between incumbent Republican Pat McCrory and Attorney General Roy Cooper, a Democrat. The contest, in which Cooper leads by 6,600 votes as of Friday, has come to a standstill, with McCrory reporting complaints of fraud in 52…

Trio arrested on drug charges

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Staff report Three people have been arrested on felony drug charges following a lengthy investigation in western Lincoln County. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies said Donald Joseph Gaul, 52, and Sanday Lynn Gaul, 46, both of 1256 Clarence Beam Road in Cherryville, and William Elton Patterson, 45, of 1338 Clarence…

Cub scouts help raise food for the needy

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Like a well-oiled machine, uniformed scouts loaded bags of food into an East Lincoln Christian Ministry box truck in the parking lot of Hill’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Stanley on Saturday. Area troops, including Cub Scout Pack 83 out of Hill’s Chapel United Methodist…

Smith, Rhyne honored at Lincoln County Chamber banquet

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Hundreds gathered inside the Laboratory Mill in Lincolnton on Thursday evening for the annual Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce banquet. The night serves as a celebration for all that has been accomplished in Lincoln County over the past year and as a recognition of two individuals…

Lincoln County DSS celebrates 10 new adoptions

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Ten foster children found their forever homes in Lincoln County this year. November is adoption awareness month and, on Friday, the Lincoln County Department of Social Services (LCDSS) held its annual ceremony celebrating these adoptions. “Normally, adoptions go through quietly and move through the system…

‘Handmade for the Holidays’ back for fifth year

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Woodworking was a boyhood dream of Michael Hoffman, who lives in Lincolnton with his wife, Cynthia. Hoffman’s goal when he retires is to have a woodworking shop, and he’s counting down the days to when he retires next year because he’ll have one. An artist…

Lincoln Charter School applauded for 98.1 percent grad rate

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Lincoln Charter School was recently recognized by the NC State Board of Education for its 2015-2016 graduation rate of 98.1 percent. North Carolina’s four-year high school cohort graduation rate is 85.8 percent, according to figures released by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Lincoln…