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Planning Board favors rezoning plea

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Planning Board members voted in favor of a downtown rezoning Tuesday that one resident says goes against the city’s Land Use Plan. Members of the Lincolnton Planning Board voted unanimously to recommend that the City Council approve an application from Citizens Insurance Agency to rezone the land located at the…

Six singers perform for judges

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Samantha Staton, a 23-year-old soprano, won first place in the Heafner/Williams Vocal Competition Sunday at the Lincoln Cultural Center. Diane Turbyfill / Lincoln Times-News Young singers competed for cash awards Sunday at the Lincoln Cultural Center. For the second year Carolyn Heafner and Robert Williams hosted the Heafner/Williams Vocal Competition.…

Queens visit schools

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Apple Queen 2003 Autumn Stokes (left) looks on as Young Miss North Carolina Elaine Gregory talks to her classmates at Lincolnton Middle School about pageants. Jenny Walling / Lincoln Times-News Local royalty visited Lincolnton Middle School on Friday wearing heels and tiaras and emanating smells of perfume in the hallways.…

Maiden church roots go deep

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Nancy Anthony (left) and Jeri Crow check out photographs for the Historical Association’s next book, a collection a pictures by Clyde Cornwell, Saturday. Some people in the pictures have yet to be identified. Jenny Walling / Lincoln Times-News MAIDEN — St. Matthew’s United Church of Christ in Maiden began as…

Woman dies in car crash

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A Lincoln County woman died Sunday after a single-vehicle wreck in Catawba County. Ginger Herndon Williams, 29, of 2084 Shuford Road was driving toward Maiden at about 7:20 a.m. Sunday, Sgt. C.D. Berry with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol said. Williams was traveling north on Henley Road approaching its…

County to eye debt choices

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County commissioners tonight will hear a presentation on three alternatives to raising the property tax to pay for school debt. The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners meeting starts at 7:15 tonight in the Commissioners Room at the Citizens Center. A meeting of the East Lincoln Water and Sewer District Board…

Chamber previews upcoming events

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In an attempt to get the community more aware, the Lincolnton-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce will start to hold media conferences quarterly. The first meeting was held Thursday. Christina Arlow, with Translations, Plus speaks on Leadership Lincoln, an upcoming program. Jenny Walling/ Lincoln Times-News The Lincolnton/Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce previewed…

Lukach named to new training post

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Lincolnton Police have named an 18-year veteran of the force as the department’s new crime prevention and training officer. Lt. Kent Lukach said his goal in the position is to expand and improve the department’s training. He also wants to continue the LPD’s current crime prevention programs and add new…

Historic church focus of meeting

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MAIDEN — The Lincoln County Historical Association is taking a show-and-tell approach in its quest to engage residents in the area’s history. The Association’s quarterly meeting will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at St. Matthew’s United Church of Christ in Maiden. All residents — regardless if they’re…

Emergency management leader dies

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James Robert “Bob” Willis, coordinator of Lincoln County Emergency Management for 30 years, died Thursday. Willis headed up Emergency Management from 1963 to 1993 and was coordinator during the civil defense period, during which a nationwide system of fallout shelters was created. In 1989, Gov. James Martin conferred upon Willis…