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Denver veteran, now a firefighter, to receive new home

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer A Denver veteran and full-time firefighter with the Denver Fire Department, Robert “Robbie” James Jr., recently found out that he was the recipient of a new home in Denver built, in part by firefighters. A team of first responders from the Fire Department of New…

East Lincoln schools sweep literary competition awards

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The winning entries for the Arts Council of Lincoln County’s 34th annual Robinson-Lineberger Literary Competition represented a wide range of writing style and topics from Lincoln County Schools students. The elementary prose winner, Rock Springs Elementary student Emily Stanton, wrote a story entitled “Revenge of…

Lincoln County ‘Safe Kids’ festival scheduled for Saturday

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The first Safe Kids Child Safety Fair will be held on Saturday at the Lincoln County YMCA from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The fair was organized by the Safe Kids Lincoln County Coalition, an organization formed under Safe Kids North Carolina in December. Every year in…

Lincolnton felon charged with selling meth

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Staff report A Lincolnton man is facing six felony charges for allegedly selling methamphetamine. John Dale “Butch” McQuestor was arrested on Tuesday by the Lincolnton Police Department and charged with three felony counts each of possession with intent to sell methamphetamine and selling methamphetamine. McQuestor, 48, of 210 Hubbard Street,…

Lincolnton Relay For Life scheduled for Friday

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The first of Lincoln County’s Relay For Life events will kick off Friday night at 6 p.m. at the Lincolnton High School football stadium. A second Relay event will be held May 12 at East Lincoln High School. Relay For Life is one of the…

Underwood, now at L-R, thankful for Lincoln County experience

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer As Neil Underwood instructs his music students at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, he frequently brings up what his high school band students did while he was teaching them or how he taught them to play a particular instrument. “In some ways the college students are…

Three projects, public hearing on elections on city agenda

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Three significant projects will be discussed as part of Thursday’s Lincolnton City Council agenda. The meeting will also feature a public hearing regarding House Bill 504 which, if passed, would move city elections to even numbered years and extend the mayor’s term from two to four…

Commissioners hold zoning hearings on charter school, neighborhood

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners presided over five zoning hearings during a joint meeting with the planning board on Monday evening. Meritage Homes of the Carolinas, Inc. submitted a request to rezone 58.5 acres from transitional residential to planned development residential to permit a subdivision…

UPDATED: Deputy saved disabled man from burning home

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer A Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputy rescued a disabled elderly man from his burning home on Killian Road in Lincolnton at the break of dawn on Monday. Seth Hovis, a western Lincoln County native and 10-year veteran of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, is the deputy…

Nearly 300 athletes participate in Lincoln County Special Olympics

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Friday was the day for area athletes to shine at the Lincoln County Special Olympics annual spring games. More than 275 athletes took part in the games assisted by the more than 300 adult volunteers and area high school students who served as “buddies” to…