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Program connects students from LHS, elementary schools for reading

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Throughout the school year, students at Lincolnton High School have been taking time out of their busy schedules to visit Lincolnton elementary schools to read to their younger counterparts. On Tuesday, football and basketball stars Langdon Givens and Sage Surratt went with fellow Lincolnton High…

Lowesville Gospel Concerts hosting three acts on Saturday

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The Lowesville Gospel Concert stage will be full on Saturday, with three special acts making an appearance. The Guardians, a group that concert organizer Carroll Cooke booked more than a year ago, will be traveling from Ohio to perform. Opening for the Guardians will be…

Around Town — 3-13-17

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FRIDAY Concert Lincoln Charter School Band, Lincolnton campus will host a “Night at the Movies” concert in the Lincoln Charter School Elementary gym, located at 133 Eagle Nest Rd. in Lincolnton at 6:30 p.m. The Disney movie “Moana” will be shown following the concert. Pizza, popcorn and drinks will be…

Gambino gets three decades for three murders

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GASTONIA (AP) — Authorities say a Gaston County woman has accepted a 29-year prison sentence for the deaths of her husband and a couple killed during group sex. Multiple media outlets report 43-year-old Crystal Leah Gambino pleaded guilty Monday to one count of involuntary manslaughter in the death of her…

Casar woman charged with identity theft

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Staff report Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office detectives have charged a Casar woman with stealing a co-worker’s debit card information. Detective Dan Snellings began the investigation after deputies were dispatched to the Dollar General on Highway 10 in Vale, NC on Feb. 13 concerning the incident. Cynthia Bivens told deputies that…

North Lincoln High School PTO prepares for annual fundraiser

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The North Lincoln High School parent-teacher organization is preparing for the fifth annual iKnight Tech Fund Drive on Saturday. The fundraiser, benefitting the classrooms and academic departments at the high school, culminates with a 5K trail run and one-mile fun run on Saturday morning. “We initially…

Commissioner Beam announces run for sheriff

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Chairman Bill Beam will not seek a second term on the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners in 2018. Beam, a career local law enforcement officer, will instead campaign to become the next sheriff of Lincoln County. “I feel like I can provide a better service to…

Deputies: Denver man lied about kidnapping

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Staff report A Denver man who told Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies that he was kidnapped at gunpoint and forced to drive around the Club Drive area breaking into mailboxes during the early morning hours of March 4 is facing charges of filing a false police report and trying to…

Retiring Maiden officer got start with Lincolnton PD

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Working in an administrative position for almost nine years at the Lincolnton Police Department made Donna Hartman want to work in law enforcement. She started with the Maiden Police Department in the reserves in 1996 and went full-time in 1997. “I had a great job…

Heafner-Williams Vocal Competition begins Saturday

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer For the past 15 years, the Heafner-Williams Vocal Competition has brought the magic of opera to Lincolnton. The two founders, Carolyn Heafner and Robert Williams, were professional opera singers with distinguished careers in United States and Germany, each spanning 35 years. They met and forged…