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LMS teachers, administrators working toward playground for special needs students

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer What started out as just a dream is a project that Lincolnton Middle School principal Dana Ayers is working to fulfill. Lincolnton Middle School and Lincolnton High School serve all of the moderate to severely disabled children in the Lincoln County Schools system. The mildly…

Criminal Charges— 7-19-17

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Teresa Darlene Lowder Oxendine, 50, of 724 N. Aspen St. in Lincolnton was charged July 14 with one count each of interfering with emergency communication and misuse of 911 emergency telephone system. A $2,500 secured bond was set. Matthew Kane Upton,…

Deputies: Stanley man admits to child sexual assault

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Staff report A Stanley man has admitted to sexually assaulting a 9-year-old relative. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies said Gilbert Donald List Jr., 67, of Ballentrae Place, confessed to deputies that he sexually assaulted the girl throughout 2016. On July 2, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office received a report regarding…

Vale woman charged with selling meth

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Staff report A Vale woman has been charged with selling methamphetamine at her western Lincoln County home. Tammy Lynn Crawley, 54, of Knoll Drive, was arrested on Thursday and charged with selling street-level amounts of meth to undercover Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office detectives over a period of several months. Crawley…

Sen. David Curtis launches re-election campaign

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer In the midst of his third term, state Sen. David Curtis has announced his intent to campaign for reelection in 2018. Curtis, a Denver Republican and optometrist, has served Senate District 44 since he was first elected in 2012. Senate District 44 includes the entirety of…

Apple Queen Pageant to feature 21 of Lincoln County’s brightest

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Rehearsals have begun for the 39th annual Apple Queen Scholarship Pageant, with 21 contestants from all four Lincoln County Schools public high schools, Lincoln Charter School and Long Shoals Wesleyan Academy competing for the coveted title of Apple Queen. Business & Professional Women’s Organization Lincolnton…

Downtown Lincolnton revival efforts begin with community vision forum

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The City of Lincolnton Steering Committee will take the next step toward revitalizing downtown Lincolnton by conducting a community vision forum on Tuesday evening at First United Methodist Church. The steering committee, founded with the intent of streamlining efforts between local government, support organizations and citizens…

Public hearing on tap for Block Smith Gym science center

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners will convene this evening for its regular monthly meeting, which will include a public hearing regarding the proposed sale of Block Smith Gym. Edward McFadden, founder and chairman of STEM Career Path Project, Inc. made a presentation to the board…

Criminal Charges— 7-17-17

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Lois Morris, 55, of 1946 N. Modena St. in Gastonia was charged July 11 with one count of failure to appear. A $1,000 secured bond was set. Billy Allen Clippard Jr., 45, of 1606 Laboratory Rd. in Lincolnton was charged July…

Around Town— 7-17-17

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TUESDAY Blood drive West Lincoln Family Medicine, located at 4439 NC Hwy. 27 in Vale will host a blood drive from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Photography Club The Lincoln Photography Club will meet at 7 p.m. Community Room located on the second floor of the Lincoln Cultural Center, located at…