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Local owners hope to restore Henry River Mill Village

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer If it were not for the attention that it received for being the set of “District 12” in the first “Hunger Games” movie, Henry River Mill Village, located just outside Hildebran in Burke County would likely have continued to slowly deteriorate into the landscape. The…

Students treated to classical music with Western Piedmont Symphony

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Lincoln County Schools (LCS) fifth graders were able to attend a concert performed by the Western Piedmont Symphony on Friday at the James W. Warren Citizens Center. This concert gave approximately 900 students exposure to live classical music played by a world-class symphony. “Classical music…

Restaurant owner spots stolen van in Morganton

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Staff report The owner of the Home Place Restaurant in western Lincoln County was on his way to a planned fishing trip in Burke County when he spotted the van stolen from his restaurant early Tuesday. The owner, Clay Heafner, called 911 and followed the van until a Morganton Public…

Commissioners authorize grant applications for county departments

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners voted to authorize a grant application for Transportation Lincoln County and approved a request that could result in future federal funding for the county’s social services department during Monday’s regular monthly meeting. With approval from the board of commissioners, Transportation…

Former officer on cross-country trek after battling Parkinson’s

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Tommy Dellinger, a former Lincolnton Police officer, isn’t letting a debilitating disease prevent him from undertaking a hike across the United States. Diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2008 when he was 40 years old, Dellinger set off from Rancho Cucamonga, California on a cross-country walk…

Festival celebrates agricultural history with Lincoln Co. cotton

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer In the not-so-distant past, by the beginning of October, fields of cotton would be morphing into puffy white bolls in fields across Lincoln County. For the past 30 years, Dallas Cotton Ginning Days, which was held this past weekend, has been held coinciding with the…

Ken Queen ends campaign for Congress

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer One of two Democrats vying to unseat Rep. Patrick McHenry from Congress has withdrawn his campaign for medical reasons. Ken Queen, who recently retired from the U.S. Navy after 15 years of service on four U.S. destroyers, announced the end of his campaign last week due…

Hesed House receives $20,000 in federal funding

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Hesed House of Hope, Lincoln County’s only homeless shelter, has been awarded $20,700 through the Emergency Food and Shelter Program sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA). “We are beyond excited to receive this funding,” Hesed House board of directors…

Anthony Huss joins GOP race for sheriff

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Another candidate has thrown his hat in the ring for the 2018 election of a new Lincoln County sheriff. Anthony Huss filed paperwork with the Lincoln County Board of Elections last week that will allow him to accept donations during his campaign for office. Huss, a…

Ayers named Lincoln County Schools Principal of the Year

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer While Lincolnton Middle School principal Dr. Dana Ayers was broadcasting her daily address to the school on Oct. 2, several staff members came into her office saying there was an emergency. After that announcement, superintendent Dr. Lory Morrow, associate superintendents Dr. Aaron Allen and Dr.…

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