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Four decades of experience drives Southern Charm Winery

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The recipe for success isn’t a complicated one for Lincolnton’s Southern Charm Winery, but it’s one that includes decades of research and experience, dedication to a craft and, ultimately, a passion for making wine that brings customers from across the country to Lincoln County. Owners Dwight…

Denver couple awarded for lifetime of philanthropy

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer A local couple has been awarded the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award for their countless philanthropic efforts made to better the community. Chuck and Marissa Smith of Denver were honored with the award at this year’s United Way Annual Meeting with a surprise announcement. “We were shocked,”…

The Cockman Family to play Lowesville Gospel Concert Series

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The Cockman Family will perform at the Lowesville Gospel Concert Series in July, in partnership with Living Word Ministries. The family group, led by bandleader John Cockman, has been performing and recording for 29 years. The act has taken the stage throughout North Carolina, South Carolina,…

Local photographer to be honored by Arts Council

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Arts Council of Lincoln County is featuring the Gerald Johnson photography exhibit throughout the month of July. The exhibit has a collection of Johnson’s personal favorite photos on display at the Lincoln Cultural Center galleries. “We like to promote, especially local artists,” Deanna McGinnis of…

Sciencetellers coming to Lincolnton library

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Sciencetellers, an organization of performers who combine the art of storytelling with science experiments, will be putting on a show at the Charles R. Jonas Library in Lincolnton at 10:30 a.m. on Monday. The 45-minute extravaganza will educate and fascinate children of all ages with…

Rock Springs Camp Meeting focus of East Lincoln history meeting

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The East Lincoln Historical Society will hold a meeting at the Rock Spring Campground in Denver with the theme “Rock Spring Camp Meeting: Now and Back Then.” Guest speakers will include camp meeting historian Terry Brotherton and Rev. Tony Matthews. Matthews, a Vale native and Lincoln…

Lincoln County Board of Education candidate has second thoughts

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Lincoln County Board of Education candidate Tommy Houser may be having second thoughts about campaigning for the District 1 seat. According to Board of Elections Director Brad Putnam, on Wednesday morning Houser inquired about removing himself from the ballot. Houser could not be reached for comment…

Zickefoose named Lincolnton city manager

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Interim city manager Steve Zickefoose was named the city’s permanent manager during the Lincolnton City Council’s regular session on Thursday. The contracted position was left vacant after Mayor Ed Hatley split a deadlocked vote in January to terminate the contract of former city manager Jeff Emory.…

Former county commissioner, educator Harry Huss dead at 89

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A former Lincoln County commissioner has died at the age of 89. Charles Harry Huss was born in Lincoln County in 1927 and attended Lenoir-Rhyne University before receiving his graduate degree from UNC-Chapel Hill. He served as a teacher and administrator in Gaston County before retiring…

Field set for Lincoln County Board of Education race

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Three more candidates have filed to run for seats on the Lincoln County Board of Education, bringing the total number of candidates to eight with Tuesday’s deadline to file now in the rearview mirror. In a surprising turn of events, incumbent Cathy Davis has decided to…