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Sheriff candidate addresses questions about party affiliation

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Lincolnton Police Department Lt. Jason Munday took to Facebook on Saturday afternoon to defend his status as a Republican candidate for the 2018 election of a new Lincoln County sheriff. Munday, a 20-year law enforcement veteran who has policed Lincolnton for the past 14 years, recently…

Plans for ‘blueway’ gaining local support

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer In conjunction with the city’s recent efforts to revitalize downtown Lincolnton, a working committee has been established to explore a project that would make the South Fork River more accessible to paddlers. The committee, headed by Rhonda Hunter of the Lincoln Economic Development Association, is currently…

The Fantastic Shakers set to perform at Alive After Five

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The Fantastic Shakers will headline the third installment of Alive After Five on Thursday. The group has been together for almost 40 years and has played at Alive After Five for every year the concert series has been held, according to keyboard player Freddy Tripp.…

Manufacturer of ‘mermaid tails’ makes new home in Lincolnton

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Twin sisters Abby and Bryn Roberts of Finfolk Productions recently purchased the three-story brick building at 308 South Poplar Street in Lincolnton where they’ll be creating realistic, fully swimmable, silicone mermaid tails. “Mermaiding” is a term used to describe the practice of swimming in or…

Heroes come to Lincolnton with first local comic con

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Visitors to the “Be a Hero” Lincolnton Comic Con on Saturday were able to be who they wanted to be – a hero or a villain. There was no shortage of smiles and excitement when they entered the floor, which was filled wall to wall with…

Steering committee looks to build on community vision forum

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Downtown merchants, city leaders and county officials gathered inside the Fellowship Hall at First United Methodist Church on Tuesday evening for a community vision forum hosted by the City of Lincolnton Steering Committee. The steering committee, founded with the intent of streamlining efforts between local government,…

Long Shoals schoolhouse restoration efforts making progress

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Small schoolhouses like the one that still stands in the Long Shoals community in Lincolnton were once dotted around Lincoln County. Many memories were made at these schools. The parents of many of the students who attended this school worked at the Long Shoals Cotton…

Denver woman launches attack on litter

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer A Denver woman who has been cleaning the streets of her community for more than a decade is in search of others with a passion for environmental protection to join her fight against littering. Patty Korn — a 20-year veteran of the United States Air Force…

Work continuing on historic clock for downtown Lincolnton

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer It’s been approximately two years since Councilman Roby Jetton located the historic clock that once hung from the former First National Bank of Lincolnton building on Court Square. Jetton and Lincoln County Historical Association president Bill Beam have been working on the process of obtaining…

Antique machines on display at North Brook Antique Tractor Pull

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Many of them started out on pedal-powered toy tractors or lawnmowers and then graduated to high-powered, full-sized tractors. For the past 30 years, men, women and children have been competing at the North Brook Antique Tractor Pull, which meets once a month from March through…