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Frog Fitness donates equipment to LHS

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The Lincolnton High School athletic department received new fitness equipment designed by Frog Fitness on Tuesday. The “Frog” is a total body resistance trainer that works all major muscle groups. Lincolnton High School is the only school in North Carolina that has this equipment available…

Former apple grower finds prosperity in blackberries

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer At one time, Lincoln County was known for its apple production. Brent Brown is a fourth-generation apple grower. His great-grandfather, Bert Yarbro, was one of the original apple growers in Lincoln County. His father, Clyde T. Brown, was the plant manager at White House Foods…

‘The Collective’ brings together young local artists

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer A group of young people, who simply call themselves the “Collective,” have formed an artist collective to bring out each others’ dreams and celebrate art. The members are engaged in various forms of art – creative writing, poetry, music and painting — and they share…

Forum gives regional perspective to local education issues

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Communities in Schools of Lincoln County and the Lincoln County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council held their first Community Engagement Forum on Thursday at the Laboratory Mill in Lincolnton. The purpose of this forum was to bring different perspectives from not just the Lincoln County community…

Summer camps connect kids with law enforcement, the arts

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Along with the end of school for the summer comes, for many children, summer camp. This week, two very different camps offered opportunities for area children — the Lincolnton Police Department’s Law Enforcement Action Development Camp (LEAD) and the Arts Council of Lincoln County’s Art…

Dog was frequent sight in Boger City

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer During the years that James Hester operated his tax and used car businesses across the street from his home on East Main Street in Boger City, he said that he had a hard time getting across the street without getting hit. Penny, the black and…

World War II veteran Jim Moore dies

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Lincolnton lost another one of its greatest generation on June 14. James “Jim” Moore, who enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1943 during World War II, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family. Moore signed up for service when he was 19 with his close…

Apprenticeship will end with employment for three students

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Three Lincoln County Schools students made it into the Catawba Valley Community College Apprenticeship Program this year — Mark Ward, a rising senior at West Lincoln High School, Frank Hatchett, who graduated this June from Lincolnton High School, and Dakota Cooper, who graduated from North…

Chamber president Ken Kindley announces retirement

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer For the first time in over three decades, the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce will be accepting applications in search of a new president. Ken Kindley announced last week that he will be retiring from his position at the helm of the organization at the end…

Pair charged with growing pot

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Staff report The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has charged two Vale residents with growing marijuana. Dustin Paige Reinhardt, 32, and Cassie Jade Hartsoe, 30, both of 7304 Hallman Mill Road, were arrested on Tuesday after narcotics detectives followed up on a tip they receives from Lincolnton-Lincoln County Crime Stoppers, according…