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WLHS welcomes new band director

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer West Lincoln High School students will welcome a fresh face to their band department this fall. Hickory native Taylor Brown will serve as the high school’s new band director. Like many musicians, Brown’s passion for music developed at an early age. His first encounter with the…

Veterans center aiming to transition to hosting events

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer The Howards Creek Veterans Building on Howards Creek School Road has stood since 1922 as a meeting place for veterans of all branches of the military. Within its halls, rooms dedicated to Vietnam veterans and the Marine Corps are covered with flags and memorabilia. Lincoln County…

A baseball story

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist I had asked Sue Caldwell for a moment she would never forget, and she gave me this story about how Lincolnton’s first baseball team came to be. Caldwell tells me her dad, Giles Ballard, owned a country store located across the street from their house. The…

Around Town 7-16-14

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TODAY VBS New Grace Baptist Church will host vacation bible school beginning at 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. until July 18. The theme is God’s Greatest Gift of Giving. A special program will be held Friday with hamburgers, hotdogs and ice cream. For more information, please call (704) 747-6434 or…

Portion of Rail Trail to close for bridge repairs

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer For the next two weeks, a portion of the Marcia Cloninger Rail Trail will be closed while repairs are made on the South Aspen Street Bridge. Approximately a quarter of a mile of the trail will be closed, between South Government Street and Academy Street. According…

Criminal Charges 7-16-14

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The Lincolnton Police Department reported the following arrests: Shasta Marie Oxendine, 30, of 1521 Atlantic Lane in Lincolnton was charged July 10 with one misdemeanor count each possession of stolen goods and larceny. A $2000 secured bond was set. Ricky Dwayne Roberts, 53, of 1509 S. Sterling Street, Apt A…

North Lincoln student serves as page in General Assembly

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Last week, North Lincoln High School student Libby Henderson, along with 10 other North Carolina students, had the opportunity to experience the inner workings of state politics firsthand. A rising sophomore, Henderson spent last week at the legislative building in Raleigh, assisting House and Senate legislators…

Field set for Soil and Water board election

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Now that filing for the Soil and Water Conservation Supervisor seats has ended, Lincoln County residents must wait until this fall to vote for their future district leaders. Candidates were eligible to file between June 9 and July 7. Four candidates are in the running for…

Criminal Charges — 7/14/14

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Gary Wayne Romska, 29, of 3919 Setzer Street in Claremont was charged July 10 with one felont count breaking and entering and one count larceny after breaking and entering. A $10,000 secured bond was set. Jovan Christopher Brooks, 32, of 545…

Around Town — 7/14/14

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TODAY VBS New Grace Baptist Church will host vacation bible school beginning at 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. until July 18. The theme is God’s Greatest Gift of Giving. A special program will be held Friday with hamburgers, hotdogs and ice cream. For more information, please call (704) 747-6434 or…