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First Art Crawl artist studio tour on tap for Saturday

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      PHIL PERRY Staff Writer   The first Artist Studio Tour will kick off Saturday, following this evening’s Art Crawl and providing an opportunity for a self-guided tour of artist studios in Lincoln County. The tour gives art lovers and collectors the opportunity to purchase art and discuss…

Parent complaint leads to changes in Exceptional Children’s program

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    ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer   A parent complaint to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction has led to changes in the way Lincoln County Schools handles education plans for disabled students. Lincoln County Schools was found to be in noncompliance on four items listed on a six-issue…

Habitat for Humanity ReStore to open in Denver

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  ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer   The Lincoln County Habitat for Humanity will open up its second ReStore next month. The store, located in the Westport Market Shopping Center on Highway 16 in Denver, is currently accepting new and gently used donations prior to its April 14 grand opening. The…

Mayor Gilleland Named Republican of the Year

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  Staff report The Lincoln County Republican Party has named Lincolnton mayor John Gilleland “Republican of the Year.” The award was presented on March 7 at the party’s annual Lincoln-Reagan Dinner, held at the historic Laboratory Mill. Gilleland was elected as the City of Lincolnton’s first Republican mayor and has…

Primary schedule could cost county

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  ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer In 2013, North Carolina made national headlines for passing an elections overhaul that, among other things, required state-issued photo IDs to cast ballots, reduced the early voting period and ended same-day registration during early voting. But a less visible part of North Carolina House Bill…

Around Town — 3-11-15

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  THURSDAY   GOP meeting The Lincoln County Republican Party will hold its annual county convention and precinct meetings at the Lincoln County Senior Center at the Gaston College Lincoln Campus at 514 S. Academy St. in Lincolnton. Registration will be held at 6 p.m. and precinct meetings will begin…

Deputies: Night manager stole from restaurant

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    Staff report   Lincoln County deputies have arrested three men on charges related to a break-in and larceny at a Denver restaurant in July 2014, including a former manager. The owner of the Jersey Mike’s on Highway 73 reported on July 30 that there was a break-in at…

Out Under the Stars: Area homeless share their stories

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    PHIL PERRY Staff Writer   Lincoln County organizations like Hesed House of Hope, Christian Ministry and Blanket the Homeless have collectively worked to provide resources and hope to the homeless community within the county. Blanket the Homeless, an organization formed by members of Oak Grove Baptist Church in…

A Matter of Principals: St. James duo runs school for a day

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  PHIL PERRY Staff Writer   As an adult, the dream of running the company that employs you may be something that crosses your mind from time to time. Perhaps the policies that you would implement would make a difference in company culture and, ultimately, the bottom line. While few…

Former teacher’s compassion leads to replenished library for fire-damaged school

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      PHIL PERRY Staff Writer On Jan. 7, the unthinkable happened at Old Dock Elementary School in Columbus County. While officially undetermined, an apparent electrical fire above the ceiling within the school caused fire alarms to sound at 6:30 a.m. Staff members were just beginning to arrive at…