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Band director enthusiastic about his job

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Lincolnton High School’s newest band director is not a complicated man. “My hobbies are band … band, and then I sleep,” said David Benfield, who comes to the school from Forest View High School in Gastonia. Benfield devotes an average of 75 hours a week to band during the competitive…

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Matherly on development board

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Lincoln Economic Development Association’s executive director, Barry Matherly, has accepted a board member position with the nation’s only professional organization for economic developers. During a conference held in Phoenix, Ariz., Matherly said he was invited to sit on the board of the International Economic Development Council, and that he had…

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Helicopter search helps find 7-foot marijuana plant

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A helicopter search by the National Guard for drug operations led to the arrest of two men who allegedly hung a 7-foot marijuana plant from their back porch in Vale. The single plant allegedly contained 13 pounds of marijuana and was four inches at its base, according to authorities. Narcotics…

Duke increases water restrictions

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Duke Energy is again ratcheting up restrictions on water use by lakeside residents. As water levels continue to drop due to the severe drought, Duke Energy officials announced Wednesday they are banning residents from pumping Lake Norman water entirely. Two weeks after Duke imposed the first-ever restrictions on the practice,…

Lincolnton Farmers’ Market gets home on West Water St.

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Officials selected a permanent home for the farmers’ market in Lincolnton. After several years of moving to different locations, the market will be built at its current location on West Water Street, west of the courthouse. “We tried a number of sites to make the market more visible, but obviously…

Church plans new Saturday night service

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A lot of churches are trying new and different ways to get people in the pews, from contemporary praise music to a variety of outreach ministries. Covenant Bible Church is trying something that may be the first of its kind in the area: a Saturday night service called Elevate. Pastor…

Sally’s Y land donated

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