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Brother’s art supports boy battling brain tumors

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Seven-year-old Max Edwards of Lincolnton had brain surgery the end of August in an attempt to help his neurofibromatosis. The surgery wasn’t successful and his condition is worsening. He currently has two brain tumors that are not stable and he might have to have additional…

Redistricting proposal draws criticism from parents

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer More than 100 people attended the Lincoln County Schools Board of Education public hearing held at F.D. Kiser Intermediate School on Thursday to discuss proposed redistricting and changes to the makeup of several elementary schools. The proposed redistricting would affect approximately 200 students for the…

Dollar General developer schedules community meeting

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer A community involvement meeting for a controversial Dollar General store proposed for the intersection of Highway 73 and Amity Church Road in Iron Station has been scheduled for next Tuesday at the East Lincoln Community Center. Teramore Development, LLC, a full-service retail real estate company based…

Lincoln County Republican Party elects new chairman

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Republican Party elected a new chairman on Saturday during the party’s annual precinct meetings and county convention, held at the Senior Center in Lincolnton. Brian Crisson, the party’s co-vice chairman since 2015, was elected by a unanimous vote from registered Republicans in attendance…

State program helps local vet receive high school diploma

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Dan Smith willingly left high school to join the Marines during the Vietnam War. When he returned from active duty, he never got around to finishing his high school diploma. This was not an uncommon occurrence, according to Lincoln County veterans service director Alex Patton.…

Ramp builders serve community for four decades

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Due to a health condition, Christy Giron couldn’t leave her house on Davis Street in Lincolnton without help. That all changed on earlier in March, after a 70-foot ramp was built by the ministry of the South Fork Baptist Association. Representatives of seven churches helped…

Commissioners approve two projects, table library discussions

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners approved two high-dollar projects and tabled a third during Monday night’s regular monthly meeting. The board voted unanimously to execute a contract with Emmett Sapp Builders, Inc., a construction company based in Wildwood, Florida, for renovations to the old Lincoln…

Store owners charged with drug trafficking

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Staff report The owners of a Lincolnton bargain store have been charged with drug trafficking. Mandi Uriah Smith, 39, and Askari Jaward Johnson, 39, both of Devine Road in Iron Station, owners of the J&M Discount Variety store located at 3485 East Highway 27 in Lincolnton, were arrested on Monday…

LCHA to open historic Machpelah Church to visitors on Saturday

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The late Rev. Dr. Robert Hall Morrison, pastor at Unity Presbyterian Church in Denver in the 1800’s, will be making an appearance at the historic Machpelah Church in Iron Station on Saturday afternoon. Morrison, depicted by Charlotte historian Jim Williams, will provide some historical context and…

Lincoln Theatre Guild presentation of ‘Robin Hood’ opens Friday

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer “Robin Hood” will be shown on the stage of the Lincoln Cultural Center beginning March 24. The play, which is presented by the Lincoln Theatre Guild, is directed by Pete DeGregory and stars Jeremy Homesley as Robin Hood, the generous outlaw of Sherwood Forest who…

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