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Boyles wins Paul C. Rhyne Art Competition

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer The winners of the Paul C. Rhyne Art Competition and Exhibit were announced by the Arts Council of Lincoln County on Saturday. Tina Boyles was named the winner for her submission of “Rain Music,” which was one of three pieces of work that she submitted in…

Rising Sun Pottery hosts 18th “Soup Bowl Benefit”

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Some business owners believe in giving back to the community that supports their ventures. Gary Lee, owner of Rising Sun Pottery in Lincolnton, is one of those people. Lee will host the 18th annual Soup Bowl Benefit on Tuesday, which will benefit Hospice and Palliative Care…

Lincoln County Schools, county officials meet to discuss land

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County Schools Superintendent Sherry Hoyle and Associate Superintendent Matt Stover met with county officials last week in a closed-door conference aimed at building momentum for a potential land acquisition in the eastern end of the county. The school board voted last month to approach county…

Lincoln County drought advisory lifted

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer North Carolina’s Drought Management Advisory Council has removed drought advisories from all areas of the state, but Lincoln County is still under local, voluntary restrictions based on Catawba-Wateree Drought Management Advisory Group recommendations. Public works and utilities director Don Chamblee said Thursday that a conference call…

Artist’s work embraces Lincoln County history

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Sometimes an artist becomes inspired by their surroundings and their upbringing. Sometimes they harness inspiration through their love of history and their community. Occasionally, there is a fire in their work that comes from a creative bloodline. Eastern Lincoln County’s Libba Lineberger-Thompson is a combination of…

Lincoln County Crisis Pregnancy Center hopes to fund new building

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The Lincoln County Crisis Pregnancy Center is hosting a fundraising walk on Saturday that the nonprofit hopes will enable it to raise a significant chunk of the money needed to purchase a new building. Laps4Life2015 will be held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Hulls Grove Baptist…

Lincolnton candidates forum could offer perspective to voters

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer As the Nov. 3 general election approaches for the city of Lincolnton, a more focused light will shine on the candidates for city government through the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce candidates’ forum. Chamber President Ken Kindley says that the forum will offer voters the opportunity…

Safety First: Students get lessons from firefighters

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The thousand or so first graders that comprise Lincoln County’s schools lined up in organized rows in a grassy field early Wednesday morning. The earliest arrivals were tasked with waiting patiently, not with staying still, so when DJ Daddy Dave played a popular Taylor Swift song,…

Lincoln County office move picks up speed

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The approval of a near-$1.5 million land purchase shouldn’t delay the demolition of portions of the old county hospital on Gamble Drive or construction of new county offices at the same location, Lincoln County officials said Monday. Following a Board of Commissioners meeting, County Manager Kelly…

Officers charge man with break-in at dentist’s office

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Staff report An Iron Station man has been charged by the Lincolnton Police Department with stealing loose change from a dentist’s office. Roderick Brandon Lessard, 28, of 207 Low Bridge Road, allegedly broke into Dr. Robert T. Cloninger’s office on Donita Drive on Sunday and stole change, according to a…