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Kiser Intermediate teacher wins award

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer A Charlotte law firm honored one Lincoln County teacher and several others across the region last Friday. Charles G. Monnett III & Associates partnered with Domino’s Pizza to create the program. According to the law firm’s website, the Hometown Hero Teacher Appreciation Award showcases one teacher…

Auditions begin for ‘The Nutcracker –– A Children’s Ballet’

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer The halls of the Lincoln Cultural Center were bustling with dancers of all ages, as auditions for “The Nutcracker –– A Children’s Ballet” began at 10 a.m. on Saturday. The favorite holiday tradition, in its eighth year, saw students from Lincoln County dance studios warming up…

Owners celebrate 30 years with House of Trophies

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer For the past 30 years, Nick and Judy Komas have served as the owners of House of Trophies and Engraving, Inc., located on 118 East Main Street. “For a long time, I did almost everything,” Nick Komas said. “But as the business grew, Judy joined in…

Artist: Don’t try this at home

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Jason Bolton uses fire as a medium in artistic endeavors ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Jason Bolton plays with fire. The self-taught artist and happily married father of four expresses his creativity in a way that leaves many people either confused or enthralled. “It usually goes one of two ways,” Bolton…

City readying to roll out new trash bins

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Northern Lincolnton residents will be the first in the city to receive city-provided trash containers in 2015, the first step in an effort to decrease the waste-stream and improve residential recycling trends. Veteran Public Works employees Steve Littlejohn and Salvador Sosa were given the honor on…

Bluegrass festival grew out of family’s love for being together

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JACLYN ANTHONY LTN Staff Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for education of its virtue. — Plato Unlike most music festivals, where profit is the goal, the Catawba Valley Music Revival, formerly known as the Coot Williams Road Music Festival, uses its proceeds to provide soul…

Local man named American Legion’s national chaplain

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Lincolnton resident Randy Cash stepped onto the national stage Aug.28, as the retired Navy chaplain took the oath of office to become National Chaplain for the American Legion. An active member of American Legion Post 30 in Lincolnton and a faculty member at the Navy Chaplaincy…

Bank employee arrested for fraud

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer A former employee of Fifth Third Bank in Boger City has been arrested on fraud charges by Lincolnton Police officers. Jeffrey Dean Etchison, Jr., 33, of 113 West College Street, Apartment E in Stanley, was arrested on Tuesday after an investigation into a fraudulent withdrawal at…

Students rally around sick classmate

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Ending the 2013-2014 school year was supposed to be exciting. For most students, it was the beginning of summer and the eventual promise of being one year closer to graduation. For a rising junior at North Lincoln High School named Simon Oaida, the year ended with…

Man overcomes checkered past to open Do-Gooders

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Do-Gooders Pizza’s name is more than just a catchy phrase designed to draw customers into the new restaurant on Vandiver Drive in Lincolnton. It’s a reflection of the character of owner Billy Leonard and his path from a 10-month prison sentence to work with local charities…