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Street preachers could face misdemeanors under proposed ordinance

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincolnton City Council has scheduled a public hearing for December to consider a recommendation from the City of Lincolnton Steering Committee regarding proposed changes to the city’s noise and special events and festivals ordinances that could address the recent complaints about street preachers at public…

Public input sought on proposed charter school location

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer A community involvement meeting regarding a proposed site for West Lake Preparatory Academy, a new Lincoln County charter school that was approved by the North Carolina Board of Education over the summer, will be held later this month. Rufus Road Partners, LLC, has filed a request…

Veterans receive heroes’ welcome in Lincolnton

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Three modern-day heroes visited Lincolnton on Friday. Two were Medal of Honor recipients, Retired Army Col. Walter “Joe” Marm and Retired Army Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Patterson, and the third, Army Staff Sgt. Joel Tavera, a veteran of the Iraq War and a severely wounded…

Rodeo held in honor of local girl

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Like many churches, Blazin’ Trails Cowboy Church holds a fall festival every year. This past year, however, Pastor Harvey Gates said that his eyes were opened up to an unfulfilled need in the community. Brooke Cockerline and her parents, Alicia and Jason, were members of…

Ordinance to address street preachers on council agenda

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincolnton City Council will hear a recommendation from the City of Lincolnton Steering Committee regarding a proposed amendment to the city’s special events and festivals ordinance that could address the recent complaints about street preachers at public events. In August, steering committee chairman Fred Jarrett…

Medal of Honor recipients coming to Lincolnton

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Two Medal of Honor recipients, Retired Army Col. Walter “Joe” Marm and Retired Army Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Patterson, will travel to Lincolnton on Friday to speak at the James W. Warren Citizens Center at 10 a.m. Formerly, this event has been held at North…

Scout projects benefit community

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Area scouts are completing their scout gold awards with projects that benefit the community. Gold awards recognize the highest achievement in scouting for both boys and girls. Katie Baich is a high school student at Lincoln Charter School. She has established an endowed scholarship that…

Annual KREWE event to raise funds for summer camp

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The 15th annual KREWE Fun Fest hosted by the Lincoln County YMCA will have a different look at a different location this year. The event, which has been held for years at the historic Woodside Plantation, will feature a free benefit concert by The Frank Love…

Commissioners approve $50,000 science education grant

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners held a zoning hearing, approved a $50,000 grant to fund a science program for local elementary schools and discussed a draft of the updated land use plan during a joint meeting with the planning board on Monday evening. Race City…

NFL jerseys burned at Lincolnton VFW protest

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer A group of associate and auxiliary members of VFW Post 1706 in Lincolnton were offended when Pittsburgh Steelers players didn’t come out of the locker room for the national anthem before a recent game against the Chicago Bears. In a protest of their own, several…