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After 37 years, BonWorth closes doors

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer After opening its doors in 1979, BonWorth of Lincolnton closed its doors for good on Saturday, leaving the chain with four outlets in North Carolina and 130 stores nationwide. In recent years, locations in Hickory, Asheville and Winston-Salem have dissolved. “I’m sad, really,” Darlene McConnell said.…

Mid-Year Pottery Market set for July

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The Lincoln Cultural Center will host the fourth Mid-Year Pottery Market in July, featuring the work of local potters. Patrons can chat with local potters and browse pieces while exploring each artist’s technique and discovering what makes each piece that they create unique. Catawba Valley pottery…

Local students go behind the scenes at Marshall Steam Station

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer A select few high school students from the area have been awarded an opportunity to gain some insight into the field of engineering through a partnership with Duke Energy. Seven students from Lincoln County and seven students from Catawba County earned an internship at Marshall Steam…

Another subdivision proposed for eastern Lincoln County

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A 200-home development on 90 acres has been proposed for eastern Lincoln County. A community involvement meeting has been scheduled for July regarding the rezoning of the property, located between Highway 16 Business and St. James Church Road. According to Lincoln County planner Joshua Grant, the…

Sons of Thunder Men’s Ministry to preach motivation

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Sons of Thunder Men’s Ministry at Greater Works Deliverance Center is hosting a conference this weekend. Ministers and pastors from other churches in the area will speak on personal experiences with the hopes of motivating men in Lincoln County to step up to the plate…

Lincoln County Board of Education discusses revised attendance policy

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Education met Tuesday night to discuss a revised attendance policy. The amendment addresses excessive unexcused absences and requires principals to review whether to award credit to any student that exceeds five unexcused absences in a given semester. The proposed policy called…

Lincoln County Sports Hall of Fame to induct eight

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The Lincoln County Sports Hall of Fame will induct eight new members into the organization’s exclusive club on Saturday at an annual banquet. “This is a very special class,” one of the hall’s directors, Paul Haynes, said. “We are very excited about the individuals we will…

Lincoln Photography Club seeks new members

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The Lincoln Photography Club is seeking new members and offering free membership for a limited time to help encourage participation. “We’ve been meeting for about five years,” club secretary Kathy Goodson said. “We have guest speakers on occasion and we welcome people from all experience and…

West Lincoln making progress toward updated athletic facilities

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Aggressive fundraising and overwhelming support from boosters has West Lincoln High School’s quest for updated baseball and softball facilities progressing rapidly. The project will cost a whopping $200,000 to supply both teams with new dugouts, as well as constructing a press box at the softball field.…

Wild Stringdom: Teachers share passion for guitar

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Mike and Rachel Christian have taken a passion for teaching and playing the guitar and turned it into a successful business, spanning more than 15 years. “They are guitar enthusiasts who are excited to share their talent,” Lincoln Cultural Center director Cathy Davis said. “I am…