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Churches, universities come together to make prom magical

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Prom night is a special time for many high school juniors and seniors. For some, it’s the most important social event of their entire high school career and a rite of passage. Students often look forward to it for months or even years. But attendance…

Lincoln County Special Olympics holds bowling event

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer More than 250 athletes competed this year at Lincoln County Special Olympics annual bowling competition on Thursday at Pin Station in Newton. Many of the competitors have been attending the event for years and have been brushing up on their skills during field trips to…

Commissioners considering wastewater treatment plant expansion

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer A proposal for expanding the Killian Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant that could potentially double the sewer capacity in Lincoln County will likely be presented to the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners next month. Lincoln County Public Works director Don Chamblee delivered a presentation on Thursday morning,…

Chamber to oversee Lincolnton events and marketing coordinator

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The chamber of commerce is in search of a new events and marketing coordinator to replace Abby Cole, who has accepted a marketing and public relations position with Partners Behavioral Health Management. “I’ve enjoyed my time with the City of Lincolnton,” Cole said. “This is my…

Commissioners to vote on five zoning cases

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners will vote tonight on five zoning hearings that were held two weeks ago during a joint meeting between the commissioners and the planning board. The planning board has recommended commissioner approval in all five instances after consideration of the presented…

County hires new senior services director

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer County Manager Kelly Atkins has announced the hiring of Kathryn Saine as the new Lincoln County Senior Services director, effective Feb. 18. Saine, the wife of Lincoln County state Rep. Jason Saine, is a native of Virginia who graduated from UNC-Charlotte with an undergraduate degree in…

Polar plunge to benefit Special Olympics

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Special Olympics Lincoln County will be holding its seventh annual Polar Plunge on Saturday, at the Betty G. Ross Recreation Center in Lincolnton. All proceeds from this event, which program coordinator Celeste Frazier said is the organization’s biggest fundraiser of the year, will be kept…

Commissioners, planning board discuss potential building moratorium

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners met with the county planning board on Monday evening to discuss the specifics of a proposed moratorium on residential development in East Lincoln. A public hearing on the matter is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 27 at the James W. Warren…

Hoyle announces plans to retire as superintendent

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Dr. Sherry Hoyle has announced that she will retire in July as superintendent of Lincoln County Schools. Hoyle has served as superintendent since 2011. “I was finishing my 31st year and I just felt like it was time,” she said. “I invested all my career…

Ku Klux Klan recruitment fliers found in Lincolnton

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Ku Klux Klan has extended its recruiting efforts to Lincolnton, distributing fliers around town late Saturday evening and into early Sunday morning. Dr. David Staton awoke Sunday morning to find a plastic bag weighed down by birdseed containing a card urging the recipient to contact…