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Lincolnton rehab changes hands

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Formerly owned by Kindred Healthcare, Lincolnton Rehabilitation Center was recently purchased by Southern Healthcare Management, a company out of Casselberry, Florida. Providing short-term therapy and long-term skilled nursing beds, as well as physical, speech, occupational and aquatic therapy, the newly renamed Lincolnton Rehabilitation Center will continue…

Deputies search for driver who threw water bottle, injured boy

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying a man that threw a bottle of water out of a car window on Tuesday night around 8 p.m., resulting in an injury to a 2-year-old boy. Deputies responded to the 2700 block…

City Lunch: A family affair

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Nestled in the heart of downtown in Lincolnton on the Court Square is City Lunch, a quaint restaurant known for mouthwatering hot dogs and a welcoming wait staff. For co-owner Angie Kaiser, however, it is more than just a restaurant, but a daily reminder of three…

The Drug Store to change ownership

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Group of pharmacists to keep Lincolnton, Vale locations open; Boger City to close ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer On the first of August, patients that rely on The Drug Store for their medications, immunizations and medical equipment won’t notice many changes. They will still be greeted by the same friendly faces.…

Carpenters named ‘Conservation Farm Family’ for 2014

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County residents Alvin and Jeff Carpenter were recently presented with an award for their local efforts in conservation. The Lincoln County Soil and Water Conservation District chose the father-son duo as its 2014 “Conservation Family Farm.” For the Carpenter family, farming is a way of…

Chamber hopes county will reconsider

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer The Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors held a special called meeting Wednesday morning to discuss concerns over the county’s recent decision to move forward with relocating county offices to the old hospital, located on Gamble Drive in Lincolnton. Chamber of Commerce President Ken…

A boutique on a mission

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Amy’s Closet funds battered women’s shelter with proceeds ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Shasta Steele went on a trip to Florida and came back with a vision. A member on the board for Amy’s House, a battered women’s shelter in Lincoln County and now the manager of Amy’s Closet and Consignment…

Teen singer hitting the road for concerts

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Camryn Wilson is quiet when engaged in every day conversation, but ask the 15-year-old North Lincoln High School student to sing, and she gets a glimmer in her eye. What began with a chance meeting with international superstar Katy Perry six years ago has turned into…

WLHS welcomes new band director

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer West Lincoln High School students will welcome a fresh face to their band department this fall. Hickory native Taylor Brown will serve as the high school’s new band director. Like many musicians, Brown’s passion for music developed at an early age. His first encounter with the…

Veterans center aiming to transition to hosting events

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer The Howards Creek Veterans Building on Howards Creek School Road has stood since 1922 as a meeting place for veterans of all branches of the military. Within its halls, rooms dedicated to Vietnam veterans and the Marine Corps are covered with flags and memorabilia. Lincoln County…