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New Apple Queen to be crowned

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Lincoln County contestants compete for college scholarships ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer This weekend, 16 talented Lincoln County women will compete in the 35th Lincoln County Apple Queen Pageant. The pageant is sponsored each year by Lincolnton’s Business and Professional Women’s Organization. “Historically, it has always been the kickoff to Apple…

Family battles rare disorder

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Abby Grace Ferguson has an infectious smile. The vivacious 9-year-old is a little princess in every sense of the word. She loves to dance and play with Barbie’s and more than anything, wants to go to Disney World to meet Princess Elsa from Frozen. For all…

Work First grant up for commissioner discussion

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners will discuss a motion to continue with the Work First Block Grant at a meeting tonight. Director of Social Services Susan McCracken is expected to present the request. In the agenda item document, she explained that the state requires the 2014…

Gaston man charged with 2007 sexual assault of a child

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer A Gastonia man was arrested on Friday by Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies in connection with a sexual assault that occurred in Lincoln County in 2007. Detective Kelly Paris called in Jonathon Ray Campbell, 23, for questioning after being contacted by the Pottsdam, New York police department…

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…