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‘Thunder Over Carolina’ opens Thursday

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The production of “Thunder Over Carolina” has been a long-term labor of love for those involved. In addition to the hundreds of hours of rehearsal time, Ryan Gurganious spent three years researching the Battle of Ramsour’s Mill, the Revolutionary War and readapting the script originally…

Commissioners approve ‘no-kill’ strategic plan

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously on Monday to approve a strategic plan developed to help the Lincoln County Animal Shelter reach “no-kill” designation. The plan — prepared by the Lincoln County Animal Services staff, the No-Kill Ad Hoc Committee led by Commissioner Anita…

City resumes oversight of events and marketing coordinator

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The vacant events and marketing coordinator position will remain under the supervision of the city of Lincolnton, according to City Manager Steve Zickefoose. Abby Cole, the most recent events and marketing coordinator who resigned in February, was a city employee working out of an office at…

Brymer set to retire from Christian Ministry of Lincoln County

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Christian Ministry of Lincoln County is a nonprofit organization formed by a group of local pastors who were inspired by the teachings of Jesus Christ to care for the poor and the homeless. For the past 31 years, Christian Ministry executive director Susan Brymer has served…

Commissioners set to vote on ‘no-kill’ strategic plan

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer A strategic plan to help the Lincoln County Animal Shelter reach “no-kill” designation will be presented to the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners during tonight’s meeting. The plan — prepared by the Lincoln County Animal Services staff, the No-Kill Ad Hoc Committee headed by Commissioner Anita…

East Lincoln High hosts Relay For Life event

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The turnout to East Lincoln’s Relay For Life held at East Lincoln High School on Friday was slim due to rain, but the energy was high. The entertainment on the main stage ran from the East Lincoln Jazz Band to gymnastics by Lake Norman Gymnastics…

Amy’s Closet continues to support county’s domestic violence shelter

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer When Shasta Steele opened Amy’s Closet in Denver four years ago, the board members of the Lincoln County Coalition Against Domestic Violence (LCCADV) who operate Amy’s House, a Lincoln County shelter for those suffering from domestic violence, didn’t think it would work. The Denver store…

Search for new Lincoln County Schools superintendent moving forward

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The Lincoln County Schools superintendent search process is now several steps closer to hiring a person to fill the position currently held by Dr. Sherry Hoyle, who announced her retirement at a school board meeting held on Feb. 14. The members of the Lincoln County…

Former LTN columnist’s influence still being felt

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer It was the tin mines and her husband’s job as an engineer that first brought Gladys Mason Childs to Lincolnton from South Africa. While in Lincolnton, Childs breathed life into local theater, including the inception, planning and organization of the original productions of “Thunder Over…

Lincoln County Schools honors top employees

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Lincoln County Schools announced its “Of The Year” winners on May 3. The Principal of the Year winner was announced in October 2016 due to the state deadline for submitting Principal of the Year for state competition. Kristi Smith of Catawba Springs Elementary, who was…