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Lincoln Charter board approves budget, welcomes new members

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Lincoln Charter School’s (LCS) school board approved the 2017-2018 annual budget at a monthly board meeting held Monday night at the school’s Denver campus. There were minor increases to expenses due to a new building being constructed on the Denver campus, which was contained in…

Lincoln County Concert Association announces lineup for upcoming season

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The Lincoln County Concert Association (LCCA) has lined up the performers who will be on stage at the Lincoln Cultural Center in Lincolnton for the 2017-2018 season, which begins on Oct. 8 with Amantha Mill from Boone. All concerts are held on Sundays at 3…

Lincoln County Animal Services, on a no-kill mission, expands staff

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer In an effort to help the Lincoln County Animal Shelter achieve “no-kill” designation, the county has given animal services director Hannah Beaver permission to hire an animal control supervisor. “Animal control requires someone who is passionate toward animals and people,” Beaver said. “In hiring for this…

Alive After Five concert series wraps up Thursday

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The fourth and final series of Alive After Five is this Thursday. The Blackwater Rhythm & Blues Band will bring their blend of beach music, blues and funk to the stage. The group consists of nine members, with five playing horns, coming up to Lincolnton…

Filmmaker shares tale of Civil War’s aftermath

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer After spending four years in the Army, Michael Helms returned to his hometown of Lincolnton. He attended Gaston College for a year, then Gardner-Webb University for another year before enrolling in the University of North Carolina School of Arts to focus in film studies. Helms’s…

Local mail carrier retiring after three decades

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer A familiar face in downtown Lincolnton will be retiring this week. Eugene “Buzzy” Hartman has delivered mail in Lincolnton for the past 15 years, often on foot and carrying a postal bag. Hartman has worked for the United States Postal Service for almost 30 years,…

Tucker’s Grove Camp Meeting comes to a close

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The Tucker’s Grove Camp Meeting came to a close on Sunday. Soon, the campground will return to the vacated façade that it has for most of the year. If someone not knowing about camp meeting would happen to stumble upon the campground any other time…

NC redistricting could affect state Sen. David Curtis

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer North Carolina legislators have until the end of the month to redraw the state’s election district lines, after 28 districts were deemed unconstitutional by federal courts due to race-based gerrymandering. The maps that have now been used to elect the North Carolina General Assembly on three…

Rep. Patrick McHenry holds town hall in Lincolnton

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Rep. Patrick McHenry wrapped up a series of meetings with his western North Carolina constituents by hosting a town hall at the Lincoln County Senior Center on Wednesday evening. McHenry, a Republican who is the chief deputy whip in the U.S. House of Representatives, opened the…

Report: Lincoln County Schools buses among safest in NC

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Lincoln County Schools (LCS) students who take school buses to and from school will be boarding some of the safest buses in North Carolina this year. After their annual inspection report, the LCS buses received a score of 15. The average score for the western…