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State inspectors cited Lincolnton nursing home 9 times in ’16

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer State inspectors cited a Lincolnton nursing home for healthcare deficiencies nine times in 2016, bringing that facility’s total number of citations to two dozen since 2014. Sovereign Carolina Holdings is listed as the majority owner of Lincolnton Rehab, located at 1410 East Gaston Street in…

Woman arrested after brief car chase

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Staff report A local woman is facing felony charges after allegedly shoplifting from a Lincolnton store and then leading officers on a short car chase. Kendra Michelle McCombs, 28, of 3861 Stoney Creek Drive in Lincolnton, is accused of stealing from the Tractor Supply store on North Generals Boulevard on…

Lincolnton City Council welcomes new year, new member

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincolnton City Council welcomed a new year and a new member at Thursday’s meeting inside City Hall. Tim Smith, a Republican from the Ward 1 precinct, was sworn into office following his December appointment in place of Devin Rhyne. Rhyne approached Smith about serving as…

East Lincoln High’s Habitat chapter preps for MLK Day of Service

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer In recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy of service, East Lincoln High School’s Habitat for Humanity chapter is organizing an MLK Day of Service on to be held Jan. 16 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore on North Aspen Street in…

Union Elementary students pitch in at homeless shelter

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer As they have once a month since October, students, staff and parents from Union Elementary School offered up food and companionship to the guests at the Hesed House of Hope on Thursday evening. These monthly visits started after Union Elementary kindergarten teacher Shelley McConnell took…

McHenry discusses priorities as Congress goes back into session

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The first session of the 115th United States Congress convened on Tuesday and the GOP-dominated legislature has already begun passing legislation. Rep. Patrick McHenry, a Denver resident and Republican whose district includes Lincoln County, is serving his seventh term in the House of Representatives. The Republican…

Local make-up artist works with celebrities, athletes

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Bryce Carey grew up in Lincolnton and attended Western Carolina University, where he developed a love for theatre. After he graduated, he worked with the television show “Dawson’s Creek” in Wilmington in the wardrobe department. While he was there, he was introduced to hair and…

Lincoln Theatre Guild holding auditions for 2017 productions

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln Theatre Guild has scheduled auditions at the Lincoln Cultural Center for two upcoming productions in 2017. Auditions for “Rock of Ages” will be held on Jan. 15 and Jan. 16 and auditions for “Robin Hood” will take place two weeks later on Jan. 29…

Proposal for West Lincoln medical facility withdrawn again

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Lincolnton Main Street, LLC, has once again withdrawn a rezoning request for a 15,000 square-foot medical facility in western Lincoln County. The request called for the rezoning of three acres on the northeast corner of Highway 27 and Howards Creek Mill Road in Vale. The new…

Repairs begin on arbor at Tucker’s Grove campground

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Much-needed repairs have begun on the arbor at the Tucker’s Grove Camp Meeting in Iron Station. Rotted beams are being replaced with wood of a similar age and the sides of the arbor are being raised to eight feet all around. Some of the pews…