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Lincoln County Community Foundation awards record funding

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Community Foundation has awarded nearly $30,000 in grant money to be distributed among 15 local nonprofit organizations whose support ranges from area children to environmental protection. An affiliate of Foundation for the Carolinas, LCCF has totaled more than $140,000 worth of grant funding…

Re-enactors bring Battle of Ramsour’s Mill to life

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer A big part of the annual celebration and re-enactment of the Battle of Ramsour’s Mill, which is being held this weekend at the battlefield behind Lincolnton High School, is the living history demonstrations that will be going on throughout both days. Beginning at 10 a.m.…

PBS show on regional history films in Lincoln County

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer A film crew from WTVI, the PBS station in Charlotte, led by producer John Branscum, visited several historic locations throughout Lincoln County on Tuesday and Wednesday to film a segment for WTVI’s “Trail of History.” This is the first time that Lincoln County has been…

Exhibit brings together artists from mountains, piedmont

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The first of a two-part series of a fine art exhibition titled “The Mountains Meet the Piedmont” has been installed at the Cochran Gallery and the Carolina Mill Gallery of the Lincoln Cultural Center. The exhibit is being made available in collaboration with the Arts…

Abernethy leaves behind lasting legacy

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer W.A. “Bo” Abernethy Jr., would often tell his daughter, Fran Cagle, that if he ever had the chance to come back as something, he wanted to come back as a bird – he loved to fly. He started flying planes when he was just 15…

Lincolnton council approves Zero Dark Thirty Paintball facility

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincolnton City Council voted unanimously to approve a paintball facility in the city during their regular monthly meeting on June 1. “This is one of those situations where it seems like the owner has taken every precaution to make sure that there isn’t any fallout…

Battle of Ramsour’s Mill events begin Friday

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The Ramsour’s Mill Battleground historic site in Lincolnton is beginning to be transformed to look much like it did during the Battle of Ramsour’s Mill on June 20, 1780. The annual celebration and reenactment of the battle will be held beginning Friday. The event commemorates…

Recording studio coming to downtown Lincolnton

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The Sound Factory was opened almost five years ago so that Roger Calhoun’s son, Casey, could get a job in the business after he graduated from college. The small but state-of-the-art recording studio was built above a garage at Calhoun’s residence in Maiden. Casey Calhoun…

Panel brings faith leaders together

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Foothills Interfaith Assembly, which was formed two years ago, held its first Lincoln County Interfaith Panel on Monday at the Lincolnton library. Four representatives from different faith traditions participated in the panel. The panelists included Rabbi Dennis Jones from Temple Beth Shalom in Hickory, Rev.…

Commissioners deny solar farm, approve budget

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners once again denied a request for the construction of a solar farm on 36 acres of land in Denver near Lake Norman, by a 4-1 vote on Monday evening. The commissioners ruled that those in opposition of the solar farm…