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Dairy Diaries: Lincoln County milk production through the years

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer There are fragments of former dairy farms, like the silos standing next to low barns that may be falling in, scattered throughout Lincoln County. At one time, Lincoln County was home to hundreds of working dairy farms, but many are now gone. Just 50 years…

Lincolnton firefighters give coats to local students

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The Lincolnton Professional Fire Fighters Association (LPFFA) brought some warmth to 72 Lincoln County Schools children on Tuesday. For the second year, members of the LPFFA took part in “Operation Warm,” a national campaign that the International Association of Firefighters has partnered with, to get…

Commissioners approve two new subdivisions in East Lincoln

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners on Monday approved two residential developments in East Lincoln that will bring 250 new homes to the area. The first subdivision, to be known as Wildbrook, will be developed by Hawthorne Development Group. The neighborhood will sit on 73 acres…

Pair arrested on child abuse charges

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Staff report A Newton man and a Lincolnton woman have been arrested on child abuse charges. Lincolnton Police Department officers arrested Keith Lee Clontz, 32, of 1548 Highway 16 in Newton, and Hayley Danielle Hoyle, 31, of 207 Little Street in Lincolnton, on Friday in connection with the abuse of…

Iron Station potter works with Lincoln County clay

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Robert Hovis started making pottery using refined clay and glazes, but became curious about the old kraut and pickle jars like his parents had when he was growing up. He then began making pottery with the clay that he dug from his property in Iron…

Smith, Rhyne honored at Lincoln County Chamber banquet

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Hundreds gathered inside the Laboratory Mill in Lincolnton on Thursday evening for the annual Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce banquet. The night serves as a celebration for all that has been accomplished in Lincoln County over the past year and as a recognition of two individuals…

Lincoln County DSS celebrates 10 new adoptions

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Ten foster children found their forever homes in Lincoln County this year. November is adoption awareness month and, on Friday, the Lincoln County Department of Social Services (LCDSS) held its annual ceremony celebrating these adoptions. “Normally, adoptions go through quietly and move through the system…

Lincoln County firefighters battle WNC wildfires

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The smoke and haze that have been in the air all week are hard to ignore. The fires aren’t burning in Lincoln County, but they’re threatening lives, homes and other structures in adjacent counties. Four firefighters from the Denver Fire Department are currently working 12-hour…

City officials raise downtown Christmas tree

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer “As big of a pain as it is – I still love it,” City of Lincolnton Public Works assistant director Robert Buff said. “It’s in honor of my grandfather, who used to drag us all over the world looking for a cedar tree for Christmas.…

‘Handmade for the Holidays’ back for fifth year

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Woodworking was a boyhood dream of Michael Hoffman, who lives in Lincolnton with his wife, Cynthia. Hoffman’s goal when he retires is to have a woodworking shop, and he’s counting down the days to when he retires next year because he’ll have one. An artist…