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Piece of folk art comes home

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‘Christ Lives Again’ now on display in Lincoln Cultural Center ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer “Christ Lives Again” was once an obscure piece of folk art. A commission from the Samaracand Manor in Eagle Springs for a local artist in 1957, the large painting that was once a focal point in…

Mother-daughter team tackles new antiques shop

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Downtown Lincolnton will soon welcome a new antique store to Main Street. In just three weeks, mother and daughter duo Gail and Theresa Swinney will open Red Door Antiques to the public, a store which will offer not only traditional antiques, but vintage and shabby chic…

Board of Education hears update on programs

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County’s Board of Education discussed several reports regarding local child programs at a meeting on Tuesday. This summer, 32 students from Catwaba Springs Elementary School and Iron Station Elementary School participated in the Y Reader Program, a free program designed to improve reading, writing and…

Teacher pay increase in state budget, puppy mill bill stalls

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer After many weeks of debate, North Carolina is moving forward with a budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year. Governor Pat McCrory signed the state government budget bill on Thursday, a bill which gives teachers and state employees significant pay raises for the first time in several…

Last days at the Rock Springs Camp Meeting

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Teen rider, rescue horse make a run at international event

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Taylor Long’s love of barrel racing began with a can-do attitude, affection for horses and a need for speed. The 16-year-old recently displayed her passion for the sport at the National Barrel Horse Association Youth World Championships. The invitation-only event was held in Perry, Georgia from…

Deputies: Man fled on stolen motorcycle

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ANNIE BLACKBURN
Staff Writer
 A Cherryville man was placed under arrest early Thursday morning after attempting elude a Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy on a stolen motorcycle.
Coley Phillip Craft, 43, of 207 Bell Street in Cherryville, was charged with one felony count each of operating a motor vehicle while attempting to elude…

Group asks city to oppose county office move

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer The Citizens for Smart Spending, along with several downtown merchants and residents urged City Council members Thursday night to endorse their efforts to keep county offices within city limits. Citizens for Smart Spending representative Johnny Lineberger was the first to address council members. “When we learned…

Concerns voiced about Denver development at public meeting

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Several East Lincoln residents shared their concerns regarding plans for a new residential and retail development at a community meeting on Wednesday. Simonini Group’s land acquisitions representative, Sonny Crater, led the community involvement meeting at Unity Presbyterian Church in Denver. Crater began the evening with a…

Man arrested for selling drugs, fleeing from officers in 2013

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Jonathan Christopher Wise, 28, of 5806 Woody Grove Road in Indian Trail, was arrested on Thursday by the Union County Sheriff’s Office for outstanding warrants from the Lincolnton Police Department stemming from an undercover narcotics operation in 2013. During a controlled buy initiated by undercover narcotics…