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Author will recall 1916 flood at meeting

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The East Lincoln Historical Society will welcome Mike Baxter as a guest speaker tonight when the group discusses the flood that devastated the Blue Ridge region in 1916. Baxter teaches United States history and world civilization courses at Central Piedmont Community College, as well as western…

Lincoln County certified as a ‘Work Ready Community’

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Lincoln County has been certified as an NC Works Certified Work Ready Community by the North Carolina Chamber Foundation board of directors. “I think this will mean really good things because when a new corporation moves into an area they want a really legitimate, well-trained workforce,”…

Lincoln County Hearth Cooks offer classes

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A local 18th century-themed group called the Lincoln County Hearth Cooks is offering classes next month for those interested in learning the art of traditional open-fire cooking. The goal of most historically accurate hearth cooking groups is to portray their ancestors’ experiences when preparing meals through…

Neil Underwood: Education experience will be benefit as commissioner

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Neil Underwood knows his bid for a seat on the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners is going to be a challenging one. He would be the first Democrat elected to the Republican-dominated board since 1998. Underwood, 57, retired in 2015 from the Lincoln County Schools system…

Local country act Luck of the Drawl close to achieving dreams

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Three young ladies have a second chance at the opportunity of a lifetime and they’re determined not to let it slip through their grasp once again. Jaeleigh Clark of Lincolnton, Jillian Bartlett of Gastonia and Katie Comer of Dallas make up the country singing trio better…

‘Fill the Boot’ to benefit Muscular Dystrophy Association

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The Muscular Dystrophy Association will benefit from the 2016 Fill the Boot campaign that will be conducted by the Lincoln County Fire Fighters Association, with firefighters throughout the county participating. Money collected through the drive is set to help find treatments for muscular dystrophy, ALS and…

City set to break ground on downtown Lincolnton splash park

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A downtown splash park that has been two years in the making will see ground broken in the coming weeks. Lincolnton’s City Council approved a contract for $415,198.00 with Howard Construction on Sept. 1. “The contractor seems to think that this is a four- to six-month…

Man sentenced to more than two decades on child porn charges

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Staff report A Denver man has been sentenced to more than two decades in prison for distributing child pornography. Edward Arthur Peck pleaded guilty to 10 counts of second degree sexual exploitation of a minor on Tuesday. The State Bureau of Investigation, assisted by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, executed…

Lincoln County couple cruises across America

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer A Lincoln County couple left the comforts of their Vale home to tour the most scenic parks the United States has to offer on the back of their Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Barney and Tina Powell covered 7,174 miles in two weeks time, stopping only to admire the…

Congressional candidate Andy Millard holds town hall in Lincolnton

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Democrat Andy Millard met with a small group of voters on Thursday evening during his Lincoln County town hall meeting at the Charles R. Jonas Library in Lincolnton. The event marked the sixth of seven stops on his campaign to unseat incumbent Patrick McHenry as the…