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Lincoln County sports legend to speak at Mundy House Annex

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer A Lincoln County legend will be on hand tonight at the Mundy House Annex answering questions and sharing stories from his career in Major League Baseball. Tony Cloninger, a graduate of the now defunct Rock Springs High School, spent more than two decades in the big…

Rising Sun Pottery benefit for Humane Society marks 20 years

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Rising Sun Pottery in Lincolnton is having its 20th annual “Mugs for Mutts & Cups for Cats” sale benefiting the Humane Society of Lincoln County on Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. The Humane Society of Lincoln County offers low-cost spay, neuter and vaccination services to Lincoln…

Video conferencing helps Kiser, Battleground students work on reading

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Perhaps the most urgent challenge that teachers face today is making sure that all children become competent readers. Those that have problems reading quickly fall behind and sometimes budget cuts or the perceived stigma of being in a special class makes getting the extra help…

North Generals Boulevard talks progressing, project still over budget

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincolnton City Council received an update on the status of the proposed improvements at the intersection of East Main Street and North Generals Boulevard during their regular monthly meeting on Thursday. The intersection project, first introduced by members of the student advisory council several years…

Cherryville man charged with sexual assault of 4-year-old

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Staff report A Cherryville man has been charged with sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies said Luther Andrew Osborne, 31, of Whitworth Road, was arrested on Wednesday and charged with assaulting the girl, who is a relative, according to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office.…

UPDATED: Officers investigating woman’s drowning death at YMCA

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Staff report Police detectives are investigating the drowning death of a 21-year-old woman at the Lincolnton YMCA. Yesenia Jimenez Linares worked as a lifeguard at the YMCA. Lincolnton Police Department officers said they received a call shortly before 7 a.m. on Thursday about a missing employee at the YMCA, located…

Denver man sentenced for murdering grandmother

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Staff report A Denver man will spend at least the next 20 years behind bars for murdering his 77-year-old grandmother in 2015. Chadwick Allen Bean, 40, of Beth Haven Church Road, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to second-degree murder in the death of Lucille Miller Punch on Feb. 22, 2015. He…

County budget proposal to include property tax increase

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer A proposed property tax increase for Lincoln County residents sparked a lengthy discussion among county officials during a special called budget work session held on Friday. The meeting, the third of four annual retreats that guide County Manager Kelly Atkins through the process of developing the…

Firefighters set to ‘Fill the Boot’ for Muscular Dystrophy Association

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Members of the Lincoln County Fire Fighters Association will be at several locations on Saturday to collect donations for the annual Fill the Boot campaign to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). The relationship between firefighters and the MDA spans more than 60 years, according…

City Council preps for April meeting

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincolnton City Council will tackle an extensive agenda during their regular monthly meeting Thursday evening inside City Hall. The first item of significance on Thursday’s agenda involves reclassification within the city’s public works department to help offset the cost of the imminent move of South…