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Sen. Curtis details legislation on lowering class sizes

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The North Carolina Senate reached a compromise with House Bill 13 on Monday that will reduce class sizes across the state without putting art, music and physical education programs at risk. House Bill 13, the subject of months of deliberation within the Senate Education Committee, will…

Central Cafe: From New York with love

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Tucked away between Turner Houser Insurance Group and UMAR Art on East Main Street in Lincolnton sits the newly opened Central Cafe. The cafe is owned and operated by Carolyn and Calvin Kerr, who relocated to Lincolnton from New York two years ago. Calvin Kerr…

New owners rejuvenate Lincolnton ice cream parlor

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Morgan’s Ice Cream Parlor and More will conduct its official grand reopening on Saturday afternoon. Adrian and Elizabeth Gonzalez, who assumed ownership of the business last April, have spent the past year remodeling the parlor and reinvigorating their menu. “We’ve always been in business, but not this…

‘Indivisible’ group plans demonstration for Friday

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer A new Lincoln County organization will be gathering on Court Square on Friday afternoon to greet the public and answer questions about the group’s purpose. The Lincoln County chapter of Indivisible, a nationwide movement opposed to the agenda of President Donald Trump, was formed in January.…

Benefit concert organized in honor of local boy battling rare disease

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer It’s often said that a person’s heart can’t be measured, and in the case of Lincolnton native Landen Johnson, that’s never been more accurate. Johnson was a small baby, but not abnormally so. It wasn’t until months later, when he wasn’t growing at a normal rate,…

Lincoln Quilters Guild marks 25 years with weekend show

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Now that most houses are heated and blankets can be purchased at stores, quilting is no longer a necessity. There are still people that actively make quilts, but they are made more for show than to be used to keep warm. Quilts are often cherished…

Classic cars get facelift at Lincolnton business

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The steering wheel in a car isn’t something that most people think much about. But if it’s in a classic car that is being restored and is in bad condition, it will need to be restored as well. These steering wheels are often no longer…

House passes BRIGHT Futures Act sponsored by Saine

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer A bill co-sponsored by Lincoln County state Rep. Jason Saine designed to equip rural communities with access to high-speed internet passed through the North Carolina House of Representatives with overwhelming support last week. House Bill 68, which passed with a 109-8 vote on Thursday, is also…

Bull riding runs in Morris family’s blood

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer What does it take to climb on top of a 2,000-pound animal who doesn’t want you there and stay on for eight seconds? These massive bulls are amazing athletes and they know their job, which is to buck off the rider as quick as they…

‘Thunder Over Carolina’ set for revamped debut

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The cast is set and rehearsals have begun for “Thunder Over Carolina,” a production that will be presented at the Lincoln Cultural Center beginning May 18. “Thunder” is a historical drama based on the Battle of Ramsour’s Mill, which was fought in Lincolnton in 1780…