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Local students win conservation essay contest

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Lincoln County sixth graders recently competed in the Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District’s 39th annual essay contest. The three winners were invited to read their essays at the Rotary Club of Lincolnton monthly meeting on Monday. “The intent of the award is not to…

Mauney’s nursing home served county’s elderly for years

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The only one who believed in Mary “Pris” Mauney when she decided to open the first private retirement home in Lincolnton was her banker, who agreed to lend her the money to build the house on the corner of Andrews Drive and Startown Road. Mauney…

Downtown development update on City Council agenda

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer City attorney T.J. Wilson will provide an update on the status of the proposed Aspen Station Townhomes at Thursday’s Lincolnton City Council meeting. Aspen Station, one of three developments proposed by Lincolnton commercial real estate developer Piedmont Companies, had been delayed due to issues with an…

Christian Ministry kicks off Souper Bowl of Caring fundraiser

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer While millions of people across America prepare to feast during Super Bowl Sunday, Christian Ministry of Lincoln County will be accepting donations for the annual nationwide Souper Bowl of Caring fundraiser. “All of the money we raise will go directly to our soup kitchen to feed…

Commissioners, school board talk capacity

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners capped a busy week by meeting with the Lincoln County Board of Education on Thursday evening. The meeting concluded with a presentation from Lincoln County planning director Andrew Bryant updating both boards on looming school capacity concerns in relation to…

Historian keeps digging into Lincoln County’s rich past

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer “I was born interested and with the curious gene, but the older you get, the more engrossed you become in keeping your mind active and alive,” Ann Dellinger said. “A lot of people do crossword puzzles. I do genealogy, and that definitely keeps your brain…

Lincolnton farmer specializes in artisanal pizza, doughs

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Affectionately known as the “Pizza Man,” Brian Rollins makes both pizza and bread, but not just any pizza or bread. He grows the wheat used in the flour to make both on his farm in Lincolnton. Prior to baking bread or making pizza dough, he…

Former registered sex offender charged with assaulting 17-year-old

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Staff report An Iron Station man who was formerly a registered sex offender in another state has been charged with sexual battery for allegedly assaulting a 17-year-old girl. A Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said Jeremy Reuben Karabela, 38, of Old Plank Road, was charged with touching the girl inappropriately.…

Local man inducted into martial arts hall of fame

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer A Lincoln County man was inducted into the Action Martial Arts Magazine Hall of Fame over the weekend in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Kendall Huss, 21, has perfected karate under the guidance of Shotokan Karate Grand Master Maurice Moore for the past 17 years. Now, just…

Lincoln Charter raises more than $8k for cancer research

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer As of Thursday afternoon, Lincoln Charter School has raised more than $8,000 for cancer research as part of the school’s eighth annual Talon Challenge. The challenge began on Monday and ends today with basketball games between Lincoln Charter School and Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy, Lincoln…