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Denver woman launches attack on litter

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer A Denver woman who has been cleaning the streets of her community for more than a decade is in search of others with a passion for environmental protection to join her fight against littering. Patty Korn — a 20-year veteran of the United States Air Force…

Work continuing on historic clock for downtown Lincolnton

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer It’s been approximately two years since Councilman Roby Jetton located the historic clock that once hung from the former First National Bank of Lincolnton building on Court Square. Jetton and Lincoln County Historical Association president Bill Beam have been working on the process of obtaining…

Antique machines on display at North Brook Antique Tractor Pull

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Many of them started out on pedal-powered toy tractors or lawnmowers and then graduated to high-powered, full-sized tractors. For the past 30 years, men, women and children have been competing at the North Brook Antique Tractor Pull, which meets once a month from March through…

Rep. Patrick McHenry leads whip team during critical juncture

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer In the month since Rep. Steve Scalise was shot during a congressional baseball practice, Lincoln County’s representative in Congress, Patrick McHenry, has assumed the responsibilities of the third-highest ranking member of the majority party in the House. This marks the first time a North Carolina legislator,…

Commissioners approve sale of Block Smith Gym

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners voiced support for two significant projects during their regular monthly meeting on Monday evening. The board voted unanimously for approval of the private sale of Block Smith Gym to STEM Career Path Project, Inc. for $1, following a public hearing…

Deeper Shade of Blue performing at Lincoln Cultural Center

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Donald “Papa” Goodson loved music and, in particular, bluegrass. He also loved the Lincoln Cultural Center and attended just about every event that was held there, according to his granddaughter, Shelby Gilmore. “Any time there was a play or any event at the Cultural Center,…

LMS teachers, administrators working toward playground for special needs students

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer What started out as just a dream is a project that Lincolnton Middle School principal Dana Ayers is working to fulfill. Lincolnton Middle School and Lincolnton High School serve all of the moderate to severely disabled children in the Lincoln County Schools system. The mildly…

Vale woman charged with selling meth

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Staff report A Vale woman has been charged with selling methamphetamine at her western Lincoln County home. Tammy Lynn Crawley, 54, of Knoll Drive, was arrested on Thursday and charged with selling street-level amounts of meth to undercover Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office detectives over a period of several months. Crawley…

Sen. David Curtis launches re-election campaign

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer In the midst of his third term, state Sen. David Curtis has announced his intent to campaign for reelection in 2018. Curtis, a Denver Republican and optometrist, has served Senate District 44 since he was first elected in 2012. Senate District 44 includes the entirety of…

Apple Queen Pageant to feature 21 of Lincoln County’s brightest

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Rehearsals have begun for the 39th annual Apple Queen Scholarship Pageant, with 21 contestants from all four Lincoln County Schools public high schools, Lincoln Charter School and Long Shoals Wesleyan Academy competing for the coveted title of Apple Queen. Business & Professional Women’s Organization Lincolnton…