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School partnerships with businesses, churches help students

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Several schools within the Lincoln County Schools district have businesses or churches that have “adopted” them. S. Ray Lowder Elementary School currently has the support of Carolinas Healthcare System-Lincoln (CHS-Lincoln) and First Baptist Lincolnton. CHS-Lincoln has been S. Ray Lowder’s supporter for approximately 15 years,…

Denver Days back for 15th year in East Lincoln

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer For the past 15 years, the Denver Rotary Club has organized Denver Days, a family-friendly festival with rides, food and music as a means to raise money for construction and improvements to East Lincoln Rescue Squad Park. This year, Denver Days will run for three…

Pickleball takes over Lincoln County

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer A new craze with a funny name has Lincoln County residents of all ages swarming to the William M. Lentz Recreation Center at Betty G. Ross Park to get their pickleball fix. Pickleball, while a relatively new phenomenon locally, has been in existence for over 50…

Apple Queen celebrates Cuban heritage

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The past two years have been a whirlwind of change for Apple Queen Ana Acela Pérez Ochoa. From living in Cuba, where she was a student at the Vocational School of Arts in Matanzas, to relocating to the United States and becoming a student at…

Saine, Curtis appointed to chair oversight committees

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The North Carolina General Assembly may be out of session until October, but the state’s elected officials will soon begin meeting on various interim committees to evaluate the state government. Legislators assigned to these oversight committees will hear presentations from experts on topics that are relevant…

New Lincoln County Schools superintendent details plan for first months

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer At the regular meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Education held Tuesday, newly hired superintendent Dr. Lory Morrow presented her entry plan for her first 100 days. Morrow said this plan would allow her to establish goals and have specific activities to build relationships…

Apple Festival brings thousands to Lincolnton

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer By many accounts, the 2017 Lincoln County Apple Festival hosted a record-breaking crowd. Downtown Development Association of Lincolnton executive director Brett Hicks said he checked in with most of the downtown merchants throughout the day and they said they had a lot of traffic and…

Six men charged in child predator sting

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Staff report A two-month Lincolnton Police Department undercover operation has resulted in the arrest of six men, including a registered sex offender, on child predator charges. Officers said in a press release that the sting operation involved undercover officers posing as a child on social media and that the suspects…

Pariano, Watson-Smyth join race for county commission

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Two more Republican candidates have announced their intent to run for a seat on the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners in 2018. Raye Watson-Smyth and Jeff Pariano each filed paperwork with the Lincoln County Board of Elections on Tuesday morning that will allow them to accept…

Three headed to prison after drug convictions

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Staff report Three people arrested by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office in 2016 were sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to felony drug charges last week. In two of the three cases, narcotics detectives charged the dealers for their involvement in selling a trafficking amount of opioid pain pills to…