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Commissioners discuss new West Lincoln library

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer A new West Lincoln library appears to be on the horizon following a meeting on Tuesday evening between the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners and the Lincoln County Public Library Board of Trustees. “I feel sure that this board is committed to the next construction being…

Emanuel Reformed welcomes first female pastor

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Breaking a 230-year-old tradition, Rev. Susan Walker was recently appointed as the first woman pastor of Emanuel Reformed Church of Lincolnton. Her tenure at the church began in April when she was asked to be what’s called a “supply,” or substitute, preacher. “That’s really all…

Marksmen Quartet coming to Lowesville

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The Marksmen Quartet, based out of Murrayville, Georgia, will be performing for the first time on the stage at Lowesville Gospel Concerts on Saturday. Dr. Earle Wheeler is the founder of the quartet, which was first formed 50 years ago. He learned to love bluegrass…

Four men face felony drug charges

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Staff report Four men are facing felony charges after allegedly selling drugs to undercover detectives. Deputies said the arrests were the result of multiple investigations into the sale of crack cocaine and methamphetamine. Three men were charged with selling drugs and one was charged with purchasing drugs. Deputies said the…

Senior Games coming to Lincoln County

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer For the first time, Lincoln County will host its own local Senior Games, which are events, athletic and artistic, sanctioned by the North Carolina Senior Games – a statewide network of more than 50 local games that are held annually to qualify participants for state…

Donation to Lincoln Lovely Ladies will help women in need

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer A donation of brand new women’s undergarments will be distributed to a number of Lincoln County organizations to help women in need. Members of Lincoln Lovely Ladies, a volunteer organization founded by county commissioner Anita McCall in 2009, received the donation from a Cleveland County nonprofit…

Commissioners approve another East Lincoln neighborhood

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved on Monday a rezoning request for the development of a subdivision with up to 165 homes in East Lincoln. The request, filed by Queen City Land, LLC, allows for the rezoning of 84.7 acres from general business and…

Lincoln County Coalition Against Child Abuse hosts forensic interview training program

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Coalition Against Child Abuse is hosting a ChildFirst training seminar at the Lincoln Cultural Center this week. ChildFirst is a weeklong forensic interview training program designed for investigative teams of law enforcement officers, social workers, prosecutors, child protection attorneys and forensic interviewers. “I…

Lincolnton sawmill bucks big box store trends

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Going to Ellis and Son Lumber on Highway 150 in Lincolnton is not like going to Lowes – the parking lot isn’t paved and there aren’t shopping carts, but there’s plenty of lumber to be had. Thirty-five years ago, Wayne Ellis took in a sawmill…

Lincoln Charter ‘Talon Challenge’ helps fund cancer research

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Lincoln Charter School’s eighth annual Talon Challenge begins today and ends on Friday with basketball games between Lincoln Charter School and Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy, Lincoln Charter’s partner in the event. The games will be played beginning with the girls’ game at 4 p.m. at…