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First couple married under arbor on ‘Big Sunday’ at Rock Springs looks back

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Wedding bells tolled in the Rock Springs Campground arbor tower for the first time on Aug. 10, 1969 for the marriage of Marsha Sigmon and Danny McCall. While couples frequently meet during camp meeting and some go on to get married, this ceremony was the…

National Night Out unites communities

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The City of Lincolnton was teeming with patrol cars and fire trucks Tuesday evening. Nine different neighborhoods throughout the city hosted block parties to socialize with these first responders and their neighbors for National Night Out. An annual event, National Night Out is held on…

New Apple Queen to be crowned Saturday

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer As it has for the past 39 years, the Miss Lincoln County Apple Queen crown will pass to another young woman from Lincoln County on Saturday evening. The current titleholder, Keely Stempien, has been dividing her time over the past few weeks between helping the…

‘Brunch bill’ public hearing on city agenda

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincolnton City Council will conduct a public hearing on the state’s “brunch bill” during Thursday evening’s regular monthly meeting. Senate Bill 155, which was signed into law by Gov. Roy Cooper in June, allows for the sale of alcohol beginning at 10 a.m. on Sundays.…

Mill worker looks back on time when textiles were booming

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer At one time, textile mills were major employers in Lincoln County. Most of these textile mills are now closed and the former workers have moved on to other jobs within the county or moved away. Even though it’s not what it once was, the textile…

LFD and LCSO to carry overdose-reversal drug

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The fight against opioid abuse in Lincoln County continues, with the Lincolnton Fire Department and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office gaining access to the opioid overdose-reversal drug naloxone. Narcan, the nasal-spray form of naloxone, is a prescription medicine that blocks the effects of opioids on the brain…

Lincolnton hires new events and facilities coordinator

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The City of Lincolnton has hired a new coordinator of events and facilities to assist with the planning, organization and promotion of downtown events. Laura Morris — who comes to the city with more than 30 years of experience in marketing, promotions, communications and management in…

Rock Springs Camp Meeting begins today

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Rock Springs Campground is starting to come alive with tent owners beginning preparations for camp meeting. Camp meeting, which begins today with youth services, offers two weeks of family, friends and worship. Rock Springs has the distinction of being the oldest religious campground meeting in…

Lincoln County Democratic Party recruiting sheriff candidates

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The race to become the new sheriff of Lincoln County has been heating up ever since Lincoln County Board of Commissioners chairman Bill Beam announced his intent to campaign for the office in March. At that time, Lincoln County Sheriff David Carpenter confirmed that he would…

National Night Out connects law enforcement, communities

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Neighborhoods throughout Lincolnton will be taking part in the 34th annual National Night Out on Tuesday. The concept of National Night Out began as community police awareness raising event. It is always held on the first Tuesday of August in neighborhoods all over the United…