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North 321 VFD recognizes two firefighters

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The North 321 Volunteer Fire Department recently recognized two firefighters for their contributions to the department and the community over the past year at the department’s annual firemen’s banquet, held each January. “Volunteer firefighters are expected to do all of the things asked of a paid…

Vale resident details adventures in caving

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Exploring places that are dark, often inhabited by bats and bugs, squeezing through tight space and climbing down deep underground canyons into pits may not seem like much fun to some people, but to Steve Bailey and his wife, Jeanne, they are exciting places to…

Board member dismisses concerns from ethics experts, peers

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer A Lincoln County Board of Education member said he plans to continue his work as a journalist despite professional standards that advise against reporters and photographers also serving as elected officials and the concern of other school board members. Kirk Herbertson, who was elected in…

Charlotte officer, West Lincoln grad speaks at MLK event

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer “The kids are the future – we’re not going to be here very long and without the kids carrying on the torch, the tradition and true meaning of Dr. King it will be lost in generations to come,” Lincolnton Mayor Ed Hatley said during the…

Rock Springs Camp Ground seeking further preservation

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer A proposal to extend the boundary of the Rock Springs Camp Ground National Register District will be presented during a public comment meeting hosted by the Lincoln County Historic Properties Commission today. The proposed boundary expansion is requesting that the National Register of Historic Places acknowledge…

New York couple begins work on historic East Lincoln home

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Andy and Laurie Morrison didn’t want a “cookie cutter” house. They wanted something with meaning and significance. Until they stumbled upon the Hager house in Stanley, they were not having any luck and thought that they wouldn’t be able to relocate from upstate New York…

‘Nana’s Naughty Knickers’ coming to Cultural Center

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer In “Nana’s Naughty Knickers,” a comedic play written by playwright Katherine DiSavino, Sylvia Charles, also known as Nana, has been running an illegal boutique in her rent-controlled apartment. It was all going well until her granddaughter, Bridgett Charles, came to stay with her over the…

King’s life, legacy celebrated

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Community members gathered at a service honoring the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Sunday at the Lincoln Cultural Center. The service, sponsored by the Coalition of Churches, was presided over by Rev. Stephen Wingate and Tucker’s Grove Gospel Voices provided music.…

Woman charged with jewelry theft

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Staff report A Denver woman has been charged in connection with the theft of diamond rings from a Lincolnton business. Walter Hugh Belfield of Mooresville reported on Jan. 6 that two diamond rings were stolen from the business he owns at the intersection of Highway 27 and Highway 150 east…

Stanley man wins ‘Best of Show’ in local photography contest

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The winners of the annual Arts Council of Lincoln County amateur photography competition were announced Friday evening at the exhibit’s opening reception. Michael Gaines took home two awards, including “Best of Show” honors for his image capturing city hall during a busy night in downtown Philadelphia.…