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Cooperative Extension agent dedicated four decades to community

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Melinda Houser has been a staple at the Lincoln County Cooperative Extension since the early 1970’s. Now, after four decades of dedicated service to the community, Houser is entering her last week with the program before retiring at the end of the month. “When I first…

Men charged with selling crack cocaine

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Staff report Two local men have been charged with selling crack cocaine. Kelly Lawrence McClain, 35, of Maiden, and Thurman Winfred Link, 67, of Lincolnton, were arrested by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday. Deputies said they conducted a surveillance and undercover operation targeting the men after receiving multiple…

First Federal Park receives grant from Timken Foundation

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The First Federal Park project in Lincolnton has received a $25,000 grant, with a matching incentive of another potential $25,000. “We are anxious to see the park open and be a vital part of our downtown,” Mayor Ed Hatley said. “It shows, along with First Federal,…

Lincolnton obtains Main Street accreditation

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The City of Lincolnton, along with 10 other North Carolina communities, has received accreditation as a roster member of the National Main Street Center. The new roster members are chosen based on criteria that include economic vitality and fidelity in following the best-practice standards for historic…

Lincoln County nonprofits receive record funding

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Community Foundation has awarded a record $19,333 in grant money to be distributed among 12 nonprofit organizations that serve Lincoln County residents. An affiliate of Foundation for the Carolinas, LCCF has totaled $113,000 worth of grant funding since 2002. “Lincoln County is basically…

After 37 years, BonWorth closes doors

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer After opening its doors in 1979, BonWorth of Lincolnton closed its doors for good on Saturday, leaving the chain with four outlets in North Carolina and 130 stores nationwide. In recent years, locations in Hickory, Asheville and Winston-Salem have dissolved. “I’m sad, really,” Darlene McConnell said.…

Mid-Year Pottery Market set for July

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The Lincoln Cultural Center will host the fourth Mid-Year Pottery Market in July, featuring the work of local potters. Patrons can chat with local potters and browse pieces while exploring each artist’s technique and discovering what makes each piece that they create unique. Catawba Valley pottery…

Local students go behind the scenes at Marshall Steam Station

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer A select few high school students from the area have been awarded an opportunity to gain some insight into the field of engineering through a partnership with Duke Energy. Seven students from Lincoln County and seven students from Catawba County earned an internship at Marshall Steam…

Another subdivision proposed for eastern Lincoln County

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A 200-home development on 90 acres has been proposed for eastern Lincoln County. A community involvement meeting has been scheduled for July regarding the rezoning of the property, located between Highway 16 Business and St. James Church Road. According to Lincoln County planner Joshua Grant, the…

Sons of Thunder Men’s Ministry to preach motivation

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Sons of Thunder Men’s Ministry at Greater Works Deliverance Center is hosting a conference this weekend. Ministers and pastors from other churches in the area will speak on personal experiences with the hopes of motivating men in Lincoln County to step up to the plate…