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LCSO Lt. Jon Propst announces campaign for sheriff

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Jon Propst has announced his intent to run for Lincoln County sheriff in 2018. Propst filed paperwork with the Lincoln County Board of Elections on Thursday morning that will allow him to accept donations during his campaign for office. “Serving our…

Summer reading program brings exotic animals to Lincoln County

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Local children participating in the Lincoln County Public Library’s summer reading program were treated to a showing of exotic animals on Monday. Corkey Miller, owner of Action Animals USA, brought her collection of exotic pets to Lincoln County to teach children about the lives, habits and…

Lincoln County unveils new adult probation office

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer County officials unveiled the new adult probation office at the site of the old Lincoln County Jail on the corner of South Government Street and West Water Street in Lincolnton on Monday. “I’m really proud of this facility,” Lincoln County Board of Commissioners chairman Bill Beam…

Jim Quick & Coastline set to play Alive After Five

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Jim Quick & Coastline will bring their unique blend of “Swamp Soul” – country, blues, soul, beach and Southern rock music — to the second concert of the Downtown Development Association of Lincolnton’s Alive After Five Summer Concert Series and Car Show on Thursday. For…

Library to launch early literacy initiatives through LTSA grant funding

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Public Library has once again received the EZ Literacy and Lifelong Learning Grant through the Library Services and Technology Act. LSTA grants are funds awarded to the State Library of North Carolina by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services with the…

Frog Fitness donates equipment to LHS

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The Lincolnton High School athletic department received new fitness equipment designed by Frog Fitness on Tuesday. The “Frog” is a total body resistance trainer that works all major muscle groups. Lincolnton High School is the only school in North Carolina that has this equipment available…

Former apple grower finds prosperity in blackberries

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer At one time, Lincoln County was known for its apple production. Brent Brown is a fourth-generation apple grower. His great-grandfather, Bert Yarbro, was one of the original apple growers in Lincoln County. His father, Clyde T. Brown, was the plant manager at White House Foods…

‘The Collective’ brings together young local artists

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer A group of young people, who simply call themselves the “Collective,” have formed an artist collective to bring out each others’ dreams and celebrate art. The members are engaged in various forms of art – creative writing, poetry, music and painting — and they share…

Forum gives regional perspective to local education issues

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Communities in Schools of Lincoln County and the Lincoln County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council held their first Community Engagement Forum on Thursday at the Laboratory Mill in Lincolnton. The purpose of this forum was to bring different perspectives from not just the Lincoln County community…

Summer camps connect kids with law enforcement, the arts

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Along with the end of school for the summer comes, for many children, summer camp. This week, two very different camps offered opportunities for area children — the Lincolnton Police Department’s Law Enforcement Action Development Camp (LEAD) and the Arts Council of Lincoln County’s Art…