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Cycle shop owner to host benefit for mother battling ovarian cancer

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Keith Isenberg knows a thing or two about winning a race. The owner of Blood, Sweat and Gears Cycle and Skate shop in Denver, Isenberg understands full well that to beat the odds and come out on top, it takes hard work and dedication. When his…

Lincoln Charter School students head back to school today

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Parents and students alike lined up around Lincoln Charter School on Monday morning as the 2014-2015 school year officially began. With all of the changes being made to the internal and external structure of the school, Lincolnton campus principal Rachael Greer is more than ready to…

Teachers protest education policy

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Local teachers and their supporters joined forces Wednesday at the county’s courthouse as part of a statewide silent protest against facets of North Carolina’s public education policy. According to Lincoln County chapter president of the North Carolina Association of Educators, Dana Avery, chapters of the NCAE…

Tucker’s Grove Camp Meeting begins today

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Charlotte woman charged with stealing credit card

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Kathy Joyce Canipe, 52, of 945 North College Street in Charlotte, is currently behind bars at the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center in Lincoln County after confessing to using a credit card that was stolen from a vehicle in the parking lot of SABO USA Inc.…

Quadruplet brothers reach Eagle Scout

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Josh and Jake Massey stand out for many reasons. The 14-year-old quadruplet brothers and members of the East Lincoln High School band recently achieved one of the highest honors in the Boy Scouts of America, earning their Eagle Scout awards. Recognized on Aug. 2 at Unity…

Plant expansion plans on agenda for commissioners

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners will meet Monday to discuss several proposals from the Lincoln County Public Works and Utilities department. Public Works director Don Chamblee will speak to commissioners regarding a motion to approve an engineering study regarding a water treatment plant expansion. Based upon…

West Lincoln student revitalizes memorial

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer For nearly 40 years, a small memorial nestled in the grassy quad between two West Lincoln schools has stood as a silent tribute to the students whose lives tragically ended before their high school graduation. Known as the Circle of Friends, the memorial was left neglected…

Piece of folk art comes home

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‘Christ Lives Again’ now on display in Lincoln Cultural Center ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer “Christ Lives Again” was once an obscure piece of folk art. A commission from the Samaracand Manor in Eagle Springs for a local artist in 1957, the large painting that was once a focal point in…

Mother-daughter team tackles new antiques shop

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Downtown Lincolnton will soon welcome a new antique store to Main Street. In just three weeks, mother and daughter duo Gail and Theresa Swinney will open Red Door Antiques to the public, a store which will offer not only traditional antiques, but vintage and shabby chic…