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Retiring Maiden officer got start with Lincolnton PD

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Working in an administrative position for almost nine years at the Lincolnton Police Department made Donna Hartman want to work in law enforcement. She started with the Maiden Police Department in the reserves in 1996 and went full-time in 1997. “I had a great job…

Heafner-Williams Vocal Competition begins Saturday

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer For the past 15 years, the Heafner-Williams Vocal Competition has brought the magic of opera to Lincolnton. The two founders, Carolyn Heafner and Robert Williams, were professional opera singers with distinguished careers in United States and Germany, each spanning 35 years. They met and forged…

Commissioners vote down Lake Norman development

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously on Monday evening to deny a request for a new residential development on Lake Norman. The request, filed by Charlotte attorney Jerry Reese, was denied despite an 8-1 vote from the planning board to recommend approval and a…

Local veteran offers kidney donation to Charlotte man

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer As if retired Marine Corps Cpl. Chris Duschel hasn’t already given enough by serving in active duty from 1986 through 1992 during Operation Desert Storm and then, after he retired, doing years of volunteer service throughout the community. Now Duschel, a Lincolnton resident, is planning…

Lincoln Charter School officials discuss annual lottery

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Lincoln Charter School (LCS) held its annual lottery for admission to the school for the 2017-2018 school year on Saturday. Parents can’t simply go to the LCS office and register their children — admission to LCS is only via application, which leads to the lottery.…

Schools celebrate ‘Read Across America’ week

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Schools across Lincoln County have been taking part in the National Education Association’s Read Across America program this week. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Read Across America coincides with the birthday of Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, who was born on March 2, 1904.…

Commissioners vote to ditch moratorium discussions

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners voted on Monday unanimously to cease all further discussion of a six-month moratorium on residential development in East Lincoln, following a lengthy public hearing on the matter. “I don’t think we have the basis within which we could declare a…

Lincolnton City Council pulls back proposed public speech permits

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincolnton City Council has decided against creating a permitting process for public speakers at city events. City officials also said at Thursday’s meeting that they plan to increase the police presence at all future festivals and special events. “A lot of folks have put in…

Lincoln Charter considers $2 million expansion in Denver

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Lincoln Charter school board members will soon be voting to authorize construction of an addition to the school’s Denver campus. The addition will add approximately 15,000 square feet on two floors, including 12 classrooms, to be constructed on the west side of the building. The…

LHS production of ‘Aida’ opens Thursday

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Students and members of the Lincolnton High School Drama Club, under the direction of Shane Stephens, are putting the finishing touches on the musical production “Aida.” Performances will begin Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Lincoln Cultural Center. “Aida” is based on Giuseppe Verdi’s 19th-century…