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Hog Happenin’, Quiet Riot roar into Lincolnton

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The streets of downtown Lincolnton rumbled with the noise of hundreds of motorcycles attending Hog Happenin’ Friday night and Saturday. The iconic rock group Quiet Riot added their own rumble Friday evening during a concert played to a packed crowd. Quiet Riot’s history began in…

Controversial solar farm back on county agenda

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners will once again rule on the controversial Strata Solar case during tonight’s meeting before conducting a public hearing related to the proposed county budget for Fiscal Year 2018. The board first addressed the Strata Solar case in 2013 when Denver…

‘Cigars, Bourbon & Benefactors’ raises $45k for Child Advocacy Center

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Ross Bulla, who has been a member of the Lincoln County Child Advocacy Center (LCCAC) board of directors for the past three years and is the incoming vice chairman, has a love of cigars and bourbon. He wanted to reach out to others who have…

City adopts budget for Fiscal Year 2018

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincolnton City Council voted unanimously on Thursday night to adopt the Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal as presented by City Manager Steve Zickefoose. The vote followed a brief public hearing that included just one speaker, Lincoln County street preacher Alan Hoyle, who praised Zickefoose and…

‘Bikers Against Child Abuse’ ride to help abused kids

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer It may be hard to imagine members of a motorcycle group allowing a child to paint their fingernails or put glitter in their beards, but those that belong to Bikers Against Child Abuse or “BACA” are not your run-of-the-mill bikers. They all look the part…

Lackey happy to be back as North Lincoln athletic director

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Returning to the position of athletic director after an eight-year hiatus, North Lincoln High School’s Mark Lackey has been involved in athletics his whole life and is looking forward to getting back to it. “I enjoy all aspects of athletics, making sure things are done…

Historical association receives donation of items from world wars

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The Lincoln County Historical Association was recently gifted with an extraordinary family collection by Mary Beth Page of Greensboro. The donated items include two Red Cross uniforms formerly belonging to her grandmother, Mary Anne Newcomb, one from World War I and the other from World…

Lincoln Charter students help prepare GED programs

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer A group of Lincoln Charter School seventh graders from the Denver campus both brushed up on their math skills and completed a valuable community project this semester. They partnered with Gaston College to help provide math instruction to adult learners studying to receive GEDs. “The…

Denver man’s artistry on display on NASCAR trophies

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Mike Dunlap up watching his dad, who was a fighter pilot in World War II, making plastic kit models of the airplanes he flew. He first started making plastic kit models of airplanes and cars when he was about 7. When he was 28, as…

Lincoln County Animal Services on a ‘no-kill’ mission

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer A strategic plan that was adopted to help the Lincoln County Animal Shelter reach “no-kill” designation has spurred significant operational changes within the county’s animal services department. To become the first open-admission, government-run “no-kill” shelter in the state of North Carolina, Lincoln County must achieve a…