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Lincolnton candidates forum could offer perspective to voters

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer As the Nov. 3 general election approaches for the city of Lincolnton, a more focused light will shine on the candidates for city government through the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce candidates’ forum. Chamber President Ken Kindley says that the forum will offer voters the opportunity…

Safety First: Students get lessons from firefighters

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The thousand or so first graders that comprise Lincoln County’s schools lined up in organized rows in a grassy field early Wednesday morning. The earliest arrivals were tasked with waiting patiently, not with staying still, so when DJ Daddy Dave played a popular Taylor Swift song,…

Lincoln County office move picks up speed

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The approval of a near-$1.5 million land purchase shouldn’t delay the demolition of portions of the old county hospital on Gamble Drive or construction of new county offices at the same location, Lincoln County officials said Monday. Following a Board of Commissioners meeting, County Manager Kelly…

Officers charge man with break-in at dentist’s office

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Staff report An Iron Station man has been charged by the Lincolnton Police Department with stealing loose change from a dentist’s office. Roderick Brandon Lessard, 28, of 207 Low Bridge Road, allegedly broke into Dr. Robert T. Cloninger’s office on Donita Drive on Sunday and stole change, according to a…

Local ‘Fill the Boot’ drive inspired by family’s journey

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer For more than 60 years, the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) has partnered with the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) and raised millions of dollars to assist children with neuromuscular disease. Firefighters across the country also give their time to help with MDA-sponsored summer camps, at no…

Paul C. Rhyne Art Competition shows off local talent

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer When the Arts Council of Lincoln County kicked off the annual Paul C. Rhyne Art Competition on Monday at the Lincoln Cultural Center, it was abundantly clear that the creative talent in a region that includes Lincolnton, Denver, Mount Holly, Gastonia, Hickory and Clover, South Carolina…

Mundy House to make Denver Art Trail debut

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer The Mundy House will make its debut as a stop on the 2015 Denver Art Trail later this month. The newly renovated house was built around 1860 by Rufus Mundy and has been a work in progress through the spring and summer. Located on the corner…

Event to highlight achievements of the visually impaired

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer More than 20 visually impaired people intend on making their presence felt next week through a walk around Lincolnton’s Court Square. The walk, put on by the National Federation of the Blind, is put on to recognize White Cane Safety Day. It’ll take place Oct. 15,…

Kiser Intermediate brings Project Monarch Watch to classroom

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer For students in Doug Clark’s fifth grade class, learning isn’t limited to textbooks or Smart Board presentations. No, the students placed in Clark’s F.D. Jack Kiser Intermediate School class often must step outside the norm (and the classroom) and garner knowledge through firsthand experience, especially where…

Lincolnton man arrested for felony child abuse

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Staff report A Lincolnton man has been charged with felony child abuse by the Lincolnton Police Department. Timothy Jackson Brazell, 29, of 328 Turner Street, was arrested on Friday and charged with one felony count of child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury. Officers said the victim in the case is…