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City to hear from public on sidewalk alcohol sales

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer The Lincolnton City Council will hold a public hearing Thursday night to discuss proposed revisions to Lincolnton’s sidewalk dining ordinance. According to Business and Community Development Director Brad Guth, the city currently regulates what a business owner can do on the sidewalk in front of their…

Time for some dancing in Lincolnton

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Deputies: Man struck suspect with bat

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A man used a baseball to strike one of three individuals attempting to break into his residence, he told deputies. The homeowner contacted officers Friday about three people trying to access his home by way of his locked front door, a Sheriff’s Office report said. The…

‘Price is Right’ benefit coming up soon

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer The inside of the James W. Warren Citizens Center will transform into the site of a popular television game show Saturday to raise money for services to assist child abuse victims. The Lincoln County Coalition Against Child Abuse and Child Advocacy Center (CAC) will host its…

Miller to run for District Attorney

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Assistant District Attorney Michael Miller has announced he will file to run for Cleveland and Lincoln County’s district attorney. Miller is well acquainted in law practice, beginning his career in Lincolnton in 1997. Having experience not only working in the district attorney’s office but in law…

Communities in Schools to the rescue!

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Communities in Schools of Lincoln County (CIS) hosted its first annual “Be a Hero Art Auction” Friday at the Lincoln Cultural Center in an effort to showcase student artwork and raise money and awareness for the nonprofit organization. Each year, around 100 adults volunteer…

Cooperative Extension Celebrates 100 Years

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APRIL DILLON Guest Columnist Do you remember when your mother participated in the home demonstration club, led by the Home Economics Agent? While driving down the road, have you ever seen a test plot sign in a soybean field, surrounded by a group of farmers having a serious discussion? Did…

Hardware store plans move toward Highway 16

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County’s Planning and Inspections Department will hold a community meeting this Thursday to provide more information about the proposal to permit construction of a home hardware store and to receive comments prior to a public hearing. Applicant Xiaopei Guo is requesting to amend a conditional…

Senior Games registration set to begin

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer The Gaston County Senior Games are inching closer, and a number of Lincoln County residents are already practicing and preparing to be top victors at this year’s anticipated event. Individuals have been training at the Senior Center since January. While the final deadline to apply is…

Leaders expect improving local economy in 2014

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Once known for its strong textile and furniture industries, Lincoln County has transformed its business climate over the years, adapting to accommodate the diverse global economy. According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, six years have passed since the United States entered its severe recession,…