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Fostering a family

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The Mawyer clan isn’t a typical nuclear family. The family is made up of a mom and a dad and two biological sons, ages 27 and 12. Then there are two biological siblings, ages 11 and 9, who were adopted after coming to the home as foster children and one…

Blackberries a new crop for west Lincoln

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Houser Farms has become the first farm in Lincoln County to commercially produce blackberries. “When you go to spend $10,000 on an acre of crop, you start to get nervous,” said Daniel Houser, co-owner of Houser Farms and president of the North Carolina Commercial Blackberry and Raspberry Growers Association. “It’s…

Social geared toward west Lincoln residents

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There’s something new going on at Howards Creek Community Center, and it’s all geared toward west Lincoln residents. “I want to get the community more active,” Drew Chance, program director for Lincoln County Parks and Recreation, said of the new program he’s calling the Social at Howards Creek. April 14…

Union Elementary receives gold STAR

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Union Elementary was the first recipient of the new STAR Achievement Award, sponsored by the Southwest Education Alliance. The name of the award is an acronym for “Schools That Achieve Results.” According to Union principal Kirby Oldham, the STAR Award was born when superintendents of 12 districts decided to recognize…

Locks of Love

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Calvary connection unknown to children

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The last surviving member of the Lincoln County Calvary turned 90 on Sunday. “Horses were a part of life,” said Ransom Schronce of the 1930s. The Calvary was a precursor the National Guard. Back then, the boys would go off for weeks to train in places like Mississippi. “The boys…

Most wanted

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Contact intensive surveillance officers Ted Overcash at (704) 732-2229 or David Carpenter at (704) 732-4784 or the Crime Stoppers hotline at (704) 736-8909 if you have information on the following criminal suspects. n Keymandy Williamson Wanted by the North Carolina Department of Corrections for possession with the intent to sell…

Coming Up…

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n Vote early! East Lincoln County residents can vote early for the first time without trekking to Lincolnton. Voting will be held 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday for the May 6 primaries at the East Lincoln Community/Recreation Center (8160 Optimist Club Road in Denver). It will also be available…

Lincolnton High presents Broadway musical Friday

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At Lincolnton High School, “‘Grease’ is the word,” and the work of several weeks will culminate in four performances of the hit Broadway musical beginning Friday. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Monday in the performance hall of the Lincoln Cultural Center.…

Sheriff pushes expansion in east Lincoln

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Lincoln County Sheriff Tim Daugherty is pushing for changes to keep up with growth and the crime that goes with it in east Lincoln County. Adding deputies, altering patrol patterns, tweaking policing strategies and educating the public are all agenda items Daugherty said he hopes to accomplish in the coming…