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Old store is new home for Freedom Church

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The members of Freedom Church have been holding their services at the Lincoln Cultural Center in downtown Lincolnton since the Rev. Eric Reel started the church more than two years ago. Soon, they’ll be moving up Main Street into a new, and hopefully permanent, home. The church has purchased the…

Keeping watch on water quality

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A new campaign trains residents to police poor construction practices that contribute to harmful soil erosion. The first results in Lincoln County are becoming visible. Since July, local residents sent a dozen reports to Natural Resources Department officials detailing problems with construction entrances, silt fences, dirt-filled screens and other drainage…

Mom gets athlete involved with son’s cause

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For years, Lincolnton resident Joy Roche wrote letters to celebrities trying to raise awareness about a cause she truly believes in. Last November, she finally got a response. Because of Roche’s efforts, Curtis Martin, a former NFL player for the New York Jets, paid a visit to the RHA Howell…

New owners for bar and grill after ‘swingers’ controversy

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A Denver bar and grill that sparked controversy in September after hosting a party for swingers has been sold. Joseph Caplan and Craig Lett Monday said they purchased Shooter’s Bar and Grill on N.C. 16 last week from the previous owner, Todd Owen. The business drew headlines after county officials…

Special Olympics training

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Several local Special Olympians got in some bocce ball practice last week at Betty G. Ross Park in Lincolnton. From above are Jonathan Evans, and Katherine Grace Martin. Seth Mabry / LTN Photo…

QUESTION of the WEEK

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“How do you think the outcome of the County Commission races will affect east Lincoln County?” Doug Haney, Denver: “As far as for this area still holding three seats, it’s definitely going to help this side of town. I actually voted for Leroy Buff (of Lincolnton, who lost). He was…

Students study China by creating ‘local’ newspaper

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North Lincoln Middle School students recently received a valuable lesson in media relations. More specifically, a lesson on the ins and outs of creating a newspaper. Stephanie Schou, seventh-grade language-arts and social-studies instructor at NLMS had students create mock front pages using the local newspaper as a model. Schou incorporated…

Friends group helps bail out library

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This summer, a tropical downpour turned what was once a frustrating leak in the roof at the Shanklin Library into a flood. By the time it was finished, there were gaping holes where ceiling tiles had given way. Staff used buckets to collect the rainwater and the media room was…

Church actors serve up laughs with holiday play

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Last weekend, the Christian Life Center at Salem United Methodist Church in Denver was transformed into a theater. Members of the church – and a few members of the community – put on dinner theater performances of “Doc’s Holiday,” a play written by Pat Cook, on Friday and Sunday nights.…