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Farmer has 12 antique tractors, used them all

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West Lincoln resident Charles Lingerfelt hasn’t always considered himself a tractor collector, he’s just always had tractors. “I was into antiques when they weren’t antiques,” he said. Lingerfelt began acquiring tractors in the 1960s out of necessity. “I had a tractor for every operation I had,” he said. Lingerfelt grew…

Store specializes in primitives

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West Lincoln’s new Old General Store on N.C. 27 W. is filled with everything from candles to antiques to Amish children’s clothes. “Try to explain to an Amish man why you want to buy their used clothes,” owner Diana Gaines said. “It’s very odd.” Gaines is the owner of Splinters…

Muscadines, scuppernogs ripe and ready to eat

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With fall officially here, most fruits and vegetables grown in Lincoln County are past their peaks. “This was peas. This was corn,” said Wanda Avery giving a tour of her west Lincoln farm. Muscadines and scuppernogs, however, are just starting to get good. “They’re right about their peak right now,”…

National Older Worker Week celebrates seniors

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This week may be the United States Department of Labor’s National Employ Older Workers Week, but for three women who work at Lincoln County’s Employment Security Commission, it’s an occasion to be celebrated 52 weeks a year. Rose Sherrill, Jane Lewis and Linda Hall are employed with ESC through the…

Premier Air offers several aviation classes

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After earning her aviation instruction certification in 2007, Ashley Vernon has dedicated her time to training students at Premier Air. “It’s a lot of fun. You’re never too old to learn how to fly,” she said. Premier Air, formally New Spirit Aviation, offers several aviation courses at its facilities in…

Class focuses on future moms

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Moms-to-be will get exercise and meet fellow future mothers at the Lincoln County Family YMCA’s Prenatal Water Class. “It’s all about fun and connection,” said Jenny Drennen, active older adult coordinator and aquatic coordinator at the YMCA. The class takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays…

North Lincoln soccer captain leads comeback

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The North Lincoln boys’ soccer program hasn’t always been the best, but it’s getting better and players like senior captain Matt Smith might just be the reason for the Knights’ turnaround. “As a senior and a captain, I try to keep everybody in line and try to keep them doing…

1927-1953 class reunion

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Project approval could come soon

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The largest commercial and retail project in county history could receive approval by Oct. 20 without knowledge of one big detail: What store or stores would anchor the 91-acre Bridgewater development years from now? At a mandatory public involvement meeting last week, a handful of residents and Lincoln County Planning…

Amy’s House gets $20,000 grant

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Amy’s House, a domestic violence shelter in Lincolnton, received a $20,000 grant from the Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation. “When they sent me the e-mail, I just started crying,” said Vicky Lingerfelt, executive director of the Lincoln County Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The money came at a time when it…