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Dresses sewn with skill, love

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Mary Keener, 87, knows the joy of a well-made dress. As a child, she sewed garments for her dolls, and when she was 15, she declared she wanted to make a dress for herself. Her mother forbade her, but Keener did it anyway. From there, Keener was hooked. Not only…

Council seeks volunteers to visit prison

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Making the transition from prison to the outside world isn’t easy, but members of the Community Resource Council hope to ease that struggle. “They may not go back to the same lifestyle they were living,” said Tim Scronce, correctional case manager at the Lincoln Correctional Center and volunteer coordinator for…

Firefighters of the year

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Lincoln levies fines for violations of drought limits

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Lincoln County officials assessed approximately $6,500 in fines to residents for using irrigation systems during drought restrictions, according to county officials. Lincoln County Public Utilities Director Steve Gilbert said Monday approximately 160 letters were sent out to customers with irrigation meters who registered more than a 1,000 gallons a month.…

Charges made in traffic stops

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Numerous charges were filed during a Dec. 15 traffic stop conducted by the Lincolnton Police Department and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department. Authorities charged 65 people for various traffic and criminal offenses at Maiden Highway and the intersection of Clarks Creek Road and Bethel Church Road, said Deputy Larry Ingle of…

Fire Department gets grant

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A volunteer fire department in northern Lincoln County was awarded a $77,000 grant last week, the latest in a series of awards by the Department of Homeland Security. North 321 Volunteer Fire Department serves residents and Lincoln County Industrial Park. It is the second consecutive year the department received money…

Volunteer of the year

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Creative plans coming together for writer

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Shawn Cooper doesn’t live in her parents’ house. She just writes there. The Denver resident says she gets inspiration from the nearly 100-year-old lakefront home owned by her father, Judge Dean Black, and mother Bobbie Black, a potter. “We’re planning on having a 100-year-old party when it gets there,” said…

Collecting for Crisis Pregnancy

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10 Lincoln County teachers awarded grant funding

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Ten Lincoln County teachers received grant funds Wednesday at the school board meeting from the Lincoln County Public Education Foundation. Three grants for $2,500 were awarded, and three grants for $1,000 were awarded. Adam Benoit, a teacher at Lincolnton High, received $2,500 for his grant, “Probing Science with Calculators.” Dina…