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Literary competition winners named

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The Arts Council of Lincoln County has announced the winners of the Flo Robinson Literary Competition. Winners read their submissions at a ceremony held Tuesday. Elementary school winners: Prose First place – Cole Warlick, Union Elementary School Second place – Ian Yount, Pumpkin Center Intermediate School Third place – Wyatt…

Step taken for new sanctuary

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The members of Moore’s Chapel Baptist Church have waited a long time for a new sanctuary. And this Sunday, they’ll be one step closer to making that dream a reality. A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for 3 p.m. at the church on Buffalo Shoals Road. According to James McClain, a…

Festival story contested

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In an April 9 story published in the Lincoln Times-News, Mike Singleton, who rents property at 1100 Salem Church Road in Lincolnton, said he never told Nancy Leedy and Joanie Beasley they could hold a music festival on the property. Now, a friend of the two women says that isn’t…

Actors needed for murder mystery

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The Lincoln Theatre Guild is searching for 11 actors to round out the cast of Agatha Christie’s murder mystery “And Then There Were None.” “It’s a whodunit. People love whodunits, and Agatha Christie’s ‘And Then There Were None’ is just a classic,” said Sherre DeMao, president of the guild. Auditions…

Coming Up

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n Vote informed: With primaries approaching May 6, the East Lincoln Betterment Association Thursday will give voters a chance to get to know commissioner candidates and the issues at its annual election forum. The event kicks off at 7 p.m. at Unity Presbyterian Church in Denver. n Rudy, Rudy! See…

Escapee shoots self in standoff

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Stacy Clinton, an inmate who fled a work site April 10, is back in custody after a three-hour standoff Tuesday with authorities. M.L. Paysour, superintendent with the Gaston Correctional Center, said that officers located Clinton, 27, after talking to several of his family and friends. Clinton barricaded himself inside a…

Park concession work starts soon

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It’s been about three years since the restrooms and concession stand at Betty G. Ross Park were destroyed by an act of arson. Now, the facility is close to being rebuilt. “Our plans are to put it back in the original spot,” City of Lincolnton Parks and Recreation Director Ritchie…

Green space protection expands

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By 2030, half of all Lincoln County’s open space will be gone. And nowhere is that land loss expected to spread faster than in eastern Lincoln County. Roughly four to seven acres a day are forecast for development countywide during the next 22 years, according to growth models by the…

Denver now a location for early voters

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For the first time, voters in east Lincoln County will have a chance to vote early without having to drive to Lincolnton. One-stop voting sites will be open at the East Lincoln Community Recreation Center in Denver beginning April 26 in advance of the fast-approaching May 6 primary elections. “This…

Crime linked to Charlotte gangs

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Authorities believe suspects in several eastern Lincoln County robberies last year may have ties to one or more Charlotte-based gangs. Alleged suspects from Charlotte held up a resident’s home, pizza restaurant, grocery store, pharmacy and bank in separate armed robberies last year. Although the suspects appeared to be working independently,…