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Around Town— 10-13-17

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FRIDAY Blood drive East Lincoln High School, located at 6471 Hwy. 73 in Denver will host a blood drive from 8:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. SATURDAY Chicken Pie Asbury United Methodist Church, located at 3097 Asbury Church Rd., in Lincolnton will host a chicken pie luncheon beginning at 11 a.m.…

Criminal Charges— 10-11-17

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Chadwick Sonta McDowell, 42, of 2259 Devine Rd. in Iron Station was charged Oct. 4 with one count of civil order for arrest for child support. A $850.00 cash bond was set. James Garry McCorkle Jr., 42, of 3221 Mack Ballard…

Eleven indicted on felony drug charges

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Staff report Eleven people are facing felony drug charges following indictments handed down by a Lincoln County grand jury on Oct. 2. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office arrested seven of the suspects on Wednesday and Thursday, according to a press release. The indictments included 60 charges total against the 11…

Ayers named Lincoln County Schools Principal of the Year

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer While Lincolnton Middle School principal Dr. Dana Ayers was broadcasting her daily address to the school on Oct. 2, several staff members came into her office saying there was an emergency. After that announcement, superintendent Dr. Lory Morrow, associate superintendents Dr. Aaron Allen and Dr.…

Street preachers could face misdemeanors under proposed ordinance

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincolnton City Council has scheduled a public hearing for December to consider a recommendation from the City of Lincolnton Steering Committee regarding proposed changes to the city’s noise and special events and festivals ordinances that could address the recent complaints about street preachers at public…

Public input sought on proposed charter school location

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer A community involvement meeting regarding a proposed site for West Lake Preparatory Academy, a new Lincoln County charter school that was approved by the North Carolina Board of Education over the summer, will be held later this month. Rufus Road Partners, LLC, has filed a request…

Gong Show coming to Lincolnton on Saturday

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The contestants have been chosen for the “Lincolnton ‘Almost’ Gong Show,” scripts are written and, for the past several days, Deanna McGinnis, the executive director of the Arts Council of Lincoln County, has been making posts on Facebook looking for some rather odd items like…

Veterans receive heroes’ welcome in Lincolnton

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Three modern-day heroes visited Lincolnton on Friday. Two were Medal of Honor recipients, Retired Army Col. Walter “Joe” Marm and Retired Army Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Patterson, and the third, Army Staff Sgt. Joel Tavera, a veteran of the Iraq War and a severely wounded…

Rodeo held in honor of local girl

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Like many churches, Blazin’ Trails Cowboy Church holds a fall festival every year. This past year, however, Pastor Harvey Gates said that his eyes were opened up to an unfulfilled need in the community. Brooke Cockerline and her parents, Alicia and Jason, were members of…

Around Town— 10-6-17

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SATURDAY Luncheon Oak Grove Baptist Church located on the corner of Startown Rd. and Oak Grove Church Rd. in Lincolnton will be hosting a 50’s themed luncheon at 11:20 a.m. Cakewalk and Bingo to follow. Space is limited, to reserve your spot please call 704-735-9069 or 704-477-4113. Supper St. Luke’s…