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Mountain Joy performing with Lowesville Gospel Concerts

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Mountain Joy will be returning to the stage at Lowesville Gospel Concerts on Saturday at Living Word Ministries in Stanley. Based out of Waynesville, Mountain Joy is a family group that plays gospel music. “God has given us the opportunity to travel and sing and…

Chamber of Commerce grand openings

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  The Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce held grand openings for the Knipp Law Office (below) and Fairway Mortgage Company (above) on Jan. 10 in Denver.  …

Worley to become LHS principal again

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Education announced on Tuesday that former Lincolnton High School principal Tony Worley will serve in that role once again. Worley will fill a position vacated by Heath Belcher, effective March 1. Worley currently is serving as director of secondary education…

Volunteer group helps people stranded during snowstorm

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The volunteers that make up Tri-State 4X4 and Assistance were kept particularly busy over the past few days, helping people get to work and pulling vehicles out of ditches. Patrick Fowler, David Berryhill, Michael and Sandy Beer, Michael King, Jessie Lynn Stokes and Cody Wright…

Use of county SWAT team declines

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has significantly dialed back the use of its SWAT team over the past year. The unit hasn’t been fully deployed since a raid in May that netted three arrests and six ounces of methamphetamine. An analysis conducted by the Lincoln Times-News…

Lincolnton blacksmith keeps up practice of ancient art

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Using the fire in a forge fed by bituminous charcoal, several different types of hammers, pliers and an anvil made in 1895, Scott Beam creates works of art out of iron at his smithy in Lincolnton. Originally, he learned how to shoe horses because he…

State legislature goes back into session

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The North Carolina General Assembly will begin its 2017 session this afternoon in Raleigh. Tension has continued to mount between newly-elected Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, and a legislature dominated by Republicans who hold veto-proof majorities in the House and Senate. Cooper spoke about reconciliation during…

MLK events begin Saturday

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Three days of events celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and legacy will begin in Lincolnton on Saturday. King, who would be 88 if he were still alive today, was a firm believer that all people have the capacity to make a difference no…

Planning board hears three rezoning cases

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners held its first meeting of the new year on Monday evening. Three public hearings presented in front of the planning board highlighted the agenda, which also included the consideration of a grant awarded to the Lincoln County Public Library and…

Deputies: Thieves stole from unlocked vehicles

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Staff report Detectives are investigating thefts from several unlocked vehicles in eastern Lincoln County. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported that residents began reporting the break-ins the morning of Jan. 6 to vehicles parked at homes on Glencrest Drive, Sedgebrook Drive West, Cedarwood Court, Pinkney Place and Brentfield Lane in…