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Gift of school supplies ‘like Christmas’ for local teachers

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer A surprise gift to two area elementary schools Tuesday made one Lincolnton principal recall a season of giving. “It’s like Christmas,” G.E. Massey Elementary School principal Marty Helton said. “It’s really like Christmas and when we tell the teachers what we have, they’re going to say…

Local student receives scholarship

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Elizabeth Kay Sisk, daughter of Todd and Ann Sisk, has been awarded the Kuzmicki-McCutchen Scholarship from the University of Georgia’s Lamar Dodd School of Art. Recipients were awarded based on high school grades and art portfolio. Elizabeth is a 2015 graduate of East Lincoln High School and is currently a…

Gala raises $10K for music fund

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer A gala event celebrating the inaugural fundraiser for “The Underwood Music Fund” reached a goal of $10,000 on Saturday for what will benefit high school music students in Lincoln County. With a combined 60 years of work as educators, Neal and Joanna Underwood retired together in…

‘Tile Art’ highlights ACLC membership drive

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Staff report The Arts Council of Lincoln County will begin its 2016 membership drive by offering an opportunity to be a permanent part of Lincoln County’s public art. Members can purchase a ceramic tile that will be incorporated in a public art project by local artist Laura Proctor. The project…

Budget process keeps schools in limbo

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Though its outlook is slowly growing more positive, North Carolina’s General Assembly has yet to approve a state budget. The delay has left school boards in wait-and-see mode, teaching assistants on edge and driver’s education programs in limbo. Local school board members said recently that they…

Support keeps pouring in for Beam

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Less than a year ago, Braylon Beam was just a kindergartener with a heartwarming smile. Now, the Denver 6-year-old is known nationwide for putting a face to a horrible disease. Beam is a YouTube sensation, known from coast to coast for dancing his way through childhood…

Criminal Charges — 8-24-15

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Criminal charges for August 24, 2015. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Judith Hope Strickler, 67, of 4823 Dick Wilson Rd. in Denver was charged Aug. 18 with one count of driving while impaired, left of center and failure to comply with license restrictions. Shane Evans Rinck,…

Pieces of historic depot will be preserved by Newton museum

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer As plans for the new First Federal Park are pieced together by the City of Lincolnton, the historic Carolina and North Western Railroad Freight Depot on Poplar Street that rests on the plot of the future park will find a new home — at least in…

Students head back to public schools today

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer School is no longer out for the summer. Lincoln County’s public schools began classes today following a nearly three-month-long vacation. Doors — and books — opened at 23 elementary, middle, high, specialty and alternative schools, including the brand new Asbury Academy alternative school. “Most kids won’t…

Young volunteer makes a difference with United Way

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer A long plastic table bears the significance of Meagan Mowery’s contributions. Not old enough to vote, drive or even hold down a job, the 11-year-old Lincolnton resident has reached an age to realize the importance of giving. So on that table sits hundreds of dollars of…