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West Lincoln student revitalizes memorial

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer For nearly 40 years, a small memorial nestled in the grassy quad between two West Lincoln schools has stood as a silent tribute to the students whose lives tragically ended before their high school graduation. Known as the Circle of Friends, the memorial was left neglected…

Piece of folk art comes home

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‘Christ Lives Again’ now on display in Lincoln Cultural Center ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer “Christ Lives Again” was once an obscure piece of folk art. A commission from the Samaracand Manor in Eagle Springs for a local artist in 1957, the large painting that was once a focal point in…

Mother-daughter team tackles new antiques shop

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Downtown Lincolnton will soon welcome a new antique store to Main Street. In just three weeks, mother and daughter duo Gail and Theresa Swinney will open Red Door Antiques to the public, a store which will offer not only traditional antiques, but vintage and shabby chic…

Board of Education hears update on programs

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County’s Board of Education discussed several reports regarding local child programs at a meeting on Tuesday. This summer, 32 students from Catwaba Springs Elementary School and Iron Station Elementary School participated in the Y Reader Program, a free program designed to improve reading, writing and…

Around Town — 8-13-14

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TODAY Church Speaker New Providence Full Gospel Church in Crouse will host special guest speaker Apostle David Littlejohn from Holy Jerusalem in Gastonia. Program beginning at 7 p.m. For more information, please call (704) 732–9644 THURSDAY Singles meeting GRACE Singles will meet at 7:00p.m. in the Family Life Center Dining…

Suspect charged with battery thefts

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is crediting good leads and police work in the apprehension of a suspected battery thief in western Lincoln County. Helen Elizabeth Dibari, 26, of 8402 Highway 10 South in Lawndale, was charged Aug. 10 with four felony counts each of larceny…

Arts Council announces grants

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer The Arts Council of Lincoln County is reaching out to all local artists in a big way, as it recently announced a major grant and a call for artists to participate in one of Lincolnton’s most anticipated events. Applications are now available at the Arts Council…

Criminal Charges 8-13-14

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The Lincolnton Police Department reported the following arrests: Jerome Baxter, 47, of 2521 Country Club Road in Lincolnton was charged August 7 with one misdemeanor count assault on a female. A $1000 secured bond was set. Darrell Robert Scronce, 59, of 162 Shell Street was charged August 8 with one…

Board of Ed. to hear policy requests, committee meetings

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Staff report Lincoln County’s Board of Education plans to discuss several policies and committee requests at a meeting on Tuesday. Policy topics include items such as internet safety measures, social media, technology in education, school safety and student food services operations. The Budget and Finance Committee is scheduled to discuss…

Gaston College marks 50 years

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer For the past 50 years, Gaston College has served Gaston and Lincoln counties as an outlet for community members to pursue higher education opportunities. At an Aug. 7 meeting, Lincolnton mayor John Gilleland and fellow City Council members honored Dr. John McHugh, dean of the college’s…