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Danny Morton is first baby of 2017 in Lincoln County

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Danny Dean Morton was born at 4:45 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2017 at Carolinas HealthCare System-Lincoln, making him the first baby born in Lincoln County in the new year. Danny is the son of Rose and Daniel Morton of Vale and was delivered by Dr. Tomas Luley. Danny weighed 7…

Criminal Charges — 12-30-16

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Matthew Jarvis, 49, of 2305 West Amber Dr. in Lincolnton was charged on Dec. 24 with one count of simple assault and battery or affray. Candace Lynn Johnson, 24, of 3535 Plateau Rd. in Vale was charged on Dec. 25 with…

Front porches, dance halls were once home to region’s mountain music traditions

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer With the industrialization of the southern Piedmont, old-time music that was once played on porches and homes became popular across the nation. Record companies like the Victor Talking Machine Company started to search out and record musicians from rural areas of North Carolina. In an…

Barefoot waterskiing tournament back for 39th year

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Lake Norman Marina is playing host to the 39th annual Barefoot Skiing Tournament on Jan. 1. The competition initially started on a lark and has now become an annual event on New Year’s Day. Terry Cody of Sherrills Ford and his fellow barefoot skiing friend,…

Twelve arrested on felony drug charges

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Staff report The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit charged twelve people last week following an undercover operation targeting street-level drug dealers selling methamphetamine and prescription pills. According to detectives, the investigations took place over six months, during which the suspects sold drugs to undercover detectives. Most were charged with…

Two schools deemed ‘low-performing’

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Two schools within the Lincoln County Schools district received “low performing” designations from the state and now have to implement improvement plans — G.E. Massey Elementary School and F.D. “Jack” Kiser Intermediate School, both in Lincolnton. School improvement plans for those two schools were developed…

Criminal Charges — 12-28-16

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Brandon Fitzgerald Brooks, 33, of 1150 Hayworth ln in Lincolnton was charged on Dec. 23 with one count of failure to appear. A $1,000 secured bond was set. Patrick James Rajda, 36, of 8241 Pine Lake Rd. in Denver was charged…

Strata Solar case coming back before commissioners

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The controversial Strata Solar case will come before the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners for a third time, thanks to a ruling by the North Carolina Court of Appeals. The board first addressed the matter in 2013 when Denver residents Gary, Timothy and Virginia Dellinger requested…

Local musicians help keep old-time music alive

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Before radios became common, people made their own music. They learned the songs and how to play the instruments from relatives and friends. In rural areas, either during a gathering at a farm for labor-intensive projects like a pig killing, corn shucking or barn raising…

Lincoln Charter head discusses differences between charters, public schools

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Comparing charter schools to traditional public schools can be a quarrelsome subject. A charter school is considered a salvation by some and an organization that cherry-picks students and takes away funding from traditional public schools by others. Charter schools are public schools authorized by the…