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Ending academy with a ride-along

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EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the final weekly installment by staff writer Lisa Brown as she went through the Citizens Police Academy training. Well, this is it. My final column about the Citizens Police Academy. I can’t believe 11 weeks have gone by so fast. I can’t even tell you how…

Former Panther publishes local authors

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For most families, having one published author at the dinner table would be a pretty big deal. The Royals family has two. The Rev. Andy Royals of Salem Baptist Church in Lincolnton and his wife, Joyce, have each published a book, and it’s all thanks to a former Carolina Panther.…

Minor injuries in 2-car collision on Water Street

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Two people suffered minor injuries when their vehicles collided Monday on Water Street, police said. Betty Quinton Ramsey, 81, Lincolnton, was traveling west on Cedar Street when she collided with a vehicle driven by Myrlene Kirkpatrick Callaway, 65, Lincolnton, reported Sgt. J.M. Caudle with the Lincolnton Police Department. Ramsey told…

Ribbon cutting

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Elvis tribute show will benefit crime-stoppers

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With just days until the Elvis Holiday Tribute Show, program coordinator Mary Wright said tickets are still available but are “going fast.” Ryan Pelton, along with Grammy Award-winning Gospel group, the Imperials will headline the Nov. 29 event at the James W. Warren Citizen’s Center. “We have already sold about…

New gift shop opens in Cultural Center

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The Lincoln Cultural Center’s gift shop has a new look, a new name and new owners. The Last Picasso had its grand opening Tuesday. The newly-privatized shop is owned by Lincoln County artists Kae Wright and Dene Smith. “We can be good for the Cultural Center and the Cultural Center…

Girls set to sing national anthem

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All of Gardner-Webb University’s basketball games will be opened with the voices of students from Lincolnton’s Amazing Grace Music Academy. “They’re filling the bill for the whole season,” Sharon Atkinson, owner of Amazing Grace, said. Nicolette Glaspey, Libby Henderson, Caitlin Reel, Leah Atkinson, Carson Sain and Danielle Flowers will be…

Abstract artist hosts open house

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A Lincolnton native is turning her childhood home into an art gallery this weekend. “It’s a magical place to me,” Selph said of the house, which was built by her grandfather the year she was born. “It always has been.” Katie Selph will be selling her own work as well…

Angel tree up at UW

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An angel tree decorated with tags, which feature the gender and ages of local teenagers in need, is now up at the United Way of Lincoln County. Local residents are asked to come by, pick a tag and purchase a present. This fundraiser is being organized by the Teen Board…

Benefit planned for association

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Michael and Racheal Christian of the Highlife Band will be performing with friends from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday in downtown Cherryville. The Country Outlaw Guitar Jam will benefit the Horseman’s Association. The public is invited to join in on the playing. Musicians participating inclue Sonny Falls, Lindsey Castle, T.J.…