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Beards, bows and barbells don’t quite seem to go together – but they do in the instance of a new training studio in downtown Lincolnton. Dalton Willis wears the beard and his wife, Leah, wears the bows. They co-own B3 Training Studio which recently opened on East Main Street in Lincolnton. B…

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It all started with a Lincoln County man who really wanted to be a farmer but had to reinvent himself during the Great Depression. It took a $500 truck purchased with borrowed money along with a dose of ingenuity, entrepreneurship and of course hard work to grow that one truck into a top nat…

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For Lincolnton to have a custom butcher shop in the downtown area is really a bonus for the community. While meat can certainly be purchased at grocery stores, to luxury of being able to source custom cuts, exactly how much that is needed and to get cooking tips cannot be overlooked. 

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The downtown area of Lincolnton is truly a gem. Even in the era of COVID, to take the time to walk around and even just look in the windows that are all decorated for the holidays can bring great joy and it’s free. In a combined effort between the City of Lincolnton, the Downtown Development…

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Downtown Lincolnton is becoming quite the cosmopolitan city with a brewery, tap room and fine dining establishments. While a lot of downtown residents have their own golf carts for transportation, there was a hole in transportation services which has been fulfilled by Bradley and Brianna Row…

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The artistic talent in Lincoln County can be astounding and sometimes shows up at strange times. These times of COVID can certainly be coined as strange. It’s to some extent because of the pandemic that Elijah Smith’s talent came under the spotlight.

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A Lincolnton man is sharing his love of Christmas in a very special way. Steve Herman loves to decorate for the holidays and decided that since some people don’t decorate, he’d take the decorations to the people. Herman, who’s now semi-retired, built a brightly lit Christmas train out of an …

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Of all the holidays, Christmas can be the most difficult holiday for many to negotiate with all the expectations. Added to that equation is that Christmas will be different this year for many due to the pandemic. For those who have lost a family member or loved one, celebrating a holiday tha…

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The downtown area of Lincolnton is truly a gem. Even in the era of COVID, to take the time to walk around and even just look in the windows that are all decorated for the holidays can bring great joy and it’s free. In a combined effort between the City of Lincolnton, the Downtown Development…

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Tattoo artists are often put into a stereotype of being involved with gangs or minimally a rough and tumble crowd. They’re sometimes looked down upon to as “those people.” On first appearances, not many would think that Shawna Moore, who looks like a clean-cut hometown girl, would be a succe…

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This year’s popular Breakfast with Santa held at the Lincoln Cultural Center was very different from what it’s been like in years past. Seating was very limited and by reservation only. Masks were required to be worn by all. Seating was socially distanced, and children were brought up to vis…

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The last time a master parks and recreational plan was developed was in 2006. It was a joint document at that time and will be done that way again. The demographics and population of Lincoln County have changed considerably since then. The parks and recreation departments for Lincoln County …

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A group of dedicated individuals set up a winter wonderland for Lincoln County foster families in the parking lot of the Lincoln County Department of Social Services on Saturday evening. Normally, a huge holiday celebration is put on for foster families at the James W. Warren Citizens Center…

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The Lincolnton Lions Club usually has a Christmas party for their “VIPs” (visually impaired persons). They had to improvise and do a drive-through event this year. Throughout the year, members of the club take VIPs referred to them by the blind social workers in Lincoln County to get eyeglasses.

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The 2020 production of the Lincoln County “Nutcracker” youth ballet will be performed but tickets to attend the show in person will be limited to the immediate family of the performers. Don’t fear – there is a silver lining and dreams of the Sugar Plum Fairy will still be realized this year.…

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Normally during a weekend in late June, the Battle of Ramsour’s Mill historic site in Lincolnton is transformed into to look much like it did during the Battle of Ramsour’s Mill which was fought on June 20, 1780. This would have been the 240th year since the battle was fought and a great cel…

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A former high school band director who left his mark on the Lincoln County Schools band program, Neil Underwood has been named as one of three members of the 2021 induction class into the North Carolina Bandmasters Association Hall of Fame. 

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Three of the annual Christmas parades have been cancelled this year out of concerns for COVID. The City of Lincolnton parade and tree lighting, the Cat Square Parade and the Denver Parade have all officially been cancelled.

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In the middle of a pandemic, we’ve all got to do things that are different than in years past. Never fear, however, the magic of the season can’t be stopped. Lincolnton resident, Rich Rice, a/k/a “Santa” knew that he’d need to spread Christmas cheer differently than he has in years past. He …

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Lincolnton has lost a Christmas tradition due. The jolly man with the beard and a red suit who has been a part of Lincolnton’s Christmas celebration for the past three years passed away on Monday due to complications from COVID. 

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A physical education teacher at Pumpkin Center Primary School used a little bit of ingenuity to create a means for his students to stay active both while they were remote learning and now that they’re back in school.  Logan Spake created videos to show students and parents how to use basic h…

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Looking at the two of them, you wouldn’t know they were brothers – but they are. Not by blood but by love, mutual respect and football. Travali “Trey” Price and Jayden “Bird” Tate, both seniors at North Lincoln High School, first started playing optimist football together under Coach Jeremy …

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More than 80 young dancers are deep in preparation for the 2020 production of the Lincoln County “Nutcracker” youth ballet. Given how disrupted the lives of these young people has been since March, the normality of preparing for this beloved production gives many comfort. As with so many eve…

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Artisans and traditional crafts people from near and far assemble once a year at the annual Hart Square Festival to perform tasks that were commonplace in North Carolina in the 19th century. This was the 35th annual festival which was pared down considerably from previous festivals in compli…

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Lincoln County is rich in history and there’s a gem that’s often overlooked. A pivotal battle of the American Revolution was fought in Lincolnton. Because the Battle of Ramsour’s Mill is often not addressed in history books and the battle site is not well known, there are people living in th…

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Things are really scary these days and contrary to rumors that have been floating around on social media, Halloween is happening this year. It’ll just look different. It’s been almost like Halloween since April given most of us have been wearing masks in public. All kidding aside, the City o…

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A woman native to Lincoln County who has made it her mission to make her Domino’s pizzeria the best it could be, has been recognized as the United States Domino’s Manager of the Year. There are more than 6,000 other Domino’s managers across the United States vying for this award. What makes …

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Like most children, when she was little, Candee Masters would get in trouble for drawing on the walls. Little did her mother know that as an adult, Masters would make a living painting larger than life murals on clients’ wall. She’s recently achieved a dream come true and opened a studio and…

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A lone woman took on a pack of men at the annual forklift rodeo held in the Gaston College parking lot in Lincolnton on Thursday. Area manufacturing companies sent their most experienced forklift operators to compete in the annual Lincoln County Industrial Managers Association Forklift Rodeo…

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Sounds of children laughing could be heard in the Lincoln Cultural Center for the first time in several months. The “For the Love of Art” day camp wrapped up this first week of day camp offering children creative activities including art, music, theater, dance, yoga, movies, nature walk and …

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A resident of Lincolnton for more than 20 years, Marisol Rodriguez, a native of Costa Rica, didn’t set out to be a body builder or to compete in any fitness-related events. She’s found herself in a competition where she’s made her way to the semi-final round, beating out more than 6,000 othe…

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A good bit of trash had accumulated both in and along the South Fork River in Lincolnton. Keep Lincoln County Beautiful had planned to have a clean-up event in the spring, but COVID prevented that from happening. With the warmer weather, access to the banks along the river is all but impossi…

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Sparks fly on a regular basis at Hartcrafters Metal Art in Lincolnton. When they clear, exquisite metal creations reveal themselves. Several of these creations, hand crafted by Hartcrafters owner Jason Hartness, are now installed in downtown Lincolnton. The bench in front of City Lunch is on…

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When plans for the Lincoln County Apple Queen Pageant were started last fall and even into January and February, no one had any idea the extent that the COVID-19 pandemic would impact just about every annual event held in Lincoln County.

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It’s been a long-term dream of Jennifer Raimey to own a small business and she’s always loved ice cream. When she learned that Downtown Dairy Treats was to be sold, she knew it was the perfect small business for Raimey and her husband, Brad to purchase.

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With a multitude of twists and turns, changes and adaptions, the 2020 Miss Lincoln County Apple Queen Scholarship Pageant was held. Instead of holding it in the James W. Warren Citizen’s Center, in front of a packed crowd, it was aired virtually from the Lincoln County Cultural Center Saturd…

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An Ellerbe man is traveling around North Carolina supporting law enforcement by cooking them hot dogs. With all the protests that have been going on, Joshua Flores decided that he wanted to step up and “back the blue.”

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Purses do have a purpose – to carry stuff, but on Wednesday, Aug. 12, they’ll have an even greater purposes – raising money for Alzheimer’s research. The annual Purposes for a Purpose will still be held this year at the Lincoln County Senior Center. Special precautions are being taken to mak…

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It all started with a five-gallon beer brewing kit, leading to a next-door neighbor friendship infused with beer. Dan Ackerman received the brew kit as a gift and got bit by the beer brewing bug. 

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A former high school band director who left his mark on the Lincoln County Schools band program, Neil Underwood has made it to the quarter finals of a national competition – the GRAMMY Educator Award. Underwood, who now is the instructor of music and associate director of university bands at…

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Standing united is complicated these days, but the alternative to “united we stand” is “divided we fall.” A new street mural with the words, “United we Stand” was painted on North Poplar Street at First Federal Park in Lincolnton over the weekend. Young people with skin tones as varied as th…