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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…

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It takes Chris Dudas and his crew hours to set up for a firework display that lasts approximately 20 minutes. His job entails artistry as well as a healthy dose of adrenaline. Unlike so many others, the City of Lincolnton’s fireworks display was not cancelled due to COVID-19. With the safety…

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The Lincolnton City Council decided back in May to cancel their annual Fourth of July parade due to restrictions on gatherings, which are still in place now. At that time, they expressed a desire to have the fireworks display, but the Lincolnton High School stadium would not be open for seat…

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Purple is the primary color at Dallas Lavender Lane, an agritourism-based farm located just over the Lincoln County border in Dallas. After they purchased 40 acres in Dallas, Mark Newton and Tiffany Greene started to think about what they wanted to do with the property that would be agricult…

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It’s a very sad thing to see the stage at the Lincoln Cultural Center, which during most weeks is occupied by rehearsals, set building and productions, empty. The halls have been “painfully” quiet since the middle of March.

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Like life, good beer is all about balance. What was once a fun thing to do, became a passion and now a business. For a local couple, balance is bliss and they’re sharing the bliss at Royal Bliss Brewing Co. which opened this past weekend in Denver.

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Where’s the beef? A walk into many grocery stores may bring that question to mind. Once it’s found, however, there’s likely to be sticker shock. Prices have increased dramatically on most varieties of meat. Workers at some meat processing plants have become infected with the novel coronaviru…

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Art students at the Lincolnton campus of Lincoln Charter School used the medium of digital photography to document their daily life during the quarantine. While they were engaged in distance learning, Alaina Chapman, a high school art teacher tasked her students to journal about their day to…

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A Vale restaurant owner was cited on Monday, May 18 for violating N.C. Executive Order 138 which went into effect on May 8.  Under this executive order, sit-down food or beverage service is prohibited under, however, restaurants were allowed to remain open as long as food and beverages were …

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Lincolnton City council members met virtually on Thursday, May 7 at which meeting, city manager Steve Zickefoose presented the 2020-2021 budget which includes five major funds and totals $30,500,391. While there will be a lot of planned expenditures frozen for at least the time being, there …

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A musician playing or singing on the street is a common sight in big cities but not so much for Denver. That is except for the young Denver man who rocks his heart out for whomever may be driving on Webbs Road. These days, the reverberation of his electric guitar music competes with the nois…

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While their doors may be closed due to concerns over COVID-19, staff at the Lincoln County Library System are breaking down the walls and bringing the library into the homes of community members. Lincoln County closed all of its public libraries on March 18. As soon as that happened, library…

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The brewing equipment has been delivered and installed, the windows are in, the floors are getting finished, the bar is in place, the taps are even installed, and the logo’s been painted on the building. The grand opening, at least the part where everyone can be elbow to elbow drinking beer …

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This is normally a busy time of year for the Hunt family as they prepare, package and ship elderberry syrup. Ever since flu season started, orders have increased. With the onset of coronavirus, however, demand for their product has closed to tripled.

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G.E. Massey Elementary School had a special visitor on Wednesday. “Sir Purr,” the official mascot for the Carolina Panthers came to Lincolnton to recognize third grade teacher, McKenzie Fortner as the FSIoffice and the Carolina Panthers Teacher of the Season. In addition to the visit by Sir …

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What do you do when you buy a piece of property that has a unique old barn in fantastic condition? If you’re Ann-Marie Boyles, you turn it into a venue to support local crafts people and antique vendors. Supporting local artists is not the only benefit of Bethel Barn Market - all proceeds fr…

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Now that the rain’s let up and baseball season has started, Cheron Farley has been spending a good bit of time getting the baseball field at SouthLake Christian Academy in tip-top shape. At SouthLake, both the baseball and football fields are his own “fields of dreams.” Farley was recently p…

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Salt is not just for seasoning food. It can also be used in a relaxing, beneficial spa treatment. Christina Stone had been working as a massage therapist for more than 20 years in Lincolnton and then started to explore the benefits of salt.