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The annual Hart Square Festival continues on despite the loss of its founder, Dr. Robert “Bob” Hart and a global pandemic. There wouldn’t be a Hart Square which is truly a local treasure if it were not for Dr. Hart. There wouldn’t be a festival if it were not for the hundreds of volunteers a…

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There are ghosts in Lincoln County and through his grandparents and parents, Beau Gregory King has been told their stories. He decided to write them down and publish them in several volumes. It’s been quite a few years since King published volume one of “Eternal Tales.” He’s now working on a…

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North Lincoln Middle School fifth and sixth graders were able to experience STEM in action on Wednesday. At first, it was likely a bit frustrating, tedious, and yes, maybe boring because they had to listen to instruction on how to build a hovercraft, then they had to build their own. 

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It’s Christmas in October at Amy’s Closet in Lincolnton and the color theme is purple for domestic violence awareness month. A beautifully decorated Christmas shop has been created in one of the rooms upstairs at Amy’s Closet by Becky Engle. She came up with the idea to set up the shop after…

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Comforting gifts of love were delivered to the Lincoln County Child Advocacy Center on Tuesday. The Piecemakers Quilt Guild which has been meeting in Lincolnton for over 25 years delivered 20 quilts to the child advocacy center.  

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At their meeting held on Thursday, Oct. 7, the Lincolnton City Council discussed the 2021 Christmas parade. The 2020 Christmas parade as well as all other holiday-related items were cancelled last year due to COVID-19. This year, there will be a Christmas parade, but not an official tree lig…

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Pianist Gregory Knight was to perform at the first concert of the Lincoln County Concert Association on Sunday, Oct. 3. He prepared for it, but he’s fighting an aggressive form of salivary cancer and his health has taken a turn for the worst. Knight’s never performed solo for the Lincoln Cou…

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Lincoln County, collaborating with the City of Lincolnton have launched a new website to keep citizens updated on plans for the historic courthouse in downtown Lincolnton.The recommendation of a committee that was formed over the summer to discuss the future use of the old Lincoln County Cou…

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There’s a gem of a store in Lincolnton that gives community members the opportunity to shop for high end clothing at reduced prices in a boutique environment and keeps clothing out of the landfill. The owner, Janice Rollins grew up in the Philippines and was sensitive to clothing going to waste. 

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The Lincoln County Family YMCA’s 2019 Keith Turner Memorial Concert will be held on Saturday at 7 p.m. featuring Terri Gore. This is a free community event to be held outside, at the pavilion across the street from the Lincolnton YMCA and the Lincoln County Health Department. Keith Turner wa…

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Taking after his mother, at eight years old, Kash “Bird” Bostic has become an accomplished motocross competitor. Throughout her teenage years, Cheyenne Johnson road motocross until it died out due to her leaving for college. Now, like a phoenix (hence the “Bird”) Kash rose up to take over wh…

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In the good old days, cruising was allowed in downtown Lincolnton and on Saturday, those days return for the annual Cruisin’ for a Cause. This event brings together automobile enthusiasts with all proceeds for the cruise in to benefit two local organizations. One hundred percent of the proce…

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It’s like clockwork. The calendar flips to September and out come the mums. It’s a clear sign that fall is just around the corner. The growing of these popular plants begins long before September. The mums that Martha Gabriel is selling at Little Mountain Mums were started in June. To say th…

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When David Bonnema, the senior pastor at Unity Presbyterian Church in Denver learned that the First Presbyterian Church in Lincolnton was going to close, he admits to being quite saddened.

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There’s a new Apple Queen in town. Lucky contestant number 13, Ashley Fisher, the daughter of Steve Fisher and Wesley and Candice Dickerson and a senior at Lincolnton High School not only won the evening gown portion of the pageant, but also walked away with the crown. The theme of the pagea…

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The first performance to open at the Cherryville Little Theatre since the COVID pandemic will star Lincolnton resident, Sarah Fox Sandoval as Anne Shirley alongside her husband, David as Gilbert Blythe and Stationmaster, whom she met on the set of “Seussical” at the Lincoln Cultural Center i…

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Events are scheduled on the Lincoln County Courthouse lawn quite regularly. Anyone driving around the circle early Saturday morning would have seen hundreds of people working out. The “Eager to Motivate” group based out of Charlotte arranged a pop-up workout which was attended by both locals…

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It may be hard to believe that the time has come for contestants to walk across the stage and vie to win the crown for the 2021 Miss Lincoln County Apple Queen Scholarship Pageant. The pageant will be held this Saturday at the James W. Warren Citizens Center. The fifteen young ladies represe…

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As was the case in 2019, there will be two National Night Out events in Lincoln County this year. The first one is going to be on Aug. 3 and will be situated in downtown Lincolnton. The second will be sponsored by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and will be held at on Thursday, Aug. 5 ad…

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Camp meeting means many things to different people. For those who are “outsiders” due to not being exposed to camp meeting, it can all be a bit baffling. What are those buildings on the side of Campground Road in Denver? Is it some sort of campground? It is a campground, but one unlike other…

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The pandemic put a bit of a damper on the reign of the 2020 Miss Lincoln County Apple Queen, but things opened a bit for Ava Parnell towards the end. The platform that Parnell chose was domestic violence. Prior to the pageant, she had been a volunteer at Amy’s House, Lincoln County’s only do…

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It was a quiet summer last year at Rescue Squad Park in Denver. That’s not the case this year with the return of the popular Music in the Park series hosted by the Rotary Club of Denver/Lake Norman. This year the series is hosted by Fit Realty and Ross Bulla.

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At a special work session held before their regular meeting Monday night, the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners heard presentations on the Lincoln County Parks & Recreational Master Plan as well as a proposed reuse plan for the Lincoln County Courthouse.

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At their most recent meeting, Lincolnton City Council was presented with the City of Lincolnton Parks and Recreation Master Plan. McGill & Associates prepared this plan in conjunction with the one that was recently approved by the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners. 

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While Neil Underwood may no longer be a band director with Lincoln County Schools, he’s still influencing and mentoring both former LCS band members and band directors. While William Fisher would have been fourth generation Lenoir-Rhyne University graduate, he almost went to Western Carolina…

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Like with a fascination with and belief in magic, children seem to maintain that sense of wonder, but not so much, adults. Local magician, Doc Docherty restored that sense of wonder to many of the adults who attended his premiere of “The Spectacle” held in the upstairs venue space at BrickTr…

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Westwinds Park, which will be part of the property that was donated to the county on which the new West Lincoln Library was constructed, will start to take shape. The library is now open and soon there will be a passive park on the adjacent property.

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After a two-year hiatus, “Thunder Over Carolina” is returning to the stage. The script has been rewritten and it’s being shown on a brand-new stage. The original script was written by Charles Loveland and was presented as a “living monument to those courageous Americans who helped found our …

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Westwinds Park, which will be part of the property that was donated to the county on which the new West Lincoln Library was constructed, will start to take shape. The library is now open and soon there will be a passive park on the adjacent property.

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This local country boy who also happens to be a successful singer/songwriter is giving back again because, well, that’s what country boys do. In early 2020, Shane Willis organized a concert to aid three men fighting cancer, Nathan Setzer, Jesse “BJ” Truesdale and Bobby Turner. Unfortunately,…

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It’s a little-known fact that it’s open season on dinosaurs once a year in Vale. Most people don’t even know that dinosaurs still roam free, but they do, only once a year and only on Upton Family Farm in Vale. Ed’s Dinosaurs Live has partnered with Upton Family Farm for a drive through dinos…

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Organization of an annual Juneteenth festival in Lincolnton has been in the works for the past few years, according to Deanne Williams-McGinnis, the director of the Arts Council of Lincoln County. A virtual festival was held last year and it’s going to happen live this year on Saturday, June 19.

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“Ghosts” made themselves visible to those on guided ghost tours to tell the story of the Battle of Ramsour’s Mill this weekend. The first tour on Saturday was led by Betsy Reinhardt, the wife of Christian Reinhardt. 

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The winners for the 37th annual Robinson-Lineberger Literary Competition were recently announced at an awards ceremony held at the Lincoln Cultural Center. This competition is sponsored by the Trustees of the Flo Robinson Estate and the Robert Lineberger Estate to memorialize Flo Robinson’s …

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Some normalcy is returning to downtown Lincolnton and the Arts Council of Lincoln County, the Downtown Development Association of Lincolnton and Lincoln Cultural Center have joined together to organize a spring art crawl on Friday, May 21. Weathering a global pandemic hasn’t been easy for ma…