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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…

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An East Lincoln High School junior made her way to the final rounds of the Blumey Awards. Rachel Ochoa was one of two students from East Lincoln nominated from this year’s 34 participating schools who took part in a Blumey Awards Bootcamp, a two-day audition workshop intensive led by industr…

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There’s always costuming and make-up that has to be done for a theatrical performance but creating an ogre for “Shrek The Musical” involved a good bit of creativity for drama students at East Lincoln High School. 

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When Charles Key was growing up in Los Angeles, graffiti was the hip thing and going on right outside his window. He was greatly inspired by it but ended up working as a chef. He got his first break as an artist three years ago. He saved up a couple of paychecks and stepped out on faith. It’…

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After spending 31 years as a Lincolnton firefighter, John “Johnny B” Barkley now brings the beach to listeners of Gaston College’s WSGE 91.7 FM and Riptide Radio out of Myrtle Beach through the Internet. He really had no desire to become a DJ, but when the DJ who was doing the beach show for…

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The congregation at Cedar Grove Lutheran Church recently shared an extensive retelling of the story of Jesus’ suffering, death and resurrection. In this drive-through event, more than 80 members of the church portrayed the story in eight scenes. In the two days that the event was staged at t…

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There’s always costuming and make-up that has to be done for a theatrical performance but creating an ogre for “Shrek The Musical” involved a good bit of creativity for drama students at East Lincoln High School. 

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A bluegrass band with ties to Lincolnton will be returning to the Lincoln Cultural Center this Saturday. This concert, which has been held annually to honor Donald “Papa” Goodson, is scheduled this year to be held both seated and virtually. Only 100 tickets will be sold so social distancing …

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A local coffee shop is extended the community aspect of sipping a cup of coffee with company to include “cruising.” Grounded Coffeehouse, a coffee shop that’s been open in Boger City since October 2018, was the dream of Brytni Brooks. Her husband, Bryson, operates a towing company in Lincolnton.

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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.…