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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.

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While working as a nurse in a hospital, Lyne Martin started to notice a correlation between health and diet. She also realized that the conventional way of raising chickens and cows was unhealthy for those that eat them, the animals and the environment.

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It’s almost time to “come on down” to the 14th annual “Price is Right” themed benefit to raise money for the Lincoln County Coalition Against Child Abuse and Child Advocacy Center. The event will he held on Saturday, March 14 at the James W. Warren Citizens Center. Funds raised from this eve…

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The Nubian Experience Club at Trilogy Lake Norman held their second annual Black History Program on Saturday. When Trilogy came together, there were a substantial number of African Americans living there, including the co-organizer, Gail Burke. Last year, the president of the Nubian Experien…

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The East Lincoln High School jazz band is gearing up for a concert – but this is not like the usual school band performance held in an auditorium. Like all concerts, it’s a fund raiser but it’s an advocacy event as well. Plus, it’s a black-tie affair with a plated meal included in the ticket price.

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Named after writer Ernest Miller Hemingway, a third-grade student at St. James Elementary School, Miller Oliphant has published his first book, “The Adventures of Melo: The Case of the Lost Toy.”

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A local singer/songwriter is giving back with a concert to aid not one, but three men fighting cancer. After a successful music career based out of Nashville, Shane Willis took time off to raise two children with his wife, Heather. When he learned that his neighbor and best friend, Nathan Se…

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Wednesday found Natasha Woodruff and Luke Harvey at their home in Lincolnton packing their belongings. They were moving out, but only temporarily into a vacation home in Newton. Both Harvey and Woodruff are getting the makeover of a lifetime. 

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Known as “Abe” to his friends, Ian Ablett, an 83-year-old resident of Iron Station, has just received the accolade of a lifetime. His hand-crafted steam launch, the “Ben Gunn,” has been received by the Mystic Seaport Maritime Museum in Connecticut.

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The talents and accomplishments of area youth were celebrated on Sunday at the Lincoln Cultural Center. A member of the National Technical Honor Society and Beta Club with a 4.04 GPA, Kayla Smith who will be attending Eastern Kentucky University on a full academic track scholarship and major…

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A visitor to the gallery at the Lincoln Cultural Center can be transported to the “Land of Nursery Rhymes” through the annual A Place to Grow Art Show. The children who attend A Place to Grow in Lincolnton and their teachers have transformed the gallery with their artwork depicting scenes fr…

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Imagine attending a family reunion at a western-themed bed and breakfast on the Virgin Islands and then, during a terrible tropical storm, people start getting murdered. The comedic, murder mystery dinner theater, “A Family Reunion to Die For,” directed by Ash Wirth opens this Thursday. 

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News will soon be shared at Lincoln Charter School like never before with their newly-launched student reporting lab under the direction of Dr. Roberta Callaway. Coming to teaching after spending 20 years in the United States Navy as a broadcast engineer, Callaway now teaches 11th and 12th g…

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Quilts had an important role to play in black history. Some historians believe that safe houses along the Underground Railroad were indicated by a quilt hanging from a clothesline or windowsill. These quilts would be embedded with a code which the runaway slaves understood to mean certain th…

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The kick-off registration for Lincoln County Senior Games is this Friday at the Lincoln County Senior Center. This is the third year that Lincoln County has had its own senior games. In 2019, Lincoln County seniors competed locally and then at the North Carolina Senior Games, bringing home t…

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The North Lincoln High School band director, Kevin Still, recently received the recognition of being one of only seven band directors throughout the state to receive the American School Band Directors Association Foundation Outstanding Potential Award. This award is intended to honor bandmas…

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That it’s now basketball season was quite evident on Saturday in the gyms at Lincolnton High School and Battleground Elementary School. There were games happening nonstop in both gyms. The players, both boys and girls, ranged in age from kindergarten up to eighth grade for girls and ninth gr…

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Lincoln County sixth-grade students were tasked with writing a 300 to 500 word essay on the topic, “Wetlands are Wonderful” for the annual Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District essay contest. This contest has been going on for 42 years, according to Patty Dellinger, the director of th…

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A trio of former Juilliard students will be playing an intimate concert at the Episcopal Church of St. Peter by-the-Lake in Denver on Feb. 9. Ben Rosenblum, an internationally-touring jazz pianist, accordionist and composer based in New York City, will be joined by Dan Chmielinski on bass an…

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Community members gave honor where honor is due on Monday, beginning with a well-attended breakfast hosted by Michael Collins, pastor at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Lincolnton. The speaker for this portion of the event was Phyllis Wingate, the Northern Division president for Atrium Health an…

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The notion that “everything is better with ice cream” has been Lincolnton resident Chad Scott’s motto for the past three years. He’s currently starting up a new Lincolnton-based fun and games venture with the WOW Factor Party Pavilion as well as maintaining a professional wrestling gym.