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LINCOLN COUNTY – Incumbent Lincoln County Sheriff, Bill Beam, is facing two candidates in the upcoming elections. Because the three candidates are Republican, whomever prevails in the primary election which will be decided on May 17, will become the county’s sheriff for the next four years.

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LINCOLN COUNTY – The race for the three seats for the Lincoln County Board of Education looks to be a tight one. Partisan for the first time this year, the Board of Education race has three open seats. Each candidate was asked via e-mail to tell a bit about their backgrounds and why they bel…

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LINCOLNTON – Preparations are being made at the Lincoln County School of Technology for summer camps that’ll be like no others ever offered by the district.

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LINCOLNTON – Dash Duo, consisting of Yamaha Artists Mary Elizabeth Bowden and David Dash will be performing the last concert of Lincoln County Concert Association for 2022 on Sunday at the Lincoln Cultural Center. 

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LINCOLNTON – The Lincoln County School of Technology is always a busy place with students learning different skills and crafts that’ll help them in the real world after graduation. Students attending the construction classes offered through the school have been particularly busy lately makin…

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LINCOLN COUNTY – The Lincoln County Commissioners race is heating up and is highly competitive with five Republican candidates contending two open seats on the board. Bud Cesena and Milton Sigmon are seeking second terms. Both Glenn Fiscus and Tim Holder ran in 2020 and have returned to this…

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LINCOLNTON – City Manager Ritchie Haynes presented the 2022-2023 annual budget to the Lincolnton City Council at their regular meeting on May 5. The operating budget, which totals $29,509,587 is balanced without the use of fund balance or increases in taxes or fees. The public hearing for th…

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LINCOLNTON – After a two-year interruption due to COVID, which probably felt like a lifetime to many area athletes, Lincoln County Special Olympics returned to the stadium at Lincolnton High School. It was a sea of purple with hundreds of athletes competing on Friday. The Special Olympics to…

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LINCOLNTON – It’s been a year since Charles Key painted the mural on the rear of the G.E. Massey Elementary School building and the fence in front of the school. Since then, the artist who grew up in Los Angeles when graffiti was the hip thing, has painted at least 10 more murals. He’s since…

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LINCOLNTON – It’s been a few months since Sandy Kennedy retired after working with the Department of Social Services in the foster care department for more than three decades. She explained to the attendees at the annual Lincoln County Coalition Against Child Abuse luncheon why she wears blue. 

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LINCOLNTON – As it was last year, Relay For Life will be held live at Gaston College in Dallas this Friday. Last year, Relay For Life Lincoln joined with Gaston County Relay to co-host the event. 

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LINCOLNTON – It’s been said that the Lincoln Cultural Center is haunted. It is for sure haunted this weekend with the “Addams Family” in attendance. Members of the Lincolnton High School Drama Club are hosting “The Addams Family” musical beginning Friday evening. 

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LINCOLNTON – Lincoln County Veteran’s Services has moved to a larger space at 302 North Academy Street. The office didn’t just move and set up a new office – Alex Patton and his assistant, Joey Briggs have turned the space into a museum honoring local veterans and made it into a place that v…

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VALE – One Hundred years ago, the North Brook community got their first school. The surviving North Brook school, North Brook Elementary held a Heritage Day celebration on Wednesday. The legacy of the North Brook area of Vale remains strong and the ceremony was attended not only by former pr…

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LINCOLNTON – Susan Sain, the Lincoln County Tax Administrator and her staff have been busy preparing for the assessment of real estate in the county. 

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LINCOLNTON - Lincoln County sixth-grade students were tasked with writing a 300 to 500 word essay on the topic, “Soil and Water, Yours for Life” for the annual Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District essay contest. This contest has been going on for more than 40 years. The purpose of th…

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LINCOLNTON – Several local businesses received a portion of $25,000 Duke Energy Hometown Revitalization Grant that the Lincolnton Economic Development Association received. Three received COVID reimbursement grants, and 13 received grants beautification projects which are in progress as the …

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VALE – Vale was the temporary home to two very different wax museums this week. On Wednesday, Union Elementary School held their first career-based wax museum. Fifth graders were tasked with finding a career they might be interested in, researching it, and then presenting it to parents who w…

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LINCOLNTON - Staff at the Lincoln County Department of Social Services are offering a program that is geared to help those who are receiving FNS (formerly Food Stamps) benefits make progress towards self-sufficiency. 

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LINCOLNTON – It was a basketball game like no other held at Lincolnton High School. It was unified to the core. It is likely safe to say that it’s unlikely that there was louder cheering or more smiling at any other game held in the Lincolnton High School gym. Students cheered and danced in …

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LINCOLNTON – Two Lincolnton boy scouts have taken on a momentous task which will have great rewards for the local community. Kyle Naylor and his brother, Landon, both members of Boy Scout Troop 73, are working on their Eagle Scout Projects by clearing out an African American cemetery that’s …

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LINCOLNTON – That a popular city gym, the Lentz gym at Betty Ross Park, is going to be closed for a total of 48 days because it’ll be repurposed for voting both in the primary election in May and the general election in November, has many City of Lincolnton residents upset. According to a pe…

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LINCOLNTON – The regular “Dancing with Our Stars” competition has grown by leaps and bounds from when it was first started and is now one of the more popular events in Lincoln County. Things are about to get even more exciting with “Dancing with Our Stars, Jr.” coming the James W. Warren Cit…

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LINCOLNTON – Several West Lincoln High School graduates have been busy filming a full-length narrative feature in the Lincoln County area, particularly Lincolnton, Vale and Cherryville. The film, “Gunfighter Paradise,” is about a “gunfighter, guided by disquiet, stalked by the voices of God,…

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LINCOLNTON – The man who has been offering a hand up to those homeless individuals who are willing to accept his help is stepping down from his position of director of Hesed House of Hope. John Hall has spent the two decades of his life helping those in need in Lincoln County. He’s been dire…

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LINCOLNTON – The Lincoln County Homeless Task Force recently held their second meeting wherein the results of the public survey and the survey taken during the Hesed House Day of Hope were revealed. 

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LINCOLNTON – The Lincoln Cultural Center is known for its acoustics, and it’s perhaps not realized in any other event than at the Heafner/Williams Vocal Competition. The group of competitors was reduced from 11 to six for the finals held on Sunday. Taking first place was Thandolwethu “Thando…

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LINCOLNTON – At their most recent board meeting, which was held in the dark due to a power outage, the Lincoln County Board of Education recognized two seniors which is a new addition to the agenda for the board. The two seniors recognized were Sarah Frye, from East Lincoln High School and J…

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LINCOLNTON – Opera is returning to Lincolnton after a two-year pandemic-induced hiatus. This is the 18th year that the founders, Carolyn Heafner and Robert Williams, who met while they were both professional opera singers, have staged this competition.

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LINCOLNTON – Prior to his death, J. Harlan Heafner and his wife, Evangeline Heafner, set up the Heafner Mission to promote a yearly series of spiritual enrichment services for all people, regardless of race, color or creed. Since 1982, the mission has sponsored annual lectures by scholars fr…

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LINCOLNTON – The request of Timothy Dellinger to rezone an 8.41- acre tract from Residential Single-Family to Conditional Zoning General Business to permit a self-storage facility, including enclosed storage units and outdoor recreational vehicle storage at 8179 Webbs Road in Catawba Springs…

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VALE – Vale was the temporary home to two very different wax museums this week. On Wednesday, Union Elementary School held their first career-based wax museum. Fifth graders were tasked with finding a career they might be interested in, researching it, and then presenting it to parents who w…

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LINCOLNTON – A Lincolnton mother of two spends a lot of time in downtown Lincolnton logging in the miles. Ashton Mayne is not new to running, but she took time off to have a family. After her youngest daughter, Reagan was born, she started running again.

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LINCOLNTON – Subdivisions planned for the Clark’s Creek area of Lincolnton is becoming more and more of contested issue as each rezoning request is submitted to the Lincolnton City Council. A rezoning request for “Clark Creek Landing 2,” for 24 acres of land from Residential-25 to Planned Re…

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LINCOLNTON – It’s hardly been business as usual at the Lincoln County Department of Social Services. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused the entire department to make changes to how they operate, according to DSS Director Tony Carpenter. Many of these changes and adaptions are still in place. I…

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LINCOLNTON – A teacher at G.E. Massey, Staci Brice, came to Principal Kelly Withrow asking if she’d ever thought of having an outdoor classroom. Withrow was interested in her idea so Brice introduced her to two individuals she’d worked with at Hesed House of Hope, Bill Muir and Bob Smith.

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LINCOLNTON – The music played at Jessa Whipple’s first recital was “Reflections” from the Disney movie “Mulan.” When Jessa was through dancing, she told her mother, Jacqueline that “Reflections” was the song that she was going to use for her first solo dance. At that time, Whipple didn’t thi…

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LINCOLNTON – At just 13 years of age, a young artist has not only started up a small business for herself, but she’s also sharing the beauty of historic downtown Lincolnton. Felicity Sinclair is in eighth grade at North Lincoln Middle School.

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LINCOLNTON – As if becoming one of the few no-kill county-run animal shelters in North Carolina and maintaining that designation for going on five years now wasn’t enough. Now, Lincoln County Animal Services has hired a full-time veterinarian, Dr. Erika Mastalerz, and installed a surgery sui…

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LINCOLNTON – Not too long ago, Lincolnton Police Department Sgt. Isaiah Matthews was recognized by the Lincolnton City Council for obtaining his advanced training certificate. Matthews, who’s coming up on his 10thanniversary of being hired by the Lincolnton Police Department as a police offi…

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LINCOLNTON – Imagine having access to an online tutor, a writing lab, special games to teach skills, a language lab, or the ability to ask questions and receive expert replies. Interested in learning how to play chess? Check. Studying for your GED? Looking for a job and need resume help? A v…