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To say the end of the school year has been disrupted due to COVID-19 would be an understatement. It’s been particularly hard on the Class of 2020. There was some hope that graduation could be held in some semblance of normal, but gathering restrictions, even for outside events, are still too…

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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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The Lincoln County FY2021 budget was revealed in more detail at a meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners Monday evening. The budget, which balances at $112,848,445 breaks down into expenditures and revenues as follows:

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This is not a normal graduation season. School administrators have been tasked with organizing the best possible experience for their graduates. Normally, A Place to Grow, a developmental center located in Lincolnton, holds their graduation at the James W. Warren Citizens Center, but that wa…

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Animals have the ability offer a great source of comfort and support. While on the surface, the COVID-19 pandemic has been horribly tragic, there is a silver lining there. At least there is when it comes to Lincoln County Veteran’s Services. The director of Lincoln County Veteran’s Services,…

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Today brings to a close National EMS Week and is officially EMS recognition day. Unfortunately, space doesn’t allow for spotlighting all of the staff at Lincoln County Emergency Services. They’re all deserving of recognition and appreciation for the jobs they do day in and day out.

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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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As anticipated, N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper announced on Wednesday that North Carolina will be entering into what he coined as a “safer at home” Phase 2 of the three-phased approach to opening the state. During the two weeks North Carolinians were in Phase 1, the state’s overall key indicators rema…

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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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This year’s celebration of Memorial Day in Lincoln County may be more about the beginning of summer, visits to the beach and barbeques.  Even if people do go to beaches or barbeques this weekend, it likely won’t be the same as Lincoln County cautiously emerges from two months of quarantine. …

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Three days after voting, four to three, that modified graduation ceremonies would be held for Lincolnton County Schools Class of 2020 on May 29 and May 30, the Lincoln County Board of Education met Friday morning and voted unanimously to add additional graduation ceremonies in their respecti…

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COVID-19 has not put a stop to the need for blood and there is currently an increased need for blood donations because drives that are normally held at churches and schools have been put on hold due to the stay at home order. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, it is still safe for people…

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The mystery of where all the toilet paper has gone is solved. Kelly Withrow, the principal at G.E. Massey Elementary School in Lincolnton has been hoarding it to use as graduation gifts for the Lincolnton High School Class of 2020. In addition, six rolls of her private stash were thrown up i…

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The phones at the Lincoln County Coalition Against Domestic Violence have been oddly quiet. Does that mean that there’s been no domestic abuse happening? Likely not. It can be hard to guage the level of domestic violence, especially during a pandemic when families are essentially confined to…

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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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We’ve become a nation of drive throughs. This has extended from drive through food pick-up to students driving through school parking lots in an effort to reconnect with their teachers and school staff. Instead of graduating seniors walking through the halls of elementary schools, they’re pa…

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Graduation ceremonies for Lincolnton County Schools Class of 2020 will be held on May 29 and May 30 but they will not be in their traditional form. The Lincoln County Board of Education met Tuesday evening and voted to keep the graduation dates the same as they were originally scheduled. Bec…

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Litter can become a major eyesore, however, in general, instead of picking it up, most people will look at it with disgust and move on. Not so the group of community members who make up Keep Lincoln County Beautiful. A team of seven volunteers, all in their golden years, picked up and hauled…

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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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The budget has to balance and given county staff are projecting reduced revenues in the amount of $3,691,338 or 16.5% as a result of COVID-19. In addition, property tax collection rate may be negatively impacted due to the unemployment rate.  The county is using a portion of fund balance, ov…

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While the school may seem somewhat the same to Dr. Nathan McLean who recently began his duties as principal of West Lincoln High School, there are a lot of things that are very different.  Just a few years ago, he occupied the office right next to that of former principal Brian Clary. Now he…

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North Carolinians will be granted additional freedom as of 5 p.m. Some businesses will be allowed to reopen today the state enters into Phase 1 of the reopening plan put in place by N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper. Phase 1 removes the distinction between essential and non-essential businesses, however,…

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It’s business as usual, almost, for child nutrition services staff at Lincoln County Schools. They may not be at the school they worked at before COVID-19, they don’t get to see students and they have to wear masks, but they’re still feeding children. To date, Lincoln County Schools has fed …

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The timeframe for reopening North Carolina has been coming under fire. N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper is planning to open the state in three phases, however, the reopening is dependent upon data showing that key metrics are headed in the right direction. 

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Since Lincoln County started testing for positive cases of COVID-19, it has been releasing results via press releases on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The first positive result for COVID-19 in Lincoln County was on March 17. There were no new positive tests until March 25. As of April 29,…

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Even though the Lincoln County libraries are closed, 3D printers hum away printing 3D “ear savers” to be donated to healthcare workers at Atrium Health Lincoln. These mask straps, also called “ear guards” keep medical face masks securely strapped back and, more importantly, keep the masks fr…

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Some topics transfer to an online format easier than others. Math is one topic that some students struggle with if it’s not taken in a seated environment. All of the teachers throughout Lincoln County Schools have had to adapt their teach methods during the current school closure. 

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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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The local Relay for Life events which are normally held the end of April, beginning of May, had to be postponed. As they did last year, the two celebrations held in Lincoln County, were to be joined together again on April 25 at East Lincoln High School. Cancer hasn’t taken a break and the o…

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There was a time when children may not have wanted to go to school. That was before coronavirus. Now many of them wish they could go back. They miss their routines, their friends and their teachers.

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Even though the Lincoln County libraries are closed, 3D printers hum away printing 3D “ear savers” to be donated to healthcare workers at Atrium Health Lincoln. These mask straps, also called “ear guards” keep medical face masks securely strapped back and, more importantly, keep the masks fr…

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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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At their regular board meeting held on Tuesday, the Lincoln County Board of Education voted to increase the hourly rate of those essential staff members working to during the school closures support the free meals to go program for students and the sanitation of schools by $4. Funds for this…

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Lincoln County Special Olympics athletes won’t be parading around the Lincolnton High School stadium and there’ll be no cheering crowds this May. The games were scheduled to open this Friday, but due to COVID-19, all Special Olympics activities have been put on hold until at least May 31. Th…

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In mid-March, N.C. Rep. Jason Saine was named as one of three co-chairs on the bipartisan N.C. House Select Committee on COVID-19. The other two leaders of the group are Rep. Julia Howard, a Republican from Davie County, and Rep. Michael Wray, a Democrat from Northampton County.

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When stay at home orders were issued, numerous childcare centers throughout Lincoln County closed down. Some stayed open but are limited to children from essential workers. The closing of schools put many in a parenting dilemma. Those working on the front lines, which includes in the era of …

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It took two years to raise the money, but thanks predominately to West Lincoln High School alumni, West Lincoln High School has a shiny new electronic sign. Fundraising was started in 2018, according to Tammy Johnson, West Lincoln’s media coordinator, and there was an overwhelming response.

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The scissors and clippers aren’t getting much use and the cash register sits empty at Trim Barber Shop in Lincolnton. That means, as Lincolnton resident Dale Punch mused on Facebook, that the United States, North Carolina and Lincoln County will be in bad shape. 

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While they’re still selling meat and other items, the Meating Place in downtown Lincolnton looks a bit different these days. The staff are all wearing masks, no one’s sitting in the front area enjoying sandwiches and there’s signs saying only one person can be at the counter at a time. Welco…

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When the numbers of individuals being hospitalized with the novel coronavirus started to spike, hospital administrators soon realized they didn’t have enough ventilators available to keep people alive. People infected with COVID-19 can develop respiratory failure and build up fluids in the a…

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Across Lincoln County, teachers are using innovative ways to keep their students both engaged and learning. This semester, Wendi Custer is teaching Foods and Nutrition I and II, both offered through Lincoln County Schools career and technical education program. Normally, these classes are ta…

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The Lincoln Economic Development Association, which is a private, non-profit corporation charged with facilitating industrial, office and commercial development in Lincoln County recognizes that business owners may be struggling with the COVID-19. They also are aware that businesses are bein…

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Members of Keep Lincoln County Beautiful, an organization affiliated with Keep America Beautiful are now dealing with an additional eyesore – sanitary gloves, masks, wipes and other items of personal protection which have been thrown out throughout Lincoln County.

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It’s tough to stay at home if you don’t have a home. Under the current executive order put in place by Gov. Roy Cooper, citizens of North Carolina are supposed to stay in their homes unless they have essential business to attend to. Even before North Carolina went under a state of emergency …