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At 12, Alex Jeune should have been out playing baseball with his fellow teammates, building Legos, or playing video games. Instead, he spent much of his 12th year being treated for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. 

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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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Kristen Reynolds is no stranger to Pumpkin Center Primary, she taught second grade there for a decade. Three years ago, she left teaching to accept an assistance principal position at G.E. Massey Elementary School. She’s back to Pumpkin Center, but she’s wearing a different hat. Reynolds was…

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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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It goes without saying that most of the teachers in Lincoln County have been challenged by the disruption in learning that occurred during the COVID pandemic. Some students adjusted to remote learning without any issues, but many struggled, and some are still struggling. One such teacher, Ch…

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A veteran himself, when Dale Punch learned of the initiative that took place in Cherryville to honor veterans, he jumped on it. In their downtown area, the City of Cherryville has hung small banners with pictures of veterans from light poles. At the last meeting of the Lincolnton City Counci…

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A year after she was named as Lincoln County Schools Assistant Principal of the Year, Kelly Saine is now taking over the helm at S. Ray Lowder Elementary School. A product of Lincoln County Schools, Saine started out her educational career as a third-grade teacher at Battleground Elementary …

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Lincoln County recently published an infographic both on their web site and on Facebook entitled “Lincoln County Budget at a Glance.” This infographic breaks down the 2021-2022 budget and how it “aims to meet the needs of a growing county and advance the goals and priorities of the Board of …

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A new animal ordinance was voted on and approved by the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners at their last regular meeting. This new ordinance will go into effect on Aug. 1. The last major revision to this ordinance was done over three decades ago, according to Hannah Houser, the director o…

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The call comes in and they’re never sure what they’ll find when they get there, but they do know that they’re going to help someone at a time of great need. That’s why they got into this profession – to help others. Lincoln County Emergency Service recently named this year’s “of the year” re…

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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 it’s been a few years, but Scott Carpenter has returned to the halls of Lincolnton High School. Once he was a student, now he’s the principal. Monday found him supervising installation of additional lighting in the parking lot to make it safer for students, staff and the public.

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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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Local first responders recently graduated from a program that’s intended to give them additional tools to properly handle difficult cases that may involve an individual suffering through a mental crisis, either due to disease or narcotics. Crisis intervention training has been offered in Lin…

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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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Neighbors came out in force to express their objections to the proposed Huntington Hills subdivision. Applicant, Carolina Development Services LLC requested that the property be rezoned from Residential-15 to Residential-8 which allows for duplexes. 

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One of the most important aspects of a boy scout’s journey is the completion of an Eagle Scout Service Project. As defined by the Boy Scouts of America, the Eagle Scout Service Project, or simply Eagle Project, must be evaluated primarily on impact — the extent of benefit to the religious in…

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The bulk of the meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Education on Tuesday, June 8, was spent in two hours of closed session which was held prior to the meeting was scheduled to start. A press release issued on Wednesday announced 13 new assistant principal assignments. Of these assignments…

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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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A local boy scout engineered and built what could be a potentially life-saving device for the firefighters at the South Fork Fire Department. For his Eagle Project, Joshua Mays, who joined Boy Scouts 11 years ago as a Wolf Cub with Pack 73 in Lincolnton, constructed a dryer for firefighter’s…

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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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It wasn’t unanimous approval, but the Lincoln County 2021-2022 budget is now in the books. The public hearing on the budget, which includes a two cents tax increase, was held at the commissioner’s meeting held Monday. The current tax rate is .599 (2021), the new tax rate will be .619 (2022).…

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There’s a new lesson plan for students at the Denver campus of Lincoln Charter School. Erin Hudgins, who is the science, technology, engineering and math teacher for the first through eighth grade received a substantial NC Go Outside Grant and has installed a honey bee hive at the school. Sh…

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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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At their most recent meeting held Monday evening, the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners voted 4 to 5 to approve a request to rezone 11 acres of land located on Ranger Island Road, Mozelle Sherrill Drive and Ranger Island Mariner Road in Denver (Catawba Springs Township). Commissioner Bud…

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Firefighters undergo hundreds of hours of training before they can become firefighters and in order to stay certified, they have to do many more hours of training – all so that they have the knowledge to fight fires safely. 

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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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With a 10% acceptance rate, attending the U.S. Military Academy at West Point is an elusive dream for many. Not so for Lincoln Charter School student Ryan Wiltshire. He’ll be packing his bags and heading to West Point in June. Students accepted at West Point attend with a full scholarship.

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One of the things that Robert Pearson said he really enjoyed about working at the City of Lincolnton Water Treatment Plant was the puzzles he got to solve. He started working the night shift at the water treatment plant, straight out of high school, more than three decades ago. He moved his …

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At their most recent meeting held Monday evening, a zoning public hearing was heard by the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners and the Lincoln County Planning Board on a request to rezone 11 acres of land located on Ranger Island Road, Mozelle Sherrill Drive and Ranger Island Mariner Road …

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In order to appreciate just how far an organization has come, it’s often useful to go back to its beginnings. Kathy Vinzant is known by many as the executive director of the United Way of Lincoln County. She retired from that position in March. Way back when the Lincoln County Coalition Agai…

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It may not be well known that Rep. Jason Saine (R) of Lincoln County was once a firefighter. Between 2004 and 2011, he served as a volunteer firefighter for the East Lincoln Fire Department. He’s still on the roster and said that one day, he may go back to it. He has a bachelor’s degree in f…

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The food pantry at Daniels Lutheran Church now has even more fresh options for those who use it. Robert Sain, a retired Lutheran minister who lives Vale is putting his green thumb to use and raising vegetables to be donated to the food pantry. He recently delivered a load of lettuce and has …