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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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Although she’s now retired from teaching, Tammy Cloninger has fond memories of an assistant who worked with her for many years at Love Memorial Elementary School, Kathy Parker. When Parker passed away after a brief illness, Cloninger wanted to pay tribute to her. 

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The area around Hesed House of Hope in Lincolnton has gone from a tangled forest to a beautifully landscaped escape for those who use the services the shelter offers. Most recently, members of Unity Presbyterian Church in Denver and Denver United Methodist Church in Denver worked together to…

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In a low-key COVID-style remembrance of the lives lost due to drug overdose, black balloons were hung in front of the Lincoln County Courthouse on Saturday. Black Balloon Day has become a national and international event, bringing awareness to overdose deaths. Diane and Lauren Hurley began B…

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Seniors have perhaps been the most impacted by the COVID pandemic in both the number of deaths associated with the virus and isolation. Now that many of them have been vaccinated, they’re slowly coming back out. The Lincoln County Senior Center held a senior advocacy day on Saturday so that …

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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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Last year, the annual Edge Factor event was held in person at Gaston College, but this year the community can take part in this partnership with the Lincoln Economic Development Association virtually. 

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After waking up from a 48-day coma, Terri Lou Salmon, prayed to God asking that if he’d let her be able to walk again, she’d help anyone who needed it, especially when it came to food. She fulfilled that promise in a big way.

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At their regular board meeting held on Monday, March 22, members of the Lincoln Charter School Board discussed transferring their middle and high school students to Plan A. Chief Administrator Jonathan Bryant presented an update to the schools “Gear Up” campaign which addresses operating the…

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Feminine products are not something that most women think about, unless for whatever reason they don’t have access to them. The sad truth is that there’s girls and women who are unable to purchase feminine products. They have to improvise using toilet paper or other materials. 

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One of the dilemmas associated with the tent populations is the trash that often accumulates both while a site is being used by the homeless and after they leave. Hesed House of Hope Director John Hall is well aware of this problem and has worked on a frequent basis with volunteers of Keep L…

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In an assignment related to buildings and the community, Melinda Buchanan’s pre-kindergarten class were tasked with creating a building to go into their "classroom community” made out of materials that are readily available in most households. Buchanan said that she was blown away by the cre…

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Due to the pandemic, last year’s graduating class was unable to engage in most of their end of year events. The Class of 2021 will have a little more flexibility to hold their events, but like most things in these times of COVID, they will be different. At the work session held by the Lincol…

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What might have been a harmless high school prank turned into a message of hate and racism. The West Lincoln High School football team played Lincolnton High School on Saturday. The evening prior to, Mike Wirth, who lives across the street from the high school, witnessed approximately 10 you…

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It was almost a year ago that the Lincoln County Board of Education and the then superintendent, Dr. Lory Morrow, sat in their meeting room at the administrative building and discussed school closure due to the pandemic. At that time, only 32 people had tested positive in North Carolina and …

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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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At a joint meeting held on Thursday between the Lincoln County Board of Education and the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners, Dr. Aaron Allen, the newly appointed superintendent presented the Lincoln County Schools 2022 budget. At the end of his presentation, Commissioner Carrol Mitchem a…

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Academic failures within the district were discussed at length during the committee meeting for the Lincoln County Board of Education held on Nov. 13. Failure rates, for one class or more, in the first quarter are at approximately three times the rate as they were last year at this time, acc…

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Who knows where Lincoln was on his way to. Probably someone’s fireplace or maybe the landfill. The truck carrying him was going a little too fast around the circle in Lincolnton and Lincoln was flung off. It’s probably a good thing no one was parked in front of Graffiti's Restaurant because …

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is moving into a new century according Sheriff Bill Beam. It’s been a long time coming, but after four officer-involved shootings in the past four years, with two of those having occurred in the past year, Beam elected to move forward and request funding t…

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For the past decade, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Melvin McCleave has been keeping the Lincoln County Courthouse safe for the people who frequent it. A graduate of Maiden High School, McCleave now lives in Lincoln County with his wife, Londa. After graduation, McCleave worked in the …

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At a specially called meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Education held on Monday, Feb. 22, Dr. Aaron Allen was named superintendent of Lincoln County Schools effective immediately. Allen, formerly the associate superintendent of schools, has been serving as interim superintendent since …

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Sometimes it takes the wisdom of a child to shine a light on racism and inequalities. Jazlyn Elmore is 10 years old, going on 50, and a fifth grader at G.E. Massey Elementary School. She plans to be the president and a poet when she grows up. Jazlyn wrote her first poem when she was in third grade.

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Members of the Lincoln County Board of Education as well as Lincoln County Schools administrators shared district needs with N.C. Sen. Ted Alexander and Lincoln County N.C. Rep. Jason Saine during a breakfast Friday morning. These needs are similar to those from last year’s breakfast with th…

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City of Lincolnton councilwoman, Mary Frances White, who has the distinction of being the first person of color to become an elected governmental official in Lincoln County was honored at a black history celebration sponsored by Victory Temple Worship Center at the Lincoln Cultural Center Sa…

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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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There was a bridal shower held at the Lincoln County Child Advocacy Center on Friday. While on the surface this shower may have seemed like a regular run-of-the-mill affair, it was far from that. This shower was held to honor a young woman whom after suffering indecencies at the hands of a t…

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LINCOLNTON – On Sunday, Feb. 7, at approximately 6:15 p.m., the N.C. State Highway Patrol responded to and investigated a double fatal collision in Lincoln County on Mount Zion Church Road near Old Plank Road.  A 2017 Chevrolet Camaro was traveling south on Mount Zion Church Road, crossed th…

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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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In past years, the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce has held a well-attended banquet to honor community members, businesses and industries with their “of the year” awards. This year, COVID prevented an in-person banquet. Instead, the awards were recorded and shown virtually Thur…

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Lincoln County Schools students have been in school for 100 days now. In the past, this milestone has been celebrated at G.E. Massey Elementary School in different ways. One year, they released 100 balloons into the sky with math problems attached to them. Last year, they flew 100 paper airp…

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Up until now, members of the Lincoln County Board of Education were elected in nonpartisan elections. At their most recent meeting, the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to send a resolution to the North Carolina General Assembly to enact a local act changing the electi…

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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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In a work session held prior to their regular meeting on Jan. 4, the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners discussed the proposed change to Chapter 160D of the North Carolina General Statutes. This new chapter consolidates current city- and county-enabling statutes for development regulation…