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When they started to shop for a house big enough for the family, which was planned to include any parents that may need extra care in their later years, Allison and John Gahrmann, who were living in Gastonia at the time, extended their search to Lincolnton. The first listing that popped up w…

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Tucker’s Grove Campground is slowly coming to life. Doors and windows are opened to air out the tents, cushions and rugs are shook out, floors swept and, if necessary, wildlife evicted and cleaned up after. 

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Five dogs were unchained on Saturday in Lincolnton. Volunteers organized through the Heart of the Carolinas Unitarian Universalist Animal Ministry built what is their largest fencing project to date. Chappie, Cletus, Princess, Joey and Blu now have the opportunity to run and play in this new…

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For some students, that game, be it football, baseball, soccer, volleyball or any other sport, is what defines them. For some, to have to miss games due to an injury can be like losing their identity. In an effort to alleviate the pain associated with an injury or recovery from surgery, a pr…

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It may well have happened, some 239 years ago. Two young men walk together through the North Carolina backcountry on their way to join the patriot militia forces gathering in present day Lincolnton. On Saturday, however, the two young men, Chris Stone and Ryan Gurganious, dressed in costumes…

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Gov. Roy Cooper visited the Lincoln County campus of Gaston College on Tuesday afternoon. Cooper has visited the Dallas campus on several occasions but he hasn’t been to the campus in Lincolnton yet. 

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Affectionately called “Granny” by just about everyone who knows her, Ilease Elizabeth Johnson of Vale, turns 100 years old today. Born at home on Aug. 9, 1919 to Gertrude Amelia Gilbert and William Daniel Gilbert, Johnson was one of eight children. She went to “an old school house over on 27…

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With her office decorated with brightly-colored signs with inspirational quotes, Sheila Wright, a former teacher at Pumpkin Center Intermediate, is ready to greet children at North Brook Elementary School on Monday. Wright was promoted as assistant principal at North Brook in June by the Lin…

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Lincoln County servers have been infiltrated by ransomware for the second time in less than two weeks. This time, it was servers within Lincoln County Communications that were hacked. Issues were discovered by Lincoln County Information Technology staff around 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 6, a…

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That the country is facing complex and polarizing issues was evident during the town hall held by Rep. Patrick McHenry at the Lincoln County Senior Center on Tuesday. A Denver Republican, McHenry is currently serving his eighth term in the United States Congress, representing the citizens of…

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A piece of Lincolnton history is now in a pile of rubble. The former Lincolnton Recreational Department Youth Center at 119 East Pine Street in Lincolnton, which has been in a state of disrepair for many years, was demolished Monday morning. In its place, townhomes will be constructed by Pie…

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The Arts Council of Lincoln County has a new exhibit by George Pitskoulis in the gallery at the Lincoln Cultural Center. Born in Greece, Pitskoulis first graduated from chef school before coming to New York in 1970. Pitskoulis entered the New York Academy of Theatrical Arts, studying acting,…

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A big crowd was expected to weigh in on a particularly controversial rezoning request at Monday’s Lincoln County Board of Commissioners meeting, and even though that specific case was postponed prior to the meeting, several members of the community still stepped forward to offer their opinion. 

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When she walked the halls of Union Elementary School as a student, Kellie Dellinger had no idea that she’d one day be returning to the school as its principal. While she’s been at Union since February as the acting principal, Dellinger was promoted to the position in June. Previous to that s…

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Tentative projects were given consideration at the Lincolnton City Council meeting held on Thursday, Aug. 1. One of these projects is a dog park that was proposed by council member Mary Frances White during the city budget retreat held in April. The potential dog park was included in the 201…

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With a professional career path which has been seemingly piloted toward his recent appointment as the new principal at North Lincoln High School, Roger “Chip”Cathey Jr. is excited for the 2019-2020 school year to start. 

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While he’s an electrical engineer by trade, Taner Howard of Denver was bit by the history bug at an early age. He was staying with a great aunt of his when he was about nine years old and on a trip to Walmart found something that changed his life. 

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National Night Out is spreading out into the county this year. Instead of just the block parties that are put on in neighborhoods throughout the City of Lincolnton, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has organized two block parties, one to be held on the western and another on eastern side …

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The moon may seem to be very far away for most people, but it wasn’t so far for one Lincolnton man. The youngest son of a very large family growing up on South Grove Street, Forrest “David” Rudisill graduated from Lincolnton High School. While he never traveled in a space ship, this Lincolnt…

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There’s a new member of the pack at Lincolnton High School with a new principal who arrived on Monday. Preston Clarke was hired by the Lincoln County Schools Board of Education on July 9 to replace former principal Tony Worley who was suspended from his position on June 22 and resigned on Ju…

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A young woman traded in her Sugar Plum Fairy crown for that of the Lincoln County Apple Queen on Saturday evening. Even though Kayla Marie Jackson was the winner, all 13 contestants left the Citizens Center that evening that much more empowered than they were when they set out on this journe…

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A new charter school will be opening in Lincoln County on Aug. 12. With an inaugural class of 200 K-6 students, West Lake Preparatory Academy will operate in a temporary location at the Holy Spirit Catholic Church Activity Building in Denver. 

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With so many competitions, once a person wins or, in this instance, is crowned, the winner is eventually forgotten about. Not so with the Lincoln County Apple Queen. Not only does the winner make numerous public appearances throughout the year after her win, she also helps out with the next …

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A weaver of stories will be showcasing her mixed-media art at Gallery 27 beginning on Saturday. Kathryn Regel’s art is a unique combination of art, memories and ancestry. 

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A cast of extraordinarily dedicated young actors and actresses are getting ready to stage a performance of the magical, classic French fairy tale, “Beauty and the Beast.” Directed by Michael Wirth, this production has been in the works for over a year now. 

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As she travels throughout Lincoln County, Taylor Dill doesn’t just drive by fields of corn, soy or wheat without a second thought as most people would. She eyes those fields of green with interest and is slowly learning which farmers have planted and harvest them in order to offer support an…

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Hackers found their way into the server at the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office on July 24. A ransomware attack occurred during the early morning hours. The system went down at around 12:40 a.m., according to Lincoln County Sheriff Bill Beam. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office website was ta…

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Straw or shavings are spread, chair cushions are aired out, refrigerators are stocked and porch fans are whirling. The Rock Springs Camp Meeting 2019 begins “little week” on Monday with services held under the arbor every evening until the last day, which is Aug. 11. “Big Week” kicks off on …

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Young women throughout Lincoln County decide to enter into the Lincoln County Apple Queen Pageant for varying reasons. Of course, there’s the chance to win scholarship money. With more than $8,000 available this year, that’s a big draw, but many enter for the experience and to gain confidenc…

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As the population of Lincoln County has grown over the years, traffic has become more of an issue for its citizens. In response to this problem, officials of Lincoln County developed the Eastern Lincoln Mobility Study, in May of 2019, with the main goal of collecting data on traffic congesti…

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The grieving process is different for all people, but a universal problem is what to do with the deceased’s belongings. Sometimes they’re immediately packed up and sent away but, more often than not, they’re left in place or tucked away in a closet or box. Many people have difficulty letting…

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Should there ever be an active shooter or other emergency event at a local school or other populated place, there’d likely be chaos. In this type of event, Lincoln County first responders must be trained and ready to handle it. A county-wide active shooter training event was held at Union El…

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The Lincoln County Child Advocacy Center has cast its safety net that much wider than it was before. A program operating under the Lincoln County Coalition Against Child Abuse, the CAC opened its doors in 2007. They are a coordinated response to child abuse and come together with law enforce…

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Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office detectives are investigating a home invasion that occurred early Monday on Country Club Road in Lincolnton.

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Children were able to meet their potential best friend, and maker of friends, learn a universal language and a new way to express themselves while at the Arts Council of Lincoln County Guitar Camp on Tuesday. The arts council came together with Guitar Wishes to host this unique camp. Thirty …

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Lincoln County’s only homeless shelter is working toward an expansion. Hesed House of Hope has come a long way since it opened its doors in 2012. In 2008, there wasn’t a homeless shelter in Lincoln County at all. A group of individuals including Cathy Davis, Franklin Lowery, Tony Carpenter, …

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The weather may have cooled off but Jim Quick and the newly revamped Coastline band will bring their particular blend of hot, swampy, southern soul music to the third Alive After Five concert on Thursday. Except for music director Casey Meyer, who has been with Jim Quick since 2001, the Coas…

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After having spent 15 years being with and connecting with people as a chaplain, Beth Sexton is now the owner of a lovely new store on East Main Street, Bloom Market.

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Cake icing makes the marriage of a Denver couple that much sweeter. Rachael and Matt Morris have combined efforts to make stunningly beautiful, gravity-defying custom cake creations that have attracted the attention of Netflix producers. The couple will be competing in season two of “Sugar R…

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There was more than just an escape from the relentless heat on Saturday when people walked through the doors of Lincolnton High School to attend the third annual Be a Hero Lincolnton Comic Con on Saturday. Once they passed through the doors, they were greeted by a multitude of characters fro…

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Two Lincoln County men died in a crash Sunday morning. At approximately 3:30 a.m., North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper Chris Cline responded to a fatal crash on North Carolina Highway 182 near Sorrells Baxter Road. A 2014 Ford Mustang was traveling south on Highway 182 when it ran of…

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Sounds of balloons being blown up, as well as some popping, came from the reception hall at the Lincoln Cultural Center on Wednesday. Almost 30 people from all over the southeast met to attend a balloon art class taught by Connie Iden-Mondes from Nashville, Tennessee. Different types of ball…

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Parents who frequent the soup kitchen on a regular basis are now bringing their children with them. Summertime means that some children in Lincoln County don’t have reliable access to regular meals as they do when school is in session.With more people coming to Lincoln County Christian Minis…

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Area children learned that decorating was way more than just sprinkles, as well as everything that they would ever need to know about baking cupcakes, at Cupcake Camp on Wednesday. This is the first time this type of summer camp has been offered by Arts Council of Lincoln County and it was a…

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With a decades-long career in education, Lincolnton resident Dr. Jim Watson is closing in on his last year serving as chair of the Gaston College Board of Trustees. The only Lincoln County resident to have served as chair, this is the 12th year Watson has served on the board. Only two Lincol…