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 Walking through downtown Lincolnton, the historic buildings, art sculptures in the street and colorful flower boxes contribute to the overall charm of the city. Just Around the Corner, a novelty antique and thrift shop, located at 120 E. Main Street in Downtown Lincolnton, is adorned with p…

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Though downtown Lincolnton was originally founded in 1785, due to its regular upkeep and seasonal decor, it is still the go-to place for both a welcoming walk and the perfect picture. Thanks to local business owners and the Downtown Development Association of Lincolnton (DDA), this summer wi…

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For the last 15 years, Lincoln County Schools has been hosting a summer food service program, when meals are provided to all children, 18 years and younger, at several sites.  This summer, Lincoln County Child Nutrition will be providing breakfasts and lunches throughout the county, from Jun…

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There’s no such thing as a normal day for a person working in law enforcement. They may all start out similarly with putting on the uniform and buckling on a duty belt to carry the tools of the trade. These tools may include a magazine pouch, a flashlight, a taser, a baton or nightstick, han…

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It’s been over a year since the Lincoln County YMCA was asked by YMCA of the USA to add YMCA Immigration Integration services and New American Welcome Centers to its offerings. While many of the immigrants and refugees in the Lincolnton area are Hispanic, other communities, including the eas…

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The Denver Area Business Association is holding its annual fireworks festival this year on Saturday, June 29 at the East Lincoln High School football stadium. In addition to the fireworks, entertainment will be provided by Nashville-based country music stars.

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Summer camps have begun throughout Lincoln County. Throughout the week, members of the Lincolnton Police Department, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Lincolnton Fire Department, Lincoln County Emergency Management and other area organizations joined together to help children learn a bit abou…

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Three people are facing felony charges following a late-night car chase on Wednesday that ended in Gaston County when the suspects’ vehicle caught fire.

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Imagine an entire solar system that can be fit into the truck of a car. As part of the Lincoln County Public Library’s summer reading schedule, a planetarium was brought to the James W. Warren Citizens Center on Wednesday. Those that attended were able to take a narrated, interstellar journey.

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Two Union Elementary School custodians have made it difficult for students to stay in their classrooms. A weed-infested alcove area at the school caught the attention of Danielle Krupa and Eddie Dean last fall. The area had a butterfly-shaped brick planting area but instead of flowers being …

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At their last regular meeting for fiscal year 2018-2019 held Monday evening, the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners discussed numerous zoning items reviewed at the meeting held on June 3. These items were subsequently approved by the planning board and presented to the commissioners by Li…

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On Thursday, June 20, which is the 239th anniversary of the Battle of Ramsour’s Mill, James “Jim” Craig Whitley III will present a discussion of the Revolutionary War in the south, from the Siege of Charleston to Yorktown. A discussion on the importance of the Battle of Ramsour’s Mill and Ki…

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An East Lincoln Middle School student realized something critical was missing from what his stepfather, who is the student resource officer at his school, carried while doing his job. Tyler Avery is gearing up to begin working toward becoming an Eagle Scout. Avery’s idea is to fund the purch…

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This was to be a story about the Briarhoppers, and it is, but it’s also about the culture that was the Briarhoppers, the music that they play and how they are still playing that same music 85 years later. 

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Hanna Moolenaar, a Denver native, graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy on May 22. Previously graduating from East Lincoln High School, Moolenaar has now gone on to achieve a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a commission as an ensign in the Coast Guard. 

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An elementary school teacher brought the house down while singing the national anthem at the graduation ceremony at Lincoln Charter School’s Denver campus the end of May. He has a powerful voice but here’s so much more to this elementary school teacher than his vocal talent. Carl Lykes III h…

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In closed session held after their regular board meeting on Tuesday, the Lincoln County Schools Board of Education acknowledged the retirement of Mitchell Sherill from his position as principal of North Lincoln Middle School. Sherrill has been on paid administrative leave since the end of Ma…

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On May 25, 350 students graduated from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM). These students, who applied as high school sophomores, were accepted due to their academic abilities in math and science, to attend NCSSM, either living on their Durham campus or attending on…

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Areas throughout Lincoln County, especially those along the South Fork River, saw flooding issues over the weekend and into the beginning of the week. Both South Fork Road and Hoover Road in Lincolnton are closed in both directions due to bridge repairs. Betty G. Ross Park in Lincolnton was …

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The Lincoln County Public Library is offering area children a universe of reading opportunities over the summer. The series of programs kicked off on Tuesday at the James W. Warren Citizens Center in Lincolnton. The event featured games, music from a live DJ and light refreshments. During th…

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The “Negro Motorist Green Book,” later known as the “Negro Travelers’ Green Book,” or, more commonly, simply the “Green Book,” is a publication that a lot of people may not have known existed before the 2019 Academy Award-winning movie “Green Book.” This series of guides for African-American…

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A promise made almost four decades ago has been fulfilled. Katrie Smith Christopher lost her brother, John Dubreuil Smith, to suicide in 1982. The day is still fresh in Christopher’s mind so many years later. Her brother was tasked with babysitting his 8-year old sister, Katrie and brother, …

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The chance of rain resulted in the venue of the memorial services honoring the 239th anniversary of the Battle of Ramsour’s Mill to the cafeteria of Battleground Elementary School. Services being held inside in the cafeteria of an elementary school, despite the patriotic-inspired window cove…

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The $29,036,999 City of Lincolnton budget was approved unanimously at the June 6 City Council meeting with no public comment being made at the meeting. The city tax rate will remain at 56 cents. No increases are made to electric or water and sewer rates.

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Their years as high school students and graduation are now a thing of the past for 848 students across the Lincoln County Schools District. Due to inclement weather, all four graduations were held inside, which meant some family members or friends had to watch the graduation ceremonies on cl…

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The story of the battle of Ramsour’s Mill, which occurred on June 20, 1780 in present-day Lincolnton, is often left untold in major history books. Yet this battle was a pivotal part of the American Revolutionary War. There is a core group of individuals who have become passionate about retel…

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Third graders at Iron Station Elementary are becoming more prepared for a technology-driven future. Thanks to a grassroots effort spearheaded by Brandon Finger, assistant principal at Iron Station, all of the students in the third grade received a Chromebook to be utilized while they are at …

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It’s been 75 years since allied troops invaded Normandy, France to fight Nazi Germany in World War II. This invasion, D-Day, was the largest amphibious invasion in history. More than 13,000 aircraft and 5,000 ships supported the operation. The exact number of casualties is not known. It is e…

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There is a desperate need for foster families and support for foster children throughout Lincoln County. At this point in time, there are more than 110 children in the custody of the Lincoln County Department of Social Services due to abuse or neglect, according to foster care and adoptions …

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A Lincoln County Schools principal, Mitch Sherrill, has been placed on paid administrative leave. Sherrill most recently was principal of North Lincoln High School. According to information received from Lincoln County Schools superintendent Dr. Lory Morrow, Sherrill has been employed by the…

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The quilt trail is flourishing in Lincoln County through the efforts of community members, the Arts Council of Lincoln County and the Lincolnton Tourism Development Authority. These quilts aren’t hand-sewn fabric quilts but hand-painted quilt squares, usually made of wood or metal, that are …

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After the public hearing was finished on Monday, Lincoln County Commissioners voted to approve the 2019-2020 budget with the tax rate reverting back to the 59.9 cent tax rate originally proposed by County Manager Kelly Atkins in a budget workshop held the end of March. After the budget works…

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Local dog trainers Mark Connolly and Amy Henderson-Connolly are preparing to move their business, K9 Command, from its current location in downtown Lincolnton to a new facility in the western side of the county. The business, which is currently a combination of dog training and retail sales,…

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The Lincoln County Historical Association is gearing up for celebrating the 239th anniversary of the Battle at Ramsour's Mill. For the celebration, Ramsour’s Mill Battleground historic site in Lincolnton will be transformed and look much like it did during the Battle of Ramsour’s Mill which …

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A young autistic boy has found champions within the Lincolnton Police Department. Harrison Wilkens, 13, struggled while in elementary and middle school. He was very impatient and the academic structure didn’t fit him to the point he’d get frustrated, angry and aggressive. He’d sometimes get …

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A new beer brewing community is being fostered in downtown Lincolnton. The first Intra Club Beer Competition sponsored by the Lincolnton Homebrewers’ Association and BrickTree Brewing Co. was held on Sunday at Untapped Territory in Lincolnton. One of the judges for the day was Brian Kenyon, …

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The new Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce president, Doug Croft, has been engaged the last five months acclimating himself to the needs of Lincoln County’s small businesses. He’s been connecting with key business leaders and small business owners and asking questions to gather co…

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Students in black, blue, red or green caps and gowns filed into the common area at Asbury Academy on Friday to receive their hard-won diplomas. Each of the graduates wore the color cap and gown that designated which of the four Lincoln County Schools high school they attended before coming t…

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Elizabeth Ashley Summitt, a Lincolnton native and graduate of Lincolnton High School, returned to Lincolnton to be sworn in to the North Carolina Bar on May 17. Judge Meredith Shuford, District Court judge for the 27B Judicial District of Cleveland and Lincoln counties, swore in Summitt at t…

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It’s been more than five years since Toasha Nicole Rice, also known as Nikki Green on her Facebook page, was last seen leaving a friend’s home on Eaker Road in western Lincoln County.  Deputies said Rice got into a black four-door sedan with a white female driver on May 26, 2014 and has not …

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Students in the Lincoln Charter School Class of 2019 crossed the stage on Friday at the Denver campus and Saturday at Lincolnton campus to receive their diplomas. These 153 students received acceptances to over 550 colleges or universities and financial offerings of over $10.7 million in sch…

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Like a modern-day troubadour, Walter Finley sang his way from the Hamptons to South Carolina and now Lincoln County. He’s currently in the midst of playing at CD release parties both in Lincolnton and throughout the region. The singer/songwriter, who has become a Friday night regular at Unta…

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Estate Jewelers offers a pristine collection of jewelry, ranging from estate and antique pieces to custom-made and new jewelry. Located on East Main Street, the business has called downtown Lincolnton home for the last 51 years. The owner of the business, Carol Self, has obtained rare pieces…