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Downtown Lincolnton merchants and businesses will be staying open late Friday and featuring one or two local artisans and/or musicians for this year’s Fall Crawl.  The Crawl begins at 5:30 p.m. and includes most of the downtown businesses on East Main Street as well as Court Street Grille, G…

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Community members, business owners and county leaders attended a cultural competency training sponsored by the Lincoln County Child Advocacy Center Friday. Because the child advocacy center is accredited, they have to follow ten accreditation standards, one of which is to provide cultural co…

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After months of hard work, all four Lincoln County Schools high school marching bands performed their field presentations Saturday night at Lincolnton High School’s football stadium. This is the 44thyear that these presentations have been scheduled, last year it got rained out but the weathe…

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As they have for the past four years, hundreds of high school students from Lincoln Charter School, most in matching light blue T-shirts, dispersed throughout Lincoln County and beyond to work on various community projects Wednesday. High school students from both campuses pre-registered for…

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Completion of the nature trail and playground at Hesed House of Hope is progressing, perhaps faster than Hesed House director John Hall anticipated. Hall has been working on clearing the woods since this winter, succumbing to poison oak on several occasions. This summer, a volunteer cleared …

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The Lincolnton High School band’s bell has been silenced. This 350-pound brass bell, which is an artifact from the USS Charlottesville, was put on indefinite loan with Lincolnton High School in 1976. Since then, it has become part of the fabric of the high school and the Lincolnton community…

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Lincolnton, NC – Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing 17-year-old female.

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The Lincolnton City Council is actively seeking full service/full menu restaurants to open in the downtown area. Discussion was held about a potential incentive plan to bring in this type of business at the council’s regular meeting held Sept. 5.

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Students at East Lincoln Middle School got a civics lesson straight from a politician. Rep. Patrick McHenry, a Denver Republican, visited with several different classes at the school Friday. His first visit was with a sixth grade social studies class where the students were able to ask quest…

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U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry, state Sen. Ted Alexander and Lincoln County state Rep. Jason Saine were all present at a luncheon held by the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce Friday. All three were given an opportunity to address chamber members and McHenry chose to speak on all the …

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Report cards are out for school districts across North Carolina. Lincoln County Schools’ performance is similar to last year’s. The district received one A, 10 Bs, nine Cs and one D which is technically the same as the district received last year. In the 2017-2018 school year, there were two…

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A Lincolnton woman has put up her wings after spending the last 30 years as a flight attendant. A lifelong Lincoln County resident, Linda Taylor-Schultz recently retired from American Airlines. After graduating from Lincolnton High School in 1963, she attended Peace College in Raleigh where …

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Taking the skills he developed while leading the band at St. Stephens High School in Hickory, Casey Oakes is now assisting with the leadership at Lincolnton Middle School. Oakes did his student teaching at North Lincoln High School with Neil Underwood before going out on his own as a music t…

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A quartet of classically-trained musicians will be performing beautiful renditions of ballads at the Lincoln Cultural Center Friday. The Sons of Serendip is the first of four concerts offered through the 2019-2020 Lincoln County Concert Association’s series.

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An unidentified man was killed on N.C. 16 Bypass just north of N.C. 73 Tuesday, Sept. 10. At approximately 9:40 p.m. the man was walking in the road and was hit by several vehicles, according to N.C. Highway Patrol Master Trooper Jeffrey S. Swagger. It appears to be an intentional act (suici…

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The 2019-2020 season of the Lincoln County Concert Association begins next Friday, Sept. 13. Normally, these concerts are held on Sundays but some of the groups that were booked this year were so popular alternative dates had to be chosen.

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While Lincoln County is unlikely to see any weather from Hurricane Dorian, the North Carolina coast will. On Tuesday, four paramedics employed by Lincoln County Emergency Medical Services and two fully stocked ambulances were deployed as part of Ambulance Strike Team 700. Five firefighters f…

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The kitchen at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Lincolnton has been resurrected. It wasn’t quite dead, but close. It hearkened back to the ‘60s and was the first kitchen the church put in. To say it was small is an understatement. Only two people could be in it at one time. 

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The courthouse in downtown Lincolnton was lit purple on Saturday for International Overdose Awareness Day. The lighting was arranged by Kathy Vinzant, United Way of Lincoln County executive director, and Cory Richardson on behalf of Integrated Care of Greater Hickory/ICGH Lincolnton with Lin…

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Funds from the quarter-cent sales tax increase passed by Lincoln County voters in May 2018 are being put to good use by Lincoln County Schools. All of the school district’s 108 active and running school buses have been equipped with interior, HD-quality 1080p video surveillance cameras. An a…

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Auditions have been held and practices will soon be underway for the 2019 performance of “The Nutcracker” hosted by the Lincoln Cultural Center. This year, 123 students auditioned for role(s) in the performance. Lincoln Cultural Center executive director Cathy Davis, as well as Morgan Wise, …

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Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer and the harbinger of fall and, here in Lincoln County, that means the Lincoln County Apple Festival is coming.The Apple Festival will be held on Oct. 19. 

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Once again this year, a bluegrass concert will be held to honor Donald “Papa” Goodson, who passed away on April 13, 2015. Lifelong Lincolnton resident and friend Scott Burgess and his bluegrass group, Deeper Shade of Blue, played at his funeral. Goodson loved music and, in particular, bluegr…

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Sports turned into a cultural immersion recently for the Lincoln Charter School girls volleyball team. The trip originated after coaches from Cherokee High School reached out to Lincoln Charter School regarding some talk and actions in the stands that were disrespectful from LCS students, wh…

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A former law enforcement officer has merged an entrepreneurial spirit with law enforcement skills and created a new business. Jason Munday, a former Lincolnton Police Department lieutenant, comes from a family of law enforcement officers and is the son of a retired Alcoholic Beverage Control agent.

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A 28-year-old pregnant woman died as a result of a single-car crash in Denver on Sunday, Aug. 31. Around 6:55 p.m., a 2007 Toyota Solara being driven by Bryan Wooten, 28, of Charlotte was traveling south on North Carolina Highway 16, near Optimist Club Road, according to North Carolina State…

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Deep in the woods behind Pumpkin Center Intermediate School there’s a magical classroom. It’s a place where students and staff can escape from the confines of the schoolroom and learn in a different environment. For those in life science classes, they can put down their books and see nature …

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Back when Steven Baxter was first hired as a school resource officer in 1997, Lincoln County Schools was one of the few counties left that didn’t have SROs. Baxter was one of two other individuals who were hired for these positions and he was the first to come on board.

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The West Lincoln community now has a new state-of-the-art medical facility. A grand opening ceremony was held for West Lincoln Family Medicine’s new location at the corner of Highway 27 West and Howards Creek Mill Road in Vale on Tuesday. This new facility has been a long time coming. The re…

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Communities in Schools of Lincoln County is often referred to as the county’s best-kept secret. The new executive director wants to change that. Amanda Moore was recently installed in this directorship, filling the position vacated by Billy Marsh in June. Marsh has been the director since 20…

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AT&T workers based out of Lincolnton, as well as more than 20,000 others in nine southern states, have been on strike since midnight on Friday, protesting “unfair labor practice” and “not bargaining in good faith.” The workers on strike include technicians, customer service representativ…

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A West Lincoln High School graduate recently received an Honorary Cutterman award. Sarah Campbell is the first spouse in the 228 year history of the Coast Guard to receive this award. The Honorary Cutterman award is a new award for spouses who have served with distinction alongside their Cut…

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When Lincoln County Sheriff Office Sgt. John Hugh Howell II responded to a domestic abuse call on Aug. 26, 1973, he didn’t know that it would be his last. He took that particular call because he was familiar with this family and had dealt with them on similar calls before. Howell died in the…

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When law enforcement is sent out on a call, it usually involves helping people, but the call that came into the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office the morning of Aug. 17 involved more. Deputy sheriff Kurt Cornett, along with Sgt. Andrew Alvarado and deputy W.L. Spurling, were sent out to a call…

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The line to get into the James W. Warren Citizens Center for the fourth annual Dancing With Our Stars competition wrapped around the building Saturday evening and all seats were sold out prior to the event. Competition was stiff and the seven judges had their work cut out for them. All proce…

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Another one of the United Way of Lincoln County’s annual Day of Action events is in the books. Once again, the Oaklawn Community and the former Oaklawn Rosenwald School, now occupied by Communities in Schools of Lincoln County,were the beneficiaries, with Hesed House of Hope receiving assist…

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Voters will be required to show an acceptable form of photo identification when they vote in the 2020 elections. Voters will be asked to include a copy of their photo identification when voting absentee by mail. These new requirements could lead to confusion and, to address this, officials f…

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While the day started out overcast and cool, by mid-afternoon on Tuesday, the sun broke out and the temperature quickly climbed to close 90 degrees with high humidity. Given the temperature, the drills being performed by the West Lincoln marching band were an athletic workout, especially for…

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The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners voted Monday night to pay from the county general funds account a sum not to exceed $65,000 for grading work where a proposed dog park is to be constructed in Rescue Squad Park in Denver. 

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With his first assistant principalship, Justin Lunsford wanted a change and he got it. He went from being a math teacher at two city schools, Hickory High School and Hickory Career and Arts Magnet School, to rural West Lincoln Middle School, replacing Ann Cesena, who retired. 

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When her son,BJ, passed away from acute lymphoblastic leukemia in early 2017, his mother, Michelle Love, could have grieved and, in time, gone on with her life. She said that would have been a lot easier. Instead, of course, she grieved and still does, but just a few months after BJ lost his…

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Like the principal she’s serving with, Sherrie Davis, the newly appointed assistant principal and Title 1 interventionist at Union Elementary, is returning to the school she attended when she was elementary age. Even though both the principal, Kellie Dellinger, and Davis are new administrato…

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Couples across Lincoln County are perfecting their dance routines and brushing off their dancing shoes in preparation for the fourth annual Dancing With Our Stars. The 12 couples competing this year include a member from the Lincolnton City Council, one from the Lincoln County Board of Commi…

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Students may write hundreds of essays and papers throughout their educational journey. For many of them, this may be done with great reluctance, especially if the essay or report has to be done on a topic they have little interest in. 

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Year after year, in the sweltering August heat, people return to Tucker’s Grove campground for camp meeting. Minuette Floyd, now a professor at the University of South Carolina, came to Tucker’s Grove Camp Meeting as a child with her parents. She returned to the campgrounds on Friday for the…

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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…