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                                                                                                                                             It took a large group of people several days to paint the United We Stand mural on the street on North Popular Street next to First Federal Park. Finis…

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A former high school band director who left his mark on the Lincoln County Schools band program, Neil Underwood has made it to the quarter finals of a national competition – the GRAMMY Educator Award. Underwood, who now is the instructor of music and associate director of university bands at…

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In the second of what Anthony “Jamel” Farley refers to as a “revival,” local pastors, ministers and community members paid homage to first responders and healthcare workers at Atrium Health – Lincoln Monday afternoon. 

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A Denver woman has discovered her own fountain of youth – fostering children. At 74 years young, Carrol Woody recently joined the ranks of Lincoln County foster parents. Her first foster children were twin four-year-old boys that she’s had in her care since the beginning of February. 

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School will begin on August 17 for Lincoln County Schools, but it’ll look different. At the meeting of the Lincoln County Schools Board of Education held Tuesday evening, July 14, the board discussed the mechanics of operating under Plan B, which is a hybrid classroom environment. Students w…

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It’s about a year and a half since Bill Beam, the former sitting chairman of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners has been sworn in as the Lincoln County Sheriff. Now, he’s a frequent attendee at events and gatherings from one end of the county to the next wearing his pressed white dres…

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Standing united is complicated these days, but the alternative to “united we stand” is “divided we fall.” A new street mural with the words, “United we Stand” was painted on North Poplar Street at First Federal Park in Lincolnton over the weekend. Young people with skin tones as varied as th…

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Since he has been old enough to talk, Doran Withrow has always pretended to be a policeman. He would make the siren sound and tell his mother, Kelly Withrow, principal at G.E. Massey Elementary School, that she was “under-arrested.” 

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Like so many other forms of abuse, elder abuse operates behind closed doors. According to Dean Bethea, Lincoln County Adult Services Program Manager, it can take many forms, and is not always immediately apparent.  Types of abuse include physical, emotional, sexual, neglect and financial. It…

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Imagine the stories Essie Hill Foster could tell. Foster, who currently resides at Lincolnton Rehabilitation Center celebrated her 102nd birthday on Saturday. Due to COVID restrictions, she wasn’t able to celebrate with her large family in person, but they still gathered to honor this moment…

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Three different churches in Lincoln County will have new pastors at the helm this month. Rev. Tony Matthews, who has been the pastor at United Methodist Church in Lincolnton for the past three years, will now be at Crouse United Methodist Church and Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church. Dr…

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It takes Chris Dudas and his crew hours to set up for a firework display that lasts approximately 20 minutes. His job entails artistry as well as a healthy dose of adrenaline. Unlike so many others, the City of Lincolnton’s fireworks display was not cancelled due to COVID-19. With the safety…

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This year’s Lincoln County Schools Assistant Principal of the Year is highly committed to education and comes from a family of educators. Kelly Saine started out as a third-grade teacher at Battleground Elementary School, where she was placed for student teaching 24 years ago. Then a job ope…

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NEWTON – On Saturday, June 27, at approximately 3:00 p.m., the NC State Highway Patrol responded to and continues to investigate a fatal collision in Lincoln County on NC 150 near Ivey Church Road.  A 2019 Chevrolet Silverado was traveling east on NC 150 and collided head-on with a westbound…

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A relatively new police officer, Megan Bowling, had no idea how different her job would be once she was joined by her four-legged partner, Bane. A cross between a Dutch Shepherd and a Malinois, Bane is a little older than the other K9s that the City has chosen, according to Bowling. 

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A group of passionate local high school students have been gathering on the steps of the Lincoln County Courthouse to share their message on Saturdays. Melissa Alwran learned that her 15-year-old daughter who goes to Lincolnton High School, Madison, had joined a Snapchat group, “BLM Protest …

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The Lincolnton City Council decided back in May to cancel their annual Fourth of July parade due to restrictions on gatherings, which are still in place now. At that time, they expressed a desire to have the fireworks display, but the Lincolnton High School stadium would not be open for seat…

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Particularly on the eastern side of the county, land is gobbled up almost as soon as it becomes available for new developments. These projects are adding hundreds of new homes to the area. In many instances, the land was once farmland and usually contain valuable ecosystems which will be des…

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School’s out for the summer, but that doesn’t mean that the needs of students have stopped. In light of the coronavirus upheaval and continued unknowns, the needs are even more pronounced. Almost as soon as schools closed in March, a school counselor at Lincoln Charter School, Lisa Donnellan…

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North Carolina entered into Phase 2 on Friday May 22. Phase 2 lifted the statewide stay at home order, allowed restaurants to open for on-premises dining with limited occupancy, allowed childcare businesses to serve all children, overnight camps to operate, allowed beauty parlors, barber sho…

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At their regular meeting held Monday evening, the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners passed the fiscal year 2021 budget. This budget breaks down by department as follows:

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The journey to addiction starts in many different places. It could be through prescriptions for pain killers prescribed by a doctor or by raiding a parent or relative’s medicine cabinet. That “high” that the addict is able to achieve through opioids is what keeps the individual on that path.…

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The Boger City Volunteer Fire Department, which has been a volunteer-based fire department since 1958, will be consolidating with the Lincolnton Fire Department effective July 1. This is a very positive development and a win-win situation for all involved, according to both Boger City Chief …

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The teaching career of this year’s Lincoln County School’s Teacher of the Year has been quite serendipitous. Except of course for the decision to become a teacher. Kassie Arndt, a third-grade teacher at St. James Elementary School, received a surprise visit from LCS administrative staff to g…

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A large number of community members showed up for the meeting, many of them dressed in red shirts and not many wearing masks, to the scheduled public hearing on the Lincoln County FY2021 budget Monday evening. The red shirts were in support for the red for education movement which has rallie…

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The Lincoln County FY2021 budget was revealed in more detail at a meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners Monday evening. The budget, which balances at $112,848,445 breaks down into expenditures and revenues as follows:

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In closed session held after what was an otherwise ordinary meeting of the Lincoln County Schools Board of Education on Tuesday, June 9, Superintendent Dr. Lory Morrow announced her retirement. Morrow was hired by LCS in 2017. She’s retiring after 29 years in education, as a classroom teache…

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Purple is the primary color at Dallas Lavender Lane, an agritourism-based farm located just over the Lincoln County border in Dallas. After they purchased 40 acres in Dallas, Mark Newton and Tiffany Greene started to think about what they wanted to do with the property that would be agricult…

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A public hearing was held at the last City of Lincolnton Council meeting on June 4 to receive comment on the proposed 2020-2021 budget. Unlike the public hearing held by the Lincoln County Commissioners which had numerous individuals commenting, the city budget elicited no public comment. 

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It’s a very sad thing to see the stage at the Lincoln Cultural Center, which during most weeks is occupied by rehearsals, set building and productions, empty. The halls have been “painfully” quiet since the middle of March.

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A large group of individuals gathered on the steps of the Lincoln County Courthouse to protest the death of George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer. Unlike protests in many other parts of the country, this one was completely peaceful. The event was organized by Joy Smith, who liv…

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A group of individuals including Ross Bulla, Kathy Vinzant, Deanna Williams-McGinnis and Kelly Calderon organized a baked goods delivery to local law enforcement on Tuesday. The Lincolnton Police Department, all offices of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office including the detention center an…

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To say the end of the school year has been disrupted due to COVID-19 would be an understatement. It’s been particularly hard on the Class of 2020. There was some hope that graduation could be held in some semblance of normal, but gathering restrictions, even for outside events, are still too…

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Like life, good beer is all about balance. What was once a fun thing to do, became a passion and now a business. For a local couple, balance is bliss and they’re sharing the bliss at Royal Bliss Brewing Co. which opened this past weekend in Denver.

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Where’s the beef? A walk into many grocery stores may bring that question to mind. Once it’s found, however, there’s likely to be sticker shock. Prices have increased dramatically on most varieties of meat. Workers at some meat processing plants have become infected with the novel coronaviru…

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The Lincoln County FY2021 budget was revealed in more detail at a meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners Monday evening. The budget, which balances at $112,848,445 breaks down into expenditures and revenues as follows:

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This is not a normal graduation season. School administrators have been tasked with organizing the best possible experience for their graduates. Normally, A Place to Grow, a developmental center located in Lincolnton, holds their graduation at the James W. Warren Citizens Center, but that wa…

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Animals have the ability offer a great source of comfort and support. While on the surface, the COVID-19 pandemic has been horribly tragic, there is a silver lining there. At least there is when it comes to Lincoln County Veteran’s Services. The director of Lincoln County Veteran’s Services,…

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Today brings to a close National EMS Week and is officially EMS recognition day. Unfortunately, space doesn’t allow for spotlighting all of the staff at Lincoln County Emergency Services. They’re all deserving of recognition and appreciation for the jobs they do day in and day out.

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Art students at the Lincolnton campus of Lincoln Charter School used the medium of digital photography to document their daily life during the quarantine. While they were engaged in distance learning, Alaina Chapman, a high school art teacher tasked her students to journal about their day to…

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As anticipated, N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper announced on Wednesday that North Carolina will be entering into what he coined as a “safer at home” Phase 2 of the three-phased approach to opening the state. During the two weeks North Carolinians were in Phase 1, the state’s overall key indicators rema…

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A Vale restaurant owner was cited on Monday, May 18 for violating N.C. Executive Order 138 which went into effect on May 8.  Under this executive order, sit-down food or beverage service is prohibited under, however, restaurants were allowed to remain open as long as food and beverages were …

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This year’s celebration of Memorial Day in Lincoln County may be more about the beginning of summer, visits to the beach and barbeques.  Even if people do go to beaches or barbeques this weekend, it likely won’t be the same as Lincoln County cautiously emerges from two months of quarantine. …

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Three days after voting, four to three, that modified graduation ceremonies would be held for Lincolnton County Schools Class of 2020 on May 29 and May 30, the Lincoln County Board of Education met Friday morning and voted unanimously to add additional graduation ceremonies in their respecti…

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COVID-19 has not put a stop to the need for blood and there is currently an increased need for blood donations because drives that are normally held at churches and schools have been put on hold due to the stay at home order. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, it is still safe for people…

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The mystery of where all the toilet paper has gone is solved. Kelly Withrow, the principal at G.E. Massey Elementary School in Lincolnton has been hoarding it to use as graduation gifts for the Lincolnton High School Class of 2020. In addition, six rolls of her private stash were thrown up i…

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The phones at the Lincoln County Coalition Against Domestic Violence have been oddly quiet. Does that mean that there’s been no domestic abuse happening? Likely not. It can be hard to guage the level of domestic violence, especially during a pandemic when families are essentially confined to…