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Christmas is still over a month away, but it’s high on the minds of Christian Ministry executive director Mitzi Williams and her staff. They’ve launched their annual Christmas fundraiser and are now in preparation for the day when the ministry gives away wheelbarrows full of food and toys to…

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The bulk of the regular board meeting of the Lincoln County Schools Board of Education on Tuesday, Nov 12, was spent giving out numerous awards and recognitions. Battleground Elementary School was recognized for having received a Northwest Evaluation Association Educators for Equity grant in…

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The third annual Holiday at “The Station” will be held on Saturday at Iron Station Elementary School. Organized by the school’s PTA, the craft fair will feature 63 vendors, with over 40 of them being local, one of a kind handmade items, including goat’s milk soap, pottery, wood items, orname…

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Stepping into City Lunch in Lincolnton is like stepping back in time. It’s been owned and operated by the same family since 1957. There’s someone that’s been missing at City Lunch since April of this year – Brian Greer.

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On the day before Veterans Day, 151 small American flags lined the lawn in front of Asbury United Methodist Church. These flags were in remembrance of first responders from all over the country who lost their lives in 2019. The church held a special service honoring local first responders, a…

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Prior to their regular meeting on Thursday, Nov. 7, members of the Lincolnton City Council reviewed the three requests for proposal that they had received for re-use of city-owned property located at 110, 112, 114 and 116 East Water Street. 

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He loved his community, children and his fellow veterans. He also loved motorcycles. Ron Howard, a veteran with more than three decades of service, died in 2017. After he passed, his friends and family wanted to do something to honor him, so they did a motorcycle ride the weekend before Vete…

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Unlike Lincoln County Schools, both campuses of Lincoln Charter School hold classes as a way for students to interact with veterans and learn about the significance of the day, according to chief administrator Jonathan Bryant. At the Lincolnton campus, area veterans ate breakfast with studen…

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It’s hard to imagine what may have been going through the minds of Catawba Springs Elementary School students as they assembled meal packages to be sent to impoverished families. The packages contained long grain white rice, crushed, fortified soy, dehydrated vegetables and vitamin powder, n…

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Veterans were honored on Monday, Veterans Day, throughout Lincoln County in different ways. Lincolnton held their annual Veterans Day Parade and it was well attended by veterans and community members alike. 

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The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners held a joint meeting with the planning board Monday evening, presiding over five zoning public hearings, both legislative and quasi-judicial.

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The “heartbeat” of Lincoln County has moved to its own facility. Formerly housed in the same building as the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, the Lincoln County Communications Center is now located on Hollis Henderson Drive in Lincolnton.

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As they have for many years, the staff and students at Union Elementary School opened their doors and offered a hearty breakfast to local veterans, their spouses and families. This has been an annual event which began in the media center with maybe 30 local veterans and has more than quadrup…

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After two days of filming over the summer and many more hours of editing, the “White Paper” is finished and will be premiered on Veteran’s Day. The film was the result of a collaboration between Helms Productions, owned by Michael Helms, a local filmmaker who lives in Lincolnton and Thunder …

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While the building that housed the former Lincolnton Recreation Department Youth Center in Lincolnton was torn down at the beginning of August, memories of it live on. They survive in black and white photographs that City of Lincolnton employee Kenneth Hoyle, Sr. has kept over the years in t…

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To have cancer and undergo chemotherapy during any time of the year is not a pleasant experience. To have to do it over the holidays makes it worse. A local couple who suffered through cancer and chemotherapy over the Christmas holidays is raising money to help local cancer patients through …

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He grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains and his father played many instruments, including the piano. With few exceptions, the piano does not play a prominent part in Appalachian or Americana music and is rarely the lead instrument. Jeff Little is proof that there’s an exception to this rule.

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The weather was a bit scary in Lincoln County on Halloween. Severe storms were forecasted, which gave rise to some question as to whether the children would be able to go out to trick or treat. The storm blew over in time for trick-or-treating to take place in the evening, but due to the rai…

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An orchestra, with roots in Lincolnton, will be performing this Thursday at Emmanuel Lutheran Church with all proceeds to benefit the Christian Ministries Christmas Fund. The popular Frank Love Orchestra has been a mainstay for that big band sound in the area. Formed by Frank Love om 1990, a…

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An East Lincoln High School student is taking on bullying. Bailee Harding, a junior this year, attended a leadership program at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts over the summer. At this program, she learned how to develop a plan to help alleviate bullying at East Lincoln. She c…

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The bleachers in the gym at the Lincolnton campus of Lincoln Charter School were filled with elementary and middle school students while high school students sat on the floor anxiously waiting for a dodgeball game to begin. The gym was a sea of different shades of pink. Almost all of the stu…

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In addition to his duties as a North Carolina senator, Ted Alexander is also the regional director of Preservation North Carolina, an agency which was founded in 1939 to promote and protect the buildings and landscapes of North Carolina. Through its Endangered Properties Program, Preservatio…

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Aptar, a leading global supplier of a broad range of innovative dispensing, sealing and active packaging solutions, has launched an innovative technical education center at its Lincolnton location. This training center, the Aptar “Corporate Vocational University” is a hybrid concept which us…

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The farming community lost a good one this week. Carroll Heavner, affectionately known as the “Tater Man,” died on Tuesday. While he grew other things, such as the sweetest watermelons, he was best known for the bushels of sweet potatoes that he harvested and sold every year. He’s been farmi…

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Mystery, mayhem, murder and pie will be in the script for the Lincolnton High School Drama Club’s annual Murder Mystery Dessert Theater. This long-running fundraiser will be held this Saturday at the James W. Warren Citizen’s Center. The play involves a murder and guests will be able use the…

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Area children were treated to a “spooktacular” time at the 11th annual Partnership for Children of Lincoln & Gaston Counties Spooktacular Festival hosted at Woodmill Winery in Vale on Saturday. Children in costumes accompanied by parents or guardians were treated to games, play on bouncy…

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Orphaned children were given a voice through an International Children’s Choir, “His Little Feet,” which performed at New Visions Ministry in Lincolnton on Sunday. These children, who are ages 7 to 13, are orphaned and rescued from India and Rwanda by the His Little Feet ministry.

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Should there ever be some sort of active shooter situation, or even just an accident at a Lincoln County school where there’s a victim or victims with massive bleeding, death from loss of blood can happen within minutes. Learning to stop blood flow to prevent death is as crucial these days a…

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Things were pretty scary down by the soccer field at North Lincoln High School this past week. There were things that go bump in the night and other frights and chills, all created by NLHS senior, Nick Gardner, to raise money for the senior gift. Gardner was the mastermind behind the “Knight…

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The stars have aligned and the East Lincoln Black Box Theater project is well on its way to completion. Of the four Lincoln County Schools high schools, only one has an auditorium, North Lincoln High School. The other three have to arrange an alternative place to stage their performances, wh…

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Tens of thousands of people descended upon downtown Lincolnton for the 2019 Lincoln County Apple Festival. The festival has grown from the first one that was held in 1972 at Boger City United Methodist Church and attracted a few hundred people. As attendance grew, it was moved to West Lincol…

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Kayla Jackson was encouraged by her mother to start dancing when she was just three years old and when she expressed an interest in entering the Lincoln County Apple Queen Pageant, her mother wholeheartedly supported her throughout the process. Watching Jackson dance and her performance duri…

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Lincoln County seniors have been representing the county at the North Carolina Senior Games and bringing home the medals. Tim Hepler won a gold medal in the 10K with a time of 54:46.07. The “Wildcats” cheerleader team consisting of Carol Black, Donita Davis and Debra Putnam received a silver…

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Mary “Pris” Mauney remembers what she was doing in 1965 that resulted in her being nominated as Lincolnton Business and Professional Woman’s Club Woman of the Year. Criteria for the nominations includes outstanding performance in their professional career, significant contributions to commun…

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The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners tackled a loaded agenda during Monday’s regular monthly meeting.

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The art has been hung in preparation for the sixth annual Sleepy Hollow show at Gallery 27 in Lincolnton, which will be held this evening. This popular exhibit is in celebration of the “blurring of the line between fall and winter, plenty and paucity, life and death and Halloween - a time of…

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In a home filled with music, old friends gathered Saturday night. These friends graduated with the Lincolnton High School Class of 1962 and have stayed in touch throughout the years. Rick and Myra Ramseur hosted the event at the historic Woodside Plantation in Lincolnton. This is the third y…

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Zombies have been known to stroll through Lincolnton around this time of year. This year, they’re taking over the Laboratory Mill and staging a prom. The Zombie Prom will take place on Nov. 1 and all proceeds will benefit Communities in Schools of Lincoln County. 

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The West Lincoln High School principal didn’t know why he had been called out on the football field with Lincoln County Schools superintendent Dr. Lory Morrow during the West Lincoln vs. North Lincoln game. It was to announce that he was named the 2019-2020 Lincoln County Schools Principal o…

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The North Lincoln High School vs. East Lincoln High School football game on Friday night was the third annual Childhood Cancer Awareness (Gold) football game. During half time, 43 children stood on the field holding light sticks to signify the 43 children that are diagnosed with cancer every…

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When children come through the doors at the Lincoln County Child Advocacy Center in Lincolnton, they are greeted by kind and caring staff into a house filled with healing light, a plethora of stuffed animals and toys. It’s of utmost importance to the staff at the child advocacy center to pre…

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Genealogy, history and community was celebrated on Saturday at the Lincoln Cultural Center during the second annual “Our Community, Our Heritage” festival sponsored by the Lincoln County Public Library. Throughout the day, individuals attending the festival were able to take part in workshop…

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The City of Lincolnton celebrated the culmination of a long-term goal on Saturday with the dedication of the new river launch, fishing pier, nature trail, flag football field and outdoor pickleball courts at Betty G. Ross Park. 

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There was a rodeo in the Gaston College parking lot in Lincolnton on Thursday but it didn’t involve four legged animals. Instead, area manufacturing companies sent their most experienced forklift operators to compete in the annual Lincoln County Industrial Managers Association Forklift Rodeo…

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At their regular meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 8, Lincoln County Schools Board of Education members received a presentation by Ryan Swengros, the senior program director of youth development at the Lincoln County YMCA on the water safety program that the YMCA is offering to all Lincoln County Sch…

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Downtown Lincolnton will host the second annual Antique and Vintage Market Day on Saturday. It was extremely popular last year, according to Betty Teague Flohr, the executive director for the downtown development association so they decided to do it again this year. There will be approximate…

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Amy’s House, Lincoln County’s only shelter for women who have experienced domestic violence, operates quietly in the background of the community. Its location is not even known by most. Yet, it’s a place where a woman can go to find safety. It’s a place where she can go and not feel so alone…

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Perhaps one of the most misunderstood art forms, “drag” is a performance art that combines fashion and gender transformation. It’s mixed with theatrical performance, music and sometimes dance, and it makes some people uncomfortable. Art can make people uncomfortable and it’s often considered…