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For Lincolnton to have a custom butcher shop in the downtown area is really a bonus for the community. While meat can certainly be purchased at grocery stores, to luxury of being able to source custom cuts, exactly how much that is needed and to get cooking tips cannot be overlooked. 

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In a work session held prior to their regular meeting on Jan. 4, the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners discussed the proposed change to Chapter 160D of the North Carolina General Statutes. This new chapter consolidates current city- and county-enabling statutes for development regulation…

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The Lincolnton City Council held their first meeting of 2021 virtually last Thursday. This was Ritchie Haynes’ first meeting as City Manager, and he was applauded by councilmembers for heading up such a quick meeting.

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The novel coronavirus that has caused such disruption in the lives of so many people across the country is a tricky beast. A person can become infected with it and have absolutely no symptoms, or they can have mild symptoms, or they can become gravely ill and even die. Because COVID-19 is a …

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There may be light at the end of the tunnel in the fight to end the pandemic that has been plaguing the world since March. The Lincoln County Board of Health has received its first doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine and they are now being administered. Supplies are currently limited and a…

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To say that 2020 was a challenging year for many in Lincoln County would be an understatement. The COVID-19 pandemic was like a bad guest who wouldn’t leave. It’s been a year of shutdowns, stay-at-home orders, quarantines, mask-wearing, re-openings, re-closings, curfews and adaptions 

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Lincoln County is currently in its ninth month of the COVID-19 pandemic. Lincoln County Health Director Davin Madden has been giving monthly updates to the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners. In most of the updates, Madden told the board that the county was doing a good job at keeping num…

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It took a lot of prayer, determination, fish fries and bake sales to put life back in a historic church in Lincolnton. Greater Moore’s Chapel AME Zion Church had their first service in the original chapel on New Year’s Eve after being closed for two decades. 

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The downtown area of Lincolnton is truly a gem. Even in the era of COVID, to take the time to walk around and even just look in the windows that are all decorated for the holidays can bring great joy and it’s free. In a combined effort between the City of Lincolnton, the Downtown Development…

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Downtown Lincolnton is becoming quite the cosmopolitan city with a brewery, tap room and fine dining establishments. While a lot of downtown residents have their own golf carts for transportation, there was a hole in transportation services which has been fulfilled by Bradley and Brianna Row…

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The artistic talent in Lincoln County can be astounding and sometimes shows up at strange times. These times of COVID can certainly be coined as strange. It’s to some extent because of the pandemic that Elijah Smith’s talent came under the spotlight.

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A Lincolnton man is sharing his love of Christmas in a very special way. Steve Herman loves to decorate for the holidays and decided that since some people don’t decorate, he’d take the decorations to the people. Herman, who’s now semi-retired, built a brightly lit Christmas train out of an …

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Two young women, both members of Scouts BSA, chose projects at the Lincoln County Child Advocacy Center for their Eagle Scout Projects. Hannah Hamrick who just turned 18, built a PPE storage cabinet to go in the medical exam room at the CAC. She also applied fish decals to the walls and ceil…

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Of all the holidays, Christmas can be the most difficult holiday for many to negotiate with all the expectations. Added to that equation is that Christmas will be different this year for many due to the pandemic. For those who have lost a family member or loved one, celebrating a holiday tha…

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Lincoln County is currently in its ninth month of the COVID-19 pandemic. Lincoln County Health Director Davin Madden has been giving monthly updates to the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners. In most of the updates, Madden told the board that the county was doing a good job at keeping num…

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The downtown area of Lincolnton is truly a gem. Even in the era of COVID, to take the time to walk around and even just look in the windows that are all decorated for the holidays can bring great joy and it’s free. In a combined effort between the City of Lincolnton, the Downtown Development…

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A lot of attention is, understandably, being put on the gaps in the type of education children are getting during the pandemic. One part of learning that’s being somewhat overlooked – especially given a lot of students are doing their classwork sitting in front of a computer, is physical edu…

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Tattoo artists are often put into a stereotype of being involved with gangs or minimally a rough and tumble crowd. They’re sometimes looked down upon to as “those people.” On first appearances, not many would think that Shawna Moore, who looks like a clean-cut hometown girl, would be a succe…

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What is now a dilapidated former mill building is well on its way to becoming a state-of-the-art community focused manufacturing facility. At their last meeting, Lincolnton City Council heard a presentation on rezoning and potential economic development incentive package for property located…

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Lincoln County has moved into the red zone of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 County Alert System. The county is not alone in this designation. The entire state is now predominately red or orange. When the alert system was first released on Nov. 17, Lincoln County w…

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It’s been a long time coming, but after four officer-involved shootings in the past four years, with two of those having occurred in the past nine months, Lincoln County Sheriff Bill Beam elected to move forward and request funding to obtain body cameras for deputies. One of those recent off…

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This year’s popular Breakfast with Santa held at the Lincoln Cultural Center was very different from what it’s been like in years past. Seating was very limited and by reservation only. Masks were required to be worn by all. Seating was socially distanced, and children were brought up to vis…

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Lincoln County has come a long way from the first positive case of COVID-19 was announced in March. The first COVID death was reported in Lincoln County on June 17. Fast forward a little over eight months and Lincoln County has had more than 3,400 confirmed COVID cases and 30 deaths, accordi…

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It’s been a long time coming, but students in one of the more popular programs at Gaston College in Dallas have a brand new “Taj Mahal” of a facility. The facilities that students have used for the past 16 years were, about a third of the size of the new building, located off-campus and far …

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The last time a master parks and recreational plan was developed was in 2006. It was a joint document at that time and will be done that way again. The demographics and population of Lincoln County have changed considerably since then. The parks and recreation departments for Lincoln County …

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A group of dedicated individuals set up a winter wonderland for Lincoln County foster families in the parking lot of the Lincoln County Department of Social Services on Saturday evening. Normally, a huge holiday celebration is put on for foster families at the James W. Warren Citizens Center…

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The Lincolnton Lions Club usually has a Christmas party for their “VIPs” (visually impaired persons). They had to improvise and do a drive-through event this year. Throughout the year, members of the club take VIPs referred to them by the blind social workers in Lincoln County to get eyeglasses.

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The interview process completed for an allegation of child abuse has come a long way in the past three decades. Staff with the Lincoln County Coalition Against Child Abuse work together as a team with law enforcement, health care workers and staff at the department of social services with th…

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The 2020 production of the Lincoln County “Nutcracker” youth ballet will be performed but tickets to attend the show in person will be limited to the immediate family of the performers. Don’t fear – there is a silver lining and dreams of the Sugar Plum Fairy will still be realized this year.…

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Normally during a weekend in late June, the Battle of Ramsour’s Mill historic site in Lincolnton is transformed into to look much like it did during the Battle of Ramsour’s Mill which was fought on June 20, 1780. This would have been the 240th year since the battle was fought and a great cel…

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No there hasn’t been an increase in the number of Lincoln Police Officers doing neighborhood patrols. The cars have just become more noticeable because officers have been leaving on the 

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A former high school band director who left his mark on the Lincoln County Schools band program, Neil Underwood has been named as one of three members of the 2021 induction class into the North Carolina Bandmasters Association Hall of Fame. 

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Three of the annual Christmas parades have been cancelled this year out of concerns for COVID. The City of Lincolnton parade and tree lighting, the Cat Square Parade and the Denver Parade have all officially been cancelled.

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In the middle of a pandemic, we’ve all got to do things that are different than in years past. Never fear, however, the magic of the season can’t be stopped. Lincolnton resident, Rich Rice, a/k/a “Santa” knew that he’d need to spread Christmas cheer differently than he has in years past. He …

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Lincolnton has lost a Christmas tradition due. The jolly man with the beard and a red suit who has been a part of Lincolnton’s Christmas celebration for the past three years passed away on Monday due to complications from COVID. 

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A physical education teacher at Pumpkin Center Primary School used a little bit of ingenuity to create a means for his students to stay active both while they were remote learning and now that they’re back in school.  Logan Spake created videos to show students and parents how to use basic h…

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Looking at the two of them, you wouldn’t know they were brothers – but they are. Not by blood but by love, mutual respect and football. Travali “Trey” Price and Jayden “Bird” Tate, both seniors at North Lincoln High School, first started playing optimist football together under Coach Jeremy …

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Two of West Lincoln High School’s coaching greats are being celebrated for their achievements. Wayne Navey and Butch Ross once wrestled each other on the mats at WLHS. They were also roommates in college. They’ve been imparting their wisdom to up and coming wrestlers and other athletes more …

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Veterans Day, which is normally celebrated with a parade down East Main Street in Lincolnton and ending on the lawn of the Lincoln County Courthouse, was moved to the Lincoln Cultural Center due to inclimate weather. Due to COVID-19, there was no parade.

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Academic failures within the district were discussed at length during the committee meeting for the Lincoln County Board of Education held on Nov. 13. Failure rates, for one class or more, in the first quarter are at approximately three times the rate as they were last year at this time, acc…

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It may be hard to think about Christmas with all that’s going on with elections and COVID, but it’s never far from the mind of Mitzi Williams, the director of Christian Ministry of Lincoln County. She describes how things are now as “like working uphill to accomplish the same thing.”

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More than 80 young dancers are deep in preparation for the 2020 production of the Lincoln County “Nutcracker” youth ballet. Given how disrupted the lives of these young people has been since March, the normality of preparing for this beloved production gives many comfort. As with so many eve…