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In these trying times, consumption of carbohydrates can be somehow soothing, but not everyone is a baker. A West Lincoln Middle School student, Seraphina Shutt is putting her passion for baking to good use. She started her own baking business, “Rolls for the Soul” before the coronavirus pand…

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The entire state of North Carolina will be under a mandatory stay-at-home order effective today at 5 p.m. That means everyone has to stay at home unless they’re out doing crucial tasks like getting groceries, medicine, seeking medical help or are considered essential employees and going to a…

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It’s not business as usual for Michael Collins, the pastor at Emmanuel Lutheran Church – Lincolnton. Like most churches in the area, the coronavirus pandemic has prevented regular church meetings. The chapel where he normally holds 8:30 mass on Sundays has been temporarily converted into a r…

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Needles don’t have a great reputation. In the hands of a skilled acupuncturist, however, they can lead to long lasting health. Lauren Aguirre has always been interested in healthcare. She started out on the conventional route and thought she’d go into pharmacy and then switched to nursing. W…

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Lincoln Economic Development Association has launched a partnership with Edge Factor to engage the community. Edge Factor is an online platform that equips educators with real-life stories that spark teachable moments and turnkey learning resources that link to local career opportunities and…

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In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, on Monday, Gov. Roy Cooper ordered some businesses closed by Wednesday as well as banning gatherings of more than 50 people. These businesses include gyms, movie theaters, nail and hair salons, barbershops and massage therapists. Grocery stores…

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Today marks the end of the second week of school cancellation and teachers are missing their students. At G.E. Massey Elementary School, they held a parade for their students on Thursday. Teachers made signs, held them up (standing six feet apart), waved and blew kisses as parents drove thei…

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Lincoln County Board of Education members met again on Friday to discuss school operation, the instruction services remote learning plan and work from home options for employees. Both Lincoln County Schools and Lincoln Charter Schools has been closed to students since last Monday.

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While working as a teacher’s assistant at Norris S. Childers Elementary, Rebecca Hinson has heard on several occasions students say that they didn’t want school to close because they get to eat when they come to school and that they don’t have food at home. It’s an unfortunate fact that if t…

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The World Health Organization on Wednesday declared coronavirus, COVID-19, a pandemic, which is likely very frightening for many people, especially those who are most at risk for contracting the disease. A pandemic is an epidemic that has spread worldwide. Lincoln County officials are workin…

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Like other cities and towns throughout the United States and abroad, the citizens of Lincoln County are dealing with what seems like it may be the new normal. Gov. Roy Cooper announced another executive order on Tuesday to order restaurants and bars closed except for takeout and delivery ord…

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This is normally a busy time of year for the Hunt family as they prepare, package and ship elderberry syrup. Ever since flu season started, orders have increased. With the onset of coronavirus, however, demand for their product has closed to tripled.

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The World Health Organization on Wednesday declared coronavirus, COVID-19, a pandemic, which is likely very frightening for many people, especially those who are most at risk for contracting the disease. A pandemic is an epidemic that has spread worldwide. Lincoln County officials are workin…

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G.E. Massey Elementary School had a special visitor on Wednesday. “Sir Purr,” the official mascot for the Carolina Panthers came to Lincolnton to recognize third grade teacher, McKenzie Fortner as the FSIoffice and the Carolina Panthers Teacher of the Season. In addition to the visit by Sir …

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What do you do when you buy a piece of property that has a unique old barn in fantastic condition? If you’re Ann-Marie Boyles, you turn it into a venue to support local crafts people and antique vendors. Supporting local artists is not the only benefit of Bethel Barn Market - all proceeds fr…

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The City of Lincolnton and Lincoln County recognized Black Balloon Day on Friday. Black Balloons were displayed in front of the Lincoln County Courthouse, at all Lincoln County Schools middle and high schools, Atrium Health, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and many other county offices. …

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Now that the rain’s let up and baseball season has started, Cheron Farley has been spending a good bit of time getting the baseball field at SouthLake Christian Academy in tip-top shape. At SouthLake, both the baseball and football fields are his own “fields of dreams.” Farley was recently p…

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Salt is not just for seasoning food. It can also be used in a relaxing, beneficial spa treatment. Christina Stone had been working as a massage therapist for more than 20 years in Lincolnton and then started to explore the benefits of salt.

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In an office that looks like most other small practices, a doctor with a name that’s really long goes above and beyond the call of duty to care for his patients both here in Lincolnton and in Africa.Dr. Ifeanyichukwu Okafor, his name means “All things are possible with God” grew up Nigeria. …

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After a quarter of a century at the helm of Gaston College, Dr. Patricia Skinner is retiring effective March 1. The walls in her office are starting to look a bit bare. For the past few weeks, she’s been slowly removing the multitude of plaques and awards she’s received. At the last board of…

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At a joint meeting between the Lincoln County Board of Education and Lincoln County Board of Commissioners on Thursday, Feb. 27, Lincoln County Schools superintendent Dr. Lory Morrow presented a budget request that is $4.4 million in excess of what the district received last year. As she int…

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The first Wednesday of every month finds Linda Hoyle at Ingles in Lincolnton setting up for the monthly meeting of the Lincoln County Last Man Club. She started the club in 2008 with over 60 members but they’ve dwindled down to just a few. She’ll still set up for the meeting this Wednesday, …

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While working as a nurse in a hospital, Lyne Martin started to notice a correlation between health and diet. She also realized that the conventional way of raising chickens and cows was unhealthy for those that eat them, the animals and the environment.

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It’s almost time to “come on down” to the 14th annual “Price is Right” themed benefit to raise money for the Lincoln County Coalition Against Child Abuse and Child Advocacy Center. The event will he held on Saturday, March 14 at the James W. Warren Citizens Center. Funds raised from this eve…

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The Nubian Experience Club at Trilogy Lake Norman held their second annual Black History Program on Saturday. When Trilogy came together, there were a substantial number of African Americans living there, including the co-organizer, Gail Burke. Last year, the president of the Nubian Experien…

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The East Lincoln High School jazz band is gearing up for a concert – but this is not like the usual school band performance held in an auditorium. Like all concerts, it’s a fund raiser but it’s an advocacy event as well. Plus, it’s a black-tie affair with a plated meal included in the ticket price.

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Named after writer Ernest Miller Hemingway, a third-grade student at St. James Elementary School, Miller Oliphant has published his first book, “The Adventures of Melo: The Case of the Lost Toy.”

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A local singer/songwriter is giving back with a concert to aid not one, but three men fighting cancer. After a successful music career based out of Nashville, Shane Willis took time off to raise two children with his wife, Heather. When he learned that his neighbor and best friend, Nathan Se…

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Wednesday found Natasha Woodruff and Luke Harvey at their home in Lincolnton packing their belongings. They were moving out, but only temporarily into a vacation home in Newton. Both Harvey and Woodruff are getting the makeover of a lifetime. 

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Known as “Abe” to his friends, Ian Ablett, an 83-year-old resident of Iron Station, has just received the accolade of a lifetime. His hand-crafted steam launch, the “Ben Gunn,” has been received by the Mystic Seaport Maritime Museum in Connecticut.

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A task force that may be operating under the radar of most of the community, continues to do important work for Lincoln County to help prevent child fatalities. In 1991, the North Carolina General Assembly created local teams in each county to review and recommend system improvements leading…

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The thought of a 16-year-old driving a school bus would concern most parents today, but in the not-so-distance past, it was the norm. There’s a group of bus drivers driving for Lincoln Charter School who have regressed to those good old days. They all drove the school bus when they were in h…

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Running for a seat on the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners because he thinks he can “do a better job than the guys that are in there now” is Denver resident, Glenn Fiscus.

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Originally from Ireland, John McHugh attended community college with the intention of studying engineering, until he was offered a job with the Irish government, which disrupted his engineering aspirations.

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A frequent public speaker at Lincoln County commission meetings, Robert Avery is now making a bid for a spot on the board of commissioners. A retired homebuilder, Avery is one of eight Republicans who filed to run for one of three open commissioner seats. 

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For the second year in a row, the Lincoln County Senior Center is offering free tax services through volunteer tax preparers headed up by Janice Hager.

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The talents and accomplishments of area youth were celebrated on Sunday at the Lincoln Cultural Center. A member of the National Technical Honor Society and Beta Club with a 4.04 GPA, Kayla Smith who will be attending Eastern Kentucky University on a full academic track scholarship and major…

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A visitor to the gallery at the Lincoln Cultural Center can be transported to the “Land of Nursery Rhymes” through the annual A Place to Grow Art Show. The children who attend A Place to Grow in Lincolnton and their teachers have transformed the gallery with their artwork depicting scenes fr…

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A frequent public speaker at Lincoln County commission meetings, Robert Avery is now making a bid for a spot on the board of commissioners. A retired homebuilder, Avery is one of eight Republicans who filed to run for one of three open commissioner seats. 

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Imagine attending a family reunion at a western-themed bed and breakfast on the Virgin Islands and then, during a terrible tropical storm, people start getting murdered. The comedic, murder mystery dinner theater, “A Family Reunion to Die For,” directed by Ash Wirth opens this Thursday. 

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After spending almost eight years on the Lincoln County Board of Education, Cathy Davis decided to take the next step in her service to the community and is making a run for a seat on the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners. In addition to her time on the board of education, Davis also ser…

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The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners race is shaping up to be a competitive one with eight Republicans and one Democrat running for three vacant seats. There are eight Republican candidates on the ballot for the March 3 primary election, which will determine which three will be listed o…