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The proper accreditations have been received and the Immigrant Hospitality Center located on East Main Street is now open for business with Bobby Farmer at the helm. 

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Lincoln County Special Olympics is planning on bringing the New Year in with a splash with their annual polar plunge on Feb. 22. 

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January’s regular monthly meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners was held Monday evening, with the board casting the deciding vote on several rezoning requests, as well as a pair of resolutions.

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While Christmas 2019 may be a distant memory for most, the folks at the City of Lincolnton’s Wastewater Treatment Plant still have Christmas forefront on their minds. Last year, they raised enough money to purchase 23 bicycles, 21 of which went to Lincolnton Toys for Tots. The employees, pre…

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Celebration of Rev. Martin Luther King’s birthday sponsored by the Coalition of Churches begins in Lincoln County on Saturday, Jan. 18 with a gala at the Lincoln Cultural Center at 6:30 p.m. This is the only event with a fee. Tickets are $30/person. The speaker is Dr. Terry Cline, a retired …

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Firefighters and other emergency services personnel frequently attend training seminars in order to learn new skills to both help them do their jobs better and to stay safe. On Saturday, Lincoln County and other first responders attended a seminar taught by Dr. Richard B. Gasaway, entitled, …

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While an application from Townhomes at Lincoln Country Club, LLC requesting a conditional-use permit to increase the approved number of townhomes from 33 units to 39 was on the agenda, it didn’t get approved by Lincolnton City Council members at the regular meeting held on Thursday, Jan. 9.

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A packed audience met the five members of “Unleashed” when they walked on to the stage at Apps & Taps in Mooresville. The energy was high, the crowd was loud and got even louder when special guest singer, Tim “Ripper” Owens, former lead singer for the English heavy metal band, “Judas Pri…

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Students who attend Lincoln County Schools have been out of school since before Christmas. That’s a long time, for some, to be away from the books. Some of the schools, like North Brook Elementary School, held intersession programs to keep learning fresh and on the minds of their students. 

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At one time, Charlotte was an even bigger country music hub than Nashville. Charlotte-area historian, Dr. Tom Hanchett, will look back at Homer “Pappy” Sherrill, who was born in Sherrill’s Ford in 1915, and other performers in the early history of country music for the Eastern Lincoln Histor…

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Getting or staying healthy in the New Year has been made much easier by a joint effort between the Lincoln County Parks and Recreation, Lincoln County Health Department and the Lincoln County Partnership for Health. The “Get Healthy Lincoln County Map,” which is an interactive map, was recen…

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Back when the Asbury Resource Center opened in 2016 on Salem Church Road adjacent to Asbury Academy, United Way of Lincoln County executive director Kathy Vinzant really had no idea it was going to be so successful. The “ARC” is now expanding to the western side of the county. A room at West…

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The Gallery 27 Micro Film Festival is returning again this year to show an offering of short films. Filmmaking is an artform that takes years to perfect. Often an artist will use a short film as a way to convey a message or as a stepping stone to a full-length film. To showcase these artists…

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This is a story about a tractor and a time that was in downtown Lincolnton. In 1932, Lincolnton resident Robert Guy Wise opened Wise Garage, a general automobile repair shop and in 1933, he took over the dealership for International Harvester farm machinery, changing the name of the business…

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To be caught in the grip of addiction could be described as being set adrift in a large body of water. At first, it’s a pleasant experience to be floating on that high, but in time, like with any disease, addiction takes its toll. It starts to take more or stronger drugs to get that high, he…

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As he walks in his fields amongst his cattle, Dr. Rob Kalmbacher of Grace Farm in Lincolnton perhaps thinks about the soil beneath his feet more so than most people. The soil is something that most farmers think about but given Kalmbacher is a retired University of Florida professor of agron…

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The battle site at Ramsour’s Mill in Lincolnton gets visitors at times other than during the battle weekend. During Christmas week, Valari Dobson Staab and her husband, R.C., stopped by the battle site on their way to Thomasville, Georgia from where they live in New York City. Dobson Staab h…

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In 2019, Lincoln Times-News published 156 issues containing more than 600 stories covering local events. Here are some of the more memorable ones based on either website hits or historical or cultural importance.

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The bar that has made itself a valuable part of the neighborhood will be expanding. Untapped Territory, a craft beer taproom, opened on Aug. 10, 2018 and has since become a favorite hangout for locals and visitors alike.

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Good luck is being conveyed throughout Lincoln and Gaston Counties as the New Year Shooters bring in a new decade. As they have for many years, the Cherryville Traditional New Years Shooters did a Lincoln County run on Saturday. This is done because there’s so many people on the list now tha…

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LINCOLNTON - The ballot is set for local, state and federal elections in 2020. The primaries will be held on March 3, with the general election Nov. 3.

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Imagine a child living in a housing development and hearing firetrucks coming in. What child wouldn’t run out to see them? Imagine the excitement this child may experience when he or she realizes Santa was riding shotgun in the firetruck. This actual scenario played out several times on Chri…

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It’s the time of year when people open up their wallets and their hearts and help those in need. Who’s in more need than those who are homeless, especially during the winter months. There’s a certain stigma attached to those who are homeless thinking they’re there by choice because they want…

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For the past few weeks, Dina Beligrinis has been spending a lot of time in her kitchen. It’s the time of year when lots of people are making holiday treats but what Beligrinis has been making aren’t your run of the mill Christmas cookies.

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Leaving a legacy behind her, Shasta Steele has officially retired from managing the two Amy’s Closet locations in Lincoln County and as a board member for the Lincoln County Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She’s leaving with an armload of awards, including the Duke Energy Citizenship an…

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To say the staff, especially the library director, Jennifer Sackett, are excited about what the new library in the western end of the county will have to offer would be an understatement. Construction is close to being finished and now Sackett and Phillip Overholtzer, the Lincoln County Publ…

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On Friday, staff and volunteers at Christian Ministry of Lincoln County were flat out giving out food by the wheelbarrow-full and massive bags of toys to community members. It would have been difficult for the soup kitchen to operate on that day, but the people that are normally served by th…

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‘Tis the season for decorating. To varying degrees, houses inside and out are decked out for the holidays. Steve Revis has two Christmas trees in his house as well as other holiday decorations but it’s upstairs in his bonus room where the real magic of the season takes place.

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As far as Rick Ramseur knows, the Ramseur family Christmas program held at First Presbyterian Church in Lincolnton began in 1975.  

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There are warriors amongst us. Many don’t look the part, like a certain teenage girl who walks the halls of North Lincoln High School. At 15 years old, Jordan Magro has been through more than any person may want to in their lifetime, yet she keeps on going strong. She’s a cheerleader, a danc…

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At a recent employee appreciation lunch, the 2019 Lincoln County employee and department manager of the year were revealed. Nominations for Employee of the Year are accepted from fellow county employees and are reviewed by a committee. This year’s Employee of the Year, Jonathan Harris works …

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The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners met with Duke Energy representatives for about an hour Monday afternoon to discuss a planned beach access to Lake Norman at Beatty’s Ford Park on Unity Church Road in Denver. 

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The former Eureka Manufacturing Company Cotton Mill is slowly being rescued from deterioration as it’s transformed into Lincoln County’s first microbrewery. The roof has been repaired and formerly bricked-over window frames are being opened up with period-specific windows being installed.

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As it has for the past few decades, the story of Christmas came alive on the side lawn of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Lincolnton on Sunday. The stage was a hand-built manger, the characters were mostly children and the animals included two sheep, a donkey and a fat, white pony. 

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When Preston Clarke took over leadership of Lincolnton High School, he wanted to promote a positive image of the school.

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A local financial planner distinguishes himself as being a small business owner who’s also wrapped up in the fabric of the community. Chris Rhyne was recognized for his efforts and named Small Business Owner of the Year at the recent Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce banquet. Aft…

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A new restaurant will be setting roots in downtown Lincolnton. At their regular meeting on Thursday, Dec. 5, members of the Lincolnton City Council approved the proposal that they had received from Ethan and Rachel Herman and Wes and Deana Spainhour to open an up-scale restaurant on city-own…

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The theme for the third week of Advent is joy – but what is it? I found that joy can mean many things, but a definition that rings true to me at this time of year is that joy is a good feeling in your soul produced by the Holy Spirit which helps us to see the beauty of Christ in the world. 

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Students from the Lincolnton campus of Lincoln Charter School and seven student basketball players from Australia were able to exchange cultural norms on Wednesday. The Australian students are traveling throughout the United States during what is now their summer vacation with the No Limits …

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The new Cat Square Mayor has been elected and preparations are underway for what may be considered the most unique parade of the season. Life-long Vale resident, Benji Yount, joined a long list of distinguished individuals after being elected by popular vote as the 46th Cat Square Mayor. Thi…

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A North Lincoln High School senior received a deal of a lifetime after competing in the inaugural student build, which was part of the annual Randy Dorton Hendrick Engine Builder Showdown. Twenty North Carolina high school students (16 builders; four alternates) from the Piedmont region were…

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Several historic homes and a church in Lincolnton will be featured in the Speak Up For Children Holiday Tour of Homes on Friday. This event offers a unique opportunity to view the inside of these private homes, as well as the historic church, all decked out for the holidays. The tour is self…