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During the COVID lockdown, the phones at the Lincoln County Coalition Against Domestic Violence were oddly quiet, while both the national hotline and law enforcement were seeing an uptick in calls 

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A woman native to Lincoln County who has made it her mission to make her Domino’s pizzeria the best it could be, has been recognized as the United States Domino’s Manager of the Year. There are more than 6,000 other Domino’s managers across the United States vying for this award. What makes …

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The 2020/2021 Lincoln County Schools Principal of the Year was awarded to Tracy Eley, the principal at Battleground Elementary School. Eley went through Catawba County Schools and graduated from Maiden High School. Her first teaching job was at S. Ray Lowder Elementary School in Lincolnton i…

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Voting machines are being put in place and One Stop Voting will open in Lincoln County at four different locations for one stop voting on Thursday, Oct. 15. The four locations for One Stop Voting are the election room at Lincoln County Board of Elections which is located at 451 Salem Church …

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Lincoln County Schools elementary school students have been stepping up to help satisfy the needs of Hesed House of Hope, Lincoln County’s only homeless shelter. In this day and age of highly politicized and decisive rhetoric, compassion seems an important emotion to instill in young people.

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Like most children, when she was little, Candee Masters would get in trouble for drawing on the walls. Little did her mother know that as an adult, Masters would make a living painting larger than life murals on clients’ wall. She’s recently achieved a dream come true and opened a studio and…

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A lone woman took on a pack of men at the annual forklift rodeo held in the Gaston College parking lot in Lincolnton on Thursday. 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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An early morning fire destroyed the Westport Swim and Tennis Club located at 2525 Shanklin Lane in Denver on Friday. East Lincoln Fire Department received the call at 3:22 a.m. according to ELFD Capt. Eric Doolittle. By the time they arrived, the two-story commercial structure was fully invo…

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The most COVID-19 Snapshot issued by the Lincoln County Department of Health indicated that the county seeing a “second wave” of cases, but that this was “not alarming or unexpected but still noteworthy.” In the past 30 days, there’s been an 11% growth in cases for ages 0-17, however, accord…

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Signs, signs, everywhere a sign. It’s that time of year when political signs dot just about every inch of the landscape of Lincoln County. With several hotly contested seats up for re-election, or not - four people running for three commissioner seats, four people running for two city counci…

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A company with more than four decades of service to firefighters and first responders, Atlantic Coast Fire Trucks, owned by Steve Dill, has relocated to Denver. This legacy of service began in 1966 when Ernie Dill, who was working full-time as a fire inspector, began selling and installing a…

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Sounds of children laughing could be heard in the Lincoln Cultural Center for the first time in several months. The “For the Love of Art” day camp wrapped up this first week of day camp offering children creative activities including art, music, theater, dance, yoga, movies, nature walk and …

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After the March 3 primary elections, three Republicans, Anita McCall, running for re-election, Cathy Davis and Carrol Mitchem, also running for re-election, remained in the running. A Democratic candidate, Autumn Watson, faces McCall, Davis and Mitchem for the three available seats.

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Defending his Lincoln County Schools Board of Education District 4 seat, Mark Mullen is running for a third consecutive term with the intention of continuing the partnerships he’s made with the Lincoln County Economic Development Association that benefit the district’s Career and Technical E…

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Two individuals are campaigning for the District 1 seat on the Lincoln County Schools Board of Education. This seat was previously held by Cathy Davis who is now running for a seat on the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners.

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Kirk Herbertson is running for re-election for the District 3 seat of the Lincoln County Schools Board of Education because he “enjoyed being on the school board and still wants to work for the kids, especially for the special needs kids.” He specified helping get more EC teachers in the sys…

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At their regularly held meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 8, the Lincoln County Schools Board of Education celebrated their partnership with Atrium Health. This partnership offers to Lincoln County Schools students and their families mental health and substance abuse awareness, education and access,…

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A 16-year-old Lincoln Charter School student, Callie Abernathy will be assisting with a project involving the interface of biology and chemistry. She will be helping to collect samples in the Catawba River and analyze them primarily looking for the genetic make-up of antibiotic resistant bac…

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Four candidates filed to compete for an at-large seat on the Lincoln County Board of Education – Heather Rhyne, who’s running for re-election as well as Debra Williams, Ann Cesena and Stephanie Mullen.

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The race to fill two seats on the Lincolnton City Council is heating up. Roby Jetton is defending his Ward 4 seat against Tom Flohr. Jetton, who is a Republican, has lived in Lincolnton most of his life. 

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A resident of Lincolnton for more than 20 years, Marisol Rodriguez, a native of Costa Rica, didn’t set out to be a body builder or to compete in any fitness-related events. She’s found herself in a competition where she’s made her way to the semi-final round, beating out more than 6,000 othe…

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The staff at Atrium Health Lincoln knew him as the “Ice Cream Man” because of his time spent as owner of Downtown Dairy Treats and his ice cream trucks. When he arrived by ambulance on May 23, they knew him to be a very sick individual.

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Sometimes crime pays in a good way. In this case, the perpetrator didn’t make off with the dough, the Lincoln County Schools District did. It took the dedication of a long-term employee and a good ream of paper for a $41,085.64 check to be delivered to the school system.

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A good bit of trash had accumulated both in and along the South Fork River in Lincolnton. Keep Lincoln County Beautiful had planned to have a clean-up event in the spring, but COVID prevented that from happening. With the warmer weather, access to the banks along the river is all but impossi…

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Sparks fly on a regular basis at Hartcrafters Metal Art in Lincolnton. When they clear, exquisite metal creations reveal themselves. Several of these creations, hand crafted by Hartcrafters owner Jason Hartness, are now installed in downtown Lincolnton. The bench in front of City Lunch is on…

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Landen Johnson’s life was cut way too short, but his legacy lives on through his Facebook page, “Landen’s Story” and soon through a foundation in his memory. Landen was diagnosed with a primordial dwarfism at the age of six months. In 2013, his diagnosis was pinpointed to DNA Ligase 4 defici…

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When plans for the Lincoln County Apple Queen Pageant were started last fall and even into January and February, no one had any idea the extent that the COVID-19 pandemic would impact just about every annual event held in Lincoln County.

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As if enough hasn’t happened already in 2020. A 5.1-magnitude earthquake hit about two miles from the town of Sparta early Sunday around 8 a.m. Social media erupted almost immediately afterwards with people asking if anyone else felt the shaking.

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It’s been a long-term dream of Jennifer Raimey to own a small business and she’s always loved ice cream. When she learned that Downtown Dairy Treats was to be sold, she knew it was the perfect small business for Raimey and her husband, Brad to purchase.

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With a multitude of twists and turns, changes and adaptions, the 2020 Miss Lincoln County Apple Queen Scholarship Pageant was held. Instead of holding it in the James W. Warren Citizen’s Center, in front of a packed crowd, it was aired virtually from the Lincoln County Cultural Center Saturd…

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An Ellerbe man is traveling around North Carolina supporting law enforcement by cooking them hot dogs. With all the protests that have been going on, Joshua Flores decided that he wanted to step up and “back the blue.”

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Purses do have a purpose – to carry stuff, but on Wednesday, Aug. 12, they’ll have an even greater purposes – raising money for Alzheimer’s research. The annual Purposes for a Purpose will still be held this year at the Lincoln County Senior Center. Special precautions are being taken to mak…

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To say that Jim Studdard has been under trial by fire would be an understatement. He started his new job as the Lincolnton Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce on April 1 which was when local businesses – big and small – were just beginning to deal with the ramifications of a shutdown due to t…

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According to a news story published on Aug. 2, 1920 in “Lincoln County News,” more than 1,000 people of all denominations attended the service held at the “handsome new Methodist church” in Lincolnton. This was the Lincolnton Methodist Church, now First United Methodist of Lincolnton. The se…

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Camp Meeting was held at Rock Springs Campground this year, and it was mostly the same, but there were distinct differences. It wasn’t quite as crowded, there were cautionary signs throughout the campground about COVID-19, hand sanitizer stations were in place, some of the pews under the arb…

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It all started with a five-gallon beer brewing kit, leading to a next-door neighbor friendship infused with beer. Dan Ackerman received the brew kit as a gift and got bit by the beer brewing bug. 

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Schools are on the cusp of entering into unchartered territory. Lincoln County Schools will be opening to students on Aug. 17 under so-called “plan B” which allows schools to reopen with reduced capacity due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This plan is based on guidance received by N.C. Gov. Roy C…

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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…