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The Boger City Fire Department (BCFD) held its annual awards banquet Saturday. The event honored members of the department with long time service and its staff and volunteers who went above and beyond to serve.

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The was sun, wind and rain wiggled and giggled inside the North Brook Elementary School library last Thursday. Weather doesn’t actually giggle but the members of the GEMS club did as they acted out elements of the water cycle during a presentation by Lincoln County Soil and Water Conservation District Director Patty Dellinger.

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A Lincolnton man was sentenced in Lincoln County Superior Court to a lengthy prison sentence after accepting a plea agreement in connection with crimes that occurred in 2016 and 2017.

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Three inmates in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center are facing possible charges after a hole was found punched in the ceiling of the shower in a dormitory at the jail.

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Kindergarten registration for the 2019-2020 school year opened Jan. 4 and runs through March 29. Parents must register their children who will turn five on or before Aug. 31 at the school they plan to attend. New first graders can also be registered during this time.

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Lincoln County Senior Services is gearing up to kick off the registration period for the 2019 Senior Games on Friday. Staff will be on hand to answer questions about the games and, hopefully, generate some excitement.

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The Immigrant Hospitality Center (IHC), the first of its kind in Lincolnton, was dedicated Sunday afternoon. Local pastors and officials, as well representatives from the Baptist State Convention of NC (BSCNC) and the Council on Immigrant Relations (CIR) in Raleigh, attended.

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The NCDOT has released a draft of its 2020-2029 transportation plan. The plan, known as the State Transportation Improvement Plan (STIP), is the NCDOT’s proposed funding and construction schedule for projects to be completed within the next 10 years. It includes more than 1,600 transportation projects throughout the state.

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On Tuesday, Joseph Bone will celebrate his 95th birthday. Seventy-five years ago, on his 20th birthday, Bone was part of an amphibious landing at Anzio, Italy, about 30 miles south of Rome. It was one of many such landings for him while fighting with the Army’s 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment to beat back German forces that occupied much of Northern Italy.

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Sheriff Bill Beam announced his command staff Thursday morning at the Harven A. Crouse Law Enforcement Center in Lincolnton.

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The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) hosted a public information session Thursday regarding options to close the coal ash basin at Marshall Steam Station.

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Adriana Morales has always loved to cook. Growing up in Colombia, Morales’ mother encouraged her to cook every day. She learned to make Colombian food the traditional way, from scratch and with fresh ingredients.

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When reports of an alleged crime against a child or sexual assault of a child or an adult land on Detective Kelsey Harrington’s desk, she begins the difficult task of uncovering the truth of what happened.

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Downtown Lincolnton will soon have the option to visit an alternative medicine practitioner. Lauren Aguirre, L.Ac, is transitioning from a chiropractic office in Denver to Wellness Day Spa on Academy Street.

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The Coalition of Churches’ celebration honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. begins Friday with a banquet held at the Lincoln Country Club. The celebration lasts through the weekend, culminating in a march to the Court Square in downtown Lincolnton on Monday, followed by a ceremony.

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Rep. Jason Saine was recently appointed by House Speaker Tim Moore to serve as one of three Senior Chairs of the House Committee on Appropriations, along with Reps. Linda Johnson (R-Cabarrus) and Donny Lambeth (R-Forsyth).

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The medical clinic formerly known as Helping Hands Health Center is moving into a new facility and with the new building comes new services and a new name -- Gaston Family Health Services Lincolnton Family Medicine (GFHS).

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Three more people have been arrested on drug charges and three other people are being sought in connection with a seven-month-long drug investigation conducted by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics officers.

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The Apple Festival will be held on a new date in 2019. After receiving positive feedback when the festival was postponed due to Hurricane Florence, coordinators decided to make the change permanent.

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office handed out its Officer of the Year awards earlier this month. According to a press release, the awards are conferred upon officers for outstanding achievement and and performance above what’s required by an officer’s normal assignments.

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On Christmas Eve, the Denver Fire Department delivered gifts and household items to six families. On one of their stops, they worked in conjunction with the Pumpkin Center Fire Department. They ventured down a long, rough dirt road so rough that they couldn’t take the fire engine that would normally serve as Santa’s sleigh, out of concern it would get stuck in the deep ruts.

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Lincolnton will hold its inaugural New Year’s Eve Apple Drop event on Monday. The event doubles as a family oriented way to ring in the New Year and as a benefit Christian Ministries and Community Cats.

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A seven-month-long drug investigation by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics officers resulted in 18 people being indicted by the Lincoln County Grand Jury in December on various charges.

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Living in a foreign country can take some getting used to. For Margaret Venable, that meant going without hot water for a few days in Nicaragua before realizing that the C on the tap meant caliente, the Spanish word for hot.