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Donations sustain county Christian Ministry, for now

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Facing the real possibility of running out of food, Christian Ministry got a bit of relief over the weekend. Cash donations and trucks full of nourishment have enabled the county’s food pantry to re-stock. Where last week there was a critically low supply of beans and…

Children with autism can benefit from ‘hippotherapy’

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer For many years, speech, physical and occupational therapists have used “hippotherapy” as a way to treat their patients through a natural connection that many children feel with animals, particularly horses. Children with autism, a complex neurodevelopmental disorder, have been found to react well to the principles…

Budget process keeps schools in limbo

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Though its outlook is slowly growing more positive, North Carolina’s General Assembly has yet to approve a state budget. The delay has left school boards in wait-and-see mode, teaching assistants on edge and driver’s education programs in limbo. Local school board members said recently that they…

Support keeps pouring in for Beam

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Less than a year ago, Braylon Beam was just a kindergartener with a heartwarming smile. Now, the Denver 6-year-old is known nationwide for putting a face to a horrible disease. Beam is a YouTube sensation, known from coast to coast for dancing his way through childhood…

Pieces of historic depot will be preserved by Newton museum

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer As plans for the new First Federal Park are pieced together by the City of Lincolnton, the historic Carolina and North Western Railroad Freight Depot on Poplar Street that rests on the plot of the future park will find a new home — at least in…

Students head back to public schools today

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer School is no longer out for the summer. Lincoln County’s public schools began classes today following a nearly three-month-long vacation. Doors — and books — opened at 23 elementary, middle, high, specialty and alternative schools, including the brand new Asbury Academy alternative school. “Most kids won’t…

Young volunteer makes a difference with United Way

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer A long plastic table bears the significance of Meagan Mowery’s contributions. Not old enough to vote, drive or even hold down a job, the 11-year-old Lincolnton resident has reached an age to realize the importance of giving. So on that table sits hundreds of dollars of…

Neighbors push county for water access

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The showing was impressive and the voices were loud, but criticisms aimed in a variety of directions Wednesday were met with the cold realization that it could take thousands of dollars and nearly unanimous neighborhood support for some Denver residents to receive a connection to the…

Officers remain visible at schools

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer The concept of a school resource officer was relatively foreign in the United States prior to the late 1950s. Initially, an SRO was used as way to facilitate a better relationship between young teens and law enforcement. A Flint, Michigan experiment during the Dwight Eisenhower presidency…

Airport business park could break ground in 2018

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer A proposed business park addition to the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Regional Airport could not only bring in new business to the area, but also much-needed tax revenue. A 2009 study initiated by the Lincoln Economic Development Association, Lincoln County Planning and Inspections and the City of Lincolnton…