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Police: Three suspects charged after man dragged from car and robbed

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Three suspects have been charged with dragging a local man down the street by his hair and robbing him of more than $1,000 Wednesday afternoon on the southwestern end of the city, deputies said. Dalton Chase Scronce, 18, and Ashton Elizabeth Stanley, 26, both…

Top Lutheran bishop to visit Vale church

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Trinity Lutheran Church in Vale is preparing for a special visit this weekend from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson. “The word we’ve been saying all this past week is ‘surreal,’” Trinity Lutheran’s head pastor John Locke told the…

Worshipping at Tucker Grove

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New curriculum brings ‘critical thinking’ to high school classes

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  AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   As three teachers in Lincoln County high schools make final preparations for the upcoming school year, they have more to plan for than their usual work load of desk arranging, decorations and tweaking lesson plans from the previous year; now they must also prepare…

Gravel truck flips, snarls traffic on N.C. 73

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A truck carrying gravel overturned on N.C. 73 Thursday morning near Iron Station, briefly shutting down one lane of traffic on the primary east-west route in eastern Lincoln County, firefighters said. Barry Moree, the truck’s driver and owner of his own trucking company Barry…

Dentist expanding to Denver, building new office complex

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Lincolnton-based Austin Orthodontics broke ground Thursday morning on its new Denver location during a ceremony jointly hosted by the Lincoln Economic Development Association and the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce. Owner Dr. Steven Austin opened his office on South Laurel Street in Lincolnton in…

Commissioners split 3-2 on pay raise for Wood

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Arena: Wanted smaller increase SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners decided in a split vote Monday night to give County Manager George Wood a 3 percent pay raise. The decision came after a closed-session discussion regarding Wood’s evaluation, resulting in a 3-2 vote, with Commissioner George…

Fire destroys home for family of 3

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Red Cross helps mother and kids with place to stay JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A mother and her two children found themselves homeless after a blaze destroyed their house late Sunday afternoon on the city’s southwestern end. The Crouse Fire Department responded between 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. as the…

Legislator at the library

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N.C. Rep. Jason Saine, R-Denver, took some time to read a book to children at the Jonas Library in Lincolnton on Monday. Image courtesy of…