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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…

Trio creates book on regional pottery

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer A dentist, a photographer and a historian join forces in search of local pottery in the Catawba Valley district, illustrated in their new book “Valley Ablaze.” Jason Harpe, executive director of the county’s Historical Association, and photographer Dawn Crouse started brainstorming ideas a couple years ago…

Starr set to teach final Master Gardener class

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer Lincoln County Cooperative Extension Director Kevin Starr is preparing to set down his gardening gloves after his last Master Gardener class this fall, finishing up a 20-year run of teaching local residents how to tidy up their flower beds and appreciate local horticulture. There will be…

Naish becomes new pastor at First Christian

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer While Lincoln County organic gardener Kathy Naish became an ordained pastor in 2007, obtaining a seminary degree from Gardner-Webb University’s School of Divinity, it wasn’t until this summer that she accepted a position as head pastor of a local church. Naish previously served as Pastor of…

McDonald’s gets zoning green light

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer A second McDonald’s restaurant is one step closer to coming to Lincolnton, following a vote recommending approval from the city’s Planning Board Tuesday afternoon. The board voted unanimously to support approval of the fast-food chain’s request for a conditional-use rezoning of property on which to construct…