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Howards Creek VFD uses grant funding to buy new brush truck

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   One local fire department recently used grant money to purchase a new brush truck in order to cut down on fuel costs and prevent additional wear and tear on the agency’s larger trucks. Howards Creek Volunteer Fire Department, located at 3117 W. Highway 27…

Catawba Co. approves new free-speech ordinance

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Nearly three months after a Catawba County grassroots group stirred county officials to rethink the constitutionality of free speech gatherings on county grounds, change has come. Catawba County officials initially wouldn’t allow members of Catawba Valley Citizens Against Hate (CVCAH) and other protestors of…

UDC cross presentation

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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…