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McHenry named chair of Bush’s NC campaign

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush named Rep. Patrick McHenry chairman of his North Carolina presidential campaign on Thursday. McHenry, a Denver resident, represents North Carolina’s 10th Congressional District, which includes all of Lincoln County. State Rep. Charles Jeter will serve as co-chairman for the state campaign,…

Vintage stock cars get new life at Rhine Enterprise

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Businessman also leads Military Pit Crew Challenge in San Diego ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Inside the Denver shop of Rhine Enterprise, Bill Rhine, 37, restores and fabricates a stockpile of stock cars. The former NASCAR pit crew worker, who runs a leading vintage stock car restoration company, left the sport…

Former employees come together to remember Carolina Freight

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The business is long gone, but the memories will never fade. How could they for Joe and Sandy Dismukes or Howard and Marie Harrill, two couples who found long-term employment and longer-term love in their time working for the Carolina Freight Corporation? “It was a wonderful…

Catawba Springs celebrates three decades

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer On Aug. 23 of 1985, ground was broken for a new elementary school in eastern Lincoln County. The school was the result of a $2.1 million project that converted a 21-acre plot into a facility to service about 500 students from the Westport, Triangle and Lowesville…

School is back in session

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Democrats hope to make gains in city, face uphill battle in county

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Most of the time, the building sits empty. Lincoln County’s Democratic headquarters on West Water Street in Lincolnton, the home of a political party seeking a spark, is a part-time operation. Tommy Huskey, elected county party chairman in April, knows there may soon be a need…

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…