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Keeping watch on water quality

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A new campaign trains residents to police poor construction practices that contribute to harmful soil erosion. The first results in Lincoln County are becoming visible. Since July, local residents sent a dozen reports to Natural Resources Department officials detailing problems with construction entrances, silt fences, dirt-filled screens and other drainage…

Mom gets athlete involved with son’s cause

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For years, Lincolnton resident Joy Roche wrote letters to celebrities trying to raise awareness about a cause she truly believes in. Last November, she finally got a response. Because of Roche’s efforts, Curtis Martin, a former NFL player for the New York Jets, paid a visit to the RHA Howell…

New owners for bar and grill after ‘swingers’ controversy

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A Denver bar and grill that sparked controversy in September after hosting a party for swingers has been sold. Joseph Caplan and Craig Lett Monday said they purchased Shooter’s Bar and Grill on N.C. 16 last week from the previous owner, Todd Owen. The business drew headlines after county officials…

Special Olympics training

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Several local Special Olympians got in some bocce ball practice last week at Betty G. Ross Park in Lincolnton. From above are Jonathan Evans, and Katherine Grace Martin. Seth Mabry / LTN Photo…

QUESTION of the WEEK

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“How do you think the outcome of the County Commission races will affect east Lincoln County?” Doug Haney, Denver: “As far as for this area still holding three seats, it’s definitely going to help this side of town. I actually voted for Leroy Buff (of Lincolnton, who lost). He was…

Students study China by creating ‘local’ newspaper

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North Lincoln Middle School students recently received a valuable lesson in media relations. More specifically, a lesson on the ins and outs of creating a newspaper. Stephanie Schou, seventh-grade language-arts and social-studies instructor at NLMS had students create mock front pages using the local newspaper as a model. Schou incorporated…

Remembering the fight to take Iwo Jima

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At age 83, Charles “Dutz” Anthony lives a quiet life in North Brook, the same community where he grew up. Anthony’s life now is a far cry from what it was 63 years ago, when he was a young Marine fighting in one of the most famous battles of World…

Young Miss Denver

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LHS wrestling coach headed back to Iraq

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Imagine dropping everything at a moment’s notice – career and personal life – to travel thousands of miles from home. Could you do it? Would you do it? That’s exactly what Mike Watts, assistant wrestling coach at Lincolnton High School faces. Watts, who also teaches science at Asbury Middle School,…

New Senior Services director named

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Marti Hovis is enjoying her new job as director of Lincoln County Senior Services. “I just felt like it was the next step,” said Hovis, who worked as program and services coordinator for five and a half years. “I’m excited. It’s kind of scary too because there’s more responsibility.” Hovis’…