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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…

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,…

Friends go into the business of blinds

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Chris Hughes and David Bryant first became friends working at Ethan Allen. Then, they became business partners. Hughes and Bryant started New Vision Window Fashions a few months ago. And they still work together at Ethan Allen. “We’re just really getting started,” Bryant said of the pair’s business, which they…

One-woman show features wide variety

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Landscapes, still lifes and portraits of those both living and dead have filled the galleries at the Lincoln Cultural Center in Lincolnton. “The Many Faces of Art,” a one-woman show, will run through Dec. 31. An opening reception will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. today at the…

From kung-fu to styling

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John Tanner isn’t your typical hair stylist. He does hair, but he also does kung-fu. “It kind of goes against everything I ever did,” John, who owns Nu-Image Salon with his wife, Denise, said of being a stylist. The couple has owned the salon, located at 1573 N. Aspen St.…

‘The Nutcracker’ to be performed at Citizens Cen-ter this December

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Lincoln County may soon have a new Christmas tradition – a children’s performance of “The Nutcracker.” “It’s a Christmas classic. Even people who don’t dance or have any interest in ballet will take their children to ‘The Nutcracker,’” said Kelly Barker, one of the organizers. Lincoln County dance studios Starstruck,…

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’…