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Prepared for the worst, experiencing the best

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Brian Soash started his first day as a teacher prepared for the worst. “You hear so many horror stories from teachers about the first day,” he said. Instead of horror, Soash’s first day as a math and science teacher at Lincolnton Middle School went well. The same can be said…

First-year teacher likes shaping young minds

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After eight years in inside sales, Lisa Higbie decided to pursue her dream of becoming a teacher. “I think some people get satisfaction out of selling stuff,” she said. “I get more satisfaction out of knowing I’m creating an inside sales rep, you know?” The Denver resident has known for…

YMCA swimming lessons about ‘the trust, the faith’

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Watch out Michael Phelps, the folks at the Lincoln County Family YMCA are looking to turn local youngsters into successful swimmers. “We’re YMCA- and Red Cross-certified to teach swimming, which is important to most parents,” Sherry Reinhardt, who works as an instructor along with Cale Thornburg, said. The YMCA offers…

Voices of Angels sing on high

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The Voices of Angels Children’s Mass Choir from New Providence Full Gospel Church in Crouse recently took part in its first ever competition. And the group almost won. The children, who range in age from 2 to 19, came in third at the Carowinds 2008 Choir Fest Gospel Music Competition.…

Sampling sweets

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Sheriff investigating rash of dirt bike thefts

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Sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s assistance in helping solve a rash of dirt bike thefts in east Lincoln County in the past month. As many as five dirt bikes have been stolen from garages and carports from homes on Beth Haven Church Road and St. James Church Road,…

Around Town 8/29/2008

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FAMILY REUNION The relatives and friends of the Forney and Ella Lippard Long family are invited to the annual Long reunion 1 p.m. Sept. 7 in the fellowship hall of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in downtown Lincolnton. The covered dish luncheon will be followed by a southern gospel concert featuring “One…

Man builds train for grandchildren

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The train has everything from a smokestack to a caboose. It whistles on cue and smiles at everyone as it drives by with a big grin. TCP, although not entirely finished, is starting to gain a reputation. “Kids come here in the evening, and I’ll ride around the parking lot,”…

WLMS principal loves his work

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West Lincoln Middle School’s new principal is a familiar face to people who live in the area. John Robinson worked as an assistant principal for two years at West Lincoln High School before moving down the road to his new school. He’s happy with his new position and hopes to…

Houser’s Produce offers unique goods

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Those who live in the Crouse area now have a new place to pick up fresh, locally-grown produce. Houser’s Produce Market, 1894 N.C. 150 W., opened Aug. 5. “We get busier every day,” Kim Houser, who owns the business with her husband, Rick, said. “A lot of locals, a lot…