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Vale farm devoted to alpacas

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Just six years ago, Mark and Kathy Lowery watched a television show on alpacas. Now, they’re the proud owners of 16 of the animals. “He did a year of research on them,” Kathy said. Members of the camel family and native to the Andes Mountains, these intelligent, usually docile animals…

Fresh start for old and new teachers

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Whether it’s their first year on the job or their last, west Lincoln teachers have geared up for a new school year. Here are three teachers who are excited about what the school year has in store for them: The rookie Sarah Payseur graduated from Appalachian State in May, and…

Home studio turns to classroom for former high-school teacher

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After Lincoln Charter School’s high school moved to Denver, its art teacher decided to stay behind in west Lincoln and teach lessons out of her home. “That’s way too far for me to drive,” said Debbie Phillips of Debbie’s Designs. “Gas will eat you up.” Phillips now teaches three classes…

Happy Birthday

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Youth mission has lasting impact

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This summer, as in summers past, a group of kids from Rhyne Heights United Methodist Church in Lincolnton made it their mission to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate. The group of 12, along with youth leader Ann Edwards and husband Don, went to Hinton Rural…

Hart leaves Lincoln schools for Rowan-Salisbury

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Lincoln County Schools associate superintendent of human resources, Walter Hart, has accepted a new position with Rowan-Salisbury Schools. Hart said the decision was difficult, but his new position as assistant superintendent of administration will allow him to be closer to family members and expand his career. “It definitely allows for…

Lincoln Arts Council

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Arts Council of Lincoln County is displaying Art About Town, a showcase of Lincoln County artists. The presentations will be located in various public venues in Lincoln County throughout the year giving the public the opportunity to view the work of artists who call Lincoln County home. The inaugural presentation…

Police Academy begins

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office first Citizens Police Academy begins Monday. The 11-week class will be held 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday nights and will run through graduation ceremonies Nov. 13. During the course, the 28-member class will be schooled on court procedures, criminal investigations, narcotics investigations, domestic violence,…

Red Cross sets barbecue

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The Lincoln County American Red Cross chapter will hold a barbecue chicken dinner fundraiser for the organization from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Crouse Community Center on Boy Scout Road. Tickets are $8 and include barbecue chicken, slaw, baked beans, chips, drink and homemade desserts.…

Habitat store seeks volunteers

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The Habitat Home Store, 809 E. Sycamore St., Lincolnton, accepts clean merchandise with resale potential to raise funds to build Habitat for Humanity homes. The merchandise accepted includes new and used dishes, hand tools, furniture, small appliances, light bulbs, books and bikes. Many times small items are accepted. The goal…