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Heart disease in dogs

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KAREN MILLER Guest Columnist Many dogs slowly develop degenerative thickening and progressive deformity of one or more heart valves as they age. In time, these changes cause the valve to leak. The mitral valve is most commonly affected. This valve separates the blood-collecting chamber (left atrium) from the pumping chamber…

Turnout was high for city elections

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer This year’s City Council elections brought more voters to polls than usual. According to Lincoln County’s Director of Elections Bradley Putnam, 1,934 votes were cast in this year’s City Council elections, meaning roughly 32% of Lincolnton’s residents voted. “Compared to the 2011 elections, we were up…

Church sexton finds his calling at St. Luke’s

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Glen Thorpe will never forget the day a mother and her daughter mistook him for a ghost while he cleaned in and around the headstones at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Lincolnton. The 52-year-old church sexton had momentarily walked behind one of the graveyard’s large, shaded…

Fundraiser aims to help fight child abuse

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Cooperative Extension to hold listening sessions

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   With its centennial celebration only months away, the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service is hosting a series of 12 listening sessions across the state this November and December. According to the organization’s press release, Cooperative Extension provides education programs in 4-H, Agriculture, Family and…

High school seniors gear up for college

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   Seniors across Lincoln County are getting a jumpstart on their college applications. Next week, the high school seniors will participate in the statewide College Application Week, cosponsored by the College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) and the Carolinas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers…

Criminal Charges 11-15-13

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  The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests:    Brian Phelps, 58, of 1614 Gray Fox Rd. in Iron Station was charged Nov. 11 with one count of second-degree trespassing. No bond was set. Meia Shequan Morrison, 28, of 1619 Buck Ct. in Lincolnton was charged Nov. 11…

Collections for Operation Christmas Child set to begin

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Shoeboxes filled with toys and other children’s items will soon make their annual debut in Lincoln County as Operation Christmas Child’s (OCC) National Collection Week commences on Monday. Last year, area residents packed 4,500 boxes, according to Kristin Turner, media relations coordinator for the…

Chimney fire claims home in Lincolnton

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A Lincoln County home suffered significant damage Thursday following an early morning house fire. Firefighters with Howards Creek Volunteer Fire Department responded first to the scene, located at 1046 West N.C. 27 in Lincolnton, according to Asst. Chief Mike Huss. Not only did crews witness…