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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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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…

Denver residents discuss Shea Homes proposal

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Denver residents gathered Thursday night to learn and express their concerns regarding the construction of a new adult living community. City Planner Walter Fields and SHEA Communities Marketing General Manager Jay Seymoure led the discussion. So far, Fields and SHEA Homes have worked with Lincoln County…

Doctor charged with patient rape indicted

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A grand jury returned three indictments today against a former Lincolnton doctor accused of raping a patient during the 1990s. John Everett Marshall, 59, of 466 Jerry Crump Road, was indicted on felony charges of first-degree rape, conspiracy and sexual offense by a custodian, according to…

Veterans honored with parade

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Man, teen charged with armed robbery

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Two Lincolnton residents, including a teen, were charged this week with threatening a local store clerk with a knife and handgun before robbing the business, police said. Detective Dwayne McAllister responded to the Times Turn Around, located at 851 S. Laurel Street, around 8:15 p.m. Sunday…

County to hold community meeting for Shea Homes proposal

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners will hold a community involvement meeting Thursday to provide information and hear feedback regarding a proposal from Shea Homes Limited Partnership.  The partnership is requesting to rezone approximately 600 acres of land south of N.C. 73 for an active lifestyle community.…

Planning organization seeking public comments

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer The Gaston-Cleveland-Lincoln Metropolitan Planning Organization announced Tuesday that a public comment and review period has been established for a formal amendment that would modify the transit funding for the fiscal years 2013-2023 Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Program. The amendment would modify the Garden Parkway Project timeline, a…