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Firefighters inform on dangers of carbon monoxide

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Church to host Obamacare information session

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Starting Tuesday, Lincoln County residents will get the opportunity to enroll in the country’s new healthcare system alongside a local insurance professional and learn more clearly about the changes affecting them. Boger City United Methodist Church in Lincolnton has teamed up with Piedmont Benefits Group…

Teen escapses police custody

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   One of two Catawba County teens arrested Thursday morning for breaking into vehicles at a Lincoln County business escaped handcuffs and fled the back of a patrol vehicle, deputies said.  Shortly after a Catawba County officer detained Jacob Andrew Royles, 17, of 5530 View…

Commissioners to consider state grant money for emergency shelter

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners will consider a recommendation to approve to agree and accept a $101,500 grant from the North Carolina Department of Public Safety and Emergency Management for a Western Shelter Project at its meeting tonight. The board is also being…

Christian Ministry looks to stock shelves with toys for Christmas

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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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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…