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Community input wanted on transportation plan

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The Lake Norman Rural Planning Organization is hosting a community-comment session Wednesday afternoon to solicit input from the public regarding the update of a coordinated comprehensive public transportation plan for Lincoln, Cleveland, Iredell and Gaston counties. The effort is being led by the Lake…

Crushed sewer pipe prompts warning

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   A swimming advisory was issued by the Lincoln County Health Department Friday afternoon due to a sewer spill in the southeastern part of the county. The affected area included the Lake Norman main channel and shoreline near Waterford Drive off of Hager’s Ferry Road…

Massive need at soup kitchen

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Restaurant offers boost as demand for food swells JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   “God is here,” Cherryville resident Ronnie Powell told the Times-News on Thursday about his experience eating at Christian Ministry’s soup kitchen in Lincolnton over the past three years. With the need for food great and the hungry…

Church demolishes former pawn shop

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   A familiar storefront on East Main Street in Boger City was demolished Wednesday, with cleanup now under way. The yellow-painted, brick building, located just east of Boger City Baptist Church, was formerly a pawn shop. However, the church acquired the property in January for…

Move indoors keeps locals out of convention

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Fewer of the Lincoln County residents who had been looking forward to hearing President Barack Obama formally accept his party’s nomination Thursday night were able to attend, after concerns about the weather forced Democratic National Convention organizers to move the event indoors to a…

Officers arrest break-in suspects

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   The Lincolnton Police Department and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office have been busy this week apprehending a handful of thieves in connection with several related and unrelated incidents in the community. Officers from both agencies worked together to apprehend Brandon Lamont Odum, 21, of 129 Mauney Drive in…

Family of 5 loses home to fire

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      JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A hollowed-out window, a charred children’s bike and torn-off siding were just some of the obvious evidence of a blaze that forced a family of five from their northeastern Lincoln County home Wednesday afternoon after sparks ignited in a bedroom, fire officials said. The incident…

Woman rescued after falling into Lake Norman

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A Denver woman was rushed to a Charlotte hospital Wednesday evening after emergency medical officials said she tumbled down an embankment and into Lake Norman, suffering significant injuries. The 66-year-old woman stumbled in the backyard of a residence on Governors Island Drive before falling five feet into…

College fair

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Focusing on food safety at Farmer’s Market

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  AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   As Lincoln County prepares for the 40th Apple Festival next week, county Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences Leigh Guth reminds local residents to keep food safety practices in mind — an idea she has been working with heavily over the last few…