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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…

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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…

Too many strays; not enough space

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Refurbished ambulance helps promote pet adoptions JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Due to limited shelter space and a large number of unspayed animals reproducing in the area, Lincoln County Animal Services have had to euthanize large numbers of animals — more than 500 dogs alone — since the start of 2012.…

Wave of break-ins keeps deputies busy

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies have been inundated with a number of break-in cases from all corners of the county over the last week. Deputies responded Saturday to a home on the 3500 block of Maiden Highway, northeast of Lincolnton, in reference to a stolen vehicle, the…

Excited about the convention

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Lincoln residents among those attending DNC EDITOR’S NOTE: This article went to press prior to the Democratic National Convention Committee’s announcement Wednesday morning that convention programming, originally planned for Bank of America Stadium on Thursday, will be moved to Time Warner Cable Arena, the site of the first two days of…