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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…

Tax chief to retire at end of month

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Lincoln County Tax Administrator Madge Huffman will be stepping down from her post, effective Sept. 28, according to a press release issued Tuesday afternoon by the office of County Manager George Wood. Huffman submitted her resignation to Wood and Board of Commissioners Chairman Alex Patton late…

State Senate candidates respond to questions

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Lincoln County voters will be deciding this fall on which candidates for a range of federal, state and local offices they want to represent them. The Lincoln Times-News is surveying those office-seekers with questions related to issues they are likely to face if elected. Their answers will be published in…

Region to feel impact of DNC

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   After much preparation, speculation and anticipation, the 2012 Democratic National Convention kicks off this week in Charlotte, with official duties scheduled to begin on Tuesday. Though much of the hype has centered on the host city, the impact of the DNC is already being…

Fourth break-in suspect at large

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   One of four suspects remains at large, wanted on felony charges, after police investigators said they group broke into the old Moose Lodge building last week on the city’s northern end. Officers have already charged Brittany Rose Graham, 25, of 8142 Parkview Lane in…

Bluegrass bands battle in West Lincoln

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Schools report smooth first week of classes

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  AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   Lincoln County public schools enjoyed a fairly smooth first week of the 2012-2013 school year last week, with no distractions to take away from instructional time, according to Superintendent Sherry Hoyle. Excited students and staff were apparent throughout the area as teachers prepared for…