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Boger City furniture company expanding east

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer A Boger City furniture manufacturing company celebrated the grand opening of its new retail store in Denver this week. David Faulkner is the owner and mastermind behind Faulkner’s Upholstery in Boger City and, now, Faulkner’s Custom Furniture in Denver. With more than 20 years of experience…

City Council members share vision for Lincolnton’s future

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincolnton’s City Council gathered for a special called meeting Wednesday, with members holding their first Strategic Planning Meeting of the fiscal year. At a City Council meeting earlier this summer, council members expressed an interest in developing a strategic plan or vision for the city’s future,…

Maiden man gets 20 years for heroin

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer A Maiden man was convicted on Tuesday in Lincoln County Superior Court after pleading guilty to trafficking heroin. Jeremy William Smith, 38, of 204 W. Boyd Street in Maiden, was convicted of trafficking heroin by possession level 3 and trafficking heroin by transport level 3. He…

Vale woman still missing after 3 months

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer After three months, there is still no sign of Toasha Rice. The 27-year-old from western Lincoln County was last seen on May 26 at a friend’s house on Eaker Road, getting into a black four-door sedan with a white female driver. She has not been seen…

Back in the classroom

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Sewing is in business owner’s blood

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer For Rachel Freeman, owner of Alterations and Sew Much More, the art of sewing is a craft the women in her family have passed down from generation to generation. “My mother and my grandmother are both seamstresses,” Freeman said. “In my grandmother’s day, you know, it…

Prescription abuse, heroin use on the rise

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer According to the North Carolina Injury and Violence Prevention branch of the North Carolina Division of Public Health, unintentional poisoning deaths in the state have risen 300 percent since 1999. From 1999 to 2012, a recorded 1,382 poisoning deaths have been reported. Of those 1,382, a…

Could cruising make a comeback?

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Charity event brings back memories of a bygone era ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Downtown Lincolnton was swarming with traffic Saturday night as residents participated in the fourth annual Cruisin’ for A Cause. A fundraiser, the event raises money for four local non-profit organizations: the Hesed House of Hope, the Lincoln…

Brazilian company breaks ground on county shell building

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Staff report A Brazilian company is investing in Lincoln County with the construction of a 45,000 square-foot shell building in the Lincoln County Industrial Park. Executive Eduardo Maistro, sole shareholder of Maistro Investments, LLC, along with the Lincoln Economic Development Association and several community leaders, celebrated with a groundbreaking ceremony…

County patrols extend to the high seas of Lake Norman

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Thirty-six-year law enforcement veteran First Sgt. Larry Ingle officially retired from law enforcement in June, but came back part time to work a rotation in the Lincoln County Sheriff’s boat, patrolling Lake Norman. From May to September and along with two other deputies, Ingle hits the…