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Saddler Family plays Boger City

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Missing teen found safe

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Deputies have located a teen girl with autism whom they said went missing Thursday from her Lincolnton home. Alexa Brianna Ikard, 18, of the 3400 block of East N.C. 27, was found at a residence around 9 a.m. Friday on Southmont Road, the Lincoln County…

Local GOP chair named elections chief

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   A new elections director for Lincoln County was named this week. The Board of Elections announced Wednesday that Bradley Putnam, former chairman of the local Republican Party, had been approved by the State Board of Elections to take up the nonpartisan job. “His experience in…

Fun at Denver Days festival

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Company to fix Amity Lane for free

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A Charlotte construction company has agreed to fix a Lincoln County roadway washed away during early summer flooding for free. Hazel Sanders, owner of Sanders Utility Construction Company on Brookshire Boulevard, said the company’s employees will begin work on reconstructing Amity Lane in Iron…

Family opens new bakery in Lincolnton

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   A family of good cooks recently set up shop on East Main Street in downtown Lincolnton. Southern Bakers Boutique, which opened its doors on Aug. 26, is owned and operated by Ann and Kenneth Davis, as well as Ann’s sister, Susie Wilson. Together, the…

Saddler Family brings God, country to Boger City

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   “I’m a God and country guy,” Reggie Saddler said. The Lincoln County singer/songwriter, who performs all over the world with his family band, The Reggie Saddler Family, preaches his testimony everywhere he goes, encouraging unity among all people. His wife Bridgette, also known as “Sugarbabe,”…

Agents bust two meth labs

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Methamphetamine continues to be a hot topic in Lincoln County, as drug investigators use aggressive tactics to root out producers of one-pot labs, uncovering at least two more operations this week in two separate incidents on the county’s eastern end, deputies said. On Thursday, investigators…

Fantastic Shakers rock Alive After Five

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House of Hope to open to public

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   One Lincolnton couple looks forward to opening the doors of their nonprofit organization to the entire community later this month. “Anyone can come,” James Friday said. He and his wife Devonda, a former Lincolnton Police offer, served as foster parents over the years to numerous…