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Burke woman charged for crash that killed Denver resident

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer A Burke County woman has been charged in the Sept. 27 death of a Denver resident in a crash on Interstate 40 in McDowell County. According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol Communications Department, Jean McDougle Dowdy, 75, of Crossing View Lane in Denver, was killed…

Medical room at Child Advocacy Center named after pair of local doctors

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Friends, family and loved ones packed into the Lincoln County Child Advocacy Center on Sunday afternoon to honor two of Lincoln County’s most beloved citizens in a most fitting fashion. The Lincoln County Child Advocacy Center’s Memorial Medical Room was dedicated in honor of Drs. John…

City Council approves new trash bins, police body camera policy

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer City Council members unanimously approved a request to incorporate language regarding the use of body cameras to the Lincolnton Police Department’s Standard Operating Procedures at their meeting Thursday night. “The (Standard Operating Procedures) is a living, breathing document, and as times change and laws change, the…

New homes make a comeback

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County’s Planning and Inspections Department has witnessed a rise in residential housing construction this year. “In the first nine months of 2014, we’ve issued more permits for single-family homes than were issued in all of last year, making this the best year for housing starts…

4 nabbed for vehicle break-ins

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Three Cornelius men and one teen have been charged for a string of vehicle break-ins that recently took place in the eastern part of Lincoln County. According to a press release from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Dyante Siobhan Henley, 23, of 9728 Psalms Street, Andre…

Lincoln Theatre Guild to bring Broadway to Main Street

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Residents of Lincoln County will soon get a taste of Broadway, as the Lincoln Theatre Guild presents Old and New – A Music Revue. Set to show Oct. 30, Nov. 1 and Nov. 2, local singers will bring the iconic New York theatre scene to life…

Local nurse named among top 100 in state

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Kevin Johnson, an emergency room nurse at Carolinas Healthcare System–Lincoln, was recently selected as one of the Great 100 Nurses in North Carolina. Johnson was nominated for the honor with The Great 100, Inc. by the emergency department’s nurse manager, Cathy Mason. “I think it was…

Federal court delays part of NC voting law

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Staff report North Carolina voters will be able to participate in same-day registration and out-of-precinct provisional voting during this year’s election after a federal appeals court ruled that several sections of the state’s new voting regulations could not be implemented for the midterm election. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals…

Local folk artists ready for Sherrill’s Ford festival

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer The Lake Norman Folk Art Festival kicks off in Sherrill’s Ford on Saturday. For six years running, the festival has drawn artists from around the state and has showcased all sorts of artwork, including woodturning, pottery, sculpture, painting, furniture making and everything in between. Lincoln County…

Business Spotlight: Habibi Frozen Yogurt

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Frozen yogurt shop coming to Lincolnton’s Court Square ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Downtown Lincolnton visitors will soon be able to enjoy a sweet treat at Habibi Frozen Yogurt, an up-and-coming frozen yogurt parlor located on the city’s Court Square. The owner, Radwan Yousef, is the younger brother of Osama Yousef,…