Noon Hour Update: Auburn home destroyed by fire; Auburn witch; Fall Home Show; ‘Ghost train’ in the canyon and Friday night football

What’s happening and what we’re working on
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Welcome to the Auburn Journal’s “Noon Hour Update,” where we’ll present you with stories and updates on what’s going on in the news and what we’re working on for our Sunday and online editions.

What we’re working on: A family is safe but their home has been destroyed in a fire, which started in the early-morning hours of Friday. Reporter Amber Marra and Photographer Kim Palaferri were on scene and have a report on what happened here. Amber will also be recapping the Newcastle Fire Board’s meeting held Thursday night and will have a story on the fire district’s budget.

Reporter Gus Thomson will have a profile piece on an Auburn witch who balances his life between Christian and Wiccan beliefs. He’ll also have a story on the “Ghost train” engine that is now resting on the Mountain Quarries Railroad Bridge in the American River canyon as part of the bridge’s anniversary.

The Auburn Fall Home Show is under way and Reporter Jon Schultz will be out and about this weekend. He’ll have a piece on the highlights of the show. Jon is also following up on the two-acre grass fire that took place Wednesday in the area of Bell Road and Richardson Drive. He’ll be checking in on the cause and seeing where the investigation is at.   

Journal Sports Editor Matthew Kimel will be in Roseville tonight as the Placer High Hillmen are the guests of Woodcreek High on their homecoming night. Check by midnight tonight for full coverage of the game. And make sure to visit our website starting at 7 p.m. for live Twitter updates from Matthew.

Damage done?: Do you think the National Football League’s contract negotiation process with its officials has hurt the league’s image? Take our poll on the lower half of our homepage next to sports and let us know. Our poll closes Friday at 5 p.m.

What you’re talking about: Our story on a man pleading not guilty to embezzling almost $500,000 from his mother, a piece on St. Luke’s celebrating 125 years and the reopening of the Auburn Quarry to climbers all have reader comments. Read these stories and more and share your thoughts.

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