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Editor’s Note — Let’s back up

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The United States has been at war for most of my life. And make no mistake — despite what President Barack Obama says about not sending troops to Iraq to combat the swift rise of extremist Muslim militants there, we’ll be back at war in the Middle East before we…

Patton steps down from DSS board

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Staff report After nine years, county commissioner Alex Patton is stepping down from his board member position with the Department of Social Services. The board, along with several DSS employees, honored his years of service with cake and refreshments following the board’s June meeting. “There’s an interesting quote in our…

There’s no place like Lincoln County

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Allow me to begin by saying I love Lincoln County. The first time I drove around the Court Square in Lincolnton, I knew I was home. As a Navy brat, a 2004 transplant from the Mississippi Gulf Coast and someone that had already put down roots…

Service News — 6-20-14

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Local marine completes communication school Marine Corps Private First Class Tommy Harkey has completed Field Radio Operator Communication School (FRCC). Harkey spent eight weeks at Marin Corps Communications School at Camp Wilson in 29 Palms, California, training to become a field radio operator. During his time in 29 Palms, Harkey…

Criminal Charges — 6-20-14

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Terry Keith Scronce, 20, of 4185 Wise Rd. in Vale was charged June 11 with one count of DWI. An unknown unsecured bond was set. Rhondina Basha Beal, 47, of 1860 Beaumont Ln. in Lincolnton was charged June 13 with one…

Reader’s Forum — 6-20-14

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Our heartfelt thanks The family of Pat Keener Garris, who has had a battle with cancer for a little over a year, wants to express sincere gratitude to family members, friends, neighbors and coworkers, for prayers, cards, food, flowers and visits. I believe a part of us dies as we…

Keep the spiders away while we celebrate

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest columnist The week was a good one even though a giant, saucer-size Wolf spider was found in my carport. I dislike spiders and this was the biggest one I have ever seen. I keep wondering, where did it come from? How long has it been here? Did…

Around Town — 6-20-14

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TODAY VBS kickoff Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 112 Mt. Zion Ch. Rd. in Cherryville, will host a Vacation Bible School kickoff event 4:30-8:30 p.m. Participants are asked to bring a bathing suit and towel for water slide activities. Dinner will be provided. Gospel concert Exodus Baptist Church, 3164 Exodus Ch.…

Obituaries — 6-20-14

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Mary Irene Harless Hedgepeth Mary Irene Harless Hedgepeth, age 96, of Lincolnton Rehabilitation, and formerly of Hillside Drive, died on Thursday, June 19, 2014. Her funeral service will be 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 21, 2014, at Riverview Baptist Church with Pastor Ricky Brown officiating. Burial will follow in the…

Raids net 35 suspected drug dealers

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies on Wednesday arrested more than 20 suspected street-level drug dealers and narcotics traffickers during the first couple of hours of Operation “Play 60,” narcotics investigators’ seventh round-up in four years. Narcotics Lt. Jason Reid first briefed his unit’s men and fellow agency…