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Cultural Center keeps connecting public with arts community

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer When Cathy Davis has a rare chance to relax and needs to clear her head, she simply walks up a flight of stairs and takes a seat. There, on the second floor of the Lincoln Cultural Center, she can free her mind. “When I just need…

Teen driver arrested in girl’s death

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Staff report Juan Leonardo, 18, was served arrest warrants on Saturday by the Lincolnton Police Department in connection with a May 17 accident in Lincolnton that left 14-year-old Beatriz Garcia dead. In the accident, Leonardo hit a curb while traveling on North Aspen Street and crashed into Jesus Name Ministerial…

Police bust 17 in child predator sting

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer A sting operation by the Lincolnton Police Department focusing on child predators has netted 17 arrests. The operation was conducted from February through May and was spearheaded by the Criminal Investigations Division of the Lincolnton Police Department, assisted by the narcotics division, the patrol division and…

Lincolnton man reflects on perilous journey to Sudan

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer At several points in the past year, Joseph Payseur prepared for the very real possibility of his death. “I was just praying that God (would) either heal me or let me die quickly,” he said. But it wasn’t just a sickness that left Payseur, a Lincolnton…

VFW honors fallen soldiers

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Medal of Honor recipients visit high school

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer In introducing Vietnam War veteran Joe Marm to an assembly gathered at North Lincoln High School on Friday, Lincoln County commissioner Alex Patton used a term the people on stage just couldn’t agree with: hero. World-class athletes aren’t heroes, Patton said. Marm, Robert Patterson and James…

Coming to America: Living in Carolina

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer For one North Carolina family, the journey to the United States was one filled with triumph, victory and more than enough struggle and pain for a lifetime. Ge Yang, 49, and her husband Jackie Xiong, 50, have lived through the frightening “Insurgency in Laos,” a military…

Firefighter hurt in wreck

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer An auto accident in Vale on Highway 27 on Wednesday evening left a man seriously injured after he had to be extracted via the jaws of life, an apparatus used to peel back heavy steel to save an accident victim. North Brook Volunteer firefighters arrived at…

Gang activity slight in Lincoln County

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Thirty-seven members of the street gang “La Mara Salvatrucha” or “MS-13″ have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Charlotte on racketeering conspiracy charges. Twenty-two of those indicted were also charged with additional offenses including murder, attempted murder, assault and various firearms violations. Jill Westmoreland…

Saine: New state budget will benefit taxpayers

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer As the state’s budget deadline looms, Rep. Jason Saine remains confident that what will get passed will be beneficial to state taxpayers. Saine, Lincoln County’s representative in the North Carolina House of Representatives, said on Tuesday that multiple goals will be met in the budget, including…