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Storms hit hard in Lincoln County

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      JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Winds, rain and intense lightning pounded Lincoln County Friday evening, producing flash floods on the eastern end in addition to high water levels in Iron Station, where a demolished private roadway, now temporarily fixed, separated some residents from the outside world. Pumpkin Center…

Couple makes move from France to Lincolnton

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   It’s been a year since European-born couple Jean and Philippe Trochard uprooted themselves from France and moved to Lincoln County. They now consider the American community their true “home.” The couple visited the county for a month more than a year ago and…

Man charged with sex offenses

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A 26-year-old Lincoln County man accused of engaging in sex-related behavior with a teen girl November through March will make his first appearance today on the charges, the Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies arrested Anthony Alexander Gonzalez Solorzano, 26, of 2024 Poarch Rd. in Lincolnton,…

Deputies search for missing sisters

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer     Deputies said two Lincoln County sisters have been missing from their home since Tuesday. Mahagony Smith, 17, and Aniya Symone Mickey-Weeks, 14, ran away from their McCorkle Road residence, the Sheriff’s Office said. A godmother last saw the teens after deputies said…

Speed likely a factor in wreck

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Deputies find 30 one-pot meth labs

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LCSO nabs multiple drug suspects in two days of action JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Narcotics investigators were busy this week taking down alleged drug dealers who they said were harboring marijuana, methamphetamine labs and the methamphetamine precursors. The arrests stemmed from three separate incidents, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Investigators…

Three juveniles admit to setting massive mill fire

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Police said three juveniles admitted to accidentally setting an abandoned Lincolnton mill on fire earlier this month. The individuals were initially fearful of talking to detectives about what had happened, an agency press release said. The juveniles, two of whom live in Catawba County and a…

New ‘Tag and Tax’ program delayed

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Implementation of the state’s new “Tag and Tax” program, previously scheduled to roll out Monday, has been delayed until Sept. 1. The new system, which allows people to purchase vehicle tags while paying tax at the same time, was initially supposed to begin with registered-vehicle renewals…

Relatives fight to recover child from DSS

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Relatives of one local three-year-old girl are fighting to regain custody of her after they said officials with Catawba County Department of Social Services wrongfully removed the child from their home earlier this month. DSS placed Jocelyn “Josie” Jackson in foster care just one day after…

Religious event set for Sunday

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Lincoln County will be among thousands of locations across the country Sunday hosting community-based initiatives focused on prayer and repentance. The efforts will be part of a nationwide event called “Call 2 Fall,” sponsored by the Family Research Council (FRC) in Washington, D.C. Organizers have asked…