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County celebrates Memorial Day

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Veterans, officials honor soldiers that gave their lives   PHIL PERRY Staff Writer It was appropriately beautiful. A crowd of more than 80 gathered around the Lincoln County War Memorial on the eastern grounds of the courthouse on Monday morning to pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice…

Woman still missing one year later

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Staff report A Lincoln County woman has been missing for a year, Sheriff’s Office deputies said. Toasha Nicole Rice was last seen leaving a friend’s home on Eaker Road in western Lincoln County. She got into a black four-door sedan with a white female driver on May 26, 2014 and…

Judge hears Strata Solar case

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Superior court judge Yvonne Mims Evans didn’t render a decision on Tuesday afternoon, but she did say that whatever rule she did make would likely work its way to the Court of Appeals in Raleigh and, maybe, eventually reach the state Supreme Court. The matter of…

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…