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Vale woman still missing after 3 months

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer After three months, there is still no sign of Toasha Rice. The 27-year-old from western Lincoln County was last seen on May 26 at a friend’s house on Eaker Road, getting into a black four-door sedan with a white female driver. She has not been seen…

Back in the classroom

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Sewing is in business owner’s blood

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer For Rachel Freeman, owner of Alterations and Sew Much More, the art of sewing is a craft the women in her family have passed down from generation to generation. “My mother and my grandmother are both seamstresses,” Freeman said. “In my grandmother’s day, you know, it…

Prescription abuse, heroin use on the rise

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer According to the North Carolina Injury and Violence Prevention branch of the North Carolina Division of Public Health, unintentional poisoning deaths in the state have risen 300 percent since 1999. From 1999 to 2012, a recorded 1,382 poisoning deaths have been reported. Of those 1,382, a…

Could cruising make a comeback?

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Charity event brings back memories of a bygone era ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Downtown Lincolnton was swarming with traffic Saturday night as residents participated in the fourth annual Cruisin’ for A Cause. A fundraiser, the event raises money for four local non-profit organizations: the Hesed House of Hope, the Lincoln…

Brazilian company breaks ground on county shell building

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Staff report A Brazilian company is investing in Lincoln County with the construction of a 45,000 square-foot shell building in the Lincoln County Industrial Park. Executive Eduardo Maistro, sole shareholder of Maistro Investments, LLC, along with the Lincoln Economic Development Association and several community leaders, celebrated with a groundbreaking ceremony…

County patrols extend to the high seas of Lake Norman

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Thirty-six-year law enforcement veteran First Sgt. Larry Ingle officially retired from law enforcement in June, but came back part time to work a rotation in the Lincoln County Sheriff’s boat, patrolling Lake Norman. From May to September and along with two other deputies, Ingle hits the…

Family: Man’s death in hospice avoidable

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Bud Coffey was well loved. The life-long Lincolnton resident was an avid Carolina Panthers fan and, according to family, had two favorite basketball teams — the UNC-Chapel Hill Tarheels and anyone playing against Duke. When he was born, his parents could not decide what to name…

Apple pie ladies are at it again

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Cooperative Extension to host fried apple pie sale ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer The sweet smell of simpler times and a tease of fall floated through the hallways of the county offices as staff and volunteers for the Lincoln County Cooperative Extension took over the Demonstration Kitchen in the James Warren…

Teen arrested after car chase in Denver

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MADISON WARREN Special to LTN A Dallas teen faces several charges after a vehicle he was riding in led Lincoln County deputies on a short chase in Denver. Deputies charged Jason Kyler Beane, 17, of 109 Knowles Drive in Dallas, with one misdemeanor count each of resist, delay and obstruct…