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Girl dies in wreck

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Staff report One female was pronounced dead at CMC-Main in Charlotte in the early hours Sunday after a car she was a passenger in hit a curb at Paul Lawing and North Aspen Street. The vehicle left the roadway and collided with a building. The car held two rear passengers,…

Prayers on county agenda

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Ever since Lincoln County Board of Commissioners Chairman Carrol Mitchem made derisive comments toward non-Christian faiths in an interview for a May 8 Lincoln Times-News story, other commissioners have distanced themselves from those views, saying they were Mitchem’s alone and not representative of the county. A…

Coming to America: Perception is not reality

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer With an estimated 11 million immigrants living in the United States illegally, many lack the necessary family connections to qualify for legal entry into the U.S. Others wait for decades for a visa. Most do not qualify as refugees because they don’t come from countries experiencing…

Security heightened for county meeting

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer When Lincoln County Commissioners meet tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the James W. Citizens Center, additional security will be provided by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. The increased law enforcement presence is the result of the reaction to comments regarding religion and prayer at county meetings…

‘A’ is for Alma: LHS senior credits brave parents for her success

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Student whose parents fled Bosnian War accepted to Princeton   PHIL PERRY Staff Writer When Lincolnton High School senior Alma Huselja’s mother was pregnant with her, the members of the family became refugees, fleeing the horrors of the Bosnian War and reaching Lincolnton via Germany and California. That journey has…

Boxer follows father’s footsteps

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Every time he reads his name, he is reminded of his father. Just reading Semaj Young’s name backwards leads to his origin, so it should be of little surprise that James Young’s son took up the sport his father went the semi-pro route of perfecting. With…

Beyond Trying: Miller has worked every step of the way

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Lincoln/Cleveland County district attorney Mike Miller has traveled a winding road to his current seat. Not unlike many others who have found success in their careers, Miller’s was achieved through determination and hard work, with an influence provided by his family that he applies to everything…

Sheriff’s Office to sex offenders: ‘No Leniency’

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer For registered sex offenders in Lincoln County, there is a message that rings clear through the diligence of the Sheriff’s Office. “We take our responsibility to the citizens of this county seriously,” said Lt. Tim Johnson, the major crimes unit commander. “We extend no leniency.” Johnson…

UMAR to find new home

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer A downtown Lincolnton nonprofit must find a new place to call home after the sale of the building where it leases space has been completed. The building, located at 202 East Main Street, serves as the home for UMAR, an agency and ministry of the Western…

Trading Places: Popular restaurants on the move

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    ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer A pair of popular Lincolnton restaurants will soon find themselves in new locations. Red Fish Grill exited its location at 421 N. Generals Boulevard on May 2 and is destined to move into the former 36th Street Bakery building at 101 N. Court Square…