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Marine Corps League to host Memorial Day service

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The Jeb F. Seagle Marine Corps League will host a Memorial Day service on the east side of the Lincoln County Courthouse today. The service has been a long-standing tradition for the city and Marine Corps League public relations officer Teresa Trevino-Schick said the community was…

Felon charged with stealing guns from father

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Staff report A convicted felon has been charged with stealing guns from his father and another man. Karl Hartley told Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies on May 5 that several guns were stolen from his home. The investigation led deputies to Matthew Allen Hartley, 21, of 3736 Henderson Street in…

Baby injured in car crash

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A baby was on life support early Sunday morning after a car crash in Lincolnton. The 1-year-old was transferred to CHS-Lincoln with life-threatening injuries on Friday afternoon after the SUV it was riding in was rear-ended on South Generals Boulevard. The accident happened near Arbor Run Drive.…

Volunteers make East Lincoln ‘Fireworks Festival’ flourish

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The hard work of volunteers and the support of community businesses continues to fuel the annual DABA Fireworks Festival, coming up on its 16th year. What started humbly as a small community event has grown into a festival staging an impressive roster of national acts like…

Future of craft breweries comes down to popular vote

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer The immediate future of craft breweries in Lincolnton will come down to a vote this summer. The June 7 congressional primary ballot will include a referendum on allowing the sale of beer and other malt beverages in standalone bars and stores in the city. Lincoln County…

Man arrested in connection with break-in

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Staff report A Taylorsville man has been arrested in connection with a break-in and larceny from an outbuilding in Vale on May 12. Bryan Edward Pitts was arrested by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday and accused of stealing tools and yard equipment, valued at more than $1,600, from…

Phone tracker leads deputies to thieves

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Staff report A tracker on a smartphone helped lead deputies to two Catawba County men suspected in a number of vehicle break-ins in the Lincoln County Industrial Park. Deputies were dispatched to the Medline Industries facility on East Powell Drive at around 5 p.m. on Wednesday after employees began reporting…

Officers search for missing teens

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Staff report Two teens were reported missing by local law enforcement agencies on Thursday in separate incidents. The Lincolnton Police Department asked for the public’s help to find Stephon Jose Jones, 15, who officers believe ran away from home either late on May 19 or early May 20. Officers described…

Local woman still missing after 2 years

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Staff report It’s been two years since a Lincoln County woman went missing. Toasha Nicole Rice was last seen on May 26, 2014 when she got into a black four-door sedan with a white female driver at a friend’s home on Eaker Road. She has not been seen since. Lincoln…

Alive After Five welcomes Jim Quick & Coastline

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Lincolnton’s Alive After Five concert series welcomes the rhythm and blues sounds of Jim Quick and Coastline to the downtown district for a free concert on Main Street on Thursday. Quick and his band have garnered many accolades including 14 “Artist of the Year” awards. The…