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Local To-Do

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Local To-Do for Lincolnton summer camps. EL BASEBALL CAMP: Registration is open for East Lincoln’s annual baseball camp, which will be held June 22-25. The camp will be divided into four age groups: 6-7, 8-9, 10-12 and 13-and-up. Cost is $90 and the camp will be 9 a.m.– 12:30 p.m.…

Commissioners OK 129-acre solar farm

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer The Board of Commissioners formally approved a 129-acre solar farm during its Monday night meeting at the James W. Warren Citizens Center, but not before Chairman Carrol Mitchem voiced displeasure with what he said were inconsistencies by the county’s planning board. Mitchem was the only commissioner…

Murder charge follows crash on Highway 321

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Staff report A deadly crash on Highway 321 near Exit 20 in Lincoln County on Saturday has resulted in a Lincolnton woman facing second-degree murder charges. Kelly Massey faces multiple charges stemming from the accident that left Anthony Oseguera dead, according to troopers with the North Carolina Highway Patrol. At…

Fundraiser to benefit women fighting diseases

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Shalom Baptist Church will host a barbecue lunch and dinner on Friday, aimed at supporting two Lincoln County women dealing with medical crises. Pastor and Lincoln County Fire Marshal Mike Futrell organized the event, which will raise awareness and provide information about the illnesses that affect…

Criminal Charges — 6-11-15

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Criminal charges for June 11, 2015. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: John Charles Burch, 23, of 209 S. Elm St. in Cherryville was charged June 8 with one count each of possession of a schedule I controlled substance, speed to elude arrest, speeding, possession of drug…

Our View — With a little help from his friends

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It helps to have friends in high places. Former CIA Director David Petraeus knows this as well as anyone, except for maybe the whistleblowers prosecuted by the President Barack Obama’s Department of Justice under the Espionage Act. “Political, military and international figures are among the nearly three dozen people who…

Deputies: Man indicted for murdering his grandmother

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Staff report A Morganton man was indicted on Monday on charges of murdering his grandmother in Lincoln County in February. Chadwick Allen Bean, 40, of 3187 Rabbit Ridge Road, is accused of stabbing 77-year-old Lucille Miller Punch to death at her home at 482 Beth Haven Church Road in Denver…

Braylon Beam, 6, gets contract with Panthers

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Rock Springs student will coach at Aug. 7 Fan Fest   ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Aug. 7 won’t be just another Friday dance party for Braylon Beam. The 6-year-old Rock Springs Elementary kindergartner who became a viral sensation for his weekly dance videos and uplifting spirit while dealing with chemotherapy…

Pillar of Costa Rican community to be honored

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer The life of Luis Gerardo “Jerry” Lobo Avila, one of the founders of the Costa Rican community in Lincoln County, will be honored and remembered on Sunday at St. Dorothy’s Catholic Church in Lincolnton. A memorial bench on the grounds of the church will be dedicated…

Man accused of murdering grandmother

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Staff report A Morganton man was indicted on Monday, June 8 on charges of murdering his grandmother in Lincoln County in February. Chadwick Allen Bean, 40, of 3187 Rabbit Ridge Road, is accused of stabbing 77-year-old Lucille Miller Punch to death at her home at 482 Beth Haven Church Road…