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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…

Firefighter hurt in wreck

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer An auto accident in Vale on Highway 27 on Wednesday evening left a man seriously injured after he had to be extracted via the jaws of life, an apparatus used to peel back heavy steel to save an accident victim. North Brook Volunteer firefighters arrived at…

Gang activity slight in Lincoln County

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Thirty-seven members of the street gang “La Mara Salvatrucha” or “MS-13″ have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Charlotte on racketeering conspiracy charges. Twenty-two of those indicted were also charged with additional offenses including murder, attempted murder, assault and various firearms violations. Jill Westmoreland…

Saine: New state budget will benefit taxpayers

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer As the state’s budget deadline looms, Rep. Jason Saine remains confident that what will get passed will be beneficial to state taxpayers. Saine, Lincoln County’s representative in the North Carolina House of Representatives, said on Tuesday that multiple goals will be met in the budget, including…

County tax administrator quits

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County tax administrator Kep Kepley tendered his resignation on Wednesday. His last day with the county will be on June 19. “It is with much thought and consideration that I turn in my resignation,” Kepley wrote in his letter to county manager Kelly Atkins. “I…

Soil and Water department works to keep ecosystem healthy

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer It’s not often that Rick McSwain can say his department is in the midst of a lull period. But for now, that’s just what the Soil and Water Conservation District director is facing. Currently, the department is going out and working on various Agriculture Cost Share…

Landowner: Taxpayers don’t always get fair value

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer When Lincoln County resident Mark Cotter received his property value from the county’s 2014 revaluation, he couldn’t believe how the county valued his land. Despite the fact that the Denver parcel adjacent to his sold for $150,000 on October 10, the county assessed Cotter’s property’s value…