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Cars drive past the old Vance Hotel on South Center Street in this May 2016 file photo.

Did you miss any of the news and major events in the area from this past week? Take a look back at our top local stories of the week.

Statesville City Manager Ron Smith said he got an unusual phone call earlier this month. He was out of the office, and the man who left the voicemail said he was a visitor from out of town. The man didn’t leave his name or his number, but he wanted Smith to be aware of something. “He said he saw a tall man and a girl in white in the Vance Hotel with candles through the basement windows,” Smith recounted. Smith didn’t remember the exact date, but it was mid-October. Continue reading here

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Taylor Wind was diagnosed with thyroid cancer when she was 16.

Local and state officials want to know why Mooresville is home to a suspected cancer cluster, and why the state delayed in notifying the public about it. They say recent meetings with state public health officials have left them with more questions than answers. “Our expectations about the kinds of data they could provide to assist us in the appropriate response was less than we expected,” said Iredell Board of County Commissioners Chairman James Mallory, one of several elected officials to meet with representatives from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) and N.C. Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ). Continue reading here

Within a 24-hour period this week, three separate crashes killed three people in Iredell County. Officials with the N.C. Highway Patrol released the name of one of the victims. The Mooresville Police Department, which is investigating the other two crashes, refused to release the names of the others who were killed as of Friday afternoon. A man who wasn’t wearing his seat belt died early Friday in a head-on collision in northern Iredell County, the highway patrol said. The crash happened at 5:15 a.m. on Tomlin Mill Road, north of Statesville and east of Interstate 77, Master Trooper Jeffrey Swagger said. Continue reading here

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Sydney Elizabeth Morrison was reported missing Sunday. Her hair at the time was dyed blue.

Officials issued a silver alert Monday for a missing Mooresville teenager believed to have run away without her medication. Sydney Elizabeth Morrison, 15, was last seen Sunday at 11:30 a.m., according to Maj. Andy Poteat with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities decided to issue a Silver Alert on her disappearance Monday because Morrison has a medical condition that requires daily medication. “As far as we know, the medication she needs, she doesn’t have it with her,” Poteat said. “That adds a sense of urgency.” Continue reading here

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A Hickory man arrested last week on child sex charges was found dead Sunday from an apparent suicide, officials said Wednesday. Tony Wayne Smith, 30, was found unresponsive in his cell at the Alexander County Detention Center at around 4 p.m. He had tied a bed sheet around his neck that was attached to his steel bunk bed, according to a press release. Smith was in a cell by himself and a detention officer had checked on him 15 minutes earlier, the release said. Deputies are required to inspect each inmate twice an hour at irregular times. Continue reading here

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