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Lincolnton woman facing felony drug charges

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Staff report A Lincolnton woman is facing felony drug charges after Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies allegedly made undercover drug buys from her and later searched her residence. Kimberly Lynn Bivens, 40, of 1231 Betterbrook Lane, was charged with three felony counts, one each of possession with the intent to…

South Fork VFD receives state grant

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Staff report The South Fork Volunteer Fire Department has announced that it has been awarded a grant from the North Carolina Department of Insurance: Office of State Fire Marshal in the amount of $55,500 for the purchase of a breathing air compressor system. The grant is a 50-50 match, with…

Crouse couple charged with felony drug possession

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Staff report A Crouse couple was charged with felony drug possession after community tips led Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies and state probation and parole officers to search a Shoal Road home. Deputies said they found nearly a gram of methamphetamine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and prescription medication at the home of…

Teen charged in crash that killed girl

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Staff report Juan Leonardo, 18, was served arrest warrants on Saturday by the Lincolnton Police Department in connection with a May 17 accident in Lincolnton that left 14-year-old Beatriz Garcia dead. In the accident, Leonardo hit a curb while traveling on North Aspen Street and crashed into Jesus Name Ministerial…

Band of Knights to hold new uniform fundraiser

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Staff report North Lincoln High School Band of Knights members and the North Lincoln Band Boosters are currently seeking sponsorships and donations to purchase new uniforms. The band’s current uniforms were purchased 11 years ago when the school first opened and are in dire need of replacement. The band needs…

Board of Commissioners approves prayer policy, Mitchem backtracks

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Every seat in the chamber was filled and several dozen watched on a video screen in the lobby of the third floor of the James W. Warren Citizens Center as Lincoln County commissioners formally adopted a new prayer policy during their meeting on Monday night. The policy,…

Lincolnton man arrested in connection with shooting

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Staff report A Lincolnton man has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill after two men were shot in the Oaklawn community on Sunday. Joshua “J-Nasty” Glenn McRavion, 31, of 1100 Lincoln Street, was charged on Tuesday by the Lincolnton Police Department with assault with…

Washington religious freedom group threatens lawsuit

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer In an email sent on Monday, a Washington, D.C.-based religious liberty watchdog group warned Lincoln County commissioners not to ban non-Christian prayer from government meetings and gave commissioners 30 days to respond. The letter, sent from Americans United for Separation of Church and State, comes in…

City Council approves naming rights for Lincolnton park

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Lincolnton’s City Council unanimously approved a motion to extend naming rights for the new city park that will be located at the “old depot” on North Poplar Street. First Federal Bank will make a $50,000 contribution up front and pay $5,000 annually for five years to complete…

Lincolnton couple arrested on child sexual assault charges

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Staff report A Lincoln County couple was arrested on child sexual assault charges on Tuesday. Detectives charged and arrested Robert Lee Mahala, Jr., 46, and Lois Flowers Mahala, 45, both of 1486 Rhodes Rhyne Road in Lincolnton, on one felony count each of taking indecent liberties with a child. On…

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