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Deputies: WLMS student admitted writing ‘hit list’

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Staff report The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said a 15-year-old male eighth grade student at West Lincoln Middle School admitted writing “an alleged hit list” found at the school on Tuesday. The note, which was left in a boys bathroom, was found by students at the school. Deputies increased their…

Sheriff’s Office asking for help to locate missing girl

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Staff report The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to locate a missing 16-year-old girl. Aniya Symone Mikki Weeks, 16, was reported missing on Wednesday, April 29, deputies said. She was last seen going to school from McCorkle Road in Lincolnton. Weeks is described as a…

Possible hit list found at West Lincoln Middle

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Staff report The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office will increase its presence at West Lincoln Middle School on Wednesday, April 29 after two students found what appeared to be a hit list at the school. The note was found in a bathroom at the school, located at 260 Shoal Road in…

Maiden man charged with robbing grandparents

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Staff report A call about a fictitious home break-in on Wednesday led to the arrest of a Maiden man on charges that he robbed and kidnapped his grandparents in 2012. Zachary Cecil Lawing, 33, of 3440 Walker Road, was charged with felony robbery with a dangerous weapon and second degree…

Bomb threat leads to search of Lincolnton Middle

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Staff report A bomb threat relayed verbally between multiple students at Lincolnton Middle School was overheard and reported to law enforcement on Wednesday, April 22. The incident led to a search of the school on Wednesday afternoon by local law enforcement. No bombs or weapons were found on the grounds…

New subdivision proposed for Denver

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County has scheduled a community involvement meeting in Denver to discuss a proposed subdivision on Campground Road. The meeting, slated for May 7 at 7 p.m. at the Denver Fire Department, will center on Campground 64, LLC’s request to rezone 64 acres from single-family residential…

Casar man charged with stealing from Mitchem Farms

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Staff report A Casar man, who worked at a farm owned by Carrol Mitchem, chairman of the county’s Board of Commissioners and owner of the Mitchem’s Kitchen restaurant, has been charged with stealing cash from his employer. Brian Kelly Brackett, 37, of 1559 Casar Lawndale Road, was charged by the…

Lincoln County Board of Education plans budget requests

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer For the majority of Monday evening’s special called meeting, the Lincoln County Board of Education’s conversation centered on the hard numbers for this year’s upcoming county budget. But for a not insignificant period of time, board members also discussed how to best present their requests to county commissioners.…

Deputies: Man had 3 pounds of marijuana

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Staff report An Iron Station man was charged with possessing more than three pounds of marijuana by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office on Friday. Rush Logan Nantz, 35, of 2150 Highway 73, was charged with felony possession with intent to sell marijuana and possession of a schedule I controlled substance…

Woman found dead after Lincolnton apartment fire

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer A 65-year-old Lincolnton woman died in an apartment fire on Monday. After a call from a concerned neighbor, the Boger City Fire Department was dispatched to a one-story apartment fire at 963 Bailey Springs Road in Lincolnton and arrived on the scene shortly before 7:30 p.m.…