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American Heritage Girls offers faith-focused group for young women

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer “There is a need in today’s society for girls to know the love of Christ, the joy of lasting friendships and the fun of wholesome experiences,” county resident Melissa Gemes said. Gainsville Baptist Church soon will be the host facility for a nonprofit organization, similar to…

Cocaine and cash seized in western Lincoln County raid

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Narcotics investigators seized nearly a quarter ounce of cocaine Friday from a western Lincoln County man’s residence following a six-month long investigation, the Sheriff’s Office said. Rafael Juaves Martinez, 50, of 4315 Baxter Road in Cherryville, was charged in the incident. Deputies searched the man’s house…

Thieves hit eastern Lincoln County church

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Thieves targeted an eastern Lincoln County church over the weekend, taking two large food appliances from the facility, deputies said. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division is looking into the incident, which they said took place sometime between Saturday and Sunday at Holy Spirit Catholic…

Officers seek help in fraud case

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A man is accused of cashing fake checks this month in three area counties including Lincoln, the Sheriff’s Office said. The agency issued a press release Tuesday asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect, whose image was recorded on one of the location’s video…

Around Town — 8-28-13

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TODAY Spay/neuter registration The Humane Society of Lincoln County will host registration 1-4 p.m. at 2422 Country Club Rd. in Lincolnton for a low-cost spay/neuter clinic Sept. 10. Payment in the form of cash or check is due at registration. An additional registration will be Thursday. Rally The Lincolnton Branch…

Criminal Charges — 8-28-13

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Landon Kirk McMahon, 21, of 4517 Catawba-Burris Rd. in Denver was served a true bill of indictment Aug. 23 for one felony count of first-degree sex offense by an adult offender. A $25,000 secured bond was set. Blair Tyler Itson, 24,…

State NAACP leader to attend Lincolnton rally

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer In a surprise announcement, local leaders have revealed that Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, president of the North Carolina NAACP, will be the guest speaker for Wednesday’s “Taking the Dream Home to Lincolnton” event. Deanna McGinnis, chair of the Lincoln County Democratic Party, said she…

EMS: One dead after motorcycle crashed on N.C. 150

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A motorcycle collided with a flat-bed truck Tuesday morning in northeastern Lincoln County, killing at least one person, according to Emergency Medical Services. The incident happened just after 10 a.m. at 6905 E. N.C. 150, near Henry Dellinger Road, EMS officials said. Department of Transportation has blocked…

Deputies: Man at-large who cashed fake checks in three counties

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A man is accused of cashing fake checks this month in three area counties including Lincoln, the Sheriff’s Office said. The agency issued a press release Tuesday asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect, whose image was recorded on one of the location’s video surveillance systems.…