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Criminal Charges — 6-25-14

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The Lincolnton Police Department reported the following arrests: Ronka Ahmed Sowell, 43, of 200 Hubbard Street in Lincolnton was charged June 18 with one count misdemeanor first degree trespassing. A $1000 unsecured bond was set. Lee Vashuan Nixon, 31, of 1619 Buck Court in Lincolnton was charged on June 18…

Obituaries — 6-25-14

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Philip Olin Gentry Philip Olin Gentry, age 92, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, went to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Monday, June 23, 2014. His funeral service will be 2 p.m. today in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery.…

Inmate injured after throwing self from jail’s second floor

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UPDATE: According to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Crystal Hubbard signed an unsecured bond of $30,000 at CMC – Main and later signed herself out, against medical advice. The extent of her injuries and her current condition are unknown. ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported that…

Groups mark anniversary of Ramsour’s Mill

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County’s first paintball facility on its way

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County’s first professional paintball facility is expecting to open its doors this fall. Owner John “Kirk” Bailey received the green light from the county’s Board of Commissioners at the June 16 meeting, where they unanimously voted to approve his conditional use permit for Lake Norman…

Program aims to curb hunger in local kids this summer

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer The Lincoln County Schools system is once again participating in the Summer Food Service Program. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service website, the Summer Food Service Program was created in 1968. As a three-year pilot, the program provided grants to…

City cops charge Iredell man for growing pot

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Staff report Police said they arrested an Iredell County man on June 17 and accused him of possessing nearly 200 grams of marijuana inside a Lincolnton residence, and growing more than a dozen marijuana plants at a home in Mooresville. Walter Belfield II, of 179 Asbury Circle in Mooresville, was…

Lincolnton Animal Hospital triples space with new facility

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer The Lincolnton Animal Hospital celebrated its grand opening at its new location Saturday. The hospital made the transition to its North Generals Boulevard location on May 24. According to Lincolnton Animal Hospital owner and veterinarian Dr. Karen Miller, the high client demand and lack of space…

Obituaries — 6-23-14

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Fairy Kanipe Burton Fairy Kanipe Burton, 90, of 6010 Windy Knoll Lane, Charlotte, formerly of Vale, passed away Saturday, June 21, 2014 at her home. She was born in Catawba County on August 11, 1923 to the late John Robert Kanipe and Maggie Ethel Gibson Kanipe. She was retired from…

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Six local sports legends honored for their achievements By RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor Johnny Colvard summarized the entire 2014 Lincoln County Sports Hall of Fame class in 12 short words. “I have had a great, great career as far as sports goes,” he said. Colvard, along with Sheila Barker, Mike…