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Vale woman charged with selling meth

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Staff report A Vale woman has been charged with selling methamphetamine at her western Lincoln County home. Tammy Lynn Crawley, 54, of Knoll Drive, was arrested on Thursday and charged with selling street-level amounts of meth to undercover Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office detectives over a period of several months. Crawley…

Sen. David Curtis launches re-election campaign

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer In the midst of his third term, state Sen. David Curtis has announced his intent to campaign for reelection in 2018. Curtis, a Denver Republican and optometrist, has served Senate District 44 since he was first elected in 2012. Senate District 44 includes the entirety of…

Apple Queen Pageant to feature 21 of Lincoln County’s brightest

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Rehearsals have begun for the 39th annual Apple Queen Scholarship Pageant, with 21 contestants from all four Lincoln County Schools public high schools, Lincoln Charter School and Long Shoals Wesleyan Academy competing for the coveted title of Apple Queen. Business & Professional Women’s Organization Lincolnton…

Downtown Lincolnton revival efforts begin with community vision forum

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The City of Lincolnton Steering Committee will take the next step toward revitalizing downtown Lincolnton by conducting a community vision forum on Tuesday evening at First United Methodist Church. The steering committee, founded with the intent of streamlining efforts between local government, support organizations and citizens…

Public hearing on tap for Block Smith Gym science center

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners will convene this evening for its regular monthly meeting, which will include a public hearing regarding the proposed sale of Block Smith Gym. Edward McFadden, founder and chairman of STEM Career Path Project, Inc. made a presentation to the board…

FEMA awards funding for local food and shelter programs

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Lincoln County has been awarded federal funding to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. The Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has elected to give Lincoln County $16,781 through its Emergency Food and Shelter Program. A national board chaired by…

Lincoln Charter nearing construction of $4 million expansion, upgrades

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Construction will begin soon on a new approximately 13,000 square-foot building at Lincoln Charter School’s Denver campus. The two-story building will contain 12 classrooms, administrative offices and an elevator to provide handicap access for both floors. It will connect to the existing gymnasium with a…

Woman convicted of child sexual assault

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Staff report A former Lincoln County resident pleaded guilty Tuesday in Lincoln County Superior Court to conspiracy to commit child abuse by sex act and taking indecent liberties with a child. Lois Flowers Mahala, 47, of Grover, was arrested on May 5, 2015 on the indecent liberties with a child…

Lincolnton man charged with trafficking LSD

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Staff report A Lincolnton man has been charged with trafficking LSD. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies said Zavier Zeus Hatcher, 20, of Georgetown Road, formerly of Clyde Wehunt Road in Cherryville, was arrested on Wednesday after the conclusion of an ongoing investigation into the sale of LSD, also known as…

Commissioner Anita McCall appointed to National Association of Counties

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Lincoln County Commissioner Anita McCall has been appointed to the National Association of Counties to serve as a member of the Community, Economic & Workforce Development Steering Committee. “It’s something you have to apply for and I was encouraged to do so by some of the…