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Criminal Charges 5-1-15

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Robert Lee Mahala, Jr., 46, of 1492 Rhodes Rhyne Rd. in Lincolnton was charged Apr. 28 with one count each of possession of marijuana up to ½ oz. and possession of drug paraphernalia. A $500 secured bond was set. Stephanie Buchanan,…

Schools may get athletics funding

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer If the Lincoln County Board of Education gets what it asks for, local high school athletics could get a significant funding boost. The board asked county commissioners for $20,000 for each of four area high schools to restore some funding for athletic needs. “If you’ve been…

Lincolnton locksmith opens up about 53-year business

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  ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Of all the places someone could lose their keys, the building at 3623 Maiden Highway in Lincolnton certainly wouldn’t be an optimal location However, if an unfortunate soul did misplace a set in a business that holds thousands of them, at least they’d find themselves…

Lincolnton Lions Club offers scholarships

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Staff report The Lincolnton Lions Club is accepting applications for its 2015 Lions Club Scholarship. One $500 Lions Club College Scholarship will be awarded at East Lincoln, North Lincoln, Lincolnton and West Lincoln High School. All sections of the 2015 Lincolnton Lions Club College Scholarship application and supporting documents must be completed…

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…

Obituaries — 4-29-15

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  Gary Donald Huss CROUSE — Mr. Gary Donald Huss, age 70, of 2289 Shoal Road in Crouse, died on Sunday, April 26, 2015. His funeral will be held at 2 p.m. today, April 29, 2015, at Leonard’s Fork Baptist Church with Rev. Darrell Bost, Rev. Barry Devine and Rev.…

County aims to keep tax rate flat

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Lincoln County commissioners held a five-hour-long meeting on Tuesday morning to discuss the impending county budget for a final time before it is officially presented to them at a May 18 meeting. County manager Kelly Atkins, finance director Deanna Rios and the five commissioners went through…

Donation of school inspires community

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Long Shoals School in Lincolnton served the community from 1934 until the early 1960s, when consolidation sent those who attended to the brand new Love Memorial Elementary School. Prior to 1934, the school was located on a lot just west of its current home, before it…

A rekindled lost love

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist Amy Gardner told me her mother-in-law, Meredith Gardner, grew up in Florida. During those years she met a man named Fred Merckson. Their families were very close and planned activities together. Meredith and Fred were around each other frequently. They went through all of their elementary…