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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…

Criminal Charges— 7-12-17

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: David Alan Webb, 32, of 3866 NC 27 W. in Lincolnton was charged July 7 with one count each of driving while license suspended or revoked, resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer, assault on a government official and speed to…

Red Fox Gaming becomes Denver’s first video game store

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Businesses of all shapes and sizes are converging on Denver, which continues to grow at an unprecedented rate. The newest addition, Red Fox Gaming, is a family-owned store that offers retro and next generation selections for gamers from any generation. Red Fox Gaming is a family-owned…

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…

Deputy injured during foot chase with suspect

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Staff report A Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputy was injured during a foot chase following the vehicle chase of a man on a four-wheeler. David Alan Webb, 32, of Highway 27 West in Lincolnton, is accused of fleeing from officers and breaking a deputy’s hand during the pursuit. Deputies responded…

Local law enforcement fighting an uphill battle against opioid epidemic

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Opioid abuse has become an epidemic that not only affects those addicted to the euphoric high, but also the family and friends of the addict, emergency medical responders tasked too often with saving lives from overdoses and law enforcement officers working to combat the crisis at…

State budget includes funding for Lincoln County projects

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The new $23 billion state budget that went into effect on July 1 includes approximately $550,000 set aside by local legislators to aid three capital projects in Lincoln County and the city of Lincolnton. Lincoln County state Rep. Jason Saine, a Lincolnton Republican, and state Sen.…

Vale leatherworkers uphold deep-rooted family tradition

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Leatherwork is what has linked the Mulls of Vale together over the years but the middle George, George Pinkney Mull Jr., has led the life that books and movies are made of. Going back to the beginning, the Mulls came to this country in the…

Statue of Medal of Honor recipient unveiled in Cornelius

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer A likeness of former Lincolnton resident and Medal of Honor recipient Cpl. Jerry Crump was unveiled at the Town of Cornelius Veterans Monument at a ceremony held on July 4. Crump earned the Medal of Honor for his acts of heroism during the Korean War.…