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Woman drowns in Lake Norman

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Staff report Rescuers recovered the body of a 36-year-old Lincolnton woman who drowned in Lake Norman at a Denver residence on Tuesday. The body of Elisabeth Anna Burford, 36, of 214 Rock Ola Lane in Lincolnton, was located at 6:40 p.m. by divers, several feet from the pier where she…

Deputies make two drug arrests

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators recently made two drug busts, and utilized surveillance and a national database that tracks methamphetamine precursors to take cocaine and methamphetamine off of Lincoln County streets. Deputies tracked Christopher Lee Sisk, 37, of 1119 Safeway Drive in Gastonia, on the…

Around Town — 07-30-14

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TODAY VBS Fairview Baptist Church in Lincolnton will host vacation bible school from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. The theme is from Grumble to Humble and will run until August 2 will the Saturday session beginning at 10:30 a.m. For more information, please call (980) 429-5630 VBS Saint James AME…

An unexpected birth

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist Bob Lebrec said he used to be a fireman. He told me of a time the fire department was called to a woman’s home, and when they announced themselves and entered, they found the woman in the bathroom sitting on the commode. The woman told them…

Criminal Charges — 7-30-14

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The Lincolnton Police Department reported the following arrests: James Deane Turner II, 42, of 2461 Otis Dellinger Road in Lincolnton was charged July 25 with fifteen felony counts uttering forged instrument and one count misdemeanor failure to appear. A secured $12,500 bond was set. Hunter Thomas Hull,27, of 44585 Baldwin…

Our View — Let’s see what the Supreme Court says

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North Carolina’s constitutional same-sex marriage ban may soon be getting the Supreme-Court treatment. It’s about time. The Fourth Circuit federal appeals court, which covers North Carolina and several other East Coast states, struck down Virginia’s constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriage on Monday, and set the stage for a potential Supreme…

Apple Queen crowned

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North Lincoln student Abby Jane Hord takes title ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County is celebrating the reign of a new Apple Queen. Abby Jane Hord, a rising senior at North Lincoln High School, was crowned Lincoln County Apple Queen, a title which holds a $3,000 scholarship to further her…

Study says constructing new county offices could cost $38M

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer More information was recently released from the county regarding a 2009 study to construct a new facility for county offices. In the study conducted by Stewart, Cooper and Newell Architects, the anticipated costs for the construction of a new county facility on a new site was…

County welcomes new Cooperative Extension director

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Lincoln County’s branch of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension will soon be welcoming a new director. Effective Aug. 1, Thomas L. Dyson will take over for Kevin Starr, the former director who announced his retirement in January after 23 years with the Cooperative Extension. Dyson, his…

Lincolnton police find meth lab

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer The Lincolnton Police Department discovered a meth lab at 807 South Poplar Street on Thursday. Officers discovered a small, portable meth lab in an outside location on the property. Detectives with the narcotics division of the Lincolnton Police Department were called in to assist the patrol…