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Downtown to hold ‘Small Business Saturday’ after Thanksgiving

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincolnton’s Business and Community Development Office is making strides to promote local independent businesses this holiday season. While the mass holiday shopping spree typically kicks off with “Black Friday,” followed by the country’s “Cyber Monday,” Small Business Saturday, a day encouraging communities to patronize locally owned…

Plan to move Health Department stalls

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer After a lengthy discussion between commissioners and county staff, Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 to deny a $91,000 contract with Stewart-Cooper-Newell Architects, PA to begin renovations at the former hospital facility on Gamble Drive in Lincolnton at a Monday meeting. According to Director of…

Our View — Stupid voters?

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A Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist has found himself on the receiving end of the sort of righteous indignation usually reserved by the media and members of Congress for people like Vladimir Putin after remarks came to light where he referred to the “stupidity of the American voter” regarding the…

Reader’s Forum — 11-19-14

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Thanks for saving animals This is to thank the Lincoln County community, all the volunteers, the rescue groups, no-kill group HATS, fosters, shelter workers and management and inmates for the outstanding response to the over-capacity situation at the shelter. Because of all of the above, a tremendous amount of animals…

Local shop helps the handicapped bowl

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Bradley Duke’s business, Double D Fabrication, may be small, but the company is making a big name for itself, making bowling ball ramps for handicapped children in countries around the world. The small welding and fabrication business started in 1999 and is located at Duke’s home…

Criminal Charges — 11-19-14

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The Lincolnton Police Department reported the following arrests: Michael Fair, 28, of 3029 Chestnut Road in Lincolnton was charged Nov. 14 with one misdemeanor count of assault on a female. A $500 unsecured bond was set. Dejuan Marquette Banks, 36, of 120 Davis Street in Lincolnton was charged Nov. 14…

Animal adoptions spike after release of kill list

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer The effectiveness of the steps being taken to make the Lincoln County Animal Shelter a no-kill shelter is unclear in the wake of the recent release of a list of 130 animals that were scheduled to be euthanized. On Nov. 3, Ryan Curry, assistant supervisor of…

Local WCU band members headed to NY for Thanksgiving parade

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Twenty-two Lincoln County high school graduates will take center stage at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as the Pride of the Mountains from Western Carolina University will be the lead band for the annual holiday tradition. Immediately following the iconic Radio City Rockettes, the WCU Marching…

Around Town — 11-19-14

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TODAY Lake Norman Covekeepers meeting The Lake Norman Covekeepers for all interested residents of the Lake Norman area will meet at 7 p.m. at The Episcopal Church of St. Peter by-the-Lake at 8433 Fairfield Forest Road in Denver. For more information, call (704) 489 – 6249. Seminar Series Gaston College…

Obituaries — 11-19-14

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Dr. Karl Lander Lawing Jr. Dr. Karl Lander Lawing Jr., age 89, of 327 N. Laurel Street in Lincolnton, died on Sunday, November 16, 2014. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, November 20, 2014, at Lutheran Church of the Epiphany, 5220 Silas Creek Parkway in…