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Union Fire Department recognized for low rate

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer One western Lincoln County fire department accomplished a rare feat this summer by obtaining an unusually low fire district rating for a rural agency. The North Carolina Department of Insurance’s Office of the State Fire Marshal gave Union Fire Department a class 5/9E rating following the…

‘Recycled Artire’

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Locks of Love

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How I served my country

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist As told by Ray Hoffman Ray Hoffman is an 87 year-old gentleman from Lincolnton. He enjoys eating breakfast at Hardees and spending time with his numerous friends there. The morning I interviewed him we were interrupted frequently. Almost everyone who came in knew him and either…

Notable News — 7-8-13

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Laura Lynn Barrett, a 2009 co-Valedictorian graduate of West Lincoln, graduated from Meredith College in Raleigh on May 11.  She  earned a Bachelor of Arts, with double majors in Psychology & Religious and Ethical Studies. She has been accepted into the graduate program at Meredith to continue her education starting…

Around Town — 7-8-13

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 TODAY Fall enrollment Gaston College will begin fall enrollment today. For more information, call (704) 748-5200. New Student Orientation Gaston College will host a four-day Basic Skills New Student Orientation class 9 a.m. to noon and 5:30-8:30 p.m. today (June 8) through July 11 in room 118 of the Lincoln…

Criminal Charges — 7-8-13

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Ricky George Oxford, 27, of 2429 Southside Rd. in Lincolnton was charged July 1 with one count each of felony breaking and entering a building, larceny after breaking and entering and possessing stolen goods. A $10,000 bond was set. Eric Deveron…

Obituaries — 7-8-13

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Sue Wells Kerley BURNSVILLE — Sue Wells Kerley, age 73, of 791 McKinney Road in Burnsville, died on Friday, July 5, 2013. Her funeral service will be 3 p.m. today in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Alan Higgins officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery. The family…

Candidates file for city elections

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Filing for the 2013 Lincolnton municipal election got underway Friday at noon, with the two-week period for candidates to officially mark their intention to run for city office continuing through July 19. Two incumbents were among the four candidates who filed Friday. Mayor John Gilleland, a…

Program to teach Braille to blind children

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer “It’s not an embarrassment to be blind,” Yvonne Franz said. The Lincolnton resident has been teaching visually-impaired students for more than three decades and could not be more excited to teach Braille and other life skills to eight local five to 12-year-olds this week. Franz helped…