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Denver woman sentenced for pharmacy robberies

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   An eastern Lincoln County woman was sentenced Tuesday to at least 25 years in federal prison for robbing a Gaston County pharmacy, one of many she robbed across four counties, police said. Lorrie Kimberly Griffin, 45, of 1995 Rock Springs Circle in Denver, was found…

Arson suspected in Denver trailer fire

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Flames consumed the inside of an eastern Lincoln County home this week in an incident fire officials believe may have been the work of an arsonist. The incident occurred around 2 a.m. Wednesday at 6506 Persimmon Lane in Denver, according to Denver Fire Chief Jay…

Job Listings

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  Materials Supervisor  (Job #10224096) Responsible for the performance of all tasks involved in the shipment, requisition and storage of materials, supplies and equipment into and from warehouse. Includes the coordination of material flow. Must have an in-depth understanding of lean manufacturing practices and principles and be able to effect…

Criminal Charges 8-9-13

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  The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests:    Tosceona Aza-Liah Kent, 20, of 609 12th St. SW in Hickory was charged Aug. 2 with two counts of failure to appear. A $500 secured bond was set. Caterina Carol Gray, 38, of 2875 Highland Ave. in Hickory was…

Former prosecutor’s wife gets 6 years for fraud

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   The wife of a retired Lincoln County prosecutor received a six-year federal prison sentence Thursday for money laundering and health care fraud conspiracy, according to the United States District Attorney’s Office in North Carolina’s Western district. Federal officials said a judge sentenced Linda Smoot…

Man faces meth charges for second time in 2 months

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer     A Maiden man is behind bars for the second time in two months for making methamphetamine after narcotics investigators located both lab remnants and precursors inside a Lincolnton residence Wednesday, the Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies arrested James Christopher Coleman, 42, of Bob…

Tuning up for the season

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SBA offers disaster loans in Lincoln

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Lincoln and surrounding counties that were impacted by the flash flooding on July 27 have received a disaster-loan declaration from the United States Small Business Administration, local officials announced Thursday. The declaration will allow those with property damage from the storms to apply for low-interest…

Register of Deeds puts records on the web

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Lincoln County residents may now access all Register of Deeds books online, the office announced this week. The project has been ongoing for several years and has involved the scanning of all deed-book images, now available on the Lincoln County website (under the Register of…

Obituaries 8-9-13

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Maggie Bell ‘Polly’ Caldwell Beal JOHNSON CITY, TENN. — Maggie Bell “Polly” Caldwell Beal, age 80, of the Christian Care Center in Johnson City, Tenn., and formerly of Lincolnton, died on Tuesday, August 6, 2013. Her funeral service will be 11 a.m. today in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with…