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Fire destroys home

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Flames destroyed a one-story brick home in Lincolnton Tuesday afternoon, leaving firefighters puzzled. Crews with South Fork, Lincolnton and Crouse Fire Departments responded around 1:30 p.m. to the smokey scene at 1638 Roseland Drive, fire officials said. Fire was still shooting through the roof of the…

Floodwaters hit Lincoln County

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Hickory man’s bond increased over Cherryville rape, break-in charges

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A judge increased a Hickory man’s bond following a first appearance Monday in Gaston County after Cherryville police said he raped and strangled a local woman over the weekend, sending her to a Lincolnton hospital. Phillip Nathaniel Link, 39, of 102 1st Avenue Northeast,…

Board of Education presents budget request to County Commissioners

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The Lincoln County Board of Education officially presented its proposed budget to the Board of Commissioners Monday night, though whether the amount requested is eventually granted remains to be seen. As the Times-News previously reported, School Board members finalized during a meeting last week…

Sewage spill causes swimming advisory in Denver

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   A sewage spill in eastern Lincoln County late Monday night has resulted in a swimming advisory for one Lake Norman cove. An estimated 1,000 gallons of untreated sewage flowed into an unnamed cove at the 8000 block of Malibu Pointe Lane, in the Lucky…

Service News

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  Army National Guard Pfc. Joshua Calloway has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical…

Reader’s Forum

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  Muscadine Jubilee at Woodmill Winery a family friendly festival   Even though the weather was cold and overcast, it didn’t curtail thousands of infants, children, parents, and grandparents throughout Alexander, Burke, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, and Rutherford Counties to attend this western Lincoln County festival. Larry Cagle, owner…

Relay for Life coming to Lincolnton Middle School

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   More than 50 teams will flock to Lincolnton Middle School Friday for Lincoln County’s second Relay for Life celebration this spring. The event is set to include more than twice as many civic groups, churches, schools and businesses as last month’s East Lincoln gathering…

Criminal Charges 5-8-13

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  The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Reggie Joe Beal, 44, of 2994 Maiden Hwy. in Lincolnton was charged May 3 with one count each of first-degree trespassing, felony breaking and entering a building and felony larceny. A $5,000 secured bond was set. Joshua Kyle Ball, 19,…

Obituaries 5-8-13

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  Fred Larry Sigmon MATTHEWS — Fred Larry Sigmon died peacefully in his home in Weddington on May 3, 2013.  Fred was born in Lincolnton on July 29, 1937, son of James Blaine Sigmon and Martha Knight Sigmon.  He graduated from Brevard Junior College, High Point College, and N.Y.U. and…