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Suspect charged in sex offense on child

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Cherryville man is accused of being involved in multiple sex-related incidents earlier this year with an eight-year-old girl, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies charged Joey Allen Smith Jr., 37, of 2571 Thomas Baxter Lane, Wednesday with one felony count of first-degree sexual offense…

Dalton hopes for votes in Lincolnton

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Lincoln County teams run for state championships Saturday

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Staff report Lincoln County will be represented in both the 1A and 2A classification at Saturday’s North Carolina High School Athletic Association cross-country state championships at Beeson Park in Kernersville. North Lincoln, the defending 2A boys state champions, East Lincoln and Maiden’s Corbin Boyles will run the first race of…

Late hours may boost downtown retailers

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The Lincolnton Downtown Development Association (DDA) recently launched a new program aimed at aligning local businesses’ hours of operation with current consumer trends, hoping to boost sales in the process. BOLT (Businesses Open Late on Thursdays) Downtown kicked off last week, when more than a dozen…

Sports Briefs — 11/2/12

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LHS fan bus Lincolnton High School has chartered a bus to transport fans to and from the game at Wilkes Central today. A ticket on the bus costs $14. Tickets to the game cost $6 at the gate. The bus will leave today at 5 p.m. Contact the school at…

Fish camp celebrates 60 years by sticking to ‘roots’

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Jones Fish Camp is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, and owner Garrett Goodson knows exactly what to attribute its long-standing success to. “We’ve stuck to our roots,” he told the Times-News on Wednesday. Goodson’s grandfather, Bryant Jones, started the restaurant in 1952 after experiencing a…

Schedules — 11/2/12

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Football playoffs East Lincoln hosts Wheatmore at 7:30 p.m. today. West Lincoln travels to South Iredell at 7:30 p.m. today. Lincolnton travels to Wilkes Central at 7:30 p.m. today.…

Art exhibit to feature women’s creations

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer “We want people to walk in and be in awe; we want to move them,” Stacy Pilkington-Smith told the Times-News on Thursday. Sharing a common theme of humans in nature, four women will bring pieces of their work together for the Interconnected art exhibit that kicks…

Lions help screen young eyes

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Civic club volunteers help to check students’ vision AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer Elementary school children in three Lincoln County schools may soon be seeing more clearly thanks to vision screenings provided by the Lincolnton Lions Club this week. Battleground, G.E. Massey and S. Ray Lowder elementary schools hosted the club…

Obituaries — 11-2-12

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Burgin Wilson Goodson Burgin Wilson Goodson, age 91, of the Brian Center and formerly of 3681 Goodson Road in Maiden, died on Wednesday, October 31, 2012. His funeral service will be 3 p.m. today at Ivey Memorial United Methodist Church with Rev. Tim Matthews and Rev. Robert Combs officiating. Burial…