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Sports Briefs — 10/29/12

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Football playoffs The North Carolina High School Athletic Association released football playoff pairings on Saturday. No. 1 East Lincoln (2A) hosts No. 8 Wheatmore on Friday. No. 7 Lincolnton (2A) travels to No. 2 Wilkes Central on Friday. No. 6 West Lincoln (2AA) travels to No. 3 South Iredell on…

Around Town — 10-29-12

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MONDAY Food drive All Gaston College campuses in Gaston and Lincoln Counties are collecting canned good items now through Nov. 16 for their SGA food drive. For more information, contact the SGA Office at (704) 922-6418 or government.student@gaston.edu. WEDNESDAY Festival of Trees Forms are due for the The Arts Council of…

Criminal charges — 10-29-12

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Tait Richard Rogers, 20, of 3211 June Bug Rd. in Vale was charged Oct. 24 with one felony count each of trafficking opiates by sell, deliver and possession, selling and delivering schedule II and schedule III controlled substances and possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a…

Water main break prompts school to release students early

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LTN Staff Reports A water-main break Friday afternoon in Lincolnton resulted in the early dismissal of Lincoln Charter School students. Lincoln County Public Works officials announced the break, located on Riverview Road, just before 1 p.m. They warned that nearby water customers would potentially experience low pressure or no water…

Obituaries — 10-29-12

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Shirley Ann Masche Cole VALE — Shirley Ann Masche Cole, age 76, of 7002 Jake Seagle Road, Vale, died on Tuesday, October 23, 2012. A memorial service was held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at Forest Lawn Cemetery followed with inurnment. Ms. Cole was born August 11,…

Drug suspect roundup continues

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Raid targets street-level dealer suspects JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Deputies have rounded up roughly 40 area street-level drug trafficking suspects since Operation “Route 66” commenced Wednesday morning across Lincoln County. The fourth and largest round-up in county history had suspects pouring into the magistrate’s office throughout the day on charges…

School board threatens to censure Houser

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Use of private records by campaign draws scrutiny FRANK TAYLOR Lincoln Times-News A Lincoln County Board of Education member is set to face voters on Election Day while still under the threat of censure from fellow board members. Following allegations that board member Tommy Houser improperly used school employee personnel…

Community unites against racist vandalism

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Area residents told the Times-News Thursday that they were offended and outraged after vandals spray-painted a racial slur earlier this week on a power supply box for a railroad arm grade crossing on Carolina Mill Circle in Lincolnton. Due to the offensiveness of the words written,…

Jenkins unopposed for Board of Education District 4

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LTN Staff reports The Lincoln Times-News has surveyed candidates for federal, state and local offices this fall, publishing their answers to a range of questions on important issues. Today’s edition provides a final set of responses from the candidate for the Lincoln County Board of Education District 4 seat. Tony…

Partnership plans Vale ‘Spooktacular’ event

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer In hopes of drawing awareness to the importance of the first 2,000 days of a child’s life, while getting area residents in the Halloween spirit, the Partnership for Children of Lincoln and Gaston counties will host its fourth Family Spooktacular this weekend. Last year, about 2,000…