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Annual meeting shows improved numbers for Pumpkin Center VFD

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer While volunteerism across the country is on a downward trend in relation to volunteer fire departments, the Ore Bank Pumpkin Center VFD has managed to produce improved numbers with a penchant for creative fiscal maneuvers to assist and strengthen the department as a whole. During an…

Mullen elected Board of Education chairman, new members sworn in

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Staff report Lincoln County’s Board of Education officially welcomed newly elected board members and leadership at its meeting Tuesday night. Veteran member Mark Mullen was unanimously elected by the education board to serve as its new chairman, a position most recently held by school board member Candy Burgin. Burgin, who…

Man struck and killed by train

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Staff report A Lincoln County man was struck and killed by a train in the Lincolnton city limits on Sunday, according to police. Officers responded to the railroad tracks near the 1200 block of East Gaston Street early on the morning of Dec. 7 about a call regarding a subject…

Chamber groups get OK to move on UDO change request

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer After nearly a year of dialogue and meetings with county staff and community leaders, the West Lincoln and East Lincoln area councils have received the green light from the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce, the next step in efforts to amend and improve the county’s Unified…

Police: Man caught trying to steal TV

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Staff report Lincolnton police officers caught a man in the process of stealing a television set from a South Aspen Street residence on Sunday, according to a press release. Officers said they found Reginald Eugene Jones, 46, of Catawba Street in Lincolnton, trying to leave a residence while carrying a…

School board approves promotions of LHS’s Sigmon, Ledford

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Sigmon is Wolves’ new AD, Gibson takes over football reins RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor The Lincoln County Board of Education on Tuesday approved of the promotions of Lincolnton High coaches Cole Sigmon and Ledford Gibson to athletic director and head football coach, respectively, and its monthly meeting. Both will fill…

2AA STATE FINALS — Mustangs feel at home in Winston-Salem

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RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor DENVER — The home field of the ACC’s Wake Forest Demon Deacons was kind to East Lincoln the last time it played there. The Mustangs expect nothing less this time around. Undefeated East Lincoln will face one-loss Washington for the NCHSAA state 2AA football championship at 4…

Knights, Rebels split

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NL boys dominate the post RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor VALE — North Lincoln’s boys basketball team took the inside approach Tuesday while West Lincoln stayed along the perimeter. The higher-percentage shots prevailed. Collin Labar had 28 points and 15 rebounds, Landon Yarbrough added 21 points and 17 boards, and the Knights’…

Lincolnton sweeps North Lincoln

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Wolves girls rally from 10 down to win RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor PUMPKIN CENTER — With a 10-point lead North Lincoln’s girls basketball team was nine minutes away from snapping a 30-game losing streak. But Lincolnton had other plans. Saylor Whitesides scored 22 points and added eight steals, and Kaniya Brown…

LOCAL ROUNDUP — Late 3-pointer lifts Lincolnton boys over Gastonia Forestview

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LINCOLN TIMES-NEWS Robbie Cowie’s 3-pointer with 7.4 seconds left lifted Lincolnton’s boys basketball team to a 58-56 win at Gastonia Forestview on Tuesday. Cowie finished with a game-high 18 points, 16 in the second half, and Quavis Phelps added 17 as the Wolves outscored the Jaguars by 13 in the…