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  Leaves, leaves everywhere I live on a tree lined street in the City of Lincolnton. The trees outlining our lot provide a wonderful shade in the July and August sun, a welcome relief. Fall arrives in October and November, bringing the leaves to the ground. They fall and fall…

Getting ready for Christmas

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Issa, McHenry decry Obamacare at field hearing

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer The Gaston County Courthouse was packed Friday morning as the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee listened to local testimonies regarding the impact the Affordable Care Act has made on North Carolinians. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., led the discussion for “Obamacare Implementation: Sticker Shock of Increased…

Around Town — 11-25-13

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MONDAY Library meeting The Lincoln County Public Library Board of Trustees will meet 6 p.m. at the Charles R. Jonas Library, 306 W. Main St. in Lincolnton. Healthcare event Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina will hold a healthcare coverage seminar 6 p.m. at the Shanklin Library, 7837…

Criminal Charges — 11-25-13

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Wayne Junior Helms, 45, of 222 Springs East Rd. in Lincolnton was charged Nov. 21 with one count each of possession of a schedule III controlled substance and possession of marijuana up to 1/2 ounce. A $1,000 secured bond was set.…

Local stars come out for annual Chamber banquet

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Lentz Center repairs move along

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Following unprecedented summer flooding throughout the county and region this year, officials with Betty G. Ross Park’s William M. Lentz Recreation Center anticipate the facility re-opening early next year. Currently, the gym floor is undergoing a $25,000 asbestos treatment to remove the original tile located underneath…

Obituaries — 11-25-13

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Ruth Royster February 18, 1921 – November 24, 2013 Mary Ruth Toney Royster, 92, 7197 Hull Rd, Cherryville passed away on Sunday, November 24, 2013, at her home. She was born on February 18, 1921 in Cleveland County to the late Paul Ernest Toney and Lula Grace Smith Toney.     She…

State uneployment rate dipped in October

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   North Carolina’s unemployment rate is on a downward slope. According to the North Carolina Department of Commerce, the state’s seasonally adjusted October unemployment rate was 8%, a 0.3% decline from September’s revised rate of 8.3%. October’s state unemployment rate is 1.4% lower than it…

Guerilla Poets mix medium with message

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer For the Guerilla Poets, the power of the word has become a way to inspire others and change lives. Each of the 10 members who comprise the pack, which branched off from local poetry group Poetry Lincolnton just last year, possesses multiple artistic talents, working on…