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New board shakes up county leadership

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Mitchem elected chairman, Jackson fired as county manager ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer A dramatic shift in Lincoln County’s leadership took place at the Board of Commissioners meeting Monday night. Newly elected commissioner Bill Beam, who was inducted alongside Martin Oakes, nominated veteran county commissioner Carroll Mitchem to serve as the…

Restraining order application against sheriff dismissed

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer An attempt to secure a restraining order against Lincoln County Sheriff David Carpenter was dismissed in district court on Dec. 1 after it was determined by District 27B judge Ali Paksoy, Jr. that accuser Wayne Anthony Huss must file a verified complaint to the court in…

Macy’s Parade experience twice as nice for twin brothers

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Most people would agree that having the opportunity to cross something off of your “bucket list” at 21 years old is a chance that you want to seize. This sentiment rang true for former East Lincoln High marching band standouts and twins Brandon Nichols and Britt…

Cat Square prepares for parade festivities

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer When a yearly event is anticipated and embraced by a community for 41 years, it has officially graduated to “tradition.” Since 1973, the Cat Square parade has been the focal point of area residents during the holiday season. Each year, residents in and around Cat Square…

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL — In the win column

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WL boys top Draughn for first victory RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor VALE — West Lincoln’s boys basketball team found a way to lose at Valdese Draughn last week. On Tuesday it found a way to win. Dylan Frady had 15 points, 10 in the fourth quarter, and the Rebels avenged…

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS — After big win, Mustangs turn focus to Franklin

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RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor DENVER — Over the last decade East Lincoln hasn’t played to its potential the week after facing Lincolnton. But the Mustangs also haven’t played their archivals this deep into the season. Undefeated East Lincoln hosts unbeaten Franklin at 7:30 Friday night in a game that decides…

LOCAL — Prep hoops schedules altered due to football; Wolves split wrestling matches

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LINCOLN TIMES-NEWS Several local prep basketball programs have altered their schedules due to teams competing in the football state playoffs. East Lincoln, Lincoln Charter, Lincolnton and North Lincoln were forced to make changes this week. East Lincoln and North Lincoln’s regularly-scheduled contests at East Lincoln Monday was postponed, along with…

County reverses prior convenience site decisions

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County residents will no longer be restricted to the “wheelbarrow load” rule at the county’s convenience sites. At a meeting Monday night, county commissioners voted to return the construction and demolition boxes to all of the convenience sites, reversing changes in the county’s solid waste…

UPCOMING GAMES — 12/3/14

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Today Wrestling E. Lincoln at Crest, 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4 Basketball S. Iredell at E. Lincoln (no varsity boys) Friday, Dec. 5 Basketball N. Lincoln at Lincolnton W. Lincoln at Cherryville Varsity football NCHSAA 2AA regional final: Franklin at E. Lincoln, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6 Wrestling E. Lincoln…

Criminal Charges — 12-3-14

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Dawn Marie Knott, 47, of 1370 Jaclyn Ln. in Lincolnton was charged Nov. 28 with three counts each of felony breaking and entering of a building and larceny after breaking and entering and five counts each of possession of stolen goods,…