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A baseball story

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist I had asked Sue Caldwell for a moment she would never forget, and she gave me this story about how Lincolnton’s first baseball team came to be. Caldwell tells me her dad, Giles Ballard, owned a country store located across the street from their house. The…

Around Town 7-16-14

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TODAY VBS New Grace Baptist Church will host vacation bible school beginning at 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. until July 18. The theme is God’s Greatest Gift of Giving. A special program will be held Friday with hamburgers, hotdogs and ice cream. For more information, please call (704) 747-6434 or…

Obituaries 7-16-14

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Paula Inez Bumgarner Finger Paula Inez Bumgarner Finger, age 67, of Lincolnton passed away Sunday, July 13, 2014 at CMC-Main in Charlotte. She was born in Catawba County to the late Paul Bumgarner and Nancy Devine Bumgarner. She is survived by her husband, Marshall Finger of the home; one son,…

Portion of Rail Trail to close for bridge repairs

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer For the next two weeks, a portion of the Marcia Cloninger Rail Trail will be closed while repairs are made on the South Aspen Street Bridge. Approximately a quarter of a mile of the trail will be closed, between South Government Street and Academy Street. According…

Criminal Charges 7-16-14

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The Lincolnton Police Department reported the following arrests: Shasta Marie Oxendine, 30, of 1521 Atlantic Lane in Lincolnton was charged July 10 with one misdemeanor count each possession of stolen goods and larceny. A $2000 secured bond was set. Ricky Dwayne Roberts, 53, of 1509 S. Sterling Street, Apt A…

Hawley ~ Pearson Engagement

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Mike and Freida A. Hawley of Lincolnton announce the engagement of their daughter Danielle Spencer Hawley of Lincolnton to James Brian Pearson Jr. of Lincolnton. Danielle is a graduate of Appalachian State University with a degree in Elementary Education. She is employed by Lincoln County Schools. James is the son…

North Lincoln student serves as page in General Assembly

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Last week, North Lincoln High School student Libby Henderson, along with 10 other North Carolina students, had the opportunity to experience the inner workings of state politics firsthand. A rising sophomore, Henderson spent last week at the legislative building in Raleigh, assisting House and Senate legislators…

Field set for Soil and Water board election

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Now that filing for the Soil and Water Conservation Supervisor seats has ended, Lincoln County residents must wait until this fall to vote for their future district leaders. Candidates were eligible to file between June 9 and July 7. Four candidates are in the running for…

Criminal Charges — 7/14/14

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Gary Wayne Romska, 29, of 3919 Setzer Street in Claremont was charged July 10 with one felont count breaking and entering and one count larceny after breaking and entering. A $10,000 secured bond was set. Jovan Christopher Brooks, 32, of 545…

Reader’s Forum — 7/14/14

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The Hovis legacy Recently, I read of the 20 years public service Larry Mac Hovis has given to the City of Lincolnton and its citizens. This is in addition to the 20 years of service as a volunteer fireman. My words cannot express the commitment given by Mr. Hovis. He…