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Calendar — 8/16/13

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Upcoming games Note: Junior varsity start time for volleyball is typically 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. for boys soccer. Varsity contests will follow JVs, unless otherwise noted. Monday, Aug. 19 Volleyball W. Lincoln at Fred T. Foard Boys soccer E. Lincoln at Southlake Christian N. Gaston at Lincolnton, 6 p.m.…

Man jailed for Newton woman’s murder

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A Caldwell County man remains in jail without bond after Catawba County deputies charged him with kidnapping and murdering his ex-girlfriend. Aaron Obdee Compton, 49, of Granite Falls, is accused of taking Tabitha Spake Heavner, 40, from her home on Rocky Ford Road in…

County to vote on new manager

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The Board of Commissioners is expected to take an official vote on a new Lincoln County manager Monday night. Chairman Alex Patton announced last Friday that William (Tracy) Jackson, who currently serves as the assistant county manager for Iredell County, would likely be taking up…

Leaders debate city-county deal

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer It’s back to the drawing board for various contracts between the local city and county government. During a special-called meeting Thursday evening, the Lincolnton City Council voted 3-1 to send several contracts, the result of months of negotiations, back to committee. Councilman Devin Rhyne cast the…

Local man’s song makes it big

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  Lincolnton songwriter Bryan Ayers (left), pictured here with his brother and manager Philip, had his song “Always My Girl” recorded by singer Andy Walker. JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A local man’s two-decade old song has traveled from a Lincolnton filing cabinet to London’s famous Abbey Road Studios — the…

Tucker’s Grove Camp Meeting begins today

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Nearly a week after Denver’s historic Rock Springs Methodist Camp Meeting wrapped up, Lincoln County prepares to embrace a second annual camp meeting, Tucker’s Grove, with a similar mission of reviving the community’s Christian faith. Tucker’s Grove Camp Meeting, established in 1874, will commence…

Deputies believe Lincolnton, Denver vehicle break-ins related

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Deputies believe recent vehicular break-ins in Lincolnton and Denver may be related. According to a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office press release, four vehicles on the county’s eastern end were targeted this week. Deputies received reports Thursday of break-ins along the 8000 block of Mariner’s Pointe…

Criminal Charges 8-16-13

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  The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests:   Aaron Burl Barkely, 34, of 2285 Dunbrook Ln. in Lincolnton was charged Aug. 12 with one count of order to show cause-in custody. A $10,503.13 cash bond was set. Heather Capri Thompson, 35, of 239 Yarborough Rd. in Lincolnton…

Rotary expands its scope

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LTN Staff Reports   The Lincoln County Rotary Student Loan Fund recently announced that it is now accepting applications for the Paul Herringshaw Memorial Loan. One student each from Cabarrus, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Rowan, Stanly and Union counties will receive a loan in the amount of $2,000. Provided a recipient…

Reader’s Forum

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  What did Republicans give us?    I could not survive without Medicare and Social Security. These two programs were introduced by Democrats! What did the Republicans give us? Well, for starters, more taxes and less benefits. I may not live to see them replaced so I will just have…