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Woman accused of stealing from Good Samaritan

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Denver woman is accused of stealing thousands of dollars in coins, cash and ammunition from a man she and her husband were staying with at the time, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said. Nadine Marie Gearhart, 38, of 2325 McCloud Street, stole at least $5,000…

Arts Council’s annual Festival of Trees set to begin

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Attendants at this year’s third annual Festival of Trees gala, sponsored by the Arts Council of Lincoln County, may be shocked to find themselves, family members or childhood friends covering the walls of the old Lincolnton hospital. A number of black and white photos depicting life…

Our View: Buying votes

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When a President sees his poll numbers slipping and his policies become so unpopular that they place members of his party in danger in other elections, he starts buying votes. That’s what President Obama was doing on Wednesday when he voiced his support for raising the minimum wage — he…

Criminal Charges — 12-6-13

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: David Alan Hopkins, 29, of 2852 Barrett Baxter Dr. in Newton was charged Dec. 2 with one count of probation violation. A $40,000 bond was set. Fitzgerald Kennedy Stevenson, 49, of 2948 Cross Roads Pl., 306, in Charlotte was served a…

County jobless rate dips

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer According to North Carolina’s Department of Commerce, Lincoln County is among 56 of North Carolina’s counties that have seen a drop in their not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates. As of October, the county’s unemployment rate currently stands at 7.6 percent, a decrease from September’s rating of…

DHHS: 3 die from flu in NC

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Staff report The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services announced the state’s first three adult deaths linked to infection with seasonal influenza Tuesday. The patients resided in eastern North Carolina, the Triad region, and the Charlotte area. According to the report, all three patients were middle-aged adults with medical…

Around Town — 12-6-13

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TODAY Carriage rides Carriage rides throughout downtown Lincolnton will be 6:30-9:30 p.m. Rides will will continue every Thursday through Saturday night through Dec. 21. Cost is $10 per person and $5 per person for wagon rides. Theatre Guild play The Lincoln Theatre Guild, in cooperation with Sherrill, Blake and Harrison…

Obituaries — 12-6-13

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Walter Charles Mull CHERRYVILLE — Walter Charles Mull, 52 of Cherryville died December 4, 2013 at Cleveland Regional Medical Center. He was born in Cleveland Co. on May 8, 1961 a son of Walter and Katherine Mull of Waco. Charles was employed at Riddley Cabinet Co. as a custom cabinet…

Mustangs had ‘good year’ in 2013

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By RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor East Lincoln didn’t play for a second straight state title, but considering its youth its season was a success nonetheless. The Mustangs, who were bounced from the NCHSAA state 2AA playoffs at Monroe in the third round last week, won 12 games on the field…

County split

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LCS girls, EL boys earn wins By RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor DENVER –– Lincoln Charter forced East Lincoln into 43 turnovers, and held it to just four made field goals as the Eagles won the non-conference girls basketball tilt 52-19 on Thursday. Madi NeeSmith had 10 points and eight rebounds,…