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Column: A reporter bids farewell

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer There are millions of ways I could write this column. It’s never easy to say goodbye, even if a new beginning is waiting right around the corner. With less than a week of employment left at the Times-News, I am full of emotions — most of…

Column: Don’t Let Reading Take the Summer Slide

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APRIL DILLON Guest Columnist Some parents might say their two favorite days of the year are the first day of school and the last day of school. With the last day of school, parents and children may feel like they can take a vacation – not a family trip, but…

Long-time friendships make for happy memories

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist Following my knee surgery in April, I had to stay at the Brian Center for nine days for inpatient physical therapy. During my stay there I met one of the permanent residents, a lovely 86-year-old lady named Zella Ramsey. For some reason I was drawn to…

Criminal Charges — 6-18-14

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Jordy Dixon Cobb, 30, of 322 Harrelson Rd. in Lawndale was charged June 11 with one count of driving while license revoked. An unknown bond was set. LeeAnna Marie Clark, 20, of 7796 Lois Ln. in Denver was charged June 11…

Around Town — 6-18-14

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TODAY LAHRA meeting The Lincolnton Area Human Resources Assocation (LAHRA) will meet 11:45 a.m. at Homesteads Grill & Taphouse in Lincolnton. Jake Jennings with Arthur J. Gallagher of Risk Management Services, Inc., will present the program “OSHA & Workers’ Compensation: Reduce Risk, Reduce Cost.” For more information, contact Sara Williams…

Obituaries — 6-18-14

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Charles Jerry Barkley Charles Jerry Barkley, age 70, of 110 McCleave Street in China Grove, passed away. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 21, 2014, in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends following the service. Mr. Barkley was born July…

Wolves walk across graduation stage

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Lincolnton High School held a graduation ceremony for its Class of 2014 on Friday.…

Brothers killed in wreck

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Staff report
 The state highway patrol said two brothers were killed in a single-vehicle wreck on Reepsville Road on the county’s western end on Thursday. Joshua Gantt, 27, of Diamond Lane in Vale, and his brother Casey Gantt, 23, of Sam Houser Road in Vale, were both killed when their…

Saine’s amendment battles puppy mills

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer The North Carolina House of Representatives has passed a budget amendment to expand the definition of a dealer in the animal welfare section to include commercial dog breeders who have 10 or more female dogs. The amendment exempts breeders of hunting dogs, according to a press…

Commissioners may approve budget today

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer After two lengthy workshop sessions, Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners is expected to adopt the county’s budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year today. At their last budget meeting, the board discussed proposed solid waste fees. If approved, the budget would go into effect on June 1.…