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For 15 years, Christmas lights burn bright in Iron Station

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Hulls bring joy and wonder with massive light display PHIL PERRY Staff Writer A casual drive down Highway 73 in Iron Station can quickly turn into a holiday expedition. It’s difficult to pass the 2.5-acre property of Rev. Robert and Judy Hull without stopping and taking a closer look at…

Quarry hopes to expand toward new development

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer A request for county commissioners to approve an expansion of the Lake Norman Quarry could shorten the distance between an Anson County sand and gravel company’s quarry and a planned large-scale residential development’s property line. According to zoning administrator Randy Hawkins, B.V. Hedrick Sand and Gravel…

Extension’s ‘Bug Lady’ bids farewell

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Fran Senters has served Lincoln County as an educator and mentor for at-risk youth through her work with the Lincoln County Cooperative Extension for more than a decade. “I think it’s important, being able to offer what a typical child would have — to offer that…

North State Books: More than a Lincoln County footnote

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer For a business of any size to survive for 25 years, there has to be dedication, determination and, ultimately, a penchant for navigating the waters of change in the digital age. North State Books in Lincolnton has endured and grown through many changes in the industry.…

Obituaries — 12/24/14

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Merwin Sharpe ‘Bill’ Canaday June 29, 1923-December 19, 2014 Merwin Sharpe “Bill” Canaday, 91, of Four Oaks, peacefully passed away Friday, December 19, 2014 at his residence after a period of declining health. Born in Four Oaks, Bill was the second son of Ralph Clarence Canaday and Onie Lewis Canaday.…

Industry of the Year plans for more growth

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer The Lincoln Economic Development Association has recognized Aptar of Lincolnton as the recipient of its 2014 Industry of the Year award. Locally, Aptar has supported Junior Achievement, the Lincoln County United Way and the Child Advocacy Center. Earlier this year, the company hosted a job fair…

Criminal Charges — 12/24/14

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Jerry Wade Peace, 38, of 4489 Macedonia Church Rd. in Vale was charged Dec. 19 with one count each of resist, delay, obstruct public officer, probation violation and assault on a female by a male over 18 years of age. A…

Around Town — 12/24/14

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TODAY Communion Holy Cross Lutheran Church, at 2639 E. Highway 150 in Lincolnton, will host candlelight communion at 10:30 a.m. Call (704) 732-0251 for more information. Christmas Eve service Emmanuel Lutheran Church, at 216 S. Aspen Street in Lincolnton, will host a family service at 4 p.m. and a candlelight…

Club News — 12/24/14

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Delta Sigma holds meeting The Delta Sigma chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International met Nov. 13 at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church Faith Building for fellowship and learning. High schooler Emily Powell opened the meeting with a beautiful a cappella rendition of Amazing Grace. Greetings to the group were…

Lincoln County folks ready for Christmas

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist It was the day before Christmas and all over Lincoln County folks were stirring and waiting for the big day. If you looked north and south, you could see that many were ready with colorful lights draped over fences and shrubs and if you looked east…