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No plans yet to raise dropout age in Lincoln

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   Two school districts in Catawba County are raising their compulsory attendance age from 16 to 18, a first for North Carolina. The decision is part of a pilot program the state approved this past summer. The Hickory and Newton-Conover districts will join 20 states and…

Child battling cancer finds support from local photographer

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer     It was through Facebook earlier this year that two local residents, each with their own cancer struggle, discovered each other. Sharon Vickers, owner of a small photography business in Lincolnton, said she continued to receive notifications on her profile page from a…

Small Business Saturday aims to bring in bucks

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   The end of November is normally introduced with the traditional Thanksgiving family feast. For retail lovers, however, the last week of November is the beginning of the mass holiday shopping spree, beginning with the infamous “Black Friday,” followed by the country’s “Cyber Monday.” But…

50th Anniversary

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Jerry and Joyce Bridges of Lincolnton will celebrate their 50th anniversary on November 28, 2013. They were married in York, S.C. on November 28, 1963. The couple have two children, Janeen M. Gallo and Kenny Bridges and five grandchildren, Kenda, Gunner and Grayson Gallo, and Ivey and KK Bridges. Images…

Tiffany ~ Wise Engagement

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Mr. and Mrs. Bob Tiffany of Cary are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Miss Lauren Carol Tiffany, to Mr. Daniel Dean Wise, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dean Wise of Vale. The couple met while attending the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Lauren is a 2013…

Around Town — 11-27-13

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THURSDAY Fish fry Bibleway Church #9, Horseshoe Lake Rd. in Lincolnton, will host a fish fry 4-7 p.m. Band event The North Lincoln Band of Knights will march 9:30 a.m. in the Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade from S. Tryon St. to W. Stonewall St. in Charlotte. WBTV will broadcast…

Obituaries — 11-27-13

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Stella K. Curis Stella K. Curis, age 91, of Jenkins Township, Pa. and formerly of Lincolnton died Friday, November 22, 2013 at United Methodist Homes, Wesley Village Campus, Jenkins Township, Pa. Her funeral will be 10 a.m. Monday, December 2, 2013 in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. David…

Editor’s Note — Harry Reid is smarter than the Founding Fathers

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  Thomas Jefferson. James Madison. Benjamin Franklin. Now add Harry Reid to that list. That’s the message I took away from Reid’s utilization of the so-called “nuclear option,” the elimination of the filibuster and a two-thirds majority necessary in the Senate for the approval of most presidential nominees and cabinet…

Reader’s Forum 11-27-13

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  Sen. Curtis touts GA accomplishments   Since the legislature adjured several months ago, I have had time to reflect on my first session in the North Carolina General Assembly. I campaigned as a Republican who would work to apply conservative economic principles to help our economy. We had an…

Criminal Charges 11-27-2013

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  The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests:   Michael Thomas Taylor, 46, of 1210 N. Tryon St. in Charlotte was charged Nov. 21 with two counts each of uttering a forged instrument, possession of cocaine and trafficking heroin, seven counts of attempting to obtain a controlled substance…