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Shuford certified as juvenile court judge

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Cleveland and Lincoln County Judge Meredith Shuford, who now boasts her certification as a juvenile court judge for District 27B, plans to continue using her career field to protect the community’s “abused and neglected children,” she told the Times-News earlier this week. “Fighting for the most…

Soup bowls to aid Hospice

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United Way Kickoff speaker

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Obituaries — 10-10-12

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Marcelee Coffey Barnes Marcelee Coffey Barnes, age 85, of 1662 Dickinson Road in Hickory, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Tuesday, October 9, 2012. Her funeral service will be 2 p.m. on Friday, October 12, 2012 in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with Rev.…

Man charged in rape attempt, break-in

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Lincolnton police assisted Cherryville officers over the weekend in apprehending a Lincolnton man accused of breaking into a Cherryville home and trying to force a teenaged girl to have sex with him. Juan Felix Villalobos, 53, of 2847 Highland Drive, remains behind Gaston County bars under…

Health Department partners with other counties to receive N.C. Dept. of Public Health grant

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The Lincoln County Health Department, in partnership with Cabarrus Health Alliance, was recently announced as a recipient of a regional Community Transformation Grant (CTG) from the North Carolina Department of Public Health. Over a five-year period, the region will receive $2 million to target the economic,…

Criminal charges — 10-10-12

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Michael Elston Smith Jr., 38, of 1169 Furnace Rd. in Iron Station was charged Oct. 5 with one count of probation violation. No bond was set. Jeffrey Lynn Barnette, 49, of 7074 Deer Haven Tr. in Denver was charged Oct. 5…

Around Town — 10-10-12

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THURSDAY Fire dept. meeting Howards Creek VFD will hold its annual meeting 7 p.m. at 3117 W. N.C. 27 in Lincolnton. Veterans group The Sons of the Confederate Veterans Camp 1616 Gen. Robert F. Hoke/ Col. William J. Hoke will meet 7 p.m. at the Lincoln Cultural Center, 403 E.…

Mustangs beat Rebels 40-20

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Mustangs survive with three fourth-quarter touchdowns MICHAEL GEBELEIN Sports Editor VALE — The East Lincoln Mustangs scored three fourth-quarter touchdowns, pulling ahead from a 20-13 third-quarter advantage, for a 40-20 win over the West Lincoln Rebels on Friday. The Rebels fumbled on their first possession in the fourth quarter, setting…

Wolves cruise by Cherryville 36-7

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KEN BRADLEY Special to LTN LINCOLNTON — When the season started, Jordon Easter wasn’t a part of Lincolnton’s offensive game plan. After all, he was quarterbacking the Wolves’ junior varsity squad. But forced into action — and promoted to the varsity team — the freshman answered the call, took his…