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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…

N. Lincoln falls to Lake Norman Charter

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer PUMPKIN CENTER — After their win last week, the North Lincoln Knights emerged more energetic at the start of Friday night’s matchup against the Lake Norman Charter Knights, though they fell to Lake Norman 32-12. A “rough and tumble” opening 12 minutes, both teams matched each…

Schedules — 10/8/12

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Soccer East Lincoln hosts West Lincoln at 6 p.m. today. North Lincoln travels to Highland Tech at 6 p.m. today. Golf North Lincoln hosts West Lincoln, East Lincoln and Lincolnton at 3:30 p.m. today. Volleyball Lincolnton hosts Cherryville at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. West Lincoln hosts Bessemer City at 4:30 p.m.…

Lincolnton man charged in Cherryville break-in, attempted rape

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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 teen girl to have sex with him. Juan Felix Villalobos, 53, of 2847 Highland Drive, remains behind Gaston County bars under…

Obits 10-8-12

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Frances Lawing Bynum MAIDEN — Frances Lawing Bynum, age 81, died Thursday, October 4, 2012 at Iredell Memorial Hospital in Statesville.  Born June 15, 1931 in Catawba County, she was the daughter of the late Edgar and Annie Lawing. She was a member of McKendree Methodist Church in Lincolnton and…

Autopsy: Blunt force to head killed victim

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  Release of documents makes some details in July 27 crime public for first time JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer At least one of the two victims in a July 27 double-homicide died from “blunt force trauma to the head” according to the North Carolina Chief Medical Examiner’s office in Chapel…

Soup event to benefit Hospice

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  AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   Vegetable beef and potato soups will fill clay bowls Tuesday as a local pottery shop raises funds for the Hospice and Palliative Care of Lincoln County. Gary Lee, owner of Rising Sun Pottery in Lincolnton, hopes to sell all 357 hand-crafted bowls this year…