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Reader’s Forum — 4-29-13

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Questions about HB 288 Recently I learned about a bill (HB 288) filed in the N.C. House of Representatives by member Jason Saine. The point in the bill that got my attention was an exemption for Lincoln County Schools from the earliest start date allowed by state statute of August…

Special Olympics held at East Lincoln

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Open house at the fire department

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Road work continues on Aspen

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Aspen Street in downtown Lincolnton will likely remain closed off for the majority of the week as the entire roadway is repaved. The project is being conducted by the North Carolina Department of Transportation. Work on the street has been underway for the past several weeks…

Criminal Charges — 4-29-13

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Tonya Lynn Vance, 36, of 6243 Helens Way in Denver was charged April 23 with one count of shoplifting. No bond was set.  Michael Lee Brigman, 23, of 1481 Depot St. in Iron Station was charged April 23 with one count…

Obituaries — 4-29-13

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Jean Wilson Anderson Jean Wilson Anderson, 83, died April 25, 2013 at Cardinal Health Care. She was born in Gaston County; daughter of the late R.W. and Lavada McGinnis Wilson, and was preceded in death by her husband Cecil Anderson; two sisters, Rebecca Wilson and Doris Devon; and brother, Bill…

FBI raids former Cherryville chief’s home

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided the home of Cherryville’s former police chief on Friday. Shelley Lynch, public affairs specialist for the FBI’s Charlotte Division, said Friday the agency was at the Carolina Drive residence in Cherryville “engaged in investigative activity.” However, Lynch would…

Student runs away from local elementary school

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Lincoln County school officials said they have implemented better safety measures at a local elementary school after a seven-year-old student left the campus without teachers’ knowledge on Wednesday and traveled more than half a mile down the road. The Times-News sought answers about the incident from…

Vale man charged with animal abuse

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A western Lincoln County man attached a donkey to his vehicle and dragged the animal down an area roadway Thursday, the Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies charged Richard Ricky Hudson, 68, of 3120 Frank Cline Road in Vale, with one misdemeanor count of conveying animals in a…

Local Dems elect officers

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The Lincoln County Democratic Party recently elected new officers for the next two years during its county convention. Chair Deanna McGinnis was re-elected to lead the party for the 2013-2015 term, along with Ross Bulla as vice chair, Jennie Allen as second vice chair, Demery Williams…