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Calendar — 8/23/13

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Upcoming games Note: Junior varsity start time for volleyball is typically 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. for boys soccer. Varsity contests will follow JVs, unless otherwise noted. Today Varsity football E. Lincoln at E. Gaston, 7:30 p.m. N. Lincoln at Lincolnton, 7:30 p.m. Valdese Draughn at W. Lincoln, 7:30 p.m.…

Sheriff, police chief comment on state ruling supporting sex offenders’ rights

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Lincoln County law enforcement officials are speaking out about a recent North Carolina Court of Appeals ruling which deemed unconstitutional a law preventing sex offenders from using social media sites. The ruling, made Tuesday, considered the current legislation a violation of free speech. Immediately following the Court of Appeals decision, N.C.…

Commissioners hire new county manager

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer William (Tracy) Jackson is officially the new Lincoln County manager, following a unanimous vote of approval by the Board of Commissioners Monday night. Jackson, who currently serves as the assistant county manager for Iredell County, will take up the post Sept. 3. Final negotiations between him…

Referees earn their stripes

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County approves plans for new shooting range, Dunkin’ Donuts

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The Board of Commissioners unanimously signed off on plans for a new Dunkin’ Donuts and indoor shooting range in eastern Lincoln County during its meeting Monday night. The two zoning cases were recommended for approval by the Planning Board after public hearings at the Aug. 5…

Commissioners approve contract package with City of Lincolnton

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Despite the Lincolnton City Council’s decision last week to head back to the table with various contracts between Lincolnton and Lincoln County officials, the Board of Commissioners went ahead and approved the package deal Monday night. Commissioner Carl Robinson, who was a part of the negotiations…

Seminar details human trafficking

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer North Carolina is ranked among the country’s top eight states for human trafficking, North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault’s Program Coordinator Kiricka Yarbrough Smith and Human Trafficking Consultant Ashley Bass told the area’s sexual assault service providers Tuesday during a special training at the James W.…

Event to remember children who perished in construction accident, honor first responders who tried to save them

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A 5K race and community gathering will take place in Denver later this month to not only remember the children who perished in a construction site accident in April but also honor the emergency crews who responded to the incident. Lincoln County residents Tanya Dyer, a…

Knights stymie Wolves

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North Lincoln solid in season opener By RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor North Lincoln left the 2A ranks with three straight conference volleyball titles in its back pocket. The Knights made their 3A debut on Tuesday and picked up right where they left off. Olivia Loeffler and Courtney Trickle combined for…

Knights have promise

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By RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor Lynn Rhyne isn’t making any promises, but to the longtime North Lincoln volleyball coach the Knights look promising in 2013. North Lincoln, which opened the season Tuesday with a 3-0 win at county rival Lincolnton, has won three consecutive conference championships and finished second in…