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Service News — 6-20-14

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Local marine completes communication school Marine Corps Private First Class Tommy Harkey has completed Field Radio Operator Communication School (FRCC). Harkey spent eight weeks at Marin Corps Communications School at Camp Wilson in 29 Palms, California, training to become a field radio operator. During his time in 29 Palms, Harkey…

Criminal Charges — 6-20-14

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Terry Keith Scronce, 20, of 4185 Wise Rd. in Vale was charged June 11 with one count of DWI. An unknown unsecured bond was set. Rhondina Basha Beal, 47, of 1860 Beaumont Ln. in Lincolnton was charged June 13 with one…

Reader’s Forum — 6-20-14

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Our heartfelt thanks The family of Pat Keener Garris, who has had a battle with cancer for a little over a year, wants to express sincere gratitude to family members, friends, neighbors and coworkers, for prayers, cards, food, flowers and visits. I believe a part of us dies as we…

Keep the spiders away while we celebrate

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest columnist The week was a good one even though a giant, saucer-size Wolf spider was found in my carport. I dislike spiders and this was the biggest one I have ever seen. I keep wondering, where did it come from? How long has it been here? Did…

Around Town — 6-20-14

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TODAY VBS kickoff Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 112 Mt. Zion Ch. Rd. in Cherryville, will host a Vacation Bible School kickoff event 4:30-8:30 p.m. Participants are asked to bring a bathing suit and towel for water slide activities. Dinner will be provided. Gospel concert Exodus Baptist Church, 3164 Exodus Ch.…

Obituaries — 6-20-14

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Mary Irene Harless Hedgepeth Mary Irene Harless Hedgepeth, age 96, of Lincolnton Rehabilitation, and formerly of Hillside Drive, died on Thursday, June 19, 2014. Her funeral service will be 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 21, 2014, at Riverview Baptist Church with Pastor Ricky Brown officiating. Burial will follow in the…

Raids net 35 suspected drug dealers

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies on Wednesday arrested more than 20 suspected street-level drug dealers and narcotics traffickers during the first couple of hours of Operation “Play 60,” narcotics investigators’ seventh round-up in four years. Narcotics Lt. Jason Reid first briefed his unit’s men and fellow agency…

Girl Scout throws special needs prom

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer More than 40 teenagers and adults donned their finest attire on June 15 to attend the county’s first prom for special needs individuals. Attendees came from across the county and surrounding areas, ranging in age from 15 to 72, to attend “A Red Carpet Affair.” East…

Schools announce new administration hires

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Starting July 1, several Lincoln County Schools administrators will begin the transition to their newly appointed administrative positions. According to a press release on the school system’s website, two new district administrators have been hired for the 2014-2015 school year. Deanna Finger will be serving as…

‘Footloose’ opens today

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Director Anna Lisa Johannessen couldn’t say “no” when it came to casting for this month’s Lincoln Theatre Guild performance of “Footloose.” She accepted all ages and performance skills of individuals interested in acting in the stage adaptation of the classic 1980s movie. The show proves timeless…