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Criminal Charges 5-21-14

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  The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests:   Jennifer Lynn Valentine, 48, of 10233 Fairway Ridge Ct. in Charlotte was charged May 19 with one count each of first-degree trespassing and larceny. An unknown secured bond was set. Daniel Alan Healy, 49, of 17721 Sedona Way in…

Sheriff’s Office: Trio stole goods from Lincoln and Mecklenburg Counties

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Darrell Driver, Christopher Honaker, George Stone JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Three Lincoln County men face a total of 15 felony counts after breaking into various locations in Denver and Mecklenburg County, stealing a variety of electronics, equipment and other items earlier this month, deputies said. According to a Lincoln County…

Patriots win again at Battle of Ramsour’s Mill

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American Patriots defeated British Loyalists on the battlefield at Jacob Ramsour’s gristmill on June 20, 1780. Each year, re-enactors visit the site of the battle to share with visitors stories from the fight and trades and skills from the Revolutionary War period. ABOVE: Re-enactors fire their weapons during a demonstration…

Deputies: Man who raped teen on the loose

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Lincolnton man is wanted for raping a teen earlier this year, deputies said. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office issued a press release Friday afternoon seeking the public’s help in locating Jose Manuel Palafox Vasquez, 25, of 410 South Flint Street. Deputies said the suspect goes…

Lack of funding, building repairs put local Boys and Girls Club in jeopardy

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A local nonprofit for children looking to get underway in Lincoln County early next year is in need of significant funding before it can open its doors. Since 2012, Boys and Girls Clubs of Lincoln County has been making plans to build a community program in…

Zickefoose ready to take reins as city’s finance director

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer City Manager Jeff Emory announced his decision Wednesday to hire Lincoln County Schools’ Assistant Superintendent for Business Steve Zickefoose as the city’s new finance director. After three months of thorough application review and interviews, he felt that Zickefoose was perfect for the position. “The finance director’s…

Students see dangers of drunk driving firsthand

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Students at West Lincoln High School experienced a mock car crash Friday morning to illustrate the deadly dangers of drinking and driving. Because the school prom took place the following day, teachers and local first-responders thought it vital to show the effects of driving under the…

Denver dog kennel on agenda for commissioners

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners will determine the fate of controversial Denver dog kennel permit request at its meeting tonight. Earlier this month, county commissioners and the Lincoln County Planning Board listened to a request for a conditional use permit to construct a dog day care…

Post 455 swept in doubleheader

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By RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor GRANITE FALLS –– Bruce Bolick got exactly what he wanted out of Sunday’s season-opening doubleheader, and so did his players. The fans? Not so much. The longtime Lincoln County Post 455 manager used the twinbill at M.S. Deal Stadium as a way to get all…

Keep poundin’

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Knights hit their way to Round 3 By RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor PUMPKIN CENTER –– North Lincoln feels if it’s going to make a run at a state softball title it’s going to have to hit. The Knights did plenty of it in the second round. Peyton Wilson and Hollyn…