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Our View — Waters of govt’ could get murky

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN News Editor The actions of government may become harder to keep track of for the citizens of 10 North Carolina counties thanks to new legislation passed by the majority of senate Republicans in the General Assembly on Monday. Senate Bill 287, subtitled “Notice Publication by Some Local Govs.,”…

Beauty spreads across Lincoln County

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist I love the beauty that Mother Nature has spread across Lincoln County. I keep going from window to window to catch another glimpse of the flowering dogwoods around the house. Open the doors and the brilliant azalea colors shine beneath the trees lending another breath of…

Criminal Charges 4-26-13

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  The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests:   Derek Harris, 25, of 2126 Underwood Ln. in Lincolnton was charged April 21 with one count each of communicating threats and second-degree trespassing. No bond was set. Lashay Annette Knight, 26, of 5052 Craig Rd. in Lincolnton was charged…

Notable News

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  Chelsey Rebecca Brooks of Iron Station was named to the Dean’s List for the 2012 fall semester at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She is a student in the William States Lee College of Engineering. North Lincoln senior Brooke Elizabeth Anderson has accepted an academic scholarship to…

Service News

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  Army Spec. Bradley M. Wilson has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare…

Deputies still seeking some drug suspects

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   The Sheriff’s Office is on the hunt for a number of individuals wanted on drug charges from round-up operations since 2012. Deputies carried out Operation “52 Pick Up” earlier this month, arresting 22 people in one day, but more than a dozen suspects are…

Soldier’s homecoming surprises niece

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      JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Kaitlyn Parker, a second grader at Union Elementary School in Vale, thought her favorite uncle would be returning home from Kuwait on Saturday. But much to her surprise, he popped out of a school closet Wednesday in front of her entire class.…

School Board to interview four attorney candidates

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer     The Lincoln County Board of Education will meet in a special-called session Monday evening to conduct interviews as part of its search for a new attorney. As the Times-News previously reported, School Board members said at their April 9 regular meeting that a…

Volunteer rescue squad faces unexpected closure

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON SARAH LOWERY Staff Writers   After serving Lincoln County for more than half a century, one volunteer technical-rescue service and backup ambulatory group has been ordered to cease operations by Sunday. Workers with Lincoln County Life-Saving Crew (LCLSC), stationed on North Academy Street in Lincolnton, were outraged…

Two men charged with separate sex offenses

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Deputies have charged two Iron Station men in connection with separate sex-related incidents involving teen girls last year, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said. Donnie Ray Carroll, 30, of 4776 East N.C. 27, faces one felony count of indecent liberties with a child after…