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Around Town — 6-28-13

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FRIDAY Chicken benefit New Vision Ministries, 661 Clark Creek Rd. in Lincolnton, will host a smoked chicken benefit for Phil and Tonya Prater 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Cost is $8 per plate. Funds will help off-set Phil’s cancer expenses. Pick-up or dine-in options will be available. Deliveries may be…

Reader’s Forum — 6-28-13

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City Manager hits nail on the head regarding recession The City Manager has, as succinctly as possible, explained exactly why we should not enact this “garbage fee/tax hike.” His exact words: “it would not have been necessary at all had the city’s finances been where they were five years ago…

Good things going on this summer

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest columnist The farmer’s market is a good place to visit on Saturday morning. There’s lots of fresh vegetables, baked goods, flowers, lotions and soaps. Carrying home a big basket of goods makes good meals this week. It’s also a good time to meet and make friends. If…

Job Listings — 6-28-13

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Upholsterers – Inside Arms and Trimmers (Job #010213163) Jobs are in Cherryville and Hickory. Must have the strength and stamina to handle heavy leather furniture. Must be dependable, have reliable transportation, willing to learn and hardworking. This work is physically demanding. Rip Saw Operator (Job #010212738) Must have two years…

Criminal Charges — 6-28-13

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests:  Christie Hull Rogers, 41, of 9712 Mary Alexander Rd. in Charlotte was charged June 25 with one count of compulsory attendance law violation. No bond was set. Zachary Robert Hedrick, 20, of 1122 Peach Tree St. in Lincolnton was charged June…

Nurse accused of stealing pills

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Deputies charged a Gaston County woman with nearly 30 felonies Wednesday after the Sheriff’s Office said she stole narcotics from a Lincoln County hospital where she worked as a nurse. Jessica Ann Brooks, 31, of 804 Summey Farm Road in Dallas, was taken into custody at…

BOE approves uniforms for Battleground Elementary

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Students at one Lincoln County elementary school will don uniforms next year. And, after a vote by the Board of Education Thursday evening, so will the teachers and staff. After much previous discussion, including recent public forums with parents, Battleground Elementary School received approval to pilot…

Obituaries — 6-28-13

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Ronald Crump Ronald Crump, age 95, of Granite City, Ill., formerly of Lincolnton, passed away Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at University Nursing Rehab Center in Edwardsville, Ill. Ronald was born on July 7, 1917 in Avery County, a son to the late George and Jenny (Johnson) Crump. On July 12,…

Deputies uncover nearly 30 one-pot meth labs at Maiden home

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Narcotics investigators are currently on scene at a meth lab bust in northern Lincoln County. James Christopher Coleman, 42, of Bob Cook Road in Maiden, is accused of possessing more than two dozen one-pot labs both inside his residence and in areas surrounding the property. Investigators responded to the home…

Police: Juveniles dropped candles, sparking mill fire

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Police said three juveniles admitted to accidentally setting an abandoned Lincolnton mill on fire earlier this month. The individuals were initially fearful of talking to detectives about what had happened, an agency press release said. The juveniles, two of whom live in Catawba County and a…