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School Board members clash over presentation to commissioners

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   Lincoln County’s Board of Education is undergoing some internal disagreement after a May 5 budget allocation proposal to county commissioners. According to Lincoln County Board of Education member Clayton Mullis, there has been some disagreement among the board members as to the approach board…

Maiden man gets 100 years for child rape

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  Rogers   JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A Maiden man received a prison sentence of more than a century this week for raping a child in 2011, Catawba County court officials said. Judge Eric Levinson handed down the weighty judgment in Newton on Monday. Ron Christopher Rogers, 42, raped…

Tech transforms learning for students

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    Initiative puts devices in hands of county elementary students JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Following three years of one Lincoln County Board of Education member’s plan to increase area schools’ technology, students at various educational facilities in the county are now reaping the benefits of new computers and additional…

Council members discuss changes to city employee insurance at budget meeting

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincolnton’s city council members continued their budget discussions at their meeting Wednesday night at City Hall. According to City Manager Jeff Emory, several changes have been made to the original budget proposals. “This is a whole new set of expenditures…basically every department changed,” he said.…

Suspects charged for break-ins

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Following almost a year of unsolved residential break-ins across western Lincoln County, deputies have finally made arrests in the incidents. Deputies have apprehended two western Lincoln County men but are looking for four other individuals, including at least one teen, connected to the break-ins,…

Knives found on student at middle school

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A teen student brought knives to a local middle school this week, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies responded to West Lincoln Middle School on Tuesday in reference to a 15-year-old male with knives, according to LCSO Public Information Officer Larry Seagle. The…

Thieves strike more unlocked vehicles in county

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Deputies are on the hunt for a person photographed on scene of recent vehicle break-ins near N.C. 150 in Lincoln County. According to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, the incidents took place Wednesday in the 6200 block of N.C. 150 East, Mack Ballard Road…

Criminal Charges 5-23-14

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  The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests:   Rodney Scott Wright, 45, of 8830 N. N.C. 10 in Vale was charged May 20 with one count each of felony breaking and entering a building, larceny after breaking and entering and possessing stolen goods. A $40,000 secured bond…

Division of Workforce Solutions Job Listings

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  You must currently be registered with DWS to be referred on any of our jobs. Go to www.ncworks.gov to register or update an existing registration. Job listings for all of North Carolina may also be accessed. Call DWS, Lincolnton, 704.735.8035, or come to the Lincoln County JobLink Career Center/DWS,…

Club News

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  Priscilla Book Club   Libby Mize was hostess for the Priscilla Book Club’s annual business meeting on May 14. Members met at the “Sugar Shack” at Kay Barefoot’s home, and after a dessert course, were entertained with magic tricks and North Carolina historical information presented by “Dan, Dan the…