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Calendar — 3/5/14

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Upcoming games Junior varsity games begin at 4 or 4:30 p.m., with varsity games to follow, unless otherwise noted. This schedule may not include cancellations, postponements or changes not reported to the Lincoln Times-News: Today Baseball E. Lincoln at Forestview N. Lincoln at W. Lincoln Softball McDowell at Lincoln Charter…

Obituaries 3-5-14

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  Shirley S. Frelich SANFORD — Shirley S. Frelich, age 83, of Sanford, and formerly of Lincolnton until 2009, passed away at Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst on Monday, March 3, 2014. Her funeral service will be 11 a.m. on Friday, March 7, 2014 in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel…

Company announces $18 million investment, 100 jobs for county

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   The largest privately held manufacturer and distributer of healthcare supplies in the United States has announced plans to open a new, state-of-the art medical supply distribution center in the Lincoln County Industrial Park. Medline Industries, Inc. announced its decision to expand to North Carolina…

Shea development scores victory with commissioners

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    Eastern Lincoln County housing development clears zoning hurdle, Rescue Squad Park tabled due to budget ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners rendered their final verdict on the contentious Shea Homes development at its meeting Monday night. The board voted unanimously to approve the rezoning…

City cops targeting suspected dealers

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Police targeted at least 30 area suspects Wednesday morning accused of selling and buying drugs within the City of Lincolnton. The operation, dubbed “March Madness,” is the first drug roundup for the Lincolnton Police Department this year. Agency officials said the effort is part…

City Council to decide on rezoning requests

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   Lincolnton City Council members will discuss several applications for conditional use permits at their meeting on Thursday. BTR Communities Group, LLC is requesting the conditional use rezoning of 9.77 acres of land from Planned Business to Conditional Use Residential Multi-Family. The applicant wishes to…

Man charged with theft of gun

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A Lincolnton man was apprehended in Morganton this month and accused of stealing a firearm in Burke County, Public Safety officers said. An officer with Morganton Public Safety (MPS) located the suspect’s vehicle just before 9 p.m. Thursday near the Stop & Save store…

Criminal Charges — 03-05-14

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  The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests:    Toasha Nicole Rice, 27, of 6887 Lackey Rd. in Vale was charged Feb. 27 with one count of failure to appear. A $1,000 secured bond was set. Frances Carleen Williams, 60, of 1815 Amy Dr. in Lincolnton was charged…

Our View — Welcome, Medline

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The announcement Monday that Medline Industries is bringing a 400,000 square-foot distribution center to Lincoln County is a welcome one. The company says it will invest $18 million in constructing its facility in the Lincoln County Industrial Park, and we hope local contractors will be afforded the opportunity to share…

Reader’s Forum — 03-05-14

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  Reader shares   concerns about   Hog Happenin’   For the past several months I have been attending city council meetings and discussing the $55,000 that was spent on Hog Happenin’. I have truly felt like my concerns were falling on deaf ears.  I was very discouraged and was…