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No rush to build more schools

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  Commissioners, School Board talk jointly about facilities, savings, security FRANK TAYLOR Managing Editor Even if residential development picks up after several years of stagnation, there shouldn’t be any need to build additional schools for some time, county officials advised school officials during a joint meeting Thursday night between the…

Hospital imposes restrictions as flu outbreak spreads

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Carolinas HealthCare System announced a tighter visitation policy this week in light of an increased number of flu cases in the region. All of its Greater Charlotte area in-patient hospitals, including CMC-Lincoln, are affected. As of yesterday, the hospital system is restricting visitors under…

City to do own recycling

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  Council splits on contract extension for city manager SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Beginning next month, Lincolnton solid-waste personnel will assume responsibility for picking up the city’s recyclables, a service previously contracted out to GDS for $150,000 annually. The Lincolnton City Council, which first discussed the change last spring, was…

Giving blood

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Another suspect in Cherryville case takes federal plea bargain

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A fifth person has pleaded guilty in federal court this month to conspiracy to transport or receive stolen property in connection with an undercover FBI operation focused on Cherryville in 2011 that involved six total men, three of whom were cops. John Ashley Hendricks,…

$70K donation to launch new education loan fund

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    FRANK TAYLOR Managing Editor A new student loan program for Lincoln County residents has been set up through the Centralina Development Corporation and will be administered by the Rotary Club. Representatives of the nonprofit organization attended Monday’s Lincolnton Rotary Club meeting to make the $70,000 presentation in memory…

Sex offense suspect pleads to kidnapping

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A Lincoln man who formerly worked at schools in Denver and a church in Cherryville pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to second-degree kidnapping in a Lincoln County Superior courtroom, court officials said. Brandon James Carter will spend 22 to 36 months behind bars for a…

Obituaries 1-11-13

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Bryon Lee ‘Nick’ Anthony Bryon Lee “Nick” Anthony, 68, of River Hill Tr., died January 8, 2013 at Levine and Dickson Hospice House, Huntersville. He was born on July 28, 1944 in Gaston County, a son of the late Floyd Burton and Ruby Ledford Anthony. Nick enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing,…

Around Town — 1/11/13

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FRIDAY Senior fitness The Gaston County Senior Center, 1303 Dallas-Cherryville Hwy. in Dallas, is currently offering senior fitness classes for ages 55 and up. For more information on class schedules and costs, call (704) 922-2170 or visit gastongov.com. Classes are also offered at Flint-Groves Baptist Church and All Saints Episcopal…

Criminal charges — 1/11/13

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Jessica Lyn Edwards, 22, of 1203 Black Rd. in Cherryville was charged Jan. 4 with one count of larceny. No bond was set. Trevor Kiernan Omara, 18, of 8543 Jacobs Fork River Rd. in Vale was charged Jan. 5 with one…