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Hydroponic, synthetic marijuana use rises

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      JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Two kinds of highly potent marijuana are on the rise in Lincoln County as recent nationwide drug trends hit area streets, city and county narcotics investigators said. Officers with both Lincolnton Police Department and the Sheriff’s Office have encountered synthetic and hydroponic versions…

Officers seek information after vehicles damaged, person injured in weekend BB gun shooting spree

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Police said at least three men in a vehicle used a BB gun to shoot one person and over 20 vehicles in Lincolnton over the weekend. Officers have yet to make arrests in the case and are asking for help in identifying the suspects…

No charges yet from a knife fight between brothers

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer     Two brothers stabbed each other during an argument along a Lincolnton roadway, police said. Officers responded just after 11 p.m. Saturday to an area near the 1600 block of East Main Street and spotted a man lying in the roadway, bleeding from his…

Smitty’s Grill a labor of love for new owner

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The grill inside Westside Market on Reepsville Road in Lincolnton recently got a new owner. Lisa Smith started leasing the space, which was already fully furnished, and opened Smitty’s Grill on July 3. “I always wanted to do it,” said Smith, who previously spent…

Denver man needs double lung transplant

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer The fight to breathe is a daily battle for Denver resident Dennis Conroy. The Lincoln County man suffered a collapsed lung in 2007, nearly a decade after he lost half a lung to pneumonia and was also diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). He lost…

Season of dreams

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Lincoln County tops Cherryville, makes history By RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor DENVER –– Bruce Bolick instructed his players to pack their suitcases, and if they didn’t have one, to get one. Then came the traditional Gatorade bath. The Lincoln County Cardinals, who had never won an Area IV semifinal series…

Local firefighters help kids cool off

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Kids have some fun and get some relief from the heat on Friday after firefighters from the Lincolnton Fire Department opened a hydrant for them on Mauney Drive in Lincolnton.…

Reynolds: ‘I thought that I got effort’

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  By RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor DENVER –– Although its run at a seventh consecutive Area IV title came up short, Cherryville Post 100 has nothing to hang its head about. Post 100, which set an Area IV record by winning six straight championships from 2007-12, couldn’t get past Lincoln…

Reader’s Forum

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  Don’t reduce tax, remove it   A reduction in the garbage tax is not the answer.  The question is why was this tax voted in to begin with? The tax instituted by the City Council is the result of their refusal to face the hard facts of the need…

Criminal Charges 7-22-13

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  The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Stephen Matthew Hussar, 23, of 6530 Emerald Isle Dr. in Sherrills Ford was charged July 17 with one count of communicating threats. He was released on a written promise. Barry Joseph Hammer, 53, of 7134 Hunters Bluff Dr. in Denver…