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Cherryville finance director sentenced for embezzlement

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   The City of Cherryville’s former finance director will spend two years in federal prison after pleading guilty to embezzling more than $400,000 in city funds over a six-year period, according to the United States Attorney’s Office in the Western district of North Carolina. A…

Extension offers local healthy living program

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   Individuals living with chronic conditions now have another opportunity to learn how to best manage their symptoms. North Carolina Cooperative Extension and Senior Services will be hosting a “Living Healthy Program.” The six-week program was developed by Stanford University to help individuals with one…

Angel Bows

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Editor’s Note: Don’t ban books. Ever.

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor The Watauga County Board of Education narrowly defeated a motion to ban a book from its classrooms on Thursday. Those of us who believe in freedom of expression and the importance of high school students receiving a strong foundation in literature should applaud the decision of…

Western county equestrian business hit by thieves

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A thief is on the loose, deputies said, after stealing a horse saddle, cash and other equestrian equipment early Friday morning at a store on N.C. 18. in western Lincoln County. Officers said they responded to Hillside Feed and Tack just before 3 a.m. Not only…

Field set for local elections

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Staff report Filing for 2014 offices in Lincoln County closed Friday, Feb. 28 at noon. The following candidates have filed to run for elected office: North Carolina State Senate District 44 Republican: David L. Curtis (Incumbent) North Carolina House of Representatives District 97 Republican: Jason R. Saine (Incumbent) Democrat: Rosemary…

Criminal Charges — 3-3-14

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests:  Tammy Laurette Baxter, 48, of 2521 Country Club Rd. in Lincolnton was charged Feb. 25 with one count of assault inflicting serious injury or assault with a deadly weapon. An unknown unsecured bond was set. Christian Michael Sanders, 18, of 7515…

Around Town — 3-3-14

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TODAY Living Healthy Program The Lincoln County unit of the N.C. Cooperative Extension will host a Living Healthy Program March 12 through April 16. The program will be 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. weekly at the Citizens Center in Lincolnton. Registration today through Friday. For more information, call (704) 736-8461(704)…

Obituaries — 3-3-14

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Clara Belle Hardin Blackwell Mrs. Clara Belle Hardin Blackwell age 93, of The Brian Center in Lincolnton and formerly of Norman Fair Avenue died Saturday, March 1, 2014. Mrs. Blackwell was born February 18, 1921 in Rutherford County. She was the daughter of the late Claude Hardin and Ethel Goforth…

Deputies: Saddle thief on the loose

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A thief is on the loose, deputies said, after stealing a horse saddle, cash and other equestrian equipment early Friday morning at a store on N.C. 18. Officers said they responded to the facility, Hillside Feed and Tack, just before 3 a.m. Not only did…