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Obituaries 7-26-13

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Robbie Kay Keener Bryson Robbie Kay Keener Bryson, age 64, of 1622 Salem Avenue in Lincolnton, passed away on Monday, July 22, 2013. A graveside service will be held on Sunday, July 28, 2013 in the New Vision Ministries Cemetery. Ms. Bryson was born February 28, 1949 in Fairfield, Ill.…

Criminal Charges

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  The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests:  Ronald Jarvis Thompson, 40, of 3903 Grange Rd. in Catawba was charged July 22 with one misdemeanor count of aiding and abetting. No bond was set. Samuel Allen Hight, 43, of 432 Harris Dr. in Lincolnton was charged July 22…

Around Town — 7/26/13

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TODAY BBQ fundraiser Fairview Baptist Church, 3614 Wilfong Rd. in Newton, will host a BBQ fundraiser starting 10 a.m. Delivery options will be available. Cost is $7. For more information or to place an order, call (828) 781-6262 or (828) 244-0560. Singing Convention The Lincoln County Singing Convention will meet…

Firefighter charged with stealing from departments

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   An eastern Lincoln County firefighter turned himself into Sheriff’s detectives Wednesday morning on accusations he embezzled from two area fire departments where he worked. Lee Thomas Keever, 36, of 7225 Caley Lane in Denver, has been charged with two felony counts of obtaining property…

Program helps young readers get up to speed

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer     Nearly 50 rising 1st-3rd graders with low reading scores have been participating this summer in Lincoln County’s second annual Y Readers program at Iron Station Elementary School. Last year, YMCA of Greater Charlotte brought the program to the area based on the nearness…

Tech issues result in late food stamps

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Due to this month’s technological issues with the NC FAST software executed by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS) Division of Social Services, some Lincoln County citizens have not received their food stamps on time. According to the DHHS website,…

Pastor in jail after coke, bank robbery arrest

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   More than three weeks after a Lincolnton pastor was arrested on a cocaine charge in Florida, he remains behind bars awaiting extradition to South Carolina for accusations he robbed a bank there, according to the Chester Police Department. Chester police, with aid from City of Gastonia…

Wood named to state library commission

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   George Wood, the recently retired manager of Lincoln County, has been appointed by Gov. Pat McCrory to serve on the North Carolina State Library Commission. The announcement came this week in a round of other personnel appointments made by the governor. Wood, who stepped…

Home of Cherryville’s first mayor up for auction

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer     The home of Cherryville’s first mayor, Melvin Rudisill, is set to be auctioned off next Saturday. Built in 1890, the two-story Victorian structure features more than 3,300 square feet of living space, six fireplaces, five bedrooms, two baths, a walk-up attic, as well as…

Firefighter accused of embezzling agencies’ funds served as captain, battalion chief

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer An eastern Lincoln County firefighter turned himself into Sheriff’s detectives Wednesday morning on accusations he embezzled from two area fire departments where he worked. Lee Thomas Keever, 36, of 7225 Caley Lane in Denver, has been charged with two felony counts of obtaining property by false…