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Fire destroys home, sets off bullets, propane tank

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    Neighbor reports man fleeing site JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Area neighbors swiftly exited their homes Friday afternoon after they said they heard loud cracking noises in the area. The startling sounds echoed throughout the quiet, rural community as flames consumed bullets, a propane tank and every other possession…

School security on board agenda

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    FRANK TAYLOR Managing Editor Measures to enhance school security may receive final approval from the Lincoln County Board of Education during its regular monthly meeting Tuesday. Board members on the Building and Site Committee signed off last week on some changes to planned security improvements that had been…

Putnam chosen to lead county GOP for full term

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The Lincoln County Republican Party re-elected Chairman Bradley Putnam to his post last week during the GOP’s county convention and precinct meetings. Local Republicans met Thursday evening at the Lincoln County Senior Center, also voting in the rest of their 2013-2015 board members. These…

Church prepares for trip bringing supplies to African villagers

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Prophetess Rosalind Bynum and eight other members of Without Walls Freedom Center in Lincolnton will be jetting off today to Cameroon, Africa, to deliver more than eight suitcases full of shoes and other necessary supplies to needy villagers. Since establishing the church a…

Deputies: Suspect sold hydroponic marijuana

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Undercover investigators with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office bought and sold drugs from a Lincolnton man for nearly a month before searching his residence and finding water-grown marijuana last week, the Sheriff’s Office said. Narcotics officers kicked in the door to Jarvis Lamont Jackson’s…

Obituaries 3-11-13

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Abigail Grace Hendrick Miss Abigail Grace Hendrick, of Shelby, passed away March 6, 2013 at Cleveland Regional Medical Center. Born in Cleveland County she was a daughter of Jerry Keith Hendrick Jr. and Stephanie Marie Gantt Hendrick of Shelby. In addition to her parents she is survived by her sister,…

Man wanted for fleeing arrested, faces charges in three counties

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A convicted felon who led area law enforcement officers on two separate vehicular chases this month now sits in jail under a nearly $300,000 bond. According to the Gaston County jail website, James Curtis Stewart, 39, of McAdenville, was apprehended just after 8 a.m.…

Criminal Charges 3-11-13

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Anthony Joseph Perry III, 35, of 1749 Salem Ch. Rd. in Lincolnton was charged March 5 with one count of failure to appear. A $500 secured bond was set. Megan Nicole Barlett, 25, of 4125 Palmetto Ln. in Denver was charged…

Lady Rebels edge Burns 2-1

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West Lincoln stifles seventh-inning rally for narrow win MICHAEL GEBELEIN Sports Editor VALE — The West Lincoln Lady Rebels varsity softball team survived a seventh-inning rally by the Burns Lady Bulldogs to take a 2-1 victory in nonconference play on Wednesday. West Lincoln freshman Erin Huff, in her first start…

Lady Knights beat St. Stephens 5-4

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Staff report The North Lincoln Lady Knights varsity softball team beat St. Stephens 5-4 in extra innings on Thursday. Hollyn Franklin pitched six innings with five strikeouts, 10 hits, three walks and three earned runs. Peyton Wilson threw three innings in relief with four strikeouts and one hit. North Lincoln…