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Service News — 2-3-14

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Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Touacha K. Her graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen…

Criminal Charges — 2-3-14

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Steven Paul Bray, 61, of 2489 W. Old N.C. 150 in Crouse was charged Jan. 30 with one count of second-degree trespassing. No bond was set. Johnny Robert Perry Lee, 32, of 184 A St. in Lincolnton was charged Jan. 30…

Editor’s Note: The misguided SOTU

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor I didn’t watch the State of the Union address. I probably shouldn’t admit that, but I have a good excuse. I was hard at work putting Wednesday’s paper together and, from what I read in several newspapers and from the text of President Barack Obama’s speech,…

Reader’s Forum — 2-3-14

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Reading tests aren’t good for students This is in response to the state requiring third graders to take 36 proficiency tests for the remainder of the school year. This would be about two tests per week. The children are going to be so tired of taking tests and will probably…

Obituaries — 2-3-14

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Helen Goins Hull Helen Goins Hull, age 77, of 2300 Brookwood Road in Lincolnton, died on Friday, January 31, 2014. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. today in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Larry Chapman officiating. The family will receive friends from 2:30 p.m. until…

Another close loss

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NL boys come up short against Raiders By MICHAEL HUGHES LTN Correspondent PUMPKIN CENTER –– Two evenly-matched teams went down to the wire for the second time on the hardwood this season. The result was the same, as North Iredell again bested North Lincoln, this time 52-47. The Raiders nipped…

Rebels romp Bunker Hill, finish third

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By RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor CATAWBA –– Longtime West Lincoln wrestling coach Butch Ross knew the only way his team had a shot at making the dual-team playoffs was to beat Bunker Hill. After Ross stressed the gravity of a victory, the Rebels delivered. West Lincoln opened with four pins…

County trio win SD-7 wrestling championships

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LINCOLN TIMES-NEWS West Lincoln’s Jake Clary and Charles Mack George, and Moses Boyter of East Lincoln won the championship of their respective weight classes at the Southern District 7 Athletic 2A Conference wrestling tournament at Newton-Conover on Saturday. Clary earned a 10-5 decision over Joseph Xiong of Newton-Conover to win…

Calendar — 2/3/14

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Upcoming games Basketball games begin with junior varsity girls, who start at 4 p.m., unless otherwise noted. North Lincoln does not have a JV girls team, so its games begin with the JV boys at 5 p.m. Conference wrestling matches begin at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. This schedule may…

Leaders expect improving local economy in 2014

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Once known for its strong textile and furniture industries, Lincoln County has transformed its business climate over the years, adapting to accommodate the diverse global economy. According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, six years have passed since the United States entered its severe recession,…