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Criminal Charges 7-24-13

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  The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests:   Courtney Nichole Stacks, 24, of 3829 Oakdale Rd. in Charlotte was charged July 7 with one count each of misdemeanor breaking and entering a building, simple assault, misdemeanor larceny, breaking and entering vehicles and simple assault and battery or…

Obituaries 7-24-13

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Wayne W. Lynn MAIDEN — Wayne Wilson Lynn, age 67, of Maiden passed away Sunday, July 21, 2013 at Catawba Regional Hospice in Newton. Born June 21, 1946, in Lincoln County, he was the son of the late George David Lynn and Georgia Bell Long Lynn. He was a member…

Lincoln native’s ‘Hunger Games’ tours a big business

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer     A Lincolnton native has found big business with offering an inside look at the filming sites of a popular movie made in Western North Carolina. In May of 2012, not even two months after the theatrical release of “The Hunger Games” movie adaptation,…

Maiden man accused of assaulting deputy

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A Maiden man is accused of punching a deputy in the face Saturday, sending the officer to the hospital. Grady Adam Allen, 30, of 1391 Goldrock Trail, has since been evaluated at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory. However, the facility found no reason…

Track and field renovations looking good at Lincolnton High School

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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…