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SWAT team aids in pot bust

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   The Lincoln County Sheriff’s tactical team assisted narcotics investigators Wednesday night in busting down the door to a Lincolnton residence, arresting one man for marijuana possession, deputies said. Officers issued a search warrant around 9:30 p.m. at 206 Turner Street with SWAT by their…

Police charge owners of closed sweepstakes gaming centers

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Police said they served warrants this week on two owners of Internet sweepstakes centers in Lincolnton after undercover investigations last month revealed the businesses were operating illegally. Detectives charged both Victor Odell Boulware, 50, of 14114 Montecastillo Place in Charlotte, on Feb. 7 and…

The high cost of not fixing

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  Humane Society offering February discount for spaying, neutering JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Humane Society volunteer Pam Kuebler says she will never forget the fall day in 2011 when her neighbor’s unneutered Great Dane attacked her face. “Dog owners need to be made accountable for unneutered males,” she told the…

Deputies: Fraud suspects had struck elsewhere

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      JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Following the arrest of three suspects on fraud charges Saturday at a Lincoln County convenience store, deputies have uncovered new details in the incident accusing the trio of carrying out similar criminal behavior at businesses in three other surrounding counties, the Sheriff’s…

Intersection decision splits City Council

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Whether to move forward with preliminary-engineering services for an intersection-improvement project resulted in a split vote by the Lincolnton City Council Thursday night. Planning Director Laura Simmons’ request to engage TGS Engineers to provide such services within 90 days for a cost of $20,000…

Rebels host SPC wrestling tourney

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    MICHAEL GEBELEIN Sports Editor   Lincoln County wrestling teams face one more test before the start of team and individual state playoffs. The Southern Piedmont 1A/2A Conference Tournament, held on Saturday at West Lincoln High School beginning at 10:30 a.m., will help determine which athletes get to move…

Sports Briefs 2-8-13

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  Valentine’s 5K East Lincoln High School’s cross-country team and Cowan’s Ford Country Club are hosting the Valentine’s 5K couples and fun run on Feb. 16 at 9:30 a.m. The race is the first of the Lincoln County Grand Prix circuit and runs alongside Lake Norman and the Cowan’s Ford…

New conferences get throwback names

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  Staff report   Lincoln County schools have had homes in new conferences determined by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s realignment committee since May. Now those conferences have names. Lincolnton, East Lincoln and West Lincoln are joining a 2A conference with Bandys, Bunker Hill, Maiden, Newton-Conover and West…

Schedules 2-8-13

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  Basketball East Lincoln hosts Lincolnton today. North Lincoln hosts West Lincoln today.   Wrestling West Lincoln hosts the Southern Piedmont Conference tournament on Saturday at 10:30 a.m.  …

Results 2-8-13

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  Wrestling Tuesday: East Lincoln (EALI) 45.0 North Lincoln (NOLI) 30.0 106: Cody Land, NOLI, forf. 113: Ryan Barbieri, NOLI, pinned Andrew McCleod, EALI. 120: Kasen Alley, EALI, pinned Ethan Thornhill, NOLI. 126: James Daniel, EALI, pinned Conner Chroback, NOLI. 132: Grayson Hull, NOLI, dec. Cody Stough, EALI, 8-6. 138:…