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A self-made man

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    PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist At one time years ago Joe Gladden needed work. He went to work helping a friend at a Ford dealership and found this was something he absorbed quickly. From there he became a self-taught body shop man. In 1978 he built his own shop…

Gwaltney, Eagle Engagement

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Rickey and Gail Gwaltney of Hiddenite are pleased to announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Gina Marie Gwaltney, to Brant Thomas Eagle, son of Emmett and Sandra Eagle of Lincolnton. The bride-elect is a 2008 graduate of Alexander Central High School and a graduate of Western Piedmont…

Sigmon – Day Wedding

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Lindsey Annette Sigmon and Michael Lee Day were united in marriage on Sunday, August 4, 2013 at two o’clock in the afternoon at Buffalo Baptist Church in Shelby. The ceremony was officiated by Pastor Max Turner Jr. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tim Mayhew of Lincolnton…

Study seeks input on local housing growth, needs

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Lincoln County residents interested in helping plan for the future of housing in the region are invited to drop by an open house on Monday. Hosted by the Centralina Council of Governments as part of its “CONNECT Our Future” initiative, a three-year project to…

‘Cruisin’ for a Cause’ to be held Saturday

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  Staff Reports   Four Lincoln County nonprofits will unite Saturday for the organizations’ annual “Cruisin’ for a Cause” event in downtown Lincolnton. The community fundraiser draws in classic and antique cars as well as motorcycles and other unique vehicles in order for residents to enjoy a popular pastime from…

Lincoln joins multi-county planning organization

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Lincoln County is now part of a new metropolitan planning organization, a shift local officials hope will be a beneficial one moving forward. The Board of Commissioners approved a “memorandum of understanding” with the Gaston-Cleveland-Lincoln MPO during its meeting Monday night. Before the vote, Planning…

Criminal Charges 8-23-13

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  The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests:   Roy Nathaniel Sellers, 61, of 4538 Biesterfield Dr. in Charlotte was charged Aug. 20 with one count each of traffic-other and attempting to obtain a controlled substance by forgery/fraud. A $10,000 bond was set. James Ray Cole, 27, of…

Charges possible in construction accident deaths

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A father whose daughter and nephew were killed in an eastern Lincoln County construction accident in April may soon be charged with involuntary manslaughter, the Sheriff’s Office said. Lieutenant Tim Johnson, head of the agency’s Criminal Investigations Division, said the case has yet to…

Around Town — 8-23-13

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TODAY BBQ chicken sale Poplar Springs AME Zion Church, 1205 Buffalo Shoals Rd. in Lincolnton, will host its annual BBQ chicken sale today and Saturday. For more information, call (704) 735-0960. LCS Board meeting The Lincoln County Public Education Foundation’s Board of Directors will meet 12 p.m. in the Executive…

Faith, fellowship abound at Tucker’s Grove

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  Locals and visitors alike enjoy annual religious event JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Monroe resident Betty Deese is approaching nearly three decades of attendance at Tucker’s Grove Camp Meeting, one of Lincoln County’s annual revival-based gatherings. “It’s like a big family reunion,” she said. “You see families gather and…