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Local baseball teams begin official practices today

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Staff report Baseball fans in Lincoln County don’t have long to wait before they can watch their favorite local teams in action. The regular season begins in two weeks and high school teams are holding their first official full-team practices today. But that window doesn’t leave much time for local…

Pictures from North Lincoln’s indoor track state championship finishes

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Pictured are several of North Lincoln’s top finishers from the 1A/2A/3A state indoor track championship, held at JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem on Saturday. Pictured are (above, from left) Ryan Shannon (fifth place, 3,200-meter run), Andrew Fea (first place, 1,600-meter run), Chase Stehling (sixth place, shot-put), Josh Mosteller (second place,…

School Board moves forward with security steps

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The Lincoln County Board of Education is one step closer to approving safety enhancements at Lincoln County Schools. Following a unanimous vote during the School Board’s regular monthly meeting Tuesday night, Executive Director of Facilities Darrell Gettys will proceed with gathering bids for proposed…

Firefighters battle outbuilding blaze

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Nearly 20 Lincoln County firefighters responded to an outbuilding blaze Saturday afternoon in Denver, an incident that the Fire Marshal’s Office deemed accidental in nature, fire officials said. The incident occurred just after noon on Wildwood Trail in Denver and resulted in a total…

Sports Briefs — 2/13/13

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City of Lincolnton Parks & Rec youth soccer The City of Lincolnton Parks and Recreation will be accepting soccer registration for the 2013 Youth Spring Soccer League on Saturday. Registration for the league will be held at the William Lentz Recreation Center at Betty G. Ross Park between 9 a.m.-noon.…

Allegations nurse stole narcotics from hospital under investigation

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and State Bureau of Investigation have teamed up to investigate allegations that a former nurse at Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln stole prescription pills from the hospital earlier this year. The Sheriff’s Office is not releasing the Gaston County woman’s name…

Supply shortage brings halt to testing for TB

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The Lincoln County Health Department announced Tuesday that it will be unable to provide routine tuberculin skin testing until further notice, following a manufacturer’s shortage of Tubersol. The North Carolina Tuberculosis Program is recommending that all local health departments prioritize the testing to include…

Results — 2/13/13

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Wrestling The West Lincoln Rebels varsity wrestling team took a 45-30 win over Wilkes Central in the first round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s 2A dual team playoffs on Tuesday, but dropped their second match of the night to Newton-Conover 40-24 in the second round. West Lincoln…

Chamber announces press conference on new restaurant

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   More information is expected to be revealed about one of Lincolnton’s newest restaurants Thursday afternoon during a Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce press conference. As the Times-News previously reported, Lincoln County Schools Director of Child Nutrition Byron Sackett has confirmed that he is opening…

Snacking on Lake Norman could be big winner

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Ronald and Sharon Ashmore may soon be $15,000 richer for photographing a sandwich. The pair, who live in southeastern Lincoln County, took a picture of two of their three grandchildren eating a Smucker’s Uncrustables sandwich this past summer on their boat on Lake Norman and…