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Deputies: Suspect confesses to 5 break-ins

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   An eastern Lincoln County man admitted to deputies on Tuesday he was involved in five attempted break-ins in the area between late November and early December, the Sheriff’s Office has said. While investigating an attempted break-in at Westport Marina in Denver, deputies apprehended Joshua…

Tier change could mean more local jobs

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Lincoln County should receive more support from the state when landing industries next year, thanks to a shift in economic-development tier rankings that will make bigger tax credits available. The N.C. Department of Commerce announced the new tier designations last week for all 100…

Students team up with symphony

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  Performance includes song by teacher’s father AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff writer Students from 10 Lincoln County elementary schools and Lincoln Charter School attended a matinee performance by the N.C. Symphony on Thursday, before the evening performance of Holiday Pops at the Citizen’s Center. The daytime performance ended with a sing-along…

More federal sentences in online child porn ring tied to Lincolnton man

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Two Wisconsin men and one Missouri man were sentenced Tuesday for their role in a six-person child pornography ring that also involved a Lincolnton man, the U.S. District Attorney’s Office in the Western District of North Carolina said. A federal judge sentenced Daniel Slott,…

Gun permit applications can now be done online

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Lincoln County residents can now apply for and purchase gun permits through the Sheriff’s Office website. The agency recently made the switch to online applications to “provide better customer service” and “streamline the permit process,” ultimately cutting back on the public’s flow of traffic…

Birthday party made me queen for the day

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist I said sometime ago that I would stop having birthdays because the more you add the older you would be. But some people will not let you forget and when it’s your 80th year, it’s time to party. And what a party it was beginning with…

N.C. Division of Workforce solutions weekly job listings

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  Accounts Payable Specialist – Finance (Job #010160226) Two-year accounting degree preferred but not required. Must be able to be bonded. Perform financial accounting duties in support of the department’s accounts payable functions.   MIG Welder (Job #010160276) MIG welding experience, preferably in automotive or heavy equipment. Twelve months of…

Sex offenders accused of being in the wrong places

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said deputies jailed two local sex offenders on Wednesday after one failed to notify authorities of a change of address and another man illegally attended a Lincolnton church service for children. James Dwight Bandy, 38, of 1945 Southpark Drive…

House fire displaces family

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A house fire on the county’s southeastern end Thursday morning displaced a couple and their six children, according to firefighters with South Fork Fire Department, the incident’s primary responding agency. Smoke was billowing from the home’s roof and attic area when firefighters arrived on…

Council approves permit for dog day-care business

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The Lincolnton City Council unanimously signed off a permit requested for a proposed dog day care and boarding business Thursday night. The conditional-use permit request to operate the customary home occupation at property located on the east side of Laboratory Road, roughly 700 feet…