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Deputies: Catawba County man had 2 lbs. of pot

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Narcotics Investigators said they stopped a vehicle carrying nearly two pounds of hydroponic marijuana on Tuesday on U.S. 321 South. While conducting drug interdiction work along the busy roadway, officers spotted the driver of a black Nissan Murano not wearing a seatbelt and initiated…

Lincolnton ready for Relay for Life

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON   Staff Writer   Local insurance agent Billye Roland will be participating in Relay for Life of Lincolnton this year in way she never has before — in a purple shirt and wig, evidence of her current cancer battle. While both her parents suffered from lung…

Council mulls water deal with county

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   A solution to the Lincolnton and Lincoln County water dilemma may be on the horizon. During their meeting Thursday night, Lincolnton City Council members discussed the most recent turn of events surrounding negotiations between the selling of city water to the county. According to…

Vale man charged with pill possession

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A western Lincoln County man accused of illegally possessing several hundred dollars’ worth of prescription pills made a first court appearance in the case on Thursday, according to deputies. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Tim Johnson, head of the Major Crimes Unit, initiated a…

Police: Man admits assaulting girl

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A man receiving housing assistance from a Lincoln County family was jailed Wednesday after confessing to deputies that he sexually assaulted a 7-year-old resident during his stay at the home. Clay Allen Rudisill, 51, was arrested around 5:30 p.m. after officers located him…

County still discussing move to old hospital

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    ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   Several Lincoln County departments may be moving into a new home, according to County Manager Tracy Jackson. On April 25, Jackson and Assistant County Manager Martha Lide invited Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners to attend a tour of the old Lincoln County Hospital…

Community celebrates National Day of Prayer

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Ceremonies held at Sally’s YMCA, courthouse lawn Staff report Dozens of Lincoln County residents assembled at various community locations Thursday to celebrate the 63rd National Day of Prayer. The Lincoln County YMCA sponsored a gathering on the courthouse lawn Thursday morning with roughly 30 attendants, who circled together and spoke…

Maiden teen accused of choking dog

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer An area teen is accused of choking a dog during an argument with his mother, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies responded to 3999 Benny Shrum Lane in Maiden on Monday in reference to a domestic disturbance, according to an agency arrest report. Jason Tyler…

Reid: Long-term care planning a must

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MARTY REID Guest Columnist Retirees unanimously confess that their greatest fear is running out of money. In other words, individuals deplete their retirement assets unexpectedly and are unable to sustain their retirement lifestyle. In many cases, unforeseen health care costs are the culprit. For example, research indicates that individuals may…

Editor’s Note: Hit them where it hurts

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor The invasion of Ukraine worsens, and the United States does nothing. We’ve levied a few sanctions, shared a few harsh words with Russia’s leaders, but all that amounts to little more than posturing. That’s what our foreign policy is, and has been, through at least the…