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Post-election communion organizers hope faith can unite where politics divide

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer “Christians have allowed partisan politics to divide them,” Rev. Kathy Naish told the Times-News on Friday. Pastor of First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ in Lincolnton, Naish was saddened over the way in which Christian churches have increasingly become more passionate about their political views than…

Suspect accused of firing at deputy

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A South Carolina man fired several shots at a Lincoln County deputy’s patrol car Thursday night during a high-speed vehicular chase through three counties, according to the Sheriff’s Office said. Stanley police officers commenced the chase in Gaston County after someone called the department and said…

Gaston DA: Cases tainted by suspect cops being dismissed

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer The Gaston County District Attorney’s Office recently dismissed charges against more than 30 defendants as a result of the ongoing federal investigation into the city of Cherryville that so far has seen the arrest of six people, including four area police officers. Nearly 60 pending cases…

Mighty Mite football

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Band of Knights set to follow up season of many awards with encore performance

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer Though the North Lincoln High Band of Knights is wrapping up its award-winning marching band season this week, the students’ aren’t hanging up their instruments just yet. Thursday, they will present their “Never Ending Trail” production to parents and the Lincoln County community one last time…

County to look at roadway plan

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The future of some of Lincoln County’s roadways will be up for discussion tonight, when the Board of Commissioners is set to receive an update on the status of the Lincolnton Comprehensive Transportation Plan from a North Carolina Department of Transportation official. Linda Dosse, of the…

NL boys, Lincoln Charter’s Bhalla win cross-country state titles

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Sports Editor Lincoln County runners brought home two state championships from the North Carolina High School Athletic Association cross-country meet in Kernersville on Saturday. The North Lincoln men’s team took the 2A championship for the second year in a row. Lincoln Charter sophomore Sophia Bhalla ran the course…

Young sets records, Mustangs hammer Wheatmore

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KEN BRADLEY Special to LTN DENVER — East Lincoln quarterback Garrett Young had one goal in mind Friday night and it had nothing to do with two passing records well within reach when his Mustangs took the field against Wheatmore in the first round of the 2A state playoffs. Young…

Wolves upset Wilkes Central

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Sports Editor WILKESBORO — The No. 2 Wilkes Central Eagles needed 12 seconds to take the lead over the No. 7 Lincolnton Wolves on Friday in the first round of the 2A state playoffs. Senior Wilkes Central running back Cameron Williams burst through the middle of the Lincolnton…

Vikings end Rebels’ football season in first round 69-15

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer STATESVILLE — The South Iredell Vikings cruised to a 69-15 win over the West Lincoln Rebels in the first round of the 2AA state playoffs on Friday. The opening half of the night was a shut out filled with big runs, interceptions and touchdown after touchdown…