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There’s no business like the Christmas tree farm business for Helms Farm

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer For many Americans, the Christmas season brings the return of many family traditions. One of the most popular traditions involves the selecting and decorating of a Christmas tree. Some find their trees at a Lowe’s or a Home Depot, while others opt for a more authentic…

Deputies: Man with gun on the loose after robbing fast food eatery

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer  Deputies said a man used a handgun to threaten the manager at an eastern Lincoln County fast food eatery Sunday morning before stealing money from the store safe and fleeing the property. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is still on the hunt for the armed robber,…

NLHS band director named best in state

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer North Lincoln High School Director of Bands Neil Underwood has come a long way in his music career since his elementary school days when he bought his first instrument to impress a girl. The 31-year veteran of the education field recently celebrated one of the highlights…

Rest home resident sets herself on fire

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A woman suffered life-threatening injuries Wednesday after fire officials said she set herself on fire at a Lincoln County rest home. Emergency Medical Services rushed Alisa Ault, 51, to Carolina’s Medical Center-Lincoln, where first-responders then airlifted her to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, for…

Christian Ministry hands out food, toys

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Hundreds of families and volunteers flocked to Christian Ministry Thursday as the organization unloaded wheelbarrows full of food items and trash bags packed with new toys. The annual Christmas fundraiser, which fell more than $20,000 short of last year’s total, nonprofit officials said, is just as…

New leader takes reins at Crisis Pregnancy Center

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer “Anybody can pass out diapers,” Paula McSwain said, “but because I can share the Gospel, that’s why I leave my kids and come here.” McSwain took over as executive director at Lincoln County’s Crisis Pregnancy Center in October. After realizing she still volunteered with the facility…

Maybe he’s on the naughty list?

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Criminal Charges — 12-20-13

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Shawntaina Dale Hoke, 42, of 3724 Waggoner Rd. in Vale was charged Dec. 14 with one count of possession and distribution of a meth precursor. A $10,000 secured bond was set. Tabitha Sarah Rogers, 39, of 4882 Stratford Ln. in Denver…

DSS details stats in final meeting of 2013

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Members of the Lincoln County Board of Social Services met Thursday to discuss their progress in bringing some Christmas cheer to those less fortunate and to review statistics regarding the services they provide. State officials report that 26 percent of North Carolina children live in poverty.…

Around Town — 12-20-13

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FRIDAY Scholarship applications Applications are available now through Feb. 17 (deadline) for scholarships for Gaston College’s 2014-15 academic year. To apply, visit gaston.academicworks.com or click on the “scholarships” link at the top of the Gaston College website (gaston.edu). For more information or questions, call (704) 922-6228 or (704) 922-6312. Blood…