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Responding to Newtown tragedy

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Sheriff beefs up school security; banner prepared to send to Conn. JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Following the school shooting massacre Dec. 14 in Newtown, Conn., school safety has become a top priority on everyone’s mind. As a result, local law enforcement officers are working to ease community fears by ramping…

Board member: Warrant based on false claim

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Lincoln County School Board member faces a criminal accusation of trespassing on a Gaston County man’s property earlier this month, a claim she denies. Cathy Goodson Davis, 50, of 5461 Reepsville Road in Vale, “unlawfully and willfully did without authorization” access “the premises of William…

Denver restaurant gives out free holiday meals

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Race City BBQ is experiencing its first Christmas since opening in Denver earlier this year, and, already, the restaurant’s owners are looking to give back to the community. On Saturday, the restaurant, located at 3650 N.C. 16 N., is providing free holiday meals to those less…

Mayor congratulates champs

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Around Town — 12-21-12

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FRIDAY Toys for Tots Lincoln County Toys for Tots will be collecting toys 3-9 p.m. at Walgreens in Lincolnton. Festival of Trees The 2012 Festival of Trees, sponsored by the Arts Council of Lincoln County, will be on display 5-8:30 p.m. at the former CMC-Lincoln facility on Gamble Dr. in…

Criminal Charges — 12-21-12

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: James Timothy Lowery, 41, of 2947 Lees Way Ln. in Denver was charged Dec. 17 with one count of misdemeanor larceny. A $1,000 secured bond was set. Johnny Allen Bivens, 21, of 1846 Beaumont Ln. in Lincolnton was served a true…

Reader’s Forum — 12-21-12

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Letter writer right about offensive photos I very much agree with Suzanne Chapman’s Dec. 19 letter in the Lincoln Times-News about the pictures of the killed deer and the very young people pictured with them. I understand hunting for food, but I hardly believe in this modern age that we…

Obituaries 12-21-12

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Jimmy Ernest Hoyle Mr. Jimmy Ernest Hoyle, age 82, of 107 Sigmon Road in Lincolnton, died on Wednesday, December 19, 2012. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. today at Hollybrook Cemetery with Pastor Tommy Conder officiating. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until 10:45 a.m.…

School board promises transparency

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  AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   “We’re going to be an open book, and will make sure that transparency is there,” Lincoln County Board of Education member Bob Silver told the Times-News on Tuesday. “The culture of this board has changed and everybody wants the public to know that we…

County agrees to $3.5M water plant upgrade

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners unanimously signed off on a nearly $3.5 million contract for improvements to the county’s water-treatment plant during its meeting Monday night. Funded by the water and sewer capital-improvement budget, the project will result in upgrades to the plant’s…