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Criminal Charges — 7-5-13

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests:  Terry Wilford Houser, 57, of 1817 Hines Cir. Rd. in Stanley was charged June 28 with one count each of simple assault, communicating threats, injury to real property and first-degree trespassing. No bond was set. Robert William St. Martin, 2, of…

Police drug roundup nets over 20 suspects

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Police have apprehended more than 20 area drug suspects since initiating Operation “Independence Day” on Wednesday. A three-month undercover investigation targeted dealers accused of buying and selling marijuana and pharmaceuticals such as Hydrocodone, Xanax, Dilaudid, Oxycodone and Clonazepam. Undercover officers Sgt. Det. J. Munday and Det.…

Fire Department to help raise funds for Amity Lane washout

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A local fire department plans to help an Iron Station neighborhood raise money to repair a road washed away in this month’s area flooding. Trinity Farms resident Debbie Whitley said Pumpkin Center Fire Department will host a food fundraiser on Saturday and Sunday and donate proceeds…

Lincoln County celebrates Independence Day

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Deputies locate one of two missing sisters

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Deputies said they located one of two Lincoln County sisters who ran away from their residence earlier this month. A Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer went to Carolinas Medical Center-Main on Wednesday and identified patient Aniya Symone Mickey-Weeks as one of the missing teens, the Sheriff’s Office said.…

County unemployment rate rises slightly

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Lincoln County’s unemployment rate ticked back up for the month of May, rising to 9.5 percent from 8.7 percent a month earlier. Not alone, the county was one of 87 statewide to see similar increases, while 12 experienced decreases and one remained unchanged, according to new…

Obituaries — 7-5-13

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John Lewis Parker MAIDEN — Mr. John Lewis Parker, age 90, of 7045 Startown Road in Maiden, died on Thursday, July 4, 2013. His funeral service will be 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 7, 2013 at Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Cherryville with Rev. Jonathan Foster officiating. Burial will follow…

Obituaries — 7-3-13

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Clyde Reeves ‘Dick’ Anthony GASTONIA — Clyde Reeves “Dick” Anthony, age 98, passed away on June 30, 2013 at Terrace Ridge.  A native of Lincoln County, he was a son of the late Andrew and Hattie Anthony, husband of 73 years to the late Velma Blanche Freeman Anthony. Dick dedicated…

Cloninger, Timmerman Wedding

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Miss Lauren Kemp Cloninger and Mr. Jacob Charles Timmerman were united in marriage on Sunday, June 2, 2013 at the 1927 Lake Lure Inn and Spa, Lake Lure. Ms. Kimberly Jean Hodges, step cousin of the bride, officiated the five o’clock ceremony, after which the wedding party and guests enjoyed…

Washington, Guthrie Engagement

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Dinitra Renee Washington and John Lee “Gert” Guthrie of San Antonio, Tex. announce their engagement. Dinitra is the daughter of Rev. Billy and the late Rev. Rita Washington of San Antonio, Tex. She is a graduate of Incarnate Word High School. She is attending the University of Texas at San…