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Lincoln grand jury indicts Fla. man for rape of teen

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Lincoln County grand jury indicted a Florida man Monday on rape charges in connection with a 2009 city case, police said. Officers initially served 41-year-old Juan Rafael Diaz a warrant July 19 with two felony counts each of statutory rape and sex offense, according to…

Improv troupe set to perform on Friday

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer “The language is German, and you are on a tour bus headed to the Grand Canyon for the first time,” Stacey Smith, co-founder of improv group Chasing Parked Cars, instructed her teammates during their practice Tuesday night. The group took turns playing games to get ready…

Obits 7-25-12

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George Alexander Turner Mr. George Alexander Turner, age 86, of 5074 E. Highway 150 in Lincolnton, died on Monday, July 23, 2012. His funeral service will be 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 26, 2012 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church with Rev. Dr. Curtis Paul, Pastor Jack Rhyne, and Pastor Marty…

Around Town — 7-23-12

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LHS reunion meeting A meeting to organize the annual class reunion for Lincolnton High School classes 1960-1970 will be 6 p.m. Monday at Citizens Sprinkler Inc., 405 N. Poplar St. in Lincolnton. For more information, call Tommy Huskey at (704) 732-7774. VBS Middle Cross Baptist Church, 3474 Crouse School Rd.…

Criminal Charges — 7-23-12

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Jessica Michelle Cox, 22, 8103 Secluded Ln. in Denver was charged July 18 with two counts of failure to appear and one count of breaking and entering a building. A $2,500 secured bond was set. James Allen Oates, 48, of 1440…

Teens charged for Klan graffiti

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Two Lincoln County teens found themselves behind bars last week after deputies accused them of spray painting racial slurs in front of a property located along a popular area highway. Both Tommy Blake Cantrell, 17, of 5764 Hoover-Elmore Road in Vale, and Brandon Dell…

Break-in rate high during summer, detectives say

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   While overall break-ins in Lincoln County steadily declined over the last three years, they spiked this spring and have continued to transpire at a high rate over the summer months, keeping Sheriff’s Office detectives on their toes. In May, deputies investigated nearly 70 instances…

Lineberger recalled as hero, leader in community

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   “He was a man of his word, and a handshake to him was as a good as a legalized document,” Laura Lineberger said of her late father and Lincolnton native Robert Lineberger, who died Saturday from melanoma at age 91. The 1936 Lincolnton High…

Poetry Lincolnton

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Newspaper launches electronic edition

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  Times-News staff reports   The Lincoln Times-News will be now available in an electronic format, beginning with today’s edition. The new “E-edition,” designed to be viewable on personal computers and tablet devices, is an electronic version of the entire physical paper, including the headlines, articles, photos, graphics, display advertisements,…