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Crushed sewer pipe prompts warning

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   A swimming advisory was issued by the Lincoln County Health Department Friday afternoon due to a sewer spill in the southeastern part of the county. The affected area included the Lake Norman main channel and shoreline near Waterford Drive off of Hager’s Ferry Road…

Vehicle fatally strikes horse

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer An apparently unknown vehicle struck and killed a horse while it was walking down the side of N.C. 27 Sunday night, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said. A motorist who was traveling down the roadway between 8 and 9 p.m. and stumbled upon the incident, Lee Hayes, talk with the…

Swimming advisory issued after sewage spill near lake

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer     A swimming advisory has been issued by the Lincoln County Health Department as of 2:30 p.m. Friday due to a sewer spill in the southeastern part of the county. The affected area includes the Lake Norman main channel and shoreline near Waterford Drive…

Suspected explosive device on campus

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Deputies rushed to a local elementary school Friday morning in response to a student with a suspected explosive device on campus, the Sheriff’s Office said. The device was later determined to be fake. Deputies forced staff at Pumpkin Center Elementary School toconduct a fire drill…

Young, Hurst wedding

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Cameron Alanna Young and Michael Jeffrey Hurst were united in marriage on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 4:00 in the afternoon at the historic St. Lukes Chapel in Charleston, S.C.  The ceremony was officiated by Reverend Judy Hames. The bride is the daughter of Jeff and Regina Young of Vale.  She is the…

Massive need at soup kitchen

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Restaurant offers boost as demand for food swells JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   “God is here,” Cherryville resident Ronnie Powell told the Times-News on Thursday about his experience eating at Christian Ministry’s soup kitchen in Lincolnton over the past three years. With the need for food great and the hungry…

Church demolishes former pawn shop

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   A familiar storefront on East Main Street in Boger City was demolished Wednesday, with cleanup now under way. The yellow-painted, brick building, located just east of Boger City Baptist Church, was formerly a pawn shop. However, the church acquired the property in January for…

Move indoors keeps locals out of convention

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Fewer of the Lincoln County residents who had been looking forward to hearing President Barack Obama formally accept his party’s nomination Thursday night were able to attend, after concerns about the weather forced Democratic National Convention organizers to move the event indoors to a…

Officers arrest break-in suspects

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   The Lincolnton Police Department and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office have been busy this week apprehending a handful of thieves in connection with several related and unrelated incidents in the community. Officers from both agencies worked together to apprehend Brandon Lamont Odum, 21, of 129 Mauney Drive in…

Family of 5 loses home to fire

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      JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A hollowed-out window, a charred children’s bike and torn-off siding were just some of the obvious evidence of a blaze that forced a family of five from their northeastern Lincoln County home Wednesday afternoon after sparks ignited in a bedroom, fire officials said. The incident…