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Wolves hold first practice

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Lincolnton preparing for August 17 season opener MICHAEL GEBELEIN Sports Editor The Lincolnton Wolves held their first official football practice of the 2012-2013 season on Monday with several key position battles still being fought and a focus on preparing for a four-way scrimmage, which will include the West Lincoln Rebels,…

Sports Briefs — 8/1/12

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Lincolnton tickets Fans can purchase all-sport passes for $75 or football season tickets for $25 from a sports booster or athletic director Scott Cloninger. Reserved seat holders can pick up their tickets from sports boosters Kevin Ray or Ronnie Carpenter. Reserved seats will also be available for pickup at the…

Felony charges against former city employee

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Cherryville: Embezzlement investigation is ongoing   JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A former city of Cherryville employee has been charged with embezzling city funds as the result of a still-ongoing investigation that could ultimately result in additional charges against her or others. Jennifer Neal Hoyle, 34, of Cherryville, was charged…

East Lincoln Optimist team wins tournament

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The East Lincoln Optimist 8U Machine Pitch Challenge Ball Team won the Legends of Summer Championship at Nevins Park in Charlotte, held July 28 and 29. Pictured are (front, from left) bat boys Braxton Reeves, Justin Bassani, Ryan Bassani and Jacob Smith, (second row, from left) Landon Reeves, Cade Doolittle,…

Bad year for U.S. corn, good for Lincoln farmers

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  AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   Though severe heat and drought have hit the U.S. Corn Belt states hard this season, conditions generally have been excellent for growing in Lincoln County and across North Carolina, potentially suggesting a big payoff for local farmers. The Corn Belt is a section of…

Schedules — 8/1/12

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American Legion baseball Cherryville Post 100 plays Apex at 4:30 p.m. today at M.S. Deal Stadium in Granite Falls.…

Dentist accused of stealing from his employees

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   An eastern Lincoln County dentist has been charged by criminal investigators with the North Carolina Department of Insurance with deducting money from employees’ paychecks last year for health insurance coverage while simultaneously failing to pay the required premiums. Denver dentist, Daniel Owen Carson, 54,…

Schools ahead of most on new CPR requirement

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  AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   High school students across the state will soon be responsible for learning CPR and the Heimlich maneuver before being able to graduate, following a mandate from Gov. Bev Perdue. They’ll be joining Lincoln County students who already undergo the training. The new law was…

2nd armed robbery looks much like the first

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Police are investigating the second armed robbery in less than a month outside the Little Caesar’s Pizza on East Main Street in Lincolnton. Details of the latest incident, which occurred around 10 a.m. Saturday, were similar to those in a hold-up in early July…

Around Town — 8-1-12

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Zumba Pisgah United Methodist Church, 2582 Gastonia Hwy. in Lincolnton, will host a Zumba class 7:15 p.m. Thursday in the church fellowship hall. For more information, call (704) 732-0538 or visit pisgah-umc.org. YMCA Program The Y Readers Youth Literacy Program, including Sally’s YMCA in Denver and the Lincoln County YMCA…