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SWAT raids target violent suspects

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer The American Civil Liberties Union released a report in June that analyzed SWAT teams and what the organization said is law enforcement’s increasing use of militarized tactics to serve search warrants for low-level drug crimes. The report said that weapons and tactics of war are being…

Animal control, 911 costs off the table, for now

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer While Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners and Lincolnton’s City Council approved a water sales agreement earlier in September, the cost of the county providing 911 and animal control services to the City of Lincolnton has yet to be resolved. County commissioners and city councilmen spent more…

Rescue Squad Park bid up for approval

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer The Lincoln County Parks and Recreation Department will seek approval to award the contract for the construction of East Lincoln Rescue Squad Park to Brushy Mountain Builders, Inc. at a Board of Commissioners meeting today. According to the memorandum prepared by Lincoln County Public Works Director…

Criminal Charges — 9-22-14

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Mairiam Katherine Leigh Daniel, 21, of 6406 Sterling Court in Stanley was charged September 17 with one count unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. A $500 bond was set. David Author Austin, 58, of 3384 Country Acres Drive in Maiden was…

Wal-Mart employee arrested for larceny

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer An employee of the Lincolnton Wal-Mart was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly stealing from her employer. Officer Brent Heavner of the Lincolnton Police Department responded to a larceny call on Sept. 17 at the Wal-Mart located at 306 North Generals Boulevard and arrested Christian Leigh Murray…

Difference maker

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Wolves QB Easter makes team better RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor Jordon Easter may not be Peyton Manning, but Lincolnton’s football team sure thinks of him that way. Easter, the Wolves’ starting quarterback for three seasons, missed the first two games this year due to a high left ankle sprain he…

WL, LHS clash

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Top ‘D’ hosts top offense RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor So what happens when the county’s best offense meets its best defense? Head to Memorial Stadium tonight to find out. Lincolnton, which has Lincoln County’s top overall defense, hosts West Lincoln, which has its top offense in terms of yards per…

Sports Editor Ryan Herman’s Week 5 picks

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RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor East Lincoln is welcoming its off week with open arms. The Mustangs are undefeated, ranked second in the state, yet they’ve barely won their last two games. It took a blocked extra point by their quarterback and a late defensive stand to beat North Lincoln, and…

LOCAL ROUNDUP — Eagles pick up SP1A volleyball victory

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LINCOLN TIMES-NEWS Lincoln Charter’s volleyball team rebounded from its only loss in Southern Piedmont 1A Conference play to beat host Highland Tech 3-1 on Thursday. Set scores were 16-25, 25-16, 25-22 and 25-17. Madi NeeSmith had eight kills, four blocks and four aces, Haley Hubeli had 58 digs and Tessa…

Sports Calendar — 9/19/14

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Upcoming games This list of event may not include changes or postponements not reported to the Lincoln Times-News. All volleyball doubleheaders begin with junior varsity at 4:30 p.m., and varsity to follow, unless otherwise noted. All other times listed are varsity start times: Today Varsity football W. Lincoln at Lincolnton,…