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Reward offered as police seek golf course vandal

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Authorities are on the lookout for whoever caused $25,000 in damage to a local golf course. Authorities found a section of the Lincoln Country Club Golf Course heavily damaged early Sunday morning, reported Lincolnton Police Officer R.J. Barlowe II. Investigators suspect that someone drove across the course and did a…

Planned sewer plant may boost development

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A new sewer plant approved by state officials this month is not expected to immediately spur building in east Lincoln County — but it may shake things up. State officials Dec. 11 approved the final permits to begin work on the new $23 million Killian Wastewater Treatment Plan on more…

Volunteers matter for care centers

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Dorothy Kraus, 86, leaned forward from the recliner in her private room at the Wexford house — an assisted living facility in Denver. Her eyes lit up as she spoke. “In a way, it’s an adventure,” Kraus said of living in the communal home. “That’s what my son always said.”…

Recognized by Rotary

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QUESTION of the WEEK

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“What was the biggest news story in east Lincoln County for 2008?” Gaye Lybrand, Denver: “Operation Noah’s Ark, where they took the animals, was pretty bad. It was important because she didn’t take care of her dogs. That and the Wal-Mart. We needed a Wal-Mart around here.” Angela Jones, Denver:…

Community Calendar

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CLUBS, GROUPS Wayne’s Monthly Feasts Wayne’s second Friday monthly feast will be 9:45 a.m. on Jan. 9 at Captain Pete’s Restaurant on N.C. 150 in Denver. The meeting will feature a presentation by Frank Katz of Foot Solutions on how to take care of your feet in 2009. The cost…

Around Town 12/22/2008

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BLOOD MOBILE The American Red Cross will host a blood drive from 3 to 7 p.m. today at Crouse United Methodist Church, Old Highway 150. CHRISTMAS CAROLS Daniels Lutheran Church Christmas carolers will visit homebound church members this evening. Carolers are asked to meet 5:30 p.m. at the church. A…

Many families not making use of free and reduced school meals

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Despite the downturn in the economy, the number of students receiving free or reduced lunches in Lincoln County schools has not seen an increase. “We haven’t, but we should, and that concerns me,” said Kathy Buelin, child nutrition director for Lincoln County Schools. Students in families that are up to…

All county schools open to student transfers, deadline to apply Feb. 15

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Every school in the Lincoln County system will remain open to transfers in 2009. “The administration will be looking as these transfers come in, grade level by grade level, school by school,” said David Martin, superintendent of Lincoln County Schools. Transfer requests will be available Jan. 15 and are due…

New state laws tackle gangs, video gambling

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State laws intended to stop the growth of gangs and video poker went into effect earlier this month. Senate Bill 180 is an act to clarify that certain server-based electronic game promotions are prohibited, authorities said. This bill recognizes that it’s unlawful to promote, operate, or conduct a server-based electronic…