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School security on agenda for Board of Education

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The Lincoln County Board of Education is expected to take action during its meeting Tuesday night on school-security measures for the district’s middle and high schools. The group previously signed off on access control and video surveillance for local elementary schools, which have now been…

Rock Springs Camp Meeting closes with wet and wild day

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‘Leadership Lincoln’ accepting applications

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   The Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce recently announced that it is taking applications for its annual “Leadership Lincoln” class. “Many of the leaders in this community are proud graduates of this successful program,” Chamber officials said in the announcement. “They have found it to…

Sheriff attends training program

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Lincoln County Sheriff David Carpenter recently attended his third state Sheriffs’ Association’s Annual Training Conference since voters put him in office in December 2010. The 91st North Carolina training event for sheriffs took place the end of July in New Hanover County, the Sheriff’s Office…

Get your fried apple pies today

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Today kicks off the Lincoln County Extension and Community Association’s annual sale of fried apple pies, a fundraising tradition that dates back more than 30 years. Through Friday, the organization will be selling the pies for $2 each in the demonstration kitchen of the Citizens…

Former prosecutor’s wife gets 6 years for fraud

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   The wife of a retired Lincoln County prosecutor received a six-year federal prison sentence Thursday for money laundering and health care fraud conspiracy, according to the United States District Attorney’s Office in North Carolina’s Western district. Federal officials said a judge sentenced Linda Smoot…

Man faces meth charges for second time in 2 months

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer     A Maiden man is behind bars for the second time in two months for making methamphetamine after narcotics investigators located both lab remnants and precursors inside a Lincolnton residence Wednesday, the Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies arrested James Christopher Coleman, 42, of Bob…

Tuning up for the season

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SBA offers disaster loans in Lincoln

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Lincoln and surrounding counties that were impacted by the flash flooding on July 27 have received a disaster-loan declaration from the United States Small Business Administration, local officials announced Thursday. The declaration will allow those with property damage from the storms to apply for low-interest…

Register of Deeds puts records on the web

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Lincoln County residents may now access all Register of Deeds books online, the office announced this week. The project has been ongoing for several years and has involved the scanning of all deed-book images, now available on the Lincoln County website (under the Register of…