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Denver theatre group donates to county Child Advocacy Center

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Denver-based acting group The Backyard Players at Verdict Ridge recently donated $6,000 to the Lincoln County Coalition Against Child Abuse’s Child Advocacy Center (CAC) in Lincolnton. Funds stemmed from the actors’ performances of Sister Act: The Musical last fall. CAC Director Sherry Reinhardt had tears in…

Getting the notes just right

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Groups to celebrate MLK Day

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer The Lincoln County Coalition of Churches and the local chapter of the NAACP are inviting community members to assist them in their three-day celebration of one of the most well known Civil Rights leaders. For more than 20 years, the two organizations have hosted the Martin…

Pair charged after police chase ends in Lincoln

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Lincoln County deputies arrested two individuals Thursday morning for leading Hickory police on a vehicular chase near the Lincoln-Catawba line. Deputies said they originally detained five individuals in the case but later released three without charges. Larry Wayne Nance, 26, of 940 Cape Hickory Road, and…

Local luminaries come out for annual LTN breakfast

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Ingles still planning to open in Boger City

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer A popular North Carolina-based supermarket chain is coming to Lincolnton. Ingles Markets is planning to construct a grocery store and gas station at the demolished Belding Hausman site in the Boger City area of Lincolnton. The idea to open a store at the proposed Boger City…

For the love of the team

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Cleaner who laundered LHS football’s jerseys for decades calling it quits JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer For at least the last five decades, one local dry cleaning business and its owner have remained dedicated to caring for the Lincolnton High School football team’s jerseys. However, in November, owner Fred Jarrett, Sr.…

Man’s rape trial gets under way

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer An Iron Station man accused of raping a teen in the county nearly four years ago is on trial this week. Defendant James Fred Reeves Jr., 39, has been charged with one felony count each of crimes against nature, first-degree burglary, indecent liberties with a child…

First Federal to celebrate grand opening of new branch in Vale

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Western Lincoln County residents will now have easy access to one of the county’s most well known banks. First Federal Savings Bank will hold their grand opening and ribbon-cutting celebration on Thursday at 5 p.m., followed by a Chamber of Commerce “Business After Hours” event from…

Commissioners approve Buffalo Shoals Road cell phone tower

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners approved several rezoning requests during its meeting Monday night. Commissioners voted unanimously to approve American Tower Corp.’s request to erect a 195-foot wireless telecommunications tower on Buffalo Shoals Road in the Ironton Township with the Planning Board’s revision. Last Monday, the…