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Officers: Lincolnton man stole merchandise, tried to make return

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Staff report A Lincolnton man has been charged with trying to return stolen merchandise at the city Wal-Mart. Michael Samuel Still, 30, of 114 Tripple H Lane, is accused of stealing merchandise and then walking outside to his vehicle and then returning to the store to return the items for…

Trio arrested after fight at child’s birthday party

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Staff report Three people have been arrested after a fight at a Lincolnton Parking lot on March 15. Lincolnton Police Department officers said they responded to the 1500 block of North Aspen Street at around 7:20 p.m. Officers said Devin Lamar Robinson, 24, of 208 Little Street in Lincolnton, was…

UPDATE: Domestic disturbance ends in shooting

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Staff report A woman was shot following a domestic dispute in western Lincoln County on Monday. Ronny Lee Whitworth, 34, of 7159 Lackey Road in Vale, has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and possession of a firearm by a felon for allegedly shooting…

Monroe residents arrested on drug, theft charges

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Staff report Two Monroe residents have been charged with felony drug possession and possession of stolen goods. Fredrick Eugene Hill, 48, and Cindy Jean Hill, 48, of 717 Pilgrim Forest Drive, were arrested on Sunday by the Lincolnton Police Department. Officers said the Hills were arrested after officers responded to…

City looks to continue relationship with county after election

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Relationships between municipalities and the counties that they inhabit are subject to change over time, primarily because of the change of elected seats on both governing bodies. For better or worse, those seats can influence the nature of that relationship drastically. “We are in the process…

Lincolnton Christian Ministry honors 30-year volunteer

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Christian Ministry of Lincoln County honored volunteer Tam Pauley at a luncheon on Tuesday afternoon in recognition of her 30 years of service to the non-profit. LINC Meals, a Christian Ministry program, provides meals to homebound citizens who cannot cook for themselves or may not be…

Catawba Co. man wanted in connection with shooting

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Staff report A Catawba County man is wanted on charges that he shot into a woman’s vehicle on Wednesday. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office detectives said Bobby Lee Fish Jr., 35, of Lowrance Road in Catawba, shot at a woman around 8:30 p.m. on Highway 274 in western Lincoln County. The…

Release date nears for Lily Tallent’s first album

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer  Feb. 21 may have been the scariest day of Lily Tallent’s life. The Vale native with long, red hair and an unmistakable Southern accent turned 30 less than a month ago. Still holding onto her dream of becoming a bona fide music sensation, she knows her…

Volunteers voice concerns about county animal shelter

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ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Leaving Huntersville on a warm summer day five years ago, Jena Healy felt a sense of progress. The Denver paralegal spent that Saturday, like many ones before it, trying to help Lincoln County dogs find forever homes through a Petco-sponsored adoption event. One fortunate canine, a…

UPDATED: Man dies in Highway 27 wreck

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer A Vale man died as the result of injuries received in an accident near the 4000 block of Highway 27 near Shoal Road in western Lincoln County on Friday morning. Lloyd Allen Stroupe, 67, died after the crash. The road was closed as of Friday afternoon.…