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Talented trio sparks West Lincoln High’s Rebels

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Entering the season, West Lincoln head coach Mark Hoover didn`t know how he was going to replace Chase Harbinson and Logan Scronce in the backfield. Harbinson rushed for 1,181 yards, while Scronce finished just 66 yards shy of 1,000. While Hoover`s concerns were warranted, the senior trio of Jordan Leonhardt,…

Students quiz superintendent

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The superintendent of Lincoln County Schools faced three hard-nosed reporters Thursday morning. “The beads of sweat were forming on my forehead,” said David Martin, who talked with three fifth-grade students at Union Elementary School Thursday morning. Their questions included “In your childhood life did you ever think you would be…

Art competition winners named

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The Arts Council of Lincoln County has announced the winners of the Paul C. Rhyne Art Competition. Ginny Boyd of Denver won first prize with her mixed-media entry “Up in Smoke.” Lynn Dermott of Denver earned second and third prizes with her mixed-media entries “Quilt of Days” and “Tulips.” Laraine…

Around Town 9/26/2007

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CHURCH SINGING Adam Beard will be singing at Sharon Baptist Church, N.C. 73, Iron Station, Saturday at 7 p.m. REUNION The 17th annual McMurry reunion will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at McKendree United Methodist Church, 3537 Maiden Hwy., Lincolnton. Friends and family are urged to attend. Those attending are…

Five generations

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Johnny Appleseed shows and tells

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Vinzant leaving abuse coalition

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After five years of devoting herself to the Lincoln County Coalition Against Child Abuse, Kathy Vinzant is stepping down from her position as executive director. “It is a job that at times can be, for me personally, extremely emotional just because of the amount of stories you deal with day…

That’s racin’

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Feds looking at bank robbery case

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Federal authorities may take over the prosecution of Billy Ray Kovach Jr., 29, who allegedly robbed banks in Lincoln and Gaston counties by claiming he had a bomb, according to police. Gastonia police said Kovach got the idea from a Charlotte bank robbery. Gastonia Police officials said the Stanley man…

Man arrested in statutory rape of 15-year-old girl

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What began as an all-points-bulletin response to an apparent home invasion has resulted in the arrest of a 20-year-old man facing statutory rape and other charges stemming from sex with a minor who knew him, authorities say. Thomas Christopher Banks, 20, of Vale is now in Lincoln Sheriff’s custody more…