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UPCOMING GAMES — 12/5/14

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Today Basketball N. Lincoln at Lincolnton W. Lincoln at Cherryville Varsity football NCHSAA 2AA West regional final: Franklin at E. Lincoln, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6 Wrestling E. Lincoln at Patton tournament, 9 a.m. Lincolnton, N. Lincoln, W. Lincoln at St. Stephens Indian Classic…

Meth, guns found in sting

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Staff report Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators arrested five people during a surveillance operation Wednesday afternoon. Investigators were conducting surveillance in the parking lot of the Bi-Lo grocery store at 742 Highway 27 West in Lincolnton when they observed two vehicles converge and conduct a drug transaction, deputies said.…

After overcrowding, Lincoln animal shelter gets relief

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer There couldn’t be a more perfect time of year to introduce that new member of your family to their new home. The Lincoln County Animal Shelter hopes to lighten its burden with an increase in adoptions during the holiday season. Last month, the shelter released a…

Lincolnton High brings mystery to the stage

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LHS drama students present ‘Her Lips Are Sealed’ as dessert theater PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Lincolnton High School drama teacher Shane Stephens believes that a good “who-done-it” mystery is a gateway to the hearts of most theater enthusiasts. The educator, now in his ninth year at the school, will lead…

County remains in top economic tier

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Staff report North Carolina’s Department of Commerce 2015 Economic Development Tier Rankings were released on Nov. 26. Lincoln County remained in the Tier 3 designation, meaning it is one of the least economically distressed counties in the state. Mandated by state law, the designations are used to “determine a variety…

Santa’s Sac toy drive set for Saturday at country club

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Two truckloads of toys can do a lot of good in Lincoln County for children who may not have something to open on Christmas. Organizers for “Santa’s Sac,” a Lincoln County nonprofit organization that celebrated its inaugural event in 2013, look forward to the challenge of…

Woman arrested for storage unit break-ins

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Deputies: Victim identifies property for sale in parking lot of Lincolnton grocery store Staff report Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office detectives have made an arrest in connection with a rash of break-ins that occurred at Harris Mini Storage at 6135 E. Highway 150 and Guardian Storage at 4150 Business Highway 16.…

Criminal Charges — 12-5-14

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Barry Kent Philyaw II, 36, of 457 Harris Dr., No. 132 in Lincolnton was charged Dec. 2 with one count of non-support of family. A $1,000 bond was set. Penny Jeane Hurley, 45, of 4780 Crouse Rd. in Crouse was charged…

Around Town — 12-5-14

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FRIDAY Christmas in the Land of Oz The Lincoln Cultural Center and the Ironton Animal Hospital present “Christmas in the Land of Oz” at the Lincoln Cultural Center at 7 p.m. at 403 East Main Street in Lincolnton. Tickets are $11 for adults and $8 for seniors/students. Tickets available at…

Obituaries — 12-5-14

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Rachel Carpenter Hurt Rachel Carpenter Hurt, age 83, of Stockton Trail in Lincolnton, died on Tuesday, December 2, 2014. Her funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, December 5, 2014, at Gainsville Baptist Church with Rev. Michael Rice officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The…