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LPD Conducts Underage Alcohol Purchase Operation
These businesses included both A.B.C. stores, convenience stores, grocery stores, retail establishments, bars, and restaurants.  Only one business actually sold alcohol out of all of these attempts.
Friday, June 24, 2016

Two Men Arrested On Crack Cocaine Charges
Kelly Lawrence McClain was charged with four felony counts and Thurman Winfred Link, aka “LJ” and “Flukie” was charged with three felony counts. 
Friday, June 24, 2016

Celebrating America's Birthday
Monday July 4th will be America's 240th birthday--but celebrations will get underway this weekend...and there'll be plenty of opportunities to celebrate.
Friday, June 24, 2016

Sextortion--A Growing Crime
The Cleveland County Sheriff's Office has issued both a Facebook and Twitter request that parents be watchful of their children's online activities because of an upswing in the number of "sexploitation" cases and the potential for encountering child predators online.
Thursday, June 23, 2016

A Parting Hurrah?
Lincolnton Business & Community Development Director Vicki Davis will be leaving her post to assume the Main Street Manager job in Belmont starting next week.  With the city possibly exiting the Main Street program, Lincolnton has received national recognition for its efforts in 2015.
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Lincolnton Getting Ready For Independence Day
Lincolnton will celebrate Independence Day early this year: the parade and fireworks are scheduled for Sunday July 3rd.
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Man Found Asleep In His Vehicle; Meth Possession
On Monday, June 20, 2016, patrol officers with the Lincolnton Police Department responded to a business located on the 1600 block of East Main Street in Lincolnton in reference to checking the welfare of a male asleep in his vehicle.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Commissioners Delay Action On Conditional Use Permits
A proposal to alter a conditional use permit to allow construction of more homes in a development near Westport that had drawn many negative comments at a public hearing earlier this month didn't get considered by County Commissioners Monday night.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Summer Heat Can Be Deadly
A South Carolina incident serves as a reminder that in summer heat, your car can become a death trap for a child or animal left behind.
Monday, June 20, 2016

Political Scene Heating Up
Summer officially arrives at 6:34 PM this Monday (June 20th) and the political scene is beginning to heat up in preparation for this Fall's election.
Monday, June 20, 2016

Gaston County Man Killed In Motorcycle Wreck
The body of a Gaston County man was found near the intersection of Cox Lake Road and Blackberry Lane Sunday evening.  He was apparently the victim of a motorcycle accident very early Sunday morning.
Monday, June 20, 2016

Community To Honor Fallen Firefighter
A Firefighter Processional Monday afternoon will precede the funeral service Tuesday morning for fallen firefighter Joshua Warren.  Warren, who served with the East Lincoln, Alexis, and Lucia-Riverbend fire departments died Thursday.
Sunday, June 19, 2016

Michael Applegate: Come See All Gaston Has To Offer!
“I believe we’re working toward a common purpose that benefits us all.” That’s what Michael Applegate recently said about the efforts of Gaston County Travel and Tourism. Applegate, 50, is the department’s new director.
Sunday, June 19, 2016

Citizen Tip Leads Investigators To Marijuana Plants
Working from a tip called into the Sheriff's Office Drug Tip Line, detectives went to a residence in the 2400 block of Nottingham Road, Lincolnton where they located three marijuana plants growing on the property in front and in the back of the residence.
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Lincoln County Public Library Awarded Federal Grants
The Lincoln County Public Library has been awarded two Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grants totaling $69,350 to be used for Early Childhood Literacy Programs and Facility Planning at all three library branches.
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Florida Truck Driver Charged In Gaston Fatality
A 12-year-old Shelby boy was killed in a traffic accident early Friday afternoon (June 17th) on Interstate 85 in Gaston County.
Friday, June 17, 2016

Former Employees Charged With Theft From Work Site
Alexander Kyle Teague and Coty Lewis Blanchard were charged with one felony count each of Breaking and Entering a Building, Larceny after Breaking and Entering, and Possession of Stolen Goods.
Friday, June 17, 2016

Future Of Downtown Questionable As Davis Departs
Lincolnton's Business & Community Development Director Vicki Davis announced to the DDA Board Thursday that she'll be leaving after next week.  Her departure has some questioning the future of downtown.
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Friday, June 17, 2016

Atlantic Bay Grand Opening
The Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce held a Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting for Atlantic Bay Mortgage, Wednesday, June 15.
Friday, June 17, 2016

Firefighter Dies After Medical Emergency
Firefighter Joshua Warren died Thursday, June 16, 2016, while on duty at Alexis Fire Department. At approximately 11 a.m. firefighter Warren was exercising at East Lincoln Middle School when he experienced a medical emergency.
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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Connelly Springs Man Arrested For Soliciting A Minor
On Wednesday, June 15, 2016, at approximately 10:45 a.m., detectives with the Lincolnton Police Department arrested Tracy Alan Schmitz, 55, of Connelly Springs, N.C. for the felony offense of Soliciting a Minor by a Computer for Sexual Activity and Appearing.
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Five People Arrested On Drug Charges
Berry Allen Osborne, aka “Oz”, Brandon Keith Maynor, Jessica Brittany Lane, Scottie Dean Smith, and Bobbie Hendricks Woodie were arrested by the Narcotics Unit for selling drugs in Lincoln County.
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Man Facing Multiple Charges After Fleeing Hit & Run Accident
Burrell was charged with seven felony counts by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and the NC Highway charged him with one felony count and five misdemeanor counts. He is being held under a $60,000 secured bond.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Lincoln County Man Charged With Theft Of A Vehicle
A Lincoln County man has been charged with stealing a pickup truck and selling some of the work tools on the vehicle. He was charged with one felony count each of Larceny of a Motor Vehicle, Larceny, and Possession of Stolen Goods.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Something New--And Truly Scary
This reporter remembers the first time he read about AIDS.  Now there's a new alarm in health news--and it's hoped you won't remember this story the same as I remember that one.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Triplett Arrested By Newton Police
A 28-year-old Lincolnton man who has so far avoided time in prison faces several charges that could put him there after being arrested by Newton Police this week.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Charged With Theft After Returning To The Scene Of A Crime
A Mooresville man is facing charges after he returned to the scene where a security camera monitoring had been stolen.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Lincoln County Man Charged With Break-Ins
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detective Kelly Paris has charged Daniel Franklin Morrison, 33, of 174 James Street, Lincolnton with breaking into a neighbor’s home and another person’s vehicle.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Two People Charged With Financial Card Theft
Two people, including an employee, have been charged after the victim left her credit card at the Cook Out in Denver, N.C. Brandi Nicole Jones was arrested on June 10, Michael Devares Byrd has not been apprehended.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Costumed Man Arrested For Computer Soliciting 14-Year-Old
Man dressed as a character and drove a replica car from the Men in Black movie when arriving at the meeting location. Further investigation found that he has costumes and replica cars from other movies and may have been in contact with other potential underage victims in the past.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Four Dead In Shelby Wreck
Discovered on Monday afternoon, wreck may have happened Sunday night.
Monday, June 13, 2016

Conover Boy Killed In ATV Accident
The funeral service for a 7-year-old Conover boy killed in an ATV accident will be held Tuesday afternoon.
Monday, June 13, 2016

Charter Schools Win Decision On Funding
A ruling by the North Carolina Supreme Court means that more state funds will have to be shared with charter schools by county schools.  The decision on Friday involved the Cleveland County Schools and three charter schools including Lincoln Charter.
Monday, June 13, 2016

Another Drowning On Lake Norman
Another drowning was reported Sunday evening (June 12th) on Lake Norman.  This one was at Cornelius.
Sunday, June 12, 2016

Cherryville Woman Accidentally Shot At Gastonia Restaurant
A Charlotte man has been charged after a Cherryville woman was accidentally shot inside a Gastonia restaurant Friday night.
Saturday, June 11, 2016

About The Food
Homeplace to begin serving Sunday dinner (lunch), Hoshi is coming, and Shelby wants the beer business--those are the stories making business news this time around.
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Rudisill Named Gastonia Firefighter Of The Year
Dusty Rudisill, who also serves as chief of the Howard's Creek Fire Department in Lincoln County, was named this week as Gastonia Firefighter of the Year.
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Friday, June 10, 2016

Two Lincoln Co.Students Among Service Academy Appointees
Two Lincoln County students are among the eight from North Carolina's 10th Congressional District chosen this year to attend US military service academies.  They were honored last week at a reception in Hickory held by Congressman Patrick McHenry.
Friday, June 10, 2016

Mitchem Donates Start-Up Funding For Friends Of Library
When some questioned whether the County should supply the start-up money for a Friends of the Library group for Lincoln County, Commissioner Carrol Mitchem said he would personally provide the money. He did that Friday.
Friday, June 10, 2016

Hickory Names Interim Manager
The City of Hickory has named Assistant City Manager Andrea Surratt Interim City Manager effective next month when Mick Berry, who has been City Manager for over a decade, moves to the position of Catawba County Manager.
Thursday, June 09, 2016

Woman Works At Business For Years With Illegal Identity
A Lincolnton, N.C. woman has been charged with Identity Theft after a woman in McAllen, Texas discovered that someone employed at RSI Home Furnishings in Lincolnton was using her name, date of birth, and social security number for employment.
Thursday, June 09, 2016

Woman Charged With Stealing, Pawning Stolen Items
A Lincoln County woman is facing several charges after allegedly breaking into a residence, stealing several items, and pawning them at a local pawn shop.
Thursday, June 09, 2016

Man Charged With Murder Of Burned Woman
Hickory Police have charged a man with the murder of a badly burned woman found lying in her front yard Wednesday morning.
Thursday, June 09, 2016

School Board Race Gets More Candidates
Mark Mullen, who currently chairs the Lincoln County Board of Education, filed Wednesday (June 8th) for re-election...but he's not seeking the seat he now holds. Instead, he'll run for the district 4 seat currently held by Tony Jenkins. Later Wednesday, Heather Rhyne filed for the at-large seat.
Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Lincolnton Woman Obtains Property By False Pretenses
Ms. Deal made a fraud report to her bank that her debit card had been stolen at Wal-Mart and that over $2,000 had been taken from the account. Upon investigation surveillance footage from Wal-Mart showed Deal making the fraudulent transaction in question.
Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Shelby Couple Charged With Killing Elderly Woman
Shelby Police arrested a man and a woman Tuesday afternoon and charged them with murdering a 96-year-old Shelby woman found dead in her home.
Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Voters Approve ABC Issue
If you've been thinking about opening a craft brewery in Lincolnton, voters have given you the green light. The on and off premises sale of malt beverages was easily approved in Tuesday's primary election.
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Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Montcross Chamber Will Network After Work Thursday
The Montcross Area Chamber of Commerce will hold another Network After Work event this Thursday at Shining Hope Farms at 328 Whippoorwill Lane off the Stanley-Lucia Road just west of the NC273 & NC16 intersection.
Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Firefighter's Death Being Investigated
Questions about the death of a Sherrills Ford-Terrell Fire & Rescue captain on Lake Norman are still unanswered after a mid-morning news conference Tuesday (June 7th).
Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Planning Board Approves Multiple Requests
Lincoln County Commissioners and the County Planning Board held another marathon session Monday night (June 6th) holding public hearings on requests submitted to the Planning Board for rezoning, conditional use permits, and other matters.
Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Lake Norman Drowning Becomes Double Tragedy
A 28-year-old firefighter died Monday afternoon while searching for the body of another man who had apparently drowned in Lake Norman on Sunday (June 5th).
Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Lincoln County Commissioners Approve Budget
Carrol Mitchem has served on the Lincoln County Commission since 2002 except for a two-year absence from 2006-2008.  In his years on the Board, he has yet to vote to approve a County Budget.  His was the lone "no" vote Monday night (June 6th) as Commissioners approved the budget for fiscal 2017.
Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Three File For School Board
Lincoln Herald photographer Kirk Herbertson became the first candidate to file for the School Board Monday (June 6th).  Two other candidates filed just before the Elections Office closed for the day.  The non-partisan election will be in November.
Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Herbertson Files For School Board
Lincoln Herald photographer Kirk Herbertson became the first candidate to file for the School Board Monday (June 6th).  The non-partisan election will be in November.
Monday, June 06, 2016

Mick Berry Named Catawba County Manager
Catawba County Commissioners passed the 2016-17 County Budget Monday (June 6th) and hired a new County Manager--Mick Berry.
Monday, June 06, 2016

Hog Happenin' Celebrates 16th
Downtown Lincolnton's Hog Happenin' celebrated its 16th birthday over the weekend.
Monday, June 06, 2016

Election News
Filing begins at noon Monday for the Lincoln County Board of Education, and at least two candidates have already indicated they'll file on the first day.
Sunday, June 05, 2016

Divers Search Lake For Drowning Victim
Divers searched until nightfall Sunday (June 5th) for the body of an apparent drowning victim on Lake Norman, then resumed their efforts Monday.
Sunday, June 05, 2016

Large Amount Of Drugs, Cash & Stolen Property Seized
On Wednesday, June 1, 2016, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit charged a western Lincoln County man with several drug violations.  Detectives say the man has been the target of an investigation for nearly a year.
Saturday, June 04, 2016

Early Voting Turnout Very Slow
212 people voted early in Lincoln County in the Congressional Primary which will be held on Tuesday (June 7th).  In addition to a GOP primary for the 10th district Congressional seat, there is a non-partisan election for the NC Supreme Court, and Lincolnton voters have an ABC election.
Saturday, June 04, 2016

LCSO Investigating Fraudulent Withdrawals From Members Credit Union Accounts
The victim’s “MCU” cards were fraudulently used during ATM withdrawals in Charlotte.  All of the victims were from Lincoln County.
Friday, June 03, 2016

Ankle Monitor Puts Man At Scene Of Crime, Leads To Arrest
On June 1, 2016 Detective Greg Hager charged Matthew Hartley with one felony count each of Breaking and Entering, Larceny after Breaking and Entering and Possession of Stolen Goods.
Friday, June 03, 2016

Last Missing Teen Located Safe, Returned Home
The last of the missing runaway teens was located early today and returned to his residence.
Friday, June 03, 2016

Lincoln County Man Charged With Child Sexual Assault
The suspect was brought to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office for an interview and admitted to sexual acts that he performed with the girl over the last four or five years in Lincoln and several other counties.
Friday, June 03, 2016

City Approves Budget With No Tax Increase, Sort Of
At the June 2, 2016 Lincolnton City Council meeting, the Council approved the budget for Fiscal Year 2016-2017 with no tax increase – sort of. The Property Tax rate will remain the same and City residents will see a new Motor Vehicle Tax of $20 per vehicle. Also several awards were presented at the meeting.
Friday, June 03, 2016

No More Valedictorian?
Lincoln County Schools will hold public meetings next week to give details about switching to the Latin honors system.
Friday, June 03, 2016

Hog Happenin' This Weekend
It happens every year on the first weekend in June and that means this weekend is time for Hog Happenin' in downtown Lincolnton. Activities get underway with a concert on South Aspen Street just off the Courtsquare Friday night.

Hickory Man Killed in Gastonia Wreck
A Hickory man who was apparently speeding and not wearing his safety belt became the second Gaston County traffic fatality in two days Thursday evening after a head-on collision on US321 in Gastonia.
Friday, June 03, 2016

One Teen Runaway Located, The Other Still Missing
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives have located one teen runaway and are stilling looking for another. Gloria Marie Castillo contacted her grandmother last night. Still missing since Monday is Dylan Lee Gates.
Thursday, June 02, 2016

Drug Activity Complaints By Citizens Lead To Arrest
The Lincolnton Police Department Narcotics Division received citizen complaints into drug activity, specifically the selling of controlled substances, at an address located on Catawba Street in Lincolnton, N.C.
Thursday, June 02, 2016

Complaints Of Parking Lot Drug Deals Leads To Three Arrests
Larry Jermaine Gibbs, AKA “Noid”, Caleb Westley Ward and Cheryl Ann Weaver were arrested as a result of information provided to the Lincolnton Police Department by concerned citizens about drug activity at a Lincolnton shopping center parking lot.
Thursday, June 02, 2016

Home Care Agency In Stanley Growing
The town of Stanley is home to a local home care agency that started very small, but continues to grow as many aging adults find themselves wanting to stay at home, but need assistance in order to make this happen.
Thursday, June 02, 2016

Sheriff's Detectives Looking For Another Teen Runaway
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detective Matt Burgess is asking for the public’s help in locating another teenage runaway.
Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Rabid Fox Attacked Child Near Maiden
A child on a family picnic with grandparents was attacked by a fox near Maiden last Friday.  The state lab confirmed Wednesday (June 1st) that the fox had rabies.
Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Denver Woman Charged With Forgery Of Stolen Checks
A Denver woman has been charged with forgery and uttering of checks stolen from a Denver woman’s office.
Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Suspicious Man In Car Tried To Conceal Identity
Officer from Lincolnton PD was doing a routine business check of a convenience store on East Main Street when he noticed a white male in the passenger seat of a parked vehicle acting in a suspicious manner and then proceeded to give the officer a fictitious name.
Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Missing Woman Located Safe, Still Searching For Teen
Brigette L. Tenorio (above left)  reported missing May 24 has been located staying with friends on Highway 10 in Catawba County and is safe. Meanwhile 14-year-old Gloria Marie Castillo (right) is still missing.
Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Inmate Charged With Breaking Into Locking Medicine Cabinet
A Lincolnton man is facing a number of felony charges after he is accused of breaking into an electronic locking medicine cabinet vault in the medical room at the jail.
Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Deputies Find Man Missing On Walking Trail
Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies located a man last night who went missing while on the South Fork Walking Trail off Laboratory Road.
Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Falling Tree Causes Outage
While most people were getting a good night's sleep, City of Lincolnton electrical workers were busy restoring power after a falling tree caused a power outage.
Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Six People Arrested In Connection With May 22 Robbery
Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the scene to investigate a burglary. A female caller told the Communications Center that two males entered the residence and stole cash.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Public's Help Needed To Locate Missing Woman
Brigette L. Tenorio, 43, was last seen in the early morning hours of May 24, 2016 at 2166 Barsdale Lane, Lincolnton, NC.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

One-Year-Old Dies After Friday Wreck
The little girl who was injured in a Friday afternoon accident on South Generals Blvd. near First Baptist Church died Saturday (May 28th).
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Two Incidents Mar Holiday On Lake
Three people were taken to the hospital after incidents on Lake Norman Memorial Day afternoon.
Monday, May 30, 2016

3 Arrested On Multiple Drug Related Charges; 3 Wanted
Tara Nichol Boston, Jomo Kenyata Littlejohn, and Johnny Daniel Hallman were arrested after the conclusion of separate narcotics investigations. Three others have been charged and have been entered in the NCIC.
Monday, May 30, 2016

NCDA&CS Awards Agritourism Grants To 29 Farms
Good Karma Ranch in Iron Station, N.C. was one of the 29 agritourism farms that will receive funding for marketing projects that was announced by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services on May 25, 2016.
Monday, May 30, 2016

Remembering Fallen Heroes
Monday (May 30th) is Memorial Day.  Different from Veterans Day in November (a time to honor all veterans), Memorial Day is a time to remember and honor the fallen soldiers who died in service to their country.
Sunday, May 29, 2016

Large Crowd Attends Alive After Five
The Alive After Five Summer Concert Series got off to a great start Thursday, May 26 in Downtown Lincolnton with a huge attendance.
Sunday, May 29, 2016

Graduating GC SPARC3 Scholars Continuing STEM Education
The Gaston College graduating class of 2016 included a group of SPARC3 Scholars, outstanding students who had earned scholarships to assist in their STEM studies. All of the SPARC3 Scholars will be continuing their STEM education at four-year colleges and universities.
Saturday, May 28, 2016

Gaston Students Selected For Governor's School 2016
Fifteen high school students from Gaston County Schools were selected to attend the prestigious North Carolina Governor’s School at either Governor’s School East at Meredith College in Raleigh or Governor’s School West at Salem College in Winston-Salem.
Saturday, May 28, 2016

Four Men Arrested In Shelby Shooting
Two more men were arrested Friday (May 27th) in connection with a Monday night shooting that injured a four-year-old girl in Shelby.  Four men are now in custody and police are searching for a fifth on charges related to the incident.
Friday, May 27, 2016

Man Charged With Stealing Firearms From His Father
A Denver man who is a convicted felon has been charged with stealing firearms from his father and another man.
Friday, May 27, 2016

They Didn't All Come Home
This Monday is Memorial Day.  Older readers will remember when it was always celebrated on May 30th.  That changed in 1968 when Congress passed the Uniform Holiday Act setting it for the last Monday in May.  This year, that happens to be May 30th.
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Friday, May 27, 2016

North Carolina Holds Second Primary
The first day of early voting for the 2016 Congressional Primary saw a total of only 23 voters go to the polls in Lincoln County. It was hardly unexpected.
Friday, May 27, 2016

Businesses Celebrate Grand Openings
The Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce has held Grand Openings during the past week for Sky Hi Wireless, Re/MAX Integrity, and Spine Chiropractic.
Friday, May 27, 2016

Investigation Leads To Unregistered Sex Offender
An investigation into a possible child abuse led detectives to a man who had not registered as a sex offender since his conviction in 2005 in Baltimore, Maryland.
Thursday, May 26, 2016

Public's Help Needed To Locate Missing Girl
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Matt Lykins is asking for the public’s help in locating a 14-year-old girl who has been missing since May 21, 2016.
Thursday, May 26, 2016

I-Phone Tracker Leads Deputies To Break-In Suspects
A tracker on an I-Phone helped lead deputies to suspects Joseph Daniel Verbos and Caleb Westley Ward in a number of vehicle break-ins in the Lincoln County Industrial Park north of Lincolnton.
Thursday, May 26, 2016

Runaway Teen Entered In NCIC As Missing
Stephon Jose Jones is described as a black male, 15 years of age, 5’-6” tall, weighing 125 lbs. with black hair and brown eyes and ear piercings. Stephon Jose Jones may possibly still be in the Lincolnton area or in the Shelby/Cleveland County area.
Thursday, May 26, 2016


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