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Fatal Wreck Blamed On Sleepy Driver
Another fatal accident has been blamed on a driver falling asleep at the wheel.  A Crouse man was killed early Tuesday morning (Dec. 12th) when his vehicle was struck by another after the driver fell asleep and ran a stop sign.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Holiday Tour Of Homes Friday
The Speak Up For Children, Inc. Holiday Tour of Homes returns to the schedule of Christmas events this year.  It will happen this Friday (Dec. 15th).  Lincolnton is beautiful at Christmas--and the beautiful decorations at these homes and a church will add to your enjoyment of the season.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Search For Cell Phone Ends With Two Arrested
A search for a stolen cell phone resulted in charges against two Denver area residents on Saturday Dec. 9th.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Maiden Man Arrested on Drug Charges
A Maiden man was arrested last week on drug charges following a traffic stop in eastern Lincoln County.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Teens Arrested After Fake Kidnapping Call
Three teenagers were arrested after a false kidnapping call last week.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Schools Get Report Cards
The North Carolina Dept. of Public Instruction has released its School Report Cards for school year 2016-17.
Monday, December 11, 2017

Purple Heart Homes--Helping Disabled Vets
Purple Heart Homes, the Statesville-based charity that helps the housing needs of Service Connected Disabled Veterans, will celebrate its 10th anniversary next year.
Sunday, December 10, 2017

S-N-O-W: Latest Cancellations, Forecast & More
Here's the latest on cancellations and postponements plus a look at the updated weather forecast. Roads are generally in good condition, but there could be an icy spot here and there so be careful until it warms a bit.  The morning low in Lincolnton Sunday was 23°.

Cleveland County Sheriff's Office Weekly Round-Up
The Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office takes complaints of drug sales very seriously and requests that anyone with information on drug dealers in their neighborhood contact the Vice/Narcotics Division at 704-484-4987.
Friday, December 08, 2017

Lincolnton High School AFJROTC Has Unit Evaluation
Air Force JROTC Regional Director, Major (Retired) Rob Atkins, was at Lincolnton High School on Wednesday, December 6 to conduct a formal inspection of the local Air Force Junior ROTC Unit.
Friday, December 08, 2017

S-N-O-W: Latest Cancellations, Forecast & More
Here's the latest on postponements and cancellations because of the weather. Among them is the Cat Square Parade, cancelled for the first time in its history. The Cherryville parade is also cancelled.

Three People Arrested On Drug Charges
On Friday, December 8 around 1 a.m., the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit arrested three people for multiple drug related charges.  The subjects were arrested as a result of a surveillance operation which led to a traffic stop where methamphetamine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia were seized.
Friday, December 08, 2017

City Council Approves Noise Ordinance Amendment
“God is a Man of war.” – Jeremy Shook; That was just one of the comments made at last night’s City Council meeting. Roughly 2/3 of the meeting exclusively dealt with the proposed amendment to the City of Lincolnton’s Code of Ordinances which the Lincolnton City Council unanimously approved.
Friday, December 08, 2017

Lincoln County Takes Steps To Avoid Hackers
Most readers are likely familiar with the computer hackers' ransomware attack on Mecklenburg County.  The county decided to try to fix the situation (a tedious and costly process) rather than pay the ransom demanded by the hackers to release their files.  So what is Lincoln County doing to avoid a similar situation?
Friday, December 08, 2017

S-N-O-W
It snowed yesterday in Texas and Louisiana; and that system is likely to produce some snow in North Carolina this Friday night--but we don't expect it to cause a lot of cancellations or postponements.
Friday, December 08, 2017

LCSO Officers Of The Year Awards For 2017 Announced
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office law enforcement officers of the year awards were presented Wednesday night to a dedicated detention officer and a patrol sergeant.
Thursday, December 07, 2017

Military Veterans Speak At Lincolnton High
Any time is a good time to honor America’s military veterans. One naturally thinks of Independence Day, Memorial Day and Veterans Day, of course. But as Coach Marty Holbrook recently pointed out, American’s military personnel should be honored all the time.
Thursday, December 07, 2017

Cocaine Seized, SC Police Officer's Stolen Gun Recovered
On Thursday, December 7, just after midnight, detectives with arrested a South Carolina man for possessing a stolen firearm and cocaine after narcotics detectives conducted a traffic stop on Highway 73 near the intersection of South Pilot Knob Road in Denver, N.C.
Thursday, December 07, 2017

It's Time For A Four-Letter Word
We don't get to use this word often, but yes, there is a chance of snow in the forecast!
Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Business News
Belmont is getting a new craft brewery and restaurant--and there are hopes for one before long in Lincolnton.  Ribbon cuttings by area Chambers of Commerce and other Chamber events are also a part of current business news.
Wednesday, December 06, 2017

D.R. Horton, Essex Homes Get OK On Planned Developments
The Lincoln County Planning Board gave a thumbs up to two new planned developments in the southeastern portion of Lincoln County at their meeting Monday night (Dec. 4th).
Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Commissioners Hold Lengthy Meeting
Monday night's Lincoln County Commissioners meeting was the longest of the year (if recessed meetings that covered several days aren't included).  Commissioners held public hearings on six items jointly with the County Planning Board, then spent over two more hours on other business.
Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Body Discovered In Crawl Space At Structure Fire In Gastonia
The structure had been vacant for over a year, however during the fire attack one occupant was found to be present in the crawl space and that occupant perished. The incident is currently under investigation.
Sunday, December 03, 2017

Kiwanis Terrific Kids Awards At ISES For November
Iron Station Elementary School presented forty-six Kiwanis Terrific Kids awards this past week. Terrific Kids is a student-recognition program that promotes character development, self-esteem and perseverance.
Saturday, December 02, 2017

Over 300 Students Attend DECA Competition
Students from nine area schools competed on November 14 at the Lincoln Cultural Center in the North Carolina Ninth District DECA competition. All four Lincoln County high schools were represented.
Saturday, December 02, 2017

Gaston School Celebrates National Blue Ribbon Distinction
Highland School of Technology in Gastonia officially celebrated its distinction as a 2017 National Blue Ribbon School during a ceremony on November 21 that had plenty of music, speeches, guests, presentations, cheers, and applause.
Saturday, December 02, 2017

Cleveland County Sheriff's Office Weekly Round-Up
The Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office takes complaints of drug sales very seriously and requests that anyone with information on drug dealers in their neighborhood contact the Vice/Narcotics Division at 704-484-4987.
Friday, December 01, 2017

Sex Offender Charged With Not Registering Change Of Address
A registered sex offender is facing charges after failing to register a change of address from North Carolina to South Carolina.
Friday, December 01, 2017

Miller Says No Need To Investigate Lincolnton PD
The firing of Lincolnton Police detective Brent Heavner, who headed up a sting operation to catch would-be child predators, has been the subject of much talk on social media and some news outlets have reported on it.  We chose not to report on it until now.  Here's the latest.
Friday, December 01, 2017

Good News From Gaston County Schools, November 2017
Schools from across Gaston County had lots of Good News to share in November including student artwork on display, participating in the annual Veterans Day parade and writing letters to soldiers and veterans, plus lots more!
Friday, December 01, 2017

Educating The Future With Outstanding Employees Like...
Belinda Minnich who is in her second year with the Lincoln County Schools Asbury Academy as a Social Studies Teacher.
Friday, December 01, 2017

Teen Charged For Burning Unoccupied Residence
James Michael Butler of Sorrels Baxter Road in Cherryville was arrested and charged on November 29 for the June 5 residential fire in Maiden.
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Assistant Principal In Gaston County Earns Statewide Recognition
Bessemer City High School’s Meghan LeFevers is the North Carolina Secondary Assistant Principal of the Year for 2018. A native of Cherryville, LeFevers graduated from Cherryville High School in 2003.
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Man Arrested In SC On Outstanding Warrant For Trafficking Meth
John Whitney Craft of Fallston-Waco Road, Cherryville, N.C. was arrested on Saturday, November 11, by the Cherokee County, S.C. Sheriff’s Office. He remains in the Cherokee County Detention Center, awaiting extradition.
Thursday, November 30, 2017

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas
The carriage rides and visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus begin this Thursday evening in downtown Lincolnton.  There are plenty of Christmas events in our town this weekend.
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Deputies Apprehend Man With Knife In Domestic Dispute
Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies apprehended a man brandishing a knife following a domestic dispute at a Null Road home in northern Lincoln County.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Conover Teen Jailed After Cop Sees Him With Stolen Item
A Conover teen apparently made the mistake letting police see him with stolen property.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Couple Jailed On Drug Charges
A couple from Conover were arrested this month by Maiden Police on drug charges.
Monday, November 27, 2017

GoFundMe Effort Established For Perez Family
A GoFundMe account has been established for those who would like to make contributions to the family of Lincoln County Apple Queen Ana Acela Perez Ochoa.  Ana was seriously injured and her father killed in an accident last Wednesday.
Monday, November 27, 2017

Home Destroyed By Fire
A Sunday evening fire destroyed a large home on Lakeshore Drive North in Denver.
Monday, November 27, 2017

LIEAP Annual Program Begins Dec. 1st
Senior citizens and disabled individuals who need help with their heating bills may be eligible for a federally funded program that provides a one-time payment to a vendor to help them stay warm during the winter.  How to apply for Lincoln, Gaston, Catawba and Cleveland counties included in article.
Sunday, November 26, 2017

Details Sketchy In Friday Shooting
A 25-year-old Catawba County man was killed early Friday in what may be a gang-related execution.
Saturday, November 25, 2017

Faith & Courage
Just two days ago, 16-year-old Ana Perez, the Lincoln County Apple Queen, lost her father and was seriously injured herself in a freak accident on Highway 73.  Now we're told she may be home by tomorrow--and she says she will be in the Lincolnton Christmas Parade on Sunday.
Friday, November 24, 2017

Business News
More Dollar General stores, Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, new places to eat, and an update on gas prices are all a part of this update on business news.
Friday, November 24, 2017

Update On Wednesday Fatal Accident
Lincoln County Apple Queen and West Lincoln High School student Ana Acela Perez Ochoa will survive.  She underwent successful surgery Wednesday night and was making it through Thanksgiving Day with pain medications at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.
Thursday, November 23, 2017

Child Returned Home, SC Man Facing Charges
When a Clover, SC, man decided to steal a vehicle, he ended up kidnapping a child, according to Gaston County Police.
Thursday, November 23, 2017

Apple Queen Injured, Father Killed
The driver of a pickup truck apparently fell asleep at the wheel after driving over four hours heading home for Thanksgiving.  The resulting accident Wednesday morning (Nov. 22nd) killed the driver of a car struck by the truck.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

One Person Arrested In Several Break-Ins In Lincoln Forest
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives have arrested one person in connection with several break-ins in the Lincoln Forest subdivision near Highway 150 east of Lincolnton early Monday morning, November 20.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Arrested
A Lincolnton teen has been charged with breaking into a vehicle and stealing a gun.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Commissioners Meeting
Lincoln County Commissioners held their mid-monthly meeting Monday night (Nov. 20th) at the James W. Warren Citizens Center.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Old Clock May Be Operative Tuesday
The historic clock that once hung on the bank building at the corner of East Main Street and the Courtsquare in Lincolnton may at last be operative this Tuesday in its new home across the street.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Lincolnton's New Tree Drawing Comments
Those who read the Lincoln Herald learned back in May what some are just now realizing: that Lincolnton's Christmas Tree this year won't be a cut live tree.
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Monday, November 20, 2017

Arrested
A Maiden woman has been charged with identity theft among other charges.
Monday, November 20, 2017

Street Renaming Has Symbolic Importance
It's official now: Lincolnton has joined nearly a thousand other towns and cities across the country who have renamed a street in honor of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Monday, November 20, 2017

Street Renaming Ceremony Scheduled Sunday
A ceremony is scheduled for this Sunday afternoon at 2:30 when Lincolnton renames Abernathy Street.  The street will become Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive.
Sunday, November 19, 2017

How Veterans Can Save Money While Holiday Shopping
As we enter into the holiday season, I want to share you this month about a few ways that you as a Veteran and your family can save money while shopping for your holiday needs.
Sunday, November 19, 2017

Cataler Is Industry Of The Year
Cataler, North America was recognized Thursday night (Nov. 15th) as the Lincoln County Industry of the Year for 2017.  The award was presented by LEDA at the annual Chamber of Commerce banquet.
Saturday, November 18, 2017

Public's Help Needed To Locate Missing Dallas Teenager
Julia Faith Dalton was last seen on Tuesday, November 14  when she ran away from her home at 230 Albert Lane in Dallas, N.C.  She has been listed as missing/endangered with the NCIC.
Friday, November 17, 2017

Kindley, Tipton Honored At Chamber Banquet
Ken Kindley was honored as Man of the Year and Jill Tipton as Woman of the Year at the annual Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce banquet Thursday evening (Nov. 16th) at Laboratory Mill.
Friday, November 17, 2017

Educating The Future With Outstanding Employees Like...
Katie Bromley a third grade teacher at Union Elementary who has been part of Lincoln County Schools for 12 years.
Friday, November 17, 2017

Rebel Navy Color Guard Participated At ASU Heroes Day
The West Lincoln Rebel Navy color guard participated in the annual Appalachian State University Heroes Day ceremony at the football game on Thursday, November 9.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Parade Deadline
Some Christmas parades require an entry form and some charge a fee for participating.  The deadline for filing a form for the Lincolnton Christmas Parade (the Sunday after Thanksgiving) is this Wednesday November 15th.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Drug Bust
The Catawba County Sheriff's Office says it made a major drug arrest when it apprehended two California men who were allegedly bringing big amounts of drugs into the area.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Silver Alert Cancelled For Missing Lincoln County Woman
A sliver alert issued for a Lincoln County woman who went missing Monday morning has been canceled.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Assault Investigation Leads To Murder Charge
On November 10, 2017, around 11 p.m., Gaston County Police responded to Carolinas HealthCare System - Lincoln in reference to a patient brought in with serious blunt force injuries stemming from an assault.
Monday, November 13, 2017

Lincoln County Schools Release 2017 SAT Results
Participating students in Lincoln County Schools scored an average of 1092 on the combined score of the mathematics and English Reading Writing of the SAT. The average score for the math portion was 546. The average score on the English Reading Writing portion was 547.
Monday, November 13, 2017

Murder
A Gastonia man has been charged with murder in the shooting death of his neighbor.
Sunday, November 12, 2017

Lincoln County Middle Schools First Quarter Honor Roll
Lincoln County Schools proudly recognizes the A and A-B honor roll students for the first quarter in the middle schools for the 2017-18 school year.
Sunday, November 12, 2017

Cleveland County Sheriff's Office Weekly Round-Up
The Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office takes complaints of drug sales very seriously and requests that anyone with information on drug dealers in their neighborhood contact the Vice/Narcotics Division at 704-484-4987.
Friday, November 10, 2017

Ten People Facing Drug Charges, Seven Have Been Arrested
Narcotics officers say the investigations primarily took place in the southern and western portions of Lincoln County. According to detectives, more individuals will be facing charges for similar crimes in the coming few weeks.
Friday, November 10, 2017

Veterans Day Is Saturday
This Saturday is Veterans Day, but programs related to the event have already begun.  Union School held its annual Veterans Breakfast on Thursday (Nov. 9th) and other events are scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Thursday, November 09, 2017

Man Charged With Stealing From Parent
A Lincoln County man has been charged with stealing a Bank of America credit card from his mother and using it to obtain money.
Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Election Day 2017--Big For Dems
Tuesday was election day in most of North Carolina but not in Lincoln County. It was a big day nationally for Democrats who took two governors races.
Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Commissioners OK Making Plans For Sewage Expansion
Lincoln County Commissioners took the first step Monday toward possibly expanding the county's sewage treatment facilities.
Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Charged With Murder
A Gastonia man turned himself in Tuesday after being carged with the murder of his girlfriend's child.
Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Denver Woman Charged With Vehicle Theft
A Denver, N.C. woman has been charged with taking a 2007 Honda Pilot without the owner’s permission.
Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Electric Service Restored
A power outage that lasted about an hour was caused by a bolt coming out of an insulator and the line dropping onto a cross arm near North Aspen and East Pine Streets Tuesday morning (Nov. 6th).
Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Lincolnton Veterans Day Parade Set For Saturday, Nov. 11
The parade starts at 11 a.m. and will march down East Main Street from Flint Street to the Court Square. A ceremony honoring military veterans will take place on the East Side of Court Square following the parade.
Monday, November 06, 2017

Claremont Man Charged With Murder
The Catawba County Sheriff's Office has made an arrest in a Saturday evening shooting.
Sunday, November 05, 2017

Catawba County Employee Of The Year, Team Award Honorees Announced
Catawba County Purchasing Manager Debbie Anderson has been named Catawba County’s 2017 Employee of the Year.
Saturday, November 04, 2017

Cleveland County Sheriff's Office Weekly Round-Up
The Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office takes complaints of drug sales very seriously and requests that anyone with information on drug dealers in their neighborhood contact the Vice/Narcotics Division at 704-484-4987.
Friday, November 03, 2017

Lincolnton Is Test Market For Chick-fil-A
Lincolnton is one of two test markets for Chick-fil-A.  Jeff Irvin of Lexy Partners convinced Chick-fil-A to let him try two franchise restaurants in towns that don't meet the company's normal demographic criteria.  Lincolnton and Lexington will be getting a Chick-fil-A as a result.
Friday, November 03, 2017

Lincolnton City Council Rejects Funeral Home Proposal
Routine Public Hearings comprised most of Thursday night’s Lincolnton City Council meeting. But, it was anything but routine when Carl Jenkins rose to speak. Jenkins was there representing his company, Jenkins Funeral Homes in Catawba County.
Friday, November 03, 2017

Arrested
Lincoln County deputies arrested Larry Allan Bolen Wednesday night on drug charges.
Friday, November 03, 2017

Plea Bargain Deal May Be Reversed
The mother of a 4-year-old High Shoals boy whose stepfather a judge sentenced to life in prison for starving the child to death could also be going to prison for the rest of hers.
Friday, November 03, 2017

Educating The Future With Outstanding Employees Like...
Allison Horne, a Receptionist at East Lincoln Middle School who appreciates her strong family roots in Lincoln County.
Friday, November 03, 2017

Missing Elderly Man Located in Spartanburg, SC
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives say a missing 74-year-old Lincoln County man, Larry Douglas Freeze of NC 16 Business, Denver, N.C. was located around 9:45 p.m. last night (Nov. 1) by a Spartanburg County, S.C. Sheriff’s Deputy.
Thursday, November 02, 2017

Guilty!
A High Shoals man will serve life in prison without parole after he was found guilty of killing his four-year-old stepson.
Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Missing Man Located
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives say relatives have talked to the missing man by telephone and believe he is safe.
Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Detectives Asking For Public's Help In Locating Missing Man
Relatives reported that Dustin Shawn Grooms, 34, of River Meadows Court, Lincolnton, NC was last seen around 10:30 p.m. on October 26, 2017 when he left the residence.
Wednesday, November 01, 2017

LC Health Dept. Receives Komen Grant Award For 2017-2018
Lincoln County has been fortunate to have been the recipient of Komen Charlotte’s community grant funding since 2010. Jennifer Sinclair, Lincoln County’s Grant Manager, accepted the 2017-2018 grant award of over $36,000 on behalf of the Lincoln County Health Department.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

WLHS Marching Band Sweeps Awards
They won it all. They’re the members of the West Lincoln High School Marching Band, and they recently swept the awards at the Foard Band Classic.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Gastonia Man Charged In Several Lincoln County Break-Ins
A Gastonia man has been charged in connection with several eastern Lincoln County home break-ins that occurred on September 29, 2017.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Detectives Investigating Saturday Night Home Invasion
The thief got away with more than $1,400 in cash and personal papers. The suspects fled the scene in a pickup truck but the victims were unable to provide a description.
Monday, October 30, 2017

Iron Station Man Charged In Stabbing Incident
An Iron Station man has been charged in connection with a stabbing incident that left a woman injured.
Monday, October 30, 2017

Heated Domestic Dispute Leads To Serious Felony Charges
Two people are facing felony charges after a domestic dispute led to a gunshot being fired through the front door of the home.
Monday, October 30, 2017

Gas Prices Likely Going Up
Gas prices will probably go up this week after crude oil prices hit a two-year high on Friday.
Sunday, October 29, 2017

LHS Drama Club Presents Dessert Mystery Theatre Oct. 30
There’s been a murder and you get to solve who done it while enjoying a delicious dessert! This fundraiser helps support the spring musical. Tickets will be available at the door at the James W. Warren Citizens Center.
Saturday, October 28, 2017

They're Coming!
It's up to the Lincolnton City Council to give final approval, but the Planning Board gave it theirs at their October meeting--and Concord Properties is expected to get the nod from the Council next Thursday for a new Chick-fil-A restaurant on East Main Street next to Peoples Bank.
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Saturday, October 28, 2017


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