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Lincoln County Man Facing Child Exploitation Charges
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office detectives assisted the F.B.I. Task Force with the execution of a search warrant at 3518 NC 73 Highway, Iron Station, NC on August 31, 2017 that led to local charges.
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Two Arrested, Two Wanted In Theft Of Church Trailer
Two people have been arrested and warrants have been drawn against two other people in connection with the theft of an enclosed trailer from Real Life Community Church on East Highway 27 in Iron Station.
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Alexis Area Man Arrested After Allegedly Setting House Fire
Another incident of domestic violence was apparently behind a house fire and car fire in Gaston County Wednesday night and Thursday morning. An Alexis area man is in jail as a result.
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Operation 17-76 Conducted By Catawba County Drug Task Force
The Catawba County Sheriff's Office Drug Task Force along with officers from the Catawba County Sheriff's Office conducted Operation "17-76" this morning, September 20, which consisted of officers attempting to locate (76) individuals which have been involved in ongoing drug related investigations throughout the community.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

HSCC To Begin Operating Catawba County Animal Shelter
Catawba County Animal Services has expanded its partnership with the Humane Society of Catawba County (HSCC) to operate the Catawba County Animal Shelter, effective October 1, 2017. HSCC has been providing adoption services within the Catawba County Animal Shelter since 2014.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Man Attempted To Break Into Former Girlfriend's Home
On Friday, September 15, at approximately 10:30 a.m., the Lincolnton Police Department received a breaking and entering in progress call to a residence located on the 1000 block of East Catawba Street.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Lincolnton Man Runs From Highway Patrol, Wrecks
A Lincolnton man faces a slew of charges after he led officers on a high speed chase at more than double the posted speed limit Monday evening.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Elderly Woman Killed By Train
An elderly Stanley woman apparently tried to reverse her way out of a railroad crossing and was killed when her car was struck by a train Monday night.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Attempted Library Robbery Leads To Chase
19-year-old Jontavious Javez Littlejohn is no stranger to police. He's had multiple arrests--the latest Monday after he allegedly attempted to rob a woman at the library on West Main St. and led police on a chase into Gaston County.  In court Tuesday, he was bound over to Superior Court for an October trial.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Three Vehicle Wreck Causes Multiple Injuries
Three vehicles were involved in a wreck just west of Cherryville Monday afternoon that sent three to the hospital in Charlotte in critical condition.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

It's Constitution Week
This is Constitution Week, a week set aside to celebrate the US Constitution, the document that is considered the pillar of the American judicial system.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Stanley Woman Charged With Theft From Where She Was Working
A Stanley, N.C. woman was arrested on charges relating to the theft of jewelry from a residence where she was working for a contractor.
Monday, September 18, 2017

A Great Day For The 45th Apple Festival
We hope that if you attended the 45th annual Lincoln County Apple Festival on Saturday, September 16 that you came hungry, wore comfortable shoes, and brought a wagon to carry home all the apples and crafts you bought.
Monday, September 18, 2017

Brown: "Healthcare Should Be A Right For All Americans"
One of two Democrats who have announced intentions to run for Congress next year from the 10th District, David Brown from McAdenville. spoke to the Lincoln County Democratic Women last Thursday (Sept. 14th).
Monday, September 18, 2017

Gaston Shelter Suspends Cat Intake/Adoptions
The Gaston County Animal Shelter at Dallas has stopped taking in or allowing adoption of cats for two weeks due to an outbreak of a deadly disease.
Monday, September 18, 2017

Anchored Counseling Grand Opening
The Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce hosted a Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Anchored Counseling on Wednesday, September 13 at 5 p.m.
Saturday, September 16, 2017

Local Country Musician Making A Name For Himself
Kelby Costner may live in Nashville. But he hasn’t forgotten his hometown roots. Look for him this Monday morning, Sept. 18, at 9 a.m., when he’ll be appearing on WBTV’s “The Morning Break” show, for an interview and performing his new single.
Saturday, September 16, 2017

Two Wanted For Attempted Robbery In Hickory
The Hickory Police Department is seeking public assistance in locating Joshua Alan Ruch and Erin Olivia Shell.
Friday, September 15, 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, September 15, 2017

45th Annual Lincoln County Apple Festival Saturday
The Lincoln County Apple Festival happens all day this Saturday (Sept. 16th) in downtown Lincolnton. Events begin with the Apple Dish Contest at the Extension Kitchen in the James W. Warren Citizens Center and the Rotary 5k and Fun Run at Lincolnton High School. There's plenty of activities to fill your day.
Friday, September 15, 2017

Destination Innovation - Manufacturing A Future That Works
Come to the Apple Festival Saturday and you may leave with a new job. LEDA (the Lincoln Economic Development Association) is sponsoring a job fair as a part of its Destination Innovation exhibits in the parking lot of First Federal Savings Bank. It's also an opportunity to learn more about the industries in Lincoln County.
Friday, September 15, 2017

Drug Charges
Anonymous tips led to the arrest of two Lexington, NC men Wednesday in Catawba County.
Thursday, September 14, 2017

One Of Two Fleeing Bandits Killed In Wreck
A couple who were allegedly involved in a bank robbery at a Gastonia bank were chased by police and crashed headon into another vehicle Wednesday afternoon. The man--who was said to have been the bank robber--was killed. His female getaway driver is in critical condition.
Thursday, September 14, 2017

An Important Message From Lincolnton's City Manager
Steve Zickefoose released a letter today regarding Lincolnton’s emergency preparedness plans. Please take a moment to follow the link to input your information for future emergency notifications. This will only take a few minutes and will help us keep you safe during emergencies as well as keep you updated on City news and events.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Detectives Searching For Stolen Trailer
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating the theft of an enclosed trailer from a Lincoln County church. Church officials reported the trailer was last known to be at the church on Sunday, September 10.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

One Of Two Sentenced For Killing Elderly Woman
One of two people accused of beating a 96-year-old woman to death in Shelby last June entered a guilty plea in Cleveland County Superior Court this week and was sentenced to life in prison.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Four From Same Address Facing Drug Charges
The investigation into a shooting incident prompted another investigation into drug activity at a residence near Cherryville. Gaston County Police have now filed drug charges against four residents of that address.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Phone Scam Alert
The Lincolnton Fire Department is NOT soliciting donations for victims of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. Someone has been making calls asking for donations. It is a SCAM!
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Election Update
Tuesday was Election Day in Cleveland County and in Charlotte.  Voters in Cleveland County decided on four Democratic candidates for School Board while Charlotte held its mayoral primary.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Six Offenders Arrested For Child Solicitation
As of Friday September 8 detectives with the Lincolnton Police Department arrested numerous offenders, after a two month long undercover operation. The operation involved undercover detectives portraying a child on various social media outlets.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Saine Chosen To Co-Chair Interim Committees
Lincoln County State Representative Jason Saine has been appointed to five interim committees by NC House Speaker Tim Moore.  Rep. Saine will serve as co-chair of three of those committees.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Bandit Arrested After Chase
A Hickory teenager who allegedly robbed a convenience store Monday afternoon was arrested Monday night by Hickory Police and Catawba County Sheriff's deputies.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Three People Sentenced To Prison On Drug Charges
During the week of September 4, 2017 three individuals facing multiple felony drug charges were sentenced to prison in Lincoln County Superior Court.  All three were arrested by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit in 2016.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Drug Charges
A Maiden man will have a first appearance in court Tuesday on drug charges after being arrested by Hickory Police early Monday morning (Sept. 11th).
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Commissioners Talk Revamping Plans
Lincoln County Commissioners held what was termed a work session Monday afternoon (Sept. 11th) to discuss possible changes to plans for relocating various county offices.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Schools Will Open Two Hours Late Tuesday
Hurricane Irma had weakened to only a tropical depression by Monday night and most of the storm was passing far to the west of our area.  We did get considerable rain and some gusty winds causing some damage and power outages, but no injuries were reported.  Schools announced they would open late on Tuesday.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Missing Iron Station Man Has Been Safely Located
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 1:45 p.m. this afternoon, September 11, reported that John Michael Myers had been safely located.
Monday, September 11, 2017

Public's Help Needed To Locate Missing Man
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing Iron Station, N.C. man.
Monday, September 11, 2017

What's Ahead For This Week
Hurricane Irma was losing most of its identity early Monday morning.  There was no longer a clear eye of the storm, but the center of it was now in northern Florida about halfway between Orlando and Tallahassee.  Jacksonville was probably the place getting the worst of the storm.
Monday, September 11, 2017

Storm Watch
While it's almost certain now that Hurricane Irma won't directly hit North Carolina, that doesn't mean that it won't have some effect on our weather.  Irma crossed over the Florida Keys Sunday morning, then made a second landfall south of Naples. Downgraded to a Category 2, it is still packing a powerful punch.
Sunday, September 10, 2017

Latest On Irma
At 7 AM Sunday, Hurricane Irma was battering the Florida Keys, the eye just 15 miles to the south of Key West. The entire west coast of Florida was bracing for impact from Irma, with a second landfall expected to hit the Tampa Bay area later on Sunday.
Sunday, September 10, 2017

Grand Opening Held For OrthoCarolina Lincolnton
The Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce hosted a Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for OrthoCarolina Lincolnton on Wednesday, September 6.
Sunday, September 10, 2017

Commissioners Hold Dual Meetings
Lincoln County Commissioners will meet twice this Monday (Sept. 11th). Their regular first Monday meeting was postponed until this week because of the Labor Day holiday.  It will be at 6:30 PM. At 3 PM, a special meeting has been called to talk about county office needs.
Saturday, September 09, 2017

Hurricane Irma Update
"This is a life-threatening situation. Our state has never seen anything like it." --Florida Governor Rick Scott
Saturday, September 09, 2017

Latest On Hurricane Irma
While we appear to have dodged a bullet as Hurricane Irma is now expected to track west of our area, there is still reason for caution and preparedness.  Alex Patton announced Friday night that Hesed House will be available as an emergency shelter (up to its capacity) beginning at 5 PM Sunday.
Friday, September 08, 2017

Follow-Up Investigation Leads To More Drugs & Arrests
On Thursday, September 7 the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit conducted a follow-up investigation at a residence near the 1200 block of Betterbrook Lane in Lincolnton.
Friday, September 08, 2017

Apple Festival Update & Hurricane Prep Top City Council Agenda
City Manager Steve Zickefoose presented the latest preparation plans for Hurricane Irma at Thursday’s City Council meeting. Carole Howell and John Dancoff updated the Council on the latest Apple Festival news.
Friday, September 08, 2017

Rinkines, Shutz Caught In Maryland
The man wanted for a murder in Catawba County Wednesday night has been apprehended in Maryland along with his girlfriend who fled the scene of the homicide with him.
Friday, September 08, 2017

Lincoln County Schools Beginning Teachers Spotlight
Lincoln County Schools hosted their annual new teacher induction at Lincolnton Middle School prior to the start of the new school year. New teachers to Lincoln County Schools participated in a full day orientation.
Friday, September 08, 2017

Irma May Miss Us Entirely
Hurricanes--like all weather--are at times unpredictable.  We've been watching the National Hurricane Center updates carefully and now comes the latest news--and for us, it's good--Irma may miss us entirely.
Thursday, September 07, 2017

Irma Is Coming
Is Hurricane Irma coming our way? Probably. Here's the latest on the storm from the National Hurricane Center.
Thursday, September 07, 2017

LPD Responds To Call Of Possible Drug Activity
Various individuals in the Hubbard Street Extension residence were observed utilizing paraphernalia consistent with the sell and delivery of marijuana as well as one individual in possession of marijuana.
Thursday, September 07, 2017

Citizen Tip Leads To Marijuana Inside & Outside Apartment
Operating on a citizen tip deputies observed two marijuana plants growing in plain sight near the front door of an apartment on Nottingham Road.  A search warrant for inside of the apartment found more marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Thursday, September 07, 2017

Vietnam Veterans Traveling Wall In Conover Sept. 8-11
If you have not seen the Wall in Washington, D.C, here is your chance.  The Traveling Wall is a 3/5 scale of the one in D.C and it stands six feet tall at the center and covers almost 300 feet from end to end.  All 58,272 names are listed, just like in Washington, D.C.
Thursday, September 07, 2017

Grading The Schools
The North Carolina State Board of Education has released its 2016-2017 Report Card for schools.
Thursday, September 07, 2017

Arrest Of Man Following Chase Leads To Father Being Charged
The arrest of a Cleveland County man following a chase into Lincoln County on September 5 has led to drug and weapons charges against his father.
Thursday, September 07, 2017

Rash Of Vehicle Break-Ins In Denver Investigated
Residents began reporting the break-ins the morning of September 7 to vehicles parked at homes on Campground Road, Pin Oaks Drive, Cedar Street, Angie Drive, Osprey Trail and Forest Hills Drive, all in Denver.
Thursday, September 07, 2017

Catawba County Hunting Murder Suspect
The Catawba County Sheriff's Office is hunting a Hickory man wanted in the murder of a neighbor on Wednesday night.
Thursday, September 07, 2017

Arrested On Drug Charges
A Lincolnton woman was charged Wednesday with trafficking methamphetamine in Catawba County.
Thursday, September 07, 2017

Will Irma Threaten Apple Festival?
There's now little doubt that Hurricane Irma will do considerable damage in South Florida.  Whatever course it takes after that, it's likely that some remnants of the storm will reach North Carolina during Apple Festival week.  What effect will that have?  Only time will tell.
Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Denver Man Facing Additional Child Sexual Assault Charge
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives have filed an additional charge against a Denver man.
Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Two Gaston County Men Charged With Financial Card Fraud
Kyle Lee Tinley and Kyle Anthony Lauhon of Gaston County, N.C. used a BB&T credit card from a Macon, Georgia church to purchase a dump trailer a golf cart and pressure washers from various Lincoln County businesses.
Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Traffic Accidents Claim Two Lives
Two women died in separate traffic accidents in Gaston County on Tuesday.
Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Preparing For Irma
Since Hurricane Irma is now considered likely to have some effect on our weather by late next week, we're keeping up with the storm. It's almost certain now that it will hit South Florida.
Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Police Arrest Suspect Accused Of Shooting Into House
Gaston County Police have made an arrest as part of the investigation regarding the early morning shooting into the residence of a Gaston County Police Officer that occurred on August 28, 2017.
Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Stolen Vehicle Arrest
On Saturday, September 2 at approximately 8:45 p.m., an Officer with the Lincolnton Police Department responded to a larceny of a motor vehicle report on Bonview Avenue in Lincolnton.
Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Two Arrested For Multiple Drug Charges
On the early morning hours of Sunday, September 3, Lincolnton Police Department patrol officers executed a search warrant at the residence of 2057 Dale Avenue, Lincolnton, NC where various forms of controlled substances were found.
Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Is Irma Coming Our Way?
An unwelcome lady may be visiting us early next week.  Hurricane Irma now appears very likely to strike Florida and after that the path of the storm includes many possible paths--some of them involving the Carolinas.
Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Man Fires AR-15 Rifle At Highway Patrolman
34-year-old Kelly Dwain Parker was in the Cleveland County Jail Tuesday morning (Sept. 5th) after he allegedly fired on a Highway Patrolman with an assault rifle Monday evening.
Monday, September 04, 2017

Crouse Man Killed When Truck Falls On Him
Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies, Lincoln County EMS and the Crouse Fire Department were dispatched to the call around 1:26 p.m. when the victim’s wife came home, found him pinned underneath the truck and called 911.
Monday, September 04, 2017

Newbold Reunion
Alumni of Newbold School, which operated from 1952 until 1968, held their biennial reunion Friday-Sunday (Sept. 1-3).  Once students who cheered on their Panthers team, now senior citizens, they reminisced about the good and bad of those days a half century ago.
Monday, September 04, 2017

Solar Power Seminar Scheduled For September 20th
Do solar farms really cause cows not to give milk or stunt the growth of plants nearby? Are they safe and environmentally friendly?  Both reasonable--and unreasonable--questions will be answered at an educational meeting on solar power September 20th at the James W. Warren Citizens Center.
Monday, September 04, 2017

Search For Missing Men Called Off
The US Coast Guard announced Sunday (Sept. 3rd) that it is ending the search for two Gaston County men.
Monday, September 04, 2017

Gas Prices May Go Higher This Week
Hurricane Harvey triggered a sudden increase in gas prices last week.  There's a possibility that prices may go up a little more this week--but they should come back down a bit by mid-September.
Monday, September 04, 2017

Fire Destroys Outbuilding At Lincoln Country Club
A Sunday morning fire destroyed an outbuilding at Lincoln Country Club. The fire did not shut down the Country Club's regular operations, and no one was injured. The cause of the fire is still being investigated.
Sunday, September 03, 2017

Dr. Morrow Reception Held Thursday
A reception was held Thursday, August 31 at the Lincoln County Schools Administration Building on Generals Boulevard to meet  new School Superintendent, Dr. Lory Morrow.
Saturday, September 02, 2017

Apprenticeship 321 Program A Big Success
Gaston College’s Apprenticeship 321 program is a smashing success. The program recently graduated three students at a ceremony on the Dallas Campus.
Saturday, September 02, 2017

Boat Found, Fishermen Still Missing
The boat has been found--but two Gaston County men who went fishing off Oak Island on Sunday are still missing.
Friday, September 01, 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.
Friday, September 01, 2017

Suspects Charged In Hickory Murders
Two young Lenoir men have been arrested in connection with a double murder on Thursday (Aug. 31st) in Hickory.
Friday, September 01, 2017

Two Dead From Gunshots In Hickory
Hickory Police are searching for a suspect in a double murder on Thursday (Aug. 31st).
Friday, September 01, 2017

Putnam Certified As NC Elections Administrator
The Lincoln County Board of Elections announced Thursday, August 31 that Director Bradley Putnam has been certified as a North Carolina Elections Administrator through the North Carolina State Board of Elections.
Friday, September 01, 2017

Harvey Sends Gas Prices Soaring
Gas prices jumped 40¢ a gallon Thursday compared to Wednesday at many locations.   Regular gas, which had been $2.08 a gallon last week was $2.39 a gallon Thursday morning in the Lincolnton area, then $2.59 a gallon at most locations in Lincolnton and Denver by Thursday evening.  It's all because of Hurricane Harvey.
Thursday, August 31, 2017

Deputies Complete Training To Administer Opioid Overdose Drug
The last group of Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies (105) received training today, August 31, to administer naloxone, an opioid overdose reversal medication.
Thursday, August 31, 2017

Reception For New Superintendent Thursday
Those who haven't already will have the opportunity to meet the new Superintendent of Lincoln County Schools at a reception from 4:00 - 6:30 this Thursday (Aug. 31st) at the Lincoln County Schools Administration Building on Generals Blvd.
Thursday, August 31, 2017

Two People Facing Drug Charges
William Brandon Clinton of Crouse and Tyler McKay Lucas of Pineville were charged with one felony count each of possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance among other charges.
Thursday, August 31, 2017

Gaston County Man Charged With Theft From Denver Business
A Mt. Holly man has been charged and arrested in connection with the theft of tools from Triangle Electric on Pine Lake Road in Denver.
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Hearing Aids Going Over-The-Counter
An alternative to expensive hearing aids may be coming to a drug store near you. Congress passed, and President Trump signed, the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act, but many will still need the help of professionals to deal with their hearing loss.
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Job Fair Scheduled For September 8th
RSI Home Products is looking for employees. A job fair next Friday (September 8th) will provide those looking for work a chance to learn more about the jobs available.
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Hickory Man Arrested On Drug Charges
A man who fled to California after being arrested last year has been arrested again and now faces more drug charges in Catawba County.
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Schools Open With No Problems
Schools in Lincoln, Catawba, Gaston and Cleveland counties opened with no problems on Monday (Aug. 28th).
Monday, August 28, 2017

Gaston Police Investigating Monday Incident
Gaston County Police say shots were fired into the residence of a Gaston County Police officer early Monday morning, but who fired the shots and why remains a mystery. Nobody was injured.
Monday, August 28, 2017

Ramseys Win 2017 Dancing With Our Stars Competition
Out of eight couples competing at the end of the night the 2017 Dancing With Our Stars Winners were Shannon and Jason Ramsey. They were also picked as the Fan Favorites. Suzanne Odell Devine and Travis Farmer were first runners up.
Sunday, August 27, 2017

2018 Election Update
Christine Poinsette became the first announced candidate for Lincoln County Commissioner when she filed paperwork with the Board of Elections last week.
Sunday, August 27, 2017

Grocery Wars
The most reliable retail market may well be food.  You can continue to drive your old car, put off purchases of some items, wear old clothes, but it's absolutely necessary to replenish your food supply on a regular basis. Competition in the grocery business is as hot as ever.
Sunday, August 27, 2017

Argument Between Roommates Leads To Shooting Death
An argument between roommates led to a shooting death in Lincoln County Friday night.
Saturday, August 26, 2017

Gas Prices Going Up
Fill 'er up!  That's a good idea this weekend before gas prices go up by as much as 15¢ a gallon next week.
Saturday, August 26, 2017

Public's Help Needed To Locate Missing Man
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating an Iron Station man who has been missing since July 10, 2017.
Saturday, August 26, 2017

Gaston County Schools Anticipates First Day Of School On Aug. 28
It’s back-to-school time in Gaston County!  When the morning bell rings on Monday, August 28, approximately 32,000 students (pre-kindergarten through high school) will walk through the schoolhouse doors in neighborhoods across Gaston County to start the 2017-2018 academic year.
Saturday, August 26, 2017


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