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Gastonia Woman Charged for Soliciting Murder
A Gastonia woman who was described by an arresting officer in 2010 as "dangerous to her children" was arrested Monday (July 24th) on a charge that she solicited someone to kill her estranged husband.
Monday, July 24, 2017

A Tale Of Two Bridges
Residents of Gaston County and some from southern Lincoln County have been inconvenienced by the closing of two bridges over Hoyle Creek.  Bids for construction of one new bridge are scheduled to be opened Tuesday afternoon (July 25th).
Monday, July 24, 2017

Maiden Lions Recognize 2017 Scholarship Recipient
The 2017 Lamar Murray College Scholarship recipient is Meagan Ruffy from Maiden High School. She will be attending Lenoir-Rhyne University in the Fall. The scholarship is a memorial to Maiden Lions Club member Lamar Murray and has been given since 1984.
Monday, July 24, 2017

News From Raleigh
Lincoln County Representative Jason Saine shared information about General Assembly actions in his weekly newsletter this week, shared here for your information.
Saturday, July 22, 2017

CHCS-Lincoln Receives National Award
Carolinas HealthCare System Lincoln received the Partner for Change Award from Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in healthcare, for its successful programs to reduce environmental impact.
Saturday, July 22, 2017

Two People Arrested On Drug Charges
Investigators with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit charged two men this week for selling drugs. Both arrests came after the conclusion of two separate investigations into marijuana sales in southern and eastern Lincoln County.
Friday, July 21, 2017

Update On Eastern Lincoln County Home Invasion
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Unit released photos today of a vehicle and person of interest in a Thursday home invasion.
Friday, July 21, 2017

Leadership Lincoln Recruits For 2018 Class
The Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce is currently accepting applications to participate in its 2018 Leadership Lincoln program.
Friday, July 21, 2017

Public Meeting Will Discuss Widening Of US321
A public meeting has been scheduled  for next Thursday (July 27th) to discuss the widening of US321 from Hickory to Lenoir.
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Woman Not Injured In Lincoln County Home Invasion
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a home invasion that occurred today at 12:15 p.m. in the 7600 block of Sifford Road in eastern Lincoln County.
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Street Racers Have September Court Date
By now most readers have heard about the alleged street racing incident on US 321 in Catawba County on Sunday (July 16th).  We delayed reporting on it until we were able to learn the names of those charged and other details related to the incident.
Thursday, July 20, 2017

School Nutrition Association Members Win At Conference
Lincoln County chapter members attended the School Nutrition Association of North Carolina’s Annual Conference held in Greensboro, North Carolina at the Koury Convention Center during the week of June 19-23, 2017.
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Commissioners Vote To Sell Block Smith Gym
Lincoln County Commissioners voted Monday night (July 17th) to sell the Block Smith Gym on Rhodes Street near the Lincoln Campus of Gaston College to STEM Career Path Project, Inc. for one dollar.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Real To Reel Film Festival Happens July 26-29
The 18th annual Real to Reel Film Festival happens July 26th - 29th in Kings Mountain. Presented by the Cleveland County Arts Council, it draws films and visitors from all over the country and internationally.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Downtown Forum Draws Large Crowd
A second meeting working toward formulating a plan for the revitalization of downtown Lincolnton was held Tuesday evening at First United Methodist Church. The gathering, sponsored by the Lincolnton Steering Committee and the Downtown Development Association, drew a large crowd of community leaders.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Keep Lincoln County Beautiful Meeting Scheduled For Thursday
An organizational meeting to try to make Lincoln County a part of the Keep North Carolina Beautiful program will be held Thursday evening (July 20th) at the East Lincoln Fire Department on S. Pilot Knob Road.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

GC Police Dept. Accreditation Team Invites Public Comment
A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), will arrive Sunday, July 30 to examine all aspects of the Gaston County Police Department’s policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Jason Reid Opens Sheriff Campaign
Catawba County has its first candidate for Sheriff for the 2018 election. Jason Reid, a captain and head of the narcotics division, will hope to succeed his father, Coy, as Sheriff of Catawba County.
Sunday, July 16, 2017

New Virtual Academy Offers Online Learning For Grades 6-8 In Gaston County
The Virtual Academy is ideal for students in a homeschool setting because they receive additional academic support while enjoying a flexible schedule and participating in learning that is crafted to meet their academic needs.
Sunday, July 16, 2017

Two Women Arrested On Drug Charges
Two women were arrested on drug charges by Lincoln County deputies on Thursday (July 13th)--one each in western and eastern Lincoln County.
Saturday, July 15, 2017

Downtown Revitalization Forum Tuesday Evening
A Tuesday evening meeting at First United Methodist Church will be the second in an effort to formulate a plan for the revitalization of downtown Lincolnton.  The forum, sponsored by the Downtown Development Association, is open to anyone interested in helping to formulate plans for downtown.
Saturday, July 15, 2017

Good News From Gaston County Schools, July 2017
All across Gaston County good news is being spread about students, faculty and staff this summer.
Saturday, July 15, 2017

Educating The Future With Outstanding Employees Like...
Susan McKee who grew up on a farm in a small community outside of Concord, N.C. called Rimertown. Mrs. McKee holds a BS in Agriculture Education with additional certification from North Carolina A&T in Career Exploration. She currently teaches at Asbury Academy.
Friday, July 14, 2017

Deputy In Right Place At Right Time
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Sgt. P.B. McNeill had just pulled into the parking lot of Lowes at 7144 NC 73 Highway in Denver when he saw two males running from the lumber entrance at the store and jump into a burgundy four-door vehicle.
Thursday, July 13, 2017

Man Served With Criminal Summons; Failure To Perform Work
A Lincoln County man was served with a criminal summons for failure to perform work after being paid to do so.
Thursday, July 13, 2017

Man Arrested For Trafficking LSD
On Wednesday, July 12, 2017, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit arrested a Lincolnton man for trafficking LSD.  The arrest comes after the conclusion of an ongoing investigation into acid sales throughout different areas of Lincoln County.
Thursday, July 13, 2017

Hickory Police Looking For Armed Robbery Suspect
The suspect is reported as a black male being approximately 5-foot, 8-inches tall and weighing approximately 185 pounds.  The suspect was wearing a black plastic mask, black hoodie, dark blue long shorts, black shoes and carrying a black handgun.
Thursday, July 13, 2017

Stanley Man Charged With Child Sexual Assault
A Stanley, N.C. man is facing child sexual assault charges in connection with incidents that occurred between January and December of 2016.
Thursday, July 13, 2017

LPD Works With NC Probation To Arrest Lincolnton Man
Det. Sgt. Dennis Harris of the Lincolnton Police Department was recently assigned a breaking and entering and larceny case involving person(s) breaking into an abandoned business and stealing various property.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Two Arrested After Stolen Property Located In Pawn Shops
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives have arrested two people in connection with thefts from homes in Lincoln County on July 7 and July 10.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Guilty Plea Entered To Child Sex Assault Charge
A former Lincoln County woman pled guilty Tuesday, July 11, in Lincoln County Superior Court to conspiracy to commit child abuse by sex act and indecent liberties.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Charlotte Teen Charged With November 2016 Break-In
A Charlotte teen has been charged with the break-in of a Sedgebrook Drive West, Stanley, N.C. while the residents were asleep inside.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Man Wanted In Catawba County For Assault & Other Charges
The Catawba County Office of Sheriff Coy Reid issued today, July 11, a news release for Gregory James Carson, 25, for various charges including assault on a female, second degree arson, second degree kidnapping, and cruelty to animals.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Child Advocacy Center Holds Banquet
Since opening its doors 10 years ago, the Lincoln County Child Advocacy Center has served some 1,650 clients, that’s enough to fill about 23 school buses––truly an amazing accomplishment for this worthy cause.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Explorers Post 700 Members Attend Vigorous Training
Three explorers from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post 700 attended a week long Explorer Academy held at the North Carolina Justice Academy in Salemburg, N.C. from June 25 to June 30.
Monday, July 10, 2017

Catawba County Residents Can Apply For Fall Citizens Academy
The Catawba County Sheriff’s Department will host its 2017 Fall Citizens Academy for residents of Catawba County beginning on September 5 for 11 weeks.
Monday, July 10, 2017

Gaston Together Helps Tomorrow's Leaders
Fourteen students from Cherryville, Forestview, Stuart Cramer, Hunter Huss, North Gaston, East Gaston, Mountain Island Charter, Ashbrook,  and South Point high schools spent a recent morning participating in a miniature version of a town hall-type community forum.
Sunday, July 09, 2017

Water Quality Returns To Normal Conditions After Waste Spill
Officials with the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality confirmed Friday, July 7, that water quality in Pott Creek and South Fork Catawba River near Lincolnton are returning to normal conditions after last week’s 200,000-gallon manure spill into the waterway.
Friday, July 07, 2017

Grand Opening For Convenience City
A Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting was held Thursday, June 6 at 10 a.m. for Convenience City, a subsidiary of Sound City. City and county officials along with the owners, family and friends were in attendance.
Friday, July 07, 2017

Deputy Injured In Foot Chase After Suspect Crashes ATV
David Alan Webb was charged with one felony count of speeding to elude arrest and one misdemeanor count each of driving while license revoked, resist, delay and obstruct a public officer and assault on a government official.
Friday, July 07, 2017

Lightning Likely Cause of House Fire
Lightning was the likely cause of a Thursday afternoon (July 6th) fire that heavily damaged a home in the Hoffman Acres area off the Gastonia Highway and destroyed a truck.
Thursday, July 06, 2017

DDA Announces Winners
The Downtown Development Association has announced the winners in its Storefront Decorating Contest and the July 4th Parade.
Thursday, July 06, 2017

Gastonia Teen Pleads Guilty
A Gastonia teenager accepted a plea bargain and plead guilty to two counts of second degree murder Thursday in the shooting deaths of two people last May in what police said were murders with no apparent motive.
Thursday, July 06, 2017

Sutter Street To Expand Claremont Location
Sutter Street Manufacturing plans to create 72 new jobs with an expansion in Catawba County. The upholstered furniture manufacturing company plans to invest $1.9 million over three years to upgrade its facilities in Claremont.
Thursday, July 06, 2017

McCall Named To NaCo Steering Committee
Lincoln County Commissioner Anita McCall has been named to the Community, Economic & Workforce Development Steering Committee of the National Association of Counties.
Thursday, July 06, 2017

4th Of July Holiday Can Be Hazardous
Traffic accidents and fireworks mishaps are responsible for many injuries and sometimes deaths every year during the 4th of July holiday period.
Thursday, July 06, 2017

Celebrating Independence Day In Crouse
The 2017 Crouse 4th of July Parade is in the books and the organizers are pleased with the continued support of the community to make the celebration a success for the past 25 years.
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Vale Man Turns Self In For Walmart Wallet Theft
On Wednesday, July 5, William Henry Bristow Jr., 45, of Vale, turned his self in at the Lincoln County Magistrate’s office for a warrant of misdemeanor larceny.
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

2017 Election Filing Begins Friday
A recently passed law moved Lincolnton's city elections to even-numbered years and means there won't be an election in 2017--but that's not true for other municipalities in Catawba, Gaston and Cleveland counties.
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

About Those Painted Rocks
If you haven't heard about the current fad pastime of painting, hiding and finding rocks, you must have been--well--living under a rock.
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Lincolnton Celebrates America's Birthday
An afternoon thunderstorm rolled through town and then clearing skies greeted the Lincolnton July 4th parade.  The fireworks show at Lincolnton High School stadium concluded the celebration.
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Westport Celebrates July 4th
The Westport community held its annual July 4th parade Tuesday morning.  It may not have had as many entries as some others--but it was long enough to have an intermission.
Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Have A Safe Fourth
America's birthday is a wonderful event.  There are parades and fireworks and cookouts and unlike Memorial Day or some other holidays, there's no reason for sadness on this day; but it can be dangerous.
Monday, July 03, 2017

Stormy Saturday Night Didn't Stop Fireworks
Mother Nature provided some fireworks of her own Saturday night.  It delayed the DABA fireworks at East Lincoln High School for about an hour. Here's an updated schedule of July 4th celebrations in our area and a brief report on the ones that already happened on Saturday including the Denver and Stanley fireworks shows.
Sunday, July 02, 2017

Summit Family Dentistry Grand Opening
The Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce hosted a Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting for Summit Family Dentistry on Wednesday, June 28.
Saturday, July 01, 2017

Missing Teen Located
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives say a 17-year-old missing since June 29, 2017 has been located and returned home.
Friday, June 30, 2017

Swimming Advisory Issued For Lincoln County South Fork River
The Margaret Dollar, the Lincoln County Health Director issued a Swimming Advisory at 4:30 p.m. Friday, June 30, 2017 due to an animal waste pond spill into Potts Creek off Smith Road in Catawba County.
Friday, June 30, 2017

Public's Help Needed To Locate Missing Teen
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are asking for public’s help in locating a missing teen. Haley Snyder, 17, was last seen at her residence on Kidville Road, Denver, N.C. around 5 a.m. on June 29, 2017.
Friday, June 30, 2017

Surveillance Operation Leads To Large Cocaine Seizure
On Thursday June 29 the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit arrested a Lincolnton man after detectives seized a large amount of cocaine in the parking area of a business on Generals Blvd. in Lincolnton. 
Friday, June 30, 2017

Short, But Productive City Council Meeting
The Council unanimously approved four Small Business Incentives Grants. These grants were set up to encourage improvements to downtown businesses by awarding property tax rebates on a sliding scale to businesses that make improvements to the building in which they do or will operate.
Friday, June 30, 2017

Fire Damages Denver NAPA Store
Denver Fire Department was called out Thursday night to a fire at the NAPA Auto Parts store just north of Denver.
Friday, June 30, 2017

Area Independence Day Celebrations Begin Saturday
Two fireworks events and a band concert kick off area Independence Day celebrations in our area this Saturday (July 1st).
Friday, June 30, 2017

Educating The Future With Outstanding Employees Like...
James Crouse who has been at East Lincoln High School as the School Resource Officer (SRO) for four years.
Friday, June 30, 2017

Unemployment Rate Continues Low
Lincoln County continues to have the 9th lowest unemployment rate of North Carolina's 100 counties according to information released this week by the NC Dept. of Commerce.
Thursday, June 29, 2017

More Election News
We had known for some time that County Commission Vice-Chairman Martin Oakes would be running for the NC Senate next year, and we had reported that Jon Propst would be running for Sheriff.  That's a part of the new election news for Thursday (June 29th).
Thursday, June 29, 2017

LPD Needs Help To Identify Man Who Stole Wallet At Walmart
The unknown male is described as a white male with fair skin and brown hair and may possibly still be in the Lincolnton area. He and and unknown female were in a dark gray colored Mitusbishi Endeavor SUV.
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Another One Bites The Dust
A jury of eight women and four men found a 47-year-old Charlotte man guilty of soliciting an underage girl by computer in the latest trial involving a defendant arrested as a part of the Lincolnton Police Department's sting operation to find child predators.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

NSC Behavioral Concepts, LLC Locates In Lincolnton
LEGG Lincoln Entrepreneur Growth Group a program of LEDA/Lincoln Economic Development Association worked with NSC Behavioral Concepts, LLC to help them locate and expand a new branch in Lincolnton.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Domestic Disturbance Leads To Stabbing
An overnight domestic dispute led to the stabbing of a man on Car Farm Road in Lincolnton, Deputies were dispatched to the call at 349 Car Farm Road around 12:05 a.m. on June 28.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Arrested In Hickory
A 58-year-old Lincoln County man was arrested by Hickory Police early Wednesday morning (June 28th) on charges of cocaine possession and resisting arrest.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Politically Speaking
There won't be another election in Lincoln County until next Spring, but the candidates are already talking politics.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

NC General Assembly Approves Change In Lincolnton Elections
Lincolnton won't have a city election this year--and hereafter, municipal elections will be in even-numbered years.  The change came about when the NC Senate passed a bill introduced by NC House member Jason Saine.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

July 4th Parade Will Honor WWII Vets
Lincolnton's July 4th celebration will include a parade and fireworks. A special focus of this year's parade will be honoring surviving World War II vets. The parade will begin at 8 PM Tuesday.  Lineup starts at 6:30. Fireworks are scheduled for 9:45 PM at Lincolnton High School stadium.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Rebel Navy JROTC Cadets Graduate From Leadership Academy
The West Lincoln High School “Rebel Navy” Junior ROTC would like to recognize four cadets for their graduation from the NJROTC Area SIX Leadership Academy this summer.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Capece Will Serve At Least 12 Years
Disgraced attorney Pete Capece entered a guilty plea to a total of 13 charges in Superior Court Monday and was sentenced to 12 to 16½ years in prison.
Monday, June 26, 2017

Man Arrested For Soliciting A Child
A Gaston County man is the latest suspect arrested in the Lincolnton Police Department's continuing sting operation to catch on-line child predators.
Monday, June 26, 2017

Business News Update
Admittedly this reporter has been lax in reporting on what's happening in business in our area recently. Today, we'll do a little catching up.
Sunday, June 25, 2017

Oven Left Unattended Started Fire At Gastonia Apartment Complex
One occupant of the apartment was present at the time of the fire, but was alerted by a working smoke detector and was able to escape the structure. One firefighter was injured and transported to Caromont Regional Medical Center.
Sunday, June 25, 2017

Open Enrollment Now For Homeschoolers
Are you a homeschooling parent? Then you’ll be glad to know it’s open enrollment time right now for local homeschoolers.
Sunday, June 25, 2017

Lincoln County High Schools Second Semester Honor Roll
Lincoln County Schools proudly recognizes the A and A/B honor roll students for the second semester in the high schools for the 2016-17 school year.
Sunday, June 25, 2017

Five People Facing Additional Drug Charges
All five subjects charged have been previously arrested in the past six months for unrelated drug offenses.
Saturday, June 24, 2017

Gaston College Textile Tech Director Serves As Adviser
Sam Buff of Lincolnton is now a member of the advisory council for the 2017 Techtextil North America Symposium. The trade show and symposium were held June 20-22 in Chicago and drew some 3,000 visitors.
Saturday, June 24, 2017

Gas Prices Drop Below $2
Oil prices actually ended the day slightly higher on Friday, but suffered a weekly loss for the fifth week in a row—the longest run of weekly declines since 2015.
Friday, June 23, 2017

Runaway Teen Last Seen In Lincolnton June 16
Justin Shoemake was last seen running from the area near Lincoln County DSS located at 1136 East Main Street, Lincolnton, NC towards the railroad tracks.
Friday, June 23, 2017

Blum Celebrates 40 Years
Blum, Inc. recently celebrated a milestone--40 years in business in the United States.
Friday, June 23, 2017

Fatal Wreck In Gastonia
A 46-year-old Gastonia man, Charles Robert Lowery, was killed when his pickup truck rear-ended a tractor-trailer on Interstate 85 just after midnight Thursday morning (June 22nd).
Thursday, June 22, 2017

Bear News Update
After a day as a television news star, a small black bear wandered back into the woods late Wednesday (June 21st) and was expected to make his way back into the wild.
Thursday, June 22, 2017

Family Pet Killed In Wednesday Night Fire
One of two family pets died in a fire Wednesday night (June 20th) on Denver Heights Circle, just across the road from the Denver Fire Department.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Public's Help Needed To Identify Suspect
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect in connection with the theft of a back pack leaf blower from the yard of a residence on Low Bridge Road.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

CrimeStoppers Tip Leads To Drug Arrests
On Tuesday, June 20 the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit arrested Dustin Paige Reinhardt and Cassie Jade Hartsoe for having a marijuana grow operation on Hallman Mill Road in Vale.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Lincolnton Man Charged With Sex Crimes
A Lincolnton man was jailed shortly before 1 AM Wednesday (June 21st) and charged with kidnapping, indecent liberties with a child, and first degree sexual offense. Rey David Blanco-Palma was jailed under a $500,000 secured bond.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Getting The Community Involved
Communities in Schools and the Lincoln County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council will be holding a Community Engagement Forum Thursday (June 22nd) at the Laboratory Mill.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

...And Then There Were Five
Lincoln County Commissioner Carrol Mitchem filed paperwork at the Elections Office in Lincolnton Tuesday morning (June 20th) joining four other candidates who have filed such paperwork to run for Sheriff and bringing to five the number of likely GOP candidates in next year's primary.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Timken Named One Of America's Best Large Employers
The Timken Company was named in May as one of America's Best Large Employers by Forbes magazine. Forbes worked with research firm Statista to compile it annual list of the best employers in America. For 2017, Statista surveyed 30,000 American workers to gather their opinions of their employers.
Monday, June 19, 2017

Disabled Maiden Man Killed In Fire
A quadriplegic Maiden man died in a house fire Sunday night (June 18th).  Friends tried to break windows and force open the front door in an effort to rescue Terry Brice, but said the smoke and heat was too much.
Monday, June 19, 2017

Hospital Receives 4th Consecutive Hospital Safety "A" Rating
Carolinas HealthCare System Lincoln was awarded an “A” for hospital safety by the Leapfrog Group in April. The score reflects the hospital’s continued effort to improve quality and patient safety.
Monday, June 19, 2017

Statesville Man Charged With Hickory Murder
A Statesville man has been charged with murder in connection with a shooting death outside a Hickory nightspot early Saturday morning.
Monday, June 19, 2017

Disabled Man Dies In House Fire
A quadriplegic Maiden man died in a house fire Sunday night (June 18th).
Monday, June 19, 2017

Theft From Business Leads To Chase, Crash
An early Sunday morning theft from the Walmart at 7131 NC 73 Hwy led to a chase down NC Highway 16 before the vehicle crashed in Gaston County.
Sunday, June 18, 2017


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