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ADA Facing Felony Drug Charges
A Gaston County assistant district attorney faces multiple drug charges in Union County after being arrested early Sunday morning.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Anthony Huss--Running for Sheriff
Anthony Huss is running for Sheriff--again.  He made a write-in effort four years ago.  This time around, he's running for the Republican nomination.  He's one of six candidates in the GOP Primary May 8th.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Iron Station Man Charged With Child Sexual Assault
An Iron Station man has been charged with several child abuse charges after the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office received information regarding a sexual assault on a child.
Monday, April 23, 2018

Nic Haag--Running For NC House
The Lincoln Herald is conducting interviews and posting articles about the candidates for Lincoln County Sheriff, Lincoln County Commissioner, NC Senate (District 44) and NC House (District 97).
Monday, April 23, 2018

Lincoln County Middle Schools Third Quarter Honor Roll
Lincoln County Schools proudly recognizes the A and A-B honor roll students for the third quarter in the middle schools for the 2017-18 school year.
Monday, April 23, 2018

Gaston County Schools To Hold Kindergarten Registration
Kindergarten registration for all elementary schools will take place May 1-5.  Gaston County Schools also is accepting applications for pre-kindergarten.
Monday, April 23, 2018

Raye Watson-Smyth--Running For County Commissioner
The Lincoln Herald is conducting interviews and posting articles about the candidates for Lincoln County Sheriff, Lincoln County Commissioner, NC Senate (District 44) and NC House (District 97).  We hope our articles will help voters to make an informed choice when they go to the polls.
Sunday, April 22, 2018

Student Applications Being Accepted For Gaston County School Choice Programs
Gaston County Schools is accepting student applications for four of its school choice/magnet school programs: Hawks Nest STEAM Academy, the Gifted and Talented Academy at Pleasant Ridge Elementary School, Gaston County Virtual Academy, and the new STEAM Academy at Stanley Middle School.
Sunday, April 22, 2018

Johnson Inspires Students & Co-Workers At Gaston College
LeAnne Johnson, a housekeeper at Gaston Early College High School is a positive role model who encourages and supports students at the Early College High School and Gaston College.
Sunday, April 22, 2018

Traffic Accidents Update
Traffic accidents in our area have sent multiple people to hospitals over the past week.  The latest of the more serious incidents sent a 15-year-old to the hospital in Charlotte Thursday afternoon.
Friday, April 20, 2018

Old Pharmacy Location For Sale
Wanna buy a drug store?  The old Rite Aid location at the corner of N. Flint and E. Main streets across from the Lincolnton Police Department is going to be sold at auction.
Friday, April 20, 2018

One-Stop Voting Underway
One-Stop Early Voting got underway Thursday in all 100 counties in North Carolina.  For those who are already registered, it's a way to avoid longer lines on Primary Election Day (May 8th).  For those who haven't yet registered, it's an opportunity to register and cast a provisional ballot at the same time (information must be verified).  [Those who aren't already registered won't be able to vote on May 8th.]
Friday, April 20, 2018

Educating The Future With Outstanding Employees Like...
Amber Middleswarth is an Eighth Grade ELA/SS teacher at North Lincoln Middle School and has been an employee with Lincoln County Schools for 10 years.
Friday, April 20, 2018

Woman Charged With Stealing, Cashing Mother's Checks
A Lincoln woman is in jail after being accused of writing blank checks of a family member to herself for a total of $6,200.
Thursday, April 19, 2018

Candidates Forum Highlights
The Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce held its Candidates Forum Tuesday evening (April 17th) at the Lincoln Cultural Center.
Thursday, April 19, 2018

Chamber Of Commerce Event Was Informative--But Long
Tuesday night's Chamber of Commerce Candidates Forum was nearly an all-night affair.  It lasted over four hours and most of the audience left long before it was over.
Thursday, April 19, 2018

Hovis Selected For High Point University Leadership Academy
Matthew Hovis, teacher at Lincolnton Middle, has been selected by High Point University as part of the Leadership Academy, which prepares candidates for future school leadership roles.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Candidates Events Tuesday Night In Lincolnton, Hickory
Two candidates events are scheduled for Tuesday evening (April 17th), one in Lincolnton and another in Hickory.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Sheriff's Deputies Arrest Man Charged With Kidnapping
Brian Edward Leatherman, 43, of Matthew Miller Road, Vale, NC was found sleeping in the basement of his parent’s home and arrested without incident earlier tonight (April 16).
Monday, April 16, 2018

Stolen Truck Located; Man Still Wanted On Kidnapping Charges
Sheriff’s Deputies locate stolen truck near old North Brook Fire Department; still looking for 43-year-old western Lincoln County man wanted on kidnapping and assault charges.
Monday, April 16, 2018

Information Still Being Sought 10 Years Later
Gaston County Police continue to seek information regarding the whereabouts of Jamie Michelle Fraley who was reported missing on April 11, 2008 from 1850 Lowell Bethesda Road, Gastonia, NC. Jamie was 22-years-old when she disappeared and would be 32-years-old now.
Monday, April 16, 2018

Lincoln, Catawba, Cleveland Escape Worst Of Sunday Storm
It's going to be sunny but cool this Monday, and we may get down to near freezing Tuesday morning.  For the most part, we made out OK in Sunday's stormy weather--unlike some other areas.
Monday, April 16, 2018

Egg Recall
A recall of eggs possibly contaminated with salmonella bacteria includes some sold at Food Lion and Walmart.  Both companies say all eggs that were part of the recall have now been pulled from shelves and eggs now being sold are considered safe.
Sunday, April 15, 2018

Young Gastonian Charged In Fatal Saturday Night Wreck
Gastonia Police say that 20-year-old Clarence Gilbert Bailey III had been drinking and was texting while driving when his truck crossed the center line and collided head-on with a car Saturday night, killing the driver of the car.
Sunday, April 15, 2018

Gas Prices Up--And Going Higher
Gas prices topped the $2.50 per gallon price in several locations around Lincoln and surrounding counties this past week--the first time they've been that high since Hurricane Harvey caused a brief increase last September.  What's ahead?  Here's the latest.
Sunday, April 15, 2018

Tim Johnson, Candidate For Sheriff
The May 8th Primary Election will likely decide the next Sheriff of Lincoln County.  Alan Hoyle is running as an Unaffiliated candidate, but the winner of the GOP Primary is considered by most the likely winner in November.  This is our second article with one of the candidates for Sheriff.  Others will follow.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Gaston College Opened Doors To An Education And A Career
Walter Zamora, a 2013 Lincolnton High School graduate and a May 2016 graduate of the Gaston College Medical Assisting program, is now working in Louisiana and studying to be a Construction Safety and Health Technician.
Saturday, April 14, 2018

Educating The Future With Outstanding Employees Like...
Natalie Beam, who has been a Biology teacher at West Lincoln High School for four years.
Friday, April 13, 2018

Cherry Blossom Festival This Weekend
It's the 29th anniversary edition of the Cherry Blossom Festival and it happens this weekend in downtown Cherryville.
Thursday, April 12, 2018

ELBA Candidates Forum Round Two
The East Lincoln Betterment Association held its second Candidates Forum Thursday night--this time with Primary Election candidates for Lincoln County Commissioner, NC House and NC Senate.
Thursday, April 12, 2018

Western Lincoln County Man Wanted On A Number Of Charges
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are looking for a 43-year-old western Lincoln County man on a number of charges including kidnapping and domestic violence.
Thursday, April 12, 2018

ELBA Candidates Forum Draws Large Crowd
Round one was peaceful and measured.  The first night of two East Lincoln Betterment Association Candidates Forums included the candidates for Lincoln County Sheriff, Clerk of Court and Register of Deeds.  The second forum is scheduled for 6:30 Thursday evening.
Thursday, April 12, 2018

Sheriff Recognizes Lincoln County Telecommunicators
This week honors telecommunicators nationwide and the Lincoln County Communications Center workers who answer emergency calls, and dispatch law enforcement and emergency services personnel to render assistance to Lincoln County residents.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Lincoln County Schools Ranked 12th Best In NC
Lincoln County Schools are the 12th best school system in the state of North Carolina according to a just released report from
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

ELBA Candidate Forums Set For Wednesday, Thursday
The May 8th Primary Election is now less than a month away.  The deadline to register to vote on Primary Election Day is this Friday (April 13th).  One-stop Early Voting will begin next Thursday (April 19th).
Monday, April 09, 2018

Rivers Admits Killings, Accepts Plea Bargain
A Mt. Holly man entered a guilty plea to charges that he killed his girlfriend and her son almost three years ago and then set fire to the house where they lived.  Peter James Rivers, Jr., accepted the plea bargain just as his trial was about to begin.
Monday, April 09, 2018

Health Department Moving This Month
The Lincoln County Government Center project may have been put on hold, but the move of the Health Department to the former hospital location on Gamble Drive is nearing completion.
Monday, April 09, 2018

Sherrills Ford Man Faces Drug Charges
The Catawba County Sheriff's Office has reported another arrest for drug offenses.
Monday, April 09, 2018

One Dead, Three Injured After Late Night Incident
Hickory Police are investigating a shooting incident outside a nightclub that left one man dead and three others injured.
Sunday, April 08, 2018

Alan Hoyle: Independent Candidate For Sheriff
Over the next several weeks, the Lincoln Herald will be interviewing the candidates for Lincoln County Sheriff, County Commissioner, NC Senate and NC House.  This is the first in our series.
Sunday, April 08, 2018

Charlotte Teen Charged In Fatal Gaston Wreck
A 16-year-old from Charlotte was speeding and driving recklessly according to the investigating officer.  He has been charged in the Wednesday accident that killed an elderly Gastonia man.
Saturday, April 07, 2018

A-Hunting We Will Go...
As the May 8th Primary approaches, candidates are stepping up their efforts to find supporters who will vote for them and encourage others to do likewise.
Friday, April 06, 2018

Florida Woman Charged With Child Abuse While Visiting Here
A Homosassa, Florida woman is facing child abuse charges in connection with incidents that occurred while she was visiting in Lincoln County in late February and early March of 2018.
Friday, April 06, 2018

Driving Patterns To Change Within Lincolnton City Limits
Soon drivers will have to learn some new driving patterns while driving in Lincolnton. The City Council on Thursday approved several changes that will affect how traffic moves on several streets.
Friday, April 06, 2018

Denver Man Arrested On Weapons Charges
A Denver man was scheduled for a first appearance in district court in Newton Friday (April 6th) after being arrested on multiple weapons charges earlier in the morning.
Friday, April 06, 2018

Victims Identified
Gastonia Police are continuing their investigation of what has been termed a "double homicide" in that city.
Thursday, April 05, 2018

Theft of County Road Signs Increasing, Costing Taxpayers
The theft of county road signs has dramatically increased during the Easter Holiday week with 12 signs reported stolen. The thefts occurred in the Reepsville and Highway 182 areas in western Lincoln County.
Thursday, April 05, 2018

Ten People Facing Drug Charges; 5 Arrested, 5 Still Wanted
On Wednesday, April 4, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit announced 10 people are facing multiple drug charges this week following a several month long investigation.
Thursday, April 05, 2018

Gastonia Police Investigating Double Homicide
Gastonia Police are investigating what they say appears to be a double homicide at a residence on Mary Avenue, off Bessemer City Road in West Gastonia.
Thursday, April 05, 2018

Unemployment Rate Remains Low
Remember the Great Recession?  The unemployment rate in Lincoln County was nearly 15%.  Now the rate is less than 4%--lower than all but four of North Carolina's 100 counties.  Businesses, industries, and governments are having trouble finding the employees they need.
Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Hickory Police Investigating "Skimmer" At ATM
Hickory Police are investigating a "skimmer" found at an ATM (automatic teller machine) in that city.
Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Farmers Markets Opening Saturday
If Springtime brings thoughts of fresh fruits and veggies to you, you'll be glad to know that farmers markets are opening this weekend in Lincolnton, Denver, Gastonia, and Shelby.
Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Missing Teen Returns Home
A 17-year-old female reported missing has returned home and is safe.
Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Public's Help Needed To Locate Missing Teen
Amy Jo Helms, 17, was last seen leaving her residence in the 1900 block of Noles Circle around 4 p.m. on April 2, 2018.
Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Teen Convicted Of Making Threats Against Schools
A Gastonia teen has been convicted of making threats against two Gaston County schools.  The incidents there occurred the week before a threat of violence at Lincolnton High School earlier this year.
Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Lincolnton Woman Facing Misdemeanor Child Abuse Charge
A Lincolnton woman has been charged with one misdemeanor count of child abuse after she allegedly pulled the hair of an 18-month old child at the children’s academy daycare where she worked.
Monday, April 02, 2018

Commissioners Consider Land Use Plan--Again
Lincoln County Commissioners will consider adopting a new Land Use Plan at their meeting Monday evening (April 2nd) at the James W. Warren Citizens Center.  The Plan has been sent back to the County Planning Board twice for revisions.
Sunday, April 01, 2018

Shootout On US74
The Cleveland County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shootout on US74 near Kings Mountain early Saturday morning (March 31st).
Saturday, March 31, 2018

Husband And Wife Linked To Home Break-Ins
The Gaston County Police Department has identified and charged two suspects involved in a home break-in that occurred on Oates Road, Bessemer City, N.C. on March 10, 2018. The same two suspects have been linked to another home break-in on South New Hope Road that occurred on the same day.
Thursday, March 29, 2018

Two People Charged In Vehicle Break-In
Chandler Alex Clark of Vale, N.C. and Isaac McKinley Dixon of Lenoir, N.C. have been charged with breaking and entering a motor vehicle, larceny, larceny of a firearm and possession of stolen goods. Clark is in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center while Dixon has not been located.
Thursday, March 29, 2018

Alexa Now Makes Calls
Technology that was once science fiction has become a reality.  Welcome to the 21st Century!
Thursday, March 29, 2018

Infant Killed In Cleveland County Accident
A child was killed in an early morning accident in Cleveland County Wednesday (March 28th).
Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Police Car Strikes Child
Gaston County Police say one of their patrol cars struck a child in a parking lot off Hudson Boulevard near Robinwood Road Wednesday morning (March 28th).
Wednesday, March 28, 2018

One Down, One To Go
For well over two years, people who live on Hoyle Creek Road between Rhyne Road and Old Willis School Road in Gaston County have had to drive miles out of their way to visit neighbors on the other side of Hoyle Creek.  The bridge that has been out for what seems forever is now open.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Two Gastonia Officers Win "Top Cop" Awards
Two detectives with the Gastonia Police Department are to receive "Top Cop" Awards at a national gathering in May.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Three Teens Arrested For Weekend Vandalism
Three teens, one from Lincolnton and two from Union County, have been charged in connection with weekend vandalism in downtown Lincolnton, on Clark Creek Road and Startown Road.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Shelby Man in Custody After Hours-Long Standoff
Shelby Police finally took a man into custody shortly after 8:30 Monday evening after an hours-long standoff at a home near Hope Community Church on South Lafayette Street. [Updated information added Tuesday.]
Monday, March 26, 2018

Credit Card Skimmer Found In Maiden Convenience Store Gas Pump
On Monday, March 26, 2018 Maiden Police Officers were notified that a credit card "skimmer' device had been located inside a gas pump at the Circle K convenience store located at 1200 East Main Street in Maiden.
Monday, March 26, 2018

Vandals Strike Downtown
Vandals used spray paint to vandalize several buildings in downtown Lincolnton.  Chief Rodney Jordan told the Lincoln Herald Monday that the police have 'some strong suspects' they'll be interviewing Tuesday and charges are likely.
Monday, March 26, 2018

Shoplifters Beware--Going Back To Store Could Be Felony
The North Carolina Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction of a Gaston County man for felony breaking and entering after he was caught stealing a coat from the Belk store in Hickory after having been banned from Belk stores for stealing from a Charlotte store the year before.
Monday, March 26, 2018

Attempt To Serve Outstanding Warrants Leads To Vehicle Chase
An attempt to serve outstanding warrants on a woman in western Lincoln County Friday afternoon (March 23, 2018) led to a vehicle chase of a truck with drugs and various items of drug paraphernalia seized. The driver was on supervised probation for drug charges.
Sunday, March 25, 2018

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.
Saturday, March 24, 2018

County, City Hold Budget Workshops
Lincoln County Commissioners and the Lincolnton City Council held budget workshops Thursday and Friday and while nothing is official yet, it appears that both have their fiscal 2019 budgets ready to be finalized.  No property tax increase is planned for either.
Saturday, March 24, 2018

Gaston County Has 1st Confirmed Rabies Case Of 2018
On Wednesday, March 21, 2018 the Gaston County Police Animal Care and Enforcement Division received a call from a citizen in the 2400 block of Gelsinger Ave., Bessemer City who reported a sick raccoon in the backyard of the home.
Friday, March 23, 2018

Task Force Arrests Texas Man For Drug Trafficking
Information from the Grayson County Sheriff's Office in Independence, Virginia on Thursday, March 22 led to the seizure of over three and one half (3-1/2) pounds of Crystal Methamphetamine in Catawba County.
Friday, March 23, 2018

Dallas Home Destroyed By Fire
A faulty chimney may have been the cause of a fire that destroyed a home in Dallas Thursday morning (March 22nd).
Friday, March 23, 2018

Educating The Future With Outstanding Employees Like...
April Schnibben who has been an employee of Lincoln County Schools for two years and is the elementary art teacher at Love Memorial and GE Massey.
Friday, March 23, 2018

Johnsonville Announces Recall
If you've bought any Johnsonville sausages recently, you may be interested in this information about a recall on one Johnsonville product.
Friday, March 23, 2018

Prysmian Expansion Gets Green Light
Catawba County Commissioners voted unanimously Monday night (March 19th) to amend their 2017 Joint Economic Development agreement with Prysmian Cables to allow for more jobs and a larger monetary investment.
Thursday, March 22, 2018

LEDA Presents Milestone Achievement Awards
Seven Lincoln County industries were recognized Wednesday (March 21st) by the Lincoln Economic Development Association for achieving milestones in their operations here.
Thursday, March 22, 2018

Local Hardee's Senior General Manager Wins Top Award
Pat Neill of the Hardee’s® at 1102 E. Main St. has won the Founders Award, which is the top award given out by the largest Hardee’s franchisee in the country, Boddie-Noell Enterprises. The Founders Award is given annually to the company’s top restaurant general managers.
Thursday, March 22, 2018

One Arrested, Still Looking For Another In Bad Drug Deal
Michael Lee Etters Jr. (left) was arrested Tuesday, March 20 by Kings Mountain Police; Bobby Eugene Morton (right) remains at large and is considered armed and dangerous.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Events Offer Chance To Learn More About Candidates
The May 8th Primary Election is now less than seven weeks away.  Absentee voting has begun and Early Voting starts April 19th.  Several events will give voters a chance to learn more about the candidates before they vote.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Are Facebook Comments Public Records?
At Monday night's (March 19th) Lincoln County Commissioners meeting, Anthony Huss, one of six candidates seeking the GOP nomination for Sheriff, asked the Commissioners to have the Records Auditor assigned to the county to investigate what he alleges were public records destroyed by Sheriff David Carpenter.  
Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Hickory Woman Charged With Felony Cyberstalking
A Hickory woman was arrested today (March 20, 2018) on the felony charge of Disclosure of Private Images by an Adult more commonly known as “Revenge Porn.”
Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Two Dead In Cleveland County Accidents
Two accidents involving two-wheeled vehicles have claimed lives this week in Cleveland County.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Huss Asks Commissioners To Investigate Carpenter
Anthony Huss, one of six candidates seeking the GOP nomination for Sheriff, asked Lincoln County Commissioners to have a state agency investigate what he termed illegal destruction of records by current Sheriff David Carpenter.  It was part of the Public Comments portion of Monday night's meeting.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Election Begins Monday
The May Primary Election begins this Monday (March 19th).  That's when absentee voting begins in North Carolina.
Monday, March 19, 2018

Gaston College Receives Grant From Duke Energy & Piedmont Natural Gas
Gaston College announced March 15 a $200,000 investment from Duke Energy and Piedmont Natural Gas. The funds will be used to connect students with hands-on training and career development opportunities.
Sunday, March 18, 2018

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.
Saturday, March 17, 2018

Armed Robbery Investigation At Iron Station Family Dollar
Three suspects entered the store this morning and held the clerk at gunpoint. No one was injured in the incident.  The suspects fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash in a silver in color car with silver wheels (photo of suspect vehicle now included in article).
Saturday, March 17, 2018

Bi-Lo Closing One Lincolnton Location
Denver got a new supermarket this week--and Lincolnton heard that it will soon be losing one.
Saturday, March 17, 2018

Four People Charged After Bad Drug Deal Leads To Robbery
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies and detectives have charged four people after a drug deal went bad and the victim was robbed of cash. The two women have been arrested and the two men remain at large and are considered armed and dangerous.
Friday, March 16, 2018

Three People Charged With Selling Drugs
The charges come after the conclusion of separate investigations into the sale, transport, and distribution of crack cocaine, powder cocaine, and methamphetamine.  One person has been taken into custody while the other two people have avoided arrest.
Friday, March 16, 2018

Commissioner McCall Attends NACo Conference
McCall joined more than 120 county officials from North Carolina and representatives from the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) at the National Association of Counties (NACo) Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C., which was held March 3-7.
Friday, March 16, 2018

National School Walkout
The student protest over the Parkland, Florida, school shooting incident drew mixed reaction in our area.  Most of the protests occurred inside the schools.
Thursday, March 15, 2018

Publix Opens In Denver
The rapidly growing southeastern Lincoln County area got another new store Wednesday (March 14th) as Publix opened on Highway 16 Business just north of the Highway 73 intersection.
Thursday, March 15, 2018

West Lincoln's Saine Earns Two Scholarships
Saine, 17 and a senior, found out last month that she qualified for both the Morehead and Parks scholarships for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University respectively.
Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Lincoln County Man Facing Another Charge Of Child Abuse
A Lincoln County man has been charged in connection with an incident reported to the Sheriff’s Office on March 1, 2018 from the Lincoln County Department of Social Services concerning bruising on an 11-year-old child.
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

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