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Lincoln County Middle Schools 4th Quarter Honor Roll
Lincoln County Schools proudly recognizes the A and A-B honor roll students for the 4th quarter in the middle schools for the 2017-18 school year.
Sunday, June 17, 2018

Woman Missing Over Three Weeks
Hickory Police are asking for the public's help in finding a missing woman.
Saturday, June 16, 2018

Woman Charged With Stealing From Ex-Boyfriend
A former Lincoln County woman has been charged with allegedly stealing two gift cards that had been delivered to the residence of her ex-boyfriend.
Friday, June 15, 2018

Runaway Teen Located In McDowell County, Returned To Parents
A runaway 17-year-old female from Lincoln County was located around 1 a.m. June 14, 2018 by McDowell County Sheriff’s deputies at a residence in their county.
Thursday, June 14, 2018

Iron Station Teen Missing
An Iron Station teen apparently left home after an argument.  She is reported as a missing person and the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in locating her.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Rabies Shot Clinics
Rabies shot clinics are scheduled for this Saturday (June 16th) and next Saturday (June 23rd) in Lincoln County--but if you come to the Animal Shelter this Thursday or Friday, you can get a shot for your dog or cat FREE!
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Voyeurism Case Update
That Cherryville area man who was arrested for attempting to video young girls and women taking showers on his yacht in Myrtle Beach had another day in court Wednesday, and this time was returned to jail on the new charges.

Multi-Industry Job Fair Set for June 23rd
A group of industries located in the Lincoln County Industrial Park are holding a Job Fair Saturday June 23rd from 9 AM - 1 PM.  It's an ideal opportunity for anyone who might be interested in a job to learn more about what's available, especially those who commute to work outside Lincoln County and might like to work closer to home.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

City, County Water Plants Among Best in State
Go ahead, take a sip!  I'm not going to tell you that Lincolnton and Lincoln County have the best-tasting water in the country, but we can say with certainty that they are providing cleaner water to customers than many other systems in the state.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Judge Tosses Abduction Charge, Grants Custody to Grandmother
A grandmother who had been charged with abducting her granddaughter had the charges thrown out by a District Court Judge Tuesday and was also granted an emergency custody order to keep the child.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Attempted Drug Smugglers Arrested
Two women who attempted to smuggle drugs into the Harven Crouse Detention Center have been apprehended.  They were charged last week after the drugs were discovered by jail staff.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Shook Arrested Monday in Newton
Catawba County deputies have arrested a Newton man who allegedly assaulted his girlfriend with a baseball bat and hanger and kept her prisoner for three days.  
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Cherryville Man Accused of Secretly Videoing Girls
A Cherryville man has been accused of using an iPad to record video of girls in the shower on his yacht in Myrtle Beach.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Erratic Driving Ends in Drug Arrests
Sometimes driving too slow can be just as suspicious as driving too fast--especially if you appear to be having trouble staying in your lane.  That was the case Saturday that led to a traffic stop that ended in drug charges for a South Carolina man and a Maiden woman.
Monday, June 11, 2018

Three Arrested After Traffic Stop for Stolen Tag
Following a vehicle out late at night, a Lincoln County Deputy checked the tag and after learning it was stolen, stopped a vehicle on Salem Church Road in the wee hours of Saturday morning.  The traffic stop led to arrests of three people on multiple charges.
Monday, June 11, 2018

Another Rabies Case in Catawba County
Catawba County has recorded its fourth rabies case of 2018 and three of them have been in the Maiden area.
Monday, June 11, 2018

Man Who Said Car Stalled Winds Up in Jail
A report of a man waving a gun in the air while standing in the middle of the road led to the arrest of a Lincoln County man on warrants from Gaston County and new charges in Lincoln County on Saturday (June 9th).
Monday, June 11, 2018

McHenry Recognizes Art Contest Winner, Academy Appointees
Graduation season also means honors for outstanding students.  Congressman Patrick McHenry recently announced the winner of the 10th District Art Competion and of appointments from the district to the military academies.
Monday, June 11, 2018

Cleveland County Crackdown on Drugs Continues
A Lincolnton man and a Cherryville woman were among those arrested last week in Cleveland County as a part of Sheriff Alan Norman's crackdown on drugs.
Sunday, June 10, 2018

Three Charged After Attempt to Smuggle Drugs into Jail
Three people are facing felony drug conspiracy charges after attempting to provide an inmate drugs while incarcerated at the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center.
Sunday, June 10, 2018

City Suspends Recycling
Two news releases we received Friday seemed totally at odds.  The City of Lincolnton announced it would suspend its recycling program after this week.  The NC Department of Environmental Quality issued a report about the growth of recycling statewide.
Sunday, June 10, 2018

LHS Graduation 2018
Unlike the other high schools who held their graduation ceremonies in their stadiums, the Lincolnton High School graduation was held in the new gym at the school.
Saturday, June 09, 2018

West Lincoln Graduation 2018
West Lincoln High School held its 2018 graduation Saturday morning in the stadium at the school.
Saturday, June 09, 2018

East Lincoln Graduation 2018
East Lincoln High School held its graduation exercise at David Clark Stadium Friday night.  Emily Ann Stolzenbach was honored as the class Valedictorian; Sierra Nicole Gilley was the Salutatorian.
Saturday, June 09, 2018

Graduation Weekend: North Lincoln Was First
It was graduation weekend for the Lincoln County Schools.  North Lincoln was first--their graduation ceremony began at 7 PM Friday.
Saturday, June 09, 2018

McCall Attends NCACC's County Assembly Day
On May 30, Commissioner Anita McCall joined Governor Roy Cooper, NC Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger, NC House Speaker Tim Moore, and other legislators for County Assembly Day in Raleigh.
Friday, June 08, 2018

Budget, Business Incentive Grants Top City Agenda
The Lincolnton City Council approved the FY 2018-2019 Budget at last night’s meeting. The highlights of the coming year’s budget include no tax or utilities fee increases for residents.
Friday, June 08, 2018

Four Arrested in Gaston County Murder
Four people have been arrested in connection with the homicide of a Lincolnton man in Gaston County Thursday morning (June 7th).
Friday, June 08, 2018

Educating The Future With Outstanding Employees Like...
Tanya Prater who has worked as a teacher’s assistant for 21 years with four of those being in the Lincoln County Schools.
Friday, June 08, 2018

City Council Approves New Police Station
It has been talked about for years--now, at last, it's going to happen.  The Lincolnton Police Department is getting a new home.
Thursday, June 07, 2018

Red Is the Color in Hickory This Weekend
Red is likely to be the most popular color in Hickory this weekend.  It all begins with a Thursday night ballgame featuring the Hickory Crawdads.  This is also the weekend for the NC State Convention of the Republican Party.
Thursday, June 07, 2018

Aubrey Hedgepeth Is A Child Prodigy!
Mozart famously began composing when he was just 5 years old. Beethoven began performing publicly when he was 7. And now, a local girl is following in their footsteps. She is 12-year-old Aubrey Hedgepeth of Pumpkin Center. And according to proud mom Danielle Hedgepeth, this young lady is quite the prodigy.
Wednesday, June 06, 2018

New Businesses in Lincolnton
New businesses are coming to Lincolnton.  The work is well underway on the Chick-fil-A that will open this Fall near the US321 intersection on E. Main St.  Two pubs and a craft brewery are coming to E. Water St.  A new butcher shop has opened downtown, and now another bar & restaurant is coming in August.
Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Suspicious Person Call Results in Multiple Arrests
Three men have been charged in a larceny from a Denver residence in mid-May after a traffic stop first brought drug charges against one and further investigation brought drug charges and larceny charges against all three.
Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Another Domestic Violence Case in Catawba County
The Catawba Couny Sheriff's Office is seeking a man wanted for assaulting his girlfriend in yet another case of domestic violence.
Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Hickory PD Announces New Officers, Promotions
The Hickory Police Dept. held a swearing in ceremony for two new officers and announced the promotion of three others last Friday (June 1st).
Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Commissioners Approve Economic Incentive Grants
Lincoln County Commissioners approved economic incentive grants Monday night (June 4th) to help two Lincoln County industries expand their operations.
Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Sheriff's Office Warns of Scam Phone Calls
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office is NOT making calls telling people they are about to be arrested.  It's a scam!
Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Kayleigh Pless Among The Best At ELHS
Get outside your bubble and comfort zone. That’s the advice of Kayleigh Pless to her fellow grads in the class of 2018.
Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Budgets Approved
Both Lincoln and Catawba County Commissioners approved their 2018-2019 budgets at Monday night (June 4th) meetings.
Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Another Election?
I know most had thought we wouldn't be reporting on candidates filing for office now that the Primary of 2018 is over and done--but there are other races to be decided, and while there won't be another election until November, the filing period for some offices opened Monday (June 4th).
Monday, June 04, 2018

Denver Man Killed in Tennessee Boating Mishap
A Denver man died Saturday when a boat in which he was a passenger capsized in water being discharged from the flood gates at the Fort Loudon Dam near Lenoir City, Tennessee.
Monday, June 04, 2018

NC Economy: Differing Views
The economy is booming.  Some say North Carolina is ahead of the pack; others disagree.  Here's news about some of the latest evaluations of the state's economy.
Monday, June 04, 2018

SECU Gives Four-Year Scholarships to Four Students
Four Lincoln County seniors graduating this Spring got $10,000 four-year scholarships from the State Employees Credit Union.  
Sunday, June 03, 2018

McCauley Palmer's Big Year Continues
It's no surprise to anyone that McCauley Palmer is one of the top 10 in her class of 2018 at North Lincoln High School.  One might rightfully say it was expected.
Saturday, June 02, 2018

Update on Romaine Lettuce & E. coli
The Centers for Disease Control announced Friday that the outbreak of E. coli linked to romaine lettuce has now claimed five lives and nearly 200 people have become ill in the largest E. coli outbreak in a decade.
Saturday, June 02, 2018

Domestic Violence
Catawba County deputies were called out Thursday to another domestic violence incident.  This time, the wife was shot by the husband after a quarrel.  Both were hospitalized.  He will be facing charges.
Saturday, June 02, 2018

Doctor Pleads Guilty in Sex for Pills Scandal
A former Mt. Holly doctor entered a guilty plea this week in US Disrict Court in Charlotte in a sex for pills scandal.  Dr. Michael Alson Smith is yet to be sentenced.
Saturday, June 02, 2018

1st Alive After Five Goes Well
The first Alive After Five concert of 2018 in downtown Lincolnton went well.  There was a brief thunderstorm that postponed the music a bit, but when The Entertainers took the stage, the rain was ending and the fun beginning.

Friday, June 01, 2018

Connor Bain: Among Top Students at NLHS
This is another in our series of articles about outstanding high school seniors graduating this year.  This one is about Connor Bain of North Lincoln.
Friday, June 01, 2018

LCCF Grants for 2018 Total Over $29,000
The Lincoln County Community Foundation has awarded grants for 2018 totaling over $29,000 to local agencies.
Thursday, May 31, 2018

Denver Man Still Missing
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in locating a Denver man reported missing two weeks ago.
Thursday, May 31, 2018

Jobs Available with Local Govt.
Looking for a job?  If you are, it's likely that you're already employed but looking for something better--or that you have just finished school or moved into our community and need to find work.  
Thursday, May 31, 2018

Interstate 85 Wreck Kills One
One person was killed and another hospitalized after a car slammed into a parked tractor-trailer rig on Interstate 85 near Belmont early Thursday morning (May 31st).
Thursday, May 31, 2018

Weather Creates Emergency in Mountains, Foothills
Two people died when their home collapsed Wednesday evening in Boone to become the latest victims of the heavy rains that have tormented the North Carolina mountains and foothills this week.
Thursday, May 31, 2018

1st Alive After Five of 2018 Thursday Night
Weather may or may not be a factor in this Thursday night's first Alive After Five of 2018 in downtown Lincolnton.  If it does rain--but there's no lightning in the area--the band could be moved to the Farmers Market on Water Street.  We'll post information if that should occur.
Thursday, May 31, 2018

Stolzenbach Among Best and Brightest

Emily Stolzenbach is among the very best of the class of 2018.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Two Dead in Traffic Accidents
A least two people died in traffic accidents in our area over the extended holiday weekend: one in Cleveland County Friday afternoon, the other very early Tuesday morning in Gaston County.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Domestic Dispute Gets Man Arrested
A Catawba County man was arrested after a domestic dispute ended with him firing a shot at his wife and barricading himself inside his home.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Gastonia Woman Killed in House Fire
A Gastonia woman died in a house fire Tuesday morning prompting an investigation into the cause of the blaze.  The woman was home alone and there was concern about a possible criminal cause, but the fire was later tentatively ruled accidental.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Montcross Area Chamber News
The Montcross Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a Business Buzz Breakfast this Thursday (May 31st) at the Kimbrell Campus of Gaston College in Belmont.  Roads will be the topic of discussion.
Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Dugan Among Top 10 at North Lincoln
This is another of our series of articles about some of the top students in Lincoln County Schools graduating in 2018.
Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Memorial Day in Lincolnton
It was drizzling rain all morning, but the rain stopped briefly during the ceremony on the Courtsquare.  Considering the weather, there was a decent crowd who came to pay their respects to the fallen soldiers who gave their lives while serving.
Monday, May 28, 2018

GCLMPO Asks for Public Input
The Gaston-Cleveland-Lincoln Metropolitan Planning Organization (GCLMPO) is requesting public input on the next stage of developing future Regional Impact transportation projects for Gaston, Cleveland, and Lincoln Counties.
Monday, May 28, 2018

SPAM Recall
This time we're talking about the meat product that comes in a can, not the clutter on the internet.  Spam has been recalled.
Monday, May 28, 2018

Memorial Day
Memorial Day differs from Veterans Day.  Veterans Day (Nov. 11th) is a time to honor all veterans.  Memorial Day is intended to honor and remember those who lost their lives serving their country.
Sunday, May 27, 2018

Man Arrested After Hostage Situation
Gaston County Police arrested a South Carolina man Saturday night after he allegedly forced his way into a home and held a woman hostage.
Sunday, May 27, 2018

Wreck Closes Highway, Causes Power Outage
A wreck Saturday evening caused an hours-long power outage in the Vale area.
Sunday, May 27, 2018

One Dead, One Left to Die in Gastonia Robberies
Two armed robberies Saturday night (May 26th) in Gastonia left one woman store clerk fighting for her life and another dead.  Two men, one from Gastonia and the other from Rock Hill, SC, have been charged.
Sunday, May 27, 2018

Memorial Day
Monday is Memorial Day.
Sunday, May 27, 2018

New Officers Join Mount Holly Police Department
The mission of law enforcement throughout America is to protect and serve the public. And in Mount Holly, there’s a new group of men that has joined the Mount Holly Police Department in that noble tradition of protection and service.
Saturday, May 26, 2018

Man Who Tried to Rob Bank Now in Jail
A 30-year-old Kings Mountain man has been arrested after he allegedly attempted to rob the Bank of the Ozarks on w. Mountain St. in that city on Thursday of last week.
Friday, May 25, 2018

Woman Still Missing
A Lincoln County woman who disappeared over four years ago is still missing.
Friday, May 25, 2018

A Tale of Two Counties
Budget presentations by Lincoln County Operations Manager Josh Grant and County Manager Kelly Atkins Monday evening and Gaston County Manager Earl Mathers Tuesday night showed some of the marked contrast in the financial health of the two counties.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Babysitter Arrested for Murder
A Kings Mountain man has been arrested for murder in the death of a child left in his care.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Carpenter Rides To Co-Valedictory Honors
You might say Jade Carpenter is galloping off into the sunset, headed toward success. Carpenter made history at West Lincoln High School  as one of three co-valedictorians for West Lincoln: a first for the school.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Lincoln County Has First Rabies Case of 2018
Lincoln County has recorded its first confirmed case of rabies for 2018.  A dead fox found on Ritchie Road north of Lincolnton last week tested positive for rabies.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Preparations Underway for Memorial Day
Next Monday (May 28th) is Memorial Day.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Catawba County Investigation Results in California Arrest
A California man has been arrested on charges that he attempted to arrange sex via the internet with an underage victim in Catawba County.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Attempted Murder in Domestic Case
A Denver man has been charged with attempted murder after a domestic incident in the wee hours of Sunday morning.
Monday, May 21, 2018

Catawba County Hires New Tax Administrator
Catawba County has hired Bradley D. Fowler as the new Catawba County Tax Administrator beginning May 29.
Monday, May 21, 2018

Carson Warlick Hits A Homerun In School & Life
You might say Carson Warlick has well and truly hit it out of the park. The West Lincoln High softball standout has been regionally recognized in recent months for her athletic prowess. And now Warlick is one of West Lincoln’s three co-valedictorians.
Monday, May 21, 2018

Sunday Incident Leaves Two Dead in Bessemer City
A 62-year-old Dallas man drove his Jeep SUV into the Surf & Turf Lodge restaurant in Bessemer City during lunch hour Sunday, killing his daughter and saughter-in-law. The action appeared to be intentional according to Bessemer City Police Chief Thomas Ellis, Jr.


Sunday, May 20, 2018

Summertime Is Calling
Monday of next week (May 28th) is Memorial Day.  For many, it marks the beginning of the Summer season.  Summer doesn't actually arrive until  June 21st, but by then school is out, graduations have happened, and summertime vacations are well underway.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Workforce Development Summit Set For June 14th
The second annual Gaston College Workforce Development Summit has been set for Thursday, June 14th, on the Dallas campus of Gaston College.
Sunday, May 20, 2018

Denver Defense Closed
It came as a shock to the community and to members when Denver Defense on highway 16-business closed this week.  It was also a shock to the staff, who only learned late Tuesday that the range would not open on Wednesday.
Friday, May 18, 2018

Vehicle Breakins in Bessemer City
The Bessemer City Police Department is seeking information on breakins to multiple vehicles in the early morning hours of Thursday (May 17th).
Friday, May 18, 2018

Siblings Arrested, Two Stolen Vehicles Recovered
A late night traffic stop  led to two arrests and the recovery of two stolen vehicles.
Friday, May 18, 2018

Missing Denver Man
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in locating a missing Denver man.
Friday, May 18, 2018

May One Of Three Co-Valedictorians At WLHS
West Lincoln High School has made history. This year, West Lincoln has three––count ’em!––three co-valedictorians: Jade Carpenter, Addie May and Carson Warlick.
Friday, May 18, 2018

Educating The Future With Outstanding Employees Like...
Amanda Kraushaar who has worked for Lincoln County Schools for nine years and is a first grade teacher at Rock Springs Elementary.
Friday, May 18, 2018

March for Students and Rally for Respect
They had to take a personal day to make the trip, but the educators from Lincoln County who joined thousands of others in Raleigh on Wednesday said it was worth it--IF the General Assembly got the message: we need more money for the public schools--and we will vote in November.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Police Asking for Help in Izard's Murder
Lincolnton Police are asking for the public's help in finding who killed Johnny Ray Izard, Jr. the night of May 4th.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Lowell Man Arrested After Incident at Stanley Park
A 34-year-old Lowell man, Christoper David Hayes, has been arrested after he allegedly took photos of a 10-year-old boy urinating in the bathroom at Stanley's Harper Park on Blacksnake Road.  
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Teachers March on Raleigh
Teachers from all over the state were leaving home early Wednesday morning headed for Raleigh and the "March for Students and Rally for Respect" on the opening day of the General Assembly.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

National Police Week
Perhaps you knew--or perhaps not--but Tuesday was Law Enforcement Memorial Day.  It's a part of National Police Week celebrated this week.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Shooting Incident in Mt. Holly
Mt. Holly Police say an officer shot a man Monday after he threatened to kill a child.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

A young mother from Iron Station was arrested early Monday morning in southeastern Lincoln County on drug charges.  
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Belmont Man Arrested for Shooting at Vehicles
A Belmont senior citizen has been arrested by Gaston County Police for allegedly shooting at vehicles passing his home near Belmont.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

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