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Girlfriend Dead, Boyfriend Charged With Murder
A young Cherryville man has been charged with murder after he allegedly shot his girlfriend at his home on Black Road.
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Bosch Community Fund Awards $49,500 To STEM Program
The contribution supports licensing, programming, teacher training and student and parent kick-off events for the eduFACTOR program, which is focused on making science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers relevant to students’ education in Lincoln County Schools.
Thursday, April 28, 2016

SLCA Students To Host Legacy Benefit Gala At Bechtler Museum
The Legacy Benefit Gala will present 21 pieces of artwork authored by 11 SLCA students in the disciplines of canvas work and sculptures. More than 45 students that make up the SCLA orchestra, band and choir will perform musical arrangements at the Gala.
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Search Warrant Leads To Meth Arrests
On Tuesday, April 26, Richard Lee Knight and Cecil Brandon Hester were charged with trafficking methamphetamine.  Narcotics Investigators and SWAT team members executed a search warrant on a residence near the 5000 block of Amity Lane in Iron Station.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Wreck Causes Power Outage
An early morning wreck on Startown Road caused a power outage that lasted half the work day on Wednesday (April 27th). Duke Energy says over 500 customers were without electricity from shortly after 6 AM until early afternoon.

Downtown Difficulty Develops Discussion
"Contractors tell me it's more difficult to get a building project approved in Lincoln than in any other county in North Carolina..." that was the opening volley in a spirited discussion at the Citizens Center Tuesday evening (April 26th) at a joint meeting of Lincoln County Commissioners and the Lincolnton City Council.
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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Airport Dilemma Appears Resolved
It took a joint meeting of the Lincoln County Commissioners and the Lincolnton City Council, but it appears that a dilemma involving industrial development near the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Airport has been resolved.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Shawn Setzer Is Back!
Formerly the owner of Setzer Jewelers, he is today heading up a new company: the Service Hubb. The business handles all kinds of areas, including television, Internet, telephone and security services, just to name a few.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Lincoln County 9-1-1 Back In Service
Lincoln County 9 1 1 is now back in full service through the County Communications Center.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

9-1-1 Lines To Communications Center Temporarily Down
Calls  to 9-1-1 are currently being diverted to the Gaston County 9-1-1 Communications Center until the Lincoln County lines are repaired.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Missing Woman Found, Faces Drug Charge
A woman reported missing last week, Michelle Lee Alpi, has been found--and now faces a drug charge according to a release from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office. She was located at the residence of Jeffrey Lee Nolen Jr. who was wanted by Charlotte Mecklenburg Police on felony larceny charges.
Monday, April 25, 2016

Parking Ordinance Subject Of Survey
The parking ordinance that limits parking in Lincolnton's central business district (downtown) was the topic of discussion at a meeting Monday evening (April 25th) at City Hall.
Monday, April 25, 2016

GC Schools Weekly Update
Friday is Students@Work Day in Gaston County Schools. More than 300 middle school students will be involved in the program and take advantage of the opportunity to learn about jobs here in Gaston County. 
Monday, April 25, 2016

Vehicle Sought In Catawba County Hit & Run
Officers are looking for a vehicle that was involved in a hit and run accident Sunday afternoon (April 24th) in northern Catawba County.
Sunday, April 24, 2016

Parking Meeting Set For Monday Evening
A meeting has been called for 6:30 PM Monday at City Hall to discuss parking in downtown Lincolnton and the two-hour parking limit there.
Sunday, April 24, 2016

Firefighters Suffer Minor Injuries In House Fire
Two firefighters suffered minor injuries when the Denver Fire Department was called to a house fire Sunday afternoon (April 24th).
Sunday, April 24, 2016

Gas Prices Continue To Go Up
Gas prices have been climbing the last several weeks--and it appears that trend may continue.
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Great Day For A Festival
It was a perfect day for a festival: there was sunshine, but some fluffy clouds provided some welcome shade for much of the day; it was warm, but not too hot.  Both the Lincolnton Food & WineFest and the Cherryville Cherry Blossom Festival enjoyed huge crowds.
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Saturday, April 23, 2016

GCS To Hold Kindergarten Registration May 2-13
Gaston County Schools will hold Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten Registration from Monday, May 2 through Friday, May 13 at three locations across the county.
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Our Growing Drug Problem
Many people in our area were shocked this week when a national health benefits platform provider released details of a report showing that Hickory ranks fifth among American cities and towns for opioid abuse--and the rest of our area isn't far behind.
Friday, April 22, 2016

Public's Help Needed To Locate Missing Woman
Michelle Lee Alpi, 26, whose last known address was on Timberlake Lane, Lincolnton, N.C., was last seen by family members of March 28, 2016.
Friday, April 22, 2016

Assault Charge
Hickory Police have charged a woman with a Maiden address with firing a gun at a neighbor at a house where she had been staying in Hickory.  The incident happened around midnight Thursday night-Friday morning.
Friday, April 22, 2016

Drug Charges
A Maiden woman faces a felony drug charge after being arrested Thursday morning by Catawba County Sheriff's officers.
Friday, April 22, 2016

Not Wearing Seat Belts A Factor In Fatal Crashes
Buckle up for safety; it might save your life.  Not wearing seat belts was a factor in two fatal crashes in our area this week and perhaps in a third.
Thursday, April 21, 2016

Car Crashes Into Home Near Lake Norman
The driver of a car that crashed into a home on Normandy Drive near Lake Norman was taken to the hospital Thursday morning (April 21st).
Thursday, April 21, 2016

Efforts Ongoing To Help House Fire Victims
Benny and Sherry Hallman have lost everything. The Hallmans’ home and all its contents were destroyed in a house fire Sunday, according to family spokeswoman Shannon Hallman Estep of Virginia Beach.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Young Maiden Man Continues Brush With Law
A young Maiden man, Samuel Roy Sipe, is facing more drug charges after being arrested Saturday in Hickory.  It certainly wasn't his first arrest.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Phi Beta Lambda Wins Awards At NCPBL State Leadership Conference
Members of the Gaston College chapter of Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) won multiple awards at the 62nd Annual NCPBL State Leadership Conference that was held at the Hilton-Charlotte University Place on April 7 to April 10.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Two Arrested After Woman Calls Undercover Officer By Mistake
Angela Lingerfelt Juarez aka “Shorty” and Robert Castillo were both arrested Monday, April 18 after the woman inadvertently called an undercover detective thinking he was someone else. Detectives then conducted a surveillance and undercover operation in an attempt to purchase the drugs.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

New Animal Services Supervisor Named
County Manager Kelly Atkins announced today, April 19, that Hannah Beaver will be named the new Lincoln County Animal Shelter Supervisor effective May 2, 2016. 
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Iron Station Man Arrested In Undercover Drug Operation
On Sunday April 17, 2016 an Iron Station man was arrested on outstanding warrants for selling heroin to an undercover detective.
Monday, April 18, 2016

Oops!
Sometimes, despite best efforts, reporters (being human) make mistakes.  Such was the case with our report on last Friday's action by the Lincoln County Commissioners regarding the Solid Waste program.
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Monday, April 18, 2016

GC Schools Weekly Update
“The sun will come out tomorrow” and it did for students at Sherwood Elementary. The children stepped on stage recently and took the spotlight with their successful production of “Annie."
Monday, April 18, 2016

Sip, Savor, Shop
This Saturday (April 23rd) is the day for the Lincolnton Food & WineFest, sponsored by the Downtown Development Association.
Monday, April 18, 2016

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.
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Monday, April 18, 2016

The Tips And The Tales Of Tails Wagging
With summer right round the corner, keeping your pets well groomed is important to their comfort and health. That’s the recent word from Tammy Richberg general manager and lead groomer at Tails R Waggin’ Day Spa and Resort and the Good Dog! Training Center in Gastonia.
Monday, April 18, 2016

Special Unwanted Medicine Drop Off For Earth Day
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office will hold a special unwanted medicine drop off as part of the Earth Day Celebration in downtown Lincolnton on Saturday, April 23 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. The Earth Day celebration will be from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. in conjunction with the Lincolnton Food and WineFest.
Sunday, April 17, 2016

Catawba County Superintendent Resigns
The Superintendent of Catawba County Schools has resigned.  The announcement on Friday caught most by surprise.
Saturday, April 16, 2016

Two People Arrested On Explosion Charges
Gregory Scott Reynolds and Amy Michelle Dove were arrested after an explosion rocked the Andrew Point Drive area in Denver Wednesday night, April 13.
Saturday, April 16, 2016

Pruitt Surrenders After Three Day Search
 A Kings Mountain man indicted this week by a Cleveland County grand jury for causing an accident that killed an elderly Fallston couple turned himself in shortly before noon Friday.
Friday, April 15, 2016

Employees Get Raise, Library Location Decided
County employees will get a 2% cost of living wage increase and the West Lincoln Library, when it is finally built, will be at the West Lincoln Park on Hulls Grove Church Road. Those were two of the items on which Lincoln County Commissioners voted at their budget session Friday (April 15th).
Friday, April 15, 2016

City Council Discusses Tax Cut, Fee Increase
The Lincolnton City Council re-convened their April 7 meeting on April 14 to address budget issues, personnel, and the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Airport.
Friday, April 15, 2016

Two People Arrested In Residential Break-In
Adam Castillo, 36, and Chasta Alaine Buff, 33, both of Vale, N.C. were charged with one felony count each of Breaking and Entering a Building, Larceny after Breaking and Entering, Possession of Stolen Goods, and Possession of a Controlled Substance Schedule II.
Thursday, April 14, 2016

Drug Complaints By Citizens Lead To Arrest
Narcotics detectives utilized the information provided by concerned citizens and conducted the investigation into Carpenter and several other subjects involving residences on Hubbard Street, Lynch Street, Arney Street, Green Street, and Benfield Street, all in the city limits of Lincolnton.
Thursday, April 14, 2016

Complaints Lead To Drug Trafficking Arrest
The investigation was conducted after narcotics detectives received citizen complaints involving drug activity in the area of Hubbard Street, Lynch Street, Green Street, Arney Street, and Benfield Street areas of Lincolnton.  .
Thursday, April 14, 2016

Kings Mountain Man Indicted In Wreck That Killed Couple
A Kings Mountain man has been indicted on two counts of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle by a Cleveland County grand jury for causing a wreck that killed an elderly Fallston couple in late February.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Missing Woman Found Safe
A Silver Alert issued Wednesday evening (April 12th) for a missing Cleveland County woman was cancelled later in the night when she was reported found safe and unharmed.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Lincoln County Schools Losing 34 Teachers
The Lincoln County Board of Education approved making cuts for next school year that will cost 34 teaching positions as one of the action items at Tuesday night's (April 12th) meeting.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

SILVER ALERT
A Silver Alert has been issued for a 78-year-old woman from Shelby.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Young Crouse Man Re-Arrested On Drug Charges
A young Crouse man first arrested last June after he crashed into a light pole in Hickory has been re-arrested by Hickory Police on charges stemming from the incident.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

ABC Election Scheduled For June 7th
Brad Putnam with the Lincoln County Board of Elections confirmed Monday that Lincolnton voters will get the chance to approve on and off premise sales of malt beverages when they go to the polls in June.
Monday, April 11, 2016

GC Schools Weekly Update
Twelve students from Gaston County Schools will be among the honorees at the Best and Brightest 2016 ceremony this Wednesday, April 13 at 5 p.m. at the Schiele Museum.
Monday, April 11, 2016

GCF Announces Endowed Scholarship Fund In Memory Of Alumnus
The Gaston College Foundation has announced the establishment of The Steve Brown Memorial Endowed Scholarship fund, which honors John Steven Brown, a 1979 graduate of the Applied Textile Technology Center.
Monday, April 11, 2016

Gastonia Home Destroyed By Fire
For the second time in three days, a fire caused by food left unattended while cooking has destroyed a home in Gastonia.
Sunday, April 10, 2016

GC Hosts sciVisit To Promote STEM Educational Opportunities
Area high school students will learn about STEM educational opportunities and career paths at the fifth annual sciVisit on the Gaston College Dallas Campus on Friday, April 15, from 9 a.m. to noon.
Sunday, April 10, 2016

Backyard Chickens Becomes Council Topic Again
Back in November 2011 one local resident who had been told to get rid of backyard chickens because they were illegal in Lincolnton went before the City Council and asked that they change the ordinance.  It became a topic of discussion for several months.
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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Gaston College 2016 Graduation Date Announced
Gaston College will graduate its Class of 2016 on Friday, May 13. The commencement ceremony takes place at 4 p.m. at Bojangles’ Coliseum in Charlotte.
Sunday, April 10, 2016

Gastonia Rally Against HB2
Gaston County residents held a rally against North Carolina's new Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, more commonly known as HB2, Saturday afternoon (April 9th).
Saturday, April 09, 2016

Economic Update
Did you make more money last year than in 2014? Nationwide personal income grew by 4.4%. In North Carolina, it increased by 4.8%.
Saturday, April 09, 2016

"...And Then You Pray"
The Weather Channel forecast for Sunday morning is calling for a low temperature of 28° and the National Weather Service has issued a Freeze Warning for our area.
Saturday, April 09, 2016

Nine Dogs Die In Gastonia Fire
Nine dogs perished in a residential fire in Gastonia Friday evening (April 8th).
Saturday, April 09, 2016

Rutherford EMC Kicks Off Bright Ideas Education Grants
Rutherford EMC expects to award more than $15,000 in Bright Ideas grants this year to teachers in its 10-county service area of the southwestern Piedmont. The grants are available to K-12 teachers for innovative projects in any subject. Teachers can apply individually or as a team and are encouraged to  apply online.
Saturday, April 09, 2016

Clifford's Army Rescue Extravaganza Happens Saturday
It all started in 2012 when members of the Cleveland County Humane Society hurriedly organized an effort to save animals scheduled for euthanization at the Cleveland County Animal Shelter.
Friday, April 08, 2016

Price Of Stamps Going Down
The price of stamps will be going down next week--from 49 cents to mail a first-class letter to 47-cents.
Friday, April 08, 2016

Gaston County Schools Teacher Wins N.C. Teacher Of The Year
Bobbie Cavnar of Gaston County Schools is the North Carolina Teacher of the Year for 2016-2017. During a luncheon and ceremony today at the Umstead Hotel in Cary, State Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson announced Cavnar as the winner. He will represent North Carolina in the 2017 National Teacher of the Year competition.
Thursday, April 07, 2016

South Carolina Murder Suspect Arrested In Lincoln County
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives arrested a Catawba County man who is wanted in Anderson County, S.C. on a first degree murder charge.
Thursday, April 07, 2016

Catawba County Drug Roundup Focuses On Ridgeview Area
A drug roundup on Wednesday (April 6th) focused on the predominantly African-American Ridgeview neighborhood of southwest Hickory, near the intersection of  US321 and US70.  Much of the activity was along Center Street.
Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Undercover Operation Leads To Three Drug Arrests
Dustin Allen Moore, Wendy Roxanne Kiser, and Heather Nicole Howard were charged with selling illegal drugs after narcotics detectives conducted an undercover operation that targeted street level drug dealers.
Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Numerous Citizen Complaints Result In Arrest
Detectives opened up the investigation following numerous citizen complaints involving Hall and his trafficking, selling, delivering, manufacturing, and transporting various types of controlled substances.
Wednesday, April 06, 2016

One More Meeting
The fourth and final public meeting to gather community input on the update of the county’s Future Land Use Plan will be held this Thursday evening (April 7th) at the East Lincoln Community Center.  
Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Larceny Suspect Stopped After Brief Chase
Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Gaston County larceny suspect early this morning (April 5, 2016) following a brief chase south of Lincolnton.
Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Noise Ordinance Proposal Gets Tabled
Lincoln County Commissioners and the County Planning Board held their monthly joint session Monday evening (March 4th).
Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Lincolnton Growing Again
A request for a satellite annexation on Buffalo Shoals Road, a report on the improvements planned for the East Main and Generals Blvd. intersection, and final plans for the First Federal Park downtown are all part of this Thursday's Lincolnton City Council meeting agenda.
Monday, April 04, 2016

SLCA Eighth Grade Presents Check To Shining Hope Farm
The money will fund one year of care and upkeep for a Shining Hope Farm working horse, which helps those with disabilities improve their quality of life.
Monday, April 04, 2016

GC Schools Weekly Update
W.A. Bess Elementary School is hosting an Art Show and Gallery Crawl this Thursday, April 7, and you are invited. The program from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. will feature student artwork, exhibits, music, art activities and demonstrations, and more.
Monday, April 04, 2016

Mother Charged With Felony Child Abuse
A Lincoln County woman has been charged with child abuse in connection with injuries to her 14-month-old son.
Monday, April 04, 2016

BIZ News
Graffiti's is now open on the north Courtsquare in Lincolnton.  It's one of several new places to eat that have opened recently in Lincolnton and Denver.
Sunday, April 03, 2016

"Underwhelming"
A gathering organized for Saturday afternoon (April 2nd) on the Courtsquare in Lincolnton to protest North Carolina's new Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, more commonly known as HB2, drew only 30 participants.
Sunday, April 03, 2016

Applications Accepted For Hawks Nest STEAM Academy
Gaston County Schools is accepting applications for the Hawks Nest STEAM Academy, a new elementary school magnet program that concentrates on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics.
Saturday, April 02, 2016

Drug Charges
A 25-year-old Lincoln County man was arrested Thursday on drug charges in Caldwell County.
Saturday, April 02, 2016

Chamber Holds Safety Awards Banquet
The Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce and the North Carolina Department of Labor held an annual Safety Awards Banquet Thursday night (March 31st) at the Lincoln Cultural Center.
Friday, April 01, 2016

News From Montcross
Here's the latest news from the Montcross Area Chamber of Commerce.
Thursday, March 31, 2016

Crisis Pregnancy Center Celebrates 15 Years
Crisis Pregnancy Center of Lincoln County is celebrating 15 years of service with the annual Spring Banquet fund-raiser scheduled for next Thursday (April 7th) at New Vision Ministries on Clarks Creek Road.
Thursday, March 31, 2016

Plane Burns In Gastonia
A single engine plane burned at the Gastonia airport Wednesday evening (March 30th). There were no injuries. The cause of the fire was still undetermined early Thursday.
Thursday, March 31, 2016

Lincolnton Man Arrested On Outstanding Felony Warrants
The warrants were for felony breaking and entering to a motor vehicle and felony larceny of a motor vehicle.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016

LHS JROTC Holds Military Ball
The Military Ball was held March 19 with the cadets planning the whole event. They decorated the cafeteria and commons area transforming it into a ballroom.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Annual Counties Health Report
Lincoln County is the 24th healthiest of the 100 counties in North Carolina according to an annual report from the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Monday, March 28, 2016

Lincolnton Man Faces Trio Of Charges In Hickory
A 34-year-old Lincolnton man had his first appearance in court on Monday (March 28th) on a trio of charges filed by Hickory Police last week.
Monday, March 28, 2016

Suspect From March 16 Shooting Arrested In S.C.
Fish is facing extradition back to North Carolina to stand trial for the charges against him in Lincoln and Catawba counties. South Carolina authorities charged him with felony trafficking with multiple charges including trafficking cocaine.
Monday, March 28, 2016

Food & Wine Fest Kicks Off Season Downtown
The Lincolnton Food & Wine Fest Saturday April 23rd will kick off the season of warmer weather happenings in downtown Lincolnton.
Monday, March 28, 2016

Counterfeit Money Has Merchants Worried
The arrest of a suspect passing counterfeit $100 bills has area merchants concerned. Captain Tim Johnson of the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office calls it  “the best counterfeit money I have seen.” A second suspect in a possibly related incident got away.
Friday, March 25, 2016

Lincoln Campus Earns Safety Award
The Lincoln Campus of Gaston College will receive a Safety Award from the North Carolina Department of Labor on Thursday, March 31. Cherie Berry, the N.C. Commissioner of Labor and a Gaston College alumnus, will present the award at a Safety Award Banquet to be held at the Lincoln Cultural Center.
Friday, March 25, 2016

Manufacturing Boot Camp Provides Vital Training For In-Demand Manufacturing Jobs
Gaston College Continuing Education Department, in collaboration with NCWorks Career Center, is offering this Manufacturing Boot Camp two-module 40-hour program that will be based on the needs of the participants.
Friday, March 25, 2016

DOT Says Speed Enforcement Campaign Was Misinterpreted
The only subject hotter on social media Thursday (March 24th) than the new NC law regarding gender-mandated bathrooms (among other things) was the Department of Transportation's Speed Enforcement Campaign.
Thursday, March 24, 2016

Shelby Man, Lincolnton Woman Still Missing
The reward for clues that might help find a Shelby man missing since January has been increased to $5,000.  Meanwhile, a Lincolnton woman has now been missing over a year--and no new clues have been found.
Thursday, March 24, 2016

Search Warrant & K-9 Leads To Drug Arrest
Detectives used the Sheriff’s Office Drug Detection K9, Anya, to assist in conducting a search inside a home in the 1400 block of Rhodes Rhyne Rd., Lincolnton on Wednesday, March 23. Anya alerted to the presence of narcotics in a bedroom inside the home.
Thursday, March 24, 2016

Prayer Breakfast Celebrates Sally's Y 5th Anniversary
It was the weekend before Easter twelve years ago that Sally Clark and Grace Jordan were killed when the car in which they were riding was struck by a drunk driver.  That tragedy became the impetus that resulted in the building of Sally's Y.  A Prayer Breakfast Wednesday (March 23rd) marked the 5th anniversary of the Y.
Thursday, March 24, 2016

Yarn Shop Untangles Your Knitting Needs
Feeling needled by knitting needs? Don’t be. According to owner-operator Ann Tilley, A Tangled Yarn Shop in Denver can help you. Tilley said Wednesday that the yarn shop originally opened as the also cleverly named Time to Unwind, back in 2011.
Thursday, March 24, 2016

Drug Charges
A Vale woman faces multiple drug charges after being arrested Tuesday (March 22nd).
Thursday, March 24, 2016


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