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Information Needed
Gastnia Police are seeking information about  a Saturday afternoon (June 19th) car and motorcycle collision on Interstate 85 northbound near exit 17.
Sunday, June 20, 2021

Some clouds today may help with the heat; tomorrow it's going to rain.  Today's a great day to be out and about.  Juneteenth celebrations are underway in Lincolnton & Gastonia.  The Lincolnton event is at 1st Federal Park on N. Poplar St.  Baseball tonight for East Lincoln & Lincoln Charter!  Have a great day!
Saturday, June 19, 2021

Get Your Shots! Let's Put This Pandemic Behind Us!
The Lincoln County Health Dept. issued its final news release on the COVID-19 pandemic Friday (June 18th).  
Friday, June 18, 2021

Man Appears to Have Been Shot By Police Before
A suspect is dead following an officer-involved shooting Wednesday morning (June 16th) in Bessemer City.  
Wednesday, June 16, 2021

New Charges Filed
A Denver man has been charged with two counts of felony death by vehicle in a March 26th wreck on Campground Road that left two older Charlotte men dead.
Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Murder Charge Filed in Monday Evening Stabbing
-Lincoln County Sheriff's detectives have charged a man in the stabbing death of another Monday evening (June 14th) at the residence of the alleged assailant.
Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Help Find This Teen
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating a runaway teen.
Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Gaston County Getting Another New Industry
A German industrial automation company announced plans Tuesday (June 15th) to build its US headquarters in Gaston County with a $7.89 million investment.
Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Cherry Wins Second-Straight Bassmaster Classic
Many people like fishing.  Some get paid to do it.  Hank Cherry earned $300,000 for winning the Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk over the weekend.  
Monday, June 14, 2021

Police Searching for Three Men
Gastonia police are searching for three suspects in a Saturday morning shooting.
Saturday, June 12, 2021

Fatal Wrecks
Two people died in traffic accidents Friday & Saturday in Lincoln & Catawba counties.
Saturday, June 12, 2021

Salute to Clancy & Ayers
Two educators, one a principal in Lincoln County Schools and the other a former teacher and principal, have marked milestones in their careers in education.
Friday, June 11, 2021

Hickory Man Gets Lengthy Federal Sentence
A 26-year-old Hickory man will spend the next 11 years in federal prison after he was sentenced this week after being convicted on drug & gun charges.
Thursday, June 10, 2021

Sex Offender on Probation Arrested Again
A Newton man who was on probation after being convicted of a sex crime has been arrested again by the Catawba County Sheriff's Office.
Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Some Familiar Faces in New Places
At its regular monthly meeting Tuesday evening (June 8th) the Lincoln County Board of Education approved thirteen new Assistant Principal assignments.  Ten of them were already working in the Lincoln County Schools in other positions.
Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Budget Approved by 3-2 Vote
Lincoln County Commissioners approved the County Budget for fiscal 2022 Monday evening (June 7th).  The budget increases the property tax rate to 61.9 cents (per $100 valuation)--up two cents from this year.
Tuesday, June 8, 2021

100 Deadliest Days of Summer
Sunday, June 6, 2021

Budget Tops Monday Commissioners Agenda
Lincoln County Commissioners will hold a public hearing on the proposed County Budte5 for fiscal 2022 Monday evening (6:30 PM) at the County Administration Bldg. on N. Generals Blvd.
Sunday, June 6, 2021

COVID-19 Update
The COVID-19 pandemic isn't over.  In Latin America, India, South Africa, and some other places, it's worse than ever; but for the US and North Carolina, things are at last returning to normal.  
Sunday, June 6, 2021

Stanley Memorial Day
This week began with Memorial Day on Monday, a day to remember fallen American heroes.  Another important day of remembrance happens this Sunday.  That's the anniversary of D-Day, the Allies invasion at Normandy, a big step toward the eventual victory over Hitler and his Nazi empire.
Saturday, June 5, 2021

Lincoln Charter Graduation
Lincoln Charter School held its 2021 graduation ceremony Friday evening at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Friday, June 4, 2021

Deputy Terminated After DWI
A Catawba County Deputy has been terminated by the Sheriff's Office after he wrecked his patrol car and was charged with DWI by the Highway patrol.
Friday, June 4, 2021

Lynch Sentenced for 2018 Killing
A young Lincolnton man admitted to stabbing his father to death in 2018.  He'll now spend over 20 years in prison.
Friday, June 4, 2021

City Council Approves Budget/Turns Down Rezoning
The Lincolnton City Council approved the City Budget for fiscal 2022Thursday night (June 3rd).  There will be no increase in the city tax rate and no change in utility rates. The Council also turned down a request to rezone property in Huntington Hills.
Friday, June 4, 2021

Fatal Collision Closes NC150 for Three Hours
The driver of a van died on the bridge near the Pinnacle Access Area on NC150 Thursday morning (June 3rd).  The three-vehicle accident blocked the bridge and the road remained closed for three hours.
Thursday, June 3, 2021

Missing Man
The Lncoln County Sheriff's Office is asking for help from the public in locating a missing man.  
Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Lincolnton Men Charged in Gastonia Homicide
Two Lincolnton men have been charged with the murder of a Gastonia man after his body was found in a burning vehicle on Ozark Avenue (NC-7) early Monday morning (May 31st).
Tuesday, June 1, 2021

It's Memorial Day
Today (Monday May 31, 2021) is Memorial Day.
Monday, May 31, 2021

West Lincoln Graduation
West Lincoln High School held its graduation ceremony in its stadium Saturday morning.  Kirk Herbertson was there and provided the photos with this article.
Saturday, May 29, 2021

LHS Graduation
Unlike the class of 2020, who had to settle for alternative celebrations of their graduation last year, the class of 2021 in Lincoln County Schools got their graduation this weekend.
Saturday, May 29, 2021

Partnership for Children Has New Leader
Karen Anzola is the new Executive Director of the Partnership for Children of Lincoln & Gaston Counties.
Friday, May 28, 2021

Graduation 2021

West and East Lincoln High counselors Amy Cable and Desirée Lackey extolled the graduates of the class of 2021.

Friday, May 28, 2021

Indecent Liberties
A Denver man has been arrested on a child sexual assault charge.
Friday, May 28, 2021

Graduation--At Last!
They graduated last year--but because of the pandemic, they didn't get to have a traditional graduation ceremony.  One was scheduled for December--but by then, the pandemic was even worse.  Finally, on Thursday evening (May 27, 2021) 37 grads of North Lincoln High School got their moment in the sun--both figuratively and literally. East Lincoln High held its 2020 graduation on Friday morning.
Friday, May 28, 2021

Cherryville's Salute to Vets
With Memorial Day being observed Monday (May 31st) the town of Cherryville decorated its Main Street with banners honoring American soldiers--some living, some deceased, some still serving.
Thursday, May 27, 2021

East Lincoln Graduation Moved Indoors
The East Lincoln High School graduation (for the class of 2021) has been moved indoors--and it has nothing to do with the possibility of a thundershower that exists for Friday evening.  
Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Tuesday Shooting on Gaston Street
Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Memorial Day
Monday (May 31st) is Memorial Day.  
Wednesday, May 26, 2021

No Longer Missing

LCSO Detective David Hendrix located Arin Taylor Andrews Tuesday night (May 25, 2021).  She was safe and unharmed.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Two Killed in Single Vehicle Wrecks in Catawba County
Two people were killed in single vehicle accidents Saturday (May 22nd) and Monday (May 24th) in Catawba County.
Monday, May 24, 2021

Fire Danger Prompts Burning Ban
Extremely dry conditions have prompted the NC Forest Service to issue a burning ban for 26 eastern North Carolina counties.  While there's no ban for our area, residents are urged to put off any outdoor burning until we have some rain.
Monday, May 24, 2021

Jean Laffite Historical Society to Form
It began with a book; now the legend of Jean Laffite, who may (or may not) have been buried in Lincolnton, is the impetus for a new historical group.
Saturday, May 22, 2021

Enjoy the Lake--But Stay Safe
While Summer doesn't officially begin until June 20th, for many Memorial Day is considered the beginning of the season.  This year, with temperatures already going into the 90s during the week ahead, the summer boatint season is well underway.
Saturday, May 22, 2021

Senior 'Prank' Results in Arrests
What was called a 'senior prank' did some real damage and caused the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office to charge a dozen East Lincoln High seniors.
Thursday, May 20, 2021

Missing Woman Found
A woman who had been reported missing has been located.
Tuesday, May 18, 2021

County Budget Proposal on Commissioners' Agenda
Lincoln County Commissioners have held multiple budget planning sessions, but the final proposed budget will be item #7 on Monday night's (May 17th) agenda.
Monday, May 17, 2021

It Could Have Been So Much Worse
The COVID-19 pandemic is far from over worldwide, but in the US and in North Carolina, it appears the end may be near.  On Friday, Governor Roy Cooper further relaxed restrictions imposed to slow the spread of the disease.
Sunday, May 16, 2021

Buffalo Shoals Rd. Closed at NC16
Buffalo Shoals Road will be closed to traffic at NC16 beginning Monday (May 17trh).
Thursday, May 13, 2021

Have You Seen Her?
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office is asking for help in locating a woman reported missing.
Thursday, May 13, 2021

One Killed in Drive-By Shooting
Hickory Police are investigating a drive-by shooting that killed a 27-year-woman.
Thursday, May 13, 2021

Rabies Confirmed in Hickory
Catawba County has recorded a case of rabies in the Hickory area.
Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Pandemic Update
Not that long ago (in December, January and early February) the COVID-19 pandemic was the biggest news almost every day.  As we make progress toward getting more people vaccinated against the virus, it's important to know that it isn't over yet.
Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Grand Jury Indicts 14 on Assorted Charges
The Lincoln County Grand Jury indicted 14 people this week in connection with a lengthy Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office undercover drug operation.
Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Tax and Register of Deeds Offices Reopening Wednesday
The Lincoln County Tax Office and Register of Deeds Office will reopen Wednesday.
Tuesday, May 11, 2021

COVID-19 Update
Not that long ago (in December, January and early February) the COVID-19 pandemic was the biggest news almost every day.  As we make progress toward getting more people vaccinated against the virus, it's important to know that it isn't over yet.
Tuesday, May 11, 2021

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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Tax, Register of Deeds Offices Closed May 10-13
A power failure has caused government offices at the corner of E. Main St. & the Courtsquare this Monday-Thursday (May 10-13).
Monday, May 10, 2021

Odums Charged With Murder
The charge against a young Cherryville woman has been upgraded from assault to first degree murder in the shooting death of a Denver man at her apartment.  
Friday, May 7, 2021

Routine Check Turns Into Chase, Drugs & Guns Arrest
A routne check on a suspicious vehicle at the Quik Stop on NC73 turned into a chase, a wreck, and guns & drugs charges against two Charlotte men.
Friday, May 7, 2021

Back the Blue
One might say they got an early start to Police Week, approved by both the County Commissioners and Lincolnton City Council, as a local observance next week.  Members of Tri-County Back the Blue held a hot dog & hamburger cookout at Betty Ross Park in Lincolnton Thursday.
Friday, May 7, 2021

City Council Meeting: Budget, UDC Hall, Alive After Five
The Lincolnton City Council held its regular monthly meeting Thursday night.  The Council heard a report on the 2022 Budget, talked briefly about the County's decision on the Pleasant Retreat Academy building, and approved 2021's Alive After Five schedule from the Downtown Development Association.
Friday, May 7, 2021

Gaston College SBC: 53 Ideas
The Gaston College Small Business Center is set to soon work with other such groups at regional community colleges.
Friday, May 7, 2021

Body Found in Albemarle Is Missing Lincolnton Man
The body of a Lincolnton man reported missing in March of last year has been found in Albemarle.
Wednesday, May 5, 2021

School Board Names New Principals
The Lincoln County Board of Education approved four new principal assignments at a special meeting Tuesday evening (May 4th).

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Commissioners Hold Lengthy Meeting
Monday night's (May 3rd) Lincoln County Commissioners meeting lasted over three hours.  Commissioners approved a resolution designating next week as Police Week, decided to sell the Pleasant Retreat Academy building to Preservation North Carolina, and swapped some property with one of the Commissioners.
Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Cherryville Police Investigating Shooting
A 22-year-old Cherryville woman has been charged in a shooting Monday night (May 3rd).
Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Police Seek Help in Finding Stolen Bike
Gaston County Police are asking for help from the public in finding a stoien dirt bike.
Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Commissioners Will Decide to Keep or Sell UDC Hall
Lincoln County Commissioners will hold their First Monday meeting at 6:30 PM Monday at the County Adminstration Bldg. on N. Generals Blvd.  Whether the County should maintain ownership of the historic building at 129 E. Pine St. or sell it to Preservation North Carolina will be the subject of one of four public hearings.
Sunday, May 2, 2021

Gastonia Man Accused of Sex Offenses
A 21-year-old Gastonia man faces multiple charges related to alleged sex offenses involving a juvenile girl. 
Sunday, May 2, 2021

Second Suspect Apprehended
Gaston County Police have arrested a second suspect in connection with an April 14th murder near the Long Shoals area.
Saturday, May 1, 2021

Teen Charged With Assault
A 19-year-old from Lincolnton has been charged with sexual assault said to have happened last year.  
Saturday, May 1, 2021

Avery Pleads Guilty--Gets 20 Years
Steve Allen Avery, who killed a woman in 2019 and dumped her body off a bridge, entered a guilty plea to second degree murder this week.
Saturday, May 1, 2021

COVID Update
The pandemic isn't over.  It's worse than ever in some countries.  India's health system has been overwhelmed.  The virus continues unabated in Brazil.  Several US states are still in crisis.  But for our area, the end appears in sight.
Friday, April 30, 2021

More Drug Arrests
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office has reported two sets of arrests related to illegal drugs--one of them the result of a traffics stop and the other after a lengthy investigation.
Thursday, April 29, 2021

Drug Arrests
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office has reported two sets of arrests related to illegal drugs--one of them the result of a lengthy investigation and the other the result of a traffic stop for a non-working headlight.
Thursday, April 29, 2021

Missing Girl Has Been Found
That missing 13-year-old girl was found Wednesday evening.
Wednesday, April 28, 2021

(See updated article; she has been found OK.)
Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Young Cherryville Woman Charged With Killing Her Child
Cherryville Police have charged a 26-year-old woman with manslaughter in the January death of her three-year-old daughter.
Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Some Lincoln County Offices Can't Be Reached By Phone
Tried to reach a Lincoln County office and got a message saying their number was unavailable?  Lots of callers have told us they're experiencing the same problem.  The County is aware of it, and we're told that they and AT&T are working on a solution--which should be completed by late Thursday.
Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Second Suspect Charged
Gaston County Police have charged a second suspect in an April 14th murder.  Their search for another suspect who was also charged continues.
Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Vaccination Update
Here's the latest update on COVID-19 vaccination appointments for Lincoln County.
Monday, April 26, 2021

Courthouse Reuse Committee Meets Again Thursday
Work is progressing on Lincoln County's new courthouse.  What to do with the old one when the new one is occupied next year is being discussed by a Courthouse Reuse Committee.  Their next meeting will be Thursday (April 29th).
Monday, April 26, 2021

Man Charged With Murder in Drive-By Shooting
A young Claremont man has been charged with first degree murder in a Wednesday night drive-by shooting that resulted in the death of a 7-year-old child.
Friday, April 23, 2021

Homicide in Kings Mtn.
Kings Mtn. Police are investigating a Wednesday evening shooting that left a teenager dead.  Another young Kings Mtn. man has been charged with his murder.
Thursday, April 22, 2021

Child Killed In Drive-By Shooting
Hickory Police are investigating a drive-by shooting on Tate Blvd. Wednesday night that claimed the life of a 7-year-old child.
Thursday, April 22, 2021

Hodges International Gets Federal Grant, County Incentive
Just days after getting a $750,000 grant under the state’s federally-funded Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) - Economic Development program, Hodges International got approval Monday night for a Lincoln County Industrial Incentive grant.  The company plans to renovate an old mill in Lincolnton for its headquarters.
Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Here are the latest figures on the COVID-19 pandemic.  
Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Rap Video Production Leads To Death, Murder Charge
A Charlotte man has been charged with second degree murder after his niece died from a gunshot wound sustained during recording of a rap video in Gastonia's Highland community last Tuesday.  
Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Litter Sweep Update
This Thursday, April 22nd, is Earth Day.  First held on April 22, 1970, the annual event highlights multiple efforts at conservation, cleanup, etc. Cleaning up litter may seem a small thing, but it's one thing that many can easily do to improve life in their own community.
Monday, April 19, 2021

Dallas Man Charged In Shooting
Gaston County Police are seeking info on the whereabouts of a murder suspect.
Saturday, April 17, 2021

"It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over!"
The year-old COVID-19 pandemic has slowed from what it was in December & January, but make no mistake--it's not over! 
Friday, April 16, 2021

Self Gets 38-48 Years
The trial and extraordinarily long sentencing hearing is over.  Roger Self was sentenced Friday to a minimum of 38 years in prison for the murder of his daughter and daughter-in-law in May 2018.  
Friday, April 16, 2021

Vaccination Update for Lincoln County
The Lincoln County Health Dept. will be offering more COVID-19 vaccinations on Monday & Tuesday (April 19th & 20th) and Thursday & Friday (April 22nd & 23rd).
Thursday, April 15, 2021

Three-County Chase Ends in Wreck, Arrest
A chase through three counties ended with a Hickory man arrested on multiple charges.  
Thursday, April 15, 2021

Gaston County Police Investigating Shooting
Gaston County Police are investigating a shooting in the Landers Chapel area that resulted in the death of a Bessemer City man.
Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Missing Teen Is Found OK
A teenager reported missing from eastern Lincoln County has been found safe in Asheville.
Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Police Make Arrests in Two Shootings
Gastonia Police have made arrests in two shooting incidents, one of them one of two recent homicides.
Wednesday, April 14, 2021

New Industries Will Mean More Jobs
A Swedish plastics manufacturer announced Wednesday that it will locate a new plant in Gaston County in the Gastonia Technology Park near Dallas.  It was the second major industrial announcement this week. The other was a filtration products company that announced Monday it would locate a new plant in the Trivium Corporate Center at Hickory.
Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Can You Identify This Suspect?
Gaston County Police are asking for help in identifying a suspect in the theft of a golf cart from Mountain Island Charter School on Saturday (April 10th).
Wednesday, April 14, 2021

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