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Wreck at NC 18 & NC 27 Intersection
A Monday afternoon collision of a car with a tractor-trailer in northwestern Lincoln County killed a young Shelby woman.
Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Medicaid Managed Care Is Coming
It has been talked about for over five years, and at one point, North Carolina was on the verge of moving into a Managed Care program for Medicaid.  Now, the program is finally about to begin, and those who are Medicaid recipients have choices to make.
Monday, April 12, 2021

Fatal Accidents
Two Lincoln County residents were killed in fatal wrecks over the weekend.  
Monday, April 12, 2021

Police Seeking Information On Two Homicides
Gastonia Police are asking for help from the public in their investigation of two homicides in that city.  
Monday, April 12, 2021

Vaccination Update
Need to get vaccinated against COVID?  Here's info on clinics this week.
Monday, April 12, 2021

Two Missing
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating two unrelated missing person cases.
Saturday, April 10, 2021

Arrested For 2019 Break=ins
A Catawba County man has been charged with breaking into mini-storage units in Lincoln County in 2019.
Saturday, April 10, 2021

Commissioners Talk Budget
Lincoln County Commissioners held another budget workshop Friday (April 9th) and laid the groundwork for a budget presentation at their first Monday in May meeting.
Friday, April 9, 2021

Police Seek Help With Missing Person Case
Gaston County Police are asking the public for help in locating a woman missing since March 27th.
Friday, April 9, 2021

Lincolnton Man Drowns In Pool
An older Lincolnton man known to have balance issues apparently drowned in the pool at his residence Thursday afternoon.
Thursday, April 8, 2021

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 2020-2021 school year.
Thursday, April 8, 2021

Inmates Get Vaccinated
Clusters of COVID-19 have occurred at many jails during the pandemic.  Sheriff Bill Beam used isolation of new arrivals to lessen the likelihood of cases developing at the Harven Crouse Detention facility.  Now, some inmates have also had their COVID vaccinations. 
Thursday, April 8, 2021

Hickory Police Say Two Were Injured Wednesday Night
Hickory Police are investigating a shooting incident that left a woman seriously injured Wednesday night.
Thursday, April 8, 2021

Party Turns Violent, One Left Dead
Shelby Police are investigating two incidents involving multiple gunshots Tuesday night into early Wednesday (April 6-7).  The second left an 18-year-old dead.
Wednesday, April 7, 2021

COVID-19 Update
The good news is that it isn't the big news it was just three months ago; and the long year of battling the invisible enemy, the SARS-CoV-2 virus, may be coming to an end.
Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Updated: Missing Man FOUND
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office had asked for help from the public to finda missing man from western Lincoln County.  He has been found safe in Jacksonville, Florida.
Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Tuesday Morning Shooting
Lincolnton Police are investigating a shooting incident that left two people with injuries and resulted in the arrest of a Lincolnton man.
Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Lincolnton Pilot OK After SC Plane Crash
A pilot from  Lincolnton escaped serious injury Monday afternoon (April 5th) when his experimental aircraft crashed in Spartanburg County, South Carolina.  Here's the story including a link to a tv news report from station WYFF (channel 4) in Greenville, SC.
Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Rabid Calf Reported In Cleveland County
Cleveland County has joined Gaston in reporting a case of rabies in a farm animal.
Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Commissioners Approve Four Industrial Incentive Grants
Lincoln County Commissioners approved four new Industrial Incentive Grants at their meeting Monday night (April 5th) that will bring 66 new jobs to the county and help four industries to expand their local operations.
Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Public Help Needed To Find Missing Girl
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office detectives are asking for the public's help in locating a missing teen.
Monday, April 5, 2021

Denver Man Charged After DSS Reported Allegations
A Denver man was arrested Saturday and charged with sexual crimes involving children.
Monday, April 5, 2021

Commissioners To Talk Planning For Growth
Lincoln County Commissioners will hold two meetings Monday afternoon and evening.
Monday, April 5, 2021

Staving Off A Surge
The race is on!  Nationally, numbers of new cases of COVID-19 are once again increasing as restrictions are relaxed and many have decided they no longer need to observe the 3Ws that healthcare experts say are still necessary.
Sunday, April 4, 2021

Gaston County Reports Rabid Horse Near Cherryville
Gaston County had previously reported two cases of rabies this year--both in wild animals: one a fox, the other a skunk.  The third case last week was a horse near Cherryville.
Saturday, April 3, 2021

Lincoln County COVID Vaccinations
The Lincoln County Health Dept. will offer COVID vaccinations to all adults next Wednesday, Thursday & Friday--but you do need an appointment.  Appointments will be made available beginning this Thursday until all slots are filled.  
Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Traffic Stop Leads To Arrest Of Passenger
A traffic stop of a vehicle traveling Highway 150 West has led to the arrest of a passenger in the vehicle on outstanding warrants.
Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Two Hospitalized After Shooting In Maiden
A Hickory man has been charged after a shooting in Maiden Friday night (March 26th) sent two people to hospitals in serious condition.
Saturday, March 27, 2021

Denver Wreck Claims Two Lives
An afternoon collision on Campground Road in Denver killed two Charlotte residents Friday (March 26th).  The wreck closed the road for over two hours.  
Saturday, March 27, 2021

Western Lincoln County Man Charged With Trafficking Drugs
On March 22, 2021 narcotics investigators observed a hand-to-hand transaction in the parking lot of a Lincoln County business.  Officers then made contact with Ray Louis Wylie, 71, of Doyle Beam Memorial Road, Vale, NC and Trenton Christopher Carver, 26, of Old Lincolnton-Crouse Road, Lincolnton, NC.
Thursday, March 25, 2021

Traffic Stop Leads To Drug Arrest
On March 23, 2021 while Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics officers were conducting a surveillance operation, patrol deputies were dispatched to assist with a traffic stop of a vehicle.
Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Cooper Relaxes Restrictions
Beginning Friday, restaurants can operate at 75% capacity.  Football games can increase the number of fans allowed to 50% instead of 30%.  These are just two of the changes announced Tuesday (March 23rd) by Governor Roy Cooper.
Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Vale Man Arrested On Drug Charges True Bill of Indictment
The True Bill of Incident involves four felony counts of trafficking in methamphetamine, one felony count of possession with the intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine, and one felony count of maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of sell, store and manufacture methamphetamine.
Monday, March 22, 2021

Back-To-School Monday In Lincoln County
While other area school systems opted to delay going back to Plan A (in-person classes) for all grades until April 12th, Lincoln County Schools will begin five-day in-person classes this Monday (March 22nd).
Sunday, March 21, 2021

Another Rabies Case In Gaston County
Gaston County Animal Control has recorded its second case of rabies in a wild animal this year.
Sunday, March 21, 2021

Herd Immunity--Or A Fourth Wave?
Vaccinations against the SARS-CoV-2 virus are increasing.  Over 11% of the adult population in our area has now been fully vaccinated (two doses of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or one of Johnson & Johnson).  Still, health experts warn that a fourth wave of COVID-19 may be coming.
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Friday, March 19, 2021

Group 4 Now Eligible For COVID Vaccinations
More people in North Carolina are now eligible to get a COVID vaccination.  Group 4 was added to the list of those eligible on Wednesday (March 17th).  Here's the latest update on vaccination locations.
Thursday, March 18, 2021

Sheriff's Detectives Investigating Drive-By Shooting
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a drive-by shooting where shots were fired into an occupied dwelling and a vehicle parked in the driveway.
Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Catawba County Schools Go In-Person April 12th
While Lincoln County is planning to go back to five days per week in-person classes on Monday (March 22nd), Catawba County will go to four days per week in-person classes on April 12th.
Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Update: Lincoln County Schools Return To In-Person Classes
Lincoln County Schools will begin five days per week in-person classes for all grades effective Monday (March 22nd).  Here's an update on what you can expect.
Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Accident Closes Highway
An early morning accident closed down the northbound lanes of US 321 north of Lincolnton Tuesday morning (March 16th).
Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Commissioners Meeting March 15th
Lincoln County Commissioners held a short, but productive, mid-monthly meeting Monday evening (March 15th).
Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Saine Tries Again
If you're a fan of Daylight Time, you'll like the bill introduced Monday by NC State Rep. Jason Saine.
Monday, March 15, 2021

Matthews Man Killed On US 74 At Kings Mtn.
What has been described as likely a freak accident left a Matthews man dead on US 74 at Kings Mountain Monday morning.
Monday, March 15, 2021

Lincoln County Schools Will Return To In-Person Monday
On a 5-2 vote, Lincoln County's Board of Education decided at a special called meeting Monday morning (March 15th) to have all grades return to full in-person classes next Monday (March 22nd). Catawba and Gaston County school boards decided Monday evening to return to in-person classes four days each week beginning April 12th.
Monday, March 15, 2021

It's Not Over Yet
There's both good news and bad news related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The good news is that we've made progress and the worst may be over.  The bad news is that we haven't yet reached the end of the pandemic--and more people will still get sick and some will die.
Saturday, March 13, 2021

Getting Ready For More In-Person Learning
Following the passage of a law aimed to fully reopen schools to in-person education, area school boards will meet Monday to begin efforts to comply with the new rules.
Saturday, March 13, 2021

Man Shot By Police In Belmont
The man shot by police outside a car dealership in Belmont Thursday afternoon (March 11th) has been identified as 45-year-old Dustan Jennings Hoffman.
Friday, March 12, 2021

Two Moped Riders Killed, Newton Man Charged
Two moped riders from Iron Station were killed on US 321 north of Dallas Wednesday night when their moped was struck from behind.  A Newton man allegedly fled the scene but has been charged in the accident.
Thursday, March 11, 2021

Ayers Named Supt. In Jackson County
Dr. Dana Ayers, who many from Lincoln County will remember for her time as principal of Lincolnton Middle School, has been named the new superintendent of Jackson County Schools, a 4,000-student school system in the southwestern North Carolina mountains.
Thursday, March 11, 2021

It's Official Now
Prior to Tuesday evening's Board of Education meeting, a reception was held for Dr. Aaron Allen, recently chosen as the Superintendent of Lincoln County Schools.
Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Two County Vehicle Chase Ends In Western Lincoln County
On March 7, 2021 patrol deputies with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to assist Gaston County Sheriff’s Office with the pursuit of a vehicle that continued into Lincoln County. 
Monday, March 8, 2021

Gaston College Alumna Uses Skills At Law Firm
You might say Gaston College helped her Cruz to success. Joie Da Cruz is bringing her paralegal skills and unique perspective to her job with the Charlotte-based King Law Offices. Da Cruz is a 2020 graduate of the school’s paralegal technology program.
Sunday, March 7, 2021

Pet News
Gaston County has reported its first rabies case of the year; Lincoln County Animal Services is going to hold a FREE Microchip Clinic.  Those are stories making Pet News.
Sunday, March 7, 2021

COVID-19 Update
Here's the latest on the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sunday, March 7, 2021

Lincoln County Man Charged In Theft Of Trailer
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives have charged a Lincoln County man with the theft of a trailer.
Friday, March 5, 2021

Gaston Police Charge Man With Possession Of Child Porn
Gaston County Police have charged Wesley Lane Ross, age 18, of 324 Tot Dellinger Rd. Cherryville, NC with three (3) felony counts of 2nd degree sexual exploitation of a child and three (3) felony counts of 3rd degree sexual exploitation of a child.
Thursday, March 4, 2021

Gastonia Man Charged With Child Sexual Assault
A Gastonia man has been charged with child sexual assault in connection with incidents that occurred in Lincoln County.
Thursday, March 4, 2021

Charges Filed In Altercation Where Shot Was Fired
Detectives were able to identify the person who discharged the firearm as Jessie Carlos Docouto, 21, of Devine Road, Iron Station, NC.   Docouto was located at his residence and cooperated with the investigation.
Wednesday, March 3, 2021

COVID-19 Update
Those under Group 3 for NC's COVID vaccination plan can now sign up for the shots (starting Wednesday March 3rd).  The Lincoln County Health Dept. says, however, that they are still short on supply of the vaccine, so you may have to wait to schedule an appt. with them. Catawba County also updated its appointment information.
Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Detectives Investigating Altercation Where A Shot Was Fired
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating an altercation involved a gunshot that occurred near an eastern Lincoln County restaurant Monday night. (March 1, 2021)
Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Sentenced To Federal Prison On Lincoln County Drug Charges
U. S. District Court Judge Kenneth D. Bell sentenced Aleef Jamar Nicks, 39, of Charlotte to 108 months in prison on drug trafficking and firearms charges resulting from a traffic stop in Lincoln County on April 30, 2020.  Nicks must also serve three years under court supervision after he is released from prison.
Monday, March 1, 2021

School Board, Commissioners Hold Joint Session
The Lincoln County Board of Education (School Board) and County Commissioners held a joint session Thursday evening (Feb. 25th) at the Schools Administrative Offices.
Friday, February 26, 2021

Pandemic Update
For the first time since early June, the Health Dept. says Lincoln County has less than 100 active cases.  Here's the latest on the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thursday, February 25, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Update
Hope is on the horizon. That’s how Brittain Kenney put it this week. A spokeswoman for the Gaston County Health Department, Kenney noted that it was not quite a year ago, March 18, 2020, that local officials announced the first case of COVID-19 in Gaston County.
Thursday, February 25, 2021

YMCA's Already-Low COVID Rates Decrease
Y’s across the state, with rates of COVID-19 that were extremely low already, have now decreased even more.
Thursday, February 25, 2021

Motorcyclist Killed In Wednesday Collision
A motorcyclist was killed in a crash on highway 16 south of Newton Wednesday evening (Feb. 24th) and a 65-year-old Newton man has been charged in the case. 
Thursday, February 25, 2021

Double Homicide Update
Gaston County Police have three suspects in jail in what appears to have been a drug deal that went bad resulting in a double homicide.  Two young men are charged with murder, the third, who was a victim but escaped with his life, faces drug charges.
Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Allen Named Superintendent
You can now remove the 'Interim' from his title: Dr. Aaron Allen has been named the new Superintendent of Lincoln County Schools.
Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Sheriff's Office Gets New Body Cams/Tasers
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office recently received new body cameras that will become standard wear for all deputies.  New tasers are also being phased into use.
Monday, February 22, 2021

Iron Station Woman Facing Assault Charges
An Iron Station woman is facing assault charges after she stabbed a man with a knife.
Monday, February 22, 2021

I-85 To US74 West Exit To Close For Repairs
The exit from southbound I-85 to westbound US74 near the Gaston-Cleveland County line will close for repairs this Tuesday - Friday (Feb. 23-26).
Monday, February 22, 2021

Biz News
We haven't updated local business news recently; frankly, like most, we've been far too involved with trying to survive the pandemic.  Here's an update.
Monday, February 22, 2021

Lincoln County High Schools First Semester Honor Roll
Lincoln County Schools proudly recognizes the A and A-B honor roll students for the first semester in the high schools for the 2020-21 school year.
Sunday, February 21, 2021

Two Children Dead In Hickory Fire
Two children were found dead after fire destroyed their home Saturday afternoon in Hickory.  The boy and girl were apparently left home alone according to neighbors.  The fire was reported at 4 PM at a mobile home park in southwest Hickory.
Sunday, February 21, 2021

Suspect Sought By Police
Gaston County Police have filed murder charges against a Taylorsville youth in a double homicide in western Gaston County Thursday night (Feb. 18th).
Sunday, February 21, 2021

Two Dead In Thursday Night Shooting
Gaston County Police are investigating a Thursday night shooting in a rural area northwest of Bessemer City that left two young men dead.
Saturday, February 20, 2021

COVID-19 Update
Here are some of the latest numbers for the COVID-19 pandemic in our area.
Saturday, February 20, 2021

Possible Suspect In Larcenies From Cars
Gaston County Police are asking for help from the public in identifying a possible suspect in larcenies from vehicles in the Dallas area.
Friday, February 19, 2021

Residents Continue To Receive Phone Scam Calls
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has received numerous reports from citizens in the area being targeted by scammers claiming to represent the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.
Thursday, February 18, 2021

Lincoln County Man Charged With Sexual Assault & Kidnapping
A Lincoln County man is facing a number of charges including sexual assault and kidnapping in connection with an incident that occurred over the weekend.
Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Winter Storm Is Coming
Not again! Yes, and this time it's going to be much more significant...the National Weather Service (NOAA) issued a Winter Storm Watch for our area  and then updated it to a Winter Storm Warning for many and a Winter Weather Advisory for others for Thursday.
Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Gaston County Police Investigating Theft Of Dog
Gaston County Police are investigatinfg the theft of a dog from a Dallas residence over the weekend.
Tuesday, February 16, 2021

16-Year-Old Charged With Murder, Robbery
Gastonia Police have made an arrest in the homicide of a woman whose body was found in a car down an embankment on W. 10th Avenue in January.
Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Fiery Wreck Results In Fatality
A collision in far northwestern Lincoln County Monday afternoon resulted in the death of one of the two drivers.
Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Commissioners Move Forward On Beach Discussion
The long talked about Beatty's Ford Park public beach project took another step forward Monday afternoon as Lincoln County Commissioners met again with representatives of Duke Energy to talk about options.
Tuesday, February 16, 2021

New GC High School Designed For Medical Field Students
There’s a new high school coming to Gaston County, and it will provide a quality education for students who are interested in the medical and healthcare fields.
Sunday, February 14, 2021

New Look For Gastonia Police Vehicles
The Gastonia Police Department is getting a new look.
Saturday, February 13, 2021

2021-2022 Kindergarten Registration Begins Feb. 15
Registration for children entering kindergarten will begin on Monday, February 15, 2021 and will continue through Friday, March 26, 2021. Children who will turn five years old on or before August 31, 2021 will need to be registered between those dates.
Friday, February 12, 2021

Colleges Sign Memorandum Of Understanding
It was an historic moment. On Tuesday, Gaston College President Dr. John Hauser and Belmont Abbey College President Dr. William Thierfelder signed a joint memorandum of understanding outlining a new transfer agreement.
Friday, February 12, 2021

COVID-19 Update
We're headed in the right direction--but now is not the time to start celebrating.  The battle with the SARS-CoV-2 virus isn't over.  NCDHHS Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen says,  "it's more important than ever to do what we know works to slow the spread — wear a mask, wash your hands, wait 6 feet apart, and get vaccinated when it's your turn."
Friday, February 12, 2021

Two People Arrested After Fleeing In A Stolen Vehicle
Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies arrested two people after they tried to elude the officers in eastern Lincoln County.
Thursday, February 11, 2021

Denver Man Charged With Child Sexual Assault
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives have charged a Denver man with child sexual assault charges.
Thursday, February 11, 2021

Commissioners To Discuss Proposed Beach Again
Lincoln County Commissioners will hold a special meeting Monday afternoon to talk with officials from Duke Energy about a proposed beach at Beattys Ford Park off Unity Church Road.
Thursday, February 11, 2021

Teachers To Get Vaccinated
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced Wednesday (Feb. 10th) that teachers, other education workers and child care workers will be eligible for COVID vaccinations February 24th.
Thursday, February 11, 2021

NLMS Re-Designated As A School To Watch
NLMS was originally designated as a School to Watch in 2011. Schools undergo the re-designation process every three years.
Wednesday, February 10, 2021

COVID-19 Update
Lincoln County's death count from COVID-19 has increased to 65, while North Carolina has now surpassed the 10,000 mark.
Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Officer-Involved Shooting
An officer-involved shooting has now claimed the life of a Gastonia woman.  Shae Jones died Tuesday at Atrium Health's Carolinas Medical Center.
Wednesday, February 10, 2021

School News
Gaston County Schools will join others in offering more in-person classes for students in grades K-5 effective March 1st.
Tuesday, February 9, 2021














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