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Solar Farm Saga--2019 Chapter
An appeals court said Tuesday (July 16th) that the decision by Lincoln County Commissioners not to allow a solar farm near the Sailview community on Lake Norman was invalid.
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Sheriff's Deputies Quickly Apprehend Female Bank Robber
Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies quickly apprehend a woman who robbed the People’s Bank at 142 S. NC 16 Business Highway this morning.
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Deputies Arrest Two Passing Counterfeit U.S. Currency
Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies arrested two people after receiving a report of counterfeit currency being passed at businesses in eastern Lincoln County on July 15, 2019.
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Power Outage Remedied Quickly
A large limb from an oak tree fell across North Flint Street Monday night causing a power outage, but quick work by the City Electric Department had power restored in just over a hour.
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Gastonia Chase Ends With Two Injured, One Killed
A brief chase of a suspect vehicle ended with two pedestrians seriously injured, one of them killed, Sunday evening in West Gastonia.
Sunday, July 14, 2019

Hard To Plan For Growth, Other Unknowns For VFD's
EDITOR’S NOTE: We here present the fifth and final installment in a series on local fire departments and the ongoing shortage of firefighters.
Friday, July 12, 2019

Tax Bills Going Out
If you own property in Lincoln County, you may already have received your 2019 Property Tax Notice--they were mailed Tuesday (July 9th).  Catawba County will mail tax bills on next Tuesday (July 16th).  Gaston & Cleveland counties won't mail 2019 tax bills until later in the month.
Thursday, July 11, 2019

Clarke Named New LHS Principal
The new principal at Lincolnton High School will be a Maiden High School graduate.  Preston Clarke, who most recently served as principal at Valley Crucis Elementary School in Watauga County, was named to replace Tony Worley at LHS by the Lincoln County Board of Education at its meeting Tuesday evening (July 9th).
Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Gaston County Has 2nd Confirmed Rabies Case Of 2019
On Friday, July 5 the Gaston County Police Animal Care and Enforcement Division received a call from the 300 block of Carr Road in Dallas. The resident detailed the family dog and a raccoon fought as the raccoon ran across their property.
Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Missing Woman Located & Safe
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives say a woman who was reported missing has been located and is safe.
Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Stolen Property Recovered During Traffic Stop Investigation
As the result of a traffic stop and a follow up investigation by a Catawba County Deputy assigned to the Road Patrol Division $15,250 worth of stolen equipment was recovered and returned its rightful owners.
Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Public's Help Needed To Help Locate Missing Woman
Tiffany Ann Phillips, 28, of Denver, N.C. was last seen by her grandfather on Saturday, July 6, 2019 at a jewelry store in Denver.  She made a purchase of jewelry and left with a white male in a black car.
Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Gaston County Police Investigate Home Invasion
On Sunday July 7, 2019 at approximately 12:15 a.m., the Gaston County Police Department responded to 115 Starlight Drive, Lincolnton, N.C. [Northwest Gaston County], in reference to a possible home invasion.
Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Worley Makes First Court Appearance
Former Lincolnton High School principal Tony Lee Worley made his first court appearance Monday on multiple charges involving alleged sexual contact with former students.
Monday, July 8, 2019

Fire Departments Seek Personnel, Facilities, More
EDITOR’S NOTE: We here present the fourth in a series on local fire departments and the ongoing shortage of firefighters. Part V follows soon.
Monday, July 8, 2019

Worley Arrested
Former Lincolnton High School principal Tony Worley was officially charged by Lincolnton Police early Friday morning (July 5th). He turned himself in at the Police Department at 8:30.
Friday, July 5, 2019

Sheriff's Deputy Recovering Following Head-On Collision
A Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy is recovering following a traffic accident on E NC Highway 27 around 4:20 p.m. on July 3, 2019.
Thursday, July 4, 2019

Topaz Lane Stabbing Suspect Arrested
A man wanted in connection with a stabbing incident on Topaz Lane, Iron Station Saturday night was arrested in Caldwell County.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Lincolnton Woman Charged With Identity Theft
A Lincolnton woman has been charged with identity theft after the unauthorized use of another person’s debit card.
Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Man Returned From South Carolina On Vehicle Theft Charge
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives returned a man to Lincoln County from Laurens County, S.C. to stand trial for a vehicle theft.
Tuesday, July 2, 2019

DABA Denver Fireworks Show Has Record Crowd
The two events in Lincoln County that draw the biggest crowds are the Apple Festival and the Denver Area Business Association's (DABA) Fireworks & Music Festival.  The weather was perfect for this year's DABA event--and the crowd was huge.
Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Maiden Police Needs Help Identifying Theft Suspect
On June 30 at 10 a.m. a theft of a Stihl weed eater was reported in the 400 block of E. Klutz St. in Maiden. The suspect vehicle is described as a charcoal or silver 2002-2008 Dodge Ram single cab truck with chrome wheels and a black or blue camper shell.
Monday, July 1, 2019

Phone Scam Update: Gaston County
It's a scam that has been tried before in other counties.  The bad news is that it's apparently still working for some thieves who are scamming the public via fake telephone calls claiming to be someone they are not.  
Monday, July 1, 2019

Jail Inmate Attempts Hanging
The man was discovered by his cell mate around 1:30 p.m. hanging from a sheet he had put around his neck and tied off to his cell bed.
Monday, July 1, 2019

Deputies Respond To Two Unrelated Stabbing Incidents
Brian Keith McDonald was charged June 28 in a stabbing incident in Iron Station and was placed in the Detention Center.  Another incident on June 29 had the suspect, Zachary Allen Clinkscales, fleeing the scene. A warrant has been issued for Clinkscales and he has not been apprehended.
Monday, July 1, 2019

Stanley Woman Charged With Larceny By Employee
A Stanley, N.C. woman has been charged with larceny by employee in connection with incidents that occurred over a 14-month period.
Monday, July 1, 2019

New Parking Ordinance Now In Effect
With the start of the new fiscal year (2019-2020) the city of Lincolnton has a new parking ordinance.  For those who obey the laws, it won't make much difference--but for repeat offenders, it can be a problem.
Monday, July 1, 2019

Ongoing Growth, Lack Of Volunteers Face Firefighters
We here present the third in a series on local volunteer fire departments and the ongoing shortage of firefighters. Part IV follows soon.
Monday, July 1, 2019

Lincoln County High Schools Second Semester Honor Roll
Lincoln County Schools proudly recognizes the A and A-B honor roll students for the second semester in the high schools for the 2018-19 school year.
Sunday, June 30, 2019

Stanley Holds Groundbreaking For Town Hall Expansion
Stanley held a ceremony Friday marking the beginning of a construction project that will double the size of its Town Hall.
Saturday, June 29, 2019

National Volunteer Firefighter Shortage Hits Home
We here present the second in a series on local volunteer fire departments and the ongoing shortage of firefighters. Part III follows soon.
Friday, June 28, 2019

SBA Loans May Help With Recovery From Flooding
Federal low-interest disaster loans are being made available to residents and businesses affected by the June 6th flooding in Catawba and Mecklenburg counties.
Friday, June 28, 2019

New Faces In Places
The resignation of two high school principals and other factors have created a shakeup in the administration of Lincoln County Schools.  The Board of Education met Thursday evening (June 27th) and approved recommendations made by Supt. Dr. Lory Morrow.
Friday, June 28, 2019

Body of Drowning Victim Recovered
The body of a 16-year-old girl who drowned Monday in the South Fork River at High Shoals was recovered late Tuesday afternoon.
Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Drowning In High Shoals
A 16-year-old girl apparently drowned Monday afternoon (June 24th) after she and two friends went exploring on the South Fork River at High Shoals.
Monday, June 24, 2019

Detectives Investigating Rash Of Vehicle Break-Ins
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a rash of vehicle break-ins to unlocked vehicles parked at homes in the 2400 to 2600 blocks of Carriage Lane off Startown Road.
Monday, June 24, 2019

Three Inmates Charged With Assault Of Detention Officers
Three inmates in the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center have been charged with assaulting four detention officers.
Monday, June 24, 2019

Borja Family: From Mexico To The United States
Meet the Borja family: Macario and Gina and their three children Cinthia, James and Jerome. The Borja’s are the owner-operators of the Chicken Bucket, a thoroughly American restaurant, located just down the road in Mount Holly.
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Sunday, June 23, 2019

Investigation Continues Into Child's Death
A 12-year-old Gastonia boy died Thursday after falling from a rock-climbing wall at an amusement location known as Altitude Trampoline Park.
Saturday, June 22, 2019

Lincoln County Man Charged With Kidnapping &Assault
A Lincoln County man is in jail under a no bond hold after he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend.
Thursday, June 20, 2019

Deputies Arrest Three People In Larceny & Vehicle Chase
Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies arrested three people following a late night chase that ended in Gaston County when the suspect vehicle caught fire.
Thursday, June 20, 2019

Vale Man Charged With Child Sexual Assault
A Vale, N.C. man has been charged with sexually assaulting a 13-year-old female.
Thursday, June 20, 2019

New VA Changes; New Forms
More so this year than perhaps any other, there have been changes at the VA. From updating and changing their forms, to changing the Appeals process, to now adding Blue Water Veterans to the Presumptive Agent Orange claims, and finally implementing the Mission Act.
Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Bridge Replacements Begin Monday
Southfork Road will be closed to through traffic effective next Monday (June 24th)--but this time, it won't be because of flooding.  It's the first of several Lincoln County roads that are getting new bridges.
Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Gaston County Names New Manager
It won't become official until a special meeting Thursday (June 20th) but Dr. Kim Eagle, currently an Asst. City Manager in Charlotte, will become Gaston County's new County Manager in August.
Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Lincoln County Middle Schools Fourth Quarter Honor Roll
Lincoln County Schools proudly recognizes the A and A-B honor roll students for the fourth quarter in the middle schools for the 2018-19 school year.
Sunday, June 16, 2019

Cliff Grimsley Earns Prestigious Honor
Gaston College biology instructor wins 2019 N.C. SMT Award for Outstanding Educators. He was honored in connection with his contributions to the state’s excellent STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education.
Sunday, June 16, 2019

Stormy Weekend Leaves Damage, Grief
This Father's Day weekend promises beautiful weather--quite a change from last weekend's heavy rain, but the damage from last weekend remains in many cases.  Flooded homes and apartments are yet to be fully restored and several roads in Catawba County will take repairs that could be several weeks in coming.  Then there's the loss of life that the stormy weather caused.
Saturday, June 15, 2019

Missing Teen Found Dead
The body of that Gaston County boy who had been missing since Monday was found Friday about noon not far from where he and a friend decided to go swimming in a flood swollen South Fork River.
Friday, June 14, 2019

Man Arrested For Shooting Into An Occupied Denver Business
Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a shots fired call at a business in Denver around 5:40 p.m. on June 13, 2019.
Friday, June 14, 2019

Deputies Investigating Shots Fired Call At Denver Business
Deputies were dispatched to 422 North NC 16 Business in Denver at 5:40 p.m. June 13. The caller reported that two individuals were involved in an argument at Chemistry Lab Paint and Fab and shots were fired.
Friday, June 14, 2019

Missing Since Monday
The search for a missing Gaston County 14-year-old who went missing when he and a friend went into the storm-swollen South Fork River on Monday evening continues--but the hopes of finding Ethan Britt alive are fading with time.
Friday, June 14, 2019

Missing Man Located
Lincolnton Police located Andrew Thomas Dawson, 23, of Tait Street, Lincolnton, NC when he returned home today.
Thursday, June 13, 2019

Denver Man Dies From Gun Shot Wound
Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 4500 block of North NC16 Business Highway on June 8, 2019 reference a subject with a gunshot wound.
Thursday, June 13, 2019

Public's Help Needed To Locate Missing Man
Andrew Thomas Dawson, 23, of Tait Street, Lincolnton, NC was being processed at Atrium Health – Lincoln when he fled the facility on June 12, 2019.  He was last seen running toward the Boger City Fire Department wearing green hospital scrubs and no shoes.
Thursday, June 13, 2019

Motorcyclist Killed On Highway 73
Add one more fatality to those apparently caused by the heavy rains over the weekend.  A motorcyclist died when he ran into a fallen tree on Highway 73 in eastern Lincoln County Wednesday morning.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Two Facing Charges Following Theft At Denver Stores
Two people were charged after taking property from Lowe’s Hardware and Walmart in Denver.  An off duty officer reported that one of the men loaded a generator onto the back of a pickup truck at Lowe’s and then drove across the street to the Walmart.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Search Continues For Missing Teen
The search continues for a Gaston County teen who went missing after apparently being swept away by swift water on the South Fork River near Spencer Mountain Monday (June 10th).
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Mountain Island Charter Class Of 2019
The 2019 Commencement for Mountain Island Charter School was held Friday, June 7 in the MICS B Building Gymnasium. There were 128 Raptors graduating in the Class of 2019.
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Two People Arrested On Drug & Stolen Gun Charges
Following complaints and tips from the public, narcotics investigators began surveillance of a residence in the 2100 block of Swanson Road in Crouse, NC.  The investigation developed enough information to secure a search warrant which was executed at the residence.
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Now Comes Cleanup
The storm that dumped huge amounts of rain on our area over the weekend, caused the deaths of three men in a traffic accident, flooded homes in Catawba and Gaston counties, and closed multiple roads has finally departed.  Now comes the cleanup.
Monday, June 10, 2019

Walton's Attendance Record Follows Footsteps Of His Family
He followed in the footsteps of his older brother and his mom who also had perfect attendance their K-12 school careers. In his household, this was just an expectation. "He has never thought about not going [to school]. It’s like a job; education is important. Never miss a day to learn something new" said his mom.
Monday, June 10, 2019

Lincolnton Class Of 2019
The graduation ceremony for Lincolnton’s Class of 2019 was held Saturday, June 8. Orchid Rhea Holland was named Valedictorian with Ashlyn Elizabeth Rhyne as Salutatorian.
Monday, June 10, 2019

Three Dead, Homes Flooded, Roads Closed - UPDATED
Three men died in a wreck Saturday night caused by the weather; over a hundred homes along Lookout Shoals Lake in Catawba County were flooded; roads were closed in many locations--it was a rough weekend.
Monday, June 10, 2019

Three Dead, Homes Flooded, Roads Closed
Three men died in a wreck Saturday night caused by the weather; over a hundred homes along Lookout Shoals Lake in Catawba County were flooded; roads were closed in many locations--it was a rough weekend.
Sunday, June 9, 2019

McKenna Houser Is West Lincoln High Salutatorian
Come August, Houser will be going off to North Carolina State University, which she said has always been her dream. Right now she isn't sure what she wants to major in but is thinking a lot about architectural design.
Sunday, June 9, 2019

West Lincoln's Valedictorian Is Off To N.C. State
Proud to be a country girl Regan Mitchem plans to be a vet and come August she will be off to an institution famed for its farming-related endeavors for more than 130 years.
Sunday, June 9, 2019

Cherryville Class Of 2019
Due to the inclement weather the graduation ceremonies for Cherryville’s Class of 2019 was moved indoors to Starnes Auditorium on Saturday, June 8. The Ironmen held their Baccalaureate Program on June 2 at First Baptist Church in Cherryville.
Sunday, June 9, 2019

It's Not Over Yet
Flooding in several areas, a three-fatality wreck caused by water flooding the road, and other weather-related problems have kept emergency crews busy this weekend--and it's not over yet.
Sunday, June 9, 2019

Three Killed In Wreck On NC27
Three people died when a car drifted off the roadway and into Rock Dam Creek about 8 PM Saturday night (June 8th).  The Highway Patrol says the weather was responsible for the wreck.
Saturday, June 8, 2019

West Lincoln Class Of 2019
The graduation ceremony for West Lincoln’s Class of 2019 was held Saturday, June 8 in the gym due to the change in the weather. Regan Haley Mitchem was named Valedictorian with McKenna Ryan Houser as Salutatorian.
Saturday, June 8, 2019

North Lincoln Class Of 2019
The graduation ceremony for North Lincoln’s Class of 2019 was held Friday, June 7 in the gym at North Lincoln due to the change in the weather. Jordan Alexis Cody and William Stowe Rankin were named as Valedictorians with Grace Mackinley Holbrooks as Salutatorian.
Saturday, June 8, 2019

East Lincoln Class Of 2019
The commencement exercises for East Lincoln’s Class of 2019 were held Friday, June 7 in the gym at East Lincoln due to the rainy weather with 209 graduates.
Saturday, June 8, 2019

Rickey Dale Waldrop, Sr. Sentenced to Over 100 Years
A Maiden man will spend the rest of his life in prison after being convicted Friday (June 7th) on seven sexual offense charges involving his children.
Saturday, June 8, 2019

City Budget Approved During Busy City Council Meeting
The Lincolnton City Council approved the fiscal year 2019-2020 budget Thursday night with very little discussion. The coming year’s budget will be essentially the same as last year at just over $29 million with no increases in utility fees or tax rates.
Friday, June 7, 2019

Graduation Moves Indoors
Just a reminder that with the much needed rain arriving in Lincoln County three schools have had to change plans for their graduation ceremonies.
Friday, June 7, 2019

Time Management Skills Equals Perfect Attendance Since Pre-K
Lincolnton High School Principal Tony Worley said: “I congratulate and thank Joseph for his perfect attendance throughout his school life! It is rare today to find a student with perfect attendance but Joseph has proven it is possible. Maintaining good attendance is important in school and work. We wish Joseph the best!”
Friday, June 7, 2019

East Lincoln Grad Has 13 Year Perfect Attendance Record
Joshua Phillip Clay initially set his mind on having perfect attendance in kindergarten after learning his mother had accomplished the same feat in her K-12 education.
Thursday, June 6, 2019

Sex Offender Fails To Register Change Of Address
A Lincolnton man has been charged with failing to register a change of address as a sex offender living in Lincoln County.
Thursday, June 6, 2019

Catawba, Cleveland Adopt Budgets--Tax Rates Unchanged
Lincoln, Catawba and Cleveland counties have all three now adopted their fiscal 2020 budgets.  Gaston County will have a public hearing on its budget proposal next Tuesday.  Tax rates stayed the same in Catawba and Cleveland; Lincoln County's rate was decreased.
Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Congressman McHenry Announces Service Academy Appointees
Two of the five appointees to military academies announced by Congressman Patrick McHenry are from Lincoln County.
Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Denver Resident Graduates From Coast Guard Academy
Johanna Moolenaar, a 2015 graduate of East Lincoln High School, has now graduated from the US Coast Guard Academy.
Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Asbury Academy Graduation Held May 31
Asbury Academy held their 2019 Graduation Ceremony on Friday, May 31 at 9:30 a.m. in the common area at the school.
Tuesday, June 4, 2019

2018-2019 Cherryville High School Junior Marshals
These 12 students are members of the Class of 2020 and have shown dedication in their education. They are honored to serve their 2019 Senior Class in many events. 
Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Commissioners Approve Budget, Tax Rate
Lincoln County Commissioners approved the County's fiscal 2020 budget at their meeting Monday night (June 3rd) but not before making some changes.
Tuesday, June 4, 2019

More Than 2,200 Seniors To Graduate From Gaston County Schools
Graduation for Gaston County Schools is Saturday, June 8, and ten public high schools will conduct ceremonies that day to present diplomas to the Class of 2019. This year, 2,245 seniors will graduate from Gaston County Schools.
Monday, June 3, 2019

Check Presented To Fallen Police Officer's Family
A Go Fund Me page set up by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jay Little to raise $500 for fallen Mooresville Police Officer Jordan Sheldon’s family reached out to people across the United States with the total reaching over $12,000 in two weeks.
Monday, June 3, 2019

Another Drug Arrest
A Claremont man was arrested Sunday (June 2nd) on drug charges, the latest in the continuing arrests on such charges in area counties.
Monday, June 3, 2019

Lincolnton Fire Dept. Gets Improved Insurance Rating
Last September, the Lincolnton Fire Department received a SAFER (Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant from the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA). That grant and decisions by the City Council has resulted in the department get a new improved rating from the NC Department of Insurance.
Monday, June 3, 2019

Area Counties & Cities Holding Budget Public Hearings
If you want to express your opinion of the proposed County and City budget, this week is the time to do it.
Sunday, June 2, 2019

Scholarships Announced At LHS Awards Day
Senior scholarships and awards were announced May 24 at the Lincolnton High School Academic Awards Ceremony for 2019.
Sunday, June 2, 2019

2018-2019 West Lincoln High School Junior Marshals
These 12 students are the top-ranked students at West Lincoln High School from the Class of 2020 that have been selected as Junior Marshals. They have earned the honor of leading the Class of 2019 through their graduation exercises.
Sunday, June 2, 2019

Drawdy Among Best At Lincolnton Campus Of LCS
Natalee will be off soon to attend Gardner-Webb to pursue a nursing degree. She is one of the 35 students accepted into the bachelor of science in nursing program at the Hunt School of Nursing on the Boiling Springs campus.
Sunday, June 2, 2019

2019 Summer Feeding Program Open Sites
Lincoln County Schools and surrounding counties will be participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Here is a list for Lincoln County and phone numbers/websites for residents in Catawba, Gaston and other counties to locate a site near them.
Sunday, June 2, 2019

Fatalities
Two men died in incidents that involved single vehicle crashes in Gaston County Thursday and Friday.
Saturday, June 1, 2019

Family Dispute Leads To One Person Injured, Another Arrested
On May 31, 2019 Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a call at the Home Run Market in the 3500 block of East NC Highway 27 in connection with an assault that had occurred.
Friday, May 31, 2019

Lincoln County Man Charged With Vehicle Theft
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives have charged a Lincolnton man with the theft of a pickup truck on May 24, 2019 that was involved in a vehicle chase in Cleveland County that ended in Lincoln County on May 30, 2019.
Friday, May 31, 2019

Rice Still Missing, Last Seen In May Of 2014
It’s been more than five years since Toasha Nicole Rice, also known as Nikki Green on her Facebook page, was last seen leaving a friend’s home on Eaker Road in western Lincoln County.
Friday, May 31, 2019

Dalton Apprehended, Charged With Murder
The Catawba County Sheriff's Office has arrested a 32-year-old Newton man and charged him with murder in a Wednesday morning homicide.
Friday, May 31, 2019


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