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COVID Numbers In Schools Growing
The number of cases of COVID-19 in area schools continues to grow.
Friday, September 17, 2021

Victim of Monday Morning Wreck Identified
The victim of a single vehicle accident Monday morning (Sept. 13th) on Interstate 85 near McAdenville has been identified as a 64-year-old Arden, NC, man.
Friday, September 17, 2021

Man Stabbed To Death, Domestic Partner Charged
Gaston County Police have made an arrest in a Tuesday evening stabbing.
Friday, September 17, 2021

Murder Charge In Death Of 14-Year-Old
Gastonia Police have charged a 19-year-old from Shelby, Santonio Azanier Eskridge, with second degree murder in the shooting death of a Gastonia girl, 14-year-old Nivia Danner on Tuesday (Sept. 14th).
Thursday, September 16, 2021

Fourth Wave Continues
The delta variant surge is continuing, but the Lincoln County Board of Education ignored reports from Health Director Davin Madden and NCDHHS Chief Medical Officer Dr. Elizabeth Tillson Tuesday night, and approved going to 'masks optional' September 29th.
Wednesday, September 15, 2021

LCSO Police Academy Week Three
On Monday, September 13, 2021, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Citizen’s Police Academy participants learned about crime scene processing during their third week of the program.
Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Lincoln County Schools Will End Mask Mandate
Lincoln County Schools will end a mask mandate and go 'masks optional' effective September 29th.
Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Gaston County Police Search For Man Reported Missing
On September 3, 2021 Jody Wayne Ledford, age 51, of the 1200 block of Mayberry Rd. Dallas, NC was reported missing by family members.
Tuesday, September 14, 2021

One Seriously Injured At Betty Ross Park
Lincolnton Police are seeking help from the public as they continue to investigate a Friday (Sept. 10th) incident at Betty Ross Park.
Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Cause Of Fatal Crash Unknown
One person died in a single vehicle accident between exits 22 and 23 on Interstate 85 Monday morning (Sept. 13th).  The Highway Patrol hasn't yet been able to identify the victim.
Monday, September 13, 2021

Arrested After Hiding In Convenience Store Ceiling
A Lincolnton man was arrested today (September 13, 2021) after hiding from officers in the ceiling of a Denver convenience store.
Monday, September 13, 2021

Missing Girl
Detectives from the Gastonia Police Department are asking the public for help in locating a missing 16-year-old girl.
Monday, September 13, 2021

Schools Report More COVID Cases
The delta variant of the COVID virus is not only causing more cases; it's also causing more cases among the young.  Here's the latest report from
Friday, September 10, 2021

Stolen Motorcycle Recovered; Suspect Arrested After Foot Chase
Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies recovered a motorcycle stolen from Catawba County and arrested the person operating it after a foot chase.
Friday, September 10, 2021

Detectives Investigating Truck Theft From A Denver Residence
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating the theft of a truck from a residence in the 5100 block of Turtle Creek Drive in Denver.
Thursday, September 9, 2021

Fair Canceled Again
The latest event to be canceled because of the resurgence of the coronavirus is the Cleveland County Fair. It had been scheduled for Sept. 30-Oct. 10 at the fairgrounds on E. Marion St. in Shelby--but because of the virus, it won't be held for the second year in a row.
Thursday, September 9, 2021

Sales Continue Upward Trend
Maybe it's the improving economy--after all, many businesses were shut down a good part of last year due to the pandemic. Maybe it's inflation--because prices are higher than they were a year ago. Whatever the reason, retail sales in all area counties are substantially higher so far this year.
Wednesday, September 8, 2021

"Project Lifesaver" Training
Eighteen Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies and a South Fork firefighter completed certification training on Project Lifesaver this past weekend.
Wednesday, September 8, 2021

LCSO Police Academy Week Two
In week two of the 12-week program, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Citizen’s Police Academy participants learned about controlled substances and narcotics investigations.
Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Schools Experiencing More COVID Cases
Schools--like society in general--are experiencing an increase in COVID cases--largely due to the delta variant.
Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Heavner Is SHIIP Co-Ordinator Of Year
She is simply the best. She is Lauren Heavner, the co-ordinator for nutrition and the Seniors’ Health Insurance Program (or SHIIP) at Lincoln County Senior Services.
Monday, September 6, 2021

It's Labor Day
This Monday (Sept. 6th) is Labor Day, a holiday that for many marks the end of the Summer vacation season just as Memorial Day marks the beginning.
Monday, September 6, 2021

Public's Help Needed To Locate Missing Teen
On September 2, 2021 around 9 p.m. officers with the Lincolnton Police Department responded to an address in reference to a missing 14-year-old girl.
Friday, September 3, 2021

County Departments Restructured
Lincoln County government departments have recently been reorganized.
Friday, September 3, 2021

Power Outages
Three outages in one day!  City electric crews certainly earned their pay on Wednesday (Sept. 1st).
Thursday, September 2, 2021

COVID Cases Continue to Increase
The Lincoln County Healh Dept. released its weekly report on the COVID-19 pandemic Wednesday (Sept. 1st) and hopes for a slowing of the current fourth wave were dashed.  Like the state and most of the nation and world, the latest numbers are not encouraging.
Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Inmates Receive Covid-19 Vaccines
A group of inmates in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center were administered the Covid-19 vaccine on August 31, 2021.
Wednesday, September 1, 2021

LCSO Citizen's Police Academy Gets Underway
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Citizen's Police Academy got underway on August 30, 2021 with the first night of the 12-week program.  Thirty-one participants were accepted into the program.
Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Bar-B-Q King Turns 50
Most Lincolntonians won't remember when there was no Bar-B-Q King.  Lincolnton's favorite barbecue restaurant opened on September 1st, 1971.  They're celebrating their 50th anniversary this Wednesday.
Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Argument at Party City Ends in Hit & Run Fatality
Hickory Police have charged a 20-year-old Maiden man, Austin Wayne Edmonson, of 5021 Raintree Lane, with murder after an incident on Saturday.
Tuesday, August 31, 2021

COVID Update
Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday (Aug. 29th) that he supports making COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for school children.  So far, no vaccine has been approved for children under age 12.
Monday, August 30, 2021

Hickory's Oktoberfest Canceled Again
The COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of Hickory's Oktoberfest last year.  The Hickory Downtown Development Association (HDDA) had hoped to bringf the annual event back in 2021, but the fourth wave of COVID cases has once again caused a cancellation. 
Monday, August 30, 2021

Child Porn Charges Filed After Investigation
A young Gastonia man who reported an alleged fraud got himself arrested by police on child porn charges last week.
Monday, August 30, 2021

Schools Report COVID Cases
During this first week of school for students, Lincoln County Schools reported 37 cases of COVID.
Friday, August 27, 2021

Missing Lincoln County Teen Located
Johnathan Keith Merchant, who turns 18-years-old today, has been in contact with Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Detective D. Snellings and is safe. 
Friday, August 27, 2021

John Hugh Howell Memorial Service
A memorial service was held on the Courtsquare Thursday (Aug. 26th) on the anniversary of the death of the only Lincoln County law enforcement officer ever shot and killed in the line of duty.
Friday, August 27, 2021

4th Wave Continues--Updated
As those who wanted to believe the pandemic had ended confront the reality of a 4th wave of new cases, Public Health officials are urging people to get vaccinated.
Thursday, August 26, 2021

LCSO Charlie District Office Moving To Temporary Location
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Charlie District Office will move to a temporary location effective September 1, 2021.
Thursday, August 26, 2021

Public's Help Needed To Locate Missing Teen
Johnathan Keith Merchant was last seen by his mother on August 13, 2021 when she dropped him off at a friend’s residence for a week-long trip to the beach.
Wednesday, August 25, 2021

More About Masks, Vaccines, Etc.
Now that Pfizer's COVID vaccine has been fully approved, is it likely that many more people will get vaccinated?  Recent history suggests the answer is 'no,' even though newly released information appears to show the value of getting vaccinated.
Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Gaston County's 5th Confirmed Rabies Case Of 2021
On Wednesday, August 19, 2021 at 1:13pm, Gaston County Police Animal Care and Enforcement answered a call for service in the 400 Block of Woodlawn Ave., Gastonia. The caller advised a dog, which had been brought to the residence as a stray, attacked and killed a raccoon in the backyard of the property.
Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Memorial Service To Honor Fallen Sheriff's Deputy Aug. 26
Memorial Service for Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy, John Hugh Howell II,  Who died in the line of duty in 1973 will be held at 12 p.m., Thursday, August 26, on the east side of the Lincoln County Courthouse.
Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Schools Talk Masks
Lincoln Charter School will require masks until September 28th; Catawba County Schols will continue 'masks optional.'  Those decisions were made on split votes Monday evening (Aug. 23rd).
Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Back-To-School
School begins this Monday August 23rd for Lincoln County Schools as well as schools in Catawba, Gaston and Cleveland counties. Be cautious and patient and let's have a safe opening day. (Article Updated With Some Back-To-School Photos)
Monday, August 23, 2021

Sheriff's Detectives Investigating Theft Of Travel Trailer
Deputies were dispatched to the Riverwalk Apartments storage lot on August 19 reference the trailer being stolen.  The owner told deputies the camper was last known secure on August 18, 2021.
Friday, August 20, 2021

COVID Update
The Lincoln County Health Dept. has issued another COVID SNAPSHOT on Wednesday (Aug. 18th).  The fourth wave of the virus is growing rapidly.  North Carolina topped seven thousand new cases in a day Thursday and statewide hospitalizations increased to over three thousand.
Friday, August 20, 2021

Suspect Arrested For Armed Bank Robbery In Gastonia
Detectives from the Gastonia Police Department (GPD) have charged Franklin Earl Lawrence Jr., age 48, of Gastonia, with armed robbery-related offenses for the robbery of a BB&T bank that occurred this morning in Gastonia.
Thursday, August 19, 2021

School Traffic Volume Increases With Return Of Full-Time Schedules
Students attending Lincoln County Schools will be returning to the classroom next week to a full-time, 5-days a week schedule. With this comes an increase in overall school traffic in the mornings and afternoons. 
Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Missing Lincoln County Man Located
A Lincoln County man reported missing on August 13, 2021 has been located and is safe.
Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Lincoln County Schools Will Require Masks For 30 Days
Lincoln County Health Director Davin Madden issued a request Tuesday (Aug. 17th) that all schools in Lincoln County  institute a temporary mask mandate because of the quickly growing number of COVID infections in the county.  Lincoln County Schools posted a bulletin that says they'll now require masks for at least 30 days.
Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Lincoln Charter Says Masks Now Required for Staff
Lincoln Charter School, which started the school year last Wednesday (Aug. 11th) with a 'masks optional' policy for teachers and students has changed to 'masks required" for teachers and other staff.  
Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Sheriff's Detectives Locate Missing Juvenile
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives located a runaway juvenile who was reported missing on August 16, 2021.
Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Help Needed To Locate Stanley Runaway Teen
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating a runaway juvenile.
Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Public's Help Needed To Locate Missing Man
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating a man who went missing on August 11, 2021.
Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Gaston County Schools Now Say "Wear A Mask!"
The Gaston County Board of Education has reversed its 'masks optional' decision.  Masks will be required in Gaston County schools when school starts Monday.
Tuesday, August 17, 2021

High Speed Chase Ends In Fatality
A Charlotte man made a decision to flee police and it cost him his life early Monday morning (Aug. 16th).
Monday, August 16, 2021

Lincoln County Man Facing Arson Charge
A Lincoln County man has been charged with setting a house on fire east of Lincolnton.
Monday, August 16, 2021

Stormy Week Ahead
We have a stormy week ahead--and it has little to do with Tropical Storm Fred.
Monday, August 16, 2021

Census
The figures are in. The Census Bureau released its report on the 2020 Census last Thursday (Aug. 12th). Here are some of the details.
Monday, August 16, 2021

Welcome Back Students & Staff
This is a busy time for families as they plan on returning to school and all the activities that make this a memorable time in a child’s life.
Monday, August 16, 2021

Gaston College, J.C. Smith Enter Agreement
Gaston College and Johnson C. Smith University recently entered an important agreement facilitating direct-entry transfers from Gaston College to JCSU.
Sunday, August 15, 2021

COVID-19 Update
Gaston County has reinstated a  'mask mandate' for county employees as COVID-19 cases continue to increase drastically.
Friday, August 13, 2021

Legislative Report From Rep. Jason Saine
Lincoln County Rep. Jason Saine issued an update on Thursday afternoon (Aug. 12th) that includes some good news for Lincoln County.  Among other projects that may be funded in the coming year's budget is at last the improvements to the intersection of NC16-business and Unity Church Road/Triangle Circle.
Friday, August 13, 2021

COVID-19 Update from Gaston County
This news release comes from Gaston County Public Health.
Thursday, August 12, 2021

Guilty
Two Hickory men were sentenced to at least 60 years in prison following a guilty plea to three murder charges in Catawba County Superior Court on Thursday (Aug. 12th).  Both Greydon Keith Hansen and Dontray Tyrell Cumberlander were 23 years old when they killed three people outside a Hickory bar in April 2017.
Thursday, August 12, 2021

West Lincoln Woman Arrested On Drug Charges
A western Lincoln County woman was arrested August 10, 2021 in connection with a drug investigation that began in October of 2020.
Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Stabbing Death Investigation Underway In Lincolnton
On August 8, 2021 at approximately 6:32 p.m., officers with the Lincolnton Police Department responded to the 800 Block of East Lincoln Street in reference to a stabbing.
Monday, August 9, 2021

Gastonia Man Arrested On Drug Charges
A traffic stop in the 700 block of Highway 27 west of Lincolnton led to the arrest of a Gastonia man on illegal drug charges.
Monday, August 9, 2021

Denver Man Facing Drug Charges In Two Counties
A combined investigation by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Narcotic’s Unit and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has led to a number of drug charges on a Denver man.
Monday, August 9, 2021

Father Killed by Child
Gastonia Police are still investigating, but initially, it appears the shooting death of a Gastonia man by his two-year-old child was a tragic accident--and a terrible reminder to other gun owners to secure their weapons.  
Monday, August 9, 2021

Gaston Commissioners Put Brakes on Mining--For Now
At a special meeting Friday (Aug. 6th), Gaston County commissioners approved a moratorium on mining activities by Piedmont Lithium.
Monday, August 9, 2021

Missing Man Found, Silver Alert Cancelled
Charles Rickey Carringer, 56, who had walked off from the facility and was located on railroad tracks about five miles from the Lakewood Care Center this afternoon.
Sunday, August 8, 2021

Public's Help Needed To Help Locate Missing Man
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to Lakewood Care Center at 7981 Optimist Club Rd., Denver, NC in reference to a missing persons report at 9:12 p.m. on August 7, 2021.
Sunday, August 8, 2021

Ashley Fisher Crowned Apple Queen 2021
Ashley Fisher, a senior this year at Lincolnton High School, was crowned 2021 Lincoln County Apple Queen Saturday night (Aug. 7th) at the annual BPW Apple Queen Pageant at the Citizens Center.
Saturday, August 7, 2021

It Happened This Week
Here's a brief look back at some of the things that happened this week in our area.
Saturday, August 7, 2021

Get Paid for Getting Your COVID Shot
In an effort to increase vaccinations against the COVID virus, Gaston County is offering gift cards (while they last).
Friday, August 6, 2021

Vale Man Charged With Sexual Assault, Kidnapping
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives have charged a Vale man with the sexual assault and kidnapping of a 36-year-old white female.
Thursday, August 5, 2021

Erin Long Files Notice of Intent To Run For LC Sheriff
Erin Long, a 26-year law enforcement veteran, current Patrol Captain of Bessemer City Police Department and former Lieutenant of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s office, has announced her intent to run for Sheriff and return to Lincoln County with a “New Vision, New Direction.”
Thursday, August 5, 2021

Stolen Vehicle
The Dallas Police Dept. is searching for two young men, one of whom is wanted for the theft of a vehicle from a Dallas residence Monday night (August 2nd).
Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Oaklawn Bridge
The Lincolnton City Council may hear a request Thursday night to rebuild a pedestrian bridge that was demolished a half century ago.
Tuesday, August 3, 2021

New Manufacturing Facility Coming To Cleveland County
Cleveland County is getting a new industry.  Steffes, LLC announced Tuesday afternoon that it will locate a plant in Shelby.
Tuesday, August 3, 2021

LC Sheriff's Office Announces New Smartphone App
This app will serve as a new way for the sheriff’s office to connect with Lincoln County residents and visitors, providing information quickly and efficiently to anyone with a smartphone.
Monday, August 2, 2021

City Council Meets Thursday
The Lincolnton City Council will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7 PM Thursday (Aug. 5th) at  City Hall.  Among other items to be considered will be a possible change to a City Incentive Program.
Sunday, August 1, 2021

One 18-Year-Old Charged In Death Of Another
Hickory Police have charged a Hickory man in a fatal hit and run early Saturday morning.
Saturday, July 31, 2021

Unemployment Shows Slight Increase
Unemployment increased slightly in June in all but one of North Carolina's 100 counties.  Lincoln County's unemployment rate remained among the state's lowest.  There are signs that some portions of the economy may be tapering off from the recovery of Spring & early Summer, but some employers are still having difficulty filling jobs.
Saturday, July 31, 2021

A Familiar Face In A New Place
Tracy Barger has joined Alliance Bank & Trust, a community bank with two locations in Gastonia and one each in Kings Mountain & Shelby.
Saturday, July 31, 2021

LPD Needs Help To Locate Missing Teen
The Lincolnton Police Department is asking for the public’s help in finding a runaway teen.
Friday, July 30, 2021

Runaway Teen Has Been Located
Lincoln County Sheriff's detectives say a runaway teen has been located.
Friday, July 30, 2021

Public's Help Needed To Help Locate Runaway Teen
Abbie Elizabeth Yates, 14, of Lincolnton apparently left her sister's residence sometime between 1:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. on July 29, 2021.  Family members believe she may be in the company of a 24-year-old male, whom she knows, and may possibly be in the Hickory area.
Thursday, July 29, 2021

Former Lincoln County Man Extradited From Florida
Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies extradited a former Lincoln County man from Florida on child sexual assault charges.
Thursday, July 29, 2021

Schools Make Masks Optional
Gaston County Schools have joined Lincoln in making masks totally optional when school resumes in August. The decision contradicts the advice of health officials.
Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Second Driver Charged in Street Racing Fatality
The second driver who allegedly engaged in a street racing incident that led to a crash that killed a six-year-old Kings Mtn. boy on Saturday night June 26th has now been charged.
Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Public Assistance Needed In Locating Missing Catawba County Man
Anthony John Jaworsky, 29, was last seen by his family in the Conover area of Catawba County on July 13, 2021. He has connections in Caldwell and Burke counties.
Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Grand Jury Indicts Ten People On Drug Charges
On July 26, 2021, the Lincoln County Grand Jury indicted ten people on a number of drug charges. The names of the individuals indicted by the Grand Jury will be released as they are arrested.
Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Schools Talk Mask or No Mask
The Gaston County School Board will hold a special called meeting Tuesday evening to discuss whether or not to require masks and social distancing when school starts August 23rd.  The Lincoln County School Board decided in late June to make masks optional.
Monday, July 26, 2021

Three Arrested in Murder
Gastonia Police have announced the arrest of three suspects in an alleged home invastion and murder.
Saturday, July 24, 2021

COVID-19: Variants Continue Developing as Cases Increase
An expert virologist with whom we have conferred often since October 2020 called Friday morning (July 23rd) to tell us "it has happened."  He referred to new developments in the continuing pandemic.
Saturday, July 24, 2021

Lincoln County COVID Update
Earlier Friday (July 23rd) the Gaston County Health Dept. provided a news release with which we noted that the Lincoln County Health Dept. had discontinued its biweekly reports on COVID-19 effective at the end of June.  A new report was issued later in the day on Friday.
Saturday, July 24, 2021

COVID Cases, Hospitalizations Rise as Delta Variant Spreads
While no numbers have been reported for Lincoln County since the end of June, Gaston County issued a news release Friday (July 23rd):  cases of COVID-19 are increasing, and if more people don't get vaccinated now, there is a likelihood that new variants will develop--some of them perhaps more deadly.
Friday, July 23, 2021














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