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Goins Receives Honorary Degree At Fall Commencement
Ted W. Goins Jr. is a 1979 alumnus of Lenoir-Rhyne and currently serves as the president and chief executive officer of Lutheran Services of the Carolinas.
Sunday, December 16, 2018

DECA District Competition A Big Hit
Students from Lincolnton, West, East and North Lincoln high schools took part in the event, which also drew in students from Gaston, Cleveland and Watauga counties.
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Moving
Lincoln County Commissioners held their first of several budget workshop sessions Friday, beginning discussions of what they will include in the 2019-2020 fiscal year budget.  Among the decisions they made was the location of a new Lincoln County Courthouse.
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Homeless Woman Charged In Theft Of A Vehicle
A homeless woman has been charged with stealing the vehicle of a woman who befriended her.
Friday, December 14, 2018

Lincolnton Man Apprehended With Stolen Vehicle Near Crouse
A Lincoln County man is facing charges after being apprehended with a stolen vehicle last night near Crouse, N.C.
Friday, December 14, 2018

Commissioners Begin Work On Budget
The first of several budget workshops on the Lincoln County Budget for fiscal year 2019-2020 will be held this Friday morning (Dec. 14th) at 10 AM in the Commissioners meeting room on the third floor of the James W. Warren Citizens Center.
Friday, December 14, 2018

Jenkins Returns To School Board As Burgin Exits
Tony Jenkins returned to a seat on the Lincoln County Board of Education Thursday night., succeeding Candy Burgin, who decided not to seek re-election after serving since 2010. A reception honoring Burgin was held prior to the meeting.
Friday, December 14, 2018

Getting Back To Normal After The Storm
After being closed earlier in the week, schools were still for the most part on a delayed schedule Thursday.  For Friday, schools, government offices, etc. will be back to their normal schedules--but there's still one more weather-related cancellation:  with heavy rain likely, Dallas has cancelled its Christmas Parade; it won't be rescheduled.
Friday, December 14, 2018

Ron Rombs Jr. & Alex Patton Honored
Each year just before Christmas, Lincoln County holds a banquet to honor county employees. Awards are presented to employees for years of service, and a County Employee of the Year and Department Head of the Year are named.
Thursday, December 13, 2018

Package Theft Suspect Identified & Arrested
Summer Lea Hatcher of Granite Falls, N.C. was arrested and charged with Misdemeanor Larceny (Caldwell County) and two counts of Misdemeanor Larceny (Catawba County) on December 11, 2018.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Jimmy Dean Sausage Recalled
The USDA has announced a recall of Jimmy Dean Heat 'n Serve Original Sausage Links made with pork and turkey.
Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Winter Storm Was Costly
The winter storm that arrived over the weekend did more than cancel some events including church services, close schools and cause power outages.  It was a costly weather event.
Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Closings & Delays For Tuesday Dec. 11
The Lincoln Herald has received word about the following closings and delays for Tuesday, Dec. 11. We will update any closings or delays as received.
Monday, December 10, 2018

Delays And Closings
Due to inclement weather the following will be closed. Please stay tuned to this article for updates and stay safe.
Sunday, December 9, 2018

Snow Storm Closes Most Sunday Activities
The snow storm that developed late Sunday night will continue Sunday morning and make travel hazardous.
Sunday, December 9, 2018

Theft Of Package From Porch Of Catawba County Residence
The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office is seeking assistance with identifying the subject in these pictures. On December 4, 2018 a homeowner reported the theft of a package that had been delivered to their residence and left by the front door.
Saturday, December 8, 2018

Registered Sex Offender Charged Child Sexual Assault
The incidents occurred between November 1, 2018 and November 30, 2018.  Detectives interviewed Self at his residence on December 7, 2018 where he was arrested on one felony count of statutory rape of a child.
Saturday, December 8, 2018

Parades Will Roll, Storm Coming Saturday Night
The winter storm that will hit our area Saturday night until Monday morning won't stop the parades scheduled for Satrday--and may not be a problem for Saturday evening activities.
Saturday, December 8, 2018

Officers Save Teen Who Threatened To Jump From Bridge
On December 6, 2018 Sheriff’s Deputy C. Palin was on routine patrol on Highway 73 when he noticed a teenage girl walking on the bridge on Ingleside Farm Road over NC Highway 73.
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Friday, December 7, 2018

At Last!
Until this November's election, Lincoln County was the only one of North Carolina's 100 counties that had never elected a person of color to a city or county office.  On Thursday evening, Mary Frances White became the first African-American member in history of the Lincolnton City Council.
Friday, December 7, 2018

Mt. Holly Pastor Charged With Multiple Sex Offenses
On December 5, 2018, the Gaston County Police arrested Jerry Lewis Friday, 61, at his residence on multiple sex-related offenses.
Thursday, December 6, 2018

Reception Marks Historical Event
A reception will be held from 4:30 until 6 PM this Thursday afternoon at the Lincoln Cultural Center to honor Lincolnton's first elected minority official.  Mary Frances White, who had come close in two other attempts to join the Lincolnton City Council, was elected in November and became the first person of color ever elected in Lincolnton or Lincoln County.
Thursday, December 6, 2018

Newton Man Attempts To Run, Ends Up In Jail
A Newton man attempted to flee deputies Monday, but he ended up crashing a stolen vehicle and was arrested on multiple charges.
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Elementary Principal Charged With Misdemeanor Assault Child
A Lincoln County Schools elementary school principal was arrested on a misdemeanor assault charge today (December 4, 2018) in connection with an incident that occurred on November 27, 2018 at Union Elementary School.
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Lincolnton - Lincoln County Chamber Names CEO
The Lincolnton – Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce has announced the appointment of Doug Croft as President. Croft, a veteran of the Chamber of Commerce industry, is currently President of the Weslaco Area Chamber of Commerce in Weslaco, Texas.
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Beam Becomes Sheriff; Cesena & Sigmon, Commissioners
Two new County Commissioners and a new Sheriff took their oaths of office Monday night at the James W. Warren Citizens Center.  Bill Beam is now Sheriff and Milton Sigmon and Bud Cesena are now Commissioners.
Monday, December 3, 2018

Deputies Respond To Larceny In Progress, Two Arrested
Baker District deputies responded to the 2300 block of Kettle Creek Court, Lincolnton, N.C. in reference to a suspicious vehicle that was seen loading lumber into the vehicle at a new home under construction on Dec. 2.
Monday, December 3, 2018

Two People Arrested In Robbery Of Stanley Man
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives have arrested two eastern Lincoln County men in connection with an assault and robbery of a McIntosh Road, Stanley, N.C. man.
Monday, December 3, 2018

Sheriff Brown Takes Office
Former Newton Police Chief Don Brown became the new Sheriff of Catawba County on Monday (Dec. 3rd).
Monday, December 3, 2018

s-N-O-w...Not Again!
In 2017, for the first time in its history, the Cat Square Parade got called off--not because of rain, but because of snow.  Now the forecast for this coming weekend says we may have sleet, freezing rain and snow.  Bah humbug!
Monday, December 3, 2018

Community Says 'Thank You' To Sheriff Carpenter
Friday (Nov. 30th) was David Carpenter's last day on the job as Sheriff of Lincoln County.  On Thursday evening, friends held a reception in his honor at the Laboratory Mill.
Sunday, December 2, 2018

No Suspects So Far As Robberies Continue
Hickory Police and the Catawba County Sheriff's Office are still looking for clues in a rash of armed robberies that have occurred recently in the Hickory area.  The latest occurred this week.
Saturday, December 1, 2018

Unemployment Rate Increases--But Still Near Record Low
Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in all 100 of North Carolina’s counties in October--but don't get alarmed.  Unemployment was still at near record low levels.
Friday, November 30, 2018

Autopsy Report Says Autistic Child Drowned
There are still many uncertainties about the disappearance and death of a 6-year-old autistic boy at Gastonia's Rankin Lake in September, but police now say they do not expect any charges to be filed in his death.  The results of the autopsy report were released Thursday (Nov. 29th).
Friday, November 30, 2018

Christmas In Cat Square
The second Saturday in December brings visitors to Lincoln County from all over North Carolina and a few from other states--all coming to see the Cat Square Christmas Parade.
Friday, November 30, 2018

Childers Is Die-Setter For Cherryville's Keystone

The Gaston College Apprenticeship 321 program continues to benefit its participants.
This article features from Keystone – Michael Childers and Harley Reynolds; and Aspen Brown, who is apprenticing at the Timken Company.


Friday, November 30, 2018

Lincolnton Teen Charged With Financial Card Theft
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives have charged a Lincolnton teen with attempting to use a debit card that had been reported lost by the owner.
Thursday, November 29, 2018

Denver Man Charged In Theft Of Vehicle
A Denver man has been charged in the theft of a vehicle from a residence on Fostall Lane, Maiden, NC.
Thursday, November 29, 2018

Business News
For the last several years, Lincolnton has lagged behind the rapidly growing East Lincoln area in attracting new businesses, but recently, the business climate in Lincolnton has been doing some catching up.
Thursday, November 29, 2018

Register Sex Offender Charged With Child Sexual Assault
A registered sexual offender living in Lincoln County has been charged with child sexual assault in connection with an incident that occurred on November 24, 2018.
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

One Person Arrested In Rash Of Vehicle Break-Ins Overnight
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Charlie District deputies arrested one man following a rash of early morning vehicle break-ins at the Riverwalk Apartments in eastern Lincoln County.
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Thirteenth Case Of Rabies Confirmed In Catawba County
On November 23, Animal Services responded to a call from a Hickory resident whose dog had potential exposure to a raccoon in his backyard. The raccoon was sent to the North Carolina Public Health Laboratory in Raleigh, which notified Animal Services November 27 that the raccoon tested positive for rabies.
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Sheriff Carpenter To Retire On November 30
Lincoln County Sheriff David M. Carpenter will retire on November 30, 2018 after 34 years in law enforcement. During the last eight years Sheriff Carpenter has worked to give the employees the tools and training they needed to do their jobs as safely and efficient as possible.
Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Narcotics Investigators Arrest Maiden Man On Drug Charges
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators conducting an ongoing investigation arrested a Buffalo Shoals Road man on drug charges during a traffic stop on November 24, 2018.
Monday, November 26, 2018

Lincolnton Christmas Parade
Lincolnton held its 60th annual Christmas Parade Sunday afternoon.
Monday, November 26, 2018

Lincolnton Parade & Tree Lighting Sunday
Lincolnton will come aglow this Sunday evening as the annual tree lighting follows the 60th annual Christmas Parade.  The parade is set for 4 PM--from Flint Street down Main to the Courtsquare and then north on Aspen to Lincolnton High School.  The tree lighting will be about 6 PM on the east side of the Courthouse.
Sunday, November 25, 2018

Historic Swearing In Will Precede Council Meeting
The Lincolnton City Council will hold its regular monthly meeting Thursday December 6th at 7 PM, but the December meeting won't be at City Hall.  It will be at the Lincoln Cultural Center and it will be preceded by an historic event.
Saturday, November 24, 2018

It's Tree Lighting Weekend--With Two Parades
It's tree lighting weekend--with three tree lighting events scheduled in our area.  In Lincolnton, the tree lighting on the Courtsquare will follow the Christmas Parade.  In Denver and Stanley, the parades will come later, but the tree lightings are this Sunday.
Saturday, November 24, 2018

LCHA Presents Program On Slavery
The Lincoln County Historical Association will present a program on slavery, "The Lives of Enslaved African-Americans" Saturday (Nov. 24th) 10 AM - 4 PM at the Historic Ramsour's Mill Battleground Park, 301 Jeb Seagle Road in Lincolnton.
Friday, November 23, 2018

Jarrett Declines Filing Appeal
Fred Jarrett, who got 35 votes less than his opponent, Dr. Jim Watson, in the November 6th election, decided not to file an appeal with the State Board of Elections.  That means the City Election results are now final.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Thanksgiving Weekend Events
The long Thanksgiving weekend is now underway--with turkey day, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, two Christmas parades and three tree lightings all a part of the activities in our area--plus the NCHSAA football playoffs.  Here's some info we hope you'll find helpful in planning weekend activities.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Detectives Investigating Western Lincoln County Break-In
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a break-in at a home on Hallman Mill Road, Vale, NC on November 16.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Aussie Company Chooses Stanley For First US Plant
An Australian company has decided on Stanley as the location for its first industrial facility in the US.  Era Polymers will invest $9.2 million and create 20 new higher paying jobs.  Governor Roy Cooper made the announcement Wednesday.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Romaine Lettuce Recall
The Centers for Disease Control issued a recall for romaine lettuce Tuesday afternoon (Nov. 20th) after outbreaks of E. coli infections in several states.
Tuesday, November 20, 2018

'Sinkhole' On Hickory Creek Drive Is Growing
Lincoln County Commissioners heard from Emergency Management Director Bill Summers Monday night (Nov. 19th).  Summers told them the situation at Hickory Creek Drive off Highway 16-Business is dire.
Tuesday, November 20, 2018

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas
The crew worked most of the day Monday (Nov. 19th) setting up Lincolnton's Christmas tree on the east side of the Courthouse.  The Christmas Parade and Tree-Lighting are scheduled for this Sunday.
Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Commissioners Approve Industrial Incentive Grants
Lincoln County Commissioners approved four industrial incentive grants at their meeting Monday night (Nov. 19th) that will bring nearly $55 million in industrial growth to the county and produce 76 new jobs over the next several years.
Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Armed Robberies Continue In Catawba County
The recent proliferation of armed robberies in Catawba County continued last week.  Hickory Police and the Catawba County Sheriff's Office are asking for public help in trying to identify the suspect or suspects.
Sunday, November 18, 2018

Rhyne, Vinzant Named Man & Woman Of Year
The Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce held its annual banquet Thursday night (Nov. 15th) at Laboratory Mill.
Sunday, November 18, 2018

Public's Help Needed To Identify Theft Suspect
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying a person believed to be responsible for the theft of a pressure washer from the garage of a Waterview Trail, Denver, NC residence.
Friday, November 16, 2018

Elections Board Rejects Protest
The Lincoln County Board of Elections rejected a protest Friday that could have led to another election for the Ward 2 seat on the Lincolnton City Council.
Friday, November 16, 2018

Atrium Health Agrees To Settle Antitrust Lawsuit
Atrium Health, operator of multiple hospitals and healthcare facilities in North Carolina, has agreed to a settlement in an anti-trust lawsuit filed by the US Department of Justice.
Thursday, November 15, 2018

Weather Delays Schools Friday
Gradual clearing overnight will produce a sunny day Friday with warmer temperatures, but the prospect of black ice from the rain that fell Thursday and temps expected to drop below freezing early morning has caused area schools to open two hours later than usual on Friday.
Thursday, November 15, 2018

Know This Suspect?
Hickory Police and the Catawba County Sheriff's Office are seeking the public's help in identifying a suspect in four armed robberies that have occurred in Catawba County since early September.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

School Board Adopts Calendar For 2019-2020
The Lincoln County Board of Education approved the school calendar for next school year (2019-2020) at Tuesday night's meeting. School for students will start August 12th and the first semester will end December 20th. The last day of school for students will be May 28, 2020.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Lincoln County Middle Schools First Quarter Honor Roll
Lincoln County Schools proudly recognizes the A and A-B honor roll students for the first quarter in the middle schools for the 2018-19 school year.
Monday, November 12, 2018

Amber Alert Cancelled; Child Found, Suspect Arrested
A three-year-old Gastonia child for whom an Amber Alert was issued early Sunday morning has been found; she is safe and has been returned home.  The man who allegedly abducted her is now in custody.
Sunday, November 11, 2018

UPDATE: Abducted Gastonia Child Found; Suspect Arrested
The Gastonia Police Department has issued an AMBER ALERT for an abducted child.  Three-year-old Destiny Boykins was last seen Saturday (Nov. 10th).  An AMBER ALERT was issued early Sunday morning (Nov. 11th) for a suspected vehicle: a brown 2015 Nissan Altima #DBL4139 (NC)
Sunday, November 11, 2018

Lincolnton Honors Veterans
The Lincolnton Veterans Day Parade was held Saturday (Nov. 10th).
Saturday, November 10, 2018

Behind Those Walls
Recent job fairs sponsored by the Lincoln Economic Development Association introduced many Lincoln Countians for the first time to some of the diverse industries that are located in our county.  This is an article about one of those industries.
Saturday, November 10, 2018

Veterans Day: A Time To Honor All Veterans
The two are often confused: Memorial Day (in May) is intended to remember those veterans who gave their lives in service to our country; Veterans Day (Nov. 11th) is to honor all who have served in the military. Here's info about events this Veterans Day weekend.
Saturday, November 10, 2018

Bridges Gets 37 - 48 Years For 2016 Murder
A Shelby man was found guilty Friday in a January 2016 incident in which he shot and killed a neighbor and critically injured her husband.
Saturday, November 10, 2018

Jarrett Files Protest Over Election
The 2018 Election isn't over.  Close races in several states have left the final outcome of some races still undecided.  In Lincolnton, one candidate who appeared to have lost has filed a protest over the election.
Friday, November 9, 2018

Lowell Man Sentenced For Secret Peeping, Other Charges
The Lowell man who took photos of a boy using the bathroom at Harper Park in Stanley in May entered a guilty plea this week and will serve at least two years in prison.  The stepmother of the boy says he may never fully recover from what happened.
Friday, November 9, 2018

New School For Eastern Lincoln County Is Coming
County Manager Kelly Atkins and Planning Director Andrew Bryant addressed the Lincoln County Board of Education at their committee meetings Tuesday evening--telling them that a new school for eastern Lincoln County is going to become a necessity in the next 4-5 years.

No Surprises
There were no real suprises in Tuesday's election.  The unofficial results--they don't become official until canvassed by county boards of election and the NC State Board of Elections--included approval of four of six  proposed amendments to the NC Constitution.

Lincoln County Has Fifth Confirmed Rabies Case Of 2018
On Wednesday, October 31 Lincoln County Animal Services received a call about a dog that killed a raccoon on Clearwater Lane, in Iron Station. Animal Control retrieved the raccoon, and it was processed for rabies testing.
Thursday, November 8, 2018

County Offices Will Be Moving
A special session of the Lincoln County Commissioners on Monday (Nov. 5th) saw unanimous approval to the move of numerous County offices to new locations over the next year.
Thursday, November 8, 2018

Detectives Investigating Suspicious Phone Call
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a suspicious phone call made to the Mini Academy Day Care on Unity Church Road on November 6, 2018.
Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Election News
Here's your link to Tuesday election results.
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Woman Arrested On Counterfeit Money Charge
A Charlotte, N.C. woman arrested at a business in Denver was also wanted on nine outstanding warrants in Mecklenburg County.
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Undercover Operation Leads To Drug Arrest
Officers with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division were conducting an investigation into narcotics trafficking in Lincoln County which led them to the suspect.
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Officers Seeking Suspects
The Catawba County Sheriff's Office and Hickory Police are working to find suspects in three armed robbery attempts.
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

County 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.
Monday, November 5, 2018

Tuesday Is Election Day
Rain may diminish the number of people who vote on Election Day this Tuesday, but early voting already set records, and in the city of Lincolnton election, more people had already voted than had voted early and on election day in any previous city election.
Monday, November 5, 2018

Funeral Tuesday For Dallas Police Officer Travis Wells
Funeral services will be held Tuesday (Nov. 6th) at 2 PM at the First Assembly of God, 777 S. Myrtle School Road in Gastonia, for Travis Lee Wells, the Dallas police officer killed in an accident Thursday morning (Nov. 1st).
Sunday, November 4, 2018

Council Approves Design For New Police Dept. Headquarters
The big news from Thursday’s Lincolnton City Council meeting was the presentation from Pinnacle Architecture of the conceptual design of the new Lincolnton Police Department Headquarters.
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Friday, November 2, 2018

Early Voting Ends Saturday
It's almost over.  The 2018 Election will be next Tuesday November 6th.  Early voting will end this Saturday November 3rd.
Thursday, November 1, 2018

Dallas Officer Dies In Wreck
A Dallas police officer died in an accident on the Dallas-Bessemer City Highway about 10 AM Thursday morning.
Thursday, November 1, 2018

Toddler Killed In Halloween Accident
A two-year old child died early Wednesday morning when he wandered from his home into the road on South Post Road south of Shelby.
Thursday, November 1, 2018

Arrest Made In 2017 Vehicle Break-Ins At Boat Access
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a Charlotte man in connection with two vehicle break-ins that occurred at a boating access area in June of 2017.
Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Cleveland, Ohio Man Charged With Lincoln County Thefts
A Cleveland, Ohio man has been arrested on theft charges and returned to Lincoln County, N.C. to stand trial. He is accused of stealing landscaping equipment from a Denver, N.C. business two years ago.
Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Apple Festival--A Cool Event; PHOTO GALLERY
Admitttedly it wasn't the largest crowd in Apple Festival history.  The postponement from September cut the attendance, but all went well and those who attended enjoyed the Festival as much as ever.
Monday, October 29, 2018

Registered Sex Offender Charged With Child Sexual Assault
Kevin Dale Gray, 47, of Lincolnton, N.C. was charged with felony indecent liberties with a child and misdemeanor probation violation on October 27.
Monday, October 29, 2018

Broadcasting Program Develops Future Careers
Want to go into radio, television and more? Gaston College is the place to start. Its broadcasting production technology program helps students develop professional skills in radio, television, audio, video and related applications.
Saturday, October 27, 2018

Apple Festival Saturday
As wet and cold as Friday was, it may have been hard to imagine that the weather would be OK for the Apple Festival on Saturday--but it will!
Friday, October 26, 2018

Apple Queen Looks Forward To A Year Of Service
Destiny Shaelyn Self, the 40th Lincoln County Apple Queen, hopes to accomplish many great things and to continue the great legacy of the 39 queens before her. Her hope is to leave a lasting impression on her county and to inspire children to live their lives to the fullest.
Thursday, October 25, 2018

Apple Festival Headlines Weekend Events
The postponed Lincoln County Apple Festival will finally happen this Saturday; and it headlines area events scheduled this weekend.
Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Marijuana Grow Operation Found In Western Lincoln County
A traffic stop shortly after midnight on October 23, 2018 led deputies to a residence where a marijuana grow operation was located.
Wednesday, October 24, 2018


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