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Sheriff Beam Announces Intent To Run For Re-Election
Bill Beam, Sheriff of Lincoln County, announces his intent to run for re-election in the Republican primary on March 8, 2022.
Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Cleveland County Drug Bust
A Georgia couple are the latest drug dealers arrested in Cleveland County.
Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Masks--Catawba County: Yes Lincoln Charter: Optional
Two area school boards took opposite views on masking at Monday (Oct. 25th) meetings.  The Catawba County Board of Education decided to stay with its mask mandate until the next school board meeting on November 8th.  The Lincoln Charter Board voted to make masks optional.
Monday, October 25, 2021

$10,000 Reward Offered In Unsolved Murder
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has received a $10,000.00 donation to be used as a reward for information on the murder of William Buster McCarter. 
Monday, October 25, 2021

UPDATE: HE HAS BEEN LOCATED
For the second time in a month, Lincolnton Police are asking for help in locating a 16-year-old Lincolnton High School student.

UPDATE: HE HAS BEEN FOUND!

Monday, October 25, 2021

Weekend Fatal Wrecks
Traffic accidents claimed lives of two Catawba County residents over the weekend.  
Monday, October 25, 2021

COVID in Schools Update
Cases of COVID-19 in Lincoln County Schools increased slightly last week, but remain below the number experienced weekly before the school system switched to 'masks optional' on September 29th.  Here are the latest figures.  
Monday, October 25, 2021

Repaving Downtown This Week

Contractors will be busy in the downtown business district of Lincolnton this week resurfacing the cross streets and East Sycamore Street.


Sunday, October 24, 2021

Groundbreaking For New Fiber Center, Oct. 27
Gaston College is connecting the threads for a brighter tomorrow. Oct. 27 at 1:30 p.m., there will be a groundbreaking ceremony for the college’s new fiber innovation center.
Sunday, October 24, 2021

Donna Caskey Recognized for Workforce Development
Donna Caskey of Dallas, the human resources manager for GSM Services, was announced this week as the 2021 winner of the Bill Ragland Private Sector Award for Outstanding Achievement in Workforce Development.
Friday, October 22, 2021

Fake 'Cop' Reported in Catawba County
A man impersonating a law enforcement officer has made two vehicle stops in Catawba County.  The Catawba County Sheriff's Office and Hickory Police reported the incidents happened Wednesday morning (Oct. 20th).  They are asking for help from the public in identifying the person.  
Thursday, October 21, 2021

COVID Numbers Continue to Decline
The number of new cases of COVID-19 continues to decline, but the pandemic isn't over as some appear to believe. Here are the latest numbers.
Thursday, October 21, 2021

No Children Injured in Fatal Crash Involving School Bus
No children were on the bus, so none was injured, but a fatal crash happened Thursday afternoon south of Newton that involved a school bus.
Thursday, October 21, 2021

LCSO Police Academy Week Eight
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Citizen’s Police Academy participants learned about some of the LCSO special teams, during their eighth week in the program.
Thursday, October 21, 2021

Drug Bust
Maiden Police, with assistance from the Catawba County Sheriff's Office, served a search warrant on a Holly Street residence Monday and arrested two young people on drug charges.
Tuesday, October 19, 2021

COVID School Report
Gaston County's Board of Education voted Monday evening (Oct. 18th) to continue requiring masks for students, staff and visitors in Gaston County Schools.  The number of new cases of COVID-19 is declining but Health Director Steve Eaton told the board he didn't recommend they make a change at this time.
Monday, October 18, 2021

HP Focusing on Violators of School Bus Laws
This is National School Bus Safety Week.  As a part of the observance, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol is conducting Operation Stop Arm, focusing attention on those who violate the legal requirement to stop for stopped school buses.  
Monday, October 18, 2021

Altercation Involving Shot Fired Leads To Arrest
Two people were arrested on October 13, 2021 following an altercation where a shot was fired but no one injured.
Friday, October 15, 2021

Lengthy Investigation Leads To Arrest Of Lincolnton Woman
On October 13, 2021 following a lengthy narcotics investigation into the sale of illegal drugs from a residence at 725 North Cedar Street, Lincolnton, NC, narcotics investigators were able to gather enough information to secure a search warrant for the residence.
Friday, October 15, 2021

Captain Chris Goodson
Most Lincolntonians aren't familiar with Captain Chris Goodson; but then, he says most of those who have served with him in the the US Navy aren't familiar with Lincolnton, North Carolina.
Friday, October 15, 2021

Hearing Scheduled on Piedmont Lithium Mining Application
Piedmont Lithium wants to establish a lithium mine in northwestern Gaston County southeast of Cherryville and southwest of Crouse.  They've filed an application for a permit with the  North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ).  A public hearing on that application has now been scheduled.  
Friday, October 15, 2021

Gaston Co. Man Faces Multiple Charges of Sex With a Child
A man who lives on the Alexis-High Shoals Road near Hoyle's Creek who was charged October 14th with multiple felonies related to alleged sex with a child in his home, had other charges added Oct. 21st when a second alleged victim came forward.  
Thursday, October 14, 2021

Man Charged With Stealing Neighbor's Lawnmower
A Vale, N.C. man was arrested on October 12, 2021 charged with stealing a lawnmower belonging to his neighbor.
Thursday, October 14, 2021

LCSO Police Academy Week Seven
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Citizen’s Police Academy participants learned about some of the department’s special operation teams, during their seventh week of the 12-week program.
Wednesday, October 13, 2021

McCreary Modern Expanding In Maiden
McCreary Modern, a furniture manufacturer with six plants in Catawba and Caldwell counties, has announced plans for expansion of its operations in Maiden.
Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Lincoln County Schools Remain 'Masks Optional'
The Lincoln County Board of Education voted 4-3 Tuesday night (Oct. 12th) to continue the 'masks optional' policy that began September 29th for another month.
Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Homelessness Survey
Homelessness is a problem all across America, including in Lincoln, Gaston, Catawba and Cleveland counties.  Lincoln County has created a special committee to look into the problem--and possible remedies.
Monday, October 11, 2021

Detectives Locate Missing Child
Four-year-old Justin Antwan Tillman was located today and returned to his biological mother. His maternal grandmother, Johannah Lavonne Tillman, was taken into custody.
Monday, October 11, 2021

COVID Cases In Schools Declining
Here's the latest on COVID in schools.
Sunday, October 10, 2021

Public's Help Needed To Locate A Missing Child
Lincoln County Sheriff's Detective K. Harrington is investigating a missing child that was supposed to have been returned to his mother today.
Friday, October 8, 2021

Lincoln County Man Facing Child Exploitation Charge
LINCOLNTON, N.C. – Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives have charged a Lincoln County man with sexual exploitation of a child.
Friday, October 8, 2021

Prisoner Awaiting Sentencing Hangs Himself
A man who was in the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Detention Center awaiting sentencing died by hanging overnight.
Friday, October 8, 2021

School Board Discusses New Election Districts
At its work session Tuesday evening (Oct. 5th), the Lincoln County Board of Education was presented with two possible plans for realignment of the districts for School Board elections.  A decision on the districts will have to be made in time for approval by the State Elections Board prior to the filing period in December.
Friday, October 8, 2021

Council Approves Parade, Nixes Tree Lighting, Apple Drop
Lincolnton will have a Christmas Parade this year--but the Tree Lighting ceremony and the New Year's Eve Apple Drop won't be held.
Friday, October 8, 2021

Missing Lincoln County Man Located, Silver Alert Cancelled
A missing Lincoln County man has been located in Davidson County, N.C. and is safe.
Thursday, October 7, 2021

Police Seek Help Finding Missing Teen
Lincolnton Police are askng for help from the public in locating a Lincolnton High School student missing since Monday (Oct. 4th).
Thursday, October 7, 2021

Silver Alert Issued For Elderly Lincoln County Man
The North Carolina Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for an 89-year-old Lincoln County man who went missing on October 6, 2021.
Thursday, October 7, 2021

LCSO Police Academy Week Six
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Citizen’s Police Academy participants continued their lesson on the use of force, as it relates to law enforcement duties, during their sixth week of this program.
Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Man Pleads Guilty To Assault And Robbery
A man who brutally beat and robbed the operator of Corner Market on Confederate Road, Lincolnton, NC on February 27, 2019 entered a guilty plea in Lincoln County Superior Court today.
Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Quick Action By Deputies Stop Wrong Way Driver In Denver
Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies used their patrol vehicles Saturday night to stop a wrong way driver before she could hurt anyone.
Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Officer Involved Shooting
A Hickory man who was shot by police last week has now been charged with two felonies.
Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Schools Masks Update
The weekly report from Lincoln County Schools says the number of COVID-19 cases declined for the second straight week.  The schools went 'masks optional' effective last Wednesday (Sept. 29th).
Monday, October 4, 2021

Incentives Key to Corning Expansion in Hickory
Catawba County and the city of Hickory have announced another major industrial project--and are set to hold a public hearing on incentives for another Tuesday afternoon.  
Sunday, October 3, 2021

Downtown Lincolnton Chosen For $25,000 Grant
Lincolnton's central business district will get a financial boost from Duke Energy Foundation after a LEDA application has resulted in a $25.000 grant, one of 30 for downtown business communities in North Carolina.
Friday, October 1, 2021

MFG Day
This is Manufacturing Week and Friday (Oct. 1st) is MFG Day.
Friday, October 1, 2021

Masks Optional Policy Will Continue
Lincoln County Schools 'masks optional' policy can continue after Superior Court Judge James Morgan of Shelby denied a request for a temporary restraining order Thursday.
Thursday, September 30, 2021

LCSO Police Academy Week Five
On Monday, September 27, 2021, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Citizen’s Police Academy participants learned about the use of force, as it relates to law enforcement duties, during the fifth week of this program.
Thursday, September 30, 2021

Missing Father And Son Located In Georgia
LCSO Detective M. Lookadoo was notified by authorities in Jackson County, Georgia and the Georgia Highway Patrol that Adrian Paul Vancleave, 44, and his son, Lincoln Paul Vancleave were located overnight at an exit off I-85.
Thursday, September 30, 2021

COVID Update
Here is the latest news on COVID-19 in our area.
Thursday, September 30, 2021

Masks Optional in Lincoln County Schools
On Wednesday, Lincoln County Schools will become one of only six (out of 115) North Carolina school districts in which masks are optional.
Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Man Who Failed To Return To Court Has Been Arrested
A Lincoln County man who was found guilty by a jury in Lincoln County Superior Court last week has been taken into custody.
Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Traffic Stop Leads To Arrest Of Woman On Drug Charges
A traffic stop for an obscured 30 day tag led to the arrest of a Lincoln County woman on drug charges.
Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Lincoln Charter & Catawba County Schools Continue Masks
Monday, September 27, 2021

Sheriff's Deputy Escapes Injury
A Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy escaped injury when his vehicle was rammed head-on by a truck driven by a wanted person.
Monday, September 27, 2021

Lincolnton Man Arrested After Wild Friday Incident
He allegedly rammed a Lincoln County Sheriff's Office patrol car, fled into Gaston & then Cleveland counties while shooting at officers, wrecked and ran, still firing at officers.  Now 22-year-old Austin Nathaniel Hannon is in the Gaston County jail facing multiple charges.
Sunday, September 26, 2021

It's Shot Time Again
If you got the Pfizer COVID vaccine and got your second shot more than six months ago, you may be eligible for a third shot--what some have called a 'booster.'
Sunday, September 26, 2021

Lincoln County Residents Charged With Area Break-Ins
Catawba County and Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives have charged two Lincoln County residents in connection with area break-ins.
Friday, September 24, 2021

Man Found Guilty Failed To Return To Court
A Lincoln County man has been found guilty by a jury in Lincoln County Superior Court but has not been sentenced because he failed to return to court after the first day of the trial.
Friday, September 24, 2021

Lincoln County Rethink Education Team Members Chosen
Ten Lincoln County Schools teachers and administrators were chosen to serve as facilitators who will help prepare teachers across the state to deliver high-quality instruction in a variety of settings and situations.
Thursday, September 23, 2021

COVID Update
The surge of COVID-19 cases continues this week.
Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Woman Charged With Stabbing Man, Leaving The Scene & Crashing Vehicle
A Lincoln County woman is in jail after she assaulted a man with a knife, left the scene in a vehicle and crashed on the Buffalo Shoals Road near the Catawba-Lincoln County line.
Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Abandoned House Used For Drug Activity Has Been Torn Down
An abandoned house at 1718 Power Line Road, Lincolnton, NC has been torn down and is no longer a blight on the community.
Wednesday, September 22, 2021

LCSO Police Academy Week Four
The fourth week of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Police Academy 2021 covered the LCSO Detention Center and wrapped up Week Three Crime Scene Processing.
Wednesday, September 22, 2021

New County Attorney Named For Lincoln County
County Manager Kelly Atkins announced September 21, 2021 that Megan Gilbert has been named as the new County Attorney for Lincoln County effective September 27, 2021.
Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Missing Girl
Lincolnton Police are asking for help from the public in finding a 15-year-old girl who has been reported missing.
Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Police Asking Help in Finding Stolen Trailer
The Gaston County Police Department is investigating the theft of a dump trailer stolen from a house under construction off Weaver Dairy Road in Bessemer City that occurred sometime between last Tuesday (Sept. 14th at 6:00 PM and 9 AM on Friday (Sept. 17th).
Tuesday, September 21, 2021

School Mask Update
Gaston County Schools will continue to require masks until Oct. 18th.  The School Bord voted Monday.
Monday, September 20, 2021

Second Schools Staff Member Dies From COVID
Lincoln County Schools have now had two staff members--a teacher and a custodian/bus driver to die from the COVID-19 virus.
Monday, September 20, 2021

Apple Festival Canceled
The Lincoln County Apple Festival is the latest victim to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The decision was announced late Monday morning (Sept. 20th) that the festival, which had been planned for Saturday October 16th, has been canceled.
Monday, September 20, 2021

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
























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