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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.

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

Traffic Stop Drug Arrest; Seizure Of Cash & Firearms
Steven Daniel Harrison was charged with felony counts of possession of a firearm, a stolen firearm, methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and maintaining a dwelling/vehicle for a controlled substance. Nicole Danielle Hester was charged with driving while license revoked.
Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Twelfth Case Of Rabies Confirmed In Catawba County
On October 17, Animal Services responded to a call from a Claremont resident whose dogs had potential exposure to a dead raccoon in his backyard. The raccoon was sent to the North Carolina Public Health Laboratory in Raleigh, which notified Animal Services October 19 that the raccoon tested positive for rabies.
Monday, October 22, 2018

Public Meetings This Week On Land Use Plan
Staff from the Lincoln County Planning and Inspections Department will hold two public meetings this week on the proposed revised County Land Use Plan.
Monday, October 22, 2018

Brown, McHenry Meet Tuesday In Asheville
There will be a joint appearance that some are calling a debate involving the two candidates for North Carolina's 10th District Congressional seat.  It will be Tuesday at noon in Asheville.
Monday, October 22, 2018

Detectives Investigating Theft Of Mini Excavator
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating the theft of a mini excavator from a bridge construction work site in western Lincoln County.
Friday, October 19, 2018

Gastonia Woman Stole Daughter's Checkbook & Driver's License
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives have charged a Gastonia woman with stealing a checkbook and driver’s license from her daughter’s home in Lincoln County.
Friday, October 19, 2018

Attempted Robbery At Local Convenience Store
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives have charged a Gaston County woman in an attempted robbery at an Iron Station, N.C. convenience store.
Thursday, October 18, 2018

Early Voting Underway
Early voting got underway Wednesday (Oct. 17th) in all North Carolina counties.  It will continue through the Saturday before Election Day.
Thursday, October 18, 2018

Lincolnton Man Turns Tragedy Into Hope
Joseph Mannino of Lincolnton, N.C., recently made a donation of $30,000 to the Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Education & Research Foundation to further the study and treatment of brain aneurysms in memory of his beloved wife, Jayne, who died suddenly due to a brain aneurysm in 2015.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Early Voting Begins
Almost two dozen candidates who will face one or more opponents in the November election participated in the Lincoln Herald/Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce Candidates Forum Tuesday night at the Linxoln Cultural Center.  Early voting gets underway Wednesday.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018

One Arrested On Drug Charges; Second Jumps From Ambulance
Arrested was John Wayne Goins and he was transported to the magistrate’s office. Brian David Arnold is still wanted – upon being transported to the hospital in Gastonia he jumped from the ambulance near Dallas, N.C. and fled on foot.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Kidnapping & Attempted Robbery Suspect Arrested
Gastonia Police arrest kidnapping and attempted robbery suspect after off duty Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy spots him walking down a street in Gastonia.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Golf Carts One Of Topics At Commissioners Meeting
By later this year, using your golf cart on some Lincoln County roadways will at least be legal.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Meetings Will Detail NC 73 Widening Project
Two meetings this week will give the public more information on the proposed widening of NC 73 from NC 16 in Lincoln County to Northcross Drive near the I-77 intersection in Huntersville.  The public will also have the opportunity to give comments on the proposal.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Politicking Rolls Into High Gear
With Early Voting scheduled to begin Wednesday, candidates spent much of the weekend campaigning.  Lincoln County Democrats held a rally at party headquarters Saturday with North Carolina First Lady Krisin Cooper.  Republicans campaigned on their own.
Sunday, October 14, 2018

About Those Amendments
When voters go to the polls on November 6th or during Early Voting beginning Wednesday (Oct. 17th), they'll not only be choosing candidates; they'll also be voting on proposed amendments to the North Carolina Constitution.
Sunday, October 14, 2018

Candidates Forum
The audience was small--nothing like the number that showed up before the Primary Election earlier this year--but the East Lincoln Betterment Association held a Candidates Forum Thursday night (Oct. 11th) at the East Lincoln Community Center.
Friday, October 12, 2018

Storm Over, Cooler Weekend Ahead
The storm is over, but Lincoln County Schools are operating on a two-hour delay Friday morning.   High School students will report to second period. Love Memorial Elementary School will be closed for students Friday due to a power outage at the school.  Love Menorial staff will operate on an optional teacher workday (at an alternate location). The forecast calls for a beautiful weekend--and much cooler.
Friday, October 12, 2018

Maiden Man Arrested In Connection With Two August Break-Ins
A Maiden Man was arrested on October 8 in connection with break-ins that occurred on Willis Road and Philadelphia Church Road. Two others are also charged in connection with the Willis Road break-in.
Thursday, October 11, 2018

Friday Is Registration Deadline
Friday (Oct. 12th) is the last day to register to vote in the General Election on Tuesday November 6th.  If you aren't registered by this Friday, you won't be able to vote on Election Day.  You will still be able to register and vote at the same time during Early Voting Oct. 17th - Nov. 3rd.
Thursday, October 11, 2018

Tropical Storm Michael Update
Tropical Storm Michael won't directly hit our area, but fear of the possibilities and caution related to them has caused schools in Lincoln, Gaston and Cleveland counties to be closed Thursday.  Here's the latest on the storm.
Thursday, October 11, 2018

Hurricane Michael Update
Tropical Storm Michael (expected to diminish from hurricane status overnight) will pass over South and North Carolina Thursday (passing between Charlotte and Wilmington on its trip northeastward).  We'll have some gusty winds and heavy rain--but most of the damage will be in areas south and east from us.
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Storm Update
Hurricane Michael will likely bring some rain and some gusty winds to our area, but it appears now we'll miss the worst of yet another storm.
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Catawba County Confirms 11th Case Of Rabies
On October 6, Catawba County Animal Services responded to a call from a Catawba resident whose dog came into contact with a skunk. The skunk was sent to the North Carolina Public Health Laboratory in Raleigh, which notified Animal Services October 9 that the skunk tested positive for rabies.
Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Tenth Case Of Rabies Confirmed In Catawba County
On October 3, Catawba County Animal Services responded to a call from a Newton resident who discovered a dead skunk in a kennel with his dog.
Monday, October 8, 2018

Lincolnton Middle Organizing Florence Relief Efforts
Teachers, students join in worthy cause to help flood-affected schools.
Saturday, October 6, 2018

Lincolnton Salutes Public Power For The Public Good Oct. 7-13
The City of Lincolnton is celebrating Public Power Week from October 7-13, along with public power communities throughout North Carolina and the nation to recognize utility workers and promote the value of public power.
Saturday, October 6, 2018

Lincolnton City Council October Meeting
City Clerk, Donna Flowers was honored for her 32 years of service at last night’s City Council meeting. The biggest amount of time at the meeting was hearing public comments at two public hearings on proposed changes to the Code of Ordinances.
Friday, October 5, 2018

Tips Needed In Gaston County Hit & Run Fatality
Gastonia Police are asking for the public’s help with any possible tips in a hit and run fatality that occurred between 6:45 a.m. - 8 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 28 on Jenkins Dairy Road in Gastonia.
Thursday, October 4, 2018

Gastonia Police Seeking Attempted Murder & Burglary Suspects
Gastonia Police are asking for the public’s help to locate suspects in a home invasion and shooting on Pineview Lane on September 18.
Thursday, October 4, 2018

Kidnapping & Attempted Robbery Suspect Still Wanted
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives continue to search for a man who is accused of kidnapping a Lincoln County woman and forcing her to attempt to withdraw money from a local bank.
Thursday, October 4, 2018

Help Needed To Locate Armed Robbery Suspect
Gastonia Police are asking for the public’s help to locate a suspect wanted in a string of armed robberies.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Park Reopens, Investigation Continues
Rankin Lake Park off US321 just north of I-85 in Gastonia reopened Thursday morning for the first time since a 6-year-old autistic boy, later found dead about a mile away, disappeared there on September 22nd.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Cleveland Co. Suspect Arrested In Gaffney
The Cleveland County Sheriff's Office is searching for a young Cliffside man wanted for the murder of his stepfather.
Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Candidates Forums Underway
With the election now only a month away, candidates have begun their final month of campaigning hoping to persuade voters to choose them in the November election.
Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Denver Defense Closing
After a struggle for survival that began with a potential new owner backing out of the deal, Denver Defense has decided to close--at least for now.
Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Stanley Man Found Guilty Of Child Sexual Assault
A Stanley, N.C. man was found guilty today (October 1, 2018) in Lincoln County Superior Court after pleading guilty on felony child sexual assault charges in connection with incidents that occurred between January and December of 2016.
Monday, October 1, 2018

Medal Of Honor Day Held At Citizens Center
Medal of Honor Day was held Friday, September 28 at the James W. Warren Citizens Center with three American heroes - Colonel Joe Marm, Lieutenant Colonel Hal Fritz, and Sergeant Major Bob Petterson.
Monday, October 1, 2018

Woman Wanted In Theft Of Valuable Jewelry
On Thursday, September 27, 2018 the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office filed charges on a woman for stealing a valuable ring.  The theft occurred on August 10, 2018 at the victim’s residence after she had hired the suspect to clean her home on Christopher Road in Denver.
Monday, October 1, 2018

Six Arrested On Drug Charges After Grand Jury Indictments
Six people are facing drug charges following indictments handed down by the August 2018 Lincoln County Grand Jury.
Friday, September 28, 2018

Hickory Police Search For Robbery Suspect
On Wednesday, September 26 at approximately 11:28 p.m. Hickory Police responded to CVS Pharmacy located at 1504 2nd Street NE in reference to an armed robbery.
Thursday, September 27, 2018

Body Of Missing Boy Found
A body, believed to be that of Maddox Scott Ritch, the 6-year-old boy missing since last Saturday, was found Thursday afternoon in Long Creek, about a mile east of Rankin Lake Park where he went missing.
Thursday, September 27, 2018

Search Continues For Missing Child
The search continued Wednesday (September 26th) for an autistic six-year-old Gastonia boy missing since Saturday.  Police and the FBI wouldn't comment on the tips they've received in the case, but said they are investigating all of them to try to find Maddox Scott Ritch.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Detectives Investigating The Use Of Stolen Debit Card
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office detectives are investigating a vehicle break-in and theft that occurred on September 21, 2018.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

GC Apprenticeship 321 Program Awards Two; Welcomes New Apprentices
A Graduation and Signing Ceremony was held September 10, for the Gaston College Apprenticeship 321 program that recognized two apprentices who earned their nationally recognized Journeyworker Certificates, and welcomed the newapprentices as they signed contracts with their employers.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Fill 'Er Up!
Oil prices hit a four-year high Tuesday, but prices settled back a bit after that.  Even so, oil prices are up and likely to stay up from where they have been in recent months, so our advice on buying gas: fill 'er up!
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Second Degree Murder
Hickory Police have made an arrest in connection with a shooting death in July.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Police & Deputies Searching For Wanted Man
Lincoln County Sheriff's Deputies and Lincolnton Police are searching for a man who allegedly tried to force his girlfriend to give him money, held her captive, and escaped on foot Tuesday afternoon.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

S. Ray Lowder Thanks Sponsors
On Tuesday, September 25 student representatives from each class along with S. Ray Lowder Principal Scott Carpenter and Lincoln County Schools Superintendent Dr. Lory Morrow gathered for a brief ceremony to thank CHS-Lincoln and First Baptist Church for their generous support of the school and its students.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

$10,000 Reward Now Offered
The search continues for an autistic six-year-old Gastonia boy missing since Saturday.  Those conducting the search for the child held a news conference Tuesday afternoon and announced a $10,000 reward is now offered for help in finding Maddox Scott Ritch.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Public's Help Still Needed To Locate Missing Man
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing man who was last seen in western Lincoln County on August 26, 2018.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Search Continues For Missing Child
The search continues for a missing six-year-old autistic child.  Maddox Scott Ritch was last seen Saturday afternoon at Rankin Lake Park in Gastonia.  As the length of the search stretched into another day, authorities feared the worst.

One Arrested In Theft From Denver Store; Looking For Second
On September/19 detectives with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division arrested a Charlotte man for stealing several Dewalt tool combo kits from Lowes on Hwy 73 in Denver. Public’s help is needed to identify the second subject.
Friday, September 21, 2018

Former Day Worker Found Guilty Of Misdemeanor Child Abuse
A Lincolnton woman who worked at a children’s academy daycare in Denver has been found guilty of one count of misdemeanor child abuse in Lincoln County District Court.
Thursday, September 20, 2018

Lincolnton Fire Department Gets Federal Grant
The Lincolnton Fire Department announced Wednesday that it will receive a $244,457 grant from FEMA to increase staffing.
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Local First Responders Helping Out After Florence
For us, the storm is over--but in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, eastern North Carolina is still in a state of emergency and will be for days to come.  Local firefighters, police and others from our area are helping out during the recovery period.
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Traffic Stop Leads To Drug Arrest
A vehicle traveling US Highway 321 northbound near High Shoals with an expired license plate has led to the arrest of a Gastonia man on drug charges.
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

County Commissioners Discuss Road Projects
The intent was good--the result was a failure.  Lincoln County Commissioners held a special session Monday afternoon (September 17th) to talk about road projects.  The hour-long session produced nothing except disagreement about what Commissioners should do about roads.
Monday, September 17, 2018

Can You Identify?
The Lincolnton Police Department is seeking the public's help in identifying two suspects in a Gaston County theft and use of stolen bank and credit cards in Lincolnton.
Monday, September 17, 2018

MACC Holds Business Buzz Breakfast Friday
The Montcross Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a Business Buzz Breakfast Friday (September 21st) at the Kimbrell Campus of Gaston College in Belmont.
Monday, September 17, 2018

Multiple Industry Job Fair Saturday At YMCA
The Lincoln Economic Development Association (LEDA) is having another multiple industry Job Fair this Saturday (September 22nd) 9 AM - 1 PM at the YMCA in Lincolnton.
Monday, September 17, 2018

Constitution Week
This is Constitution Week--and Monday is Constitution Day.
Monday, September 17, 2018

Two Killed In Single Vehicle Crashes
At least two people died in traffic accidents over the weekend in our area
Sunday, September 16, 2018

Hurricane Florence Update
For our area, our unwelcome visitor may be leaving, but for other areas, the problems created by Florence continue. Locally, schools in Lincoln, Gaston, Catawba and Cleveland counties will operate on a two-hour delay Monday, but after that, things will be getting back to normal.
Sunday, September 16, 2018

Drug Busts Continue In Cleveland County
The Cleveland County Sheriff's Office continues to make drug arrests a priority. Here's a report on arrests made this past week.
Sunday, September 16, 2018

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