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Another Airbag Recall
The airbag that is supposed to save your life could kill you if it explodes. That's why yet another recall of vehicles with Nikata airbags was announced this month.
Friday, January 17, 2020

Public's Help Needed To Catch Bandit
Gastonia Police are seeking the public's health in identifying the person who has been breaking into the Walgreen's on West Franklin Blvd.
Friday, January 17, 2020

Help Needed To Identify Vehicle Break-In Suspect
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying suspects who broke into a vehicle on January 12, 2020.
Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Without Valid Contract In Place Tag Office Closed
State officials, Monday, Jan. 13, closed a license plate agency, or LPA, at 646 Center Drive in Lincolnton which had been operating under an expired contract after the death of the contractor.
Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Two People Facing Charges In Theft Of Firearm
Two people are facing charges in connection with the theft of a Smith and Wesson .357 pistol.
Monday, January 13, 2020

Dallas Woman Arrested On Probation Violations & Drug Charges
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators assisted North Carolina Probation and Parole with the arrest of a Dallas, N.C. woman on January 9, 2020 as she arrived at a residence on Rhodes Rhyne Road, Lincolnton, N.C.
Monday, January 13, 2020

MLK Unity Award Honorees Named
This year, the MLK Unity Awards will go to Gastonia Mayor Walker Reid III, veterinarian Dr. Mark Epstein and former chaplain John Weisenhorn. Awards will be presented on Jan. 20 at 10:30 a.m. by the Gaston Together’s Gaston Clergy and Citizens Coalition.
Monday, January 13, 2020

Tag Office In Lincolnton Closed Until Further Notice
Customers visiting the North Carolina DMV License Plate Agency at the Town and Country Shopping Center on Center Drive in Lincolnton today were greeted with a sign that stated the office was closed until further notice.
Monday, January 13, 2020

Lincoln County 4-H Introduces New Program Assistant
Lincoln County Cooperative Extension is pleased to announce its recent hire of Ahmani Pegues, who joins the Extension team as the 4-H Program Assistant. Her role will be providing support to 4-H programming and club management.
Monday, January 13, 2020

New Health Director Hired For Lincoln County
The Lincoln County Board of Health met January 7, 2020 to officially announce the New Health Director, Mr. Davin Madden. Madden will begin his new role officially on February 1, 2020.
Saturday, January 11, 2020

Gaston County 2nd Confirmed Rabies Case Of 2020
On Friday January 3 at 2:21 p.m. Gaston County Police Animal Care and Enforcement received a call from 100 block Thornburg Road in Dallas. The call was in reference to a possible rabid animal. A family dog killed a skunk.
Friday, January 10, 2020

Audit Report Submitted To City Council
The City voted to award the 2020 Audit contract to Lowdermilk, Church and Company at the Thursday, Jan. 9 meeting. Incentive Grants were awarded to two businesses; retirement resolution was presented and three police department members were awarded certificates.
Friday, January 10, 2020

WLHS Basketball Coach Charged With Assaulting A Fan
A West Lincoln High School basketball coach is facing misdemeanor charges after assaulting a fan following a basketball game Tuesday night.
Thursday, January 9, 2020

Gaston County 1st Confirmed Rabies Case Of 2020
On Friday January 2 at 4:16 p.m. Gaston County Police Animal Care and Enforcement received a call from 300 block of Armstrong Park Road Gastonia. The call was in reference to a possible rabid animal. A family dog killed a raccoon.
Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Commissioners Declare Lincoln "Sanctuary" County
As expected, Lincoln County Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution Monday night (Jan. 6th) declaring Lincoln a "Second Amendment Sanctuary" county.
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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Ingram Named New City Clerk
Daphne Ingram, a long-time Lincolnton employee, begins a new role as City Clerk when she takes the oath of office and is sworn in by Mayor Hatley before the council meeting next Thursday (Jan. 9th).
Saturday, January 4, 2020

Hickory Celebrates Its 150th Birthday
Hickory is 150 years old today (Friday, Jan. 3rd).
Friday, January 3, 2020

McCall Weighs In On What's Ahead For Lincoln County
The County has much of which to be justifiably proud, both in the year just past and the new one. That’s the word this week from Lincoln County Commissioner Anita Branch McCall.
Thursday, January 2, 2020

LCSO Offers Safety Program For Area Churches
In light of recent incidents that have occurred at places of worship throughout the country the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office would like to offer the following tips to help maintain safety in Places of Worship.
Thursday, January 2, 2020

Challenges, Opportunities Ahead For Lincoln County
It’s a new year, with new challenges and new opportunities. And Lincoln County Manager Kelly Atkins is rolling up his sleeves and digging into the various efforts that lie ahead. Atkins spoke further about these topics this week (see related coverage, only here in The Herald).
Thursday, January 2, 2020

County Manager Looks Back On 2019, Ahead To 2020
Lincoln County Manager Kelly Atkins is looking back and looking ahead. On Monday, Atkins told The Herald about the County’s accomplishments in 2019 and what he’d like to see brought to fruition in 2020.
Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Happy New Year!
This year's Apple Drop in downtown Lincolnton was the second time around, so maybe now we can call it a tradition.
Tuesday, December 31, 2019

NC Silver Alert Issued For Missing Woman (Updated - Found)
The North Carolina Center for Missing Persons issued today (Dec. 31) a Silver Alert for Beth Rice Howard who is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.
Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Dive Team Assists With Stolen Truck Found In Moss Lake
The 5-person team was called to assist on Friday afternoon (December 27, 2019) in connection with the sunken vehicle and unknown if it was occupied.
Monday, December 30, 2019

Christmas--A Time of Joy...And Sorrow
If you made it through Christmas, be thankful.  Some didn't.  Cherryville Police are investigating a fatal accident in which a pedestrian was apparently struck by a vehicle Wednesday night.  An Iron Station couple lost part of their home, their pet and more.  A Dallas man died in a fire that consumed his home shortly before Christmas.
Friday, December 27, 2019

Gaston Together Wraps Up Year With Health Focus
It’s been a big year for Gaston Together. That’s the word this week from executive director Donna Lockett. Amongst a host of other activities for the local community group, Gaston Together’s health care commission recently held its annual meeting.
Friday, December 27, 2019

Apple Drop Dec. 31
It's certainly accurate to say there's not as much happening this weekend as there has been recently now that Christmas is over--but that changes next Tuesday night when Lincolnton welcomes the year 2020 with the Apple Drop on the south Courtsquare.
Friday, December 27, 2019

Call Leads To Three Arrests Including Wanted Sex Offender
Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a disturbance call on Swanson Road on December 22, 2019 which led to three arrests including a registered sex offender wanted for failure to report a change of address.
Monday, December 23, 2019

More About New Cataler Plant Planned For Hickory
Cataler North America's plans to build a new plant in the Trivium Center industrial park in Catawba County may have caused some to be concerned about the future of the company's Lincoln County operation.  It will actually strengthen the company's commitment, we were told.
Sunday, December 22, 2019

GT Health Care Commission Meets At CaroMont
The Gaston Together Health Care Commission recently hosted its annual community meeting at the CaroMont Regional Medical Center and was sponsored by the Gaston County YMCA.
Sunday, December 22, 2019

More On 2020 Elections
When we ran our article about the finalized ballot choices for the March 3rd Primary in Lincoln County, we promised to tell about Gaston, Catawba and Cleveland counties local elections in a later article.
Sunday, December 22, 2019

Filing Closes For March 3rd Primary
The field of candidates for the March 3rd Primary Election is now finalized as filing closed Friday (Dec. 20th) at noon.
Saturday, December 21, 2019

LCSO 2019 Officers Of The Year Awards Announced
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office law enforcement officers of the year awards were presented Friday to a dedicated detention officer and a patrol Sergeant. Two new awards were also presented this year.
Friday, December 20, 2019

Belmont Woman Charged With Identity Theft
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives have charged a Belmont woman with eight felony counts of identity theft.
Friday, December 20, 2019

Cataler Will Build New Plant In Hickory
Cataler North America, which operates a plant in the industrial park north of Lincolnton, announced Wednesday (Dec. 18th) that it will build another manufacturing facility in the Trivium Corporate Center off Startown Road in Hickory.
Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Beattys Ford Beach May Be Delayed
Lincoln County Commissioners held a special meeting Monday afternoon (Dec. 16th) to discuss the planned public beach at Beattys Ford Park on Unity Church Road.
Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Battleground Elementary Awarded GO Grant
Battleground Elementary School was recently awarded a GO grant, enabling exceptional children’s program students in kindergarten through the fifth grade to go to Chimney Rock State Park this coming spring.
Monday, December 16, 2019

Sheriff's Deputy Killed In Off Duty Motorcycle Accident
A Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy died Sunday in an off duty motorcycle crash on Wilma Sigmon Road in Lincolnton.
Monday, December 16, 2019

Meeting Will Discuss Beach At Beattys Ford Park
A controversial project to put a public beach at Beattys Ford Park on Lake Norman will be the topic of discussion at a special session of Lincoln County Commissioners this Monday afternoon (Dec. 16th).
Monday, December 16, 2019

One Week Left For Filing
The first Democrats filed Friday (Dec. 13th) for the 2020 Primary as the deadline for filing came closer.  Anyone who wants to run in the March 3rd Primary needs to file by noon this Friday (Dec. 20th).
Sunday, December 15, 2019

Sheriff's Deputies Begin Delivery Of Toys For Tots
Deputies will be delivering the toys for the next 10 days in each of the four districts.  Thanks to everyone for your help in this important outreach.
Friday, December 13, 2019

Convicted Sex Offender Fails To Register Change Of Address
Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies are looking for a convicted sex offender who failed to register a change of address.
Friday, December 13, 2019

Robbery Suspect Caught
A robbery suspect was nabbed quickly on Thursday thanks to a  Longview Police officer.
Friday, December 13, 2019

Schools Inclement Weather Reminder
Catawba County, Newton-Conover & Hickory Schools operated on a three-hour delay Friday (Dec. 13th).  Schools in Lincoln, Gaston & Cleveland County didn't change their schedules because of the icy weather--mostly north of I-40; but Lincoln County Schools issued a news release about how they make and communicate weather-related decisions.
Thursday, December 12, 2019

Search Warrant Executed At Western Lincoln County Residence
A year-long drug investigation ended with the arrest of a western Lincoln County man early this morning. (December 12, 2019)
Thursday, December 12, 2019

Joint Law Enforcement Operation Leads To Two Arrests
Through a joint operation by Lincoln County Sheriff's Office narcotics investigators, Lincolnton Police and the North Carolina Highway Patrol, two Illinois residents were arrested and drugs and money seized.
Thursday, December 12, 2019

Lincoln County Woman Charged With Felony Larceny By Employee
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives have charged a Lincoln County woman with stealing money from the business where she was working.
Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Gaston College Math Club Team Wins Tournament
The members of the Gaston College Math Club Team One recently emerged victorious in the 2019 North Carolina Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges Math Tournament at Wake Tech Community College in Raleigh.
Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Detectives Investigate Vehicle Break-Ins At Homes & Churches
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a rash of vehicle break-ins to unlocked and locked vehicles at two churches on Startown Road, Lincolnton, NC, a residential area off Startown Road and Rolling Meadow Lane and Stoney Creek Drive east of Lincolnton.
Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Traffic Is Main Concern At Community Meeting
Traffic was the main concern of residents who showed up Monday evening (Dec. 9th) at a community meeting regarding the proposed development on the Lincoln-Gaston county line.
Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Stanley Man Tries To Elude Arrest; Officer Injured
A vehicle chase with speed approaching 100 miles an hour led to a wreck and foot chase of the suspect.
Monday, December 9, 2019

Two Arrested Following Assault In Western Lincoln County
Two people were arrested following an altercation in the 800 block of NC Highway 18 Friday afternoon (December 6, 2019) that involved a shot being fired into an occupied vehicle.
Monday, December 9, 2019

Oakes, Mitchem Filed Last Week; Saine Filed Monday
Two more candidates filed for Lincoln County Commissioner after the opening day of filing last Monday (Dec. 2nd) assuring that we will have a local primary election in March.
Monday, December 9, 2019

New Stop Signs
Lincolnton has more stop signs this week.
Sunday, December 8, 2019

Second Person Charged In CBD Oils Theft Arrested
A second person charged in the November 12, 2019 break-in at Alternative Health on North Highway 16 Business in Denver, NC has been arrested.
Friday, December 6, 2019

City Approves New Restaurant
At last night’s City Council meeting, the Council approved the proposal from a group of investors to open a restaurant along with other business including honoring two city retirees.
Friday, December 6, 2019

Local Roots Is Choice Of Council
A team of two couples received the approval Thursday night for their plan to renovate a building on East Water St. for a new full-service restaurant.  Local Roots was chosen over two other applicants to partner with the City in the restoration of the building.
Thursday, December 5, 2019

Couple Missing From Lincoln County Located In Lenoir
A couple who went missing from Lincoln County on Monday, December 2, 2019, has been located.
Thursday, December 5, 2019

Silver Alert Issued For Elderly Couple Last Seen In Denver
A Silver Alert has been issued for a missing endangered husband and wife who were last seen at the residence of a son in Denver. Authorities believe the couple could possibly be in Tennessee.
Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Filing Begins For March Primary Election
Filing for the March 3rd primary election began Monday in North Carolina.  Locally, two candidates for County Commissioner and one for City Council filed Monday afternoon.  Congressman Patrick McHenry filed Tuesday for the 10th District Congressional seat.
Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Gaston County Has 16th Confirmed Rabies Case Of 2019
On Sunday November 29 Gaston County Police Animal Care and Enforcement received a call from 100 block of Z.A. Hunter Road in Bessemer City. The call was in reference to a possible rabid skunk that the family dog had killed.
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

One Of Two Men Charged In Theft Of CBD Oils Arrested
One of two people charged in the November 12, 2019 break-in at Alternative Health on North Highway 16 Business in Denver, NC has been arrested. The second is being sought.
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Lincoln County Has Sixth Confirmed Rabies Case Of 2019
Lincoln County Animal Services responded to a call in the Crouse area that resulted in a positive rabies result from the NC Laboratory of Public Health. The case involved a skunk found on George Brown Road, in Crouse.
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Recovered Vehicle, Drug Charges & False Information
A traffic stop on Reepsville Road on November 29, led to the arrest of two people on a number of charges including possession of a stolen vehicle abd drug charges; and the driver giving officers his brother's name as identification.
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Lights Go On Monday Night In Christmastown, USA
The lights go on in McAdenville this Monday evening at 5:30 following a brief ceremony marking the 84th year of the light display.  After Monday, they'll be on nightly beginning at 5 PM--until 9:30 weekdays and 11:00 weekends.
Monday, December 2, 2019

Small Business Christmas Expo Saturday
Santa will be there 11 - 3 and the event continues until 4 PM this Saturday.  It's the 3rd annual Small Business Expo at the James W. Warren Citizens Center.
Saturday, November 30, 2019

Congressional Race Filing May Be Delayed
Filing for Congress in North Carolina's eleven US House districts may be delayed.  Filing for other offices up for election in 2020 begins Monday (Dec. 2nd).
Saturday, November 30, 2019

Detectives Investigating Catalytic Converter Thefts
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a number of thefts of catalytic converters from vehicles parked in business and church parking lots.
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Gastonia Man Charged With Writing Bad Checks
A Gastonia man has been charged with passing bad checks at a local convenience store.
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Cargiver Charged With Theft From Elderly Man
A Crouse man was arrested today in connection with the theft of money from an elderly Lincoln County man.
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Catawba County Man Charged With Sexual Exploitation Of Minors
Charges stem from an ongoing investigation into Matthews alleged possession of thousands of images of child pornography obtained via the internet. 
Tuesday, November 26, 2019

This Time Bandit Used Knife
Another armed robbery has been reported in Catawba County.
Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Man Killed In Gastonia Wreck (UPDATED)
A man was killed Sunday evening when his car ran underneath the trailer as a tractor-trailer backed across the lane of traffic in east Gastonia.
Monday, November 25, 2019

Detention Officer Killed In Wreck
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Detention Officer Jonathan Gidney was killed in a Catawba County traffic accident as we reported earlier.  We have since learned more details and have updated our article.
Sunday, November 24, 2019

Teacher Faces Sexual Misconduct Charges
A former teacher in the Cleveland County Schools has been charged with taking indecent liberties with one of her students.
Thursday, November 21, 2019

Home Invasion, Kidnapping, Shooting & Armed Robbery
Hickory Police are investigating a home invasion, kidnapping and shooting that occurred on Tuesday evening (Nov. 19th) and an armed robbery Wednesday (Nov. 20th).
Thursday, November 21, 2019

New Communications Center Now Open
Lincoln County's new Emergency Communications Center is located at 911 Hollis Henderson Drive.  Chances are you may never drive by and see it, but it is better equipped than ever to send help when you need it.
Thursday, November 21, 2019

Medicaid Transition Meeting Still Scheduled For Thursday
North Carolina Medicaid's transition to a managed care program has been delayed--but a meeting scheduled for Thursday evening (Nov. 21st) to explain the changes--which are still coming, it's just not sure when--will still be held.
Thursday, November 21, 2019

Another Rabies Case In Gaston County
Gaston County has recorded its 15th case of rabies for 2019.
Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Man Arrested In Ohio For Crimes Here Five Years Ago
A man wanted for crimes that occurred in Cleveland and Lincoln Counties almost five years ago has been arrested.
Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Second Person Charged In Gastonia Homicide
Gastonia Police have charged a second person in connection with the shooting death of a Cherryville man Sunday afternoon.
Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Human Trafficking?
A traffic stop on Interstate 85 near Kings Mountain resulted in the arrest of the driver of a van and suspected human trafficking, according to police.
Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Murder
A young Shelby man has been charged with murder in a death of a young Cherryville man in Gastonia on Sunday (Nov. 17th).
Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Public's Help Needed To Identify Robbery Suspects
On Sunday night, November 17, at approximately 9:02 p.m. the Lincolnton Police Department Patrol Division responded to an armed robbery call at the OM Market located at 851 South Laurel Street in Lincolnton. 
Monday, November 18, 2019

Two Crowned Saturday For LHS
On Saturday (Nov. 16) 11 young ladies took the stage at the James W. Warren Citizens Center to compete for two separate titles.  Seven competed to be crowned the 2020 Miss Lincolnton High School and four competed for Miss Black and Gold.
Monday, November 18, 2019

Hickory Police Asking For Public Help In Finding Suspect
Hickory Police say a reward is now being offered for helping them locate a man wanted on multiple charges.
Saturday, November 16, 2019

Suspect Sought In Animal Cruelty Case
Gaston County Police are investigating a case of cruelty to an animal in which a man threw a caged bunny into Rankin Lake.
Saturday, November 16, 2019

NC Senate Approves New Congressional District Map
The North Carolina Senate approved a new Congressional district map Friday (Nov. 15th); it had been approved by the NC House on Thursday. Unlike other legislation, redistricting maps aren't subject to a veto by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper, but Democrats say they may challenge the new map in court.
Saturday, November 16, 2019

New Hickory Police Officers
The City of Hickory has five new police officers.  They were sworn in at a ceremony on Friday (Nov. 15th).
Saturday, November 16, 2019

Alisha Dameron Earns Brace Servant Leader Award
Dameron is the senior director of member experience for the Sally’s and Lincoln County YMCA’s. She is also the cousin of local insurance ace Jackie Dameron.
Friday, November 15, 2019

Sheriff's Office Partners With Local Toys For Tots
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has partnered with the Marine Toys for Tots program in Lincoln County to identify needy children this holiday season.
Thursday, November 14, 2019

Local Students To Be In Macy's Thanksgiving Parade
It will soon be time once again for the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. And this year, Lincoln County high school graduates, now students in the marching band of Western Carolina University, will be seen marching down the avenue in a big way.
Thursday, November 14, 2019

WL Students Named Heisman High School Scholarship Winners
On Tuesday, November 12 West Lincoln High School’s winners were announced as Alexa Bieberich and Kelton Towery for their academic achievements, participation in at least one school sport and for leadership in their school and community.
Thursday, November 14, 2019

CBD Oils Stolen In Eastern Lincoln County Break-In
On November 12, 2019 around 11 p.m. deputies were dispatched to Alternative Health at 4359 N NC 16 Business Hwy where a burglar alarm involving glass breakage was reported.
Wednesday, November 13, 2019

School Board Chooses Belcher, Sain At Tuesday Meeting
The Lincoln County Board of Education made two important personnel choices at their meeting Tuesday night (Nov. 12th).
Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Lincolnton Celebrates Veterans Day
Lincolnton celebrated Veterans Day Monday (Nov. 11th) with a parade and ceremony.
Monday, November 11, 2019

Another Restaurant Downtown?
Since Central Cafe closed, downtown Lincolnton has five eateries in the central business district (three blocks or less from the Courtsquare): City Lunch, Court Street Grille, Graffiti's, GoodWood Pizzeria, and Harvest Moon Grille.  You can also get sandwiches for lunch at The Meating Place, but their primary business is a butcher shop.
Sunday, November 10, 2019

Lincoln County Health Director To Retire
With almost 34 years of service to Lincoln County, the Lincoln County Board of Health  announced November 8 the upcoming retirement of Health Director Maggie Dollar effective February 1, 2020.
Saturday, November 9, 2019

City Council Approves Exterior Colors For Police Department
The architect submitted four different renderings of possible exterior colors. The Council selected the first option of red, gray and brown. Also, Lt. Robert “Tony” Hallman was honored on his upcoming retirement.
Saturday, November 9, 2019














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