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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

Dallas Man Killed In Motorcycle Accident
A Dallas man was killed Saturday when his motorcycle collided with a car.
Monday, October 15, 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

Hickory Shooting
Hickory Police say a man wanted in a shooting last week turned himself in and had his first court appearance on the latest charge Monday.
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

Remembering Hazel
Hurricane Florence is by no means the worst hurricane ever to hit North Carolina.  Hugo did much more damage in our area, and the deadliest hurricane was actually in 1954.
Sunday, September 16, 2018

Charged With Two Counts Of Murder
Few details have been released, but a Catawba man was charged Friday with two murders after a medical call to his residence on Thursday.
Saturday, September 15, 2018

Lincoln County Finalizes Preparations for Florence
Lincoln County Emergency Preparedness team members met Friday afternoon to finalize plans for the weekend.
Friday, September 14, 2018

Hurricane Florence Update
Hurricane Florence came ashore at Wrightsville Beach early Friday morning.  The storm is now forecast to progress across South Carolina and then turn northward into the NC mountains. Heavy rain, downed trees and limbs, and power outages are predicted in our area.
Friday, September 14, 2018

Storm Preparation Update
The City and County Emergency Preparedness team issued this news release Friday evening concerning Hurricane Florence preparations.
Friday, September 14, 2018

Runaway Teen Located
Lexus Dawn Abernethy, 15, was last seen by a friend of the family around 6:30 p.m. on September 13 at the Walmart on North Generals Boulevard in Lincolnton, N.C. She was located around 10:45 a.m. this morning, September 14.
Friday, September 14, 2018

Storm Will Bring Wind, Rain & Power Outages
Schools in Lincoln & Catawba counties were closed Friday because of the storm.  The problems we'll experience from Hurricane Florence will mostly be over the weekend into Monday and may include flooding, wind damage, and power outages.

Sixteen Indicted In Methamphetamine, Cocaine & Marijuana Conspiracy
United States Attorney Andrew Murray announced today (Sept. 13) that 16 individuals are facing federal drug conspiracy charges for their involvement in a drug distribution ring.  They are from Texas, Tennessee, and in North Carolina (Conover, Hickory, Lincolnton, New London, Newton and Taylorsville).
Thursday, September 13, 2018

Hurricane Florence Update
It appears almost certain now that Hurricane Florence will make landfall early Friday morning near the North Carolina-South Carolina line.  The storm has weakened to a category 2 with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph but it's still considered very dangerous.

Commissioners Approve Demolishing Old Health Department
Lincoln County Commissioners approved spending just over $200,000 to demolish the old Lincoln County Health Department Building on Wilma Sigmon Road at their meeting Monday night (September 10th).
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Grant Resigns
A Gaston County Commissioner has resigned after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor in court last week.
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Florence Update
The latest news about Hurricane Florence is not good.  The storm is expected to make landfall on the coast, but the latest models now indicate it may hit further south than previously expected and then turn more westward--bringing high winds and heavy rain our way.

Hurricane Florence Update
When we posted our article "Another Hugo" earlier Tuesday, one Facebook commenter called it a 'headline looking for clicks.'  We assure you--it's not sensationalism: this storm is dangerous.  Governor Cooper and President Trump believe it is, and so do we.  Here's the latest information on Florence.

Lincoln County Couple Charged With Child Sexual Assault
A Lincoln County couple has been charged with several child sexual assault charges in connection with incidents that occurred within last two years.
Tuesday, September 11, 2018

It's In The Mail
Those who have Medicare medical insurance are getting new cards.  Many have already received theirs; others will be shortly.
Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Another Hugo?
Those who are old enough to remember Hurricane Hugo in 1989 may be asking the question, is Florence another Hugo?  Perhaps not--but perhaps worse, it may be another Harvey.
Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Florence Update
With the Apple Festival scheduled for this Saturday, Hurricane Florence is even more the big news than it would be otherwise.  The latest forecasts agree that landfall on Friday is likely, but after that, how much more it will affect us in our area remains uncertain.
Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Vehicle Chase Ends With Drug Related & Traffic Arrests
Two Charlotte residents were arrested this weekend on drug related and traffic charges following a car chase in Lincoln County early Saturday morning.
Sunday, September 9, 2018

Opponents Organizing To Fight Incorporation Of Denver
A move to incorporate Denver has been the hot topic lately in eastern Lincoln County.  Now a group opposed to incorporation has scheduled a meeting for October 1st to rally those who oppose the plan.
Sunday, September 9, 2018

Third Murder Suspect Found Hiding In Days Inn Ceiling
At approximately 9:30 p.m. Friday night (September 7) Officers with the Lincolnton Police Department received information Joshua Devin Chinault may be in route to the Days Inn, located at 614 Clark Drive in Lincolnton.
Saturday, September 8, 2018

Big Move For Philip And Dana Ayers
They’re local legends in public education. They’re Dr. Dana and Phillip Ayers, and the two are some of the best-loved educators in Lincoln County. But as so often happens, life brings changes, and the two are now heeding the call of the mountains.
Saturday, September 8, 2018

Third Suspect In Easter Murder Identified
As a result of a continuing and an on-going investigation it is determined the third suspect in the homicide is 31-year-old Joshua Devin Chinault. Murder warrants were issued and he could possibly be in the areas of Lincoln County or Catawba County in North Carolina or in Virginia.
Friday, September 7, 2018

Proposed Ordinance Changes Bring Comments At Council Meeting
Proposed changes to two city ordinances brought comments to the City Council on Thursday night; plus presentations and appointments were made.
Friday, September 7, 2018

Public's Help Needed In Locating Missing Iron Station Man
Merck was last seen when he left his home just before noon on September 5, 2018.  The last contact was a text message to the family around 11:30 p.m. on September 5, 2018.
Friday, September 7, 2018

Man Charged With Taking Indecent Liberties With A Child
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives have charged a Catawba, N.C. man with taking indecent liberties with a child when he lived in Lincoln County.
Thursday, September 6, 2018

More Restaurants Coming
Chick-fil-A finally opened a Lincolnton location last month.  Now more restaurants appear to be ready to come to town.
Thursday, September 6, 2018

Hickory Police Seeking Robbery Suspect
On Tuesday, September 4 at approximately 9:37 p.m. Hickory Police responded to Walgreens located at 2427 Springs Road NE in reference to an armed robbery.
Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Gaston County Commissioner Pleads Guilty To Assault
Gaston County Commissioner Don Grant entered a guilty plea Wednesday morning (Sep. 5th) to assaulting a woman who had filed charges against him last July.  Grant said he was just checking her for bed bug bites after she called his exterminating business in June.
Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Brown Schedules Town Hall Meetings
With the November election now just two months away and early voting to begin next month, David Wilson Brown, the Democratic candidate for the 10th District Congressional seat, is holding town hall meetings to drum up support for his campaign.
Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Two Charged With Murder In Early Morning Death
Tuesday morning,  Sept. 4, at approximately 6:05 a.m., Lincolnton Police Department Officers responded to the parking lot of a business located at 2005 East Main Street in reference to an unresponsive person lying in the parking lot.
Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Pedestrian Killed On US321
A Dallas woman was killed Monday evening when she was struck by a vehicle on US321 between Gastonia and Dallas.
Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Barricaded Man Apprehended & Transported For Evaluation
Just after 3 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 2,  Maiden Police Officers went to a residence in the 200 block of Old Tavern Lane in Maiden and located a white male who was the subject of an Involuntary Commitment Order.
Monday, September 3, 2018

LEDA: A Business Success Story
Jim Watson, who had served the last two years as the chairman of the board of the Lincoln Economic Development Association, left that board July 1st.  We talked with him recently about the success of LEDA in attracting new industries to Lincoln County.
Saturday, September 1, 2018

Catawba County Records Second Armed Robbery This Week
Two gaming establishments in Catawba County have been the victims of armed robberies this week; the latest was early Friday at a 24-hour location on US70 SW in Hickory.
Friday, August 31, 2018

Gaston Voters Will Decide On County-Wide Beer & Wine Sales
Gaston County Commissioners approved a resolution Tuesday (Aug. 28th) authorizing a vote on county-wide beer and wine sales in the November election.
Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Public's Help 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.
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Detectives Investigating Break-In & Thefts From Two Homes
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating thefts from two neighborhood homes on Highway 274 in western Lincoln County.
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Former Employee Charged With Cashing Stolen Check
A former employee of a house cleaning service in Fort Mill, S.C. has been charged with cashing a stolen check in Lincoln County.
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Road Closure Announcement: Maiden
East Boyd Street in Maiden will be closed for two weeks for repairs.
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Crafted: A Southern Speakeasy Opens Friday
The second of four new businesses that will cater to those who like alcoholic beverages will open this week in downtown Lincolnton.
Monday, August 27, 2018

Cherryville Woman Killed in Wreck
A Cherryville woman and her dog were killed in a two-car collision Saturday evening on the Dallas-Cherryville highway.
Sunday, August 26, 2018

Gaston County Schools Anticipates The First Day Of School
It is back-to-school time in Gaston County!  When the morning bell rings on Monday, August 27, approximately 32,000 students (pre-kindergarten through high school) will walk through the schoolhouse doors in neighborhoods across Gaston County to start the 2018-2019 academic year.
Sunday, August 26, 2018


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