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COVID-19 Update
Here are the latest figures (July 1st) from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Sheriff Beam Offers Tips For A Safe July 4th Weekend
With the July 4th weekend approaching Lincoln County Sheriff Bill Beam asks all citizens to join him in making this Fourth of July holiday happy, enjoyable and safe for everyone.
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Lincolnton City Council Issues Proclamation in Support of EO147
City Council requires masks in the City of Lincolnton to slow the spread of Covid-19.
Tuesday, June 30, 2020

County Manager: A Difficult Year For Many Reasons
The year thus far has been one of the most challenging yet and for many reasons. That’s the word Monday from Lincoln County Manager Kelly Atkins. In a Herald exclusive, Atkins talked about the ongoing global virus’s local effects, the fiscal year 2020-21 County budget of more than $112 million and more.
Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Yacht Owner Is Sentenced To 35 Years
William Richard Hilliard, Jr., 51, a former resident of Cleveland County and Cherryville, N.C., currently residing in Gastonia, was sentenced to 35 years in prison for secretly recording nude videos of underage females aboard his yacht.
Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Update June 29, 2020
Here are the latest numbers on the COVID-19 pandemic.
Monday, June 29, 2020

Relief For Businesses Hit By Restrictions
Are you the owner of a small business hit hard by Roy Cooper’s mandated restrictions? You can learn how to navigate these tough times, thanks to Brad Rivers, director of the Gaston College Small Business Center.
Monday, June 29, 2020

Cohen Named New CIO For Lincoln County
County Manager Kelly Atkins announced today that Ben Cohen has been named as the new Chief Information Officer for Lincoln County effective July 6, 2020. 
Monday, June 29, 2020

Lykins Promoted To Major
Major Lykins began his career at the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office in November 2004 as a patrol deputy.
Monday, June 29, 2020

Possible Drowning
The search will continue Monday (June 29th) for a man who is thought to have drowned after jumping off a boat in the Terrell area of Lake Norman Sunday morning.
Monday, June 29, 2020

COVID-19 Update
Here's the latest info on the COVID-19 pandemic in our area as North Carolina joins many other states in requiring face coverings when in public places.
Friday, June 26, 2020

NCSA Responds to Questions Involving Carrying A Concealed Weapon & Wearing A Covid-19 Mask
Questions have arisen about information circulating on social media regarding the ability of persons with a valid concealed handgun permit to carry a concealed handgun while wearing a mask.
Friday, June 26, 2020

Public's Help Needed To Locate Missing Woman
Lincoln County Sheriff's detectives are asking for the public's help in locating a woman who has been missing for almost a week.
Thursday, June 25, 2020

Three More Weeks
North Carolina will spend at least three more weeks in Phase Two of Governor Roy Cooper's reopening plan.  The number of active cases of COVID-19 and the number of people hospitalized with the disease is near an all-time high.  Cooper also announced Wednesday that face coverings are now required in public places.   
Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Trio Of 20-Year-Olds Arrested After Shooting Incident
Three 20-year-olds from Hickory were in jail Wednesday morning in Catawba County after they were allegedly involved in a shooting incident in Conover.
Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Should It Stay Or Should It Go?
The Confederate statue in front of the Gaston County Courthouse became the primary topic of discussion at Tuesday evening's (June 23rd) Gaston County Commissioners meeting.
Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Gastonia Police Asks Public To Help Locate Homicide Suspect
Chrishawn “Chuck” Deandre Jowers, 26, of Winston-Salem is charged with 1st Degree Murder, Robbery With a Dangerous Weapon, and Possession of a Firearm by a Felon.
Tuesday, June 23, 2020

COVID-19 Update
While Lincoln County Commissioners, the Board of Health, the North Carolina Dept. of Health & Human Services, the president of the American Medical Association and most doctors have urged people to wear a face covering, most people were still bare-faced Monday--while the COVID-19 numbers continued to grow.
Monday, June 22, 2020

Lincoln County Man Arrested In Death Of Young Son
A Lincoln County man was arrested Friday, June 19, 2020 and charged in the death of his two-year-old son.  Deputies arrested Baron Gerod Charles Sr. 54, at the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.
Saturday, June 20, 2020

COVID-19 Update
It has not been a good week for COVID-19.  As more people are ignoring the advice of health professionals to wear masks, maintain social distancing, etc., the number of cases of the disease has increased significantly.
Friday, June 19, 2020

Suspect Killed In Catawba County Incident
A robbery suspect was shot and killed by a Deputy US Marshal in a standoff with law enforcement officers east of Maiden Thursday afternoon.  
Thursday, June 18, 2020

Lincoln County Records First COVID-19 Death (UPDATED)
Lincoln County has recorded its first death due to COVID-19.  Meanwhile, the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in North Carolina increased again on Thursday, and a mandatory mask rule takes effect Friday in Raleigh.
Thursday, June 18, 2020

Missing Woman Located, Safe
A woman who had been missing since June 12, 2020  has been located and is safe.
Thursday, June 18, 2020

LCS Announces New Online Enrollment System For 2020-2021
Lincoln County Schools is excited to announce a NEW online student enrollment opportunity (became available June 15) and data verification system for our returning students for the upcoming school year (2020-2021), powered by PowerSchool Enrollment (formerly InfoSnap).
Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Suspicious Vehicle Leads To Brief Chase And Arrest
On June 17, 2020 around 4 a.m. a deputy patrolling in the Riverwalk Apartment Complex in Denver observed a suspicious vehicle traveling with the headlights out.
Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Public's Help Needed To Locate Missing Woman
Family members say Ash may be in the company of an ex-boyfriend who lives in Hickory.  She is described as a white female, 5 feet – 2 inches tall and weighing around 125 pounds.
Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Search Continues For Hit & Run Driver
The Highway Patrol and Cleveland County law enforcement are still searching for suspects in a Friday evening hit and run fatal accident.
Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Wreck Results In Multiple Charges
A Belmont man wanted for multiple crimes in Cleveland County attempted to escape Gaston County officers last Wednesday morning (June 10th).  A two-county chase ended with a multi-vehicle collision in Lincolnton & the suspect was arrested.
Tuesday, June 16, 2020

County Budget Approved
Lincoln County Commissioners approved the fiscal 2021 County Budget Monday evening (June 15th) making no changes from the proposal that had been developed over multiple budget workshop sessions.
Tuesday, June 16, 2020

COVID-19 Update
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, medical experts agree that wearing facial covering over the nose and mouth, social distancing, etc. is the best way to stop the spread of the disease.
Monday, June 15, 2020

School News Update
Athletic practices can begin, the schools' feeding program continues, and a new way to register for back-to-school are all part of the latest news from the Lincoln County Schools.
Monday, June 15, 2020

Atrium Health Phases In Relaxed Visitor Restrictions
Effective at 5 a.m. on Monday, June 15, patients may designate one person to visit them while hospitalized or, if needed, accompany them at Atrium Health care settings. There are exceptions to the policy for patients with certain conditions or who are being treated in environments where high-risk or immunocompromised patients are being treated.
Sunday, June 14, 2020

COVID-19 Update
The number of cases of COVID-19 continues to increase, even as a majority of area residents are behaving as if the virus doesn't exist--ignoring advice from health departments to wear face coverings, maintain social distancing, etc.
Friday, June 12, 2020

Gastonia Man Charged In Lincoln County Assault
A Gastonia man has been charged in connection with an early morning stabbing incident in western Lincoln County.
Friday, June 12, 2020

LC Magistrates Getting New Annex For Week Nights & Weekends
The Lincoln County Magistrate’s Office has moved its week night and weekend operations to the Magistrate’s Annex in the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 700 John Howell Memorial Drive.
Friday, June 12, 2020

COVID-19 Cases Increase
More people in North Carolina than ever are now hospitalized related to COVID-19.  Catawba County has over 200 active cases. Mecklenburg County has had 113 deaths.
Thursday, June 11, 2020

Runaway Teen Located In Lincolnton
Moss was located on June 9, 2020 at a residence on Cobb Street by Lincolnton Police.
Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Two-County Chase Ends In Wreck
A high-speed chase that began in Gaston County ended about 11:30 Wednesday morning in a multi-car wreck on E. Main Street just east of US321.
Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Dr. Morrow Announces Retirement
Dr. Lory Morrow, Superintendent of Lincoln County Schools for the last three years, has announced that she will retire in October.
Wednesday, June 10, 2020

One Dead, Two Charged
A Gastonia man is dead and two Shelby residents are charged in connection with a shooting Tuesday afternoon.
Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Budget Will Be Finalized Monday
Lincoln County Commissioners will meet Monday evening (June 15th) to finalize the County Budget for fiscal 2021.
Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Public's Help Needed To Locate Runaway Teen
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing teen. Moss was last seen around 10 p.m. on June 1, 2020 when her mother dropped her off at a friend’s apartment on Story Woods Road, Lincolnton,
Tuesday, June 9, 2020

COVID-19 Update Monday June 8th
More North Carolinians are now hospitalized with COVID-19 than at any time since the pandemic began.
Monday, June 8, 2020

LPD Arrested Man For Attempted Murder
On June 7, 2020 at approximately 7:55 p.m. officers with the Lincolnton Police Department responded to Atrium Health in Lincolnton in reference to a gunshot wound. 
Monday, June 8, 2020

COVID-19 Update June 5th
Here's the latest figures on the COVID-19 pandemic.
Friday, June 5, 2020

Illegal Gambling Machines Seized From Local Store
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators and State ALE agents raided a local convenience store Thursday, June 4, 2020, where they seized illegal gambling machines and cash.
Friday, June 5, 2020

City Budget Approved
The Lincolnton City Council approved the City's 2020-2021 budget Thursday night (June 4th).  There will be no change in the tax rate and no increase in utility fees--yet.  The budget is based on the City being able to collect money it is owed.
Friday, June 5, 2020

Fatal Fire Originated In Portable A/C Unit
While the final results from the investigation are not complete, the cause of the fire that claimed the life of a 12-year-old Iron Station boy was apparently a problem in a portable air conditioning unit.
Thursday, June 4, 2020

More Deaths Reported From COVID-19
More cases and more deaths are in the area report on COVID-19 this Wednesday (June 3rd).  Catawba County, which had its first death from the disease one month ago, has now had nine people die.  Gaston County's death toll is now 8.
Wednesday, June 3, 2020

GPS Leads To Stolen Vehicle And Suspect
A GPS tracking device led to the arrest of a Lincoln County man and the vehicle he is accused of stealing.
Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Unemployment Rate Soars
It should come as no surprise at anyone that the unemployment rate in our area advanced well into double digits in April as the COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns occurred.
Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Food Lion Buying Bi-Lo Stores
Food Lion is buying 62 Bi-Lo stores including the one in Lincolnton.
Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Promise Broken?
Was a promise that the additional quarter-cent local option sales tax approved two years ago would be 'extra money for schools' broken by a proposed budget cut in the preliminary County Budget for fiscal 2021?  The man who headed the committee that worked to pass that referendum says so.
Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Update Tuesday June 2nd
Here are the latest figures on COVID-19 for Lincoln & surrounding counties and an update on the extension of the moratorium on utility cutoffs and evictions.
Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Commissioners Hear Budget Comments
16 people spoke during the Public Hearing on the proposed Lincoln County budget for fiscal 2021 Monday night (June 1st).  All but two of them asked Commissioners to increase the proposed funding for Lincoln County Schools.
Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Atrium Health Lincoln Launches The Atrium Health Summer Food Bus
Atrium Health is proud to partner with Lincoln County Schools to deliver free healthy meals to children in Lincoln County as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program.
Monday, June 1, 2020

LC Schools 2020-2021 Kindergarten Screening Information
Kindergarten screening dates for Lincoln County Schools were cancelled this spring because of these school closures due to COVID-19.  As a result, Lincoln County Schools will schedule Kindergarten screenings to be held during the staggered entry dates that will occur within the first scheduled days of school for the 2020-2021 school year. 
Monday, June 1, 2020

Gaston County 3rd Confirmed Rabies Case Of 2020
On Wednesday May 27, 2020 Gaston County Police Animal Care and Enforcement received a call in reference to a possible rabid raccoon which a family dog had fought.
Sunday, May 31, 2020

COVID-19 Update (May 30th)
Reopenings under Phase Two, another big increase in positive tests in North Carolina, and Lincoln County still having far fewer cases of COVID-19 than surrounding counties are all a part of the latest report.
Saturday, May 30, 2020

Recalls
Here's news about recent food product recalls.
Friday, May 29, 2020

Double Digit Unemployment in NC, US
The COVID-19 pandemic increased the number of people filing unemployment claims in North Carolina to nearly a half million in April.
Thursday, May 28, 2020

LC Sheriff's Office Offers Web-Based Reentry Resources
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office recently launched a new online resource for formerly incarcerated individuals and their families which offers a free, easy-to-use directory of local, regional and national resources that meet the needs of returning citizens.
Thursday, May 28, 2020

COVID-19 Update (May 27th)
Here's the latest information on COVID-19 for Lincoln & surrounding counties updated Wednesday (May 27th).
Wednesday, May 27, 2020

CRF Money Being Disbursed To NC Counties This Week
The COVID-19 pandemic has been hard on businesses, hard on schools, and hard on local governments.   When Congress approved $2.5 trillion in total aid, $150 billion was set aside to help state and local governments deal with the shortfall in tax revenues due to lower economic activity.
Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Iron Station Boy Dies After Fire Saturday Evening
The Lincoln County Fire Marshal's office and the SBI are investigating a fire that claimed the life of a 12-year-old Iron Station boy.
Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Man Survives Jumping From Bridge
A  man drove his car onto the bridge on Highway 73 near Cowans Ford Dam, parked it, and jumped into the Catawba River below.  Thanks to the work of rescuers, he survived.
Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Can I Buy Meat From A Local Farm? YES!
You can buy meat from local farms by going “on line” to a website called “Meat Suite.” Type in www.meatsuite.com. One needs to type in only three things to get local farmers who wish to sell meat. 
Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Phase Two Continues
Phase Two of Governor Roy Cooper's three-phase reopening plan began Friday evening (May 22nd).  While some businesses that were closed have now reopened, some say the reopening isn't going far enough.
Monday, May 25, 2020

Update--Friday May 22nd
The US death toll from COVID-19 will almost certainly surpass 100,000 this weekend.
Friday, May 22, 2020

Money Available
While many small businesses are still waiting for approval of PPP loans from the SBA (Small Business Administration), the City of Lincolnton still has money available to small businesses in the city under a special program it established for the COVID-19 pandemic.
Friday, May 22, 2020

Registered Sex Offender Charged With Child Sexual Assault
A registered sex offender living in Lincoln County has been charged in connection a child sexual assault.
Friday, May 22, 2020

Reopening Update
North Carolina enters Phase Two of Governor Roy Cooper's reopening plan at 5 PM Friday (May 22nd).
Friday, May 22, 2020

Ambulance Involved In Wreck
A Lincoln County EMS vehicle was involved in an accident Thursday morning (May 21st) near McMillan Heights, just east of the NC27 & NC73 intersection.
Friday, May 22, 2020

COVID-19 Update
North Carolina will enter Phase Two of Governor Cooper's reopening plan this Friday.  Here's an update and the latest COVID-19 figures.
Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Restaurant Owner Cited for Violation Of NC Governor's Order
On May 18, 2020 a citation was issued to Carroll Dean Mitchem for openly violating North Carolina Executive Order 138, issued on May 5, 2020 by Governor Roy Cooper pursuant to NCGS 166A-1.30.
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Monday, May 18, 2020

COVID-19 Update (Monday May 18)
Here are the latest figures on COVID-19.
Monday, May 18, 2020

COVID-19 Update
Here's the latest on the COVID-19 pandemic as of Monday morning (May 18th).
Monday, May 18, 2020

One Dead in Newton Fire
One person died in a house fire in Newton early Sunday morning (May 17th).
Monday, May 18, 2020

Vale Restaurant To Reopen
Carrol Mitchem, chair of the Lincoln County Commissioners, has decided to openly defy Governor Roy Cooper's executive order and reopen the dining room of his restaurant, Mitchem's Kitchen, Monday morning (May 18th).
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Monday, May 18, 2020

National Peace Officers Memorial Week
May 15, 2020 is National Peace Officer Memorial Day and a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Sergeant who was killed on August 26, 1973 was honored with a wreath placed at his grave site at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Lincolnton.
Friday, May 15, 2020

School Board Votes To Hold Second Graduation
Friday's special meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Education was for the purpose of discussing the Schools' 2020-2021 budget according to the agenda, but the big news from the meeting was that Lincoln County Schools WILL have a traditional graduation July 31st or August 1st--if the pandemic situation permits.
Friday, May 15, 2020

Man Seriously Injured By Accidental Gunshot
A man was seriously injured when he accidently shot himself just before noon today. The 23-year-old man was holding a .44 caliber revolver when it accidently discharged striking the man in the left leg.
Thursday, May 14, 2020

Larceny
The chairman of the board of directors of the Spencer Mountain Road VFD has been charged with taking money from the department while he was treasurer.
Thursday, May 14, 2020

Police Seek Help In Drive-By Shooting
Gastonia Police are asking for the public’s help with a drive-by shooting case that resulted in the death of a 24-year-old Gastonia man.
Thursday, May 14, 2020

COVID-19 Update May 13th
Here's the latest update on COVID-19 in our area.
Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Man Robs Denver Convenience Store With Machete
The clerk told officers the individual was wearing a gray hoodie, gray tennis shoes, gray pants, with a black hockey style mask.
Wednesday, May 13, 2020

City Council Discusses Budget
When the Lincolnton City Council held its monthly meeting via WebEx last Thursday (May 7th), the 2020-2021 budget was the main item of discussion.  While the meeting made no final decisions, the proposed budget will likely keep the current tax rate and there won't be any increase in utility fees (for now).
Wednesday, May 13, 2020

COVID-19 Facts & Figures
The Lincoln County Health Department released three graphs Tuesday (May 12th) that show some details of the cases of COVID-19 so far in Lincoln County.
Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Have We Reached The Peak?
Have we reached the peak of new cases of COVID-19?  An Indiana firm that analyzes data says the country has and North Carolina will by the end of this week.
Tuesday, May 12, 2020

COVID-19 Update
Here's the latest update on the COVID-19 pandemic.
Monday, May 11, 2020

Late Night Traffic Stop Leads To Drug Arrests
A routine traffic stop while on late night patrol led to the arrests of two Catawba County residents on drug charges.
Monday, May 11, 2020

Some Businesses Reopen, But Tough Days Ahead
North Carolina began Phase One of Governor Cooper's reopening plan on Friday, but while more businesses are now open, the economy is still suffering from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Monday, May 11, 2020

Double Homicide
Hickory Police are investigating a double murder Sunday night (May 10th).
Monday, May 11, 2020

COVID-19 Update May 8th
It may seem like old news, but the COVID-19 pandemic is continuing.  While the number of new cases has slowed in some locations, the disease continues to claim lives.  Worldwide, 276,235 people have died; in the US, 78,615.  Here are the latest figures for our area.
Saturday, May 9, 2020

Reopening
North Carolina entered Phase One of Gov. Cooper's 'reopening' plan Friday evening.
Friday, May 8, 2020

Lincolnton Man Charged With Selling Woman's Car
A Lincolnton man has been charged with selling a woman's car without her permission.
Friday, May 8, 2020

Evidence Leads To Suspected Drug House
Lincoln Sheriff’s Office Charlie District deputies developed evidence Thursday (May 7, 2020) reference an ongoing narcotics investigation and secured enough information to obtain a search warrant for a residence at 733 A.C. Sherrill Road, Denver, NC.
Friday, May 8, 2020

GCS Conducting Online Registration For Kindergarten & Pre-K
It’s time for kindergarten and pre-kindergarten registration in Gaston County Schools! Because of the coronavirus pandemic, parents are asked to complete the registration process online.
Friday, May 8, 2020

2020--The Lost Year?
The Lincolnton City Council heard Thursday night that another event that normally occurs each year will likely be cancelled--the Independence Day Parade.  Other events including the Apple Festival may be in jeopardy.
Friday, May 8, 2020














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