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Odums Charged With Murder
The charge against a young Cherryville woman has been upgraded from assault to first degree murder in the shooting death of a Denver man at her apartment.  
Friday, May 7, 2021

Routine Check Turns Into Chase, Drugs & Guns Arrest
A routne check on a suspicious vehicle at the Quik Stop on NC73 turned into a chase, a wreck, and guns & drugs charges against two Charlotte men.
Friday, May 7, 2021

Back the Blue
One might say they got an early start to Police Week, approved by both the County Commissioners and Lincolnton City Council, as a local observance next week.  Members of Tri-County Back the Blue held a hot dog & hamburger cookout at Betty Ross Park in Lincolnton Thursday.
Friday, May 7, 2021

City Council Meeting: Budget, UDC Hall, Alive After Five
The Lincolnton City Council held its regular monthly meeting Thursday night.  The Council heard a report on the 2022 Budget, talked briefly about the County's decision on the Pleasant Retreat Academy building, and approved 2021's Alive After Five schedule from the Downtown Development Association.
Friday, May 7, 2021

Gaston College SBC: 53 Ideas
The Gaston College Small Business Center is set to soon work with other such groups at regional community colleges.
Friday, May 7, 2021

Body Found in Albemarle Is Missing Lincolnton Man
The body of a Lincolnton man reported missing in March of last year has been found in Albemarle.
Wednesday, May 5, 2021

School Board Names New Principals
The Lincoln County Board of Education approved four new principal assignments at a special meeting Tuesday evening (May 4th).

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Commissioners Hold Lengthy Meeting
Monday night's (May 3rd) Lincoln County Commissioners meeting lasted over three hours.  Commissioners approved a resolution designating next week as Police Week, decided to sell the Pleasant Retreat Academy building to Preservation North Carolina, and swapped some property with one of the Commissioners.
Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Cherryville Police Investigating Shooting
A 22-year-old Cherryville woman has been charged in a shooting Monday night (May 3rd).
Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Police Seek Help in Finding Stolen Bike
Gaston County Police are asking for help from the public in finding a stoien dirt bike.
Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Commissioners Will Decide to Keep or Sell UDC Hall
Lincoln County Commissioners will hold their First Monday meeting at 6:30 PM Monday at the County Adminstration Bldg. on N. Generals Blvd.  Whether the County should maintain ownership of the historic building at 129 E. Pine St. or sell it to Preservation North Carolina will be the subject of one of four public hearings.
Sunday, May 2, 2021

Gastonia Man Accused of Sex Offenses
A 21-year-old Gastonia man faces multiple charges related to alleged sex offenses involving a juvenile girl. 
Sunday, May 2, 2021

Second Suspect Apprehended
Gaston County Police have arrested a second suspect in connection with an April 14th murder near the Long Shoals area.
Saturday, May 1, 2021

Teen Charged With Assault
A 19-year-old from Lincolnton has been charged with sexual assault said to have happened last year.  
Saturday, May 1, 2021

Avery Pleads Guilty--Gets 20 Years
Steve Allen Avery, who killed a woman in 2019 and dumped her body off a bridge, entered a guilty plea to second degree murder this week.
Saturday, May 1, 2021

COVID Update
The pandemic isn't over.  It's worse than ever in some countries.  India's health system has been overwhelmed.  The virus continues unabated in Brazil.  Several US states are still in crisis.  But for our area, the end appears in sight.
Friday, April 30, 2021

More Drug Arrests
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office has reported two sets of arrests related to illegal drugs--one of them the result of a traffics stop and the other after a lengthy investigation.
Thursday, April 29, 2021

Drug Arrests
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office has reported two sets of arrests related to illegal drugs--one of them the result of a lengthy investigation and the other the result of a traffic stop for a non-working headlight.
Thursday, April 29, 2021

Missing Girl Has Been Found
That missing 13-year-old girl was found Wednesday evening.
Wednesday, April 28, 2021

(See updated article; she has been found OK.)
Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Young Cherryville Woman Charged With Killing Her Child
Cherryville Police have charged a 26-year-old woman with manslaughter in the January death of her three-year-old daughter.
Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Some Lincoln County Offices Can't Be Reached By Phone
Tried to reach a Lincoln County office and got a message saying their number was unavailable?  Lots of callers have told us they're experiencing the same problem.  The County is aware of it, and we're told that they and AT&T are working on a solution--which should be completed by late Thursday.
Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Second Suspect Charged
Gaston County Police have charged a second suspect in an April 14th murder.  Their search for another suspect who was also charged continues.
Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Vaccination Update
Here's the latest update on COVID-19 vaccination appointments for Lincoln County.
Monday, April 26, 2021

Courthouse Reuse Committee Meets Again Thursday
Work is progressing on Lincoln County's new courthouse.  What to do with the old one when the new one is occupied next year is being discussed by a Courthouse Reuse Committee.  Their next meeting will be Thursday (April 29th).
Monday, April 26, 2021

Man Charged With Murder in Drive-By Shooting
A young Claremont man has been charged with first degree murder in a Wednesday night drive-by shooting that resulted in the death of a 7-year-old child.
Friday, April 23, 2021

Homicide in Kings Mtn.
Kings Mtn. Police are investigating a Wednesday evening shooting that left a teenager dead.  Another young Kings Mtn. man has been charged with his murder.
Thursday, April 22, 2021

Child Killed In Drive-By Shooting
Hickory Police are investigating a drive-by shooting on Tate Blvd. Wednesday night that claimed the life of a 7-year-old child.
Thursday, April 22, 2021

Hodges International Gets Federal Grant, County Incentive
Just days after getting a $750,000 grant under the state’s federally-funded Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) - Economic Development program, Hodges International got approval Monday night for a Lincoln County Industrial Incentive grant.  The company plans to renovate an old mill in Lincolnton for its headquarters.
Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Here are the latest figures on the COVID-19 pandemic.  
Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Rap Video Production Leads To Death, Murder Charge
A Charlotte man has been charged with second degree murder after his niece died from a gunshot wound sustained during recording of a rap video in Gastonia's Highland community last Tuesday.  
Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Litter Sweep Update
This Thursday, April 22nd, is Earth Day.  First held on April 22, 1970, the annual event highlights multiple efforts at conservation, cleanup, etc. Cleaning up litter may seem a small thing, but it's one thing that many can easily do to improve life in their own community.
Monday, April 19, 2021

Dallas Man Charged In Shooting
Gaston County Police are seeking info on the whereabouts of a murder suspect.
Saturday, April 17, 2021

"It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over!"
The year-old COVID-19 pandemic has slowed from what it was in December & January, but make no mistake--it's not over! 
Friday, April 16, 2021

Self Gets 38-48 Years
The trial and extraordinarily long sentencing hearing is over.  Roger Self was sentenced Friday to a minimum of 38 years in prison for the murder of his daughter and daughter-in-law in May 2018.  
Friday, April 16, 2021

Vaccination Update for Lincoln County
The Lincoln County Health Dept. will be offering more COVID-19 vaccinations on Monday & Tuesday (April 19th & 20th) and Thursday & Friday (April 22nd & 23rd).
Thursday, April 15, 2021

Three-County Chase Ends in Wreck, Arrest
A chase through three counties ended with a Hickory man arrested on multiple charges.  
Thursday, April 15, 2021

Gaston County Police Investigating Shooting
Gaston County Police are investigating a shooting in the Landers Chapel area that resulted in the death of a Bessemer City man.
Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Missing Teen Is Found OK
A teenager reported missing from eastern Lincoln County has been found safe in Asheville.
Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Police Make Arrests in Two Shootings
Gastonia Police have made arrests in two shooting incidents, one of them one of two recent homicides.
Wednesday, April 14, 2021

New Industries Will Mean More Jobs
A Swedish plastics manufacturer announced Wednesday that it will locate a new plant in Gaston County in the Gastonia Technology Park near Dallas.  It was the second major industrial announcement this week. The other was a filtration products company that announced Monday it would locate a new plant in the Trivium Corporate Center at Hickory.
Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Can You Identify This Suspect?
Gaston County Police are asking for help in identifying a suspect in the theft of a golf cart from Mountain Island Charter School on Saturday (April 10th).
Wednesday, April 14, 2021

CDC Halts Use of J&J Vaccine
The CDC has temporarily halted use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine after six women were said to have developed blood clots after receiving the one-dose shot.  
Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Violence in Gastonia
Gastonia Police are investigating four shooting incidents, two of which resulted in deaths.
Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Missing Woman's Body Found, Man Charged With Murder
Gastonia Police have charged a man from Northampton County with murder in the death of a Gastonia woman.
Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Wreck at NC 18 & NC 27 Intersection
A Monday afternoon collision of a car with a tractor-trailer in northwestern Lincoln County killed a young Cleveland County woman.
Tuesday, April 13, 2021

COVID cases are increasing in some places; and the CDC has halted the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine temporarily.  Those are the headlines in the COVID pandemic story this week.
Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Two Missing Persons Have Been Found
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives say  two unrelated missing person cases have now been closed.
Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Medicaid Managed Care Is Coming
It has been talked about for over five years, and at one point, North Carolina was on the verge of moving into a Managed Care program for Medicaid.  Now, the program is finally about to begin, and those who are Medicaid recipients have choices to make.
Monday, April 12, 2021

Fatal Accidents
Two Lincoln County residents were killed in fatal wrecks over the weekend.
Monday, April 12, 2021

Police Seeking Information On Two Homicides
Gastonia Police are asking for help from the public in their investigation of two homicides in that city.  
Monday, April 12, 2021

Vaccination Update
Need to get vaccinated against COVID?  The Lincoln County Health Dept. will have first dose clinics (Moderna vaccine) Thursday and Friday (April 15th & 16th).  As of Tuesday evening, appointments were still available.  
Monday, April 12, 2021

Arrested For 2019 Break=ins
A Catawba County man has been charged with breaking into mini-storage units in Lincoln County in 2019.
Saturday, April 10, 2021

Commissioners Talk Budget
Lincoln County Commissioners held another budget workshop Friday (April 9th) and laid the groundwork for a budget presentation at their first Monday in May meeting.
Friday, April 9, 2021

Police Seek Help With Missing Person Case
Gaston County Police are asking the public for help in locating a woman missing since March 27th.
Friday, April 9, 2021

Lincolnton Man Drowns In Pool
An older Lincolnton man known to have balance issues apparently drowned in the pool at his residence Thursday afternoon.
Thursday, April 8, 2021

Lincoln County Middle Schools Third Quarter Honor Roll
Lincoln County Schools proudly recognizes the A and A-B honor roll students for the third quarter in the middle schools for the 2020-2021 school year.
Thursday, April 8, 2021

Inmates Get Vaccinated
Clusters of COVID-19 have occurred at many jails during the pandemic.  Sheriff Bill Beam used isolation of new arrivals to lessen the likelihood of cases developing at the Harven Crouse Detention facility.  Now, some inmates have also had their COVID vaccinations. 
Thursday, April 8, 2021

Hickory Police Say Two Were Injured Wednesday Night
Hickory Police are investigating a shooting incident that left a woman seriously injured Wednesday night.
Thursday, April 8, 2021

Party Turns Violent, One Left Dead
Shelby Police are investigating two incidents involving multiple gunshots Tuesday night into early Wednesday (April 6-7).  The second left an 18-year-old dead.
Wednesday, April 7, 2021

COVID-19 Update
The good news is that it isn't the big news it was just three months ago; and the long year of battling the invisible enemy, the SARS-CoV-2 virus, may be coming to an end.
Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Updated: Missing Man FOUND
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office had asked for help from the public to finda missing man from western Lincoln County.  He has been found safe in Jacksonville, Florida.
Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Tuesday Morning Shooting
Lincolnton Police are investigating a shooting incident that left two people with injuries and resulted in the arrest of a Lincolnton man.
Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Lincolnton Pilot OK After SC Plane Crash
A pilot from  Lincolnton escaped serious injury Monday afternoon (April 5th) when his experimental aircraft crashed in Spartanburg County, South Carolina.  Here's the story including a link to a tv news report from station WYFF (channel 4) in Greenville, SC.
Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Rabid Calf Reported In Cleveland County
Cleveland County has joined Gaston in reporting a case of rabies in a farm animal.
Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Commissioners Approve Four Industrial Incentive Grants
Lincoln County Commissioners approved four new Industrial Incentive Grants at their meeting Monday night (April 5th) that will bring 66 new jobs to the county and help four industries to expand their local operations.
Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Public Help Needed To Find Missing Girl
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office detectives are asking for the public's help in locating a missing teen.
Monday, April 5, 2021

Denver Man Charged After DSS Reported Allegations
A Denver man was arrested Saturday and charged with sexual crimes involving children.
Monday, April 5, 2021

Commissioners To Talk Planning For Growth
Lincoln County Commissioners will hold two meetings Monday afternoon and evening.
Monday, April 5, 2021

Staving Off A Surge
The race is on!  Nationally, numbers of new cases of COVID-19 are once again increasing as restrictions are relaxed and many have decided they no longer need to observe the 3Ws that healthcare experts say are still necessary.
Sunday, April 4, 2021

Gaston County Reports Rabid Horse Near Cherryville
Gaston County had previously reported two cases of rabies this year--both in wild animals: one a fox, the other a skunk.  The third case last week was a horse near Cherryville.
Saturday, April 3, 2021

Lincoln County COVID Vaccinations
The Lincoln County Health Dept. will offer COVID vaccinations to all adults next Wednesday, Thursday & Friday--but you do need an appointment.  Appointments will be made available beginning this Thursday until all slots are filled.  
Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Traffic Stop Leads To Arrest Of Passenger
A traffic stop of a vehicle traveling Highway 150 West has led to the arrest of a passenger in the vehicle on outstanding warrants.
Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Two Hospitalized After Shooting In Maiden
A Hickory man has been charged after a shooting in Maiden Friday night (March 26th) sent two people to hospitals in serious condition.
Saturday, March 27, 2021

Denver Wreck Claims Two Lives
An afternoon collision on Campground Road in Denver killed two Charlotte residents Friday (March 26th).  The wreck closed the road for over two hours.  
Saturday, March 27, 2021

Western Lincoln County Man Charged With Trafficking Drugs
On March 22, 2021 narcotics investigators observed a hand-to-hand transaction in the parking lot of a Lincoln County business.  Officers then made contact with Ray Louis Wylie, 71, of Doyle Beam Memorial Road, Vale, NC and Trenton Christopher Carver, 26, of Old Lincolnton-Crouse Road, Lincolnton, NC.
Thursday, March 25, 2021

Traffic Stop Leads To Drug Arrest
On March 23, 2021 while Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics officers were conducting a surveillance operation, patrol deputies were dispatched to assist with a traffic stop of a vehicle.
Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Cooper Relaxes Restrictions
Beginning Friday, restaurants can operate at 75% capacity.  Football games can increase the number of fans allowed to 50% instead of 30%.  These are just two of the changes announced Tuesday (March 23rd) by Governor Roy Cooper.
Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Vale Man Arrested On Drug Charges True Bill of Indictment
The True Bill of Incident involves four felony counts of trafficking in methamphetamine, one felony count of possession with the intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine, and one felony count of maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of sell, store and manufacture methamphetamine.
Monday, March 22, 2021

Back-To-School Monday In Lincoln County
While other area school systems opted to delay going back to Plan A (in-person classes) for all grades until April 12th, Lincoln County Schools will begin five-day in-person classes this Monday (March 22nd).
Sunday, March 21, 2021

Another Rabies Case In Gaston County
Gaston County Animal Control has recorded its second case of rabies in a wild animal this year.
Sunday, March 21, 2021

Herd Immunity--Or A Fourth Wave?
Vaccinations against the SARS-CoV-2 virus are increasing.  Over 11% of the adult population in our area has now been fully vaccinated (two doses of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or one of Johnson & Johnson).  Still, health experts warn that a fourth wave of COVID-19 may be coming.

Friday, March 19, 2021

Group 4 Now Eligible For COVID Vaccinations
More people in North Carolina are now eligible to get a COVID vaccination.  Group 4 was added to the list of those eligible on Wednesday (March 17th).  Here's the latest update on vaccination locations.
Thursday, March 18, 2021

Sheriff's Detectives Investigating Drive-By Shooting
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a drive-by shooting where shots were fired into an occupied dwelling and a vehicle parked in the driveway.
Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Catawba County Schools Go In-Person April 12th
While Lincoln County is planning to go back to five days per week in-person classes on Monday (March 22nd), Catawba County will go to four days per week in-person classes on April 12th.
Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Update: Lincoln County Schools Return To In-Person Classes
Lincoln County Schools will begin five days per week in-person classes for all grades effective Monday (March 22nd).  Here's an update on what you can expect.
Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Accident Closes Highway
An early morning accident closed down the northbound lanes of US 321 north of Lincolnton Tuesday morning (March 16th).
Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Commissioners Meeting March 15th
Lincoln County Commissioners held a short, but productive, mid-monthly meeting Monday evening (March 15th).
Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Saine Tries Again
If you're a fan of Daylight Time, you'll like the bill introduced Monday by NC State Rep. Jason Saine.
Monday, March 15, 2021

Matthews Man Killed On US 74 At Kings Mtn.
What has been described as likely a freak accident left a Matthews man dead on US 74 at Kings Mountain Monday morning.
Monday, March 15, 2021

Lincoln County Schools Will Return To In-Person Monday
On a 5-2 vote, Lincoln County's Board of Education decided at a special called meeting Monday morning (March 15th) to have all grades return to full in-person classes next Monday (March 22nd). Catawba and Gaston County school boards decided Monday evening to return to in-person classes four days each week beginning April 12th.
Monday, March 15, 2021

It's Not Over Yet
There's both good news and bad news related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The good news is that we've made progress and the worst may be over.  The bad news is that we haven't yet reached the end of the pandemic--and more people will still get sick and some will die.
Saturday, March 13, 2021

Getting Ready For More In-Person Learning
Following the passage of a law aimed to fully reopen schools to in-person education, area school boards will meet Monday to begin efforts to comply with the new rules.
Saturday, March 13, 2021

Man Shot By Police In Belmont
The man shot by police outside a car dealership in Belmont Thursday afternoon (March 11th) has been identified as 45-year-old Dustan Jennings Hoffman.
Friday, March 12, 2021

Two Moped Riders Killed, Newton Man Charged
Two moped riders from Iron Station were killed on US 321 north of Dallas Wednesday night when their moped was struck from behind.  A Newton man allegedly fled the scene but has been charged in the accident.
Thursday, March 11, 2021

Ayers Named Supt. In Jackson County
Dr. Dana Ayers, who many from Lincoln County will remember for her time as principal of Lincolnton Middle School, has been named the new superintendent of Jackson County Schools, a 4,000-student school system in the southwestern North Carolina mountains.
Thursday, March 11, 2021

It's Official Now
Prior to Tuesday evening's Board of Education meeting, a reception was held for Dr. Aaron Allen, recently chosen as the Superintendent of Lincoln County Schools.
Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Two County Vehicle Chase Ends In Western Lincoln County
On March 7, 2021 patrol deputies with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to assist Gaston County Sheriff’s Office with the pursuit of a vehicle that continued into Lincoln County. 
Monday, March 8, 2021

Gaston College Alumna Uses Skills At Law Firm
You might say Gaston College helped her Cruz to success. Joie Da Cruz is bringing her paralegal skills and unique perspective to her job with the Charlotte-based King Law Offices. Da Cruz is a 2020 graduate of the school’s paralegal technology program.
Sunday, March 7, 2021

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