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Segura Among Best & Brightest At Lincoln Charter
Come August, Segura will be off to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He plans to earn a bachelor’s degree there, majoring in political science and minoring in either Spanish or history.
Sunday, May 26, 2019

Financial Card Fraud May Involve Skimmers
Hickory Police are searching for a couple who may be using skimmers to help them steal card information, then fraudulently getting funds at area ATMs.
Sunday, May 26, 2019

Budget Time
Area cities and counties, like all others in North Carolina, are required to adopt their fiscal 2020 budget by July 1st.  While nothing has been finalized yet, it appears likely that property taxes will be going up around the area.
Sunday, May 26, 2019

Memorial Day
Monday is Memorial Day, a day to remember those who died while serving our country in the military.
Sunday, May 26, 2019

Power Outage In Dallas Is Over
Gaston County has had its second power outage of the week--this time in Dallas. With the high temperature expected to hit 94 on Saturday, many were sweltering in the heat. Power was off in the whole town from 11 Friday night until about 2:30 Saturday afternoon.
Saturday, May 25, 2019

Academic Achievement Awards
The Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce held its 40th annual Academic Achievement Awards banquet Thursday evening at the James W. Warren Citizens Center--recognizing the top 10 students from each of the Lincoln County Schools high schools and announcing winner's of this year's Bo Moore Scholarships.
Thursday, May 23, 2019

Taylorsville Man Assaulted & Robbed At Walking Trail
A Taylorsville man was assaulted and robbed after meeting a man at the Lincoln County Walking Trail in the 2600 block of Laboratory Road, Lincolnton today. The suspect goes by the profile name of “Ethan” on the dating website where the two men met.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Landen Johnson, 9, Honorary Sheriff's Detective
When the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office heard the story of Landen Johnson’s fascination with law enforcement and crime scene investigations, officers went into action to make that happen.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Gaston Commissioners Discuss Budget
Gaston County Commissioners held a special session Wednesday morning (May 22nd) to talk about the county's fiscal 2020 budget.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Student Arrested For Threats Of Mass Violence
A North Gaston High School student was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly made threats of violence against a number of students at the school.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Mason Hodges Among The Best At North Lincoln
Come August, Hodges will be off to North Carolina State University. He plans to study civil engineering and obtain a job with Duke Energy when he graduates.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Deputy Shoots Dog After Being Bitten, Knocked To Ground
A Lincoln County deputy shot a dog after he was attacked while investigating stolen property in High Shoals Tuesday morning (May 21st).  The deputy sustained minor injuries and the dog, a pit bull, appears likely to survive.
Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Local Water Systems Honored For Water Quality
If you live in the city of Lincolnton or outside the city but get your water from Lincolnton's water system, you're drinking some of the cleanest water in North Carolina.
Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Tenowo Expansion Grant Request Gets Commissioners' Approval
Lincoln County Commissioners approved a tax incentive grant at Monday night's (May 20th) meeting that will allow a successful industry to expand its operation even further, providing more local jobs and continuing the development of diverse industries in the county.
Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Commissioners Hear Final Budget Presentation
Lincoln County Commissioners got their final presentation of the fiscal 2019-2020 budget Monday night (May 20th).  A public hearing on the budget will be held at the June 3rd Commissioners meeting.
Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Jordan Cody Among North Lincoln's Best
Come August, Cody will be off to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She plans to major in political science and minor in philosophy. “I hope to attend law school,” she said, “and potentially become a human rights attorney or a U.S. attorney.”

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Teen Drowns After Boat Sinks Near Belmont
A teenager from Gastonia drowned after a small boat sank near Belmont early Monday morning.
Monday, May 20, 2019

Taylor Crates On Track To Be ELHS Valedictorian
Crates will soon be off for higher studies at the prestigious Trinity College of Dublin where she plans to study economics and philosophy. Following graduation from Trinity, she hopes to attend law school.
Monday, May 20, 2019

Lincoln County Schools Retirement Banquet
Lincoln County Schools held the annual Retirement Banquet Thursday (May 16th) saying "thank you" to 19 teachers, coaches and other employees who either are retiring at the end of this school year or have already retired during 2018-2019.
Saturday, May 18, 2019

West Lincoln Sisters Injured In Accident
The daughters of West Lincoln High School principal Brian Clary--Jordan, a senior at West and Olivia, a sophomore--were seriously injured in a traffic accident on Highway 27 at Guy Heavner Road late Thursday afternoon (May 16th).
Thursday, May 16, 2019

Inmate Who Attempted Suicide Removed From Life Support
An inmate at the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center who attempted to hang himself on Monday, May 13, 2019 died Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at Atrium Health in Charlotte after being removed from his life support per the request of family members.
Thursday, May 16, 2019

Gaston County Police Arrest Man & Woman Wanted In Murder
Gaston County Police arrested a man and woman Wednesday who were wanted in connection with the death of a Stanley woman on May 5th. They were apprehended at a residence near East Gaston High School.
Thursday, May 16, 2019

Two Gaston County residents have been charged with murder in the shooting death of a Shelby man early Wednesday morning.
Thursday, May 16, 2019

Delta Sigma Presents Scholarships & Awards
The Delta Sigma chapter of The Delta Kappa Gamma International Society announced scholarship and award winners for 2019 on Thursday, May 9 at Boger City United Methodist Church.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Public Meetings On I-85 Plans
The NCDOT is holding two meetings next week (May 21st & 22nd) to tell the public about planned improvements for Interstate 85 between US 321 in Gastonia and NC 73, the Belmont-Mt. Holly exit.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Dept. Of Labor Warns Of Poster Scam
The North Carolina Dept. of Labor says a company has been calling employers attempting to get them to buy posters that are furnished free by the Dept. of Labor.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Wreath Placed In Honor Of Sgt. John H. Howell II
May 15, 2019 is National Peace Officer Memorial Day and a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Sergeant who was killed on August 26, 1973 is honored with a wreath placed at his grave site at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Lincolnton.
Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Leonard Wealth Management Celebrates 60th Year In Business
Leonard Wealth Management is celebrating their 60th year in business in Lincolnton. The firm is owned and operated by J. Cain Leonard, CEP®, MCEP® and was established in 1959, by Leonard’s father Joseph “Joe” C. Leonard, as the first stock brokerage firm in Lincoln County.
Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Inmate In Critical Condition After Attempted Suicide
A Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center inmate is listed in critical condition after an attempted suicide on Monday, May 13, 2019.
Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Wreck Victim Identified As Cherryville Man
Gastonia Police released information about a Saturday (May 11th) fatal crash Monday.  The victim was a Cherryville man, Deric Durell Clayton.
Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Father Charged With Misdemeanor In Child Shooting Incident
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives have charged the father of a child in connection with an accidental shooting incident involving a one-year-old child and a two-year-old child.
Monday, May 13, 2019

National Police Week
This is National Police Week.
Monday, May 13, 2019

Virginia Women Facing Drug Charges
Two Virginia women were arrested Friday in Cleveland County after they were found to be trafficking drugs with their children in their vehicle with them.
Monday, May 13, 2019

Detectives Investigating Shooting Incident Involving A Child
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a shooting incident involving a one-year-old child and a three year old child.
Sunday, May 12, 2019

A property owner says he'll give a reward if someone can identify the man who stole items from his vehicle at his home last Wednesday.
Sunday, May 12, 2019

Murder Charges Filed
Gaston County Police have filed murder charges in the death of a Stanley woman whose car crashed into the water at Seven Oaks Boat Landing near Belmont last Sunday (May 5th).
Sunday, May 12, 2019

Domino's Names Lou Ann Dellinger US Manager Of The Year
The manager of the Lincolnton Domino's has been named the US Manager of the Year.
Saturday, May 11, 2019

About Taxes & Growth
None of the area counties (or cities and towns) has actually adopted a budget for fiscal 2019-2020, but the likelihood of the cost of taxes to property owners has been a subject of much debate recently.
Friday, May 10, 2019

Narcotics Unit Seizes Record Amount Of Cocaine
A traffic stop has led to the seizure of the largest ever amount of cocaine in Lincoln County. Narcotics Investigators and Baker District deputies stopped a vehicle on the Gastonia Highway. A search turned up cocaine weighing 117 pounds. The street value of the cocaine was estimated at $6.4 million.
Thursday, May 9, 2019

Lincoln County Schools 'Of The Year' Awards
The Lincoln County Schools held their annual 'Of the Year' Awards presentation Wednesday afternoon (May 8th).  Some of the awards had already been announced, but others were announced at the event.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Maiden Police Arrest Two During Traffic Stop
On Sunday, May 5 at 11:09 p.m., Maiden Police officers initiated a traffic stop for Failure to Display Taillights on Startown Road. During the officer’s interactions they observed several used, uncapped hypodermic needles, and other drug paraphernalia.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Fire Destroys Home In Shelby
Fire destroyed a home on Cherryville Road (NC150) in Shelby Wednesday morning (May 8th).  There were some anxious moments since firefighters had been told someone might be inside the home.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Gaston County Schools Honors Outstanding Educators
Four employees captured the most prestigious awards presented by Gaston County Schools during the 2019 Evening of Excellence ceremony. The program sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank was held Monday, May 6 at the Gaston Country Club.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Lincoln County Man Charged With Theft From Employer
A Lincoln County man has been charged in connection with using his employer’s credit card to make unauthorized purchases.
Tuesday, May 7, 2019

LHS JROTC Earns Distinguished Service Award
Lincolnton High School’s JROTC cadets are truly taking flight. The unit is one of 376 nationwide to earn the Distinguished Service Award for performance well above and beyond normal expectations. Its members were recently recognized by the United States Air Force for outstanding service to their school and community.
Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Drug Arrests In Catawba County
The Catawba County Sheriff's Office has announced two more arrests on charges related to illegal drugs.
Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Alleged Cherryville Thief Caught In Newton
Cooperation between law enforcement agencies resulted in a quick arrest after an alleged larceny at the Cherryville Walmart early Monday morning.
Monday, May 6, 2019

Rebecca Pate Opens Country Store In Reepsville Area
Trying to bring back that old-fashioned feel of country stores can be mighty hard nowadays. But reclaiming that sense of days gone by is just what this local businesswoman set out to do. The store is located in the former Hampton’s Gas Station in the rural Reepsville area, just outside Lincolnton.
Monday, May 6, 2019

Official Presentation Of The 2019-20 Lincolnton City Budget
The City Manager’s proposed budget for the Fiscal Year 2019-20 dominated the discussion at Thursday night’s Lincolnton City Council Meeting. The City Council will hold a public hearing at their June meeting to receive public comment on the proposed budget.
Friday, May 3, 2019

ELBA Meeting Considers Current/Future Needs
The East Lincoln Betterment Association held a community meeting Tuesday evening (April 30th) at the East Lincoln Community Center.  Chiefs of two fire departments, the County's Director of Planning, the EMS Director and the Sheriff all detailed what they see as current and future needs for the area.
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Lake Patrol Unit Attends Public Safety Boat Class
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Lake Patrol Unit joined 12 other agencies in the 2019 Public Safety Boat Class hosted by the Cornelius Fire Department.
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Newton Man Arrested For County Vehicle Break-Ins
A Newton man has been arrested in connection with a number of break-ins to unlocked vehicles at homes off the Buffalo Shoals Road.
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Teachers March On Raleigh
It's becoming an annual event.  A year ago (May 16, 2018) the NCAE sponsored a march on Raleigh in support of education.  This year, the event is planned for Wednesday (May 1st).
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

No Jail Time For Reid
Jason Reid, a former deputy in both Lincoln and Catawba counties, and candidate last year in the Primary Election for Catawba County Sheriff, entered a guilty plea in court Monday that will end his law enforcement career.
Monday, April 29, 2019

Solar Farm Near High Shoals Gets Approval
An abandoned golf course that had become a location for illegal drug sales will now become a solar farm.  Gaston County Commissioners reversed an earlier denial for the project after neighbors decided a solar farm would be better for the neighborhood than drug deals.
Sunday, April 28, 2019

Vasquez, Tallent Amongst A Host Of Gaston College Grads
Mideyshka Vasquez and Nick Tallent are among the school’s top graduates in its class of 2019. Vazquez has excelled as a participant in the college’s SPARC program and Tallent has been nominated as a finalist for the NC State Goodnight Scholars Transfer Program.
Sunday, April 28, 2019

Guardian Ad Litem Program Makes A Difference
Gaston County’s guardian ad litem program is making a difference in the lives of many local children.
Saturday, April 27, 2019

Can You Identify?
Lincolnton Police are asking for help from the public in identifying the person or persons involved in a break-in at the new Lincoln County Communications Center.
Friday, April 26, 2019

More Armed Robberies In Hickory
The plethora of armed robberies continues in the Hickory area.  Since April 2nd, the Hickory Police Department has responded to three separate armed robberies that are believed to have been committed by the same suspect.  Details of the robberies were similar to the others that have been reported over the last eight months.
Friday, April 26, 2019

Murder Suspect In Custody
On Thursday, April 25 at approximately 1:40 p.m. the Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office located Joseph Barker and took him into custody. More Information will be forthcoming.
Thursday, April 25, 2019

Gastonia Man Charged In Connection With False Bomb Threat
A Gastonia man has been charged in connection with a making a second false bomb threat to a business where he was employed.
Thursday, April 25, 2019

Fatal Wreck
A Kings Mountain man died in a traffic accident on Interstate 85 in Gastonia Wednesday evening (April 24th).
Thursday, April 25, 2019

Catalytic Converter Thefts
The Cleveland County Sheriff's Office says it is hoping for help from the public in indentifying thieves who have been stealing catalytic converters from vehicles in that county and at least three others.
Thursday, April 25, 2019

J. Cain Leonard II earns MCEP®
The National Institute of Certified Estate Planners (NICEP) is pleased to announce the graduation of Mr. J. Cain Leonard, II from the Master Certified Estate Planner™ course. Mr. Leonard is currently the 2nd MCEP® in the State of North Carolina.
Thursday, April 25, 2019

Maiden Girl Killed In Head-On Collision
A 17-year-old Maiden girl was killed Tuesday when her vehicle crossed the center line and collided headon with a truck on Startown Road.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Person Of Interest Being Sought In Shooting On Plateau Road
Barker is a person of interest in a shooting at 4700 Plateau Road, Vale, N.C. that occurred on April 23, 2019. Anyone with information about Barker’s location or with other relevant information, is encouraged to contact the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office at 828-464-5241. Barker should be considered armed and dangerous, do not approach him.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Lincoln County Man Charged With Child Sexual Assault
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives have charged a Lincoln County man with sexual assault of a 15-year-old female.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Tori Frappier: From Engineering To Education
For Tori Thomas Frappier, nothing is more important than education. The young and dynamic Frappier is among the local professionals under 40 who are helping to shape the future of our region.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Narcotics Investigators Arrest Man On Numerous Drug Charges
Narcotics investigators and Baker District deputies executed a search warrant at the residence in the 4100 block of Gladstone Lane, Maiden, N.C. on April 22, 2019.  During the search officers located marijuana, methamphetamine and various prescription pills.
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Police Arrest Man After Five-Hour Standoff
A Monday night incident near Dallas ended without injury when police stormed a residence where a wanted man barricaded himself and refused to surrender.  After a five-hour standoff, police entered the house and the culprit was arrested.
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Gastonia Police and Fire Departments say a Saturday (April 20th) fire at a home on Myrtle Street was intentionally set.
Monday, April 22, 2019

A Cherryville man has entered a guilty plea to charges he secretly videotaped girls--some of them underage--aboard his yacht at Myrtle Beach and elsewhere.
Monday, April 22, 2019

Reepsville Road Closed For Bridge Replacement
A section of Reepsville Road will be closed to traffic for several months beginning today (Monday April 22nd).
Monday, April 22, 2019

New restaurants, new stores, good and bad news from industry, and gas prices going up--it's all a part of our latest Business News report.
Monday, April 22, 2019

Taxes Going Up
If you live in Lincolnton and/or Lincoln County, your property taxes are going up.
Monday, April 22, 2019

It Was A Tornado
The National Weather Service said Saturday (April 20th) that the storm that struck Lincolnton and other areas on Friday (April 19th) was in fact a tornado.
Sunday, April 21, 2019

Three Cheers For Volunteers
Residents at Heath House have plenty of reasons to count their blessings during National Volunteer Appreciation Month in April. From local parishes and entertainers to bingo and beauty queens, the DePaul Senior Living Community in Lincolnton has many dedicated volunteers.
Sunday, April 21, 2019

NC73 Plan Chosen
The North Carolina Dept. of Transporation has selected one of three alternatives for the widening of NC73 from NC16 in Lincoln County to Northcross Drive in Huntersville.
Friday, April 19, 2019

Storm Does Heavy Damage
While the National Weather Service issued a Tornado Warning, there was no funnel cloud so far as we know--but there was considerable damage Friday afternoon when a severe thunderstorm rolled northward from Lincolnton to Maiden.
Friday, April 19, 2019

West Lincoln Library Groundbreaking April 25
The Lincoln County Public Library invites the public to a Groundbreaking Ceremony for the new West Lincoln Library on Thursday, April 25 at 4 p.m. The festivities will include remarks by local officials, an opportunity for the public to see the new West Lincoln Branch layout and light refreshments.  A completion date of early January 2020 is expected. 
Friday, April 19, 2019

Lincolnton Attorney Disbarred
According to North Carolina Lawyers Weekly, Lincolnton attorney John Lafferty, Jr. has been disbarred.
Friday, April 19, 2019

Another Armed Robbery
Shortly after midnight Thursday morning (April 18th), Hickory Police responded to the Walgreen's at 2915 N. Center St. after yet another armed robbery--at least the tenth with similar details since early September 2018.
Thursday, April 18, 2019

Silver Alert Cancelled For Missing Lincoln County Man
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives say a missing 19-year-old Lincoln County man has been located and is safe. The Silver Alert for Ayers will be cancelled.
Thursday, April 18, 2019

Maiden Woman Charged With Exploitation Of An Elderly Person
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives have charged a Maiden woman with taking money from an elderly Lincoln County man’s bank account.
Thursday, April 18, 2019

Silver Alert Issued For Missing 20-Year-Old
Noah Andrew Ayers, 20, of Lincolnton was last seen leaving his residence around 2 an unknown vehicle with unknown occupants. The information for the Silver Alert is based on information provided by a foster parent concerning cognitive impairment and he is on medications.
Thursday, April 18, 2019

Missing Man Returns Home & Is Safe
A missing Lincoln County man has returned home and is safe. Higgins returned home last night (April 17, 2019) and is safe. Thanks to everyone who helped get the message out.
Thursday, April 18, 2019

Gaston County Reports Rabid Racoon
Gaston County has reported its first confirmed rabies case of 2019.
Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Gastonia Police Promotions, New Officers
The city of Gastonia has announced multiple promotions and new officers recently sworn in as a part of the Gastonia Police Department.
Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Public's Help Needed To Locate Missing Man
Higgins was last seen by his fiancée around 7:30 a.m. on April 15, 2019 as she was leaving for work.  Higgins left his cell phone at the residence and did not report for work at a business on Highway 150 west of Lincolnton, NC.
Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Another Armed Robbery In Hickory
Hickory Police are investigating yet another armed robbery.
Monday, April 15, 2019

Shooting Suspect Arrested In Gaston County
Gaston County Police arrested a Charlotte man Friday (April 12th) who was wanted in a South Carolina shooting.
Monday, April 15, 2019

Lincolnton City Elections Won't Be Changing
We reported in March that a resolution approved by the Lincolnton City Council probably wouldn't get far in an effort to move City elections back to odd-numbered years.
Monday, April 15, 2019

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 2018-19 school year.
Sunday, April 14, 2019

County Police Still Seeking Information Regarding Jamie Fraley
Jamie Michelle Fraley was reported missing on April 11, 2008 from 1850 Lowell Bethesda Road, Gastonia, NC. Jamie was 22-years-old when she disappeared and would be 33 years of age now.
Thursday, April 11, 2019

Timken Grant Helps Community Build 2019
Through the support of the Timken Foundation, this year’s build will be led by the fundraising efforts and activities of the affiliate’s High School Habitat Campus Chapters.
Thursday, April 11, 2019

Three People Charged With Breaking, Entering & Larceny
Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies have charged three people in connection with a break-in and larceny from a storage building on Elm Grove Road.
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Bosiak District Winner In Shell Science Lab Challenge
Bosiak’s best teaching strategies are immersion in real-world, relevant topics. She says anyone can learn by participating in hands-on activities, particularly through project-based learning projects.
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Update On Septic Tank Permits
Progress is being made in addressing a staffing shortage at the Lincoln County Health Dept. that has resulted in a backlog of applications for septic tank permits holding up construction of new homes.
Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Lincoln County Schools Conduct Reunification Drill
In preparation for a natural disaster or shooter evacuation event, Lincoln County Schools in conjunction with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Emergency Management Services, Lincoln County Communications Center, and the Fire Department practiced reunification of students and staff during a school-wide drill at West Lincoln Middle School on Friday, April 5.
Monday, April 8, 2019

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