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Bessemer City Earns "Healthy Gaston" Silver Honors
It’s all about getting healthy. It’s “Healthy Gaston,” an initiative of the Gaston Together Health Care Commission, and it’s a process to help businesses, schools and churches create a culture of wellness for their employees.
Sunday, September 15, 2019

Missing Lincoln County Teen Located In South Carolina
A missing Lincoln County teen was located Friday night (September 13) in Greenville, South Carolina.
Saturday, September 14, 2019

Bulow Bowman Awards Scholarships To Two LC High School Students
The Bulow Bowman Scholarship Fund has announced its 2019 undergraduate scholarship awards to Emily Atkinson, graduate of ELHS, and Tanner Buff, graduate NLHS.
Friday, September 13, 2019

Lincolnton Woman Charged With Belmont Robbery & Kidnapping
A Lincolnton woman has been charged in connection with a robbery and kidnapping that occurred in Belmont Monday night of two Belmont Abbey College baseball players.
Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Public To Commissioners: Emphatic "No" On School
A proposed scheme to build a new charter school in Denver appears dead in the water. Members of the public, most of them hailing from eastern Lincoln County, voiced passionate and nearly unanimous opposition during a public hearing at Monday night’s 2.5-hour meeting.
Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Public's Help Needed To Locate Missing Teen
Family members say 16-year-old Selena Rodriguez left the residence around 10 p.m. on September 5, 2019.  They say a vehicle was heard outside the home and believe she was picked up by the vehicle but were unable to provide a color or make of vehicle.
Monday, September 9, 2019

Sheriff's Deputies Charge Man With Assaulting A Female
Deputies were dispatched to a residence on Kellom Lane on September 8, 2019 to investigate a possible sexual assault.
Monday, September 9, 2019

Registered Sex Offender Facing Sexual Assault Charge
A Lincoln County man is facing sexual assault charges in connection with an incident that occurred during the early morning hours of September 8, 2019.
Monday, September 9, 2019

Lincoln County Senior Center Closed Through Wednesday
The old site on Academy Street will be closed through Wednesday. The new site, at 612 Center Drive in Lincolnton, will open with very limited class schedules on Thursday and Friday. Normal activities will resume on Monday, Sept. 16.  A Grand Opening and Open House will be held on Friday, Sept. 27.
Monday, September 9, 2019

Gaston's Overall Student Proficiency Increases Again
The student proficiency rate for Gaston County Schools increased slightly, and the school district experienced its most significant gains in science and middle school math, according to information released by the North Carolina State Board of Education.
Saturday, September 7, 2019

Lincoln County Water Rescue Team Moving To Outer Banks
The Lincoln County Water Rescue Team is moving to the Outer Banks to assist with rescue efforts due to Hurricane Dorian. The team was originally dispatched to Plymouth, N.C. then transferred to Washington, N.C. where they awaited assignment.
Friday, September 6, 2019

City Approves Up-Scale Restaurant Incentives
The City Council took a big step to lure upscale restaurants to the downtown area. Called the Targeted Incentive Program, the funding would be in the form of a forgivable loan. The recipients of this loan would have to meet some very strict conditions.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Another Rabies Case
A family pet had to be euthanized after it fought with a rabid skunk.  It was the 7th confirmed rabies case in Gaston County this year.
Friday, September 6, 2019

LCS Releases Ready Accountability Report & Graduation Rate
Lincoln County Schools reported that 16 of 21 schools, whose growth status is reported by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI), achieved expected growth, with two of those schools exceeding growth expectations.
Friday, September 6, 2019

LC Water Rescue Team Deployed For Hurricane Dorian
The team was dispatched Tuesday afternoon to Plymouth, N.C. which will be the staging area until they receive additional orders from the North Carolina Emergency Operations Center or if Hurricane Dorian impacts the area around Plymouth.
Thursday, September 5, 2019

Medicare Warns About Scam
Have you heard about the latest scam? Scammers are offering “free” genetic tests and claiming Medicare will cover it — so they can get your Medicare Number and use it to commit fraud and identity theft.
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Missing Man Found
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives say a man reported missing Monday evening (Sep. 2nd) has been found and is safe.
Monday, September 2, 2019

Dallas Fatality Still Being Investigated
A Dallas man was struck & killed on the Dallas-Stanley Highway near his home Friday evening.
Sunday, September 1, 2019

City Council To Consider Restaurant Incentive Program
Want to open a full-service restaurant in downtown Lincolnton?  The City Council will consider two proposals Thursday night that may help an entrepreneur do just that.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Dr. Justin Arnold Is New At Gaston College
Gaston College has a new face in its economic and work force development department. The college recently hired Dr. Justin Arnold as the department’s associate vice president.
Saturday, August 31, 2019

Lincoln Herald Celebrates 7th Anniversary
On Aug. 29, 2012 the Lincoln Herald went live. It's only our seventh anniversary but we hope for many more, and while some of us won't be around to see it, we dream of what the Lincoln Herald will become a decade or two into the future. Thanks to our readers, advertisers and staff for bringing us this far!
Thursday, August 29, 2019

Two More Rabies Cases In Gaston County
Gaston County has recorded its 5th and 6th confirmed rabies cases of 2019. 
Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Two Arrested After Chase West Of Lincolnton-UPDATED
Two suspects were arrested Sunday (Aug. 25th) after a stolen vehicle wrecked on George Brown Road off Highway 182.
Tuesday, August 27, 2019

UPDATE: LPD Needs Public's Help To Locate Two Runaway Juveniles
UPDATE: Jennifer Marie Black, 16,  and Josiah David Coffey, 17, were located Tuesday morning in Kansas. Both individuals are safe and their parents are making arrangements to pick them up.The Lincolnton Police Department appreciates the public’s assistance in locating the two runaway juveniles.
Monday, August 26, 2019

Disarmed Grenade Found In Box At Home
Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a call Sunday night in the 200 block of Car Farm Road where a grenade was discovered in the basement of a home.
Monday, August 26, 2019

Memorial Held To Honor Slain Officer
A special memorial service was held on the Courtsquare Sunday afternoon to honor and remember Sgt. John Howell, the only Lincoln County law enforcement officer ever killed in the line of duty.
Monday, August 26, 2019

Somerset's Family Asks: "Will Justice Be Done?"
Sunday was a day for memorials.  In Bessemer City, the family of Gary Lee Somerset marked the second anniversary of his murder in southern Lincoln County on August 25th, 2017.
Monday, August 26, 2019

Superintendent Booker's Back-To-School Message
It’s back to school time in Gaston County! Bright and early Monday morning, the buses will roll, the school bells will ring, and more than 31,000 children (pre-kindergarten through high school) will return to our classrooms.
Saturday, August 24, 2019

Another Rabid Skunk
A skunk found on Keever Dairy Farm Road in southern Lincoln County is the county's fourth confirmed rabies case of 2019.
Friday, August 23, 2019

Solar Farm: Addendum
Just when we think the final chapter in the proposed Sailview Solar Farm chapter has been written, the issue--dating back to 2013--is in the news again.
Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Catawba County Sheriff's Office Welcomes Body Cameras
Catawba County Sheriff's deputies have a new piece of equipment--a body camera.
Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Gaston County Has 4th Rabies Of 2019
A rabid fox that bit an Alexis area resident is the fourth confirmed case of rabies in Gaston County this year.
Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Belmont Abbey Announces Plans For New Dorm
Belmont Abbey College has announced plans for a new residence hall to open next year.
Tuesday, August 20, 2019

USDA Says "Don't Wash That Chicken!"
Having chicken for dinner?  If the first thing you do is wash that chicken, you may be making a big mistake according to the USDA.
Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Operation BOLO
Law enforcement agencies in Gaston County will participate in a special initiative this week and next to try to improve school safety by educating drivers and vigorously enforcing laws related to school zones, school buses, etc.
Monday, August 19, 2019

This is the fourth in a series of articles highlighting educational choices available in our area.  We welcome reader comments on the articles and on education.
Saturday, August 17, 2019

Cooper, Trump Lead In Civitas Poll
According to a poll this month by Civitas, Governor Roy Cooper leads Republican rivals in early gubernatorial matchups.  The poll also indicates if the election were hold now, President Trump would beat his Democratic rivals.
Friday, August 16, 2019

School Bus Passing Laws
This is not a test to get your Driver's License--but it's something that a lot of drivers apparently don't fully understand.  Here's the official list from the NC Department of Transportation.
Friday, August 16, 2019

Head-On Collision On Lithia Inn Road
A young Lincolnton woman was airlifted to Atrium Health in Charlotte after an accident on Lithia Inn Road Wednesday afternoon.
Thursday, August 15, 2019

No Injuries To People, But Pets Die In Fire
No person was injured, but pets inside a home on Henry Dellinger Road perished in an early morning fire Thursday (Aug. 15th).
Thursday, August 15, 2019

This is the third in a series of articles highlighting educational choices available in our area.  We welcome reader comments on the articles and on education.
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

School Bus Safety: Does Your Child Know The Rules?
Sheriff Bill Beam Encourages Safety Measures to Avoid Injury.
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Virtual Clinic Coming To Lincoln County Schools
Thanks to a $150,000 grant from Kohl's, a school-based virtual clinic is coming to two Lincoln County schools.
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Sheriff Bill Beam Offers Safety Tips For Back-To-School
Sheriff Bill Beam of Lincoln County offers some safety tips for parents and youngsters as they return to school this year.
Tuesday, August 13, 2019

This is the second in a series of articles highlighting educational choices available in our area.  We welcome reader comments on the articles and on education.
Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Two People Indicted By Grand Jury On Drug Charges Arrested
Nathan Kenneth Black of Lincolnton and Tevan Montez Ikard of Hudson were indicted on separate drug charges. Black and Ikard were both arrested on August 5, 2019 and placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center.
Monday, August 12, 2019

Positive Start For WLHS Class Of 2020
Approximately 60 West Lincoln High School seniors began their final high school year with ‘Prayer By The Rock’ and a ‘Chinese Lantern Kickoff’ on Sunday, August 11 by the school Spirit Rock. The event was planned and hosted by the parents of the Class of 2020.
Monday, August 12, 2019

Mike Lungarini Is New Principal At LCS, Denver
While Lincoln County Schools begin for students Monday (Aug. 12th) the start of school at Lincoln Charter School, Lincolnton and Denver, is Wednesday (Aug. 14th).
Monday, August 12, 2019

School Security
School starts Monday (Aug. 12th) in Lincoln County.  As we prepared for opening day, our thoughts turned to school security in the wake of recent mass shootings that brought back memories of school incidents.
Sunday, August 11, 2019

Course Prepares Students For Construction Careers
Those working in the construction trades know that theirs are jobs that’ll never go away. And if you’d like to enjoy that sort of job security and learn a trade from which you can benefit for the rest of your life, Gaston College can help.
Sunday, August 11, 2019

New Principal At NLHS Already Has Ties To School
Chip Cathey, the new principal at North Lincoln High School already has ties to the school: his oldest son is a North Lincoln grad and another is now a student there.
Saturday, August 10, 2019

This is the first in a series of articles highlighting educational choices available in our area.  We welcome reader comments on the articles and on education.
Friday, August 9, 2019

School Starts Monday
School starts Monday in the Lincoln County Schools.  The early start was made possible by a School Board decision that makes Lincoln County Schools nominally 'year-round.'  While students don't attend every month of the year, teachers started their year in July & won't finish it until next June.
Thursday, August 8, 2019

Communications Center Hit By Ransomware Attack
In late July, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office computers were hit by ransomware attackers.  Now the Lincoln County Communications Center has also been attacked.
Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Cataler, Dellinger Precast Get Incentive Grants
Lincoln County Commissioners approved two tax incentive grants to local industries expanding their operations at Monday's (Aug. 5th) Commissioners meeting.
Tuesday, August 6, 2019

National Night Out Is Tuesday
Tuesday (August 6th) is the date for this year's National Night Out at many locations.

LEDA Hosts STEM Event; Announces New Logo
Last Thursday (Aug. 1st) the Lincoln Economic Development Association (LEDA) hosted Lincoln County Schools' “Educators in the Workforce.”
Sunday, August 4, 2019

Kayla Jackson Is 2019 Lincoln County Apple Queen
Kayla Jackson, a 2019 graduate of East Lincoln High School, was chosen as the 2019 Lincoln County Apple Queen Saturday night (Aug. 3rd) in the annual pageant sponsored by the Business & Professional Women's Club (BPW).
Sunday, August 4, 2019

Bricktree Brewing Company Holds Groundbreaking
Bricktree Brewing Company at last held a groundbreaking for the much anticipated renovation of the old Eureka Mill as a brewery.  If all goes as expected, the facility should be in operation next year.
Sunday, August 4, 2019

Kayla Jackson Crowned Apple Queen
The 41st Lincoln County Apple Queen is Kayla Marie Jackson.
Sunday, August 4, 2019

Voter I-D Seminars Scheduled For Area Counties
Beginning with the Primary Election on March 3rd, 2020, you'll need a picture i-d to vote in North Carolina.  Seminars are scheduled this month to share info on acceptable i-d's.
Sunday, August 4, 2019

College's Customized Training Helps Gaston, Lincoln Counties
Gaston College’s customized training program is a proven leader in developing long-term partnerships that are beneficial to companies in Gaston and Lincoln counties and that support economic development in the region.
Saturday, August 3, 2019

From Serving Our Country To Serving Time
There are 19 veterans incarcerated at the Lincoln County prison unit. Lincoln County Veterans Service Officer Alex Patton recently posted on Facebook: "It makes one wonder how they went from serving our country to serving time."
Saturday, August 3, 2019

Gaston County Police Stop Runaway Boat
Gaston County Police had an interesting rescue last weekend.
Friday, August 2, 2019

41st Apple Queen To Be Crowned Saturday
On Saturday, August 3 at 6:30 p.m. thirteen young ladies will take the stage at the James W. Warren Citizens Center as they compete for the title of the 41st Lincoln County Apple Queen.
Friday, August 2, 2019

Residents Don't Like Charter School Location
One thing became immediately clear at a community meeting Thursday evening (August 1st) about the new charter school planned for southeastern Lincoln County--residents of the area don't like the proposed location.
Friday, August 2, 2019

"A Memorable Experience"
During her reign as Apple Queen Destiny Self  made many appearances around Lincoln County.  Her last one will be crowning the new queen Saturday night. She said this year has been such a memorable experience.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Out Of Prison--Now What?
The Lincoln County prison unit is the current residence of about 200 men, most of whom will be discharged having served their sentences in the near future.  Getting them ready for return to free society is a major undertaking.
Thursday, August 1, 2019

New Queen Will Be Crowned Saturday
The Lincoln County Apple Queen Pageant sponsored by the BPW will be held this Saturday evening at 6:30 at the James W. Warren Citizens Center, 115 W. Main St. in Lincolnton.
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

LC Awarded Federal Funds Under Emergency Food & Shelter National Board Program
The United Way of Lincoln County announced Monday, July 29, that Lincoln County has been chosen to receive $13,056 State Set-Aside funding under Phase 36 of the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP).
Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Cameron Allen Signs With Bosch
Readers of the Lincoln Herald are no doubt familiar with our occasional articles about high school students who have received scholarships to play sports in college.  What could be better?  Perhaps signing an agreement like the one Cameron Allen did with Bosch.
Monday, July 29, 2019

Carson Dean Leads Mount Holly Nonprofit
Something exciting is happening in downtown Mount Holly. It’s Journey’s Way Ministries and its related used bookstore, and they’re both led by Carson Dean, formerly the executive director of the Mount Holly Community Development Foundation.
Sunday, July 28, 2019

Water & Sewer: Problems & Fixes
Lincoln County water & sewer customers saw an increase in their water and sewer bills in July.  Why?  The County is faced with some water and sewer problems and needs and is trying to fix them.
Saturday, July 27, 2019

Washington Post Report On Opioids
Thanks to the Washington Post, for the first time, a database maintained by the Drug Enforcement Administration that tracks the path of every pain pill sold in the United States — by manufacturers and distributors to pharmacies in every town and city — has been made public.
Saturday, July 27, 2019

Another Rabies Case
Catawba County has recorded its fifth confirmed case of rabies for 2019.
Saturday, July 27, 2019

Sheriff's Office Hit By Internet Crooks
It can happen to anybody.  Among the latest victims of internet ransomware attacks is the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.
Saturday, July 27, 2019

You May Have Hep C & Not Know It
Many people who have Hepatitis C aren't aware that they do.  That's one reason why it's important for those at risk to be checked by their medical provider, especially since Hep C is curable.
Friday, July 26, 2019

Lincoln Correctional Center Harvest Produces A Ton Of Food For Community
North Carolina prisons work extremely hard in balancing custody concerns with programming that teaches offenders skills to be put to use back in the community when sentences are served.
Thursday, July 25, 2019

Troutman Man Arrested In Stolen Construction Equipment Case
The Cleveland County Sheriff's Office has arrested a Troutman man in connection with the theft and reselling of construction equipment.
Thursday, July 25, 2019

GC Police Continue To Investigate Attempted Child Abduction
In a press release Wednesday morning (July 24), GCP announced that the individual in  photographs from Tuesday had been identified, was interviewed and cleared of any involvement. They are continuing to investigate an attempted kidnapping.
Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Woman Rescued From Fall At Crowder's Mountain
Rescue personnel from the Gastonia Fire Department, Gaston Emergency Medical Services, and Crowder’s Mountain Fire & Rescue responded to a fall on Crowder’s Mountain Tuesday afternoon.
Tuesday, July 23, 2019

UPDATED: Person Of Interest Being Sought In Attempted Child Abduction
On Saturday, July 20, 2019, Gaston County Police responded to a residence on Tryon School Road outside of Bessemer City, N.C. in reference to an attempted kidnapping of a 7-year-old girl.
Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Lincolnton Police Investigating Highland Drive Assault
On July 20 at approximately 12:53 p.m., the Lincolnton Police Department received a call in reference to a victim with a gunshot wound on Highland Drive, Lincolnton N.C.
Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Sheriff's Deputies Charge Two People With Armed Robbery
Deputies were dispatched to the 4700 block of Lama Lane, Lincolnton after an individual reported he had been robbed at gunpoint.
Monday, July 22, 2019

Sheriff's Detectives Investigating Home Invasion
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a home invasion early today (July 22, 2019) on Country Club Road, Lincolnton, N.C.
Monday, July 22, 2019

Arrested For Shoplifting; 17 Outstanding Warrants
A Charlotte man wanted on 17 warrants out of Mecklenburg County was arrested on the weekend for shoplifting in Denver.
Monday, July 22, 2019

Two Killed In Sunday Wreck
Two young men were killed very early Sunday morning when their car ran off Highway 182 near Sorrells Baxter Road, overturned and struck a utility pole.
Monday, July 22, 2019

Ballots Set For Municipal Elections
Filing for the 2019 municipal elections ended Friday (July 19th).  There won't be an election this November in Lincoln County--but there will be in Catawba, Gaston & Cleveland counties.
Monday, July 22, 2019

New Apple Queen Will Be Crowned August 3
Thirteen young women ranging from upcoming seniors at Lincoln County High Schools to 22-year-old college students will compete for this coveted crown that comes with community leadership responsibilities and scholarship monies and prizes.
Sunday, July 21, 2019

Mobility Study Workshop Set For Tuesday
A community involvement meeting is scheduled for Tuesday (July 23rd) at the East Lincoln Community Center to gather input for the East Lincoln Mobility Study.
Saturday, July 20, 2019

Mary Jo Cloninger Memorialized By Scholarship
Female high school grads in Gaston and Lincoln counties can now take advantage of a new full Gaston College scholarship. They can pursue an associate’s degree in business, thanks to the Mary Jo Cloninger Endowed Scholarship.
Saturday, July 20, 2019

The Skinny On Lincoln County's Obesity Rates
Admit it. And there’s no need to be a big, fat liar about it. The year is more than half gone now, and you’re struggling with those new year’s weight-loss resolutions.
Thursday, July 18, 2019

Couple Arrested For Vehicle Theft In Eastern Lincoln County
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives arrested a Hickory, N.C. man and woman wanted in connection with a vehicle theft from a Denver, N.C. business on July 16, 2019.
Thursday, July 18, 2019

Recovery Of Stolen Property In Catawba County
On July 11, 2019 at approximately 2:20 a.m., a Catawba County deputy attempted to stop a vehicle in the area of Bethany Church Road and NC Highway 16 South in Newton for a traffic violation. 
Thursday, July 18, 2019

Beam Makes Pitch For Lakefront Signs
Lincoln County Sheriff Bill Beam told Lincoln County Commissioners at their Monday night (July 15th) meeting that he believes signs on docks giving street addresses of lakefront properties would help law enforcement and emergency responders.
Thursday, July 18, 2019

LPD Is Searching For A Missing Person
The Lincolnton Police Department is searching for Benjamin (Ben) T. Guynn who was last seen leaving his residence in the City of Lincolnton on Sunday morning July 14 at approximately 8:30 a.m.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Solar Farm Saga--2019 Chapter
An appeals court said Tuesday (July 16th) that the decision by Lincoln County Commissioners not to allow a solar farm near the Sailview community on Lake Norman was invalid.
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Sheriff's Deputies Quickly Apprehend Female Bank Robber
Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies quickly apprehend a woman who robbed the People’s Bank at 142 S. NC 16 Business Highway this morning.
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Deputies Arrest Two Passing Counterfeit U.S. Currency
Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies arrested two people after receiving a report of counterfeit currency being passed at businesses in eastern Lincoln County on July 15, 2019.
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

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