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Gaston, Catawba & Cleveland County Elections
Here are the results from Tuesday's Primary Election in Gaston, Catawba & Cleveland counties.
Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Election Results for Lincoln County
Lincoln County voters joined with the rest of North Carolina in selecting Ted Budd as the Republican candidate and Cheri Beasley as the Democrat who will seek the US Senate seat currently held by Richard Burr.  Locally, Sheriff Bill Beam won the Sheriff  primary by a wide margin.  Here are the Lincoln County results from Tuesday's election.
Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Here are the election results for Lincoln, Gaston, Catawba & Cleveland counties.  As vote totals are reported to the NCSBE, click on the links below to see the results for each county.
Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Vale Man Arrested After SWAT Team Called Out
The good news is that nobody was injured.  A Vale man was arrested after a domestic violence incident Tuesday morning (May 17th). 
Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Steven Villela Lugo Amongst Honor Grads
Steven Villela Lugo is among Gaston College’s high-honors graduates. When he enters the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in August, it will mark the Shelby man’s next step on a circuitous journey that began in California and will continue to medical school.
Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Gaston College Grad Ceremony In Gastonia
The 57th annual commencement ceremonies were held in Gastonia at CaroMont Health Park. During the presentation of candidates, the approximately 500 graduates attending the ceremony were recognized individually as they walked across the stage.
Tuesday, May 17, 2022

It's Election Day
Some of the candidates whose names are on the ballot for this Tuesday's Primary Election paid their filing fees before Christmas.  The election was originally scheduled for March, but a challenge to district lines changed it to May 17th.
Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Gastonia Police Investigating Two Shooting Incidents
Gastonia Police are investigating two shooting incidents in the Highland Community. The most recent happened early Monday afternoon and sent two 19-year-olds to the hospital where one died. Another shooting happened Friday night in the same neighborhood.
Monday, May 16, 2022

Joint Investigation Leads To Seizure Of Drugs, Guns & Money
A joint investigation conducted by the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, Hickory Police Department, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Longview Police Department, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and the Office of Homeland Security led to the seizure of over 19 pounds of methamphetamine, 1.27 pounds of fentanyl, 327 grams of powdered cocaine, two firearms and $91,870.00 in US Currency.
Friday, May 13, 2022

Public's Help Needed In Locating A Missing Teen
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing 16-year-old male.
Friday, May 13, 2022

Lincoln County Schools Recognizes 'Of the Year' Winners
At the Tuesday (May 10th) Board of Education meeting, the Lincoln County School Board recognized the 'Of the Year' winners for the 2021-2022 school year.
Friday, May 13, 2022

Final Day of Early Voting Saturday
It may not seem like much, but the 3560 Lincoln County residents who have voted early during this year's Primary Election is more than the 3407 who voted during the so-called 'off-year' primary (year without a Presidential election) four years ago.
Friday, May 13, 2022

Alexis Man Arrested On Child Sexual Assault Charges
An Alexis man was arrested last night following a missing person search by Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies.
Thursday, May 12, 2022

Early Voting Ends Saturday
Early voting for next Tuesday's (May 17th) Primary Election comes to a close this Saturday.  If you're already registered, you can vote now or on election day next week.  If you're not, you can register and vote at the same time during early voting.
Thursday, May 12, 2022

Missing Teen
The Lincolnton Police Department is asking for the public’s help in finding a runaway teen, 14-year-old Isaiah Samuels.
Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Hit & Run
Kings Mountain Police report two pedestrians were injured and one killed in a hit & run incident Sunday evening (May 8th).  A suspect has been charged.
Tuesday, May 10, 2022

More Charges Against Alexis Man
As of May 4, 2022 Martin is charged with five counts of felony obtaining property by false pretenses, two counts of felony possession of stolen goods or property, and one count of felony conversion.  On May 5, 2022 he was charged with one additional felony possession of stolen goods or property.
Monday, May 9, 2022

Silver Alert Cancelled For Missing Lincoln County Man
A Silver Alert issued for a missing Iron Station man has been cancelled after he was found in Durham. Authorities there located Curtis Truitt on the side of the road where his vehicle had run out of gas.
Monday, May 9, 2022

County Commissioner Candidates
In the third of our Meet the Candidates articles, the Lincoln Herald presents the five candidates vying for one of two seats on the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners.
We were unable to get them together for a debate style session, so we interviewed each individually.  Here are links to those interviews.

Sunday, May 8, 2022

Gaston Police Make Child Porn Arrests
Two Gaston County men, one from Stanley and one from Mt. Holly, have been arrested on child porn charges.
Thursday, May 5, 2022

Human Trafficking Workshop Thursday at Citizens Center
The Lincoln County Coalition Against Child Abuse/Child Advocacy Center, the United Way of Lincoln County, the UNC School of Government, and the North Carolina Human Trafficking Commission will conduct a workshop tomorrow (Thursday May 5th) at the James Warren Citizens Center.
Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Two Drown in Area Lakes
The warmer weather has brought more people onto area lakes.  With two drownings over the last few days, a reminder to wear a life jacket and take other precautions is in order. 
Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Two Gastonia Women Charged With Murder in Asheville
Two Gastonia women are in jail in Buncombe County after being charged in the death of a three-year-old child who was apparently the son and grandson of the two.  Police say the child may have been starved to death.
Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Investigation Into Fentanyl Drug Sales Leads To Two Arrests
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office narcotics investigators and Cleveland County narcotics officers formed a joint operation that led to undercover purchases of Fentanyl from the suspects.
Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Sheriff's Detective Locate Runaway Teen
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detective G. Killian reported Monday night, May 2, 2022 that  a runaway teen has been located and is safe.
Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Public's Help Needed To Locate A Runaway Teen
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detective G. Killian is asking for the public’s help in locating a runaway teen.
Monday, May 2, 2022

Two Lincoln County Men Facing Drug Trafficking Charges
Two Lincoln County men are facing a number of drug charges following an attempted traffic stop by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics interdiction unit.
Monday, May 2, 2022

Sheriff's Detectives Seeking Missing Woman
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detective J. Link is asking for the public’s help in locating a woman who was reported missing on April 29, 2022 by her sister who lives in Georgia.
Monday, May 2, 2022

High Dollar Swindlers Plead Guilty
Two men, one from Belmont and one from Grover, face federal prison sentences after entering guilty pleas in federal court to operating a Ponzi scheme in Kings Mountain.
Sunday, May 1, 2022

Early Voting Starts Slow
Early voting for the May 17th Primary Election began on Thursday, and the first three days  indicate that it's likely turnout for this election will be small.
Saturday, April 30, 2022

GC Police Investigate Animal Cruelty & Possible Dog Fighting
On Thursday, April 28, 2022 around 9 a.m., Gaston County Police Animal Care and Enforcement responded to 1911 Hemlock Avenue in Gastonia after receiving a report of dogs fighting in the back yard of the residence.  When Animal Care and Enforcement Specialists arrived, they found a deceased dog in the back yard.  They also found other dogs caged in the back yard living in poor conditions. 
Friday, April 29, 2022

Narcotics Search Warrant Results In Cocaine Seizure
During thE search investigators seized 131.78 grams of cocaine, 1.58 pounds of marijuana, $3,177 in United States Currency, one .45 caliber handgun, ten dosage units of Xanax, six dosage units of Clonazepam and two digital scales with cocaine.
Friday, April 29, 2022

Lincoln County School Board Candidates
On Monday evening (April 25th) the Lincoln Herald interviewed six of the seven Republican candidates for the Lincoln County Board of Education.
Thursday, April 28, 2022

Sheriff Candidate Interviews 2022
On Monday evening (April 25th), the Lincoln Herald conducted interviews with the candidates for Lincoln County Sheriff and Lincoln County Board of Education.
Thursday, April 28, 2022

Early Voting
Early voting is underway in all North Carolina counties.
Thursday, April 28, 2022

Quaowu Ohin: Always Caring For Others
Altruism is a way of life for Quaowu Ohin. The West African native (he emigrated 21 years ago) will soon be among the May graduates of Gaston College and starts his job as an intensive-care unit nurse with CaroMont Health.
Thursday, April 28, 2022

Hillary Ford Among Gaston College Grads
If you’d asked Hillary Ford several years ago what her future plans were, they certainly would not have included college graduation. A mother, a domestic violence survivor, an advocate and sober now for more than five years, she has overcome a lot to get to this point.
Wednesday, April 27, 2022

"Public opinion doesn't matter!"
The gymnasium at Lincoln Charter School in Lincolnton was packed Tuesday night as the first of two community meetings related to proposed housing projects was held.  Another is scheduled for Thursday evening (April 28th) to present information about another proposed project.

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Traffic Stop Leads To Large Drug Bust
An early morning traffic stop on April 19 led to the seizure of drugs and cash. 
Thursday, April 21, 2022

City Of Lincolnton Has Laudable Goals Ahead
A set of 13 goals for the coming months. Our third of three articles on the City of Lincolnton and city manager Ritchie Haynes.
Thursday, April 21, 2022

Sheriff's Detectives Looking For Suspect In Vehicle Theft
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detective J. Link is asking for the public’s help in identifying a man suspected of stealing a vehicle from the parking lot of 3812 Maiden Highway on March 23, 2022.
Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Deputy Stabbed in Shelby
A Shelby man is facing charges of attempted murder and kidnapping after an incident Tuesday morning.
Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Statesville Man Accused of Setting Four Highway Patrol Cars on Fire
A Statesville man was arrested Monday night after several NC State Highway Patrol vehicles were set on fire outside the 7-Eleven convenience store at 234 Turnersburg Highway in Statesville..
Tuesday, April 19, 2022

LC Officials Announce Grand Opening Of New Courthouse
The new Lincoln County Courthouse is about ready for opening.  The public is invited to an opening ceremony and Open House beginning at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 17.  The new courthouse is located just off E. Gaston Street, just past the road to the YMCA.
Tuesday, April 19, 2022

More Internet Access May Be Coming
Lincoln County Commissioners approved a Memorandum of Understanding with Charter Communciations Monday night that may mean more internet access for some locations in Lincoln County.  
Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Weather Blamed for Fatal Wreck
A Catawba man died in an accident very early Monday morning (April 18th) in southeastern Catawba County.  
Monday, April 18, 2022

LCS Partnership With Atrium Health
Lincoln County Schools is fortunate to partner with Atrium Health to provide several important services to our staff and students.
Saturday, April 16, 2022

Traffic Stop Leads To Arrest Of Woman On Grand Jury Indictments
A traffic stop east of Lincolnton by Sheriff’s Deputy M. Ginther led to the arrest of a woman wanted on a Lincoln County Grand Jury Indictment for illegal drugs.
Friday, April 15, 2022

Election Update
If you want to vote in the May 17th Primary Election, you have one week to register if you aren't already registered.  Next Friday (April 22nd) is the deadline.  You can, however, register and vote at the same time during Early Voting which begins Thursday April 28th.
Friday, April 15, 2022

Lincolnton Police Dept. Accomplishes Much
We here present the second of three articles on the City of Lincolnton’s most recent accomplishments. We’ll also be looking at the City’s future goals with city manager Ritchie Haynes.
Thursday, April 14, 2022

Baxter Charged By Greensboro Police
Greensboro Police say a West Lincoln man has been arrested on charges of impersonating an officer and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Thursday, April 14, 2022

ELBA Meet the Candidates: School Board
The East Lincoln Betterment Association (ELBA) held the second of its Meet the Candidates nights Wednesday (April 13th) at Unity Presbyterian Church.  Eight of the ten candidates seeking one of the three seats up for election this year attended.
Thursday, April 14, 2022

Custodio Now Charged With Murder
A college professor has now been charged murder after he allegedly abused a six-week-old child his family was in the process of adopting.
Thursday, April 14, 2022

Burglary & Theft At Self Storage Facility Investigation
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a break-in and theft at a rental storage facility on NC Highway 150 East.
Wednesday, April 13, 2022

ELBA Meet the Candidates Night #2 Wednesday
The East Lincoln Betterment Association will hold the second of its Meet the Candidates events Wednesday evening at Unity Presbyterian Church.  Candidates for the Lincoln County Board of Education have been invited.
Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Drug Arrest
A 28-year-old Maiden man has been charged by Maiden Police with trafficking drugs near a school.
Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Haynes Cites Many Accomplishments
We here present the first of three articles on the City of Lincolnton’s most recent accomplishments. We’ll also be looking at the City’s future goals with city manager Ritchie Haynes.
Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Detectives Investigating Dollar General Stores Break-Ins
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating break-ins at two different Dollar General stores over the weekend.
Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Let the Politicking Begin!
While candidates have already been working to secure votes in the May 17th Primary Election, another big step in the effort happened Monday night as the East Lincoln Betterment Association (ELBA) held the first of two Meet the Candidates nights at Unity Presbyterian Church.
Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Deputy Fired After DWI Arrest
An off-duty Catawba County sheriff's deputy was fired Saturday after he apparently passed out behind the wheel of his truck at a convenience store in his hometown (Granite Falls).  
Monday, April 11, 2022

Meet the Candidates Events Begin Monday Night
The May 17th Primary Election will likely decide many local races since some of those running for office will have no opponent on the ballot in November.  To prepare voters for making their choices, the East Lincoln Betterment Association is holding Meet the Candidates events this week.  The Lincoln Herald will be doing candidate debates next week.  Here are details.
Monday, April 11, 2022

Lt. Gov. Visits LeeBoy (updated with new photos)
North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson visited LeeBoy, the paving equipment manufacturer in the Industrial Park just north of Lincolnton, on Thursday.
Sunday, April 10, 2022

Lt. Governor Visits LeeBoy
North Carolina's Lt. Governor, Mark Robinson, visited Lincoln County manufacturer LeeBoy Thursday (April 5th).
Friday, April 8, 2022

Man Arrested After Attempted Theft At Denver Business
LINCOLNTON, N.C. – A Charlotte man has been arrested in connection with the attempted theft of a vehicle from a Denver business.
Thursday, April 7, 2022

Lengthy Narcotics Investigation Leads To Arrest & Seizure
A nine-month long investigation by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics division led to the arrest of one person and seizure of drugs and cash.
Thursday, April 7, 2022

State Vet Warns Against Avian Influenza
On Tuesday, April 5, our state veterinarian (Dr. Michael Martin) shut down all (commercial and public) avian movement. This includes exhibitions, farm tours, shows, sales, flea markets, auctions, swaps and meets for any feathered fowl.
Thursday, April 7, 2022

Davin Madden New Assistant County Manager
He has more than 23 years of local government experience, with the past 14 being spent within administrative and managerial government. 
Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Alexis Man Charged With Theft Of Construction Equipment
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives have charged an Alexis man with the theft and possession of construction equipment.
Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Lincolnton Woman Arrested in Maiden
A young Lincolnton woman faces drug charges after she failed to stop for police in Maiden.
Tuesday, April 5, 2022

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 2021-2022 school year.
Sunday, April 3, 2022

Lincolnton Woman Charged With Identity Theft
A Lincolnton woman has been charged with identity theft after a man’s cell phone was stolen.
Friday, April 1, 2022

Gastonia Police Seek Public's Help in Identifying Shooter
Gastonia Police are asking for help from the public in finding a car that was being driven by a suspect in a shooting in that city on March 5th.
Friday, April 1, 2022

Public Hearing Tuesday
The Lincoln County Board of Education will hold its monthly work session and a public hearing on proposed changes in school attendance districts Tuesday evening (April 5th) at Norris Childers School.
Friday, April 1, 2022

Election Update
The May 17th Primary Election is now less than a month away.  Absentee by mail voting has begun and early voting starts April 28th.  To help acquaint voters with the candidates, the Lincoln Herald is planning interviews with the candidates for local Lincoln County races that will be contested in the Primary.
Thursday, March 31, 2022

Lentz Recreation Center Will Be Used for Early Voting
Despite requests from the Lincolnton City Council and 122 people who signed a petition asking that it not be used for early voting, the W.M. Lentz Recreation Center at Betty Ross Park will be used for early voting for the May 17th Primary Election.
Thursday, March 31, 2022

Man Arrested And Charged With Assaulting His Girlfriend
A Lincoln County man has been charged with attempted murder after assaulting his girlfriend Monday night.
Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Missing Lincoln County Man Located Deceased Inside Residence
A missing Lincoln County man has been located deceased inside his residence on Daybrook Court, Stanley, N.C.
Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Public's Help Needed In Locating Missing Man
On March 27, 2022, Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to 5641 Daybrook Court, Stanley, NC reference a welfare check on Frank McAlpin Wheeler, age 62.
Monday, March 28, 2022

8th Grade Transition To High School Initiative
Lincoln County Schools is fortunate to partner with Gaston College to enhance our middle school to high school transition program and activities.  This partnership directly affects all Lincoln County Schools 8th graders.
Saturday, March 26, 2022

Fire Danger; Red Flag Warning
The danger of wildfires will be significant Saturday afternoon and early evening due to high winds expected in our area.
Saturday, March 26, 2022

Police Seek Public's Help In I-85 Homicide Investigation
Gaston County and Bessemer City police departments are seeking help from the public in their investigation of a Tuesday (March 22nd) homicide on Interstate 85.
Saturday, March 26, 2022

No Tax Increase for 2022
Lincoln County Commissioners held their final budget workshop on the fiscal 2023 budget Friday (March 25th) and while final action won't come until after a public hearing in May, it won't require a tax increase.
Saturday, March 26, 2022

Duff Charged With Murder
A young Stanley man, who had first been listed as a 'person of interest,' has now been charged with murder in a March 12th homicide.  
Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Proposed New Attendance Districts for Schools
We published an article last week about the Lincoln County Board of Education holding a public hearing on Tuesday April 5th regarding proposed school boundary line changes for Norris Childers Elementary School, moving three segments of the current district into those of other elementary schools.  This is a follow-up to that article that may answer some questions.
Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Homicide on I-85
Gaston County Police are investigating a homicide that occurred on Interstate 85 near exit 13 Tuesday afternoon (March 22nd).
Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Lincoln County Man Arrested On Catalytic Converter Theft
Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Lincoln County man Monday night (March 21, 2022) in connection with a catalytic converter theft.
Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Elected Officials Visit Gaston College
State Senator Ted Alexander and State Reps. Donnie Loftis, Jason Saine and John Torbett joined Gason College president Dr. John Hauser for a tour on Monday, March 22.
Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Lookin' For A Home
Rents are up; home prices have increased substantially; with the increase in home prices and rents and the double digit inflation that we're experiencing, the problem of homelessness is likely to increase.  City councils and county commissioners are faced with decisions on zoning that often put their decisions at odds with many residents.  
Monday, March 21, 2022

Tax Revaluations Underway
Property revaluations for tax purposes are underway in Lincoln and surrounding counties.  The revaluation won't affect your taxes this year, but it will be used in determining what you'll have to pay in 2023.
Monday, March 21, 2022

Pandemic Effect on Education
The COVID-19 pandemic had an impact on education.  This article from EducationNC provides significant information on that.  We are republishing it here for our readers.
Monday, March 21, 2022

Commissioners & School Board Talk Budget
As work continues on the Lincoln County Budget for fiscal 2023, the Board of Commissioners met with the Board of Education Thursday night (March 17th).  With only one possible exception, the schools appear likely to get all for which they asked for the coming year.
Saturday, March 19, 2022

Weather Update
High winds this afternoon may create a significant danger of brush fires.
Saturday, March 19, 2022

NC Longleaf Commitment Grant Extended For High School Graduates
Gaston College continues to work to expand access to high school graduates looking to attend college this Fall.
Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Gaston County Police Investigating Two Homicides
Police in Gaston County are investigating two homicides, both of which occurred on Saturday (March 12th).
Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Bank Robber Dies in Wreck
A man wanted for the robbery of the Truist Bank on 1st Avenue South in Conover last Wednesday died in a wreck while being chased by officers in Nash County, NC, Friday night (March 11th).
Sunday, March 13, 2022

Public's Help Needed To Identify Fraud Suspects
Lincoln County Sheriff's detectives are asking for the public's help in identifying persons of interest in a fraud case.
Friday, March 11, 2022

SC Man Killed in Early Morning Wreck
A South Carolina man was killed when his van, stopped in the right lane of southbound traffic on US 321, was struck by a tractor-trailer early Thursday morning.  
Thursday, March 10, 2022

Man Shot Breaking Into Occupied Residence
A Robbinsville man is facing breaking and entering charges after barging into a residence northeast of Lincolnton and was shot by the resident.
Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Jesse Greene Among Veterans At Gaston College
Many American military veterans have recently opted to go back to school and further their education. Among them is former military intelligence analyst Jesse Greene, who recently saw that Gaston College was a good fit for him and this purpose.
Wednesday, March 9, 2022

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