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SNAP Benefits Coming Early
Because of the partial shutdown of the US government, SNAP (food stamp) benefits for February are being loaded to recipients EBT cards this Sunday (Jan. 20th).  Those who get them will need to remember: there won't be any more next month, so don't spend them all at once.
Thursday, January 17, 2019

Catawba County EDC Announces Three New Projects
Three industrial projects announced last week and in December will bring over 400 new jobs to Catawba County.
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

2nd Suspect Charged With Theft Of Lawn Equipment
A second person has been charged in connection with the theft of lawn equipment valued at more than $9,000 from a business on Prince Drive, Lincolnton, NC.
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Non-Voters Purged From Registered Voter List
Those people who didn't vote in the 2016 General Election or in any election since have had their names removed from the list of registered voters.  In Lincoln County, over five thousand names were purged.  The number was much larger in other area counties.
Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Sheriff's Detectives Say Missing Man Has Been Located
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives say Trevor Alan Drennen has been located.  Deputies were notified today by a family member that contact was made with Drennen and he is in good condition.
Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Public's Help Needed To Locate Missing Man
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office received a report Monday, January 14 concerning a missing man.  Officers were told that Trevor Alan Drennen, 23, of Arden Drive, Lincolnton, NC has not been heard from or seen since January 10, 2019.
Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Fake Bomb Threat Lands Gastonia Teen in Jail
A fake bomb threat at a Gastonia supermarket landed a teen in jail Monday night.  Now he faces likely prison time and the consequences of being a convicted felon.
Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Argument Between Roommates Leads To Shooting Incident
An argument between roommates ended up with one of the men being shot in the hand and the other charged in the shooting.
Monday, January 14, 2019

Iron Station Man Sentenced To At Least 20 Years In Prison
An Iron Station man pleaded guilty in Lincoln County Superior Court on January 11, 2019 in connection with child sexual assault charges and will spend at least 20 years in prison.
Sunday, January 13, 2019

2nd Person Pleads Guilty In Child Sexual Assault Case
In addition to Douglas Glenn Queen Jr. pleading guilty on Jan. 9, Ashley Nichole Lattimore plead guilty on Jan. 11. She was sentenced to a minimum of 240 months and a maximum of 348 months followed by 30 months supervised probation when she is released from prison.
Sunday, January 13, 2019

Gastonia Fire Was Intentionally Set
A Saturday morning fire in Gastonia was intentionally set.
Sunday, January 13, 2019

ICE
The temperature will likely warm enough later Sunday to melt the ice that will present problems early in the day, but the freezing rain has left hazardous conditions that has caused cancellations of some church services.
Sunday, January 13, 2019

Campos Wins LCS Spelling Bee; Barker Runner-Up
Hannah Campos (left) took first place by correctly spelling ‘panic.” She is a seventh grader at North Lincoln Middle School. Runner-up was Carrington Barker (right) a fourth grader at GE Massey.
Sunday, January 13, 2019

Lincoln County Man Arrested Following Domestic Dispute
A Lincoln County man was arrested Thursday night following a heated domestic dispute with his girlfriend. Deputies responded to the Lincoln County magistrate’s office after the woman came there seeking help.
Friday, January 11, 2019

High Shoals Man Charged In Theft From Former Employer
A High Shoals man has been charged in connection with the theft of lawn equipment valued at more than $8,000 from a business where he had formerly worked.
Friday, January 11, 2019

Missing Lincoln County Woman Located
Family members contacted the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office on January 10, 2019 and advised they had made contact with Ms. Mims and she was fine. Mims was removed from NCIC as missing.
Thursday, January 10, 2019

Man Sentenced To Lengthy Prison Term In Child Sexual Assault
On January 9, 2019 Douglas Glenn Queen Jr., 29, of Koliha Lane, Maiden appeared in Lincoln County Superior Court on charges first degree statutory sex offense, indecent liberties with a child and felony child abuse. Ashley Nichole Lattimore, 27, also of Koliha Lane, Maiden, NC, is facing the same charges.
Thursday, January 10, 2019

Public's Help Needed To Locate Missing Lincolnton Woman
Carmen Graham Mims, 50, of Tomes Road, Lincolnton, NC was reported missing by her father on January 9, 2019.  He advised Detective Kelly Paris that Mims was last seen on January 3, 2019 and was going to Frankfurt, Pennsylvania to pick up an individual.
Thursday, January 10, 2019

Gaston Police Seek Missing 17-Year-Old Runaway
Destiny ran away from a residence located 3019 Fallswood Drive, Gastonia, NC and was wearing a black hoodie with solid white sleeves, black tights, and black and white shoes.
Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Teen Accused Of Using Social Media To Solicit Sex
A Stanley teenager was arrested Tuesday on charges that he sent a nude photo of himself to a 13-year-old girl soliciting her for sex.
Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Can You Identify?
The Gastonia Police Department is seeking the public's help in identifying a suspect in a burglary and sexual assault case.
Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Vehicle Chase Leads To Outstanding Warrants Arrest
A man wanted on outstanding warrants has been apprehended following a vehicle chase that went from western Lincoln County into Cleveland County.
Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Zickefoose: A Successful Year For City Of Lincolnton
The year 2018 was a positive one for the City of Lincolnton. That’s the recent word from city manager Steve Zickefoose. He cited successful teamwork, good partnerships and hard work in the year just over.
Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Behind Those Walls: The Timken Company
This is one in a continuing series of articles designed to acquaint readers with the variety of industries operating in Lincoln County.
Monday, January 7, 2019

Dallas Man Arrested After Chase In Catawba County
A Dallas man wanted for probation violation decided to run from Catawba County deputies Sunday--but after a chase, he ended up in jail facing more charges.
Monday, January 7, 2019

Pay Property Taxes Monday To Avoid Penalty
You have only one day left to pay your 2018 property taxes without a penalty.
Monday, January 7, 2019

Helping Hands Moving; Name Changed
What was previously known as Helping Hands Clinic will be opening Monday (Jan. 7th) in its new location on Gamble Drive in Lincolnton.  The new location will be accompanied by a name change, too.
Sunday, January 6, 2019

Flu Season Entering Worst Period
If you haven't had a flu shot in the last several months, you may want to get one before the flu season gets worse.  Flu-like illnesses have claimed at least 10 lives in North Carolina since the end of September--and reports of flu are increasing each week.
Sunday, January 6, 2019

City Honors Three Retiring February 1st
Three who will be retiring Feb. 1st were recognized for their years of service to the city of Lincolnton at the City Council meeting Thursday evening (Jan. 3rd).  Steve Peeler, Dawn Cornelius and Rodney Barkley served the City for a combined 87 years.
Saturday, January 5, 2019

Crouse Woman Killed In Wreck On Highway 182
A young Crouse woman was killed Thursday morning (Jan. 3rd) in a single-vehicle accident on Highway 182 about four miles west of Lincolnton.  The Highway Patrol said she was not wearing her seatbelt when she ran off the road and hit a culvert and a tree.
Friday, January 4, 2019

Improvements On The Way To Gaston County Road
The roadway will be widened to create passing zones in four locations between St. Marks Church Road near Cherryville to just west of where N.C. 275 meets N.C. 279 in Dallas.
Thursday, January 3, 2019

Three Arrested On Drug Charges; Looking For More
Three more people have been arrested on drug charges and three other people are being sought in connection with a seven-month long drug investigation by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics officers.
Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Gas Prices Lowest In Three Years
Gas prices are the lowest they've been since 2015, and they could go a little lower--but not much.  A glut of crude oil stockpiles has left the world oil markets with supply far exceeding demand.
Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Eaddy Weighs In On The Year Ahead
Lincolnton councilman proud of City’s accomplishments.
Wednesday, January 2, 2019

County Manager: Planning Paramount For Growing Needs
Closer co-operation between Lincoln County and the City of Lincolnton was among the highlights of 2018. That’s how Lincoln County Manager Kelly Atkins put it recently.
Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Happy New Year!
Some might say 'turn out the lights, the party's over,' but even though the flurry of Christmas events has passed, this New Year's Day and the upcoming weekend still offer lots of activities in our area.
Tuesday, January 1, 2019

14th Case Of Rabies Confirmed In Catawba County
Catawba County Animal Services has confirmed the fourteenth case of rabies in the county this year. On December 19, Animal Services responded to a call from a Vale resident whose dog had potential exposure to a raccoon found dead in his yard.
Monday, December 31, 2018

Sheriff's Deputies Respond To Stabbing Incident
Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a stabbing incident around 1:40 p.m. on December 30, 2018.
Monday, December 31, 2018

New Year's Shooters Schedules Announced
Two groups of New Year’s shooters from Cherryville will make the rounds firing their old rifles and chanting in the New Year’s welcome on Tuesday, January 1 beginning at 12 a.m. They will travel from house to house and business to business in Lincoln, Gaston, and Cleveland counties.
Saturday, December 29, 2018

Third Case Of Rabies In Gaston County In 2018
Animal Care and Enforcement Specialists investigated an incident on December 22 and impounded a raccoon. The raccoon was processed for rabies testing and was sent to the NC Laboratory of Public Health in Raleigh.
Saturday, December 29, 2018

Denver Man Charged With 2nd Degree Kidnapping
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detective Kelsey Harrington has charged a Denver man with 2nd degree kidnapping in connection with an incident that occurred in September of 2018.
Saturday, December 29, 2018

Moses Nueman: "Dream Bigger Now!"
For Moses Nueman, Jr., life is all about faith, hard work and following your dreams. Nueman, 45, is the chief executive officer and primary technology adviser for the Gastonia-based company, NB Technology, LLC.
Saturday, December 29, 2018

Beginning January 2, 2019 No Cell Phones In Court
Beginning Wednesday, January 2, 2019, cell phone will no longer be allowed in the Lincoln County Courthouse with several exceptions.
Friday, December 28, 2018

Missing Lincoln County Woman Has Returned Home
A missing  23-year-old Lincoln County woman, Katlyn Marie Combs, who was reported missing is safe and returned home.
Friday, December 28, 2018

Price Of Stamps Going Up
The price of mailing a first-class letter as well as Priority Mail rates will be going up soon.  It's the first increase in prices since January 2017.
Friday, December 28, 2018

Mayor Ed Hatley Assesses Lincolnton's Past, Future
Maintaining the tax base and reorganizing City employees’ duties were among the year’s big accomplishments. That’s the word Thursday from Lincolnton Mayor Ed Hatley. Looking back at the year nearly over, Hatley also looked ahead to 2019.
Friday, December 28, 2018

Public's Help Needed To Locate Missing Woman
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing 23-year-old woman who has been missing since November 19.
Thursday, December 27, 2018

McCall Looks Ahead To 2019
With 2018 winding down, Lincoln County Commissioner Anita McCall is looking back and ahead. Wednesday, McCall shared her thoughts with The Herald, citing the year just past and its counterpart coming up.
Thursday, December 27, 2018

Summer Internships Available For Local College Students
The Industrial Manager’s Association (IMA) of Lincoln County is encouraging college students from Lincoln County to spend the summer of 2018 working as an intern with a local participating manufacturer.
Wednesday, December 26, 2018

12th Annual Nutcracker Ballet
The 12th annual production of “The Nutcracker” A Children’s Ballet was held Dec. 14-15 at the James W. Warren Citizens Center.
Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Breakfast With Santa Held
Children from the area started their holiday season off recently by joining Santa for breakfast at the Lincoln Cultural Center.  This was the sixth year for this annual event.
Monday, December 24, 2018

Annual Arts Council Bike Giveaway Held
The Arts Council of Lincoln County was pleased to be working with the Lincoln County Schools again this year to find children in need of bikes.
Monday, December 24, 2018

Murder Charge Issued In Stabbing Death Of Hickory Woman
On Monday, December 24, 2018 at approximately 12:21 a.m., officers from the Hickory Police Department were called to 98 3rd Ave SE Apt #9, in reference to a person being stabbed.
Monday, December 24, 2018

Sex Offense Suspect Captured In Arkansas
Antonio Hernandez Aparicio of Catawba, N.C. of has been taken into custody in Little Rock, Arkansas where he is awaiting extradition to North Carolina.
Sunday, December 23, 2018

Public Assistance Needed To Locate Sex Offense Suspect
Aparicio was last known to be in the Town of Catawba area and driving a gold/tan in color 2000 Dodge Durango, NC Tag #YRB-5886. The vehicle has a dent on the back-rear hatch.
Saturday, December 22, 2018

Man Charged With Unauthorized Use Of Company Credit Card
A Stanley, N.C. man has been arrested in connection with a number of unauthorized purchases made on a company credit account.
Friday, December 21, 2018

18 Facing Charges Following 7-Month-Long Drug Investigation
A seven-month long drug investigation by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics officers resulted in 18 people being indicted by the Lincoln County Grand Jury in December 2018 on various charges.
Thursday, December 20, 2018

Missing Girl
Gastonia Police are asking for the public's help in finding a missing teenager.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Lincoln County 2018 Officers Of The Year Awards Announced
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office law enforcement officers of the year awards were presented Tuesday night to a dedicated detention officer and a patrol deputy.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Stanley Woman Charged In Credit Card Theft
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives have charged a Stanley woman with the theft of a billfold from the Walmart at 7131 NC Highway 73.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Another Armed Robbery
Hickory Police are investigating yet another armed robbery, the latest in a rash of robberies that began in September.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Gaston County Students Will Make Up Snow Days
December 10th and 11th were missed days of school for students in our area.  In Gaston County, the School Board has decided to make up for those snow days in mid-January.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Zero Tolerance Litter Campaign Dec. 31 - Jan. 7
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol will be conducting a Zero Tolerance Litter Campaign December 31, 2018 thru January 7, 2019. The goal of this Campaign is to educate the community and issue citations if needed for any littering offense within Lincoln County. 
Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Complaints About Illegal Drugs Leads To One Arrest
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators arrested one man on drug charges following complaints about illegal drugs at a residence on Cansler Road, Vale, N.C.
Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Goins Receives Honorary Degree At Fall Commencement
Ted W. Goins Jr. is a 1979 alumnus of Lenoir-Rhyne and currently serves as the president and chief executive officer of Lutheran Services of the Carolinas.
Sunday, December 16, 2018

DECA District Competition A Big Hit
Students from Lincolnton, West, East and North Lincoln high schools took part in the event, which also drew in students from Gaston, Cleveland and Watauga counties.
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Moving
Lincoln County Commissioners held their first of several budget workshop sessions Friday, beginning discussions of what they will include in the 2019-2020 fiscal year budget.  Among the decisions they made was the location of a new Lincoln County Courthouse.
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Homeless Woman Charged In Theft Of A Vehicle
A homeless woman has been charged with stealing the vehicle of a woman who befriended her.
Friday, December 14, 2018

Lincolnton Man Apprehended With Stolen Vehicle Near Crouse
A Lincoln County man is facing charges after being apprehended with a stolen vehicle last night near Crouse, N.C.
Friday, December 14, 2018

Commissioners Begin Work On Budget
The first of several budget workshops on the Lincoln County Budget for fiscal year 2019-2020 will be held this Friday morning (Dec. 14th) at 10 AM in the Commissioners meeting room on the third floor of the James W. Warren Citizens Center.
Friday, December 14, 2018

Jenkins Returns To School Board As Burgin Exits
Tony Jenkins returned to a seat on the Lincoln County Board of Education Thursday night., succeeding Candy Burgin, who decided not to seek re-election after serving since 2010. A reception honoring Burgin was held prior to the meeting.
Friday, December 14, 2018

Getting Back To Normal After The Storm
After being closed earlier in the week, schools were still for the most part on a delayed schedule Thursday.  For Friday, schools, government offices, etc. will be back to their normal schedules--but there's still one more weather-related cancellation:  with heavy rain likely, Dallas has cancelled its Christmas Parade; it won't be rescheduled.
Friday, December 14, 2018

Ron Rombs Jr. & Alex Patton Honored
Each year just before Christmas, Lincoln County holds a banquet to honor county employees. Awards are presented to employees for years of service, and a County Employee of the Year and Department Head of the Year are named.
Thursday, December 13, 2018

Package Theft Suspect Identified & Arrested
Summer Lea Hatcher of Granite Falls, N.C. was arrested and charged with Misdemeanor Larceny (Caldwell County) and two counts of Misdemeanor Larceny (Catawba County) on December 11, 2018.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Jimmy Dean Sausage Recalled
The USDA has announced a recall of Jimmy Dean Heat 'n Serve Original Sausage Links made with pork and turkey.
Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Winter Storm Was Costly
The winter storm that arrived over the weekend did more than cancel some events including church services, close schools and cause power outages.  It was a costly weather event.
Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Closings & Delays For Tuesday Dec. 11
The Lincoln Herald has received word about the following closings and delays for Tuesday, Dec. 11. We will update any closings or delays as received.
Monday, December 10, 2018

Delays And Closings
Due to inclement weather the following will be closed. Please stay tuned to this article for updates and stay safe.
Sunday, December 9, 2018

Snow Storm Closes Most Sunday Activities
The snow storm that developed late Sunday night will continue Sunday morning and make travel hazardous.
Sunday, December 9, 2018

Theft Of Package From Porch Of Catawba County Residence
The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office is seeking assistance with identifying the subject in these pictures. On December 4, 2018 a homeowner reported the theft of a package that had been delivered to their residence and left by the front door.
Saturday, December 8, 2018

Registered Sex Offender Charged Child Sexual Assault
The incidents occurred between November 1, 2018 and November 30, 2018.  Detectives interviewed Self at his residence on December 7, 2018 where he was arrested on one felony count of statutory rape of a child.
Saturday, December 8, 2018

Parades Will Roll, Storm Coming Saturday Night
The winter storm that will hit our area Saturday night until Monday morning won't stop the parades scheduled for Satrday--and may not be a problem for Saturday evening activities.
Saturday, December 8, 2018

Officers Save Teen Who Threatened To Jump From Bridge
On December 6, 2018 Sheriff’s Deputy C. Palin was on routine patrol on Highway 73 when he noticed a teenage girl walking on the bridge on Ingleside Farm Road over NC Highway 73.
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Friday, December 7, 2018

At Last!
Until this November's election, Lincoln County was the only one of North Carolina's 100 counties that had never elected a person of color to a city or county office.  On Thursday evening, Mary Frances White became the first African-American member in history of the Lincolnton City Council.
Friday, December 7, 2018

Mt. Holly Pastor Charged With Multiple Sex Offenses
On December 5, 2018, the Gaston County Police arrested Jerry Lewis Friday, 61, at his residence on multiple sex-related offenses.
Thursday, December 6, 2018

Reception Marks Historical Event
A reception will be held from 4:30 until 6 PM this Thursday afternoon at the Lincoln Cultural Center to honor Lincolnton's first elected minority official.  Mary Frances White, who had come close in two other attempts to join the Lincolnton City Council, was elected in November and became the first person of color ever elected in Lincolnton or Lincoln County.
Thursday, December 6, 2018

Newton Man Attempts To Run, Ends Up In Jail
A Newton man attempted to flee deputies Monday, but he ended up crashing a stolen vehicle and was arrested on multiple charges.
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Elementary Principal Charged With Misdemeanor Assault Child
A Lincoln County Schools elementary school principal was arrested on a misdemeanor assault charge today (December 4, 2018) in connection with an incident that occurred on November 27, 2018 at Union Elementary School.
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Lincolnton - Lincoln County Chamber Names CEO
The Lincolnton – Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce has announced the appointment of Doug Croft as President. Croft, a veteran of the Chamber of Commerce industry, is currently President of the Weslaco Area Chamber of Commerce in Weslaco, Texas.
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Beam Becomes Sheriff; Cesena & Sigmon, Commissioners
Two new County Commissioners and a new Sheriff took their oaths of office Monday night at the James W. Warren Citizens Center.  Bill Beam is now Sheriff and Milton Sigmon and Bud Cesena are now Commissioners.
Monday, December 3, 2018

Deputies Respond To Larceny In Progress, Two Arrested
Baker District deputies responded to the 2300 block of Kettle Creek Court, Lincolnton, N.C. in reference to a suspicious vehicle that was seen loading lumber into the vehicle at a new home under construction on Dec. 2.
Monday, December 3, 2018

Two People Arrested In Robbery Of Stanley Man
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives have arrested two eastern Lincoln County men in connection with an assault and robbery of a McIntosh Road, Stanley, N.C. man.
Monday, December 3, 2018

Sheriff Brown Takes Office
Former Newton Police Chief Don Brown became the new Sheriff of Catawba County on Monday (Dec. 3rd).
Monday, December 3, 2018

s-N-O-w...Not Again!
In 2017, for the first time in its history, the Cat Square Parade got called off--not because of rain, but because of snow.  Now the forecast for this coming weekend says we may have sleet, freezing rain and snow.  Bah humbug!
Monday, December 3, 2018

Community Says 'Thank You' To Sheriff Carpenter
Friday (Nov. 30th) was David Carpenter's last day on the job as Sheriff of Lincoln County.  On Thursday evening, friends held a reception in his honor at the Laboratory Mill.
Sunday, December 2, 2018

No Suspects So Far As Robberies Continue
Hickory Police and the Catawba County Sheriff's Office are still looking for clues in a rash of armed robberies that have occurred recently in the Hickory area.  The latest occurred this week.
Saturday, December 1, 2018

Unemployment Rate Increases--But Still Near Record Low
Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in all 100 of North Carolina’s counties in October--but don't get alarmed.  Unemployment was still at near record low levels.
Friday, November 30, 2018

Autopsy Report Says Autistic Child Drowned
There are still many uncertainties about the disappearance and death of a 6-year-old autistic boy at Gastonia's Rankin Lake in September, but police now say they do not expect any charges to be filed in his death.  The results of the autopsy report were released Thursday (Nov. 29th).
Friday, November 30, 2018

Christmas In Cat Square
The second Saturday in December brings visitors to Lincoln County from all over North Carolina and a few from other states--all coming to see the Cat Square Christmas Parade.
Friday, November 30, 2018


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