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Heath House Residents Support Our Troops
Heath House, a DePaul Senior Living Community in Lincolnton, and the VFW Post 2031 Auxiliary in Statesville, along with help from the community, recently shipped eight care packages to a 26-member platoon as part of the Adopt a US Soldier Program. 
Thursday, July 19, 2018

Man Sought For Vehicle Break-In & Using Stolen Credit Cards
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a Kentucky man wanted for breaking into a motor vehicle and stealing the victim’s wallet then using the credit cards at Walmart on North General Boulevard, Lincolnton, N.C.
Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Grand Re-Opening Held For Communities In Schools
Communities  in Schools had their grand re-opening Friday afternoon in their new home, the former Oaklawn Rosenwald school.
Monday, July 16, 2018

Traffic Stop For Minor Violation Leads To Drug Arrest
A traffic stop for a minor traffic violation has led to the arrest of a Swannanoa, North Carolina man for the possession of illegal drugs packaged for sale.
Sunday, July 15, 2018

Three Felony Drug Arrests Made After Multiple Complaints
On Thursday, July 12 Gaston County Police investigators disrupted an on-going drug operation on Cecilia Avenue in Gastonia. Police made several arrests and seized heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana and currency.
Friday, July 13, 2018

Chase Ends In Arrest
A 19-year-old from Shelby has been arrested in connection with an armed robbery that left several people injured Wednesday at a Kings Mountain smoke shop.
Thursday, July 12, 2018

Tax Time
Lincoln County property tax bills were mailed last Friday and Catawba County tax bills this Thursday. Cleveland County bills will go out later this month. If you pay your property taxes before the September 1st due date, you can take advantage of a discount in Lincoln and Cleveland counties.
Thursday, July 12, 2018

Catawba County Confirms Sixth Rabies Case Of 2018
Catawba County has announced yet another confirmed case of rabies--this time another skunk in the Newton area.
Thursday, July 12, 2018

Arrested
An elderly Lincoln County man has been charged with attempting to strangle his granddaughter after a domestic dispute Sunday (July 8th).
Wednesday, July 11, 2018

School Board Meeting
The Lincoln County School Board held its monthly meeting Tuesday, this time coupled with committee meetings that are usually held a week before the full board meeting.
Wednesday, July 11, 2018

New Phone Scam Making Rounds In Gaston County
The Gaston County Sheriff’s Office has been notified of a new scam being utilized in the Gaston County area. Citizens are being contacted by 704-842-3795 or 608-371-6666 (these two numbers have been used today, July 10, 2018) but these may not be the only numbers being utilized.
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

LeeBoy Gives Back To Community With Special Project For LCSO
Lincoln County industry VT LeeBoy, always active in support of community projects, seized the opportunity recently to show its extreme appreciation and gratitude when approached by the Lincoln County Sherriff’s Office regarding a specialized paint project.
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Catawba County Confirms Fifth Rabies Case Of 2018
On July 3, Catawba County Animal Services responded to a call from a citizen in Vale whose dog was potentially exposed to a raccoon exhibiting abnormal behavior.
Monday, July 9, 2018

Police Involved Shooting
Gastonia Police have reported a police-involved shooting that sent one person to the hospital late Sunday night.
Monday, July 9, 2018

Election Roster Complete In Most Counties
The filing for non-partisan races including the Lincoln County Board of Education and Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisors ended last week completing the ballot choices for the November election.
Saturday, July 7, 2018

Giant Hogweed--A Dangerous Plant
Giant hogweed is a dangerous plant--an invasive giant herb that can cause burns, blisters and even blindness.
Saturday, July 7, 2018

Neighbor's Complaints Lead To One Arrest
Investigators received a number of complaint about the home on Reepsville Road from neighbors about a lot of traffic in and out of the residence.  They began a covert operation that lasted several weeks and determined heroin was being sold out of the residence.
Friday, July 6, 2018

Lincolnton Celebrates America's Birthday
Fireworks lit up the night skies as the July 4th celebration of America’s Birthday came to an end Wednesday night in Lincolnton. Many families arrived earlier yesterday to stake out their spot to watch the annual parade on Main Street.
Thursday, July 5, 2018

Maiden Celebrates The 4th
Maiden held its annual July 4th parade Wednesday morning.  The parade was started by the late Edith Pirkle in 1995.
Wednesday, July 4, 2018

DDA Unveils Mural Project
The Downtown Development Association has unveiled its first mural in a series, part of an  interactive art project called “Open Wings, Open Heart.”
Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Lincoln County Animal Services Reaches No Kill Goal
Lincoln County Animal Services is extremely pleased to announce that we have now attained a live release rate of 90% and above, for both dogs and cats, for 12 months. This forward thinking goal was set for us by the Board of Commissioners back in 2013.
Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Domestic Dispute Leads To 2nd Degree Kidnapping, Drug Arrest
Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies’ investigation into a domestic dispute has led to charges against a Lincoln County man.
Tuesday, July 3, 2018

July 4th Schedules
Most people already know that government offices will be closed Wednesday.  There are some other closings for the July 4th holiday, and they may vary from county to county.
Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Bodies Of Two Men Recovered From Lake Norman
The bodies of two men reported missing after they went fishing Friday night in a boat they had recently purchased were pulled from Lake Norman early Monday (July 2nd).
Monday, July 2, 2018

Independence Week Celebrations Continue
The celebration of America's birthday is well underway!  Mt. Holly held its celebration Thursday night; Stanley, on Friday; and the Denver Area Business Association held its big Fireworks Show at East Lincoln High School Saturday.  There are many more celebrations planned for this week.
Monday, July 2, 2018

Update On Recycycling
The city of Lincolnton regrets that you may have seen an erroneous ad that indicated recycyling would be a part of this week's adjusted trash pickup schedule.  It will not; but the City is working on coming up with a new recycling program.
Monday, July 2, 2018

Atkins Looks To The New Fiscal Year Of 2018-19
The fiscal year now ended has seen some good accomplishments for Lincoln County. That’s the word this week from county manager Kelly Atkins. In an exclusive with the Lincoln Herald, Atkins said the County’s relationship with the City of Lincolnton remains a strong one, to cite just one instance of the year’s positive aspects.
Sunday, July 1, 2018

Warrant Turns Up Stolen Property
A search on the property of a home in the 3800 block of Stoney Creek Drive, Lincolnton, NC led to the seizure of items reportedly stolen in Lincoln and Catawba Counties.
Saturday, June 30, 2018

Senator Curtis Resigns
Lincoln County State Senator Dr. David Curtis told the Lincoln Herald Saturday that he has resigned effective Saturday so that he can return to Raleigh in January to lobby for a healthcare proposal he had advanced in the General Assembly.
Saturday, June 30, 2018

First Arrest Made Under City's Special Events Ordinance
Several 'street preachers' came to Thursday night's (June 28th) Alive After Five concert with the apparent intention of testing Lincolnton's recently passed Special Events Ordinance.  One of them was arrested.
Saturday, June 30, 2018

Happy Birthday, America!
The celebrations of America's birthday began Thursday night and continued Friday evening.  Another big fireworks show is scheduled for Saturday (at East Lincoln High School) and there are multiple events including fireworks and parades set for next week.
Saturday, June 30, 2018

City Council Endorses Term Limits
The Lincolnton City Council held two sessions Thursday--one to discuss hiring an architect to plan for the move of the City Police Dept. to the former Rite-Aid store location recently purchased by the City and the other a regular monthly meeting that would usually have been held the first Monday in the month of July.
Friday, June 29, 2018

Hospital Employees Getting Raise
Employees of Atrium Health, operator of the Carolinas HealthCare System hospitals in Lincolnton, Shelby & Kings Mountain, will be getting a raise in July.
Friday, June 29, 2018

Election Update
The deadline for filing for non-partisan races including the Lincoln County Board of Education and Soil & Water Conservation district supervisors is Monday (July 2nd) at noon.  
Friday, June 29, 2018

Wrongful Death Suit Filed Against Police After Chase
The daughter of a Bessemer City woman who died in July 2016 when her car crashed into another on Frankliin Blvd. after a companion allegedly stole multiple items from the Target store in Gastonia has filed a lawsuit against the officer involved in pursuit of the vehicle, the police department and the city.
Thursday, June 28, 2018

Former Sheriff Candidate Indicted
Jason Reid, who was an unsuccessful candidate for Sheriff of Catawba County in May, was in court Friday morning in Lincolnton to face multiple charges involving alleged stalking of an ex-girlfriend.  The judge told him he could get eight years if convicted.
Thursday, June 28, 2018

Sheriff's Deputies Arrest Winston-Salem Robbery Suspect
Lincoln County Sheriff's deputies arrested a man wanted in Winston-Salem, N.C. in connection with an attempted armed robbery.  The incident occurred at a residence in Winston-Salem on June 22, 2018.
Thursday, June 28, 2018

Gaston County Jail Using Body Scanner
Gaston County Sheriff Alan Cloninger says a new body scanner now in use at the Gaston County Jail has already caught some contraband and will hopefully help to keep prisoners from getting more into the jail.
Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Convicted Sex Offender Sentenced For Threatening To Kill Gaston County DA & ADA
U.S. Attorney Andrew Murray announced today, June 26, that Larry Brandon Moore, 31, of Gastonia, N.C. was sentenced to 27 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for threatening to kill Gaston County District Attorney Locke Bell and Assistant District Attorney (ADA) Deborah Gulledge.
Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Score Big With School Nutrition
Lincoln County chapter members attended the School Nutrition Association of North Carolina’s Annual Conference held in Greensboro June 18-22 where they received the Chapter of the Year Award for the 13th consecutive year. Three Lincoln County students were also invited to the trade show as Student Nutrition Advisory Council (SNAC) State Art Contest Winners.
Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Iron Station Man Arrested In Residential Break-In
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives have charged an Iron Station man in connection with a June 21, 2018 break-in.
Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Cleveland County Scores Big Drug Bust
The Cleveland County Sheriff's Office has announced another big drug bust.  Last Saturday, a man believed to be an illegal immigrant, was arrested on drug and other charges after a traffic stop near Grover.
Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Elderly Stanley Man Reported Missing Again
A Silver Alert was issued Monday afternoon (June 25th) for an elderly Stanley man, Carl Harrison Irvin.
Monday, June 25, 2018

Dallas's White Elephant Still for Sale
The town of Dallas bought the historic Setzer Building for $76,000 three years ago with the hope of restoring the historic building.  The Town Board was on the verge Monday of approving a deal to sell it for $22,000 and guarantee a $300,000 loan to get a restaurant there--but now, that isn't going to happen.
Monday, June 25, 2018

Traffic Stop Leads To Drug Arrests
A traffic stop on North Generals Bourlevard in Lincolnton for a minor traffic violation has led to the arrest of two men on drug charges.
Monday, June 25, 2018

Fire Destroys Barn, Tool Shed, Farm Equipment
Mitchem's Farm, operated by Lincoln County Commissoner Carrol Mitchem and his brother, Wayne,  lost four tractors, a combine, his tools, 400 round bales of hay and 400 other bales of hay plus a barn and an adjacent tool shed in a Sunday morning (June 24th) fire.
Monday, June 25, 2018

McCracken Honored With Long Leaf Pine Award
Susan McCracken, who recently retired as head of the Lincoln County Department of Social Services, was honored at Monday night's (June 18th) County Commissioners meeting as having been inducted as a member of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine.
Saturday, June 23, 2018

Lincoln County High Schools 2nd Semester Honor Roll
Lincoln County Schools proudly recognizes the A and A-B honor roll students for the 2nd semester in the high schools for the 2017-18 school year.
Saturday, June 23, 2018

NCRIA Awards Grants for Lincolnton, Hickory & Conover
The North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority announced grants totaling over $17 million Thursday to support rural economic development projects.  Lincoln & Catawba counties were among locations for which grants were approved.
Friday, June 22, 2018

Court House Expansion/Relocation Discussed
Imagine, if you can, a Lincoln County Court House that reaches from the north edge of the Courtsquare to the south edge.  That's one of the options County Commissioners will be considering as they try to make more room for the courts over the next few years.
Friday, June 22, 2018

Maiden Man Charged With Possession Of Stolen Cars
A Maiden man faces multiple charges after being arrested in Hickory early Thursday morning.
Thursday, June 21, 2018

Another Rabies Case
Lincoln County has had its second confirmed rabies case of 2018. Catawba County has had four cases; Gaston & Cleveland counties have each had one
Thursday, June 21, 2018

Lincoln County Awarded Federal Food & Shelter Funding
Lincoln County agencies who provide help including food and lodging for the homeless or displaced are invited to apply for funds that have been approved for the County by FEMA.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Police Asking For Help Identifying Suspect
Lincolnton Police are asking for the public's help in identifying a man who attempted to rob the Lincolnton Arby's earlier this month.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Rest Home Resident Still Missing After Almost Five Months
It’s been almost five months since Boger City Rest Home resident Richard Keith Perdue, 53, walked away from the facility and disappeared.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Man Injured When Jet Ski Explodes
A man was severely injured when a jet ski he was trying to crank exploded on Lake Norman near Mooresville Tuesday afternoon.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Getting Ready For Independence Day
The 4th of July is just two weeks from this Wednesday.  Celebrations will actually begin the week before, so many of them are only a little over a week away.  Here's some information about some of them.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

North Lincoln's Got Talent
North Lincoln's long-time receptionist sings at church and has sung at some other events, but it was her 'so long, have a great summer' swan song to the school year of 2017-2018 that has made her a YouTube sensation.
Monday, June 18, 2018

Over One-Third of Third Graders Can't Read Well
NC Child, an advocacy group, has released its 2018 report on certain factors that affect the lives of children not only now but as they grow up.  Among the findings is a lack of reading proficiency by third graders in NC schools.
Monday, June 18, 2018

Lincoln County Middle Schools 4th Quarter Honor Roll
Lincoln County Schools proudly recognizes the A and A-B honor roll students for the 4th quarter in the middle schools for the 2017-18 school year.
Sunday, June 17, 2018

Woman Missing Over Three Weeks
Hickory Police are asking for the public's help in finding a missing woman.
Saturday, June 16, 2018

Woman Charged With Stealing From Ex-Boyfriend
A former Lincoln County woman has been charged with allegedly stealing two gift cards that had been delivered to the residence of her ex-boyfriend.
Friday, June 15, 2018

Runaway Teen Located In McDowell County, Returned To Parents
A runaway 17-year-old female from Lincoln County was located around 1 a.m. June 14, 2018 by McDowell County Sheriff’s deputies at a residence in their county.
Thursday, June 14, 2018

Iron Station Teen Missing
An Iron Station teen apparently left home after an argument.  She is reported as a missing person and the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in locating her.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Rabies Shot Clinics
Rabies shot clinics are scheduled for this Saturday (June 16th) and next Saturday (June 23rd) in Lincoln County--but if you come to the Animal Shelter this Thursday or Friday, you can get a shot for your dog or cat FREE!
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Voyeurism Case Update
That Cherryville area man who was arrested for attempting to video young girls and women taking showers on his yacht in Myrtle Beach had another day in court Wednesday, and this time was returned to jail on the new charges.

Multi-Industry Job Fair Set for June 23rd
A group of industries located in the Lincoln County Industrial Park are holding a Job Fair Saturday June 23rd from 9 AM - 1 PM.  It's an ideal opportunity for anyone who might be interested in a job to learn more about what's available, especially those who commute to work outside Lincoln County and might like to work closer to home.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

City, County Water Plants Among Best in State
Go ahead, take a sip!  I'm not going to tell you that Lincolnton and Lincoln County have the best-tasting water in the country, but we can say with certainty that they are providing cleaner water to customers than many other systems in the state.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Judge Tosses Abduction Charge, Grants Custody to Grandmother
A grandmother who had been charged with abducting her granddaughter had the charges thrown out by a District Court Judge Tuesday and was also granted an emergency custody order to keep the child.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Attempted Drug Smugglers Arrested
Two women who attempted to smuggle drugs into the Harven Crouse Detention Center have been apprehended.  They were charged last week after the drugs were discovered by jail staff.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Shook Arrested Monday in Newton
Catawba County deputies have arrested a Newton man who allegedly assaulted his girlfriend with a baseball bat and hanger and kept her prisoner for three days.  
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Cherryville Man Accused of Secretly Videoing Girls
A Cherryville man has been accused of using an iPad to record video of girls in the shower on his yacht in Myrtle Beach.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Erratic Driving Ends in Drug Arrests
Sometimes driving too slow can be just as suspicious as driving too fast--especially if you appear to be having trouble staying in your lane.  That was the case Saturday that led to a traffic stop that ended in drug charges for a South Carolina man and a Maiden woman.
Monday, June 11, 2018

Three Arrested After Traffic Stop for Stolen Tag
Following a vehicle out late at night, a Lincoln County Deputy checked the tag and after learning it was stolen, stopped a vehicle on Salem Church Road in the wee hours of Saturday morning.  The traffic stop led to arrests of three people on multiple charges.
Monday, June 11, 2018

Another Rabies Case in Catawba County
Catawba County has recorded its fourth rabies case of 2018 and three of them have been in the Maiden area.
Monday, June 11, 2018

Man Who Said Car Stalled Winds Up in Jail
A report of a man waving a gun in the air while standing in the middle of the road led to the arrest of a Lincoln County man on warrants from Gaston County and new charges in Lincoln County on Saturday (June 9th).
Monday, June 11, 2018

McHenry Recognizes Art Contest Winner, Academy Appointees
Graduation season also means honors for outstanding students.  Congressman Patrick McHenry recently announced the winner of the 10th District Art Competion and of appointments from the district to the military academies.
Monday, June 11, 2018

Cleveland County Crackdown on Drugs Continues
A Lincolnton man and a Cherryville woman were among those arrested last week in Cleveland County as a part of Sheriff Alan Norman's crackdown on drugs.
Sunday, June 10, 2018

Three Charged After Attempt to Smuggle Drugs into Jail
Three people are facing felony drug conspiracy charges after attempting to provide an inmate drugs while incarcerated at the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center.
Sunday, June 10, 2018

City Suspends Recycling
Two news releases we received Friday seemed totally at odds.  The City of Lincolnton announced it would suspend its recycling program after this week.  The NC Department of Environmental Quality issued a report about the growth of recycling statewide.
Sunday, June 10, 2018

LHS Graduation 2018
Unlike the other high schools who held their graduation ceremonies in their stadiums, the Lincolnton High School graduation was held in the new gym at the school.
Saturday, June 9, 2018

West Lincoln Graduation 2018
West Lincoln High School held its 2018 graduation Saturday morning in the stadium at the school.
Saturday, June 9, 2018

East Lincoln Graduation 2018
East Lincoln High School held its graduation exercise at David Clark Stadium Friday night.  Emily Ann Stolzenbach was honored as the class Valedictorian; Sierra Nicole Gilley was the Salutatorian.
Saturday, June 9, 2018

Graduation Weekend: North Lincoln Was First
It was graduation weekend for the Lincoln County Schools.  North Lincoln was first--their graduation ceremony began at 7 PM Friday.
Saturday, June 9, 2018

McCall Attends NCACC's County Assembly Day
On May 30, Commissioner Anita McCall joined Governor Roy Cooper, NC Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger, NC House Speaker Tim Moore, and other legislators for County Assembly Day in Raleigh.
Friday, June 8, 2018

Budget, Business Incentive Grants Top City Agenda
The Lincolnton City Council approved the FY 2018-2019 Budget at last night’s meeting. The highlights of the coming year’s budget include no tax or utilities fee increases for residents.
Friday, June 8, 2018

Four Arrested in Gaston County Murder
Four people have been arrested in connection with the homicide of a Lincolnton man in Gaston County Thursday morning (June 7th).
Friday, June 8, 2018

Educating The Future With Outstanding Employees Like...
Tanya Prater who has worked as a teacher’s assistant for 21 years with four of those being in the Lincoln County Schools.
Friday, June 8, 2018

City Council Approves New Police Station
It has been talked about for years--now, at last, it's going to happen.  The Lincolnton Police Department is getting a new home.
Thursday, June 7, 2018

Red Is the Color in Hickory This Weekend
Red is likely to be the most popular color in Hickory this weekend.  It all begins with a Thursday night ballgame featuring the Hickory Crawdads.  This is also the weekend for the NC State Convention of the Republican Party.
Thursday, June 7, 2018

Aubrey Hedgepeth Is A Child Prodigy!
Mozart famously began composing when he was just 5 years old. Beethoven began performing publicly when he was 7. And now, a local girl is following in their footsteps. She is 12-year-old Aubrey Hedgepeth of Pumpkin Center. And according to proud mom Danielle Hedgepeth, this young lady is quite the prodigy.
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

New Businesses in Lincolnton
New businesses are coming to Lincolnton.  The work is well underway on the Chick-fil-A that will open this Fall near the US321 intersection on E. Main St.  Two pubs and a craft brewery are coming to E. Water St.  A new butcher shop has opened downtown, and now another bar & restaurant is coming in August.
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Suspicious Person Call Results in Multiple Arrests
Three men have been charged in a larceny from a Denver residence in mid-May after a traffic stop first brought drug charges against one and further investigation brought drug charges and larceny charges against all three.
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Another Domestic Violence Case in Catawba County
The Catawba Couny Sheriff's Office is seeking a man wanted for assaulting his girlfriend in yet another case of domestic violence.
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Hickory PD Announces New Officers, Promotions
The Hickory Police Dept. held a swearing in ceremony for two new officers and announced the promotion of three others last Friday (June 1st).
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Commissioners Approve Economic Incentive Grants
Lincoln County Commissioners approved economic incentive grants Monday night (June 4th) to help two Lincoln County industries expand their operations.
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Sheriff's Office Warns of Scam Phone Calls
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office is NOT making calls telling people they are about to be arrested.  It's a scam!
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Kayleigh Pless Among The Best At ELHS
Get outside your bubble and comfort zone. That’s the advice of Kayleigh Pless to her fellow grads in the class of 2018.
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Budgets Approved
Both Lincoln and Catawba County Commissioners approved their 2018-2019 budgets at Monday night (June 4th) meetings.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018


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