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Keep Wearing Your Masks--They're Working!
Here's the latest update on COVID-19.
Saturday, September 19, 2020

Counterfeit Currency, Firearm Siezed
Dennis Roger Vandyke was charged with one felony count each of forgery of an instrument, possession of five or more counterfeit instruments, carrying a concealed weapon, and possession of a firearm by a felon.  He was also charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of methamphetamine.
Friday, September 18, 2020

More In-School Classes Possible For Younger Kids
Following an announcement by Governor Roy Cooper Thursday afternoon (Sept. 17th), schools are pondering whether to return to in-person learning five days weekly for students in grades K-5.
Thursday, September 17, 2020

Buckle Up Or Pay Up
Seat belt use is being targeted this month by the NCDOT and the Governor's Highway Safety Program.
Thursday, September 17, 2020

Stanley Man Arrested In Two Unrelated Break-In Incidents
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives arrested a Stanley, N.C. man in connection with break-ins that occurred in May 2020 and July 2020.
Wednesday, September 16, 2020

COVID-19 Update
While some continue to reject the argument that the 3Ws and other measures are having any positive effect in fighting the spread of the coronavirus, the evidence is clear that they have.  Here's the latest report on COVID-19.
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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Woman Charged With Breaking & Entering, Pawning Stolen Goods
A Denver woman has been charged with breaking into a building and stealing tools valued at approximately $1,000.
Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Heroin Traffickers Arrested In Multi-Agency Investigation
On Friday, September 11, 2020 investigators with the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Group (SEG) seized 7.5 ounces of heroin during a traffic stop along Hwy 16 South in Catawba County; 6.5 pounds of marijuana was also seized during that encounter.
Monday, September 14, 2020

Denver Youth Charged With Setting Fire
A Denver youth faces charges that he set a car on fire in Gaston County in late August.  Christian Alexander Foster, 19, who lives on St. James Church Road, was charged with unlawful burning of personal property.
Sunday, September 13, 2020

COVID-19 Update
The number of active COVID-19 cases in Lincoln County increased again in Lincoln County according to the Friday (Sept. 11th) report.  Here's the latest info on the coronavirus.
Friday, September 11, 2020

New Partnership To Make Local Medical Supplies
A new and innovative partnership will soon bear some positive fruit. According to Gaston College spokeswoman Stephanie Michael Pickett, it means providing better products for the medical community and potentially creating new small business opportunities.
Friday, September 11, 2020

Voting Has Begun
Election Day is still over a month and a half away, but voting has begun.  The first absentee ballots were mailed out last Friday and some have already been returned.
Thursday, September 10, 2020

Virtual Job Fair Thursday & Friday
A Virtual Job Fair this Thursday & Friday will give those who may be interested in a new job an opportunity to talk with representatives of several companies who have positions available.
Wednesday, September 9, 2020

COVID-19 Update
Here's the latest on the COVID-19 pandemic in our area.
Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Union County EMS Gives Gaston College Ambulance
Gaston College’s EMS program is benefiting from the donation of an ambulance from Union County EMS. The Monroe-based agency is affiliated with Atrium Health. The retired vehicle will be used to train students in the emergency medical science program. The ambulance arrived Thursday.
Sunday, September 6, 2020

"Of The Year" Winners Announced For Gaston County Schools
Gaston County Schools has announced its “Of the Year” award recipients for the 2020-2021 academic year. The Zoom video conferencing platform was used to inform the finalists of the winner in each “Of the Year” category: Teacher, New Teacher, Teacher Assistant, Principal, Assistant Principal, and Central Office Administrator.
Saturday, September 5, 2020

Utility Cutoffs Prompt Some To Pay
The City of Lincolnton began this week cutting off utility services--electricity and water--to customers who hadn't paid their bills.  The moratorium on utility cutoffs that was part of Gov. Cooper's Executive Order expired at the end of July. Some of those who hadn't paid before did when the cutoffs began.
Friday, September 4, 2020

MaxPax LLC Coming To Hickory
In the midst of the pandemic-caused downturn in the economy, the Catawba County Economic Development Commission had some good news to report Thursday.  A Wisconsin company, MaxPax, LLC announced that it will invest $9.55 million and create 300 jobs in Catawba County.
Friday, September 4, 2020

Voting Begins
North Carolina becomes the first state in the nation to send out ballots to those who want to vote by mail when those who have already requested them are mailed their ballots this Friday (Sept. 4th).
Thursday, September 3, 2020

Violence Keeps Officers Busy
An alleged stabbing murder in Gastonia and a shooting near Hickory have kept officers from Gaston & Catawba counties busy.
Thursday, September 3, 2020

Head-on Crash Sends Paramedic To Hospital
A Thursday morning head-on collision sent a Lincoln County paramedic to the hospital in Charlotte.
Thursday, September 3, 2020

Unlocked Vehicles Break-Ins; Two Firearms Stolen
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a rash of break-ins to unlocked vehicles at homes west of Lincolnton to unlocked vehicles parked at residences on Rock Dam Road, Daniels Road, Guy Heavner Road, and Blossom Hill Road.
Thursday, September 3, 2020

At-Large Candidates For School Board
This is the fourth in our series of articles about the candidates for four seats on the Lincoln County Board of Education, commonly called the School Board, in this November's election.
Wednesday, September 2, 2020

LEDA, Chamber, NC Works & Area Hold Job Fair Online
Lincoln County's unemployment rate went up by one percent in July compared to June--but it was still lower than any of the surrounding counties.  While the job market has been hurt by the pandemic, there are still jobs available.  
Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Update On School Opening
While the opening of school for the 2020-2021 school year has gone fairly smoothly for Lincoln County, the same cannot be said for Gaston.

COVID-19 Update
As North Carolina reported a big daily increase in new cases of the coronavirus, Gov. Roy Cooper announced that the state will enter Phase 2.5 of his reopening plan on Friday.
Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Gastonia Police Asking Public's Help With 2015 Missing Persons Case
Gastonia Police are asking for the public’s help with a missing persons case from 2015. Rose Maria Patterson, 43, of Gastonia, was reported missing on September 2, 2015, after her son had not been able to make contact with her for a month.
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Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Local Schools Doing Well Adjusting To COVID
Lincoln County Schools and Lincoln Charter School report they are doing well in adjusting to the reality of the pandemic.
Tuesday, September 1, 2020

COVID-19 Update
Governor Roy Cooper extended his order banning alcoholic beverage sales after 11 PM on Monday.  Cooper holds a briefing Tuesday afternoon where he is expected to relax some restrictions on other businesses.  Here's the latest on the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tuesday, September 1, 2020

More Drug Arrests
The Cleveland County Sheriff's Office has announced two more drug arrests.  Two Charlotte men were arrested after separate traffic stops on Interstate 85 near Kings Mountain.
Sunday, August 30, 2020

Eight Catawba Valley Residents Sentenced To Federal Prison
The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division partnered with 16 local, state and federal law enforcement agencies in an investigation which has led to the conviction of 10 defendants on Friday, August 28, 2020 in federal court in Charlotte. Eight of these defendants resided in the Catawba Valley.
Saturday, August 29, 2020

COVID-19 Active Cases Declining In Our Area
The number of active cases of the coronavirus in both Lincoln and Gaston counties is the lowest it has been in well over a month.  Lincoln County reported only 77 active cases Friday (Aug. 28th) the lowest figure since late June.  Gaston County had 1,150 active cases.
Friday, August 28, 2020

Narcotics Surveillance Operation Leads To An Arrest
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics officers arrested one person while conducting a surveillance operation in western Lincoln County on August 26, 2020.
Thursday, August 27, 2020

Statue Will Stay
That Confederate statue that stands in front of the Gaston County Courthouse will be staying there after County Commissioners rescinded their previous resolution to move it at Tuesday night's (Aug. 25th) meeting.
Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Three People Arrested In Grab & Run Robbery
Three people were arrested after a grab and run robbery at the Quik Trip on NC Highway 73 in Denver Monday night, Aug. 24.
Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Deputies Released From Hospital, Deceased Suspect Identified
Two Lincoln County Sheriff's deputies injured Monday (August 24, 2020) by gunfire have been released from the hospital and the deceased suspect has been identified.
Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Quick Police Work Puts Two In Jail
Two suspects in a Friday (Aug. 21st) armed robbery were quickly apprehended by Hickory Police.
Tuesday, August 25, 2020

COVID-19 Update
Here's the latest report on COVID-19 cases in our area.
Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Traffic Stop Leads To Drug Arrest
A traffic stop early today (August 24, 2020) led to the seizure of illegal drugs and the arrest of Maiden, N.C. man.
Monday, August 24, 2020

Deputies Injured While Serving Warrants; Suspect Killed
Two Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies were injured today by gunfire while trying to serve warrants on an individual who was killed during the altercation.
Monday, August 24, 2020

Sunday Morning Fire
Fire gutted a mobile home on Highway 182 just west of Lincolnton Sunday morning.  Three departments were called to the scene.  The home was destroyed but nobody was injured.
Sunday, August 23, 2020

Biz News
They come and they go: new restaurants open as others say goodbye.
Sunday, August 23, 2020

Vale's Own Markus Beam Makes It Big In Opera World
The prestigious San Francisco Opera Center has tapped the noted and dynamic baritone to be its general manager, a newly created post, effective in January, according to Opera News this week.
Saturday, August 22, 2020

COVID-19 Update
Progress is being made in slowing the spread of the coronavirus.
Friday, August 21, 2020

Wet Friday Will Be Followed By Pleasant Saturday
In some places, nearly four inches of rain fell in less than two hours producing flash flooding during the mid-morning hours of Friday.  While there is still a chance of thunderstorms over the weekend, most of the day Saturday should be pleasant.
Friday, August 21, 2020

Two Were Involved In 2016 Double Murders
Two of five men arrested in a double murder that happened in March 2016 were finally sentenced this week in Catawba County Superior Court.
Thursday, August 20, 2020

COVID-19 Update (Tuesday Aug. 18)
Here's the latest update on the COVID-19 pandemic in our area.
Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Lamkin Arrested On Charges From August 5 Shooting Incident
Paul Eric Lamkin, Jr. was arrested on August 17, 2020 by Gaston County Sheriff’s deputies when he was released from Caromont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia.  He was transported to the Gaston-Lincoln County line where he was turned over to Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies.
Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Iron Station School Closed Until Aug. 31st
One Lincoln County School is already closed due to the coronavirus.  A decision was made to close Iron Station Elementary School until August 31st.  Students will be taught by remote learning--as they were in the Spring.
Monday, August 17, 2020

COVID-19 Update
One Lincoln County school was closed on the opening day for schools as administrators and health officials chose caution as their course of action.  Some teachers at Iron Station Elementary may have been associated with a COVID-19 cluster, so students will have remote instruction until August 31st.  Here's the rest of the COVID-19 update for Monday (Aug. 17th).
Monday, August 17, 2020

Speeding Leads To Traffic Stop And Theft Arrests
Two people were arrested Saturday night (August 15, 2020) shortly before midnight when they were spotted leaving the parking lot of the Walmart at 7131 NC 73 Highway in Denver at a high rate of speed.
Monday, August 17, 2020

Deaths Of Two Men Under Investigation From Catawba St. Fire
On Sunday August 16, 2020 at approximately 12:28 p.m. Lincolnton Police Officers responded to the 800 Block of East Catawba Street. The call was in reference to a male subject reporting his son had assaulted him and was threatening to kill him.
Monday, August 17, 2020

Shooting
A Gastonia man was jailed Saturday evening after he was arrested for shooting a woman with whom he lived.
Sunday, August 16, 2020

Second Suspect Arrested
A second suspect in a fatal shooting July 29th will have his first court appearance Monday after being arrested last week by Hickory Police.
Sunday, August 16, 2020

Flooding Creates State Of Emergency
Flooding caused by heavy rain Friday night and Saturday morning (Aug. 16-17) resulted in a State of Emergency being declared in Catawba County.  Several roads were closed, there were at least three resulting sewage overflows, and several people had to be rescued--but no serious injuries resulted.
Sunday, August 16, 2020

Charged With Stealing From Construction Site
An Iron Station man was arrested this week by Hickory Police after he allegedly stole items from a Hickory construction site on Startown Road.
Saturday, August 15, 2020

Pandemic Update
Here is the latest update as of Friday evening (Aug. 14th) on the COVID-19 pandemic.
Friday, August 14, 2020

Shaw Is Gaston College Instructor Of The Year
Calvin Shaw recently earned a top honor from Gaston College.
Friday, August 14, 2020

Help ID Driver Involved In Collision
Gastonia Police are asking for the public’s help to identify the driver of a car involved a three-vehicle accident that sent a Gastonia woman to the hospital with serious injuries.
Friday, August 14, 2020

Public's Help Needed To Locate Missing Man
On March 24, 2020 a family member reported that Christopher Allen Jernigan, 29, whose address is listed as homeless, had not made contact with them since March 6, 2020.
Friday, August 14, 2020

Lowell Man Charged In Internet Sex Crimes Investigation
Gaston County Police have arrested a 27-year-old Lowell man on charges related to a joint investigation involving Homeland Security.
Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Lenoir Man Arrested For Offenses From Years Ago
A Lenoir man has been charged with multiple sex offenses that are alleged to have happened years ago when he lived in Gaston County.
Wednesday, August 12, 2020

COVID-19 Update: Russians Say They Have A Vaccine
The Russians say they have a vaccine!  That's the big news on COVID-19 for Tuesday (Aug. 11th.)
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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

COVID-19 Update
The COVID-19 pandemic continues--but there are signs that some progress may be being made in slowing the spread of the disease.
Monday, August 10, 2020

Suspect Charged In Robberies In Hickory & Taylorsville
A Claremont man is alleged to have robbed two convenience groceries on Friday (Aug. 7th).  After the second robbery, Catawba County officers spotted his vehicle and he was arrested.
Monday, August 10, 2020

Police Seeking Two More Suspects In Shootings
Hickory Police have arrested two men in connection with shooting incidents on July 29th and August 3rd and are seeking two other suspects in connection with the shootings.
Monday, August 10, 2020

City Announces Payment Plan For Past-Due Utility Bills
The moratorium on cutoffs related to past due utility bills expired at the end of July.  The past due utility bills owed to the City of Lincolnton and related late fees (which have been waived) has left the City with a budget shortfall of over a half million dollars.  To avoid shutoffs, those who haven't paid need to set up a payment plan.
Monday, August 10, 2020

CC Deputy Commended For Assisting In Boater Rescue
Catawba County Sheriff Don Brown commended Deputy Scott Sawyer for his actions involved in the rescuing of a distressed boater on lake Norman.
Sunday, August 9, 2020

Gaston County 4th Confirmed Rabies Case Of 2020
On Thursday August 6, 2020 at 10:36 p.m. Gaston County Police Animal Care and Enforcement received a call from the 120 block of Hoyles Creek Road in Dallas. The call was reference to a possible rabid animal. A family dog killed a fox.
Sunday, August 9, 2020

Ava Parnell Is 2020 Apple Queen
The Lincoln County Apple Queen for 2020 is Ava Eileen Parnell, a senior at North Lincoln High School.
Saturday, August 8, 2020

City Council Approves New Stop Signs, Talks Murals
The Lincolnton City Council approved some new stop signs at its meeting Thursday evening (Aug. 6th).  The new stop signs will included four-way stops at High Street's intersections with both Sycamore & Pine, and a stop at the Bonview and High intersection.
Saturday, August 8, 2020

COVID-19 Update
The area death toll from COVID-19 increased in reports from Friday (Aug. 7th).  Lincoln County has now had nine deaths; Gaston County has had 48; Catawba County has had 30; and Cleveland County has had 20.
Friday, August 7, 2020

New Apple Queen Will Be Crowned Saturday Night
The BPW's annual Miss Lincoln County Apple Queen Pageant will happen Saturday night (Aug. 8th) at the Lincoln Cultural Center.  Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the audience won't be there--they'll be watching online.
Friday, August 7, 2020

Mother, Daughter Shot During Domestic Incident
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a domestic dispute where a mother and her daughter were shot.
Thursday, August 6, 2020

COVID-19 Update
Five more weeks of Phase Two: that was the edict from Governor Roy Cooper at his briefing Wednesday afternoon.
Thursday, August 6, 2020

Seized Money Presented To Lincoln County Schools
Money seized in 55 narcotics operations was presented to Lincoln County Schools today, August 5, 2020.
Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Two Arrested On Child Sexual Assault Charges
Johnny Russell Corriher and Joey Jackson Kiker of Lincoln County were arrested on August 4, 2020 on several child sexual assault charges.
Wednesday, August 5, 2020

COVID-19 Pandemic Continues
The Lincoln County death toll from COVID-19 is now eight.  Catawba County has lost 29 residents; Gaston County has reported 41 deaths.  The disease continues to spread, although on the state scene, North Carolina is doing much better than its neighbors to the south.
Tuesday, August 4, 2020

McCall Elected Vice Chair Of International Task Force
The National Association of Counties (“NACo”) has appointed Lincoln County Commissioner, Anita McCall as Vice Chair of the International Economic Development Task Force, charged with facilitating the exchange of information, ideas and resources, and guiding NACo programming concerning county-level engagement in international economic development activities.
Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Detectives Investigating Break-In To ATM Machine
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating an attempted break-in to an ATM machine in western Lincoln County.
Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Statue Will Be Moved
Gaston County Commissioners voted Monday night to give the Confederate statue in front of the Gaston County Courthouse to the Sons of the Confederacy.  It will likely be moved to a cemetery where many Confederate soldiers are buried.
Monday, August 3, 2020

COVID-19 Update
There is much new to report on the pandemic: a new long-term care facility outbreak in Catawba County, COVID-19 cases at the Catawba County Jail, six more deaths from the disease in Gaston County, and the statewide death toll tops 2,000.
Monday, August 3, 2020

Important Notice
The Lincoln County Courthouse will be closed Monday (August 3rd) for cleaning.
Sunday, August 2, 2020

Gastonia Confederate Statue: Will It Be Moved--Or Not?
Just when it appeared that a failure to act on the part of Gaston County Commissioners would leave the Confederate memorial statue in front of the Gaston County Courthouse for at least another two years, it appears now that it may be moved in the near future...or maybe not, there's a new twist to the story.
Sunday, August 2, 2020

Number Of Active Cases In Lincoln County Decreases
At last, some good news on the COVID-19 pandemic.  It's far from over, and in many places it's getting worse--but the Lincoln County Health Department reports a big reduction in active cases in its Friday report.
Friday, July 31, 2020

GC Police Seek Suspect in Attempted Robbery/Shooting
The suspect is described as being a black male, approximately 5ft.-8in. to 6ft. tall, who portrayed himself as a female.  The suspect wore a wig with long, curly black hair with blond highlights and also wore make-up.
Friday, July 31, 2020

Lake Patrol Rescues Pennsylvania Couple From Lake Norman
On Thursday, July 30, 2020, while working Lake Patrol 1st Sgt. Richard Calhoun and Deputy John Issacks observed a woman in distress floating in the water and hanging on to the side of an unmanned jet ski.
Friday, July 31, 2020

Police, Sheriff's Office Investigating Shootings
Hickory Police and the Catawba County Sheriff's Office are investigating shootings that occurred earlier this week.
Friday, July 31, 2020

Rombs Named New Emergency Services Director
Lincoln County Manager Kelly Atkins announced today, July 30, 2020, that Ron Rombs has been named as the new Emergency Services Director for Lincoln County effective August 1, 2020.
Thursday, July 30, 2020

Mother, Son Killed In South Carolina
A flat tire on the way home from Myrtle Beach was the beginning of a tragic incident on US 76 near Florence, SC, Tuesday afternoon (July 28th).  Emily Huskins Wyatt and one of her sons, Dylan, were killed after the family stopped to change the tire.
Thursday, July 30, 2020

Sheriff Beam Attends Sheriff's Conference In Wake County
Lincoln County Sheriff Bill Beam recently attended the North Carolina Sheriff’s Association 98th Annual Business Conference held in Wake County, North Carolina.
Thursday, July 30, 2020

Lincolnton Mother, Son Killed In SC
A Lincolnton woman and her son were killed Tuesday (July 28th) in an accident in Florence, SC.
Thursday, July 30, 2020

Wednesday Incident
Hickory Police are investigating a Wednesday afternoon shooting that left one man dead and another injured.
Thursday, July 30, 2020

Can You Identify?
Maiden Police are asking for the public's help in identifying two thieves.
Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Statue Will Stay In Place
Sometimes, not making a decision becomes one.  That's what happened Tuesday evening as Gaston County Commissioners didn't vote on the statue in front of the Gaston County Courthouse.  Their decision not to act will leave the statue in place for the forseeable future.
Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Commissioners Meeting Monday At Different Time, Location
The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners meeting Monday (Aug. 3rd) will be held at the James W. Warren Citizens Center Auditorium, 115 W. Main Street, Lincolnton.  It will be split into two sessions--the first at 3:30 PM to hold Zoning Public Hearings. The regular meeting will follow additional Zoning Public Hearings at 6:30 PM.
Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Main Street Repaving Begins
Main Street through Lincolnton is going to be repaved beginning this week.
Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Emergency Management Director Retiring
Lincoln County announces that Bill Summers will be retiring from the position of Emergency Management Director for Lincoln County effective August 1, 2020. Summers has been employed with Lincoln County since 2005 and has overseen numerous declared emergencies during his tenure with the County.
Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Tag Office Closed
The North Carolina ) License Plate Agency at Town & Country Shopping Center in Lincolnton has been closed temporarily by the NCDOT.
Tuesday, July 28, 2020














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