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Iron Station Boy Dies After Fire Saturday Evening
The Lincoln County Fire Marshal's office and the SBI are investigating a fire that claimed the life of a 12-year-old Iron Station boy.
Wednesday, May 27, 2020

COVID-19 Update (May 26th)
Here's the latest information on COVID-19 for Lincoln & surrounding counties.
Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Man Survives Jumping From Bridge
A  man drove his car onto the bridge on Highway 73 near Cowans Ford Dam, parked it, and jumped into the Catawba River below.  Thanks to the work of rescuers, he survived.
Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Can I Buy Meat From A Local Farm? YES!
You can buy meat from local farms by going “on line” to a website called “Meat Suite.” Type in www.meatsuite.com. One needs to type in only three things to get local farmers who wish to sell meat. 
Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Phase Two Continues
Phase Two of Governor Roy Cooper's three-phase reopening plan began Friday evening (May 22nd).  While some businesses that were closed have now reopened, some say the reopening isn't going far enough.
Monday, May 25, 2020

Update--Friday May 22nd
The US death toll from COVID-19 will almost certainly surpass 100,000 this weekend.
Friday, May 22, 2020

Money Available
While many small businesses are still waiting for approval of PPP loans from the SBA (Small Business Administration), the City of Lincolnton still has money available to small businesses in the city under a special program it established for the COVID-19 pandemic.
Friday, May 22, 2020

Registered Sex Offender Charged With Child Sexual Assault
A registered sex offender living in Lincoln County has been charged in connection a child sexual assault.
Friday, May 22, 2020

Reopening Update
North Carolina enters Phase Two of Governor Roy Cooper's reopening plan at 5 PM Friday (May 22nd).
Friday, May 22, 2020

Ambulance Involved In Wreck
A Lincoln County EMS vehicle was involved in an accident Thursday morning (May 21st) near McMillan Heights, just east of the NC27 & NC73 intersection.
Friday, May 22, 2020

COVID-19 Update
North Carolina will enter Phase Two of Governor Cooper's reopening plan this Friday.  Here's an update and the latest COVID-19 figures.
Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Restaurant Owner Cited for Violation Of NC Governor's Order
On May 18, 2020 a citation was issued to Carroll Dean Mitchem for openly violating North Carolina Executive Order 138, issued on May 5, 2020 by Governor Roy Cooper pursuant to NCGS 166A-1.30.
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Monday, May 18, 2020

COVID-19 Update (Monday May 18)
Here are the latest figures on COVID-19.
Monday, May 18, 2020

COVID-19 Update
Here's the latest on the COVID-19 pandemic as of Monday morning (May 18th).
Monday, May 18, 2020

One Dead in Newton Fire
One person died in a house fire in Newton early Sunday morning (May 17th).
Monday, May 18, 2020

Vale Restaurant To Reopen
Carrol Mitchem, chair of the Lincoln County Commissioners, has decided to openly defy Governor Roy Cooper's executive order and reopen the dining room of his restaurant, Mitchem's Kitchen, Monday morning (May 18th).
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Monday, May 18, 2020

National Peace Officers Memorial Week
May 15, 2020 is National Peace Officer Memorial Day and a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Sergeant who was killed on August 26, 1973 was honored with a wreath placed at his grave site at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Lincolnton.
Friday, May 15, 2020

School Board Votes To Hold Second Graduation
Friday's special meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Education was for the purpose of discussing the Schools' 2020-2021 budget according to the agenda, but the big news from the meeting was that Lincoln County Schools WILL have a traditional graduation July 31st or August 1st--if the pandemic situation permits.
Friday, May 15, 2020

Man Seriously Injured By Accidental Gunshot
A man was seriously injured when he accidently shot himself just before noon today. The 23-year-old man was holding a .44 caliber revolver when it accidently discharged striking the man in the left leg.
Thursday, May 14, 2020

Larceny
The chairman of the board of directors of the Spencer Mountain Road VFD has been charged with taking money from the department while he was treasurer.
Thursday, May 14, 2020

Police Seek Help In Drive-By Shooting
Gastonia Police are asking for the public’s help with a drive-by shooting case that resulted in the death of a 24-year-old Gastonia man.
Thursday, May 14, 2020

COVID-19 Update May 13th
Here's the latest update on COVID-19 in our area.
Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Man Robs Denver Convenience Store With Machete
The clerk told officers the individual was wearing a gray hoodie, gray tennis shoes, gray pants, with a black hockey style mask.
Wednesday, May 13, 2020

City Council Discusses Budget
When the Lincolnton City Council held its monthly meeting via WebEx last Thursday (May 7th), the 2020-2021 budget was the main item of discussion.  While the meeting made no final decisions, the proposed budget will likely keep the current tax rate and there won't be any increase in utility fees (for now).
Wednesday, May 13, 2020

COVID-19 Facts & Figures
The Lincoln County Health Department released three graphs Tuesday (May 12th) that show some details of the cases of COVID-19 so far in Lincoln County.
Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Have We Reached The Peak?
Have we reached the peak of new cases of COVID-19?  An Indiana firm that analyzes data says the country has and North Carolina will by the end of this week.
Tuesday, May 12, 2020

COVID-19 Update
Here's the latest update on the COVID-19 pandemic.
Monday, May 11, 2020

Late Night Traffic Stop Leads To Drug Arrests
A routine traffic stop while on late night patrol led to the arrests of two Catawba County residents on drug charges.
Monday, May 11, 2020

Some Businesses Reopen, But Tough Days Ahead
North Carolina began Phase One of Governor Cooper's reopening plan on Friday, but while more businesses are now open, the economy is still suffering from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Monday, May 11, 2020

Double Homicide
Hickory Police are investigating a double murder Sunday night (May 10th).
Monday, May 11, 2020

COVID-19 Update May 8th
It may seem like old news, but the COVID-19 pandemic is continuing.  While the number of new cases has slowed in some locations, the disease continues to claim lives.  Worldwide, 276,235 people have died; in the US, 78,615.  Here are the latest figures for our area.
Saturday, May 9, 2020

Reopening
North Carolina entered Phase One of Gov. Cooper's 'reopening' plan Friday evening.
Friday, May 8, 2020

Lincolnton Man Charged With Selling Woman's Car
A Lincolnton man has been charged with selling a woman's car without her permission.
Friday, May 8, 2020

Evidence Leads To Suspected Drug House
Lincoln Sheriff’s Office Charlie District deputies developed evidence Thursday (May 7, 2020) reference an ongoing narcotics investigation and secured enough information to obtain a search warrant for a residence at 733 A.C. Sherrill Road, Denver, NC.
Friday, May 8, 2020

GCS Conducting Online Registration For Kindergarten & Pre-K
It’s time for kindergarten and pre-kindergarten registration in Gaston County Schools! Because of the coronavirus pandemic, parents are asked to complete the registration process online.
Friday, May 8, 2020

2020--The Lost Year?
The Lincolnton City Council heard Thursday night that another event that normally occurs each year will likely be cancelled--the Independence Day Parade.  Other events including the Apple Festival may be in jeopardy.
Friday, May 8, 2020

Newton Man Charged In Lincoln County Fraud Case
A Newton man has been charged with attempting to obtain credit cards in his ex-wife’s name
Thursday, May 7, 2020

COVID-19 Update
Here's the latest figures on COVID-19.
Thursday, May 7, 2020

Reopening
If you're preparing to reopen a business, factory, or office that has been closed during the pandemic, the City of Lincolnton has a precautionary notice.
Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Convicted Sex Offender Fails To Register In Two NC Counties
A convicted North Carolina sex offender has been charged with failing to register with two North Carolina Sheriff’s Offices where he has been living.
Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Lincoln County Schools Name "Of The Year" Winners
Many of the things that normally happen each Spring aren't happening this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  One of them is the annual "Of the Year" banquet held by the Lincoln County Schools.
Tuesday, May 5, 2020

When Will It End?
It probably seems longer, but the stay-at-home order in North Carolina only began on March 30th--a little over a month ago.  The order closing bars and restaurants was issued March 17th.  Some states have already relaxed restrictions.  North Carolina will enter phase one of 'reopening' Friday. A recent WalletHub study compared the differences.
Tuesday, May 5, 2020

COVID-19 Update
Here's the latest report on the COVID-19 pandemic in our area.
Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Commissioners Hold Two Meetings
No raise for County employees, no tax increase, 5% less money for schools...those are highlights of a special Budget Workshop session held by Lincoln County Commissioners Monday (May 4th).
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Monday, May 4, 2020

Wanted
Gastonia Police are seeking help in finding a man who allegedly stole cash from the register at the Lucky 7 Food Mart on N. New Hope Rd. on Saturday (May 2nd).  UPDATE May 5, 2020: THE SUSPECT HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED, POLICE APPRECIATE THE HELP.
Monday, May 4, 2020

COVID-19 Update
Protestors demand "ReOpen Lincoln County" as NCDHHS reports biggest increase in positive tests for COVID-19 so far.
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Saturday, May 2, 2020

Traffic Stop Leads To Arrest, Seizure Of Drugs And Cash
A traffic stop in eastern Lincoln County on the night of April 30, 2020 led to the arrest of a Charlotte man on a number of drug charges.
Friday, May 1, 2020

Cooper Says Reopening Appears Likely In One Week
Governor Roy Cooper said at a briefing Thursday afternoon that he believes the state can begin the process of 'reopening' when the current stay-at-home order expires May 8th.  Meanwhile, the number of new known cases based on positive tests saw its biggest increase yet on Thursday.
Thursday, April 30, 2020

Two Charged With Obtaining Property By False Pretense
Two Crouse residents are facing charges in connection with taking money from someone under the pretense of purchasing an HVAC system to be installed in a residence.
Thursday, April 30, 2020

COVID-19 Update
Here are the latest figures on the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thursday, April 30, 2020

Victim Of "Pistol Whipping" Assault Arrested On Unrelated Charges
A Lincoln County man who was the victim of an assault on April 26, 2020 has been charged in an unrelated incident.
Wednesday, April 29, 2020

COVID-19 Update
The protests over the restrictions being used to stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic continued Tuesday in Raleigh.  Another protest is planned for downtown Lincolnton this Saturday.  Meanwhile, the spread of the virus continues with more cases and more deaths reported.
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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Disturbance Leads To Shots Fired, One Person Assaulted
On April 26, 2020 Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies responded to physical disturbance at a residence in the 1100 block of Loomis Street.
Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Lincoln County Man Charged With Child Sexual Assault
A Lincoln County man is facing child sexual assault charges in connection with an incident that occurred earlier this month.
Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Schooling Solutions In A Time Of Crisis
It’s a situation probably without parallel in the history of American education. And if you’re among the countless parents finding themselves in what is a strange boat indeed, with kids compelled to stay home from school, Abby Keener has some wise words for you.
Tuesday, April 28, 2020

COVID-19 Update
The COVID-19 pandemic continues with 17,782 new cases reported in the US since Sunday.  Of course, the figures aren't complete: many people who have the disease don't get tested.  Here's the latest on the pandemic including news about testing taking place this week in Gastonia.
Monday, April 27, 2020

Starboard Christian Has "Pandemic-Proof" Solution
It’s a unique way of doing school these days, and it’s even “pandemic-proof.” That’s the word this week from Abby Keener, director of operations at Starboard Christian Academy, located in the family life center of Westport Baptist Church in Denver.
Sunday, April 26, 2020

Public Help Needed
Governor Roy Cooper has announced a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in a brutal double homicide in Gastonia two years ago.  
Saturday, April 25, 2020

Latest Figures On COVID-19 Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic continues.  Here are the latest figures.
Saturday, April 25, 2020

Kintegra To Test For COVID-19
Those who are experiencing symptoms and believe they may have COVID-19 may be able to be tested next week at clinics planned for five Gastonia locations by Kintegra Health.
Friday, April 24, 2020

Schools Won't Reopen This School Year
It comes as no surprise; after Governor Roy Cooper announced Thursday that restrictions including the stay at home order would remain in place until May 8th, most had expected that the annoucement Friday would be that schools will not reopen this school year.
Friday, April 24, 2020

COVID-19 Update From Lincoln County Schools
This is COVID-19 Update #5 from Lincoln County Schools Superintendent, Dr. Lory Morrow.
Thursday, April 23, 2020

Shootings
Nobody was injured, but the Catawba County Sheriff's Office responded to two shooting incidents this week--one Monday and one Tuesday.
Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Four Indicted For Conspiracy To Traffic Methamphetamine
The indictment charges Savannah LeeAnn Goins of Crouse,  Marlee Dare Griffith of Cherryville, Ryan Andrew Prescott of Lincolnton; and Joseph Michael Vassey of Enoree, S.C. A fifth co-conspirator, Dakota Reese Davis of Lincolnton pleaded guilty yesterday (April 22).
Wednesday, April 22, 2020

COVID-19 Update
Here are the latest figures on the COVID-19 pandemic.  The numbers continue to grow--although some are slowing.  The pandemic has been more than a health care disaster, it has also produced terrible economic burdens; and were it not for efforts by many to help, some would certainly be going hungry.
Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Traffic Stop Leads To Fugitive From Justice Arrest
On April 19, 2020 Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched a domestic violence call that was on going in a vehicle traveling Highway 27 West near Rock Dam Road.
Monday, April 20, 2020

COVID-19 Pandemic Update
In addition to providing the latest figures from the COVID-19 pandemic, we're offering a short history lesson into the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918, before this one, the most deadly pandemic in modern history.
Sunday, April 19, 2020

Linda Barrett Ray Marks 30 Years At Gaston College
Linda was the second member of her family to earn a GED, and the first to go to college. She is now the co-ordinator of shipping and receiving, the department where she started as a work-study student in 1989.
Sunday, April 19, 2020

COVID-19 Update
Here are the latest figures related to the COVID-19 pandemic as of Saturday Aprl 18th.
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Saturday, April 18, 2020

Stanley Officials Weigh In On Virus Restrictions
Across America, folks are chomping at the bit to have their freedom restored and to go back to work. And here, closer to home, the people of Stanley are no different.
Saturday, April 18, 2020

Local Nonprofits Receive Emergency COVID-19 Relief Grants
The Lincoln County Community Foundation announced grants totaling $30,000 to six local nonprofits on the frontlines of serving those impacted by the coronavirus. The board of advisors typically awards grants in August but expedited the process to address emergency needs in Lincoln County as a result of the pandemic.
Friday, April 17, 2020

COVID-19 Update
Governor Roy Cooper didn't specifically address requests from County Commissioners in Lincoln and Gaston counties, but he indicated that no decision has yet been made on whether or by how much restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic might be lifted when current executive orders expire April 30th.
Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Stanley Hardware & Feed Now Open
With the virus-related restrictions these days, most stores are closed or only partly open. And some, very sadly, may likely never open again at all. But one new store in northeastern Gaston County is bucking the trend of these biting economic realities. It’s Stanley Hardware and Feed, Inc., and it opened to much fanfare on Monday.
Wednesday, April 15, 2020

COVID-19 Update
Lincoln County Commissioners have joined Tracy Philbeck, chairman of the Gaston County Commissioners, in asking Governor Roy Cooper to end the statewide stay at home order and turn control and decisions over to the counties.  Meanwhile, the number of COVID-19 cases--and deaths--continues to increase.
Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Severe Weather Possible
The National Weather Service says conditions are right for some possibly severe weather in many areas of North Carolina overnight Sunday.
Sunday, April 12, 2020

COVID-19 Update From Rep. Jason Saine
Lincoln County State Representative Jason Saine provided an update on the COVID-19 pandemic as it relates to issues involving state government.
Sunday, April 12, 2020

Postponements/Cancellations
With the stay at home order in effect, almost every public event has been cancelled through the end of April.  This is an updated list of only those events that had been scheduled for the next two weeks.  You can still read the earlier article with more previously announced cancellations and postponements.  Click on the link at the bottom of the page after this article.
Saturday, April 11, 2020

Tip From Community Leads To Drug Arrest
On Wednesday, April 8, 2020, Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies were notified by a concerned citizen about suspicious activity at an apartment on Keener Road east of Lincolnton.
Friday, April 10, 2020

Business News
The price of gas is going up; a new business opens in downtown Lincolnton; a bank merger and a new bank opening are part of the business news this week.
Thursday, April 9, 2020

COVID-19 Continues To Disrupt Life As Usual
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to grow.  The latest major cancellation caused by the virus is the American Legion World Series, usually played in Shelby in August.  It has been cancelled for this year--and there's reason to believe there may be no Legion baseball at all.  Meanwhile, Governor Roy Cooper announced even tighter restrictions on shopping in a Thursday afternoon briefing.
Thursday, April 9, 2020

COVID-19 Report April 8th
The news today (Wednesday April 8th) is not good.  Positive cases of COVID-19 have now been reported in nursing homes in Cleveland, Burke, Mecklenburg & Cabarrus counties.  The death toll in North Carolina is now up to 53.
Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Lincoln County Man Charged With Child Sexual Assault
The investigation began when the Sheriff’s Office received a report on January 19, 2020 of inappropriate touching of a 7-year-old female who was known by the suspect.
Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Explosion Rocks Hickory Area
An explosion at Longview rocked the Hickory area Tuesday morning.
Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Dymax Corporation Will Open New Plant
A Connecticut-based company announced Monday (April 6th) that it will locate a new plant in the Gastonia Technology Park.
Tuesday, April 7, 2020

COVID-19 Update
Here's our local update on the COVID-19 pandemic.
Monday, April 6, 2020

City Announces Small Business Loan Program
The City of Lincolnton has announced a loan program to help small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Monday, April 6, 2020

COVID-19 Update
The death toll from COVID-19 is up to 31 in North Carolina--including one each in Catawba & Gaston counties.  The number of postitive COVID-19 virus infections continues to rise. As of Sunday morning (April 5th) 261 people in our state are hospitalized with the disease; there have been 2585 people who have tested positive for it in 89 counties, but it's probably present in all 100.

Domestic Violence Leads To Charges
A domestic violence case from Tuesday (March 31st) has resulted in multiple charges against a Gastonia man.
Thursday, April 2, 2020

Vehicle Left Running At Convenience Store Stolen
A vehicle left running parked outside the Quick Trip on NC Highway 73 was stolen while the owner was inside the store.
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Domestic Violence Leads To Charges
Gastonia Police are looking for a man accused of kidnapping, assault and other crimes in connection with a domestic incident Tuesday (March 31st).
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Updated List of Cancellations/Postponements
A statewide 'stay at home' order is now in effect.  People are asked to stay at home unless their jobs are considered essential; they are allowed to go to the grocery store, doctors' offices, laundromat, and some other locations if absolutely necessary. We continue to update the list of cancellations/postponements as new ones are received.

Mt. Holly & Belmont Offer Emergency Loans to Businesses
The cities of Mount Holly and Belmont are among the first area municipalities to adopt emergency loan programs to help their respective small businesses survive the COVID-19 crisis. 
Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Man Arrested On Fraud Charges After Chase On Foot
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detective Greg Hager was traveling Highway 73 on March 27, 2020 when he recognized a man wanted in connection with several incidents of fraud walking near the Japan Restaurant and Midtown Sundries.
Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Update On Fingerprinting; Closed District Offices
After further review on March 30, 2020 the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office continued the suspension of all fingerprints for the general public with the exception of new concealed carry permit applications.
Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Alleged Car Theft Attempt Results In Murder Charges
Two women, both of whom were free on bond after being charged with other crimes, have now been charged with murder in the death of another Gaston County woman Monday afternoon.
Tuesday, March 31, 2020

A Long Overdue "Thank You"
It went by without much notice--and for that, we apologize.  Sunday (March 29th) was Vietnam War Veterans Day.
Monday, March 30, 2020

COVID-19 Update (March 28th)
Governor Roy Cooper has put North Carolina under a 'stay at home' order effective at 5 PM Monday (March 30th).  That's the latest development in the COVID-19 pandemic.
Saturday, March 28, 2020

Assistance For Businesses Affected By COVID-19
Lincoln Economic Development Association (LEDA) is committed to supporting Lincoln County’s vibrant business community as it responds to the impacts of COVID-19.  We are working with state, regional, county, and local leaders to help our businesses during this uncertain time.
Saturday, March 28, 2020

Gaston Schools Transitions To Online Teaching & Learning
With schools closed until at least May 15 because of concerns related to the coronavirus, Gaston County Schools is shifting its instructional/academic focus from the classroom to the living room.
Saturday, March 28, 2020














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