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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

Latest COVID-19 Info: UPDATED July 29
One more person has died from COVID-19 in Lincoln County, but the rate of new cases has slowed.  Statewide, the percentage of positive tests has decreased slightly to about 8%.  NCDHHS Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen said Tuesday, "we're making progress."
Tuesday, July 28, 2020

CrimeStoppers Tip Leads To Drug Arrest
A CrimeStoppers tip led to a surveillance operation by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division and the arrest of a Gastonia woman.
Monday, July 27, 2020

Second Degree Murder Suspect Arrested
Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Johnny Ray Cook, 33, of Cherryville without incident early this morning, July 27, 2020, at a relative’s residence on Shoal Road.
Monday, July 27, 2020

Detectives Conducting Death Investigation
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating the death of a man whose body was found near a residence in the 1100 block of Howard’s Creek Mill Road and a Cherryville man has been charged in the death.
Sunday, July 26, 2020

Two Killed Near Shelby
Driving too fast and not wearing seat belts contributed to the deaths of two men near Shelby early Saturday.
Saturday, July 25, 2020

COVID-19 Update
Here are the latest figures on the COVID-19 pandemic as of Friday July 24th. In related news, a group of medical experts is asking the government to shut down the country to stop the rampaging increase in cases and deaths in some states.
Friday, July 24, 2020

Casino Coming To Kings Mountain
It took nearly eight years, but the Catawba Indian Tribe casino near Kings Mountain appears likely to open in 2021 or 2022.  Ground was broken this week for the venture.
Friday, July 24, 2020

COVID-19 Update
The COVID-19 pandemic is worsening.  Lincoln County won't report new figures until Thursday, but here are the latest from other area counties and the terrible news from other states about the wildfire spread of the disease.
Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Lincoln County Water Rescue Team Conducts Training Exercise
The Lincoln County Water Rescue Team spent the day Tuesday (July 21, 2020) battling the head waters of the Catawba River during a swift water training exercise.
Wednesday, July 22, 2020

"The Lost Year" Continues With Another Cancellation
You can add one more event to the list of things that won't be happening in 2020, what we have called 'the lost year.'  The Lincoln County Apple Festival has been cancelled.
Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Driver Killed In Truck Crash
A Lawndale man died in a single vehicle wreck on Highway 150 between Lincolnton and Crouse Tuesday morning.
Tuesday, July 21, 2020

COVID-19 Update
Here are the latest figures from the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Back-To-School Plans
Lincoln County Schools will start the school year with a mix of in-school classes and remote learning.  Lincoln Charter School will begin the year with remote learning, hoping to transition later. Here are details of plans for area schools for the start of the 2020-2021 school year.
Monday, July 20, 2020

Shellman Honored For 35 Years At Gaston College
Gaston College recently honored one of its own. Dr. Mark Shellman, the chairman of and an instructor in the college’s information technology department, was recognized for 35 years of service,
Sunday, July 19, 2020

COVID-19 Update Updated Sunday morning 7/19
Here's the latest on the COVID-19 pandemic, including information on stores that are going to REQUIRE masks or other face coverings beginning this week.  (The list is national chain stores; many local stores may also participate--if you do, let us know & we'll tell our readers--no charge.)
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Sunday, July 19, 2020

Shooting Suspect Apprehended
Zachary Michael Patrick McGraw, aka “Ziplock McGraw”, was apprehended overnight in Rock Hill, S.C.  McGraw was wanted on outstanding Attempted 1st Degree Murder warrants.
Saturday, July 18, 2020

Labor Of Love At RTD Customs
Taking your car to a mechanic can feel a lot like taking it into a sort of automobile hospital. But in Lincolnton, you can take your car to Church. Yes, indeed, as in William Warren Church of RTD (Rod and Truck Design) Customs.
Friday, July 17, 2020

Shooting Incident
Gaston County Police are looking for a Belmont teen who is wanted in a shooting incident Thursday (July 16th).
Friday, July 17, 2020

Update On Schools Reopening & More
Here's an update that gives more detail than our report on the Tuesday (July 14th) School Board meeting about the plans for reopening Lincoln County Schools, plus other information.
Thursday, July 16, 2020

Pandemic Worsens
Here's the latest on the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thursday, July 16, 2020

Vandal Found Thanks To CrimeStoppers
A CrimeStoppers tip led Lincolnton Police to a 17-year-old who admitted being responsible for the vandalism to the North Poplar Street mural.
Wednesday, July 15, 2020

COVID-19 Update
Here's the latest information on the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wednesday, July 15, 2020

LPD Needs Help To Identify Mural Vandalism Suspect
On Tuesday, July 14 at approximately 10:13 p.m. someone vandalized the “United We Stand” mural located on North Poplar Street beside First Federal Park by doing a tire burn out across the mural.
Wednesday, July 15, 2020

School Board Talks Back-To-School
It's going to be a very different back-to-school for 2020-2021.  The Lincoln County Board of Education met Tuesday evening and the main topic of discussion was planning for the coming school year.
Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Still Hoping To Stand United
Someone decided to express a negative opinion to the "United We Stand" mural on N. Poplar Street in front of First Federal Park.  They used their car to leave tire marks from one end of the mural to the other Tuesday night (July 14th).
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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Dr. Allen Named Interim Superintendent
In addition to discussing plans at its meeting Tuesday evening for reopening of Lincoln County Schools next month, the Board of Education named Dr. Aaron Allen as Interim Supertintendent when Dr. Lory Morrow leaves in October.  
Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Worley Accepts Plea Bargain
Former Lincolnton High School principal Tony Worley accepted a plea bargain agreement and was sentenced to 10 - 21 months in prison on each of two felonies Tuesday (July 14th) in Lincoln County Superior Court.
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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Back To School?
Back to school?  Some of the many questions may be answered later today (Tuesday July 14th) as Governor Roy Cooper holds a briefing this afternoon and the Lincoln County School Board meets this evening.
Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Council Votes 7 - 5 To Relocate Statue
The Council of Understanding, a committee of twelve Gaston County residents, voted Monday to ask Commissioners to relocate the Confederate memorial statue from in front of the Gaston County Courthouse.
Tuesday, July 14, 2020

COVID-19: Updated Tuesday 7/14
Gaston County's number of active cases of COVID-19 is now approaching a thousand.  The county has multiple outbreaks at long-term care facilities.  Catawba County has over 700 active cases.  Here's the latest on the pandemic.
Monday, July 13, 2020

Catawba County Arrests
Two men arrested by the Catawba County Sheriff's Office after violent incidents are scheduled for first court appearances on Monday (July 13th).
Monday, July 13, 2020

Gaston College Music Teacher Judith Porter Honored
Porter was one of 12 exceptional teachers selected from applicants statewide to participate in a unique professional development and curriculum fellowship program.
Saturday, July 11, 2020

More Active Cases
Here's the Friday (July 10th) report on COVID-19.
Friday, July 10, 2020

Sheriff's Detectives Investigating Armed Robbery
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating an early morning robbery at a business on North Business Highway 16 in Denver.
Friday, July 10, 2020

COVID-19 Info (UPDATED)
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to grow.  Deaths in the US associated with the disease are approaching 135,000.  South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Texas, Ohio, West Virginia, California & Arizona have all seen big increases in cases.
Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Gun Purchase Permit Requests Continue To Climb
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has received 1,268 requests for gun purchase permits through June 30, 2020 compared to 997 purchase permits issued during all of 2019.
Wednesday, July 8, 2020

COVID-19 Update
The COVID-19 pandemic continues; and it is getting worse.  For the first time, Lincoln County is reporting more than 100 active cases, while Catawba County now has over 500 and Gaston County nearly 600.
Monday, July 6, 2020

Gaston College To Give Out More Than $1 Million
Gaston College will disperse more than $1 million in federal emergency financial aid for students. Gaston College received $2,520,848, with half the funding ($1,260,424) designated to students and the remaining $1,260,424 going to the college for institutional operations and financial costs.
Monday, July 6, 2020

Highway Deaths, Storm-caused Fatality Mar Holiday Weekend
That mid-afternoon storm that struck northern Mecklenburg, northeastern Gaston and southeastern Lincoln counties, caused one fatality on Mtn. Island Lake.  Mult-vehicle accidents also claimed lives on the holiday weekend.
Sunday, July 5, 2020

COVID-19 Pandemic Worsens
The COVID-19 pandemic is getting worse.
Saturday, July 4, 2020

Two People Charged In Theft Of Home Safe
Two people are facing charges in connection with a home break-in in the 5000 block of Helms End of Trail in Lincolnton.
Friday, July 3, 2020

Fourteen Charged With Drug Conspiracy In Federal Court
Eleven (11) of the defendants are Catawba County residents. Law enforcement agencies involved in this investigation included the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office; the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office; the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office; the Gaston County Police Department; and more from Western North Carolina and Georgia.
Thursday, July 2, 2020

Mixed News Thursday: Economy--Better, Health--Not So Much
Here's the latest news from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thursday, July 2, 2020

July 4th Weekend
We've called 2020 "the lost year" as more and more things that happen annually are postponed until 2021.  Here's a look at some that have been added to the list and a few things that will be happening this weekend.
Thursday, July 2, 2020

COVID-19 Update
Here are the latest figures (July 1st) from the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Sheriff Beam Offers Tips For A Safe July 4th Weekend
With the July 4th weekend approaching Lincoln County Sheriff Bill Beam asks all citizens to join him in making this Fourth of July holiday happy, enjoyable and safe for everyone.
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Lincolnton City Council Issues Proclamation in Support of EO147
City Council requires masks in the City of Lincolnton to slow the spread of Covid-19.
Tuesday, June 30, 2020

County Manager: A Difficult Year For Many Reasons
The year thus far has been one of the most challenging yet and for many reasons. That’s the word Monday from Lincoln County Manager Kelly Atkins. In a Herald exclusive, Atkins talked about the ongoing global virus’s local effects, the fiscal year 2020-21 County budget of more than $112 million and more.
Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Yacht Owner Is Sentenced To 35 Years
William Richard Hilliard, Jr., 51, a former resident of Cleveland County and Cherryville, N.C., currently residing in Gastonia, was sentenced to 35 years in prison for secretly recording nude videos of underage females aboard his yacht.
Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Update June 29, 2020
Here are the latest numbers on the COVID-19 pandemic.
Monday, June 29, 2020

Relief For Businesses Hit By Restrictions
Are you the owner of a small business hit hard by Roy Cooper’s mandated restrictions? You can learn how to navigate these tough times, thanks to Brad Rivers, director of the Gaston College Small Business Center.
Monday, June 29, 2020

Cohen Named New CIO For Lincoln County
County Manager Kelly Atkins announced today that Ben Cohen has been named as the new Chief Information Officer for Lincoln County effective July 6, 2020. 
Monday, June 29, 2020

Lykins Promoted To Major
Major Lykins began his career at the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office in November 2004 as a patrol deputy.
Monday, June 29, 2020

Possible Drowning
The search will continue Monday (June 29th) for a man who is thought to have drowned after jumping off a boat in the Terrell area of Lake Norman Sunday morning.
Monday, June 29, 2020

COVID-19 Update
Here's the latest info on the COVID-19 pandemic in our area as North Carolina joins many other states in requiring face coverings when in public places.
Friday, June 26, 2020

NCSA Responds to Questions Involving Carrying A Concealed Weapon & Wearing A Covid-19 Mask
Questions have arisen about information circulating on social media regarding the ability of persons with a valid concealed handgun permit to carry a concealed handgun while wearing a mask.
Friday, June 26, 2020














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