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Not Much Snow, But Icy Spots May Be A Problem
The big snow storm hit eastern North Carolina--not our area, but the snow and rain that did fall will leave some icy spots early Friday.  That has prompted some delays--including schools.
Thursday, February 20, 2020

Weather Update: Schools Open Late Friday
Lincoln County Schools and Catawba County Schools will open THREE hours late on Friday.  Here's the updated info on the weather including postponements, etc.
Thursday, February 20, 2020

Fire Was Intentionally Set At Balls Creek Campground
Investigators received results from the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) Crime Lab in Atlanta that determined the fire was intentionally set at the Balls Creek Campground in Catawba County on Sunday, September 29, 2019.
Thursday, February 20, 2020

A Day In The Life Of A Detective
We recently introduced you to Judy Billings. A detective with the Stanley Police Department, Billings is a longtime veteran of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. 
Thursday, February 20, 2020

S-N-O-W (Updated)
A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for Thursday.  Lincoln County Schools will close early; Catawba County Schools will have a teacher workday with no school for students. Gaston County Schools will dismiss at 1 PM.
Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Family Disturbance Leads To Mobile Home Fire
When officers arrived on the scene they learned that Scott Andy Norman and his mother had gotten into an argument and that Norman became irate and damaged several vehicles and set the mobile home on fire. 
Wednesday, February 19, 2020

DEQ Holds Comment Sessions On Coal Ash Cleanup
The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will hold hearings next week for public comments about the plan to excavate coal ash at Duke Energy’s Cliffside, Marshall, and Allen steam stations.
Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Hickory Incident Leaves One Suspect Dead
One suspect is in custody, another deceased after an incident Monday morning (Feb. 17th) in Hickory.
Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Lincoln County Man Charged With Kidnapping, Assault
A Lincoln County man is charged with assaulting a female causing serious injuries.
Monday, February 17, 2020

Judy Billings Makes A Difference In Law-Enforcement
A detective for the Stanley Police Department, Billings is among today’s modern women making a way for themselves in the traditionally male world of law-enforcement. She recently told The Herald more about her life and career in part one of two articles.
Monday, February 17, 2020

Owner Of Urn Located
The owner of an urn found in a wooded area north of Lincolnton has been located. The urn along with a safe and a number of electronic and tool items were stolen in a break-in at a residence on October 22, 2019.
Thursday, February 13, 2020

Sheriff's Office Searching For Owner Of Urn
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is searching for the owner of an urn containing cremated ashes that was abandoned in a wooded area north of Lincolnton.
Thursday, February 13, 2020

Gastonia Police Seeking More Suspects in QT Riot
Gastonia Police say  four of the six suspects who have been identified in the Feb. 2nd melee at the West Gastonia QuikTrip have now been arrested.  Two are still being sought as well as other suspects as yet not identified.
Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Another Wastewater Spill
Another discharge of untreated wastewater into the South Fork River has been reported by the City of Lincolnton.  Like the first, it was caused by last week's heavy rain and the resulting flooding.  
Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Lincoln County Man Missing Since Mid-January Located
A Lincoln County man missing since January 16, 2020 has been located at a family member’s residence in Charlotte and is safe.
Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Early Voting
Early Voting gets underway Thursday in North Carolina.
Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Bank Robbery
Hickory Police are looking for a suspect who robbed a bank Tuesday afternoon (Feb. 11th).
Tuesday, February 11, 2020

LCSO Explorers Post 700 Awarded Top Spots In Competition
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Explorers Post 700 returned home with several top honors at a National competition in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Narcotics Surveillance Leads To Chase, Drug Arrests
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators conducting a surveillance Monday night (February 10) in an area where neighbors complained about illegal drug activity arrested two people on drug charges following a brief chase.
Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Flooding Causes Spill
The Lincoln Herald posted photos of the flooding at Betty Ross Park on Friday.  While the flood waters have since receded, the damage it caused included causing a spill of wastewater into the South Fork River.
Monday, February 10, 2020

Reward Offered in Shooting/Attempted Murder
Gastonia Police are asking for the public’s help in a Shooting / Attempted Murder that happened outside a Gastonia church in January. A reward up to $2,500 is being offered for information that leads to an arrest.
Monday, February 10, 2020

Conover Man Facing Child Sexual Assault Charges
A Catawba County man is facing child sexual assault charges involving a 14-year-old female.
Monday, February 10, 2020

NC16 Intersections--Death Traps?
Two intersections on NC16 (bypass) are no doubt the most dangerous in Lincoln County.  While it may be a headache waiting in traffic at Unity Church Road on NC16-Business or at the intersection of NC16-Business and NC73, at least you're likely to get through safely.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Gastonia Police Seeking Help Finding Culprits
Was it a block party gone bad?  Gastonia Police have filed charges against five suspects and are searching for them and others involved in what was termed a 'melee' at the QuikTrip convenience store on West Franklin Blvd. last Sunday (Feb. 2nd).
Saturday, February 8, 2020

Lincoln County High Schools First Semester Honor Roll
Lincoln County Schools proudly recognizes the A and A-B honor roll students for the first semester in the high schools for the 2019-20 school year.
Saturday, February 8, 2020

Second Suspect In January Murder
Hickory Police have announced the arrest of a second suspect in connection with an alleged murder in January.
Saturday, February 8, 2020

Flood Waters Begin To Recede
The good news is that Thursday's deluge is over; the bad news is that we may have more rain early next week.
Friday, February 7, 2020

Homeowner Stops Home Invader, Holds Him For Deputies
A Lincoln County homeowner turned the tables on a home invader Thursday morning when he confronted the burglar, tackled him and held the man until deputies arrived on the scene on Philadelphia Church Road.
Friday, February 7, 2020

Flooding, Wind Damage Delays Schools Friday
Flooding and wind damage from Thursday's deluge has prompted area schools to delay their opening Friday morning (Feb. 7th).
Thursday, February 6, 2020

Catawba County GOP Holds Meet The Candidates Night
The Catawba County Republican Party will hold a Meet the Candidates event this Saturday evening at the Conover Fire Dept. #3 station.
Thursday, February 6, 2020

Tillis Bill Gets Push From Trump
North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis got a mention in President Trump's State of the Union address Tuesday night.
Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Catawba Home Invasion, Assault Investigation Continues
The arrest of a Newton man was reported to have been in connection with a burglary and assault in Catawba on Tuesday (Feb. 4th).  The Catawba County Sheriff's Office says that while he is a 'person of interest,' the charges against him now are not related to that incident.
Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Shots Fired Into Vehicle During Dispute Over Repair Costs
No one was injured Tuesday (Feb. 4) when shots were fired into an occupied vehicle during a dispute over cost to repair tires.
Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Domestic Trespassing Call Leads To Vehicle Chase, Crash
Lincoln County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a domestic trespassing and damage to property call today (Feb. 5) around 1:30 a.m.
Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Your credit score may be about to change.
Wednesday, February 5, 2020

A missing Lincoln County teenager has been returned home after being located in Burke County Wednesday.
Wednesday, February 5, 2020

ELBA Candidates Forum Tuesday Night
Eight Republican candidates seeking a seat on the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners will answer questions Tuesday evening at Unity Presbyterian Church.  It's the first of this year's Candidate Forums--this one sponsored by the East Lincoln Betterment Association.
Tuesday, February 4, 2020

New Courthouse Update
If all goes as planned, Lincoln County's new courthouse will be ready to use by early 2022. John Henry gave Lincoln County Commissioners an update on the new Lincoln County Courthouse as a part of their meeting Monday night (Feb. 3rd).
Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Detectives Investigating Theft Of Lawn Equipment From ELHS
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives investigating theft of more than $30,000 worth of lawn equipment from school property.
Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Local Entrepreneur Gets Fit, And You Can, Too!
Allan Carter is the very picture of health and physical fitness. At 62, the local entrepreneur is muscular yet trim, and he maintains an active lifestyle that belies his age and silver hair. Carter enjoys biking, hiking, working out at the gym and eating right.
Monday, February 3, 2020

Young Gastonia Woman Charged In Double Fatality Accident
A young woman who had apparently been drinking ran off the road hitting two people on a sidewalk, then left the scene.  The double fatality accident happened early Sunday morning (Feb. 2nd).
Sunday, February 2, 2020

Lincoln County Middle Schools Second Quarter Honor Roll
Lincoln County Schools proudly recognizes the A and A-B honor roll students for the second quarter in the middle schools for the 2019-20 school year.
Saturday, February 1, 2020

Two Dogs, Parakeets Killed In Friday Fire
A midday fire gutted a home on Jennings Road off Rhyne Road west of Alexis Friday.  The woman who was home alone when the fire broke out escaped without injury and saved four of her dogs, but two dogs and her parakeets perished.
Friday, January 31, 2020

Search Continues For Runaway Teen & Missing Man
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are continuing to search for a runaway teen and a missing man in unrelated cases.
Friday, January 31, 2020

Freak Friday Weather Blamed For Traffic Fatality
Rain had been expected-but snow??? The snow didn't amount to much and was all gone by Friday night, but it was blamed for one traffic fatality and caused many other accidents during the early afternoon.
Friday, January 31, 2020

Teacher Charged With Indecent Liberties With A Child
On January 28 the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office arrested A Kings Mountain teacher for one count of indecent liberties with a child. The investigation began after the victim’s parent located inappropriate messages on the Grinder and Snap Chat Apps on the child’s cell phone. 
Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Domestic Dispute Leaves LC Man With Stab Wound, Charges
A domestic dispute Tuesday night (January 21) left a Lincoln County man hospitalized with a stab wound and facing charges.
Wednesday, January 29, 2020

LC Man Indicted On Additional Child Sex Charges
A Lincoln County man has been arrested again after being indicted by the Lincoln County Grand Jury on additional charges related to the April 2019 incident.
Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Second Suspect Sought In Hickory Murder
Hickory Police are searching for a second suspect in the murder of a Hickory man last Thursday (Jan. 23rd).
Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Driver Killed In Tanker Wreck On Highway 16
The driver of a tanker truck that collided with another vehicle on Highway 16 near St. James Church Road Tuesday afternoon was killed and the highway was closed until early Wednesday morning.  It was one of two fatal accidents in our area Tuesday.
Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Gaston County Commissioners Join 2nd Amendment Stampede
Gaston County Commissioners unanimously passed a Second Amendment Sanctuary resolution at their Tuesday evening (Jan. 28th) meeting, joining Lincoln and a host of other North Carolina counties.
Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Gasoline Tanker Rollover
The gasoline tanker rollover on Hwy 16/St James Church Road is still a very active incident, Hwy 16 is shut down from Hwy 150 to Hwy 73. UPDATE: Driver Killed in Tanker Wreck on Highway 16
Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Public's Help Needed To Help Locate Missing Man
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing Denver, N.C. man who has been diagnosed with medical conditions and is supposed to take medication daily. He did not take his medication with him.
Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Candidate Forums Scheduled
While 2020 is a Presidential election year, there are also important local races to be decided.  Two Candidate Forums have been scheduled to help voters become familiar with the candidates.
Sunday, January 26, 2020

Hickory Man Charged With Murder
Hickory Police have arrested a suspect in a Thursday night murder.
Sunday, January 26, 2020

Public's Help Needed To Locate Runaway Teen
Alexis Pack, 15, was last seen around 5 p.m. on January 23, 2020 after stating she was going to check the mail outside her home in the 200 block of Camelot Lane, Vale, NC.
Friday, January 24, 2020

Woman Charged With Larceny Of A Firearm
A woman, who lists her address as homeless in Catawba County, has been charged with stealing a firearm from her parent’s home in Lincoln County.
Thursday, January 23, 2020

Hot Topic: Second Amendment Sanctuaries
Over a dozen North Carolina counties have now passed a Second Amendment Sanctuary resolution.  Rutherford and Cherokee were the first to do so.  Since then, Lincoln, Cleveland, Catawba, Alexander, Union, Cabarrus, Pamlico, Davidson, Wilkes, Stokes and Surry counties have passed such a measure.
Thursday, January 23, 2020

Strickland Jailed On Drug Charges--Again
A 29-year-old Lincolnton man has been arrested in Newton on drug charges.  It's nothing new for Joshua Shane Strickland.  He has more than a dozen pending cases in Catawba, Mecklenburg and Gaston counties--and a criminal record dating back a decade.
Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Man Sentenced To Prison Term On Drug Conviction
A Lincoln County man has been sentenced to a maximum of ten years in prison after pleading guilty in Lincoln County Superior Court Tuesday.
Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Man Charged With Assault On A Juvenile By Strangulation
A Lincoln County man was arrested Tuesday (January 21, 2020) on a charge of assault by strangulation.
Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Missing Runaway Teen Located
Detective M. Lookadoo located the teen in Catawba County around noon today, Jan. 21.
Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Lincoln County Man Facing Child Sex Assault Charges
A Lincoln County man is facing child sexual assault charges in connection with a report filed in December 2019.
Sunday, January 19, 2020

Arbor Hills Drive Home Destroyed By Fire
A Friday night fire destroyed a large home on Arbor Hills Drive--off Union Church Road south of Ivey Church Road east of Lincolnton.
Sunday, January 19, 2020

Public's Help Needed In Locating Missing Juvenile
Kylie Felice Almstead, 16, was last seen at her home on Asbury Church Road on January 17, 2020.
Sunday, January 19, 2020

Another Airbag Recall
The airbag that is supposed to save your life could kill you if it explodes. That's why yet another recall of vehicles with Takata airbags was announced this month.
Friday, January 17, 2020

Public's Help Needed To Catch Bandit
Gastonia Police are seeking the public's health in identifying the person who has been breaking into the Walgreen's on West Franklin Blvd.
Friday, January 17, 2020

Help Needed To Identify Vehicle Break-In Suspect
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying suspects who broke into a vehicle on January 12, 2020.
Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Without Valid Contract In Place Tag Office Closed
State officials, Monday, Jan. 13, closed a license plate agency, or LPA, at 646 Center Drive in Lincolnton which had been operating under an expired contract after the death of the contractor.
Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Two People Facing Charges In Theft Of Firearm
Two people are facing charges in connection with the theft of a Smith and Wesson .357 pistol.
Monday, January 13, 2020

Dallas Woman Arrested On Probation Violations & Drug Charges
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators assisted North Carolina Probation and Parole with the arrest of a Dallas, N.C. woman on January 9, 2020 as she arrived at a residence on Rhodes Rhyne Road, Lincolnton, N.C.
Monday, January 13, 2020

MLK Unity Award Honorees Named
This year, the MLK Unity Awards will go to Gastonia Mayor Walker Reid III, veterinarian Dr. Mark Epstein and former chaplain John Weisenhorn. Awards will be presented on Jan. 20 at 10:30 a.m. by the Gaston Together’s Gaston Clergy and Citizens Coalition.
Monday, January 13, 2020

Tag Office In Lincolnton Closed Until Further Notice
Customers visiting the North Carolina DMV License Plate Agency at the Town and Country Shopping Center on Center Drive in Lincolnton today were greeted with a sign that stated the office was closed until further notice.
Monday, January 13, 2020

Lincoln County 4-H Introduces New Program Assistant
Lincoln County Cooperative Extension is pleased to announce its recent hire of Ahmani Pegues, who joins the Extension team as the 4-H Program Assistant. Her role will be providing support to 4-H programming and club management.
Monday, January 13, 2020

New Health Director Hired For Lincoln County
The Lincoln County Board of Health met January 7, 2020 to officially announce the New Health Director, Mr. Davin Madden. Madden will begin his new role officially on February 1, 2020.
Saturday, January 11, 2020

Gaston County 2nd Confirmed Rabies Case Of 2020
On Friday January 3 at 2:21 p.m. Gaston County Police Animal Care and Enforcement received a call from 100 block Thornburg Road in Dallas. The call was in reference to a possible rabid animal. A family dog killed a skunk.
Friday, January 10, 2020

Audit Report Submitted To City Council
The City voted to award the 2020 Audit contract to Lowdermilk, Church and Company at the Thursday, Jan. 9 meeting. Incentive Grants were awarded to two businesses; retirement resolution was presented and three police department members were awarded certificates.
Friday, January 10, 2020

WLHS Basketball Coach Charged With Assaulting A Fan
A West Lincoln High School basketball coach is facing misdemeanor charges after assaulting a fan following a basketball game Tuesday night.
Thursday, January 9, 2020

Gaston County 1st Confirmed Rabies Case Of 2020
On Friday January 2 at 4:16 p.m. Gaston County Police Animal Care and Enforcement received a call from 300 block of Armstrong Park Road Gastonia. The call was in reference to a possible rabid animal. A family dog killed a raccoon.
Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Commissioners Declare Lincoln "Sanctuary" County
As expected, Lincoln County Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution Monday night (Jan. 6th) declaring Lincoln a "Second Amendment Sanctuary" county.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Ingram Named New City Clerk
Daphne Ingram, a long-time Lincolnton employee, begins a new role as City Clerk when she takes the oath of office and is sworn in by Mayor Hatley before the council meeting next Thursday (Jan. 9th).
Saturday, January 4, 2020

Hickory Celebrates Its 150th Birthday
Hickory is 150 years old today (Friday, Jan. 3rd).
Friday, January 3, 2020

McCall Weighs In On What's Ahead For Lincoln County
The County has much of which to be justifiably proud, both in the year just past and the new one. That’s the word this week from Lincoln County Commissioner Anita Branch McCall.
Thursday, January 2, 2020

LCSO Offers Safety Program For Area Churches
In light of recent incidents that have occurred at places of worship throughout the country the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office would like to offer the following tips to help maintain safety in Places of Worship.
Thursday, January 2, 2020

Challenges, Opportunities Ahead For Lincoln County
It’s a new year, with new challenges and new opportunities. And Lincoln County Manager Kelly Atkins is rolling up his sleeves and digging into the various efforts that lie ahead. Atkins spoke further about these topics this week (see related coverage, only here in The Herald).
Thursday, January 2, 2020

County Manager Looks Back On 2019, Ahead To 2020
Lincoln County Manager Kelly Atkins is looking back and looking ahead. On Monday, Atkins told The Herald about the County’s accomplishments in 2019 and what he’d like to see brought to fruition in 2020.
Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Happy New Year!
This year's Apple Drop in downtown Lincolnton was the second time around, so maybe now we can call it a tradition.
Tuesday, December 31, 2019

NC Silver Alert Issued For Missing Woman (Updated - Found)
The North Carolina Center for Missing Persons issued today (Dec. 31) a Silver Alert for Beth Rice Howard who is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.
Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Dive Team Assists With Stolen Truck Found In Moss Lake
The 5-person team was called to assist on Friday afternoon (December 27, 2019) in connection with the sunken vehicle and unknown if it was occupied.
Monday, December 30, 2019

Christmas--A Time of Joy...And Sorrow
If you made it through Christmas, be thankful.  Some didn't.  Cherryville Police are investigating a fatal accident in which a pedestrian was apparently struck by a vehicle Wednesday night.  An Iron Station couple lost part of their home, their pet and more.  A Dallas man died in a fire that consumed his home shortly before Christmas.
Friday, December 27, 2019

Gaston Together Wraps Up Year With Health Focus
It’s been a big year for Gaston Together. That’s the word this week from executive director Donna Lockett. Amongst a host of other activities for the local community group, Gaston Together’s health care commission recently held its annual meeting.
Friday, December 27, 2019

Apple Drop Dec. 31
It's certainly accurate to say there's not as much happening this weekend as there has been recently now that Christmas is over--but that changes next Tuesday night when Lincolnton welcomes the year 2020 with the Apple Drop on the south Courtsquare.
Friday, December 27, 2019

Call Leads To Three Arrests Including Wanted Sex Offender
Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a disturbance call on Swanson Road on December 22, 2019 which led to three arrests including a registered sex offender wanted for failure to report a change of address.
Monday, December 23, 2019

More About New Cataler Plant Planned For Hickory
Cataler North America's plans to build a new plant in the Trivium Center industrial park in Catawba County may have caused some to be concerned about the future of the company's Lincoln County operation.  It will actually strengthen the company's commitment, we were told.
Sunday, December 22, 2019

GT Health Care Commission Meets At CaroMont
The Gaston Together Health Care Commission recently hosted its annual community meeting at the CaroMont Regional Medical Center and was sponsored by the Gaston County YMCA.
Sunday, December 22, 2019

More On 2020 Elections
When we ran our article about the finalized ballot choices for the March 3rd Primary in Lincoln County, we promised to tell about Gaston, Catawba and Cleveland counties local elections in a later article.
Sunday, December 22, 2019

Filing Closes For March 3rd Primary
The field of candidates for the March 3rd Primary Election is now finalized as filing closed Friday (Dec. 20th) at noon.
Saturday, December 21, 2019

LCSO 2019 Officers Of The Year Awards Announced
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office law enforcement officers of the year awards were presented Friday to a dedicated detention officer and a patrol Sergeant. Two new awards were also presented this year.
Friday, December 20, 2019

Belmont Woman Charged With Identity Theft
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives have charged a Belmont woman with eight felony counts of identity theft.
Friday, December 20, 2019

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