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Gaston County Reports Rabid Racoon
Gaston County has reported its first confirmed rabies case of 2019.
Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Gastonia Police Promotions, New Officers
The city of Gastonia has announced multiple promotions and new officers recently sworn in as a part of the Gastonia Police Department.
Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Public's Help Needed To Locate Missing Man
Higgins was last seen by his fiancée around 7:30 a.m. on April 15, 2019 as she was leaving for work.  Higgins left his cell phone at the residence and did not report for work at a business on Highway 150 west of Lincolnton, NC.
Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Another Armed Robbery In Hickory
Hickory Police are investigating yet another armed robbery.
Monday, April 15, 2019

Shooting Suspect Arrested In Gaston County
Gaston County Police arrested a Charlotte man Friday (April 12th) who was wanted in a South Carolina shooting.
Monday, April 15, 2019

Lincolnton City Elections Won't Be Changing
We reported in March that a resolution approved by the Lincolnton City Council probably wouldn't get far in an effort to move City elections back to odd-numbered years.
Monday, April 15, 2019

Lincoln County Middle Schools Third Quarter Honor Roll
Lincoln County Schools proudly recognizes the A and A-B honor roll students for the third quarter in the middle schools for the 2018-19 school year.
Sunday, April 14, 2019

County Police Still Seeking Information Regarding Jamie Fraley
Jamie Michelle Fraley was reported missing on April 11, 2008 from 1850 Lowell Bethesda Road, Gastonia, NC. Jamie was 22-years-old when she disappeared and would be 33 years of age now.
Thursday, April 11, 2019

Timken Grant Helps Community Build 2019
Through the support of the Timken Foundation, this year’s build will be led by the fundraising efforts and activities of the affiliate’s High School Habitat Campus Chapters.
Thursday, April 11, 2019

Three People Charged With Breaking, Entering & Larceny
Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies have charged three people in connection with a break-in and larceny from a storage building on Elm Grove Road.
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Bosiak District Winner In Shell Science Lab Challenge
Bosiak’s best teaching strategies are immersion in real-world, relevant topics. She says anyone can learn by participating in hands-on activities, particularly through project-based learning projects.
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Update On Septic Tank Permits
Progress is being made in addressing a staffing shortage at the Lincoln County Health Dept. that has resulted in a backlog of applications for septic tank permits holding up construction of new homes.
Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Lincoln County Schools Conduct Reunification Drill
In preparation for a natural disaster or shooter evacuation event, Lincoln County Schools in conjunction with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Emergency Management Services, Lincoln County Communications Center, and the Fire Department practiced reunification of students and staff during a school-wide drill at West Lincoln Middle School on Friday, April 5.
Monday, April 8, 2019

Anti-Abortion Group Holds Rallies In Gaston County
Several anti-abortion rallies were held Sunday (April 7th) in Gaston County by a group called Life Chain of Gaston County.
Monday, April 8, 2019

Commissioners Apply 'Brakes' To Development
Lincoln County Commissioners, frustrated as much as the public by the rampant growth in the southeastern portion of Lincoln County and its seemingly out-of-control creation of infrastucture problems, decided this past week to 'put on the brakes.'
Sunday, April 7, 2019

Gaston Earns High Rankings In Career & Technical Education
The N.C. Department of Public Instruction has released Career and Technical Education (CTE) test data for the 2017-2018 school year, and it provides “good news” for Gaston County Schools. Among the 10 largest school districts in the state, Gaston County had the highest proficiency rate of 87.8 percent. A student must earn a score of 70 or higher to receive proficiency status.
Saturday, April 6, 2019

Sheriff Bill Beam Appoints Sheriff's Office Chaplain
Lincoln County Sheriff Bill Beam has appointed Detective Greg Hager as Chaplain for the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.
Friday, April 5, 2019

Lincoln County Man Charged With Child Sexual Assault
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives have charged a Lincoln County man with child sexual assault.
Friday, April 5, 2019

Retirees Honored At City Council Meeting
The Lincolnton City Council met on April 4 with a full agenda including honoring four City employees on their years of service, minor changes to traffic ordinances on two streets, presentation of Apple Drop money and more.
Friday, April 5, 2019

Race City Steel Continues To Grow In Lincoln County
John Dancoff presented a request to the county commissioners on Monday, April 1, 2019 to grant Race City Steel tax incentives based upon the county’s Industrial Incentive Grant Program. 
Friday, April 5, 2019

Detectives Investigating Theft Of Commercial Equipment
On April 3, 2019 deputies were dispatched to a work site on Christalina Lane reference the theft of equipment.
Thursday, April 4, 2019

Local Officers Visit West Lincoln High School Class
Law enforcement officers from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Lincolnton Police Department and the North Carolina Highway Patrol visited West Lincoln High School on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 to speak to students about many topics including how to conduct yourself if you are ever pulled over in the traffic stop.
Thursday, April 4, 2019

Industries Sponsor Internship For College Students
College students from Lincoln County have an opportunity again this year to spend their summer working as an intern with local manufacturers while focusing on projects, problems and processes to encourage work experiences, build resumes and develop a local talent pool.  Deadline to apply for summer work opportunities is April 20th.
Thursday, April 4, 2019

Sheriff's Deputies Investigating Carjacking
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a carjacking that occurred today in the parking lot of Murphy’s Convenience Store in Denver.
Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Local Principals Complete Leadership Program
Kqisha Dagenhart and Heather Myers recently completed the Distinguished Leadership Program (DLP), a year-long leadership development program for practicing school principals.
Wednesday, April 3, 2019

LC Sheriff's Office Upgrades Communication System
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office recently switched to the 800 MHz Viper Radio System.  The system is state owned and is a state wide system.
Tuesday, April 2, 2019

LC Residents Still Receiving Scam Calls About Jury Duty
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has received numerous reports from citizens in the area being targeted by scammers claiming to represent the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and telling residents they have outstanding warrants for not showing up for jury duty.
Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Methamphetamine & Marijuana Drug Seizure In Newton
On Monday, April 1 the Catawba County Narcotics Unit, assisted by the Hickory and Newton Police Departments conducted a search warrant upon 3025 Hielman Street, Newton, NC. Investigators discovered approximately 10 pounds of marijuana, approximately 11 ounces of methamphetamine and a trafficking amount of opioids.
Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Mother Charged In Lawn Mower Accident That Injured Son
A Lincoln County woman has been charged with felony child abuse in connection with a lawn mower accident that injured her eight-year-old son.
Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Third Rabies Case Of 2019 Confirmed In Catawba County
Catawba County Animal Services has confirmed the county’s third rabies case of 2019. On March 28, Animal Services responded to a call regarding an altercation among two dogs and a fox in Claremont.
Monday, April 1, 2019

GT Announces Community Leadership Award Winner
The Greater Gaston Development Corporation’s “Gaston Outside” campaign is the winner of the  2019 Community Leadership Award. The corporation is known for its positive efforts to improve the lives of everyone countywide and to foster better business conditions and improve Gaston County’s image and public relations with the wider world.
Sunday, March 31, 2019

Atrium Health To Lift Visitor Restrictions Due To Flu
Effective at 7 a.m. on Friday, March 29, flu restrictions for visitors 12 and under will be lifted at Charlotte-area Atrium Health hospitals. A significant drop in the number of patients being seen with flu-like symptoms prompted the change.
Thursday, March 28, 2019

Gaston College President Announces Plans To Retire
The announcement marks a milestone in her half-century career in higher education in Michigan, Ohio and North Carolina. In August, she will have served as president of Gaston College for 25 years. She is the first woman and fourth president to lead the two-year community college that serves Gaston and Lincoln counties.
Thursday, March 28, 2019

NC Department Of Labor Safety Awards
The North Carolina Department of Labor held its annual safety awards banquet recently recognizing the efforts of employers to provide a safe workplace environment for their employees.
Thursday, March 28, 2019

Lincoln County Has Second & Third Confirmed Rabies Cases
Over the last two weeks, Lincoln County Animal Services has responded to two rabies calls in the Lawndale area that have resulted in positive rabies results from the NC Laboratory of Public Health.
Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Late Night Trip To Walmart Lands Two Men In Jail
A late night trip to the Denver Walmart on March 24, 2019 led to the arrest of a Fort Mill, South Carolina Man and a Southport, North Carolina man.
Monday, March 25, 2019

Vehicle Chase Leads To Drug, Traffic & Probation Charges
An attempt to locate a probation absconder led to a chase through western Lincoln County and northern Gaston County Friday, March 22, 2019.
Monday, March 25, 2019

Another Recall
If you've been enjoying guacamole with your chips while watching the March Madness basketball games, not to worry--it's unlikely that you'll get sick from possibly contaminated avocados; but a recall has been issued on some from California.
Monday, March 25, 2019

Renaissance Man Reynolds Amongst Artists In Local Studios
You might call him a Reynolds-sance man. He is Jason Reynolds of Gastonia. A native of the charming rural community of Crouse, just outside Lincolnton, Reynolds really is a Renaissance man. A triple-threat artist, he writes poetry; he plays the guitar and the bass; and he draws and paints.
Monday, March 25, 2019

Philbeck To Receive Student Excellence Award
In 2017, Philbeck was named the Gaston College Apprentice of the Year. He enrolled in Gaston College in 2015 to join the Apprenticeship 321 program, which provides participants with job-specific training and a cost-free education at Gaston College while they are earning a salary from local employers.
Sunday, March 24, 2019

Old Health Department Location For Sale
Lincoln County Commissioners decided at their March 18th meeting to accept bids for the old Health Department property on Wilma Sigmon Road at N. Generals Blvd. They set a minimum for bids of one million dollars.
Saturday, March 23, 2019

Poultry Products Recalled
Two popular poultry products have been recalled by the producers according to the USDA.
Saturday, March 23, 2019

Carjacking Vehicle Found In Lee County Following Chase
A vehicle stolen in a carjacking in eastern Lincoln County early Wednesday morning (March 20, 2019) wrecked during a chase with Sanford Police overnight.
Friday, March 22, 2019

Drug Surveillance Operation Leads To Arrests
On March 21 Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics officers, acting on a tip, set up a drug surveillance operation in the parking lot of a business near the intersection of Car Farm Road and Highway 321 Business.
Friday, March 22, 2019

Investigation Continuing In Accidental Shooting Incident
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are continuing the investigation into an accidental shooting incident that occurred on March 20, 2019 at the Lake Norman Quarry.
Thursday, March 21, 2019

Lincolnton Man Charged With Cruelty To Animals
A joint investigation by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and Lincoln County Animal Services has resulted in animal cruelty charges against a Lincolnton man.
Thursday, March 21, 2019

One Person Injured In Possible Unintentional Shooting
One person suffered a non life threatening gunshot wound to the leg while working on a crane tower at the Lake Norman Quarry.
Thursday, March 21, 2019

LEDA Honors Company Milestones
The Lincoln Economic Development Association held its annual Milestone Awards program at Fairways & Greens restaurant at Lincoln Country Club Wednesday (March 20th) honoring 15 companies on their business longevity.
Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Sheriff's Detectives Investigating Early Morning Carjacking
Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating an early morning carjacking on Sage Court, Denver.
Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Young Child Injured In Fall From Lawn Mower
An 8-year-old boy suffered severe injuries when he fell from a zero turn lawn mower Tuesday, March 19.
Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Andrew René Wins Heafner-Williams Vocal Competition
The results are in for this past weekend’s annual competition, and the first-prize winner was baritone Andrew René. Tenor James Smidt took home second-place honors, and third place was a tie between mezzo-soprano Kathleen Felty and baritone Adrian Smith. Baritone Edward Bland and Lincoln County’s own Alexandria McNeely received encouragement grants.
Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Man Charged With Making False Bomb Threat
A Gaston County man has been charged and arrested in connection with a false bomb threat against the business where he worked.
Monday, March 18, 2019

Wright, Deese Arrested Sunday
A Vale couple were arrested Sunday by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers.
Monday, March 18, 2019

A Night In The Dark
A Sunday evening accident left a large section on the west side of Lincolnton in the dark during most of Sunday night.
Monday, March 18, 2019

Deputy Assaulted While Serving Felony Warrants
On Friday, March 15, 2019, a detective with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office was assaulted while attempting to serve felony arrest warrants for two individuals in western Lincoln County.
Sunday, March 17, 2019

Casino Back In The News
The proposed casino near Kings Mountain hasn't been talked about much for a few years--until this week.  South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham introduced a bill Wednesday that could be a big step toward approval of a casino.
Saturday, March 16, 2019

Commissioner Anita McCall Promotes County Issues At NACo Conference
Commissioner McCall joined more than 180 county officials from North Carolina and representatives from the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) to attend the National Association of Counties (NACo) Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. March 2-6, 2019.
Thursday, March 14, 2019

Making Daylight Time Year-Round
Lincoln County's Representative in the NC General Assembly, Jason Saine, has joined with other representatives including Kelly Hastings in filing a bill that if approved would set the stage for year-round observance of Daylight Time in NC.
Thursday, March 14, 2019

County Administrative Offices Moving Next Week
If all goes as planned, Lincoln County's Administrative Offices will move next week to the new County Administration Building on North Generals Blvd.
Thursday, March 14, 2019

Heafner-Williams Vocal Competition This Weekend
You’ve already met local singers Alexandria McNeely and Bailey Beam. Now meet the other contestants in the Heafner-Williams Vocal Competition this weekend at the Lincoln Cultural Center.
Thursday, March 14, 2019

No Charges
The North Carolina Highway Patrol released its findings Tuesday (March 12th) in the investigation of a fatal accident February 13th involving a Catawba County Sheriff's Office vehicle.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019

SC Man Charged With Drug Trafficking
A Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigation in western Lincoln County led to the seizure of 478 grams of methamphetamine and the arrest of a South Carolina man.
Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Vehicle Chase Ends With Driver Facing Traffic & Drug Charges
On Saturday, March 9, 2019 deputies observed a suspicious vehicle in the Walmart parking lot at 7131 NC 73 Hwy moving from parking space to parking space.
Monday, March 11, 2019

Lincolnton's Bailey Beam To Sing This Weekend
When you hear her sing, you may just want to stand up and cheer. She’s Lenoir-Rhyne University cheerleader Bailey Beam. And this talented Lincolnton girl will be among the singers competing in this weekend’s annual Heafner-Williams Vocal Competition.
Monday, March 11, 2019

Melissa Cordell Carves A Path In Democrat Politics
Lincolnton’s Melissa Cordell is making quite a name for herself in state-level politics. Cordell is a legislative intern for the NC General Assembly (and an intern for the Lincoln Herald as well). She is the state council vice-chairman of the College Democrats of NC and in her fourth year at UNC-CH.
Monday, March 11, 2019

Insurance Rates May Be Going Up
North Carolinians--including those in areas not directly affected by the hurricanes that struck the state last summer--are still faced with paying for the damage caused by the storms.  North Carolina insurance companies have submitted a request to increase premiums for homeowners' insurance by 17.4%.
Saturday, March 9, 2019

Lincoln County Has First Confirmed Rabies Case Of 2019
On Monday, February 25 Lincoln County Animal Services received a call about a cat that was found dead in the Verdict Ridge Subdivision, in Denver N.C. after potentially exposing a resident. 
Friday, March 8, 2019

City To Resume Curb Side Recycling; Messer Honored
The Lincolnton City Council approved a contact to begin curbside recycling in June with some changes. Finance Department employee Lori Messer was honored for her 30 years of service.
Friday, March 8, 2019

Another Armed Robbery In Hickory
The rash of armed robberies that began last September continued Thursday night in Hickory.  At least seven armed robberies that have occurred since early September remain unresolved so far.
Friday, March 8, 2019

Gas Prices Push Higher--But Oil Prices Slow
Thanks in large part to a surge in crude prices during the first two months of this year, gas prices have jumped nearly 20%; but Friday's world oil market prices may indicate that the increase will soon slow.
Friday, March 8, 2019

Four Hickory Police Officers Sworn-In
Richard J. Reeves of Valdese, Casey L. Willis of Newton, Adam L. Curtis of Drexel and Jaleel D. Smith of Greenville, S.C. were sworn in on March 6 as new officers for the Hickory Police Department.
Thursday, March 7, 2019

Two Lincoln County Men Facing Drug Charges
Matthew Blaine Helms of Maiden and Christopher Oneil Smith of Lincolnton are facing drug charges in unrelated incidents.
Thursday, March 7, 2019

Charlotte Man Arrested In Georgia On Lincoln County Charges
The arrest came after an investigation into fraudulent credit card use from a local Denver trucking company where several thousand dollars’ worth of goods and services were illegally obtained.
Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Two Women Arrested For Assaulting Handicapped Man
The charges came after an investigation into an incident that occurred on February 28, 2019 at a group home the man was living at near the 1700 block of Riverview Road in Lincolnton.
Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Commissioners Approve Rebates On Septic Inpsections
At their Monday night meeting (March 4th) Lincoln County Commissioners approved giving up to $500 rebates to builders who had been forced to use private sources to get their septic tanks inspected because of a long delay on inspections by the County Health Department.
Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Man Arrested For Common Law Robbery & Assault
A Shelby man has been arrested in connection with the assault and robbery of a Johnstown Road woman.
Monday, March 4, 2019

Man Faces Attempted Murder, Arson & Kidnapping Charges
A Claremont man for whom an involuntary commitment order was issued by a Catawba County Magistrate on Saturday now faces multiple charges after an early Sunday morning incident.
Monday, March 4, 2019

Vale's Alexandria McNeely Among Competing Singers
Each year, singers come to Lincolnton from far and wide. They come from Europe. They come from Africa, as in fact several are this year. They all come from around the world to compete in the annual Heafner-Williams Vocal Competition.
Sunday, March 3, 2019

Crowders Mountain Fall
One of two New York men who were visiting Crowders Mountain State Park in Gaston County on their way back north from Florida fell about 70 feet Friday morning and is recuperating in the hospital.
Saturday, March 2, 2019

Catawba County has reported its first confirmed case of rabies for 2019.
Saturday, March 2, 2019

Retired Lincoln County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Dies At 65
On February 28, 2019 retired Lincoln County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Larry Wade Stanley, Sr., 65, of Guy Heavner Road, Lincolnton, NC passed away.
Friday, March 1, 2019

Couple Being Sought For Using Stolen Card
The Maiden Police Department is looking for a couple who allegedly used a stolen debit card to purchase gas earlier this week.
Friday, March 1, 2019

Couple Arrested After Assault, Stealing Van
Billy Joe Franklin and Jessica Mae Nations are now in jail after the couple were allegedly involved in an assault and theft at the Corner Market at 1118 Confederate Road, Lincolnton, Wednesday morning.
Thursday, February 28, 2019

Convenience Store Owner Assaulted, Vehicle Stolen
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating an assault and theft at the Corner Market at 1118 Confederate Road, Lincolnton, NC. The suspect and a female passenger fled in the owner’s 2001 gold in color Honda Odyssey with NC license plate number WRS1696.
Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Elections Board Meets
The new Lincoln County Board of Elections held its organizational meeting Tuesday afternoon (Feb. 26th) at the James W. Warren Citizens Center.
Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Sheriff's Deputies End Maiden Police Chase With Stop Sticks
A vehicle chase that began near Maiden around 1 a.m. on February 26, 2019 ended in Lincoln County when sheriff’s deputies’ deployed stop sticks to bring the vehicle to a halt.
Tuesday, February 26, 2019

School Board Meets With Legislators
The Lincoln County Board of Education held a breakfast meeting with state legislators who represent Lincoln County on Friday morning (Feb. 22nd), making their case for several legislative items.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Pinkney Froneberger Calling It A Day
Sixty years in business is quite a remarkable achievement. But after being a life insurance agent since the Eisenhower administration, Pinkney Froneberger says he’s ready to retire.
Sunday, February 24, 2019

Second Person Sentenced In Child Sex Case
A Maiden woman was sentenced this past week after she pled guilty to her involvement in a child sex case in Catawba County.  She--and the man who had already been convicted--had been convicted of a similar crime in another county.
Sunday, February 24, 2019

Heafner-Williams Vocal Competition Is March 16-17
Get ready for some matchless music and sensational singing coming up in March at the Lincoln Cultural Center. Feb. 22 is the last date for competitors to submit their audio samples into the vocal competition.
Thursday, February 21, 2019

Man Who Escaped From Sheriff's Patrol Car Apprehended
A handcuffed man who escaped from a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office patrol car Sunday night has been apprehended.
Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Man Escapes From Sheriff's Deputy Patrol Car In Handcuffs
A Denver, N.C. man eluded deputies Sunday night (February 17, 2019) after he managed to escape from a patrol car in handcuffs and flee into the nearby neighborhood.
Monday, February 18, 2019

Iron Station Man Charged In Shooting Incident
An Iron Station man has been charged in connection with a shooting incident where shots were fired into an occupied vehicle late Saturday night (February 16, 2019).
Monday, February 18, 2019

Accident Closes Highway
A tractor-trailer rig hauling pizza dough overturned on US321 near mile marker 23 early Monday morning--closing southbound lanes of the highway from Lincolnton to High Shoals.
Monday, February 18, 2019

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 2018-19 school year.
Sunday, February 17, 2019

Blum, Inc. Breaks Ground On New Expansion
Blum, Inc. held a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday as it prepared for an expansion of its facility in southeastern Lincoln County.
Saturday, February 16, 2019

Missing Lincoln County Woman Located
Brianna Allen Frady who was last seen at North Lincoln High School on February 15, 2019 was located this morning near the Food Lion in Denver, N.C.  She has been returned home and is safe.
Saturday, February 16, 2019

Silver Alert Issued For Missing Lincoln County Woman
Breanna Allen Frady, who goes by the nickname of 'Bre', was last seen at North Lincoln High School on the afternoon of February 15. Breanna is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.
Saturday, February 16, 2019

Man Charged With Obtaining Property By False Pretenses
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives have charged a Lincoln County man with buying merchandise and charging it to a business where he previously worked.
Friday, February 15, 2019

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