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10/31/2018 8:21:00 AM
Halloween Stories

Melissa Cordell
Lincoln Herald Intern

LINCOLNTON, N.C. - Lincoln County has its fair share of ghost stories, making it a popular destination for paranormal investigators, First in Fright, as of late. Below is a compilation of some residents’ most memorable ghost experiences. Happy Halloween!

Deanna Williams-McGinnis, Executive Director of the Arts Council of Lincoln County, shared her favorite story from the Lincoln Cultural Center.

“My story starts about six years ago while getting ready for Art Crawl. It was about 5 p.m. I was rushing around getting maps to take downtown. When I ran to the elevator on third floor of the Cultural Center, (now at this time I am a non-believer) I see a lady standing to my right. I see like, a hazy fog around here as I turn to see why she is there. I see she is in a long dress that would be of 1800’s style up to her neck, her hair was in a bun, all white. But as I was trying to wrap my mind around her pale look, I notice I can see through her and see the wall behind her. My heart beat fast; I ran down the back stairs, and everyone asks, ‘What is wrong with you? You are pale, did you see a ghost?’ Well, yes I did! Now that I work at the center each day, I now have saw shadows, heard voices, many footsteps, [and] claps. People have come to me about children in a room laughing. I believe 100% because I work with them now!! And we coexist.”

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Dustin Richardson, Operations Manager of the Lincoln Cultural Center, recounted an experience he had there as well.

“The one encounter that stands out in my mind the most is when I was upstairs on the balcony. One of my jobs is that I have to change these lightbulbs. So on this particular day it was raining and thundering and lightening and all that, and they say that’s what makes it worse--you know it makes the ghosts appear. Anyway, I was up there changing the bulbs, and I had my back to the performance hall. Cathy Davis and Deanna McGinnis both were there. As I had my back to the little walkway that goes around, I thought one of them was messing with me because I felt a little nudge. Now you have to understand, I’m reaching over the balcony to change the bulbs, and I just thought one of them had gone by and just done a little push at me. As I felt that, I looked over, because you could feel the wind. I just thought somebody had walked by. I looked over at the sound booth which has a glass window in it, and I could see an image of a man’s face. And the face that I saw, actually, is a picture of a guy in the Cultural Center that we call ‘Mr. Wilson.’ When it happened, I was out. I dropped what I was using to get the bulbs out; I went straight down to my desk. I saw Cathy, and she knew that I was shaken up. I went home. I didn’t stick around; I went home for the rest of the day. That was probably at two o’clock in the day. It was a couple of days before I went back up there. Now I’ve had the lights go off and on; I do hear noises. A lot of the mornings, I’m the first one to the office, and I do hear walking on the floors, and I know no one is in the building. Stuff like that happens all the time, but to actually see an image in the window, to me it just kind of floated away when I looked at it. It’s like it was there for three seconds, and then just was gone. I love the building; I consider the building mine, but it can be scary, especially at nighttime.”

Richard  Jones, owner of North State Books, told a story from last Halloween.

“Last year on Halloween's eve, it was a dark and stormy night. Ghosts reincarnated as possums  rambled on the porch of my house. My two dogs will vouch for this; Scout protecting the front door while Dixie backed him up - ten feet of backing up. Our six cats scattered to their guard posts under the beds and sofas. Fortunately, after rescuing my wife, Lori, from her sound sleep, we never saw them again.”

---Melissa Cordell graduated from Lincolnton High School and is currently studying Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a nature and coffee enthusiast and enjoys fall weather. If you have a story idea for Melissa please let us know by emailing us at

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