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A Tale of Two Counties
Budget presentations by Lincoln County Operations Manager Josh Grant and County Manager Kelly Atkins Monday evening and Gaston County Manager Earl Mathers Tuesday night showed some of the marked contrast in the financial health of the two counties.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Babysitter Arrested for Murder
A Kings Mountain man has been arrested for murder in the death of a child left in his care.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Carpenter Rides To Co-Valedictory Honors
You might say Jade Carpenter is galloping off into the sunset, headed toward success. Carpenter made history at West Lincoln High School  as one of three co-valedictorians for West Lincoln: a first for the school.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Lincoln County Has First Rabies Case of 2018
Lincoln County has recorded its first confirmed case of rabies for 2018.  A dead fox found on Ritchie Road north of Lincolnton last week tested positive for rabies.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Preparations Underway for Memorial Day
Next Monday (May 28th) is Memorial Day.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Catawba County Investigation Results in California Arrest
A California man has been arrested on charges that he attempted to arrange sex via the internet with an underage victim in Catawba County.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Attempted Murder in Domestic Case
A Denver man has been charged with attempted murder after a domestic incident in the wee hours of Sunday morning.
Monday, May 21, 2018

Catawba County Hires New Tax Administrator
Catawba County has hired Bradley D. Fowler as the new Catawba County Tax Administrator beginning May 29.
Monday, May 21, 2018

Carson Warlick Hits A Homerun In School & Life
You might say Carson Warlick has well and truly hit it out of the park. The West Lincoln High softball standout has been regionally recognized in recent months for her athletic prowess. And now Warlick is one of West Lincoln’s three co-valedictorians.
Monday, May 21, 2018

Sunday Incident Leaves Two Dead in Bessemer City
A 62-year-old Dallas man drove his Jeep SUV into the Surf & Turf Lodge restaurant in Bessemer City during lunch hour Sunday, killing his daughter and saughter-in-law. The action appeared to be intentional according to Bessemer City Police Chief Thomas Ellis, Jr.

 


Sunday, May 20, 2018

Summertime Is Calling
Monday of next week (May 28th) is Memorial Day.  For many, it marks the beginning of the Summer season.  Summer doesn't actually arrive until  June 21st, but by then school is out, graduations have happened, and summertime vacations are well underway.
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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Workforce Development Summit Set For June 14th
The second annual Gaston College Workforce Development Summit has been set for Thursday, June 14th, on the Dallas campus of Gaston College.
Sunday, May 20, 2018

Denver Defense Closed
It came as a shock to the community and to members when Denver Defense on highway 16-business closed this week.  It was also a shock to the staff, who only learned late Tuesday that the range would not open on Wednesday.
Friday, May 18, 2018

Vehicle Breakins in Bessemer City
The Bessemer City Police Department is seeking information on breakins to multiple vehicles in the early morning hours of Thursday (May 17th).
Friday, May 18, 2018

Siblings Arrested, Two Stolen Vehicles Recovered
A late night traffic stop  led to two arrests and the recovery of two stolen vehicles.
Friday, May 18, 2018

Missing Denver Man
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in locating a missing Denver man.
Friday, May 18, 2018

May One Of Three Co-Valedictorians At WLHS
West Lincoln High School has made history. This year, West Lincoln has three––count ’em!––three co-valedictorians: Jade Carpenter, Addie May and Carson Warlick.
Friday, May 18, 2018

Educating The Future With Outstanding Employees Like...
Amanda Kraushaar who has worked for Lincoln County Schools for nine years and is a first grade teacher at Rock Springs Elementary.
Friday, May 18, 2018

March for Students and Rally for Respect
They had to take a personal day to make the trip, but the educators from Lincoln County who joined thousands of others in Raleigh on Wednesday said it was worth it--IF the General Assembly got the message: we need more money for the public schools--and we will vote in November.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Police Asking for Help in Izard's Murder
Lincolnton Police are asking for the public's help in finding who killed Johnny Ray Izard, Jr. the night of May 4th.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Lowell Man Arrested After Incident at Stanley Park
A 34-year-old Lowell man, Christoper David Hayes, has been arrested after he allegedly took photos of a 10-year-old boy urinating in the bathroom at Stanley's Harper Park on Blacksnake Road.  
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Teachers March on Raleigh
Teachers from all over the state were leaving home early Wednesday morning headed for Raleigh and the "March for Students and Rally for Respect" on the opening day of the General Assembly.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

National Police Week
Perhaps you knew--or perhaps not--but Tuesday was Law Enforcement Memorial Day.  It's a part of National Police Week celebrated this week.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Shooting Incident in Mt. Holly
Mt. Holly Police say an officer shot a man Monday after he threatened to kill a child.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Arrested
A young mother from Iron Station was arrested early Monday morning in southeastern Lincoln County on drug charges.  
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Belmont Man Arrested for Shooting at Vehicles
A Belmont senior citizen has been arrested by Gaston County Police for allegedly shooting at vehicles passing his home near Belmont.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Attempted Robbery Lands Maiden Man in Jail
A Maiden man was arrested Monday after he allegedly attempted to rob the Food Lion grocery store.
Monday, May 14, 2018

Another Rabid Skunk in Catawba County
Catawba County reported its third confirmed case of rabies this year on Monday (May 14th).  This time, the rabid animal was again a skunk, but this time near Hickory.  Two previous cases had been in the Maiden area.
Monday, May 14, 2018

Teachers Prepare for March on Raleigh
Educators from across the state will march on Raleigh Wednesday in support of increased pay for teachers.
Monday, May 14, 2018

BBB Warns of Credit Card "Shimming"
We've reported about the credit card "skimming" that has been occurring recently in Maiden, Hickory and Lincolnton.  Now, the Better Business Bureau has another warning about how thieves may be trying to steal your information.
Monday, May 14, 2018

Catawba County Has Second Rabies Case of Year
Catawba County has reported its second confirmed case of rabies for 2018.  Both were in the Maiden area.
Saturday, May 12, 2018

22 Suspects Indicted in Drug Trafficking Conspiracy
Hickory Police say that a multi-county investigation into drug trafficking has resulted in 22 being arrested and more arrests are expected.  
Saturday, May 12, 2018

SCPP--Making a Dream Come True
Edward McFadden is a man on a mission.  He wants to turn an old gymnasium into a STEM Science Center.
Friday, May 11, 2018

Wreck Closes US321 in Catawba County
A wreck involving a car and a tractor-trailer closed down US321 northbound near I-40 in Catawba County Thursday evening.
Thursday, May 10, 2018

Gillian Moore Named Teacher of Year
Lincoln County Schools held their annual "Of the Year" awards event at the Citizens Center Wednesday, honoring several who were singled out for their contribution to the education system.  Gillian Moore, a math teacher at North Lincoln High School, was named Teacher of the Year.
Thursday, May 10, 2018

More Skimmers
Skimmers have been found on gas pumps at a convenience grocery on highway 150 east of Lincolnton.  There has been a rash of such incidents in our area recently.
Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Brown, Reilly, Sigmon Winners in Catawba County
Newton Police Chief Don Brown easily won the GOP nomination for Sheriff, Kim Sigmon won for Clerk of Court, and Scott Reilly won for District Attorney in Catawba County races on Tuesday.  In Gaston County, voters approved $250 million in school bonds and a local option sales tax.
Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Beam Wins Landslide; Voters Approve Sales Tax
Bill Beam won the Republican Primary for Sheriff in a landslide; Bud Cesena & Milton Sigmon were top vote-getters for County Commissioner; and voters approved the quarter-cent local option sales tax by a narrow margin in Tuesday's election.
Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Election Results from the Lincoln Herald
After months of campaigning, the Primary Election of 2018 finally arrived.  The link in this article will take you to the results of the election for Lincoln County.  To see results for other counties or a multi-county district, just change the info in the menu at the left and click on Display Results.
Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Smash & Grab Breakins Reported at Four Denver Businesses
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office is investigating four smash and grab breakins at businesses on highway 16 business.  Two of the businesses were at Natalie Commons Drive; the others on the other side of highway 16.
Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Prices Are Up--and Going Higher
Gas prices are up, and based on what's happening with crude prices, they're going higher.  You can also expect more price increases in the coming months.
Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Missing Teen, Possibly Runaway
Gaston County Police have issued a missing person report for a 13-year-old Gastonia girl, Andrea Leann Wildcatt.
Monday, May 07, 2018

Missing Man Found, Arrested
A Lincolnton man who had been reported missing has been found--and arrested.
Monday, May 07, 2018

Montcross Area Chamber Has Multiple May Events
The Montcross Area Chamber of Commerce has multiple events scheduled for May including a Network After Work this Thursday.
Monday, May 07, 2018

Election Day is Tuesday
The 2018 Primary Election happens this Tuesday.
Monday, May 07, 2018

Police Investigating Homicide
A young Lincolnton man was apparently gunned down on Newbold Street shortly before midnight Friday night.
Saturday, May 05, 2018

Iron Station Man Charged After Attempting to Flee
An Iron Station man was arrested Friday after he allegedly attempted to flee Catawba County officers to avoid arrest.
Saturday, May 05, 2018

Martin Oakes--Running for NC Senate
Martin Oakes, currently a member of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners, is running for NC Senate (district 44).
Saturday, May 05, 2018

Missing Person Report
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office has issued a missing person report for a Lincolnton man.
Friday, May 04, 2018

More "Skimmers" Found in Hickory
Hickory Police say another credit card "skimmer" has been found in use in that city.  
Friday, May 04, 2018

No Tax, Rate Hikes in Proposed City Budget
City employees will get a 2% salary increase, but the proposed city budget for 2018-2019 calls for no increase in tax rates, water & sewer rates, and electric rates.
Friday, May 04, 2018

Shooting at Eastridge Mall
A Gastonia man was shot while sitting in a parked car in the parking lot at Eastridge Mall on New Hope Road Thursday afternoon.  Gastonia Police say the shooting was most likely targeted and not a random act.
Friday, May 04, 2018

Educating The Future With Outstanding Employees Like...
Leighette Adkins, Teacher Assistant at Union Elementary, has been chosen as the recipient of the Employee Spotlight for this week.  She has worked for Lincoln County Schools for five years.
Friday, May 04, 2018

Ted Alexander--Running for NC Senate
Ted Alexander is one of three candidates seeking the GOP nomination for the NC Senate seat from district 44, which includes Lincoln and Cleveland counties and two precincts in Gaston County.
Thursday, May 03, 2018

DDA Holds Morning Meet Up
The Lincolnton Downtown Development Association held what was called a Morning Meet Up Thursday (May 3rd) at Fausto Coffee on the Courtsquare.
Thursday, May 03, 2018

Milton Sigmon Candidate for County Commissioner
The Lincoln Herald has made an effort to interview each of the candidates who are involved in the Primary Election next Tuesday running for NC Senate, NC House, Lincoln County Sheriff and Lincoln County Commissioner.  This is another in that series.
Thursday, May 03, 2018

Lincolnton Certified as Main Street America Community
Lincolnton is one of seven communities in our area named as accredited by the Main Street America™ program.
Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Gyrocopter Crash
Nobody was injured when a man learning to fly a gyrocopter clipped a tree and crashed his craft Wednesday morning (May 2nd).  The crash happened shortly before 11 AM in southern Lincoln County.
Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Theodore Huss Running for County Commissioner
Theodore Huss is one of six candidates running for the two Lincoln County Commissioner seats up for election this year.
Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Another Arrest in Vault Lounge Shooting
Three men have now been arrested in relation to an April 8th shooting that left a man dead outside a Hickory nightspot.
Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Hoyle Gets on Ballot for November
Alan Hoyle will be on your November General Election ballot as a candidate for Sheriff of Lincoln County.  He turned in a sufficient number of signatures on petitions to run as an Unaffiliated candidate and the Elections Board certified them Tuesday (May 1st).
Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Update On 2018 Primary
Early voting continues through this Saturday; the Elections Board meets Tuesday afternoon; and Alan Hoyle has made it to the ballot in November--those are the latest stories in Election News.
Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Lincoln County Woman Charged With Felony Identity Theft
A Lincoln County woman has been charged with fraudulently opening a DirecTV account in her daughter’s name.
Monday, April 30, 2018

Traffic Changes Coming
In case anybody missed our report on the Lincolnton City Council meeting for April, one of the things that was approved was a group of changes to city traffic laws related to safety issues.
Monday, April 30, 2018

David Curtis, Candidate For NC Senate
David Curtis is one of three candidates running for the NC Senate district 44 seat in the May 8th Republican Primary.
Sunday, April 29, 2018

Food, Wine & Brew Fest Draws Big Crowd
It was a beautiful sunny day; the temperature soared to 78°; and the third annual Lincolnton Food, Wine & Brew Fest drew a big crowd to downtown Lincolnton Saturday.
Saturday, April 28, 2018

Bill Beam, Candidate For Sheriff
Bill Beam is one of six candidates facing off in the Republican Primary for Sheriff of Lincoln County.
Saturday, April 28, 2018

Elderly Man Killed In Hickory Fire
A Hickory man was injured trying to save his father early Friday morning (April 27th) but the elderly man died as a result of the fire at his home.
Saturday, April 28, 2018

FOUL!
North Carolina Senate candidate Dr. David Curtis says a group with deep pockets wanting to protect a monopoly is behind what he calls "dirty pool" in spending massive dollars trying to derail his re-election campaign.
Friday, April 27, 2018

Hatley's Office Gets Good Report From Audit Follow-up
The Lincoln County Clerk of Court's office has received a satisfactory report after a follow-up to an audit last September that said major improvement was needed to correct four internal control deficiencies.
Friday, April 27, 2018

Traffic Stop Leads To One Charged With Trafficking Cocaine
According to detectives, the man was the passenger of a vehicle that was stopped for a stop sign violation. Upon approach to the vehicle, detectives noticed the passenger was extremely nervous and began profusely sweating.
Friday, April 27, 2018

Jason Saine--Seeking Re-Election To NC House
Jason Saine is seeking re-election to the North Carolina House of Representatives for District 97 (Lincoln County).
Friday, April 27, 2018

Carrol Mitchem Running For Sheriff
Carrol Mitchem is one of six candidates seeking the Republican nomination for Sheriff of Lincoln County in the May 8th Primary Election.
Friday, April 27, 2018

Charlotte Fire Department Rescues Stranded Kayaker In Gaston County
It has happened before: someone decides to go kayaking in the river after a heavy rain--and the current is too much to handle.  It happened Wednesday in Gaston County.  The good news is that it ended well.
Thursday, April 26, 2018

Jon Propst--Candidate For Sheriff
This is another of our series of articles about and interviews with the candidates running for Sheriff, County Commissioner, NC House and NC Senate in Lincoln County in the May 8th Primary Election.  Jon Propst, currently a lieutenant with the Sheriff's Office, is one of six candidates seeking the office of Sheriff in the GOP Primary.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Christine Poinsette--County Commission Candidate
The Lincoln Herald is posting interviews with and articles about the candidates for Lincoln County Sheriff, County Commissioner, NC House (district 97) and NC Senate (district 44).  We spoke last week with Christine Poinsette, who is seeking one of two seats on the County Commission up for election this year.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Missing Man Safely Located
Jeremy Tony Adams, 30, formerly of 1609 Broome Street, Lincolnton, NC was located overnight in Gastonia and is safe.  He has been removed from NCIC.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Early Voting Continues
Early voting totals so far have been about what was expected--much heavier in Lincoln and Catawba counties than in the 2014 primary election.  Lincoln County had about 1,500 early voters total in 2014; through Tuesday, 833 people had already voted.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Stanley Turns Down New Industry
Homeowners who live nearby in the Jackson Park community got their way Tuesday night (April 24th) as the Stanley Town Council said 'no' to a proposed new plant that might have been built off Highway 27 East.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Gas Pump "Skimmers" Strike Again
Maiden Police are investigating another incidence of gas pump "skimmers' that are used to steal credit card information.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Wreck Near Mooresboro Kills Two
Driving too fast for conditions cost the lives of two young people from Cleveland County early Tuesday (April 24th).
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Jason Munday--Running For Sheriff
The Lincoln Herald is conducting interviews and posting articles about the candidates for Lincoln County Sheriff, County Commissioner, NC House and NC Senate in the GOP Primary May 8th.  This is the interview with one of those candidates.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Public's Help Needed To Help Locate Missing Man
Adams was last seen around 3:40 a.m. on April 21, 2018 when he was discharged from the emergency room at CHS-Lincoln.  Due to substance abuse problems in his past the family fears for his safety.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Bud Cesena, Candidate For County Commissioner
Bud Cesena is one of six candidates seeking two seats on the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners.  A retired police officer, he now operates Denver Defense on highway 16 in Denver.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Rising Prices May Affect County Budget
Perhaps the biggest news out of the April 16th County Commissioners meeting was a brief comment--the County Manager's Report.  County Manager Kelly Atkins told Commissioners that because of the recently imposed tariff on steel, the price of buildings was going up--by as much as 30%.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

ADA Facing Felony Drug Charges
A Gaston County assistant district attorney faces multiple drug charges in Union County after being arrested early Sunday morning.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Anthony Huss--Running For Sheriff
Anthony Huss is running for Sheriff--again.  He made a write-in effort four years ago.  This time around, he's running for the Republican nomination.  He's one of six candidates in the GOP Primary May 8th.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Iron Station Man Charged With Child Sexual Assault
An Iron Station man has been charged with several child abuse charges after the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office received information regarding a sexual assault on a child.
Monday, April 23, 2018

Nic Haag--Running For NC House
The Lincoln Herald is conducting interviews and posting articles about the candidates for Lincoln County Sheriff, Lincoln County Commissioner, NC Senate (District 44) and NC House (District 97).
Monday, April 23, 2018

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 2017-18 school year.
Monday, April 23, 2018

Gaston County Schools To Hold Kindergarten Registration
Kindergarten registration for all elementary schools will take place May 1-5.  Gaston County Schools also is accepting applications for pre-kindergarten.
Monday, April 23, 2018

Raye Watson-Smyth--Running For County Commissioner
The Lincoln Herald is conducting interviews and posting articles about the candidates for Lincoln County Sheriff, Lincoln County Commissioner, NC Senate (District 44) and NC House (District 97).  We hope our articles will help voters to make an informed choice when they go to the polls.
Sunday, April 22, 2018

Student Applications Being Accepted For Gaston County School Choice Programs
Gaston County Schools is accepting student applications for four of its school choice/magnet school programs: Hawks Nest STEAM Academy, the Gifted and Talented Academy at Pleasant Ridge Elementary School, Gaston County Virtual Academy, and the new STEAM Academy at Stanley Middle School.
Sunday, April 22, 2018

Johnson Inspires Students & Co-Workers At Gaston College
LeAnne Johnson, a housekeeper at Gaston Early College High School is a positive role model who encourages and supports students at the Early College High School and Gaston College.
Sunday, April 22, 2018

Traffic Accidents Update
Traffic accidents in our area have sent multiple people to hospitals over the past week.  The latest of the more serious incidents sent a 15-year-old to the hospital in Charlotte Thursday afternoon.
Friday, April 20, 2018

Old Pharmacy Location For Sale
Wanna buy a drug store?  The old Rite Aid location at the corner of N. Flint and E. Main streets across from the Lincolnton Police Department is going to be sold at auction.
Friday, April 20, 2018

One-Stop Voting Underway
One-Stop Early Voting got underway Thursday in all 100 counties in North Carolina.  For those who are already registered, it's a way to avoid longer lines on Primary Election Day (May 8th).  For those who haven't yet registered, it's an opportunity to register and cast a provisional ballot at the same time (information must be verified).  [Those who aren't already registered won't be able to vote on May 8th.]
Friday, April 20, 2018

Educating The Future With Outstanding Employees Like...
Amber Middleswarth is an Eighth Grade ELA/SS teacher at North Lincoln Middle School and has been an employee with Lincoln County Schools for 10 years.
Friday, April 20, 2018

Woman Charged With Stealing, Cashing Mother's Checks
A Lincoln woman is in jail after being accused of writing blank checks of a family member to herself for a total of $6,200.
Thursday, April 19, 2018


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