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Lincoln County Fire Marshal’s Office and North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation have determined that the housefire on Cloudburst Circle in Lincolnton was an accident and caused by improperly discarded smoking materials.

About 2:46 a.m., Wednesday morning (today, April 17), Lincoln County 911 Communications was alerted to a residential fire at 1661 Cloudburst Circle in Lincolnton.

She is charged with one count of distribution of fentanyl resulting in death and one count of possession with intent to distribute fentanyl.

Lincoln County Schools will get an additional $6.1 million for fiscal 2025. Lincoln County Commissioners voted 3-2 to approve the full amount for which schools had asked in a joint session in mid-March.

The Board approved the Superintendent’s recommendation to name Mrs. Alysha McCrary Tench the Coordinator of Accountability and Student Information effective July 1, 2024.

The N.C. Department of Labor recognized area employers and employees at the agency’s annual safety awards banquet held at noon on Wednesday, April 10, in Lincolnton at the Lincoln Cultural Center.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics investigators arrested a Vale man on April 9, 2024, following a lengthy drug investigation.

Additional child sexual assault charges have been filed against a Lincoln County man who was first arrested in February 2024.


For some of us, it's hard to believe that it was 1971 (53 years ago) that Helen Reddy recorded the anthem of the movement for equality for women. It's also hard to believe that misogyny, like racism, is still a …

On April 12, 2024 Lincolnton High School Senior, Vanessa Cespedes, signed her National Letter of Intent to play Soccer for Salem College to further her soccer and academic career.

George Smith, who for many years was the voice from the pressbox at Lincolnton High School games, passed Tuesday (March 26th). He was 83. [See obit under Obituaries.]

The NC State Wolfpack is in the NCAA Basketball Sweet 16; their chances of winning a national title are not considered good by most sportswriters, but some of us old-timers still remember the 'Cardiac Kids' of 1983 and the superb …

Austin Lineberger, a senior at Lincoln Charter School, signed his National Letter of Intent to play golf for Montreat College starting this fall.

The 2023-2024 basketball season for area high school teams has come to an end. The last team from our area to fall in the playoffs was the Lincoln Charter girls, who lost in the West Region championship game to undefeated …


The 2024 Spring Art Crawl happens this Friday (April 19th in downtown Lincolnton.

The Catawba Valley Community College Fire Academy recently held its graduation ceremonies. Representatives from each local fire department attended the ceremony to show support for graduates and their families.

Over the last 30 years, Rutherford EMC has issued more than $486,000 in grants, funding 606 creative projects that have benefited well over 130,000 students in Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, and Rutherford counties.

Fifty years is a mighty long time. And after half a century of service to the Crouse community and its fire department, Capt. Jerry Cook is about to retire.

The Mechanical Minds, a remarkable team of dedicated students representing high schools from across Catawba County, have made an extraordinary leap forward in the world of robotics by qualifying for the prestigious World FIRST Robotics Competition.

April is Child Abuse Awareness Month.


The light shines in the darkness...

Four Yard Sale Fundraisers at four different churches, Sunday Luncheon, plus more dates to save for upcoming events! Email your events to us.

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On Tuesday, April 23, 5-7 p.m., Christian Ministry will hold its volunteer bash at the First United Methodist Church, located at 201 E. Main. St. in Lincolnton.

Commentary & Features

In case you haven’t heard, ECCCM (Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministry) is now Ashure Ministry. The name change occurred a few weeks ago to better reflect the expanded scope of the agency.

This is another in our series of articles from the DAR & SAR leading up to the celebration of America's 250th birthday in 2026.

Lincolnton's application for an ABC Social District has been submitted to the state. "Stroll & shop while you sip" is expected to begin in May.

Almost everyone knows about agent double-O=seven, the British 20th Century spy who was the main character of multiple James Bond movies. Spies have been important in the history of conflicts for most of history--including the American Revolution.

The year was 1850 when my great-great grandfather, his brother and some 40 others from Will County, Ill. left home for the adventure of a lifetime.

While it doesn't get as much publicity as Black History Month (February), March is Women's History Month. In honor of Women’s History Month, in this article, one of our series leading up to the celebration of America's 250th birthday in …


CONOVER, N.C. - Joseph “Joe” Siceloff Jones, 85, of Conover, passed away on Wednesday, April 17, 2024 at Frye Regional Medical Center.

LINCOLNTON, N.C. - Ruby Aileen Caldwell, age 87, of Asbury Church Road in Lincolnton, passed away on Tuesday, April 16, 2024.

VALE, N.C. - Edward Byrl Houser, age 93, of Vale passed away at his home surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday, April 16, 2024.

LINCOLNTON, N.C. - Rebecca Ann Branch Brown, age 78, of Lincolnton, passed away on Tuesday, April 16, 2024.

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Kay Sherrill Rankin, 81, of Greensboro, passed away on Tuesday, April 16, 2024 at Beacon Place at Authoracare.

MAIDEN, N.C. - Mr. Robert Lee Thompson, 81, of Maiden transitioned peacefully on Monday, April 15, 2024 at The Greens of Hickory.


The Board of County Commissioners took the following action on Monday evening (April 15) concerning the April 2024 zoning cases and Special Use Permit final decisions.

The United Methodist Women of Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church will host a HUGE Yard and Bake Sale from 7 a.m. until 12 noon in the Basement.

An Indoor Yard & Biscuit Sale will be held Saturday, April 20 from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. at Boger City United Methodist Church.

A Community Yard Sale will be held on Saturday, April 20 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Marvin United Methodist Church.

Scout Troop 72’s Yard Sale, on Saturday, April 20 from 7 a.m. until. Yard sale items, fried pies and hotdogs (11 a.m.) until we run out.

You must currently be registered with NC Works to be referred on any of our jobs. Job Listings for the Week of April 14.

Today In History

Today In History in 1970 the damaged Apollo 13 spacecraft returns to Earth safely; and in 2021 the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, takes place at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.

Today In History in 1881 in Dodge City, Kansas, Bat Masterson fights his last gun battle; in 1910 Boston Arena, the oldest existing indoor ice hockey arena still used, opens; and in 1943 Albert Hofmann accidentally discovers the hallucinogenic effects …

Today In History in 1912 the British passenger liner RMS Titanic sinks in the North Atlantic at 2:20 a.m., two hours and forty minutes after hitting an iceberg. Only 710 of 2,224 passengers and crew on board survive.

Today in History in 1865 U.S. President Abraham Lincoln is shot in Ford's Theatre by John Wilkes Booth; Lincoln dies the following day.

Today in History in1970 an oxygen tank aboard the Apollo 13 Service Module explodes, putting the crew in great danger and causing major damage to the Apollo command and service module (codenamed "Odyssey") while en route to the Moon.

Today In History in 1861 the Civil War begins with Confederate forces firing on Fort Sumter, in the harbor of Charleston, South Carolina.

State News

This week, NC By Train added another daily round trip between Raleigh and Charlotte.

Lincolnton doesn't have a municipal election in 2023, but many towns do; and a voter ID will be required.

Lincoln County's unemployment rate for April was the 6th lowest in North Carolina.

The North Carolina Music Hall of Fame has announced the six inductees that will comprise the 2023 class scheduled to be enshrined during the annual induction ceremony on October 19 at the Mooresville Performing Arts Center. Inductees include Scotty McCreery, …

NC MedAssist earned a 2023 Gold/Silver/Bronze Rating from the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC) Quality Standards Program. The National Association of Free and Charitable Clinic's mission is building healthy communities for all through quality, equitable, accessible healthcare. 

New Website Will Engage Communities Statewide Around Resilience

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