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A Cherryville man was killed Wednesday night when his bicycle was struck by a Jeep on NC182 near Sorrells Baxter Road.

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.

We recently told you about Gaston County’s high schools (see related coverage, only here in The Herald). In this, the second in our series, we tell you about a few other schools occupying a unique niche within local education.

Important step in fighting fraud and predatory trade practices.

The Gaston County Schools have much of which to be justifiably proud and a lot happening nowadays. Just the 15 high schools alone are one big beehive of collective and amazing activity.

The college’s licensed practical nursing (LPN) program was recently ranked in the state’s number-one spot this year by the Website, www.practicalnursing.org.


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 …

Lincoln County Schools would like to salute the atrium athletic trainers for their essential role in providing quality healthcare for our student athletes every day.

The East Lincoln girls lost for only the second time, but this loss ended their season. Lincoln Charter's girls advanced to the semi-finals of the 2A championship series. Here are the scores from Friday night (March 8th).


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.

This year, the needs of young children and their families and the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs are highlighted from April 6 -12, 2024, during the Week of the Young Child.

On Saturday, March 30, 2024, Mrs. Mary Pless was honored for her Centennial "100th" Birthday Celebration, by nieces, great-nieces, family, friends and many well-wishers.

Kistler is one of 24 educators, chosen from colleges, universities and health care institutions across America, recently selected by the National League for Nursing (NLN) for its year-long leadership program.

A public meeting to present plans for a Dept. of Transportation project in Denver is scheduled for next Tuesday (April 9th) 5-7 PM at Denver United Methodist Church.


Two Community Breakfasts, Gospel Concert, plus more dates to save for upcoming events! Email your events to us.

Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord...

It’s about making good men even better. It’s the fourth annual “Greater Purpose of a Godly Man” Men’s Conference, and it’s coming up on Saturday, April 27, 1-4 p.m.

For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified...

The Craguns, based out of Cincinnati, will perform a free concert on April 13 at the Vineyard Church in Lowesville.

Whoever serves me must follow me...

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 …


CROUSE, N.C. - Charles Henry “C.H.” Clark Jr., age 84, of St. Marks Church Road in Crouse, passed away on Thursday, April 4, 2024.

LINCOLNTON, N.C. - James McKenna Irwin, age 66, of Lincolnton passed away on Wednesday, April 3, 2024.

CROUSE, N.C. - Willie Rathbone, age 80, of Crouse, passed away on Wednesday, April 3, 2024.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Mr. Wesley Donald “Shoe” McCorkle, age 73, of Winston-Salem transitioned on Tuesday, April 2, 2024 at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home of Winston-Salem.

NEWTON, N.C. - Mable Jean Thompson, 70 of Newton, went to her heavenly home peacefully on April 2, 2024 at her residence.

VALE, N.C. - Judy Kaye Houser age 86, of Vale, passed away on Monday, April 1, 2024 at her home in Vale.


The Lincoln County Planning Board recommendations for April include the following:

On Thursday, April 4, 2024, at approximately 7:30 a.m., the City of Lincolnton received a call about a sewer odor near South Generals Boulevard and Arbor Run Drive.

Zoning applicants that were approved and disaproved for March.

Notice is hereby given that a second primary election for the Republican Party will be held in Lincoln County on Tuesday, May 14th, 2024.

You must currently be registered with NC Works to be referred on any of our jobs. Job Listings for the Week of March 24.

The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners and Planning Board will hold a joint meeting and public hearings on Monday, April 1, 2024, at 6:30 p.m. to consider the following matters.

Today In History

Today In History in 1689 William III and Mary II are crowned as joint sovereigns of Great Britain; in 1881 Spelman College was founded in Atlanta, Georgia; and in 1909 the city of Tel Aviv was founded.

Today In History in 1790 the Virginia Company of London is established to establish colonial settlements in North America; and in 1916 the Professional Golfers' Association of America (PGA) is created in New York City.

Today In History in Robert E. Lee surrenders the Army of Northern Virginia (26,765 troops) to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, effectively ending the American Civil War.

Today in History in 1861 the U.S. Mint at Dahlonega, Georgia was seized by the Confederacy; in 1974 Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s home run record; and in 1986 Clint Eastwood was elected mayor of Carmel, California.

Today in History in 1798 the Mississippi Territory was organized; in 1827 English chemist John Walker invented wooden matches; and in 1906 Mount Vesuvius erupted and devastated Naples, Italy.

Today In History in 1722 Peter the Great, Tsar of Russia, ends tax on men with beards; in 1889 George Eastman puts Kodak Camera on sale; and in 1947 the first Tony Awards were held with Arthur Miller, David Wayne …

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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