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Branch is described as a white male, five feet-four inches tall and weighing around 110 pounds. He has short brown hair and brown eyes.

Lincoln County Sheriff's Detective A. Mocilan advised that Willard Lucius Caylor, 77, was located in Laurens County, South Carolina early today.

It's not a repeat of pandemic, but cases of COVID-19 have increased. Even if you were previously vaccinated, the CDC recommends you get the new vaccine that targets the latest COVID variation.

The North Carolina Highway Patrol confirmed Wednesday (Sept. 20th) that no charges have yet been filed in a wreck that happened September 8th and killed a mother and her 12-year-old son.

After hearing from over thirty people who expressed opinions for and against, the Catawba County Board of Education voted Monday night to restrict access to a novel "Monday's Not Coming" to students 18 or older.

Mr. Caylor left the residence in a blue in color 2015 Honda Fit with North Carolina license plate number DJZ 1841.

Lincoln County Commissioner Anita McCall was arrested in Gaston County Monday night (Sept. 18th) for DWI.

A Claremont man was killed Saturday when his riding lawnmower was struck by a vehicle after dark on a Catawba County road.


Here's the latest from high school tennis.

Maiden continues to dominate the Catawba Valley Conference volleyball standings; in the Western Foothills Conference, North Iredell is on top.

The West Lincoln girls golf team won again on Monday. Here's the latest from high school & middle school golf.

Here are the scores from Monday's soccer contests and Wednesday's schedule for area teams.

West Lincoln remained undefeated; Lincolnton scored a lot of points but still lost; East and North lost. Here are the scores from Friday night games.

Here's the latest from girls tennis at area high schools.


The Lincoln County Schools ESL Center is open and available to our families throughout the school year as well as in the summer. Teachers, principals, social workers, and nurses all benefit from the services they provide.

Job Listings for the Week of September 17, 2023. You must currently be registered with NC Works to be referred on any of our jobs.

Fifty Years of the Cherryville Little Theatre: A Reunion, Sept. 22 and 23, at 7 p.m. nightly will showcase some of the CLT’s best performances over the years.

The event will be held on a first-come, first-served basis for pet-owners who are Lincoln County residents.

Will the two YMCAs in Lincoln County survive as Y locations? It's a question many are asking.

Collaboration of Gaston and Richmond community colleges.


Why, my soul, are you downcast...

The famous Hyssongs (left) from Maine and Gloryway from Ohio (right) will perform a free concert on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 5 p.m. at Vineyard Church.

‭‭“Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends...

Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance...

A generous person will prosper...

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness...

Commentary & Features

Make plans now for a government shutdown--it's coming!

It seems like four years is such a short time span when we start talking about the Presidential elections. It seems like it is happening earlier and earlier.

"What's the point of going to the public hearings; they're just going to do what they want to do anyway!"

Something we all can identify with as we get older.... Pain!

Before the Battle of Fishing Creek (detailed in a recent article), the Battle of Camden was fought. It was a major victory for the British in the Revolutionary War.

September is the anniversary of the US Constitution. It's also the month in which (1774) the First Continental Congress met in Philadelphia.


LINCOLNTON, N.C. - Mary “Dabbin’ Granny” Hartsoe Ward, age 103, of North Oak Street in Lincolnton, died on Monday, September 18, 2023.

VALE, N.C. - Billy Gene Rhoney, 85, of Old Shelby Road, Vale, passed away on Sunday, September 17, 2023 at Catawba Valley Medical Center, Hickory.

NEWTON, N.C. - Jerry Howard Setzer, 81, of Newton died Sunday, September 17, 2023 at Conover Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

HICKORY, N.C. - Jerry Donald Hefner, 76, of Hickory, passed away on September 16, 2023 at his residence.

SHERRILLS FORD, N.C. - Roger Dale Hefner, 65, of Sherrills Ford, passed away on Friday, September 15, 2023 at his residence.

VALE, N.C. - Gene Edward Ledford, age 66, of Vale, passed away on Thursday, September 14, 2023.

Today In History

In the popular 1978 song "September" by Earth, Wind & Fire, the date is mentioned in the lyric "Do you remember the 21st night of September?" Reference to this date has gained popularity since 1978!

Today in 1863 The Battle of Chickamauga ends; in1946 the Cannes Fil Festival resumed after being delayed for seven years due to World War II; and in 1973 Singer Jim Croce and five others die in an airplane crash.

Today in 1881 James A. Garfield, American general, lawyer, and politician, and the 20th President of the United States was assassinated while in office.

Every dream starts with a dreamer. In 1837 Charles Lewis Tiffany (1812-1902) and his partner, J.B Young founded the company as Tiffany & Young, a “fancy goods” store on Broadway, in the heart of New York City.

Today in 1787 the U.S. Constitution was signed in Philadelphia; in 1849 American abolitionist Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery; and in 1859 American gunman Billy the Kid was born.

Today in 1620 a determined band of 35 religious dissenters – Pilgrims set sail for Virginia from Plymouth, England in the Mayflower, jubilant at the prospect of practicing their unorthodox brand of worship in the New World.

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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