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Although school is officially out for the summer, families are looking ahead to summer plans and activities. Lincoln County Schools offers summer learning programs and camps to keep students actively engaged during the summer break.

The Lincoln County School Board has approved the hiring of Kristie Ballard as the new principal at Lincolnton High School and Hollis Baker as the MTSS Implementation Coordinator for Lincoln County Schools.

None of it was a surprise: numerous budget workshops over several months had gone into the particulars; but this time it was presented in full in a 74-page report from County Manager Davin Madden. The Lincoln County Budget for 2024-2025 …

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office detectives have formally charged Mr. Fletcher with the Statutory Sex Offense of a Child Under 15. It is anticipated that further charges will be brought forth as the investigation progresses.

Fletcher was arrested in Gaffney, S.C. on May 17, 2024 and is being held in the Gaffney, S.C. Detention Center on a fugitive from justice warrant.

On May 16, 2024 Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies received information from the owner of the construction company that a white truck was stealing lumber from the home under construction on Null Road.

Graduation for Gaston County Schools is Friday, May 24, and ten high schools will conduct ceremonies that day to present diplomas to the Class of 2024. This year, more than 2,000 seniors will graduate from Gaston County Schools.

Incumbent Gaston County Commissioner Ronnie Worley lost his bid for re-election in Tuesday's (May 14th) Second Primary. Worley had finished second, losing by one vote, in a four-candidate field. Jim Bailey, who finished first in March, won the runoff by …


The East Lincoln Lady Mustang Girls Basketball Camp for Summer 2024 will be held at East Lincoln High School July 22-25 from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. The camp is open to all rising 3rd-9th grade girls.

A 25-year public education veteran, Dr. Dana Ayers has been in her current post in Sylva since 2021. She was a former teacher and principal in Lincoln County.

Registration is now open for the Boger City Optimist Youth Football and Cheerleading programs for the 2024 season for ages 4-12.

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.]


Thirteen-year-old Murphy Clark has a serious congenital heart defect. Murphy was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome. He is currently at the Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte on IV’s to get his body ready for a new heart.

Come August, Stroupe will be off to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where she plans to major in business administration. She’ll also be a member of the university’s Gold-Dusters Dance Team.

West Lincoln High School is saluting its class of 2024. On Friday, principal Tracy Eley and school counsellor Amy Cable sang the praises of West Lincoln’s latest group of graduates.

The service will be held on Friday, May 24, at 9:30 a.m. in front of Hamrick Hall. In case of rain, the program will be held in Dover Chapel. Retired Master Sgt. John Whitaker is the guest speaker.

Military members can bring up to five (5) family members per visit and there is no limit on visits during the summer months. Some restrictions apply.

Called “A Walk in the Woods,” the exhibition will run May 16-June 8. The place to be is in the Carolina Mills Gallery of the Lincoln Cultural Center. The exhibition’s opening reception will be held on Saturday, May 18, 4-7 …


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Commentary & Features

This is another in the series of articles from the DAR & SAR leading up to the celebration of America's 250th birthday in 2026. In this article, Jennifer Baker provides information about the Massachusetts Government Act, one of the many …

It's a question that has been asked many times before, and it came up again during the Public Comments portion of Monday night's (May 6th) Lincoln County Commissioners meeting: why don't we have district representation on the Board of Commissioners?

This is another of the series of articles from the DAR & SAR leading up to the celebration of America's 250th birthday in 2026. This week, a brief history of the French factor in the War for Independence and King …

The Pre-k Students at Pumpkin Center Primary on King Wilkerson Road in Lincolnton are proud to show their respect to Charlotte's four fallen officers.

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

I can’t say how many times strangers have asked me for directions—even in the age of Siri and cell phones. People still flag me down in airports, ticket lines, and check-out lanes.


CHERRYVILLE, N.C. - Patsy Ann Pruitte Ginn, age 84, of Cherryville, passed away Friday, May 24, 2024, at Caromont Regional Medical Center.

CHERRYVILLE, N.C. - Sarah Ann Clinard Honeycutt, age 88, of High Point, passed away at her brother’s home, on May 23, 2024.

LINCOLNTON, N.C. - Kenneth Eugene Sanford Jr., age 61, of English Oak Drive in Lincolnton, died on Thursday, May 23, 2024.

DALLAS, N.C. - David Lee Martin, age 76, of Fancy Hill Road in Dallas, passed away on Wednesday, May 22, 2024.

GASTONIA, N.C. - Donald Fletcher McNeil, Sr., age 77, of Gastonia, passed away on Tuesday, May 21, 2024.

Janice Elizabeth Parker passed away on May 19, 2024 at Catawba Valley Medical Center following a long illness.


The public is invited to attend. The meeting will be held at the Lincoln County Administration Building, 353 N. Generals Blvd., Lincolnton, NC 28092. Meetings begin at 6:30 p.m.

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The clinic will be first come/first served until they reach the total amount of pets they can vaccinate within the three-hour clinic. Do not arrive any earlier than 8 a.m.

The UMW is hosting another HUGE Basement Yard Sale on Saturday, May 18 from 7 a.m. until 12 p.m.

Job Listings for the Week of May 12, 2024. You must currently be registered with NC Works to be referred on any of our jobs.

The Planning Board took the following action on Monday evening (May 6, 2024) concerning the legislative zoning cases for May 2024

Today In History

Today In History in 1430 Joan of Arc is captured; in 1533 the marriage of King Henry VIII to Catherine of Aragon is declared null and void; and in 1788 South Carolina became the eighth state to ratify the United …

Today In History in 1849 future U.S. President Abraham Lincoln is issued a patent for an invention to lift boats, making him the only U.S. president to ever hold a patent.

Today In History in 1992 after 30 seasons Johnny Carson hosted his penultimate episode and last featuring guests (Robin Williams and Bette Midler) of The Tonight Show.

Today In History in 1932 Amelia Earhart takes off from Newfoundland to begin the world's first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean by a female pilot, landing in Ireland the next day.

Today In History in 1994 Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, 37th First Lady of the United States, passed away; and in 2018 the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is held at St George's Chapel, with an estimated global audience of …

Today In History in 1860 in the United States presidential election: Abraham Lincoln wins the Republican Party presidential nomination over William H. Seward, who later becomes the United States Secretary of State.

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. 

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