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On February 21, 2024 a suspect called a Lincoln County residence and left a voice mail claiming to be Investigator Loughlin of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. The suspect’s call spoofed the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency line.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Investigators say an Iron Station man reported missing on February 19, 2024, has been located and safe.

The North Carolina Highway Patrol was dispatched to the Keever Dairy Farm Road around 7:30 a.m. on February 18, 2024, to investigate a motor vehicle accident.

The drought that plagued North Carolina for nearly a year has been declared over at last.

In the fast-paced information-driven world we live in today parents and the general public rightly wonder what kids are learning in school. More importantly, they wonder whether all the information students are responsible for learning is preparing them for postsecondary …

The March 5th Primary Election is now less than a month away. One-Stop Early Voting began Thursday and the East Lincoln Betterment Association held a Meet the Candidates event Thursday night (Feb. 15th) at Unity Presbyterian Church.

One Stop Early Voting Begins Thursday (Feb. 15th).

Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives have arrested one man and will charge a second person who is a juvenile in connection with multiple vehicle break-in Denver, NC.

Sports

Conference tournament play continues thru Friday's championships in the Western Foothills Conference at Hickory High School, the Catawba Valley Conference @ CVCC, and the Catawba Shores Conference at Christ the King High School in Huntersville.

The NCHSAA State Championships in Wrestling were completed over the weekend.

The first round games of conference tournaments were played Monday (Feb. 19th).

Five local sports heroes were inducted into the Lincoln County Sports Hall of Fame at a banquet Saturday night (Feb. 17th) at the Citizens Center.

The Coach Jamie Seitz Memorial Cup High School Invitational will be held Feb. 28 at noon at the Verdict Ridge Country Club in Denver. Lincoln Charter is hosting the event.

Friday night's (Feb. 16th) games were the final ones of the regular season in high school basketball. Conference tournaments begin Monday (Feb. 19th).

Community

The King’s Daughter Prom Dress Closet will have free prom dresses available March 1, 6-8 p.m., and again March 2, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Asbury Resource Center (or ARC) at 221 Salem Church Road in Lincolnton.

It’s Bright Star, the musical by comedian and banjoist Steve Martin and ’80’s pop singer Edie Brickell. And it’s coming to the Cherryville Little Theatre, Feb. 23 and 24, and again March 2 and 3.

The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners and Planning Board will hold a joint meeting and public hearings on Monday, March 4, 2024, at 6:30 p.m. to consider the following matters.

Stacey Pilkington Smith and Jenna Webb will have works on display Saturday, March 2, 5:30-8 p.m., at Three Little Birds Corks and More at 19 N. College Ave. in downtown Newton.

The public can continue to find cookies through March 3, the official ending date of the 2024 cookie program.

The Lentz Recreation Center at Betty G. Ross Park will be used as an early-voting location and will be closed from Feb. 14 through March 5. The rec center’s regular schedule will resume on March 6.

Religion

Lenten Services, Luncheons, Music Jam, plus more dates to save for upcoming events! Email your events to us.

The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it...

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us...

The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer...

Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it...

The famed Mylon Hayes Family will perform a free concert on Feb. 24 at 5 p.m. along with Hazel Sain of Vale at The Vineyard Church of Lowesville.

Commentary & Features

What did she see... 1942 to 2024... She remembers cars without bumpers... WWII war effort needed the metal... Seeing many cars with flat tires... That seemed normal back then...

With Presidents Day fast approaching, what better time to delve into some amazing Lincoln lore.

African Americans were also important to the cause of American independence although their contributions have largely been overlooked. In this, another in the series of articles from the SAR & DAR leading up to America's 250th birthday in 2026, Jennifer …

Today (Friday Feb. 9th) is the last day to register to vote on Primary Election Day March 5th.

Well when did the problem start... It actually took years... Years of good health... Years of little thought about body parts...

For more than 175 years, trains have played a crucial role in North Carolina’s transportation system. And locally, in Gaston County, Amtrak operates a station at 350 Hancock St. in Gastonia.

Obituaries

NEWPORT, Tenn. - Yates Alexander Richard Sr., age 68, of Newport, passed away peacefully on February 17, 2024, at his home after fighting a courageous battle with lung cancer.

GASTONIA, N.C. - Rachel Mae Lookadoo Beal, age 81, of Gastonia and formerly of Maiden, died on Thursday, February 15, 2024.

Jason Lee Butler, age 43, went to be with the Lord on February 12, 2024.

GASTONIA, N.C. - Joshua Scott Solis, age 32, of Gastonia passed away Sunday, February 11, 2024 at Attrium Health – Cleveland in Shelby.

LINCOLNTON, N.C. - Ricky “Rick” Dale Duckworth, age 64, of Lincolnton passed away on Friday, February 16, 2024.

DALLAS, N.C. - Erlene Smith Howard age 67, of Dallas, transitioned on Wednesday, February 14, 2024 at her residence.

Classifieds

You must currently be registered with NC Works to be referred on any of our jobs. Job Listings for the Week of February 18, 2024.

You must currently be registered with NC Works to be referred on any of our jobs. Job Listings for the Week of February 11, 2024.

For the corrected Information On the January Notice of Primary Election and for information On Absentee Ballots, Early Voting Locations, Who You May Vote For, etc. please see this article.

Job Listings for the Week of February 4, 2024 include an Equipment Operator, a Lab Supervisor, a Physical Therapy Assistant and More!

The Voting Place for Iron Station South (IS20) Precinct, in accordance with Chapter 163 of the General Statues, has been moved.

The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners will hold a special called meeting on Friday, February 9, 2024 at 10 a.m. at the Lincoln County Administration Building.

Today In History

Today in History in 1732 George Washington, American general and politician, and 1st President of the United States was born; and in 1889 President Grover Cleveland signs a bill admitting North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Washington as U.S. states.

Today in History in 1878 the first telephone directory was issued in New Haven, Connecticut; in 1886 the newly completed Washington Monument was dedicated; and in 1947 the first “instant camera” was demonstrated in New York City.

Today in History in 1521 Juan Ponce de León sets out from Spain for Florida; and in 1962 while aboard Friendship 7, John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit the Earth, making three orbits in four hours, 55 minutes.

Today in History in 1807 former Vice President of the United States Aaron Burr is arrested for treason in Wakefield, Alabama, and confined to Fort Stoddert; and in 1878 Thomas Edison patents the phonograph.

Today in History in 1930 Elm Farm Ollie becomes the first cow to fly in a fixed-wing aircraft and also the first cow to be milked in an aircraft.

Today in History in 1621 Myles Standish was appointed as first military commander of the English Plymouth Colony in North America; and in 1801 a tie in the Electoral College resolved with Thomas Jefferson elected President and Aaron Burr Vice …

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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