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A murder suspect wanted in Charlotte was apprehended Sunday morning in Gastonia but only after shots were fired at a Charlotte Mecklenburg Police vehicle.  
Monday, May 29, 2023

Dallas Man Arrested on Multiple Child Sex Charges
A Dallas man was arrested last Thursday (May 25th) on a dozen warrants alleging sexual exploitation of a minor.
Monday, May 29, 2023

'Senior Prank' at NLHS Results in Arrests
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office has arrested eight students in connection with an alleged 'senior prank' at North Lincoln High School.
Monday, May 29, 2023

Commissioners, City Council Hold Budget Hearings
The public hearings on the City of Lincolnton and Lincoln County proposed budgets for fiscal 2023-2024 will be held later this week and early next and the City Council and Commissioners are expected to approve them at their meetings.
Sunday, May 28, 2023

GC Seniors Earn Top Academic, Perfect Attendance Distinctions
Gaston County Schools has 26 students in the Class of 2023 who have achieved the top academic distinction of valedictorian or salutatorian. Additionally, two seniors in the Class of 2023 have earned the distinction of 13 years of perfect attendance.
Saturday, May 27, 2023

Rainy Memorial Day Weekend
Memorial Day began as a remembrance of soldiers in America's Civil War when graves of those killed in that conflict were decorated.  It is now observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the US military.  This year's local observance may be moved indoors because of rain.
Saturday, May 27, 2023

Fatal Wreck on NC 274
A Newton woman was killed in a single car wreck on NC 274 in western Lincoln County Friday morning (May 26th).
Friday, May 26, 2023

Charlotte Man Shot During Alleged Attempted Breakin
A Charlotte man was shot and killed Thursday night (May 25th) by a resident of a home on Crescent Lane in west Gastonia.
Friday, May 26, 2023

Long Discusion of School Violence Ends With No Action
The Lincoln County Board of Education and Lincoln County Commissioners held a joint meeting Thursday (May 25th) to talk about school violence and plans for handling any incident in local schools. After three hours of discussion, the two boards took no official action.
Friday, May 26, 2023

Lincoln County Woman Still Missing, Disappeared In May 2014
Friday, May 26, 2023 marks nine years since Toasha Nicole Rice, also known as Nikki Green on her Facebook page, was last seen leaving a friend’s home on Eaker Road in western Lincoln County.
Thursday, May 25, 2023

Man Charged With Break-Ins, Arson On Gastonia Highway
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives have charged a Lincoln County man with breaking into two buildings including a church and attempting to set the outbuilding on fire.
Thursday, May 25, 2023

GC High Schools Graduation Ceremonies For Class Of 2023
Graduation for Gaston County Schools is Friday, May 26, and ten high schools will conduct ceremonies that day to present diplomas to the Class of 2023. This year, more than 2,000 seniors will graduate from Gaston County Schools.
Thursday, May 25, 2023

Three SC Residents Face Drug Charges In Catawba County
Three South Carolina residents have been charged with drug offenses in Catawba County.
Wednesday, May 24, 2023

LCSO Drone Team Assists With Storm Damage Survey
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Drone Team assisted the City of Cherryville and Gaston County Emergency Management from May 20, 2023 to May 22, 2023 with aerial mapping in the aftermath of the recent storm that hit the area.
Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Sunday Night Shooting at Gastonia McDonald's
Gastonia Police have arrested a suspect in a shooting at a McDonald's restaurant in west Gastonia on Sunday night (May 21st).
Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Hickory Record Going to Three Days Weekly
It should be obvious to anyone that the newspaper business isn't what it once was.  The number of people getting their news from internet sources has grown each year this century while the number of  print newspaper subscribers have diminished.  Now another area paper is discontinuing printing a daily newspaper.  
Tuesday, May 23, 2023

One Person Shot In Foot During Altercation In Denver
One person received minor injuries after being shot in the foot during an altercation on Mount Zion Church Road.
Monday, May 22, 2023

Commissioners, Education Board Talk School Violence
May 24th is the one year anniversary of the tragic school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, that left 19 elementary school students and two teachers dead.  The Lincoln County Commissioners and the Lincoln County Board of Educatin will hold a special joint meeting on school violence this Thursday, May 25th.
Monday, May 22, 2023

Man & Two Dogs Perish in Crowders Mountain House Fire
A man in his 60s died after fire engulfed his home in the Crowders Mountain area southwest of  Gastonia early Saturday morning (May 20th).
Sunday, May 21, 2023

Gaston College Holds 58th Commencement Ceremony
The 58th Commencement ceremony for Gaston College was held on Friday, May 12, 2023, at CaroMont Health Park in Gastonia. The 901 graduates in the Gaston College Class of 2023 were honored at the two-hour ceremony. The graduates received diplomas or associate degrees from 62 curriculum programs.
Saturday, May 20, 2023

Public's Help Needed To Identify Theft Suspect
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect who stole a purse and credit cards from a business.
Saturday, May 20, 2023

Lincoln County Couple Face Felony Child Abuse Charge
A husband and wife face child abuse charges after it was discovered one of their children had been beaten with a paddle.
Thursday, May 18, 2023

Man Found Deceased On April 4 In Duharts Creek Identified
Gastonia Police Detectives have identified the man who was found deceased on April 4 in Duharts Creek, located in the 400 block of Cox Road, as 46-year-old Michael Hirdler originally from Minnesota.
Thursday, May 18, 2023

Cleanup Continues in Cherryville
Bad as it was, it could have been worse.  The good news is that apparently nobody died in the brutal storm that hit Cherryville Tuesday afternoon (May 16th).
Thursday, May 18, 2023

NLHS Teacher Charged With Assaulting A Student
A North Lincoln High School teacher has been charged with assaulting a student in connection with an incident that occurred on May 15, 2023.
Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Vanessa León New Public Affairs Officer
Former Spectrum News on-air reporter Vanessa León is Lincoln County’s new public affairs officer.
Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Lawmakers Urge Raimondo To Support CAFTA
Rep. Patrick McHenry among them.
Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Public Hearing On County Budget Is June 5
There will be a public hearing on Lincoln County’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2023-24 on Monday, June 5, at 6:30 p.m. in the county commissioners’ room of the Lincoln County Administration Office, which is located at 353 N. Generals Blvd. in Lincolnton.
Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Board Of Education Appoints Interim Superintendent For Gaston County Schools
N.C. School Boards Association will conduct national search for permanent superintendent.
Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Stormy Weather
The stormy weather of Tuesday afternoon and evening didn't come as a surprise.  Weather forecasts had warned there might be some strong thunderstorms, but the storm that struck Cherryville was well beyond expectations.
Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Tax Rates Cut, But Tax Bills Going Up
We've previously covered the decisions to cut tax rates by County Commissioners in Lincoln & Gaston counties.  Like the others, Catawba County will see a rate cut for fiscal 2024, but taxpayers will stilll get a bigger property tax bill this Summer.
Tuesday, May 16, 2023

Gateway Gaston: Serving The Common Good
It’s all about helping one’s fellow human beings. It’s Gateway Gaston. And according to program co-ordinator Dwayne Burks, it’s making a big difference in the lives of countless local folks, getting them connected with the help they need.
Saturday, May 13, 2023

Maiden High School Honors Military Enlistees & Commits
Maiden High School, with the support of administration, held its first-ever Military Service Intent and Signing Ceremony on Thursday, May 10. The event recognized seniors with a current enlistment contract to enter military service or those actively pursuing entry into the armed forces. 
Saturday, May 13, 2023

LCS Names New Director And Principal
Heather Myers was named the Director of Academic Readiness and Recovery and Katrina Robinson is the new principal at East Lincoln Middle School.  
Thursday, May 11, 2023

Whitesides Charged With Murder in Gastonia Home Invasion
A Lincoln County man has been charged with murder in the death of a Gastonia man in late April.
Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Detectives Asking For Public's Help In Locating Runaway Teen
On May 9, 2023 the reporting party told officers her son was missing from the residence on Charleston Trail. Family members had already checked all known locations where Hunter Wright, 15, was known to frequent.  He has been entered NCIC as missing.
Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Misbehaving On Main Results In Arrest
Drunk and disruptive turned into a multiplicity of charges for a Lincolnton man on Monday (May 8th).
Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Gaston County Police FAST Team Arrests Federal Fugitive
Abdur-Rahim was wanted on federal charges for Possession with Intent to Distribute Fentanyl and Possession of a Firearm by a Felon in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime.
Saturday, May 6, 2023

Public's Help Needed To Identify Suspects In April Break-In
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating the theft of more than $50,000 worth of copper wiring.
Friday, May 5, 2023

Talking Taxes
Gaston County Commissioners and the public got a look at the details of the proposed fiscal 2024 County Budget a week ago.  Commissioners will hold a public hearing on the proposed budget next Tuesday (May 9th) and are expected to approve the budget and a 60 cents per $100 tax rate.
Tuesday, May 2, 2023

Public Input Invited For Lincolnton Police Chief Recruitment
Due to the recent retirement of Police Chief Rodney Jordan, the City of Lincolnton is currently recruiting a new police chief. Resident and business owner comments are an important part of the city's hiring process. Please take this VERY SHORT survey to help define the opportunities, priorities, and leadership qualities for the next Lincolnton Police Chief.
Tuesday, May 2, 2023

GCPD K9 Unit Makes Drug Trafficking Seizure
On Thursday, April 20, 2023, the Gaston County Police Department K9 Unit conducted a traffic stop in the area of WH Kiser Road, outside of High Shoals.
Friday, April 28, 2023

Gaston County Police FAST Team Arrests Wanted Felon
On Thursday, April 27, 2023, the Gaston County Police Department’s Fugitive Apprehension and Suspect Tracking (FAST) team located Robert Eugene Lowe in the area of Windermere Road outside of Mount Holly.
Friday, April 28, 2023

GC Police Announce New Unit
The Gaston County Police Department announces the formation of a unit specifically designed to track and apprehend Gaston County’s most wanted fugitives. 
Friday, April 28, 2023

Detectives Asking For Public's Help In Locating Missing Man
On April 26, 2023 the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a missing person.  The reporting party told deputies that the last time Jim Dale Rathbun, 36, who list himself as homeless, was missing.
Thursday, April 27, 2023

School Resource Officers Continue Active Shooter Training
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officers continued active shooter training last night (April 25, 2023) at Lincolnton Middle School.
Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Familiar Face In A New Role In Catawba County Schools
The Director of Digital and Media Literacy role will provide leadership in developing, delivering, and evaluating media and digital information literacy for the district, schools, and media centers. 
Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Catawba County Schools Announces Administrative Additions
Catawba County Schools Superintendent Dr. Matt Stover announced five principal appointments for the upcoming school year, all experienced administrators with long-time ties to the district.
Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Public Comments on Highway Projects Being Received
Comments from the public on proposed highway projects are now being received by the Gaston-Cleveland-Lincoln Metropolitan Planning Organization.  
Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Revaluation Appeal Deadline is Friday
"A lot of people complain--but not many do anything about it!"  You've no doubt heard that comment about many things, and you've surely had many people complain about the revaluation of their property.  If you believe your revaluation of property in Lincoln County was in error, the deadline for filing a formal written appeal is noon this Friday (April 28th).  

Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Land Search & Drone Team Assist In Locating Elderly Man
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Land Search and Drone Team assisted in locating an elderly man who walked away from his home in the early morning hours today.
Monday, April 24, 2023

Driver Charged in April 13th Hit & Run Fatality
A Hickory man has been charged with felony hit & run in connection with a fatality on NC 70 east of Conover on the night of April 13th.
Saturday, April 22, 2023

City Tax Rate Will Drop--But Your Tax Bill Will Increase
While nothing is finalized yet, and won't be until after a public hearing and vote by the City Council, the property tax rate in Lincolnton, like that of Lincoln County, will decrease for fiscal 2024--but with revaluation showing higher values, your property tax bill will increase.
Saturday, April 22, 2023

CS Teacher Will Attend Supreme Court Summer Institute
Lindsay Presnell, Social Studies teacher at Maiden High School, was recently selected to attend the Supreme Court Summer Institute in Washington, D.C., hosted by Street Law this June.
Thursday, April 20, 2023

LEDA Proposal Was Surprise at Monday's Commission Meeting
It had been talked about before--but a proposal put forth at Monday night's (April 17th) meeting of Lincoln County Commissioners still caught them by surprise.  Cliff Brumfield of LEDA and others addressed Commissioners about bringing a vocational education building and more vo-ed programs to the Lincoln Campus of Gaston College.
Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Food, Wine & Brew Fest Postponed
Lincolnton's Food, Wine & Brew Fest that had been scheduled for Saturday (April 22nd) has been postponed until September 23rd.  Cherryville's Cherry Blossom Festival will still be held Friday night & Saturday.
Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Gaston County Shooting Incidents (Updated)
Police in Gaston County have filed charges in two shooting incidents.  Two men are in jail in Gaston County and a man sought in the other has been apprehended in Florida according to news releases from the Gastonia and Gaston County police departments.
Wednesday, April 19, 2023

GPD Detectives Ask For Public's Help Identifying Man Found Deceased On April 4
Today, April 18, 2023, investigators are releasing information about tattoos found on the man’s body and are asking the public for any information that may help to identify him.  
Tuesday, April 18, 2023

Food, Wine & Brew Fest [UPDATE: postponed until September]
UPDATE: The Downtown Development Association's 2023 Food, Wine & Brew Fest in downtown Lincolnton has now been postponed until Sept. 23rd. 
Tuesday, April 18, 2023

Teacher Charged for Indecent Liberties With Children
Lincolnton Police have charged a teacher with taking indecent liberties with students at Battleground School.
Monday, April 17, 2023

Safety Awards Presented to Local Employers
The North Carolina Department of Labor recognized Lincoln County employers and employees at the agency’s annual safety awards banquet sponsored by the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce and held last Wednesday (April 12th).
Monday, April 17, 2023

Commissioners Agree on 12¢ Reduction in Tax Rate
It hasn't received final approval yet--but based on discussions at Friday's (April 14th) Lincoln County Commissioners meeting, Lincoln County property tax bills will be going up this year.
Monday, April 17, 2023

Riverbend Project Gets Green Light from Gaston
Gaston County Commissioners rejected the disapproval of the County Planning Board and residents of the area who spoke at two community meetings and a public hearing, and approved a rezoning request that will allow a major industrial and housing complex on the Lincoln-Gaston County line.
Friday, April 14, 2023

Missing Juvenile Located & Returned Home
The juvenile has been located safe and returned to her mother.  Thanks for all the help.
Friday, April 14, 2023

What To Do About Canine & Feline Diabetes
Can dogs get diabetes? What about cats? Yes, to both. You bet. It’s not uncommon at all, according to local vet Dr. Mark Epstein.
Friday, April 14, 2023

Detectives Asking For Help In Locating Missing Juvenile
According to her parent, Sydney Grace Music left home sometime after 5 a.m. on the morning of April 13, 2023.  It is unknown where she might be or who she might be with.
Friday, April 14, 2023

Five-Year-Old Child Safe After Being Taken From Home
A five-year-old child has been found safe after being taken from the home of her grandmother who had temporary custody of the child while the case was in court.
Friday, April 14, 2023

Pedestrian Killed by Hit & Run Driver
A Conover man was killed when struck by a vehicle on US 70 Thursday night.
Friday, April 14, 2023

Woman Arrested for Armed Robbery
Officers from the Gastonia Police Department  have charged 24-year-old Laparis Carothers of Gastonia for the armed robbery of a gas station on N. Chester Street last Wednesday.
Thursday, April 13, 2023

Vale Woman Charged with Attempted Armed Robbery
A Catsquare area woman has been charged with atttempted armed robbery of a Gastonia restaurant on Monday of last week.
Thursday, April 13, 2023

Citizen Complaints Lead To Drug Investigation, One Arrest
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators arrested a Cherryville man Tuesday, April 11, 2023, on drug charges following a six month long investigation.
Wednesday, April 12, 2023

Council Postpones Hearing
The Cherryville City Council postponed a public hearing related to a proposed lithium mine at their Monday night (April 10th) meeting.
Tuesday, April 11, 2023

Traffic Stop In Sherrills Ford Leads To Trafficking Charge
Investigators with the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Group conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle traveling along Ted Lane in Sherrills Ford on Wednesday, April 5, 2023.
Monday, April 10, 2023

Man Arrested After Stealing from Nurses Inside Hospital
Melton was charged with felony larceny after breaking and entering, two counts of felony larceny from a motor vehicle, and possession of drug paraphernalia.  He is being held on a $30,000 bond.
Friday, April 7, 2023

Detectives Investigating Theft Of Enclosed Trailer & Tools
The trailer is dark blue with the bottom portion of the front of the trailer painted black.  The trailer, valued at $6,000, contained about $5,000 worth of tools.
Thursday, April 6, 2023

Board Of Education Approves District Leadership Adjustments
At the April 4, 2023 School Board meeting, the Lincoln County Board of Education approved seven Superintendent’s recommendations for the Central Office Leadership changes and also approved six principal changes.
Thursday, April 6, 2023

Shooting Incident
A Tuesday afternoon incident has left a Lincolnton man in the Harven Crouse Detention Center facing multiple charges.
Thursday, April 6, 2023

Major Brian Greene Will Serve As Interim Chief
No new chief has yet been named for the Lincolnton Police Dept. but Major Brian Greene, who has served as assistant chief, will serve as interim chief until a decision on the successor for Rodney Jordan has been made.
Wednesday, April 5, 2023

Compromise Ahead?
A decision on a rezoning request for property  adjacent to the Villages of Denver that would allow creation of a new subdivision won't be finalized until the mid-monthly meeting of the Lincoln County Commissioners, but it took up most of Monday night's meeting for a public hearing on the request.
Tuesday, April 4, 2023

Man Charged With Secret Peeping, Child Sexual Exploitation
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives charged a Lincoln County man with secret peeping and child sexual exploitation charges.
Monday, April 3, 2023

Lincoln County Middle Schools 3rd Quarter Honor Roll
Lincoln County Schools proudly recognizes the A and A-B honor roll students for the third quarter in the middle schools for the 2022-2023 school year.
Sunday, April 2, 2023

Conover Man Killed In Early Morning Wreck
A Conover man was killed early Saturday when his truck ran off the  road and struck a tree on Highway 150.
Saturday, April 1, 2023

Courthouse Redevelopment
What will be done with the old courthouse?  That's the question that was the topic of discussion at a special joint meeting of the Lincoln County Commissioners and Lincolnton City Council on Thursday (March 30th).
Saturday, April 1, 2023

Pistol Purchase Permits No Longer Required From The Sheriff's Office
A news release today, March 29, 2023 from Sheriff Bill Beam of Lincoln County states: Effective immediately, pistol purchase permits will no longer be issued by any sheriff in North Carolina.
Wednesday, March 29, 2023

House Cleaning Employee Arrested On Felony Theft Charges
An employee of a house cleaning service has been arrested in connection with the theft of more than $25,000 worth of jewelry from a customer’s home.
Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Veronica Siebert Wins Heafner-Williams Vocal Competition
Veronica Siebert, a mezzo-soprano from Winston-Salem, was the 2023 winner at the Heafner-Williams Vocal Competition held Saturday & Sunday (March 25th & 26th) at the Lincoln Cultural Center. Amber Rose Romero won second place, and  third place in  the 11-contestant event was won by Kevin Spooner.
Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Shots Fired Into Residence Prompt Meeting on Rentals
Shots fired into a Westport residence two weeks ago prompted a called meeting Thursday night (March 23rd) where the incident and the topic of short-term rentals was the principal discussion.
Sunday, March 26, 2023

Domestic Disturbance Leads To Shooting, One Person Injured
Lincoln County Sheriff's deputies responded to a shooting incident on March 23, 2023 that left one person with a gunshot wound.  The incident occurred around 8:45 p.m. at 342 Sunny Hill Drive in Lincolnton.
Friday, March 24, 2023

Local Airport Flies High In 2023
The Lincolnton-Lincoln County Regional Airport is flying high these days. That’s the word from Karen Surca, editor-in-chief of Florida-based Business View magazine.
Friday, March 24, 2023

Spirit Of NC Award Presented To Gaston County Schools
Gaston County Schools is the recipient of the Spirit of North Carolina Award, which is presented by the United Way of North Carolina. The recognition honors businesses, organizations, and individuals that “exemplify the spirit of their community.”
Thursday, March 23, 2023

Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Jail Inmate Dies
The North Carolina SBI and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office detectives are investigating the death.  No foul play was involved.
Thursday, March 23, 2023

Man Facing Child Sexual Exploitation Charges In Two Counties
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Detective K. Harrington charged Harris with four counts of first degree sexual exploitation of a minor.  Harris was arrested in Moore County on March 19, 2023 and is being held on an $80,000 secured bond on the Cleveland and Lincoln County charges.  
Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Public's Help Needed In Locating Missing Woman
On March 20, 2023 Laura Redden, 20, of Denver was reported missing from her residence.  Parents say they have not made contact with her for more than a week.
Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Summer Internships With Local Industries
The Lincoln County IMA (Industrial Managers Association) will be offering summer internships to Lincoln County college students home for the summer again this year.
Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Lincolnton Police File Child Sex Charges
A Lincolnton man who may be or have been a church pastor was arrested Friday (March 17th) on child sex charges. 
Saturday, March 18, 2023

A Lincolnton woman was charged in a Friday afternoon (March 17th) wreck on Startown Road that killed a four-year-old child.  The Highway Patrol says driving while impaired was a factor in the fatal crash.

Saturday, March 18, 2023

Shelby Teen Drowns in Moss Lake
An 18-year-old Shelby High School senior drowned in Moss Lake Friday. At 12:30 Friday afternoon (March 17th).
Friday, March 17, 2023

Motor Vehicle Collision On Friday
St. Patrick’s Day was marred locally by a vehicular collision on the Startown Road. According to Lincoln County Emergency Medical Services Manager Kimberly Campbell, the crash occurred at about 1:13 p.m.
Friday, March 17, 2023

Jana Avilés Is New Animal Services Director
Avilés brings more than 12 years of animal services welfare experience to the table. She has initiated and implemented lifesaving programs for two municipal animal shelters in North Carolina.
Thursday, March 16, 2023

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