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The US Attorney's office says a Gastonia man who was considered a major drug dealer in Gaston County may now face a federal prison sentence of 10 years up to life after being convicted Friday in federal court in Charlotte.
Saturday, January 23, 2021

Pandemic Update Jan. 22nd
The Lincoln County Health Dept. scheduled a second mass vaccination clinic at Lincoln Charter School's Denver location for this Saturday (Jan. 23rd) but like the first on Thursday, appointments for the 250 vaccinations available filled quickly. Here are the latest numbers on the COVID-19 pandemic.
Friday, January 22, 2021

2nd Mass Vaccination Event Apparently Filled Already
The Lincoln County Health Department's second mass COVID-19 vaccination event was apparently filled Thursday almost as soon as it was announced.
Thursday, January 21, 2021

Pearson, Ramsey Earn More Responsibilities
More City of Lincolnton staffers are taking on extra duties.
Thursday, January 21, 2021

City Of Lincolnton Names New Personnel
Haynes, McBryde and more on board in new positions
Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Health Dept. Drive-Thru Clinic Appts. Apparently Filled
The Lincoln County Health Dept. issued a news release Tuesday afternoon (Jan. 19th) about its first COVID-19 mass vaccination clinic scheduled for Thursday (Jan. 21st).  Some who saw that notice got appointments, but others didn't get one in time.
Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Lincoln County Schedules First Mass Vaccination Clinic
Until Tuesday (Jan. 19th) the Lincoln County Health Dept. had only been scheduling appointments for the COVID-19 vaccination for those 75 and older.  Now they've announced the county's first mass vaccination clinic for this Thursday (Jan. 21st) at Denver, and those 65 and older can ask for an appointment. PLEASE SEE UPDATE ARTICLE: Health Dept. Drive-Thru Clinic Appts. Apparently Filled.
Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Medical Assistant Applies Gaston College Skills
Certified medical assistant Amber Key is among the frontline workers in the war on COVID-19. And the Gastonia-based medical staffer is applying skills she learned at Gaston College.
Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Speed Limit Now 35 MPH On Portion Of Unity Church Road
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office would like to announce that the speed limit on a portion of Unity Church Road near Lantana Drive has recently been reduced to 35 mph from 45 mph.
Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Hickory Stabbing
A Hickory man has been charged with murder after he allegedly stabbed two people; one of them, his mother, died from the injuries; the other, a man, is expected to survive.  The suspect barricaded himself in a home but surrendered after a two-hour standoff.
Monday, January 18, 2021

Suspect Arrested In Downtown B&E's
Hickory Police arrested a Boone man Saturday after he allegedly broke into several downtown Hickory businesses on Friday.
Sunday, January 17, 2021

Pandemic Update
Here are the latest figures on the COVID-19 pandemic.
Friday, January 15, 2021

Scronce Jailed On Drug & Other Charges
A Lincoln County man is back in jail in Catawba County after being arrested again on Thursday.  Christopher Reid Scronce faces multiple charges.
Friday, January 15, 2021

Woman Charged With Breaking Into Occupied Dwelling
A woman is facing charges after she broke into an occupied dwelling on Lander’s Church Road on January 13, 2021.
Thursday, January 14, 2021

Lincoln County Man Arrested On Child Sexual Assault Charges
A Lincoln County man was arrested on January 13, 2021 on child sexual assault charges.
Thursday, January 14, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccination Update
The age to get a COVID-19 vaccination under North Carolina's vaccination guidelines has been lowered from 75+ to 65+.  Governor Roy Cooper made the announcement Thursday morning (Jan. 14th).  Here's information on how you can schedule an appointment to get your first of two COVID-19 vaccinations.
Thursday, January 14, 2021

Two Wanted For Murder
Hickory Police are looking for two subjects from Alexander County in connection with a shooting Wednesday afternoon that left a 51-year-old Hickory woman dead.
Thursday, January 14, 2021

COVID-19 Report Updated Wednesday
The CDC says those over 65 (not 75 as previously stated) should now be given one of the COVID-19 vaccines.  North Carolina has yet to roll out the change--but it's coming.  Here's the latest on the pandemic.
Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Two Arrested From Nov. 2020 Shooting Into Occupied Dwelling
Two people have been arrested in connection with shooting into an occupied Willis Road, Vale, NC dwelling on November 1, 2020.
Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Fatal Wreck In Maiden
A 75-year-old Maiden man died in a single vehicle accident Monday (Jan. 11th).
Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Deputies Recover A Stolen Vehicle, Make Arrest
Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Dallas woman and recovered a pickup truck reported stolen in Belmont.
Monday, January 11, 2021

Atrium Health Begins COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics
Atrium Health Lincoln joined other Atrium Health locations in Cabarrus & Union counties in commencing COVID-19 vaccination clinics Monday morning (Jan. 11th).  They'll continue seven days weekly providing vaccinations in line with a state-mandated schedule.
Monday, January 11, 2021

Mark Baker Named Maiden Officer Of Year
The Maiden Sportsmen Club recently presented the Maiden Police Department Officer of the Year Award to Officer Mark Baker.
Saturday, January 9, 2021

Pandemic Update
North Carolina set new records Thursday (Jan. 7th) for newly reported cases of COVID-19 and for hospitalizations related to the virus. Things have gotten even worse since--with 11,591 new cases Saturday, the first time the state had topped eleven thousand in a day.
Friday, January 8, 2021

Weather Causes Cancellations
The forecast said there would be snow.  It did  snow in the mountains, and a little in the foothills around Hickory, but for the rest of our area, it didn't amount to much for most of the day-and doesn't appear likely to be a major problem now.  The forecast caused area school systems to make cancellation announcements.
Thursday, January 7, 2021

Dive Team Assists In Gaston County Recovery From Pond
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team assisted Hughes Pond Fire Department recovering a vehicle and a body from a pond near the intersection of Mount Zion Church Road and Highway 274 in Gaston County.
Thursday, January 7, 2021

Missing Girl Found Safe Overnight
12 year old Yasmine Analyse Nicole Pless was returned home overnight after reports of her missing on local news outlets.
Thursday, January 7, 2021

Pandemic Update
COVID-19 vaccination clinics have been scheduled in Lincoln, Catawba, and Gaston counties as the process of vaccinations enters phase 1B.  Here's the latest figures on the continuing pandemic.
Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Hatley Looks Back And Forward To Year Ahead
Few would disagree that 2020 was truly an annus horribilis. And Mayor Ed Hatley acknowledged the year’s challenges as they related to the City of Lincolnton when he shared his thoughts with The Herald on Saturday.
Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Atrium Health Begins Vaccinating Patients 75+
In separate articles, the Lincoln Herald provided information on COVID-19 vaccinations in Lincoln, Catawba and Gaston counties.  Now, you can add Atrium Health to the list of places to get vaccinated.
Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Lincoln Charter Will Continue Virtual Learning
Students at Lincoln Charter School in Lincolnton and Denver will return to classes after the Christmas break Tuesday, but it won't be on campus.  The Lincoln Charter School Board voted Monday evening (Jan. 4th) to continue with virtual learning for all grades until at least February 1st.
Monday, January 4, 2021

Public Help Wanted
The Gastonia Police Dept. is seeking help from the public in finding the vehicle involved in a fatal hit & run on Christmas Eve.
Friday, January 1, 2021

Atkins: 2021 By The Numbers
We here present the second of two articles featuring Lincoln County Manager Kelly Atkins and his take on the year just past and its counterpart ahead.
Friday, January 1, 2021

Two People Charged With Shooting Into An Occupied Dwelling
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are looking for two people charged with shooting into a Willis Road, Vale, NC home on November 1, 2020.
Wednesday, December 30, 2020

COVID-19 Pandemic Update
Here are the latest figures on the COVID-19 pandemic in North Carolina and area counties.  The information comes from NCDHHS (state) and from local health departments (counties).
Tuesday, December 29, 2020

County Manager Looks Back On '20, Ahead To '21
We here present the first of two articles featuring Lincoln County Manager Kelly Atkins, as he looks back on 2020 and ahead to 2021.
Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Gastonia Police Recognize New Officers And Sergeants
The Gastonia Police Department recognized eight officers and four sergeants during a virtual Promotional and Swearing-In Ceremony on Dec. 17.
Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Rash Of Break-Ins To Unlocked Vehicles In Eastern Lincoln
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a rash of break-ins to mostly unlocked vehicles at homes east of Lincolnton.
Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Samuel Dunlap, Jr. Completes BLET
He’s certified to protect and serve. He’s Samuel Lee Dunlap, Jr., and he’s a recent graduate of the BLET (or basic law-enforcement training) program at Gaston College. Now state-certified, he works as an officer for the Belmont Police Department.
Monday, December 28, 2020

Man Who Shot Cop Arrested
The man who allegedly shot a Kings Mountain Police officer on Saturday Dec. 19th will have a first appearance in court Tuesday (Dec. 29th).  Antonio Cortez Anthony faces multiple charges.  The officer, Cpl. Frank Lee Whittington, Jr. was released from the hospital last week.
Monday, December 28, 2020

Seagle Named General Manager At The Meating Place
Some people will begin 2021 by looking for a new job.  Jeremy Seagle already has one--although it's right where he has been, just with a new title.  Jeremy has been named the new General Manager of The Meeting Place in downtown Lincolnton.
Sunday, December 27, 2020

Can You Identify This Man?
Gastonia Police are asking for help from shoppers who may be able to identify a suspect who allegedly assaulted several women at Gastonia stores in early December.
Saturday, December 26, 2020

Taylorsville Woman Charged With Setting Fire
It's a domestic violence case, but not the typical kind.  Nobody was physically injured (at least not during the Christmas eve incident), but someone could have been.  The Catawba County Sheriff's Office arrested a Taylorsville woman an charged her with first degree arson.
Friday, December 25, 2020

Gastonia Police Searching For Hit & Run Vehicle
Christmas Eve was marred by a traffic fatality in west Gastonia.  A Kings Mountain man was killed when he was struck by a vehicle on W. Franklin Blvd. The hit and run fatality was reported early Thursday morning.
Thursday, December 24, 2020

Suspect In Shooting Of Kings Mountain Officer Identified
The suspect in that Kings Mountain shooting has been identified.  He remains hospitalized, but the injured officer was released on Wednesday.
Wednesday, December 23, 2020

American Fuji Seal, Inc. Coming To Trivium Corporate Center
The Catawba County EDC announced Tuesday (Dec. 22nd) that American Fuji Seal, Inc., plans to construct a new manufacturing facility in the Trivium Corporate Center, bringing 101 new jobs to Catawba County.
Wednesday, December 23, 2020

About COVID-19, Vaccines & Related Issues
Here's the latest on the COVID-19 pandemic including information about how vaccines have helped to end other public health crises.
Tuesday, December 22, 2020

GC Police Need Help To Locate Runaway Juvenile
Emily Avelar-Guttierez was last seen leaving her residence on Camp Rotary Road near Gastonia. She is a 14-year-old Hispanic who is 5’3” tall, weighs approximately 130 pounds and has dark hair and brown eyes.
Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Jones, Madden Named To Top County Honors
Given that the year 2020 has been all about COVID and that because of the virus, public health has become a hot topic, it's only appropriate that the Lincoln County Employee and Manager of the Year are both from the Lincoln County Health Department.
Tuesday, December 22, 2020

COVID-19 Pandemic Update
The latest numbers on the COVID-19 pandemic aren't good.  The third wave of the pandemic is well underway, and predictions that December and January would be the worst months are apparently turning out to be very accurate.
Monday, December 21, 2020

Sheriff's Deputies Deliver Toys For Tots; Award Presented
The toys and other surprises were delivered to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and distributed over the last 10 days in each of the three districts in the county.
Monday, December 21, 2020

Two Charged In June Overdose Deaths
The Cleveland County Sheriff's Office has charged two people with Death by Distribution after they supplied a drug that resulted in the deaths of two Cleveland County residents.
Monday, December 21, 2020

Lean Cuisine Meal Recall
Lean Cuisine has recalled a baked chicken frozen meal because of possible contamination--plastic in the potatoes.  If you have any, return them to the store and ask for a refund.
Monday, December 21, 2020

It Has Happened Again!
It has happened again!  For the third time in the last two weeks, an area law enforcement officer has been shot while doing his job.  The difference this time is that officer Frank Lee Whittington, Jr. of the Kings Mountain police will likely survive.
Sunday, December 20, 2020

Lincoln Charter Will Be Part Of NCDHHS Pilot Program
Lincoln Charter School, Lincolnton and Denver campuses, will be participating in a pilot program of the NC Department of Health & Human Services, aimed at detecting cases of COVID-19 and helping to slow the spread of the virus.
Saturday, December 19, 2020

Conover Man Gets Federal Prison Sentence
A Conover man is the latest to be convicted as a part of  Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.
Saturday, December 19, 2020

YMCA's Strict Standards Yield Low COVID Rates
A study of YMCA fitness centers was conducted, Sept. 4-Nov. 30. It revealed that with 1.3 million visits to 89 YMCA’s statewide, there were only 57 COVID cases: an infinitesimal positivity rate of just .0045 percent. 
Saturday, December 19, 2020

Pandemic Update
North Carolina and area counties report worst week yet for COVID-19.
Saturday, December 19, 2020

Deputies, Swift Water Rescue, Locate Lost Juveniles
Lincoln County Sheriff's deputies and the Swift Water Rescue located and brought to safety three boys who became lost in a wooded area off Brevard Place Road in eastern Lincoln County.
Friday, December 18, 2020

Sheriff's Detectives Locate Missing Teen
A teen missing since December 16, 2020 has been located in Gaston County.
Friday, December 18, 2020

Lincoln County Man Charged With Kidnapping & Other Charges
Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies charged a western Lincoln County man with kidnapping and other charges after he threatened family members with a machete.
Thursday, December 17, 2020

Public's Help Needed To Locate Missing Teen
Ambreal Renay Watson, is a white female who is 13 years old.  She is 5 feet tall and weighs 110 pounds.  She has brown hair and brown eyes.  When the teen was discovered missing, the guardian also stated the girl’s gray and neon green in color medium sized bicycle was gone.
Thursday, December 17, 2020

Shoplifting Incident Escalates To Murder
Shelby Police say a shoplifting incident earlier this week escalated into a homicide when a store employee pursued and fatally shot a man apparently trying to steal items from a sporting goods store at Cleveland Mall.
Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Grand Jury Indicts 11; One Suspect In Custody
Eleven people were indicted on drug charges by the Lincoln County Grand Jury on December 14, 2020 and one suspect is already in custody.
Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Plemmons Joins GWU In HR
Eric Plemmons has accepted a position as the new associate vice president for Human Resources at Gardner-Webb University.
Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Vaccine Has Arrived, But Pandemic Is Far From Over
The first people in NC to be vaccinated against the virus that causes COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) got their first of two shots on Monday. More health care workers will be getting vaccinated before the vaccine becomes available to the general public.  Doctors say continue to wear your masks and take other steps to prevent spreading the disease.  
Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Winter Weather Advisory< Schools Delayed
A touch of wintry weather is likely to hit our area late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning, and just to be on the safe side, schools have made some schedule changes--Lincoln & Cleveland County schools will open late, Catawba County will go all-remote.
Tuesday, December 15, 2020

DMV Offices Experience Outage In Western NC
The outage is affecting offices in the Charlotte metro area and portions of the eastern mountains and foothills. Officials with AT&T traced the problem to a cut fiber cable in the Charlotte area.
Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Lincoln County Man Charged With Several Break-Ins
A traffic stop following information the vehicle may have been used in a theft has led to charges against the driver in several break-ins in the county.
Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Stolen Generator
Gaston County Police are asking for help from the public in identifying a vehicle and possible suspect in a theft over the weekend in Bessemer City.  
Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Pandemic Update
NC Governor Roy Cooper appears likely to impose further restrictions when he holds a briefing with the Coronavirus Task Force Tuesday afternoon (Dec. 15th).
Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Mt. Holly Pays Respect To Fallen Officer
The city of Mount Holly paid respect Sunday evening to a young police officer killed in the line of duty on Friday.  Photographer Bill Ward was there and provided photos of the memorial vigil to the Lincoln Herald.
Monday, December 14, 2020

Public Help Needed
Gastonia Police are seeking help from the public in identifying a suspect who stole a tray of gold rings at a jewelry store in Eastridge Mall last Monday (Dec. 7th).
Saturday, December 12, 2020

Officer Killed While Answering Call
A Mt. Holly police officer was killed while answering a breaking & entering call early Friday morning.
Saturday, December 12, 2020

Pandemic Update
Here's the latest on the COVID-19 pandemic.
Friday, December 11, 2020

Jordan Is New MACC President
Marc Jordan will join the Montcross Area Chamber of Commerce (MACC) as its new president next week, bringing decades of experience to the position.
Friday, December 11, 2020

County's Tax Office Buys Bikes For Toys For Tots
Call it a new spin on the tax cycle. It’s a bi-cycle, in fact. Eight of ’em! According to spokes-woman Susan Hutcherson of the Lincoln County Tax Office, the department recently purchased eight bicycles for Toys for Tots.
Friday, December 11, 2020

LC Sheriff's "Officers Of The Year 2020" Awards Announced
Lincoln County Sheriff Bill Beam presented law enforcement officers of the year awards Wednesday to a dedicated detention officer and a two patrol officers.
Thursday, December 10, 2020

Drug Busts
The Cleveland County Sheriff's Office reports it has made four new arrests in continuing drug sales investigations.
Thursday, December 10, 2020

Road Work Next Week On NC73 At Catawba River Bridge
Road work will cause alternating lane closures on NC 73 at the Catawba River Bridge next Monday through Friday (Dec. 14-18).
Thursday, December 10, 2020

Recognize This Man?
Gaston County Police are asking for help from the public in identifying the suspect in a larceny from a Dallas area residence on Tuesday of this week.
Thursday, December 10, 2020

Sheriff's Office To Get Body Cameras, Tazers, Phone App
Among other items of business at their session Monday night (Dec. 7th) Lincoln County Commissioners approved requests from Sheriff Bill Beam to purchase body cameras and new tazers for his officers as well as a phone app for the Sheriff's Office.
Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Lafferty Sentenced To 38-58 Months In Prison
Disbarred Lincolnton attorney John O. Lafferty, Jr. entered a guilty plea to attempted embezzlement on Tuesday afternoon and was sentenced to 38 to 58 months in prison.
Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Video Tells The Rest Of The Story
You may have seen a Charlotte TV station's report on an incident at the Lincoln County Courthouse on November 10th.  We believe our readers deserve to know the rest of the story.
Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Cooper Issues New Restrictions, Threatens More
Governor Roy Cooper issued a new modified stay at home order Tuesday.  It will bring what amounts to a curfew to the state effective Friday (Dec. 11th).  Stores will be required to close at 10 PM, alcoholic beverage sales at 9, and the governor threatened more restrictions if the numbers don't improve.
Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Alexander To Join Catawba County Govt.
Catawba County has hired Alison Alexander to serve as Assistant County Manager.
Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Davis Joins Lincoln County Board of Commissioners
Cathy Davis, who has been serving as the chair of the Lincoln County Board of Education, was inducted as the newest member of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners at a Monday night (Dec. 7th) meeting.  Davis, Anita McCall, and Carrol Mitchem took their oaths of office for a new term on the board.
Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Reward Offered In Nov. 1st Burglary/Arson Case
A reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in a fire that was set to cover a burglary in early November.
Monday, December 7, 2020

Gaston Commissioners Have New Member, New Chair
Four of seven members of the Gaston County Commissioners took their oath of office Monday morning (Dec. 7th); three of them are returning incumbents, the one new commissioner is Kim Reel Johnson.
Monday, December 7, 2020

Lincolnton Likely To Get Tattoo Parlor
Lincolnton will likely get its first legal tatoo parlor some time next year after a zoning change approved by the City Council on Thursday night (Dec. 3rd).
Monday, December 7, 2020

Two Charged In Saturday Incident
Two Shelby men are facing charges after what police described as a 'shootout' at a local business Saturday afternoon.
Sunday, December 6, 2020

Council Opens Way For Possible Manufacturing Operation
The Lincolnton City Council approved a rezoning request for the old Willowbrook Mill location on Bonview Avenue and an incentive package worth over $200,000 at Thursday night's (Dec. 3rd) meeting.  If the project happens, it could be a big boost to the local economy.
Sunday, December 6, 2020

It's Getting Worse--Much Worse
If you knew you could save someone's life without putting your own in danger, would you?  That's something many who are refusing to wear a mask to help slow the spread of the coronavirus should be asking themselves.  Vaccines are coming--but we've got to keep people alive until they get here.
Friday, December 4, 2020

Accidents Cause Injuries, Delay Traffic
Two accidents--one around noon and the other just after 8:30 Thursday evening, resulted in injuries and delayed traffic at two Main Street intersections.
Friday, December 4, 2020

Council Talks Tattoos & Industry In Lengthy Session
The Lincolnton City Council held its December meeting Thursday evening (Dec. 3rd) at City Hall.
Friday, December 4, 2020

Police Ask For Help Finding Missing Teen
Gastonia Police are asking for the public's help in locating a missing 16-year-old girl.
Thursday, December 3, 2020

Four Arrested In Cramerton Murder
Four young Gaston County men in their late teens have been arrested in connection with a burglary and murder in Cramerton early Monday morning.  
Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Pandemic Update
The first vaccines against the coronavirus will likely begin to be administered to some by mid-December; but based on the refusal of many to wear facial coverings, the number of cases is likely to grow substantially before that happens.
Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Woman Charged With Obtaining Property By False Pretenses
A Lincoln County woman has been charged with obtaining property by false pretenses by using a debit card that did not belong to her.
Tuesday, December 1, 2020














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