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Double Homicide Update
Gaston County Police have three suspects in jail in what appears to have been a drug deal that went bad resulting in a double homicide.  Two young men are charged with murder, the third, who was a victim but escaped with his life, faces drug charges.
Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Allen Named Superintendent
You can now remove the 'Interim' from his title: Dr. Aaron Allen has been named the new Superintendent of Lincoln County Schools.  
Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Sheriff's Office Gets New Body Cams/Tasers
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office recently received new body cameras that will become standard wear for all deputies.  New tasers are also being phased into use.
Monday, February 22, 2021

Iron Station Woman Facing Assault Charges
An Iron Station woman is facing assault charges after she stabbed a man with a knife.
Monday, February 22, 2021

I-85 To US74 West Exit To Close For Repairs
The exit from southbound I-85 to westbound US74 near the Gaston-Cleveland County line will close for repairs this Wednesday - Friday (Feb. 23-25).
Monday, February 22, 2021

Biz News
We haven't updated local business news recently; frankly, like most, we've been far too involved with trying to survive the pandemic.  Here's an update.
Monday, February 22, 2021

Lincoln County High Schools First Semester Honor Roll
Lincoln County Schools proudly recognizes the A and A-B honor roll students for the first semester in the high schools for the 2020-21 school year.
Sunday, February 21, 2021

Two Children Dead In Hickory Fire
Two children were found dead after fire destroyed their home Saturday afternoon in Hickory.  The boy and girl were apparently left home alone according to neighbors.  The fire was reported at 4 PM at a mobile home park in southwest Hickory.
Sunday, February 21, 2021

Suspect Sought By Police
Gaston County Police have filed murder charges against a Taylorsville youth in a double homicide in western Gaston County Thursday night (Feb. 18th).
Sunday, February 21, 2021

Two Dead In Thursday Night Shooting
Gaston County Police are investigating a Thursday night shooting in a rural area northwest of Bessemer City that left two young men dead.
Saturday, February 20, 2021

COVID-19 Update
Here are some of the latest numbers for the COVID-19 pandemic in our area.
Saturday, February 20, 2021

Possible Suspect In Larcenies From Cars
Gaston County Police are asking for help from the public in identifying a possible suspect in larcenies from vehicles in the Dallas area.
Friday, February 19, 2021

Residents Continue To Receive Phone Scam Calls
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has received numerous reports from citizens in the area being targeted by scammers claiming to represent the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.
Thursday, February 18, 2021

Lincoln County Man Charged With Sexual Assault & Kidnapping
A Lincoln County man is facing a number of charges including sexual assault and kidnapping in connection with an incident that occurred over the weekend.
Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Winter Storm Is Coming
Not again! Yes, and this time it's going to be much more significant...the National Weather Service (NOAA) issued a Winter Storm Watch for our area  and then updated it to a Winter Storm Warning for many and a Winter Weather Advisory for others for Thursday.
Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Gaston County Police Investigating Theft Of Dog
Gaston County Police are investigatinfg the theft of a dog from a Dallas residence over the weekend.
Tuesday, February 16, 2021

16-Year-Old Charged With Murder, Robbery
Gastonia Police have made an arrest in the homicide of a woman whose body was found in a car down an embankment on W. 10th Avenue in January.
Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Fiery Wreck Results In Fatality
A collision in far northwestern Lincoln County Monday afternoon resulted in the death of one of the two drivers.
Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Commissioners Move Forward On Beach Discussion
The long talked about Beatty's Ford Park public beach project took another step forward Monday afternoon as Lincoln County Commissioners met again with representatives of Duke Energy to talk about options.
Tuesday, February 16, 2021

New GC High School Designed For Medical Field Students
There’s a new high school coming to Gaston County, and it will provide a quality education for students who are interested in the medical and healthcare fields.
Sunday, February 14, 2021

New Look For Gastonia Police Vehicles
The Gastonia Police Department is getting a new look.
Saturday, February 13, 2021

2021-2022 Kindergarten Registration Begins Feb. 15
Registration for children entering kindergarten will begin on Monday, February 15, 2021 and will continue through Friday, March 26, 2021. Children who will turn five years old on or before August 31, 2021 will need to be registered between those dates.
Friday, February 12, 2021

Colleges Sign Memorandum Of Understanding
It was an historic moment. On Tuesday, Gaston College President Dr. John Hauser and Belmont Abbey College President Dr. William Thierfelder signed a joint memorandum of understanding outlining a new transfer agreement.
Friday, February 12, 2021

COVID-19 Update
We're headed in the right direction--but now is not the time to start celebrating.  The battle with the SARS-CoV-2 virus isn't over.  NCDHHS Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen says,  "it's more important than ever to do what we know works to slow the spread — wear a mask, wash your hands, wait 6 feet apart, and get vaccinated when it's your turn."
Friday, February 12, 2021

Two People Arrested After Fleeing In A Stolen Vehicle
Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies arrested two people after they tried to elude the officers in eastern Lincoln County.
Thursday, February 11, 2021

Denver Man Charged With Child Sexual Assault
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives have charged a Denver man with child sexual assault charges.
Thursday, February 11, 2021

Commissioners To Discuss Proposed Beach Again
Lincoln County Commissioners will hold a special meeting Monday afternoon to talk with officials from Duke Energy about a proposed beach at Beattys Ford Park off Unity Church Road.
Thursday, February 11, 2021

Teachers To Get Vaccinated
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced Wednesday (Feb. 10th) that teachers, other education workers and child care workers will be eligible for COVID vaccinations February 24th.
Thursday, February 11, 2021

NLMS Re-Designated As A School To Watch
NLMS was originally designated as a School to Watch in 2011. Schools undergo the re-designation process every three years.
Wednesday, February 10, 2021

COVID-19 Update
Lincoln County's death count from COVID-19 has increased to 65, while North Carolina has now surpassed the 10,000 mark.
Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Officer-Involved Shooting
An officer-involved shooting has now claimed the life of a Gastonia woman.  Shae Jones died Tuesday at Atrium Health's Carolinas Medical Center.
Wednesday, February 10, 2021

School News
Gaston County Schools will join others in offering more in-person classes for students in grades K-5 effective March 1st.
Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Lincoln County Announces COVID Vaccination Clinic
All appoinment slots for the Lincoln County Health Department's drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination event for Wednesday (Feb. 10th) at Hull's Grove Baptist Church have been filled.
Monday, February 8, 2021

Missing Mt. Holly Man Died In Hickory Accident
Gaston County Police issued a news release Monday (Feb. 8th) that told the bad news:  that missing elderly Mt. Holly man had been located.   He apparently died in a one-vehicle accident in Hickory.
Monday, February 8, 2021

Gaston College, Belmont Abbey Join Forces
It’s all about helping folks achieve their dreams. And if your dream is higher education to facilitate your career and life goals, it just got a little closer.
Monday, February 8, 2021

Two Killed In Head-on Collision
A head-on collision claimed two lives Sunday evening in eastern Lincoln County.  
86-year-old Mahlon Brewster Strope and 21-year-old Cooper Gregory Snipes, both of Iron Station, died when Snipes' Camaro crashed into Strope's Altima.

Monday, February 8, 2021

More Snowy Weather Forecast For Weekend
For the past two weekends, we've had wintry weather events that didn't amount to much.  Now a third is possible for next weekend--and this one may be bigger than the other two combined.
Monday, February 8, 2021

Officer Involved Shooting
An overdose call turned into a shooting incident early Monday morning in Gastonia.  An officer shot a woman said to have been armed with a gun.  Neither the name of the officer nor the woman was yet released as of 8:30 AM Monday (Feb. 8th).
Monday, February 8, 2021

Gaston County Business Groups Rebrand As GBA
The former Gaston Regional Chamber of Commerce and Greater Gaston Development Corporation have consolidated and rebranded themselves as the Gaston Business Association (or GBA).
Saturday, February 6, 2021

Wintry Weather Returns
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory, but we're not expecting much problem from a mixed precipitation event overnight Saturday.
Saturday, February 6, 2021

School Board Meets With Legislators
As they have for the last several years, members of the Lincoln County Board of Education held a breakfast get-together with state legislators from our area Friday morning (Feb. 5th).
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Friday, February 5, 2021

Pandemic Update
Here's the latest on the COVID-19 pandemic.
Friday, February 5, 2021

Detectives Serving Warrants, Find Illegal Drugs In Residence
On February 4, 2021 detectives with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division were attempting to serve warrants on an individual at 725 North Cedar Street, Lincolnton, NC.
Friday, February 5, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccination Update--Lincoln County
The Lincoln County Health Dept. issued the following update on COVID-19 vaccinations Thursday afternoon (Feb. 4th).
Friday, February 5, 2021

Silver Alert Cancelled For Missing Man
We are awaiting further information from Gaston County Police.  The Silver Alert for Donald Edwin Joy, 91, who had been reported missing after leaving Green Meadows Golf Course on Kelly Road near Mount Holly on Wednesday, Feb. 3rd, was cancelled at 8:15 PM Sunday evening (Feb. 7th).  Gaston County Police said they would issue a further update later.
Thursday, February 4, 2021

Lengthy Investigation Leads To Drug Arrest
A lengthy Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigation has resulted in the arrest of a Lincoln County man following the execution of a search warrant at his residence today, February 3, 2021.
Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Pandemic Update
As the pandemic began to spread, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper ordered schools closed in mid-March last year.  Despite the pandemic continuing, schools may return to in-person classes for all grades soon. That's just one part of this  report on the pandemic.
Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Public's Help Needed To Help Locate Missing Woman
Lincoln County Sheriff's detectives are looking for a woman who has been missing for approximately two weeks.

UPDATED: She has been found and is safe.

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Detectives Asking For Public's Help In Locating Missing Teen
She is described as a white female, five feet-three inches tall and weighing approximately 200 pounds. She has black hair and brown eyes.
Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Blum, Inc. & R.W. Garcia Named Industries of the Year
The 2020 Industry of the Year award announced at the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce's annual awards program this past week was presented to two industries: R.W. Garcia & Blum, Inc.
Sunday, January 31, 2021

Wintry Weather Coming?
The National Weather Service (NOAA) has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for our area.
Saturday, January 30, 2021

Dallas Man Accused In Road Rage Incident
Gastonia Police have charged a Dallas man in an alleged road rage incident earlier this month.  Two other people may also be charged in what has been described as a possible ethnic intimidation incident.
Saturday, January 30, 2021

Catawba County Is Recycling Champ--Again!
Catawba County has been declared the Recycling Champ again!  It's an honor to which they've become accustomed, having been declared the state's #1 recycling county in nine years out of the last decade.
Saturday, January 30, 2021

Pandemic Update
431,619 Americans have died from the coronavirus.  There is a shortage of vaccines available as North Carolina and other states attempt to vaccinate people against the disease.  It's hard to find anything about which to be optimistic, but we must try.
Friday, January 29, 2021

Man Charged With Kidnapping, Assault & Other Charges
A Lincoln County man is facing a number of charges after he kidnapped a woman from her Cowan’s Ford Road home during a domestic situation on January 27, 2021.
Thursday, January 28, 2021

Lengthy Narcotics Investigation Leads To Two Arrests
Narcotics officers began their investigation into possible drug activities occurring at 3553 Eaker Road, Cherryville in May of 2020.
Wednesday, January 27, 2021

COVID-19 Update
Vaccinations are continuing at various locations, but there have been some problems wtih getting an adequate supply of vaccine.  Meanwhile, the COVID-19 pandemic continues, although the pace of new infections has slowed a bit following a holiday aftermath surge.
Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Dallas, NC Man Charged In Lincoln County Kidnapping
On January 25, 2021 deputies were dispatched to a possible disturbance between a man and woman near Will’s Food Store at 3687 Gastonia Highway.
Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Update on COVID-19 Vaccinations
The Lincoln County Health Dept. has temporarily suspended making new appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations until they receive more vaccine.  Health Director Davin Madden issued a letter to county residents Wednesday discussing the situation.
Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Lincoln County Implements Teen Court Program
Lincoln County has recently implemented a Teen Court program, which is an alternative system of restorative justice where youth, who are responsible for an illegal or disruptive action, are tried for (mostly) misdemeanor offenses. 
Monday, January 25, 2021

Lincoln County Suspends New Appointments
There are plenty of people who are anxious to get their COVID-19 vaccination, but the rollout of clinics is not going very smoothly in much of North Carolina.  Now the NCDHHS has diverted shipments that had been promised to other locations.  That has meant that the Lincoln County Health Dept. can't schedule any more vaccinations until they get more vaccine.
Monday, January 25, 2021

Haynes Discusses Challenges, Projects Ahead
We here present the second of two articles featuring new Lincolnton City Manager Ritchie Haynes.
Monday, January 25, 2021

Ritchie Haynes Takes Helm Of City Of Lincolnton
We here present the first of two articles featuring new Lincolnton City Manager Ritchie Haynes on the City’s accomplishments last year and the challenges it faces now in the months ahead.
Sunday, January 24, 2021

Guilty
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














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