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home : community : e-community April 9, 2020

originally posted 3/18/2020 9:59:00 PM
Cancellations/Postponements Updated
  • As President Trump said, "We're all in this together."  The Lincoln Herald will be happy to share cancellations, postponements, etc. for your church, club, school or business related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Send the information to us via email at lh@lincolnherald.com.  You can also call us or text us at 704-276-6587.


Wayne Howard
Staff Writer


THIS ARTICLE HAS BEEN REPLACED BY A LATER CANCELLATIONS/POSTPONEMENTS ARTICLE.  

By now, most are surely aware that all schools in North Carolina are closed until March 27th.  It is quite possible that the closure may be extended.

Restaurants, bars, etc. are currently not allowed to serve food in their dining areas.  They can sell food to-go or deliver it if they offer delivery service.  While most supermarkets have delicatessens, the only one in our area that has a dining area is Ingles.  That is currently closed off, but they--as well as other supermarkets--can still sell food to-go.  Restaurants that normally serve customers in-house are in some cases offering takeouts and in some cases deliveries.  Court Street Grille is open for take-home service; call in your order at  704-732-3242 and come park in front of the restaurant on the Courtsquare and the order will be brought to your vehicle. 

You can still get a City Lunch hotdog; it'll just have to be to-go (or delivery).  They are doing walk-up window service at the front door beginning at 5 AM and deliveries starting at 11 AM until 3 PM (Mon-Fri). Deliveries will not be made outside of a 10-mile radius and there will be a $2 charge for all deliveries (to cover gas and wear and tear). Call in delivery orders at 704-472-3994.

Arby's drive-thru is open.

The Lincoln Herald will be glad to include other restaurants' and businesses' changes due to COVID-19 in our cancellations/postponements.  Send us the info at lh@lincolnherald.com.  

Walmart announced Wednesday that effective Thursday (March 19th) all its stores will be open 7 AM - 8:30 PM.  The store also announced that it will be offering special shopping hours for seniors amid the pandemic. From March 24th through April 28th, shoppers 60 and older will be able to enter the store one hour before it opens for all customers. Walmart’s pharmacies and vision centers will also be open to older customers, who are considered among the most vulnerable to the virus, during that time.

Other stores had already reduced hours.  Ingles is closing at 10 PM, Harris Teeter at 9 PM, Bi-Lo & Publix at 8 PM.  BI‑LO stores and pharmacies will reserve shopping between 8 - 9 AM Monday – Friday for seniors and those most at risk of contracting COVID-19.

Publix announced Friday that beginning Tuesday March 24th, their stores and pharmacies will open early two mornings a week to allow seniors to shop ahead of the crowds. Customers age 65+ ar
e invited to shop 7 - 8 AM Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Marshall's (Lincolnton) is currently closed until further notice.

Members Credit Union's Lincolnton office is closed until further notice.  An email to members said: "Members CU's office located in Lincolnton will be closed until further notice. On Friday the 13th a member visited our office whose wife has now tested presumptive positive for the coronavirus. The member is currently showing no symptoms nor are any of the employees in the Lincolnton branch. However, upon doctor recommendations and with an abundance of caution, we have determined the best course of action is to close the office so that we may clean it thoroughly and to be sure that none of the employees exhibit any symptoms. We hope to reopen the office on Monday to drive through traffic only."

Dr. Steven Austin posted on Facebook: "Due to the Coronavirus, our office will be closed until Tuesday, April 14th at 8:00 am in our Denver location. In the next few weeks, we will contact patients to reschedule appointments that are missed during the days we are closed. Thank you for your understanding and we hope everyone stays healthy!"

Woodmill Winery's Spring Wine Festival which had been scheduled for Saturday (March 21st) has been postponed.  A new date will be announced later.

The Hickory Aviation Museum will be closed until April 1st.

State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) branches statewide have temporarily transitioned to drive-thru only for the majority of services to reduce the possibilities of transmission of the coronavirus to members, their families and SECU employees. Members who need to access safe deposit boxes, drop off tax return information, or inquire about a loan should call the branch to schedule an appointment. 

All AMC Theatres are closed until further notice.

East Lincoln Speedway has postponed the opening of its 2020 season which had been scheduled to begin with a race this Saturday night (March 21st) until at least the first weekend in April.  

Charlotte Motor Speedway has postponed the Spring Pennzoil AutoFair which had been scheduled for the first weekend in April to June 12 -14, 2020.

The Billy Graham Library in Charlotte will be closed until further notice.

Carowinds has postponed its opening until April 3rd.

The Blumenthal Performing Arts Center in Charlotte will be closed until further notice.

All locations of Discovery Place will be closed through March 27th.

The Rolling Stones concert that had been scheduled for July 1st at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte has been postponed.

The North Carolina Zoo at Asheboro will be closed until further notice.

The Loch Norman Highland Games at Rural Hall have been re-scheduled August 15th-16th.

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in Gaston County will be closed for the rest of March. 

The Schiele Museum in Gastonia will be closed through March 31st. 

Harrah's Cherokee Casinos are closed until further notice.

Tweetsie Railroad's seasonal opening has been postponed until further notice.

The Wells Fargo Golf Championship in Charlotte has been cancelled.

The NC Driver License offices at 1450 N. Aspen St., Lincolnton; 1033 Smyre Farm Road, Newton; and 785 W. Charlotte Ave., Mt. Holly;  are temporarily closed. Some driver license offices are open but only to customers with appointments. Among them are the offices at 1914 E. Dixon Blvd. (US74) in Shelby and at 12101 Mt. Holly-Huntersville Rd. in Huntersville. To schedule an appointment at an operational driver license office, contact the DMV Call Center at 919-715-7000. Hold times can be lengthy and many offices will have a backlog in appointment schedules. Online services are available at MyNCDMV.gov.

Public libraries in Lincoln, Catawba & Gaston counties are all closed until further notice.  Due dates and book holds will be automatically extended and no late fees will be accrued. Citizens are encouraged to take advantage of the many digital services available through the library websites.

Lincoln County Parks and Recreation has closed all athletic fields and the East Lincoln Community Center until further notice. All events and activities are cancelled.

All Catawba County Parks (Bakers Mountain, Riverbend and St. Stephens) remain open following usual operating hours. All rentals and group use of Catawba County Parks education facilities and picnic shelters have been suspended until further notice.

The Lincoln Cultural Center is closed until further notice; all activities are on hold until further notice.

The annual Heafner/Williams Vocal Competition has been cancelled.  The finals would have been March 29th.  

The Lincolnton City Council meeting that had been scheduled for Thursday April 2nd has been cancelled.  

New rules are in place for paying city of Lincolnton utility bills in person-- residents are encouraged to use drive-thru, online & phone payments
• Utility Billing Department
  • Only two customers allowed inside at the same time
  • The entrance from the city hall parking lot will be locked; customers must wait outside if two customers are already inside
  • All customers will exit from the front of city hall
  • Utility bill payments are still due as regularly scheduled
Additional restrictions are in place at Lincolnton City Hall and other city facilities: 
• Administrative Offices at City Hall--All offices are restricted access, all guests must be escorted from the lobby area to all offices
• Lincolnton Fire Department--closed to all visitors and all public meetings & activities canceled
• Lincolnton Police Department-- closed to all visitors
• Lentz Recreation Center at Betty G. Ross Park--closed and all activities canceled

The Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce has postponed all events that had been planned for the next 30 days; that includes a Networking Breakfast, Safety Awards, the Chairman’s Ball which had been scheduled for April 3rd at Vesuvius Vineyard, and grand openings. New dates will be announced when the current crisis is over.

The Montcross Area Chamber of Commerce has cancelled its Business Buzz Networking Breakfast that had been scheduled for Friday March 27th.  

A Place to Grow will be closed starting Monday March 23rd and will remain closed until April 3rd at which time they will consider next step.

Salem Industries is shut down except for staff until further notice. 

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce has cancelled all large gatherings until April 30th. That includes the First Friday Morning Brew which had been scheduled for April 3rd and Future of Catawba County Summit on April 7th.

Gastonia's City buildings are currently closed to the public including Gastonia City Hall, the Garland Municipal Business Center and Utility Customer Service Center, Parks and Recreation administrative offices, and Recreation Centers. City-sponsored events are canceled through April 4th, including but not limited to Gaston MAX, Arbor Day and the Easter Egg Hunt.  Youth and adult recreation programs are suspended until April 12th.  More info about Gastonia's COVID-19 response (cancellations) can be found here.

The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) has cancelled the Charlotte National College Fair originally scheduled for March 22nd at the Park Expo and Conference Center.

The sixth annual West vs Midwest 1A All-Star Basketball Games and Banquet that had been scheduled for Saturday (March 21st) at Cherokee High School, Cherokee, North Carolina, has been postponed.  The event, which would have included some players from our area, may be rescheduled later.

The Lincoln County Special Olympics Spring Games which had been scheduled for April have been cancelled as well as Spring Games in all other NC counties.  All other Special Olympics activities have been suspended until at least the end of March.  That includes the Cheerleading Tournament, volleyball clinic at Belmont Abbey, and Unified Rivalry Basketball Game, all of which had been scheduled for Saturday (March 21st). The summer games for Special Olympics are at this point still scheduled for May 29-31 in Raleigh.

Congressman Patrick McHenry's offices are operating under special circumstances due to the coronavirus.  There will be no in-person meetings at any of the Washington, Black Mountain, Gastonia, or Hickory offices. While the temporary operating procedures are in effect, those with questions or concerns can reach Congressman McHenry through this link.

All school-related events have been cancelled for the two weeks ending March 27th.  That includes all baseball, softball, golf, tennis, girls soccer, etc. games, practices and organized training.  The NCHSAA has also suspended all interscholastic athletics through Monday April 6th. 

The Stanley High School multi-class reunion that had been scheduled for March 28th at Common Ground in Stanley has been postponed until a later date.

The Don Gibson Theatre in Shelby will reschedule all performances that had been scheduled through April 13th.  Check their website for more information.

The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office Gun Permits Division will only be processing purchase permits and concealed carry renewals for the next two weeks. For more information, call 828-464-5241.

The Catawba County Veterans Services office is suspending in-person appointments and will be conducting all appointments by phone. Veterans requesting appointments may call the Veterans Services Office at 828-465-8255 Monday-Friday 8 AM - 5 PM for assistance.

The Catawba County Children’s Advocacy and Protection Center has postponed all large gatherings until a later date. This includes the March 25th Evening of Hope at Hickory Soup Kitchen, the April 1st planting of the Pinwheels at Zahra Baker Park, and the April 25th Denim and Diamond event at Heritage Barn.

Area hospitals have announced visitation restrictions. Atrium Health had previously announced that only immediate family members, aged 13 and over, would be able to visit friends and family members unless deemed absolutely necessary by the patient’s healthcare team. CaroMont Medical Center in Gastonia announced similar restrictions. Atrium Health has now tightened its restrictions.  Effective Thursday (March 19th) only essential patient visitors will be allowed to visit, including:
• Patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) or patients at the end of life
• Patients who need a healthcare decision maker or visitor to help in communication or mobility
• Minor patients less than 18 years
• Patients having a baby and birthing coaches

Area nursing homes are not allowing any visitors at this time.

Catawba County Meals on Wheels has temporarily modified its delivery schedule. Clients are receiving five frozen meals every Monday and check-in phone calls every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. New referrals to the program are being placed on a waiting list until regular operations resume. This schedule will remain in operation until further notice. 

Catawba County Senior Nutrition Services is temporarily closing all Catawba County Seniors Morning Out (SMO) sites. During this time, all SMO participants will still have the ability to receive meals and will receive daily phone calls from Senior Nutrition Services staff.

The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office Gun Permits Division will only be processing purchase permits and concealed carry renewals for the next two weeks. For more information, call 828-464-5241.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office has suspended public fingerprinting for persons involving applications and new concealed carry permits for two weeks.   The situation will be reviewed on Monday, March 30th to determine if they can resume all services The Sheriff's Office  Adam District Office, 1889 NC16-business north in Denver,  and Charlie District Office,  3606 NC27 west  in Lincolnton, are currently closed to walk-in traffic. The Sheriff's Main Office at 700 John Howell Memorial Drive, Lincolnton, will be open and available to walk-ins.  The situation will be reviewed on March 30th to determine if we can resume all services.

The Catawba County Veterans Services office is suspending in-person appointments and will be conducting all appointments by phone. Veterans requesting appointments may call the Veterans Services Office at 828-465-8255 Monday-Friday 8 AM - 5 PM for assistance.

The Catawba County Children’s Advocacy and Protection Center has postponed all large gatherings until a later date. This includes the March 25th Evening of Hope at Hickory Soup Kitchen, the April 1st planting of the Pinwheels at Zahra Baker Park, and the April 25th Denim and Diamond event at Heritage Barn.

The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) has cancelled the Charlotte National College Fair originally scheduled for March 22nd at the Park Expo and Conference Center.

The sixth annual West vs Midwest 1A All-Star Basketball Games and Banquet that had been scheduled for Saturday (March 21st) at Cherokee High School, Cherokee, North Carolina, has been postponed.  The event, which would have included some players from our area, may be rescheduled later.

All branches of the Greater Charlotte YMCA (including Lincoln County Family Y in Lincolnton and Sally's Y in Denver) will be closed until further notice (at least until April 1st).

The Catawba County Extension office is operating on a reduced schedule 9 AM - 4 PM (closed 12 - 1 PM). Extension agents are still available by email, phone and other technological means. Find contact information and details regarding N.C. Cooperative Extension's Catawba County center operations on their website at https://catawba.ces.ncsu.edu/people/.

Catawba County Soil & Water Conservation District offices are closed except by appointment; call 828-465-8950.

The Catawba County Register of Deeds office is making adjustments to  services  including recording real estate documents, getting certified copies of birth, death and marriage certificates, getting marriage licenses, and notary oaths beginning Monday March 23rd.  For more information call 828-465-1573.

Christian Ministry of Lincoln County (corner of Water & Poplar streets in Lincolnton) is still trying to help the needy in our community, but they've had to cut back on some services.  They are no longer giving out or accepting donations of clothing items during the pandemic.  Their soup kitchen is no longer serving lunch inside...lunch is still available beginning at 11 AM daily but it is to-go and will be handed outside to those arriving at the soup kitchen.

John Hall at Hesed House says they are no longer accepting new arrivals at the homeless shelter except those with small children.  Those already staying there can continue to do so unless they show symptoms of COVID-19; then they'll have to get checked for the disease.

NCWorks Career Centers in the Centralina region are now closed to the general public until further notice. During this time, the NCWorks Career Centers will still operate, but will take exclusively virtual appointments. Customers may also call the centers directly to seek assistance.

The Lincoln County Child Advocacy Center is temporarily changing operations to protect the health of visitors, employees and residents. All Lincoln County Child Advocacy Center employees will remain available to answer phone calls and emails from home during their normal business hours; calls to the LCCAC will roll over to cell phones. LCCAC staff will remain available upon request at normal business times for services to include: forensic interviews and child advocacy.

Lincoln County govt. has postponed the zoning hearings that had been scheduled for April 6th.

The Catawba County Board of Education will hold its regular monthly meeting Monday at 5:30 PM--but while it is open to the public, social distancing will be maintained and you should not attend if you have any of the symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to the disease.

The World War II Veterans Group meeting that is usually held at Ingles the first Tuesday of each month will not be held in April.



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Most United Methodist churches in our area will not have Sunday services this weekend.  Bishop Paul Leeland has asked United Methodist congregations to suspend large gatherings and public worship through this Sunday. Here is a link to Bishop Leland's letter CLICK HERE.We have posted some specific churches announcements when provided. 

Messiah United Methodist Church (Hwy. 27 West, Vale) postponed its Jubilee celebration that had been planned for last Sunday (March 15th).  A new date will be announced once the current coronavirus calamity has ended.  The church will not have services Sunday.  The pastor will deliver his sermon on the church's Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/MessiahUMC/).

Iron Station and High Shoals United Methodist Churches will not hold services.

First United Methodist Church (E. Main St., Lincolnton) will not have a worship service this Sunday.  The Wednesday Lenten luncheons at First UMC have been cancelled.

Webbs Chapel United Methodist Church (Denver) will not have a worship service this Sunday. Rev. Yeager will be streaming a brief service on the church's Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/WebbsUMCDenver/, Sunday at 9 AM.

Crouse and Pleasant Grove United Methodist Churches will not have services Sunday.  However you can access a worship service at 11 a.m. with Rev. Jim on his Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RevJimSandersUMC/

The Crouse United Methodist Church Spring Craft Fair for Missions scheduled for March 28th has been cancelled. 

McKendree United Methodist Church will not hold services.

Marvin United Methodist Church will not hold any services at the church. They will have worship on Sunday at 10:30 AM through their Facebook Live https://www.facebook.com/MarvinUnitedMethodistChurch/. Check out their Facebook for online Sunday School options and a round-robin phone connection.

First Baptist Church of Cherryville will not have services Sunday.

Emmanuel Lutheran Church (S. Aspen St., Lincolnton) is suspending Sunday morning worship services for the rest of March. The church will be streaming a Sunday worship program on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjWWe5HKbHg&fbclid=IwAR3XBjTq5pN0pyEPFQ9euIN-KKuGIfrGMFwGmHL5hZ2jtdcND6u9IOkz5Gk) and on the church's Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/LifeWithEmmanuel/.

First Baptist Church (Lincolnton) will not have services Sunday. Dr. Spence will communicate his sermon on-line at 8:30 AM and 10:30 AM and it can be accessed it through the church website: www.fbclincolnton.org.

Covenant Church (Gastonia Highway) will not have in-person worship services Sunday.  Instead, they invite members and the public to watch Covenant Church Live starting at 10 AM at http://covenantchurch.church/Live/.

Unity Presbyterian Church (Denver) has cancelled all events on the Unity campus through March 28th. The church will offer a live stream the 9:30 AM service Sunday at https://mailchi.mp/3…/an-important-message-from-pastor-david.

Freedom Church (E. Main St., Lincolnton) will not physically gather for Sunday School, corporate worship, or D-Groups this Sunday. Instead, they will be live streaming their worship service on the internet on Freedom Church's Facebook PageYoutube Channel, and Boxcast at 10:15 AM Sunday.

Boger City Baptist Church will not have services Sunday.

Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Cherryville has cancelled all services and postponed all activities until Sunday, April 5th.  Check their Facebook page (www.facebook.com/MtZionBaptistCherryville) or website www.mtzionbaptistcherryville.com for updates.
 
First United Methodist Church of Dallas will hold no services Sunday.

Dallas Baptist Church will not have in-house services Sunday, but their service will be streamed live on the church's Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pg/dbcnc/videos/?ref=page_internal and the church's YouTube page.  A telephone call-in option that had been planned will not be available.

Alexis Baptist Church will not have services Sunday.

Daniels Lutheran Church has cancelled its monthly breakfast for March.

The North Carolina Council of Churches is compiling a list of faith communities with links to their "virtualized" worship services. If you would like to have your congregation listed, fill out this form with the name of your congregation, a video link to watch your weekly worship service (YouTube, Facebook, etc..), the time of worship, and any other important details.  They will post it on the Council's website here.



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