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Detectives Investigating Smash & Grab Theft From Vehicle
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a smash and grab theft from a vehicle parked at a business in Denver.
Monday, February 6, 2023

Pedestrian Killed on Saturday Evening
A elderly Lincolnton man was struck and killed on NC 27 near Asbury Church Road Saturday evening (Feb. 4th).
Monday, February 6, 2023

Catawba County Revaluation Notices Mailed Out Friday
Property owners in all area counties have either received--or soon will--their updated property values as determined by revaluation.  Catawba County mailed out revaluation notices on Friday (Feb. 3rd).  Lincoln County's notices will go out Feb. 20th.
Sunday, February 5, 2023

Revaluation Notices Coming February 20th
Your Lincoln County property revaluation notice is coming.  It will be mailed before the end of February.  As with all area counties, the value of properties in Lincoln has increased significantly since the last revaluation four years ago.
Sunday, February 5, 2023

Annexation Means Lincolnton is Growing
The population of Lincolnton will likely grow by over 4% thanks to a decision by the City Council Thursday night (Feb. 2nd) to annex the Carpenter Farms subdivision near the intersection of Startown and Clarks Creek roads.
Saturday, February 4, 2023

Gaston Records Second School Bus Wreck in a Week
A Gaston County school bus driver was hurt in a crash near Cherryville Wednesday morning (Feb. 1st) but none of the students on board were injured.
Friday, February 3, 2023

Denver Man Killed in Wednesday Afternoon Wreck
A collision of an SUV with a parked tractor trailer truck kiled a Denver man Wednesday afternoon.
Wednesday, February 1, 2023

About Gas Prices
Gas prices have been increasing for the last several weeks, and they're likely to continue to increase over the next several months--but they aren't likely to approach last year's record highs.
Wednesday, February 1, 2023

More About Nuclear
The inadvertent siren activation at the McGuire Nuclear Station on Lake Norman January 20th has caused new interest in the subject of nuclear incidents.
Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Do you check your receipts?  Computerized cash registers that rely on having the right price for items sometimes charge customers more than they should.  The NC Dept. of Agriculture & Consumer Services Standards Division checks stores periodically to make sure customers are being overcharged.
Monday, January 30, 2023

United Bank Reports Record Earnings
United Bankshares, Inc., the parent company of United Bank, announced record earnings for the year (2022) last week.
Sunday, January 29, 2023

Maiden Man Charged In Lincoln County Home Invasion
A Maiden man is facing charges in connection with a home invasion that occurred overnight on January 25, 2023.
Friday, January 27, 2023

Police Asking for Help in Identifying Robber
Gastonia Police are asking for help in identifying a suspect who is wanted for stealing $80,000 worth of jewelry from the Kohl's store in east Gastonia on Tuesday of last week (Jan. 17th).
Friday, January 27, 2023

CVCC Students Guaranteed Admission to WCU
Students from Catawba Valley Community College will now be guaranteed admission to Western Carolina University. 
Friday, January 27, 2023

Osage Mill in Bessemer City to be Repurposed for Housing
Officials from Gaston County, represenatives of tWinnCompanies, and other dignitaries participated in a ground-breaking Thursday (Jan. 26th) for a project in Bessemer City that will turn an old mill into an affordable housing complex.
Thursday, January 26, 2023

Residence Broken Into On Consecutive Days, Suspects Arrested
Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies arrested two people breaking into the same dwelling on two consecutive days.
Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Schools Ask For and Get $2.2 Million More Funding
Lincoln County Commissioners approved additional funding for the curent school year for Lincoln County Schools of just over $2.2 million at Monday night's (Jan. 23rd) Commissioners meeting.
Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Lincoln County High Schools First Semester Honor Roll
LINCOLNTON, N.C. - Lincoln County Schools proudly recognizes the A and A-B honor roll students for the first semester in the county high schools for the 2022-2023 school year.
Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Sunday, January 22, 2023

Death of Cherryville Man May Have Been Drug Related
Gaston County Police say a Friday (Jan. 20th) incident that left a young Cherryville man dead may have involved drugs.
Sunday, January 22, 2023

Lincoln County Middle Schools 2nd Quarter Honor Roll
Lincoln County Schools proudly recognizes the A and A-B honor roll students for the second quarter in the middle schools for the 2022-2023 school year.
Sunday, January 22, 2023

Denver Man Arrested On Child Sexual Assault Charges
On December 13, 2022 the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office received a report in connection with child sexual assault.
Saturday, January 21, 2023

Lincoln County Man Charged With Child Sexual Assault
A Lincoln County man has been charged in connection with child sexual assaults that occurred in 2022.
Friday, January 20, 2023

Conover Man Facing Drug Charges
A Tuesday night/Wednesday morning traffic stop resulted in multiple drug charges against a Conover man.
Friday, January 20, 2023

Missouri Woman Killed Monday When Struck by Vehicle
No charges will be filed in a pedestrian fatality east of Maiden Monday morning (Jan. 16th).
Friday, January 20, 2023

Arrests Made in Kings Mtn. Stabbing
Kings Mountain Police have arrested a Gastonia man and woman in connection with a homicide at a convenience store on Tuesday evening (Jan. 17th).
Friday, January 20, 2023

This Is a Dog-Gone (But Found) Story
Officers with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office answer a variety of calls.  Many of them involve terrible things like breakins or robberies or murders--but they also do other things both on and off the job to keep the community safe and help residents and visitors. 
Thursday, January 19, 2023

Woman Stabbed to Death in Kings Mountain
Kings Mountain Police are investigating a homicide at a convenience store on Tuesday evening (Jan. 17th).
Thursday, January 19, 2023

Newton Man Killed in Tuesday Wreck
An elderly Newton man was killed in a two-vehicle accident at about 5 PM Tuesday (Jan. 17th) when he apparently turned in front of another car as he attempted to turn left after stopping at a stop sign.   
Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Pedestrian Killed When Struck by Train
A Lincolnton man was killed Wednesday morning (Jan. 18th) when struck by a train between Edwards and Flint streets.  Police said the man, identified as Jonathan William Elmore, was walking on the tracks.
Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Weather Update
Thursday evening's stormy weather has passed and a pleasant--if cool--weekend is ahead.  While Lincoln County escaped much of the damage reported elsewhere, there were some power outages in Lincolnton caused by the storm.
Friday, January 13, 2023

Denver Deaths Were Murder-Suicide
We've said it many times before, and we'll say it again: "Domestic violence hurts everyone!"  The deaths of two people in the Denver area is apparenly a murder-suicide, and because of domestic violence, three small children are without their mother.
Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Two Dead in Denver
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office investigators are continuing their investigation into two deaths in the Denver area that appear to be connected.  A 35-year-old woman, Debra Ana Jackson, was shot to death on Monday (Jan. 9th).  The body of a man was found in a pond not far from her home.  Officers are continuing to piece together what happened.
Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Multiple Misdemeanor Charges in Domestic Violence Case
Lincolnton Police arrested a man Friday (Jan. 6th) after he allegedly held a woman against her will and then attacked a dog.
Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Second Body Found in Denver Homicide
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office is investigating the county's first homicide of 2023 and now a second body has been found, possibly that of a suspect in the death of a  Denver woman who was shot to death on Monday (Jan. 9th). (SEE UPDATE at end of article.)
Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Multiple Charges Involving Sex With a Minor
A 58-year-old Lincolnton man is in the Lincoln County Jail under a quarter million dollar secured bond pending a January 26th appearance in court on a total of eight charges involving alleged sex acts involving a child.
Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Denver Woman Found Dead in Her Yard (UPDATED)
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office is investigating the county's first homicide of 2023.  A Denver woman was shot to death on Monday (Jan. 9th). (SEE UPDATE at end of article.)
Monday, January 9, 2023

LC Sheriff's Detectives Investigating Shooting Death
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating the shooting death of an eastern Lincoln County woman.
Monday, January 9, 2023

Arrested on Sex Charges
A 30-year-old Gastonia man has been charged with multiple counts of sexual exploitation of a child.
Sunday, January 8, 2023

Police Need to Identify Visitors to Home Where a Murder Later Occurred
Detectives from the Gastonia Police Department  are asking for help from the public in identifying people in photographs at an Allison Avenue home where 33-year-old Johnny "Luke" Moore was shot and killed during a home invasion on July 26, 2021.
Saturday, January 7, 2023

Another Upside Down in a Creek Fatal Accident
Much like an accident in Lincolnton nother overturned vehicle in a creek that killed a Dallas man Wednesday afternoon, Gastonia Police say a Spencer Mountain man died when his truck left the roadway and turned upside down in a creek.
Saturday, January 7, 2023

Homeless Problem: Main Topic Of Council Meeting
It's a growing problem nationwide--worse in some places than others.  The high cost of housing including rentals and other factors have exacerbated a long-term problem: homelessness. It was discussed at length at Thursday night's (Jan. 5th) City Council meeting.
Friday, January 6, 2023

Burgin Presented Key To City
Former Lincolnton Police Chief Terry Burgin, named recently as the US Marshal for North Carolina's Western District, was presented the Key to the City at Thursday night's (Jan. 5th) City Council meeting.
Friday, January 6, 2023

Dallas Man Killed in Wednesday Accident
An elderly Dallas man was killed Wednesday evening when his vehicle ran off South Aspen Street and landed upside down in the creek just south of the Laboratory Road intersection.
Thursday, January 5, 2023

Sometimes Cases Close Themselves
Gastonia Police arrested a woman last week who attempted an armed robbery of a business , and her facemask fell off during the robbery. 
Tuesday, January 3, 2023

Gaston Emergency Management Named Recipient of Duke Grant
Gaston County is one of 24 North Carolina cities and counties to receive a grant from the Duke Energy Foundation as part of $750,000 in grants announced recently.  Gaston will use the money to help fund a fire safety trailer with specialized weather response equipment.
Monday, January 2, 2023

Arrest Made in Christmas Eve Hit & Run
A young Lincolnton man has been charged in connection with a Christmas Eve hit & run that critically injured a pedestrian on the Maiden Highway.
Monday, January 2, 2023

Pedestrian Struck by Vehicle Christmas Eve
A Lincolnton man who was struck by a vehicle in an apparent hit and run on Christmas eve remains in serious condition at Atrium Hospital in Charlotte.
Saturday, December 31, 2022

Car Stolen, Set on Fire
Law enforcement agencies in Cleveland and Gaston counties are trying to find the persons responsible for a stranded motorist carjacking.
Friday, December 30, 2022

Telephone Scam Calls Still Active In Lincoln County
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating two reported phone scams that have occurred since December 27, 2022.
Thursday, December 29, 2022

Lincolnton Man Charged With Child Sexual Assault
A Lincolnton man has been charged in connection with alleged child sexual assaults.
Thursday, December 29, 2022

Belmont Man Killed In Mountain Wreck
A young man from Belmont who had most recently been living in Asheville was killed in a single vehicle accident in Watauga County Wednesday morning (Dec. 28th).
Thursday, December 29, 2022

Convicted Felon Arrested on Firearms Charges--Again
Catawba County deputies arrested two men and seized numerous firearms from a Catawba residence on Tuesday (Dec. 27th).  
Thursday, December 29, 2022

Violence in Lincolnton
Lincolnton may be becoming a more violent place. Two incidents, one last week and one Tuesday (Dec. 27th) would seem to indicate such.
Thursday, December 29, 2022

Former Lincoln County Mgr Rick French Passes
Former Lincoln County Manager Rick French passed on Christmas Eve.  He was County Manager in Lincoln County from 1993-1998 and had served as Alexander County Manager since 1999.
Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Firefighters Handle Christmas Day Chimney Fire
Firefighters were called out late Sunday afternoon to a chimney fire at a home on Salem Church Road.  Their efforts succeeded in keeping the fire from spreading to the rest of the home.
Monday, December 26, 2022

Weather Update
Most of those who suffered power outages over the holiday weekend have now had their electricity restored.  The high winds have subsided, but it was still very cold Monday morning.
Sunday, December 25, 2022

Conserve Electricity (if you have it)
The temperatures may be rising compared to the extreme lows we've experienced Saturday and Sunday, but the cold weather isn't over.  Gaston County Emergency Management issued a news release asking residents to reduce their use of electricity where possible until temperatures increase.
Sunday, December 25, 2022

Merry (brrr) Christmas!
The worst of the fierce cold spell of Christmas 2022 is over for most of our area.  There are still a significant number of homes in Lincoln, Catawba and Gaston counties wihtout electricity.  Most of the outages now didn't happen until later in the day on Saturday.  Power may not be restored for some until late in the day Sunday.
Sunday, December 25, 2022

Holiday Weekend
The Christmas Holiday weekend has begun.  Government offices were closed Friday and most won't reopen until next Wednesday (Dec. 28th).
Friday, December 23, 2022

Coldest in Years Friday Night, Saturday (UPDATED)
Falling temperatures and increasing winds made Friday night (Dec. 23rd) dangerous for outdoor activities. Because of the risk of hypothermia with the extreme cold temperatures, the carriage &  wagon rides and Santa's House were canceled.  While winds had calmed a little, the wind chill at 7:15 AM Saturday was -7° in Lincolnton; the actual temp was 6°, up from the low of 5°.
Thursday, December 22, 2022

One Arrested, Another Charged in Family Dollar Robbery
Gaston County Police have arrested one of two men wanted in an armed robbery at the Family Dollar Store on Davis Park Road on December 9th and are looking for another suspect.
Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Charlotte Man Arrested In July Vehicle Break-Ins In Denver
A Charlotte man has been arrested in connection with vehicle break-ins in neighborhoods in eastern Lincoln County.
Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Commissioners Ban Tik Tok, Adopt Restrictions on Hunting
Two decisions by Lincoln County Commissioners came late in Monday night's meeting. They adopted a resolution that will restrict hunters from hunting on other people's property without permission and another that will make the internet media platform Tik Tok off limits on any County-owned device.
Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Toys for Tots
Thanks to generous contributors, the annual Toys for Tots campaign has been able to make Christmas a little brighter for some Lincoln County children.
Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Garden State Communities Gets Rezoning Approval
A long talked about rezoning request that will allow a new housing development on Highway 182 west of Lincolnton was finally approved by Lincoln County Commissioners Monday night (Dec. 19th).  
Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Sewage-Related Swimming Advisory Lifted
Monday afternoon the advisory for an unnamed cove at 8287 Deep Water Lane, where sewage may have leaked into Lake Norman, was cancelled.
Monday, December 19, 2022

Will We Have a White Christmas?
Most readers have no doubt heard the tv weather folk talking about the possibility of some snow before Christmas.  Our meteorological sources say it's quite possible--but don't get your hopes up for a White Christmas.  Like most of this month, it'll be wet getting there and cold over the weekend, but  it's not likely we'll have a picture postcard holiday.
Saturday, December 17, 2022

LCSO "Officers Of The Year 2022" Awards Announced
Lincoln County Sheriff Bill Beam presented law enforcement officers of the year awards on December 15, 2022 at a gathering at Risen Church in Lincolnton.
Friday, December 16, 2022

Houser & Rios Honored at County Luncheon
Joyce Houser, who works in the Tax Department, and Deanna Rios, LIncoln County Finance Director, were honored as the County Employee and Dept. Manager of the Year at the annual County employess Christmas luncheon Wednsday (Dec. 14th) at the Citizens Center.
Friday, December 16, 2022

Sex Offender Gets Long Sentence
A 56-year-old Dallas man will spend the next 35 years in prison aftr being convicted of possession of child pornography.  Timothy Scott Pennington was a known sex offender with prior convictions in Lincoln & Gaston counties.
Thursday, December 15, 2022

Man Who Damaged Lincolnton's Apple Free on Bond
By now, you have surely heard about the damage to the apple that is used for the New Year's Eve Apple Drop on the southeast Courtsquare in Lincolnton. Lincolnton Police issued a news release Thursday afternoon (Dec. 15th) that provides more information about what happened.
Thursday, December 15, 2022

The Grinch That Mangled the Apple
Chances are you've already seen what's in this article.  The City of Lincolnton posted it on their Facebook page.  It happened over the weekend (Saturday night Dec. 10th).  The good news is that the culprit was caught, and despite the damage to the apple, the New Year's Eve Apple Drop will go on as planned.
Thursday, December 15, 2022

Two Sought as Suspects in Armed Robbery
Two men are being sought by police for robbing the Family Dollar store on Davis Park Road in Gastonia last Friday (Dec. 9th). The two fled in a vehicle that was found a short distance away, but the suspects are still at large.
Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Danny Hipps Named New Town Manager for Long View
There's an opening for a City Council member in Maiden.  Danny Hipps has accepted a job as the new town manager of Long View.
Wednesday, December 14, 2022

School Board Meeting
Three members, two of them new, took their oaths of office and began their terms on the Lincoln County Board of Education Tuesday evening. Fred Jarrett, Krista Heavner and Tony Jenkins were elected in November.
Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Four-Year-Old Killed by Gunshot in Gaston County
A four-year-old Gaston County child died from a gunshot wound Tuesday afternoon (Dec. 13th) and three adults have been charged in connection with the incident.
Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Missing Runaway Teen Located And Safe
A teen reported missing on December 8, 2022 has been located and safe.
Saturday, December 10, 2022

Detectives Asking For Public's Help In Locating Runaway Teen
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating a runaway teen.
Friday, December 9, 2022

Pasta Piccinini Coming to Newton
A pasta manufacturer, Pasta Piccinini, is moving its US headquarters from California to Newton.  
Friday, December 9, 2022

CVCC Announces Lay-offs
Catawba Valley Community College has announced that it is reducing its workforce.  A news release, the school said declining enrollment has made the adjustment necessary.  27 employees were affected by the cutback.
Thursday, December 8, 2022

Teens Have Possession Of Drugs On School Property
On Wednesday, December 7, 2022, Deputy M. Shaw was parked on N NC 16 Business Hwy near Lincoln Charter School-Denver when he was approached by an individual who stated something was being sold out of a pickup truck parked in the school parking lot.
Thursday, December 8, 2022

Body Found in Catawba County Was Homicide Victim
The Medical examiner has ruled that the body found last Saturday (Dec. 3rd) off Lee Cline Road is that of a homicide victim, but the cause of death was not released in the autopsy report on Thursday.  Fingerprint analysis has now identified the victim in the case as Luiz Enrique Rodriguez, 51, a Catawba County resident.
Thursday, December 8, 2022

Camp Charged With Murder in Wednesday Shooting
Police have charged 50-year-old Muhammed Ali Camp with second degree murder in the shooting death of Valeska Keely Ward, 46, on Wednesday night (Dec. 7th).
Thursday, December 8, 2022

One Dead, One in Custody After Wednesday Night Shooting
A Wednesday night shooting on North Flint Street in Lincolnton left one person dead, another facing charges.
Thursday, December 8, 2022

Local Newspaper Has New Owner
The Lincoln Times-News has been sold to HRN Broadcasting, Inc.
Thursday, December 8, 2022

Commissioners, Others Begin Terms
Counties all across North Carolina saw new and re-elected County Commissioners take their oaths of office Monday.
Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Sheriff Bill Beam Sworn In To Second Term
Lincoln County Sheriff Bill Beam was sworn in to his second term in office Monday night at the James W. Warren Citizens Center in Lincolnton.
Tuesday, December 6, 2022

48th Annual Cat Square Christmas Parade Routes & Closures
This year’s 48th Annual Cat Square Christmas Parade will be on Saturday December 10 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Parade route, staging and line-up areas are included in this article with a map to click to.  You can also watch the parade online at
Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Maiden Man Arrested On Four Counts Indecent Exposure
On Thursday December 1 Maiden Police officers arrested Nelson Alexander Abarca, age 30, of Maiden on four counts of misdemeanor indecent exposure.
Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Dallas Man Charged With Child Sexual Assault
On November 21, 2022 the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office received information regarding the sexual assault of a child.  
Tuesday, December 6, 2022

County Commissioners Meet, Choose Mitchem as Chair
Lincoln County Commissioners met Monday night (Dec. 5th) at the James Warren Citizens Center.  New Commissioner Jamie Lineberger and Bud Cesena, re-elected in November, took their oaths of office.  Commissioners chose Carrol Mitchem as chair and Cesena as vice-chair for the next year.
Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Ronald Lee Burns Arrested in Shelton, Washington
A Cherryville man accused of molesting little girls who fled while out on bond awaiting trial has been apprehended in Washington state.  Ronald Lee Burns, who had been living under an assumed name there, was arrested after detectives begn investigating new allegations of a child sex offense involving Burns.
Monday, December 5, 2022

Stanley Man Arrested On Gaston & Lincoln County Warrants
Lincoln County Sheriff's deputies along with a Gaston County Police Department K-9 unit arrested a Stanley man on a number of charges on Wednesday.
Friday, December 2, 2022

Don't Let Flu Spoil Your Christmas
Much as you may have hated wearing a mask, it may be a good idea again this Winter.  COVID cases have declined, but the number of cases of flu are increasing.  It's also important that you get your flu shot.  
Thursday, December 1, 2022

City Council Meets Thursday Night
The Lincolnton City Council will hold its regular monthly meeting Thursday evening (Dec. 1st) at 7:30 at City Hall.  Two new Council members and Mayor Ed Hatley will take their oaths of office at the beginning of the meeting.
Thursday, December 1, 2022

Man Barricades Himself Inside Camper, Sets It On Fire
Around 10 p.m. on November 29, 2022 deputies responded to a possible burglary to a camper parked on the property in the 1300 block of Bess Chapel Church Road, Cherryville.
Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Road Closures & Detours For The Denver ELBA Christmas Parade Dec. 3
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office announces the Road Closures and Detours For The Denver ELBA Christmas Parade on December 3.
Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Catsquare Christmas
Christmas parades this weekend include Denver (12:30), Kings Mtn. (3 PM) and Gastonia (5 PM) Saturday (Dec. 3rd).  Next week, Cramerton has its parade on Tuesday (Dec. 6th).  Cherryville's parade will be Saturday morning (Dec. 10th) at 10:30.  On that Saturday afternoon at 1:00, it's the Catsquare Christmas Parade.
Wednesday, November 30, 2022

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