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

A Lincolnton woman was charged in a Friday afternoon (March 17th) wreck on Startown Road that killed a four-year-old child.  The Highway Patrol says driving while impaired was a factor in the fatal crash.
Saturday, March 18, 2023

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

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

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

Police Seek Help in Identifying Suspect
Gastonia Police have released a security video of a suspect in an attempted armed robbery earlier this month.
Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Sheriff's Detectives Investigating Shots Fired Into Residence
Lincoln County Sheriff's detectives are investigating an incident where shots were fired into an occupied residence in eastern Lincoln County.
Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Freeze Warning
The National Weather Service has issued a freeze warning for our area. Temperatures Tuesday and Wednesday mornings will be in the 20s.
Monday, March 13, 2023

Update on Bank Failures
Very few (if any) readers are old enough to remember how a run on banks in 1929 started the Great Depression; but most are familiar with the collapse in the housing market that started the Great Recession in 2008.
Monday, March 13, 2023

Search Warrant Nets Methamphetamine Traffickers
On March 9, 2023, a Narcotics Operation was conducted between the Lincoln, Cleveland and Caldwell County Sheriff Offices. The joint operation resulted in a large seizure of narcotics and the arrest of a two Methamphetamine Traffickers.
Friday, March 10, 2023

Hickory Man Charged With Number Of Thefts In Lincoln County
Lincoln County Sheriff's detectives charged a Hickory man on March 9, 2023 in connection with a rash of thefts and possession charges in Lincoln County.
Friday, March 10, 2023

Lengthy Investigation Leads To Arrest On Drug & Weapon Charges
A lengthy investigation by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators led to a number of drug related charges against a Lincoln County man.
Thursday, March 9, 2023

Stanley Honors Two Of Its Best Citizens
The Stanley Town Council has honored Rev. Dr. Armstrong and retired SPD officer Carrigan with proclamations and plaques.
Thursday, March 9, 2023

LCSO Will Add New Law Enforcement District On March 10
The current district will be split in half with the Charlie District located from just north of NC 73 Highway in the area of Unity Church Road to the Gaston County line.  The new district will be the Denver District and will cover the area from north of NC 73 to the Catawba County line.

Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Revaluation is NOT a Tax Bill
Residents of area counties, like those in most of North Carolina, recently received a notice of the new value of their property for tax purposes.  While the appraisals are--as expected--significantly increased from the previous revaluation, as noted on the notice you received, it is NOT a tax bill.  Your property taxes may or may not increase for 2023.
Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Sheriff's Detectives Investigate Break-In At Denver Business
On March 4, 2023 deputies were dispatched to Denver Construction Company at 4501 N NC 16 Business Highway reference someone cutting through a chain link fence and entering the business.
Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Atrium Health Lifts Visitor Restrictions Due To Flu
Effective at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, March 7, flu restrictions limiting visitation by those aged 12 and under was lifted at Charlotte-area Atrium Health hospitals. A significant drop in the number of patients being seen with flu-like symptoms prompted the change.
Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Driver Found & Arrested in Stopped School Bus Incident
The man who passed a stopped school bus and almost hit two children has been identified and arrested by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.
Saturday, March 4, 2023

Two Arrested for Threats at Maiden High School
An 18-year-old and a juvenile are in custody after allegedly threatening violence at Maiden High School.
Friday, March 3, 2023

Council Rejects Zoning Requests
Even before the one person who signed up to speak at the public hearing spoke, the Lincolnton City Council had obviously already decided to reject a plan that would have allowed building duplexes on the old Police Station location at the corner of Main & Flint streets.
Friday, March 3, 2023

Memorial Donation Benefits Several LC Emergency Responders
Joseph Mannino made the donations to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Lincoln County EMS and City of Lincolnton Fire Department in memory of his late wife, Jayne. Mannino.
Wednesday, March 1, 2023

One Person Dies In House Fire
On February 28, 2023 at approximately 5:20 p.m., Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to assist county fire departments with an active structure fire in the 2100 block of Fox Creek Trail, Lincolnton, NC.
Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Stanley Man Killed in I-77 Wreck
A Stanley man was killed Tuesday afternoon (Feb. 28th) in a wreck on Interstate 77 near Mooresville.
Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Local Newspaper Changing Publication Days
The Lincoln Times-News is changing its publication days.  Instead of Wednesday and Friday, starting next week, the paper will change to Monday and Thursday.
Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Robbery at Propst Superette
The Catawba County Sheriff's Office is asking for help from the public in its investigation of a Friday night robbery on Highway 10 near Mt. Olive Church Road.
Monday, February 27, 2023

College, CaroMont Health Earn Excellence Award
Gaston College and CaroMont Health were both honored by the North Carolina Community College System and the N.C. State Board of Community Colleges as the recipients of the Distinguished Partners in Excellence Award for 2023.
Thursday, February 23, 2023

Women And Attention Deficit Disorder
What to know about an often hidden disability.
Thursday, February 23, 2023

The Buying Power Of Women
With Women’s History Month mere days away, it’s a good time to consider their economic importance. Women today control about a third of all household financial assets.
Thursday, February 23, 2023

Dallas Mourns Death of Teen Killed in US321 Wreck
A gathering was held at First United Methodist Church in Dallas Tuesday night to remember and mourn the loss of a teenager killed in a wreck on US 321 early Monday afternoon (Feb. 20th).
Wednesday, February 22, 2023

This reporter has often said, make sure of your source.  It's sometimes amazing how false rumors can develop very quickly.  Two recent rumors, one of which was spread on Facebook and exacerbated by a Charlotte tv station and another which drew a crowd to Monday night's County Commissioners meeting emphasize my point.
Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Deputy OK; Woman Arrested After Monday Incident
A Lincoln County Sheriff's Deputy was injured in a Monday night incident on Hwy 73, but was rescued from more serious injuries by a bystander.  A young Denver woman fled the scene but was arrested in Charlotte and charged with attempted murder.
Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Maiden Man Arrested on Drug Charges
A 29-year-old Maiden man had his first appearance in court Monday (Feb. 20th) after being arrested Friday on drug trafficking charges by Maiden Police.
Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Deputy Stuck By Car While Attempting to Quell Argument
An argument between two women on Highway 73 turned into an incident in which a Lincoln County Sheriff's Deputy was injured and one of the women arrested on a serious charge Monday night (Feb. 20th).
Monday, February 20, 2023

WHKY-TV Sold to SonLife Broadcasting
Hickory televison station, WHKY-TV, channel 14, is being sold. The buyer is SonLife Broadcasting, a Louisiana-based ministry headed by the Reverend Jimmy Swaggart.
The transaction is expected to close during second quarter of this year.

Thursday, February 16, 2023

Sheriff's Investigators Execute Search Warrant
During the search narcotics investigators found one and half pounds’ crystal methamphetamine, 14 ounces of marijuana, one loaded firearm, over $13,000 in U. S. currency along with other drug related items.
Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Congressman Shares Info on Balloon, UFOs
North Carolina 14th District Congressman Jeff Jackson has shared info with his constituents on what everybody has been talking about: the Chinese spy balloon and the as yet unidentified objects shot down since the spy balloon.
Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Child Porn Arrest
A Maiden man had his first appearance in district court Tuesday (Feb. 14th) after being arrested for possession of child pornography.  
Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Thursday Meeting Will Show Plans for Intersection
The long discussed intersection improvement project at NC16 and Optimist Club Road will be the subject of a drop-in meeting from 5-7 PM Thursday (Feb. 16th) at the East Lincoln Community Center.
Saturday, February 11, 2023

Zill Named New GCPD Chief
The new chief of the Gaston County Police Department will be an officer promoted from within the ranks.  Stephen Zill will become the new chief in early March.
Saturday, February 11, 2023

Arrests Made in 2021 Homicide
Following  months of intense investigation, two Maiden residents were charged Thursday (Feb. 9th) in the July 2021 death of William Buster McCarter, a 37-year-old Lincolnton man.
Friday, February 10, 2023

Two Being Held in 2021 Murder
Two people are in custody charged in the homicide of a Lincolnton man, William Buster McCarter, in July 2021.
Thursday, February 9, 2023

Simple Assault Charge Filed On Former LCSO Sergeant & Deputy
Rutherford County District Attorney Ted Bell has filed an assault charge on a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Sergeant in connection with a May 28, 2022 arrest that occurred in Lincoln County.
Thursday, February 9, 2023

2023-2024 Lincoln County Kindergarten Registration Begins
Registration for children entering kindergarten will begin on Monday, February 13, 2023 and will continue through Friday, March 17, 2023. Children who will turn five-years-old on or before August 31, 2023 will need to be registered between those dates.
Wednesday, February 8, 2023

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

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

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

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