Crowd demands ‘freedom’ from COVID-19 vaccine

LINCOLNTON — Nearly 200 people gathered on Court Square in downtown Lincolnton to protest vaccine mandates enacted by a number of companies to protect their employees from COVID-19. After less than an hour, the event became a campaign rally for conservative candidates who addressed the crowd.  Among the speakers at the event were family nurse practitioner Katie Kissel — who […]

Prisoner awaiting sentencing hangs himself in Lincoln County detention center

A man awaiting sentencing on sexual assault charges died late Thursday after hanging himself at the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center. Employees collecting laundry from prisoners found an unresponsive Randy Rinck, 61, at about 11:30 p.m., according to a sheriff’s office media release. Responders from Lincoln County EMS were called to the scene but were unable to revive Rinck. […]

Two charged with stealing guns, ammunition, other items

LINCOLNTON — Two Lincoln County residents have been arrested in connection with break-ins in Lincoln and Catawba counties, officials said.  Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives identified Dustin Edward Thomas, 29, of N.C. 73 in Lincolnton, and April Nicole Bain, 41, of Greenway Road in Iron Station, as two suspects, the sheriff’s office said in a news Friday.  Officers got permission from […]

Riverbend Creamery flavors fresh from farm

LINCOLNTON — A new ice cream shop at a family-owned dairy farm in Lincolnton is giving area residents a taste of some homemade desserts made using milk from a rare breed of cow.  Riverbend Creamery, which offers 30 flavors of ice cream, officially opened its doors Sept. 4.  “It’s been a long time coming; I’m glad we’re finally opening,” Piedmont […]

Authorities investigate ‘suspicious’ death of man found in woods

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office detectives are investigating the death of a man whose body was found Tuesday in a secluded wooded area off Smith Farm Road, just west of U.S. 321 and southeast of Lincolnton.  Deputies responded at about 7:40 p.m. Tuesday to a call about a suspicious vehicle off the road in a wooded area. “A check of the […]

New restaurant blends Southern charm, hometown feel

LINCOLNTON — A new destination for Southern-inspired cuisine will soon be opening in downtown Lincolnton.  The proposal for Local Roots & Provisions, a restaurant just steps away from the Lincoln County Courthouse, was approved by the Lincolnton City Council in December 2019.  Rachel Herman, who owns the restaurant with her husband, Ethan, and their longtime friends Wes Spainhour, the head […]

Lincolnton event to feature musicians, poets

  LINCOLNTON — The Arts Council of Lincoln County, in collaboration with the city of Lincolnton, will hold its first Juneteenth event in downtown Lincolnton on June 19.    What is Juneteenth?  Juneteenth is a holiday to commemorate the emancipation of enslaved people in the U.S. The first celebration took place in Texas on June 19, 1865, when slaves were […]

Ice cream shop offers own take on milkshake

LINCOLNTON — A new ice cream shop in downtown Lincolnton is making a statement with its towering treats.    ‘A blessing in disguise’ Joshua Ruiz, a Lincolnton native, said serving ice cream has always been a tradition in his family, and that both he and his parents owned ice cream trucks in the past. After running their truck for two […]

Coffee for a cause: Local cart has global reach

LINCOLNTON — When Kayla Goins was just 15 years old, she went on her first mission trip to Honduras. It was there that she discovered a passion for community service.  During the trip, Goins formed a close bond with children at an orphanage, spending ample time feeding and playing with the children who stayed there. She also visited the slums […]

Authors: Local man really was Jean Laffite

LINCOLNTON — After two years of traveling through multiple states and researching, Lincolnton natives Ashley Oliphant and Beth Yarbrough believe they have uncovered the mystery of Lorenzo Ferrer, who many thought was actually the famous pirate Jean Laffite.  The two recently released their book, “Jean Laffite Revealed: Unraveling One of America’s Longest Running Mysteries,” in which they detail how the […]