Cleveland County

Belmont has seen a lot of growth as more people move there and commute to Charlotte. It's one of many communities in Gaston County that's seen property values and rents rise in recent years.
Erin Keever / WFAE

Charlotte’s lack of affordable housing has some far-reaching ripples. Communities surrounding Mecklenburg County are growing faster, as people look farther out for homes that fit their budgets. That’s created some of the same problems Charlotte is grappling with – and some different ones too.

A deputy shot in the face and thigh in Cleveland County is expected to recover. 

The Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a suspicious person Tuesday night at KM Auto Brokers off Highway 74 near Kings Mountain.

Cleveland County Sheriff's Office
Cleveland County Sheriff's Office

A Cleveland County deputy was shot in the leg and face late Tuesday night after he responded to a call at a car dealership.

Credit Cleveland County Detention Center

The Cleveland County Sheriff’s Department has arrested 21 people on prescription drug charges, including a Shelby podiatrist. The investigation lasted for more than a year. 


Department of Energy

Cleveland County commissioners took a bit of an unusual vote Tuesday night at a public hearing. The commission approved tax incentives to lure a new business to Shelby—that part’s pretty standard. The strange part is that they don’t know what the business does.

Commissioners and documents just refer to the company as Project Gnome. Even commission chairman Ronald Hawkins doesn’t know the identity.

“I prefer not to know the details about the project, other than that there will be jobs [and] they will be good jobs,” Hawkins says.

Cleveland County To Launch Inmate-Work Program

May 13, 2013
flickr/Jimmy Emerson

The Cleveland County Sheriff's Office is launching a new program this summer that will allow inmates in Cleveland County to volunteer with local nonprofits.