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Caroling group shares old tunes

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The Olde Towne Carolers of Lincolnton sing at the Arts Council of Lincoln County’s Festival of Trees. Pictured are (from left) Charles Holland, Sandy Eldridge, Diana Bayne and Michael Wright. JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Timeless holiday tunes. Classic look. Sharing the heart of Christmas. That’s the three-fold purpose of newly…

Paralyzed firefighter’s condition improving

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Adam Dancoff, with Lydia Boyles and his father, John Dancoff, during a therapy session at Phoenix Physical Therapy and Sports Performance in Denver. JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Nearly a year and a half after a Lincolnton firefighter dove into Lake Norman and became paralyzed from the waist down, doctors are…

Saine: State’s tier system for economic incentives is shorting Lincoln County

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer According to the North Carolina Commerce Department’s 2014 County Development Tier Designation Report, Lincoln County is now among the 20 most prosperous counties in the state. The state divided its 100 counties into three development tiers, with Tier 3 being the best and Tier 1 the…

Band with small-town roots finds big success

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer It seems national and international success came overnight for alternative rock band Another Lost Year, whose lead singer and other group members come from Lincoln County and the surrounding region. The musical quintet hasn’t been home in over a year, stopping in town earlier this month…

Men accused of stealing from local business

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Two out-of-county men have been charged with breaking into a Lincolnton business this month and stealing copper wire, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies arrested Christopher Alan Townsend, 32, of 5225 Wolfe Road in Hickory, on Monday. Townsend, owner of Auto Diesel Performance in Granite…

Mr. Offense

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Daniel Davila West Lincoln’s offense –– a hit-you-in-the-mouth rushing attack with very little passing –– flourished behind senior Daniel Davila. Although small in size, the 5-foot-7, 170-pound fullback came up big for the Rebels and helped carry them in 2013 to one of their best offensive seasons under fourth-year head…

Mr. MVP

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Chazz Surratt Fresh off its first state championship in football in 2012, East Lincoln had another incredible run this season behind a group of young players led by a sophomore quarterback in Chazz Surratt. Surratt did everything offensively for the Mustangs in 2013. He threw for 2,532 yards and 28…

Mr. Defense

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Darian Roseboro Lincolnton struggled on offense at the start of the season, but its defense was solid in all 14 games thanks in part to one of the region’s most sought-after players. No matter where the Wolves went, the stands were packed for two reasons: To see a program that…

2013 All-Lincoln County football team

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QB Chazz Surratt, East Lincoln, so. Passing: 175-285-9, 2,532 yards, 28 TDs Rushing: 212 carries, 1,619 yards, 34 TDs Notable: SD-7 2013 Offensive Player of the Year; offered by Clemson, N.C. State and UNC RB Daniel Davila, West Lincoln, sr. Rushing: 252 carries, 1,396 yards, 10 TDs Notable: SD-7 2013…

Hoops tourneys

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Peoples Bank Holiday Clash At West Lincoln Girls Friday, Dec. 27 Game 1: Bandys vs. Lincolnton, 3:30 p.m. Game 2: N. Lincoln at W. Lincoln, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28 Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 3:30 p.m. Game 2 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 6:30 p.m. Boys Friday,…