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WRESTLING — ‘We were right there’

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N-C ekes by Rebels in SD-7 opener RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor NEWTON — Butch Ross didn’t get the result he hoped for, but he definitely saw the sky’s the limit for his West Lincoln wrestling team. Newton-Conover got a match-clinching pin from Holden Benfield late, and the Red Devils defeated the…

PREP BASKETBALL — Mustangs get off to strong start

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EL boys earn first 2 wins less than 19 hours apart PHILLIP GARDNER Gaston Gazette DENVER — After weeks and weeks of waiting to start the varsity boys basketball season, East Lincoln is off to a fast start with two wins in less than 19 hours. The Mustangs opened the…

LOCAL ROUNDUP — Roseboro has five tackles in N.C. loss in Shrine Bowl

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Staff report South Carolina survived five turnovers and several tricks plays to beat North Carolina 21-12 Saturday in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas in Spartanburg, S.C. Both offenses struggled, but South Carolina got a special teams touchdown for the game’s first score and capitalized on a late North Carolina fumble…

UPCOMING GAMES — 12/22/14

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Today Wrestling W. Lincoln at Cary tournament, 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23 Wrestling E. Lincoln at McDowell, 9 a.m. Wolfpack Holiday Duals at Lincolnton, 9:30 a.m. W. Lincoln at Cary tournament, 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24 No games scheduled Thursday, Dec. 25 No games scheduled Friday, Dec. 26 No games…

Obituaries — 12-22-14

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Alice Nora Varner Crouse Alice Nora Varner Crouse, 87, of 4712 E. Highway 150 in Lincolnton, died on Thursday, December 18, 2014. Her funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, December 23, 2014, at Providence Road Baptist Church with Rev. Charles Worley, Rev. Macon Ballard, and Rev.…

Our View: More oversight, less nonsense

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Lincolnton city manager Jeff Emory told this newspaper, in a story in Friday’s edition, that his self-approved 1 percent cost-of-living raise — a raise he wasn’t eligible for under the terms of his contract — was a simple oversight. If that’s the case, it begs the question what other simple…

Vote-buying allegations prompt state board review

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated columnist The agenda for a recent State Board of Elections meeting sounded like something out of a novel or HBO series or third world country. Could vote-buying really be happening in North Carolina? And by no less than a candidate for sheriff? That was the accusation by…

Criminal Charges — 12-22-14

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Jason Cole, Jr., 34, of 3933 Mohawk Ct. in Charlotte was charged Dec. 18 with one count each of felony larceny and possessing stolen goods. An unknown bond amount was set. Thomas Harlee Bailey, III, 38, of 101 Cindy Ln. in…

Commissioners get update on growth, approve raises for Register and Sheriff

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Staff report County commissioners received an update on the county’s growth during their Fiscal Year 2016 Planning Retreat last Tuesday. According to county manager Kelly Atkins, the county’s population is expected to increase by 13,000 residents, bringing the total population to 93,000 by 2020. Most of the county’s growth is…

Tree lot has a long history

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest columnist Gerald Sain told me he and his son, Mark, have been selling Christmas trees for 28 years on his lot at the corner of Highway 150 and Highway 27 in Boger City. Sain retired from his store, Boger City Furniture, three years ago, after having his…

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