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Rebels seek back-to-back SD-7 titles

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  RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor VALE — West Lincoln suffered its biggest defeat in over three years on Wednesday, but all it did was prepare the Rebels for today — and beyond. West Lincoln, which was run-ruled by the nation’s second-ranked team in Alexander Central, can clinch its second conference…

Doeren ‘excited’ for Roseboro’s future with ’Pack

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RICHARD WALKER The Gaston Gazette According to his new coach, Lincolnton’s Darian Roseboro has had to deal with being homesick at N.C. State. But Roseboro showed enough in Wolfpack spring football practice to leave Dave Doeren excited about the 6-foot-4, 280-pounder’s future. “I just met with him today,” Doeren said…

Obituaries — 5-1-15

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  Inez McGinnis Cloninger Inez McGinnis Cloninger, 92, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on April 30, 2015, at Brian Center in Lincolnton. She was born on July 1, 1922, in Gaston County, the daughter of the late Summey and Dare Rhyne McGinnis. In addition to her…

Carillon’s ‘Jazz and Juleps’ event to raise funds for Arts Council

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Staff report Carillon Assisted Living of Lincolnton will host a Southern- themed event, “Jazz and Juleps On the Terrace,” to raise funds for the Arts Council of Lincoln County. Carillon invites guests to enjoy live jazz, mint juleps and hors d’oeuvres on its rose-filled trellis patio on Saturday from 2-4…

Deputies ID student who wrote hit list at WLMS

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Staff report The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said a 15-year-old male eighth grade student at West Lincoln Middle School admitted writing “an alleged hit list” found at the school on Tuesday. Students at the school found the note, which was left in a boys’ bathroom. Deputies increased their presence at…

Deputies ask for public’s help to locate missing teen

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Staff report The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to locate a missing 16-year-old girl. Aniya Symone Mikki Weeks was reported missing on Wednesday, deputies said. She was last seen going to school from McCorkle Road in Lincolnton. Weeks is described as a 5-foot-5 black female.…

Owners move ice cream shop south

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  ADAM LAWSON Staff Writer Jim Cady just couldn’t stay away. After moving from New York to Denver to “retire” in 2007, the former power company electrician spent a year or so relaxing but, ultimately, he needed something to fill his days. For the 10 years prior, he and his…

OUR VIEW — Wrong from the beginning

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Sure, county commissioners have a difficult, important job. But only in Gaston County would elected officials be softheaded enough to think that policy work entitles them to a lifetime of largely taxpayer-funded health insurance for themselves and their families. The reek of self-administered special treatment, which we all can agree…

Birthday evening a real crowd pleaser

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist It was birthday party that turned into a pig picking that was a crowd pleaser and some good eating. No happy birthday songs but lots of laughter and some pictures for good memories for a special girl who turned 14. The age-old expression “blackberry winter” fit…

Sheriff to commissioners: ‘I feel disrespected’

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  PHIL PERRY and ADAM LAWSON Staff Writers After Lincoln County commissioners held a marathon meeting on Tuesday to discuss the county budget one final time before it is presented at a May 18 meeting, Lincoln County Sheriff David Carpenter was very candid about his feelings toward commissioners — specifically,…