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Lincolnton soccer falls in playoffs

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer LINCOLNTON — The Lincolnton Wolves fell to the Newton-Conover Red Devils 3-1 in the third round of the 2A soccer playoffs on Wednesday. The Wolves were anxious to win and advance to the fourth round of the playoffs, an honor they’ve already achieved twice in school…

Local football teams play second-round games today

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Lincolnton, E. Lincoln face opponents from last year’s playoffs MICHAEL GEBELEIN Sports Editor Game of the Week: Starmount Rams (10-1, 7-1 MVC) at East Lincoln Mustangs (12-0, 7-0 SPC) The Starmount Rams travel to East Lincoln today for a rematch of last year’s first-round battle in which the Mustangs fell…

Lincoln Times-News Pigskin Picks

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The Lincoln Times-News panel of Lincoln County football observers selects game winners and scores for local high school football games each week. Week 13 games: Starmount at East Lincoln Lincolnton at Thomasville Lake Norman Charter at Hendersonville Bandys at Newton-Conover Owen at Madison Polk County at Shelby Wild card: Wake…

West Lincoln Fall Sports Awards

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Varsity Football awards- Most Outstanding Offensive Player:  Daniel Davila, Most Outstanding Defensive Player: Derrick Braun, Outstanding Lineman: Andres Gonzalez, Outstanding Back: Miguel Corella, Rebel Pride Award: Brandon Boyles, JV Football MVP:  Noah Marsh. Varsity Cheer awards- MVP: Hanna Gales, Team Before Self: Kylie Fortenberry, Most Spirited: Alexis Adams, Coaches Award:…

Deputies make meth arrests

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Deputies locked up five suspects Thursday after several calls to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office drug tip line prompted narcotics officers to investigate possible drug activity near Pumpkin Center and Lowesville. Investigators located a meth lab at a residence on Hunter Rhyne Road and materials for…

Around Town — 11-9-12

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FRIDAY Hot dog sale Westside House of Prayer, 4260 Flay Rd. in Lincolnton, will host a hot dog sale 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call Robin at (704) 732-4493. College registration Registration and advising is ongoing through Nov. 15 for returning Gaston College students. Visit gaston.edu to…

McCrory chooses Rhyne as counsel for transition

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer  Johnathan Rhyne, former state representative and partner at The Jonas Law Firm in downtown Lincolnton, will join Governor-elect Pat McCrory’s transition-leadership team, the former Charlotte mayor announced Thursday. McCrory defeated Democratic opponent Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton Tuesday night in his bid to be the first Republican…

Plea deal spells shorter prison time for killer

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Investigator says circumstantial case risked letting Gaddy walk JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer  A Denver man, who’s been behind bars since 2010 for killing a neighbor and burning down his residence, received a reduced sentence Tuesday following a plea agreement, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said. A judge consolidated John Paul…

City to wait on high court decision

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer  The Lincolnton City Council decided to delay taking any action regarding Internet sweepstakes operations Thursday night, opting instead to let the N.C. Supreme Court pass its judgment on such businesses first. In a unanimous vote, council members tabled imposing privilege license fees or zoning standards on…

Blackburn to return as Cherryville city manager

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Staff Writer  Former Cherryville City Manager Ben Thomas Blackburn Jr. will return to his old position after a decade, the city announced Wednesday. Currently the city manager in Lowell, Blackburn received the backing of the City Council after being chosen from a field of 21 applicants. The Cherryville native served…