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Barefoot water skiing coming to Lake Norman again

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Nearly 20 sports enthusiasts from across the Southeast are expected to brave Lake Norman’s waters on Thursday to compete in one of the longest running barefoot waterski tournaments in the world. Known as the Lake Norman New Year’s Day Barefoot Challenge, the competition has been a…

Criminal Charges — 12-29-14

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Ernie Lee Sherrill, Jr., 60, of 322 Lee Ave. in Lincolnton was charged Dec. 23 with one count of failure to comply. A $415 cash bond was set. Jeremy Lee Stratton, 30, of 145 Bittersweet Way in Lexington, Kentucky was charged…

Officials: City, county made progress in 2014

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer With less than a week left in 2014, city and county leaders reflected on the year’s accomplishments and anticipate the future goals and challenges for the New Year. “It’s just been a great year for economic development,” county commissioner Alex Patton said. “We didn’t raise taxes,…

Cherryville Traditional Shooters take aim at a happy New Year

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Black powder group keeps age-old tradition alive PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Many rituals are rooted in tradition. They bring us closer to the past and often celebrate cultural identity or affirm a select set of family values. As New Year’s Eve approaches, the Cherryville Traditional Shooters will once again bring…

Lincoln County horseman content with a cowboy’s life

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Some say that there aren’t many cowboys left. There are multi-millionaire country music stars that sport a Stetson hat and designer boots, but most of them haven’t lived a cowboy’s life. Andy Mauney, of Mauney Farms in Vale, is a real cowboy. The 70-year-old lifelong horse…

Editor’s Note — A Christmas feast

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Each year, for the past four years, my wife and children and I meet with a group of our closest friends at the El Marquez Mexican restaurant in Lincolnton for a Christmas dinner. The first time, in 2011, my wife was soon to give birth to Connor, our son who…

Wolves on a roll

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Lincolnton enters tourney undefeated RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor Lincolnton’s boys basketball team enters the Peoples Bank Holiday Clash red hot, and the Wolves would like to keep it that way. Lincolnton’s 6-0 start highlights the boys portion of the annual tournament, which gets underway today at North Lincoln. The Wolves…

EL opens Winter Jam with win

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LINCOLN TIMES-NEWS Sage Surratt scored 27 points and Chazz Surratt added 26 as East Lincoln scored five unanswered points in the final 21 seconds to beat Comenius (S.C.) 83-80 in the opening round of the annual East Lincoln Winter Jam on Saturday. The Mustangs (3-0) will host Charlotte Independence tonight…

UPCOMING GAMES — 12/29/14

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Today Basketball E. Lincoln Winter Jam, Day 2 Peoples Bank tournament begins at N. Lincoln Freedom Invitational, Day 2 Tuesday, Dec. 30 Basketball E. Lincoln Winter Jam, Day 3 Peoples Bank tournament at N. Lincoln, Day 2 Freedom Invitational, Day 3 Wrestling Lincolnton, W. Lincoln at E. Burke tournament Wednesday,…

Obituaries — 12-29-14

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Russell M. Branch Russell M. Branch, 89, went to be reunited with his wife in Heaven on Saturday, December 27, 2014. Born in Burke County on December 21, 1925, he was the son of the late Russell McKinley Branch and Dora Mable Lefevre Branch. Russell was a member of Glen…