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LOCAL ROUNDUP — WL girls basketball team routs Cherryville

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LINCOLN TIMES-NEWS West Lincoln’s girls basketball team outscored Cherryville by 20 in the second half on its way to a 53-35 win on Friday night. Kylee Leonhardt had 15 points, three rebounds and two steals, Madison Ferguson scored 10 points on 4 of 7 shooting, Hope Ramsey had eight points,…

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL — Battle of the unbeatens

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Undefeated Franklin, perfect East Lincoln to determine 2AA West regional champion RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor Undefeated East Lincoln is one win away from playing for a state title. Its opponent, Franklin, can say the same thing. The top-ranked and top-seeded Mustangs host the unbeaten Panthers, the state’s third-ranked team and…

PREP HOOPS — WL boys pick up win due to Foard’s forfeit

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Tigers drop two victories for their use of ineligible player JORDAN ANDERS Hickory Daily Record Fred T. Foard Athletic Director Tom Harper confirmed Wednesday the school’s boys basketball program has forfeited two victories this season due to participation by an ineligible player. The Tigers (3-2) forfeited wins in their first…

COLLEGE SIGNINGS — Local volleyball standouts sign with Catawba Valley C.C.

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LINCOLN TIMES-NEWS A pair of local volleyball standouts will take their talents to Catawba Valley Community College next year. Victoria Carter of Lincoln Charter and North Lincoln’s Savannah Dishman have signed their national letters of intent to play for the Red Hawks in 2015. Carter played for the Carolina Storm…

UPCOMING GAMES — 12/5/14

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Today Basketball N. Lincoln at Lincolnton W. Lincoln at Cherryville Varsity football NCHSAA 2AA West regional final: Franklin at E. Lincoln, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6 Wrestling E. Lincoln at Patton tournament, 9 a.m. Lincolnton, N. Lincoln, W. Lincoln at St. Stephens Indian Classic…

Meth, guns found in sting

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Staff report Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators arrested five people during a surveillance operation Wednesday afternoon. Investigators were conducting surveillance in the parking lot of the Bi-Lo grocery store at 742 Highway 27 West in Lincolnton when they observed two vehicles converge and conduct a drug transaction, deputies said.…

After overcrowding, Lincoln animal shelter gets relief

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer There couldn’t be a more perfect time of year to introduce that new member of your family to their new home. The Lincoln County Animal Shelter hopes to lighten its burden with an increase in adoptions during the holiday season. Last month, the shelter released a…

Lincolnton High brings mystery to the stage

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LHS drama students present ‘Her Lips Are Sealed’ as dessert theater PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Lincolnton High School drama teacher Shane Stephens believes that a good “who-done-it” mystery is a gateway to the hearts of most theater enthusiasts. The educator, now in his ninth year at the school, will lead…

County remains in top economic tier

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Staff report North Carolina’s Department of Commerce 2015 Economic Development Tier Rankings were released on Nov. 26. Lincoln County remained in the Tier 3 designation, meaning it is one of the least economically distressed counties in the state. Mandated by state law, the designations are used to “determine a variety…

Santa’s Sac toy drive set for Saturday at country club

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Two truckloads of toys can do a lot of good in Lincoln County for children who may not have something to open on Christmas. Organizers for “Santa’s Sac,” a Lincoln County nonprofit organization that celebrated its inaugural event in 2013, look forward to the challenge of…