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Rudisill named mayor of Cat Square

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer After all of the smoke cleared from a late flurry of voting in Cat Square’s annual mayoral race, one person was left standing and honored as Cat Square’s 41st ceremonial mayor. Sheldon “Tater” Rudisill edged out nominees Bobby Gannt and David McKissick and will be honored…

ABC store planned for western Lincoln County

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County’s Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Commission is currently working with state officials to develop a liquor store for western Lincoln County, at the intersection of Highway 27 and Highway 18. According to Lincoln County ABC Commission chair Mike Baker, the venture is still in its…

Three nabbed in drug busts

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Staff report Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators arrested three people Thursday in two separate incidents during a surveillance operation south of Lincolnton. Narcotics investigators were conducting an undercover operation near the Dollar General store in High Shoals and completed a hand-to-hand drug transaction with the suspects, deputies said. Tina…

Veterans recognized at Pearl Harbor ceremony

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Lincolnton mayor honors vets for service, courage PHIL PERRY Staff Writer When Lincolnton Mayor John O. Gilleland made a heartfelt and emotional tribute to Lincoln County veterans at Thursday’s City Council meeting, it was apparent that he expected the city would unite on Sunday at a Pearl Harbor Day observance…

City, DDA clash over funding

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincolnton’s Downtown Development Association clashed with City Council during a funding discussion at a meeting Thursday night. During her presentation, Downtown Development Association chair Brooke Sherrill asked council members to consider rolling over unexpended funds from the Business and Community Development Department Façade Grant Program, during…

Denver gets in the Christmas spirit with annual parade

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East Lincoln finds ways to win

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RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor DENVER — Losing isn’t an option for East Lincoln. Like the Mustangs have done so many times before — at North Lincoln on Sept. 5, against Gastonia Forestview on Sept. 15, against Lincolnton on Oct. 4 and against R-S Central on Nov. 14 — they staved off a loss…

CHAMPIONSHIP BOUND

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Fourth quarter burst lifts Mustangs past Franklin RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor DENVER — East Lincoln may not have been at its best Friday. But even in their sub-par performance, the Mustangs were good enough to earn a shot at a state title. Chazz Surratt accounted for 441 yards and two scores,…

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…