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LHS girls beat Rams

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Staff report The Lincolnton Lady Wolves girls varsity basketball team extended its win streak to three games and held onto its first place tie with Lake Norman Charter with a 55-39 rout of the winless Highland Tech Rams (0-19, 0-11 Southern Piedmont 1A/2A Conference) on Tuesday. Tuesday’s win sets Lincolnton…

Ironmen upset Mustangs 93-88

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Staff report East Lincoln junior Charlie Hills and freshman Chazz Surratt combined for 43 points but the Mustangs’s boys varsity basketball team fell to the sixth-place Cherryville Ironmen 93-88 on Tuesday. The Ironmen led 21-17 at the end of the first quarter but the Mustangs outscored Cherryville 23-20 to go…

W. Lincoln girls fall to LNC 49-37

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Staff report The West Lincoln Lady Rebels girls varsity basketball team fell to first-place Lake Norman Charter 49-37 on Tuesday. Lake Norman Charter (15-4, 10-1 Southern Piedmont 1A/2A Conference) held an 8-6 lead at the end of the first quarter, and took advantage of a West Lincoln scoring drought near…

N. Lincoln baseball players sign with Wilkes CC

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North Lincoln seniors Owen Lilly (pictured above, second from left) and Jacob Osenbaugh (pictured below, second from left) recently signed letters of intent to play baseball for the Wilkes Community College Cougars.…

Sports Briefs — 2/6/13

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Valentine’s 5K East Lincoln High School’s cross-country team and Cowan’s Ford Country Club are hosting the Valentine’s 5K couples and fun run on Feb. 16 at 9:30 a.m. The race is the first of the Lincoln County Grand Prix circuit and runs alongside Lake Norman and the Cowan’s Ford golf…

Results — 2/6/13

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Boys basketball Highland Tech (8-11, 7-4) beat Lincolnton (10-9, 6-5) 48-41 on Tuesday. Alonzo Mobley paced Lincolnton with 12 points. Quinlyn Harris added 10 points. Bessemer City (15-5, 7-4) beat North Lincoln (9-12, 2-9) 69-62 in overtime on Tuesday. With the game tied at 58-58 at the end of regulation…

Citizens aid deputies in arrest of fraud suspects

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Local citizens assisted deputies Saturday in apprehending a New York man along with two Charlotte individuals accused of fraud at an eastern Lincoln County convenience store after two of the three suspects tried to flee the scene, prompting officers to use a stun gun on one…

County’s jobless rate back above 10 percent

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Lincoln County saw its unemployment rate rise to 10.1 percent in the month of December, up from 9.5 a month earlier, but down more than a percentage point from the previous December’s rate. It was one of 97 out of 100 North Carolina counties…

Cool John Ferguson brings the blues

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Restaurant owner receives state recognition for downtown efforts

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Osama Yousef, owner of Court Street Grille and previous chair of Lincolnton’s Downtown Development Association, was among those recognized by the North Carolina Department of Commerce for their efforts last year with the N.C. Main Street and Small Town Main Street programs. The awards were handed…