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Our View — Elect commissioners by equal districts

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The existing system of electing county commissioners isn’t serving the people of Lincoln County very well. This is not to complain about the quality of the commissioners elected, but to question the validity and fairness of the process. The 2010 race for commissioner in which eight Republican primary candidates competed…

A few words about the 5-string banjo

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DOUG MAYES Guest Columnist The recent passing of internationally famous 5-string banjo “picker” Earl Scruggs of Cleveland County has brought questions about his banjo.  Where did it come from? Who invented it? Who made it famous? Earl Scruggs is given credit for the 5-string banjo’s rise in popularity. He joined…

Obituaries — 5-16-12

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Donald Mack Cline Sr. Mr. Donald Mack Cline Sr., age 70, of 516 Battleground Road in Lincolnton, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, May 14, 2012. His funeral service will be 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 17, 2012 at First Wesleyan Church in Lincolnton with Rev. Tommy…

Mustangs hammer Shelby 12-2

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E. Lincoln wins second-round playoff game in six innings TRAVIS DURKEE Special to LTN DENVER — The East Lincoln varsity baseball team’s bats may have been shut down in the first round but the Mustang offense erupted in a 12-2 victory over Shelby in six innings Tuesday night in Denver.…

Lady Rebels slip past Bandys 2-1

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West Lincoln advances to third-round clash with North Lincoln MICHAEL GEBELEIN Sports Editor CATAWBA — The West Lincoln Lady Rebels varsity softball team took a 2-1 win over the Bandys Lady Trojans in the second round of the 2A state playoffs on Tuesday the hard way. West Lincoln took a…

Rebels’ playoff run, season ends in 2nd round

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KEN BRADLEY Special to LTN VALE — West Lincoln got out of the gates slow Tuesday night in the second round of the playoffs and the deficit proved insurmountable against an East Davidson team that made few mistakes. East Davidson scored three two-out runs in the first three innings and…

Slentz signs with Guilford Tech

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Results — 5-16-12

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Playoff softball North Lincoln defeated Polk County 3-2 on Tuesday. Golf state championships North Lincoln finished second overall in the NCHSAA 2A state golf championships. The Knights were 13 strokes behind Salisbury, the eventual winner of the tournament, after the first day of competition on Monday, and finished 31 strokes…

Obituaries — 5-14-12

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Bonnie Sue Gilbert Crowder Mrs. Bonnie Sue Gilbert Crowder, age 80, of 5958 Hoover Elmore Road in Lincolnton, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, May 12, 2012. Her funeral service will be 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at New Vision Ministries with Rev. Scott Mann…

Military news — 5-14-12

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Stover returns from Afghan deployment Army Maj. Bryan L. Stover has returned to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., after being deployed to Afghanistan serving in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Enduring Freedom is the official name given to anti-terrorism military operations involving U.S. troops and allied coalition partners. Reserve component members…