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Games put on hold

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RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor The most hyped high school basketball game in recent memory was put on hold. All but one athletic event scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, including the heavyweight basketball matchups between Lincolnton and East Lincoln, was postponed due to the aftermath of Winter Storm Jonas, with most…

Panthers make us proud

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The Carolina Panthers have made all of North Carolina proud. The team made it to Super Bowl 50 with an utter massacre of the Arizona Cardinals, and they looked like they were having fun doing it. The Panthers’ momentum is undeniable, and they’re the betting favorites to win the big…

Panthers not content being in Super Bowl, want to win it all

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CHARLOTTE (AP) — Carolina coach Ron Rivera remembers turning to Dave Gettleman following a training camp practice this summer, and asking the Panthers general manager, “Am I seeing what I think I’m seeing?” Rivera wanted verification that this Panthers team was clearly the most talented he’s coached in five seasons…

Broncos heap praise on Panthers

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Nothing but compliments for Cam Newton after completely bashing Tom Brady. And no, this nasty Denver Broncos defense hasn’t suddenly turned soft. They’re simply playing nice with the Super Bowl still two weeks away. The pleasantries seem tame after all the trash talking Denver did before…

WF blows lead late against Virginia

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WINSTON-SALEM (AP) — Darius Thompson hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give No. 11 Virginia a 72-71 victory over Wake Forest on Tuesday night. Malcolm Brogdon scored 28 points and Anthony Gill added 17 for the Cavaliers (16-4, 5-3 Atlantic Coast Conference). The league’s top 3-point shooting team shook…

Reader’s Forum: Leaders should help Lincolnton grow — 1-27-16

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Leaders should help Lincolnton grow It was with sadness that I read Ms Sherrill’s editorial regarding the reluctance of local boards to move forward with increasing business and activities in downtown Lincolnton. When I moved here in 2013, I was rather impressed that the downtown area was active when so…

Lofty and laudable goals in education

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist Even as an often-cynical reporter, I was impressed by the collaboration among some of the state’s top education and business leaders at a recent meeting of Gov. Pat McCrory’s Education Cabinet. The panel includes representatives from K-12 public schools, the community college and university systems, the…

School reform takes big strides

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Almost exactly 15 year ago, I wrote an education reform plan for the John Locke Foundation entitled “Reach for the STARS.” I argued that low levels of reading and math proficiency, particularly among poor and minority students, were robbing the next generation of opportunity and inhibiting our…

Around Town — 1-27-16

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Around town for January 27, 2016. THURSDAY Meeting Lake Norman Covekeepers will meet at 7 p.m. at the East Lincoln fire department, located at 406 S. Pilot Knob Rd. in Stanley. For more information call (704) 489-6249. Alzheimer’s meeting Lincolnton Rehabilitation Center, located at 1410 E. Gaston St. in Lincolnton…

Obituaries — 1-27-16

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Obituaries for January 27, 2016. Cynthia Long King Cynthia Long King, age 67, of Second St. in Lincolnton went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at Robin Johnson Hospice House. She was born on July 27, 1948 in Lincoln County to the late Carl Lee…