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Rebels pin Croatan, win state 2A dual-team wrestling title

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RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor NEWPORT — West Lincoln can now hang another dual-team state title team photo in its wrestling room. Senior Michael McSwain’s pin in the 182-pound weight class dotted the ‘i’ and crossed the ’t’s for the Rebels’ title hopes as they dominated Newport Croatan 49-19 on Saturday to…

Beach bound

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Rebels down N-C, reach title match RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor NEWTON — West Lincoln’s wrestling team is headed to the beach this weekend, but not for a vacation. The Rebels will compete for a state championship. Behind a total team effort and a perfectly-executed game plan, West Lincoln knocked off two-time…

EL boys can clinch SD-7 title with win

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RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor When told his team could clinch a conference championship tonight with a win, East Lincoln boys basketball coach Neil Hodges wasn’t aware — nor was he impressed. The only things he’s concerned with are getting better and beating West Caldwell. The state’s top-ranked 2A team hosts the…

Ross: ‘Couldn’t have wrote the script’

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RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor NEWTON — The way West Lincoln’s wrestling team punched its ticket to the NCHSAA state dual-team championship on Thursday was something on coach Butch Ross could dream of. That dream is now a reality. Ross’s own grandson, Hunter Carpenter, was the one who wound up with the…

UPCOMING GAMES: 2-6-15

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Today Basketball W. Caldwell at E. Lincoln Newton-Conover at Lincolnton Lake Norman at N. Lincoln W. Lincoln at Maiden Swimming NCHSAA regionals Saturday, Feb. 7 Basketball N. Lincoln at E. Lincoln, 3 p.m. Swimming NCHSAA regionals Wrestling NCHSAA state 2A championship: W. Lincoln at Newport Croatan, time TBD Sunday, Feb.…

Couple busted in SWAT raid

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Staff report The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team executed a drug raid at a home on Kent Street in Maiden on Wednesday and arrested a husband and wife on several felony charges. Narcotics agents seized several grams of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and weapons from the home at 4160 Kent…

Wine, coffee and spirits arrive at Denver eatery

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer As any successful business owner can attest, there is risk involved with any new venture. Keys to success lie in the research and location. DJ’s Wine and Coffeehouse has realized both, as time spent developing a business plan for the Denver area and nailing down a…

‘Price is Right’ benefit coming back to downtown

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Fundraiser for Coalition Against Child Abuse enters 9th year PHIL PERRY Staff Writer For the ninth year in a row, the Lincoln County Coalition Against Child Abuse and Child Advocacy Center will hold its “Price is Right” themed event, as a platform to raise money for the organization. “This community…

Mayes to speak at McKendree UMC

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Local broadcasting legend Doug Mayes will make a public appearance on Sunday as a guest speaker at McKendree United Methodist Church in Lincolnton. The North Carolina Broadcasting Hall of Famer, World War II Veteran, Grand Ole Opry performer and past president of the Oasis Shriners will…

Two nabbed for probation violations

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Staff report Two people have been arrested for probation violations following a joint effort of Lincoln County and Catawba County deputies and state probation and parole officers on Wednesday. Probation and parole had received information about the whereabouts of Thomas Harrison Andrew Ford and Megan Ann Cooke, according to a…