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Deputies: Man tried to pass counterfeit bill

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Staff report As the holiday season gets into full swing, counterfeiting season also begins across the country. Often, producers of fake currency look to take advantage of busy cashiers who may change their routine of marking bills for authenticity during the holiday rush. On Thursday, a man allegedly entered the…

BALLARD: The year Santa Claus couldn’t find us

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist In the early 70’s, Perry and Suzanne Ballard’s parents decided to go visit their great aunt and uncle in Jackson, Mississippi for the Christmas holiday. Perry and his sister, Suzanne, had not been told they were going on a trip, especially when Santa Claus was due…

Editor’s Note — End of an era at LHS

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It’s the end of an era at Lincolnton High School. When I took the job as sports writer with the Lincoln Times-News in May of 2011, one of the first calls I made was to Lincolnton head football coach and athletic director Scott Cloninger. I met him and several of…

Mustangs move on

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East Lincoln takes care of Wolves, advances to regional championship RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor DENVER — Lincolnton did its best to keep the ball out of East Lincoln’s hands, but it was the Mustangs’ defense that ultimately sent the Wolves home. Chazz Surratt accounted for 267 yards and four touchdowns,…

Patience pays off for Surratt, Mustangs

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RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor DENVER — Nothing is more frustrating to a quarterback than not being able to get onto the field because the opposing team’s offense won’t get off. East Lincoln’ Chazz Surratt found himself in that situation on Friday, yet the star quarterback made the most of his limited…

Cloninger coaches his final game

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Lincolnton had 143 wins in his 15 seasons RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor DENVER — The sun has set on Scott Cloninger’s head coaching career. With Lincolnton’s 35-14 loss at East Lincoln in the third round of the state playoffs on Friday, the coach who has called Lincolnton High home for 40…

East Lincoln tops Lincolnton to advance to regional finals

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RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor DENVER — Chazz Surratt accounted for 267 yards and four touchdowns, Damarius Valentine caught three TD passes, and East Lincoln’s defense stood firm when needed most as the Mustangs defeated archival Lincolnton 35-14 in a NCHSAA state 2AA third round playoff game on Friday night. Top-seeded…

Man arrested for 2007 break-in

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Staff report A former Lincolnton man was arrested in Newport News, Virginia on Tuesday on burglary charges stemming from a December, 2007 incident in Lincoln County. Thomas Black, 46, of 79 Regency Square in Newport News, was picked up by detectives and returned to Lincoln County to face charges. He…

Editor’s Note — Lots to be thankful for

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I woke up on Thanksgiving morning and both my 3-year-old and 3-month-old sons were asleep in the bed with my wife and I. There was a good, cold wind blowing outside and I slipped out of bed to take my dog out for her morning run. When we got back…

Reader’s Forum

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Issue with D.O.T. In 2010 I signed a right-of-way agreement with D.O.T. and was given a project map of the work that was to take place on my property on Highway 27 East. When the installation was completed, D.O.T. did not honor its part of the agreement. My first call…