Honorees in The Times’ 2019 Lincoln County’s Finest Reader Choice Awards are recognized in a special section inside this week’s edition.

The section is published annually by the newspaper and recognizes some of the community’s greatest individuals and businesses, said Lucy Williams, editor and publisher, noting this is the 14th year for the reader survey.

Voted Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln County are Louis and Peggy Thompson of Fayetteville.

They join past years’ recipients of the honor, including Hilton and Christine Sullivan, who received the distinction in the survey’s first year, followed by Jack and June Towry, Jarrett and the late Bill Hancox, Jimmy and the late Fredna Ellis, Randy and the late Margaret Cunningham, the late John and Hilda Troy, Randy and Andrea Delap, Joel and Debbie Hastings, Bobby and Mary Jane Porter, Dexter and Cary Sullivan, David and Cyndi Bagley, Tim and Dora Barnes, and Wayne and Ruth Damron.

This year’s Finest got underway in February with readers nominating businesses and individuals in over 70 categories. The top two vote-getters in each area were then placed online for final balloting to occur.

“This is one of our most anticipated sections of the year,” said Williams. “Thousands of votes were cast, and as always, we appreciate everyone’s enthusiastic response — it just shows how much our community appreciates those folks and businesses who work so hard to make Fayetteville and Lincoln County an even better place in which to live and work.”


And the winners are!


Food & Dining

Restaurant, Cahoots; Family Restaurant, Cahoots; Fast Food, Ken’s; Catering, Kahuna’s; Waiter or Waitress, Heather Taylor; Breakfast, Honey’s; Coffee, Java Road; BBQ, Big Country; Dessert, Dairy Queen; Pizza, Pizza Inn; Hamburger, Ken’s; French Fries, Ken’s; and Margarita, Las Trojas.



Grocery Store, Gerald’s; Florist, Flower House; Jeweler, Spray’s Jewelers; Furniture, Norman Furniture; Clothing Store, Proverbs Woman Design; Antique Store, Generations; and Gift Store, Carter’s.


Wellness & Personal Style

Doctor, Dr. William Hughes; Nurse, Cindy Ables; Care Center Employee, Jessica Ables; Veterinarian, Dr. Mary Chorney Carter; Dentist, Dr. Jay Colbert; Fitness Center, Patrick Rehab-Wellness; Hair Salon, Salon Bella Mia; Pharmacy, Carter’s on the Square; and CBD Store, Southern Hemp Supply.


Home & Services

New Car Dealer, Howard Bentley; Used Car Dealer, Teal Automotive; Bank, Bank of Lincoln County; Bank Teller, Debbie Motlow; Mortgage Lender, Redstone Federal;

Attorney, John Richardson; Tax Preparer, Lori Barnes; Real Estate Agency, BMA Properties; Auctioneer, Van Massey; Photographer, Christi Haney; Landscaper/Lawn Care, Jean’s Lawn & Landscapes; Flooring, Mathis Wholesale Flooring;

Wrecker Service, Stovall’s; Auto Mechanic, Teal Automotive; Insurance Company, Farm Bureau; Heating & A/C Company, Frame; Propane Dealer, Local People’s Gas; Electrician, Dean Bevels; Plumber, Dean Bevels; Secretary, Michele Hall;

Pest Control, Kirkland’s Pest Control; Welder, Ben Mullins; Auto Body Shop, Stovall’s Body Shop; Auto Parts, Auto Zone; Tire Dealer, Discount Tire; Preschool, First Presbyterian; Daycare, Little Blessings; and Convenience Store, Fritz’s Market & Deli.


Community Services

Mr. & Mrs. Lincoln County, Louis & Peggy Thompson; School, Highland Rim; School Principal, Dr. Bridgette Jones; Preschool or Pre-K Teacher, Angela Steelman; Elementary Teacher, Tim Hobbs; Middle School Teacher, Karen Watt; High School Teacher, Tim Bradford; Coach, Travis Creasy;

911 Dispatcher, Amy Fitch; State Trooper, Dustin Cotton; City Police Officer, Mark Browning; County Deputy, Tull Malone; Corrections Officer, Ashley Sullenger; City Firefighter, Michael Pendergrass; County Volunteer Firefighter, Don Counts; EMT, Jacob Painter;

Volunteer, Danny Pigg; Hunter, Ben Beddingfield; Fisherman, Brandon Lester; Local Band, 4 Miles Gone; Boss, Gay Dempsey; Entertainment, Fabulous Fifties; and Community Event, Host of Christmas Past.

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