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Online voting is underway in The Times’ 2020 Lincoln County’s Finest Reader Choice Awards at

Lincoln County’s Finest, a section published annually by the newspaper, recognizes some of the community’s greatest individuals and businesses, said Lucy Williams, editor and publisher. The Finest got underway in February with readers nominating businesses and individuals in over 70 categories. The top two vote-getters in each category have now been placed online for final balloting to occur.

Online voting continues until 9 a.m. Friday, March 13. The section is expected to be published in late April.

The top nominees in each category follow.

Food & Dining

Restaurant, Cahoots and The Local Cafe; Family Restaurant, Cahoots and Marvin’s; Fast Food, Ken’s and Lucky’s Deli; Catering, Big Country and Kahuna’s; Waiter or Waitress, Beth Brown and Mary Burton; Breakfast, Jack’s and Lucky’s Deli; Coffee, Java Road and Lucky’s Deli; BBQ, Big Country and Rick’s Barbecue;

Dessert, Dairy Queen and Shoney’s; Pizza, Domino’s and Pizza Inn; Hamburger, Honey’s and Ken’s; French Fries, Ken’s and McDonald’s; and Margarita, El Rooster and Las Trojas.



Grocery Store, Gerald’s and Holt’s IGA; Florist, Flower House and Ivy Wreath; Jeweler, Sabghi Jewelers and Spray’s Jewelers; Furniture, Norman Furniture and Standard Furniture; Clothing Store, Cato and Proverbs Woman Design; Antique Store, Generations and Sissy’s; and Gift Store, Carter’s and Ivy Wreath.


Wellness & Personal Style

Doctor, Dr. Chris Gafford and Dr. Charles Kidd; Nurse, Kristen Ables Mann and Angie Prince; Care Center Employee, Gloria Armstrong and Bridget Dangerfield; Veterinarian, Dr. Holly Bertram and Dr. Stacy Smith; Dentist, Dr. James Colbert and Dr. Todd McAdams; Fitness Center, Dalton’s Fitness and Patrick Rehab-Wellness; Hair Salon, Personality Plus and Shear Frenzy; and Pharmacy, Carter’s on the Square and Walgreens.


Home & Services

New Car Dealer, Howard Bentley and Landers McLarty; Used Car Dealer, Cars Plus and Teal Automotive; Bank, Bank of Lincoln County and First Commerce Bank; Bank Teller, Anita Johnson and Debbie Motlow; Mortgage Lender, Bank of Lincoln County and First National Bank;

Attorney, Johnny Hill and John Richardson; Tax Preparer, Lori Barnes and Dave White; Real Estate Agency, BMA Properties and Burt & Co.; Auctioneer, Tim Brown and Van Massey; Photographer, Christi Haney and Paul Henry; Landscaper/Lawn Care, Jean’s Lawn & Landscapes and Wilson’s Lawn & Landscaping; Flooring, Gatlin Floor Company and Mathis Wholesale Flooring;

Wrecker Service, Blackwell and Stovall’s; Auto Mechanic, Daniel Beebe and Larry Mullins; Insurance Company, Bagley & Bagley and Farm Bureau; Heating & A/C Company, Frame and Wolaver; Propane Dealer, Allgas and Local People’s Gas; Electrician, Dean Bevels and Ricky Gatlin; Plumber, Dean Bevels and Freddie McKinney; Secretary, Michele Hall and Alison Hoagland;

Pest Control, Kirkland’s Pest Control and Pat’s Pest Control; Welder, Jeff Cates and Ben Mullins; Auto Body Shop, Scott Auto Body and Stovall’s Body Shop; Auto Parts, C&T Auto Supply and O’Reilly; Tire Dealer, Discount Tire and Farrar Tire; Preschool, First Presbyterian and Highland Rim; Daycare, Little Blessings and Sunshine; and Convenience Store, Fritz’s Market & Deli and The Magic Mile Shell.


Community Services

Mr. & Mrs. Lincoln County, Jimmy & Diane Buchanan and Eddie & Janine Wilson; School, Fayetteville Middle and Highland Rim; School Principal, Garth Garris and Bridgette Jones; Preschool or Pre-K Teacher, Teresa Johnson and Kelly King; Elementary Teacher, Kim Monks and Missy Pace; Middle School Teacher, Lee Ann Dawkins and McLean Whitt; High School Teacher, Tim Bradford and Jason Caldwell; Coach, Heather Hendrix and Chris Murdock;

911 Dispatcher, Vic Taylor and Lisa Reese; State Trooper, Dustin Cotton and Jacob Davis; City Police Officer, Doug Allen and Scotty Vaughn; County Deputy, Eric Hose and Drew Young; Corrections Officer, Jacob Clark and Erico Moore; City Firefighter, Bobby Griffin and Riley Grubaugh; County Volunteer Firefighter, Greg Griffin and Collin Stovall; EMT, Chad Brown and Marty Mathis;

Volunteer, Jim Neale and Mary Jane Porter; Hunter, Kevin Tuten and Cody Wilson; Fisherman, Gordon Pettie and the late Dwight Shelton; Local Band, 4 Miles Gone and Four on the Floor; Boss, Travis Jean and Janine Wilson; Entertainment, Fabulous Fifties and Lincoln County Fair; and Community Event, Host of Christmas Past and Slawburger Festival.