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Trials continued for teacher, entertainer charged in child predator sting

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Two men arrested by the Lincolnton Police Department during an online child predator sting operation were scheduled to appear in court last week, but each had their case continued to a date in March. Ricky Kelvin Carpenter, Jr., of Lincolnton, a former Lincoln County Schools teacher,…

State inspectors cited Lincolnton nursing home 9 times in ’16

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer State inspectors cited a Lincolnton nursing home for healthcare deficiencies nine times in 2016, bringing that facility’s total number of citations to two dozen since 2014. Sovereign Carolina Holdings is listed as the majority owner of Lincolnton Rehab, located at 1410 East Gaston Street in…

Woman arrested after brief car chase

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Staff report A local woman is facing felony charges after allegedly shoplifting from a Lincolnton store and then leading officers on a short car chase. Kendra Michelle McCombs, 28, of 3861 Stoney Creek Drive in Lincolnton, is accused of stealing from the Tractor Supply store on North Generals Boulevard on…

Lincolnton City Council welcomes new year, new member

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The Lincolnton City Council welcomed a new year and a new member at Thursday’s meeting inside City Hall. Tim Smith, a Republican from the Ward 1 precinct, was sworn into office following his December appointment in place of Devin Rhyne. Rhyne approached Smith about serving as…

East Lincoln High’s Habitat chapter preps for MLK Day of Service

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer In recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy of service, East Lincoln High School’s Habitat for Humanity chapter is organizing an MLK Day of Service on to be held Jan. 16 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore on North Aspen Street in…

Closings and delays

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First Presbyterian Church, Lincolnton Services on Sunday, Jan. 8 are canceled.       Email closing/delay information to editor@lincolntimesnews.com.…

Trump inaugural celebration to be held in Lincolnton

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Lincoln County state Rep. Jason Saine will host an event in downtown Lincolnton to celebrate the inauguration of Donald Trump as president. Saine made the decision to organize the event after speaking with local supporters of the Trump campaign who were interested in finding a place…

Union Elementary students pitch in at homeless shelter

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer As they have once a month since October, students, staff and parents from Union Elementary School offered up food and companionship to the guests at the Hesed House of Hope on Thursday evening. These monthly visits started after Union Elementary kindergarten teacher Shelley McConnell took…

McHenry discusses priorities as Congress goes back into session

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer The first session of the 115th United States Congress convened on Tuesday and the GOP-dominated legislature has already begun passing legislation. Rep. Patrick McHenry, a Denver resident and Republican whose district includes Lincoln County, is serving his seventh term in the House of Representatives. The Republican…

Local make-up artist works with celebrities, athletes

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MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer Bryce Carey grew up in Lincolnton and attended Western Carolina University, where he developed a love for theatre. After he graduated, he worked with the television show “Dawson’s Creek” in Wilmington in the wardrobe department. While he was there, he was introduced to hair and…