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TODAY Auditions The Lincoln Theatre Guild is holding auditions for actors ages 5 – 14 for the performance of Christmas in the Land of Oz at the Lincoln Cultural Center from 6-8 p.m. TUESDAY Sheriff forum Lincoln County Sheriff write-in candidate Anthony Huss will host a candidates forum from 5-6…

Business Spotlight: Torches Design Studio

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer “The first thing people generally notice is our black sign,” said Jeremy Lantz, president of Torches Design Studio. Torches Design Studio, located at 7912 Unity Church Road in Denver, specializes in brand management, direct-to-garment printing, screen printing, embroidery and promotional products. “Our mainstay is t-shirts, but…

McHenry questions DoD on Ebola preparedness

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Staff report Congressman and Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry questioned Department of Defense witnesses on Friday during the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s hearing titled, “The Ebola Crisis: Coordination of a Multi-Agency Response.” During his five minutes of questions, McHenry spoke with Major General James M. Lariviere, Joint Staff…

Boy’s parents: School ignored bullying claims

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer The family of an Iron Station Elementary School kindergarten student is taking a stand against the bullying they said is occurring unchecked at the school. On Oct. 10, parents Stephanie and Fred West launched “Ethan’s Bully Free Zone,” a Facebook page that highlights their son’s experience…

Local students shine at Raleigh State Fair

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McSwain siblings take heifers to Open Holstein Show ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Two West Lincoln siblings traveled to Raleigh to compete with their heifers in the North Carolina State Fair’s Open Holstein Show this past weekend. For West Lincoln High School senior Michael McSwain, his passion for agriculture and animal…

County girl named Children’s Miracle Network ambassador

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Liberty Barnum may be confined to a wheelchair, but she doesn’t let it confine her spirit. The vivacious 10-year-old, who loves to build anything with Legos and wants to be a policewoman or a lawyer when she grows up, was struck by a car on Sept.…

State bound

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Quartet ready to swing for titles RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor The girls golf state championships begin Monday, and four locals can’t wait to take a swing at a title. East Lincoln’s Rachael Lindsay and West Lincoln’s Harley Schronce will compete for a combined 1A/2A title, while Karleigh Morrison and Mary…

Wolves, N-C to vie for second

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RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor Lincolnton and Newton-Conover meet tonight with one goal in mind — to keep up with the Mustangs. The Wolves and Red Devils will convene at Gurley Stadium in Newton tonight in a battle between teams tied for second place behind Southern District 7 Athletic 2A Conference-leading…

This week’s picks

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RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor East Lincoln’s offense may be the best I’ve ever seen. I was in college when Charlotte Independence went on its state title run, and was out of the county when Lincolnton’s offense was top-notch behind Zack Gibson (2002-05), C.J. Wilson (2004-07) and Dee Littlejohn (2008-11), and…

LCS volleyball team reaches fourth round

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LINCOLN TIMES-NEWS Lincoln Charter’s volleyball had never won a state playoff game heading into last weekend. The Eagles have now won three, and are two wins away from playing for a state title. Lincoln Charter traveled north of Durham towards the Virginia state line on Thursday, and won the final…