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Getting theatrical at camp

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Lincoln Theatre Guild’s Drama Camp teaches students about acting, stagecraft AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer Hippie headbands, peace signs and cereal box jukeboxes are among the props local students are crafting during Lincoln Theatre Guild’s drama camp this week. The group split the camp into two one-week sections — one to…

Former school administrator takes the pulpit for Vale congregation

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer After more than three decades as a Lincoln County school administrator, Hazelene Ford answered God’s call on her life to lead a church congregation. Prior to starting July 1 as head pastor at Davis Chapel AME Zion Church in Vale, Ford served several years as a…

Husband charged in knife attack

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer An Iron Station man faces assault charges after attacking his wife with a knife over the weekend at their residence, deputies said. Terry Steven Vance, 52, used a kitchen knife to cut his wife’s arms Sunday at their home, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Deputies responded…

Lincoln grand jury indicts Fla. man for rape of teen

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Lincoln County grand jury indicted a Florida man Monday on rape charges in connection with a 2009 city case, police said. Officers initially served 41-year-old Juan Rafael Diaz a warrant July 19 with two felony counts each of statutory rape and sex offense, according to…

Improv troupe set to perform on Friday

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AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer “The language is German, and you are on a tour bus headed to the Grand Canyon for the first time,” Stacey Smith, co-founder of improv group Chasing Parked Cars, instructed her teammates during their practice Tuesday night. The group took turns playing games to get ready…

Obits 7-25-12

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George Alexander Turner Mr. George Alexander Turner, age 86, of 5074 E. Highway 150 in Lincolnton, died on Monday, July 23, 2012. His funeral service will be 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 26, 2012 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church with Rev. Dr. Curtis Paul, Pastor Jack Rhyne, and Pastor Marty…

Around Town — 7-23-12

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LHS reunion meeting A meeting to organize the annual class reunion for Lincolnton High School classes 1960-1970 will be 6 p.m. Monday at Citizens Sprinkler Inc., 405 N. Poplar St. in Lincolnton. For more information, call Tommy Huskey at (704) 732-7774. VBS Middle Cross Baptist Church, 3474 Crouse School Rd.…

Criminal Charges — 7-23-12

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Jessica Michelle Cox, 22, 8103 Secluded Ln. in Denver was charged July 18 with two counts of failure to appear and one count of breaking and entering a building. A $2,500 secured bond was set. James Allen Oates, 48, of 1440…

Teens charged for Klan graffiti

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Two Lincoln County teens found themselves behind bars last week after deputies accused them of spray painting racial slurs in front of a property located along a popular area highway. Both Tommy Blake Cantrell, 17, of 5764 Hoover-Elmore Road in Vale, and Brandon Dell…

Break-in rate high during summer, detectives say

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   While overall break-ins in Lincoln County steadily declined over the last three years, they spiked this spring and have continued to transpire at a high rate over the summer months, keeping Sheriff’s Office detectives on their toes. In May, deputies investigated nearly 70 instances…