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Students quiz superintendent

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The superintendent of Lincoln County Schools faced three hard-nosed reporters Thursday morning. “The beads of sweat were forming on my forehead,” said David Martin, who talked with three fifth-grade students at Union Elementary School Thursday morning. Their questions included “In your childhood life did you ever think you would be…

Art competition winners named

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The Arts Council of Lincoln County has announced the winners of the Paul C. Rhyne Art Competition. Ginny Boyd of Denver won first prize with her mixed-media entry “Up in Smoke.” Lynn Dermott of Denver earned second and third prizes with her mixed-media entries “Quilt of Days” and “Tulips.” Laraine…

Art classes open for children 8-13

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For the first time in several years, the Arts Council of Lincoln County will hold art classes for children. “It’s something we’re trying to reintroduce,” said Shelly Johnston, executive director of the council. The classes will be open for 8 to 13-year-old children. Students will meet from 4 to 5:30…

Around Town 9/28/2007

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SINGING The Golden Valley Crusaders will be singing at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Plainsview Church off N.C. 182 near Fallston. The community is invited to attend. ACADEMY Redemption Outreach Center Christian Academy, 700 Lithia Inn Road, Lincolnton, is now enrolling for the 2007-2008 school year. Fees include a non-refundable…

Store’s employees robbed

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Lincolnton Police officials said employees were robbed outside the Dollar Tree store on 644 Center Drive at around 9:30 p.m. Thursday. Two employees were leaving the store with the day’s deposits when they were approached by two black men. “They had bandanas on their faces and one had a rifle,”…

Senior staying young helping others find jobs

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Sara Ratchford, regional assistant for the Senior Community Service Employment Program, is a big fan of National Employ Older Workers Week. “We want to focus attention on older workers and the need for them to be employed,” she said. Ratchford, who spends her own work finding employment for older workers,…

Lincolnton gets voluntary restrictions

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As of Monday, the City of Lincolnton will be under voluntary water restrictions for the first time since the region began suffering from severe drought. Residents are urged to comply with the city’s guidelines during this Stage One Water Condition. Car washing should be kept to a minimum, and individuals…

That’s racin’

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Feds looking at bank robbery case

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Federal authorities may take over the prosecution of Billy Ray Kovach Jr., 29, who allegedly robbed banks in Lincoln and Gaston counties by claiming he had a bomb, according to police. Gastonia police said Kovach got the idea from a Charlotte bank robbery. Gastonia Police officials said the Stanley man…

Man arrested in statutory rape of 15-year-old girl

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What began as an all-points-bulletin response to an apparent home invasion has resulted in the arrest of a 20-year-old man facing statutory rape and other charges stemming from sex with a minor who knew him, authorities say. Thomas Christopher Banks, 20, of Vale is now in Lincoln Sheriff’s custody more…