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State labor commissioner presents Lincoln safety awards

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    NC Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry presents a safety award to Marti Hovis of the Lincoln County Senior Center. SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer   Lincoln County companies were recognized Thursday night for their efforts in providing safe workplaces for their employees. The 2012 Safety Awards Banquet, co-hosted by the…

Math teacher, lifting champ

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Lincoln Charter School algebra teacher Jennifer Thompson talks with East Lincoln students Thursday about the the benefits of lifting weights. Thompson talks with students about positive effects of power lifting   AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   At first glance, Jennifer Thompson doesn’t seem like the greased-up, body builder-type with muscles…

Student with passion for service

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  AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   Hunter Mullis, 15, a sophomore at Lincoln Charter High School, has been keeping her calendar full this school year. She was accepted into the Youth Advisory Council (YAC) September of last year and has been busy prepping for one of the group’s biggest events…

County gives Oaklawn chance if grants cover renovations

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer A change of heart from county commissioners may give an old school building with strong sentimental ties for the neighborhood a final chance at being restored rather than torn down. Despite earlier indications that most commissioners opposed renovating the old Oaklawn facility in Lincolnton because of…

Judge’s ability to seek new term questioned

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  FRANK TAYLOR and SARAH LOWERY Times-News staff   A Lawndale man has challenged the right of District Court Judge Anna (Dina) Foster to seek re-election, claiming he has evidence that she no longer resides within District 27B, which includes Cleveland and Lincoln counties. Robert Alexander Williams cites Foster’s listed…

Deputies: Employees stole from food mart

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Two Lincoln County residents are accused of stealing money on more than 60 occasions from a Denver convenience store where they worked. Deputies said the incidents happened between Dec. 22 and early February at Triangle Food Mart on N.C. 16. Former employees, James Michael…

Game show to help fight child abuse

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Come on down — being a contestant at Lincoln County’s version of the Price is Right could earn you prices and raise funds to help protect children against abuse. “Strong families are our best defense against child abuse,” said Sherry Reinhardt, executive director for…

Not just playing with blocks

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Project has local 4-H’er headed to state science fair     AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   After winning local and regional science competitions, 11-year-old 4-H member Devon Speckman is making a strong impression with his favorite building blocks being used as insulating material. He and his Legos are off to…

Info session on earning college credits in high school

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  AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer Gaston College will host a free information session for high school sophomores and juniors, 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday in room 127 at the Cochrane Building on the Lincolnton campus. Those attending will learn how to get an early start on college credits while still…

County likely to nix repairs to Oaklawn

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Tonight’s meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners should see a final decision regarding what to do with the old Oaklawn facility in Lincolnton after many months of discussion. As the Times-News previously reported, commissioners met for a special work session March 12 to talk…