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Crawling with art

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    Students from the Suzuki School of Music in Hickory, including several from Lincoln County, performed Friday evening on the stairs at First Methodist Church during the Art Crawl in downtown Lincolnton.     Mary Ann Bynum (right) explains the care of wooden bowls made by her husband Robert,…

4 get federal time for tax fraud scheme

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Four Lincoln County residents, including three from Lincolnton and one from Vale, were sentenced Wednesday to at least a year behind bars for defrauding the government by obtaining false tax refunds in a scheme that began in early 2010. According to a press release from…

Suspect charged in 1993 rape case

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   A Mecklenburg County man accused of raping a teen girl in Lincoln County nearly two decades ago was arrested this week, deputies said. Lincoln County Sheriff’s authorities apprehended Stephen Eugene Malcolm, 60, of 452 Rhyne Road in Charlotte, on Tuesday, a press release said.…

2 WLHS students accused in vehicle break-ins

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Two West Lincoln High School students are accused of breaking into multiple vehicles earlier this month in an area on the county’s western end. The 16-year-old Lincolnton residents allegedly stole GPS units, a purse and a case of 40 CDs from unlocked vehicles located…

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…