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Candle shop owners find right formula

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Shane and Erin Lockman didn’t invent the soy candle. But they just may have perfected it. “We actually bought this business,” Erin said of Nook and Cranny Candle Company, which the couple has owned since February 2006. Although the business had already been around for seven years under a different…

Water main ruptures at intersection

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For the second time in three months, a water main ruptured at the major east Lincoln County intersection of N.C. routes 16 and 73, impacting businesses and traffic for several hours. County officials discovered the break in a 12-inch water line at approximately 6 a.m. Saturday, according to Steve Gilbert,…

Salem Industries to receive award

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A Lincoln County business will receive an award Wednesday for its outstanding management in health and safety. For the first time, Salem Industries in Lincolnton will receive the Safety and Health Achievement Award from North Carolina Commissioner of Labor Cherie Berry, said Pat Underwood, director of human resources for Gaston…

Resale store owner making most of her Second Chance

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Kathy Simpson once turned down a loan from her mother to open up her own resale shop. When her mother passed away two years ago, she got a second chance to realize that dream. It became a store in Iron Station called Second Chance. Originally from Long Island, N.Y., Simpson…

Remembering Pearl Harbor

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Most people know about the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, the incident that officially drew the United States into World War II on Dec. 7, 1941. Yet there aren’t many people left who can say they were there to witness one of the darkest days in American history. Lincolnton resident…

Ellis, 34, selected as new chief for South Fork Fire Department

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The South Fork Volunteer Fire Department has a new chief and he is only 34-years-old. Rick Ellis, a Lincoln County native, has been a member of the South Fork Volunteer Fire Department for nine years. Ellis says that he was surprised that the board voted him to “fill out the…

‘Winter Wonderland’ fundraiser to help Literacy Council

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There was a time when the Lincoln County Literacy Council didn’t need to have fundraisers. But times have changed. “The only thing they did was one-on-one tutoring,” Executive Director Cristina Arlow said of the days before she came onboard nearly four years ago. The organization’s headquarters was in the basement…

Prom fashions on parade

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West Lincoln High School students are showing school spirit by participating in a fashion show. At 6 p.m. Saturday in the old gymnasium at West Lincoln, 10 junior and senior girls will model 10 designer formal dresses each. B&L Formal is providing all the dresses. All dresses modeled will be…

50th anniversary

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Lawing’s Chapel Church celebrates 100th birthday

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Lawing’s Chapel Baptist Church reached a milestone in 2007: its centennial. The church, located on Lawing’s Chapel Church Road in Maiden, was founded in 1907 when, in late August or early September of that year, a Sunday school class was held in a recently built brush arbor. The class would…