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Cutting down your own Christmas tree

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Despite spending 50 years surrounded by Christmas trees, Henry Helms still loves the holiday season. “If I were sick of Christmas, I’d get out of the business,” said Helms, owner of Helms Christmas Tree Farm in Vale. The farm has 6,000 trees, which Helms cares for 12 months out of…

Potter loves burning, turning

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Luke Heafner committed himself to pottery the moment he saw a wood-firing at a west Lincoln kiln. “I guess I’m a pyromaniac,” he said. “Something about flames shooting 10 feet out of a chimney intrigued me.” Now Heafner works full-time for Kim Ellington, a Vale potter, and also produces his…

Consignment shop opens in downtown Lincolnton

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Stacy Essary opened Classy Consignment in downtown Lincolnton because she wanted somewhere to shop. “Honestly, I could not find a consignment store in Lincolnton,” she said. “I decided to do one myself.” Essary, who lives in Maiden, was always a bargain shopper. “I want good quality at a good price,”…

Billy Graham stops in Lincolnton

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50th anniversary

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Ronald and Carolyn Stephens of Denver celebrate their 50th anniversary today, Nov. 23. They were married Nov. 23, 1957 in York, S.C. A celebration will be held Saturday at Highland Drive Baptist Church in Lincolnton. Their children are Ronnie Stephens of Iron Station, Cathy Kasem of Denver and Brian Stephens…

60th anniversary

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Lincolnton looks at Rail-Trail grant

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Lincolnton may qualify for a $75,000 grant to extend the city’s recreational Rail-Trail. After years of seeking funding, Lincolton’s Planning Director Steve Gurley said the city has located a state grant offered through the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. The funds would go to purchase public right-of-way property. “It’s…

Lincolnton takes on holiday atmosphere

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As the annual Christmas parade draws nearer, downtown Lincolnton begins to seem like an old carol: “city sidewalks dress in holiday style, and in the air, there’s a feeling of Christmas.” The parade festivities will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday, when more than 100 parade units will line up at…

Marine commission concerned about low level of Lake Norman

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Low-water levels were the main topic at a brief meeting of the Lake Norman Marine Commission, held Monday night at the Charles Mack Citizens Center in Mooresville. A representative from Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation expressed concerns about the drought’s effect on an FLW fishing tournament scheduled for April at…

Around Town 11/21/2007

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YARD SALE A yard sale to benefit the Humane Society of Lincoln County will be held from 7 a.m. until noon Saturday at the intersection of N.C. 150 E. and Lee Lawing Road in Pumpkin Center. CLASS REGISTRATION Students wishing to take courses in Gaston College’s Economic and Workforce division…