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Blue Chip winner reaps reward from risk

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Marta Carlson is a fighter and a winner. She fought for her struggling business and won an award for overcoming adversity to find success. Carlson, owner of Paradise Gardens Garden Center and Landscape in Denver, was named the winner of the 2007 Greater Lake Norman Blue Chip Community Business Award,…

100th Birthday

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Five Generations

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LEDA official will put county’s best face forward

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Despite promises of a bigger paycheck in Charlotte, Huntersville’s outgoing mayor Kim Phillips said marketing Lincoln County better fits her lifestyle and is a bit like returning to her roots. Officials with Lincoln Economic Development Association announced Nov. 15 Phillips was handpicked for a newly created position of business development…

Queens celebrate Christmas

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Noelle Jenkins (left), Teen Miss Denver, and Madison Spake, Tiny Miss Lincoln County, waved gloved hands and gave smiles during the Lincolnton Christmas Parade. Ron McCann / LTN Photo…

The right sport, the right fit

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Donovan Thompson is a busy man. The Denver resident works as medical director of the emergency department at Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln and is married with two young sons. Yet Thompson also finds time to win international weightlifting competitions. “I started lifting weights in the Army right after high school,” Thompson…

Youths bond in service

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The youth group at Daniels Lutheran Church works hard to help the community and to bond with one another. The Daniels Senior League is composed of church members in grades six through 12. (Another group, the junior league, exists for elementary students.) The two purposes of the senior league are…

Around Town 11/26/2007

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BOARD MEETING The Gaston College Board of Trustees will meet at 4 p.m. today in the Myers Building, second floor boardroom at the Dallas campus. The public is welcome. BOARD MEETING The Lincoln County Charter School Board will meet at 6 p.m. today in the middle/high school building in Denver.…

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…