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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…

Coats for needy

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Around Town 11/23/2007

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BOARD MEETING The Gaston College Board of Trustees will meet at 4 p.m. Monday 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. Monday 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…

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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Sheriff offers advice for holiday shoppers

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office offers consumer tips on being safe during the holiday season. More criminal activity occurs because crowds are larger and stores have extended hours, Lincoln County Sheriff Tim Daugherty said. SHOPPING SAFETY n A person should never shop alone. A single shopper is the best target…