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Artist transforms trash to treasure

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It has been said that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. For one local artist, that saying couldn’t be more true. Vickie Jo Franks, a Cleveland County folk artist, turns things others might dismiss as garbage into art. “It’s all recycled things,” Franks said of her materials-of-choice. Franks makes…

Officials view preliminary plans for N.C. 150

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Planning officials from Lincolnton, Cherryville and Lincoln and Gaston counties met recently to discuss very preliminary plans for changes to N.C. 150, and the public will have an opportunity to weigh in soon as well. Bill Duston of Centralina Council of Governments facilitated the meeting, helping city and county officials…

Guild seeking actors of all ages

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The Lincoln Theatre Guild’s production of “Li’l Abner” needs 28 people to fill out its cast, and auditions begin this weekend. “We need people to come out and give it a shot,” said Sherre DeMao, president of the guild. Auditions will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, 6…

Historic cotton mill becomes wedding venue

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Laboratory Cotton Mill began its life in 1887 when it reintroduced cotton manufacturing to the economy of Lincoln County. Now, the 20,000 square foot structure sits in disrepair on Fork Road in Lincolnton, but it will soon see a rebirth as an events venue. “It’s a nice building,” said Cynthia…

Fireman of the year

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4-H hosts photo contest for youth

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North Carolina 4-H has joined the U.S. Army’s collaborative effort with America’s communities to support the children and youth impacted by deployment. The contest is open to all youth ages 5-18 (you do not have to be a member of 4-H to participate). Youngsters will utilize their photography skills and…

Hill`s Chapel pastor high on church`s outreach, inreach

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When Val Rosenquist became the pastor of Hill’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Stanley last July, she didn’t have to bring a lot of new ideas with her. “It’s a phenomenal church,” Rosenquist said. “It’s building on the strengths and assets that were already here. They’re on fire now.” With…

Around Town 1/18/2008

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DEMOCRATIC WOMEN The Lincoln County Democratic Women will meet Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Democratic Headquarters. Robbie Robbins will be the guest speaker. He recently returned from Iraq. Chili beans, salad and home-made desserts will be served for a $6 donation. Please plan to attend this meeting which will…

Merle Norman owner plans 42nd anniversary celebration

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Merle Norman has had a presence in downtown Lincolnton since June 7, 1966. Now it’s time to celebrate. Owner Amy Brown says she has plenty planned for the business’ 42nd anniversary in Lincolnton, which she is celebrating Jan. 15-26. “It’s an event to thank our customers for many years of…

Celebrating Martin Luther King Day

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The life of Martin Luther King Jr. will be honored Sunday and Monday in Lincolnton. “It’s time to celebrate. We are just so filled with enthusiasm,” said Ola Mae Foster, co-chairman of the Martin Luther King Committee, which is made up of members of the Lincoln County NAACP and the…