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Double ribbon-cutting

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Lincolnton sixth grader named state champion

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Despite being only 11 years old, Ryan Heavner has long known the joys of driving fast. “I love it – speed, adrenaline. We run about 75 miles an hour,” said the North Carolina Dirt Series champion in both the light and the heavy Junior Sportsman Two Division. Ryan, who won…

Pirate’s tombstone made stable

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St. Luke’s Episcopal Church’s most notorious cemetery resident recently received a home makeover. The grave of “Lorenzo Ferrer,” which many hypothesize actually belongs to the French pirate Jean Lafitte, now has a securer future due to the work of the Chicora Foundation. “It was not stable,” said Mike Trinkley, director…

Superintendent takes oath, begins work for united district

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New Superintendent of Schools John David Martin began his labor day Tuesday instead of Monday. Martin was officially sworn-in in a ceremony at the Lincoln County Schools Central Office witnessed by school staff and community officials. His contract began Sept. 1. “I want to thank the Board of Education for…

Center hosts pottery exhibit

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The potters and their pottery will fill the galleries of the Lincoln Cultural Center Friday. The Catawba Valley Regional Pottery Show has its opening reception Friday from 7-8:30 p.m. “We hope to have as many potters here as possible,” said Gary Lee, president of the Arts Council of Lincoln County.…

Simplicity key for 2007 design

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Lincoln County’s Apple Festival T-shirts have a new look for 2007. “We were looking for a little bit more simplicity in the designs,” said Gary Lee, president of the Arts Council of Lincoln County. Selling Apple Festival T-shirts is one of the non-profit organization’s biggest fundraisers. With more than 10,000…

Framing shop shows love of art

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Harry and Barbara Heesch may be relatively new to the Denver business community, but they’re certainly no strangers to owning their own business. “Barbara and I have been in business for 40 years,” said Harry, owner of Fine Framing on NC 16 in Denver. The couple lived in Boston and…

Dry, hot times slow blooming

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Anyone who’s been outdoors in the past month knows that stepping outside has felt more like taking a stroll on the sun. You certainly don’t have to tell it to Kevin Mauney, owner of Rock Ridge Greenhouses in Alexis. “Things outside have had such a hard time,” said Mauney. “When…

On the way up

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Around Town 9/5/2007

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QUILT DISPLAY “Quilted Memories,” a community projects display, will be Sept. 21-23 at the First United Methodist Church, Lincolnton. There will be a quilt raffle, projects display, demonstrations and a boutique. Hours for the event are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.…