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Living the sweet life

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Patrick Duschel (above), owner of Creative Cakes in Lincolnton, works on the details on a school bus he made with two sheet cakes and buttercream frosting. Pictured below is a cake he made for a baby shower. Ron McCann / LTN Photo He agonizes over concepts, slaves away in the…

Software, Web design new business’ specialty

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Cobblesoft International owner Richard J. Stevenson sells his software to large corporations thousands of miles away from his new home in Lincolnton. West Virginia University and Cybershift Inc. are two big names that have benefited from his Helpdesk software. “I like designing solutions,” Stevenson said. “That’s what it boils down…

Dresses sewn with skill, love

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Mary Keener, 87, knows the joy of a well-made dress. As a child, she sewed garments for her dolls, and when she was 15, she declared she wanted to make a dress for herself. Her mother forbade her, but Keener did it anyway. From there, Keener was hooked. Not only…

105th birthday

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Sallie Mae Parker’s 105th birthday was celebrated with a party Wednesday at the Brian Center in Lincolnton. Above, she reads a card given to her by her nephew. Left, she plays Chinese Checkers with her sister, Paulene Turner, who visits her every day. Chris Dean / LTN Photo…

Firefighters of the year

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Lincoln levies fines for violations of drought limits

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Lincoln County officials assessed approximately $6,500 in fines to residents for using irrigation systems during drought restrictions, according to county officials. Lincoln County Public Utilities Director Steve Gilbert said Monday approximately 160 letters were sent out to customers with irrigation meters who registered more than a 1,000 gallons a month.…

Charges made in traffic stops

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Numerous charges were filed during a Dec. 15 traffic stop conducted by the Lincolnton Police Department and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department. Authorities charged 65 people for various traffic and criminal offenses at Maiden Highway and the intersection of Clarks Creek Road and Bethel Church Road, said Deputy Larry Ingle of…

Fire Department gets grant

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A volunteer fire department in northern Lincoln County was awarded a $77,000 grant last week, the latest in a series of awards by the Department of Homeland Security. North 321 Volunteer Fire Department serves residents and Lincoln County Industrial Park. It is the second consecutive year the department received money…

Volunteer of the year

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Creative plans coming together for writer

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Shawn Cooper doesn’t live in her parents’ house. She just writes there. The Denver resident says she gets inspiration from the nearly 100-year-old lakefront home owned by her father, Judge Dean Black, and mother Bobbie Black, a potter. “We’re planning on having a 100-year-old party when it gets there,” said…