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After 25 years, foreign exchange student comes home for Christmas

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer This Christmas, Vale residents Mary and Richard Smith were presented with a very special gift: a reunion with the foreign exchange student they opened their home to 25 years ago. “I stayed with another family first when I got over here,” said Jonas Lindskog, of Sweden.…

Arts Council projects busy start to 2015

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer As 2015 quickly approaches, many Lincoln County organizations are busy planning and budgeting for a new year. The Arts Council of Lincoln County is no different. Director Shelly Johnston is passionate about her work and the artists that she serves within the community. “I briefly left…

For 15 years, Christmas lights burn bright in Iron Station

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Hulls bring joy and wonder with massive light display PHIL PERRY Staff Writer A casual drive down Highway 73 in Iron Station can quickly turn into a holiday expedition. It’s difficult to pass the 2.5-acre property of Rev. Robert and Judy Hull without stopping and taking a closer look at…

Quarry hopes to expand toward new development

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer A request for county commissioners to approve an expansion of the Lake Norman Quarry could shorten the distance between an Anson County sand and gravel company’s quarry and a planned large-scale residential development’s property line. According to zoning administrator Randy Hawkins, B.V. Hedrick Sand and Gravel…

Extension’s ‘Bug Lady’ bids farewell

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Fran Senters has served Lincoln County as an educator and mentor for at-risk youth through her work with the Lincoln County Cooperative Extension for more than a decade. “I think it’s important, being able to offer what a typical child would have — to offer that…

North State Books: More than a Lincoln County footnote

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer For a business of any size to survive for 25 years, there has to be dedication, determination and, ultimately, a penchant for navigating the waters of change in the digital age. North State Books in Lincolnton has endured and grown through many changes in the industry.…

Knife maker forges ahead as business grows internationally

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Commercial pilot moonlights in high-quality blade business PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Often, when a craftsman pursues the road to independence through a business venture, they are inspired by a lifetime of collecting or being exposed directly to the craft. That wasn’t necessarily the case for Lincoln County’s Steve Randall, who…

Vale man arrested for rape, kidnap of girlfriend’s child

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Staff report A Vale man is facing several felony charges related to the sexual assault of a child. The Lincolnton Police Department received a report about a child molestation on Dec. 14. According to a press release, Danny Lee Hensley, 40, of 7873 Matthew Miller Road was later arrested on…

Woman works to beautify county roads

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer For more than a decade, Denver resident Patty Korn has spent her weekends picking up the county’s littered roads. “It’s such a preventable problem,” she said. “I look at the litter as a cancer on the environment.” Originally from Illinois, Korn relocated to North Carolina in…

Lincolnton Brewers Club hops into fourth year

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PHIL PERRY Staff Writer Over the last decade, a revival of home brewing has swept through the U.S. as beer aficionados dare to produce their own product. The movement isn’t about snubbing the large commercial beer producers or even saving a nickel. The movement is about people who enjoy the…