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It`s “Sew Exciting” making quilts and other garments

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Not long after Anita McDonald and her husband, Ralph, moved from Wisconsin to be with family in Lincoln County in 1997, she came to work at Sew Exciting. The business, started by Emma House in 1994 on the courtsquare in downtown Lincolnton, was perfect for Anita when she arrived. “I…

Belding Hausman bucking trend by staying in the U.S.

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While many textile manufacturers are closing facilities in this country and sending their jobs and machinery overseas, Boger City-based Belding Hausman is committed to staying in Lincoln County. According to chief financial officer Wilford Stowe, the company has a strong financial footing, which is the cornerstone of its stability. “The…

Couple “Design One Creative” campaign after another

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For years, Mike Sherman of Denver had been moving up a kind of corporate ladder. He started Design One Creative in the basement of a Charlotte radio station in 1996. “We had Magic 96 and 106.5 The End right above us,” said Mike. “When the company first started, it was…

The Hair Masters celebrates 20 years in business

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Lori Swink got her first taste of the world of cosmetology while she was in high school. “I took a class under Sandy Taylor at East Lincoln and I was hooked,” she said. After she graduated and worked in a couple of salons, Swink opened The Hair Masters on N.C.…

Timken mum on future of Lincolnton facility

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Officials with the Timken Company aren’t commenting on the future of their Lincolnton-area operation, after recently announcing it’s closing its Clinton, S.C. plant. Over the next two years, production lines at the plant will be phased into other Timken operations, according to company spokesperson Diane Bowler. “We haven’t identified where…

Second annual Business Expo on Tuesday

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The second annual Business Expo kicks off Tuesday at 11 a.m., featuring many businesses in the Lincoln County area. “I hope everyone comes out,” said Jack Funk, expo committee chair. “It will be educational and beneficial.” The day-long event will be held at the James W. Warren Citizen’s Center and…

Her mother`s love now to be shared with others

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Libby Carpenter remembers her mother, Gladys Carpenter, as a wonderful human being. Carpenter has so much to say, in fact, that it prompted her to write a story about her. The assignment she took on was for the Covenant Writers, an outreach of Covenant Bible Church in Lincolnton. “Her love…

“Anything Goes Photography” just about what the name says

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Tina Powell remembers photographing her two children all the time while they were growing up. “I took pictures like crazy. I had a camera in every room,” Powell said. “Everytime one of the kids would smile or giggle, I would grab one of the cameras.” She also took endless pictures…

Katherine’s Grill a dream come true

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It’s one-stop shopping. Pump the gas, pick up merchandise at the convenience store and eat at Katherine’s Grill. The grill, located off Time’s Store on North Aspen Street, is perfect for customers on the go. The restaurant offers dine-in or carry-out, serving fresh meat every day. Which is how owner…

Bye-bye Winn-Dixie, hello to BI-LO

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Winn-Dixie won’t be packing groceries anymore. The store, located on N.C. 27 West, has been bought out by BI-LO/Bruno’s and is expected to open within a week to 10 days, said Joyce Smart, corporate communications with BI-LO. Smart said the store will try to employ as many Winn-Dixie employees as…