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Business rate up slightly in December

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Lincoln County’s unemployment rate for the month of December went up from a 5.6 in November to a 5.8. Judi Morton, manager at Lincoln County’s Employment Security Commission said she is relieved that the rate did not go up more than it did. “I think that because there was a…

Former hobbyist makes racing his life

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Jim Long considers racing to be his work and hobby all entwined into one. Long has been involved in the racing industry for 21 years. He has been with Hendrix Motorsports in Harrisburg since 1995 and has been crew chief for four. He heads up a group of 31 people…

Grand Opening

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Denver rotary club to host art auction

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The Denver/Lake Norman Rotary is sponsoring another art auction on Feb. 17. The “Fall in Love With Art and More Auction,” is promising to offer a variety of roughly 250 different types of art, including sports memorabilia, sculptures, artist jewelry and Disney pieces as well as the usual brand name…

Alltel opens new store in Fatz shopping center

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Alltel of Lincolnton, formerly located next to the Chamber of Commerce office, has opened a new retail store at 1428 East Main St., next to Fatz Restaurant. A grand opening will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 8. Customers will be able to register to win several prizes. “Alltel…

A change of scenery — Celebrity hairdresser settles in Lincolnton

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Jackie Schenck knows hair. Actually that is probably an understatement. The 32-year-old stylist, who’s worked on the hair of several celebrities, recently moved from Las Vegas to Lincolnton. She has sculpted the locks of Belinda Carlisle, members of N’Sync and Olympic gold medalist Summer Sanders. She’s done work for fashion…

Grand Opening

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County Commissioner James “Buddy” Funderburk cuts the ribbon with employees of Lackey and Whitley Realty Group, 2377 East Hwy. 150 and members of the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce Thursday at the Grand Opening in Lincolnton. Diane Turbyfill / LTN Photo…

Flower Power — Business is a beautiful arrangement

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Ever since she was a little girl, Ronda Lenex has been decorating. She used to decorate at Christmas and loved how it would transform the whole house. Using everything from silks to fabric to wallpaper, Lenex creates floral arrangements, a talent she has been using for 20 years. She used…

Sole provider—Bakery opens doors and heart to Lincolnton

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Getting up at 4 a.m. to start baking is not a chore for DeAnn Parsons. Smells of baking cookies, muffins and dough fill the air of the Lincolnton bakery. She makes everything from scratch every morning in order to offer fresh items for her customers. Northgate Bakery, located across from…

Is this it? — No says grill, IT`S still standing strong

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Rumors that It’s Drive-In Grill is shutting down are false. “I have heard that we have been sold to Pizza Hut and Cracker Barrel,” said owner, Steve Gibson. “We haven’t sold it.” In fact, Gibson said that they are not thinking about shutting down anytime soon. With many of the…