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Around Town 1/16/2008

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NATIONAL PIE DAY National Pie Day is Jan. 22 and the public is invited to sample homemade pies beginning at noon that day at the James W. Warren Citizens Center in Lincolnton. Anyone who wishes to take a pie to the event should submit a recipe to the North Carolina…

Soldier shares his stories

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Army Specialist Joseph Sigmon, 22, was grilled by a roomful of Pumpkin Center Primary School first-grade students (including his two 7-year-old cousins) Tuesday morning. Questions ranged from silly to incredibly serious: “Do you have guns there?” “Do sometimes y’all have to go in wars?” “Do y’all have rocket launchers there?”…

Rhyne announces for Kiser`s seat

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Former state representative and Lincolnton-based attorney Johnathan Rhyne Jr. announced Tuesday he will seek the seat of retiring Lincoln County state legislator Rep. Joe Kiser (R-97 th). Coming on the same day as Kiser’s announcement he would not run for re-election, Rhyne became the first Republican so far to declare…

Two men arrested in home break-ins

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Two men were arrested in connection with break-ins that date back to July 2007. Larry Ulmer Clark Jr., 26, Seneca, S.C., and Richard Sidney Carlton, 52, Lincolnton, were charged with 13 felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense and conspiracy to obtain property by false pretense, said Larry Seagle,…

Man caught, charged in vehicle break-ins

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One Lincoln County man was arrested last Thursday in connection with several vehicle break-ins near a Lincolnton walking trail. Jesse Douglas Roberson, 25, Maiden, was charged with 10 felony counts of obtaining money or property by false pretense and 10 felony counts of larceny, said Det. Charles McGinley of the…

Planners discuss front yard setbacks

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Front yard setback measurements, an issue raised by property owner Neil Ferguson and tabled at the Lincolnton Planning Board’s Dec. 18 meeting, were among the topics discussed at the group’s January meeting, held Tuesday at Lincolnton City Hall. City of Lincolnton Planning Director Steve Gurley said staff recommendations to adjust…

Around Town 1/14/2008

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RELAY CAPTAINS The first meeting for Lincolnton Relay for Life team captains will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Family Life Center of First Baptist Church. For more information, call Cheryl Burgess at (704) 736-5786 or Susan Beaver at (704) 735-6779. COALITION MEETING The Coalition of Churches will meet…

Candle shop owners find right formula

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Shane and Erin Lockman didn’t invent the soy candle. But they just may have perfected it. “We actually bought this business,” Erin said of Nook and Cranny Candle Company, which the couple has owned since February 2006. Although the business had already been around for seven years under a different…

Water main ruptures at intersection

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For the second time in three months, a water main ruptured at the major east Lincoln County intersection of N.C. routes 16 and 73, impacting businesses and traffic for several hours. County officials discovered the break in a 12-inch water line at approximately 6 a.m. Saturday, according to Steve Gilbert,…

Salem Industries to receive award

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A Lincoln County business will receive an award Wednesday for its outstanding management in health and safety. For the first time, Salem Industries in Lincolnton will receive the Safety and Health Achievement Award from North Carolina Commissioner of Labor Cherie Berry, said Pat Underwood, director of human resources for Gaston…