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Home energy audits available in county

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Lincoln County residents have an opportunity to save money with a free or low cost home energy audit. Energy audits evaluate a home’s air leaks, insulation, and the heating/air conditioning unit. Professional auditors then make recommendations on what the residents should do to make their home more energy efficient. Recommendations…

Green thumbs abound at Paradise Gardens

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Surrounded by plants, palm trees, gardening and landscaping supplies, Marta Carlson makes telephone calls from her Denver business, Paradise Gardens Garden Center and Landscape. While this is a far cry from what she was doing 20 years ago, Carlson said she’s never been happier. “Back then, I had earned a…

Feast celebrates milestone

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The March meeting of Wayne’s Second Friday Feast took on somber tones for co-organizer Celia Deese. It marked the 10th anniversary of the death of her brother and feast founder, Wayne Griffin. “He conducted the feast for 18 months before he died of congestive heart failure,” said Deese. She remembered…

Houseboat, dogs aid in final days of search

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DENVER — Rescuers searching for 35-year-old Sean Larkins on Lake Norman are getting a little unlikely help from a houseboat and dogs. The 80-foot-long houseboat is part of Championship Yacht Charters and can hold up to 120 passengers. Now, however, the houseboat has a real purpose; rescuing the rescuers. Owner…

Report back on Rock Springs fire: intentional?

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DENVER – The fire that claimed four tents and damaged three others at the historic Rock Springs Campground may have been intentional, according to the Lincoln County Fire Marshal’s Office. Test results from the state four months after the fire indicated a substance may have been used to start the…

New Charter school building on schedule

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Nearly 15 acres of land has been graded and construction will begin soon on a new Denver campus of Lincoln Charter School. Recently, students, staff, faculty, community leaders and members of the Lincolnton/Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce gathered for a ceremonial ground-breaking on the new site. According to school principal…

Around Town 3/19/2007

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SPRING FEST The Lincolnton Church of God will have a Spring Fest event 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday/The event will feature a silent auction, with items such as furniture, artwork and golf clubs. Other activities include a yard sale, bake sale, music booth, jewelry booth, photography booth and much…

YMCA link unknown to many who know George Fawcett

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Most people around Lincolnton probably know George Fawcett for his work in the study of UFOs. However, there is a big part of Fawcett’s life that most people do not know about: his work with the YMCA. A North Carolina native, Fawcett grew up in Mt. Airy, a contemporary of…

A rose by any other name would smell just as sweet

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Vernon Rickard, owner of Almost Heaven Roses, says it was not his idea to begin growing the roses that have become his pride and joy. “It was all my wife’s fault,” Rickard said. Rickard’s wife Nancy grew up in Oregon, where many people have rose gardens. That, combined with her…

Be careful what you promise

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However, Jennifer Phillips and Sarah Adams weren’t the least bit shy when it was their turn. Ron McCann / LTN Photo Nor were Shandel Cooke and Alicia McKinney, who opted to dump their pies atop Yoder’s head rather than in the kisser. Ron McCann / LTN Photo “This wasn’t what…