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Auditions begin for ‘The Nutcracker –– A Children’s Ballet’

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer The halls of the Lincoln Cultural Center were bustling with dancers of all ages, as auditions for “The Nutcracker –– A Children’s Ballet” began at 10 a.m. on Saturday. The favorite holiday tradition, in its eighth year, saw students from Lincoln County dance studios warming up…

Lincoln County Board of Commissioners considers new proposal on solar farms

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County Board of Commissioners and the Planning Board will consider a new proposal that would amend the Unified Development Ordinance regarding solar farms at their meeting tonight. The proposal, submitted by the Planning and Inspections Department, would, “amend Section 12.3.2 to add a definition for…

Around Town — 9-8-14

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TODAY Voter Registration Voter Registration will be held at Oaklawn School at 6 p.m. Coalition of Churches Meeting The Coalition of Churches will meet at 7 p.m. to discuss further planning for the calendar year. For more information, please call (980) 429-0509. TUESDAY Board of Health Meeting The Lincoln County…

Owners celebrate 30 years with House of Trophies

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer For the past 30 years, Nick and Judy Komas have served as the owners of House of Trophies and Engraving, Inc., located on 118 East Main Street. “For a long time, I did almost everything,” Nick Komas said. “But as the business grew, Judy joined in…

Business Spotlight: Eaker’s Nursery

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Eaker’s Nursery and Tree Farm, located at 2760 Highway 274 in Cherryville, has been in business for nearly 30 years, but the land has been in the family for generations. “We’re four generations of farmers,” co-owner and grower Alisa Eaker said. “My great-grandfather, Doras Eaker, grew…

Artist: Don’t try this at home

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Jason Bolton uses fire as a medium in artistic endeavors ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Jason Bolton plays with fire. The self-taught artist and happily married father of four expresses his creativity in a way that leaves many people either confused or enthralled. “It usually goes one of two ways,” Bolton…

City readying to roll out new trash bins

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Northern Lincolnton residents will be the first in the city to receive city-provided trash containers in 2015, the first step in an effort to decrease the waste-stream and improve residential recycling trends. Veteran Public Works employees Steve Littlejohn and Salvador Sosa were given the honor on…

Lincolnton hardware store marks 50 years of family business

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer It’s hard to imagine that Saine Ace Hardware began in a space that occupied less than 1,500 square feet. Fifty years ago, Kenneth Saine and his young wife Alta saved their money and decided that they wanted to own their own business. “I was selling furniture…

Bluegrass festival grew out of family’s love for being together

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JACLYN ANTHONY LTN Staff Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for education of its virtue. — Plato Unlike most music festivals, where profit is the goal, the Catawba Valley Music Revival, formerly known as the Coot Williams Road Music Festival, uses its proceeds to provide soul…

Around Town — 9-5-14

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FRIDAY The Little Mermaid The Hickory Community Theatre presents The Little Mermaid, running until September 21 at the Jeffers Theatre in Hickory. For ticket prices and show times, please call (828) 328 – 2283. Horseshoe Doubles Tournament Gaston Count Parks and Recreation will host a horseshoe doubles tournament at George…