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Artist transforms trash to treasure

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It has been said that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. For one local artist, that saying couldn’t be more true. Vickie Jo Franks, a Cleveland County folk artist, turns things others might dismiss as garbage into art. “It’s all recycled things,” Franks said of her materials-of-choice. Franks makes…

Officials view preliminary plans for N.C. 150

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Planning officials from Lincolnton, Cherryville and Lincoln and Gaston counties met recently to discuss very preliminary plans for changes to N.C. 150, and the public will have an opportunity to weigh in soon as well. Bill Duston of Centralina Council of Governments facilitated the meeting, helping city and county officials…

Around Town 1/18/2008

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DEMOCRATIC WOMEN The Lincoln County Democratic Women will meet Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Democratic Headquarters. Robbie Robbins will be the guest speaker. He recently returned from Iraq. Chili beans, salad and home-made desserts will be served for a $6 donation. Please plan to attend this meeting which will…

Merle Norman owner plans 42nd anniversary celebration

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Merle Norman has had a presence in downtown Lincolnton since June 7, 1966. Now it’s time to celebrate. Owner Amy Brown says she has plenty planned for the business’ 42nd anniversary in Lincolnton, which she is celebrating Jan. 15-26. “It’s an event to thank our customers for many years of…

Celebrating Martin Luther King Day

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The life of Martin Luther King Jr. will be honored Sunday and Monday in Lincolnton. “It’s time to celebrate. We are just so filled with enthusiasm,” said Ola Mae Foster, co-chairman of the Martin Luther King Committee, which is made up of members of the Lincoln County NAACP and the…

Researching Lincoln County roots in your local library

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Those searching for their Lincoln County roots often find themselves under the care of Linda B. Hoyle, library assistant in genealogy and Lincoln County history at the Charles R. Jonas Public Library. Hoyle, who works part time, mans a room full of records. There are hanging drawers full of family…

DJ tells story to Japanese television

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Former WLON radio personality Tim Biggerstaff has dedicated fans – one gave him a kidney, another came to his rescue after he suffered a seizure on the radio. Now, his loyal fan base may stretch across the globe. A Japanese television station has asked to do a story on his…

Guild seeking actors of all ages

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The Lincoln Theatre Guild’s production of “Li’l Abner” needs 28 people to fill out its cast, and auditions begin this weekend. “We need people to come out and give it a shot,” said Sherre DeMao, president of the guild. Auditions will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, 6…

Historic cotton mill becomes wedding venue

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Laboratory Cotton Mill began its life in 1887 when it reintroduced cotton manufacturing to the economy of Lincoln County. Now, the 20,000 square foot structure sits in disrepair on Fork Road in Lincolnton, but it will soon see a rebirth as an events venue. “It’s a nice building,” said Cynthia…