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Queens celebrate Christmas

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Noelle Jenkins (left), Teen Miss Denver, and Madison Spake, Tiny Miss Lincoln County, waved gloved hands and gave smiles during the Lincolnton Christmas Parade. Ron McCann / LTN Photo…

The right sport, the right fit

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Donovan Thompson is a busy man. The Denver resident works as medical director of the emergency department at Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln and is married with two young sons. Yet Thompson also finds time to win international weightlifting competitions. “I started lifting weights in the Army right after high school,” Thompson…

Youths bond in service

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The youth group at Daniels Lutheran Church works hard to help the community and to bond with one another. The Daniels Senior League is composed of church members in grades six through 12. (Another group, the junior league, exists for elementary students.) The two purposes of the senior league are…

Lincolnton looks at Rail-Trail grant

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Lincolnton may qualify for a $75,000 grant to extend the city’s recreational Rail-Trail. After years of seeking funding, Lincolton’s Planning Director Steve Gurley said the city has located a state grant offered through the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. The funds would go to purchase public right-of-way property. “It’s…

Lincolnton takes on holiday atmosphere

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As the annual Christmas parade draws nearer, downtown Lincolnton begins to seem like an old carol: “city sidewalks dress in holiday style, and in the air, there’s a feeling of Christmas.” The parade festivities will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday, when more than 100 parade units will line up at…

Coats for needy

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Around Town 11/23/2007

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BOARD MEETING The Gaston College Board of Trustees will meet at 4 p.m. Monday in the Myers Building, second floor boardroom at the Dallas campus. The public is welcome. BOARD MEETING The Lincoln County Charter School Board will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in the middle/high school building in Denver.…

Cutting down your own Christmas tree

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Despite spending 50 years surrounded by Christmas trees, Henry Helms still loves the holiday season. “If I were sick of Christmas, I’d get out of the business,” said Helms, owner of Helms Christmas Tree Farm in Vale. The farm has 6,000 trees, which Helms cares for 12 months out of…

Potter loves burning, turning

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Luke Heafner committed himself to pottery the moment he saw a wood-firing at a west Lincoln kiln. “I guess I’m a pyromaniac,” he said. “Something about flames shooting 10 feet out of a chimney intrigued me.” Now Heafner works full-time for Kim Ellington, a Vale potter, and also produces his…

Consignment shop opens in downtown Lincolnton

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Stacy Essary opened Classy Consignment in downtown Lincolnton because she wanted somewhere to shop. “Honestly, I could not find a consignment store in Lincolnton,” she said. “I decided to do one myself.” Essary, who lives in Maiden, was always a bargain shopper. “I want good quality at a good price,”…