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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,”…

Billy Graham stops in Lincolnton

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50th anniversary

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Ronald and Carolyn Stephens of Denver celebrate their 50th anniversary today, Nov. 23. They were married Nov. 23, 1957 in York, S.C. A celebration will be held Saturday at Highland Drive Baptist Church in Lincolnton. Their children are Ronnie Stephens of Iron Station, Cathy Kasem of Denver and Brian Stephens…

60th anniversary

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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…

Commissioners to seek grant for new park

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Lincoln County Commissioners gave a rough reception Monday to plans for a new $2 million park along Lake Norman. Commissioners approved steps to seek a $500,000 state grant with an application deadline of Jan. 31. However, they balked at seeking the majority of funding, $1.6 million in state loans, to…

SOLO works to preserve lake life

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As growth and development continues to flourish around Lake Norman, there’s a group of people dedicated to preserving the area’s natural beauty. The Save Our Lake Organization, founded by Terrell couple Jim and Jill Feldmeyer in 2002, focuses on maintaining Lake Norman’s water quality and protecting local wildlife. For the…