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Potter welcomes in public

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Kimbrell Frazier’s pottery is sold in more than 30 galleries across the country, but you’ll find the best prices and customer service at her studio right here in Pumpkin Center. “I try to make the pricing more affordable and easier for people to have some fine, handmade work,” Frazier said.…

Personal artist now published

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When Laurie Bostian was a student at Appalachian State University she decided that one day she would create a children’s book. “I thought ‘I’m going to do this. I’m going to be published. I’m deciding that right now,’” she said. Her first book Appalachian State A to Z is now…

Giving teens a Christmas

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When it comes to Christmas giving, teenagers in need are often left out. “Our teen board last year said ‘You know, all the giving trees are up to the age of 14 if they’re for children so teenagers don’t get Christmas,’” said Laura Slack, director of the United Way of…

Toy Run benefits ministry

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Bikers will withstand the cold winds for a good cause during the fourth annual Icicle Toy Run, organized by the Carolina Faith Riders Grace Chapter. The ride will begin at 1 p.m. at 6670 Hull’s Grove Baptist Church’s west site on N.C. 27 in Vale. It will end approximately an…

Shoeboxes make a difference

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A shoebox full of small items can make an impact on a child in need this holiday season. “It’s a very simple project,” said Kristin Turner, media relations coordinator for the Western Piedmont Team of Operation Christmas Child. “It doesn’t cost a lot of money to do. Kids love to…

Deputies seeking tips on two theft incidents

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Authorities are asking for any information that can lead to the arrest of whoever took items in two unrelated incidents. On Oct. 19, several landscaping items were taken from a shed at the Forest Lawn Cemetery, Sheriff’s Detective Sally Dellinger said in a news release. Items included two lawnmowers, three…

Animal rescue groups need help

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Several local animal rescue groups need your help. Adkins Pet Center of Iron Station, 4 Paws Animal Rescue of Denver, and Angels for Felines, the Humane Society of Lincoln County and Lincoln County Animal Control, all of Lincolnton, are participating in the “America’s Favorite Animal Shelter” contest, sponsored by Care2.com…

East Lincoln Betterment Assoc. picks new leaders

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East Lincoln Betterment Association, or ELBA, president Maeneen Klein has resigned due to health reasons. According to a news release, Klein stepped down Oct. 10 at the advice of her physician. She recently learned of an unexpected complication that required her to reduce her workload. Klein is no longer an…

Yamato brings Japanese steakhouse experience

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Three years ago, Chung Han Vega considered opening his restaurant, Yamato Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar, in Denver. But the community had not yet experienced the growth it would eventually see, so Han Vega decided to look elsewhere. A year ago, Han Vega decided to look at Denver again. This…

Around Town 11/18/2009

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TICKETS The Leewood Acres Garden Club is selling advance tickets to the Southern Christmas Show on Nov. 22. Tickets are $8 and proceeds will benefit the garden club. For more information, call any garden member or (704) 732-0460. FOOD DRIVE The Pumpkin Center Volunteer Fire Department is accepting donations for…