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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…

Fireman of the year

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4-H hosts photo contest for youth

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North Carolina 4-H has joined the U.S. Army’s collaborative effort with America’s communities to support the children and youth impacted by deployment. The contest is open to all youth ages 5-18 (you do not have to be a member of 4-H to participate). Youngsters will utilize their photography skills and…

Hill`s Chapel pastor high on church`s outreach, inreach

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When Val Rosenquist became the pastor of Hill’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Stanley last July, she didn’t have to bring a lot of new ideas with her. “It’s a phenomenal church,” Rosenquist said. “It’s building on the strengths and assets that were already here. They’re on fire now.” With…

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…

Around Town 1/16/2008

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NATIONAL PIE DAY National Pie Day is Jan. 22 and the public is invited to sample homemade pies beginning at noon that day at the James W. Warren Citizens Center in Lincolnton. Anyone who wishes to take a pie to the event should submit a recipe to the North Carolina…

Soldier shares his stories

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Army Specialist Joseph Sigmon, 22, was grilled by a roomful of Pumpkin Center Primary School first-grade students (including his two 7-year-old cousins) Tuesday morning. Questions ranged from silly to incredibly serious: “Do you have guns there?” “Do sometimes y’all have to go in wars?” “Do y’all have rocket launchers there?”…

Rhyne announces for Kiser`s seat

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Former state representative and Lincolnton-based attorney Johnathan Rhyne Jr. announced Tuesday he will seek the seat of retiring Lincoln County state legislator Rep. Joe Kiser (R-97 th). Coming on the same day as Kiser’s announcement he would not run for re-election, Rhyne became the first Republican so far to declare…

Two men arrested in home break-ins

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Two men were arrested in connection with break-ins that date back to July 2007. Larry Ulmer Clark Jr., 26, Seneca, S.C., and Richard Sidney Carlton, 52, Lincolnton, were charged with 13 felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense and conspiracy to obtain property by false pretense, said Larry Seagle,…

Man caught, charged in vehicle break-ins

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One Lincoln County man was arrested last Thursday in connection with several vehicle break-ins near a Lincolnton walking trail. Jesse Douglas Roberson, 25, Maiden, was charged with 10 felony counts of obtaining money or property by false pretense and 10 felony counts of larceny, said Det. Charles McGinley of the…