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Candle shop owners find right formula

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Shane and Erin Lockman didn’t invent the soy candle. But they just may have perfected it. “We actually bought this business,” Erin said of Nook and Cranny Candle Company, which the couple has owned since February 2006. Although the business had already been around for seven years under a different…

Water main ruptures at intersection

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For the second time in three months, a water main ruptured at the major east Lincoln County intersection of N.C. routes 16 and 73, impacting businesses and traffic for several hours. County officials discovered the break in a 12-inch water line at approximately 6 a.m. Saturday, according to Steve Gilbert,…

Salem Industries to receive award

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A Lincoln County business will receive an award Wednesday for its outstanding management in health and safety. For the first time, Salem Industries in Lincolnton will receive the Safety and Health Achievement Award from North Carolina Commissioner of Labor Cherie Berry, said Pat Underwood, director of human resources for Gaston…

Education officials to go on retreat

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School principals, central office administrators and the Lincoln County Board of Education will spend the weekend at an administrative retreat. Administrators will spend more than nine hours in strategic planning sessions led by Dr. Mary Adkins. “The strategic plan has a direct effect on the school improvement plans that the…

Around Town 1/11/2008

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MUFON MEETING The 64th meeting of the Mutual UFO Network of North Carolina will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Unity Church, 401 E. Arrowood Road, Charlotte, in the fellowship hall. The first speaker will be Kathleen Marden, and the second speaker will be Dr. Michael O’Connell. All attendees are…

Resale store owner making most of her Second Chance

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Kathy Simpson once turned down a loan from her mother to open up her own resale shop. When her mother passed away two years ago, she got a second chance to realize that dream. It became a store in Iron Station called Second Chance. Originally from Long Island, N.Y., Simpson…

Remembering Pearl Harbor

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Most people know about the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, the incident that officially drew the United States into World War II on Dec. 7, 1941. Yet there aren’t many people left who can say they were there to witness one of the darkest days in American history. Lincolnton resident…

Ellis, 34, selected as new chief for South Fork Fire Department

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The South Fork Volunteer Fire Department has a new chief and he is only 34-years-old. Rick Ellis, a Lincoln County native, has been a member of the South Fork Volunteer Fire Department for nine years. Ellis says that he was surprised that the board voted him to “fill out the…

‘Winter Wonderland’ fundraiser to help Literacy Council

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There was a time when the Lincoln County Literacy Council didn’t need to have fundraisers. But times have changed. “The only thing they did was one-on-one tutoring,” Executive Director Cristina Arlow said of the days before she came onboard nearly four years ago. The organization’s headquarters was in the basement…

Prom fashions on parade

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West Lincoln High School students are showing school spirit by participating in a fashion show. At 6 p.m. Saturday in the old gymnasium at West Lincoln, 10 junior and senior girls will model 10 designer formal dresses each. B&L Formal is providing all the dresses. All dresses modeled will be…