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Lincolnton Christmas tree a giant undertaking

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Kenneth Herndon planted a small cedar tree in his yard at the age of 7. Now, 60 years later, he’s donating the tree to the City of Lincolnton in honor of Barack Obama. “It was just a little ugly tree,” Kenneth said of when he first planted it. “It didn’t…

Poet has Lincoln County roots

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A 1977 East Lincoln High School graduate has published her first chapbook of poems at the age of 49. “I never attempted to publish until 10 years ago,” Carol Parris Krauss, author of “The Sister Series,” said. “I just would write and write and enjoy writing.” Krauss, who now lives…

LEDA artists featured in St. Luke’s art show

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The work of Lincoln County professional artists is now on display at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Lincolnton. “St. Luke was the patron saint of the painters and artists,” Mary Whisonant, curator, said. “So it seems only natural to bring (art) to St. Luke’s.” The exhibit features the work of…

Teen Board organizes winter coat giveaway

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Winter coats will be provided to those in need courtesy of the United Way of Lincoln County Teen Board. Approximately 100 coats will be given away 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the United Way’s office, located at 206 E. Main St. in Lincolnton. “People have been coming to…

Rehearsals continue

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Around Town 11/12/2008

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MEETING Lincoln County Retired School Personnel, a division of NCAE, will meet 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Ryan’s in Lincolnton. The guest speakers, retired principals Steve and Sarah Miller, will discuss their annual summer volunteer work on the National Elk Refuge near Jackson Hole, Wyo. All retired school personnel are invited…

Nail salon opens second location, plans for third

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After the recent opening her second nail salon, Vi Phantirath said she couldn’t be happier with its success. In 2006, Phantirath opened Just For You Salon and Spa in at the Westport Shopping Center on N.C. 16. “I had been in this business for several years and saw the need…

Betty Ross Park has long history

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Before playgrounds and hiking trails, baseball was life at what is now Betty G. Ross Park. Growing up in the Glenn Mills community, Lincoln County Historical Coordinator Darrell Harkey said he spent “a good deal” of his childhood at the ballpark. “Back then we called it the Horseshoe,” he said.…

Keeping watch on water quality

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A new campaign trains residents to police poor construction practices that contribute to harmful soil erosion. The first results in Lincoln County are becoming visible. Since July, local residents sent a dozen reports to Natural Resources Department officials detailing problems with construction entrances, silt fences, dirt-filled screens and other drainage…

Mom gets athlete involved with son’s cause

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For years, Lincolnton resident Joy Roche wrote letters to celebrities trying to raise awareness about a cause she truly believes in. Last November, she finally got a response. Because of Roche’s efforts, Curtis Martin, a former NFL player for the New York Jets, paid a visit to the RHA Howell…