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Merle Norman focuses on service

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Amy Brown has been using Merle Norman products ever since she started wearing makeup. It is one of the reasons the Catawba College graduate took ownership of Merle Norman Cosmetics, an independently owned and operated business that has been in the Lincolnton area for 44 years. Brown and her husband,…

Focusing on faith and family

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Donna Beal believe she’s been successful in business because she hasn’t made it the center of her life. “My career is important, but my main focus is on my family and serving the Lord,” she said. “And I think that’s what’s gotten me where I am in my career.” Beal…

Business owner focuses on work, life balance

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About 15 years ago, Sherre DeMao came to a conclusion. Balancing your work and personal life can sometimes be impossible. DeMao, founder and chief marketeer of SLD Unlimited Marketing/PR Inc., began offering workshops, “Me, Myself & Inc.,” to help business owners manage their business and their lives through goal assessment,…

Around Town Church Activities

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PRAISE NIGHT Herndon Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church will have a praise night beginning at 7 p.m. Friday. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, call (704) 240-2351. CHICKEN PIE DAY Asbury United Methodist Church, located at 3097 Asbury Church Road in Lincolnton, will have a chicken pie luncheon beginning…

50 potters featured at festival

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Potters ranging from established to up-and-coming, traditional to contemporary will be showing off their wares this Saturday at the seventh annual Burlon Craig Pottery Festival in Vale. “If you’re interested in any type of pottery, there’s 50 potters there,” said Jeff Young, an organizer. “There’s bound to be something you…

Married to a missionary

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Claudette Scott was originally going to name her memoir Married to a Missionary. “My husband had a calling, and I was hanging onto his coattails,” she said. She began to realize, however, her story was much larger. After 10 years of writing, A Pearl of Great Price: The Death and…

Banquet to fund scholarship

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A banquet will be held Saturday honoring the founding members of the Lincoln County NAACP and raising money to educate future community leaders. “Back in those days, it was dangerous to even be in the organizatoin, let alone be one of the leaders,” George Creed, secretary of the NAACP, said…

Lincolnton woman celebrates 100 years of living ‘one day to the next’

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Mary Grigg of Lincolnton celebrated her 100th birthday Monday, and she has no idea why she’s managed to live so long and stay so healthy. Has she always followed a healthy diet? Did she make a point of exercising? “Good Lord no! Never exercised – just worked,” Grigg replied. “You…

West Lincoln hosts band championship

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West Lincoln High School will host its first marching band competition this weekend. “We have a good band. We’re doing very, very well in competitive events, and it’s a way of showcasing the school,” said Jack Horner, band director. The Foothills Marching Band Championship will begin at 12:30 p.m. Saturday…

St. Lukes Episcopal event celebrates its early history

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The history of the church will be celebrated and its future will be made more secure at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church: The Early Years 1841-1886. “We do not have tours all the time, and this is an opportunity to see the church and hear the history of some of the…