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Schools off to good start as enrollment rises

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School has gotten off to a good start, according to the Lincoln County Board of Education Wednesday. Statistics from the fifth day of school show a rise in school population by 173 students. The total number of students enrolled in Lincoln County schools is 11,440. Superintendent Jim Watson said there…

Jury acquits man in fatal shooting

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After deliberating for two hours Thursday, a jury found a Gastonia man not guilty in the 2003 shooting death of a Lincolnton man. Ernest James Jones, 63, walked out of the Lincoln County Courthouse minutes after the verdict was read, escorted by his sister, Dot, who had served as a…

Apple Queen`s reign ends Saturday

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Autumn Brooke Stokes, Miss Lincoln County Apple Queen 2003, will end her reign Saturday night when the 2004 Apple Queen is crowned at the James W. Warren Citizens Center. “I wish all of the contestants good luck,” said Stokes. “They’re all beautiful girls.” Eleven Lincoln County girls will compete during…

Officer hurt as fleeing man resists arrest

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A man assaulted two Lincolnton police officers Wednesday after leading them on a chase through city streets. Patrol officer Devonda Friday remains off duty after suffering a mild concussion as a result of the incident. Officer Danny Eastridge, who was also injured, returned to work Thursday. Eastridge said that at…

Lights, Color, Carnival!

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Dyon Robinson, Tiffany Brown and Drevin Robinson look at the bright lights and vivid colors of the carrousel Thursday night at the carnival on South Aspen St. The carnival has been in town this week and will move out Saturday evening. Diane Turbyfill / LTN Photo…

Look at Lincoln

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This photo submitted by Tim Johnson of Vale shows Lucille Johnson with two cantaloupes grown from her garden. The cantaloupes are the biggest Johnson has grown – at 12 pounds each. Tim Johnson / Contributed Photo…

Around Town 8/11/2004

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YARD SALE Reepsgrove Methodist Church, Reepsville Church Road, will have a yard sale beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday. All proceeds will help with the refurbishing and maintenance of the church. SENIOR CITIZENS DANCE The Gaston County Parks and Recreation Department will host a Senior Citizens Dance from 7 until 10…

Volunteers practice art of pie fry

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The smell of apple-filled pastry bubbling in boiling oil hints of the project found in the demonstration kitchen of the James W. Warren Citizens Center each August. Members of the Lincoln County Extension and Community Association (once known as the Extension Homemakers) take to their project like elves in Santa’s…

Self-defense argued in trial

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Lawyers for a Gastonia man on trial for murder in Lincoln County Superior Court this week will argue that he acted in self-defense when he shot and killed a man after an argument in July of 2003. Ernest James Jones, now 63, is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting…

Rapist draws lengthy sentence

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A Lincoln County man Monday pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree rape and two counts of indecent liberties with a child, crimes that took place some three years ago. He received sentences that will keep him in prison well over 10 years. “This case has been going on for…