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Escapee shoots self in standoff

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Stacy Clinton, an inmate who fled a work site April 10, is back in custody after a three-hour standoff Tuesday with authorities. M.L. Paysour, superintendent with the Gaston Correctional Center, said that officers located Clinton, 27, after talking to several of his family and friends. Clinton barricaded himself inside a…

Park concession work starts soon

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It’s been about three years since the restrooms and concession stand at Betty G. Ross Park were destroyed by an act of arson. Now, the facility is close to being rebuilt. “Our plans are to put it back in the original spot,” City of Lincolnton Parks and Recreation Director Ritchie…

ROTC students at West Lincoln go to boot camp

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Navy ROTC students at West Lincoln High School recently had a true military experience: boot camp. From March 24 to 28, students traveled to the Marine base at Parris Island, S.C., to “play war games,” as their instructor, Lt. Cmdr. Karl Jordan, put it. “We pretty much got treated like…

Signed on, and with passion

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Charles Mize’s passion for computers was born out of another passion. “I was looking for a computer because I always loved to write,” Mize said of his first foray into the world of modern technology. Mize, president of the Computer Users Group of Lincolnton, recalls looking for a computer at…

Education Briefs

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PALADIN SALES DOWN The 2007-08 ‘Paladin,’ North Lincoln High School’s nationally acclaimed yearbook, is available, and sales are at an all-time low. Books are preordered and can be purchased from any yearbook staff member in the yearbook room for $75. The staff member who sells the largest number of yearbooks…

Around Town 4/14/2008

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LHS OPEN HOUSE Lincolnton High School will host an open house at 6:30 tonight in the new gymnasium. There will be a presentation on the school bond referendum, and parents will be able to pick up report cards. For more information, contact Lincolnton High School at (704) 735-3089. OBAMA SPEAKER…

A new beginning

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50th Anniversary

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Roy and Shelby Messer Coffey celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary March 23. They were honored at a reception March 22 at First Baptist Church. Their children, Brenda Coffey and Alan Coffey and his wife, Rita Sipe Coffey, all of Lincolnton, hosted the event. They are the grandparents of Hannah Coffey,…

Bond would help Kiser, Love, Union

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The proposed school bond referendum would grant a total of $665,000 to Kiser Intermediate, Love Memorial Elementary and Union Elementary. Although these schools would receive far fewer funds than many other schools in the district, principals said they are excited about the possibility of any upgrades. Kiser will receive a…

Around Town – Church Briefs

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POKER RUN Reach Out Orphanage Ministries will have a Reach Out Poker Run beginning at 10 a.m. April 19. Registration will be at Carolina Harley-Davidson in Gastonia, with other stops including Zipper’s in Lincolnton and Iron Thunder Saloon in Hickory. The cost is $25 per person/per poker hand. Those who…