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Firefighters urge residents to practice safety

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Lincoln County firefighters are urging residents to prepare for any fire-related situation. National Fire Prevention Week began Sunday and will conclude Saturday. This year’s theme, “Prevent Home Fires,” encourages households to have a “well-practiced plan in place for escaping home fires,” Bill Fortenberry, a captain in the Lincolnton Fire Department,…

QUESTION of the WEEK

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“Should state officials have stayed on the case to figure out what caused the June 10 explosion of a charter yacht at Westport Marina?” Jennifer Fitzpatrick, Denver: “I think they should have continued investigating.” Ken Sipes, Denver: “It seems to me if the local folks don’t believe they have the…

Three men arrested in robbery

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Three men accused of robbing and beating a man face felony charges. According to authorities, a woman and three men went to the Ivey Church Road residence Friday where they allegedly hit the victim. When the victim got away, the suspects followed and two pulled out knives, Larry Seagle, public…

Community Calendar

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COMING UP n Voter registration: Don’t forget! Friday is the last day to register to vote. Registration forms must be postmarked by 5 p.m. The Shanklin Library and Denver Post Office carry forms, or they can be downloaded at www.lincolncounty.org. All forms must be mailed, not faxed or e-mailed. The…

Woman loses more than 200 pounds

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Elaine Rudisill weighed more than 400 pounds at her heaviest. Pictured left is Rudisill before she lost more than half her body weight. Pictured right is Rudisill after her weight loss. She now weighs 190 pounds and hopes to lose more so she can weigh less than her husband. Contributed…

Lincolnton man held in stabbing of wife

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A Lincolnton man is in custody after he allegedly stabbed his wife with a knife Friday evening. Authorities arrived at 417 Liberty St. around 6:30 p.m. after the victim called 9-1-1 asking for help. According to police reports, the suspect, Victor Manuel Ramos, 36, was discovered walking out of the…

Around Town 10/8/2008

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LIBRARIES All Gaston-Lincoln Regional Library locations will be closed for Staff Development Day on Monday, Oct. 13 and will resume regular public service hours on Tuesday, Oct. 14. For more information, call (704) 868-2164 or visit www.glrl.lib.nc.us. CANDIDATES EVENT The Coalition of Churches will sponsor Meet the Candidates 6:30 p.m.…

Around Town 10/6/2008

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LIBRARIES All Gaston-Lincoln Regional Library locations will be closed for Staff Development Day on Monday, Oct. 13 and will resume regular pubic service hours on Tuesday, Oct. 14. For more information, call (704) 868-2164 or visit www.glrl.lib.nc.us. CANDIDATES EVENT The Coalition of Churches will sponsor Meet the Candidates 6:30 p.m.…

Grace under pressure at Sunshine

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Sunshine Learning Center is almost always a pretty happy place. The children at Karen Canipe’s family child care home, located on Maiden Highway in Lincolnton, can usually be found learning, playing or dancing to the songs of Hannah Montana. But on Aug. 25, Canipe and her charges experienced something that…

Quilts and history: All in one weekend

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Cherryville residents are gearing up for the first-ever Cherryville Quilt Show and Historical Weekend. “We’re very excited to start this event and hope that a lot of people come to the show and take advantage of all that Cherryville has to offer,” Paulette Sewell-Gibson, owner of the Ladybug Emporium, said.…