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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…

Green space protection expands

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By 2030, half of all Lincoln County’s open space will be gone. And nowhere is that land loss expected to spread faster than in eastern Lincoln County. Roughly four to seven acres a day are forecast for development countywide during the next 22 years, according to growth models by the…

Denver now a location for early voters

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For the first time, voters in east Lincoln County will have a chance to vote early without having to drive to Lincolnton. One-stop voting sites will be open at the East Lincoln Community Recreation Center in Denver beginning April 26 in advance of the fast-approaching May 6 primary elections. “This…

Crime linked to Charlotte gangs

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Authorities believe suspects in several eastern Lincoln County robberies last year may have ties to one or more Charlotte-based gangs. Alleged suspects from Charlotte held up a resident’s home, pizza restaurant, grocery store, pharmacy and bank in separate armed robberies last year. Although the suspects appeared to be working independently,…

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…