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August 5, 2013

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25 YEARS — 1988

Opening day of Malone County Fair turned into a horror show when a Malone man was gunned down on the midway. A Mississippi man, Fred Dixon Jr., was later charged with killing John Henderson, shooting him four to five times point blank in the chest in front of the AmVet food booth. Dixon allegedly shot Henderson only hours after learning that Henderson had smashed the windows and slit the tires on his pickup truck. Henderson had allegedly vandalized the truck because he was upset that the mother of his two-year-old son had become friendly with the man.

The Appellate Division of the state Supreme Court has officially ordered Ticonderoga to fire two-thirds of its police force, including Chief Horace “Ben” Snow. The order, although not unexpected, came after the justices ruled in July that six police officers and constables were improperly hired.

By a vote of 120 to 73, Clinton County’s union employees rejected the county’s latest three-year contract offer. The County’s most recent contract offer, reached after lengthy negotiating sessions.

Indians at the Ganienkeh Mohawk Territory are taking applications from area residents looking for work in the state-opposed high-stakes bingo hall the Mohawks plan to open in mid-September. While construction crews put final touches on the blue steel-sided building on Devils Den Road, two women worked in the hall’s office, answering telephones and handing out applications to people interested in getting one of the more than 75 jobs available in the bingo operation.

50 YEARS — 1963

A former president of the Crown Point Central Board of Education gave his unqualified support to embattled Principal Fred D. Walsh. But present members of the school board are adamant in their refusal to discuss their charges against the principal, and continue to push for his ouster.

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