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OUR VIEW — Caution in Iraq

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The administration of President Barack Obama may be using the pretense of protecting American assets and personnel in northern Iraq as a justification for airstrikes against Islamic State militants. But the reality is, whether the president realizes it or not, the current unrest in Iraq was unavoidable. These are the…

No high steps, but more time for bird watching

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist When I was very young I wanted to be older so that I could do all the things that older people do. I wasn’t thinking of being so old you couldn’t do what you wanted. Who ever thought that going up a flight of stairs would…

Ebola outbreak unlikely in U.S.

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GORDON C. CROWELL Guest Columnist When I was very young I wEbola has been much in the news lately. I never heard of Ebola during my time in medical school, in training after school, in the Army Medical Corps or during my years of medical practice. If I saw any…

Reader’s Forum 8-15-14

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United Way says ‘thanks’ On behalf of the United Way of Lincoln County and our partnering agencies, I would like to say “thank you” to our local Harris Teeter. To their staff, employees and customers who have been so faithful through the years, participating and contributing to the United Way…

Obituaries — 8-15-14

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Burton Roy Bley Burton Roy Bley, 89, currently of Newton passed away on August 12, 2014 at Catawba Valley Hospital in Hickory after a brief illness. He was born August 17, 1924 in St. Louis, Missouri to parents Clarence and Eunice Bley, and preceded in death by his wife of…

Title chasers

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EL girls primed to go back-to-back By RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor East Lincoln’s girls cross country team won its first state title last season, and the Mustangs are back for more. East Lincoln returns its top five runners from a year ago, including now-sophomore phenom Frances Massey, as it looks…

Scrimmage schedule altered

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LINCOLN TIMES-NEWS Rain and poor field conditions forced two county football teams to reschedule their scrimmages. Both Lincolnton and North Lincoln moved their scrimmages to today. The Wolves travel to Cherryville for a scrimmage at 6 p.m., and the Knights host East Gaston at 6 p.m. Lincolnton’s scrimmage was originally…

Calendar — 8/13/14

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High school football scrimmage schedule Today Lincolnton at Cherryville, 6 p.m. E. Gaston at N. Lincoln, 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14 Rutherford Co. Jamboree: W. Lincoln at Chase, 8:30 p.m. (JVs begin at 8 p.m.) Friday, Aug. 15 SouthLake Christian, E. Surry, Ashe Co. at Lincolnton, 6 p.m. N. Lincoln…

West Lincoln student revitalizes memorial

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer For nearly 40 years, a small memorial nestled in the grassy quad between two West Lincoln schools has stood as a silent tribute to the students whose lives tragically ended before their high school graduation. Known as the Circle of Friends, the memorial was left neglected…

Piece of folk art comes home

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‘Christ Lives Again’ now on display in Lincoln Cultural Center ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer “Christ Lives Again” was once an obscure piece of folk art. A commission from the Samaracand Manor in Eagle Springs for a local artist in 1957, the large painting that was once a focal point in…