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Partnership for Children recognizes daycare operator at board meeting

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Tragic moment has a happy ending

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist David Maynard tells me he has worked as a volunteer for the fire department on Highway 150 for four years. When I asked him what was a moment he would never forget, he said he knew exactly what that moment was. A call came in for…

Juneteenth celebration held at Democratic headquarters

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There’s no place like Lincoln County

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer Allow me to begin by saying I love Lincoln County. The first time I drove around the Court Square in Lincolnton, I knew I was home. As a Navy brat, a 2004 transplant from the Mississippi Gulf Coast and someone that had already put down roots…

Service News — 6-20-14

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Local marine completes communication school Marine Corps Private First Class Tommy Harkey has completed Field Radio Operator Communication School (FRCC). Harkey spent eight weeks at Marin Corps Communications School at Camp Wilson in 29 Palms, California, training to become a field radio operator. During his time in 29 Palms, Harkey…

Column: A reporter bids farewell

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer There are millions of ways I could write this column. It’s never easy to say goodbye, even if a new beginning is waiting right around the corner. With less than a week of employment left at the Times-News, I am full of emotions — most of…

Column: Don’t Let Reading Take the Summer Slide

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APRIL DILLON Guest Columnist Some parents might say their two favorite days of the year are the first day of school and the last day of school. With the last day of school, parents and children may feel like they can take a vacation – not a family trip, but…

Long-time friendships make for happy memories

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist Following my knee surgery in April, I had to stay at the Brian Center for nine days for inpatient physical therapy. During my stay there I met one of the permanent residents, a lovely 86-year-old lady named Zella Ramsey. For some reason I was drawn to…

Chamber holds leadership program graduation

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Choosing a financial planner

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MARTY REID Guest Columnist In developing your financial plan, a critical step is selecting an appropriate financial advisor. Generally speaking, financial services are provided by registered representatives, those who buy and sell securities through brokerage firms, agents who sell insurance products and individual practitioners who offer comprehensive financial planning. While…