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Our View — Let’s see what the Supreme Court says

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North Carolina’s constitutional same-sex marriage ban may soon be getting the Supreme-Court treatment. It’s about time. The Fourth Circuit federal appeals court, which covers North Carolina and several other East Coast states, struck down Virginia’s constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriage on Monday, and set the stage for a potential Supreme…

OUR VIEW — Gunfire dispute should be solved between neighbors

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Lincoln County commissioners need to use caution when considering restricting shooting activities. Several concerned citizens from the county’s eastern end spoke at the board’s meeting on July 21 about a resident of the Forest Ridge neighborhood who has an affinity for shooting his guns. Neighbors said the gunfire is a…

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DDA opposes county offices move At our previous DDA board meeting it was unanimously decided that we wanted to make a public statement on our feelings about the county offices moving out of downtown. Three or so years ago this was an extremely hot topic with the DDA, it consumed…

No plantations, but farm life is better

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Kathryn Yarbro Guest columnist I’ve always enjoyed reading books about long-ago southern plantations. Of course most were fiction, but sometimes if you closed your eyes you could imagine living that lifestyle. Thoughts of Miss Scarlett, who could put off her troubles until tomorrow, could wake you up, because most troubles,…

Reader’s Forum — 7-23-14

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Taxpayer will bear cost of increased illegal immigration In response to the July 18th “Come on in” editorial, I feel clarification is needed in several areas. First, and foremost, I quote Title 8 Section 1325 of the U.S. Code, Improper Entry by Alien: “Any citizen of any county other than…

EDITOR’S NOTE — Come on in

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor It’s astounding that Congress and President Barack Obama even have to question what should be done about the immigration of children from Central America across our border with Mexico. They should be welcomed and protected — not kept in prison-like conditions until they’re deported — if…

Make Bianca Tanner be the last

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ANNIE BLACKBURN Staff Writer No one is more painfully aware of the reality of domestic violence than Bianca Tanner’s family. The beautiful young teacher from Charlotte had the entire world ahead of her, but found herself in a relationship that ultimately lead to her tragic death. She left a son…

Vacations can mean a chance to travel

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist Vacations usually mean that we leave work behind for a pleasure trip somewhere where we can do nothing but what we really want to do. Leaving home for a week or more takes some work to get ready. Never mind putting all this stuff together to…

Reader’s Forum — 7/14/14

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The Hovis legacy Recently, I read of the 20 years public service Larry Mac Hovis has given to the City of Lincolnton and its citizens. This is in addition to the 20 years of service as a volunteer fireman. My words cannot express the commitment given by Mr. Hovis. He…

EDITOR’S NOTE — Fly fishing ruined my life

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There’s a good chance that, while you’re reading this, I’d rather be fly fishing than doing whatever it is I’m doing. I’ve always been a fan of light tackle, but it wasn’t until a year ago that I first waded into a river with a borrowed fly rod in my…

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