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Our View — Senate race simple enough

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Turn on a television set to any North Carolina station and it’s obvious that the Senate race between Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis is very, very important to some people. Analysts have said that advertising spending from both camps combined may work out to more than $100 million, making it…

BPW seeks names for annual award

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Do you know an outstanding woman that you would like to see recognized before a large audience? The Business and Professional Women’s group would like her name to be among those judged for Lincoln County Woman of the Year. The 2014 Woman of the Year will be announced during the…

Our View — Businesses giving back

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Businesses that make it a point to give back to the community deserve our recognition and appreciation. The Lincolnton Lowe’s is currently working on improvements and upgrades to the American Legion Post 30 building on North Aspen Street in Lincolnton, through the Lowe’s Heroes project. That endeavor, led by store…

Our View: Work release makes a difference

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Mass incarceration in America is well documented. According to Department of Justice statistics, 1,574,700 people were in either state or federal prisons in this country at the end of 2013. For people age 18 and older, 623 people per 100,000 were imprisoned. Those numbers are good enough to give the…

Some holidays and politicians need change

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest columnist Have you got your pumpkin yet, your Thanksgiving turkey or your Santa Claus suit? Why wait until the last minute when they seem to be everywhere? I guess this time of my life is what causes me to want to picket holidays. When finish with that,…

OUR VIEW — A victory for liberty

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The first same-sex marriages in Lincoln County history took place on Monday. When the dust settles, when — like all civil rights reforms — the new changes become the cultural norm, both liberals and conservatives will recognize that the ruling that struck down North Carolina’s discriminatory constitutional same-sex marriage ban,…

Reader’s Forum

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Sykes will be missed Just over 20 years ago, I, as administrator of Lincoln County Hospital, recruited Dr. Paul Sykes to this community. Medical staff by-laws required strict reviews of all physicians wishing to obtain admitting privileges at Lincoln County Hospital. Upon completion of his review, it was determined that…

OUR VIEW — City should explain missing sewer revenue

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The City of Lincolnton, somehow, lost track of around $150,000, according to councilman Martin Eaddy. The missing revenue is from sewer customers who live outside of the city limits who didn’t pay their bills. The city has enrolled in a debt collection service through the state to collect a portion…

Leaf watchers find color close home

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist I’ve always heard that a heavy crop of acorns means a very cold winter. If that’s true, then gather up your blankets because never have I seen so many as we’ve had this year, and they are still falling. If there was a market for them,…

OUR VIEW — We need a ruling

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The announcement on Monday that the Supreme Court wouldn’t hear appeals related to five states’ same-sex marriage bans was, predictably, met with equal amounts of joy and derision from both sides of the argument. What everyone can agree on is that the issue hasn’t been resolved. Same-sex marriage supporters said…

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