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Some old days worth remembering

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest columnist I’m getting a few comments on my columns. Just last week someone said they enjoy the columns because I write about the old days. What else would I write about? That’s all I know. I can’t explain why, but as the years add up those days…

Remembering the Old Tin Lizzie

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I am always amazed at how, throughout history, many times seemingly insignificant events become major happenings as time goes on. For instance: Take the invention of the Model T Ford automobile in 1908. The Model T ws not the first car made but it became America’s car for two reasons.…

Good pickings at The Farmer’s Market

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest columnist There’s something special about an early morning trip to the Farmer’s Market. The air is still cool and the pickings are best before the crowd arrives. Those of us who once had a home garden and gathered our own vegetables, know the work that’s involved in…

Our View: The missing teeth in public records laws

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The public — including both the news media and individual citizens — has a right to access the records of the governments that are supposed to serve the public. Access to public records is guaranteed by statutes in many states, including North Carolina. But laws on the books don’t always…

Lots of activity makes good weekends

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest columnist There’s this group of women who call themselves the Lovely Ladies of Lincoln County. I was welcomed into the group and joined the monthly assembly where the program must be meet, eat, talk and go. One wonders where the Lovely Ladies title came from, as few…

Let me tell you about the strongest

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Lincoln County lost one of her remaining stalwart citizens last week when Harvey V. Houser died. He was among the last of the old-time farmers who wore their overalls with pride. His faith, family and hard work were what he was all about. Most of us who grew up on…

Not the best day for democratic process

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FRANK TAYLOR Managing Editor Tuesday we welcome Election Day in July — perhaps not as rare as Christmas in July, but in both cases not many people get excited, and those who do are usually selling something. Even so, enough important contests are at stake that we should pay attention…

Hot weather, good company on a summer day

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest columnist Is it the hottest weather yet? Most likely not, but it sure feels that way. I remember when fans and air conditioners were what a few other people had. The 5-and-10-cent store had paddle fans at its entrance and when we came to town we raced…

Our View: City water sales

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Lincoln County is once again looking closely at whether purchasing additional water supplies over and above the county’s current water resources from the city of Lincolnton would offer a better value for county taxpayers and water customers. When this issue came up last year, we encouraged county leaders to think…

Reader’s Forum — 7-6-12

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Community showed support for veterans During Wednesday’s Fourth of July parade we had another opportunity to salute World War II vets. As occurred last year, the great town of Lincolnton and our proud citizens showed their appreciation of, and honor for, those true patriots who defended this nation in World…