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  UDO amendment shortsighted   Our Planning Board (PB) amending our city’s Unified Downtown Ordinance (UDO) decision to grant a conditional permit to a downtown bar was shortsighted. Their 4-3 decision to decrease separation requirements for bars, mega breweries, and “adult social clubs” from 300 feet of property line to…

Poor hearing is no laughing matter

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest columnist What? What? What are you saying? Speak louder or come into this room and talk to me. Does this sound like something you said today and are saying it more often? Senior citizens are not the only ones who have poor hearing, but I’ll bet that…

Our View — Certification course a path to employment

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN News Editor The struggles facing workers these days are well documented. The current economic climate in Lincoln County is slightly more dire than that of the nation as a whole — the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates Lincoln County’s unemployment rate at 10.1 percent, compared to an…

We all change as the numbers add up

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist How old is old? I mean, is old the number of years you have lived, or how you feel and react to what’s going on around you? Is it when your aches are so troublesome that you wince when you reach for the newspaper or favorite…

Reader’s Forum — 4/10/13

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Thanks to American Legion Post 30 Thank you to Dale Punch and the American Legion Post 30 for the wonderful program honoring WWII veterans. Thanks also to Captain Randy Cash Chaplain and Major General Thomas Sadler for their remarks. Also, thanks to Ms. Brooke Baldwin for a remarkable rendition of…

Our View — Voter I.D. a no-brainer

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MIKE GEBELEIN News Editor Republicans in North Carolina’s House of Representatives presented their newest voter identification bill on Thursday and were met, not surprisingly, with partisan praise on the right and derision on the left. The bill mandates that voters show a government issued identification card at the polls, starting…

Just thinking about spring cleaning

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest columnist Peter Cottontail hopped along the bunny trail this Easter weekend and left behind enough blooming Bradford Pear trees to keep us sneezing for a while. There’s a hint of spring when the blooms arrive and the tickle in your throat is a reminder to search for…

Last note on WWII Hero Bobby Harkey

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CHARLES EUREY Guest Columnist   This is the third and last installment recollecting the saga of Bobby Harkey and his service during World War II.   In my last column Bobby and his pals were on the Normandy coast, trying to establish a secure beach head for the invading forces.…

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  Thanks to a Good Samaritan This is a “thank you” to the anonymous woman who made my day today. On March 27, while running several errands, my husband and I were in the Lincoln County Tax Office. Unknown to me, my earring fell off while we were in the…

Many tests, but no answer to pain

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest columnist Testing, testing, and testing. That’s what last week was to me. I have written about being in the emergency room, but when there’s nowhere else to turn, it’s the last resort for many of us. We’re not the only ones who go there most of the…