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Reader’s Forum — 4-29-13

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Questions about HB 288 Recently I learned about a bill (HB 288) filed in the N.C. House of Representatives by member Jason Saine. The point in the bill that got my attention was an exemption for Lincoln County Schools from the earliest start date allowed by state statute of August…

Our View — Waters of govt’ could get murky

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN News Editor The actions of government may become harder to keep track of for the citizens of 10 North Carolina counties thanks to new legislation passed by the majority of senate Republicans in the General Assembly on Monday. Senate Bill 287, subtitled “Notice Publication by Some Local Govs.,”…

Beauty spreads across Lincoln County

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist I love the beauty that Mother Nature has spread across Lincoln County. I keep going from window to window to catch another glimpse of the flowering dogwoods around the house. Open the doors and the brilliant azalea colors shine beneath the trees lending another breath of…

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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…