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OUR VIEW — There’s power in giving

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Oscar Martinez is getting a new wheelchair, thanks to the efforts of his teachers and classmates at Lincolnton High School and countless others from Lincoln County and beyond that donated out of generosity. The more than $32,000 donated for the cause is a great testament to the power we all…

Our View: Let’s make a library

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Every child deserves to experience a well-stocked, spacious, comfortable library. That includes children in western Lincoln County. A new library for western Lincoln County has been in the works for a long time, according to Commissioner Alex Patton, who was quoted in a story from our May 20 edition. The…

Reader’s Forum — 6-1-15

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Reader’s forum for June 1, 2015. Keep church and state separate In response to “Keep praying in Jesus’ name” Reader’s Forum letter published on May 29. I wish to thank Dr. Andy Royals for sharing his views on his immersion of his religion into our government. I admit major confusion:…

Lincoln County folks love their history

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist Oh, the joy of having family home for a long weekend and the silence when they all leave for their house. Putting the house back in order and catching up on the laundry takes a small amount of the time that I have much of today.…

Reader’s Forum — 5-29-15

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Reader’s Forum for Friday, May 29, 2015. Keep praying in Jesus’ name Religious freedom has always been a basic civil right in our nation. It is one of the “first freedoms” enshrined in the first amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Opposition to religious freedom has rapidly become one of the…

Our View: A job well done

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The Lincolnton Police Department has done Lincolnton, Lincoln County and the region a great service with officers’ arrests of 17 alleged sexual predators in a sting operation, detailed in a Page 1 story in today’s edition. Busts were conducted from February through May when officers posed as an underage girl…

Reader’s Forum: Memorial Day

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Memorial Day In a cemetery somewhere these our friends rest in peace. The mounds which cover their graves are slowly losing their identity. Soon they will fade back to the anonymity of the gray earth and the mark of these people will be gone. Forever. Once they were young, round…

There’s more to a city than what you see on TV

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor I went to Baltimore this past weekend and saw a baseball game, 13 horse races and the neighborhood I grew up in, and ate some food better by far than pretty much anything that can be found in North Carolina, including a massive pile of crustaceans.…

Reader’s Forum: Eyes on Lincoln County — 5-22-15

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Eyes on Lincoln County It seems a not-so-flattering spotlight has been shone on our community recently, one that does not necessarily reflect the majority of the county. Board of Commissioners Chairman Carrol Mitchem’s stance on several issues as of late has been questionable at best. However, his recent comments on…

Old academy offers history lessons

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist It was a very interesting evening. There was a history lesson going on inside the oldest building in Lincoln County. Pleasant Retreat Academy was chartered by the General Assembly of North Carolina in 1813. It was dedicated as the Confederate Memorial Hall in 1908. The building…