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Lincoln celebrates apple harvest

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest columnist Take away the reason for sneezing and many of us welcome the fall season. There’s beauty in autumn that cannot be found any other time of the year. Autumn also means it’s time for the Lincoln County Apple Festival when we celebrate the apple harvest with…

Wasting time in the name of government

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If you’ve ever attended a local government meeting in Lincoln County, the odds are good that your time has been wasted by a lot of nonsense. It’s not that our local boards — the Board of County Commissioners, the Board of Education, the City Council, the planning boards and various…

Charlotte, N.C., in the good old days

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I was recently perusing some old newspapers and came across a picture of the square in Charlotte in the early 1900s. The photo showed T-Model cars lined up at the stop light on the square and, of all things, an electric trolley. I remember just such a scene from the…

Habitat grows with each contribution

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest columnist I was a secret hoarder. It ended when the closet door wouldn’t close. I hoarded cloth, patterns, buttons, thread and lace. I could close my eyes and see all this in dresses, coats, curtains and draperies. But the hoard didn’t turn into dresses, coats, curtains and…

Reader’s Forum — 8-24-12

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McHenry’s column proof that politicians lie I really appreciated your editorial the other day pointing out the current slate of political ads on both sides are — shall we say — not completely true. You challenged us, as citizens and voters, to use our critical thinking when viewing them and…

Political season outlives summer

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest columnist It had to happen but did it have to be so quick? Summer seems to be the fastest season of all. The dogwood leaves are beginning to fade and its berries are turning red. Days are getting shorter and soon we will have longer nights. The…

Federal loans should be up to students

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FRANK TAYLOR Managing Editor My son was going back to college following a couple of years off from school to work. After applying and being approved for federal student loans, he’d come up with a good plan to put some of the loan money toward a used vehicle he’d need…

Reflecting on old-timey words and phrases

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CHARLES EUREY Guest columnist I am always amazed when I sit and think of the many words we used to use that we don’t often hear anymore. The fact is though that many times they conveyed our thoughts and feelings far better than anything we can think of today. We…

Reader’s Forum — 8-20-12

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Biden’s ‘chains’ comments ironic Recently on the campaign trail, Joe Biden told a Virginia audience that Republicans wanted to put them back in chains. The allusion to slavery is rather ironic, given Biden’s support for raising taxes, especially for higher-income earners. Slavery is defined as non-ownership of one’s person and…

Retirement: Busy days or idle ways

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest columnist I envy those who make plans and keep them after retirement. They deserve a lot of respect. They say they’re going to redecorate the house, travel the globe, live at the beach, play golf whenever, go wherever and do whatever they want to do. And most…