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Make soup, watch birds and read a book

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist It’s officially Autumn. The acorns are falling, the weather is cooler and it’s time to bring out the big soup pot. Make enough to share and still have leftovers. It’s good warmed over as long as it lasts. It’s also time to hunt up a sweater…

Reader’s Forum 9-24-14

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Dr. Sykes will be missed Dr. Paul Sykes, formerly of LakeMont Family Medicine, CMC-Lincoln, is a credit to his profession. To say we will miss the unparalleled knowledge and medical skill of Dr. Sykes is quite an understatement. Dr. Sykes’ brilliance in examining patients’ medical issues is equaled only by…

America’s stagnant recovery and what can be done to kick-start it

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PATRICK MCHENRY Guest Columnist Over the past few weeks, much of the news media has been focused on events beyond America’s borders. A brutal new terrorist threat has emerged in the Middle East. The government of Russia continues to foster unrest in Eastern Ukraine. At the same time, the Ebola…

Reader’s Forum 9-19-14

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Move of County Offices The ongoing debate concerning moving Lincoln County offices to the old hospital may soon move to a critical stage. These discussions began as far back as 2009 and involve numerous claims and counter claims as to the actual need for such a move and its associated…

OUR VIEW — Voting hours battle about pride

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The vote is what makes a democracy work. But too often in the history of American democracy, the vote and how, when and by whom it is placed has been used as a tool to give an advantage to one political party over another. The motivations that led to the…

Festival opens with apple pies and turkey legs

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist The Lincoln County Apple Festival Committee has had a long and busy year preparing for Saturday’s event, which opens officially at 9 a.m. Most of the work is behind-the-scenes scheduling — what will go where and which booth will be there. There’ll be music and food…

Our View: Just like lemmings

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The United States is, once again, trudging toward war in the Middle East. President Barack Obama, in a nationally televised speech on Wednesday, made the case for the expansion of air strikes against Islamic State guerillas in Iraq and Syria. Obama said U.S. fighter jets will launch more bombings in…

Lincoln County folks make things roll

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest columnist It took lots of planning, much effort and loads of hard work to pull off the successful fundraiser Saturday at Howard’s Creek Volunteer Fire Department. As usual, when volunteers get together, things move. When Lincoln County folks want to do something for friends things begin to…

Our View — Freedom from fear

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Thirteen years ago, Islamist terrorists perpetrated the most heinous single act of mass murder of the 21st century. The price of the American blood that was shed on Sept. 11, 2001 can never be repaid. But the rallying cry in the months afterward, the solidarity Americans showed with one another,…

Editor’s Note: Fatherhood 2.0

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor My wife and I brought our second son, Jacob Henry, home from the hospital on Sunday. He was born Friday morning and both he and his mother are healthy and doing well. I learned a few things with Jacob that I didn’t with our first son,…