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Guest View: Expansion of the ACC

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It is all about money, so let’s not gild the lily with regard to the Atlantic Coast Conference expansion to 14 teams with the addition of Pittsburgh and Syracuse to the lineup. Revenues from television, specifically the ESPN network that holds rights to ACC broadcasts, will increase. That contract is…

County should have kept faith with retirees

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Lincoln County’s government is right to look for ways to save taxpayers money. Faced with sudden shortfalls due to unexpected drops in sales tax revenues as the nation’s economy went haywire during the 2008-2009 fiscal year, commissioners and county staff had little choice but to cut. Even so, they erred…

Wedding: Davis, Spillman

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Hali Ashan Martin Davis and James “Jimmy” Michael Spillman were married on June 25, 2011 at Sigmon Farm on Lake Lookout. The Rev. Kevin “Chappy” Pitts performed the marriage ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Raymond and Tina Davis and granddaughter of Juanita Mosteller of Lincolnton. The groom is…

Newspaper prices going up, but here’s a deal

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Exactly 30 years ago, the Lincoln Times-News announced, “We held the line as long as we could, but with this issue the price of a copy is 20 cents. We have no choice.” Thirty years is a long time. Despite the inflation and increases in the cost of producing and…

Keep party chair out of House seat

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Picking Lincoln County Republican Party Chairman Jason Saine to be the county’s voice in the North Carolina House of Representatives would be a monumental mistake for the party executive committee to make. Saine is the wrong choice for several obvious reasons. The party chair has said he will not seek…

Memories of old Lincolnton High

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Last Tuesday was the first time I’ve stepped foot inside the old Lincolnton High School — now the campus of Gaston College — in more than 40 years. Visiting the campus of my high school alma mater brought back vivid memories of the past at this well-loved building. I parked…

Unemployment security

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We’re not sure whether it was an inadvertent mistake or a Freudian slip, but Friday’s headline error in the Lincoln Times-News, referencing an “Unemployment Security Commission,” appears to have come pretty close to the mark. Jobless North Carolina residents logging on to the N.C. ESC Web site to file for…

Across county lines

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Local news late this week was dominated by stories that makes us take another look at the relationship between Lincoln and Gaston counties. Despite objections from shortsighted Gastonia city officials, the N.C. Department of Transportation listened to other government and business leaders and approved U.S. 321 for double trailer truck…

Ax the flaks

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Legislators looking to cut money from future state budgets could do well to eliminate the gatekeepers who have come to dominate communications from most executive departments in state government in recent years. Whether their jobs are called “media relations,” “public relations” or “spokesperson,” these operatives are used by Raleigh’s stubborn…

City water debt poses threat to entire county

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Lincoln County officials plan to have an engineering study examine whether taxpayers are better off buying water from the city of Lincolnton or investing in additional water facilities for the county to meet surges in demand. County Manager George Wood told county commissioners on Monday that he fully expects continued…