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OUR VIEW — Je suis Charlie

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Another day, another senseless, awful attack on journalists by Islamist fanatics. This time, the Paris magazine Charlie Hebdo was targeted on Wednesday by gunmen wielding AK-47 rifles, with 12 people dead, including a police officer, in the immediate aftermath of the attack, according to several news outlets. The publication’s crime?…

The new year is here, resolve to be happy

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist It’s a new year. Did you make some new resolutions? Did you resolve to lose weight, save money, smile more and clean closets? Did you cook peas and collards on the first day? I did, not that I believed there would be more money in my…

Reader’s Forum — 1-2-15

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Road needs work Whoever is in charge of having roads repaved should have the paver come back and rework the intersections on Country Club road, especially the intersection at Lithia Inn road. It is worse than any of the potholes that were fixed. Bobby Costner Lincolnton Economic recovery not benefitting…

Our View: And a happy New Year

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So long, 2014. It sure has been…interesting. Lincoln County made some steps forward, some steps back and some steps side-to-side, but overall things are headed in a positive direction. Developers are breaking ground on large-scale residential and retail developments, particularly on the county’s eastern end. The work that is being…

Editor’s Note — A Christmas feast

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Each year, for the past four years, my wife and children and I meet with a group of our closest friends at the El Marquez Mexican restaurant in Lincolnton for a Christmas dinner. The first time, in 2011, my wife was soon to give birth to Connor, our son who…

Lincoln County folks ready for Christmas

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist It was the day before Christmas and all over Lincoln County folks were stirring and waiting for the big day. If you looked north and south, you could see that many were ready with colorful lights draped over fences and shrubs and if you looked east…

Our View: More oversight, less nonsense

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Lincolnton city manager Jeff Emory told this newspaper, in a story in Friday’s edition, that his self-approved 1 percent cost-of-living raise — a raise he wasn’t eligible for under the terms of his contract — was a simple oversight. If that’s the case, it begs the question what other simple…

Vote-buying allegations prompt state board review

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated columnist The agenda for a recent State Board of Elections meeting sounded like something out of a novel or HBO series or third world country. Could vote-buying really be happening in North Carolina? And by no less than a candidate for sheriff? That was the accusation by…

A brief history of Tar Heel presidential politics

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Patrick Gannon Syndicated columnist An early poll suggests that North Carolina will again be a battleground state in the 2016 presidential race, especially if former First Lady Hillary Clinton ends up as the Democratic nominee. Raleigh-based Public Policy Polling released a poll last week showing Clinton very close among N.C.…

A burial tradition in Hawaii

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist Brenda Beard is one of the happiest ladies I have ever met. She is a breast cancer survivor, having had her surgery in August, and she recently finished her radiation therapy. To her, every day is a good day. She never meets a stranger, because she…