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Our View — This isn’t Lincoln County

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Board of Commissioners chairman Carrol Mitchem might think he speaks for Lincoln County. He doesn’t. But the reality is that, as our top elected official, he is the public face of Lincoln County government and, therefore, the public face of Lincoln County. That reality makes recent comments Mitchem made to…

Reader’s Forum — 5-11-15

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Reader’s Forum for 5-11-15 Mitchem should resign After reading the article in Friday’s Lincoln Times-News concerning the issue of prayer at the start of Lincoln County commissioners meetings, I find that I am completely ashamed and embarrassed to live in such a wonderful and beautiful county. Why, you ask? Carrol…

Editor’s Note: A strong woman

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor Every man owes a huge debt to his mother. And not just for giving birth to him. Even though, as the father of two young boys, I know how hard that process is. We owe our mothers a debt for all of the little things, those…

Reader’s Forum: LCHA does outstanding work — 5-8-15

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LCHA does outstanding work I would like to congratulate Lincoln County on the outstanding work that your Lincoln County Historical Association does to preserve the county’s history. This past weekend, our state Color Guard was invited to provide the presence and flags to support an historical presentation on Daniel Boone…

Many memories of being mothered

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest columnist Mother’s Day cards are beautiful. All the roses and butterflies and rhyming verses are some pretty weak stuff for the sentiments that I’d like to send mothers. I am a mother and I know that others like me who have experienced motherhood are the world’s richest…

OUR VIEW — Pastor’s work makes a difference

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The men and women who tirelessly work to make the world a better place for those around them seldom get the recognition they deserve. Lincoln County is home to many volunteers and civil servants that have a true impact on both this community and others, and it’d be a fair…

Boxing doesn’t have to disappoint

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor A few years ago, back in 2011 when I was a sports writer at this paper, I wrote a column about a potential Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight, headlined “The fight of the century.” The fight of the century happened. And, as often is the case with…

Separation of church and state should be upheld

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ELAINE JENKINS Guest Columnist I grew up in a Baptist church in Charlotte where the separation of church and state was an issue that was pounded into my brain as a child – not for political reasons – but for strong religious principles. It is for this reason that I…

OUR VIEW — Wrong from the beginning

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Sure, county commissioners have a difficult, important job. But only in Gaston County would elected officials be softheaded enough to think that policy work entitles them to a lifetime of largely taxpayer-funded health insurance for themselves and their families. The reek of self-administered special treatment, which we all can agree…

Birthday evening a real crowd pleaser

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist It was birthday party that turned into a pig picking that was a crowd pleaser and some good eating. No happy birthday songs but lots of laughter and some pictures for good memories for a special girl who turned 14. The age-old expression “blackberry winter” fit…