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Summer is officially over, changes ahead

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist Most of us believe that Labor Day officially ends the vacation days of summer and that the temperatures will drop, giving us cooler weather. We know that the leaves will start changing color and that trees drop all those acorns and hickory nuts that cause squirrels…

Our View — Spare us the talking points

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The first debate between Sen. Kay Hagan and state Speaker Thom Tillis taught us one thing, and the Raleigh News and Observer summed it up deftly in the first sentence of its story about the debate: the pair “stepped right out of the TV ads where they have slugged each…

Our View: Teachers are to thank for high productivity

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The progressive think tank Center for American Progress recently ranked Lincoln County Schools as one of the most productive districts in the state for the 2010-2011 school year — meaning that every dollar spent on education in the county had a high return on investment (ROI) in terms of academic…

Editor’s Note: Still proud of the Black and Gold

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor Anyone who knows me knows the pride I feel about being a graduate of Appalachian State University. It goes without saying that some of the most enjoyable moments of my collegiate career were attending games during the football team’s back-to-back-to-back national championship seasons. The Crown Jewel…

All hospices are not created equal, choose wisely

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PETE BRUNNICK Guest Columnist I am concerned when I read newspaper articles about potential abuses among hospice providers, such as those described last week in The Charlotte Observer or, also recently, in The Washington Post. While stories like these may serve to alert people to the pitfalls of ill-informed decisions…

OUR VIEW — City’s plan for the future must include job growth

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Lincolnton’s City Council members have recognized that they need a long-term plan if they want to help shepherd the city’s future growth. That plan needs to be thorough and innovative, with a focus on what the city needs most — jobs. The council met on Wednesday for a special meeting…

Reader’s Forum 8-29-14

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Thanks for making Lions Club school supply drive a success Did you know Lions Clubs International (LCI) is the world’s largest coeducational service organization, with over 1.39 million members in 46,713 clubs in 757 districts in 208 countries and geographic areas? LCI’s motto is “We serve.” Our slogan is “Loving…

Volunteers give non-profits a needed helping hand

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist Reading the recent report about Lincoln County’s Habitat for Humanity naming a new executive director, I thought about the time when the new chapter was organized. I believe it was about 1991 when the chapter was organized and the 10 board members began the job of…

OUR VIEW — Bring in new business by supporting

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A front-page story in Monday’s edition about the history of teens cruising in their cars in downtown Lincolnton, and two city leaders’ openness to the idea of bringing the tradition back, sparked on social media an all-too-common discussion — why is there nothing to do in Lincolnton? That question can…

Our View: A lesson from Iraq and Syria

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The murder of journalist James Foley, a United States citizen, by Islamic State fighters, should serve not as an impetus for increased military action in Iraq and Syria, but as a reminder of the depths and dangers of religious extremism. That’s what Islamic State is all about: the global proliferation…