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Ordinance would make owners take responsibility

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There’s a major problem with a new animal ordinance proposed for Lincoln County. It makes people take responsibility for their pets. The audacity. Opponents of the proposal have incorrectly, time and again, called it a leash law. It isn’t. The ordinance says that animals will not be allowed to roam…

Editor’s Note — Taking time to get it right

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  Every journalist I know, myself included, likes to hear the stories behind the stories. The lives and work of the best writers and editors have been a great help to me in my own career — the triumphs and utter failures of professionals that I respect have served as…

Our View ~ Zero hour on office move

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Lincolnton’s City Council wants to keep Lincoln County’s offices in downtown, but hasn’t shown much willingness to incentivize county commissioners to the point that they would consider scrapping a $15 million plan to renovate the former Lincoln County Hospital facility. That renovation would create a consolidated county services center. Asking…

April: A wonderful time of the year

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist April is such a wonderful month. It opens with the Easter season and reminds us that new life awaits those of us who believe. How can we not believe when all signs around show change? The greener grass, the flowering trees, bulbs rooting from the earth…

Reader’s Forum — Appreciation from Last Man Standing Club

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  Appreciation to Ingles, anonymous shopper Several months ago, the Last Man Standing Club lost their meeting place with the closure of the Lincoln House. Fortunately, Ingles Store #148 and the deli manager, Tiffany Goble, welcomed us to have our meetings in the deli. They set up tables for us…

Our View — Good luck, troops

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On Saturday, 167 troops from Lincolnton’s National Guard detachment celebrated their deployment on a security mission to Bahrain, during a ceremony at the Citizens Center. They were joined by their friends and families to mark the occasion, and surely the thoughts and prayers of every citizen of Lincolnton and Lincoln…

Editor’s Note — Primaries can’t be pointless

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The presidential primary season is shaping up to be an exercise in frustration and despair, especially for the independent voter. There are those of us, myself included, whose ideology doesn’t conform to the platform of either of the major parties. We’re constantly making a choice between the lesser of two…

Our View — Plant closure isn’t the end

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The loss of the Mohican Mills manufacturing facility in Lincolnton certainly isn’t good news. But it’s also not the end of the world. The Times-News broke the story online on Wednesday that Fab Industries, Corp., the parent company of Mohican Mills, had informed its employees and city officials that the…

Keep blanket handy, weather still cool

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  KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist Slow down on that early walk or when going for the morning paper and listen for that spring symphony when birds join together and chirp in tune. It is spring, the sweetest of seasons, and the sounds make you want to slow and look for…

Reader’s Forum — 3-27-15

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  A trip to a commissioners meeting My trip to the county Board of Commissioners meeting was for my Boy Scouts communications merit badge. The first person spoke about elderly people and how their lives are. They are pushing to build more nursing and assisted living homes for the seniors…