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AYP scores likely to improve at WLMS

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While the reports of Adequate Yearly Progress were generally good for Lincoln County, one school faces the disappointment of not meeting the required progress for two years in a row. That means students at West Lincoln Middle have the option to transfer out if their parents feel they should be…

Don`t overlook July 20 primary

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It’s not a good time to hold elections. It’s the middle of the summer, and a lot of people are still at the beach. We have our mind on less important things. And these are those dull primary contests. Elections are a lot more fun in November. But for Lincoln…

Don`t meddle with local school calendars

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State lawmakers once again are meddling in local affairs with the passage by a committee last week of a bill that would mandate longer public school summer vacations. The bill, now headed to the full House, would take effect for the 2005-06 school year and would require local school districts…

Edwards` grit has message for doubters

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North Carolina’s John Edwards has emerged from a long, difficult political path to the top of the nation’s Democratic ticket with Sen. John Kerry. There were plenty of doubters along the way. They are still scratching their heads, stunned. His relentless drive and upbeat message were first recognized when he…

Air quality must improve in Lincoln

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The time has come for Lincoln County’s government, business and community leaders to tackle a worsening problem of air quality that threatens our economy as well as our health and well-being. We think of ourselves as having a high quality of life, well removed from the urban smells and noises…

Remember C-Battery this holiday weekend

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Independence Day is important in Lincoln County because we have so many dedicated veterans who take patriotic occasions very seriously. But it’s especially important this year because we have a home-based National Guard unit assigned to dangerous duties in Iraq. The last we heard about these local men and women…

Property tax rate hasn`t changed

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Some Board of Commissioners critics, whose voices become louder around election time, are accusing members of passing a tax increase with the recently approved budget. They didn’t. The budget holds the property tax rate at 62 cents per $100 valuation. But since this is a year of revaluation of property…

Summer reading

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There was an interesting tidbit about the West Lincoln Library in our West Lincoln section on Friday: it serves the highest percentage of children out of all libraries in the Gaston-Lincoln system. Approximately 75 percent of books checked out of the library are for children. Some 200 children are signed…

N.C. must address plight of children

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North Carolina is ranked as one of the 10 worst states in the nation for child well-being in an annual survey. This, despite improved percentages in nearly all of the key indicators used in the measure. How can this be? Other states improved faster and rose higher in the ranks…

Gaston College gift addresses real need

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The latest gift to the planned expansion of Gaston College’s Lincoln Campus, a contribution of $35,000, comes from First Federal Savings Bank of Lincolnton. It’s an important financial boost to an institution of critical importance to the people of Lincoln County, particularly those who have lost manufacturing jobs and are…