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Fixing power problems in east Lincoln County

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Complaints about power problems in eastern Lincoln County are nothing new. We’ve been hearing about them for years. The most recent failure happened on a very cold Monday morning at Rock Springs Elementary School. This time around it was encouraging to hear a response from Duke Power Co. that acknowledged…

Woman`s instinctive action saves life

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Most well-intentioned people want to help when they have a chance encounter with accident victims in need. First reaction is to make sure police and emergency medical teams are advised of the situation and know the location of the victim. Then we can assure the injured person that help is…

Congratulations to `Band of Knights`

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Congratulations to Neil Underwood and the North Lincoln High School Band for their selection as a performer in a WWII 60th Anniversary celebration in Washington D.C. The “Band of Knights” will be the only representative from North Carolina to perform. Accepting the invitation doesn’t come cheap. The price tag is…

NASCAR technology helps chopper pilots

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It would seem unlikely that American troops in Iraq would turn to NASCAR drivers for some help with their equipment. But the racing industry just happens to have a solution to a troublesome problem resulting from chopper windshields being coated with sand and other debris during combat missions in the…

Safeguards needed for shooters` ritual

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The Cherryville shooters’ annual musket-firing ritual on New Years has a long, cherished history in Lincoln and Gaston counties. According to the story passed down through generations, the tradition goes back some 200 years and is linked to an old German custom designed to drive evil spirits away and ensure…

2004 looks good for Lincoln County

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The year 2004 had the good and bad, but mostly good. The moments of crime and violence are always around, but nothing stands out as in past years. The shock story of the year is probably that of school board member Jean Dellinger being charged with receiving stolen goods. Now…

Christmas giving

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We are often told to remember the real meaning of Christmas at holiday celebrations and are subjected to countless stories of Christian virtue. Cut on your TV and you’ll find a message on the Hallmark channel, or see a rerun of the Christmas Carol. The message seeks to counter the…

Christian Ministry shines at Christmas

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As the Lincolnton Rotary Club presented Christian Ministry Director Susan Brymer with a check for $7,000 (representing $60 per Rotarian) Monday, hundreds were lined up outside the ministry office to receive holiday gifts of food and toys. Contributions continued to pour in throughout this week from churches and civic organizations,…

Help counties cope with rising costs

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A state study commission plans to recommend to the General Assembly next year that the state should phase out counties’ share of Medicaid financing by 2011. The proposal adopted Wednesday by the joint Blue Ribbon Commission on Medicaid Reform would cap Medicaid costs at 2004-05 levels and gradually reduce the…

Cochrane brought harmony, hard work

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We offer our support and best wishes to the new Lincoln County Board of Commissioners as it tackles the huge issues facing Lincoln County. We also give credit to the two retiring commissioners who have performed their duties well. Jerry Cochrane and Larry Craig have served as stable influences in…