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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…

Punch award affirms high profile leadership

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Dale Punch, commander of American Legion Post 30, always a high profile leader in the support of our armed forces, was recently recognized with the Patrick Henry Award. This honor provides recognition to local leaders who distinguish themselves with outstanding and exceptional service to the Armed Forces of the United…

Helping Hands a model of volunteerism

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Lincolnton’s Helping Hands Health Clinic is a model for volunteerism. So, the recent announcement by Gov. Mike Easley recognizing it as one of the Outstanding Volunteer Services organizations of western North Carolina is not a surprise. During its early organizational period in 2002, board members speculated it would take two…

Man, Woman of Year join exclusive company

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Lincoln County has an exclusive club embedded in the history of selections of Man of the Year and Woman of the Year named during the annual Lincolnton/Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce Banquet. The latest selections were made this past Thursday. For some, it’s almost an expected reward for outstanding citizenship…

Community college role must be honored

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North Carolina’s community colleges and the University of North Carolina system must read off the same page on transfer credits. Too much is at stake for thousands of community college students. If the UNC campuses assume veto power over community college credit, as has been suggested by a recent report,…

Honoring veterans

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We honored our veterans this week with a parade and various ceremonies in a county that is blessed with a large number of these patriots who always seem to be close by to help us with these celebrations. The names Dale Punch and J.C. Rudisill are among those that immediately…

Past ledership helps pave road to success

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This past weekend some 25 to 30 Lincolnton/Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce members gathered for the usual planning ritual at Blowing Rock. They heard updates from some of the top government and institutional leaders of Lincoln county. It was the normal routine, but this year seemed a little different. Everybody…

The voters are election winners

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The big winners in the Lincoln County elections and throughout the nation in Tuesday’s elections were the record number of voters who turned out. In Lincoln County nearly 30,000 voters turned out — almost 70 percent of all registered voters. They knew it was an important election and they didn’t…

Time to clamp down on junk car eye sores

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Time has come to do something about junk cars left rusting away in the front yards of Lincoln’s residential communities. They are eye sores and reflect poorly on neighborhoods where property owners seek to present an appealing, pleasant landscape for their community that enhances property values. The county’s Building and…