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Thanks again to the Timken foundation

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The Timken Foundation has a history of providing generous contributions to very worthwhile causes in Lincoln County. The recent announcement that it will contribute $54,000 to Amy’s House is not a surprise, given its history of helping out the most worthwhile organizations. This is the second grant Timken has made…

Malpractice insurance crisis hits local practice

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For the past few years we have been hearing about the rising cost of medical malpractice insurance and how it is driving doctors out of some of the most important practices. That message hit home last week when we learned that one of the two obstetricians in Lincoln County, Dr.…

Celebrating 100 years of memories at LHS

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Memories of long-ago football games, band camps, high school dances and old friends are sacred to most of us and especially Lincoln High School graduates who this year celebrate the school’s 100th birthday. Special observances will be held during tonight’s homecoming activities, which include a parade, an alumni band and…

Casualties hit home

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The news of American servicemen losing their lives hit closer to home last week. A Marine from Charlotte, Lance Cpl. Gregory C. Howman, 28, and another from Moresboro in Cleveland County, Cpl. Christopher S. Ebert, 21, were both killed in Iraq. The American hostage beheaded Tuesday is believed to be…

Good news from Blum

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Lincoln County has received more positive economic news from a local industry. This time it’s Blum Inc., with an announcement of a new, $30 million expansion of its drawer slides and hinges production. The project includes a warehouse addition, injection molding expansion, two new automated hinge-assembly lines and a new…

Apple Festival should have been rescheduled

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The Lincoln County Apple Festival is the county’s signature attraction of the year, bringing thousands downtown for an event that has been celebrated for more than 30 years. Because of that long tradition and the important role the festival has for various fund-raisers, its cancellation and the board’s subsequent failure…

Three years later

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.So, how well are we doing with our war on terror three years later? In Lincolnton it’s hard to see visible effects other than the occasional collection drives for members of the Lincolnton-based Battery C, a unit of some 100 now based in Iraq. The good news after a year’s…

Historic neglect and presevation

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Protecting historic properties is a worthy goal, especially for the Lincoln County community and its rich history. Preservation proposals should be viewed in a positive light. But the recent recommendation by downtown development leaders to relocate a decaying structure known as the Wright House from North Aspen Street to a…

WLHS SAT score a stunning success

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The overall performance on 2003-2004 SATs (Scholastic Aptitude Tests) by Lincoln County high school seniors was a rather mild improvement — five points over last year. The test, used by many colleges to determine entrance eligibility, was applauded by school officials as positive, following a “steady” upward trend over the…

Jarrett`s candor fosters public`s acceptance

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Depression is a mental illness affecting millions in the United States. Health officials estimate some 8 to 17 percent of Americans will be afflicted at some point in their lives. It causes deep, unshakable sadness and diminished interest in life. Major depression can dramatically impair a person’s ability to function,…