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EDITOR’S NOTE: Hilarity ensues

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor Like most Americans, I was anxiously waiting for some sort of announcement of a Hillary Clinton presidential bid. Will she? Won’t she? The suspense was unbearable. Just kidding. Like everyone else with a cable or internet connection, I knew that a Clinton candidacy was inevitable. She’s…

Our View: Millions in minutes

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Most of us wouldn’t make a decision to spend $15-20 million lightly. But, then again, most of us aren’t elected to the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners. County leaders voted on Tuesday on yet another “final” decision — there have been so many final decisions that we’ve lost count —…

Friends and old clothes carry memories

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist It there’s anything any better than having family around your kitchen table, I haven’t found it. Having some longtime friends stop by for a visit adds to the pleasure of a Sunday afternoon. We had family over on Saturday so they could share Sunday with other…

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…