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Festival opens with apple pies and turkey legs

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist The Lincoln County Apple Festival Committee has had a long and busy year preparing for Saturday’s event, which opens officially at 9 a.m. Most of the work is behind-the-scenes scheduling — what will go where and which booth will be there. There’ll be music and food…

Our View: Just like lemmings

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The United States is, once again, trudging toward war in the Middle East. President Barack Obama, in a nationally televised speech on Wednesday, made the case for the expansion of air strikes against Islamic State guerillas in Iraq and Syria. Obama said U.S. fighter jets will launch more bombings in…

Lincoln County folks make things roll

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest columnist It took lots of planning, much effort and loads of hard work to pull off the successful fundraiser Saturday at Howard’s Creek Volunteer Fire Department. As usual, when volunteers get together, things move. When Lincoln County folks want to do something for friends things begin to…

Our View — Freedom from fear

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Thirteen years ago, Islamist terrorists perpetrated the most heinous single act of mass murder of the 21st century. The price of the American blood that was shed on Sept. 11, 2001 can never be repaid. But the rallying cry in the months afterward, the solidarity Americans showed with one another,…

Editor’s Note: Fatherhood 2.0

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor My wife and I brought our second son, Jacob Henry, home from the hospital on Sunday. He was born Friday morning and both he and his mother are healthy and doing well. I learned a few things with Jacob that I didn’t with our first son,…

Summer is officially over, changes ahead

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist Most of us believe that Labor Day officially ends the vacation days of summer and that the temperatures will drop, giving us cooler weather. We know that the leaves will start changing color and that trees drop all those acorns and hickory nuts that cause squirrels…

Our View — Spare us the talking points

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The first debate between Sen. Kay Hagan and state Speaker Thom Tillis taught us one thing, and the Raleigh News and Observer summed it up deftly in the first sentence of its story about the debate: the pair “stepped right out of the TV ads where they have slugged each…

Our View: Teachers are to thank for high productivity

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The progressive think tank Center for American Progress recently ranked Lincoln County Schools as one of the most productive districts in the state for the 2010-2011 school year — meaning that every dollar spent on education in the county had a high return on investment (ROI) in terms of academic…

Editor’s Note: Still proud of the Black and Gold

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor Anyone who knows me knows the pride I feel about being a graduate of Appalachian State University. It goes without saying that some of the most enjoyable moments of my collegiate career were attending games during the football team’s back-to-back-to-back national championship seasons. The Crown Jewel…

All hospices are not created equal, choose wisely

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PETE BRUNNICK Guest Columnist I am concerned when I read newspaper articles about potential abuses among hospice providers, such as those described last week in The Charlotte Observer or, also recently, in The Washington Post. While stories like these may serve to alert people to the pitfalls of ill-informed decisions…