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January good for naps, collards and hot soup

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist There are some good things about January. The days are getting longer, shirts are on sale, collards are at their best and big bowls of hot soup on cold days. Then in the middle of the month the sunshine warms up several days to remind us…

OUR VIEW — Downtown park a good idea

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A proposal for a downtown park in Lincolnton that was presented at a recent City Council meeting is a prospect the city’s residents should get behind. Conceptual art includes an amphitheater, concession stand, a splash pad and public restrooms — all features that would be welcome in downtown. At this…

Small changes can make a big difference

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist Do you think that the beginning of a new year would be a good time to change some old habits? Or are you satisfied with the way you cope with life day after day? It is a good time to take stock and maybe set a…

Getting to know Brian Miller

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist If you’ve eaten at Fatz in Lincolnton lately, you’ve probably met Brian Miller. He began his work there three months ago. Every time my husband and I eat there we see Brian going from table to table, talking with his customers and making sure they have…

OUR VIEW — Je suis Charlie

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Another day, another senseless, awful attack on journalists by Islamist fanatics. This time, the Paris magazine Charlie Hebdo was targeted on Wednesday by gunmen wielding AK-47 rifles, with 12 people dead, including a police officer, in the immediate aftermath of the attack, according to several news outlets. The publication’s crime?…

The new year is here, resolve to be happy

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist It’s a new year. Did you make some new resolutions? Did you resolve to lose weight, save money, smile more and clean closets? Did you cook peas and collards on the first day? I did, not that I believed there would be more money in my…

Reader’s Forum — 1-2-15

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Road needs work Whoever is in charge of having roads repaved should have the paver come back and rework the intersections on Country Club road, especially the intersection at Lithia Inn road. It is worse than any of the potholes that were fixed. Bobby Costner Lincolnton Economic recovery not benefitting…

Our View: And a happy New Year

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So long, 2014. It sure has been…interesting. Lincoln County made some steps forward, some steps back and some steps side-to-side, but overall things are headed in a positive direction. Developers are breaking ground on large-scale residential and retail developments, particularly on the county’s eastern end. The work that is being…

Editor’s Note — A Christmas feast

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Each year, for the past four years, my wife and children and I meet with a group of our closest friends at the El Marquez Mexican restaurant in Lincolnton for a Christmas dinner. The first time, in 2011, my wife was soon to give birth to Connor, our son who…

Lincoln County folks ready for Christmas

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist It was the day before Christmas and all over Lincoln County folks were stirring and waiting for the big day. If you looked north and south, you could see that many were ready with colorful lights draped over fences and shrubs and if you looked east…