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Our View — Way to go, Mustangs

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Hearty congratulations go out to the East Lincoln Mustangs football team, which captured the 2AA state championship title on Saturday in a 14-13 thriller against Washington High. The title is the Mustangs’ second in three years and the second in school history. It’s Lincoln County’s fourth state championship appearance in…

Our View — An insurance solution

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A group of business leaders met at Verdict Ridge Country Club on Thursday to discuss solutions to the rising cost of employer health insurance plans. Some have seen massive spikes in costs in the past two years. The solution is simple, no roundtable meeting needed: vote a Republican into the…

My gifts are many, I keep counting them

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist That grungy old Grinch has flung his germy wares over the neighborhood and left some of us an unwanted gift. There’s much sniffling and coughing going on and many meds haven’t produced a cure. But he can’t douse the spirit and time is closing in, so…

Our View — Committee finds that torture doesn’t work

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The people of the United States have a right to know the full extent of the use of torture as a sanctioned tactic used by the C.I.A. to glean intelligence from terror suspects in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Those attacks were the defining moment of…

OUR VIEW — A fast start to new commission

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If Monday’s Lincoln County Board of Commissioners meeting was any indication, the newest class of county leadership will be one to keep an eye on. Commissioners shook up their own leadership, electing Carroll Mitchem to the board’s chair and pushing out Alex Patton, selected newly elected commissioner Bill Beam for…

Reader’s Forum — 12-3-14

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Don’t transfer taxpayer dollars Upon reading the Nov. 6 City Council meeting agenda item involving our Downtown Development Association chair (a volunteer) scheduled to speak, requesting the transfer of unexpended taxpayer funds from the Business and Community Development Department to a non-profit agency, I contacted City Hall, beseeching them to…

Editor’s Note — End of an era at LHS

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It’s the end of an era at Lincolnton High School. When I took the job as sports writer with the Lincoln Times-News in May of 2011, one of the first calls I made was to Lincolnton head football coach and athletic director Scott Cloninger. I met him and several of…

Editor’s Note — Lots to be thankful for

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I woke up on Thanksgiving morning and both my 3-year-old and 3-month-old sons were asleep in the bed with my wife and I. There was a good, cold wind blowing outside and I slipped out of bed to take my dog out for her morning run. When we got back…

Reader’s Forum

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Issue with D.O.T. In 2010 I signed a right-of-way agreement with D.O.T. and was given a project map of the work that was to take place on my property on Highway 27 East. When the installation was completed, D.O.T. did not honor its part of the agreement. My first call…

Thanks for giving us such a wonderful life

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Colunist We live in such wonderful times. Just imagine how much work today it would take to chase a turkey, wring its neck and hunt the hatchet, all before chopping wood and getting the stove heated. And that would be just the beginning of your Thanksgiving dinner.…