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Summer mud slinging

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A Republican primary run-off in the governor’s race is more than possible, as suggested by recent published reports. It’s probable. To win the primary a candidate must receive more than 40 percent of ballots cast and that’s highly unlikely with six candidates in the race July 20. Former Charlotte Mayor…

Somber Memorial Day

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It was a much more somber Memorial Day celebration than we are accustomed. The normal fare of picnics, parades and patriotic concerts would have been preferrable. But today American soldiers are in combat and some have lost their lives in a war that has many skeptics and critics. It’s especially…

Congratulations 2004 graduates

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Congratulations to the graduating classes at Lincolnton, East Lincoln and West Lincoln high schools. Commencement exercises for all three of the schools are scheduled for this weekend. The title “Class of 2004” may not mean much today to these young men and women, but it will have a nostalgic ring…

Courthouse security measures overdue

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Lincolnton fares better than many communities in its relatively safe downtown environment. We are not known for crime and violence on our city streets. But we have long recognized security problems in our courthouse and this week the Lincoln County commissioners have finally moved forward to address them. The adoption…

Counties join forces to relieve school costs

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It’s encouraging to see the county managers from Lincoln, Mecklenberg, Cabarrus, Gaston, Stanley, Anson and Union putting their heads together to collectively lobby the General Assembly for assistance on the rising cost of school construction and improvements. Individual efforts so far have not been successful. By joining together, local officials…

School Board takes prudent course

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The Lincoln County School Board took the action it determined was needed to carry out its duties when it voted to remove Fred Jarrett from the chairman’s post and replace him with vice chair Jean Dellinger. The vote was taken at a special called meeting Saturday. Jarrett, who has experienced…

Cline Farm sounds like a showpiece

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The request for new subdivision rezonings normally raise eyebrows in Lincoln County. For many such requests represent more stress on their communities — another neighborhood going up in areas that don’t have adequate roads, schools, water or sewer. But one of the latest offerings is something different, a breath of…

Voters opt for quality schools

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Lincoln County voters wisely approved a bond referendum Tuesday that clears the way for two new schools, badly needed renovations and expansions. The vote was a clear expression of confidence in the Lincoln County Schools, the teachers and the administration. The support for this bond was also helped immensely by…

Candidates should address real issues

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Way too often political campaigns are public relations spins that avoid real issues. It’s like the spam we keep getting on our computers — meaningless messages that detract from what we really want to see. Maybe Sen. John Kerry did throw away the medals he won in Vietnam, and maybe…

‘Yes’ vote would show confidence in schools

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Tuesday, May 4 is a day to vote in Lincoln County, even if you don’t see a lot of campaign signs and political advertising. This vote doesn’t involve politicians unless you consider your local PTA members, classroom teachers and school officials politically motivated. At stake is badly needed space in…