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More daylight means more porch sitting

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest columnist It’s officially spring now and time to take advantage of all this sunshine. Daylight Savings Time gives us more afternoon hours for work, or at least we can see more that needs to be done. With more daylight time we can see many more dust bunnies…

Reader’s Forum — 3-17-14

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  Disrespect and sense of entitlement displayed by DDA representative at City Council meeting City Council tolerating a Downtown Development Association representative’s condescending and patronizing behavior toward Councilman Larry Mac Hovis was inexcusable at the March 6 meeting. His recommendation to not serve alcohol at Alive After Five events elicited:…

Summer memories of sun and sand

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist Mother Nature is playing tricks on us old folks who want some sunshine. One day we have an ice storm and then she sends enough sunshine to make us lazy. But there’s good news at my house. We took advantage of those warm days by sitting…

In Their Own Words — City has challenges, successes

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  JEFF EMORY Guest Columnist Editor’s Note: The Times-News recently invited Lincoln County’s elected officials and civic leaders to periodically submit guest columns to appear on our opinion page. We’ve offered them the opportunity to share, with our readers, their thoughts on a topic of their choosing.   The City…

Editor’s Note — Let Boh’s story be a lesson

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor I’m glad Boh the German Shepherd was found unharmed, but his story should be a lesson to pet owners everywhere. Boh hangs around the Forest Lawn cemetery. He was allegedly stolen by someone in late February but was found in Birkdale in Huntersville on Thursday. Boh’s…

Editor’s Note — Commissioners make right call on Shea

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor If you want to see Lincoln County’s population grow, you have to have places for the new people to live. The decision made by county commissioners on Monday to rezone a parcel of land near East Lincoln High School in Denver for a 1,650-unit, 600-acre “adult…

Jonquils blooming in the backyard

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist Green buds popping up are the first signs of spring, so I grabbed a handful to bring inside to watch as the yellow blooms open up. Never before have I been so eager for a taste of warm weather. The zero weather was not the only…

Our View — Welcome, Medline

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The announcement Monday that Medline Industries is bringing a 400,000 square-foot distribution center to Lincoln County is a welcome one. The company says it will invest $18 million in constructing its facility in the Lincoln County Industrial Park, and we hope local contractors will be afforded the opportunity to share…

Reader’s Forum — 03-05-14

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  Reader shares   concerns about   Hog Happenin’   For the past several months I have been attending city council meetings and discussing the $55,000 that was spent on Hog Happenin’. I have truly felt like my concerns were falling on deaf ears.  I was very discouraged and was…

Editor’s Note: Don’t ban books. Ever.

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor The Watauga County Board of Education narrowly defeated a motion to ban a book from its classrooms on Thursday. Those of us who believe in freedom of expression and the importance of high school students receiving a strong foundation in literature should applaud the decision of…