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Garden lovers still plant for good eating

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist It’s garden-making time and planting and sowing are the talk of the garden lovers around here. Almost everywhere you go you can see those small plots where grass isn’t allowed to grow because soon it will be where supper is gathered. Now the plants get special…

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Thanks from United Way On behalf of the United Way of Lincoln County, its Board of Directors, the 14 partner agencies we help to support and the individuals in Lincoln County that they serve, I say a heartfelt “thank you to our community” and “way to go!” Some highlights of…

Editor’s Note Our man in D.C.

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor Just the name of the place is enough to make most people cringe — Washington. It symbolizes inaction and corruption and scandal to many Americans, and probably brings up worse, unprintable terms overseas. The city is synonymous with government — big government — and in that…

Memorial Day weekend a busy time

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist It was a very busy week at our house and I loved every minute of it. The family all came at one time or another. Now it’s quiet, as they have all gone home. The family princess celebrated her second birthday in an old-fashioned way, with…

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County fee against city for 911, animal control makes sense The double taxation increase that Tom Hawk wrote about may need some clarification. Sure, it is a mutual agreement between the city and the county, but I don’t believe there is any state law that relates to this matter. It…

OUR VIEW — There are better options than insurance cuts

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Lincolnton’s City Council heard during a budget work session that cuts might have to be made to public employees’ spousal insurance plans to save around $250,000 for the city coffers. City Manager Jeff Emory told council members that the city has faced a 25-percent increase in the cost of premiums,…

EDITOR’S NOTE — Hands off the recorder

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor Journalists like tape recorders. If you touch them, or try to take them away from us, we can’t be responsible for what happens next. That’s why I’m not buying the sorry excuses being offered up by state Sen. Rick Gunn, R-Alamance, who on Tuesday told everyone…

More rest needed, rocking chair nearby

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist A friend who says she would not miss one of my newspaper columns called last week and wanted to know if I still had my rocking chair. I told her that it would be among the last things to go. I spend more and more time…

Reader’s Forum — 5-23-14

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  An open letter to Lincoln County   In the newly proposed County budget: Teachers would get no increase in county-funded supplements, which is a projected $213,000 shortfall, a half a percent salary increase. Lincoln County Schools’ average supplement is $2,928, compared with the state average of $3,553 — a…

Editor’s Note — Leave the web alone

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The beauty of the Internet is its freedom. That’s what makes it work, that’s why most of us love it. That freedom has two sides to it — the Internet is a beautiful place of knowledge and exchange of thoughts and ideas, but it is also a very dark place…