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We all want to hear that spring is close

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist The lowly groundhog has made quite a reputation for himself in his ability to predict the weather. I always wondered how that happened, because all I’ve ever seen him good at was eating rosebushes in the backyard. We’ve had several of those furry creatures around here…

Reader’s Forum — 2-6-15

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When ‘Thank-you’ is not enough It’s Tuesday before Thanksgiving. I’m having lunch with my grandson at his Thanksgiving Feast at school. First graders dressed as Pilgrims and Indians all around the room when my cellphone rings. The message I receive is from a co-worker telling me my dad had fallen…

Our View — Ending legislator redistricting

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Take a look at North Carolina’s 10th congressional district on a map. It seems reasonable, fairly linear, right up until you get to the northwest corner. Then things change. An offshoot, almost the shape of a piece of broccoli, juts out of Rutherford County and puts Asheville firmly in the…

Reader’s Forum — 2-4-15

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County office move will kill downtown Lincolnton I am taking issue with the decision of the county commissioners to move the county offices out of downtown. They blatantly disregarded the wishes of the citizens — is this what they were elected to do? The Concerned Citizens group presented them 1,000…

Our View — Drug tests and dance recitals

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n October 1980, the pages of this newspaper were filled with congratulatory articles and advertising. The Citizens Center in downtown Lincolnton was completed with a formal dedication ceremony, the realizing of “the dream of a great many people,” according to John Lowery in our Oct. 17, 1980 edition. Soon that…

Our View — School board catches feelings

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The Lincoln County Schools administration could one day share a home with the rest of the county’s offices at the former hospital facility on Gamble Drive in Lincolnton, once the $15 million renovations at that site are completed. But first, Board of Education chairman Mark Mullen wants to make sure…

January is a good time for fellowship

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist It’s good to be among a crowd of happy people. Smiles and warm hugs make January a good time. The Lincoln Times-News breakfast is planned for that. I remember 41 years ago when the then publisher, the late Guy Leedy, talked about hosting the event. He…

OUR VIEW — Progress will come slowly

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The Oaklawn School is a landmark that deserves to be preserved and, even more, regain its rightful place as a beacon for education and community involvement in Lincolnton. A groundbreaking for a $600,000 renovation held on Tuesday is a step in the right direction, and it’s our hope that a…

Our View — A regulatory balance

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The new Republican Congress has promised to work to gut the Dodd-Frank regulatory bill, which was enacted in 2010 in the wake of 2008 recession and put constraints upon financial institutions to theoretically avoid another economic collapse. President Barack Obama, in turn, promised during the recent State of the Union…

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…