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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…

Our View — Local ministry making a positive impact

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We always like to see someone lending a hand to those in need. Those folks are the backbone of the community and are a big part of what makes Lincoln County a great place to live, work and play. It’s easy to look at surface of the world around us…

Reader’s Forum — 2-19-14

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  The Winter Olympics: A missed opportunity for the USA I have been watching the Winter Olympics with great interest and pride.  The nations are putting aside differences and focusing on the superb talent of their youth. These participants are amazing with their outstanding talents; they are all remarkable. The…

Our View — Deal with immigration now

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Let’s hope Sen. John McCain was right when he said immigration reform could happen this year. McCain, on CNN on Sunday, said immigration reform needs to be dealt with during this election cycle to make Republicans less vulnerable during the 2016 presidential campaign, when the issue is sure to come…

Editor’s Note: No showdown

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Well that was easy, wasn’t it? The House of Representatives made the right move on Tuesday by voting to increase the nation’s debt limit and avoiding a showdown with the Senate that would surely generate negative reviews for Republicans and end in an eventual, inevitable Democrat victory. A motion to…

Reader’s Forum 2-14-14

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Organ donation saves lives While most readers know Feb. 14 as Valentine’s Day, this day is also National Donor Day, an observance very close to my heart. National Donor Day is a time to reflect on the incredible gifts of life we can all give to each other, including through…