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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…

OUR VIEW — Downtown park a good idea

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A proposal for a downtown park in Lincolnton that was presented at a recent City Council meeting is a prospect the city’s residents should get behind. Conceptual art includes an amphitheater, concession stand, a splash pad and public restrooms — all features that would be welcome in downtown. At this…

Small changes can make a big difference

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist Do you think that the beginning of a new year would be a good time to change some old habits? Or are you satisfied with the way you cope with life day after day? It is a good time to take stock and maybe set a…

Getting to know Brian Miller

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist If you’ve eaten at Fatz in Lincolnton lately, you’ve probably met Brian Miller. He began his work there three months ago. Every time my husband and I eat there we see Brian going from table to table, talking with his customers and making sure they have…