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Our View — Charity medical work meets a need

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In Monday’s edition of the Lincoln Times-News, we published two stories about medical professionals that are having a real impact in treatment for some of the most vulnerable members of the current healthcare landscape — the uninsured. The first, a front-page article by staff writer Phil Perry, detailed the work…

Reader’s Forum:Board of Commissioners — 4-15-15

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  Response to April 10 editorial   In the Friday, April 10 edition of the Lincoln Times-News, the editor wrote an editorial critical of the Board of Commissioners’ decision to build a new county office building at the old Lincoln County Hospital site on Gamble Drive. Mr. Gebelein was incorrect…

Reader’s Forum: Editorial misses the mark

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Last Friday’s editorial about the move of County offices was off base for the following reason: County Commissioners have four proposals in hand to build a new county office building, from 75,000 square feet to 105,000 square feet, in various locations. In addition, County Manager Kelly Atkins was CFO for…

EDITOR’S NOTE: Hilarity ensues

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor Like most Americans, I was anxiously waiting for some sort of announcement of a Hillary Clinton presidential bid. Will she? Won’t she? The suspense was unbearable. Just kidding. Like everyone else with a cable or internet connection, I knew that a Clinton candidacy was inevitable. She’s…

Our View: Millions in minutes

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Most of us wouldn’t make a decision to spend $15-20 million lightly. But, then again, most of us aren’t elected to the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners. County leaders voted on Tuesday on yet another “final” decision — there have been so many final decisions that we’ve lost count —…

Friends and old clothes carry memories

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist It there’s anything any better than having family around your kitchen table, I haven’t found it. Having some longtime friends stop by for a visit adds to the pleasure of a Sunday afternoon. We had family over on Saturday so they could share Sunday with other…

Ordinance would make owners take responsibility

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There’s a major problem with a new animal ordinance proposed for Lincoln County. It makes people take responsibility for their pets. The audacity. Opponents of the proposal have incorrectly, time and again, called it a leash law. It isn’t. The ordinance says that animals will not be allowed to roam…

Editor’s Note — Taking time to get it right

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  Every journalist I know, myself included, likes to hear the stories behind the stories. The lives and work of the best writers and editors have been a great help to me in my own career — the triumphs and utter failures of professionals that I respect have served as…

Our View ~ Zero hour on office move

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Lincolnton’s City Council wants to keep Lincoln County’s offices in downtown, but hasn’t shown much willingness to incentivize county commissioners to the point that they would consider scrapping a $15 million plan to renovate the former Lincoln County Hospital facility. That renovation would create a consolidated county services center. Asking…

April: A wonderful time of the year

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist April is such a wonderful month. It opens with the Easter season and reminds us that new life awaits those of us who believe. How can we not believe when all signs around show change? The greener grass, the flowering trees, bulbs rooting from the earth…