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Fun fund raisers coming your way

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Keep your eye on the calendar for some important community events coming up during the next two months. These are fun occasions that also raise money for very worthwhile causes. The Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce co-sponsors the annual Adult Spelling Bee on March 22 with the Lincoln County Public…

Incentive secrecy snubs taxpayers

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The fights between the press and government about public access go on all the time. Too often they are seen as battles between the media and government officials, but this year an emerging altercation is much more than that. It’s about the taxpayers’ right to know in advance about how…

Downtown glows after decade of improvement

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Lincolnton’s downtown supporters celebrate a 10-year anniversary tonight with a Main Street Gala at the Cultural Center. It’s an important celebration because it represents the success of a volunteer organization, the Downtown Development Association, which has been an effective vehicle of positive change for downtown. City officials have backed the…

More evidence of a caring community

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We often see the generous, giving nature of our community when we report on events such as the Christian Ministry Christmas Fund and the Rotary Club’s annual auction to fund college scholarships. We keep seeing more examples. Lincoln Middle School recently spent a week waging “penny wars” to see who…

State incentives program flawed

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Let’s see if we’ve got this straight. The state of North Carolina helps the counties with economic incentives (tax breaks) based on need, as prescribed by the William S. Lee Act. That would seem to mean that smaller counties in less urban areas with less resources to lure industry should…

Fixing power problems in east Lincoln County

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Complaints about power problems in eastern Lincoln County are nothing new. We’ve been hearing about them for years. The most recent failure happened on a very cold Monday morning at Rock Springs Elementary School. This time around it was encouraging to hear a response from Duke Power Co. that acknowledged…

Woman`s instinctive action saves life

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Most well-intentioned people want to help when they have a chance encounter with accident victims in need. First reaction is to make sure police and emergency medical teams are advised of the situation and know the location of the victim. Then we can assure the injured person that help is…

Congratulations to `Band of Knights`

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Congratulations to Neil Underwood and the North Lincoln High School Band for their selection as a performer in a WWII 60th Anniversary celebration in Washington D.C. The “Band of Knights” will be the only representative from North Carolina to perform. Accepting the invitation doesn’t come cheap. The price tag is…

NASCAR technology helps chopper pilots

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It would seem unlikely that American troops in Iraq would turn to NASCAR drivers for some help with their equipment. But the racing industry just happens to have a solution to a troublesome problem resulting from chopper windshields being coated with sand and other debris during combat missions in the…

Safeguards needed for shooters` ritual

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The Cherryville shooters’ annual musket-firing ritual on New Years has a long, cherished history in Lincoln and Gaston counties. According to the story passed down through generations, the tradition goes back some 200 years and is linked to an old German custom designed to drive evil spirits away and ensure…