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Special Election

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Elections do not normally occur during the second week of March in North Carolina. But Tuesday’s Lincolnton City Council contest is a “Special Election,” ordered by the State Board of Elections as the best fix for a difficult situation that emerged after a decade-old data-entry error resulted in an ineligible…

Be not deceived

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When a judge decided in January to grant a continuance in the trial of Sheriff Timothy L. Daugherty, moving the proceedings to this month, a Times-News editorial expressed hope that the decision, however subject to criticism, would ensure a unclouded judicial hearing for the county’s top law man, bringing both…

Time for the system to show it can work

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Having a sitting sheriff who is awaiting trial on felony charges and facing a potential removal hearing on a petition from the county commissioners puts Lincoln County in an awkward situation. Lincoln County Sheriff Timothy L. Daugherty has not been convicted of anything so far. The criminal charges against him…

Justice remains obstructed

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This newspaper began a series of investigative reports four months ago about the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Although several allegations about wrongdoing by the administration had been appearing for weeks on a local Web site, the Lake Norman Bath, the item that made us decide to pursue the story was…

‘Know your rights’

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“You have the right to free speech, as long as you’re not dumb enough to actually try it.” So went a line from a fine bunch of British punks in their 1982 public service announcement with guitar accompaniment. But this is not our lot. We kicked out the royal government…

Giving away what people paid for

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In 2006, a company called Solutions for Local Government Inc prepared a “Strategic Plan for Fire and Emergency Services” here in Lincoln County. Tom Anderson, then chairman of the Board of Commissioners, asked me to chair a committee to implement the recommendations. Former Commissioner Marie Moore was on that committee…

They got the message

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What a difference a week makes. Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners could have convened Monday, stubbornly determined to ignore the overwhelming message they received last week at a boisterous and explosive public hearing, confident that with no one present this time to offer public comment on any subject, the people’s…

Proud Americans all

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As Lincoln County went, the nation did not go. But the people of Lincoln County, of North Carolina and of every state in the Union turned out in unprecedented numbers to have their voices heard. Despite intense political passions on all sides, we have held a peaceful election. And we…

School bond passage critical

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Tuesday’s primary election ballot is loaded with many important state and local contests and issues but none more critical than the very last item on the ballot: a $44.6 million bond referendum for Lincoln County Schools. The Lincoln Times-News rarely endorses or tells its readers how to vote, but this…

Loose Lips

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We wish Martha W. Lide all the best as she takes over as interim county manager Stan Kiser, who was recently terminated; and this is by no means any reflection upon Ms. Lide, but we believe it must be expressed. Stan Kiser got it right. Word of his impending dismissal…