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Let city voters have say before action on police HQ

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The old bank building at the corner of East Main and Flint streets in Lincolnton is not a suitable police headquarters, at least not without expansion and renovation. But taking such an expensive step, especially right away, isn’t the right answer. No one on the City Council disputes that some…

Why I went into the wards

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Lincolnton City Council member Larry Mac Hovis has every right to question my motives in creating and presenting a proposal for new city wards. After all, why would a journalist get involved in such a thing? I was a little surprised I wasn’t questioned along these lines when I initially…

Demolition crackdown

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Lincolnton city leaders made an important improvement in the oversight of demolition projects with their unanimous vote Thursday to approve an ordinance amendment. They also put some teeth into the new law, which could result in fines and forfeited bonds for anyone who thinks they can get away with ignoring…

Today we give thanks

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For our children who have grown up over the last decade and never known an America not at war; For the men and women, military and civilian alike, who have sacrificed on fields of battle from the hellhole of Mogadishu, to our embassies in Africa, to the USS Cole, to…

End of the ‘Shoreline’

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“Shoreline,” a weekly section of the Lincoln Times-News that focused on the easternmost areas of Lincoln County, was a good idea whose time has come and gone. The final installment of “Shoreline” appeared on March 30. In its place today, readers will find a section simply called “Life.” The disappearance…

D grade unfair, but does raise doubts

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A statewide policy organization has awarded Lincoln County government a D for managing its workforce size over the last decade. While there may be less to the low grade than meets the eye, it’s still an interesting question, especially for taxpayers who are wondering why our county government hasn’t succeeded…

D grade unfair, but does raise doubts

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A statewide policy organization has awarded Lincoln County government a D for managing its workforce size over the last decade. While there may be less to the low grade than meets the eye, it’s still an interesting question, especially for taxpayers who are wondering why our county government hasn’t succeeded…

Beyond politics of east and west

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Some of the shrill political rhetoric coming out of East Lincoln these days is nothing short of thinly disguised bigotry toward anyone native to or living in the portion of Lincoln County that isn’t within the narrow band between N.C. 16 and Lake Norman. Apparently, someone has decided it’s in…

Spending the people’s dollars

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City and county employees won’t be getting a cost-of-living increase this year. Taxpayers won’t be seeing any reductions in rates. Both local governments have budget plans in front of them that call for dipping into their reserve funds in order to make ends meet. Times are hard. The bottom line…

Since you asked, here’s a list

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Thanks for asking, there are some things I’d like to see done in Raleigh. I’m talking about a letter we published recently from Johnathan Rhyne, who represents Lincoln County in the Legislature. He asked for input from citizens as he prepares for this year’s session. I’ve put together a list.…