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Editor’s Note — A Christmas feast

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Each year, for the past four years, my wife and children and I meet with a group of our closest friends at the El Marquez Mexican restaurant in Lincolnton for a Christmas dinner. The first time, in 2011, my wife was soon to give birth to Connor, our son who…

Lincoln County folks ready for Christmas

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist It was the day before Christmas and all over Lincoln County folks were stirring and waiting for the big day. If you looked north and south, you could see that many were ready with colorful lights draped over fences and shrubs and if you looked east…

Our View: More oversight, less nonsense

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Lincolnton city manager Jeff Emory told this newspaper, in a story in Friday’s edition, that his self-approved 1 percent cost-of-living raise — a raise he wasn’t eligible for under the terms of his contract — was a simple oversight. If that’s the case, it begs the question what other simple…

Vote-buying allegations prompt state board review

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated columnist The agenda for a recent State Board of Elections meeting sounded like something out of a novel or HBO series or third world country. Could vote-buying really be happening in North Carolina? And by no less than a candidate for sheriff? That was the accusation by…

A brief history of Tar Heel presidential politics

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Patrick Gannon Syndicated columnist An early poll suggests that North Carolina will again be a battleground state in the 2016 presidential race, especially if former First Lady Hillary Clinton ends up as the Democratic nominee. Raleigh-based Public Policy Polling released a poll last week showing Clinton very close among N.C.…

A burial tradition in Hawaii

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist Brenda Beard is one of the happiest ladies I have ever met. She is a breast cancer survivor, having had her surgery in August, and she recently finished her radiation therapy. To her, every day is a good day. She never meets a stranger, because she…

Our View — Tragedy in Peshawar

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Many of us awoke Tuesday morning to the horrifying scenes of destruction and death from Peshawar, Pakistan, where Islamist militants from the Pakistani Taliban stormed a school affiliated with the country’s army and slaughtered more than 100 people, including 132 children, and injured many more, according to reports. Even in…

Our View — Way to go, Mustangs

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Hearty congratulations go out to the East Lincoln Mustangs football team, which captured the 2AA state championship title on Saturday in a 14-13 thriller against Washington High. The title is the Mustangs’ second in three years and the second in school history. It’s Lincoln County’s fourth state championship appearance in…

Our View — An insurance solution

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A group of business leaders met at Verdict Ridge Country Club on Thursday to discuss solutions to the rising cost of employer health insurance plans. Some have seen massive spikes in costs in the past two years. The solution is simple, no roundtable meeting needed: vote a Republican into the…

My gifts are many, I keep counting them

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist That grungy old Grinch has flung his germy wares over the neighborhood and left some of us an unwanted gift. There’s much sniffling and coughing going on and many meds haven’t produced a cure. But he can’t douse the spirit and time is closing in, so…