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Call off the dogs

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The stories about dogs inflicting serious injuries and even killing small children keep coming. As they do, the standard argument that “breed has nothing to do with it” rings hollow. Almost always they are Rottweilers or pit bulls, or some mix of those breeds. Here’s some of the latest attacks,…

Lincoln fortunate to have Gaston College

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Most Lincoln County residents already know Gaston College is the nearest, most accessible school when you’re learning career skills or seeking entry to a four-year college. For many just out of high school who don’t have the financial or academic standing to got to a UNC-Chapel Hill or Appalachian State,…

City takes prudent course on trash pick-up

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The Lincolnton City Council took the prudent course when it discarded a proposal to impose a monthly fee for residential garbage pick-up. That’s not to say City Manager Jeff Emory didn’t have reason to propose the change, given the extensive service provided by the city. Just about anything you throw…

Relay a hallmark event in cancer battle

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This time of year we see remarkable efforts by those dedicated Relay for Life volunteers who raise huge sums of money for cancer research. The East Lincoln Relay for Life initially reported collections of more than $170,000 after completing the event April 2. The Lincolnton Relay will be held May…

If it ain`t broke…

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The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners is considering a change in the way we elect our county representatives. The board Monday voted to consider the idea of district elections for future seats on the board instead of the current at-large method. They may also consider a combination of at-large and…

Tax tobacco, beer, not N.C. newspapers

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Gov. Mike Easley is proposing a lot of new sales taxes, including a 7 percent tax on newspaper circulation, as part of his plan to balance the state budget. As you might expect, we oppose that tax and urge our lawmakers to continue the exemption that has always been there…

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…