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Helping Hands a model of volunteerism

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Lincolnton’s Helping Hands Health Clinic is a model for volunteerism. So, the recent announcement by Gov. Mike Easley recognizing it as one of the Outstanding Volunteer Services organizations of western North Carolina is not a surprise. During its early organizational period in 2002, board members speculated it would take two…

Man, Woman of Year join exclusive company

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Lincoln County has an exclusive club embedded in the history of selections of Man of the Year and Woman of the Year named during the annual Lincolnton/Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce Banquet. The latest selections were made this past Thursday. For some, it’s almost an expected reward for outstanding citizenship…

Community college role must be honored

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North Carolina’s community colleges and the University of North Carolina system must read off the same page on transfer credits. Too much is at stake for thousands of community college students. If the UNC campuses assume veto power over community college credit, as has been suggested by a recent report,…

Honoring veterans

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We honored our veterans this week with a parade and various ceremonies in a county that is blessed with a large number of these patriots who always seem to be close by to help us with these celebrations. The names Dale Punch and J.C. Rudisill are among those that immediately…

Past ledership helps pave road to success

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This past weekend some 25 to 30 Lincolnton/Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce members gathered for the usual planning ritual at Blowing Rock. They heard updates from some of the top government and institutional leaders of Lincoln county. It was the normal routine, but this year seemed a little different. Everybody…

The voters are election winners

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The big winners in the Lincoln County elections and throughout the nation in Tuesday’s elections were the record number of voters who turned out. In Lincoln County nearly 30,000 voters turned out — almost 70 percent of all registered voters. They knew it was an important election and they didn’t…

Time to clamp down on junk car eye sores

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Time has come to do something about junk cars left rusting away in the front yards of Lincoln’s residential communities. They are eye sores and reflect poorly on neighborhoods where property owners seek to present an appealing, pleasant landscape for their community that enhances property values. The county’s Building and…

It`s more than a presidential election

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The clichй for showing up for an important event is “Be there or be square.” That’s what you might say about the Nov. 2 election. Your friends and neighbors and relatives will all be at the polls casting ballots in an election fueled by a very close and heated presidential…

Grants to to core community services

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The announcement by the Lincoln Medical Center of a $25,000 contribution towards the proposed new Science and Technology Center at the Lincoln Campus of Gaston College advances the project very close to its $1.9 million goal. The college has already received commitments of $1.6 million. Other contributors include $750,000 from…

Thanks again to the Timken foundation

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The Timken Foundation has a history of providing generous contributions to very worthwhile causes in Lincoln County. The recent announcement that it will contribute $54,000 to Amy’s House is not a surprise, given its history of helping out the most worthwhile organizations. This is the second grant Timken has made…