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Courthouse security measures overdue

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Lincolnton fares better than many communities in its relatively safe downtown environment. We are not known for crime and violence on our city streets. But we have long recognized security problems in our courthouse and this week the Lincoln County commissioners have finally moved forward to address them. The adoption…

Counties join forces to relieve school costs

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It’s encouraging to see the county managers from Lincoln, Mecklenberg, Cabarrus, Gaston, Stanley, Anson and Union putting their heads together to collectively lobby the General Assembly for assistance on the rising cost of school construction and improvements. Individual efforts so far have not been successful. By joining together, local officials…

School Board takes prudent course

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The Lincoln County School Board took the action it determined was needed to carry out its duties when it voted to remove Fred Jarrett from the chairman’s post and replace him with vice chair Jean Dellinger. The vote was taken at a special called meeting Saturday. Jarrett, who has experienced…

Cline Farm sounds like a showpiece

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The request for new subdivision rezonings normally raise eyebrows in Lincoln County. For many such requests represent more stress on their communities — another neighborhood going up in areas that don’t have adequate roads, schools, water or sewer. But one of the latest offerings is something different, a breath of…

Voters opt for quality schools

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Lincoln County voters wisely approved a bond referendum Tuesday that clears the way for two new schools, badly needed renovations and expansions. The vote was a clear expression of confidence in the Lincoln County Schools, the teachers and the administration. The support for this bond was also helped immensely by…

Candidates should address real issues

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Way too often political campaigns are public relations spins that avoid real issues. It’s like the spam we keep getting on our computers — meaningless messages that detract from what we really want to see. Maybe Sen. John Kerry did throw away the medals he won in Vietnam, and maybe…

‘Yes’ vote would show confidence in schools

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Tuesday, May 4 is a day to vote in Lincoln County, even if you don’t see a lot of campaign signs and political advertising. This vote doesn’t involve politicians unless you consider your local PTA members, classroom teachers and school officials politically motivated. At stake is badly needed space in…

Economic potential

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Alan Lewis with the Keith Corp. out of Charlotte had kind words for the local economic development efforts during the groundbreaking last week of its second shell building in the Lincoln County Industrial Park. He praised LEDA Executive Director Barry Matherly. “It’s like having Michael Jordan as a player-coach,” he…

City should review policies on trips

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We’ve heard from a few of the critics of what may be called “junkets” by Lincolnton City Council to a planning retreat at Blowing Rock and the National League of Cities’ annual congressional conference in Washington D.C. The bill for city staff and council members came to more than $17,000.…

Kawai a valued player in industrial community

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The announcement that Kawai America will leave Lincoln County in early 2005 is disappointing to the many friends and supporters this good corporate citizen has had here since it opened in 1988. Over the years, Kawai was a respected player in our industrial community and is known globally as one…