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Three years later

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.So, how well are we doing with our war on terror three years later? In Lincolnton it’s hard to see visible effects other than the occasional collection drives for members of the Lincolnton-based Battery C, a unit of some 100 now based in Iraq. The good news after a year’s…

Historic neglect and presevation

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Protecting historic properties is a worthy goal, especially for the Lincoln County community and its rich history. Preservation proposals should be viewed in a positive light. But the recent recommendation by downtown development leaders to relocate a decaying structure known as the Wright House from North Aspen Street to a…

WLHS SAT score a stunning success

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The overall performance on 2003-2004 SATs (Scholastic Aptitude Tests) by Lincoln County high school seniors was a rather mild improvement — five points over last year. The test, used by many colleges to determine entrance eligibility, was applauded by school officials as positive, following a “steady” upward trend over the…

Jarrett`s candor fosters public`s acceptance

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Depression is a mental illness affecting millions in the United States. Health officials estimate some 8 to 17 percent of Americans will be afflicted at some point in their lives. It causes deep, unshakable sadness and diminished interest in life. Major depression can dramatically impair a person’s ability to function,…

Getting the message out on child sex abuse

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Child sex abuse ranks right at the top of heinous crimes. What could be sicker? When we read about it we shake our head in disbelief. But disturbing headlines keep coming, even here in Lincolnton. We had one Wednesday and another Friday. A Lincoln County man pleaded guilty to two…

Racing industry bills could help Lincoln

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Gov. Mike Easley this week signed bills that promote motorsports, a multi-billion-dollar industry in North Carolina with a solid presence in Lincoln County. One bill calls for $4 million in taxpayer money to pay for planning and design of a testing complex near Charlotte. The second measure allows the issuance…

City should drop UDO residence requirement

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The proposed Unified Development Ordinance for the city of Lincolnton is a comprehensive plan designed to foster growth and positive development downtown but it may be over optimistic with its provision requiring residential units in new downtown commercial construction. Lincolnton City Council members Thursday deferred a decision on the proposed…

75 years of Rotary

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On Thursday Dec. 12, 1929 David Clark of Charlotte, a Rotary International Director, and other Rotarians from the region gathered with a group of local men in the dining room of the North State Hotel to organize a Rotary Club in Lincolnton. Dr. I. R. Self, Dr. J. R. Gamble,…

`Routine checks` can save lives

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We can thank the chief of the Crouse Volunteer Fire Department for making a “routine check” on Lincoln’s Love Memorial Elementary School and discovering an almost unbelievable oversight: no nearby fire hydrant. Chief Milton Sain recently made the discovery and quickly notified school officials, who were immediately responsive. Sain was…

AYP scores likely to improve at WLMS

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While the reports of Adequate Yearly Progress were generally good for Lincoln County, one school faces the disappointment of not meeting the required progress for two years in a row. That means students at West Lincoln Middle have the option to transfer out if their parents feel they should be…