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Flags, fireworks, food for the Fourth of July

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest columnist Happy Fourth of July. Wave your flag and celebrate one way or another. Do you like fireworks and hot dogs? Do you like crowds or just a few friends on the front porch? You can do what you want on this day and the next and…

Editor’s Note — Save your Homeland Security money

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Terrorists aren’t going to attack Lincolnton, Lincoln County, or anywhere else in the Catawba Valley region. Ever. When you get done knocking on wood and hyperventilating into a paper sack at the use of the words “Lincoln County” and “terrorists” in the same sentence, consider this — Catawba County will…

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Hospice deserves community support Grief and death have no barriers. At some point they can intrude into every person’s life, regardless of age, race, social status or wealth. A strong faith and friends help people through the challenging time at the end of life of a family member or someone…

Escape the heat with good entertainment

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist Well, folks, it’s officially summer. We wanted it to hurry up and get here and wipe out all that cold, damp weather. Now all we have to do is fan, chase mosquitos and complain about the heat. But some will be planning a vacation away from…

Editor’s Note — Let’s back up

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The United States has been at war for most of my life. And make no mistake — despite what President Barack Obama says about not sending troops to Iraq to combat the swift rise of extremist Muslim militants there, we’ll be back at war in the Middle East before we…

Reader’s Forum — 6-20-14

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Our heartfelt thanks The family of Pat Keener Garris, who has had a battle with cancer for a little over a year, wants to express sincere gratitude to family members, friends, neighbors and coworkers, for prayers, cards, food, flowers and visits. I believe a part of us dies as we…

Keep the spiders away while we celebrate

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest columnist The week was a good one even though a giant, saucer-size Wolf spider was found in my carport. I dislike spiders and this was the biggest one I have ever seen. I keep wondering, where did it come from? How long has it been here? Did…

Reader’s Forum — 6-18-14

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Don’t move county offices out of downtown I would like to bring to the attention of our people the mistake of putting $17 million into the old hospital building and moving the county offices out of downtown. Look what has occurred in the towns that have done this, and then…

Reader’s Forum — 6-16-14

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Remembering Mary Lou Seagle Cline Mary Lou Seagle Cline was a kind, humble and caring Christian lady who lived on the Seagle family farm in Vale, and was a lifelong member of Daniels Lutheran Church. She passed away last August at age 95. She had been married to Ira Cline,…

Thoughts on Father’s Day

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor My understanding of my father broadened when I became a father myself. It was like a light turning on. Things started making sense. The boundaries and rules I couldn’t begin to understand as a child became perfectly logical. The time he spent with me, teaching me…