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Editor’s Note — Harry Reid is smarter than the Founding Fathers

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  Thomas Jefferson. James Madison. Benjamin Franklin. Now add Harry Reid to that list. That’s the message I took away from Reid’s utilization of the so-called “nuclear option,” the elimination of the filibuster and a two-thirds majority necessary in the Senate for the approval of most presidential nominees and cabinet…

Reader’s Forum 11-27-13

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  Sen. Curtis touts GA accomplishments   Since the legislature adjured several months ago, I have had time to reflect on my first session in the North Carolina General Assembly. I campaigned as a Republican who would work to apply conservative economic principles to help our economy. We had an…

Criminal Charges 11-27-2013

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  The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests:   Michael Thomas Taylor, 46, of 1210 N. Tryon St. in Charlotte was charged Nov. 21 with two counts each of uttering a forged instrument, possession of cocaine and trafficking heroin, seven counts of attempting to obtain a controlled substance…

Holiday foods and presents can be dangerous to pets

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Karen Miller, DVM Guest Columnist Overindulgence is unhealthy for us humans, but can even be deadly for our pets. Fatty and bony table scraps can lead to severe gastrointestinal upset, pancreatitis, gastrointestinal blockage and even death. Make sure that trash is properly secured and put out of the reach of…

Christian Ministry feeds the hungry for Thanksgiving

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer “They treat you good here,” Lincolnton resident Jimmy Welch said of the Christian Ministry soup kitchen. Known by all as “Gramps,” Welch and Robert Burton, also of Lincolnton, sat together and chatted Monday afternoon while enjoying a home-cooked soup kitchen meal. While Welch attends the facility…

Aqua NC to raise rates without hearing

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  ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer   Aqua North Carolina is looking to switch to a new method of raising customer rates without public hearings. Presently, the company is seeking a 19 percent rate hike, its third increase in North Carolina in the past five years. If approved, the method would…

New pastor takes helm at First Presbyterian

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer When Interim Pastor Rev. Veronica Cannon isn’t preaching from the pulpit on Sundays at First Presbyterian Church in Lincolnton, she may have her nose in a book, be strapped to her roller skates or hiking the side of a mountain. On her bucket list of daredevil…

Bank teller foils fraud

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer The Sheriff’s Office is looking for a Charlotte man accused of trying to pass a counterfeit check at an eastern Lincoln County bank on Monday. Deputies said Kyle David Flood, of 945 N. College Street, tried to cash a more than $850 check at People’s Bank…

Relay for Life headed downtown

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  Staff report   Lincolnton’s Relay for Life has announced the location for their 2014 event. According to a statement released Tuesday, the 20th Relay for Life Celebration will take place on May 2 in Downtown Lincolnton.  The event is designed to support the American Cancer Society and honor those…

CMC-Lincoln awarded for care

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln is now among the top 33 percent of all Joint Commission accredited hospitals. Last week, the hospital was named a “top performer on key quality measures” by the Joint Commission for its clinical performance in multiple specialties. According to the hospital’s press release,…