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Reader’s Forum— 4-28-17

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Response to Tillis column I am responding to the Sen. Thom Tillis opinion recently published regarding a border wall. My 27-year-old son hit the “head on the nail” when he said, should a wall be built, “It would keep immigrants in because more immigrants are leaving for jobs in Mexico.”…

Our View— Voter fraud lite

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Voter fraud matters, until it doesn’t. That’s the message coming out of Catawba County this week, where the district attorney there announced that his office won’t pursue charges against a woman who impersonated her dead mother to vote for Donald Trump. Voter impersonation is the most egregious form of voter…

Caution needed on state budget

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist While North Carolina legislators and Gov. Roy Cooper haven’t yet received the report on state income taxes paid or refunded by the April deadline, they shouldn’t count on a positive “April surprise” to make fiscal decisions for them. There are some very real and very important…

A North Carolina mountain woman’s adventure in Bulgaria

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G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist Why would North Carolinian Elizabeth Kostova, who is a New York Times No.1 bestselling author, set her action-packed novel in Bulgaria? I will give you an answer in a minute. But first, a little bit about her new book, “The Shadow Land.” Its main character is…

Criminal Charges— 4-28-17

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Dustin Dwight Suggs, 29, of 3222 Ole Country Ln. in Claremont was charged Apr. 22 with two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and one count each of possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, felony breaking and entering a building,…

Obituaries— 4-28-17

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Irene Lee Lynch McSwain KINGS MOUNTAIN — Irene Lee Lynch McSwain, age 86 of Oakleaf Dr. (Mary’s Grove) passed away Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at Carolinas Healthcare System Cleveland. She was born July 19, 1930 in Lincoln County to the late Charles “C.B.” Lynch Sr. and Carrie Lee Lynch.  Irene was…

Our View— Senate reaches class size compromise

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The goal of reducing class sizes in public schools across North Carolina is an admirable one. Smaller class sizes means that teachers can devote more time to each individual student and those students can, in turn, benefit from a more focused classroom setting. The state Senate higher education committee, of…

Securing our border must be first step in immigration

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THOM TILLIS Guest Columnist For the last 40 years, elected officials in Washington have repeatedly tried to secure our nation’s southern border and fix our broken immigration system, but every attempt at comprehensive reform legislation has failed. While some falsely assume that this prolonged failure only affects border communities, the…

The most taxing time of the year

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist How does tax season make you feel? Angry? Tired? Probably both, but there’s a good chance you also felt a bit confused while preparing your returns. And who could blame you? The mind-numbing complexity of the Tax Code, with its myriad deductions, credits and exemptions, can…

Criminal Charges— 4-26-17

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Christopher Lee Hayes, 43, of 4355 Plateau Rd. in Newton was charged Apr. 21 with one count each of true bill of indictment, driving while license revoked and display of a fictitious registration plate. A $10,000 secured bond was set. Sharon…

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