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Guest View— Drinking water should always be safe

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Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water … No, don’t cue the theme from “Jaws.” We’re talking about much smaller, quieter menaces lurking in the water of the Cape Fear River. But those threats to our health show us one good reason why it’s…

The American Dream: Alive and well

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist Almost any time you see the phrase “the American Dream” these days, it seems to be in a negative context. The speaker is either assuring us that it’s dead, or that it can be salvaged only by a radical redefinition — one that often contradicts the…

Omnibus budget ladened with more than money

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FERREL GUILLORY Guest Columnist The North Carolina General Assembly adopts an omnibus budget. When legislators give their “yea’’ or “nay’’ to the appropriations act, they each cast one vote on hundreds of measures packed into a single bill — a huge array of changes in law, instructions to agencies, policy…

Even sex offenders have constitutional rights

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ILYA SHAPIRO DAVID MCDONALD Guest Columnists On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that a North Carolina preventing sex offenders from accessing social media and other websites – without any attempt to tailor restrictions to potential contact with minors – violated the First Amendment. But restrictions on the freedom of speech…

Criminal Charges— 6-26-17

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Christopher Joe Malone, 37, of 6132 Covecreek Dr. in Charlotte was charged June 15 with three counts of failure to appear and one count of resisting/delaying/obstructing a public officer. A $1,000 secured bond was set. Robert Andrew Wehunt, 35, of 508…

Obituaries— 6-26-17

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Richard C. Bradshaw ALEXIS — Richard C. Bradshaw passed away peacefully at home on Friday, June 23, 2017. He was born in Lincoln County on April 11, 1927 to the late C. R. and Minnie (Wentz) Bradshaw, but lived most of his life in Alexis. Richard was a veteran of…

On preserving public notices

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An effort in the legislature, Senate Bill 343, would eventually eliminate the requirement that local governments publish legal notices of their affairs in newspapers. The state House should kill this bill pushed by Sen. Trudy Wade of Guilford County. Supporters of this bill that has passed the Senate say they…

Budget builds on conservative success

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist North Carolina House and Senate leaders have just fashioned a compromise budget for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 fiscal years. The deal includes sizable pay raises for school teachers and principals, boosts for other state employees and retirees, tax cuts for most households and businesses, a prudent…

Abuse and cruelty in prison is nothing new

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ROB CHRISTENSEN Syndicated Columnist State lawmakers said they were shocked at the findings of a five-part investigative series by The Charlotte Observer into North Carolina’s prison system — as well they should be. The series found a hidden world of drugs, sex and gang violence, sometimes abetted by correctional officers.…

Criminal Charges— 6-23-17

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Andy Allen Clinton, 25, of 6601 George Hildebran in Hickory was charged June 12 with one count each of resisting/delaying/obstructing a public officer and parole violation. A $5,000 bond was set. Charles Thomas Alexander, 36, of 109 Holden Dr. in Earl…

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