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Athletics at Chapel Hill

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In a four-part series last week, The News & Observer’s Dan Kane drew into one narrative his years of reporting on how bogus classes were created to help athletes at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. His sweeping account laid bare the failure of overseers to see and the reluctance…

Crime may become election issue

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JOHN HOOD Guest Columnist As the candidates for North Carolina attorney general, Republican Buck Newton and Democrat Josh Stein, met September 20 at Asheboro’s Sunset Theatre for their only formal debate, they couldn’t have known that just 90 minutes to their south and west, riots were about to break out…

Refugee program accepts three Syrian

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DAVID J. BIER Guest Columnist Throughout his campaign, Donald Trump has been warning against accepting Syrian refugees. Last year, he said of refugees, “They’re all men. You look at it. There are so few women and there are so few children. And not only are they men, they’re young men.”…

What other states’ voters get to decide

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH – North Carolina voters won’t decide any statewide ballot referendums or initiatives in November. In most other states, residents will vote on issues such as legalizing recreational or medical marijuana, raising the minimum wage, increasing cigarette taxes and prohibiting large-capacity ammunition magazines. North Carolina is…

Around Town — 9-30-16

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FRIDAY   Camp Camp McCall, located at 1040 Camp McCall Rd. in Bostic will host the Christ Church 2nd annual S.T.R.ON.G. Men’s event through Saturday. Please register at christnc.com or if you have any questions, email christchurchstrongmen@gmail.com.   Revival Reeps Grove United Methodist, located at 7401 Reeps Grove Church Rd. in Vale will host…

Criminal Charges — 9-30-16

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Richard Kory Barton, 24, of 1408 Robbins Dr. in Lenoir was charged on Sept. 24 with one count of failure to appear. A $1,000 secured bond was set. Kelly Baker Romero, 47, of 5136 US Highway 301 N. in Elm City…

Obituaries — 9-30-16

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Donald Fay Pridmore Donald Fay Pridmore, 70, of Iron Station died Monday, September 26, 2016 at Gaston Memorial Hospital. Born January 23, 1946, he was the son of the late Colonel Rosevelt and Addie Bell Pridmore. In addition to his wife, Kathy Abrams of the home; two sons, Chad Pridmore…

Portrayal of Scott shooting suspect

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Of all of the things we’ve learned in the week since the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott near UNC-Charlotte by a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer, one thing is abundantly clear — the media coverage of Scott’s death and the protests that followed has done more to feed the unrest that…

Gun rights and due process took a beating at debate

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ADAM BATES GuestColumnist Despite a rancorous campaign season, there is at least one belief that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton share: Americans have far too much liberty when it comes to firearms and due process. Between Clinton’s resurrection of the failed proposal to ban people on terror watchlists from buying…

Rioters don’t get a veto

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH — North Carolinians have learned a lot in the past few days — about law enforcement, race relations, cynical politics, media memes, and the need for wise leadership during crisis. But the cost of our education has been far too high. Dozens of police officers,…

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