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Guest View— The fight against breast cancer

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The fight goes on. By now, you have your paper with that pink front page, part of our annual campaign to ramp up the fight against breast cancer during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It’s an especially important fight in a city like ours, known nationwide for its state-of-the-art medicine.…

Choice and regulation form spectrum

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist BURLINGTON — Parental choice in education is popular. About a fifth of North Carolina students are educated outside of district-run public schools, and this share will probably grow to a quarter or more in the coming years. The North Carolina Institute of Political Leadership (IOPL), a…

Financial regulatory reform is in the air

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THAYA BROOK KNIGHT Guest Columnist A decade after the start of the 2007-2008 financial crisis, and seven years after the passage of Dodd-Frank, it seems both the legislative and executive branches may be making small steps toward financial regulatory reform. Earlier this month, the Treasury Department released the second in…

Criminal Charges— 10-23-17

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Jeremy Lee Hicks, 23, of 6555 Charleston Tr. in Cherryville was charged Oct. 16 with one count each of open container prohibited and consume alcohol beverage in passenger area of motor vehicle. A $1,000 secured bond was set. Foster Reid Wilson,…

Obituaries— 10-23-17

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Gail Gaffney Eaker Gail Gaffney Eaker, age 83, of 956 Bailey Springs Drive, Lincolnton died Saturday, October 21, 2017. A private graveside service will be held at Hollybrook Cemetery. Mrs. Eaker was born on December 19, 1933 and was the daughter of the late Sidney and Ethelene McGinnis Gaffney. She…

AG Stein joining a federal lawsuit

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In a thankfully predictable continuation of his commitment to protect North Carolina consumers, state Attorney General Josh Stein is joining 18 other attorneys general in a federal lawsuit to block the foolish and purely political maneuver of President Trump to stop federal subsidies for those covered by health insurance under…

Boost facility funding from lottery

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist ROCKY MOUNT — State Sen. Rick Horner can quip with the best of them. During a recent debate about school construction needs in North Carolina, the Wilson County lawmaker and former school-board chairman argued that the state lottery ought to fulfill its original mandate by producing…

Trump and GOP proposed budget cuts would hit farmers and seniors, cost more in long run

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BOB ETHERIDGE Guest Columnist When it comes to our national and state priorities, it’s been said that a budget is a moral document. A budget is a statement of public commitments and considerations for its people. After taking a look at President Trump’s FY18 budget proposal, I have to question…

Criminal Charges— 10-20-17

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: David Anthony Markland, 27, of 2989 NC Hwy. 274 in Cherryville was charged Oct. 14 with one count of contributing to the delinquency and neglect by parents/other. A $1,000 unsecured bond was set. James Charles Canipe, 39, of 1523 S. Hwy.…

Around Town— 10-20-17

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SATURDAY Blood drive Covenant Church, located at 2168 Gastonia Hwy. in Lincolnton will host a blood drive from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Food distribution Pisgah United Methodist Church, located at 2582 Gastonia Hwy. in Lincolnton will host a food drop to USDA Qualified or SNAP recipients beginning at 8…

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