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The state GOP and early voting

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The chairman of the state GOP has encouraged Republicans on county elections boards to “make party line changes to early voting” by limiting the number of hours and keeping polling sites closed on Sundays during the November elections, the News & Observer of Raleigh reported last week. This isn’t the…

Do facts determine your views?

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist I have strong opinions. You probably do, too. Most people have deeply felt convictions about at least some matters of public controversy. Given the right context, most are willing to express their views to others and debate their disagreements. How do we form our opinions? When…

A frank, necessary discussion on police violence

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH – I learned a lot listening to law enforcement and government officials in North Carolina chatting openly for two hours about recent problems with police violence across the country. It’s a discussion that needs to happen often here in the wake of questionable shootings of…

Checking the national ‘dashboard’

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist You know those polls where they ask people if the country is heading in the right direction? One problem with that question is that it lacks context or detail. What makes us say yes or no? It’s generally a gut reaction that often has little to…

Criminal Charges — 8-29-16

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Kelvin Jermain Jeter Jr., 24, of 1244 Union Rd. K in Gastonia was charged on August 25 with one count of second degree trespassing. Cedric Dezarie Brown, 21, of 4781 Charlotte Hwy in Lancaster was charged on August 25 with one…

Around Town — 8-29-16

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MONDAY Revival Service Hinton’s Memorial United Methodist Church, located at 830 Car Farm Rd. in Lincolnton will host a revival service at 7 p.m. each night through to Wednesday. For more information please call (704) 732-0931. Homecoming and Revival Mount Vernon Baptist Church, located at 454 Mount Vernon Church Rd.…

Obituaries — 8-29-16

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Larry Joe Elmore Larry Joe Elmore, age 75, of the Wexford House in Denver and formerly of West Pine Street in Lincolnton died Saturday, August 27, 2016. A celebration of life memorial service will be 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at Denver United Methodist Church, 3910 N. Highway 16,…

Obituaries — 8-26-16

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Audrey Virginia Sims Carpenter Audrey Virginia Sims Carpenter, age 86, of Lincolnton, passed away on Thursday, August 25, 2016. Her funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 27, 2016, at Salem United Church of Christ with Rev. Anne Wepner and Carrie Carpenter officiating. Burial will follow…

Restructuring of city department overdue

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Robert A. Tomlinson Lincolnton Since hiring of Steve Zickefoose, City Managers, and truly bi-partisan City Council, an increased accountability within our City Business Community Development Department (CBCDD) has occurred. Previously, this city department were autonomous from city hall with little outsight. Relocating BCDD office to city hall has been a…

The minotaur takes his own sweet time

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist Do you think that the Greek legendary half-bull, half-man called the Minotaur could help us understand what is going on in American politics this year? In case you do not remember the Minotaur, he was the offspring of a queen of Crete, who, subject to a…

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