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Important changes to juvenile justice

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North Carolina is one of two states where 16-year-olds charged with crimes are considered adults. New York is the other. North Carolina and New York have been left behind as other states have raised the age of adult responsibility to 17 or 18. There are good reasons to follow, but…

NC Senate’s math bill doesn’t add up

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MATT ELLINWOOD Guest Columnist The North Carolina Senate recently passed a bill that would require high schools across the state to simultaneously offer two completely different math tracks: the integrated math sequence that is currently taught in middle and high schools and the old Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II…

Political earthquake hits as British to exit European Union

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DOUG BANDOW Guest Columnist The United Kingdom will exit the European Union. The shock waves first hit Scotland. The secession-minded government plans to hold another independence vote. Next time, a majority of Scots may see no reason to stay. Both the Conservative and Labour Parties face bitter, internecine strife. Calls…

Criminal Charges — 6-27-16

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: John Kirkpatrick Bailey, 32, of 1445 Grant Cr. in Spartanburg was charged on June 23 with one count each of driving while impaired, driving while license suspended or revoked, and speeding. A $1,500 secured bond was set. Kelly Lawerence McClain, 35,…

Obituaries — 6-27-16

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Alan Gantt Edwards Alan Gantt Edwards, age 62, of Lincolnton passed away Saturday, June 25, 2016 at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center after a brief illness. Born July 24, 1953, he was the son of the late Rupert Gantt Edwards and the late Dorothy Hursey Edwards. For many years Alan…

Around Town — 6-27-16

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WEDNESDAY Meeting The Lincoln County chapter of the Libertarian Party will meet at 7 p.m. at Midtown Sundries, located at 7296 Highway 73 in Denver.…

Obituaries — 6-24-16

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Eddie ‘Faye’ Hedrick Carpenter Eddie “Faye” Hedrick Carpenter, 72, of Claremont died June 21, 2016. A Celebration of Life Service will be held June 25, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Bethel Lutheran Church in Claremont. The family will receive friends following the service in the Family Life Center. Bennett Funeral…

Around Town — 6-24-16

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SATURDAY Conference Greater Works Deliverance Center, located at 2543-A E. Main St. in Lincolnton will host a “Sons of Thunder” men’s ministry conference from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Lunch will be provided and this session is for men only. Breakfast Daniels Lutheran Church, of 3170 Reepsville Rd. in Lincolnton,…

Transit issues are worth attention

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If you don’t regularly ride one of the Charlotte Area Transit System’s 70-plus bus routes, its much-debated uptown streetcar or its oft-praised light rail line, you probably didn’t pay much attention to recent news reports about the system’s challenges. You should. That’s because those stories spelled out how CATS faces…

Transparency a casualty of legislative speed

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist Legislation is moving at a feverish pace through the General Assembly, as lawmakers try to finish their work by early July. Many who work around the legislative complex see this as positive, not wanting the session to drag on like last year. But while some might…

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