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Why John Hart is so good and why the latest book took so long to write

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DG. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist Can’t we just find something that we can agree upon? Thrown into a silly unnecessary bathroom dispute that has brought unwelcome international attention, good North Carolinians of all ideological, religious, and political persuasions would like to have something that brings them together. It happens on May…

Medical Cannabis: God’s gift

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NIC HAAG Guest Columnist We have been told for nearly a century nothing good ever comes from cannabis. It leads to sloth-like behavior in some, “the munchies” in others. It even induces homicidal mania in a few, if the movie “Reefer Madness” is to be believed. Let’s talk about the…

State budget should move NC forward

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As legislators return to town, hopes aren’t high for Gov. Pat McCrory’s proposed budget for the fiscal year that begins in July. It’s a modest spending plan that includes election-year pay hikes and bonuses, but it’s hardly the blueprint for a state on the rise. It’s about keeping North Carolina’s…

Criminal Charges — 5-2-16

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests and criminal charges: Allen David Dawkins, 32, of 3121 Greenhaven Dr. in Lawndale was charged Apr. 25 with one count of resisting, delaying and obstruction of public officer. Brandon Anthony Broyles, 26, of 1146 Park Cir, #2 in Lincolnton was charged…

Obituaries — 5-2-16

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Jackie Ruby Mace ALEXIS — Jackie Ruby Mace, 64, died peacefully at the Robin Johnson Hospice House on April 28, 2016. She was born in Gaston County; daughter of the late Jack H. Mace. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a brother, Van Mace and…

Around Town — 5-2-16

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TODAY Meeting The East Lincoln Fire Dept., located at 406 S. Pilot Knob Rd. in Stanley will hold a meeting at 7 p.m. Two community members will be elected to the Board of Directors. TUESDAY  Memory Bear workshop Hospice of Cleveland County will host a Memory Bear workshop at the…

OUR VIEW — Cancel the contract

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State lawmakers should cancel the Interstate 77 toll contract. Immediately. Yesterday. According to a Charlotte Observer story published on Monday, two Mecklenburg County lawmakers have filed bills that will do just that — Rep. Charles Jeter, a Huntersville Republican, and Rep. Tricia Cotham, a Matthews Democrat. Yes, canceling the contract…

Road policies deserve attention

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist When you ask North Carolina voters to name the top election issue in state politics, the most common answer — unless we are in the midst of a recession — is education. That answer makes good sense. North Carolina state and local governments combined spend more…

NC governor is selling mediocrity

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PATRICK McHUGH Guest Columnist Governor Pat McCrory is trying to convince everyone that, thanks to his team’s leadership, our economy is in great shape. In defending a largely status quo budget for next year, the governor is clearly happy with where North Carolina is economically, and thinks that he deserves…

A coach’s lesson

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist Recently, I watched a kids’ baseball scrimmage. A few innings into the game, a kid walked up to the field, apparently with his dad. The dad looked dirty, like he had just gotten off work as a mechanic. The kid wore shorts and a T-shirt that was…

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