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Around Town — 6-20-16

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TODAY VBS Shady Grove Baptist Church, located at 3240 Tryon Courthouse Rd. in Cherryville will host a “The Conquerors” VBS from 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. each night through June 24. with classes for all ages. For more information call (704) 435-9605. VBS Rehobeth United Methodist Church, located at 9297…

Obituaries — 6-20-16

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Harold Eugene Stroud Mr. Harold Eugene Stroud, age 73, of Sandy Park Road in Lincolnton, died on Friday, June 17, 2016. Mr. Stroud was born September 13, 1942, in Catawba County, to the late Glayton J. and Eva Scronce Stroud. He retired from the United States Navy after 20 years,…

General Assembly must repeal HB2

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There are rumors going around the North Carolina General Assembly that some compromises, to be proposed by Democrats, may be coming forward on HB2, the ridiculous bill curbing the rights of transgender people to use bathrooms corresponding to their gender identity. HB2 requires them to go by the sex designated…

Tax dispute has a solution

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist The federal government has just released another set of economic statistics — and they again show North Carolina has one of the fastest-growing economies in the United States. According to the latest measurements of gross domestic product (GDP), which extend through the end of 2015, North…

Voting for the devil?

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist “You would vote for the devil if he were a Democrat, wouldn’t you?” Thus begins an old story that makes fun of an old-time party-loyal, “yellow-dog” Democrat. His friend was teasing him about his unwillingness ever to stray from his party’s candidates even if they were…

Criminal Charges — 6-17-16

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Phillip Eugene Thomas, 30, of 1242 Yarn Mill Rd. in Shelby was charged on June 14 with one count of obtaining property by false pretenses. A $5,000 secured bond was set. Terry John Reed, 55, of 1451 Roseland Dr. in Lincolnton…

Around Town — 6-17-16

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SATURDAY Singing convention Reeps Grove Methodist Church, located at 7401 Reeps Grove Church Rd. in Vale will host an old-fashioned, four-part harmony convention-style congregational gospel singing from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. VBS Bethel Baptist Church, located at 200 Bethel Church Rd. in Lincolnton will host a VBS kickoff registration…

Governor should focus on coal-ash cleanup

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If only Gov. Pat McCrory’s righteous indignation at the legislature’s coal ash regulatory bill came out of a desire for stronger regulation that would truly get tough with the governor’s former employer, his veto would be welcomed. Unfortunately, the governor’s veto — like other vetoes, certain to be overridden —…

Obituaries — 6-17-16

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Bettie Dair Boothe Keiser Bettie Dair Boothe Keiser, age 82, of Old Mill Road in Lincolnton, died on Wednesday, June 15, 2016. A graveside service will be held at Forest Lawn Cemetery at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 18, 2016. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until 8…

Do Senate leaders believe their own claims on teacher pay?

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KRIS NORDSTROM Guest Columnist Senate leaders made a big splash touting their two-year plan to raise teacher salaries. They held a packed press conference and launched www.NCTeacherRaise.com, the strange website that – in exchange for handing your contact information over to the NC Republican Senatorial Committee – will let you…