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Duke gets a pass on coal ash cleanup

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When the N.C. Legislature adjourned last week, it was no surprise that lawmakers gave Duke Energy a pass on having to fully clean up coal ash lagoons across the state. The glare of publicity that followed the massive 2014 coal ash spill has long faded, eclipsed by other news such…

Is this as good as it gets for NC?

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ALEXANDRA SIROTA Guest Columnist Over the next year North Carolinians will find out the results of an experiment that began July 1. On that date, a new state budget took effect that is based, not on the level of public investment needed to help communities thrive, but on a formula…

Around Town — 7-18-16

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TUESDAY Meal Crimes Stoppers is hosting a meal at Bojangles, located at 1601 E Main St, Lincolnton from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.…

Obituaries — 7-18-16

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Teresa Ann Walker Isenhower Teresa Ann Walker Isenhower, age 51, of 4724 Highway 150 East in Lincolnton, died on Saturday, July 16, 2016. Her funeral service will be held at 3:30 p.m. today, July 18, 2016, at Salem Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. Andy Royals officiating. Burial will follow in…

Criminal Charges — 7-18-16

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Lance Vaughn Alton, 18, of 4523 Maiden Hwy in Maiden was charged on July 13 with one count of driving while license revoked. Christen Bradley Cline, 36, of 1950 Peeler Rd. in Vale was charged on July 13 with one count…

Around Town — 7-15-16

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TODAY Pottery market The Lincoln Cultural Center, located at 403 E. Main St. in Lincolnton will host the 4th annual mid-year pottery market from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. Admission is free. Concessions will be available. SATURDAY  Yard sale Pleasant Grove Methodist Church, located 2069 Hwy. 182 in Lincolnton will…

Criminal Charges — 7-15-16

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Wilbert L Mitchem, 25, of 312 S. Counselor St. in Kings Mountain was charged on July 12 with one count of civil order for arrest of child support. A $850 cash bond was set. Jimmy Wassler, 21, of 608 Fran Av.…

The U.S. National Whitewater Center

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The recent death of a teenager from a brain infection that was in all likelihood contracted at the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte was tragic. Gov. Pat McCrory is right to press for more oversight of the center. The Charlotte Observer reported recently that the center is the only…

Police, African-Americans, legislators must find common ground

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH — On a recent Thursday, three African-American members of the N.C. General Assembly held a press conference to draw attention to recent shootings of black men by police. They talked in the aftermath of the shooting deaths of Philando Castile near St. Paul, Minn., and…

Why the Declaration of Independence endures

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist Chances are, you heard at least a passing word of praise for the Declaration of Independence as you celebrated the Fourth of July. But why, exactly, does it endure? If the Declaration had simply announced the independence of certain disaffected British colonials, it would be long…