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Obituaries— 4-24-17

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Edna Fay Stallings CONNELLY SPRINGS — Edna Fay Stallings, age 74, of 1349 Tomlinson Loop in Connelly Springs, and formerly of Proctor Street in Lincolnton, died Thursday, April 20, 2017. Edna was born June 26, 1942, in Lincoln County, to the late Charlie Stallings and Margaret Farris Fredell. In addition…

Guest View— State superintendent, school board battle

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It’s true that Mark Johnson, elected as state superintendent of Public Instruction last year, won the office fair and square. But Johnson has an outsized idea of what his powers should be in an agency that has a traditional line of authority that starts, really, at the State Board of…

The wrong way to reform the courts

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ROB CHRISTENSEN Syndicated Columnist This is the story of how two North Carolina legislatures approached court reform — one with prudent professionalism and the other with seat-of-the-pants politics. This is the 50th anniversary of a major overhaul of North Carolina’s court system, essentially creating the modern system of District Courts,…

Syria and the danger of elite consensus

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TREVOR THRALL Guest Columnist There was near consensus in Washington, D.C. in support of the U.S. strike on Syria. Voices from the left supporting President Donald Trump’s action include Hillary Clinton, most of America’s European allies, Tom Friedman and a large number of former Obama officials. On the right, the…

Around Town— 4-21-17

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SATURDAY Food giveaway Holy Cross Lutheran Church, located at 2639 Hwy. 150 E in Lincolnton will host a “Bread of Life” food giveaway for Lincoln County residents beginning at 8 a.m. on a first-come basis. Fundraiser Marvin United Methodist Church will host a fundraiser for Relay for Life at Carolina…

Criminal Charges— 4-21-17

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Nathan Eric Whitted, 57, of 1256 Wilma Sigmon Rd. in Lincolnton was charged Apr. 10 with one count of assault by pointing a gun. A $5,000 bond was set. Jarvis Leonard Miller, 32, of 3496 Woodstream Dr. in Maiden was charged…

Obituaries— 4-21-17

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Sarah Carswell Chapman Mrs. Sarah Carswell Chapman, 89, of Morganton passed away Wednesday, April 18, 2017 at Trinity Village following a period of declining health. Mrs. Chapman was born October 9, 1927 in Burke County to the late Rev. Zack Carswell and Mrs. Effie Walker Carswell. She was a faithful…

Our View— County should rethink government center

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Lincoln County commissioners recently put a pause on a massive construction project that will cost the county millions upon millions of dollars. They should take it a step further and stop the construction of the County Government Center in its tracks. The county, facing a budget shortfall of more than…

Judicial restraint can be disastrous

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JOHN HOOD Guest Columnist During a March 27 talk at North Carolina State University, Georgetown University law professor Randy Barnett told the assembled faculty, students, and other members of the audience that many of his allies on the political right were wrong. Barnett is a libertarian who has helped craft…

Mulvaney’s plan to reform the government

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CHRIS EDWARDS Guest Columnist President Donald Trump’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has released a “Comprehensive Plan for Reforming the Federal Government and Reducing the Federal Civilian Workforce.” The 14-page memo from OMB director Mick Mulvaney creates a process for executive branch leaders to produce a detailed plan to…