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Our most important lawyer

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist The most important lawyer in modern North Carolina history finally has a biography. This week UNC Press is releasing “Julius Chambers: A Life in the Legal Struggle for Civil Rights” by Richard A. Rosen and Joseph Mosnier. If you do not agree with my assertion about…

Obituaries — 12-7-16

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Susan Huddleston Mrs. Susan Jarrett Huddleston, 64, of 6744 Big Oak Trail in Cherryville departed this life on Sunday, December 4, 2016 at Carolinas Continue Care in Kings Mountain. She was born on October 6, 1952 in Lincoln County to the late Victor and Versalee Jarrett. Susan attended Newbold High…

Around Town — 12-7-16

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TODAY Remembrance The WWII Veterans will host “Remember Pearl Harbor” at 11 a.m. on the East side of the courthouse to commemorate the attack on Pearl Harbor. THURSDAY  Craft bazaar Lincoln County Senior Center, located at 514 S. Academy St. in Lincolnton will host a Christmas craft bazaar on the first floor,…

McCrory should concede now

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Roy Cooper’s narrow lead over Pat McCrory in the North Carolina governor’s race has doubled in the weeks since Election Day. Protests, recounts and possible legal challenges aren’t likely to change the final outcome. The question is how long McCrory wants to delay it. His action Tuesday barring the State…

Politics and barbecue, together again

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist Did North Carolina barbecue help Donald Trump win the presidency? North Carolina’s barbecue guru, John Shelton Reed, has a theory. More about that in a minute, but first let’s celebrate having two books from Reed about barbecue ready for your holiday giving to friends who love…

Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao

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RANDAL O’TOOLE Guest Columnist President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of transportation, Elaine Chao, may provide some clues about his infrastructure policies. High-speed rail advocates have hoped that Trump will support their boondoggles, and his big talk about infrastructure spending as an economic stimulus has done nothing to dim those…

‘Hamilton’ cast follows long tradition in mixing art, politics

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ROB CHRISTENSEN Syndicated Columnist Mixing politics and the theater is hardly new, despite the dustup regarding the hit musical “Hamilton” and the incoming Trump Administration. As you may have heard, Vice-President-Elect Mike Pence attended a performance last weekend of the musical based on the life of Alexander Hamilton, the brilliant,…

Criminal Charges — 12-5-16

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Kurstie Goins, 20, of 5854 Cedarbrook Ct. in Stanley was charged on Nov. 28 with two counts of child abuse a general misdemeanor, one count each of inhaling fumes for purpose of causing intoxication and possession of substances.…

Obituaries — 12-5-16

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  Willie Mae Elmore Murphy CROUSE — Mrs. Willie Mae Elmore Murphy, age 95, of Boy Scout Road in Crouse died on December 3, 2016. Funeral services will be held 3 p.m. Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at Crouse United Methodist Church with Rev. Jim Sanders officiating. Burial will follow in…

Around town — 12-5-16

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TODAY Meeting The Lincoln County Public Education Foundation Board of Director’s will meet at noon at Battleground Elementary School, located at 201 Jeb Seagle Drive in Lincolnton. TUESDAY Meeting North Brook VFD, located at 7050 Doyle Beam Memorial Rd. in Vale will host a community meeting at 6 p.m. Meeting The Lincoln County…