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Who will design 21st century schools?

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FERREL GUILLORY Guest Columnist Forget high school. Or more precisely, forget your high school. Many of us, parents and policymakers, have vivid memories of our own high school, of its bells and smells, its daily rhythms. We call to mind the tense excitement of Friday night football, the musical production…

A toxic environment for Trump’s policies at EPA

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist “Pay no attention to that man behind that curtain!” The Wizard of Oz had a good reason for trying to distract Dorothy when his true identity was revealed in the 1939 classic film. The last thing he wanted was for her to figure how things really…

Criminal Charges— 6-19-17

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Johnny Franklin Reynolds Jr., 40, of 1205 Tot Dellinger Rd. in Cherryville was charged June 10 with one count of non-support of family. A $500 cash bond was set. Demetrius Rashae Walker, 23, of 6225 Bridlewood Ln. in Charlotte was charged…

Obituaries— 6-19-17

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Evelyn Beam Cooper Evelyn Beam Cooper, 85, of Cherryville passed away June 18, 2017. Visitation will be held June 20, 2017 from 12:45 p.m. until 1:45 p.m. Funeral services will be held June 20, 2017 at 2 p.m. at Bess Chapel United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.…

61st Anniversary

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Seibert and Louise D. Ward of Iron Station were married June 16, 1956 in Gaffney, S.C. A small celebration is planned with their daughter, Lisa Ward of Iron Station. Also, the couple have three furry, four-legged grandchildren, Stemi-9, Oliver-4, and Rooster-3 all of Iron Station.…

Guest View— On safe child care

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Safe and affordable child care will remain out of reach for many until we consider such care to be an entitlement and support it on that basis. The vacancy rate at licensed care centers in Buncombe County hovers around 1 percent and the wait for infants can be three months…

Politics isn’t always the answer

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH — Since the beginning of this year, there has been no net new jobs created in North Carolina. In fact, using the latest data from the monthly survey of employers, there were about 2,200 fewer filled jobs in North Carolina in May than there were…

How might things have been different

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PAUL T. O’CONNOR Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH — Over the last four years, Republican legislators, fueled by veto-proof majorities in both houses, have refashioned the state’s tax code, voting laws, and its policies on education, the environment and social issues. After the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that North Carolina’s legislative districts…

China and North Carolina — Thucydides and Charlie Soong

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G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist During the past few days, the release of North Carolina native Graham Allison’s book, “Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap?” and Allison’s visit to his home state focused attention on the United States’s relationship with China. According to Allison, founding dean of…

Around Town— 6-16-17

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SATURDAY VBS Bethel Baptist Church, located at 200 Bethel Church Rd. in Lincolnton, will host the kickoff of “Galactic Starveyor VBS” from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Singing Convention The Lincoln County Singing Convention will meet from 5-7 p.m. at Reep’s Grove United Methodist Church, located at 7401 Reeps Grove Church Road in…