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Around Town— 10-18-17

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WEDNESDAY Blood drive NCDOT, Lincolnton located at 115 W. Main St. in Lincolnton will host a blood drive from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. THURSDAY Meeting The Lincoln Quilters will hold a meeting at 6:30 pm. at the James Warren Citizens Center, Extension kitchen, located on W. Main St. in…

Criminal Charges— 10-18-17

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Chadbourne Lee Dillard, 28, of 1539 Highland Bluff Ct. in Lincolnton was charged Oct. 12 with one count of probation violation. Vonley Harold Woodruff II, 46, of 627 Polo Tr. in Lincolnton was charged Oct. 12 with one count of assault…

Obituaries— 10-18-17

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Carl Franklin Hedgepeth Carl Franklin Hedgepeth, age 82, of 3052 Ramseur Street in Lincolnton, died on Sunday, October 15, 2017. His funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, October 19, 2017, at Salem Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. Andy Royals officiating. Burial will follow in the church…

The Hydra-headed drug business

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DAVID BOAZ Guest Columnist With television cameras rolling and Attorney General Jeff Sessions on hand in San Diego, the Coast Guard announced late last month that it had set a new record for cocaine seizures at sea — more than 455,000 pounds through Sept. 11, topping last year’s record. At…

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Hazel Mae Cantrell Gibby Hazel Mae Cantrell Gibby, age 97, of Peak Resources in Gastonia died Saturday, October 14, 2017. Her funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at the Lincolnton Church of God with Pastor Bobby Killman officiating. Burial will follow in Hillcrest Gardens in…

Public education in a time of ragged governance

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FERREL GUILLORY Syndicated Columnist No doubt, students will arrive at school this morning, and teachers will engage with them until the dismissal bell without giving a thought to the education governance issues facing North Carolina. After all, “governance’’ is the often-murky work that bureaucrats and politicians do. But of course,…

Around Town— 10-16-17

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TUESDAY Photography Club The Lincoln Photography Club will meet in the Community Room of the Lincoln Cultural Center, located on East Main St. Lincolnton at 7 p.m. Open to members and visitors. Pinto Bean Supper Fairfield Church, located on Fairfield Forest Rd. in Denver will host a pinto bean supper…

Criminal Charges— 10-16-17

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Lindsay Konopka, 33, of 162 Massapoag Rd. in Lincolnton was charged Oct. 10 with one count of intimidating or interfering with witnesses. Brandon Keith Maynor, 30, of 1210 Betterbrook Ln. in Lincolnton was charged Oct. 10 with one count of true…

Guest View— Judicial elections need to be reformed

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North Carolina’s system of selecting trial judges needs to be reformed, but not in the way some legislators want. The state has two parallel trial-court systems, Superior Court and District Court. Superior Court handles almost all felonies, major civil cases ($10,000 or more), probate and the administration of wills. District…

What does tax fairness mean?

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH — Back when I used to commission regular surveys of North Carolina voters, one of my favorite questions had to do with tax fairness. The wording varied over time, but here’s essentially what we asked. If someone earns twice as much as income as you…