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School choice merits stout defense

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist When Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest and his Democratic challenger, former state Rep. Linda Coleman, met on September 13 for their first and only debate broadcast statewide, their sharp differences of opinion on House Bill 2 were, not surprisingly, the primary focus of subsequent media coverage.…

Around Town — 9-21-16

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THURSDAY Insurance Gaston College Lincoln Campus, located at 511 S. Aspen St. will host Local AARP 3682 meeting at 10:30 a.m. The program will be about insurance changes for 2017. New members welcome. For more information please call (704) 276-2153. SUNDAY Reunion Mckendree Methodist Church, located at 3537 Maiden Hwy.…

Criminal Charges — 9-21-16

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Justin Nasir Lattimore, 17, of 825 Grier St. in Lincolnton was charged on September 15 with one count each of possession of control substance schedule VI and possession of drug paraphernalia. A $1,000 secured bond was set. Carl Antilio Catlabiano, 55,…

Obituaries — 9-21-16

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Tina Michelle Lovelace Tina Michelle Lovelace, age 43, of Pleasant Grove Church Road in Crouse passed away Saturday, September 17, 2016 at Southeast Georgia Health System, Brunswick, Ga. She was born on February 1, 1973 in Cleveland County to William “Bill” Lovelace of Cherryville and the late Kathy Elmore Lovelace.…

Some important truths about the Zika crisis and reproductive freedom

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TARA ROMANO Guest Columnist Summer is winding down here in North Carolina, but the heat isn’t going away just yet. And neither are the mosquitoes. In the Southeast, mosquito season can last until November, depending on the timing of the first frost. As Florida has now recorded more than 60…

Early voting compromises: Not perfect, but better than had been feared

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STEVE FORD Guest Columnist The folks in North Carolina who want to make it harder rather than easier for people to vote – a category that features top officials of the state Republican Party – lost a big battle in the federal courts. So they’ve tried to win the war…

Bees and insecticides

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Few people are aware of the North Carolina Pesticide Board, a board established in the 1970s under legislation that seeks to control the use of insecticides in the environment. But many in North Carolina may be affected by how well this obscure panel assesses the hazards posed by relatively new…

Around Town — 9-19-16

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WEDNESDAY DivorceCare RiverView Baptist Church, locted at 2230 Riverview Rd. in Lincolnton will host a 13-week DivorceCare support group. Cost is $15 and child care is provided. Meetings will be held from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. For more information call (704) 740-9667.…

Criminal Charges — 9-19-16

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Christopher William Bryant, 26, of 6199 West Hwy 27 in Vale was charged on September 15 with one count each of failure to appear for possession of methamphetamine and failure to appear for felony probation violation. A $10,000 secured bond was…

Obituaries — 9-19-16

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Charles Augustus Chislom Charles Augustus Chislom, age 68, of 329 Ramseur Rd., Maiden, transitioned peacefully on Friday, September 16, 2016 at Carolinas HealthCare System-Lincoln. He was born in Catawba County on March 28, 1948 to the late William and Lounetta Mitchell Chislom. In addition to his parents he was preceded…