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Guest View: Cooper should be allowed to pick cabinet

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We appreciate the discernment of the three N.C. Superior Court judges who issued a temporary restraining order to allow Gov. Roy Cooper to appoint his cabinet secretaries unhindered, as the Journal’s Richard Craver reported. Their order overrides a portion of House Bill 17, which the Republican-controlled legislature passed and includes…

Criminal Charges — 2-22-17

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Kevin Alejandro Rodriguez, 24, of 2207 Lake St. in Lincolnton was charged on Feb. 7 with two counts of failure to appear. A $1,000 secured bond was set. Megan Ann Cooke, 28, of 209 S. 2nd Ave. in Maiden was charged…

Around Town — 2-22-17

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TODAY Meeting The Lincoln County Board of Education will host a special called board meeting at 6 p.m. at the Board of Education Administrative Office, located at 353 N Generals Blvd. in Lincolnton. The purpose of this meeting will be to consider the process for a superintendent search and to…

Obituaries — 2-22-17

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Ray Jackson Lail, Sr. Ray Jackson Lail, Sr., age 72, of 132 Gantt Road in Vale, died on Sunday, February 19, 2017. His funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, February 23, 2017, at Landers Chapel United Methodist Church with Rev. Jennifer Hiatt and Rev. Brett Lail…

CEOs highlight Pre-K as linchpin of reading, and jobs

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FERREL GUILLORY Guest Columnist As the co-founder and CEO of the analytics software company SAS, Jim Goodnight ranks as an iconic North Carolina business leader and places 51st on the Forbes 400 list of the wealthiest Americans. As the president pro tem of the state Senate, Republican Phil Berger of…

DeVos attackers surrender high ground

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist The recent appointment of U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos exhibited much that is destructive, even demented, about our current political discourse. While objections to her lack of experience in government were understandable, critics went far beyond that to attack her character and question her intentions. She…

Editor’s Note: The media is crying wolf about Trump

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor I read more newspapers and magazines, and more media criticism, than is healthy or natural. Part of that’s a function of doing this job. The more I know about what media outlets great and small are doing, the better I can, hopefully, edit this newspaper, direct…

Criminal Charges — 2-20-17

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Brandon Keith Maynor, 29, of 1210 Betterbrook Ln. in Lincolnton was charged on Feb. 6 with one count of continuing criminal enterprise. A $25,000 secured bond was set. Jimmie Leonard Ward Jr., 41, of 1415 Requa Rd. in Cherryville was charged…

Around Town — 2-20-17

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TUESDAY   Blood drive Lincoln Charter School, located at 133 Eagle Nest Rd. in Lincolnton will host a blood drive from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.   Supper Fairfield UMC, located at 7860 Fairfield Forest in Denver (across from the library) will host a pinto bean supper from 5:30 p.m.…

Obituaries — 2-20-17

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Kenneth Lee Truesdale Kenneth Lee Truesdale, age 64, of Dalton St. passed away Friday, February 17, 2017.  He was born November 21, 1952 in Gaston County to Faybell Costner Truesdale of Vale and the late Jesse “Blackie” Truesdale.  Kenny was a wonderful husband and father who loved his family.  He enjoyed riding motorcycles…