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Race for governor is too drawn out

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Many North Carolina voters woke up Nov. 9 surprised that Donald Trump had been elected president. Two weeks later, the big surprise is that North Carolina’s governor’s race is undecided and there’s no resolution in sight. Challenger Roy Cooper, a Democrat, has seen his lead grow to 6,600 votes as…

Around Town — 11-25-16

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SATURDAY Blood Donation Family Video, located at 1407 E. Main St. in Lincolnton will host a blood donor opportunity from 1 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. Concert Lowesville Gospel Concerts/Living Word Ministries, located at 1062 Hwy 16 South in Lowesville (Stanley) will host New River Blugrass Band at 6 p.m. The doors…

Criminal Charges — 11-25-16

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Robby Lee Brooks, 56, of 2118 Sigmon Dairy Rd. in Newton was charged on Nov. 21 with one count each of littering and injury to personal property. Brandon Stewart Shronce, 32, of 5211 Dallas Cherryvill Hwy. in Cherryville was charged on…

Obituaries — 11-25-16

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Iva Lee Poole Griffin Iva Lee Poole Griffin, 83, of Lincolnton passed away on Sunday, November 20, 2016 at CHS Lincoln surrounded by family and loved ones. She was born September 25, 1933 in Lincoln County to the late Benjamin Franklin and Margaret Rainy Poole. In addition to her parents…

Iran nuclear agreement: Deal us out

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist Iran’s leaders have a simple message for any administration unhappy about the nuclear deal negotiated by President Obama: Hands off. The deal has faced no shortage of criticism from those who rightly point out its defects. Too bad, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says: There is “no…

GOP elephants never forget

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist North Carolina Democrats have spent much of the last week indignantly denouncing an array of Republican actions, attitudes, and options as “outrageous” and “inconceivable.” The most charitable explanation for their hysteria is that they simply don’t know very many Republicans. I do. It might help to…

Segregation by boycott

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PAUL T. O’CONNOR Syndicated Columnist In the days before national chains, my Uncle Ted would only stop at auto-club approved motels during our annual baseball trips. “I want a clean room,” he would say. But I suspect now that the practice stemmed from his days as a salesman and a…

The actors and the president

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The job of the president-elect isn’t so busy that Donald Trump couldn’t take to the internet this past weekend to complain about a group of Broadway actors who, shockingly, were critical of his administration and used the attendance of Vice President Mike Pence at their performance to voice that criticism.…

Obituaries — 11-23-16

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Robert Edgar Fredell Mr. Robert Edgar Fredell, age 70, of 411 Bud Black Road in Cherryville died on Tuesday, November 22, 2016. His funeral service will be held 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 26, 2016 in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Michael Cook officiating. The family will receive…

Criminal Charges —11-23-16

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Alesha Michelle Werner, 28, of 220 Lilly Tr. in Lincolnton was charged on Nov. 18 with one count each of larceny and possession of stolen goods. A $1,000 secured bond was set. Brandilyn Leann Canipe, 37, of 220 Lilly Tr. in…