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Midterm spread favors the Democrats

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist It would be very surprising if North Carolina Democrats didn’t make significant gains in the next election for General Assembly — whenever that may be. Normally, we’d be talking in the summer of 2017 about legislative elections to be held in the fall of 2018. That…

Treasurer Dale Folwell’s quick response

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G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist “I have just spent a couple of hours trying to negotiate the State Health Plan eligibility exercise and am still steaming about the difficulty I had following its directions. Others may have a better experience, but I kept thinking about others less well equipped and the…

Around Town— 6-21-17

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THURSDAY Cooking Gaston County Senior Center, located at 1303 Dallas Cherryville Hwy., Dallas NC, is hosting a cooking demo at 6 p.m. For more information call 704-922-2165…

Criminal Charges— 6-21-17

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Andy Allen Clinton, 25, of 6601 George Hildebran in Hickory was charged June 12 with one count each of resisting/delaying/obstructing a public officer and parole violation. A $5,000 bond was set. Charles Thomas Alexander, 36, of 109 Holden Dr. in Earl…

Obituaries— 6-21-17

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Vida ‘Becky’ Harvey Lawing Vida “Becky” Harvey Lawing, age 83, of Brian Center, Lincolnton and formerly of Oak Street, Lincolnton died peacefully on Monday, June 19, 2017. A graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 22, 2017, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Cemetery. Rev. Amy Vaughan…

Reader’s Forum— 6-19-17

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Sowing the wind and being surprised by the whirlwind Politicians and media types were very quick to cast the recent shooting of Republican lawmakers practicing for a charity baseball game as behavior resulting from angry and demeaning language that has become American politics. This whirlwind, however was sown far earlier…

Guest View— Gov. Cooper seeking early elections

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Gov. Roy Cooper is taking it to the General Assembly when it comes to insisting on an early election using new legislative district maps that will pass muster with courts as constitutionally proper. That’s more than can be said for current maps that have been rejected by the courts, including…

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…