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The anchor of over-regulation

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist “If I could paraphrase a well-known statement by Will Rogers that he never met a man he didn’t like,” President Reagan once quipped, “I’m afraid we have some people around here who never met a tax they didn’t like.” Instead of “tax,” he could just as…

Our View: State should pass constitutional carry

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North Carolina’s legislators may soon have a chance to bring the state’s gun laws in line with what the Founding Fathers intended. Rep. Larry Pittman (R-Cabarrus County) has sponsored a “constitutional carry” bill, which would eliminate the state’s requirement that people who want to carry a concealed handgun must first…

Obituaries — 2-13-17

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Thelma Hullett Beam Thelma Hullett Beam, age 91, of Furnace Road Extension in Lincolnton, died on Thursday, February 9, 2017. A funeral service was held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 12, 2017, in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Johnny Houser officiating. Burial followed in Hollybrook Cemetery. The…

Criminal Charges — 2-13-17

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Dustin Keith Payne, 31, of 9169 Willis Rd. in Vale was charged on Jan. 30 with one count each of speeding, careless and reckless driving, and driving while license revoked. A $2,500 secured bond was set. Steven Allen Bolick, 32, of…

Around Town — 2-13-17

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TODAY Jazz Band North Lincoln High School Jazz Band will be hosting a Knight of Jazz at 7 p.m. at St Luke’s Lutheran Family Life Center, located at 4051 King Wilkinson Road in Lincolnton. The event is a fundraiser for the North Lincoln Band Program. Tickets are $10 each or $15 per couple…

Wimpy politicians create fiscal mess

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Other than Dale Folwell, North Carolina’s new state treasurer, no state politician made a big campaign issue last fall of the condition of the health plan for teachers and state employees. Did you hear candidates for governor or legislature talk about the state’s past promise to…

Emmett Till lives on

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist “America is still killing Emmett Till,” writes Duke professor Timothy Tyson in his new book, “The Blood of Emmett Till.” Tyson revisits the 1955 kidnapping and brutal killing of Till, a 14-year-old black youth from Chicago visiting relatives in Mississippi. At a country store, Till’s encounter…

Both sides now

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PAUL T. O’CONNOR Syndicated Columnist These are busy times for “political pretzels,” the contortionists who are party diehards. If they stick with their party in Raleigh, they will contradict their party in Washington, and vice versa. Or, because administrations flipped in Raleigh, they may now disagree with a practice they…

Guest View: Why Gov. Cooper is boxed in

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Gov. Roy Cooper is boxed in. He wants to defy a new law subjecting his Cabinet chiefs to Senate confirmation but has no legal way out of it yet. The requirement was enacted in December. The Republican-controlled legislature convened a special session for one purpose: to hamstring the incoming Democratic…

Obituaries — 2-10-17

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Lee Elchak Lee Elchak, 56, of Denver passed on February 4, 2017. Born on June 7, 1960, in Bradford County, Pa., he was the son of the late Leo and Dolores Elchak. Lee was an Engineer for AT&T for over 20 years. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania.…