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Welfare Reform: What (and who) works

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist If anyone ever wonders why conservatives are skeptical of government programs, they should consider the War on Poverty. There are other examples, of course, but public welfare is a particularly apt one as we mark the 20th anniversary of the 1996 reform. Why? Consider what President…

Criminal Charges — 8-19-16

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Jamie Lynne Martin, 35, of 301 Little St. in Lincolnton was charged on August 15 with one count each of simple assault and battery or affray and injury to personal property. Rahim Jermaine Oates, 24, of 612 2nd St. in Lincolnton…

Around Town — 8-19-16

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SATURDAY Singing convention Hull’s Grove Baptist Church, located at 6670 W. Hwy. 27 in Vale will host an old-fashioned, four-part harmony convention-style congregational gospel singing from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Concert Lowesville Gospel Concerts/Living Word Ministries, located at 1062 Hwy 16 South in Lowesville (Stanley) will host The Hinson…

Obituaries — 8-19-16

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Paul Ray ‘Cigar’ Elmore Paul Ray “Cigar” Elmore, age 83, of 3223 Spicewood Lane in Crouse, died on Thursday, August 18, 2016. His funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 20, 2016, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Crouse with Pastor Rick Sloop and Pastor Travis…

Obamacare is still broken

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor The Affordable Care Act isn’t working. Aetna, the third largest health insurance company in the country, has announced it will pull out of the Obamacare exchanges in nearly a dozen states, according to The Wall Street Journal. That development further concentrates the pool of insurance companies…

Hard to win after beating the party establishment in the primaries

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist Is Donald Trump really a unique political candidate? Did North Carolina ever have anybody in politics who compares with him? When I asked that question in a column last year, I suggested U.S. Senator Robert Reynolds “out-Trumped” Trump and was so full of bunkum that it…

Why should America defend Europeans who won’t defend themselves?

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DOUG BANDOW Guest Columnist Once again Donald Trump has shocked the foreign policy establishment. He suggested that maybe the U.S. should no longer defend its prosperous, populous allies in Europe. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization made sense when created in 1949. War-ravaged Western Europe faced an aggressive Soviet Union. The…

Around Town — 8-17-16

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THURSDAY Meeting Lincoln County Senior Services, located at 514 S. Academy Street in Lincolnton, will host their monthly family caregiver support group at 3 p.m. Anyone who is caregiving or has been a caregiver is welcome to attend. For more information and to register, please call Becky at 704-736- 8410.…

Obituaries — 8-17-16

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Douglas Dwight Williams Douglas Dwight Williams, age 72, passed away Monday, August 15, 2016 at Brian Center, Lincolnton. Born June 18, 1944 in Catawba County, he was the son of Eulalah Drum Williams and the late Fred Dwight Williams. He was a member of Covenant Bible Church in Lincolnton. Doug…

Criminal Charges — 8-17-16

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Christopher Brian McGee, 37, of 839 South Ridge Av. in Concord was charged on August 12 with one count of failure to appear. A $2,000 secured bond was set. Kimberly Welch Carpenter, 43, of 3924 Puetts Chapel in Dallas was charged…