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Pensions for veterans’ spouses explained

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ALEX PATTON Guest Columnist First and foremost, thank you for all of the positive feedback from our Veteran’s Corner articles to date. We have been able to help many veterans apply for benefits they knew nothing about beforehand. Each month we will discuss different benefits available to veterans and their…

Around Town — 3-17-17

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SATURDAY   Estate Sale An estate sale will be held at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Parish House, located at 316 N. Cedar St. from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Items include antique collectibles, housewares, pottery, BB Craig, Seagrove, Jug Town, Tom Clark Gnomes, old tools, coke items, and lots of…

Obituaries — 3-15-17

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  Franklin D. ‘Bill’ Hawkins Franklin D. “Bill” Hawkins, age 84, of Cardinal Health Care, died on Sunday, March 12, 2017. His funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 17, 2017, in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow in Hollybrook Cemetery. The family…

GUEST VIEW — Cooper’s plan for education

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“You’re doing the Lord’s work,” Gov. Roy Cooper said — not at a religious revival but to staff members at the Guilford Child Development Center in Greensboro Thursday afternoon. The soft-spoken governor isn’t known for preaching, but he is thumping a big budget increase for education in his first proposed…

HAAG: Rep. Jason Saine is pushing for new taxes

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NIC HAAG Guest Columnist It turns out our very own representative to the General Assembly has been pushing a bill, HB 279, that would require folks running fantasy sports leagues, of any size, to pay a fee to the state to the tune of $2,500 to $10,000, plus a share…

Political ads remain key tool

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Despite being vastly outspent by the campaign and supporters of Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump won the 2016 election. Some are suggesting that the outcome has transformed the practice of American politics in fundamental ways — and that the television ad, in particular, has outlived its usefulness.…

Preserve craft beer

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PAUL T. O’CONNOR Syndicated Columnist I love beer, especially craft beer, and from the look of things about 5 p.m. most days so do many other North Carolinians. But as I enjoy my IPAs, I’m concerned that the big beer companies will someday crush small breweries, just as they did…

Obituaries — 3-13-17

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Russell Lee Dellinger STANLEY — Mr. Russell Lee Dellinger, age 81, of 1659 S. Highway 16, Stanley died Saturday, March 11, 2017. His funeral will be 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at Living Word Ministries with Rev. Wayne Parker officiating. Burial will follow in the Hills Chapel United Methodist…

OUR VIEW — Officers carrying Narcan save lives

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Lincolnton Police Department officers now have another tool in their arsenal that may one day save someone’s life. Narcan is a drug that stops the effects of an overdose of heroin or other opioid-based narcotics. Should officers come into contact with someone suffering from a potentially fatal overdose, they will…

HB2 isn’t worth it — 3-13-17

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STEVE FORD Guest Columnist The fight over North Carolina’s House Bill 2 – the law that notoriously stamps the state’s seal of approval on discrimination against lesbian, gay and transgender people – has devolved into a form of trench warfare. Republican legislators and social conservatives who support the law remain…