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Guest View— Stopping Cape Fear River pollution

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This is a good place to start rebuilding North Carolina’s efforts to protect its precious natural resources — and the lives and health of its residents. It’s also a good place to show that we know the difference between being business-friendly and being irresponsibly hands-off. The latter condition became too…

Time for bed, GOP!

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PAUL T. O’CONNOR Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH – The wrangling between federal judges and GOP legislators brings to mind an episode from early childhood. I was probably six, and I’d misbehaved, so my punishment was an early dinner, early bath and early bedtime. I claimed innocence, then protested the minor nature…

Philosopher can teach Carolina Pols

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH — North Carolina has an official state bird (the Northern Cardinal), an official state reptile (the Eastern Box Turtle), an official state insect (the honeybee), an official state mammal (the Gray Squirrel), an official saltwater fish (the Channel Bass), an official freshwater fish (the Southern…

The eateries of Madison County, North Carolina

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G. MARTIN MOONEYHAM Syndicated Columnist Some people fall in love with bridges, as in the late Robert James Waller’s “The Bridges of Madison County,” the best-selling romance novel from 1992. Others, like me, fall in love with eateries. So here goes with “The Eateries of Madison County, North Carolina” and…

Obituaries— 8-9-17

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Howard “Butch” Chapman Mr. L. Howard ”Butch” Chapman, 74, of Norman Parker Road in Lawndale passed away on Sunday, August 6, 2017 at Carolina Care in Cherryville. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, August 11, 2017, at Bethphage Lutheran Church with Pastor Fred Mitschke officiating.…

Criminal Charges— 8-9-17

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Cesar Nmn Rivera, 18, of 1600 Buck Court in Lincolnton was charged August 2 with one count each of possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, possession of marijuana up to ½ oz., forgery of securities, uttering a forged instrument. A…

Around Towns— 8-7-17

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MONDAY Meeting The Lincoln County Democratic Party will meet at 6:30 p.m. with an optional chicken pie dinner. Donations will be accepted. A meeting will follow at 7 p.m. at the headquarters located at 129 W. Water St. in Lincolnton. Blood drive Carolinas HealthCare System Lincoln, located at 433 McAlister…

Our View— ‘Brunch bill’ won’t make waves

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Any discussion of expanding alcohol sales is sure to stir up plenty of controversy. It’s no surprise then that the Lincolnton City Council’s vote on Thursday to allow alcohol sales beginning at 10 a.m. on Sundays, which was approved earlier this year by the state, was heralded as the single…

A Venezuela Gas Price Spike?

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THOMAS A. FIREY PETER VAN DOREN Guest Columnist Talk of oil sanctions is in the air. Some would like the Trump administration to ban the importation of crude oil from Venezuela in response to that country’s recent fraudulent election. And some are predicting that if such a boycott were implemented,…

Uh-oh – it’s the legislature, again

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STEVE FORD Guest Columnist Better get used to it. The N.C. General Assembly, after an all-too-brief adjournment during July, is about to reopen for business in its marble and masonry maze on Raleigh’s Jones Street. Given this legislature’s track record so far, the big question would seem to be: How…