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Public education in a time of ragged governance

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FERREL GUILLORY Syndicated Columnist No doubt, students will arrive at school this morning, and teachers will engage with them until the dismissal bell without giving a thought to the education governance issues facing North Carolina. After all, “governance’’ is the often-murky work that bureaucrats and politicians do. But of course,…

Around Town— 10-16-17

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TUESDAY Photography Club The Lincoln Photography Club will meet in the Community Room of the Lincoln Cultural Center, located on East Main St. Lincolnton at 7 p.m. Open to members and visitors. Pinto Bean Supper Fairfield Church, located on Fairfield Forest Rd. in Denver will host a pinto bean supper…

Criminal Charges— 10-16-17

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Lindsay Konopka, 33, of 162 Massapoag Rd. in Lincolnton was charged Oct. 10 with one count of intimidating or interfering with witnesses. Brandon Keith Maynor, 30, of 1210 Betterbrook Ln. in Lincolnton was charged Oct. 10 with one count of true…

Guest View— Judicial elections need to be reformed

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North Carolina’s system of selecting trial judges needs to be reformed, but not in the way some legislators want. The state has two parallel trial-court systems, Superior Court and District Court. Superior Court handles almost all felonies, major civil cases ($10,000 or more), probate and the administration of wills. District…

What does tax fairness mean?

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH — Back when I used to commission regular surveys of North Carolina voters, one of my favorite questions had to do with tax fairness. The wording varied over time, but here’s essentially what we asked. If someone earns twice as much as income as you…

Report highlights General Assembly’s failed record on higher education

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KRIS NORDSTROM Guest Columnist The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), a nonpartisan organization that provides independent data and policy recommendations to its 16 member states in the southeast, has published new state-specific data on college affordability that paint a damning picture of the General Assembly’s record. The report shows that…

Criminal Charges— 10-13-17

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Justin Dru Bragg, 30, of 921 S. Ingleside Farm Rd. in Iron Station was charged Oct. 5 with one count each of possessing stolen goods, felony breaking and entering a building and larceny after breaking and entering. A $50,000 secured bond…

Around Town— 10-13-17

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FRIDAY Blood drive East Lincoln High School, located at 6471 Hwy. 73 in Denver will host a blood drive from 8:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. SATURDAY Chicken Pie Asbury United Methodist Church, located at 3097 Asbury Church Rd., in Lincolnton will host a chicken pie luncheon beginning at 11 a.m.…

Obituaries— 10-13-17

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Kenneth Orrin Lygren CROUSE — Kenneth Orrin Lygren, age 68, of 3087 Richview Drive in Crouse, died on Wednesday, October 11, 2017. His funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 14, 2017, in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Fred Mitschke officiating. The family will…

Guest View— Gov. Roy Cooper and Meals on Wheels

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Many issues divide us these days, but Meals on Wheels shouldn’t be one of them. We thought about that as Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper came through town to honor the program, just as Republican politicians and other Democrats have done in years past. This year, the nationwide program could see…