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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…

Cooper budget signals left’s defeat

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Roy Cooper has just submitted his first budget proposal as governor of North Carolina. It is a political document — and I don’t mean that as an insult. Cooper is a Democrat facing Republican supermajorities in a state legislature that has more power than he does.…

Criminal Charges — 3-13-17

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Justin Dru Bragg, 30, of 3125 Bittersweet Tr. in Lincolnton was charged on Mar. 5 with one count each of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or distribute control substance schedule I, possession of drug equipment or paraphernalia, and possession with…

Around Town — 3-13-17

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TODAY Meeting Mended Hearts Chapter 379 will host a meeting at 5:45 in the Oak Room of CaroMont Regional Medical Center, located at 2525 Court Dr. in Gastonia. The cardiac support group will meet at 7 p.m. with speaker Meredith Mullins of Legacy Heart Care. Senior bingo The Gaston County…