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A tax cut that works for all Americans

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist When you hear the phrase “corporate tax cut,” what do you picture? Middle-class workers, or Uncle Moneybags, the character from the Monopoly board game? Probably the latter, unfortunately. Too many Americans buy into the popular misconception that such a cut would benefit only financial fat cats.…

Median household income in NC shoots up

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist John Locke was wrong. You might be surprised to see the chairman of the John Locke Foundation make that admission, but venerating a historical figure and applying his ideas to modern problems requires neither perfection in that human being (which is impossible) nor slavish devotion to…

A lost college still shines in WNC mountains

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist What is North Carolina’s best-known and most influential college? It might be an institution that went out of business 60 years ago, Black Mountain College. Still today, educators praise and criticize the college’s progressive and collaborative approach. In 2015, Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art’s exhibit, titled…

Obituaries— 10-4-17

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Linda Marie Mitchell Beam Linda Marie Mitchell Beam, 76, of Denver, NC. passed away on Sunday, October 1, 2017 at Olde Knox Commons Huntersville. Born on July 21, 1941, she was the daughter of Howard Owens and Geneva Pettitt Mitchell. She was an executive secretary by profession. Mrs. Beam is…

Around Town— 10-4-17

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SATURDAY Luncheon Oak Grove Baptist Church, located on the corner of Startown Rd. and Oak Grove Church Rd. in Lincolnton will be hosting a 50’s themed luncheon at 11:20 a.m. Cakewalk and Bingo to follow. Space is limited, to reserve your spot please call 704-735-9069 or 704-477-4113.…

Criminal Charges— 10-4-17

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Joseph Robert Bayer, 57, of 3165 Holly Berry Ln. in Lincolnton was charged Sept. 27 with one count of non-support family. A $1,000 secured bond was set. Miranda Robin Starkey, 30, of 6530 Emerald Isle Dr. in Sherrill’s Ford was charged…

Guest View— Allowing offshore fuel exploration and drilling

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The push by the Trump administration for oil and gas exploration off the Atlantic coast began with Trump’s bombastic rhetoric and anything-but-Obama themes in his campaign and in the early months of his presidency. Hence the president’s executive order in the spring that called for opening federal coastal waters to…

Debate over means, not ends, in principal pay plan

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FERREL GUILLORY Syndicated Columnist A testy, yet illuminating, debate has broken out over the new pay plan for North Carolina’s public school principals enacted earlier this year by the General Assembly. It is a debate over means, not the end; over details, not the goal of higher pay for high-quality…

Remembering the dream-wrecking 1935 Labor Day Hurricane

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G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist Why did the powerful hurricane Irma get me thinking about the football stadium at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill? Think Kenan Memorial Stadium where the Tar Heels play football and Kenan-Flagler, the name of UNC’s business school. What did these names have to…

Obituaries— 10-2-17

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Pauline Schrum Odell Pauline Schrum Odell, age 80, of Buffalo Forest Road in Lincolnton, died on Friday, September 29, 2017. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, October 3, 2017, in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel. Mrs. Odell was born October 12, 1936, in Lincoln County,…