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Criminal Charges — 2-15-17

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Jonathan Matthew Williams, 33, of 2202 Knotline Ln. in Cherryville was charged on Feb. 2 with one count of felony child abuse. A $10,000 secured bond was set. Michele Lee Vance, 30, of 6805 Hawk Ct. in Cherryville was charged on…

Around Town — 2-15-17

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THURSDAY Competition Special Olympics of Lincoln County will have their annual Bowling Competition at Pin Station in Newton.  Opening Ceremonies will begin at 9:30 a.m.   For more information contact Jeff Leonhardt at 704-736-1017 extension 32919. Meeting Lincoln Quilters will have their monthly meeting at 6:30 pm in the Extension Kitchen at the Citizen’s Center, located at 115…

Obituaries — 2-15-17

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Rickie David Stroupe Cherryville – Mr. Rickie David Stroupe, 71, of S. Elm Street passed away on Sunday, February 12, 2017 at Carolinas Medical Center -Main in Charlotte. Rick was born on July 6, 1945 in Mecklenburg County, NC a son of the late Claude Stroupe and Geneva Stroupe Dulin. …

The dark history of NC’s immigration politics

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ROB CHRISTENSEN Syndicated Columnist While the controversy over President Donald Trump’s immigration policies has roiled the nation, immigration has a long history as part of Tar Heel politics. North Carolina, until recent decades, had experienced little immigration compared with other states. In the 1700s there were waves of English, Scots-Irish,…

The anchor of over-regulation

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist “If I could paraphrase a well-known statement by Will Rogers that he never met a man he didn’t like,” President Reagan once quipped, “I’m afraid we have some people around here who never met a tax they didn’t like.” Instead of “tax,” he could just as…

Our View: State should pass constitutional carry

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North Carolina’s legislators may soon have a chance to bring the state’s gun laws in line with what the Founding Fathers intended. Rep. Larry Pittman (R-Cabarrus County) has sponsored a “constitutional carry” bill, which would eliminate the state’s requirement that people who want to carry a concealed handgun must first…

Obituaries — 2-13-17

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Thelma Hullett Beam Thelma Hullett Beam, age 91, of Furnace Road Extension in Lincolnton, died on Thursday, February 9, 2017. A funeral service was held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 12, 2017, in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Johnny Houser officiating. Burial followed in Hollybrook Cemetery. The…

Criminal Charges — 2-13-17

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Dustin Keith Payne, 31, of 9169 Willis Rd. in Vale was charged on Jan. 30 with one count each of speeding, careless and reckless driving, and driving while license revoked. A $2,500 secured bond was set. Steven Allen Bolick, 32, of…

Around Town — 2-13-17

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TODAY Jazz Band North Lincoln High School Jazz Band will be hosting a Knight of Jazz at 7 p.m. at St Luke’s Lutheran Family Life Center, located at 4051 King Wilkinson Road in Lincolnton. The event is a fundraiser for the North Lincoln Band Program. Tickets are $10 each or $15 per couple…

Wimpy politicians create fiscal mess

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Other than Dale Folwell, North Carolina’s new state treasurer, no state politician made a big campaign issue last fall of the condition of the health plan for teachers and state employees. Did you hear candidates for governor or legislature talk about the state’s past promise to…