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State economy getting more private

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist If we want North Carolina to grow and develop robustly, we have to raise taxes and use the money to “invest” in education, Medicaid, infrastructure, and other public services. That’s what left-wing politicians and activists have been insisting ever since Republicans won majorities in the North…

Turning up the heat on “climate-change deniers”

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist In the 1950s, it was: “Are you now, or have you ever been, a member of the Communist Party?” Today, it’s: “Are you now, or have you ever been, a climate-change denier?” I’m not referring simply to the fact that it’s politically incorrect to question assertions…

Around Town — 5-20-16

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FRIDAY Evangelist Living Word Ministries, located at 1062 Hwy. 16 S. in Lowesville will host Barry Owensbey, an Evangelist and Missionary to Cuba for the past 25 years at 7 p.m. this evening, Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. For more information call (704) 506-9879. Battle of…

Criminal Charges — 5-20-16

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Michael Dewayne Higgins, 44, of 3156 Landers Church Rd. in Lincolnton was charged May 16 with one count of possessing stolen goods. A $50 secured bond was set. Dennis Nelson Arquiett, 34, of 4874 Maggie Dr. in Hickory was charged May…

Obituaries — 5-18-16

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Jerri Caroline Tessneer CHERRYVILLE — Jerri Caroline Tessneer, age 36, resident of Cherryville was taken from us too soon on May 15, 2016. She was born in Mecklenburg County. She was preceded in death by her brother, Jerry Harold Tessneer, II. J. C. was a healthcare giver, employed with Holy…

Criminal Charges — 5-18-16

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Adam Daniel Blanton, 42, homeless was charged on May 13 with one count each of failure to appear and larceny (misdemeanor). A $500 secured bond was set. Amanda Hartley McClung, 29, homeless was charged on May 13 with one count each…

EDITOR’S NOTE: Facebook doesn’t have to be neutral

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor A tech website reported recently that “Facebook staff suppressed articles on conservative topics from the site’s ‘trending’ news section and ‘injected’ others, even if they were not trending,” according to the BBC. Cue the righteous indignation. The gist is that Facebook hid trending stories from right-wing…

How to pay teachers more

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist State lawmakers in Raleigh are about to release their budget plans for the 2016-17 fiscal year. Although they may not recommend the 5 percent average pay raise for public schoolteachers that Gov. Pat McCrory proposed a few weeks ago, there will be a substantial raise in…

Fifty years after the Cultural Revolution

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DAVID BOAZ Guest Columnist May 16, 1966, is regarded as the beginning of Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution in China. Post-Maoist China has never quite come to terms with Mao’s legacy and especially the disastrous Cultural Revolution. Many countries have a founding myth that inspires and sustains a national culture. South…

Don’t change too much at Krispy Kreme

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Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, part of the fabric of Winston-Salem for 78 years, put us on the national map, then the world map. Several years ago, it had its share of troubles, but rebounded so well it has for some time attracted major corporate interest. Monday, that culminated with news of…