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Woman charged with making false fraud claim

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Staff report A Lincolnton woman has been charged with falsely claiming that her debit card had been stolen and receiving reimbursement from her bank. Lincolnton Police Department officers arrested Jerri Angela Rhyne Deal, 50, of 713 North Flint Street, on Saturday for one felony count of obtaining property by false…

Mullen, Rhyne file for Board of Education seats

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MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Two more candidates have staked their claim to a seat on the Lincoln County Board of Education. Current board chairman Mark Mullen has filed to run for another term and newcomer Heather Rhyne will also be on the general election ballot in November. Mullen is the…

Sheriff: Schools should be closed during elections

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PHIL PERRY Senior Writer Lincoln County Sheriff David Carpenter believes that any election polling conducted within public schools should be held when school is not in session, regardless of the predicted voter turnout. With nearly a dozen public schools listed as precinct locations on Lincoln County’s website, Carpenter sees lax…

Shenandoah lead singer enjoying group’s revival

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Staff report Closing out her fifth studio album 20 months ago, Miranda Lambert needed a track that hearkened back to simpler times. The platinum blonde Texan craftily inserted lyrics from country legends Trace Adkins, Reba McEntire, Clint Black and George Jones into “Another Sunday in the South,” the 16th and…

Around Town — 6-10-16

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SATURDAY VBS Amity Baptist Church, located at 881 Amity Church Rd., in Denver will host “Cave Quest” VBS until June 16, 2016 from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. nightly. Ages 3 years old through 6th grade are welcome. Nursery will be available for VBS workers only. Band The River Oaks…

Reader’s Forum — Rulings on beer are nuanced

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The county did not approve craft breweries. The city just held a referendum on “on-premises sale of malt beverages” (beer). The words “craft brewery” did not appear on the ballot. The county has never held such a referendum. I object to your fuzziness in reporting that the county did something…

OUR VIEW — Beer referendum passage is positive

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City of Lincolnton voters approved a referendum on Tuesday that has paved the way for a craft brewery or standalone beer bar to open in the city. That’s a good thing for the city’s future, and now it’s up to city leaders to capitalize on the vote and help guide…

State tax burden has declined

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist So far this year, we’ve had three state budget plans submitted by the three main actors in the drama: Gov. Pat McCrory, the North Carolina House, and the North Carolina Senate. While important differences remain to be settled between the two chambers, I’m struck by the…

Putting Trump aside; Remembering Ali and Patt Derian

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist The death of Muhammad Ali last week took away Donald Trump’s monopoly of television news coverage, at least for a time. There was some irony, of course, as the “I am the greatest” clips from Ali replaced similar campaign assertions by Trump. Ali and Trump are…

Politics and perception doomed tuition bill

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist The recent firestorm over steep reductions in tuition proposed at five universities – including three historically black ones – illustrates much of what is wrong with North Carolina politics. We had questionable process from Senate Republicans on what was sure to be a highly controversial proposal.…