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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,…

Guest View— Chemical dumping into the Cape Fear River

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Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed a bill last week but was responding to years of neglect. House Bill 56 was introduced in February. It was just two pages long and required dam owners to file an emergency action plan in case of breach. Over the next several months, it gained a…

Around Towns— 9-29-17

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SATURDAY Dedication Service Saint James A.M.E. Zion Church, located at 501 D. Avenue in Maiden will host a dedication service for their new stained glass windows at 4 p.m. Please call Pastor Hazelene Ford for further information at (828) 994-1149. Celebration Augustan Lutheran Church, located off of Hwy. 70 SE…

Property Rights Have Economic Payoff

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH — When North Carolina is competing with other states and nations for investment, business startups and expansions, and high-value professionals, we start out with some important advantages. Our tax code, for example, is now one of the most growth-friendly systems in the country. In another…