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Obituaries— 6-12-17

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Sue Richard Houser Sue Richard Houser, age 82, of Summerow Road in Lincolnton, entered fully into the presence of her Lord and Savior on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at the Brian Center in Lincolnton and was under Hospice Care. Special thanks to everyone at the Brian Center and Hospice.  She…

Church harbors woman without legal status

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The congregation and staff of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church should be commended for their incredible generosity in providing sanctuary for a woman in need. They opened their doors to Juana Luz Tobar Ortega, a 24-year resident of the United States who was ordered to leave the country by Thursday. This…

Keep the judicial nominees rolling

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ILYA SHAPIRO Guest Columnist Whatever’s happening with James Comey’s testimony, Donald Trump’s Twitter account or congressional inaction on Obamacare repeal, tax reform or much of anything else, from where I stand all that is #fakenews designed to distract your eyes from the prize: we have more judicial nominees! In an…

Tax cut addiction leaves NC’s civic core crumbling

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STEVE FORD Guest Columnist So, the question as always comes down to one of vision. The elected chieftains who decide how much money North Carolina’s state government will spend, what it will be spent on and how it will be raised must decide not only which programs and services will…

Criminal Charges— 6-9-17

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Richard Allen Branch, 42, of 5650 Trailwinds St. in Newton was charged June 6 with one count each of driving while license revoked and no financial responsibility. No bond was set. Shawanna Shari Stewart, 26, of 2144 June Dellinger Rd. in…

Around Town— 6-9-17

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FRIDAY Blood Drive Kaco, USA, located at 1001 Lincoln County Pkwy. in Lincolnton will host a blood drive from Noon until 3 p.m. Senior dance The Gaston County Senior Center, located at 1303 Dallas-Cherryville Hwy in Dallas will host a senior dance. Admission is $5 per person and doors open…

Obituaries— 6-9-17

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Dewey Calloway Dewey Calloway, age 73, of Georgetown Road in Lincolnton, died on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. The family will hold a memorial service 2 p.m. Sunday, June 11, 2017 at the home of his sister, Kathy Grigg, Georgetown Road, Lincolnton. Rev. Gary Saunders will officiate the service. Dewey was…

Guest View— Folwell should be wary of politicizing the treasurer’s office

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Dale Folwell is a soft-spoken fellow who liked to take on productive issues as a Republican House member in the General Assembly, from trying to analyze the state budget and finances with props such as a homemade solar system model to strengthening penalties for those who passed stopped school buses.…

Security from what?

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PAUL T. O’CONNOR Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH – On April 19, 1995, the day domestic extremists blew up the Alfred P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City, news reporters were watching TV updates in the legislative press room. What was already a glum day turned gloomier when I observed that a design…

State should not control alcohol

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH — I am a teetotaler who believes that my fellow North Carolinians should be free to buy and consume the alcoholic beverages of their choice from the vendors of their choice. They don’t currently possess that freedom. Our state places significant limits on the sale…