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Editor’s Note: A love of reading

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor There’s arguably no single skill more important to being successful in today’s world than the ability to read. And, more than just a simple ability, a cultivated love of reading can do wonders in helping a young person grow to become a compassionate individual and a…

Reynolds Price, small towns and people estuaries

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist Since 2000, North Carolina has grown from about 9.5 million people to well over 10 million, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates. Most of that growth is in our urban areas while many rural areas and small towns are losing people. These facts would not please…

Phil’s been grouchy

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PAUL T. O’CONNOR Syndicated Columnist Reporters look for what is new, and that’s what the legislative press corps did that day years back when the budget was approved in just hours. It wasn’t news that legislative Democrats had just crammed another budget through the Assembly. They’d been doing that for…

Cooper picks the wrong battle

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Gov. Roy Cooper’s pick to head North Carolina’s Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, former state Rep. Larry Hall, received unanimous approval last week from the Senate committee tasked to confirm him. Of course he did. Hall was until recently the minority leader in the North…

Obituaries — 3-10-17

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Winona Sue Waldroup Holland Winona Sue Waldroup Holland, age 73, of Poston Drive in Lincolnton, died on Thursday, March 9, 2017. A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 11, 2017, in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Harold Wayne Holcombe. The family will receive…

Around Town — 3-13-17

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FRIDAY Concert Lincoln Charter School Band, Lincolnton campus will host a “Night at the Movies” concert in the Lincoln Charter School Elementary gym, located at 133 Eagle Nest Rd. in Lincolnton at 6:30 p.m. The Disney movie “Moana” will be shown following the concert. Pizza, popcorn and drinks will be…

Our View: Republicans need to replace Obamacare

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Anyone who was expecting a bombastic — and conservative — plan to replace Obamacare will have to keep waiting. One of the major problems with the Affordable Care Act is that it essentially and dramatically created a new entitlement program by attempting to force people to purchase a service, health…

Things to remember amid the spin about HB2

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CHRIS FITZSIMON Guest Columnist With the one-year anniversary of the passage of the sweeping anti-LGBTQ law HB2 rapidly approaching and the NCAA poised to lock North Carolina out of hosting dozens of championship events for the next six years, legislative leaders and Gov. Roy Cooper are scrambling to find a…

Tata now turning out fictional tough guys

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ROB CHRISTENSEN Syndicated Columnist There are some very scary things happening in the Port of Wilmington – a group of Iranian terrorists have snuck into southeastern North Carolina and are planning to wreak havoc on the country. Fortunately, there is Jake Mahegan, a former special forces soldier and all-around tough…

Criminal Charges — 3-8-17

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Jessica Michelle Cox, 27, of 1701 Furman of Kannapolis was charged on Mar. 3 with one count each of misdemeanor larceny and second degree trespassing. Johnny Dwayne Allison, 41, of 3581 Jefferson Street in Sherrills Ford was charged on Mar. 3…