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Around Town — 8-15-16

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Monday Meeting The Lincoln County Home Educators will meet at Pelican’s SnoBalls from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. 20% of group sales will support the LCHE. Ticket must be purchased in advance at picnic table or the Lincoln County Home Educators website. Seminar St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, located at 4051…

Obituaries — 8-15-16

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Truitt Beard Truitt Beard, age 96, died peacefully at home on Saturday, August 13, 2016. He was born July 23, 1920 to John Henry and Susie Williams Beard in Catawba County. Truitt was predeceased by first wife, Eunice Williams after 21 years of marriage, and second wife, Dot Turbyfill Beard…

Powerful ideas drive political debate

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist The science fiction pioneer H.G. Wells once observed that “human history is, in essence, a history of ideas.” This is a wise observation — and it speaks to the political debate we’ve been having here in North Carolina over the past several years. Wells himself was…

(Don’t) Blame the media

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist It’s a fad – if not an obsession – for politicians to blame the “liberal mainstream media” for just about everything. What they write about. What they don’t write about. How they write about what they write about. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s campaign is sending…

Obituaries — 8-12-16

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John William Avery John William Avery, Jr., 64, passed away at his home Wednesday, August 10, 2016, under the care of Hospice. He was born in Lincolnton, December 23, 1951, the son of Betty Hughes Avery and the late John W. Avery, Sr. John was a proud truck driver for…

Criminal Charges — 8-12-16

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Robert Anthony Douglas Waldrup, 24, of 1992 Cardinal Loop in Stanley was charged on August 8 with one count of intimidating or interfering with witnesses. A $25,000 secured bond was set. Matthew Christopher Vierra, 34, of 3522 Rhyne Forest Rd. in…

Around Town — 8-12-16

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SATURDAY Benefit Carwash Abernathy Garage, located at Hwy 150 E. in Lincolnton will host a Benefit Carwash for Allen and Lori Swink from 8 am until noon. Back to school blast North Brook Baptist Church, located at 7421 Flay Rd., in Cherryville will host a back to school blast from…

At last, partisan gerrymandering challenged

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist Another month, another legal challenge related to voting and election fairness in North Carolina. And this one – which challenges partisan gerrymandering of congressional districts by the Republican-led General Assembly – could have far greater impacts on voters and the future of this state than perhaps…

A word to make Trump immortal

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist  He has put his mark on buildings and businesses that might last a lifetime. But could he more effectively gain immortality by adding his name to the language? That is the way, for instance, that Massachusetts Governor Elbridge Gerry did it 200 years ago. He signed…

Jobless rate misses full story

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Is the full picture of our labor market captured in the official unemployment rate? The answer to that question is no — but that doesn’t mean there’s a conspiracy afoot. In Washington, Republicans have long argued that the steady decline in America’s unemployment rate doesn’t mean…