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NC Job Listings — 6-10-16

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You must currently be registered with NC Works to be referred on any of our jobs. Go to www.ncworks.gov to register or update an existing registration. Job listings for all of North Carolina may also be accessed. Call NC Works Career Center, Lincolnton, 704.735.8035, or come to NC Works Career…

Criminal Charges — 6-10-16

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Candace Lynn Johnson, 23, of 3493 Dave Heafner Rd. in Crouse was charged on June 7 with one count of non-physical assault. A $1,000 bond was set. Cortney Lea Wilkinson, 22, of 6537 White Oak Farm Rd. in Cherryville was charged…

Obituaries — 6-10-16

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Captain Bradley Steven Long Captain Bradley Steven Long, 28, of Sherrills Ford made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty on Monday, June 6, 2016 during a recovery diving mission. Born February 18, 1988 in Iredell County to Jerry Lee Long and Signora Little Long, his lifelong dream was…

Obituaries — 6-8-16

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Carl Dwight Cloninger IRON STATION — Carl Dwight Cloninger, age 63, of Mt. Zion Church Road in Iron Station, died on Sunday, June 5, 2016. The family will receive friends from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 9, 2016, at Warlick Funeral Home. Inurnment will take place at…

Around Town — 6-8-16

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THURSDAY Senior games meeting An informational meeting will be held from 10 a.m. until noon at the Howards Creek Community Center, located at 494 Howard’s Creek School Rd. in Lincolnton for the Lincoln County Senior Games to be held in 2017. Meeting The Sons of Confederate Veterans, Gen R F…

OUR VIEW — Let campuses be a home for free speech

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There was a time when universities were known as bastions of free speech and the free, unfettered exchange of ideas. Depending upon whom you talk to, that distinction might remain true. But the sad reality is that institutions of higher education are now too often responsible for stifling free speech…

Ten reasons for late-night budget releases

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PATRICK GANNON Guest Columnist Oops, they did it again. Senate Republican leaders released their $22.2 billion budget for 2016-17 to the public through the General Assembly website at 11:52 p.m. on a recent Tuesday, about nine hours before its initial consideration by senators on the Appropriations Committee. Two days and…

State pollsters earn good grades

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist North Carolina has one of the most-polled electorates in the United States. As we head into a general election full of highly competitive races for governor, senator, president, and other offices, those of us who closely follow politics in the Tar Heel State will again appreciate…

Obama’s misguided reversal on Social Security expansion

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CHARLES HUGHES Guest Columnist In a speech this week, President Barack Obama called for an expansion of Social Security, saying “it’s time we finally made Social Security more generous, and increased its benefits.” Obama was undoubtedly influenced to some degree by the developments in the Democratic primary, where both Bernie…

Criminal Charges — 6-8-16

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Chad Larrington Stroupe, 43, of 108 Vista Park in Dallas was charged on June 3 with one count of failure to appear. A $500 secured bond was set. James William Canipe III, 22, of 6537 White Oak Farm Rd. in Cherryville…