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50th Anniversary

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Let the smart people do the thinking

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers are coming to Charlotte on Sunday and, yes, he’s probably going to do something stupid like kneel during the national anthem. And everyone is going to argue about who he’s disrespecting (the military? veterans? politicians? public works employees? dog…

North Carolina vastly changed post-2001

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist On Sept. 11, 2001, North Carolina’s population was approximately 8.2 million people, ranking it as the 11th largest state in the country. Fifteen years after that horrible day, North Carolina’s population has ballooned to well over 10 million. The Tar Heel State is now the nation’s…

The reason why the poverty rate fell

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IKE BRANNON Guest Columnist The massive decline in the U.S. poverty rate reported today by the Census (it fell from 14.8% of all families below to the poverty line to just 13.5%, the largest drop since the 1960s) may have come as a surprise to many economists and political commentators…

State ranks high in restraint

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist North Carolina has made another top-10 list — one that should make fiscal conservatives particularly happy. The topic is government spending. As a share of gross domestic product, average state and local expenditures in the United States have fallen from 9.7 percent in 2010 to 9…

Criminal Charges — 9-16-16

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Andy Ray Evans, 34, of 1750 Moose Ln. in Lincolnton was charged on September 13 with one count of failure to notify change of address-sex offender. A $2,500 secured bond was set. Briana Ann Farsoun, 19, of 1137 Treehaven Tr. in…

Around Town — 9-16-16

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SATURDAY Apple Festival Kiwanis of Lincoln County will provide shuttle service during the Apple Festival in the Lincolnton High School Parking Lot from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. $2 Round Trip per person and kids under 6 are free. Reunion Daniels Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, located at 3170 Reepsville Rd.…

Obituaries — 9-16-16

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Milton Grady Crowell Milton Grady Crowell, age 89, of Cornelius, died on Tuesday, September 13, 2016. The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at Warlick Funeral Home in Lincolnton. A private burial will take place at a later date. Mr. Crowell…

NCAA championship losses hit where it hurts

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The NCAA has hit us where it hurts. The college athletics organization has announced that seven championship games won’t be played in North Carolina because of House Bill 2, the law that mandates that transgender people use the public restroom that corresponds to their biological sex, rather than the sex…

Much at stake in General Assembly races

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH – N.C. House Speaker Tim Moore of Kings Mountain said in a recent interview that he believed Republicans could increase their majority in the 120-member House by two members in the November election. Republicans currently hold 74 House seats, while Democrats have 45. There is…