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Why NC schools must get our kids moving

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SARAH ARMSTRONG Guest Columnist As a pediatrician, it is my job to advocate for the health of our children. It is also my job to promote and advocate for evidence-based programs and policies that work. That is why I believe so strongly that we must require high-quality, regular physical education…

Criminal Charges— 9-29-17

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Nikki Nicole Thomas, 33, of 5261 Antler Dr. in Iron Station was charged Sept. 25 with one count of communicating threats. Joey Steven Clippard, 36, of 1266 Village Rd. in Lincolnton was charged Sept. 25 with one count of interfering with…

Obituaries— 9-29-17

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Nellie Grigg Nantz Nellie Grigg Nantz, age 86, of 346 Amity Church Road in Iron Station, went to her heavenly home on Wednesday, September 27, 2017. Her funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 1, 2017, at Pearl Baptist Church with Rev. Alan Wheeler and Rev.…

Our View— Less social media time from officials

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Social media is no place for the faint-hearted. The Lincolnton Police Department and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office have both likely run afoul of state public records laws and federal free speech protections by deleting comments and banning people from their Facebook pages simply for voicing opinions that the page…

Take time with judicial tinkering

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COLIN CAMPBELL Guest Columnist RALEIGH — While legislative and congressional districts are redrawn every 10 years to match population changes — so everyone’s vote counts equally — North Carolina’s judicial districts haven’t been redrawn in decades. Five of them haven’t changed since 1965. Still, Rep. Justin Burr caught many people…

Trump’s tough talk at the United Nations

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TREVOR THRALL Guest Columnist President Donald Trump’s threat to “totally destroy North Korea” at the United Nations last week generated concern in many corners but a round of applause from many hawks here in the United States. Former ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton, for example, called it “the…

Criminal Charges— 9-27-17

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Stephen Dwayne Gavin, 33, of 202 Hubbard St. in Lincolnton was charged Sept. 21 with two counts of failure to appear. A $19,500 secured bond was set. Carol Marie Moody, 36, of 728 Hares Way in Lincolnton was charged Sept. 22…

Obituaries— 9-27-17

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Bobby Lewis Avery CROUSE — Bobby Lewis Avery, age 77, of 3189 Dave Heafner Road in Crouse, died on Sunday, September 24, 2017. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church with Pastor Rick Sloop officiating. The family will…

Guest View— Pollution in the Cape Fear River

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Bad news about the Cape Fear River is coming in buckets and barrels this year, all of them filled with anything but clean, clear water. There is, of course, all the bad news about GenX, the chemical used by DuPont spinoff Chemours in its Fayetteville Works, where it manufactures plastic…

Legislature not looking closely at school needs

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KRIS NORDSTROM Guest Columnist The General Assembly recently announced which legislators will serve on the Joint Legislative Task Force on Education Finance Reform. The Task Force, created via the 2017 budget bill, is charged with developing recommendations to radically overhaul North Carolina’s school finance system. A serious review of North…