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Obituaries — 5-13-16

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Gary Willis Mr. Gary William Willis, 69, of 237 North Brook #3 School Road, in Vale passed away Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at his residence. Born September 22, 1946 in Lincoln County, he was a son of the late William Craven Willis and Annie Ruth Buff Willis.  He was owner…

Around Town — 5-11-16

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THURSDAY Blood drive Lincoln Sheriff Department located at 700 John Howell Memorial Dr. in Lincolnton will host a blood drive from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. Sons of Confederate Camp 1616 Sons of Confederate Veterans Gen R F Hoke/Col.  W. J. Hoke will hold its monthly meeting at Lincoln Cultural…

Obituaries — 5-11-16

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Samuel Monroe ‘Sam’ Freeman Samuel Monroe “Sam” Freeman, 90, of Charlotte passed away on May 5, 2016 surrounded by nearly his entire family at Carolinas HealthCare System Pineville after a brief illness. Born to George and Amanda Lynch Freeman of Laboratory on Dec. 4, 1925, he was predeceased by his…

Let HB2 fight play out in court

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North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory didn’t have many options, but the best option was the one he took. A lawsuit against the federal government over the legality of HB2 will, hopefully, help codify discrimination protections for the nation as a whole, and it will give the governor and General Assembly…

Unaffiliated candidates fight for ballot access

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist Like dozens of his General Assembly colleagues, Rep. John Bradford III, a Cornelius Republican, thought he would have it easy come November. As of right now, the first-term legislator has no competition in the fall election. His name was expected to be the only one to…

Budget proposal would lock in a formula for failure

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ALEXANDRA FORTER SIROTA Guest Columnist Just a few weeks into the 2016 state legislative session, North Carolinians already are seeing how limited policymakers’ aspirations are for the future of the state’s communities and families. First, the governor proposed a state budget that fell far short of what North Carolina needs…

NC joins the Magnificent Seven

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When it comes to economic growth, North Carolina is one of the Magnificent Seven. No, I’m not going to make an argument that the Tar Heel State is somehow analogous to the characters played by the likes of Steve McQueen or Yul Brynner in the classic 1960 Western — or…

Fund will protect clean land and water

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U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, the Republican from Winston-Salem, deserves a big nod for his role in passing legislation that will help preserve clean land and water in North Carolina and the rest of the nation. Burr was instrumental in the U.S. Senate’s permanent re-authorization of the Land and Water Conservation…

Standing up for religious liberty

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist To see religious liberty under attack in the United States is disheartening — and more than a little ironic. This nation was founded, after all, by people seeking a land where they were free to live their faith without fear of persecution. Not simply to believe…

Summer reading and lessons about campus names and renaming

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist What can Yale University teach UNC-Chapel Hill and other universities about naming and renaming college buildings and programs? What does Yale’s solution have to do with North Carolina and one of the books I recommend for early summer reading? Yale divides its undergraduates into separate colleges,…