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Around Town — 3-8-17

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TODAY   Luncheon First United Methodist Church, located at 201 E. Main St. in Lincolnton will host their 2017 Community Lenten Series with luncheon at noon with worship from 12:30 p.m. until 1 p.m. with Rev. Susan Smith Walker.   THURSDAY Meeting The Voluntary Ag District Advisory Board will meet…

Obituaries — 3-8-17

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 Carolyn Pritchard Denton Carolyn Pritchard Denton, age 66, of Hillcrest Drive in Lincolnton, died on Tuesday, March 7, 2017. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, March 10, 2017, at Covenant Bible Church in Lincolnton, with Pastor Mike Devine and Pastor Nathan Grooms officiating.…

Obituaries — 3-6-17

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Joseph Gerald Richard Joseph Gerald Richard, age 83, passed away Saturday, March 4, 2017 at Carolina Care in Cherryville, NC. Born September 30, 1933, in Lincoln County, he was the son of the late Alexander Abraham Richard and Callie Missouri Rudisill Richard. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church…

Around Town — 3-6-17

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TODAY Spring revival Hardin Community Baptist Church and Plainview Baptist Church of Dallas will host a community spring revival at Hardin Community Baptist Church, located at 548 Hardin Rd., exit 17 off 321, in Dallas at 7 p.m. nightly through Wednesday. Special music will be provided each night. Guest speaker…

Criminal Charges — 3-6-17

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Jeremy Neal McDougal, 26, of 161 Village View Dr., 217 in Mooresville was charged on Feb. 25 with one count each of felony breaking and entering building, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of stolen goods. A $10,000 bond was…

Town halls and political stunts

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Three times last week, a state Senate committee summoned Larry Hall to be vetted for his appointment to head the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. Three times, committee members faced an empty table with a name card for Hall, who until Roy Cooper named him to his cabinet represented…

Civil forfeiture turns cops into criminals

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist Living in a free society brings benefits, but also responsibilities. One of the most important is keeping an eye on government. You never know when lawmakers will try to do something bad — or something that seems good initially, then goes spectacularly wrong. A prime example…

Reader’s Forum

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Fee and dividend plan will help curb climate change We have already warmed our planet by two degrees Celsius. It’s now crunch time for us to curb global warming and its accompanying extreme weather events and maintain a livable planet for our grandchildren. The only choice we have to avoid…

School choice war goes hot

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NEAL MCCLUSKEY Guest Columnist With a presidential administration that is disliked for myriad reasons openly pushing school choice, what had been kind of a cold war over choice for years has exploded into a hot one. And the tip of the anti-choice spear seems to be the New York Times.…

Fixing HB2 needs a good meal together

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist Where are Ruby and Jack Hunt when we need them? Somebody needs to sit our political leaders down and guide them into talking to each other about how to get our state out of the HB2 mess we have made for ourselves. That is what former…