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Criminal Charges — 2-6-17

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Amanda Craig Royster, 44, of 211 Marcus Dr in Cherryville was charged on Jan. 26 with one count of resisting, delaying or obstructing public officer. A $1,000 secured bond was set. Catherine Taylor Sanderson, 22, of 813 S Poplar St., B…

Education as ‘carnage’ in a stir-’em-up inaugural

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FERREL GUILLORY Guest Columnist Over the two decades that I have taught a course on Southern politics to UNC-Chapel Hill undergraduates, I have regularly assigned All the King’s Men, Robert Penn Warren’s celebrated novel published in 1946 and drawn from his observations of Huey Long, the populist governor of Louisiana…

Devolve transportation to the states

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist With all the furor and protests accompanying the launch of the Donald Trump administration, you might assume there’s little room for bipartisan cooperation in Washington. That assumption is mistaken. The new president says he’d like to enact a 10-year, half-trillion-dollar program of infrastructure investment. Congressional Democrats…

Devolve transportation to the states

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Congressional Democrats spent much of the final years of Barack Obama’s presidential administration lamenting Republican obstructionism and the unwillingness of Congress to work with Obama on any substantive legislation or appointees. That criticism reached a shrill pitch with Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court seat vacated when…

Criminal Charges — 2-3-17

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Michael Shane Pegram, 42, of 2784 E Nc 27 Hwy in Lincolnton was charged on Jan. 24 with one count of possession of control substance schedule II. A $10,000 secured bond was set. Robin Lynette Beer, 43, of Lincolnton was charged…

Around Town — 2-3-17

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Saturday Singing Grace Baptist Church, located at 495 Horseshoe Lake Rd in Lincolnton, will host The Heritage Quartet at 7 p.m. Chicken Pie Fundraiser Meadow Ridge Church, located at 1173 Zeb Haynes Rd.in Maiden will host a chicken pie fundraiser from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Cost is $8 for…

Obituaries — 2-3-17

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Harry Neal Caldwell Rev. Harry Neal Caldwell, age 68, of Home Trail in Lincolnton, died on Wednesday, February 1, 2017. His funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, February 5, 2017, at Salem Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. Andrew Royals, Rev. Ken Gibson, and Rev. Lanny Cook…

Gray hair, paunches and a long-ago campaign

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ROB CHRISTENSEN Syndicated Columnist When most political campaigns are over, the staff and volunteers strike their tents and head home. That is particularly true when their candidate loses, because they will not be rewarded with any government jobs or appointments. Which makes the 1972 gubernatorial campaign of Hargrove “Skipper” Bowles…

Term limits come naturally in Raleigh

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PAUL T. O’CONNOR Syndicated Columnist Visit your old neighborhood and you might find most things look the same. The trees may be taller, there may be a new porch or a repainted house, but there’s enough physical similarity to evoke old memories. It’s when you see strangers mowing your old…

State tops region on labor market

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist North Carolina’s labor market ended 2016 on a strong note. Total employment in the state hit 4,360,200 jobs in December, up two percent from the December 2015 figure. That exceeds the average national rate of job creation (1.5 percent) and the average for the 12-state Southeastern…