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Books for New Year’s reading

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist So, have you got something about reading more books on your list of New Year’s resolutions? If so, I have some help. Four different books, at least one of which will be right for you. A best-selling inspirational cookbook-memoir by North Carolina’s most celebrated woman these…

GOP needs plan to replace Obamacare

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The disaster that has been the Affordable Care Act will some reach its end. President Barack Obama’s signature legislation has, by all measures, been an enormous failure. Premiums are increasing, insurers are leaving the law’s marketplace and consumers, the very people the law was supposedly written to protect, are bearing…

Obituaries — 1-2-17

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Frances Byers Willis Frances Byers Willis, age 53, of 2251 Byers Lane in Vale, died on Thursday, December 29, 2016. Her funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. today, January 2, 2017, at Daniels Lutheran Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The family received friends from…

Around Town — 1-2-17

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TUESDAY Meeting The Lincoln County Public Education Foundation Board of Director’s, located at 353 North Generals Blvd in Lincolnton will meet at 6 p.m. for a Policy committee and Budget and Finance Committee meeting immediately after.   WEDNESDAY Meeting The Lincoln County Public Education Foundation Board of Director’s, located at…

Criminal Charges — 1-2-17

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Tyler Bradshaw McCurry, 21, of 3521 Maple Wood Dr. in Denver was charged on Dec. 28 with one count of failure to appear. Kevin James Potter, 30, of 3331 Falcon Ridge Rd. in Maiden was charged on Dec. 28 with one…

We made our own democracy

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The terms “fascist” or “communist” are thrown around far too often, used primarily to describe something that really could be better termed “undemocratic.” Which word people use depends wholly upon where they fall on the ideological spectrum. But even then, “undemocratic” has different meanings for different people. Many critics of…

Why shouldn’t Denver incorporate?

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NIC HAAG Guest Columnist The first thing that comes to my mind when I think of Denver incorporating is the new taxes I would have to pay. Another fear is the amount of new laws and ordinances that could be put forward by the new layer of government. Looking around…

Respond wisely to next recession

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist If I could predict the onset of America’s next recession with precision, I wouldn’t tell you about it. I’d become a money manager and make a pile by timing the market. But I can’t, so I won’t. Instead, I’ll simply observe that based on historical precedent,…

Obituaries — 12-30-16

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Linda Sides Reel Linda Sides Reel, 77, of Iron Station passed away on Thursday, December 29, 2016 at her residence. She was born June 5, 1939 in Catawba County to the late Haskel and Lois Cook Sides. Linda was a member of Amity Baptist Church in Denver. She was an…

Criminal Charges — 12-30-16

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Matthew Jarvis, 49, of 2305 West Amber Dr. in Lincolnton was charged on Dec. 24 with one count of simple assault and battery or affray. Candace Lynn Johnson, 24, of 3535 Plateau Rd. in Vale was charged on Dec. 25 with…