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GUEST VIEW — On the state’s economy

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The governor and many of his cabinet members are trumpeting this state’s economic resurgence as they head down the trail into what will be a hard-fought 2016 election. And there’s no doubt that some of our numbers are good: Unemployment is falling steadily, even as jobs are created by new…

Criminal Charges — 8-1-16

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Travis Wayne Baxter, 28, of 3073 Sorrells Baxter Rd. in Cherryville was charged on July 28 with one count of injury to personal Property. A $2,000 secured bond was set. Christopher Michael Lane, 34, of 6555 Charleston Tr. in Cherryville was…

Obituaries — 7-29-16

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Teresa Gail Rosales Teresa Gail Rosales, 58, of Conover died July 11, 2016. A memorial service will be held today at 11 a.m. at Startown First Baptist Church in Newton. The family will receive friends following the service. The Bennett Funeral Service of Conover is serving the Rosales family.  …

GUEST VIEW — Sick leave for food-service workers

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It seems self-evident that people with contagious illnesses should not be preparing or serving food. Unfortunately, they often are forced to choose between endangering public health or going without essentials. Food-service jobs include seven of the 10 lowest-paying jobs in the Asheville area, according to recent data from the Bureau…

Public dissatisfaction is hardly new

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist In this highly charged political year, it’s important to keep in mind that most North Carolinians, like most Americans, have been dissatisfied most of the time during the administrations of both Democratic President Barack Obama and his Republican predecessor, George W. Bush. That doesn’t mean that…

Criminal Charges — 7-27-16

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Tracy Phillips Delux, 38, of 104 Woodcliff Dr. in Morganton was charged on July 22 with one count of possession of drug equipment or paraphernalia. A $2,000 secured bond was set. Megan Serene Masoud, 27, of 104 Woodcliff Dr. in Morganton…

Obituaries — 7-27-16

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Buford Cornell ‘Rock’ Varnadore, Sr. Mr. Buford Cornell “Rock” Varnadore, Sr., age 89, of 182 Pinewood Drive in Lincolnton, passed away on Monday, July 25, 2016. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 28, 2016, at Forest Lawn Cemetery with Rev. Ron Klinesmith officiating. The…

Court decision won’t temper China’s territorial claims

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DOUG BANDOW Guest Columnist As expected, the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague ruled against China’s expansive territorial claims in the South China Sea. The Philippines was exultant. Beijing responded angrily. Territorial disputes pose a perennial international problem. Great powers, including the U.S., typically refuse to be bound by…

Visa caps are protectionist occupational licenses on steroids

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DAVID BIER Guest Columnist Conservatives across the country, from Michigan to Arizona, are challenging burdensome occupational licenses. “Insiders use the false cover of consumer protection to get laws enacted that keep out new competitors,” Minnesota Republican state Sen. Chris Gerlach recently said, explaining his reform bill. While a welcome development,…

North Carolina is headed backwards on childhood lead poisoning

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FAWN PATTISON and TOM VITAGLIONE Guest Columnists When the NC legislature adjourned last week, they left behind some unfinished business. One bill left hanging, House Bill 1074, would have required (and paid for) lead testing in the drinking water of every school and child care center in North Carolina. We…