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Around Town — 11-11-16

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FRIDAY Veterans Day ceremony A Veterans Day Ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Wall in Maiden, located at the corner of 321 Business and Main St. hosted by American Legion Post 240, Maiden High School ROTC and First United Methodist Church. Please bring your own…

Obituaries — 11-11-16

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Donald Wayne Mull Donald Wayne Mull, age 54, of Stoney Ridge Road in Lincolnton, died on Thursday, November 10, 2016. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 12, 2016, in the Iron Station Cemetery with Rev. Greg Hager officiating. The family will receive friends from…

What happens after the voting?

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist As I write this, the balloting isn’t yet over in North Carolina. But here’s an election result I can forecast with absolute confidence: most North Carolinians, like most Americans, will be dissatisfied with the outcome. I don’t just mean that roughly half the voters will end…

A well-deserved rest (from political advertising)

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PAUL T. O’CONNOR Syndicated Columnist There’s no telling where you’ll find the idea that’ll make your fortune, but mine came on day one of early voting. A poll worker at the ballot scanner promised that, once we cast our votes, all political ads would disappear from our TVs. While everyone…

One campaign’s happy ending

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist By the time you read this, the election will be over. Some will be licking wounds, others celebrating. While the candidates have been appearing in every corner of our state, I have been traveling, too. I spent October on a non-political tour, campaigning to help bookstores…

In good hands

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If election returns tell us anything about Lincoln County, it’s that the Republican Party is still very, very strong here. Republicans won all three seats on the Board of Commissioners and three contested seats on the Lincoln County Board of Education. State Sen. David Curtis cruised to a win over…

Criminal Charges — 11-9-16

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Tommy Christopher Bivens, 35, of 1221 Betterbrook Ln. in Lincolnton was charged on Nov. 4 with one count of failure to appear. A $60,000 secured bond was set. Joshua Dominque Parker, 24, of 2495 Long Cir. in Iron Station was charged…

Around Town — 11-9-16

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TODAY Meeting The Environmental Review Board will meet at 3 p.m. at the Citizens Center in Lincolnton.  For more information call (704) 736-8501. THURSDAY Holiday Harvest James Warren Citizen Center, located at 115 W Main St. in Lincolnton will host Lincoln County Cooperative Extension’s Holiday Harvest Indoor Market at 5 p.m.…

Obituaries — 11-9-16

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Robert Ledford   MAIDEN — Robert Eugene Ledford, 68 of Maiden passed away Monday, November 7, 2016 at Frye Regional Medical Center, Hickory. Born December 20, 1947 in Broome County, NY, he was the son of Eugene Ledford and the late Doris Marie Wheat Ledford. Robert was a member of Risen…

Foreign wars and domestic politics

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DAVID BOAZ Guest Columnist When things aren’t going so well for a president, it can be useful to find a scapegoat. Foreign threats are also useful distractions. The movie “Wag the Dog” told us that, as if we hadn’t seen the pattern repeated many times in our political history. We…