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An ‘alternative universe’ required to stifle school resegregation

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FERREL GUILLORY Guest Columnist Four academic researchers from three public universities have produced fresh documentation of the South’s backsliding on school desegregation. Their array of data sketches out a story of a historic success that has eroded over the past three decades. The upshot imposes a burden on the education…

Can regulation keep up with accumulating knowledge?

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DAVID BOAZ Guest Columnist What some doctors say about regulating the treatment of sepsis has a much broader application. Sepsis, an often lethal reaction to infection sometimes called blood poisoning, is the leading cause of death in hospitals, Richard Harris reports for NPR. Understandably, then, some doctors and regulators have…

Federal role in infrastructure

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CHRIS EDWARDS Guest Columnist As part of its 2018 budget proposal, the Donald Trump administration has introduced a plan to improve the nation’s infrastructure. The administration intends to reduce regulatory barriers on infrastructure projects and encourage greater private investment. It has also proposed increasing federal spending on infrastructure by $200…

Criminal Charges— 6-5-17

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Amanda Michelle Alexander, 33, of 5781 Flay Rd. in Cherryville was charged June 1 with one count each of resisting/delaying/obstructing a public officer and driving while license suspended or revoked. A $5,000 secured bond was set. Andrew Lucas Hall, 38, of…

Around Town— 6-5-17

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MONDAY Revival Oak Grove Baptist Church, located at 1139 Oak Grove Church Rd. in Lincolnton will host revival services nightly thru Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Guest preacher will be Dr. Ron Lynch of Life Out of Death Ministries. For more information call (704) 735-9069. Information session The Coalition of Churches…

Obituaries— 6-5-17

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Lois Hilda Kilby Lois Hilda Kilby, 82, of Connelly Springs died June 1, 2017. A private service will be held at a later date. Jenkins Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Newton is serving the Kilby family.   William Patrick Botsko William Patrick Botsko, 90, of Lincolnton died June 1,…

Guest View— The importance of land trusts for the future

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Land trusts already have been invaluable in protecting open space in Western North Carolina. A recent acquisition in Polk County suggests they may play an even broader role in forging a better tomorrow. More than 1,000 acres between the Green River Game Land and the town of Columbus has been…

Tax cuts are not self-financing

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH — North Carolina Republicans have gotten right what Republicans elsewhere have gotten very wrong: how to construct sensible tax cuts and honest, conservative budgets. Liberal critics aren’t inclined to make the distinction. They opt for guilt by partisan association. In fairness, though, it’s not like…

We’ll keep fighting for Hurricane Matthew aid

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SEN. THOM TILLIS REP. DAVID PRICE Guest Columnists Last October, Hurricane Matthew brought widespread flash flooding and a trail of devastation to North Carolina. By the time the storm returned to the Atlantic, areas of our state had experienced a 1,000-year flood event, causing more than 800,000 households to lose…

North Carolina Writers Vie for Southern Book Prizes

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist On July 4, SIBA (Southern Independent Booksellers Association) will announce the winners of its Southern Book Prizes. North Carolina connected nominees include Lee Smith for “Dime Store,” John Hart for “Redemption Road,” Kristy Woodson Harvey for “Lies and Other Acts of Love,” Robert Morgan for “Chasing…