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A hen in the fox house

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist When a hen gets into the fox house, it’s difficult to imagine things turning out well for the hen. Chris Sgro is the hen. The fox house is the Republican-controlled General Assembly. In recent years, Sgro, 33, has been executive director and a lobbyist for Equality…

Criminal Charges — 4-13-16

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: David Ross Tench, 45, of 1319 Meadow Ln. in Charlotte was charged Apr. 6 with one count of felon possessing a firearm. A $5,000 unsecured bond was set. Benjamin Michael Lineberger, 24, of 8346 Unity Church Rd. in Denver was charged…

Around Town — 4-13-16

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TODAY Bible study The Beit Shofarot Messianic Jewish Synagogue will be conducting a monthly Bible study the second Wednesday of every month at Rock Hill United Methodist Church, located at 7303 Old Plank Rd. in Stanley from 7 p.m. until 8:15 p.m. Elder Tom Thorne will be leading the studies…

GUEST VIEW — Yet to be seen if Medicaid errors were anomaly

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The state Department of Health and Human Services last year processed 127 million claims for payment through the federal/state health care plan for the poor and disabled, and the claims were for a staggering $11 billion. A state audit concluded that about $835 million was improperly paid to providers. That…

Reader’s Forum — Let’s stop discrimination

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Let’s stop discrimination Ever since the N.C. General Assembly passed HB2, the LGBTQ supporters have screamed discrimination. To read the news sources, electronic and print (including an LTN editorial), HB2 is blatant discrimination . Their consistent claim is that the General Assembly is controlled by bible-thumping homophobes. As to the…

Get serious about budget

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist If you are disappointed in the course of the 2016 campaigns so far, you are hardly alone. Large and increasing percentages of voters say they are dissatisfied with both the tone and the likely outcome of the presidential primaries, for example. Nearly half (46 percent) of…

What’s behind the “Bathroom Bill?”

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist Was passing the new “Bathroom Bill” the biggest mistake the current North Carolina General Assembly has made so far? Or was it just one in a series of similar overreaching legislative efforts that offend groups of citizens, discourage businesses and organizations from dealing with our state,…

Criminal Charges — 4-11-16

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Jeffery Dean Tucker, 50, of 3929 Goodson Rd. in Maiden was charged Apr. 5 with one count of true bill of indictment. A $10,000 secured bond was set. Jessica Michelle Deaton, 26, of 1829 Baldwind Ln. in Lincolnton was charged Apr.…

Mugathon postponed

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Rising Sun Pottery’s 19th annual “Mugs for Mutts and Cups for Cats” fundraiser, scheduled for Tuesday, has been postponed until April 26 due to the threat of inclement weather. Call (704) 735-5820 for more information.  …

NC Works Job Listings

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You must currently be registered with NC Works to be referred on any of our jobs. Go to www.ncworks.gov to register or update an existing registration. Job listings for all of North Carolina may also be accessed. Call NC Works Career Center, Lincolnton, 704.735.8035, or come to NC Works Career…