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Obituaries — 6-29-16

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Marciene Stone Mrs. Marciene Stone, age 80, of 5027 Highway 150 E. in Lincolnton passed away on Sunday, June 27, 2016. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. today, June 29, 2016, at Gloryland Baptist Church with Rev. Macon Ballard officiating. The family will receive friends from 1…

EDITOR’S NOTE: Gun control debate misses the point

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor It’s safe to say that on any especially controversial issue, be it gun control or abortion or voting rights or any of the other hot-button topics of the day, partisans on either side of the argument will, at some point, twist the facts to meet their…

Restore more freedom in NC

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist When liberals and conservatives debate the issue of how best to promote economic growth and opportunity, they usually talk about their differences on spending and taxes. Should the government keep taxes higher in order to finance schools, roads, and other public services, even if the taxes…

‘Gut and amend’ popular tactic late in session

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH — A wise person once said that thoughts lead to words, words lead to actions and actions lead to habits. Of course, habits can be good or bad, and politicians can develop them, too, through their actions. Take the “gut and amend” tactic of making…

Criminal Charges — 6-29-16

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Travis Dean Grant, 44, of 1824 Drew Dr. in Lincolnton was charged on June 24 with two counts of communicating threats, and one count each of assault on a female by male over 18 years of age, interfering with emergency communication,…

Around Town — 6-29-16

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TODAY Libertarian Party meeting The Lincoln County chapter of the Libertarian Party is holding will meet at 7 p.m. at Midtown Sundries, located at 7296 Highway 73 in Denver. THURSDAY Reception The Cline Opening Reception will be held at the Catawba County Museum of History, located 30 N College Ave. in…

Important changes to juvenile justice

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North Carolina is one of two states where 16-year-olds charged with crimes are considered adults. New York is the other. North Carolina and New York have been left behind as other states have raised the age of adult responsibility to 17 or 18. There are good reasons to follow, but…

NC Senate’s math bill doesn’t add up

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MATT ELLINWOOD Guest Columnist The North Carolina Senate recently passed a bill that would require high schools across the state to simultaneously offer two completely different math tracks: the integrated math sequence that is currently taught in middle and high schools and the old Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II…

Political earthquake hits as British to exit European Union

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DOUG BANDOW Guest Columnist The United Kingdom will exit the European Union. The shock waves first hit Scotland. The secession-minded government plans to hold another independence vote. Next time, a majority of Scots may see no reason to stay. Both the Conservative and Labour Parties face bitter, internecine strife. Calls…

Criminal Charges — 6-27-16

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: John Kirkpatrick Bailey, 32, of 1445 Grant Cr. in Spartanburg was charged on June 23 with one count each of driving while impaired, driving while license suspended or revoked, and speeding. A $1,500 secured bond was set. Kelly Lawerence McClain, 35,…