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Take time with judicial tinkering

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COLIN CAMPBELL Guest Columnist RALEIGH — While legislative and congressional districts are redrawn every 10 years to match population changes — so everyone’s vote counts equally — North Carolina’s judicial districts haven’t been redrawn in decades. Five of them haven’t changed since 1965. Still, Rep. Justin Burr caught many people…

Trump’s tough talk at the United Nations

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TREVOR THRALL Guest Columnist President Donald Trump’s threat to “totally destroy North Korea” at the United Nations last week generated concern in many corners but a round of applause from many hawks here in the United States. Former ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton, for example, called it “the…

Criminal Charges— 9-27-17

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Stephen Dwayne Gavin, 33, of 202 Hubbard St. in Lincolnton was charged Sept. 21 with two counts of failure to appear. A $19,500 secured bond was set. Carol Marie Moody, 36, of 728 Hares Way in Lincolnton was charged Sept. 22…

Obituaries— 9-27-17

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Bobby Lewis Avery CROUSE — Bobby Lewis Avery, age 77, of 3189 Dave Heafner Road in Crouse, died on Sunday, September 24, 2017. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church with Pastor Rick Sloop officiating. The family will…

Guest View— Pollution in the Cape Fear River

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Bad news about the Cape Fear River is coming in buckets and barrels this year, all of them filled with anything but clean, clear water. There is, of course, all the bad news about GenX, the chemical used by DuPont spinoff Chemours in its Fayetteville Works, where it manufactures plastic…

Legislature not looking closely at school needs

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KRIS NORDSTROM Guest Columnist The General Assembly recently announced which legislators will serve on the Joint Legislative Task Force on Education Finance Reform. The Task Force, created via the 2017 budget bill, is charged with developing recommendations to radically overhaul North Carolina’s school finance system. A serious review of North…

Pentagon budget passes, but a trainwreck looms

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CHRISTOPHER A. PREBLE Guest Columnist By a vote of 89-8, the Senate on Monday passed a $700 billion defense budget. That isn’t particularly newsworthy. As the New York Times reported, “The vote marked the 56th consecutive year that Congress has passed the defense policy bill—a point of personal pride for…

Criminal Charges— 9-25-17

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Jesse Lee Lankford, 19, of 6520 Charleston Tr. in Cherryville was charged Sept. 19 with one count of receiving or transferring stolen vehicles. A $5,000 secured bond was set. Johnny Jackson, 46, of Stanley was charged Sept. 19 with one count…

Obituaries— 9-25-17

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Nancy Carol Reep Nancy Carol Reep, age 70, of Hoffman Road in Lincolnton, passed away on Thursday, September 21, 2017. Her funeral service was held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 23, 2017, at Long Shoals Wesleyan Church with Michael Jordan officiating. Burial followed in the Pisgah United Methodist Church…

Ratings of North Carolina universities

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The college “rankings” came out this week, and three North Carolina schools earned places in the Top 30. This was not the football poll. Duke, Wake Forest and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill may not make that listing this fall. It was more important. The U.S. News…