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I have since come to the understanding that the phrase or hashtag, “All Lives Matter” is considered distasteful and using it in Friday’s paper was hurtful to some. In my simple mind, yes, I admit, I have a simple mind, when I put that hashtag on the front of the paper, it was right after I f…

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Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, the terms “essential” and “nonessential” have been used a good deal. Under the current North Carolina stay at home order, certain businesses are deemed by government as essential. Those businesses can operate as normal (if there is any normal anymore) and…

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Here it is; the last day of 2019 and reports of disruptive gun fire are starting to surface throughout Facebook. The gun fire is from, at least in part, the annual trek of the Cherryville New Year’s Shooters. One of the two groups, the Cherryville Traditional New Year’s Shooters, made a roun…

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 Preparations are underway for the annual production of “The Nutcracker” ballet in downtown Lincolnton. Every year that I cover this ballet I’m amazed at what it takes to put it on. While covering the same event year after year may be dull for some people, I make it my mission to find someth…

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Every day should be a day for veterans. Instead of just doing it for a day, stores and restaurants should always offer a discount on services for veterans. Many do it for seniors, and that’s great, seniors deserve a discount, but so do veterans. These men and women put their lives on the lin…

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The Lincoln Cultural Center puts on hundreds of shows throughout the year. As was done with this week’s performance, “Drag Me to the Red Carpet,” the Times-News reports on them. That the cultural center was staging a performance of professional female impersonators was news for Lincoln Count…

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As if the allegations against former Lincolnton High School principal Tony Worley weren’t concerning enough, new revelations in the days that followed his resignation point to potential issues in the school system much more far-reaching and nefarious. 

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Lincolnton police officers have charged a street preacher with disrupting an Alive After Five concert in downtown. They should get their ticket books ready, because they’re going to be busy.

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There are few tragedies more harrowing and heartbreaking than school shootings, as the whole nation was reminded in the wake of the recent events in Parkland, Florida.