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BBB Tip: Protecting yourself against everyday cyber threats
There has been no shortage of news in the last few weeks of various widespread cyber attacks taking place locally and abroad. A Google Doc phishing email recently affected over a million unsuspecting individuals and businesses, the WannaCry ransomware took…

Don’t overreact to budget numbers
RALEIGH — You may have read in the past few days that the North Carolina Senate has approved its version of a state budget to go into effect on July 1. Depending on your source for the information, however, your…

Renaissance Festival auditions coming soon
Jesters! Peasants! Nobles! Knights! The Carolina Renaissance Festival, a combination of outdoor theater, circus, arts and crafts fair, jousting tournament and feast, will hold open auditions on Saturday, June 10, from 9 a.m. to noon and Saturday, June 17, from…

More ECA awards
Here are more of the annual ECA Awards.

Getting the bear facts in a roadside tavern
I know what a bear does in the woods, but what does he do in a truck?

Paul’s thorn in the flesh was never disclosed
“And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure.” (2 Corinthians 12:7)

Cabarrus College of Health Sciences awards 129 degrees, diplomas
Cabarrus College of Health Sciences held its spring commencement ceremony on May 09th at the Kannapolis Performing Arts Center at A.L. Brown High School, in Kannapolis. During the ceremony, the College conferred a total of 129 degrees and diplomas, including…

The turkeys usually win
I read a statement the other day that grabbed my attention. It stated, “my most memorable turkey hunts were the ones where the turkey won.”

Bureaucratic tangles prevent free market solutions to the teacher shortage
A lot of attention has been given recently to the looming shortage of teachers in North Carolina. Various media reports have also highlighted the lack of candidates for teaching positions nationwide, as well as declining numbers of students enrolled in…

Congressman Hudson recognizes the need for art in schools
There’s a reason why the word art makes up 3/5 of the word smart, and a lot of smart people know it.

Interlude Choir comforts and soothes with music for Hospice patients, families
It’s Tuesday evening and Kathleen Blackwell-Plank peeks her head inside a patient’s room at the Tucker Hospice House in Kannapolis to ask a question.

Crowders Mountain State Park worth a hike
Unless you are from the Charlotte area or are an avid mountain climber, there exists an area along the North Carolina/South Carolina border that doesn’t get the recognition that other states parks receive. However, Crowders Mountain State Park deserves a…

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First responders, students connect during Adopt a Cop event
MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The Maiden Police Department, as well as representatives from the North Carolina Highway Patrol, Catawba County and Lincoln County law enforcement agencies, congregated around the Maiden Recreation Center on Friday to make an investment in future community relationships at the fourth annual Maiden Adopt a Cop Picnic. It wasn’t just […] The post First responders, students connect during Adopt a Cop event appeared first on Lincoln Times-News.

Local man details two World War II bombers
MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer An Iron Station man travelled to Santa Ana, California two weeks ago for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to detail two World War II bomber planes. David Strum, an auto detailer who’s commissioned to work on lavish European sports cars and classic car collections in his spare time, tackled the project with a […] The post Local man details two World War II bombers appeared first on Lincoln Times-News.

County accepting bids for courthouse analysis
MATT CHAPMAN Staff Writer Lincoln County has officially opened the bidding process for firms to provide professional architectural and engineering services necessary for conducting a space need analysis and feasibility study of the courthouse in downtown Lincolnton. As it stands currently, the courthouse faces a number of issues resulting from a lack of space inside […] The post County accepting bids for courthouse analysis appeared first on Lincoln Times-News.

Lincoln County Schools, Arts Council host competition
MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer The galleries on both the first and second floors of the Lincoln Cultural Center are currently decorated with art created by Lincoln County Schools (LCS) students. The art was on exhibit for a competition sponsored by the Arts Council of Lincoln County. Several different mediums were represented – paintings, black […] The post Lincoln County Schools, Arts Council host competition appeared first on Lincoln Times-News.

West Lincoln teachers get pies in the face for a cause
MICHELLE T. BERNARD Staff Writer That spare change can add up if the contributions are many. Throughout the month of May, West Lincoln High School students added their spare change to jars on teachers’ and administrators’ desks with the goal of raising money for Relay for Life. There was a potential reward for their contributions […] The post West Lincoln teachers get pies in the face for a cause appeared first on Lincoln Times-News.

Five arrested on felony drug charges
Staff report Five people were charged with felony drug crimes on Tuesday. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office made the arrests following the conclusion of multiple investigations into the sale of methamphetamine, prescription painkillers, cocaine and marijuana. According to detectives, surveillance and undercover techniques were used to purchase drugs from the suspects at multiple locations throughout […] The post Five arrested on felony drug charges appeared first on Lincoln Times-News.

Our View— An ambitious goal
Lincoln County commissioners signed on to a bold, ambitious and noble plan when they approved a resolution that will eventually give the county the distinction of being home to the only government-run no-kill animal shelter in the state. Creating a no-kill municipal animal shelter in Lincoln County has been a goal of animal activists in […] The post Our View— An ambitious goal appeared first on Lincoln Times-News.

What goes around…
PAUL T. O’CONNOR Syndicated Columnist It was unclear if the dismissive remark was aimed at me or at my column of the day before. “Naïve,” the new Senate president pro tem, the late Sen. Henson Barnes, D-Wayne, said at the Senate chamber’s press table in January 1989. I didn’t take it personally but I do […] The post What goes around… appeared first on Lincoln Times-News.

Average pay isn’t the point
JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist RALEIGH — The average pay received by public school teachers in North Carolina this year was $49,837, up four percent from the 2015-16 school year. That was the largest pay hike for teachers in the United States, and boosted North Carolina’s ranking in average pay to 35th. Adjusted for cost of […] The post Average pay isn’t the point appeared first on Lincoln Times-News.

Cooper brings touch of clarity to education debate
FERREL GUILLORY Guest Columnist For many Americans, politics often seem a clash of spin and sound bites, of tweets and TV spots, of obfuscation more than clarity. So it is worth noting when an elected official defines a major policy issue for his constituents in direct and unadorned language. Gov. Roy Cooper did just that […] The post Cooper brings touch of clarity to education debate appeared first on Lincoln Times-News.

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JOE HUDSON COLUMN: Your choice: Strawberries with mud or stars
I was on the front porch when you drove by and I waved as the first evening star was coming out.

JOEL REESE COLUMN: Iredell officers gave lives in line of duty
National Police Week was recognized this year from May 14-20. While it honors all police and law enforcement officers, special attention is given to those officers who were killed in the line of duty. In Iredell County, three officers with…

ROB LEE COLUMN: James Hogan talks giving faithfully
James Hogan is vice president for advancement at Mitchell Community College. He’s nationally recognized for his writing and advocacy for public schools. He’s taught high school English and most recently served at Davidson College as a major gifts officer. I…

Iredell marriage licenses: May 7-13
The following applications for marriage license were filled in the Iredell County Register of Deeds office the week of May 7-13. The applications are valid for up to two months in the state of North Carolina.

Iredell birth announcements: May 7-14
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O.C. STONESTREET COLUMN: Hail the mighty thistle
All over Iredell County, but particularly in areas of poorly-drained, sandy, eroded soil, there may be found a hearty plant. And that plant is...the thistle, which has been the national floral symbol of Scotland since the 1200s. The stylized image…

Iredell marriage licenses: April 30 through May 6
The following applications for marriage license were filled in the Iredell County Register of Deeds office the week of April 30-May 6. The applications are valid for up to two months in the state of North Carolina.

Iredell birth announcements: May 1
Iredell Memorial Hospital

KATE MEIER COLUMN: Big brother up to task
“Mom, when Eliza is in kindergarten, and I’m in second grade, I’ll help her ride the bus home from school,” my 6-year-old, Vinny, said. “So, will you let her ride the bus with me?”

JOE HUDSON COLUMN: Heads up, Mother’s Day is coming
I was on the front porch when you drove by and I waved, thinking about a discussion I should have with my three sons and ahem, you.