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Why do we make living with one another so unpleasant? I remember a radio program hosted by Bernard Meltzer that focused on resolving our differences rather than magnifying them. At the end of his daily message, he played a song entitled, “Let There Be Peace on Earth and Let It Begin with… read more about LETTER: Let’s celebrate our positive experiences
Bill circumvents the people House bill 373 is not about serving the needs of the public, but rather about serving the selfish ambitions of a handful of legislators in Raleigh. I ask our Republican legislators to please stop and think about how you are turning people in North Carolina against the… read more about Letter to the Editor – Week of 10/2
By Capt. Craig Price Fish On! For several years, I’ve been fishing inshore saltwater charters in late summer in a special little corner of the world known as the Lower Neuse River-Western Pamlico Sound. I operate out of a small fishing-sailing village named Oriental, N.C. I had two open… read more about Some days things just work out
Please lower the church volume About two weeks ago my wife and I attended the "dedication" of our great-granddaughter, Caroline Ava Buehler (with proud parents Thomas and Rebecca looking on) at the River Life Fellowship church where we enjoyed a fun-filled and inspirational two hours. The first… read more about Letters to the Editor
Fish on! By Capt. Craig Price It occurred to me recently that I’m fishing braided fishing line, aka braid, on almost every spinning outfit that I use these days, whether for casting, trolling or jigging. The realization that braid has become my principal line somewhat surprised me, because for… read more about Give braided line another try
By Rick Short It is not yet clear how the current investigation into U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger’s (R-District 9) family company got started. Was it a partisan effort, a disgruntled investor, a whistleblower of some sort? To a certain degree the answer to that does not really matter. What has… read more about Pittenger's wealth played a role in elections
Growth is the real traffic problem The great hue and cry over whether to build the toll road on Interstate 77 is pretty much a moot point when you take the cover off the book. The real problem is the entire transportation system of northwest Mecklenburg, southern Iredell and Lincoln counties.… read more about Letter to the editor
By Craig Price Seasonal topwater feeding blitzes by stripers, largemouth, spotted and white bass have been part of the Catawba lakes fishing scene since the impoundments were built. But the burgeoning population of hybrid stripers in Lake Norman is increasingly presenting local anglers with the… read more about Hybrids rising to the top on Lake Norman
The first day isn’t yet here, but many students at Lake Norman High School have already begun prepping for success. The stifling temperatures and oppressive humidity are not enough to hamper their spirits. If you step on campus at nearly any given time of day, you will be hard-pressed not to… read more about Summer is hot, LNHS is hotter
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by Rick Short If last week's column on lobbyists surrounding the Interstate 77 HOT lanes project gave you an upset stomach, this one will make your blood boil. Many readers who follow the HOT lanes issue are familiar with ALEC. For those who are not, the American Legislative Exchange… read more about ALEC’s ties smooth the way for tolls
Reader takes issue with Rep. Fraley's toll statements It is important to remember when reading the toll lane statements from Rep. John Fraley that he was elected to his seat after former Rep. Robert Brawley of Mooresville was run out of the Republican caucus for actually speaking against toll… read more about Letters to the Editor – Week of Aug. 7
Capt. Craig Price Fish On! “Fish On! Get that rod tip up!” I wager every angler has heard and/or spoken this phrase. Most of us are taught that a high rod tip facilitates the proper bend in the rod, and therefore the proper line-to-hook-to-fish connection. Using a technique best described… read more about Should your rod tip be high or low?
We use Interstate 77 through Lake Norman as a local road. When it was built 40 years ago, that may not have been the original intent, but with part of U.S. 21 under Lake Norman and NC 115 constricted through downtown Davidson, it is an inescapable reality. For local businesses I-77 is the lifeline… read more about Toll lanes on I-77: wrong for local business
With conflicting reports recently that N.C. Sen. Jeff Tarte’s bill to stop the HOT Lanes project is either “dead” or just still in the process of gaining support, one question is getting lost in the discussion. That question is why Gov. Pat McCrory has been so adamant that it’s “too late” to turn… read more about Toll lobbyist ties lead to governor’s office
By Capt. Craig Price Fish On! Finding gamefish around points and humps is a well-documented concept. But judging by the number of inquiries I get about where to find fish, it’s still an under-publicized concept. Put simply, bait congregates around points and humps, and gamefish use… read more about Learn to identify points and humps
It’s good to be home. When I left Lake Norman Publications two years ago, I wasn’t sure if I’d ever again be spending much time in this beautiful, vibrant lake area. But I’ve missed these newspapers. I’ve been off to one of those big daily newspapers and a statewide business magazine, and I can… read more about Turns out, you can come home again
By Ryan Golden Weekly Intern Have you ever opened up a high school civics textbook? I have, having just left the classroom for a long-awaited summer vacation. I was relieved to see a picture of the President, knowing that my textbook wasn’t that outdated. The only problem was that he was… read more about Brock, pay attention, we deal with real dollars
This week, Senate Republicans proposed a comprehensive economic development solution that provides balanced tax relief to North Carolina families and businesses, reforms outdated and unfair tax laws, and empowers the entire state to grow and compete for new jobs. Our plan builds on the… read more about Senate’s plan provide balanced tax relief
by Rick Short With summer vacation upon us, here's an idea to try something different and save a few bucks. “Cord cutting.” The idea that consumers can live without traditional pay TV service has been bubbling under the surface for years now, but 2015 is shaping up to be the year… read more about 'Cutting the cord' with Sling TV
By Nils Lucander What we are witnessing unfold with the Interstate 77 toll lane issue is that profiteers, both foreign and domestic, both distant and local, see that our entire Lake Norman area community is in trouble and trapped in an ever increasing transportation problem. They do not come… read more about I-77 toll lanes part of legal extortion
by Rick Short Politicians at all levels of government had something to say last week about the Interstate 77 toll lanes. Here are a few of the gems collected from cyberspace before and after the project’s financial close amid swelling opposition. In an email to one area resident… read more about Tillis, leaders weigh in on toll lanes
The General Assembly has spent the past four years building a strong foundation for economic growth. We passed historic tax reform and other tax reductions that have resulted in North Carolina citizens and businesses paying an estimated $2.4 billion less in taxes annually. We paid off a… read more about Building on success with vision for the future
by Rick Short Once again, the Interstate 77 HOT lanes project has been in the news and not for good reasons. This past week, local elected boards one after the other passed resolutions demanding answers to new questions or asking for outright delay prior to financial close of the… read more about I-77 debt should be ‘junk’