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Quarter-cent sales tax referendum on November ballot

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One of the most talked-about items on the November ballot this year is the proposed quarter-cent sales tax referendum.The quarter-cent increase in sales taxes in Anson County would be used for education, although many county residents may not understand exactly how the tax will work, if it’s approved.

 

Bank robbery suspects in custody

Two men are in custody following a Tuesday evening armed robbery at the King State Employees Credit Union.Steven Grant Simpson, 27, of Ingram Drive, and Zeb Maggard, 30, of Ogburn Avenue in Winston-Salem, have been charged with arrmed robbery after a prolonged manhunt Tuesday evening.King Police Chief Paula May said the bank was robbed at about 5:20 p.m. Tuesday and said King officers were assited by Forsyth and Stokes county sheriff’s deputies as well as NC Wildli...

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Shop with a Cop bike ride another success

WADESBORO — As Wadesboro Police Chief, please allow me to thank everyone who made the annual “Shop with a Cop” charity motorcycle ride a success on Saturday, Oct. 18.Thanks to you, our bike ride will bring a joyful Christmas to needy children within our community. This assistance includes purchasing toys for the kids or even, like last year, helping a single mother and her child find a home for Christmas.Thanks to our community’s support, we antic...

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Rating the U.S. response to Ebola

In the last few weeks, the tragic Ebola epidemic in West Africa has hit home as we’ve witnessed the first death and transmissions in America. Additionally, news that the second healthcare worker to contract the disease was able to board a commercial airplane while being monitored for signs of infection is deeply troubling. I know that everyone is concerned and I want to assure you that I share your concerns.It is important to know, though, that there is absolutely no reason t...

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A 60s radical comes back with conservative allies

Howard Fuller was back in North Carolina last week promoting his new book, “No Struggle, No Progress: A Warrior’s Life from Black Power to Education Reform.”Fuller is a professor of education and director of the Institute for the Transformation of Learning at Marquette University.Some North Carolinians remember Fuller as a community organizer in the 1960s and 70s. He led poor people to demand fair treatment, to work together to improve their lives, and ...

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Rep. Brody shares September events

District NewsDuring the interim months, Rep. Brody meets with constituents and attends as many meetings and events as possible in both Union and Anson County. Featured are some of the September meetings and events.More district meetings and eventsMeeting with NC-DHHS Secretary Wos at CMC-UnionMineral Springs FestivalFairview Town HallMeeting with Michael Freeman...

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5K Run/Walk to be held in Wadesboro Nov. 2

An “r U n” 5k Run/Walk is planned in Uptown Wadesboro on Nov. 2 at 2 p.m. Start line will be at Morgan Street and Greene Street between First Presbyterian Church and First Methodist Church.Early bird registration (available through Oct. 27) is $20, while race day registration will be $25.Registration can be done online at www.sportoften.com.Registration will also be available on race day in the First Methodist Church lot. All those registering afte...

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Lady Bearcats eliminated from playoffs

The Lady Bearcats suffered a 3-0 defeat during Saturday’s non-league challenge against the Enka Jets.The girls lost the three sets 10-25, 17-25, and 11-25, respectively. The game was part of the 2014 Volleyball State Championships — 3A.The team had an overall 10-10 season and a 3-7 conference, according to high school sports website Maxpreps.com.

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BRLC to host second ‘God’s Glorious Bike Ride’

Burnsville Recreation & Learning Center’s bikers and volunteers will celebrate fall on Oct. 25 with God’s Glorious Motorcycle Ride.The God’s Glorious Charity Ride invites all bikers and community citizens to come together, make new friends and raise funds to support the BRLC Emergency Pantry and the Kids Cafe.Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. The official opening ceremony will start at 10:30 a.m., followed by the ride at 11 a.m.

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Bearcats’ losing streak continues

The Anson High School varsity football team lost a rescheduled game against Piedmont Monday night with a final score of 29-19. The loss brings the Bearcats’ record to 1-7 this season, with a conference record of 0-2.The game was originally scheduled for Friday night but was moved to Monday following the death of Piedmont’s football coach, Ron Massey. Anson’s players wore armbands during the game in memory of the coach.Up next the Bearcats face Cuthberts...

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AEDC decides to get down to business

During its regular monthly meeting Thursday, the Anson Economic Development Corporation took steps toward a “less talk, more action” approach.After South Piedmont Community College president Stan Sidor gave a recap on the AEDC’s Economic Development Summit held earlier this year, AEDC member Fred Sparger said, “We are never going to have the resources we need. Let’s accept that and talk about what we can do. We talk about the problems all the time, but...

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Pee Dee Electric director achieves credentials

WADESBORO — Winnie Bennett, a member of Pee Dee Electric’s Board of Directors, has received the Board Leadership certificate from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Bennett was recognized at NRECA’s Regional meeting earlier this month for her commitment to education and attainment of the board leadership certificate in front of more than 800 electric cooperative officials from Delaware, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York...

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Toys for Tots now open in new location

The Anson County Toys for Tots campaign held an open house in its new location Oct. 14. The location, on U.S. 74 next to Captain D’s, gives the organization a spacious environment to sort toys for needy children this holiday season.“We had over 2,000 applicants last year and we’ll probably double that this year,” said Bernice Bennett, a member of the Toys for Tots board of directors.However, she said that by this time last year, Toys for Tots had ...

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Lanesboro inmate charged with attempted murder

Thomas Michael Accardi, an inmate at Lanesboro Correctional Institution, has been charged with the attempted murder of a prison administrator.Accardi, 27, allegedly assaulted administrator David Mitchell last Friday at about 5 p.m., according to Pamela Walker, communications director of the North Carolina Department of Public Safety. Mitchell has since returned to work.The State Bureau of Investigation has charged Accardi with one county of attempted first degree murder ...

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Prosecutors will not seek death penalty in Griffin murder case

Anson County prosecutors have decided not to seek the death penalty for Eddie Helms of Marshville, accused of killing John T. Griffin III of Peachland in 1988. Helms is also accused of murdering Charles Ronald Goodwin in Marshville in 2012.Helms was arrested without incident on Aug. 12 by Union County Sheriff’s Deputies, and charged with both murders. He was indicted on first degree murder charges on Sept. 2.Both victims were shot in the back. Griffin was killed wh...

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Taxpayers footing the bill for losing battle

North Carolina’s top legislative leaders are fighting a losing battle, and taxpayers are still footing the bill.House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate leader Phil Berger hired a high-powered conservative lawyer last week in an ill-fated effort to stall the inevitable spread of same-sex marriage to the Tar Heel State.Chief U.S. District Court Judge William Osteen Jr. denied the motion California attorney John C. Eastman filed on the General Assembly leaders’ beh...

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Repealing Obamacare remains a priority

I don’t think I need to tell you that we face a lot of challenges as a nation right now. At home, wages remain stagnant while the cost of living continues to rise, leaving our families struggling to make ends meet. Abroad, we see a world descending into chaos and violence as a direct result of the Administration’s failed naive policies. We need to come together as a country, put American priorities first and find solutions to these problems.

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County manager resigns — again

After announcing his resignation in June 2013, Anson County Manager Lawrence Gatewood was later convinced by the Board of Commissioners to stay on. However, more than a year later, Gatewood announced last week he has made the decision to resign again.“After careful consideration and much deliberation, I have informed the Board of County Commissioners that I will not seek renewal of my employment contract when it expires Dec. 31, 2014,” Gatewood said in a statement relea...

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