Freedom fosters culture of giving

When natural disasters or other emergencies hit our state, North Carolinians respond in droves — and I’m not just referring to the crucial and...

Our economy needs new enterprises

North Carolina’s economy is in reasonably good shape. Over the past five years of available data, our state’s employers have added 480,000 net new...

Six statistics Carolinians should know

Since 2010, when voters put Republicans in charge of most state governments across the United States, North Carolina became one of about a half-dozen...

State Education Rank Isn’t Low

If you recently read or heard about North Carolina ranking 40th in “education” and found that rank plausible, I thank you for keeping...

Pay and Train Officers Better

While 2017 was a good and productive year for many public and private institutions in North Carolina, it was a tragic year for our...

Christmas Gains Aren’t a Loss

Among the pagan-inspired customs of the Christmas season now appears to be the ritualistic burning of the straw man. Specifically, I refer to the...

Carolina Leader Sides With Christmas

Josephus Daniels, one of the most prominent North Carolinians of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, played a key role in a story...

States Always Compete for Leaders

When Democrats attack pro-growth tax reform as “trickle-down economics,” I can understand their rhetorical intent. But the charge is silly on multiple levels —...

Revenue Trend Doesn’t Merit Panic

North Carolina has collected less state revenue so far than projected for the 2017-18 fiscal year, to the tune of about $134 million....

Road Leads Back to Public TV

I could always hear John McLaughlin long before I could see him. The larger-than-life former Jesuit priest, Nixon speechwriter, and host of the “McLaughlin...

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Lady Patriots win by 45 over Lady Spiders

The Independence women’s basketball team put up big numbers in all four quarters en-route to a 81-36 non-conference road win Wednesday at Concord High...

Strong second half lifts Lady Patriots to win

On Monday night the Independence women’s basketball team continued the program’s strongest start to a season in recent history with a 61-46 win over...

Lady Patriots hold off Hickory Ridge 47-42

The Independence women’s basketball team won 47-42 in its conference opener Friday night at Independence High School.  The victory was the Lady Patriots’ first...

Patriots bounce back with win over Hickory Ridge

The Independence men’s basketball team responded to a three game losing skid by scoring early and often in a game where they never trailed...

Mint Hill residents shopped local Dec. 14th at the 2nd Annual Pop Up Christmas...

With overcast skies and festive music in the air, Mint Hill shoppers came out to support local businesses at the 2nd Annual Pop-Up Christmas...

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Mint Hill residents shopped local Dec. 14th at the 2nd Annual Pop Up Christmas...

With overcast skies and festive music in the air, Mint Hill shoppers came out to support local businesses at the 2nd Annual Pop-Up Christmas...

Changing of the Guard

New Mayor & Commissioners take oath of office. All Photos by Paul Imirie

Butler defeats Rocky River at Dawg Pound 62-52

The Butler Bulldogs who have a young basketball team this season led the vast majority of the basketball game with one exception during the...

Shop Local: Best last-minute holiday gifts for under $20

It’s December 18.  T minus one week until Christmas morning.  The Mint Hill Christmas Pop-Up Shop has come and gone.  Mint Hill Historical Society’s...