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The pandemic has disrupted all or parts of three academic years for students. Not surprisingly, there’s a lot of confusion about COVID-19 student loan policies and the possibility of debt forgiveness. During this stressful time for student loan borrowers, criminals are using your confusion a…

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MATTHEWS – The 2021 election features fewer candidates and less animosity than the 2019 race. Two years ago, we watched an escalating war between two factions. This year, we're treated to a friendly game of musical chairs.

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We don’t lack for crises these days, but one in particular affects North Carolina’s youngest citizens, their families and the people who care for them.

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Editor’s note: Jennifer De La Jara, a member of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Board of Education, took time from a meeting this month to express how the community can move forward on issues of racism and sexual assault. Her remarks were edited slightly for clarity. 

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I was at the store while on vacation buying items for lunch. My wife and I picked up the cold cuts, cheese, bread, mayonnaise and mustard. I also went down the pickle aisle to get some toppings for our sandwiches. There, I found a jar of roasted peppers. I love them. My mother loved adding t…

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The real estate market is booming in many North Carolina communities as many families move to neighborhoods, towns or states. We’re glad so many people want to live and work in our beautiful state, but moving can be stressful.

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It has been said in different times, in different ways, under different circumstances: Crisis brings opportunity, if you are willing to seize it.

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Former Gov. Pat McCrory is something of a political punching bag in North Carolina. But he could go from chump to champ in 2022 if he shatters the conventional wisdom that the state Republican Party belongs to Donald Trump.

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[Editor note: Union County Commissioner David Williams took time at the end of the July 19 meeting to address concerns from four speakers during the informal comments period. Each talked about the county's fiscal year budget.]

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[Editor's note: Jessica Cook was among four residents to speak out during the Union County Board of Commissioners meeting July 19 about the recently passed fiscal year budget. Here are Cook's remarks from the informal comments portion of the meeting.]

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Editor's note: Que Tucker, commissioner of the N.C. High School Athletic Association made these remarks July 20 regarding House Bill 91 being introduced to the N.C. General Assembly's Senate Committee on Education/Higher Education. The bill, described as "Accountability and Fair Play in Athl…

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Earlier this summer, North Carolinians saw just how troubling a ransomware attack can be as the Colonial Pipeline shutdown wreaked havoc at gas stations across the Southeast. But this wasn’t a one-time thing – ransomware attacks are on the rise. Last year alone, nearly a quarter of the 1,644…

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We Americans have a contradictory history when it comes to tolerating, or not tolerating, dissent. The latest chapter is the Nikole Hannah-Jones controversy at UNC-Chapel Hill.

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To many Americans, especially Democrats, Boris Johnson is a clownish British version of former President Trump. But Democrats might take a page from Johnson, especially on how to talk to people.

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Recently, The Weekly shared a pro view on the proposed sales tax increase for the light rail. I want to offer a different perspective on this proposal. As someone who has witnessed the continued growth of my town, I am completely in favor of properly planned, budgeted and implemented infrast…

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Editor's note: Stallings is trying to gain support to place a referendum on Union County fall ballots for a quarter-cent sales tax to pay for transportation needs, including light rail. Mayor Pro Tem Lynda Paxton gave these remarks during the June 8 meeting of the Union County Board of Commi…

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Hurricane season is here again – and while we’re thrilled with the season the Carolina Hurricanes have been having, we can all do without any tropical storms or hurricanes that may reach North Carolina this year. Unfortunately, experts are already predicting another above-average hurricane s…

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As I write this, the Charlotte region is projected to be entering its first “heat wave” week of 2021. This means daily high temperatures will be 90 degrees or more. Coinciding with this, we are entering drought conditions as we’ve not seen a soaking rain for a few weeks with little rain anti…

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Some of you may remember from previous columns I've written that my mother passed away a couple days before my high school graduation. I relive a lot of those moments every time I hear pomp and circumstance.

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My son and daughter-in-law purchased their first house. It’s a new home. There are blessings to purchasing a new home. Obviously, everything is new. You don’t have to wonder how much longer the AC system is going to last before it stops working. However, there are down sides to purchasing a …

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Many of you already know that I set out to start my own e-commerce clothing boutique back in the summer of 2018. My business partner, April Jewett, and I opened up our first physical location in 2020, and it’s been such an incredible experience.

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If you own a rental property with tenants in it but are tired of it or just can’t keep it any longer, you may wonder if you can sell it. With months left on a lease, it seems like you’d have to stay put until the tenants leave, but you have options.

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From here in North Carolina to the shores of California, over 52,000 bags will shine bright come September in honor of cancer patients and survivors. This beautiful ceremony is one of the ways the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) honors those affected by cancer through…

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This year, the IRS and the N.C. Department of Revenue have both extended the deadline for filing your income taxes to May 17. That gives you more time to file your taxes, but it also gives scammers more time to try to trick you into sending them your money.

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I believe the Union County Board of Commissioners received some bad advice the other day from its planning board when it comes to funding transportation projects.

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When I came to Charlotte 25 years ago, we invited my widowed mother to move in with us. We built a home with a full in-law suite. The developer used a local family-owned contractor to install the HVAC system. I had them perform its maintenance. I appreciated their responsiveness to my calls.

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Editor's note: Melissa Merrell shared these remarks with finalists for Union County Public Schools Teacher of the Year. We're sharing them with you in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week from May 3 to 7.

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When people were asked to shelter in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic last year, it was taken for granted that modern broadband technology could serve as a bridge to normalcy.

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More than 3 million North Carolinians are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This is a remarkable step forward in our fight against the pandemic, and soon we can begin safely returning to our lives.

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Life is filled with challenges. There are many external circumstances outside of your control. The weather, actions of others, the economy and politics are just a few examples. However, your response to these circumstances is completely within your control. You chose your thoughts, emotions …

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In late 2020, a veteran soldier was in a mental health crisis. Distraught, he left his home in the family RV, his wife convinced it would be the last time she saw him. A Charlotte-based veterans organization, The Independence Fund, who had provided suicide prevention training to him in the p…

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As a Black conservative Republican, Mark Robinson isn’t North Carolina’s traditional lieutenant governor. But he’s squarely in the tradition of lieutenant governors bedeviling governors.

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Submitted for your disproval: The fake news column of one Justin Vick, a very husky man with a penchant for telling tall tales and putting a foot in his mouth, especially on April Fools Day: 

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When we look back at this time last year, our memories are defined by the start of the pandemic. The end of March to early April 2020 is when people began working remotely, the stay-at-home order was in effect, non-essential businesses were closing and face masks, while not yet mandated, wer…

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During my first three semesters in college, I took two buses to get to school. In my fourth semester, I purchased a 10-year-old 1966 Mustang. I learned to work on cars by repairing it. I either fixed it or took the bus.