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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.

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The cover of North Carolina Congressman David Price’s new book sums up American politics today: dark storm clouds looming over the gleaming Capitol dome.

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You’ve won big! That’s an attention-grabbing line, right? We all love to win prizes and money, but all too often, the lure of a prize is just a scam to take our money. You or someone you know may receive an email, letter, or phone call telling you you’ve won a lottery or a big prize or are a…

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Investing in women makes good business sense because diverse and inclusive workplaces are essential in meeting the needs of the clients and communities we serve.

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MINT HILL – Robert Long has fond memories of the time he spent as the first mayor of Mint Hill – even the occasional cussin' he received from citizens.

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In July 2020, when the Hooks-Orr American Legion Post 235 commander approached the board of commissioners with a plan to renovate the veteran’s memorial at Stumptown Park, the board felt the collaboration was a win-win.

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My husband and I are now at an age where we are thinking about scaling down our living arrangements in a senior full-service community. We have explored several possibilities with one regret – they are not in Union County.

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An Alive Day marks the day a service member nearly died in combat, but through the modernization of battlefield medicine, grit, determination and camaraderie, service members are surviving wounds that could have killed them just a decade earlier.

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My wife and mother got along like peas and carrots. Twenty-three years ago, we created a mother-in-law suite in our house and she moved in with us.

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We have all spent more time at home than we care to admit. We have been looking at the same old decor for months now and it’s time for a refresh.

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Mayor Ron Pappas took the first steps of fulfilling his destiny toward becoming emperor of Waxhaw on Feb. 9 as he gave a speech touting the town’s accomplishments since he took office.  Emperor Pappas called out people in the press and on social media for trying to deceive his kingdom, but he did not address […]

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Last year, I had big plans for Valentine’s Day. We would go to my favorite Italian restaurant. I would drop my wife at the door and then park the car. When I entered the restaurant, I would pretend to meet this mysterious woman at the bar and we would fall madly in love. We would […]

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In light of COVID-19, many entertainment venues have canceled or postponed performances and sporting events. The 2021 Super Bowl is happening, however, Feb. 7 in Tampa, Florida. The NFL has announced that about 22,000 fans can attend, with 7,500 of those being free tickets for vaccinated health care workers. That means that 14,500 tickets will […]

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By Tony Marciano We are about to enter the wonderful month of love called February. Everything turns pink and there are red hearts everywhere. I can remember being in third grade and distributing Valentine’s Day cards to my classmates. As you got older, you were too cool to pass out Valentine’s cards to your classmates. […]

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Waxhaw is on its way to becoming Union County’s first dictatorship. Town leaders tried to quietly slip a resolution on its consent agenda last night that supported asking state lawmakers for help in moving town elections from odd to even years, thus giving the mayor and commissioners an extra year in office. Mayor Ron Pappas […]

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By Andrew R. Campanella Yes, it’s January, not June, and you may feel like you’re finally settling into a routine during a challenging school year. But as the saying goes, “The secret to getting ahead is getting started.” Despite the disruptions of COVID-19, January is the ideal time to check in with your child about […]

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Kathy Heintel’s latest rant on delays with Sun Valley High School renovations reminded me of classic Howard Stern segments in which the radio host would bring production staff into the studio to explain why the show wasn’t going well. Heintel, who chairs the facilities committee for the Union County Public Schools Board of Education, wasn’t […]

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by Paul WeissThe Oasis Institute As the executive director of a national nonprofit that promotes healthy aging, I have wondered if the masses sheltering in place during the COVID-19 pandemic might create some awareness of how older adults live all of the time.  Our team spreads awareness about the ongoing crisis older adults face as […]

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During December, we all make New Year’s resolutions. We resolve to do something that will change our lives in the new year. Maybe we will lose weight or begin to exercise. Perhaps we will read through the Bible. We start out with the best of intentions. The first few days of January, we are committed […]

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Ella Scarborough should resign from the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners if she is unable to contribute to discussions that affect the one million citizens who live here. I believe her colleagues on the county commission are covering for her. They should not let her coast through critical discussions on affordable housing, upward mobility, school […]

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By Paul Weiss As the executive director of a national nonprofit that promotes healthy aging, I have wondered if the masses sheltering in place during the COVID-19 pandemic might create some awareness of how older adults live all of the time. Our team spreads awareness about the ongoing crisis older adults face as their world […]

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In the late summer of 2018, I decided to take a step toward a goal I’d had for a long time. I’ve always wanted to own a clothing boutique. I can remember dreaming about it when I was a little girl.  I’ve always felt that women should feel beautiful and special no matter their station […]