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Sanctuary Of The Woods
Way down in the woods, we’d play every afternoon ‘til it started getting dark.  Then, we’d work our way back up through the trees and out into the clearing that formed the top part of the hill behind the hay barn and the metal calf barn that was painted white.
Friday, September 22, 2017

The Park, The Clock & More
The big day has finally arrived.  This Saturday (Sept. 23rd) from 10 until noon, the new First Federal Park will open on North Poplar Street between Sycamore and Pine streets.  The old clock on the Courtsquare is coming soon, too.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Even The Good Has Its Bad
Typically the good things we love are bad for us.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Good Retirement Savings Habits Before Age 40
You know you should start saving for retirement before you turn 40. What can you start doing today to make that effort more productive, to improve your chances of ending up with more retirement money, rather than less?
Monday, September 18, 2017

Senior Citizens
All people over 65 are senior citizens... All senior citizens have stories... Stories that have formed them into who they are today... Some stories are good... Some are bad... Some are hidden... Some are bragged about... Some are loud and some are quiet...
Sunday, September 17, 2017

Reform To The Tax Code Is Overdue
Americans, who are working hard every day, should be able to spend or save their earned wages in the way They want.
Saturday, September 16, 2017

Where Do You Want To Go?
Where do you want to go? Do you know? Creating goodness in the world, in your own life, and in the lives of others requires direction and an overall purpose. Leading others and doing worthwhile things is partially about going somewhere, deciding where, and determining why.
Friday, September 15, 2017

Do We Pay For Customer Service
In my opinion, customer service should go hand-in-hand with humanity. Nothing infuriates me more than to spend my earned dollars and be served rudeness and ungratefulness.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

This Storm Story Beats Hugo
Days ago, when we learned that Western North Carolina might be in the path of Hurricane Irma, thoughts of Hugo cropped up on the news and Facebook. How we had to hunker down and do without. Call that the Storm of the Century if you will, but I vote for the ice storm of 1996.
Monday, September 11, 2017

Porch Education
At the age of 75... Thoughts are often your friends... She sits on a swing and thinks... Where did her ideas come from... That question roamed around in her head...
Sunday, September 10, 2017

Brandon Johnson's Life Change
This week Paulette shares Brandon Johnson’s story of how he went from experimenting heavily with drugs at 17 to becoming a very active, healthy, happy, and blessed 31-year-old business owner. None of this would have been possible without God’s grace in his life.
Sunday, September 10, 2017

Kids' Conversation
When we were kids, my sister and I would lay down on the grass under a shade tree in the summer time to beat the heat. We’d start talking about whatever came to mind. That’s when the “I wonders”, aka “thought-jumps” would happen. This was one of those conversations…
Friday, September 08, 2017

The Plight Of The DREAMers Should Concern Us All
President Trump's decision to do away with the DACA program begun by former President Obama has left 800,000 people who have lived nearly the whole lives in the US in danger of deportation.
Thursday, September 07, 2017

A Pile Of Rocks & Harvey
As Janet prepares to manually distribute some of the 17 tons of gravel from their 15th anniversary present to fill a few water washed pot holes she thinks of the devastation left this week in Houston in the wake of Hurricane Harvey and the potential devastation to come with Hurricane Irma.
Wednesday, September 06, 2017

When Reality Hits Home
September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness month and also Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Awareness. Both are things that touch deep for me. November 17, 2001, I began having preterm labor - this terrified me.
Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Financial Priorities Young Families Should Address
As you start a family, you start to think about certain financial matters. Before you became a mom or dad, you may not have thought about them much, but so much changes when you have kids.
Monday, September 04, 2017

Wonderful Memory
What an opportunity... Left a smile on her face... Left a smile on her memory... She did not meet many... Many foreigners... She lived a normal life... Normal for a Southern 75 year old...
Sunday, September 03, 2017

Mischief At The Air Force Base
In 1986 I was a freshman in college. My dad was stationed at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo. I had decided to take a drive with my best friend and we ended up at the Air Force Academy about 11:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 03, 2017

Collecting Eggs With A Shotgun
More adventures growing up on the farm in western Lincoln County with Marty Reep and his siblings.
Friday, September 01, 2017

History, Heritage And Hate
The recent events involving the removal of Confederate statues from public grounds and other news items related to those things that divide us as a nation were even more on my mind after I received a forwarded email recently.  It caused me to do some soul-searching, something we all need to do.
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Texas Storm: History Repeats Itself ...Again

Most of us watching the Hurricane Harvey recovery are horrified by the destruction and misery. The few bright spots are seeing people and their pets brought to safety and Newton’s own Brock Long, the newly appointed FEMA administrator, in charge of recovery efforts.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Habitual Or Sincerity
Often times, when passing another, we offer our "Hellos and how are you" but how many times do we frequent from habit?
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Going From Barrel Racing To Selling Premier Designs
Naomi Race of Mooresville tells me until four years ago she was a barrel racer on the rodeo circuit where she qualified for world championships, etc. It was that time in her life that she changed the direction her future was going in.
Sunday, August 27, 2017

Be Careful With The Words Deposited
Words spoken are words deposited.... Deposited in minds.... Deposited in hearts. There are no withdrawals.... So think...Be careful.... It has been 55 years.... The divorce was final 45 years ago....
Sunday, August 27, 2017

So I’ve been a little MIA from writing lately.. apologies.. but what I haven't been MIA from is social media. The other day I was scrolling through Instagram and it was nothing but pictures of flawless women.
Saturday, August 26, 2017

Developing The Right Mindset
What’s your mindset?  The reason I ask, is because the right mindset is essential for your success.
Friday, August 25, 2017

Interplanet Janet & Jim At The Eclipse 2017
Janet and her husband Jim travelled to St. Clair, Missouri to visit his sister and be near totality for the eclipse on Monday. Here is their adventure.
Thursday, August 24, 2017

Is Casual Always Comfy
Well, while I am a lady who enjoys her jeans and tees, sometimes even those aren't comfortable.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Prison Isn't Always What We Think It Is
Tony Dellinger recently retired from the prison known as the Lincolnton Correctional Center. After his 25 years there he was ready to leave.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Poor Is A State Of Mind; Broke Is A Temporary Condition
She does not know... Know who told her that... But it is so true... In all the years she has lived... Lived and survived... Those words have given her hope... Often given her direction... She has been broke... BUT never poor...
Sunday, August 20, 2017

SCV Decries Governor's Political Cowardice
Gov. Roy Cooper has been condemned by the North Carolina Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. On Thursday, Commander Tim Willis of Lincolnton’s Hoke Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans released a statement from the Godwin-based state-level of the SCV.
Saturday, August 19, 2017

Laugh Your Way To Happiness
Almost everybody likes to be happy.  Not everybody, but almost.  The folks who never smile and look like they’re always sucking on lemons – you know who I’m talking about – those are the ones I try to stay away from.
Friday, August 18, 2017

SCV Historian And Re-Enactor Explains The War
So what caused the War Between the States? Virginia native and Cherryville-area resident Kirk Carter, a noted historian and public speaker, recently sat down with the Lincoln Herald to explain the war that so many Americans no longer understand, as shown by recent events.
Friday, August 18, 2017

SCV Spokesmen Condemn Illegal Acts
Harmon Lackey, a spokesman for Lincolnton’s Hoke Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, and Kirk Carter, a Virginia native, now a Cherryville-area resident and the commander of the SCV’s Thomas Caldwell Camp in York, S.C., spoke Wednesday to condemn the recent violence of rioters in Charlottesville, Va., and in Durham.
Friday, August 18, 2017

No Time Like Now To Find Your Roots
Genealogy knows no season, and there’s no better time to find your roots than right now, or, more specifically, Saturday, Aug. 26. That’s when I’m conducting my free genealogy “how to” program at Catawba County Library, 115 W. C Street in Newton.
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Trash Or Donate
It's true - one man's junk is another man's treasure.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Money Concerns For Those Remarrying
Some of us will marry again in retirement. How many of us will thoroughly understand the financial implications that may come with tying the knot later in life?
Monday, August 14, 2017

School Bazaar
She had never been to a bazaar... What was a bazaar anyway... The school was having a bazaar... It was the talk of everyone...
Sunday, August 13, 2017

Different People, Over Time
Years ago, I thought that I would always stay in touch with the kids I went to school with and graduated with.  But, no.  I haven’t seen some of those guys in years.
Friday, August 11, 2017

As A Parent Of A High School Student, I Fear Failure
It's hard when you are gathering information to help steer a student down different pathways when you have never ventured the journey.  Multiple counselors, curriculum nights, school talks – have you ever thought you were completely lost when listening to them?
Thursday, August 10, 2017

It's Not Your Phone--Really!
Had a problem with your cellular phone lately?  You can hear people who call you but they can't hear you--or vice versa?  It's not your phone!  Really!  It's apparently the network.
Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Weight Or Wait
The day you decide to go on a diet, with your favorite foods in the house, that's the day you are serious about making a change.
Tuesday, August 08, 2017

YOU Can Make A Difference
In the year 2017 people can make a difference... There are many ways... Ways for you to change a life... Actually lives... There are battered women's centers scattered... Scattered all over America...
Sunday, August 06, 2017

Bengay Is My Friend
I have noticed as I get older that I have numerous joints just waiting to start hurting. Where did this come from?
Sunday, August 06, 2017

Response From Alex Patton On Brunch Bill Article
Since My friend Wayne Howard has brought up my name in his articles concerning the brunch bill, I would like the opportunity to respond.

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Sunday Morning Alcohol Sales Won't Make Much Difference
The Lincolnton City Council on Thursday (Aug. 3rd) approved starting Sunday sales of alcoholic beverages at 10 AM in accordance with a new state law.  County Commissioners will vote Monday on whether to do the same in areas outside the city limits. Whatever the decision, it won't make much difference.
Saturday, August 05, 2017

Your Right Time, Your Right People
Previously, we’ve talked about writing down your ideas or recording them, so you can go back to them at a later date.  It’s valuable to do, because sometimes when an idea first comes to you, the time is not right to make it become a reality.
Friday, August 04, 2017

Plenty Of Questions On The New Healthcare Bill (Part 2)
In Part 1, I showed that getting more people and more treatments insured only adds cost to our health care system. Sticking with the problem of the high cost of healthcare, Part 2 will look at another factor driving up the cost.
Thursday, August 03, 2017

Type-In? No Thanks
Recently I read an article about a new trend for hipsters: the type-in. As the story goes, typewriter enthusiasts are holding gatherings in bars and restaurants to type to their heart’s content.
Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Between Two Deep Breaths
Often, the most rewarding time is the rest we take between two deep breaths.
Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Good Financial Steps To Take When You Get Married
Are you marrying soon? Have you recently married? As you begin your life together, it's important for you to start planning your financial future together and putting your finances on the same page.
Monday, July 31, 2017

Do You Know The Truth
Did you really see what was there... Maybe you just see what is on the surface...
Sunday, July 30, 2017

Brian Hayes Has A Passion To Help Senior Citizens
Brian Hayes is the Transportation Coordinator for Senior Services in Lincoln County. He has been there for three years.
Sunday, July 30, 2017

Remembering How To Paint
In 1975, Mrs. Frankie Kane stood at the front of our first grade classroom and said, “Today, I’m going to show you how to draw your house and the front yard.  Then, we’re going to add depth and color to it.”
Friday, July 28, 2017

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner
Sometimes, in life, it isn’t about who's the best.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Green Grass, Blue Sky & White Clouds
Six is a wonderful age... Old enough to ride a bike... Young enough to still ride a cloud... Old enough to walk alone... Young enough to want a hand to hold...
Sunday, July 23, 2017

Rethinking Vocational Education
The most popular acronym in education these days is STEM.  A part of that emphasis is on vocational opportunities that require some technological knowledge.   But in being taught skills that can be applied to jobs, are we robbing students of opportunities and benefits a good education should include?
Saturday, July 22, 2017

I Love You, Daddy
My wife and I learned when the kids were little, that as a parents, we want to hold our kids close and hug them tight.  And, when God calls them to go work for Him, we have to hold them loosely.
Friday, July 21, 2017

Some Benefits Veterans May Not Know About
Shopping online at Military Exchanges, the Virtual Lifetime Electronic Health Information Exchange program, and a Lincoln County Veteran Discount program are three benefits you may not know about.
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Watts' Debut Novel Wows This Reader
Stephanie Powell Watts is an author you need to know. She grew up in Caldwell County and has beaten the odds to land a major New York publishing deal. Her first novel, No One is Coming to Save Us, was released this spring, and last week I had the chance to read it.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Better Left Unsaid
There are somethings, in times, which are better left unsaid. This is a very hard for someone like me who is very verbal.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Combining Your Finances When You Marry
Some spouses share everything with each other – including the smallest details of their personal finances. Other spouses decide to keep some individual financial decisions and details to themselves, and their relationship is just fine.
Monday, July 17, 2017

Not Really Husbands
She had three husband... No this is wrong... She was married to three men... They had never been married to her... So she had never had a husband...
Sunday, July 16, 2017

Helping An Ailing Parent
Grant Rader shared the following story about his mother-in-law whose health had been deteriorating while living in Florida and she was brought back to North Carolina.
Sunday, July 16, 2017

Meatloaf - Dang Good Eatin'
West Lincoln native Marty Reep this week talks about how some days you just want some good ‘ole country cookin’ that fills you up, makes you feel better, and  the comradery that comes with having something in common with another human being. In this case, it’s meatloaf!
Friday, July 14, 2017

Jeff Jackson Wows Donkey Dinner
The Lincoln County Democratic Women held their second Donkey Dinner Thursday night at Democratic Headquarters on W. Water St. NC State Senator Jeff Jackson was the guest speaker.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Coupons = Save Or Splurge
I let coupons drive me to spend more. Heck yeah! If I have a $20 off $100 and only $70 in my cart - I am desperately seeking another $30 in merchandise.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

People Watching Is Fun
Several years ago we went to Las Vegas. As usual I started observing people. One afternoon we were walking and we were behind an elderly couple who were slowly making their way across the over-street walkway.
Sunday, July 09, 2017

All Ages
Seems like everyone wants... Wants to be a different age... Different from what they are... Young wants to be older... Seniors want to be younger... Maybe it would be better if... If we all looked at the wonder... The wonder of each age...
Sunday, July 09, 2017

Feeling Sounds...Involuntary Soundtrack
There’s a soundtrack playing in my head, almost 24/7. It’s not exactly a score by Hans Zimmer, but more along the lines of involuntary sound files that are somehow associated with different movements and actions that I see.
Friday, July 07, 2017

Time Travel To Colonial America
There’s nothing like breaking through a brick wall on the family tree.
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Take Time To Breathe
Some favorite song lyrics say it well!
Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Age 8: Follow The Big Blue Suitcase
In the Summer of 1950, at age 8, a little girl is sent off to a boarding school with nuns because mama was going to work to pay the bills. It was the best thing for her…..
Sunday, July 02, 2017

Young Man Encounters Odorless Gas At Work
This article has a special place in Paulette’s heart as this young man is her brother.
Sunday, July 02, 2017

Daddy's Version Of Rock And Roll
Western Lincoln County native Marty Reep writes about another adventure with his dad and brother on a Saturday afternoon in the Summer. 
Friday, June 30, 2017

What About Uncle Ollie?
Uncle Ollie, my maternal grandfather’s older brother lived for 3-years, 3-months and 29-days from 1906 to 1909. He died of scarlet fever; his post-mortem infant portrait hung around much longer to become something of family lore.
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Gerrymandering Serves No One
I’ve been listening to and reading the debate about gerrymandering in North Carolina and across the country for some time now.  I have finally come to a conclusion. It helps no one.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Plenty Of Questions On The New Healthcare Bill
Why is it that Democrats and Republicans in Washington can't agree on something and pass a good health care bill? That is just one of the many questions being asked.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Good Ol' Days
What once got rewarded by a gold star is now being judged by the number of likes on Instagram.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Is Grad School Worth The Cost?
What does your bachelor’s degree mean to you? For some, it is a certificate of pride and achievement or a ticket to a job they love (or at least one that pays the bills). 
Monday, June 26, 2017

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