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The Pull Of The Harley
Well let’s think about it for a moment... He had the money... He had the skills to ride... Ride with the wind in his face... He did not have much time to ride... But he could make time...
Sunday, April 15, 2018

Solving Puzzles Is Even More Fun
Working on a puzzle is fun. Solving a puzzle is even more fun. This week, some friends’ nine-year old son solved a Rubrik’s Cube for the first time. He was grinning from ear to ear! Kudos and my hat off to him.
Friday, April 13, 2018

Sheriff Candidate Objects to Article
A candidate for Sheriff says he objects to our article about his candidacy.  We stand by our article being factual, but we are happy to publish his comments.
Thursday, April 12, 2018

Fraud Alert: This Isn't Going To Be Pretty
“Hi. It’s Capitol One. Did you just spend $19.99 at iTunes with card ending 5206?” When I woke up to this text last Thursday, I knew it wasn’t going to be a good day.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Being Verbally Abused For Years
I recently talked with a young lady who is going through a divorce. She wishes to remain anonymous because she had been in a verbally abusive marriage for six years, thinking all the time that it would get better.
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Sunday, April 08, 2018

When Will It End
This week Judge shares one of her writings from 2018 reminding us about how we need to think before we dump divorce fall-out on children.
Sunday, April 08, 2018

Avoid Pain Or Believe Success?
People will do incredible things to avoid pain – to avoid the anticipation of pain – to avoid the thought of pain.  Instead of going forward into a seemingly tough situation, they avoid it like the plague and do nothing.
Friday, April 06, 2018

Thank You Lincoln Herald
Thank you for the outstanding coverage of the West vs. Midwest 1A All-Star Basketball Games. Each year it gets bigger and bigger. 
Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Ways To Fund Special Needs Trusts
If you have a child with special needs, a trust may be a financial priority. There are many crucial goods and services that Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income will not pay for, and a special needs trust may be used to address that financial challenge.
Monday, April 02, 2018

Alzheimer's Nightmare
He was young once... He was in charge... In charge of their lives... In charge of other's lives...
Sunday, April 01, 2018

A Frightening Camping Experience
Dale Levins, who used to live in Ontario, Canada, tells me that a few years ago when his children were very young they were traveling to Myrtle Beach Travel Park for vacation. On the way they had stopped at a camp site in Virginia for the night.
Sunday, April 01, 2018

Goodness Of Reunions
In the immortal words of the singer, Prince, “Dearly Beloved – We are gathered here, today, to get through this thing called ‘Life’!” And that’s where the goodness of reunions come in. When people get together, it’s a great time of laughter, memories, crying, hugs, high-fives, and smiles.
Friday, March 30, 2018

Vietnam Veterans Day
Thursday March 29th is Vietnam Veterans Day.
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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Pinball Wizard Saying Goodbye To The Yellow Brick Road
Sir Elton John is retiring. Yes, the Honky Cat is calling it quits after nearly 50 years on the road, and I can’t say I blame him.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018

When She Was A Little Girl
There were farms all about… Tobacco and cotton… Pigs and cows… Dirt roads and quiet people… People worked hard on the farms… Went to church on Sunday…
Sunday, March 25, 2018

Heafner Thanks Herald For Coverage
Thank you so much for your interest and coverage of our event!
Saturday, March 24, 2018

Rain Means...
Hearing millions of raindrops fall is an incredible sound…and each kind of roof on a house produces a distinct, recognizable sound.  Rain on a tin roof make a louder, more hollow sound than an asphalt shingle roof.  Both are beautiful, but both are different.
Friday, March 23, 2018

The Truth About Sports Scholarships
Bob Gardner, Executive Director of the National Federation of State High School Associations and Que Tucker, Commissioner of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association address a common misunderstanding that potentially affects dozens, if not hundreds, of families who are spending thousands of dollars a year for their children to play club sports.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Retirement Questions That Have Nothing To Do With Money
Retirement planning is not entirely financial. Your degree of happiness in your “second act” may depend on some factors you cannot quantify. Here are a few of those factors as well as the questions they may end up provoking in your mind.
Monday, March 19, 2018

Well She Was There: Following The New Big Blue Suitcase
This was a very strange place... The other girls must be from a city... The halls were long... No windows… just doors in the halls...
Sunday, March 18, 2018

yaD 3.14 = PI.E Day
“Pi” (or 3.14...) is one of the more interesting numbers that we know of.  And ironically, once a year, a day pops up (March 14) that reminds us of some of the uniqueness in our universe.
Friday, March 16, 2018

If This Isn't A Food Desert, It Sure Feels Gritty
Dare I say it? Newton is a food desert. It’s been that way since Harris-Teeter left. A “food desert” is one of those trendy labels meant to shame corporations for pulling out of less-than profitable locations.
Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Did You Watch The Oscars?
Did you watch the Oscars last Sunday night? I didn’t, but while I was on the internet Monday, I saw a header for the best dressed ladies at the Oscars.  Naturally I had to click on it to see who had the most beautiful gown.
Sunday, March 11, 2018

Childhood Over: Follow The New Big Blue Suitcase
Summer of 1950... She was told that changes were coming... After being in a house... A house with both parents..24-7... Mama was going to work...
Sunday, March 11, 2018

Trespassing Boundaries Of Thought
For creativity to exist and to grow, there must be an interchange and an exchange of connected and disconnected ideas.
Friday, March 09, 2018

The Major Retirement Planning Mistakes
Much has been written about the classic financial mistakes that plague start-ups, family businesses, corporations, and charities. Aside from these blunders, there are also some classic financial missteps that plague retirees.
Monday, March 05, 2018

The Ugliness Around Us
Last week I wrote about the beauty around us. Today I’m going to write about the ugliness around us.
Sunday, March 04, 2018

Friends In The Night
This week Judge reflects of good memories being priceless treasures!
Sunday, March 04, 2018

Timeless
Raindrops on your face.  Your favorite song, at just the right moment.  A gentle hug.   …timeless.
Friday, March 02, 2018

Saluting A Real Hero: Billy Graham
It may sound corny, but America’s Pastor was one of my heroes, a man of integrity in a world where sincerity and humbleness are extremely difficult to find.
Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Lady Played The Organ At Church
She sat on the porch... Coffee cup in hand... Birds eating on the bird feeders... Age 76 was not all bad... Few new pains but... But she could walk... She was not in a nursing home... Not all bad...
Sunday, February 25, 2018

Enjoying The Beauty Around Us
As I look out my family room window this morning, I see our beautiful pear tree in full bloom with white petals in abundance.
Sunday, February 25, 2018

In A Flash
In a flash, brilliance is spawned by a moment of realization and an instantaneous awareness of things greater than you.
Friday, February 23, 2018

Bump Stocks, Crazies And Other Stuff I Can't Explain
In the wake of the Florida school shooting, with emotions running high, it’s crazy to even bring up the subject, for who am I to understand gun control law or what makes mass killers do what they do?
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Tax Deductions Gone In 2018
Are the days of itemizing over? Not quite, but now that H.R. 1 (popularly called the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act) is the law, all kinds of itemized federal tax deductions have vanished.
Monday, February 19, 2018

Single On Paper
She looked out the window... She sat and watched the snow... Slowly it fell... The snow was slower than her thoughts... Her brain raced... Flashback is often speedy...
Sunday, February 18, 2018

It Is Time To Talk
As funerals are being held for those who died in this week's school shooting in Florida, some have said "let the families grieve, now is not the time to talk about gun control."  We think now is the time to talk about gun control--and more.
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Saturday, February 17, 2018

If You Could Know...?
Occasionally, throughout history, people have stated that they suddenly had a sense that they needed to get their affairs in order.  They couldn’t explain how they knew, or why they knew – but they knew.
Friday, February 16, 2018

Seasons Come & Seasons Go
Well folks this is not news... We have heard it many times... Once again I offer this thought... If you are unhappy... If you are happy... This too will pass... It has its season...
Sunday, February 11, 2018

Unlocking Creativity
In his book, Imagine, author Jonah Lehrer describes a number of stories and situations where people unlocked their creativity, in order to get back on track.
Friday, February 09, 2018

Life In The Material World
Recently my friend I’ll call “Mrs. T” and I went on another of our infamous shopping forays out of town. I’m usually the buyer, she is usually the partner in crime, the bad influence when it comes to gratuitous buying.
Tuesday, February 06, 2018

What Do You Have In Reserve For 2018?
How much does the average American household have in the bank? Estimates vary, but the short answer to this question is “not enough.”
Monday, February 05, 2018

Family Vacation Turns Tragic
A friend gave Paulette this account of the Topsail Sound Pier collapse on July 4, 1987 where she, at age five, and her family were gathered to see the fireworks. 
Sunday, February 04, 2018

Let Voters Decide
The voters of Gaston County will have the opportunity on May 8th to vote on a $250 million school bond referendum--and on possibly adding a quarter-cent to the sales tax in that county.  We believe Lincoln County should vote on the local option sales tax, too.
Sunday, February 04, 2018

Unexpected Visitors
It was a normal day... It was nothing special... Just a day to look out the window... Look out and watch the birds...
Sunday, February 04, 2018

More About The Flu Shot
As the death toll from this year's flu outbreak continues to rise, here's more information about the flu shot you may find useful.
Saturday, February 03, 2018

Ideas That Pursue You
Ever had an idea that’s pursued you for a long time? An invention? A puzzle? A quest? If so, good! And, you’re not alone. True, everybody has ideas. But, not all ideas are ones that we come up with.
Friday, February 02, 2018

Arguments Against Flu Shot Exposed As "Fake News"
It's one thing to make a decision--however wrong--not to get a flu shot.  It's quite another to spread misinformation that could endanger the lives of others.
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Don't Tell My Mama
A humorous poem about taking her grandson out and about for the day and…. Well let’s not tell Mama about the incident at the rest area!
Sunday, January 28, 2018

Get From Here To There
Have you ever wanted to get somewhere or do something, but didn’t know how?  Take some time to visualize the whole thing, so your mind can figure out how to reverse engineer and order the steps to make it happen.
Friday, January 26, 2018

The Curious Tale Of Isaac Wise
Recently my book club discussed A History of Catawba County by Charles Preslar. In 1954, Preslar, a local reporter, wrote the county’s story including the legend of a local patriot, Isaac Wise. The Wises are said to have lived at the head of the South Fork River. 
Wednesday, January 24, 2018

A Hero Always Arises
On January 21st  I received a frantic call from my wife around lunch time; I began to ask my wife what was wrong and she began to explain she was going down Highway 27 towards Lincolnton in Boger City at the corner of Huss Street and Highway 27.
Monday, January 22, 2018

Why We Chose Not To Report The Snapchat Incident
Sometimes you can learn more about a news outlet by what they don't report than what they do.
Sunday, January 21, 2018

When Our Hands Get Older
It’s a good thing that I have a husband to help me open jars, bottles and boxes. There was a time when I could do this without needing any help. However, in the past five years or so this seemingly simple task has gotten harder for me.
Sunday, January 21, 2018

You Are Important
Sometimes you may forget... Forget how important you are... Important to other people... When thinking about yourself... You think you are unimportant...
Sunday, January 21, 2018

What My Grandmother Told Me
When I was little, my grandmother told me, “God is so good.”  I asked her, “What do you mean?”  She answered, “Just keep your eyes open in this life, and you’ll see.”  I started watching that day, and I have amazed ever since.
Saturday, January 20, 2018


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