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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

Indians On A Train
While talking with a friend today we reminisced about young children and grandchildren. She mentioned her granddaughter may be coming to town this week and she would love to take her to Tweetsie Railroad.
Sunday, June 25, 2017

Look What Happened
From May, 2017 Judge writes - I think it is here... Once again the grass is greener... The flowers are turning... Turning many beautiful colors... We made it another year...
Sunday, June 25, 2017

When What You Thought Was There, Isn't
Nostalgia is a tricky business. Sometimes what you long for can never be recaptured. That ugly truth came crashing down on me a few weeks ago when Cousin Renee called. “It’s not there,” she said.
Saturday, June 24, 2017

Crew 87 Adviser Thanks Herald
Crew 87 writes that it was an honor for the Lincoln Herald to write an article about them this week.  They are sponsored by Crouse United Methodist Church.
Saturday, June 24, 2017

Reading Faster And Learning More
When I was in the ninth grade, our English teacher had us time ourselves while reading a novel and calculate the number of words per minute we had just read.  My reading speed was 125 wpm.  “Ok.  So-so,” I thought.  But then, something awful happened.  
Friday, June 23, 2017

Scooby To The Vet
I had not planned to be sitting in the vet’s office first thing Monday morning. It was the second night of a restless fluffy white dog who yelped in pain when being picked up, and a lack of appetite that drove me to change plans.
Thursday, June 22, 2017

Don't Be Fooled!
Sometimes you may receive emails about offers that appear just too good to be true. That's what they are--too good to be true!  They're likely an attempt to get your personal information.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Sometimes You Have To Cut A Knot
There are times you have to decide if the bond between two things are strong enough to withstand the ravel or if it's best to lose a little piece of you and make a clean cut.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

I Love These Washed-Up Bits Of History
I can’t tell you when I got the sea glass bug. Well no, maybe I can. The year was 2002, when I read the Anita Shreve’s novel, “Sea Glass.”
Monday, June 19, 2017

Time
This week Judge reflects on senior citizens and their time to share.
Sunday, June 18, 2017

Veterans Service Organizations Are Important
If you ever wondered why Veterans Service Organizations like the American Legion, VFW, DAV, the Marine Corps League and others are important;   look no further than the news of the last couple of weeks.
Saturday, June 17, 2017

Vive Marseille!
After spending part of last week wondering if the Suburban was gonna make it to L.A. and back, we dropped the kids off at the airport without too much of a hitch.
Friday, June 16, 2017

Time For Another "Teddy" Roosevelt?
Let me begin by saying that I am happy that only the shooter died in the horrific attack on Republican members of Congress in Alexandria, Virginia, Wednesday morning.
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Thursday, June 15, 2017

In Response To "News Media Deserves Consideration"
I would like to say in response to Wayne Howard’s editorial that I do not feel an apology is necessary and I think this whole thing has gotten a little out of hand. However as the photographer quoted in the article I feel my side should be shared as well. 
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

News Media Deserves Consideration
Some of you may have seen the editorial in the Lincoln Times-News on Monday in which editor Michael Gebelein objected to treatment of the news media covering the local graduations.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

When In Doubt, Don't
The talk of holding children accountable is a big chat when being proactive but do we adults hold ourselves accountable as well?
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Repaying Your Federal Student Loans
Though it may seem like it during school, federal student loans are not free. Like any other type of loan, they must be paid back with interest. Here are a few things to keep in mind when preparing to repay your loans.
Monday, June 12, 2017

Bully ????
When you think the word bully do you think of children, teens or adults?  Judge's latest poem is about YOU having the power to make the difference.
Sunday, June 11, 2017

I Ran Away From My Date
Brian Shook and his wife Gail are from Lincolnton and we were camped beside them at Myrtle Beach Travel Park. We became friends and shared some good stories together. I told them about the columns I write and Brian said, “Man have I got a story for you.”
Sunday, June 11, 2017

Check Engine Light... Just Before A Trip
After researching parts and procedures, it looked like it would be about $150 in parts and a few of hours of labor. Let’s see…$500-$600 in the shop, or $0 for labor at home? Home it is, for this one! Back to the research.
Friday, June 09, 2017

No Blood No Band-Aid
Within 12 hours, I managed to get fire-ant pesticide in my mouth, sliced open my pinky-finger with the cat food can, and was bitten by a baby black widow spider twice on the leg. Compared with that, I didn’t mind spending 90 minutes in Friday afternoon commuter traffic.
Thursday, June 08, 2017

Lead, Follow, Or Get Out Of The Way
Statement or question. Although it's a quote, I see it as a question. What path do you choose?
Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Salute To The Ladies Of The Panty Club
The year was 1981 and I had just taken a job at Central Telephone Company in Hickory. Female employees gathered to celebrate birthdays over lunch—and gift panties.
Monday, June 05, 2017

Huge Decisions
A recent poem by Judge that reflects that NOT all decisions are easy, fair or simple.
Sunday, June 04, 2017

Bikers - The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
Last fall I did a book signing at Biker Night at Zippers. I had never been there on Wednesday before and I was amazed at how many bikers were there.
Sunday, June 04, 2017

Weekly Newsletter
In his weekly newsletter, NC State Senator Dr. David Curtis expounds the GOP position on state issues.
Sunday, June 04, 2017

US May Be Rejecting Paris Accord, But NC Keeps Truckin'
President Trump announced Thursday (June 1st) that the United States will be withdrawing from the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement signed by 195 nations.  North Carolina's Division of Air Quality (in a loosely related story) announced Friday that it is awarding $180,986 in grants for projects to reduce air pollution from mobile sources.
Friday, June 02, 2017

Inside Raleigh
The NC House passed its version of the state budget on Thursday evening.  Lincoln County State Representative Jason Saine offered the following comments.
Friday, June 02, 2017

Lightning Storms In The Field
Every other weekend during the school year, it was our turn to milk.  My brother and I would help Daddy milk Saturday evening, Sunday morning, and Sunday evening.
Friday, June 02, 2017

SB 656 Would Lower Ballot Access Barrier
The House Election Committee May Vote This Week to help give voters more options. The NC House Election committee's set meeting date is Thursday at 9 a.m. in Rm 643 LOB. But they can meet at any date, time, or place.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Signs Of The Times
The signs on the Courtsquare that were donated by the Lincoln County Homebuilders Association in the 1980s are about to be removed.  A new electronic sign at the James W. Warren Citizens Center will be used to promote local events.
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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Have You Ever Wanted To Walk A Mile In Someone Else's Shoes?
Most of the time when you hear the phrase "don't judge me until you've walked a mile in my shoes" it's said as a negative - a derogatory statement.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Ways To Pay For College
Though rising higher education costs don’t appear to be letting up any time soon, grants, scholarships and loans can all help make college more affordable—or even free. 
Monday, May 29, 2017

Mother's Day 2017
Judge Rembert comes from a long line of storytellers, especially her mother. Here is a poem she wrote right after Mother's Day this year.
Sunday, May 28, 2017

Yes, Washing Dishes Was A Race!
More adventures with Lincoln County native Marty Reep who grew up in the West Lincoln area where 4-H was a big part of the local culture. As such, it provided all kinds of stuff: activities, friendships, meetings, and little how-to booklets full of knowledge.
Friday, May 26, 2017

Back To Our Regularly Scheduled Program
“Tell me about your exercise routine” my doctor said a few months ago. I said, “I do farm-fit. It’s like cross fit, but it involves wrangling goats, hauling 5-gallon buckets of water, and 50-pound bags of chicken feed. It’s a great mix of cardio and strength training.”
Thursday, May 25, 2017

James Gantt, Soldier Boy
In 1964 James Gantt, a 23-year-old young man, was drafted into the Army. He had his basic training at Ft. Gordon, Georgia. Being away from home he missed his family and friends. The only girl he wanted to write to was a dear friend that he had never dated.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Qualifying For VA Healthcare Benefits
As your Veteran Service Officer I often have Veterans and surviving spouses come into the office and say I want to sign up for VA benefits. Somehow there is the misconception that there is a package of benefits just waiting on you to come and get.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Struggle Is Real
It's always easy for us to expect people to be perfect, in reality, we know it's unrealistic. Addiction, that's a powerful word - one which relates from satisfaction to heartache.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

No Right Answers
Judge wrote this article in 2011 about her mother who had Alzheimer's. She hopes it will interest people who are dealing with it.
Sunday, May 21, 2017

Not WHAT You Know, But HOW You Think
Much of your success in this life will be based not on what you know, but HOW you think and respond. And, you are already living proof. Honestly.
Friday, May 19, 2017

New Life Breathed For Shelter & Volunteers
At Monday night’s commissioner’s meeting, Hannah Beaver breathed new life into not only the animals but many volunteers as well. I am one of them.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

We're From The Good Place
Most of us have no idea how deeply American permeates the world until we go overseas. Indeed everywhere my husband and I went in Scandinavia last month, we were reminded how “American” the world is.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Humane Voters Of Lincoln County Support No Kill Plan
Our county now has its own personalized No Kill road map, and all the individual constituents (the shelter staff, the director, animal advocacy groups, rescues, fosters, the contracted veterinarian and community volunteers) can see precisely what role they will play in turning this plan into action.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Let Your Gifts Be True Gifts
So often, I hear people say they won't give to someone asking for money because they probably will spend it on wine or they may not be homeless. I find that it is not nearly as satisfying to give if you begrudge the gift.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The "Paying For College" Conversation
It’s easy to get caught up in filling, evaluating and planning a budget for college expenses, and forget one very important step of the paying for college process: having an open, honest conversation with your child about how you will handle the cost of college.
Monday, May 15, 2017

Cancer Changed Her Life
She did not know anything about cancer, but she knew a lot about her Grandmother. Grandma was the sweet lady that she had known for the past 16 years. (Today we introduce a new guest columnist who is 75 and lives in Maiden, N.C.)
Sunday, May 14, 2017

Leadership - The Long-Term Investment
Recently, my wife and three grown kids were in Chicago to attend the oldest child’s graduation from college. As we were walking around the city, my wife reminded me how leadership development is a long-term investment with a lifelong payoff.
Friday, May 12, 2017

A Surprise Proposal
Amanda McCraney tells me she was taken totally by surprise on the vacation she and her boyfriend took in 2009.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Life Doesn't Always Go Like You Want It To
Have you ever noticed when things are going right for people, they seem upbeat. Where is that joy when things aren't picture perfect?
Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Transferring A Winning Mindset
Somebody asked me recently, “How do you transfer a winning mindset from one person to another?”
Friday, May 05, 2017

Fire Departments Deserve Tax Increase
Three of Lincoln County's eleven fire departments have asked for an increase in their fire district tax for fiscal 2017-18.  Lincoln County Commissioners held a public hearing on the requested increases Monday night (May 1st).
Tuesday, May 02, 2017

The Odds Can Be Pretty Darned Odd
In my last column, I wrote about chance encounters in odd places. One of them involved my aunt who happened to sit next to a man on a flight from LA to Washington. Life has its random moments, which brings me to April 10 in Iceland.
Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Time Versus The Times
Would we still do the things we do for the people we love who are sick if they are completely healthy?
Tuesday, May 02, 2017

The Total Cost Of Higher Education
Pursuing higher education is an expensive investment. Each year, millions of students spend thousands of dollars to further qualify themselves for their dream career.
Monday, May 01, 2017

In Support Of Relay For Life
Gastonia held its Relay for Life Friday night.  Lincolnton's event is next Friday (May 5th); East Lincoln on May 12th; Cleveland County, May 19th; and Catawba County, June 2nd. We urge your support of these events--raising money for the American Cancer Society.
Saturday, April 29, 2017

Helping Others Become Better
As a leader, you’re expected to help other people around you become better: better at who they are, better at what they do, and better at how they do it.
Saturday, April 29, 2017

Presidential Retirement Funding
Recent news articles again highlight the ridiculous Federal funding for former Presidents. Former President Obama will receive approximately $400,000 for delivering a single speech. This type of payment is not unique, as similar opportunities exist for all former Presidents, from Mr. Carter, through Mr. Obama.
Friday, April 28, 2017

I Know A Guy
When you live in a small rural town, you tend to know a lot of people. Growing up, my cousin’s late husband, “Big Bill”, used to tell me, “yeah, I know a guy…” and I thought that he only had one friend.  I know a guy who hauls logs, one who will deliver mulch, one who will trim donkey hooves, and one owns a wrecker service.
Thursday, April 27, 2017

Have You Seen 13 Reasons Why?
If you have not seen this story “13 Reason Why” on Netflix, I urge you to watch it, especially if you have children in school.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Truth Can Be Stranger Than Truth
The other day a friend shared a remarkable coincidence. It seems that a friend of hers had sold a condo in California. The buyer, it turned out, was a half-brother of the seller, who never knew this sibling existed.
Monday, April 24, 2017

VA Claims For Exposure To Water Contaminants At Camp Lejeune 1953-1987
You may have heard or read in recent days about the Camp Lejeune water contamination as it relates to the VA and VA compensation. 
Saturday, April 22, 2017

Breaking Through A Mental Fog
If you’ve ever been stuck in a mental fog, then you know how hard it can be to break out of it.  But, you still have to, because your success, livelihood, coworkers, business, and family are counting on you…not to mention your own peace of mind!
Friday, April 21, 2017

Lobbyists Once Again Prevail in Raleigh
The most recent example of how many Republican officials are guided by lobbyists more than by principals is the legislation to modernize the NC Beer distribution law was gutted in favor of protecting those who paid to play. This time Republican leadership sacrificed their belief in less regulation and free markets.
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Was $10, Now It's FREE!
Back in late March, the Lincoln Herald published the results of our collection of information about the disposal of old TV's and CRT monitors and other electronics entitled Old TVs & CRT Monitors Make For Trash Talk.  For Lincoln County residents, there was a $10 fee for disposal of such items--but  not any more.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Downsizing Your Home
Whether you’re flirting with the idea of relocating to be closer to grandchildren or thinking of scaling back because you need less space, leaving  a home filled with a lifetime of memories may seem daunting.
Monday, April 17, 2017

Creating A Habit Of Happiness
A good way to improve your life is to create a habit of happiness.  Part of the habit can come from friends, food, music, or lifestyle.  But, the biggest determining factor in your habit of happiness is your attitude.
Friday, April 14, 2017

The Adventures Of WWMLP
A few weeks ago, I stayed overnight with a friend for logistical purposes. Her daughter Ali gave me her favorite toy, a Wonder Woman action figure and a My Little Pony toy with a purple mane. To me, these two little figurines are like the widow’s coins; they may seem like trinkets, but they represent a great treasure.
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Billion Dollar Tax Cut?
Sponsors, including Dr. David Curtis of Lincoln County, are calling Senate Bill 325, approved last week the "Billion Dollar Middle Class Tax Cut Act."  But is it?
Monday, April 10, 2017

What I Didn't Tell These New Parents
Becoming a parent is tough business. I recently visited our six-month-old granddaughter Violet and her parents in California. She was generally all smiles when she wasn’t hungry, tired or wet.
Monday, April 10, 2017

Regarding North Carolina Littering Laws
The littering laws of this state are old and out of date (2001). Littering has gotten out of hand in this state and something needs to be done about it.
Sunday, April 09, 2017

Ribbons & Sand
I see multiple prayer requests on social media. I pray for healing of loved ones I’ll never meet, and sometimes I wonder if my responses matter. I mostly blog about goats, chickens and farm life because that’s normal. It’s controllable and goats make me happy.
Thursday, April 06, 2017

Flying Mattresses
Scott Cameron tells me that while working at a furniture store about 20 years ago he saw customers doing dangerous things.  One such instance was how people transported mattresses they had purchased.
Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Exploring Senior Living Alternatives
Whether you’ve experienced a serious health issue, want expanded social connections or simply don’t want to keep up with home maintenance, finding a senior living alternative is part of the aging process.
Monday, April 03, 2017

Scruggs Center: Pickin' Good Day Trippin'
A lot of folks know that my husband and I like to take day trips. Our latest foray took us to Shelby, destination: The Earl Scruggs Center.
Friday, March 31, 2017

Date Night
Jim and I went on a date. He called it an educational field trip. We went to the Livestock Auction where we saw a throng of people packing the auction block, a line to the restroom, big screen televisions, and the auctioneer was on his game.
Thursday, March 30, 2017

What's At Your Core?
What’s at your core?  When all the niceties and formalities of life were stripped away from you, at various times in your life, what did you see?  Were you a nice person?  Kind?  Bitter?  Seething with resentment?  Or, gleeful and carefree?
Wednesday, March 29, 2017


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