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Time Travel for Word Lovers, or Fun with Merriam-Webster
Scroll back on the years and see when certain words were first printed in the English language.  Being the history and word buff that I am, I couldn’t resist.
Monday, May 21, 2018

Smart Financial Steps After College
Did you recently graduate from college? The years after graduation are crucial not only for getting a career underway, but also for planning financial progress. Consider making these money moves before you reach thirty.
Monday, May 21, 2018

Trust Is The Key
The invitation to someone's soul is priceless...To enter a soul is the most personal treasure known...
Sunday, May 20, 2018

Greatness Of A Moment
 Greatness can be captured in a moment.
Friday, May 18, 2018

Little Girl's World
Can you believe that was just one  lifetime ago?
Sunday, May 13, 2018

On Mother's Day
One of our readers asked that we publish this poem as she remembers her mother this Mother's Day.  For all those whose mother is no longer among us and for those who are fortunate enough still to have her in your life, we wish you and her a Happy Mother's Day!
Saturday, May 12, 2018

The Final Deployment
Have you made plans for your 'final deployment'?  When a veteran passes, it can be tough on a family if plans haven't been made.
Saturday, May 12, 2018

Something Beautiful
Something beautiful is what reaches down from heaven and up from the earth.  It is in the air we breathe and the tastes we enjoy. 
Saturday, May 12, 2018

Thank You
Dr. Lory Morrow, Superintendent of Lincoln County Schools, expresses her gratitude to those who voted for the quarter-cent local option sales tax on Tuesday.  You probably won't really notice the difference when you make a purchase, but it will make a big difference for our schools.
Wednesday, May 09, 2018

My (New) Career as a Handbell Ringer
Part of the joy of being retired is volunteering for stuff you wouldn’t have had the guts to try before.
Monday, May 07, 2018

Our Schools Need Your Vote on Tuesday
Voters in Lincoln & Gaston counties won't just be choosing their candidates for the General Election in November when they go to the polls Tuesday (May 8th).  They'll also be deciding on a quarter-cent local option sales tax.  We urge you to vote FOR the sales tax.
Sunday, May 06, 2018

Going From a Pollywog to a Shellback
There's a Navy ritual involving crossing the equator for the first time.  Unless you served in the Navy, you may not be familiar with it.
Sunday, May 06, 2018

A House A Home
Ride down the road and see a house...  A house that was neat and well loved... Anyone could see that it was a farm...
Sunday, May 06, 2018

Fear Is A Liar
Songs are powerful.  Words are powerful.  And, so is Truth.
Saturday, May 05, 2018

National Day Of Prayer
For those who may be unaware, this Thursday (May 3rd) is the National Day of Prayer.
Sunday, April 29, 2018

Storms In The Night
This week Judge reflects on a young child not afraid of the storm because she had her bear, One Eye, with her.
Sunday, April 29, 2018

Finding My Heritage
Seventy-seven year old John Polantz of Lincolnton, N.C. tells me he never really understood why as a child he was always interested in archery. No one else in his family showed this interest, but he was passionate about it.
Sunday, April 29, 2018

Dirty Politics
The writer objects to the tactics of a Political Action Committee formed April 12th, calling it a prime example of 'dirty politics.'
Friday, April 27, 2018

Sensing The Goodness Of A Soul
There is an inherent beauty in being alive.  And, if you ascribe to the belief that souls will live forever, then that beauty has the potential to live on, for a very long time.
Friday, April 27, 2018

Where Have All The Sewers Gone?
I can’t remember a time when I didn’t know how to sew. By age five, my mother had put a needle and thread in my hand and showed me how to stitch fabric.
Monday, April 23, 2018

God's Gift To Us All
Today Judge reflects on having bird feeders in our yards and watching the birds…. God’s Gift to us All!
Sunday, April 22, 2018

Getting Stuff Done
Yesterday, I made a list.  Sure, I’ve made lots of lists over the years, but yesterday I made another one.  I really needed to because a lot of ideas, concerns, project details, and general “miscellaneous” stuff kept bouncing around in my head.
Friday, April 20, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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