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St. Luke's Lutheran Thanks The Herald
Appreciates coverage of confirmands.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

It's Good For Rheumatism
Daddy’s text this afternoon indicated that he found a possible beehive swarm. In my phone call to him as I left the office he requested a brood box, a hive top and bottom, and instructions to pick him up after dark. Cryptic at least, fully instructed at best.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Are Your Beneficiary Designations Up To Date?
Here’s a simple financial question: who is the beneficiary of your IRA? How about your 401(k) or annuity? You may be saying, “I’m not sure.” It is smart to periodically review your beneficiary designations.
Monday, June 18, 2018

First Prom
I’m not sure who first prom is the most exciting for – the daughter who is going or the mother who is helping her prepare for this occasion.
Sunday, June 17, 2018

Open A Door ... Close A Door
When we open doors in life... Often we close doors at the same time... Some are seen and some are hidden...
Sunday, June 17, 2018

Idol Talk Sheds Light On Pop Star Crushes
Ladies, if you’re like me, you had a teen idol. Yes, I know. It is a bit embarrassing to admit that any of us “mature adults” once dreamed of meeting Elvis, dancing with Paul McCartney or breathing the same air as Bobby Sherman.
Saturday, June 16, 2018

Actions, Reactions; Sunset, Sunrise
With every sunset, there is a sunrise.  For every smile, there is a smile looking back.  
Friday, June 15, 2018

Is the Bubble About to Burst?
I've been saying for quite some time now that the current situation in America reminds me much too much of the period in history just before the Great Depression. Is the bubble really about to burst?
Monday, June 11, 2018

Vigilance
Between feral dogs attacking daddy’s steers, hawks stealing chickens, and a donkey who lost his mind and injured three goats, the past few weeks have been interesting on the farm. And now paragliders are looping low over the fields and buzzing the animals from the air.
Monday, June 11, 2018

The Gift, "See A Dime"
She was in the 5th grade... Aunt Es moved her in her house after Christmas vacation...
Sunday, June 10, 2018

A Promising Future Awaits The Class Of 2018
W. Jeffrey Booker,  Superintendent of Gaston County Schools, presents his graduation message for the Class of 2018.
Saturday, June 09, 2018

Recognizing Younger Achiever
The Cespedes family would like to recognize their daughter for all of her achievements this past year during her first year in middle school - from her academic career, her athletics to her extracurricular activities in the community.
Saturday, June 09, 2018

Going For The Double Take
A well-played double take is beautiful.  I’ve spent (invested?) a good part of my life as a husband, dad, friend, and teacher trying to get people to do double takes on things I say, wear (swear), or do.
Friday, June 08, 2018

Lincoln County Misses Opportunity To Promote Our History
Upon perusing our state’s travel guide how our city/county historic landmarks were listed and portrayed, none were listed. Instead, our accommodations, local wineries, and local Chamber of Commerce were highlighted.
Thursday, June 07, 2018

Why Life Insurance Matters For New Homeowners
If you buy a home and you have no life insurance, there is a financial risk. It may not be immediately evident, but it must be acknowledged – and it should be addressed.
Monday, June 04, 2018

Music to a Mother's Ear
"...I hope he knows how proud I am of him.”
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Sunday, June 03, 2018

One Eye Was Waiting
OneEye was waiting... He never let her down...
Sunday, June 03, 2018

Can You Make Yourself More Creative?
Somebody asked me, a while back, how they can be more creative.  There’s not really a formula to being creative.  Or, is there?
Friday, June 01, 2018

Notes From An Impatient Patient
I know there’s nothing so boring as an “organ recital” about ill health, but here goes.
Tuesday, May 29, 2018

On Memorial Day
The writer of this letter comments on Memorial Day and urges more participation in events honoring the fallen.
Monday, May 28, 2018

Sharp Road, Columbia, SC
Thank God for the family members who planted the seeds...
Sunday, May 27, 2018

United We Stand, Divided We'll Fall
I've heard this quote many times but it never had an effect on me as it did today when I was sitting in my English 1 Honors class as my teacher was discussing the reasoning behind the march going on in Raleigh involving the teachers.
Saturday, May 26, 2018

Gray Days, Happy Days
Gray days happen every so often – everywhere.  If it’s been stormy where you live for the past few days, don’t worry – you’re not the only one getting that kind of weather.
Friday, May 25, 2018

U-G-L-Y...and Illegal
The litter that gets tossed from cars and the trash that falls off trucks that haven't properly covered their loads is only a part of the eyesore problem along Lincoln, Gaston, Catawba and Cleveland County roadways.  Some of the ugliness is put there intentionally.
Friday, May 25, 2018

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


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