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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

Steve's Chasing Cars
Friday morning, while wrapping up a requirements meeting with my boss and a developer, my phone vibrated and displayed the name of Daddy’s neighbor.  I excused myself and took the call. A million things instantly ran through my head.
Monday, March 27, 2017

Dirty Work--But Patty Does It
I'm a big fan of those people who don't just "talk the talk" but "walk the walk."  Patty Korn is definitely one of those people.
Saturday, March 25, 2017

Lincoln County Visit By State Superintendent Of Education
Recently I learned the newly elected State Superintendent of Education, accompanied by two Lincoln County elected officials, visited Lincoln County for the Reagan dinner. He visited the charter school but none of the public schools.
Thursday, March 23, 2017

He's No Dud, Steve's a Stud
Remember back in October when Jim and I picked up Steve the Goat for Daddy? Well, we wondered whether or not Steve was going to be good sire material. Last month, Daddy admitted that he wondered if Steve was a dud.
Thursday, March 23, 2017

You've Got To Dance With The One What Brung Ya
When you live in harmony with the people and the world around you, life is awesome!  But, when you live out of sync with those, it’s not as fun.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Chevrons: Sign Of The Times
Few things intrigue me more than design. Somewhere, someplace there are people deciding what we’ll be wearing next season, what color we’ll “like” and what patterns will emerge on clothing, housewares, giftwrap, upholstery and wallpaper.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Being A Nanny Isn't Always Fun
Shelby Beavers use to be a nanny to three small children and she tells me of a day she will never forget as long as she lives.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Starting The Senior Living Conversation
It can be awkward, uncomfortable and even depressing to start a conversation with your parents or other elderly loved ones that centers on the fact that they may no longer be capable of living on their own.
Monday, March 20, 2017

Time To Curb Further Global Warming
Allen Hubbard, a retired geologist and a member of the Citizens' Climate Lobby from Lincolnton writes about curbing further global warming and its accompanying extreme weather events and maintaining a livable planet for our grandchildren.
Sunday, March 19, 2017

In Response To Letter On The Fantasy Sports Proposed Bill
I was appalled by the intentional misinformation printed in the opinion section of your publication this past week and authored by failed candidate for public office Nic Haag. 
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Saturday, March 18, 2017

How's Bert?
Last month, when Bert and Ernie were born, I never imagined the weeks of daily bottle feeding. And let me clarify that I say “bottle-feeding” as a nicety.
Thursday, March 16, 2017

Realizing What You Resonate With
Most people want peace, tranquility, excitement, security, and purpose in their lives. Some don’t, and that’s okay, too.  But by and large, the comments I get from people, via email and in person, are that they want to live a great life…yet, somehow, they don’t always do it.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Widow's Or Survivor's Pension
Many Veterans are under the impression when they die, their spouse will draw money from the VA. It is mostly commonly referred to as a widow’s or survivor’s pension. This is available but there are several factors that must be met in order to receive this pension.
Monday, March 13, 2017

Rep. Jason Saine Is Pushing For New Taxes
It turns out our very own Representative to the General Assembly has been pushing a bill, (HB 279) before our state’s government that would require folks running fantasy sports leagues, of any size, to pay a fee to the state plus a share of the revenues.
Monday, March 13, 2017

Community Over Convenience - Stop Dollar General In Iron Station
Sadly, we, the citizens of Iron Station saw firsthand how far the Dollar General Corporation has strayed from the founding family’s concept of small town community spirit and accountability during the recent Lincoln County Board of Commissioners meeting on March 7th.
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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Heafner Thanks Herald For Coverage
Well, you did it again! What wonderful coverage you have given us! We really do appreciate it! Message from Carolyn Heafner about our series of articles about the Heafner-Williams Vocal Competition.
Saturday, March 11, 2017

Random Acts Of Waxing
I just wanted to wash the salt, slag, snow and road grime from my car. So, on Sunday, I drove to the nearest 4-bay do-it-yourself spray and wash where I found at least seven other drivers feverishly scrubbing the previous week’s snow memories.
Thursday, March 09, 2017

It's Like A Spa For Animals
This week I decided to spotlight Barkin’ Buddies Resort and Daycare because I had heard it was a wonderful “hotel” to drop an animal off for good care.
Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Hope Is There
Have you been struggling with challenges, recently? If so, hope is there for you. Even when troubles seem to knock on your door or stop you in the street, hope is still there for you.
Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Warning Signs For Seniors Living Alone
Many seniors will do anything to continue living in their current home, even convincing their friends and family that they are able to continue doing so when their health prevents them. 
Monday, March 06, 2017

Kiwanis Club Of Lincoln County Celebrates 75 Years Of Helping Children
We have a rich history of members who have taken time out of their busy schedules to assist children in need. Our Annual Pancake Supper is coming up on March 9 - please join us!
Sunday, March 05, 2017

I'm Here To Pick Up Chicks
We farm-chics stick together, because the things that happen to us are normal to those in our world, but completely foreign to non-farm-folk. Thanks to Audra of Ellis Farms for sharing your story and allowing me share a glimpse into a seemingly simple pick-up that went sideways.
Thursday, March 02, 2017

DAR Much More Than Tea And Crumpets
Is there anything more American than the DAR? The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, with more than 170,000 members, is one of the largest women’s organizations in the United States.
Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Being Okay With The Quiet
Are you okay with the times of quiet in your life? To be quiet, by yourself, and okay with it, is truly a freeing place to be – both mentally and emotionally.  My first high school English teacher,Mrs. Mervine, made us keep track of all our minutes in the week and how we used them.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017


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