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Commissioners To Increase Taxes By Over $7,000,000
Denver resident Nic Haag says he's very much opposed to the County Commissioners' decision to keep the current tax rate--resulting in bigger property tax bills for property owners.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Laurel & Hardy Moments Live On With Each Telling
There’s often something funny about the unexpected. One morning, I opened the refrigerator, as usual. Suddenly the entire door came off its hinges. Bottles of jam, salad dressings, drinks and condiments came crashing to the floor.
Monday, May 20, 2019

Here They Go
Well it started out a normal day... But you can guess the rest...
Sunday, May 19, 2019

Making Personal Progress
Making progress can mean lots of things to lots of people.  Making personal progress addresses the core of the matter that’s important to you.
Friday, May 17, 2019

Marijuana Isn't As Risk-Free As You Might Think
It’s no longer the “evil weed,” but higher potencies carry a risk for many; and marijuana is still illegal in North Carolina.
Monday, May 13, 2019

Going From A Pollywog To A Shellback
On one of my Saturday morning trips to Hardees I met Mike Manning and his wife. I asked him if he recalled anything he’d remember forever and without hesitation he told me it was when he was in the Navy.
Sunday, May 12, 2019

Cancer Is Your Enemy
There are things that can invade your life... Invade your mind... Overwhelm your very being... One of these things is your health...
Sunday, May 12, 2019

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.
Friday, May 10, 2019

UN Report: Extinction Is A Real Danger
A United Nations report on planetary health released this week has a dire warning: many species will become extinct in the next few decades if we don't act now to save them--and humanity may be in severe danger as a result.
Thursday, May 9, 2019

It's Spring; Here Come The Tree Butchers
It’s spring and the tree butchers are out. You know the crews that go door-to-door in search of trees to scalp. Recently I saw their handiwork south of Newton: beautifully shaped hardwoods reduced to the shape of surgical gloves.
Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Do Your "A" List Things, First
When I was in the eighth grade, I had Mrs. Harkey for science class.  She was a nice teacher, but she was firm in her expectations and in her grading.
Friday, May 3, 2019

Teachers March: "We Will Be Heard"
Teachers from across the state will march on Raleigh this Wednesday (May 1st), flexing their political muscle as they did with a similar march a year ago.  A march on Columbia is also planned in South Carolina.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

After-Thoughts On "Hops & Hymns"
"That's just it, Minnie!  There ain't no light."
Sunday, April 28, 2019

Feel Welcomed
A few years ago, I had the opportunity to fly into New Orleans and then drive over to Mississippi.  As I was planning my trip, I realized that I would be retracing some of the steps of one of my favorite storytellers, Jerry Clower.
Friday, April 26, 2019

Forgive And Forget
Last week Lacey mentioned in her column “Welcome to Adulthood” that she had written an entire article on forgiveness and her journey with it. Today we are sharing that original column from 2014.
Thursday, April 25, 2019

Maiden Newton-It's On Another Map
I’m a sucker when it comes to history—especially family history.
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Call The 800 Number
Try it my friend. What have you got to lose? You might learn to enjoy the experience.
Sunday, April 21, 2019

Head Over Heels
Some people are naturally happy!  Others of us have to work on it.  You know who I’m talking about: those people who always seem to be smiling at whatever happens, or who never seem to have a care in the world.
Friday, April 19, 2019

Earth Day 2019
In her book, "Silent Spring" published in 1962, Rachel Carson wrote: “In nature, nothing exists alone.” Earth Day has been celebrated on April 22nd each year since 1970. The theme for this year's observance is "Protect Our Species."
Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Welcome To Adulthood
Eighteen - Just a simple number, but yet much importance to us in our teens. I remember being so eager to turn 18. I remember thinking, “this is it, this is the start of my life and all my dreams are going to come true.”
Tuesday, April 16, 2019

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, April 14, 2019

Did You Tell Them?
In this week’s poem Judge reflects on talking with our loved ones…. Don't be the one to say “Why did I not tell them how much I loved them.”
Sunday, April 14, 2019

There Is Greatness In You
There is greatness in the day at hand!  There is greatness in you, and there is greatness all around you.  It’s a matter of which lens you’re looking through, as to whether you realize it, or not.
Friday, April 12, 2019

You Can Help
This week Judge contributed one of her poems on the evil enemy of cancer and how we can remember to help fight this enemy.
Sunday, April 7, 2019

Love On People
Love on people.  Be innocent in your love.  Don’t expect much in return, but put it out there, and you’ll be happily amazed at the results.
Friday, April 5, 2019

Grave Robbing
Egypt once was one of the richest and most powerful civilizations in the world. When a king died, everything the king would need in the afterlife was buried with him, including gold vessels, food, furniture and other offerings.
Sunday, March 31, 2019

Just A Thought
Seventy-seven is a lot a years... She was just thinking... Thinking about how it all happened... What did she draw on to survive...
Sunday, March 31, 2019

Reflect, Then Look Forward
As you close out last year and welcome in the new one, reflect and look forward.  Reflect on what you accomplished during the past year.  Think about the friends you lost or gained, opportunities you missed or maximized, and your perspectives that changed or improved.
Friday, March 29, 2019

Herald Receives Thank You Letters
It’s always good to get letters thanking our staff for their articles.
Thursday, March 28, 2019

Why Do You Need A Will?
According to the global analytics firm Gallup, only about 44% of Americans have created a will.
Monday, March 25, 2019

Succeed With Accountability
Being accountable to others can help you succeed in your life personally and professionally.  It keeps you on track with your goals, keeps you out of trouble, and is good for the soul.
Friday, March 22, 2019

Let's Be Good Americans, Good Citizens & Good Examples
It is 2019 and I am 77.  Lots a water has gone under this bridge.  Many things have changed in my world.  I remember when people could have different ideas and different opinions without feeling scared.
Sunday, March 17, 2019

Remember Your Original Objective
When you are trying to accomplish something, remember your original objective.  If you keep that idea in the front of your mind, you’ll wake up every day ready to work on it. 
Friday, March 15, 2019

When A Family Member Dies
The passing of a loved one irrevocably alters family life. After a death, there is so much to attend to; it is better to do it sooner rather than later. Here, then, is a list of what commonly needs to be looked after.
Monday, March 11, 2019

City Elections Not Likely To Change
I listened Thursday night (March 7th) as City Councilmen Dr. Martin Eaddy & Roby Jetton danced around the real reason the Democrats want to change City elections back to odd-numbered years and the Republicans want them left in even-numbered years.
Sunday, March 10, 2019

Age Comes With This ???
As she aged there were many unexpected... Unexpected happenings... Things she never thought of... Some things she was not ready for...
Sunday, March 10, 2019

Personal Improvements
How do you make personal improvements?  How to you better yourself?  How do you become the person you’ve always wanted to become?  First, identify a problem.  Second, make a plan to fix that problem.  Third, make time every day to work on the solution.
Friday, March 8, 2019

How Healthcare Delivered Today Is To Blame
Our guest writer was looking for someone to blame about the lack of care her sister received in an Emergency Department after experiencing a serious fall several weeks ago.  She complained formerly to that hospital but after reflection on her experience she says the method in which hospitals are required to deliver healthcare today is to blame.
Thursday, March 7, 2019

Tillis Says He'd Vote Against 'Emergency Declaration'
North Carolina US Senator Thom Tillis says he would vote against President Trump's declaration of a national emergency to fund a border wall if it comes before the Senate.  Senator Tillis's office shared with us his comments in an op-ed letter.  We thought readers would be interested.
Friday, March 1, 2019

A Retirement Fact Sheet
Does your vision of retirement align with the facts? Here are some noteworthy financial and lifestyle facts about life after 50 that might surprise you. 
Monday, February 25, 2019

Have You Ever Participated In A Trial Drug Study?
Three years ago, I was in the hospital seriously ill.  One of my diagnoses was sepsis. One morning two nurses came to my room and talked with me and my husband about entering a trial drug study for sepsis.
Sunday, February 24, 2019

Remember To Pass Them On
She looked at the white metal chairs... Chairs on her front porch... Why… Why were they so important... Important to her... What did she see and feel... Feel when she looked at them... Why did they warm her heart...
Sunday, February 24, 2019

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