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2018 Mind Set
The television was on... Two people were fussing... Fussing about Rudolph... Rudolph the red nosed reindeer... Why you should talk to your children...
Sunday, December 16, 2018

Commissioners Chose Wisely--Now Make It Stick
At their budget workshop session Friday (Dec. 14th), Lincoln County Commissioners chose to build a new courthouse on Gamble Drive near the Lincoln County Health Department.  It was the right decision--now they need to stick to it.
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Leadership - Using Strong Desires Positively
A strong desire is an authentic, real, underlying desire that guides your attitude and daily actions.
Friday, December 14, 2018

Friends In The Night
The house is quiet... The street seems closed... Neighbors are asleep... The street light welcomes... Welcomes the cats and bugs... Bats are eating quietly...
Sunday, December 9, 2018

Leadership - Propensity to Succeed
Every person has a propensity to succeed.  You do, and I do.  There is a natural drive within each of us to win…to succeed…to overcome…and to thrive!  It’s there, because we were born with it.
Friday, December 7, 2018

Nativity Scene Returns
A Sunday afternoon work party led by Alan Hoyle, who has placed it there for many years, put the Nativity Scene back on the Courtsquare in Lincolnton Sunday, adjacent to the Christmas tree.
Sunday, December 2, 2018

Christmas Trees
She always took the Christmas tree serious... Little girl put up Aunt Es's tree yearly... Little girl always helped put up Grandma' tree... Little girl always helped with family tree...
Sunday, December 2, 2018

Matching People To Jobs
Sooner or later, every leader faces a similar question: “Are all of your employees or volunteers in the best jobs that match their personalities?”  If so, fantastic!
Friday, November 30, 2018

PNNMB Spotlights Former Outstanding NLHS Graduate
Gavin Fulker is a sophomore at UNC Charlotte, majoring in music education. This is Gavin’s second year in the Pride of Niner Nation Marching Band (PNNMB). He grew up in Denver, N.C. and graduated from North Lincoln in 2017.
Thursday, November 29, 2018

No Manger Scene?
Will there be no Nativity Scene on the Courtsquare this year?  Alan Hoyle, who has been responsible for placing it there for several years, told the Lincoln Herald Monday that he's tired of having to do it alone with no help.
Monday, November 26, 2018

5 Retirement Concerns Too Often Overlooked
Retirement is undeniably a major life and financial transition. Even so, baby boomers can run the risk of growing nonchalant about some of the financial challenges that retirement poses, for not all are immediately obvious.
Monday, November 26, 2018

Why And Why Not
She sat and looked out the window... She drank her coffee... She watched her birds... Some on the feeders... Some on the ground... Some just waiting their turn...
Sunday, November 25, 2018

Vella Thanks Lincoln Herald For Coverage
Son Tre Vella among world's best at Filipino stick-fighting.
Friday, November 23, 2018

Leadership - Turning Your Mind Back On
Happy Thanksgiving! Do you ever feel like your mind is in a fog? That your brain somehow turned off? Once in a while, a series of events can occur that causes your mind to get so focused on a particular thing that it gets lost in the details.
Thursday, November 22, 2018

Same Items --- Different Eyes
There is an Old Oak Tree... Oak tree in a field... What did they see ????? Artist saw a painting... Painting with great beauty... Carpenter saw Oak cabinets... Cabinets with great beauty... Woodsman saw years of growth... Years of beauty... Furniture maker saw handmade Oak furniture... Furniture of beauty...
Sunday, November 18, 2018

Leadership - Turning Ideas Into Reality
Everything starts with a thought.   One billionth of a volt of electricity transfers from one part of the brain to another via a neural pathway and Voila!  A thought is created.
Friday, November 16, 2018

Leaving A Legacy To Your Grandkids
A family legacy can have multiple aspects. It can include much more than heirlooms and appreciated assets. It may also include guidance, even instructions, about what to do with the gifts that are given.
Monday, November 12, 2018

People Did Not See
She watched... She waited... She wondered when... When she would disappear... This was her best friend that she watched...
Sunday, November 11, 2018

My Tummy Hurts!
Today I’m going to talk about stomach pain. I’ve had this for almost a year. My family physician referred me to a gastroenterologist to see if they could offer me any help.
Sunday, November 11, 2018

Thank You West Lincoln JROTC
The West Lincoln JROTC sponsored their 3rd annual motorcycle run on Saturday, November 3, 2018 to benefit Toys for Tots of Lincoln County.
Friday, November 9, 2018

Leadership - Traditional Or Unconventional Style?
There tends to be two main schools of thought when it comes to leading a business: the traditional way or an unconventional way.
Friday, November 9, 2018

November 11th Is Veterans Day
November 11th is Veterans Day in our nation. While Memorial Day was set aside to honor those brave men and women who paid the ultimate price for our freedom, Veterans Day is a time to honor all those who served, past and present.
Friday, November 9, 2018

Back Before Everything Became Automatic
Lately, I have been thinking about what I want for my future. Which, you would think at 26 I would have that figured out by now, but with each year I learn a little more and more about who I am.
Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Liz Loved Dancing
Elizabeth Grimaldi told me she is very proud to be the daughter of parents who had the means to give her many things. At an early age she started dance lessons with Ms. Millers Kiddies in New York City. She also had a teacher who came to her house to teach her piano lessons.
Sunday, November 4, 2018

Enter My Soul By Invitation
They are in your soul... How did they get there... You ask yourself why are they there... Well you allowed them to enter...
Sunday, November 4, 2018

Leadership - Form Alliances
Every leader needs friends.  Yes, if you’re a leader and you’ve built your business up from scratch, then everyone knows that you’re self-made.  But that doesn’t mean it has to be “you against the world.”
Friday, November 2, 2018

It's About Time
It is my understanding--and I've heard it from multiple usually reliable sources--that Lincoln County bears the distinction of being the only county among North Carolina's 100 which has never elected a person of color to any office--city or county.
Thursday, November 1, 2018

Build Your Rainy Day Fund
Sometimes, life gets expensive. A little bad luck or a twist of fate can hit us right in the checkbook and challenge us to live within our budget.
Monday, October 29, 2018

You Have The Power - You Are In Control
Everyone, well most everyone, desires... Desires to have control... Desires to do nice things for others... Things often stop us...  Sometimes we don't have the time... Sometimes we don't have the money... But sometimes we just don't think... Think enough to do these things...
Sunday, October 28, 2018

Leadership - Relax!
Being able to relax and trust the people you work with is healthy.  It’s important for your success and for the success of your business.
Friday, October 26, 2018

Who Will Select Our District Court Judge
When we voters go to the polls this November, one of the more important Offices for which we will vote is NC District Court Judge District 27B. The Citizens of Lincoln and Cleveland Counties are blessed with two well qualified candidates.
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Monday, October 22, 2018

In A Lifetime
Her Father was born in 1899... He often spoke of what he had seen... Seen in his lifetime... As a child he rode in a buggy... Buggy with two horses...
Sunday, October 21, 2018

Leadership - Following Through
After you have set goals and have been working on them for a while, you’ll naturally get to the part of a job that requires more diligence than others.  Finishing a job or project can sometimes require more effort than starting it.
Friday, October 19, 2018

Financial Considerations When Buying A Car
Time to buy a car? Short of buying a house, this is one on the most important purchases you will make. It’s also one that you might be making several times through your life, comprising of thousands – sometimes tens of thousands – of dollars.
Monday, October 15, 2018

Baking Cookies Turns Into A Second Job
I don’t think there is a mother out there who hasn’t baked cookies for their children or some other reason. Jaime Stephens bakes cookies and cake pops and it has turned into a side business for her.
Sunday, October 14, 2018

Leadership - Communication
Say what you mean, and mean what you say.  Don’t be cryptic.  You don’t have to be rude, crass, or insulting in order to be direct.  Simply state you need to, then stop talking.  There’s no need to “beat a dead horse”.
Friday, October 12, 2018

Growing Up In The Digital Age
One of the challenges facing teenagers in our community and everywhere is how to function effectively in a digital world. A majority of teens spend about nine hours a day with a smartphone in their hands. And the result is not incidental: loneliness, anxiety and teenage obesity are more prevalent than ever before. 
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Leadership - Integrity
People will follow leaders they trust.  One of the simplest ways for leaders to gain and maintain followers is to lead with integrity.  In order to lead with integrity, you may have to deny yourself some of the pleasures that others claim to experience.  But, in the end, it’s worth it.
Friday, October 5, 2018

Foes Of Incorporation Have Their Night
It was standing room only at the rally against the incorporation of Denver Monday night (Oct. 1st) at the East Lincoln Community Center.
Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Ford Vs. Kavanaugh: No Winners
I don’t usually write about politics, but the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings make it tough to remain silent.
Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Balancing Your Checkbook
Do you know how much money you have in your checking account? If you keep your checkbook balanced, answering that question becomes easier.
Monday, October 1, 2018

Unseen Gifts
They did not complain... That was their unseen gift to her... She is thankful that they did not... Did not teach her to complain...
Sunday, September 30, 2018

Vacation Backup Plan
Our fall vacation was scheduled for Myrtle Beach the week after all the rain and wind subsided. As a precaution we called the Myrtle Beach Travel Park to see if we were going to be able to take our vacation or not.
Sunday, September 30, 2018

Leadership - Check Progress; Make Adjustments
When you’re leading people, leading projects is part of the deal.  It goes hand-in-hand with running a business or an organization.  As such, projects tend to make up most of the short-term and medium-term activities that take up our day-to-day energies.
Friday, September 28, 2018

What Is A Get Well Card
This is a heavy multi answer question... She keeps cards in her home... She has files of cards... Get well, birthday, sympathy, etc... She likes to send them...
Sunday, September 23, 2018

Legacy
Somebody recently told me, “Most people have 4,000 weeks on this Earth…and that’s it.”  Four thousand weeks.  Wow.  If you’re young that may seem so far away.  But, if you’re old that may not seem very long at all.
Friday, September 21, 2018


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