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2019 IRA Deadlines Are Approaching
Financially, many of us associate April with taxes – but we should also associate April with important IRA deadlines. 
Monday, February 17, 2020

Plant A Good Seed
She was raised in the South... Her Grandma was raised in the South... Her Mama was raised in the South... Planting seeds is an art... An art practiced in the South...
Sunday, February 16, 2020

Value Of Doing Good
There is still value in doing good.  In spite of what some people may say, doing the right thing at the right time has a definite place in the world. 
Friday, February 14, 2020

Permanently Temporary
February 2, 2020 and 75 degrees... Porch weather... Sitting in a chair... Watching birds eat... Bet they love this weather...
Sunday, February 9, 2020

No Rain In Fall Causes Hay Shortage In Spring
Guest Columnist Glenn Detweiler, CES Livestock agent for Lincoln and Catawba counties, has some timely tips for area livestock producers who are running low in hay and grass.
Saturday, February 8, 2020

Where Do You Want To Go?
Where do you want to go?  Do you know?  Creating goodness in the world, in your own life, and in the lives of others requires direction and an overall purpose. 
Friday, February 7, 2020

Gas Tanker Safety
In the last week, there have been at least three incidents involving fuel tankers that have involved death and damage to the environment. Something needs to change. Gas Tanker drivers are safe drivers-their lives depend on it.
Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Your Extended Care Strategy
Are you prepared for the possibility – and expense – of eldercare?
Monday, February 3, 2020

Funny Ways We Communicate
When thinking about how people communicate with each other, I was reminded of some conversations with my siblings while growing up (in Western Lincoln County, North Carolina). 
Friday, January 31, 2020

Thinking Back
She was sitting on the porch... She was watching birds eat… Eat and hop about... Thinking back... The bell chimes were active... Brought back good memories... Memories of her Grandparents home... A home she loved and shared...
Sunday, January 26, 2020

The Final Semester Of High School
Four years ago, as a wide-eyed freshman, I timidly walked into Lincolnton High School for the first time. Besides the fear of getting lost around the school, I wasn’t prepared for the next four years and I had no idea what to expect.
Saturday, January 25, 2020

Expanding Your Influence
Is what you do potentially helpful to more people than you are currently reaching?  Can the services you provide, or the products you sell, benefit people in more ways than you are currently using?
Friday, January 24, 2020

Thoughts On MLK Day 2020
Communities across America celebrated Monday (Jan. 20th) as MLK Day, a day to honor the memory of civil rights leader Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Leonard Wealth Management - 60th Year Anniversary!
In October 1959 Joseph “Joe” C. Leonard began Leonard Wealth Planning. In 1984, his son, Cain joined the firm. In 1994, the Leonard’s became an “independent financial firm” owning and operating what is known today as Leonard Wealth Management. 
Monday, January 20, 2020

Foundations
All buildings have foundations... Not all foundations are the same... But all foundations are the support... Support of the building... Tall straight buildings last for years... But sometime the foundations need help...
Sunday, January 19, 2020

On a Knife's Edge, Together
To walk the edge of a knife and not cut your feet – that is a truly amazing thing.  To see over the edge of the curve and realize what’s coming – that is enlightening, frightening, exhilarating, and boring.
Saturday, January 18, 2020

Ending A Chapter In My Life
It is surreal to me that as a chapter of my life is ending in a few months, a new one is just beginning. As I start my next semester, I am reminded of the memories I share with many of my classmates, and how soon we will go our separate ways.
Thursday, January 16, 2020

2020
Each year has 365 days... Each year starts off with good wishes... Happy New Year is a good start... Some celebrate the end of a year... Some celebrate the start of a new year... Some just sleep past... Past it all...
Sunday, January 12, 2020

Developing The Right Mindset
What’s your mindset?  The reason I ask, is because the right mindset is essential for your success.
Friday, January 10, 2020

Law Enforcement Appreciation Day
Thursday (Jan. 9th) is National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.
Thursday, January 9, 2020

Self-Reflecting Questions
This month I am trying a different type of submission just to see which gets more feedback. I have recently seen that many bloggers ask some self-reflecting questions and thought maybe it was a good idea since it’s a new year.
Thursday, January 9, 2020

What's It All About?
Now that Lincoln County Commissioners have passed a resolution naming Lincoln a "Second Amendment Sanctuary," what--if anything--has changed?  We researched North Carolina's gun laws and offer the following commentary.
Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Holidays In Other Countries
Christmas for 2019 has come and gone, and now that it's 2020 everyone's going back to work or school ready to tell their friends and coworkers about the food, gifts, and traditions from their Christmas gatherings.
Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Creating A Retirement Strategy
Across the country, people are saving for that “someday” called retirement.
Monday, January 6, 2020

Starting Over
2020 is here... Did you start over... Do we ever start over... Can a human start over...
Sunday, January 5, 2020

Proposed Resolution: A Pointless Political Show
Lincoln County Commissioners will consider--and we believe unanimously pass--a resolution at their Monday night (Jan. 6th) meeting declaring Lincoln a "Second Amendment Sanctuary" county.
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Saturday, January 4, 2020

Miss Hattie Wakefield & I Never Met
No, I never met Miss Hattie Wakefield, but if I had, I’m sure she and I would have been great friends.  Even though we were ages apart and centuries separated, we seemed to be cut from the same cloth.
Friday, January 3, 2020

War?
By now, one assumes that most readers are already familiar with the events of late Thursday (our time, Friday there) in Iraq that marked an escalation in the conflict between the US and Iran.  Are we at war?  What next?
Friday, January 3, 2020

Christmas 2019
Well folks it is over... Christmas 2019 is in our past... Each of us had good and bad... Good and bad memories to save...
Sunday, December 29, 2019

Honoring The Titans Before You
When you have the opportunity, make time to honor the titans who went before you. This article was inspired by my first grade teacher.
Friday, December 27, 2019

Machines Are The Enemy
Amazing, isn't it?  We've been lured into believing that our jobs are being exported to China or Mexico or that immigrants are taking them; when the truth is--machines are the enemy!
Friday, December 27, 2019

The Meaning Of Christmas
A poem by Bill Ward about not forgetting the meaning of Christmas.
Wednesday, December 25, 2019

All That Grit Is Probably Glitter
You know the familiar crunch when you pick up the mail in December. All those holiday cards are full of more than good cheer. The cloud of glitter is inescapable.
Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Reducing The Risk Of Outliving Your Money
“What is your greatest retirement fear?” If you ask any group of retirees and pre-retirees this question, “outliving my money” will likely be one of the top answers.
Monday, December 23, 2019

Do You Believe In Angels?
Have you ever wondered if angels really exist? My friend Barbara Benson of Charlotte had an experience that made her believe it with no doubt. She told me this story.
Sunday, December 22, 2019

Christmas Joy
Christmas is many things... Many things to many people... Often it depends on your age... Sometimes it depends on your heart... Sometimes it depends on your pocketbook... Sometimes it depends on your health... But ALWAYS it depends on your brain...
Sunday, December 22, 2019

Laugh Your Way To Happiness
Almost everybody likes to be happy.  Not everybody, but almost.  The folks who never smile and look like they’re always sucking on lemons – you know who I’m talking about – those are the ones I try to stay away from.
Friday, December 20, 2019

Did You Say 'Class Of 2020' (Part 2)
The time has come to say goodbye to the first semester of the Class of 2020 senior year. Senior year is a little different from the previous school years.
Sunday, December 15, 2019

Different People, Over Time
People who started out with you years ago are not always the same people who will finish with you.  This can be true for businesses, friendships, families, organizations, or leadership teams.
Friday, December 13, 2019

Recipe File Full Of Food Gems, History
A while back I found myself rifling through my accordion file of recipes to find directions for making Autumn Fruit Salad. Of course it was in the last place I looked, but as I weeded through clippings and handwritten notes, I decided to thin the file.
Thursday, December 12, 2019

The Sequence Of Returns
What exactly is the “sequence of returns”? The phrase describes the yearly variation in an investment portfolio’s rate of return. 
Monday, December 9, 2019

The Season # 2
What do you call this season... In the past few years it... It has changed several times...
Sunday, December 8, 2019

Your Right Time, Your Right People
At times in the past, we’ve talked about writing down your ideas or recording them, so you can go back to them at a later date.  It’s valuable to do, because sometimes when an idea first comes to you, the time is not right to make it become a reality.
Friday, December 6, 2019

Hoyle Family Nativity Celebrates 14 Years
For thirteen years my (immediate) family and I have gathered at the home of my grandparents in observance of the real reason for Christmas… Jesus! Our family will hold its fourteenth live nativity at 1960 Highway 274, Cherryville NC 28021 on Monday, December 23rd and Tuesday, December 24th, 2019 from 6-8 p.m.
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Getting To Yes
In almost every negotiation or transaction between two or more people, there is a way to get to “yes”.  One side or other – or both – may have to make concessions, but if the end goal in that moment is to finalize an agreement, then it’s worth it. 
Friday, November 29, 2019

Sitting
Thanksgiving is many things... Many things to many people... What are you grateful for... Do you think about this... Do you realize your blessings...
Thursday, November 28, 2019

Thanksgiving: The Middle-Child Holiday
Poor Thanksgiving! Like a middle child, it languishes between two legendary partiers: Halloween and Christmas. Thanksgiving can scarcely compete.
Monday, November 25, 2019

Overlooked Tax Deductions For Small-Business Owners
Being a small-business owner isn’t easy. After all, balancing payroll, managing employees, drawing up marketing plans, and handling the bookkeeping can be stressful! Luckily, the Internal Revenue Service (I.R.S.) allows small-business owners to take some surprising deductions, which may help come tax time. 
Monday, November 25, 2019

Books Books Galore
An ideal day for me is sitting in my favorite chair with a good book and an endless supply of hot cocoa, so whether you're like me and just enjoy reading or if you're looking for something to give as a gift this season I've composed a list of great series and books that I love to get you through this winter.
Sunday, November 24, 2019

Making It Stick, PPSM Steps 6-8
This week, let’s look at the last three steps of the Practical Problem-Solving Model.
Friday, November 22, 2019

High School Football Playoff - A Community Happening
It’s high school football tournament time here in North Carolina. Attendance at high school athletic events could use a boost. With streaming devices in everyone’s pocket, there are lots of alternative ways to be entertained. But few, if any, have the same impact—or accomplish the same amount of good—as paying for a ticket and attending a high school tournament football game in person. Read this op-ed yourself and see why.
Thursday, November 21, 2019














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