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Special Award Presented to Alex Patton
As a part of the program following Monday's Veterans Day Parade, the Veterans Council presented a special award to Lincoln County Veterans Service Officer Alex Patton.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Madison Weaver Amongst Herald's New Interns
Amongst our newest interns, Weaver, 18 and a senior at West Lincoln High School, is known for her “Moment with Madison” column. Weaver said recently that she is truly proud to be a farm girl. The Cherryville girl helps her grandfather on his local farm.
Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Ryan Luckman Among Lincoln Herald Interns
The East Lincoln High School senior is among The Herald’s new interns. Luckman is covering sports. Originally from Long Island, N.Y., Luckman moved to North Carolina when he was 5. He enjoys all athletic endeavors, and he aspires one day to work for ESPN.
Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Gracie Rickard Among Herald's New Interns
A senior at Cherryville High School, Rickard is among The Herald’s new interns. At CHS, she is much involved in sports. She has spent two years on the women’s tennis team and three in track and field.
Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Julliana Salvatierra Amongst Our Interns
Amongst our newest interns, Salvatierra, 17 and a senior at Lincolnton High School, is covering various topics for The Lincoln Herald. After high school, she plans on majoring in political science and eventually becoming an immigration lawyer.
Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Ashley Maddox Amongst Herald's Interns
A 16-year-old junior at East Lincoln High School in Denver, Maddox is among The Lincoln Herald’s newest interns. With her love of animals, Maddox plans after graduation to study veterinary science at a university, and she hopes one day to become a veterinarian at a zoo.
Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Annual Financial To-Do List
What financial, business, or life priorities do you need to address for the coming year? Now is a good time to think about the investing, saving, or budgeting methods you could employ toward specific objectives, from building your retirement fund to managing your taxes. You have plenty of choices.
Monday, November 11, 2019

Holiday Stress
Holidays will be here is no time... Memories dance in most heads... Fall usually has many memories... Holidays do that for people...
Sunday, November 10, 2019

8 Steps To Solving Problems
In working with different leaders over the years, at some point in our discussions, we’ve wound up talking about how to solve problems. One of the best processes out there is one that Toyota uses.
Saturday, November 9, 2019

"Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don't"
It may seem wrong but those who want to voice their objection to proposed changes in zoning and requests for conditional use permits at County public hearings need to understand--there are times when public opinion doesn't matter.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Eighteen Years!
As of November 13, 2019 I will be an 18-year-old - a legal adult. It seems like yesterday I was just an 8-year-old with dreams as big as one could imagine. Just a few years ago I remember thinking it would be an eternity to get where I am now. Looking back, I feel like it all happened overnight. 
Tuesday, November 5, 2019

I Still Want My 'Saved' Hour Back
Is there anything more annoying than Daylight Savings Time? I woke up Sunday to realize that the rest of the world had fallen back and left me behind, or ahead, or…whatever.
Monday, November 4, 2019

Excitement In Salem Massachusetts
Ten years ago while they were on vacation, Tim Williams and his wife went on a ghost tour in Salem, Massachusetts. He told me they went to the Old Burying Point Cemetery, where they had been told the “hanging judge” of the Salem Witch Trials, John Hawthorne, was buried.
Sunday, November 3, 2019

You Are Not Alone
What happens when you fall in love... In love with a married person... Usually it happens when...  When you least expect it to happen...
Sunday, November 3, 2019

Every day, an unassuming occurrence adds and subtracts motions and emotions within our lives.  Just over a second away via light speed rails, movements and songs of a sphere determinedly keep their purposes, as the orb courses through the sky above us.
Friday, November 1, 2019

Ghost Season Is Back
Who’s had a ghostly experience? I asked that question recently while speaking to a local church group. Some bravely raised their hands, including myself.
Tuesday, October 29, 2019

How Medigap Choices Are Changing
Soon, two types of Medigap policies will no longer be sold. Seniors who enroll in Medicare in 2020 or later will be unable to buy Medigap Plan F or Plan C. These are the two Medicare Supplement policies that cover Medicare’s Part B deductible (currently $185).
Monday, October 28, 2019

What Is A Size 10 Anyway
In 1960 she was a size 10... Right out of high school... She was a size 10 with she married... Married her first husband... She even got back to a size 10 again... Again after both babies...
Sunday, October 27, 2019

Consequences Associated With Bullying
October is Bullying Awareness Month, and today's blog will be focusing on the types of bullying and some consequences associated with bullying. 
Saturday, October 26, 2019

Light filters through the tree tops and caresses our faces, as we greet the morning of the day.  The light transfers from its place of origin to our place of standing, splitting the time of what was just before, to what is now.  The times are different, but connected by an instance. 
Friday, October 25, 2019

Growing Your Idea File
Do you have an idea file?  If so, good!  If not, it might be something to think about doing.  If you do have one, what’s in it?  Have you updated it or added to it, this week?  Have you looked in it recently?
Friday, October 18, 2019

Did You Say 'Class Of 2020'
It’s the end of the first nine weeks of senior year, the first quarter which reflects that senior year is quickly passing by. No, I am not graduating but it’s my senior year too. I am a mom, the mom to a young man who will be saying goodbye to his high school days in just over seven months.
Monday, October 14, 2019

The Lessons Of Loss
Sept. 5 was a day I hoped would never come. That Thursday, husband Tym died.
Monday, October 14, 2019

Comparing Yourself To Others Is Dangerous
Life is full of comparisons.  Some of them are good, while some of them are not nearly as good as others.  Our minds and hearts are constantly comparing ourselves to other people: past, present, and future.
Friday, October 11, 2019

Reading Faster And Learning More
When I was in the ninth grade, our English teacher had us time ourselves while reading a novel and calculate the number of words per minute we had just read.
Friday, October 4, 2019

Who I Am
Just three months ago I would have never expressed myself as a writer. Maybe someone to share my opinion verbally (and vastly) but not someone who would have a notebook full of article topics, sports scores, and grammar rules. 
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Airplane Noise In Lincoln County
I live in Denver, N.C. and was recently selected to represent Lincoln County on the Charlotte Airport Community Roundtable (ACR) after I submitted a proposal to reduce airplane noise in my Denver neighborhood. My column encourages residents to submit airplane noise complaints. 
Monday, September 30, 2019

Where Do You Want To Be In 3, 6, Or 12 Months?
Have you ever thought, “I’ll work toward my dreams tomorrow”, and then everything in the world seems to break loose from its hinges at home or at work?
Friday, September 27, 2019

CD Players Going The Way Of The Stereo Console
For those of you who haven’t traded for a new vehicle lately, I have news for you: There are no CD players. Zero. Zip. Nada.
Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Still Inside You
This week West Lincoln native Marty Reep writes that there are songs inside you that still need to be sung, words that still need to be said, and stories that yet need to be told.
Friday, September 20, 2019

Abortion Rates Declining
The number of abortions in the United States continues to decline--but it may not be for the reason some believe.
Thursday, September 19, 2019

Lincolnton, NC Is Blessed
She moved to the Lincolnton area... She was retired... She needed to connect with new friends... That is not so easy after retirement... Where to go??? How to fill the hole left from the old friends... What did Lincolnton have to offer... Offer to older citizens... Someone said, “Try the Senior Center”...
Sunday, September 15, 2019

A Burial Tradition In Hawaii
Brenda Beard is one of the happiest ladies I have ever met. She is a breast cancer survivor, having had her surgery several years ago, and then undergoing radiation therapy. To her every day is a good day. 
Sunday, September 15, 2019

Charter School Or No Charter School?
Lincoln County Commissioners may decide the fate of a proposed new charter school at their meeting Monday evening (Sep.16th).
Saturday, September 14, 2019

Reader Thanks Herald For Commission Coverage
Thank you for publishing the article covering Monday’s Lincoln County Commissioners’ meeting.
Saturday, September 14, 2019

Keeping Your Integrity
Keeping your integrity is one of the greatest things you can do in this life.  A good reputation of honesty and straightforwardness is an awesome thing to be able to give to your family now and years from now.
Friday, September 13, 2019

We Will Not Forget--Nor Will We Surrender
It has been 18 years since the terrorist attack on America on September 11, 2001.  They succeeded in killing many people, creating havoc, destroying symbolic buildings--but if the terrorists brought America to its knees, it wasn't in surrender to them--but in prayer for justice and a determination to survive and thrive.
Wednesday, September 11, 2019

In The Days Of Old, When Mail Was Gold
Every few years I find myself hunched over a keyboard, transcribing handwritten script for posterity. Call me a sucker for history or a glutton for punishment. Over the years I’ve transcribed a friend’s Civil War letters, and done the same for 34 years of my mother’s diaries.
Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Taking Charge Of Your Financial Life
When you are putting together a household, it isn’t unusual to delegate responsibilities. One spouse or partner may take on the laundry, while another takes on the shopping. You might also decide which one of you vacuums and which one of you dusts. This is a perfectly fine way to divvy up household tasks and chores.
Monday, September 9, 2019

NC School Report Cards Should Be Taken With A Grain Of Salt
By now, you've probably seen a couple of the news releases from area school systems about the NC Dept. of Public Instruction's annual School Report Cards.
Saturday, September 7, 2019

Parents & Adult Fans: The Biggest Challenge Facing High School Sports Today
This column from the Commissioner of the NCHSAA and the Executive Director of the NFHS addresses a topic that is becoming more urgent in our communities with every passing day. And it is timely right now, near the beginning of a new school year.
Friday, September 6, 2019

Sometimes, You Have To Walk Away
Sometimes, you just have to walk away for a while.  Whether it’s a project, conversation, or goal, sometimes the timing is off, and there’s nothing you can do about it.
Friday, September 6, 2019

Even As
To the things that happen that don't seem that they should happen – ha! You and I will succeed, anyway. Sometimes, those things are a testing of your strength, endurance, or mettle. Sometimes, they are just plain annoying.
Friday, August 30, 2019

About 'Legal' Advertising
We get calls every week from attorneys who want to publish legal ads.  We have to tell them that they'll have to put them in the local newspaper instead.
Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Our 700-Mile Trek 'Back Home'
Many of you know that Tym and I aren’t from around here. We grew up in Shelby County, Illinois, a farming community halfway up the trunk of Illinois. Leaving family behind in your home state means the burden of visiting has always been on us—the leavers, not the leavees.
Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Financial Moves in Your 20s, 30s, 40s & 50s
Have you ever mapped out your financial timeline? If you’re like many Americans, it may have been more difficult than anticipated. One of the most helpful ways to pursue your financial goals is to break it down by your age.
Monday, August 26, 2019

Wouldn't It Be Nice?
"Wouldn't It Be Nice?" isn't just one of my favorite songs by the Beach Boys from my younger years--it's also the thought that ran through my mind at the Sunday Memorial Service honoring the memory of John Howell.
Monday, August 26, 2019

Ask Yourself Why
Ever wonder why people love plants... Do you love plants... Think about the excitement of plants...
Sunday, August 25, 2019

About Guns, The Internet, & Our Society
This post may be offensive to some.  The language in one of the linked items includes some strong language.  I think it's worth sharing.
Saturday, August 24, 2019

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, August 23, 2019

This is the third of several articles about life in nursing homes.  The title for the series was chosen because all too often, nursing homes are the place where the elderly go to live out their final days and quite often those days are not at all pleasant. The author invites comments and input from readers.
Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Lincoln Charter PTO Fundraiser
As a part of our series EDUCATION IN THE 21ST CENTURY, the Lincoln Herald asked for comments about our articles and other input from readers on education.  One of our readers shared the following letter with us.  It was recently mailed to businesses in the area.
Tuesday, August 20, 2019

This is the second of several articles about life in nursing homes.  The author invites comments and input from readers.
Monday, August 19, 2019

This is the first of several articles about life in nursing homes.  Prompted by personal experience, the author invites comments and input from readers.
Sunday, August 18, 2019

Love Is Like A Tomato Plant
Love is live... Love needs care... Love is like a tomato plant...
Sunday, August 18, 2019

Leadership - The Long-Term Investment
A while back, my family and I were in Chicago to attend our 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, August 16, 2019

Threats Of School Violence Serious Crime
It didn't take long.  Schools in Iredell County opened last Thursday--and on Monday of this week (Aug. 12th) a juvenile was charged with communicating a false report of mass violence on educational property, a Class H Felony.
Thursday, August 15, 2019

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