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Thank you for your coverage of Lincoln County.
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Why Do People Put Off Saving For Retirement?
Common wisdom says that you should start saving for retirement as soon as you can. Why do some people wait decades to begin? Nearly everyone can save something. Even small cash savings may be the start of something big if they are invested wisely.
Monday, September 17, 2018

No Right Answers
Judge wrote this article in 2011 about her mother who had Alzheimer's. We ran it last year and since Judge has had shoulder surgery and is recuperating we are repeating some of her earlier articles. We hope it will interest people who are dealing with this subject.
Sunday, September 16, 2018

Florence Not Our First Zombie Apocalypse
We’ve all heard about preppers who stock up on supplies in case something bad happens that puts them off the grid. Thanks to Hurricane Florence, most of us became preppers ourselves, stocking up on water, nonperishable food, matches, batteries, medications and other supplies.
Saturday, September 15, 2018

Leadership - Being Innovative
Being an effective leader requires being innovative.  How do you do that today and tomorrow, right where you are?  Look around, listen to what people are saying, and pay attention to your everyday life.
Friday, September 14, 2018

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.
Sunday, September 9, 2018

Leadership - Publicity! Publicity! Publicity!
Lots of people have said over the years, “publicity is publicity”.  It’s all about how you use it.  Meaning, if you know what you’re doing, you can convert negative publicity into positive.
Friday, September 7, 2018

Painting Again
My hairstylist is right about more than just my hair color… Pinterest is the devil. While she was referring to hair color and styles, I found it to be true for those cute farmhouse motifs and do-it-yourself recommendations.
Wednesday, September 5, 2018

These Days, Every Day Begins A New Year
I know it’s September, but if you’re like me, 2019 began months ago with a scheduled dental appointment, club meetings and conference dates. By early August, my notes for the coming year were bunching up on the margins for December. 
Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Should You Leave Your IRA To A Child?
Can a child inherit an IRA? The answer is yes, though they cannot legally own the IRA and its invested assets. Until the child turns 18 (or 21, in some states), the inherited IRA is a custodial account, managed by an adult on behalf of the minor beneficiary.
Monday, September 3, 2018

White Metal Chair Memory
She came into the world in February 1942... By spring she was old enough... Old enough to be outside rocking... Rocking in Grandma's arms...
Sunday, September 2, 2018

Leadership - Marketing Yourself
If you’re going to be an effective leader, you have to learn how to market yourself effectively.
Friday, August 31, 2018

Beware Of Those Who Prey On The Ones Who Have Served Our Nation
Because the VA does not do a good job explaining their benefits and processes, Veterans often fall for scams. Filing a VA claim is pretty simple if you understand the process.  The best approach is to see a County Service Officer to help you with the process.
Wednesday, August 29, 2018

"The Horse Is Dead"
Listening to the discussion at the Village of Denver incorporation meeting Thursday night (Aug. 23rd), this reporter was reminded of a book he read years ago while in college.  I told supporters of the proposal afterward, "the horse is dead."
Sunday, August 26, 2018

How Would You Pay
“But it is Free Mama.”... That was her statement... Statement to her Mama... “No Darling. Nothing is free”... Was Mama's statement back...
Sunday, August 26, 2018

45 Years Later...... Always Remembered
Sunday, August 26, 2018 marks the 45th anniversary of a Lincoln County Sheriff’s sergeant killed in the line of duty.  
Saturday, August 25, 2018

Of all the back-to-school advice parents need to share with their kids and students need to read and understand, this article may be the MOST important.
Friday, August 24, 2018

Leadership - Using Your Positive, Fighting Spirit
If you are going to succeed as a leader in business or in an organization, there must be a positive, aggressive spirit about what you do.  Finding the right balance between too laid back and too intense is important.
Friday, August 24, 2018

Sometimes You Get Lucky When You Lose Something
You fumble through pockets, bags and check your surroundings and suddenly realize the horror: your brand new cell phone has vanished.
Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Coping With College Loans
Is student loan debt weighing on the economy? Probably. Total student loan debt in America is now around $1.5 trillion, having tripled since 2008.
Monday, August 20, 2018

Good Friends, Good Food & Good Newspapers
Recently, my family and I had the pleasure of hunkering down on some really good food at dinner with friends. “Tah Dah!  Come enjoy what we’ve prepared for you!” Low Country Boil!
Friday, August 17, 2018

What To Take, What To Leave
California’s fire season has been a record-breaker. This latest wildfire, dubbed the Holy Fire, has had me keenly interested. Photos of a suburban neighborhood showed thick smoke billowing from hills overlooking the area where our son and family lived less than two years ago. 
Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Denver Incorporated Q & A Wednesday
A second information meeting about incorporating the Village of Denver will be held Wednesday evening at the East Lincoln Community Center.
Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Ryan & Katie's Vacation
As Ryan and Katie talked about what they wanted to do for their vacation they decided to go to the Bahamas. Ryan spent a week researching the Bahamas and in March he booked their flights on Expedia. Then he booked the excursions they would take during their week there in July.
Sunday, August 12, 2018

23 Year Commitment
What does it take to... To dedicate your career to... To serving others coffee and cheer...
Sunday, August 12, 2018

Your Personality Type
What is your personality type?  Are you INTJ, ENTJ, ISFP, ESFP, etc.?  There are 16 different types that you could be, and your particular type comes from what makes you tick.
Friday, August 10, 2018

Blue-Green Algae & Hydrilla Threaten NC Lakes, Too!
Blue-green algae and the red tide aren't just Florida problems.  That state's governor declared a state of emergency in June after massive fish kills on the southwest coast and a loss of tourism income resulting from algae in the ocean.  The state slowed releases of water from Lake Okeechobee and other locations on the St. Lucie River--and that made the algae problem there even worse.  But it isn't just a Florida problem.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Looking Back On The Way I Worked
If you’re like me, you’ve spent most of your working life in Catawba County. I hadn’t thought much about that until I attended docent training at the Museum of History on the Square in Newton. That’s where “The Way We Worked” will be exhibited from Aug. 10-Sept. 18.
Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Is It Time To Stop Procrastinating About Your Financial Plan?
First, look at your expenses and your debt. Review your core living expenses (such as a mortgage payment, car payment, etc.). Can any core expenses be reduced? Investing aside, you position yourself to gain ground financially when income rises, debt shrinks, and expenses decrease or stabilize.
Monday, August 6, 2018

Thank You Family
In the year 2018 there are many questions... Lots of answers... Some fit and some do not... People think back to other times... Why are people so different now...
Sunday, August 5, 2018

Mighty Inchworm
The inchworm is a simple looking, yet profound little creature.  At first appearance, you may think, “My what a tiny thing.  It must take it forever for it to get from here to there.”
Friday, August 3, 2018

Thoughts On Incorporating Denver
There’s lots of discussion on social media about the reinvigorated effort to incorporate Denver.  This has resulted in the usual and predictable flaming, and lack of useful exchange.
Monday, July 30, 2018

Neighbors To Friends
She looked out the window... New people moving in across the street... Trucks in the drive way... Items being moved... Hot and humid... Chocolate cookies would be nice...
Sunday, July 29, 2018

Special Friends Are Always Friends
Last week I had lunch with two of the ladies I worked with when I worked at Mecklenburg Medical Group in Charlotte, N.C. It had been a little over 20 years since we last saw each other.
Sunday, July 29, 2018

Build A House With Plastic Bricks?
In 2001, while traveling overseas, I was talking with a couple of people in a neighborhood.  They were lamenting about not having enough money to buy necessities, let alone to build a small house they wanted and needed for their growing family.
Friday, July 27, 2018

Welcome Home To The 17th Century
On Friday, July 13 I stepped into a house built by my 9th great-grandfather, Benjamin Balch. No, I am not making this up. The Balch House, located in coastal Beverly, Mass., dates to 1679 and is one of the oldest wooden houses in North America.
Tuesday, July 24, 2018

The Case For Women Working Past 65
The median retirement age for an American woman is 62. The Federal Reserve says so in its most recent Survey of Household Economics and Decision-making (2017). Sixty-two, of course, is the age when seniors first become eligible for Social Security retirement benefits.
Monday, July 23, 2018

Thinkin'- Back To The Past, Up To The Future
She was young then... She is old now... Back then she was unsure of her future... Now she can look back and... And see smiles and tears...
Sunday, July 22, 2018

Conversation Between Two
Being above the chronological age of “younger”, there is no longer only a Purist part in me.  Having experienced joy, excitement, sadness, anger, death of loved ones, dreams, broken bones, and sickness (just like you have), there is now a Realist part that also resides in me.
Friday, July 20, 2018

A Sad Farewell To An Old Friend
Death is always unexpected.  Even when you know someone's passing is imminent, that final moment comes as a shock, a jolt to your senses.  My good friend Pudge Cornwell's passing was very unexpected.  He will be missed.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

"But You Paid Online..."
Lincoln County Public Works water customer expresses her thoughts about having to pay a reconnect fee after her water was disconnected even though she paid it online before the due date.
Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Senior Services Thanks Lincoln Herald
Lincoln County Senior Services thanks the Lincoln Herald for coverage of their events. 
Monday, July 16, 2018

Accidentally Renewed
This week Judge writes about stumbling upon a TV program about a man who has touched many lives in a good way with a foundation he has started. His name is Gary Sinise.
Sunday, July 15, 2018

When Life Goes In A Different Direction
What do you do when life goes in a different direction from where you thought it would?  Well, you could quit, cry, bow out, or give up.  Or you could take a deep breath, exhale, and adjust your plans.
Friday, July 13, 2018

Summer Science Camp
Lincoln County Schools Lead Science Teacher Melissa Dellinger brought along some of the students from this year's Summer Science Camp and a couple of the teachers to tell the School Board about this year's camp at Tuesday's School Board meeting.
Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Such A Tale My DNA Tells
Testing DNA is something of a national craze. Eighteen months ago I succumbed to the temptation. Like thousands of others, I ponied up the fee and mailed off my saliva sample to
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Another Viewpoint On Ordinance Issue
We were asked to publish this response to an editorial in Friday's (July 6th) edition of the local newspaper.  The writer is the current chairman of the Lincolnton Steering Committee and a candidate for a seat on the City Council in this November's election.
Monday, July 9, 2018

Ignoring A Problem Doesn't Solve It
As much as I often have different views from those expressed by the local newspaper, I don't make a habit of responding to their misunderstanding--but the editorial in Friday's edition was so off the mark, I feel it is necessary to provide better insight.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

The Anchor
Ships all have anchors... People need anchors as well... Ships stop in rough waters... They throw out the anchors... Anchors are life savers...
Sunday, July 8, 2018

Your Words Are Powerful
Choose your words carefully.  Words can create life and build people up.  They can also tear people down or destroy.  It’s important to be honest and to say what you mean, but it’s also important to mean what you say.
Friday, July 6, 2018

Happy Goat Hour
I skipped happy hour with coworkers… again… because of the goats. My coworkers are great, but factor in an hour commute and a passel of animals, my time is limited on weeknights.
Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Financing A College Education
A university education can often require financing and assuming debt. If your student fills out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and does not qualify for a Pell Grant or other kinds of help, and has no scholarship offers, what do you do? You probably search for a student loan.
Monday, July 2, 2018

Letter To The Editor: Put Your Recyclables To A Good Cause
Contrary to a line in an ad in the local newspaper on Friday (June 29th) the adjusted schedule for trash pickup in the city of Lincolnton this week will NOT include recyclables.  The city's recyclable collection company terminated its contract and they're working on coming up with an alternative.  Meanwhile this reader has a suggestion.
Sunday, July 1, 2018

Why do people hate... Why do people love... Why do people love to hate... In 2018 people dig in and hate... What is the point... Where does it take them... Who really benefits...
Sunday, July 1, 2018

If You Are A Patient Of Mecklenburg Medical Group Please Read This
As many of us know, 90 physicians are leaving the MMG practice and all are going out in a group private practice of their own called Tryon Medical Partners. They are doing this in order to give their patients a better quality of care than is mandated by Atrium Health (formerly Carolinas Healthcare System).

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Defining Your Success
Everybody wants to be successful: you do, I do, your friends, your neighbors.  And for each person, success means something different.
Friday, June 29, 2018

The Working Story I Can't Make Up
The Catawba County Museum of History is asking the public to submit stories of their working life as part of an upcoming attraction. If I were to write a work story, it would involve my friend Sylvia Bajorek.
Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Term Limits for Lincolnton?
When the Lincolnton City Council meets Thursday evening, one of the items on the agenda will be a proposed resolution endorsing term limits for the mayor and members of the City Council.  We don't think it's a good idea.
Monday, June 25, 2018

Another Silver Spoon
Tonight, I thought that Steve the goat would become the world’s first caprine beekeeper. Alas, he just pretended to be a pointer and stood by while I dumped a newly discovered swarm into a brood box.
Monday, June 25, 2018

What A Week!
I just have to tell you about my week.  It began with the infestation of grasshoppers.
Sunday, June 24, 2018

The Table
Think about your life... What did you do at the table... Was it a kitchen table... Was it a dining room table... Maybe you had both... Back in the 40's and 50's... Back then people usually had both...
Sunday, June 24, 2018

Being A Generalist Vs. A Specialist
There seems to be a growing desire for generalists, again.  The pendulum swings between the want for specialists and generalists every few decades.
Friday, June 22, 2018

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