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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

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

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

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

Ayers Appreciates Coverage
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

#THINKBEFOREYOUPOST
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


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