It had a good run, but what had been a much anticipated and enjoyed local charitable event for over two decades won't be happening this year. Gary Lee of Rising Sun Pottery told us:
"It is with great sadness that I write this letter to inform everyone that we will not be hosting our annual “Mugs for Mutts & Cups for Cats” Mugathon sale to benefit the Humane Society of Lincoln County in 2019. After 21 years we have decided that with time constraints due to increased business, staffing issues and several other factors it was time to take a break. We have discussed this with the Spay Neuter Clinic Coordinator for the Humane Society of Lincoln County, Diane Leatherman, and she is in agreement with us. Rising Sun Pottery is not cutting ties to the Humane Society by any means. Rising Sun Pottery has decided that even though we will not be making mugs going forward we will continue to support the Humane Society Spay Neuter Clinic by making a 2019 donation equal to what we raised at the 2018 Mugathon and we will continue this donation each year going forward.
"We truly regret having to make this decision but feel that it is the right thing for us to do at this time. We will address restarting the Mugathon in a few years once things have settled down for us. We would like to thank all the great people who came to the Mugathon for so many years and gave their support to the Humane Society of Lincoln County. We thank all the studio potters and students at Rising Sun Pottery who made and donated mugs and desserts and volunteered their time for so many successful Mugathons over the years. We also thank all the Humane Society volunteers for their time and efforts to wash mugs and provide desserts for those years. Thank you to the many individuals who over the years donated desserts and their time to help out on Mugathon sale day. It was truly a combined community effort that served the Lincoln County community so well and helped so many cats and dogs over the years. Again, thank you!"
The times they are a-changin.' Bobby Dylan sang that song in 1963. There was no internet in those days; cable tv hadn't happened; most people got their news from the newspaper. The internet turns 30 in 2019, and now more people get their daily news from the internet than any other source. Even television runs a close second, and print newspaper readership has declined every year for a decade.
In 2012, the late Larry Dellinger, having spent over half a century in the newspaper business, saw that the times had changed. That's when he decided to start the Lincoln Herald.
Using the internet made for a number of advantages compared to other media. Unlike print newspapers, on the internet, articles could be updated as new information became available. There was no need to wait to publish news in a next day's or next week's edition. Also, by not having the expense of newsprint (the paper on which newspapers print their news), the news could be offered FREE to readers. We've continued Larry's legacy: we post links to all our articles on Facebook and Twitter; and when you sign up for our FREE email service, we'll send you an email every day with links to our articles posted since the previous day's email. That way, you won't miss the latest news, obituaries, sports and other items of interest for Lincoln, Gaston, Catawba and Cleveland counties. Best of all, it's still free!