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1  - Rock Fitness 2021

What Do I Do With All Of This Money?
Here’s a scenario for you: You pick up what appears to be a lottery ticket. You check the numbers for a laugh and discover a winning combination, offering you millions of dollars in prize money. What are the chances of that?
Monday, January 18, 2021

2021 Is Here
Where are we going...  What are we going to do... Do in 2021... Now that is a good question... But are there any good answers... Now that is a really good question...
Sunday, January 17, 2021

Let's Not Rush To Judgment
This past Wednesday, urged on by comments from several including President Trump, hordes stormed the US Capitol, desecrating what many have called the temple of our democracy.  Now, some are calling for quick retribution including the removal of President Trump from office.
Sunday, January 10, 2021

Being Quarantined
It’s been 10 months since we were first quarantined and it has been a long 10 months. My husband and I have stayed at home unless we need groceries and then he goes to get them. Sometimes I ride with him and stay in the car, because the need to be out of the house is overwhelming at times. 
Sunday, January 10, 2021

Let It Snow
No matter what is said about the globe and warming….there are still no tropical orange groves or banana plantations in Lincoln County.  It gets really cold around here, and we have to be smart about it.
Saturday, January 9, 2021

Christian Ministry Thanks Herald For Support
Mitzi Williams, executive director, cites staff writer Thomas Lark for Christmas coverage.
Saturday, January 9, 2021

Is This America?
When we posted our article "Officials On Edge About Protest Against Election Results," we did not mean for it to be prophetic.  It turns out that the concerns were obviously well founded.
Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Speed Bumps & Headlines
As an investor, it can be tempting to get caught up in daily news headlines. Consider how news about the election and COVID-19 vaccines have moved the markets over the past several weeks. 
Monday, January 4, 2021

COVID-19: With Me, It's Personal
North Carolina recorded a record number of new cases reported in a day on Wednesday--8,551.  The number of North Carolinians hospitalized with COVID-19 declined slightly from Tuesday's record number--but only because another 152 people in our state died from the disease.
Thursday, December 31, 2020

Random Thoughts On Current Topics
Most Americans will be getting another government check: the question now is, will it be for $600 or $2,000?
Tuesday, December 29, 2020

TLC & The Town Route
NBC recently ran a piece on the effect of COVID on the public transportation systems entitled "Can public transportation survive the pandemic?” This article highlighted an issue that Lincoln County faces.
Monday, December 28, 2020

Pandemic Continues
While our focus the last few days has been on Christmas--and not so much on the pandemic, it's still happening.   The United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed Dec. 27th International Day of Epidemic Preparedness to keep the global spotlight on the need to strengthen measures to prevent pandemics like COVID-19.
Sunday, December 27, 2020

2021 Is Almost Here
Well folks 2020 is almost gone...
Sunday, December 27, 2020

Interest Rates & Your Mortgage
With the Federal Reserve keeping interest rates at or near zero, you may wonder about your mortgage. Is it a good time to refinance or even pay off the debt entirely?
Monday, December 21, 2020

Mrs. Claus Has Joined 'Santa Jim'
A month ago, Lincolnton lost its Santa Claus, 'Santa Jim' Helms.  On Friday, Mrs. Claus, Evelyn Whiteside Helms, also passed.
Sunday, December 20, 2020

You Are Going To Be OK
Well Christmas 2020 is almost here... The big box item arrived in time... The office party is behind you... Several people drank too much... You were not one of them…
Sunday, December 20, 2020

Your Christmas 2020
If we are older than one year old... We most likely have had good Christmas experiences... Oh and less than wonderful experiences... That makes us normal...
Sunday, December 13, 2020

No Easy Answer
Governor Roy Cooper has announced what amounts to a curfew effective this Friday.  While we have agreed with some of Cooper's executive orders as necessary and while imperfect, better than the alternative, we consider this latest one "grasping at straws."
Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Coronavirus Vaccines & The Economy
As the United States sees a rise in cases of COVID-19 across the nation, news of two promising vaccines out of hundreds being tested has offered a ray of hope for a fatigued world.
Monday, December 7, 2020

Remember Pearl Harbor
Today marks 79 years since the surprise attack by Japan on the US Fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  It hurtled the US into World War II as the battle cry for the entire nation became "Remember Pearl Harbor!"
Monday, December 7, 2020

They May Never Know
In the year 2020... Everything seems different... Different from what we expect... If you are old... Nothing seems to be normal...
Sunday, December 6, 2020

Where Is Your Empty Hole
The heart is a huge part of your body...  It is very much connected to your brain... It does much more than move blood about... It houses your soul... Often it houses your personality...
Sunday, November 29, 2020

It's Up To You
The numbers keep growing...and they're not just numbers--they're people who have been infected and are sick, some of them dying.  If you want to help keep businesses operating and avoid further restrictions, now's the time to do your part by practicing the 3-W's.
Thursday, November 26, 2020

An Open Letter from the AMA, ANA & AHA
We filed this open letter from the American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association, and the American Nurses Association under OPINION.  There are those who disagree--frankly, they might be considered both foolish and selfish.
Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Don't Stop Now!
We're almost there!  If you still believe that 'we're all in this together,' it's more important than ever to do your part to help us make it to the goal line and to end this pandemic.
Sunday, November 22, 2020

Where Are You?
In the year 2020... Where are you ???... Where are you going ???... Where will you end up ???... Where do you want to be in 2022 ???...
Sunday, November 22, 2020

Lincoln Herald Receives Thank You Notes From Readers
It's really great when we receive Thank You notes from our readers about articles we have posted on our website. Thanks to everyone who takes a look at us everyday!
Thursday, November 19, 2020

Remembering 'Santa Jim'
Some of us go through our lives never accomplishing anything one might call a legacy.  A few become icons.  One of those was the man who became Santa Claus in many of Lincolnton's Christmas events.  Jim Helms passed over the weekend, one of the latest victims of COVID-19.
Wednesday, November 18, 2020

When The Fed Talks Inflation, Bond Investors Listen
Most recently, you may have read that Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell announced a change in how the Fed views inflation. In the past, the Fed said it would consider adjusting short-term rates when inflation approached 2 percent.
Monday, November 16, 2020

Hide On The Porch
The porch is quiet... The birds are eating... The squirrels are chewing... The cat is sleeping... The sun is shining...
Sunday, November 15, 2020

Help A Local Business Survive The Pandemic
We occasionally run articles for which businesses pay to reach potential customers.  This is NOT one of them; the people at The Hub didn't know I was going to write this article.  I hope it helps.
Saturday, November 14, 2020

Rain Means...
Rain means a new beginning.  Old is washed away and new shows up, again.  The dirt from the past is rinsed away with each dropping of moisture that falls upon the surface.
Friday, November 13, 2020

An Open Letter To The Community
As local physicians, our lives have been dedicated to caring for you and your loved ones. We are deeply concerned about the continued toll of COVID-19 on our community and the unintended consequences we see every day when folks let their guard down and unknowingly spread the virus to others. 
Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Afterthoughts On The Election
This editorial may make some people angry.  I don't mind.  We've had enough bickering and name-calling and allegations of wrong-doing without any real evidence to support it.  It's time we put it all behind us and move on.
Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Trust Is Important
2020 is a difficult year... Difficult year to survive... Everybody tells a different story... Everybody tells different facts...
Sunday, November 8, 2020

Trespassing Boundaries Of Thought
For creativity to exist and to grow, there must be an interchange and an exchange of connected and disconnected ideas.  The concept that connected ideas are somehow better interrelated than disconnected ideas is false.
Saturday, November 7, 2020

Dow 30 Changes Its Starting Lineup
The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA), one of the most widely followed stock market indices, has made some key changes to its starting lineup.
Monday, November 2, 2020

Another Friend Has Died From COVID
A former student of mine--and a friend from years ago--passed Sunday due to complications related to COVID-19.  In September, he had shared a post on Facebook (we were Facebook friends) calling the virus a hoax.  Too many people have died.  It's time we recognize this public health emergency for what it is.

Sunday, November 1, 2020

Who Was That Masked Man?
Judge Orr's piece is a timely one considering the uptick in new cases of COVID-19 over the past two weeks. He uses an anecdote about the Lone Ranger from his youth to encourage people to continue to honor requests to wear masks in public.
Wednesday, October 28, 2020

COVID-19 Update
The third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to grow.  Local, state, national and world figures are increasing...and the worst is yet to come.
Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Name-Calling Of Political Opponents
One author writing about it called it "The Campaign of the Century." It happened in California in 1934; and if you believe today's name-calling is troublesome, it's nothing compared to that election.
Monday, October 26, 2020

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