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Happy Birthday To Lee And Jackson!
As I write this (Jan. 19), it is the 215th anniversary of the birth of Robert E. Lee. The 198th anniversary of the birth of Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson follows this Friday, Jan. 21.
Wednesday, January 19, 2022

High Time To Abolish The IRS
Even though Tax Day is still three months away, many folks are already thinking about their taxes.
Monday, January 17, 2022

New Year Couldn't Get Here Soon Enough
Thank heavens it’s 2022 already. These past 12 months have been doozies.
Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Is Inflation Peaking?
One lesser-known indicator is called the Baltic Dry Index.
Monday, January 10, 2022

The Grinch Who Stole Christ's Church
Francis the Worst tries to destroy the Traditional Latin Mass. One advantage of having the Mass in Latin is that, being a dead language, its meaning is unambiguously clear and cannot be changed.
Monday, January 3, 2022

We Can Do It Folks
HAPPY NEW YEAR... What is a resolution... Dictionary says a resolution is... Is a decision to do something... Or to stop doing something...
Sunday, January 2, 2022

Governor's Island Resident Praises Lincoln County Water Dept.
Many thanks to the Lincoln County public works employees who worked so hard and even dug with their hands around the pipes and tree in the large and very muddy hole on a very chilly night so residents could have water for Christmas.
Thursday, December 30, 2021

Thank Gift Books For Christmas Commercialism
If you’re basking in afterglow of Christmas with a new read in hand, you’re part of a long-held tradition.
Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Fed Chair Changes His Tune
Powell’s testimony to Congress may be telling.
Monday, December 27, 2021

We Need Each Other
By the time you read this Christmas will be... Will be over for 2021... The 2022 will be knocking... Knocking on the door...
Sunday, December 26, 2021

Ministry Appreciates Thomas Lark's Coverage Of Lucky
Thank you so much for writing the article on the sad death of Lucky.
Saturday, December 25, 2021

Lacey Leonhardt Set To Début New Column
You know Leonhardt’s column, “Simply Southern,” which has run for some years here in our pages. Well, now, get set for another chapter from this lovely Lincolnton lady: “Teatime with Lace,” soon to début, only here in The Herald.
Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Thank God First
By now most have put up a tree... Many have installed lights on their houses... Big blowups are in front yards... Office parties are planned... Gifts are hidden... Bikes are in neighbors garages...
Sunday, December 19, 2021

In Search Of Vicarious Treasure
You Tube algorithms know me well. A few weeks ago, they suggested a metal detector video. Within hours, I’d dipped my toes into the world of treasure hunting with some young men scoping a Victorian yard in Kansas, a Southerner searching a Civil War site and a hiker from New Hampshire braving swamps and underbrush to locate a 1600s cellar hole.
Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Good Night, Mike
Shooting stars, by definition, burn but for a fleeting moment. But however briefly, brilliantly bright and blazing they do burn indeed. So it was with the Monkees’ musical career––“one brief, shining moment,” as Arthur sings in Camelot; a thing that could be measured in mere months, basically from 1966 to ’68.
Monday, December 13, 2021

End-Of-The-Year Money Moves
Here are some things you might consider before saying goodbye to 2021.
Monday, December 13, 2021

Christmas Cards
Do you send Christmas cards... 2021 she was told many do not... This is just something to think about...
Sunday, December 12, 2021

Whatever Happened To Good Service?
Worse than ever, it’s impossible to find these days.
Thursday, December 9, 2021

Reader Agrees With Lark About The TSA
Incisive, entertaining observations on the current scene.
Thursday, December 9, 2021

Smile At December 2021
December is here... Everyone hopes it will be their best... Hopes everyone they love will be Merry... But this is just a thought...
Sunday, December 5, 2021

High Time To Abolish The TSA
Ineffective, unconstitutional and downright insane: get rid of it!
Saturday, December 4, 2021

To Vaccinate Or Not
47% of the population of Lincoln, Gaston & Cleveland counties is now considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  That doesn't reflect those who have received a so-called 'booster shot.'  Despite the statistical evidence that shows the COVID vaccines are helpful in reducing the severity of the virus and the likelihood of death from it, some are still raising questions about its safety and effectiveness.
Friday, December 3, 2021

More Shows That Conservatives Like
“Baby, Hollywood is dead.” That’s how singer Michael Bublé put it 11 years ago. And the lyric is just as true to-day. As I recently wrote, my wife, Julie, and I are enjoying some classic television from that medium’s entirely better past.
Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Dewey's Holiday Shop A Panoply Of Delights
If you’re in a quandary about what to buy folks on your gift list, look no further than Dewey’s Holiday Shop at The Corner Table. Yes, The Corner Table soup kitchen in Newton is hosting a retail branch of Dewey’s Bakery of Winston-Salem.
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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Proposed Tax Changes In Congress
If passed, the $3.5 trillion Build Back Better Act would alter some federal tax rates.
Monday, November 29, 2021

Be Thankful
Well Thanksgiving is over for 2021... The kitchen is clean... Hopefully everyone is thankful... Each for something different... Each person knows their own heart...
Sunday, November 28, 2021

What Next?
What will the infrastructure bill do?  Will taxes go up next year?  Will inflation continue or get worse?  They're all good questions, and this week Cain offers some observations.
Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Cooper Signs HB91
Politicians intent on exercising control over just about everything, have approved a new law that may have signficant impact on high school sports in North Carolina.
Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Is It True... Americans No Longer Want To Work?
According to data published on November 12th from the United States Job Openings and Labor Turnover report, a record 4.4 million workers walked away from their jobs in September.
Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Fan Likes Thomas Lark's "Shows Conservatives Watch"
Cherryville reader shares assessment of TV shows of yesteryear.
Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Thanksgiving Faith
She was sitting on her sofa... Watching people talk about Thanksgiving... Say that everyone is so happy... But that may not be true... She is very happy now... But there have been unhappy Thanksgivings...
Sunday, November 21, 2021

Why Does Christmas Get The Bum's Rush?
When does Christmas begin? Why, Christmas Day, of course. Yet for the morons and money-worshippers of Mammon and Madison Avenue, Christmas might as well begin some time in October.
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Friday, November 19, 2021

At Last--A State Budget
North Carolina hasn't had a full budget since the 2018-19 fiscal year because of political standoffs between Democratic Governor Roy Cooper and the legislature. The budget for the current fiscal year is more than four months overdue. Local governments and school systems have had to operate without a clear and definite figure on how much money they’ll get from the state. That may at last be about to change.
Tuesday, November 16, 2021

The Underutilized Benefits Of A Health Savings Account
Healthcare can be one of the priciest yet essential parts of life’s journey. And yet, many struggle to utilize the financial tools that may help. 
Monday, November 15, 2021

What Shows Do Conservatives Watch?
In a world of dwindling good options for entertainment, what would a conservative enjoy? Let us consider television and confine ourselves, for the sake of argument, to that one medium.
Thursday, November 11, 2021

Going Plaid In A Solid Gray World
Fans of this column are in luck. My book Going Plaid in a Solid Gray World: Collected Columns is out from Red Hawk Publications, the publishing arm of Catawba Valley Community College.
Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Mahovsky Grateful For Veterans Day Coverage
Thanks staff writer Thomas Lark for recent article.
Sunday, November 7, 2021

Why Volunteer
You could make a difference... There are so many places that need... Need help... Need volunteers... The opportunities are endless... There are openings in many areas...
Sunday, November 7, 2021

"Manners Maketh Man"
Back then people knew not only to say “thank you,” but they also knew that the proper response was “you’re welcome.” These days, when you sit down in a restaurant, if you thank your waitress, seemingly eight or nine times out of 10, the kid will say, “No problem,” or “Not a problem.” 
Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Ready For Medicare Open Enrollment?
Medicare’s annual open enrollment period began October 15 and ends on December 7. During this time, current Medicare beneficiaries have the option to adjust their coverage for the coming year. 
Monday, November 1, 2021

School Board: "Let's Play Politics!"
The Lincoln County Board of Education will hold a special called meeting and work session on Tuesday (Nov. 2nd) at 6 PM at the Schools Administrative Offices, 201 Jeb Seagle Drive in Lincolnton. At the special meeting, they're likely to approve new district lines for School Board elections--and their choices will be based on political, not educational, considerations.
Friday, October 29, 2021

Reader Lauds Lark's Reminiscence Of Fr. Bourmaud
Praise for "The most conservative man I ever knew."
Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Less Is More, Coming To A Grocery Store Near You
“Shrinkflation” they call it, when vendors package a product less than its usual size, but at an equal or higher price.
Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Christmas 2021
Christmas is many things to many people.
Sunday, October 24, 2021














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