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The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act is now law. With it, comes some of the biggest changes to retirement savings law in recent years.
Monday, March 30, 2020

Order Or Not, They're Not Staying At Home
A statewide 'stay at home' order takes effect Monday at 5 PM. Mecklenburg, Cabarrus and Gaston counties already have a local 'stay at home' edict in effect. From what we saw Saturday (March 28th), most people may not totally ignore the virus--but they aren't staying at home.
Sunday, March 29, 2020

Faith Is A Weapon
Faith is so important in all wars... Faith looks for the good in each of us... We are in this war together... We will win together... Faith is a wonderful weapon...
Sunday, March 29, 2020

Stretched Door Spring And You
Another adventure with Marty Reep, a native of Western Lincoln County, when he was a kid and the spring on his grandparents' back porch door.
Friday, March 27, 2020

COVID-19 Spreads; Responses Vary
Is this 'the new normal'?  God forbid!
Sunday, March 22, 2020

When You...But God
Have you ever felt stressed, worrisome, or unsure?  Does it seem like you’ve awakened in the middle of an episode of The Twilight Zone?
Friday, March 20, 2020

Random Thoughts On COVID-19
Some selfish individuals are hoarding essential items--perhaps fearing that things will get so bad they won't be able to get any more.  Others are trying to help their neighbors during these difficult times.  Here are some random thoughts on how we're handling COVID-19.
Thursday, March 19, 2020

Is Calm To Come After The Storm?
We ran this article March 7th.  Given the continued decline of stocks and the changes that have occurred in the COVID-19 pandemic, we felt it worthwhile to repeat it now.
Tuesday, March 17, 2020

New I.R.S. Contribution Limits
The I.R.S. just announced the annual contribution limits on IRAs, 401(k)s, and other widely used retirement plan accounts for 2020. Here’s a quick look at them.
Monday, March 16, 2020

Being A Bail Bondsman Can Be Risky Business
Fortunately, I’ve never needed a bail bondsman, but after interviewing Mark Derr, owner/agent of Day and Night Bail Bonds, I know what one could expected. I spent an hour with Derr and walked away with information overload regarding what he does.
Saturday, March 14, 2020

Appreciating Beauty
There are so many things around us that are full of beauty.  Focusing on the beautiful things helps keep us thinking in terms of the greatness of life that holds us in the hands of eternity.
Friday, March 13, 2020

Coronavirus: A Lesson In Fear
The worldwide effect of COVID-19 (coronavirus) continues.  The number of people infected grows every day; and the world's economy suffered.  Here are some of our thoughts on the current situation.
Thursday, March 12, 2020

Fed Cuts Interest Rates As Coronavirus & Fears Spread
The stock market rebounded on Monday, then fell again Tuesday; the Fed cut  interest rates, the first so-called emergency cut since 2008; the coronavirus is continuing to spread.  Some are quickly adopting a doomsday attitude.  This isn't prophecy--just news analysis, but it may help to calm your fears.
Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Tremendous Gains Since 2009
Where were you on March 9, 2009? Do you remember the headwinds hitting Wall Street then? When the closing bell rang at the New York Stock Exchange that Monday afternoon, it marked the end of another down day for equities.
Monday, March 2, 2020

Patricia Skinner Retiring After 25 Years At Gaston
Dr. Patricia Skinner announced her plans to retire as president of Gaston College last year.  The time for her departure has arrived--but she feels good about what she's leaving behind for her successor.
Saturday, February 29, 2020

Life Worth Living
In a time where extremes seem to hog the headlines, there is a space in the middle of those extremes that still reminds me that there is sanity and peace in the world.
Friday, February 28, 2020

Sensing The Flow
A sense of purpose flows down the hallway, guiding hands to skillfully pull illusions into the present and shape the future.  Overarching gain tells the story of creativity that fills the mind and gives rise to energy, producing art and innovation as a result.
Friday, February 21, 2020

2019 IRA Deadlines Are Approaching
Financially, many of us associate April with taxes – but we should also associate April with important IRA deadlines. 
Monday, February 17, 2020

Plant A Good Seed
She was raised in the South... Her Grandma was raised in the South... Her Mama was raised in the South... Planting seeds is an art... An art practiced in the South...
Sunday, February 16, 2020

Value Of Doing Good
There is still value in doing good.  In spite of what some people may say, doing the right thing at the right time has a definite place in the world. 
Friday, February 14, 2020

Permanently Temporary
February 2, 2020 and 75 degrees... Porch weather... Sitting in a chair... Watching birds eat... Bet they love this weather...
Sunday, February 9, 2020

No Rain In Fall Causes Hay Shortage In Spring
Guest Columnist Glenn Detweiler, CES Livestock agent for Lincoln and Catawba counties, has some timely tips for area livestock producers who are running low in hay and grass.
Saturday, February 8, 2020

Where Do You Want To Go?
Where do you want to go?  Do you know?  Creating goodness in the world, in your own life, and in the lives of others requires direction and an overall purpose. 
Friday, February 7, 2020

Gas Tanker Safety
In the last week, there have been at least three incidents involving fuel tankers that have involved death and damage to the environment. Something needs to change. Gas Tanker drivers are safe drivers-their lives depend on it.
Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Your Extended Care Strategy
Are you prepared for the possibility – and expense – of eldercare?
Monday, February 3, 2020

Funny Ways We Communicate
When thinking about how people communicate with each other, I was reminded of some conversations with my siblings while growing up (in Western Lincoln County, North Carolina). 
Friday, January 31, 2020

Thinking Back
She was sitting on the porch... She was watching birds eat… Eat and hop about... Thinking back... The bell chimes were active... Brought back good memories... Memories of her Grandparents home... A home she loved and shared...
Sunday, January 26, 2020

The Final Semester Of High School
Four years ago, as a wide-eyed freshman, I timidly walked into Lincolnton High School for the first time. Besides the fear of getting lost around the school, I wasn’t prepared for the next four years and I had no idea what to expect.
Saturday, January 25, 2020

Expanding Your Influence
Is what you do potentially helpful to more people than you are currently reaching?  Can the services you provide, or the products you sell, benefit people in more ways than you are currently using?
Friday, January 24, 2020

Thoughts On MLK Day 2020
Communities across America celebrated Monday (Jan. 20th) as MLK Day, a day to honor the memory of civil rights leader Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Leonard Wealth Management - 60th Year Anniversary!
In October 1959 Joseph “Joe” C. Leonard began Leonard Wealth Planning. In 1984, his son, Cain joined the firm. In 1994, the Leonard’s became an “independent financial firm” owning and operating what is known today as Leonard Wealth Management. 
Monday, January 20, 2020

All buildings have foundations... Not all foundations are the same... But all foundations are the support... Support of the building... Tall straight buildings last for years... But sometime the foundations need help...
Sunday, January 19, 2020

On a Knife's Edge, Together
To walk the edge of a knife and not cut your feet – that is a truly amazing thing.  To see over the edge of the curve and realize what’s coming – that is enlightening, frightening, exhilarating, and boring.
Saturday, January 18, 2020

Ending A Chapter In My Life
It is surreal to me that as a chapter of my life is ending in a few months, a new one is just beginning. As I start my next semester, I am reminded of the memories I share with many of my classmates, and how soon we will go our separate ways.
Thursday, January 16, 2020

Each year has 365 days... Each year starts off with good wishes... Happy New Year is a good start... Some celebrate the end of a year... Some celebrate the start of a new year... Some just sleep past... Past it all...
Sunday, January 12, 2020

Developing The Right Mindset
What’s your mindset?  The reason I ask, is because the right mindset is essential for your success.
Friday, January 10, 2020

Law Enforcement Appreciation Day
Thursday (Jan. 9th) is National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.
Thursday, January 9, 2020

Self-Reflecting Questions
This month I am trying a different type of submission just to see which gets more feedback. I have recently seen that many bloggers ask some self-reflecting questions and thought maybe it was a good idea since it’s a new year.
Thursday, January 9, 2020

What's It All About?
Now that Lincoln County Commissioners have passed a resolution naming Lincoln a "Second Amendment Sanctuary," what--if anything--has changed?  We researched North Carolina's gun laws and offer the following commentary.
Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Holidays In Other Countries
Christmas for 2019 has come and gone, and now that it's 2020 everyone's going back to work or school ready to tell their friends and coworkers about the food, gifts, and traditions from their Christmas gatherings.
Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Creating A Retirement Strategy
Across the country, people are saving for that “someday” called retirement.
Monday, January 6, 2020

Starting Over
2020 is here... Did you start over... Do we ever start over... Can a human start over...
Sunday, January 5, 2020

Proposed Resolution: A Pointless Political Show
Lincoln County Commissioners will consider--and we believe unanimously pass--a resolution at their Monday night (Jan. 6th) meeting declaring Lincoln a "Second Amendment Sanctuary" county.

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Miss Hattie Wakefield & I Never Met
No, I never met Miss Hattie Wakefield, but if I had, I’m sure she and I would have been great friends.  Even though we were ages apart and centuries separated, we seemed to be cut from the same cloth.
Friday, January 3, 2020

By now, one assumes that most readers are already familiar with the events of late Thursday (our time, Friday there) in Iraq that marked an escalation in the conflict between the US and Iran.  Are we at war?  What next?
Friday, January 3, 2020

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