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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

As we get older and learn... We hope that we will have less... Less to fear... But in 2020 there is so much talk... Talk about fear...
Sunday, October 25, 2020

President Trump Has Massive Rally In Gastonia
More than 23,000 enthusiastic supporters showed up for yet another of the President’s rock concert-like rallies in Gastonia on Wednesday at the Municipal Airport.  Photographers Bill Ward and Kirk Herbertson shared with us some of their photos from the rally.
Friday, October 23, 2020

Thanks First Responders
On August 16th of this year I unfortunately suffered a major heart event while at work. Thanks to the quick response and professionalism of Lincoln County's First Responders I am blessed to be alive today to write this letter of gratitude.
Monday, October 19, 2020

Home Builders Confident In Economic Rebound
To some, this may hardly feel like an economy headed for a bright future. But don’t tell that to home builders.
Monday, October 19, 2020

Webster says motivation is a force.
Sunday, October 18, 2020

My Opinion About Voting
I have been asked by several people if I have voted yet. Further comments were “be sure to vote because your vote counts.” Does it really?
Sunday, October 18, 2020

A Plea For Civility
There have been several incidents of political campaign signs being defaced, destroyed or stolen.  The chair of the Lincoln County Democratic party urges Democrats, Republicans and others: let's practice democracy at the polls and avoid such illegal and disrespectful displays of opinion.  We've got to live together when this election is over.
Saturday, October 17, 2020

If Fall Crawl Was OK, Why Not Parade?
A special event was held in downtown Lincolnton Friday evening (Oct. 16th).  The Fall Crawl included live entertainment on the Courtsquare and multiple artists and crafters at several stores.
Saturday, October 17, 2020

Larry Simms' Paris Dilemma
I asked Larry Simms what was a moment he would never forget and he told me about a business trip to Paris, France.
Monday, October 12, 2020

Plan A Begins Tuesday
Lincoln County students in grades K-5 are about to begin five days per week face-to-face instruction as the Lincoln County Schools move to Plan A.  Not everybody is happy about that change.
Monday, October 12, 2020

Choose Your Enemies
In the year 2020... We all see people carrying hate... Hate is a heavy load... Hate often hides truth... Hate removes reason... Hate can be evil... Hate can make people evil...
Sunday, October 4, 2020

Raindrops on your face.  Your favorite song, at just the right moment.  A gentle hug.   …timeless.  
Friday, October 2, 2020

Afterthoughts On The Debate
One cable news network called it a s@&# show.  President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden faced off in the first of three scheduled Presidential debates Tuesday night (Sept. 29th), and most would surely agree, it was less than spectacular.
Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Football Is Back
Football is back, which means Summer is coming to a close, days will get shorter, and sweaters will soon be in play. This year, there was no pre-season, so professional football started in September, which coincidentally, is a perennial month for stock market volatility.
Monday, September 28, 2020

Hope you like this one...there is so much hate in the air right now I thought I would try to make someone smile...
Sunday, September 27, 2020

In A Flash
In a flash, brilliance is spawned by a moment of realization and an instantaneous awareness of things greater than you.  An utterance, a quickness, or a moment in time is all that’s needed to break through from one level to the next.
Friday, September 25, 2020

Who Was That Masked Man?
The jury is in!  Actually, it's the evidence--data from many sources--that confirms: the 3Ws work!  Keep wearing your mask and doing the other things necessary and we'll survive this pandemic.
Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Unforgettable Moment
Have you been so scared or shocked that your stomach seemed to sink, or your heart raced with the anxiety something bad was about to happen? This week Paulette shares an Unforgettable Moment!
Sunday, September 20, 2020

If you are an adult... If you tell the truth... You have been unemployed... You never forget the feeling... You never forget the fear... You never forget the stress...
Sunday, September 20, 2020

If You Could Know...?
If you could know the date of when you are going to die, would you want to know it?  If so, why?  If not, why not?
Friday, September 18, 2020

A Special Day To Show Your Disregard For Others
Some, who obviously care more about their own rights and opinions than the lives of others, have declared this Tuesday, September 15th, No Mask Day.
Monday, September 14, 2020

United Way Holds Annual Meeting
The United Way of Lincoln County will hold its annual meeting this week--but it won't be an in-person gathering; it will be done virtually.
Monday, September 14, 2020

The Taxation Of Restricted Stock Units
Is your employer giving you restricted stock units (RSUs)? Here are some details about RSUs, which differ from stock options in both their nature and taxation. 
Monday, September 14, 2020

Senior Citizens
All people over 65 are senior citizens... All senior citizens have stories... Stories that have formed them into who they are today... Some stories are good... Some are bad... Some are hidden... Some are bragged about... Some are loud and some are quiet...
Sunday, September 13, 2020

In the year 2020... That is where we find ourselves now... There does not seems to be... Be any logic in this world this year... Sadly, there does not seem to be logic... Logic anywhere...
Sunday, September 6, 2020

COVID-19 Numbers Improving
While the pandemic is far from over, we are making progress in slowing the spread of the coronavirus.  The number of new cases is shrinking in our area and Lincoln County's active case count, which has never equaled other area counties, has declined.
Saturday, September 5, 2020

International Overdose Awareness Day
Monday August 31st is International Overdose Awareness Day--a time to remember those we've lost and to make a new pledge to help others avoid the same fate.
Monday, August 31, 2020

A Checklist For When A Spouse Or Parent Passes
When you lose a spouse, partner, or parent, the grief can be overwhelming. In the midst of that grief, life goes on. There are arrangements to be made, things to be taken care of – and in recognition of this reality, here is a checklist that you may find useful at such a time.
Monday, August 31, 2020

Huge Decisions
A poem by Judge that reflects that NOT all decisions are easy, fair or simple....
Sunday, August 30, 2020

Thank You Councilman Jetton
I would like to thank Councilman Roby Jetton for listening to the residents of West Sycamore Street and getting our stop signs installed. The section of Sycamore from the stop light at Government to the intersection of North Grove was a drag strip with very few following the posted speed limit.
Saturday, August 29, 2020

Recognizing The Recognizer
A Letter to the Editor thanking Wayne Howard for building up our youth! For covering our counties happenings and working without recognition.
Friday, August 28, 2020

The Deal To Keep The Statue
A lawsuit against the chairman of the Gaston County commissioners, the refusal by the Sons of Confederate Veterans to accept the statue, and a new vote to keep the Confederate statue in front of the Gaston County Courthouse--it's all part of a deal that was made to rescind a resolution to move the statue and to keep it in place.
Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Be Careful With The Words Deposited
Words spoken are words deposited.... Deposited in minds.... Deposited in hearts. There are no withdrawals.... So think...Be careful....
Sunday, August 23, 2020

The 2020 RMD Income Tax Relief Deadline Is Almost Here
Are you one of the many retirement account holders who took a mandatory distribution this year? If so, you may be able to manage the taxes associated with Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) from traditional IRAs and 401(k)s. There are some essential details to keep in mind, however. Here’s what you need to know.
Monday, August 17, 2020

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 16, 2020

We Are A People Under Siege From Virtually Every Corner
A reader comments on several subjects on his mind during the pandemic.

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Thoughts On Back-To-School
School begins this Wednesday for students of Lincoln Charter School, but they'll be engaged in remote learning for the time being.  Lincoln County Schools, Gaston County Schools, Catawba County Schools & Cleveland County Schools all begin the school year for students next week.  One thing is certain: school will be different this year.
Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Landen's Story Lives On
Landen was a little boy in our community that battled a rare disorder- DNA Ligase IV Deficiency. This disorder resulted in small stature (Primordial Dwarfism) and immune deficiency which led to Landen needing a bone marrow transplant in 2017. Landen passed away September 13th of last year.
Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Limited Time
She sat on her porch and pondered... Her mind was racing... So many questions... So many answers... But which answer was correct… Now that was the dilemma...
Sunday, August 2, 2020

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