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I am thankful for Jesus, above all, for protecting and guiding me and my family and pets. I am thankful and appreciative of the smile of a stranger and most of all kindness of coworkers and people I meet and deal with in my daily life. Life is so difficult today, people have so many issues and… read more about Giving Thanks
Amber and I met several years ago when she was at a book signing at the Woodmill Winery. It was so cold that day she told me her fingers felt like icicles. There was an activity going on inside the showroom of the winery so they had placed her table outside on the porch. No one knew it was going to… read more about MOMENTS: Author loves sharing stories with kids
Each week, we bring you anonymous comments in our Peeved column. It’s usually filled with folks who are ticked off about other people’s bad driving habits. Sometimes we have people commenting on politics, smoking, national news and Donald Trump’s hair. Less often, we get readers who want to… read more about Instead of Peeved, what are you thankful for?
by Capt. Craig Price Fish on! Ever fished with someone who spends as much time fiddling in their tackle box and tying on different lures as they spend actually fishing? Then at the end of the trip this angler wonders why his/her production is lower than those who’ve been persistently casting… read more about Success is largely the result of confidence and practice
Weather did not affect walk success The East Lincoln Area CROP Hunger Walk was a huge success Sunday, Oct. 4, in spite being canceled due to weather. More than $10,000 was contributed by our neighbors and friends to support the hunger-fighting efforts of Church World Service, both here at… read more about Letter to the Editor – Week of 11/6
Paulette Ballard Moments I recently met 81-year-old Jim Brady in Denver. He had on a T-shirt that said “United States Submarine Veteran.” I asked him to tell me about his years in the service. He grew up in an Irish family and went to college in Brooklyn, N.Y. He became a police officer in New… read more about Working on a submarine during WWII
Fish On! by Capt. Craig Price My last column discussed lead head jigs and the technique called jigging. This time, I want to delve further into jig head designs and applications. “Lead head jig” is a generic term for these lures, and my discussion is by no means all-inclusive. My focus is on… read more about Lead head jigs are an angler staple
by Paulette Ballard I’ve already read the many published stories about Doug Mayes since he passed away Sunday, but I want to tell you about the man I knew as Doug Mayes. During the time I was writing my first book, I asked Doug if he would be so kind as to give me a story for it. He and I had… read more about MOMENTS: The incomparable Doug Mayes
Ashleigh Cameron tells me of a frightening experience when her husband, Derek, was in an accident at work. Derek was checking a piece of equipment when a flame shot out and burned him in several places. He had only a second to see the flame coming toward him and he jumped out of the way, avoiding… read more about MOMENTS: Incident reminds couple not to take life for granted
It was bad, but it could have been much worse. The dire predictions last week for catastrophic flooding – “The Big One” – in Lincoln County didn’t pan out, but we were still deluged with heavy, pounding rains and ferocious winds. Denver Days was canceled, some events were postponed, a few trees… read more about Weekend flood was nothing like the big one
As the time draws near for the 2016 filing period for county commissioner I want to let you, the citizens of Lincoln County, know that I will not be filing for reelection. It has been a true honor and privilege to serve you and get to know a lot of you over these last 11 years. I have truly met… read more about Patton: I'm honored for time in office
You’ve probably never heard of Charles Rozzell, a white man born to great wealth, nor Isaac Mundy, a poor black man born a slave. Charles and Isaac really had nothing in common except for their births in eastern Lincoln County in the 1800s, and one extraordinary event that linked their lives… read more about Surgery brought two unlikely men together
Guest commentary Rep. Jason Saine (R) and Rep. Michael Wray (D) As members of opposing political parties, there’s a lot on which we don’t agree. We’ll spare readers that lengthy list and get to the issue on which we do agree: municipal broadband networks, or networks owned and operated by… read more about Whether left or right, government-owned broadband is wrong
By Bill Russell Lake Norman Chamber A few weeks ago, community and business leaders welcomed Southwire, North America’s largest cable producer, to Lake Norman when they purchased ABB in Huntersville. Southwire acquired the 240,000-square-foot, 3-year-old plant which features state-of-the-art… read more about A regional approach to business
By Rick Short There is a lot of citizen activism going on in the area these days. Some involve big things, such as the efforts to stop the Interstate 77 HOT Lanes or to impact the proposed Catalyst Project in Davidson. Others involve smaller things, such as efforts around changes at the Lake… read more about Seek out information about public meetings
The boom is back. I took a long drive around the area a couple of days ago and was amazed at how much construction is going on and how much things look and feel as they did in the years before the bottom fell out in 2008. Just about everywhere you look off the main roads there are trucks and… read more about More growth coming the the Denver area
I’ve been blessed to have good health as long as I have. As I enter my late sixties, I find sometimes recuperating takes much longer. Having recently had two epidural spinal injections for a back problem – with instructions to do nothing but rest – I have found myself very limited in my own home,… read more about MOMENTS: It’s good to have friends to call on
Voter turnout in both the primary and general election next year may set some records, especially if the media frenzy continues to focus on national political wave-makers like Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders who are shaking up pollsters, pundits and politicians in both parties.… read more about Next year’s local elections already taking shape
Safety encouraged for event As a licensed U.S. Coast Guard Captain (Master 100 Ton Vessels), Past Commander of the Lake Norman Sail & Power Squadron, Certified Public Boating Instructor, one-time commercial fisherman and lifelong boater, I’m compelled to comment on your photograph of the… read more about Letter to the editor
We’re five months out from filing time for the 2016 elections, and the jockeying already is underway for what could develop into another nail-biter from the White House to the courthouse. With the presidential race at the top of the ballot, voters also make decisions about a number of positions… read more about Patton says he won't run again
Time for new blood in the opinion section I think I speak for more than myself when I say that it would be nice to have some new blood in the opinion section of the Denver Weekly. I'm sure Ken Fortenberry is riveting to himself. However, his columns really don't make for interesting reading to… read more about Letter to the editor
By Paulette Ballard Ten years ago, while they were on vacation, Tim Williams and his wife went on a ghost tour in Salem, Mass. He said they went to the Old Burying Point Cemetery, where they had been told the “hanging judge” of the Salem Witch Trials, John Hawthorne, was buried. He said this… read more about MOMENTS: Spooky trip to Salem
A new school year is under way in Lincoln County, and that means that it’s game-time for the traditional bash-the-schools outcry from a few disgruntled parents, unhappy students and others who simply enjoy the blame game. From messed-up schedules to lousy teachers. From crummy cafeteria food to… read more about Times sure have changed for east Lincoln schools
By Craig Price Seasonal topwater feeding blitzes by stripers, largemouth, spotted and white bass have been part of the Catawba lakes fishing scene since the impoundments were built. But the burgeoning population of hybrid stripers in Lake Norman is increasingly presenting local anglers with the… read more about Hybrids rising to the top on Lake Norman
Just when I thought the public ridicule and the glare of the negative spotlight was over, there it was once more. Lincoln County was again being portrayed to the world as Hayseed USA, complete with Chubby Bubba as its official face and elected leader. Nearly two weeks after Lincoln County made… read more about Mitchem's actions make county look bad