2015-01-01 / Front Page

Journal recaps highlights of first six months


The driver of a bucket truck, belonging to the Power Source Company of Florida, was traveling south on the Thomson Highway when his vehicle dropped off the shoulder of the road and rolled over on its side during winter storm Pax. The driver of a bucket truck, belonging to the Power Source Company of Florida, was traveling south on the Thomson Highway when his vehicle dropped off the shoulder of the road and rolled over on its side during winter storm Pax. JANUARY 2 – Courtney Partlow is taken into custody on murder warrants... Repairs are made to one of the bell towers at Lincolnton United Methodist Church (LUMC)...Students at LCHS share their “dream classes.”

JANUARY 9 -- The Lincolnton City Council demotes the police chief and hires Gene Poss to serve as the interim...Courtney Partlow is charged with two counts of murder and one count of robbery...A polar vortex causes temperatures to drop, setting records all across the CSRA...Students at LCHS beat the RESA (Regional Educational Service Agency) and state averages on the Georgia High School Writing Test...The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is awarded a $10,000 grant for highway safety...Local residents are urged to make a resolution to get a mammogram in 2014...The Secret Santa Program receives a windfall of toys and donations from area groups and businesses.

JANUARY 16 – City attorney Barry Fleming swears in officials; Roger Dowell is recognized for over 20 years of service...The home of Russell and Betty Gibbs is destroyed by fire...The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners votes to place a question on the ballot for the next election to obtain public input about changing the date property taxes are due...Red Devils Mikey McIntire and Andy Ray Wengrow are two of the 36 players from the CSRA selected to play their South Carolina counterparts in Border Bowl 1...A reception is held in honor of Kay Remsen, who retired as city clerk after 31 years of service... The United States Army Corps of Engineers reports that rainy weather set several records at the Savannah River Basin...Georgia ranks 38th in overall health, according to a study compiled by the United Health Foundation.

JANUARY 23 – Jason LeRoy will serve as the vice chairman of the Lincoln County Board of Education (BOE); the group votes to set its meetings and calendar for 2014...A controlled burn on the McCormick Highway jumps the fire breaks, causing a woods fire covering 60-80 acres...Rev. Patrick Outler delivers the message at the annual Lincoln County Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Observance...The corps reports on a UGA study dealing with hydrilla and grass carp.

JANUARY 30 – The Lincoln County Development Authority hires a company to develop a new logo and website...Seven brush fires sweep through the county; residents are reminded to obtain a burn permit...Congressman Paul Broun visits Lincolnton to talk with constituents...The Primary Election is moved to May 20 to line up state and federal election calendars...Red Devil running back Mikey McIntire is recognized as a member of The Augusta Chronicle’s All-Area First Team.

FEBRUARY 6 – Agencies work well together during an ice and snow storm that hit the area January 28 and 29...Sheriff’s office deploys Humvees to monitor road conditions...In conjunction with activities commemorating the Battle of Kettle Creek, Elijah Clark State Park (ECSP) will host a ceremony honoring Gen. Clark...Citizens are urged to sign up for the Neighborhood Watch Program...Candice Marshall of Lincolnton is involved in a one-car accident on Metasville Road...LCHS is currently offering a piano class as part of its regular curriculum.

FEBRUARY 13 – The city adopts its 2014 budget and raises county water rates...Dr. Diane B. Evans will be the guest speaker at the Lincoln County NAACP Banquet...LCHS will have no STAR Student this year, because the criteria for the honor were not met...The 2014 Lincoln County American Cancer Society (ACS) Relay for Life Kickoff is held at First Assembly of God.

FEBRUARY 20 – Lincoln County is spared the worst of winter storm Pax...A bucket truck, traveling south on the Thomson Highway, drops off the shoulder of the road and rolls over on its side...The BOE prepares for budget talks by reviewing enrollment and QBE (Quality Basic Education) earnings...County residents feel the effect of Edgefield’s 4.1 earthquake and 3.2 aftershock... Marshall Colvin of Blanchard Equipment donates a John Deere Gator to the LCHS Varsity Baseball Team for use during the season... LCMS students skype with author and entrepreneur Adam Herndon... Marshall Abuwi, Booker T. Washington’s great-grandson, will address students at LCMS and LCHS as well as the community at large.

FEBRUARY 27 – The BOC calls for a referendum on whether to allow the sale of alcohol by the drink; the commission also recognizes Jim Heard for his service as a member of the board of tax assessors...Commission Chairman Wade Johnson delivers the “State of the County” address...Dr. Mark Waters will be the guest speaker for the first installment in the 2014 “History in the Park” lecture series, hosted by the Lincoln County Historical Society... First Assembly of God is scheduled to host “Celebrate Recovery” every Tuesday...The corps indicates the dams are safe and sound in the wake of the recent earthquakes...The Lincoln County Library receives 12 new computers for public use and two OPAC (Online Public Assess Catalogue) computers for searching the library’s data base.

MARCH 6 – H and H Industrial Maintenance is named the 2013 “Business of the Year” at the Lincolnton Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet; Ficklin Guin is the guest speaker, and the H.I.T. (Hillbillies in Training) String Band provides the entertainment... Carson Goldman exhibits the Reserve Champion Heifer at the Washington Area Junior Steer and Heifer Show...Aaron Hutton receives the WJBF Scholar-Athlete Award.

MARCH 13 – The city votes 3-2 to grant conditional use status to accommodate a group daycare center... The Masters Tournament donates $2 million for pediatric facilities at Camp Lakeside...Sean Poppy, education program specialist with the Savannah River Ecology Labodifferent ratory, speaks to seventh-graders at LCMS...The county purchases a new ambulance for $122,000... Qualifying yields candidates for seats on the BOE and BOC...A UGA softball coach discovers that former Red Devil Bethany Beggs is the “total package”...The staff obtains free books, DVDs, and CDs for the library at a vendors’ fair in North Charleston, South Carolina.

MARCH 20 – The county agrees to increase water rates...The BOE recognizes the system-wide winners of the Young Georgia Authors Writing Competition at its regular meeting; the system receives a mid-term windfall...Work on a new 24’ x 24’ picnic shelter at the Curry Colvin Recreation Complex reaches completion...Andy Ray Wengrow signs a scholarship contract to play football for the Berry Vikings... Will McWhorter of Woodmen of the World insurance presents LCHS with a new flag.

MARCH 27 – Construction resumes on the new Fortson-Dorn Bridge; the presence of DEF (Delayed Ettringite Formation) raises the cost...Documents are signed to close out the financial portion of the county’s $470,000 loan from Farmers State Bank to help complete the Blackjack Sewer Project...Gloria Wheatley, director of the Washington Wilkes Animal Shelter, speaks to the Concerned Citizens of Lincoln County (CCLC) about the construction of an animal control facility... An inmate’s attempt to escape from the Lincoln County Law Enforcement Center is foiled...The LCHS Jazz Band will present a “dessert concert”...Thomas Folger and Zay Banks take top honors at the State Class-A Spring Literary Meet...The Lincoln County Recreation Department is set to host a car show and cook-off on April 5.

APRIL 3 – Three corps campgrounds, leased by the county, open for business on April 1...A redesigned SAT will be introduced in the spring of 2016...Kevin Beggs will speak on “The Lincolnton Coca- Cola Bottling Works” at the second installment in the 2014 History in the Park lecture series...The Lincoln Journal profiles local candidates running in the primary.

APRIL 10 – The city announces it will sponsor fireworks on June 28... Ali Aycock is named Miss LCMS... The community is invited to participate in Holy Week services...First Assembly of God is set to present a Passion play on Palm Sunday...The city purchases two used patrol cars... Macy Hill and Jonathan Partlow are recognized at a Georgia Regents University (GRU) convocation honoring the top two African-American scholars from high schools in the CSRA.

APRIL 17 – Lincoln County makes a poor showing in the “County Health Rankings and Roadmaps” report...A house, owned by Lisa Willingham, is destroyed by fire... Mulberry C.M.E. Church will host a Good Friday service...The library receives new children’s books... The sheriff’s office purchases a new truck with inmate housing funds...An ecumenical service, featuring “The Seven Last Words of Jesus,” will be held at First Baptist Church...First Assembly is sponsoring a workshop on “The Art of Marriage.”

APRIL 24 – The BOE listens to concerns about the “mindset of the administration”...The BOC hears an update on county parks and proclaims April as “National Donate Life Month”...LCHS invites residents to view prom decorations...A local woman loses her life in a freak accident...The body of a missing woman is recovered in Fishing Creek...The Lincoln County Development Authority is holding a community-wide photo contest... The Graves Mountain Rock Swap and Dig is set to begin on Friday... The Second Annual Little Roy and Lizzy Music Festival will be held May 1-3 at the park.

MAY 1 – Larry Campbell, the winningest coach in Georgia high school football, retires after 44 years at LCHS...Residents are invited to observe the annual day of prayer at the Lincoln County Courthouse... Bill Kirby will speak on “Kirby’s Lincoln County” at the third installment in the 2014 History in the Park lecture series...The LCHS Musical Theatre Class and Farmers State Bank will present “Beauty and the Beast” May 8-10...Chairman Johnson is appointed to the Rural Hospital Stabilization Committee by Governor Nathan Deal.

MAY 8 – Storms result in little rain, but high winds cause downed trees...Aaron Hutton and Kristin James are named valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, for the LCHS Class of 2014 at the 36th Annual Academic Honors Night... Bluegrass and Southern gospel fans prepare for the Sixth Annual Jeff and Sheri Easter Homecoming, which gets underway today...Jessica Reid loses control of her Nissan Altima in a curve on the Thomson Road; she is reported to have sustained only minor injuries...Cathy Johnson, nutrition director for Lincoln County Schools, is in the process of revamping the system’s nutrition program.

MAY 15 – The campgrounds leased by the county from the corps are exceeding expectations...The community is invited to support the fight against cancer at the Lincoln County ACS Relay for Life set for May 16...Residents are urged to cast their ballots in the Primary/ Non-Partisan Election May 20... Clark’s Hill Lake is ranked among the top 100 bass lakes in the United States...Bids on Phase II of the city’s Transportation Enhancement (TE) project come in over budget... Red Devil Mikey McIntire signs a scholarship contract to play football for Kennesaw State University.

MAY 22 – Tempers flare at the regular BOE meeting as members of the public express concerns over personnel and morale...Graduation exercises will be held for 85 seniors on May 23...Larry Campbell is charged with simple battery following a verbal altercation that occurred during the regular meeting of the BOE...The Lincoln County Office of Emergency Services (OES) takes delivery of a new ambulance...The county awards a paving contract to C and H Paving and subscribes to services offered by the Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC) for FY 2015...The board of education adopts a tentative budget for FY 2015.

MAY 29 – The community comes together to raise $8,500 for the battle against cancer at Relay for Life... LCHS athletes are recognized at an awards ceremony on May 15...Local board of education seats are decided in the Primary/Non-Partisan Election...

Red Devils Max Ashmore, Holden Carruth, and Drew Seymour make history by becoming the only three athletes at LCHS to sign scholarship contracts to play college baseball the same year...“Grandkids’ Day” will be held at the Lincoln County Historical Park on June 7... LCMS and LCHS will participate in the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s new “Georgia Grown Test Kitchen Initiative.”

JUNE 5 – Kevin Banks takes over the reins as the Red Devils’ new head coach...First Assembly of God hits the road with a new ministry called “KCO (Kids Community Outreach) on the GO”...Local leaders meet to discuss the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing (GICH)...Lady Devil Dominique Haynes is awarded a scholarship to play basketball for Brewton-Parker College...Dr. Lee Ann Caldwell will be the guest speaker for the fourth installment in the 2014 History in the Park lecture series...Chris Hawn resigns from his job as manager of Elijah Clark State Park...Steve Foster of the GBI lifts fingerprints from children during the library’s “Summer Reading Program”...Four system-wide winners of the Young Georgia Authors Writing Competition win at the district level and advance to state...With school out for the summer, Gene Poss, interim chief of the Lincolnton Police Department (LPD), urges motorists to slow down and drive with extra caution.

JUNE 12 – The city names Poss chief of the LPD and awards the bid for the TE project; Waste Water Superintendent Chris Guin resigns from the city after years of service... Young volunteers make repairs to 50 residences during “River of Life”... The district attorney’s office will not pursue the case against Coach Campbell for simple battery...The “Seamless Summer Option (SSO)” program offers free lunches to local children...Susan VandeWeghe and her “Mountain Marionettes” will be special guests at the Summer Reading Program.

JUNE 19 – The BOE approves its final budget; Kaye Bufford, finance director, and teacher LuAnn Beale are recognized by the superintendent of schools for achievements at the state level...Danny McConnell, CEO of the Family Y of Greater Augusta, speaks to the BOC about transforming Camp Lakeside into a camping facility for sick and disabled children...Sheriff Bruce Beggs installs a drug drop box for unused or out-of-date medications...Little Roy Lewis restores Tommy and Liba Cunningham’s 1931 Model A Ford after the car sat in boxes, buckets, and jars for years.

JUNE 26 – The city will host its annual fireworks display June 28... The CRCT (Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests) and the EOCT (End-of-Course Test) will be replaced by the Georgia Milestones Assessment System...Shirley Dawkins, library director, conducts a few “weird science” experiments during the Summer Reading Program...An information technology team increases the library’s Internet speed... The Lincolnton High School (LHS) Class of 1949 is still going strong as it celebrates its 65th reunion...The park announces a slate of activities for the community and campers alike.

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