2017-10-12 / Front Page

Public invited to dedication of highway for Ben B. Ross

The public is invited to attend a dedication ceremony honoring the late Ben Barron Ross, slated for Tuesday, October 17, at 2 p.m. at The Lincoln Center, as a stretch of Highway 47 will be named in Ross’ memory.

The signage is expected to read “The Ben Barron Ross Memorial Highway.”

Hailing from Grey, Ross came to Lincolnton in 1949 after serving in the United States Army during World War II. Not 10 years later did he begin his first term as a state representative, a position which Ross would hold for 28 years.

He also served as the attorney for Lincoln County for 38 years, however he likewise set up his private practice directly in the courthouse.

“He stayed in the courthouse most of his life,” Commission Chairman Walker Norman said. “He was a good man.”

During his career in the legisla­ture, Ross chaired the influential House Education Committee for a number of years, and he was one of the sponsors of the Quality Basic Education Act which changed the funding formula for local schools.

Ross was also instrumental in paving the way for a new library building in Lincoln County.

Expected speakers for the occa­sion are Senator Lee Anderson and State Representative Tom McCall, and several Georgia DOT officials are also anticipated to attend, in­cluding Lincoln County’s district board member Jami Boswell, Jimmy Smith, and Kyle Collins.

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