Sheriff’s office local supervisor Lt. Erin Long is county employee of the year

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Erin Amanda Long has been named “Lincoln County Employee of the Year.”   She was presented the award by Lincoln County Commission Chairman Alex Patton at the Lincoln County 2013 Employee Appreciation Luncheon at the James W. Warren Citizens Center last week.   “The employee that has been selected to […]

Conservationist Kay Killian loves the land she calls home

KEN H. FORTENBERRY   Kay Killian’s Lincoln County roots have been nourished for hundreds of years by her family’s love of the land.   She has lived her entire life on eastern Lincoln County land that has been in her family for more than a century, and she inherited her ancestors’ appreciation for the […]

Lowesville resident Sarah Nixon honored by Mount Holly Sports Hall of Fame

Lifetime area resident Sarah Nixon recently was inducted into the Mount Holly Sports Hall of Fame as the Community Spirit Award recipient for 2013.   The 90-year-old Nixon said it doesn’t happen to her often, but when Eddie Wilson, a member of the Hall of Fame committee, called to give her the news, she said, […]

70 years later, students remember and love their teacher, Helen Jonas

  It is 1941, and Denver is little more than a wide spot in the middle of a rural road that runs through farmland near the Catawba River.   There are no traffic lights because there is little traffic, and life revolves around three things: farm, church and school.   The post office is in […]

BOBBY SHOEMAKER: Just call him ‘Mr. Softball’

ANNA J. FORTENBERRY Bobby Shoemaker’s last name probably ought to be “Softball.” Shoemaker has become synonymous with local softball, and particularly with Denver Dazzle, a champion-level program he formed years ago. Mr. Softball. Mr. Denver Dazzle. Whatever you want to call him, Shoemaker has given much of his life to girls softball, and to […]

Behind the successful coach is a supporting wife

ANNA J. FORTENBERRY   “Behind every successful man is a woman.” That may be the quote that best sums up the East Lincoln Mustang couple, Mike Byus and his wife, Tammy. While Mike has received the accolades of a successful football coach, wife Tammy has been the petite blonde, almost-cheerleader type up in the […]

Robert Armstrong: An American hero remembers the War in Vietnam

KEN H. FORTENBERRY An ordinary man can become an extraordinary hero in a split second, but sometimes it can take him a lifetime to get over it. Robert Armstrong is a hero, and more than four decades after he earned the honor – not once, but twice – he still doesn’t care for the […]

Kevin Cherry: His love of history has deep roots in family story-telling

‘Small-town country boy’ Len McCutcheon became a hero during Battle of Okinawa

KEN FORTENBERRY/ Len McCutcheon went to hell and back 67 years ago, and he can still remember the sights, the sounds, and the misery like it was yesterday. Now 93 and making his home in Denver, McCutcheon is one of a rapidly declining number of brave Americans described as “The Greatest Generation” for saving our […]

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