October 23, 2014
2 days left
until our reunion.


All attendees will be sporting a white long sleeve shirt with the surfing wolf on the front!  The winning design was submitted by 1970 LHS Grad Tom Owen.  


Click on the wolf to see our FaceBook Page!
Click on the wolf to see our FaceBook Page!

Our reunion will be at OD Resort October 23 - 26, 2014!

Get Ready for "The Time of Your Life, Part II"!

The reunion this year will be at OD Resort October 23 - 26, 2014.   We will have not one but two ballrooms for our use.  A dance floor will be provided in one of the ballrooms for dancing during the day.  Johnny C can probably be convinced to help you with your dance steps!  The other ballroom will be available as our hospitality room.  You will still be able to meet and talk with your friends to your heart's content!  Also, there will be a THIRD location where you can meet with your friends. 

Registration has begun!  Go to the Page called "Tickets! Mail Check"

September 9th is the last day you are guaranteed to receive a t-shirt and goodie bag, so get your registration in soon!!!! 

Be sure to bring your camera that makes movies as we may make a video to send to youtube .



Get you arms ready to throw those Corns Bags!!!

Your 2013 Cornhole Tour. Champions

Individuals Champion Linda Sain "71"
Team Champions Trudy Ray Bell "66" and Randy Harris "70"
Are you ready to defend your titles???
The Signing up for 2014 starts right here till 10am Oct 24 
Send me an email with your name "year" and you will be entered in both events or for information...to...lhs2014cornholet@charter.net



NEW! Update on the Fishing Excursion

Randy Harris talked to Hurricane Fleet in Calabash, NC about a fishing excursion. If anyone is interested, the trip will be Friday morning, October 24, 8:00-12:30. It will leave out of Calabash from Hurricane Fleet Marina.  Cost is $40 per person. Everyone should make your own reservations and this should be done no later than one week before the trip.  The phone number is 1-800-373-2004.



Krista Robinson Lawing was the 100th person to pay to attend the reunion!   Congratulations Krista!  She will have a prize waiting for her when she arrives in OD!  




Guy Howell was the 200th person to pay to attend the reunion!   Congratulations Guy!  Hewill have a prize waiting for him when he arrives in OD!


Six local sports legends honored for their achievements

Johnny Colvard summarized the entire 2014 Lincoln County Sports Hall of Fame class in 12 short words.

“I have had a great, great career as far as sports goes,” he said.
Colvard, along with Sheila Barker, Mike Harrill, Mark Lackey, Bobby Martin and Wayne Navey, were formally inducted during a banquet at First Baptist Church in Lincolnton on Saturday, and became the hall’s 14th class to join the list of some of the greatest athletes, coaches, mentors and media representatives in Lincoln County athletics history.
All six of this year’s inductees have a common ground –– coaching. Barker, a standout basketball player during her prep career at East Lincoln, led Lincolnton High’s girls basketball team to five conference titles. Colvard, known for his pitching ability, was an assistant coach for Lincolnton’s football teams, coached youth baseball and led Cherryville Post 100 for four summers from 1992-95. Harrill, a three-sport standout at East Lincoln, has coached successful teams at East Lincoln, West Lincoln and Cherryville. Lackey, a three-sport standout at West Lincoln, has spent time at all four high schools in the Lincoln County Schools system and has led North Lincoln to a pair of state titles in boys golf. Martin, a star baseball player at Maiden High, coached Lincolnton to a state baseball championship in 1995. And Navey, who has spent the majority of his life at West Lincoln, both as a student and an educator, is a successful wrestling coach at both the middle and high school levels.
Each inductee spent their time at the podium praising others. While each shared stories of personal experiences, all six drew upon those they have surrounded themselves with throughout the years as the reasons they stood before a crowd of roughly 150 people in the church’s family life center.
Navey, whose West Lincoln Middle School wrestling teams have a combined 212-25 record and seven undefeated seasons since he took over in 1996, named three principles he has used during his career to help him get the most out of his student-athletes.
Since becoming a physical education teacher and coach for the Rebels in 1978, Navey said he has learned to hold athletes accountable, to let his students know he genuinely cares about them, and has learned to have a sense of humor.
But Navey hasn’t enjoyed a NCHSAA state 2A wrestling title, a 90-match win streak at the middle school level, and numerous individual state champions at both the middle school and high school levels, alone.
He’s done exactly what longtime friend, current Lincolnton High football coach and 2008 inductee Scott Cloninger once told him to do.
“He talked about how you need to have good people around you to be successful, and that’s certainly the case for me,” Navey said.
Martin, who is the only head coach in county history to lead a varsity baseball team to a state championship, claims he had very little to do with that 26-3 season in 1995 that culminated with a 2A title.
The former semiprofessional baseball player gave all the credit to his players.
“I’m lucky as a coach to have had great kids that were great athletes,” Martin said. “All of my kids were good kids. They knew how to win and what it took to win.”
Barker, a standout point guard for the Mustangs from 1972-76 who is currently ranked third in Western Carolina University women’s basketball history with 386 career assists, is known for her ability to dribble and pass, and for her ability to get the most out of her players.
Barker took time to thank her parents, specifically her father, for not allowing her to shoot on the family’s hoop. She said she took her first shot and it was bad, so her father told her to stick to dribbling on the family’s dirt court.
She didn’t mind getting dirty, dribbling for hours, and it paid off.
“That’s why that was my calling –– to be a point guard,” she said.
Barker began teaching and coaching at Lincolnton in 1988, and from then to her retirement from coaching in 2002, the Wolves went 216-134, won five league titles, and reached the Western Regional semifinals once.
None of it was Barker’s own doing, she said. It was with the help of her coaching staff, her players, her administration, her co-workers, her family and friends.
“They were behind me 100 percent,” she said.
Lackey’s journey has taken him to so many places, he couldn’t possibly list every person who has helped him along the way.
The current North Lincoln golf coach and its one-time athletic director, Lackey has spent time at all four Lincoln County high schools. A West Lincoln graduate who starred in football, basketball and golf, Lackey got into coaching at Lincolnton, where he was an assistant football coach, and the junior varsity boys basketball and baseball coach. He then transferred to East Lincoln, where he helped with the football program, led the girls basketball program and coached golf.
Lackey began his tenure at North Lincoln when its doors opened in 2003. He was its first coach in girls basketball and golf, and was its athletic director from 2004-09. His boys golf teams have been to seven state championship tournaments, winning 2A titles in 2009 and 2010. The Knights finished second in the state 2011-13.
Lackey said his itch to be a coach began as a kid, when he would draw up plays for his neighborhood friends’ football games, and he is thankful to have been a part of each school in the county.
“I never thought anything I would have ever done would allow me to be honored in such a way,” he said. “I have been a part of all four schools in Lincoln County, and am thankful for that.”
Harrill, a three-sport standout for the Mustangs, returned home to help coach them in football, basketball, baseball and golf.
After a stint as an assistant, Harrill became the school’s fifth head coach in 1991. His teams went 28-28 in five seasons, won the school’s first conference title in 1993 and reached the state playoffs four times. Harrill transferred to West Lincoln, where he was an assistant football coach for four seasons, then went to Cherryville High, where he was an assistant football coach from 2006-13.
He said he has his entire athletic career, which included football and track at Lees-McRae College, has helped him grow as a person, husband, father and son.
“Those experiences made me a better person,” he said.
Of the six inductees, Colvard may be the one who is known more for his playing abilities than coaching. He was a standout pitcher, and went on to pitch for Stetson University, where he was a 2001 inductee into its sports hall of fame. Colvard is also known for his boxing abilities, as he earned nine area Golden Gloves awards during a six-year stretch.
But Colvard doesn’t recall being the best at anything. In fact, he only recalls being brave enough to play it all.
“I guess I tried everything, but I never did really get great at any of them,” he said.
Colvard is most proud of his involvement with youth sports. He taught physical education at North Brook and Love Memorial elementary schools and coached Little League and USSSA baseball. Today, he can be found giving line dancing lessons, golfing, and playing church league softball for Lincoln Avenue Baptist Church.


LHS Grad is Featured in Lincoln Times News article

Filing taxes is often viewed as a mandated and burdensome task to the general public. But for Lincolnton native Allen Freeman, taxes are a vital component of his livelihood.
The owner of Freeman’s Tax Service, Inc., Freeman has spent nearly 50 years honing his accounting skills. After graduating from Lincolnton High School in 1960, Freeman attended Gardner-Webb University and, later, Lenoir-Rhyne University, where he graduated in 1964 with a degree in Business Administration.
“I started working for the State of North Carolina as a state auditor in 1964,” he said. “We audited all places that received state appropriation, like your universities, hospitals, sanatoriums, clerk of courts, community colleges…and many others.”
After seven years as a state auditor, Freeman opted to leave Raleigh and return to his Lincoln County roots.
“I came home in 1971 and worked at a number of jobs, some in the accounting field and some outside of the accounting field, until about 1975.” he said.
It was in 1975 that Freeman decided to start his own part-time business — Freeman’s Tax Service, Inc.
“I was still working for another company at that time, and it wasn’t until about ’77 or ’78 that I decided to go full-time,” he explained. “I actually started (my business) on the Court Square. It’s the building…right beside City Hall. At one time, it was known as Keever’s Bicycle Shop.”
Freeman’s Tax Service, Inc. ultimately found its home at 517 South Grove Street in Lincolnton, where the business currently resides.
“The building was originally built for a grocery store,” Freeman explained. “Then, a client of mine was storing textile equipment in it. I acquired the building from him, and we renovated it.”
Freeman’s Tax Services, Inc. offers full service in accounting, providing monthly write-ups, tax returns for corporations, individuals and estates.
“We have about 70 clients we do monthly write-ups for,” Freeman said. “And we do over 750 individual and business returns each year. During tax season, which runs January to April 15, we’re here practically day and night. After tax season though, our hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and Friday from 8-11 a.m.”
Freeman prides himself on his accessibility, which he believes is key to his business’ success.
“Our accounting services are offered year-round,” he said. “In college, I worked for a Jim Fortenberry, and he told me…’you’ve got to make yourself accessible to your clients. If your clients can call you and talk to you and you can help them solve their problems, they will always be your clients…’ All my clients have my cell phone. I encourage my clients, if they have questions, to call me. If I don’t have the answer, I belong to three professional groups that I can check with.
“I do feel that the tax return industry needs to be regulated and require continuing education,” Freeman added. “There are too many people who do taxes for friends who don’t really know all of the rules and regulations. That’s why I feel it should be regulated.”
While Freeman currently has two additional full-time employees, Renee Sigmon and Susan Cochran, two of the most notable employees were felines.
“One thing my firm was known for, for a number of years, was my security cats,” Freeman said. “I kept two cats here; one was a female named Geraldine, and she lived 12 years before she died. Shortly after she died, Smokey moved in — brought his bag and moved in. I mean, when I opened the door, he literally came inside. He was 16 when he died.
“I had many a client that would come here, and before they would leave — once I was done with their taxes — I would have to go find (the cats),” he laughed. “Many years ago, they were doing a city directory, and a gentleman called me and wanted to know about my employees. I said, ‘Well, I’ve got Geraldine Freeman, who’s in charge of security, and two other employees. And Geraldine’s name was in city directory around 1994.”
Freeman’s two security cats hold a special place in his heart.
“Both cats are buried out back in baby caskets,” he said. “Geraldine has her own headstone.”
The interior of Freeman’s Tax Service, Inc. is also one-of-kind. Each room in the business houses numerous collectible items from Lincoln County and other parts of the world, with some pieces dating back to the turn of the 20th century.
“When I came home from Raleigh in 1971, I didn’t work for two years,” he said. “And I started to remember where the trash piles were as a kid.” he said. “Back then, nobody picked up your trash; you just threw your trash in a ravine somewhere. So, I started to going to those. When I started my business on the Court Square, I thought, ‘I like these (items); I bet other people would too.’ So I started displaying them in my office.”
Freeman’s collection ranges from Beanies Babies to oil jugs used by local churches to railroad ties and local cotton gin tags.
At 72 years of age, Freeman has no plans to retire.
“My theory is, ‘as long as you keep your mind active and you keep your body active, you stand a better chance of maintaining good health,’” he said. “I have people ask me, ‘When are you going to retire?’ And I say, ‘Well, you’ll come in one day, and you’ll have an appointment. The girls will buzz me, and I won’t respond. I will have just died at my desk.’”
Freeman’s Tax Service, Inc. is located at 517 South Grove Street in Lincolnton. The business hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and Friday from 8-11 a.m. For more information, please call (704) 735-0319.

Image courtesy of Jaclyn Anthony / Lincoln Times-News  
Story by LTN Staff Writer Elizabeth Heffner



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Front row:  Johnny Colvard, Vickie Colvard, Pam Lineberger, Tommy Huskey, Judy Shuford, Marty Shuford  Second row:  Smit
Front row: Johnny Colvard, Vickie Colvard, Pam Lineberger, Tommy Huskey, Judy Shuford, Marty Shuford Second row: Smitty Little, Becky Crouse, Steve Valentine, Mick Caskey Third row: Pam Huskey, Ann Caldwell, Patsy Cashion, Rikki Allen, Paula Turner, Frances Baker, Bobby Baker Top Row: Ellen Lingerfelt, Linda Harrill Rudisill, Ken Rudisill, Libby Caldwell, Steve Caldwell
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Our 2013 reunion was held in OD on October 10 - 13

A fun time was had by all!

Below are pictures from our 2013 reunion.  We had a good turnout and a great time!  Hope to see your smiling face in one of these pictures this coming October!





LHS Class of 1960

Row 1:  Linda Davis,  Peggie McAlister,
Kay Setzer,  Allen Freeman
Row2: Linda Harrill Rudisill, Freddie Clanton,
Johnny Reel,  Anita McNeill Lathan

LHS Class of 1961

Row 1:  Tamera Stamey Whitener, Barbara Saine Carpenter,
Paula Yount Turner, Patsy Cornwell Coxe, Jerry Stamey
Row 2:  Scott Smith, Fred Alexander, Steve Caldwell, Libby Caldwell


LHS Class of 1962

Row 1:  Carol Keever Martin, Hugh Rudisill, Rickie Huskey Allen,
Judy Caldwell Shuford, Jane Wilson Finger
Row 2:  David Rhyne, Worth McAlister, Dennis Setzer,
Rick Ramseur, Ken Finger

LHS Class of 1963

Row 1:  Janet Smith Holderness, Barbara Buchanan Rankin,
Linda Drum Schultz, Nancy Lynch Huffman, Rebecca Devine Farrar
Row 2:  Fred "Pudgy" Ballard, Marty Shuford, Gerald Miller

LHS Class of 1964

Row 1 :  Patsy Devine Alexander,  Bill Warren, Greer Reel Stamey,  Judy Lingerfelt Burrell, Linda Huss Aschbrenner, Charles Hupfer
Row 2 :  Linda Dellinger Walker, David Leonard, Bill Hovis, Charlie Hord, Robert Long

LHS Class of 1965

Row1:  Tommy Drum, Dennis Kuck, Phyllis Hoffman Labauch,
Candy Mauney Gaudet, Molly Heavner Graham, Patsy McAlister, Elaine Nance Harmon, Tim Lewis
Row 2:  Roger Goodson, Mike Dodgin, Sandra Lucas Hyde,
Jill Ellis Hovis, Vickie Hovis Abernethy, Becky Dellinger Crouse, Frances Haynes Rhyne
Row 3:  Terry Talbert, Randy Sherrill, Steve Poovey,
Frances Broome Hupfer, Diane Perdue Helms, Alice Rudisil Ramsey,
Diane Stamey Jenkins
Row 4:  Bill Kistler, Terry Barker, David Bell, Ronnie Hallman, Becky Andrews Beal, Charles Ramsey, June Cloninger Loftin, Bill Heafner

LHS Class of 1966

Row 1:  Barry Byers, Trudy Ray Bell, Kay Long Warren, Vickie Carpenter Elmore, Mary Caskey Leonard, Fran Chapman Ballard
Row 2:  Terry Barker, Randy Zimtbaum, Joe Scronce, Julian Rudisill, Jane Leonard Fox, Ellen Caskey Lingerfelt, Tony Harkey


LHS Class of 1967

Row 1:  Bobby Houser, Belva Henderson Baxter, Tim Cherry, Johnny Whitesides
Row 2:  Frances Cline Patterson, Ann Warren Caldwell, Patsy Kiser Cashion, Beth Harrill Yarbrough, Gail Perdue Hord, Pam Warner Lineberger, Sherry Cloninger Heavner, Gail Mauney Little
Row 3:  Rose Morris Luppold, Paul Haynes, B.C. Lineberger, Howard Heavner, Ronald Lineberger, Jim Heafner, Roger Caldwell



LHS Class of 1968

Row 1:  Evelyn Boyles Hord, Richie Rhyne, Wanda Roberson,
Jean Caskey Rome, Rebecca Abernethy, Pam McAlister,
Cecelia Laney Haynes, Patricia Rudisill Haselden, Smitty Little
Row 2:  Roy Dellinger, Linda Armstrong Wolfe, Wally Lingerfelt,
Pam Caskey Huskey, Leon Harmon, Bobby Baker


LHS Class of 1969

Row 1:  Marilyn Bynum Barker, Brenda Grigg Bailey,
Rebecca Cloninger Bailes, Vickie Abernathy Lewis, Beth Gilbert Wrenn, Steve Valentine
Row 2: Joe Yarbrough, Scott Norwood, John Colvard

LHS Class of 1970

Row1:  Janice Lockman Peeler, Nancy Lowe Stokes,
Sue Long Zimtbaum, Miriam Hoyle Cline, Tommy Huskey,
Eddie Goodson, Ivey "Junior" Loftin
Row 2:  Randy Harris, Allen Goodson, Melissa Andrews Scronce,
Don Cline, Cindy Buchanan Robinson, Milton Cashion

Guests of Classmates

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