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8/21/2019 10:27:00 PM
This Week & Weekend
Dancing With Our Stars, 7 PM at the James W. Warren Citizens Center
Dancing With Our Stars, 7 PM at
the James W. Warren Citizens Center

John Howell Memorial Service, 3 PM, Courtsquare in Lincolnton
John Howell Memorial Service,
3 PM, Courtsquare in Lincolnton

Wayne Howard
Staff Writer


United Way Day of Action

United Way of Lincoln County is hosting their annual Day of Action on Thursday 8 AM - 4 PM. This year’s Day of Action includes installing a community garden at the Oaklawn Community Center and working on landscaping projects at Hesed House of Hope. Atrium Health and Duke Energy each provided a $1000 grant to support the Day of Action projects. Lowe’s Home Improvement of Lincolnton is providing materials for the Day of Action projects and also sending a team of associates to work the event as part of their Lowe’s Heroes program. Volunteer workers are stlll needed to help either part of the day or the whole day.


"No Pet Left Behind"
Lincoln County Animal Services and the Veterans Service Office will hold a joint adoption event at the Veterans Service Office on Gamble Drive. Veterans and active military personnel can adopt animals for free at this event Friday 9 AM - 12 noon.


Daniels Lutheran Country Breakfast
Daniels Lutheran Church, 3170 Reepsville Road, Lincolnton, will hold a Country Breakfast Saturday 7 - 10 AM. A $7 donation is suggested to benefit the church building fund.

Wolves Football Car Wash/Fish Fry
The Lincolnton Wolves Football team will host a Fish Fry and Car Wash fundraiser Saturday 9 - 2 at Family Tree Hand Wash located at 806 E. Main Street, Lincolnton. Car washes will be available from 9 - 2 for  $5. The Fish Fry will be from  11 - 2. Proceeds will be used for the LHS Weight Room.

East Lincoln Historical Society Car Show
Hamburgers, hot dogs, homemade ice cream & other desserts, music and a car show will make for a day of fun Saturday at the Mundy House on Highway 16-business north of Denver. It starts at 10 AM and awards will be presented at 3 PM. The entry fee for classic vehicles is $15. Admission to the show is free. Rain date is Aug. 31st.

Dancing With Our Stars
12 teams comprised of 24 local "celebrities" will compete for the 2019 Dancing With Our Stars title beginning at 7 PM Saturday at the Citizens Center. All seats are $10. Proceeds from this event will provide ongoing support for operations and programming at the Lincoln Cultural Center.


Boger City UMC Community Lunch
Boger City United Methodist Church will host a Community Lunch Sunday  11:30 - 1:30 in the church Fellowship Hall, 2320 E. Main St., Lincolnton. The menu will include teriyaki chicken, tenderloin, vegetables, homemade desserts, ice tea and water. An $8 donation per plate is requested. Dine-in and carry out plates available. Proceeds benefit church mission projects.

John Howell Memorial Service
Sergeant John Hugh Howell II was a US Army veteran and Bronze Star recipient during the Vietnam War.

As a civilian, he joined the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office as a deputy and made the rank of Sergeant.

On August 26, 1973, Sgt. Howell, then 24, was shot and killed after responding to a domestic dispute in which a man had assaulted his daughter. When Sgt. Howell arrived at the location, the man's son let him into the house; he exchanged shots with the father, who was armed with a .22 caliber rifle, and Sgt. Howell was struck in the chest and hand. He was able to make it to his patrol car and called for assistance before succumbing to his wounds.

The suspect was arrested and charged with murder and assault. He was convicted of second degree murder in March 1974, and sentenced to 25 years in prison. He was released on May 28th, 1982. In May of 1995 he was killed when a tractor turned over on top of him.

John Howell Memorial Drive, where the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office is now located, was named for Sgt. Howell, the only law enforcement officer in Lincolnton or Lincoln County ever killed in the line of duty.

This Sunday at 3 PM, a long overdue memorial service will be held to remember and honor Sgt. Howell. The event will take place on the Courtsquare in Lincolnton. Sheriff Bill Beam & others will speak. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. The event was organized by Alan Hoyle.

Empty Ice Cream Bowl Benefit
Salem Lutheran Church, 3410 Startown Road, will hold its annual Empty Ice Cream Bowl Benfit Sunday 3 - 5 PM.  Choose an empty pottery bowl and fill it with homemade ice cream for $15. Proceeds will benefit the Christian Ministry of Lincoln County soup kitchen.

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