east lincoln

Artificial turf fields save time, headaches for coaches


As artificial turf fields have become more prominent, Lincoln County is mulling whether to bring them to its four high schools. Entering this school year, eight of the 15 football teams in the Lake Norman Media Group coverage area play on turf, with Lake Norman Charter and Community School of Davidson the most recent additions in 2020. Though the upfront […]

The Shack back at full strength


DENVER – The Shack, the prime spot for tasty treats served by volunteers from the East Lincoln High School Marching Band, will be open at full capacity at this year’s Rock Springs Camp Meeting.  “I think everyone is excited about the turnout at camp meeting,” said Shalyn Brooks, who manages The Shack and is president of the East Lincoln Band […]

Drivers: Dangerous intersection ‘just a mess’


DENVER — Drivers are growing concerned about the number of vehicle accidents at a busy intersection in Denver.  Denice Lyon, a resident of the Hagers Ferry Road area since 1994, said she witnessed four accidents at the intersection with Hagers Ferry and Pilot Knob roads in one recent week, including one involving an overturned vehicle. “People just fly down Pilot […]

Public hearing set on budget


LINCOLNTON — Lincoln County residents will have the chance to weigh in on the proposed county budget, which includes a property tax increase, at an upcoming public hearing.  If the latest budget proposal is approved, property owners in the county would see a 2 cent increase per $100 of property valuation on taxes (a rise in the rate from .599 […]

‘The community has just been amazing’: Response reaffirms owners’ decision to buy club


DENVER – Willie and Robin Dann’s decision seven years ago to move to Denver and buy Westport Swim and Tennis Club was based largely on the small-town feel of the area. After an Oct. 9 fire destroyed the club’s 6,000-square-foot fitness facility, they say the community’s response is affirmation that they made the right choice. Firefighters were called to the […]

Flair for fireworks sparks unique startup


NEWTON – After COVID-19 led to the temporary closure of his gym, Frank Terzino Jr. decided to turn his passion for pyrotechnics into a profession.  A couple years ago, Terzino, a Newton resident who owns Outtabox Fitness in Denver, took his daughter to what would have been her first fireworks show at East Lincoln High School. After rain delayed the […]

Plan prioritizes potential Denver road improvements


LINCOLNTON – Lincoln County commissioners have unanimously approved a plan to help position the Denver area for future road improvements. The Eastern Lincoln Mobility Study, which engineering fim Kimley-Horn kicked off in May of last year, examined 29 intersections, mostly along the N.C. 16 Bypass, N.C. 16 Business and N.C. 73 corridors, using extensive community input and data to determine […]

Locals return to their alma mater to teach, reflect on changes


After finishing college and returning to their alma mater to teach, East Lincoln High School graduates Brett and Taylor Bowen say a lot has changed about their school since they were students there not long ago.  The Bowens first met in seventh grade, and began dating as high school sophomores. After graduating from East Lincoln in 2012, they both attended […]

Chazz Surratt’s transition to linebacker ‘seamless’

CHARLOTTE – The most accomplished football player in Lincoln County history is now playing a different position than the one that garnered him numerous high school state and national accolades. And according to a teammate, the athletic ability of record-setting East Lincoln quarterback Chazz Surratt has made it easy. “It’s probably one of the smoothest transitions you’ll ever see,” North […]