News Flash


Posted on: November 22, 2019

City rededicates fields at Lenoir Optimist Park

Carol Austin and Joe Gibbons stand in front of the Harold Beach sign at Lenoir Optimist Park

Mayor Joe Gibbons officially rededicated two baseball fields at Lenoir Optimist Park earlier this week in honor of two founders of the Lenoir Little League Program.

The baseball field farthest from Mulberry Street was rededicated in honor of W.D. "Dave" King. The other field was rededicated in honor of Harold Beach. Mayor Gibbons and City staff held the rededication ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019.

"We wouldn't have a program if it wasn't for [Mr. Beach and Mr. King]," Mayor Gibbons said. "We're very honored that we could rededicate these fields in their honor."

Dave King and Harold Beach started Little League in Lenoir in 1952, and both men served as officials. Mr. King also coached. The first four teams were the Optimist Club team, Kiwanis Club team, Lions Club team, and Rotary Club team. The teams played on the field at Optimist Park.

Several relatives of Mr. Beach and Mr. King and members of Lenoir's 1983 All-Star team attended the ceremony including Mr. Beach's daughter Carol, his granddaughters Amy and Anna, Mr. King's niece Leigh Burnette, and All-Star team members Tom Thuss, Chuck Crisp, Andy McGee, and Mike Willis.

"I appreciate this rededication," Austin said. "I know he [Mr. Beach]  would've just been be so happy to know that a field was named in his honor." 

Mayor Gibbons was involved in Little League for 30 years, playing and coaching. He coached the All-Star Team that won the league's first and only State Championship in 1983.

Mayor Gibbons said Mr. King called him after Lenoir won the State Championship in 1983.

"He called me from the nurse care facility he was in and said he was so proud," Gibbons said. "He said, "'I've been waiting for 30 years to win a state championship in Lenoir Little League.'"

The Lenoir Optimist Club donated Optimist Park to the City of Lenoir a few years ago. The City received a grant to make some improvements to the park including a new parking lot, restrooms, a playground, two picnic shelters, permanent cornhole boards, walking paths, and lights on the rear field. Those improvements should be finished in the next few months.

Click here to watch the rededication ceremony on YouTube.

Relatives of Harold Beach stand in front of the Harold Beach sign at Lenoir Optimist Park

Relatives of Mr. Harold Beach attended the rededication ceremony. From left: John and Amy Moore (Mr. Beach’s granddaughter), Carol Austin (Mr. Beach’s daughter), and Anna Roberts (Mr. Beach’s granddaughter.)

Members of the 1983 Lenoir All Star team talk with Mayor Joe Gibbons.

Mayor Joe Gibbons reminisces with members of the 1983 Lenoir All-Star Team. From left: Tom Thuss, Chuck Crisp, Mayor Gibbons, Andy McGee, and Mike Willis.

WD Dave King sign at Lenoir Optimist Park

The original field at Lenoir Optimist Park was dedicated to W.D. "Dave" King.

Click here to view and download high resolution photos on Flickr.

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in News

The front of the house located at 213 Sunset St.

Controlled burn on Sunset Street

Posted on: June 23, 2020
A delegation from the City of Lenoir poses with their 2020 NC Main Street Awards.

Lenoir wins again at state conference

Posted on: March 18, 2020
State of Emergency

City declares state of emergency

Posted on: March 18, 2020
City of Lenoir Seal

City recreation centers closing

Posted on: March 14, 2020

Several city events canceled

Posted on: March 13, 2020
Winter Weather Delay

City facilities opening late Friday

Posted on: February 20, 2020
Barricades on Pennell Street at Zacks Fork Creek due to flooding

Don't move or drive around barricades

Posted on: February 6, 2020
A single luminary illuminated at night at Blue Ridge Memorial Park, Dec. 152017

Luminary Display postponed

Posted on: December 12, 2019
A close up of Corporal Hamrick's plaque of appreciation

Fire Chief recognizes Officer and Deputy

Posted on: December 4, 2019
Stella January and Joshua Harris

Holiday Safety Tips

Posted on: November 27, 2019
A lady takes a photo of a Christmas tree during Light Up Lenoir in Downtown Lenoir, Nov. 16, 2018

Holiday events start tomorrow

Posted on: November 20, 2019
Kayakers paddle in the indoor pool at the Lenoir Aquatic and Fitness Center

Come kayak at the aquatic center

Posted on: September 25, 2019
Image of a caller ID that reads "Scammer calling" "Accept" "Reject"

Don't get scammed

Posted on: September 25, 2019
Mayor Gibbons presents the Constitution Week Proclamation to Cindy Day Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019 in Do

Mayor proclaims Constitution Week in Lenoir

Posted on: September 17, 2019
Judge Robert Brady gives the Oath of Office to Ralph Prestwood while Jane Prestwood holds a Bible

Ralph Prestwood joins City Council

Posted on: September 4, 2019
Litter Sweep North Carolina Sept. 14-28, 2019

Litter Sweep is next month

Posted on: August 21, 2019
Ken Hair and Bobby Coffey uncouple the fire hose during the Station No. 3 Dedication Ceremony

City dedicates new Fire Station No. 3

Posted on: August 13, 2019