City of Lincoln's administration

The city of Lincoln's new administration was sworn in Nov. 7, 2016. The group includes Mayor Lew Watson and council members Billy Pearson, Sadie Britt, Shelly L. Barnhart, Jennie Massey Jones and Joey Callahan

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LINCOLN -- During a work session Tuesday, members of the Lincoln City Council heard from Johnny Slaughter and Don Johnson of Southern Legacy Wrestling.

The men were present to discuss possible renovations to the old Lincoln High School auditorium, which they would like to turn into a permanent home for their organization and events.

“Our goal is to bring family entertainment in the form of professional wrestling to Lincoln,” Slaughter said. “We do not try to hide from the gospel at our shows.

“I feel called to witness to the bikers and barbarians. I used to pick a fight about just over anything. We’re all about telling others about Jesus while teaching proper sportsmanship in the process.”

Currently, the organization hosts routine shows in the Munford and Oxford community centers.

“We would love to enter into some type of partnership with the city and to help give back to it and the community,” Slaughter said. “For many years, we have done countless fundraisers and programs for local schools. It’s something that’s important to us.”

Slaughter added that shows average more than 100 guests and bring in spectators from as far as Atlanta.

Lincoln Mayor Lew Watson said the abandoned building at 181 Magnolia St. had not been used for more than 10 years and would need multiple improvements -- including heating and cooling, new windows, roof repairs and more.

“We are prepared to provide laborers to help with any renovations that we can,” Johnson said.

The wrestling group also has long-term plans to help renovate the downstairs into a gym for training boxing and jiu jitsu.

“We are very excited about the possibility of bringing our form of entertainment to plant roots in Lincoln and continue to grow,” Slaughter said.

No action was taken Tuesday. However, a contract is expected to be on the table at a future council meeting.

“I’m all on board for being able to do something to help bring the community together,” Councilman Joey Callahan said. “We just need to meet and discuss details with other city officials and department heads to make sure we are following all the proper building codes and protocol.”

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A regular council meeting followed Tuesday’s work session. Multiple agenda items were addressed, including:

  • Approved the rezoning of the Travis Doskey and McCaig property on England Road from a manufactured housing district to a M-1 light manufacturing district;

  • Approved the rezoning of city property, also on England Road, from a manufactured housing district to a M-1 light manufacturing district;

  • Renewed an annual service agreement in the amount of $12,000 with L.P. Campbell Company;

  • Approved to assess weed abatements for properties on Magnolia Street and Taylor’s Farm;

  • Approved the installment of two additional security sensors to the maintenance building at Lincoln Park at a cost of $180.50; and

  • Approved a change order for the wastewater treatment plant filter media replacement project.

The next Lincoln council meeting will be Tuesday, Jan. 23, at 6 p.m., inside City Hall.