The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

February 13, 2013

Softball rep asks for more field signage

By Erica Benjamin for the SNAP

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 — Dixie Softball and questions regarding the placement of signs at the Turner Street ball field were discussed during Norwood Town Council’s monthly meeting Monday night.

Linda Campbell, a representative for South Stanly Dixie Softball, informed the board that the team was inducted into the North Carolina Dixie Softball Hall of Fame two weeks ago during a state meeting.

“We were inducted into the hall of fame for 25 years straight of having Dixie teams in the town of Norwood,” Campbell said, adding that in recognition for its achievement, the team was awarded a plaque. She then presented the council with the plaque in hopes that it would be displayed in Norwood Town Hall for years to come.

Campbell went on to explain that last year, before she took over helping with Dixie Softball, the team was going through financial hardships. In order to raise money, the team was able to sell some sponsorship signs which were placed on the ball field fence.

“We were able to make $150 on those and that money went into the league,” Campbell said.

With the money they were able to raise, the team was able to complete renovations to the ball field, including placing bases on both fields, repairing parts of the fence, covering all of the dugouts and bringing the concessions stand up to the fields. In addition, the team was able to place a large sign on the outfield.

“This year I would like to sell a couple more signs to put into the outfield,” Campbell said.

"I think it makes the ball field look attractive. I think we’ve done a lot of good down there. We’ve brought life to it.”

Campbell noted that interest in the team has increased, with membership raising from 60 to 110 girls.

She explained that because of the success with selling sponsorships, the South Stanly Dixie Softball team was able to sponsor the district tournament. which in turn brought money to the town as well as the team.

Campbell explained that she would like to use the funds to complete more ball field renovations, including installing new bleachers on the visitor’s side of the second field and in all of the dugouts, and lighting the upper field.

“We put the signs up last year, now I don’t know if there’s a problem with the signs. I need to know if I can put more up,” Campbell said.

Mayor Beverly Johnson noted that the town has had a policy of not allowing signs on the fence. Dwight Smith, town administrator, added that since the field was built with grant funds and is not privately owned, it would fall under state policy.

The board discussed the possibility of utilizing a type of moving billboard before voting to allow signs on the baseball and softball fields with the understanding that they could be made to take them down in the future.