Collin Anderson
Ray Finlinson poses next to his Eagle Scout project, a welcome sign located just outside of Panaca.

Lord Robert Baden-Powell, the man recognized as the founder of the Boy Scouts, once said, “In assisting his neighbour every day to the best of his ability, and keeping truth, honesty, and kindness perpetually before him, the Boy Scout, with as little formality as possible, is pleasing God.”

A number of young men in Lincoln County recently fulfilled Baden-Powell’s credo by completing their Eagle Scout projects, thereby serving their respective neighbors and communities.

Ray Finlinson finished his Eagle Scout project Dec. 14. Ray was inspired by his older brother’s Eagle Scout project, which saw him installing signs on the road up to the rodeo grounds, keeping them some distance from the highway due to state regulations. Having learned from his brother’s experience, Ray worked around the issue by placing his welcome sign on Shane and Ron Mathews’ private property. After multiple trips to the Panaca Town Board to get approval, and with the help of Talon Tibbits to prepare the sign’s graphics, Ray completed and installed his sign.

Also in Panaca, Jayven Free constructed a memorial wall at Lincoln County High School to honor his school and his community.

Lethe Poulsen of Pioche decided to use his Eagle project to install some new benches around the baseball field by the courthouse. A few yards away, on a different day, Trent Adams repainted the iconic train engine located in that same park.