The Drug Store Parking Lot Party Winners
GATLINBURG, TN VACATION
Alton Heavner of Vale
PINE MOUNTAIN GOLF PASSES
Teresa Higdon of Connelly Springs & Vergie Hoyle of Vale
WHAT’S UP SHOPPER T-SHIRT
Dale Angel of Fallston & Ray Warlick of Vale
CARMIKE CINEMAS PASSES
William Turner, Amber Tallent and Coleen Sain of Vale; and Tammy Walker of Casar
CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL Door Prize Winners
$100 CASH WINNER
Erlene Howard of Cherryville
BRIAR CREEK GOLF PASSES
Jonathon Johnson of Stanley / Gary Huss of Crouse
WHAT’S UP SHOPPER T-SHIRT
Deborah Henley of Cherryville / Stephanie Small of Cherryville
CARMIKE CINEMAS PASSES
Juanita Fraley of Cherryville / Gina Swain of Vale
The Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce held its annual Membership Golf Outing on April 27, 2011 at Westport Golf Club.
77 Chamber members and guests played in the Captain’s Choice outing. Pictured is the first place team of Jay Thompson, Chip Stroup, Michael Wiseman, and Bob Hitt who shot a score of 60. (photo left)
Second place team members with a score of 61(won on a playoff hole) included Davie Burgess, Bill Holland, Paul Parker, and Shannon Williams. The third place team, also with a score of 61, was comprised of Tres Abernethy, Gary Ledford, John Lineberger, III, and Ryan Waddle.
Closest to the pin winner on # 13 was Gary Ledford, closest to the pin winner on #5 was Mark Sigmon, Longest Putt on #7 was Casey Smith, and Longest Drive winner was Chris Bohner.
Presenting Sponsor of this year’s Membership Golf Outing was the Dellinger Companies: A Sani-Can Service, Inc., Dellinger Precast, Dellinger Investment Builders, and SCS.
Rubbin’s Racing In NASCAR
Kyle Busch picked up his second win of the season Saturday night by winning the Crown Royal presents the Matthew and Daniel Hansen 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Busch has always been known for his prowess at Richmond and last Saturday he did not disappoint his devoted fans.
This weekend’s victory was Busch’s third win at the .75 mile oval in Virginia. Since Busch’s Sprint Cup Career started in 2005, he has managed to finish inside the top ten 11 times in his 13 starts. Overall the just turned 26 year old has 21 career Sprint Cup wins on his impressive resume. For these reasons and more I was stupid to pick Paul Menard last week knowing that Kyle Busch has one of the best records at Richmond. Going forward, I am sticking with Rowdy when it comes to winning at RIR. As far as my Menard prediction, it seemed like a good pick Friday night after he finished second in the Nationwide race. However, that pick turned sour soon after the start of Saturday’s race. Early on he was never a contender and he eventually became part of a wreck. He finished the night in 37th and fell four spots out of the chase to 15th. Busch on the other hand dominated the entire event alongside teammate Denny Hamlin. Kyle’s first place finish moved him three spots to third in the points. Hamlin, the 2006 Rookie of the Year, has struggled so far this season trying to get that first elusive win. Even though his second place finish was not a win, it will go a long way in rebuilding his team’s confidence. Hamlin currently sits 17th in points. Kasey Kahne had a great race as he picked up his first top five of the season with a third place finish. Another driver to score his first top five of 2011 was David Ragan. The Kannapolis native finished the 400 lap race in fourth place. Carl Edwards scored his fifth top five of the season as he rounded out the top five finishers. He will also keep the points lead for another week as he leads second place Jimmie Johnson by 9 points.
In other race news this weekend’s race produced many exciting moments. Ryan Newman and Juan Pablo Montoya had an on track spin out completion to see who could cause the most damage to the other person’s car. We also heard Ryan Newman publicly declare over his radio that Montoya better watch out after the race. And from what I read, Montoya hopped on a golf cart immediately after the race to avoid any confrontation. Newman on the other hand apparently went to the NASCAR hauler to verbally protest against Montoya’s driving ability. I guess he had to vent to someone considering Montoya was not around to confront. On a positive note, Dave Blaney, who is currently driving for Tommy Baldwin Racing, finished Saturday’s race in 13th. You may recall that Blaney was also leading at Talladega just two weeks ago. These results plus other have kept the #36 team locked inside the top 35 in points for much of the season. It may not seem like a big deal to you but for Tommy Baldwin it keeps his team racing each week.
Prediction for the Showtime Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway: Last week Denny Hamlin came very close to sweeping the entire weekend at Richmond. This weekend at Darlington he tries to do what no other driver has done (according to my research) which is sweep Darlington for two straight seasons. Only three drivers have swept the Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series in the same weekend at Darlington. Dale Earnhardt accomplished the feat in 1987 and Mark Martin pulled if off in 1993. Last year Hamlin became the third driver to complete the task. This Saturday night look for Denny Hamlin to find that elusive win and also make history.
By: Calvin Hastings
Can you believe the Down Home Festival in Bessemer City is celebrating its 23rd year? This year’s event is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, May 13th and 14th in downtown Bessemer City. The Down Home Festival is said to be Gaston County’s Most Popular Spring Festival and this year is presented by the City of Bessemer City and Waste Management.
The activities will start Friday night with Family Fun Night featuring the band “Coming Up Brass” starting at 6:00 PM. Rides and amusements will be open on Friday night with an armband price of $8.00 per person. There will also be a variety of food vendors.
On Saturday the festival will kick off at 10:00 am and run till 5:00 pm. The featured event is the performance by American Idol contestant Emily Minor. There will be additional music by “Elvis” and “Loaded Mule”. Plus local dance teams, crafts and more rides. Armband price on Saturday will be $10.00 or you can buy an armband for both days for just $15.00.
There is also a 5K Race at 8 AM on Saturday. You can sign up at www.signmeup.com/75281 or call Joe Will at 704-629-9455. The Miss Down Home Festival Queen Pageant will be held at 10:00 AM with girls from newborn to 19 participating. You can find out more at www.missgastoniapageant.com. The Festival will also featuring the first Student Art Show and a corn hole tournament sponsored by the American Cornhole Organization and the Bessemer City Cornhole League. The Bessemer City History and Arts Museum will also be open on Saturday from noon till 2 PM
24th Annual Bar H Championship
Rodeo & Country Festival!
Get out your old muddy boots, put on your dusty western hat, and put your faded blue jeans on, IT’S RODEO TIME!!!! The 24th annual Bar H Championship Rodeo & Country Festival will be held at the Bar H Arena in Boiling Springs, NC on Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14. The country festival will begin each day at 6:00 p.m. and will be followed at 8.00 p.m. by the championship rodeo. Admission price includes the country festival and championship rodeo. Ticket prices have been kept low to enable everyone to be able to attend. Adult gate tickets are $12.00 and they are $10.00 in advance. A child’s ticket (6-12) is $6.00 at the gate and $5.00 in advance. Children under 6 are free. Friday, May 13 is senior citizens night. Any senior citizen 62 or older will be admitted at a child’s price on that night. Group rates (church group, boy/girl scouts, clubs, etc.) are available at additional discounts through the Bar H office for the Friday, May 13 performance. Groups should have 10 or more. Advance tickets will be available at the following locations through Wednesday, May 11:
• Humphries Quick Stop-Boiling Springs • Oakland Feed & Seed-Spindale • Cleveland Feed & Farm Supply-Shelby • Kelly’s Seafood-Shelby • Bridges Riding Equipment-Boiling Springs
The cost may be low, but the excitement and family fun is extremely high! The country festival has something for everyone. It is a truly family oriented event. It is a great place to make a memory for a child or to relive the past. The championship rodeo is the most exciting event in the area. The Bar H Championship Rodeo is the longest running annual rodeo in Cleveland County. The event is the one that no one should miss.
Flint hill Baptist Church will again be the sponsor of the event. They will provide food of all types. The church has been with the event for the majority of the 24 years it has been held. For information call (704)434-2866 or visit our website at www.barhevents.com