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May 13, 2011

May 13, 2011



Congratulations To ERLENE HOWARD OF CHERRYVILLE! Our $100 Cash Prize Winner From The Cherry Blossom Festival

Congratulations To ERLENE HOWARD OF CHERRYVILLE! Our $100 Cash Prize Winner From The Cherry Blossom Festival




Kim Wilson of Shelby


Tina Wiggins & Delores Owens of Shelby


Dot Tessener & Virginia Reinhardt of Shelby


Susie Huffstatler of Denver; and Ross Thomas, Sybal Mauney & Bill Blakey of Shelby


David Parks of Shelby and Oree Beaty of Kings Mountain


What’s Up With Chris Norman

What’s Up in Local Sports

Articles by Calvin Hastings

Articles by Calvin Hastings

Last week Shelby Golden Lion head coach, Chris Norman, called it quits after one of the most successful coaching tenures at Shelby High School.   Norman had a winning percentage of 79.03 percent, which is the highest in Cleveland County history coaching five seasons or more.  Norman also is retiring as the school’s athletic director.   Since 1998, Norman has a record of 147 wins, 39 losses and one tie.   Norman has brought home three state championships and ten conference championships.  No successor has yet been named by the school.

Hunter Huss has a new head basketball coach. The school has named Walt Wallace to take the place of Ron Brey who retired after winning the state 3A championship this past year.  Wallace has served the past 12 seasons as the head JV boys’ basketball coach and an assistant coach under Ron Brey.  Wallace was selected out of ten who applied for the job and is a 1978 graduate of Ashbrook High School.

Highland Tech’s Leah Graham has signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Mt. Olive College.   Graham was selected as the Southern Piedmont 1A/2A Conference player of the year averaging 17.5 points per game and 15.8 rebounds per game last year.

Former Crest Charger Travis Padgett placed first in the 100 meter dash at the Bob Pollock Spring Invitational at Clemson.

Kings Mountain’s Evan Bragg has signed to play basketball at Montreat College.   Bragg was the Big South 3A Girls Conference Player of the Year.

Hats off to the Crest Lady Charger soccer team! The Lady Chargers finished undefeated for the first time ever in regular season play.   The girls finished 12-0 in conference play and are 16-1-3 overall.   They now advance to the state 3A playoffs.

The Shelby boys took home the South Mountain Athletic Conference track championship last week.   Patton placed second followed by Freedom, Burns and RS Central.  Dion Cooper of Shelby was named the Athlete of the Year.

Gardner Webb women’s basketball team has signed Eliana Scanlon to a National Letter of Intent.  Scanlon played last year at Oak Hill Academy averaging 10.7 points per game and 3.5 assists per game.   Scanlon led Oak Hill Academy to a 23-4 record last season.

The Forestview Jaguars won the 3A Western Regional Track and Field Championships last weekend at Polk County.   The Jaguars’ Jacob Englert won the 800 meters.   Antwan Sanders won the high jump and Bradley Alf won the 3200 meter race.   It was the first regional track and field championship for the Jaguars.  Kings Mountain placed second with Cameron Harris winning the discus and Tim Hines the long jump and the 4×200 relay team of Trey Edgerton, Shiron Burris, Tim Hines and Anthony McDonald.   Crest finished 5th with Demonte Wilson winning the Hurles and Harvey McSwain II placing first in the 100 and 200 meter sprints.

East Lincoln’s men’s track and field team won its sixth straight Southern Piedmont 1A/2A Track and Field Championship last week.   Lincolnton placed second followed by North Lincoln, Cherryville, West Lincoln, Highland Tech, Bessemer City and Challenger.

Hats off to Chaney Barnes of Kings Mountain after winning the Western Regional 3A state title!  Barnes defeated Paul Hogan of Hibriten for the championship.

Congratulations to Aaron Pasour after he scored his first hole in one last week at the Briar Creek Golf Course in High Shoals!  Pasour aced the par 3 - 132 yard hole with an 8 iron.   Playing partners Michael McManus, Alton Pendleton and Tim Finger witnessed the shot.

Former Ashbrook star, Rod Howard, will be conducting basketball camps this summer at the Holbrook gymnasium starting in July.   Two sessions will be held each night for players ages 8-11 and then 12-16 years of age.   For information just go to www.rodhowardhoops.com.   Howard once scored 60 points in a game in junior high school.  Howard’s 1,984 career points and 46 points in a single game are still school records at Ashbrook.

The Forestview Jaguars finished third in the state 3A golf tournament this week at the Foxfire Golf and Country Club.  The Jaguars finished nine strokes behind winner Burlington Williams and four strokes behind Hickory.  Taylor Dickson led the Jaguars with an even par 144 to place sixth in the individual scores.

The North Lincoln Knights finished second in the State 2A golf tournament behind Salisbury by 24 strokes.  Shelby placed third, one stroke behind North Lincoln.  Sam Goodnight of North Lincoln placed third in the individual scores by shooting one over par.  Michael Thornburg led the Golden Lions by finishing 12th.

Brittney Horn of Burns has signed a letter of intent to play soccer at Emory & Henry College.  Horn is a three time all-conference selection and was the 2010 South Mountain Athletic Conference defensive player of the year.   She helped lead Burns to a perfect 12-0 conference record and 18-2-1 overall.


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The Darlington Strike

Rubbin’s Racing in NASCAR

Articles By Clint Spencer

Articles By Clint Spencer

First off, I would like to start out by congratulating Regan Smith on his first Sprint Cup victory.  If you are a follower of NASCAR then you remember when Regan was denied a win at Talladega in 2008.  On the final lap of that race, Regan went below the line to pass Tony Stewart for the win.   Since Smith went below the line, NASCAR ruled in favor of Stewart, giving the then driver of the #20 his first win at Talladega.  Smith has spent the last three seasons with Furniture Row Racing trying to redeem himself and erase that loss from his memory.   Saturday night at Darlington Raceway, Regan Smith was finally able to do just that.  When Jeff Burton brought out a caution, the leader Carl Edwards along with others went to pit road.  The #78 team, based out of Colorado, decided to stay out.  On the restart, Smith was able to get a good push from friend Brad Keselowski.  Regan would get a little loose on the final lap, however he would hold off Edwards for the checkered flag.

I always enjoy seeing drivers score their first win, especially when they are good people like Regan Smith.  His win at Darlington will also lock him into this year’s All Star Race lineup.    As great as it was to see Regan get his first win, it was overshadowed by other events.  Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick decided to give fans a post race show on the front stretch.  Harvick was mad from an earlier incident in which he believed Kyle hit him causing Harvick to send Bowyer into the wall.  After the race, Harvick pulled up beside the #18 and had words.  Then if that wasn’t enough he pulled in front of Busch on pit road and got out of his car.  Harvick reached into Kyle’s window and struck Busch in the head.  Busch not to be outdone; pushed the #29 into the pit wall. So along with the Darlington stripe we also had the Darlington strike.  As of Tuesday, Harvick had received a $25,000 fine and four weeks probation for his actions.

Latest announcements for Charlotte Raceweeks

Ryan Newman is scheduled to sign autographs at Bass Pro Shops at Concord Mills on Wednesday May 25th from 6-8 p.m.

Michael Waltrip along with his team of drivers will sign autographs on Wednesday May 25th at Waltrip’s shop in Mooresville.  See his website for more details.

Jamie McMurray and Juan Pablo Montoya will sign autographs at Earnhardt-Ganass’s Fan Day on Thursday May 26th at 10 a.m.

On Friday May 27th, Red Bull Racing will hold its Fan Appreciation Day at the Epicenter in Downtown Charlotte.  200 wristbands will be passed out at 11 a.m.  Kasey Kahne, Brain Vickers, and Cole Whitt are scheduled to sign autographs.

Prediction for the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Raceway:  This Sunday look for Martin Truex Jr. to return to victory lane at Dover.  His last visit there was in 2007 when he scored his first series win.  Last year he sat on the pole for this race but failed to finish inside the top ten.  He has had some bad luck this season but this weekend he turns it all around with a win at the Monster Mile.

Be A Champ Like Jimmie and $50 Cash!

Be A Champ Like Jimmie and $50 Cash!

May 20th is NASCAR Day and this year the sport is coming together to support children’s causes like never before. NASCAR Day Car Wash for Kids will unite fans, drivers, tracks, crew members and more across the country to raise funds for The NASCAR Foundation and local children’s charities. Due to race weekend activities, the hub of the fundraiser will be at NASCAR SpeedPark at Concord Mills. Fans and residents are encouraged to come out to NASCAR Day Car Wash for Kids to not only get their car washed and support children in need, but also have the chance to meet NASCAR stars.

The event is May 20 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at NASCAR SpeedPark at Concord Mills.


On April 30, Keep Shelby Beautiful announced the results of the 2011 BIG TREE CONTEST during the Art on the Square Festival. The contest was a way to celebrate the City’s tree heritage. The 2011 BIG TREE Contest also included nominations for the biggest Dogwood tree category.

Mrs. Patti Alexander, who graciously filled in for the ailing Mayor, presented the First place award for the 2011 BIGGEST TREE that went to: Braxton Clifton, who nominated a Tulip Poplar tree measuring 17 feet and 9 inches in circumference. The tree is located at 1321 Kings Circle and the owner is Richard Addis.

City Councilman Stan Anthony presented the First place award for the 2011 BIGGEST DOGWOOD TREE that went to: Jake Appling for Boy Scout Troop 100, who nominated a Dogwood measuring 40 inches in circumference. The tree is located at 1702 East Marion Street and the owner is the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

The first place award winners and property owners, each received a beautifully framed certificate from Frame Masters Gallery & Gifts, located uptown at 105 W. Warren Street.

The contestants and property owners, who placed second through fifth, each received a certificate from Keep Shelby Beautiful. The remaining contestants received a certificate of Honorable Mention.

Everyone who nominated a tree for the contest received a beautiful Japanese Red Maple tree, donated by Cline’s Nursery, located at 1901 Fallston Road. Keep Shelby Beautiful is most grateful to John Cline for his generosity and interest in helping promote the beauty and the environmental value of trees to the community.

There were 15 nominations submitted for Shelby’s 2011 BIG TREE contest. The trees were judged on their Circumference Breast Height or CBH which is measured at 4 ½ feet above ground level. The tree with the largest CBH was the winner. Keep Shelby Beautiful is very grateful to Trey Warrick, certified arborist with Shelby Nursery, who measured the nominated trees to verify the accuracy of their circumference.


Braxton Clifton – First Place Winner for the Biggest Tree, measuring 17 feet & 9 inches - jake-appling

Jake Appling – First Place Winner for the Biggest Dogwood, measuring 40 inches -

West Lincoln Veterinary Hospital

West Lincoln Veterinary Hospital

New Veterinary Hospital Opens in West Lincoln: The new West Lincoln Veterinary Hospital recently opened at 4393 West NC Hwy 27 in Vale.  It is near the intersection of Shoal/Cat Square Rd and Hwy 27 near West Lincoln High School.  Owner, Dr. Crystal Mitchem has been a veterinarian in Lincoln, Cleveland, and Catawba counties for 12 years. Dr. Mitchem developed a love for animals growing up on a tobacco and beef cattle farm in Wilson County NC.  Summers were spent doing 4-H projects revolving around raising and showing beef cattle.  “My parents never said no to any animal big or small that I could catch or bring home to raise” says Dr. Mitchem.  “I love the animals, but I also love the interaction with the pet owners.” “Every pet and owner have a story of how they came to be together and what they mean to each other.”  “It is these stories that make my job so special and motivate me to try to help every pet I see, “said Dr. Mitchem.  “The patients I treat are not just dogs and cats, but part of peoples family.”

Dr. Mitchem received a bachelor’s degree in animal science from North Carolina State University in 1993 and a master’s degree in animal science specializing in reproductive physiology from the University of Missouri in Columbia in 1995.  She graduated from NC State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999.

West Lincoln Veterinary Hospital is a full service small animal hospital offering wellness checks, preventative and routine care, as well as sick patient diagnostics and treatments.  Dr. Mitchem is proud to call West Lincoln home and wants her clients to feel at home in the new hospital. Community pride is echoed in the atmosphere throughout the hospital that use West Lincoln colors (red and gray) and exam rooms named for local communities, North Brook, Howards Creek, and Cat Square.

Working with Dr. Mitchem are two ladies with 28 years combined experience in the veterinary field, Melanie Bumgarner and Jackie Tetreault.  West Lincoln Veterinary Hospital is open 7:30-5:30 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 7:30-12 on Wednesday, and 8:00 -12 on Saturday. Appointments are encouraged, but walk-in are welcome.  Visit them at www.westlincolnvet.com or on facebook at West Lincoln Veterinary Hospital.  Dr. Mitchem and her staff cannot wait to serve you

Lincoln County Ribbon Cuttings - May 13th

Atkinson Family Chiropractic

The Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce conducted a Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting on April 28, 2011 for Atkinson Family Chiropractic located at 7547 Waterside Loop Road, Denver, NC. Atkinson Family Chiropractic is owned by Devin Atkinson.

Dr. Atkinson is pictured with 2011 Chamber Chair of the Board, Donna Beringer who was present for the ceremonial ribbon cutting. Chamber Ambassadors and other members of the Chamber were also present to welcome Dr. Atkinson to his new facility

Andelana Wellness Center and Spa.

The Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce held a Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting on May 5, 2011 for Andelana Wellness Center and Spa. Andelana Wellness Center and Spa is located at 2266 North Highway 16, in Denver, NC.

Owners of Andelana Wellness Center and Spa are Dr.’s Geral Ahigian and Susane Habashi Ahigian. Both were on hand to cut the ribbon and officially open the wellness center and spa to the public. Also present to participate in the ceremony was Past Chair of the Board, Ken Morris, owner of Servpro of Lincoln and North Gaston Counties.




The Cleveland Community College chapter of Gamma Beta Phi National Honor Society held its spring induction ceremony on Friday, April 29, 2011 in the Mildred H. Keeter Auditorium on the CCC campus. Gamma Beta Phi President, Tonya Malone, welcomed family friends and Dr. Becky Sain, CCC Vice President of Academic Programs, congratulated the students on their achievements.

In addition, Gamma Beta Phi Advisor, Taysha Eaves, presented two special honors during the evening. 2011 Gamma Beta Phi Member of the Year was presented to Corissa Lyons and Megan Berry was recognized as the top fundraiser for Gamma Beta Phi’s Relay for Life project.

The Cleveland Community College Gamma Beta Phi is also active with the Children’s Homes of Cleveland County by raising money for the home and providing a Christmas party each year along with gifts to children in the home. Other community activities include March of Dimes, Children’s Miracle Network, Relay-for-Life, Heifer International and working with residents at the J. Iverson Riddle Center.

Qualifications for Gamma Beta Phi membership include a Grade Point Average of at least 3.5, completion of at least 15 semester credit hours, and a commitment to participate in service to the college and the community.

Pictured left to right front row: Elizabeth S. Carpenter, Jason Williams, Miranda T. Poston

Pictured left to back row: Julie C. Hughes, JeMyranee Weaver, Stephanie S. Aderholdt

CCC Radiography Students Honored With Pinning Ceremony

Radiology Students

(Shelby) - Students in the Cleveland Community College Radiography Program were honored with a pinning ceremony on Thursday, April 28, in the Student Activities Center on the CCC campus. Ceremony speaker was Sherry Royster, Radiographer, CRMC. CCC Discipline Coordinator Radiography, Alease Rousseau and Clinical Coordinator Radiography, Lee Ann Mayse presented pins to each of the students. The ceremony concluded with lighting of candles and recitation of the Radiographer’s Code of Ethics.

Cleveland Community College’s Radiography program accepts 20 students each year. Interviews and selections are highly competitive. For more information visit:  www.clevelandcommunitycollege.edu.

Picture included:

Row 1, L-r: Katie Bell, Brittany Boone

Row 2, L-r: Stephen Hood, Brittany White, Casey Jolicoeur

Row 3, L-r: Ashley Shaver, Scott Villanueva, Drew Neisler, Ana Ramsey

Row 4: L-r: Kelly Warzecha, Brandon Rice, Dennis Mills

Council On Aging/Neal Senior Center May Events:

MAY 13: Golden 90’s.  11:30 AM. Council on Aging/Senior Center, 100 T.R. Harris Drive, Shelby, NC . Registration Required.  Call 704-482-3488

MAY18: AARP Car Fit Program.  Council on Aging/Senior Center, 100 T.R. Harris Drive, Shelby, NC. 9:00am–1:00pm. by Appointment – AARP reps will be available to help mature drivers find their perfect fit.

MAY 19: Mini Health Seminar , Spinal Safety, Posture and Spinal Support. Council on Aging/Senior Center. 100 T.R. Harris Drive Shelby, NC.  10:30 am. Presented by Carolina Chiropractic Plus – Pre-register by calling 704-482-3488

MAY 19: Carillon Picnic . COA/Senior Center, 100 T.R. Harris Drive, Shelby, NC .  11:30 AM – 1:00 PM.  Pre-registration is required.  Call 704-482-3488.  Registration must be made by 5/17/11

MAY 24:  Better Sleep Awareness,   Council on Aging, 100 T.R. Harris Drive, Shelby, NC.   10:00 am.  Presented by Healthy @ Home Reservations are required.  Call 704-482-3488

MAY 25: New Participants Reception, COA/Senior Center, 100 T.R. Harris Drive, Shelby, NC . 2:00 PM.  If you became a member or starting participating from May 1, 2010 thru April 30, 2011 we would like to invite you to attend this special reception. Please call the Senior Center at 704-482-3488 if you plan to attend.

May 26: Dine Around , Fisherman’s Feast, Marion Street , Shelby, NC  . 5:00 pm. Please sign-up at the Council on Aging by Tuesday, May 24th if you plan to attend

MAY 27: Parking Lot Flea Market, COA/Senior Center, 100 T.R. Harris Drive, Shelby, NC .  8:00 – 12:00 Noon. Any vendors interested in a spot call Lisa Abernethy at 704-482-3488

MAY 27: Covered Dish. COA/Senior Center, 100 T.R. Harris Drive, Shelby, NC . 11:30 – 12:00. Bring your favorite dish for the fellowship and fun.

MAY 27: Senior Prom, “Hollywood Nights’,  COA/Senior Center, 100 T.R. Harris Drive, Shelby, NC . 7:00-10:00 PM.  Cost $5.00 per person – Free Refreshments . Call the Senior Center for further information at 704-482-3488

May 31:  Fraud Video Series. (Fake Check Scams, Internet Fraud). COA / Senior Center, 100 T.R. Harris Drive, Shelby, NC . 1:00 pm.  Starting in May the Senior Center will present a series of consumer protection videos compiled by the US Postal Inspection Service Team, Fake Check Scams and Internet Fraud will be the first two..   For further information please call the Senior Center at 704-482-348