Lottery winner signs check over to mother-in-law

If only all mothers-in-law could be so lucky. Last week, Paula Milwood, a store clerk from Gastonia, was excited to see that her son-in-law scratched off the top prize in the N.C. Education Lottery’s $200,000 Cash game just a day after her grandson was born. Moments later, she was shocked when he handed her the winning ticket, saying “You keep it.”

“He just handed it to me and said I deserved it,” Milwood said. “He told me that I would know what to do with it. I didn’t know what to say.” The ticket was purchased at the Kingsway on Kendrick Road in Gastonia, where Milwood works. She plans to use her winnings, worth $136,001, to purchase a home for her family and possibly season passes to Carowinds amusement park.

“I feel like a big weight has been lifted,” Milwood added. “This is fantastic.” As of Monday afternoon, three top prizes remain to be claimed in the $200,000 Cash game.

In other lottery news, Carolina Cash 5 players in the Charlotte area need to check their numbers. One ticket matched all five numbers (9 – 11 – 14 – 31 – 37) in the Thursday, April 21 drawing and is worth $773,609. The jackpot had rolled since the April 9 drawing. This is the highest top prize in the game since the June 4, 2010 drawing when two players from Mebane and Hillsborough split the $823,652 prize. The largest single-winner Carolina Cash 5 claim occurred in November, 2007 when a player from Greenville matched all five numbers and won $856,988.

 

 

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Independence alum will speak at Queens U. graduation

Robert Morgan, a graduate of Independence High School, will be the commencement speaker at Queens University’s Graduate Student Commencement on May 6. Morgan was named president of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce in 2005.

Prior to his current role, Morgan was president of the Gaston Chamber of Commerce from 2002 to 2005. He began his Chamber career in 1991 on the staff of the Charlotte Chamber.

In 2008, he earned the professional designation of Certified Chamber Executive from the American Chamber of Commerce Executives association. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


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Mint Hill Christian rock band releases new album

Mint Hill based contemporary Christian band, Jeff Roy & Seeds of Hope, announced the release of their debut CD, “Now Unto the King” last week. The MP3 can be purchased at Amazon.com. Comprised of members of the Hope Christian Church worship team, the

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band’s inaugural effort contains works written and arranged by Hope’s worship leader, Jeff Roy, and encompasses a variety of contemporary musical styles. The CD was recorded and mixed at Bright City Studios in Fort Mill, SC.

“We are excited to impart our message of faith, hope, love and inspiration to the Charlotte contemporary Christian music landscape and beyond,” states lead singer, writer and guitarist Jeff Roy. “Our goal is to remind the listener that God is always calling out to us. Remembering this facet of God’s character is a great place for worship to begin in our hearts.”

Roy has been active in church music most of his life and has written numerous songs, many of which are being used by other churches. Seeds of Hope is a modern worship band that has grown out of the worship ministry of Hope Christian Church in Mint Hill. The band has performed at various venues throughout the Charlotte area and is available for future bookings.

 

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Matthews man wins fishing tournament

John Cook of Matthews caught a five-bass limit weighing 13 pounds, 13 ounces April 16 to win $2,122 in the Co-angler Division of the April 16 BFL North Carolina event in Lake Wylie. He was using a Zoom Speedworm in the river to catch his limit. The next BFL North Carolina Division tournament is scheduled for May 7 on Kerr Lake in Henderson, N.C. After the fifth North Carolina Division tournament is complete, the top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Nov. 3-5 Regional Championship on Lake Hartwell in Anderson, S.C. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger 198VX with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and a Chevy pick-up, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger 198VX.

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Bluegrass festival announced for the Park on Fairview

The Armed Forces Museum and Archives of the Carolinas is hosting a Bluegrass Festival at the Park on Fairview on May 21. The event is called, “Salute to Our Armed Forces and the 1st Annual Bluegrass Festival. It’s being touted as a national day to pay tribute to the men and women who serve the United States’ armed forces. The hours for the festival are  10 am to 4 pm. Parking is a  $2 donation per vehicle.  The organizers will honor tradition and music, offer arts and crafts, family activities and of course food. Acts include George Hamilton IV, The Moody Brothers, Pinetuckett, Caitlin Gilliland, Southern Express Cloggers, The Independence High School Marching Band. Special guests include Doug Mayes, Former Newscaster for WBT Radio-TV and WSOC Radio-TV.

Here is Mint Hill’s The Moody Brothers performing their most popular song at a recent festival in Hickory.

 

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Oakboro Cruise-In and Burnout this weekend

The Oakboro Cruise-In & Burnout will be held on Friday, April 22. If the weather is nice, volunteer organizers expect up to 6,000 people to attend. The event offers cars and music in an historic downtown setting and a friendly atmosphere. 

The Oakboro Cruise-In & Burnout is in its eighth season.

If weather is holds up, cars start arriving after lunch. However, the official hours are 5-9:30 pm. The burnout will starts at 9 pm.

Food vendors and souvenir concessions will be set up. Restaurants and retail stores will be open. The public is encouraged to purchase 50/50 tickets. Proceeds go towards the operation and promotion of the event and help provide scholarships for local high school students.

The Cruise-In is held in downtown Oakboro on NC Hwy. 205 between Albemarle and Charlotte. It is one of the largest cruise-ins held in a small North Carolina downtown.

For information, visit the Oakboro Cruise-In on Facebook, email info@oakborocruisein.com, log onto www.OakboroCruiseIn.com or call Jerry Crayton at 704-467-4992.

 

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