Michael Harlow Stanley lottery

Michael Harlow upgraded his planned cruise when he won a lottery prize in December.

Stanley resident Michael Harlow won a lottery prize worth $100,000 in December, just in time for he and wife to go on a cruise for their anniversary.

“It’s not just a chance to celebrate,” Harlow said in a press release from the N.C. Education Lottery. “My wife is battling breast cancer right now, and having something to look forward to will help her get through the chemo treatments. I’ve already called the Carnival Cruise Line and upgraded our rooms to the biggest we can get.”

Harlow, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, had plans to take his wife on an eight-day Caribbean cruise.

His good fortune started two weeks ago when on his way to his job as a security guard, he stopped by the Circle K on North Chester Street in Gastonia and bought a Big Money Playbook. Harlow then scratched the book of tickets after completing his rounds.

“I couldn’t believe it,” Harlow said. “I literally went up to one of our towers and let out the biggest, ‘Yes!’  I just yelled out I was so happy.”

Harlow claimed the prize Dec. 17 at the lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $70,507.


Chamber hosts ‘thinking small’ lunch

LOWELL – The Montcross Area Chamber of Commerce hosts a lunch and learn featuring guest speaker Chris Kennedy Jan. 15 at Hillbilly’s Barbeque & Steaks.

Kennedy, who works in credit and debit card processing and business loans, will discuss the topic, “Create a BIG 2019 by thinking small.” He will touch on:

• Why New Year’s resolutions don’t work.

• How to make a few small shifts in your thinking to experience the best year of your life.

• A simple strategy you can use to blow past your competition.

• Understanding the two most powerful forces in your life that drive your behavior.

• The success axiom and how not to be a one-hit wonder.

The Dutch treat will run 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hillbilly’s, 720 McAdenville Road. Registration is available on the chamber website.


Agency plans to discuss coal ash

SHERRILLS FORD – The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality has scheduled two meetings in January to provide public updates on the evaluation of coal ash threats to local lakes.

The NCDEQ has the authority to require Duke Energy to excavate the material or the agency can pursue other methods of coal ash management and containment. Public meetings to allow citizen input are included in the process of making a final decision.

The meeting concerning coal ash storage facilities at Duke Energy’s Marshall Steam Station on Lake Norman will be held Thursday, Jan. 17, starting at 6 p.m. at Sherrills Ford Elementary School, 8103 Sherrills Ford Road.

A meeting about the Allen Steam Station on Lake Wylie will be held at 6 p.m. Jan. 29 at Stuart Cramer High School, 101 Lakewood Road in Belmont.


Students named to dean’s list

The following local students were honored by their respective universities by being named to the dean’s list for the spring 2018 semester:

Coastal Carolina University

Leah Kodzai, Charlotte

Yana Kodzai, Charlotte

Tessa Belongia, Charlotte (president’s list)

LeTourneau University

Trevor Larter, Mount Holly

Union University

Brooke A. Dockery, Belmont


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