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Toy Run benefits ministry

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Bikers will withstand the cold winds for a good cause during the fourth annual Icicle Toy Run, organized by the Carolina Faith Riders Grace Chapter. The ride will begin at 1 p.m. at 6670 Hull’s Grove Baptist Church’s west site on N.C. 27 in Vale. It will end approximately an…

Shoeboxes make a difference

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A shoebox full of small items can make an impact on a child in need this holiday season. “It’s a very simple project,” said Kristin Turner, media relations coordinator for the Western Piedmont Team of Operation Christmas Child. “It doesn’t cost a lot of money to do. Kids love to…

Deputies seeking tips on two theft incidents

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Authorities are asking for any information that can lead to the arrest of whoever took items in two unrelated incidents. On Oct. 19, several landscaping items were taken from a shed at the Forest Lawn Cemetery, Sheriff’s Detective Sally Dellinger said in a news release. Items included two lawnmowers, three…

Animal rescue groups need help

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Several local animal rescue groups need your help. Adkins Pet Center of Iron Station, 4 Paws Animal Rescue of Denver, and Angels for Felines, the Humane Society of Lincoln County and Lincoln County Animal Control, all of Lincolnton, are participating in the “America’s Favorite Animal Shelter” contest, sponsored by Care2.com…

Yamato brings Japanese steakhouse experience

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Three years ago, Chung Han Vega considered opening his restaurant, Yamato Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar, in Denver. But the community had not yet experienced the growth it would eventually see, so Han Vega decided to look elsewhere. A year ago, Han Vega decided to look at Denver again. This…

Around Town 11/18/2009

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TICKETS The Leewood Acres Garden Club is selling advance tickets to the Southern Christmas Show on Nov. 22. Tickets are $8 and proceeds will benefit the garden club. For more information, call any garden member or (704) 732-0460. FOOD DRIVE The Pumpkin Center Volunteer Fire Department is accepting donations for…

Economy pushes business move to Stanley

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Mark Woody is hoping his loyal customers will follow his business now that it has moved to Stanley. In 1991, Woody opened Under Water World, a pet store, in the Boger City area after graduating from North Gaston High School. He moved several times throughout the years, but remained in…

Youth winner

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LHS princess

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Delay in opening next NC 16 leg

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The opening of N.C. 16, from Optimist Club Road to St. James Church Road, has been delayed, according to the N.C. Department of Transportation. Originally, DOT was supposed to open that section of road last month. But now, officials want to develop a turn lane and possible traffic signal at…