Four Caldwell County men recently won $200,000 playing Powerball.
Klaus, Richard and Jerry Hadschin and James Absher, all of Granite Falls, bought a Powerball ticket at PD Grocery & Deli on Sawmills School Road for a Sept. 27 drawing.
The men – a father, his two sons and a friend – had played the lottery together multiple times, picking random numbers in the beginning and sticking with them, according to the N.C. Education Lottery.
They claimed their prize Monday and told lottery officials they plan to spend the winnings on home remodeling and everyday needs.
The three Democrats running for at-large seats on the county board of commissioners will speak to the Mecklenburg County Democratic Women's Club Wednesday.
The group meets at the Independence regional library, 6000 Conference Dr. Refreshments start at 6:30p.m. and the meeting begins at 7p.m. Jim Morrill
The Charlotte Civil Service Board began a hearing Monday to determine whether Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Maj. Chuck Johnson, accused of excessive use of force, will be demoted.
Johnson, a 26-year police veteran, was working off-duty during the Food Lion Speed Street festival uptown in May when the incident happened. He was placed on administrative duty, and police Chief Rodney Monroe recommended to the board that Johnson be suspended and demoted. Johnson, who was working in internal affairs, has been reassigned to the watch commander's office, said Internal Affairs Director Capt. Chuck Adkins.
The board may reach a decision today, Adkins said. The hearing is closed. Johnson could have requested it be open to the public but did not. Greg Lacour
A Metro School student has whooping cough, and students and staff who have been exposed will be treated with antibiotics, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools officials said Monday.
The Mecklenburg Health Department is working with CMS to inform staff and families at the uptown school for severely disabled students. N.C. law requires students to be vaccinated against the disease, also known as pertussis, unless they have a medical or religious waiver. Ann Doss Helms
Furman University has announced receiving a $17million gift it will use mostly for out-of-state scholarships.
The private, liberal arts college announced Monday that The Duke Endowment grant is the largest single cash award in school history.
The school said more than 80percent of the grant will create a scholarship program for out-of-state students. The first 10 scholarships will be awarded next year. An additional 10 will be added each consecutive year until the program funds 40 students on campus annually.
The program will be named after Furman alumnus Charles Townes, who received the 1964 Nobel Prize in Physics. Associated Press
Former Buncombe County Sheriff Bobby Medford must spend 15 years behind bars for his conviction on charges related to taking bribes from video poker operators.
Medford, 62, was sentenced Monday in federal court in Asheville. A federal jury found him guilty in May of charges that included extorting bribes from illegal video gambling operators and money laundering. After hearing arguments from Medford attorney Stephen Lindsay, the judge agreed that the government miscalculated the amount that Medford collected and lowered the total to $304,000. Medford served as sheriff for 12 years, from 1994 until December 2006. Associated Press
The man charged in the shooting deaths of two Concord women made his first appearance Monday in Cabarrus County Superior Court.
Christopher Joseph Willard, 28, of Highland Avenue, faces two counts of first-degree murder. He was being held without bond Monday in the Cabarrus County jail.
Concord police said the shooting, which took place at 314 Highland Ave., “appears to have a domestic motive.”
One of the women killed, Melissa Renee Jones, 27, reportedly had broken up with Willard. The other victim, Joyce Diane Fink, 57, was a friend and neighbor. Fink, who was disabled, was shot while sitting in her chair in her backyard on Highland Avenue, family members said.
Willard's next appearance in Cabarrus County court is scheduled for Oct.28. Gail Smith-Arrants