Former Lowe's Motor Speedway president Humpy Wheeler will share tales of his childhood in Belmont and memories of the early days of NASCAR at the next monthly gathering of the Charlotte Folk Society, 7:30 p.m. June 12 at the Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Ave. in Charlotte.
Wheeler will arrive in his 1939 Ford, hot-rodded in the spirit of a 1950s moonshine car. The program is free and open to the public. Donations are appreciated.
Parking is free in the lot next to the building and in the adjacent parking deck. Refreshments will be served after the program along with a song circle and music. For details, visit folksociety.org.
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden has been named one of the Southeast's best wedding venues by The Knot, a national resource for wedding planning that operates a magazine, Web site and other media outlets.
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The Garden was among 11 N.C. venues to be recognized in the reception sites category. The Peninsula Yacht Club in Cornelius was the only other local venue to be recognized.
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden hosts about 100 weddings each year.
For details, contact the garden's private events department at 704-829-1268.
Detective Jeremy Williams received the Exceptional Duty and officer of the year awards in Gastonia Police Department's 2009 Awards Program, held May 16 in the Gastonia Police Department community room.
In all, more than 40 police officers and civilian volunteers were recognized during the ceremony.
Other officers recognized include:
Sgt. Paul Smith, Exceptional Duty Award for the Hope for Gaston project.
Capt. Ed Turas, Chief's Achievement Award for range improvements.
Officer Christian Clinch, officer of the year award for outstanding law enforcement problem-solving efforts in the East District.
Volunteers recognized include Barbara Biggerstaff, Don Brittain, Doug Carpenter, Pam Gill, Lisa Hargate, Gayle Kiser, Larry King, Randy Kistler and Steve Lawson. Don Brittain was named volunteer of the year for achieving the most volunteer hours.
Todaytec, a Chinese manufacturer of thermal transfer bar-code ribbons, has selected the Denver area of Lincoln County as the site for a manufacturing and distribution facility to service the North American market.
Todaytec has leased 6,000 square feet in the Denver Business Park.
The company produces fax ribbons, hot stamp foils and bar-code ribbons.
Boy Scout Troop 7, which is sponsored by Gastonia's First United Methodist Church, tied for first place overall in the Two Rivers District Camporee, held May 1-3 in Dallas.
The camporee is a competitive event for area Boy Scout troops to display their scouting skills for prizes.
Each of the 17 troops competing was divided into smaller groups, or patrols. The 39 patrols competed for patrol awards. Of Troop 7's two patrols, the Flaming Arrows took fifth place and the Chiefs took 10th.
Representing Troop 7 were Gene Anderson, scoutmaster; assistant scoutmasters Larry Rhyne and Lyle Branagan; Flaming Arrows patrol members Ryan Branagan, Justin Hendrick and Mason Farmer; and Chiefs patrol members Walker Wood, Ross Harwell, John Loomis and Foard Cleveland. Luke Anderson was the senior patrol leader.
The town of Dallas and the Dallas Volunteer Fire Department will hold an open house for the new Dallas Fire Department at 2 p.m. today. The event will feature a dedication ceremony with bagpipes, light refreshments and appearances by local elected representatives. For details or directions, call 704-922-3176.
The Gaston County Police Department will hold a session of its Citizens' Police Academy for Youth July 27-31 at the department's headquarters, 420 W. Franklin Blvd., Gastonia.
The program will introduce children ages 12-15 to the law enforcement profession and police operations. Lessons will include community policing, patrol procedures, criminal investigations, crime scene and fingerprinting, special investigations and the hazardous devices team, marine enforcement unit, community service, K-9 and emergency response team.
Students will receive tours of the Police Department, communications division, the court system and the county jail. Hands-on demonstrations include teen court and the Fatal Consequences D.W.I. program.
Students will be selected based on letters of recommendation from teachers, assistant principals, guidance counselors and other community leaders.
Application deadline is July 1. Applications are available at County Police Headquarters, 420 W. Franklin Blvd. Gastonia, and at the Bessemer City Substation, 132 W. Virginia Ave. Applications can also be completed online at gastoncountypolice.org.
For details contact Sgt. C.W. McCants at 704-866-3320.
Lincoln Economic Development Association and the Doug Herbert Racing staff recently introduced 16 delegates from the Motorsport Industry Association of Great Britain to Lincoln County.
The delegates toured the drag racer's Lincolnton shop to learn about the possibility of locating facilities in Lincoln County.
The group arrived in Charlotte on May 16 to attend the NASCAR Sprint Cup Showdown and All-Star Race. Herbert's was their last stop before heading to the Indianapolis 500.
The Greater Gaston Baptist Association and the Gastonia Grizzlies are sponsoring a “Night at the Grizzlies” baseball game and job fair at 6 p.m. Monday at Sims Legion Park, 100 W. Sycamore Ave. in Gastonia. The job fair will run 6-8 p.m., and the game will start at 7 p.m.
Admission is free to those who are unemployed and seeking work. Regular admission tickets are $6. Admission tickets are available in advance for $4 by calling 704-867-7257.
For details and tickets, call 704-867-7257. Compiled by Gina Smith