Top cookie sellers: This year, 641 girls who sold 500 or more boxes of cookies during the 2016 Girl Scout Cookie Program were recognized by the Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont the annual GEO (Girl Empowering Opportunity) June 18.
Megan Hochman of Charlotte was among the top 10 councilwide cookie sellers for 2016, coming in at No. 4 with 4,048 boxes.
Madison File, Denver, won a 2016 Girl Scout Cookie Scholarship for being among the top 25 sellers.
Along with recognizing these girls, $25,000 in scholarships were awarded to 22 girls.
Training: U.S. Air Force Airman Emily R. Iwabuchi graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.
The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.
Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
Iwabuchi is the daughter of Alisha L. Rome of Indian Trail, and Carlos M. Iwabuchi of Manor, Texas. Her husband is Philip A. Warrenfeltz.
The airman graduated in 2013 from Ardrey Kell High School.
Retiree wins: Charlotte’s Frances Gary celebrated the Fourth of July with a $100,000 lottery win.
For Gary, a retired hospital worker, a family cookout in Marshville was only the beginning of Monday’s holiday festivities. On the way home, she stopped by the Speedway on Chamber Drive, Monroe, and bought three lottery tickets. She scratched the first one in the car, but didn’t win. But when a family member scratched the second – a $5 Mega Bucks ticket – Gary couldn’t believe what she heard next.
“You know you won $100,000, right?” the family member asked.
Gary claimed her prize July 5 at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. She doesn’t have any specific plans for her after-tax winnings of $69,251, but said she’ll “do something smart.”