Bank of Granite rewards 2 of its Lenoir employees

Bank of Granite employees Kelly Melton and Christopher Cole recently were promoted in the Lenoir office.

Melton was promoted to assistant vice president and office manager. Christopher Cole has become a commercial lender.

Vice president and Lenoir market executive T. Rahn Chase noted that Melton's and Cole's “dedication and hard work reinforce the bank's philosophy of personal service and caring for our customers.”

Melton, a graduate of West Caldwell High School and Appalachian State University, joined the Bank of Granite in 2004. She and husband Richard have two children, Thomas, 8, and Jennie, 5.

Last year, Melton received the prestigious Dottie Darsie Award, given in recognition of an individual who contributes significant time and energy to education. Among many volunteer commitments, she participates in Communities in Schools and the Caldwell Council on Adolescent Health.

Cole previously worked at the bank's Hibriten branch, where he was office manager, and will relocate to Lenoir in his new post. A Hudson native, Cole joined Bank of Granite in 1996. He is a graduate of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and of Leadership Caldwell. Busy as he is, Cole currently serves as the 2008 chairperson for the March of Dimes and is accounting chairperson for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.

The Bank of Granite also announced that Teresa Andrews will assume the role of office manager at the Hibriten office. Andrews, a Granite Falls native, lives in the Grace Chapel community in southern Caldwell County. She previously worked in the Hickory office.

Bridge To Bridge

This year's Bridge to Bridge Challenge takes place on Sept. 21. The 2008 event marks the 20th year for the cycling challenge. This is a significant race for bicyclists, who come from across the country and abroad.

The 100-mile route is again affected by construction. Instead of concluding inside the gates of Grandfather Mountain, this year's race will end in MacRae Meadows.

In addition to the distance, the elevation changes make this an extremely challenging course. The race starts around 1,000 feet above sea level, but ends at 5,280 feet. The last 2.5 miles is advertised as "pure hill."

The ride begins at 7 a.m. on Main Street in Lenoir. A maximum of 850 riders may participate.

To register online, go to and follow links to Bridge to Bridge 2008.