South Charlotte

People news and news briefs: Dec. 6, 2016

Carson Roark holds the “big” check showing lottery win.
Carson Roark holds the “big” check showing lottery win. NC Lottery

Lottery winners

James Howie of Charlotte is the latest player to beat the odds of 1 in 749,398 to win a Cash 5 jackpot.

He won $120,000 in the Nov. 19 drawing.

He claimed his prize Monday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required state and federal tax withholdings he took home $83,100.

He bought the $1 Quick Pick ticket at the Circle K on Central Avenue in Charlotte.

Carson and Pauline Roark of Charlotte get to start their dream business of flipping houses after winning a $136,468 Cash 5 jackpot.

“It’s something I’ve dreamed about for a long time,” Pauline said.

“We know how to do most of the work ourselves,” Carson said. “It’s going to be great to get the whole family working together. We’ve got no excuses now.”

The couple beat the odds of 1 in 749,398 to win a Cash 5 jackpot Nov. 27.

When Pauline checked the ticket, she couldn’t believe what she saw. “I’m used to looking at them and they don’t match,” Pauline said. “But this time they all lined up.”

She had her son double check, and sure enough she was holding a winning ticket.

“Holy Cow! I did it,” Pauline exclaimed when her son told her. “I hit the lottery.”

She immediately called her husband at work, but he didn’t believe her. “I told her this is not a good time to pull a joke like that,” Carson said.

But she wasn’t joking, and they claimed the prize two days later at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required state and federal tax withholdings, they took home $94,506.

Carson bought the $1 Quick Pick ticket at the Gate on Lawyers Road in Stallings.

Matthews Police Department

K9 vest donation: The department’s K9 “Castor” will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from nonprofit organization Vested Interest in K9s Inc. Castor’s vest is sponsored by Jeanne Ryan of Reston, Va., and will be embroidered with the sentiment “This gift of protection provided by Vested Interest in K9s Inc.” Delivery is expected within eight to 10 weeks. Vested Interest in K9s Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, Mass., whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States.

Citizen Police Academy: The next nine-week program starts Jan. 12 and will provide residents with up to 19 blocks of instruction ranging from the criminal justice process, to how our agency is structured, and daily operations. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of the instructors and guest speakers, as well as participate hands on in certain topics. The classes will be held 6-8 p.m. at the police department Thursday nights.

The only requirements are that you are 18 or older, live or work in the Matthews area, and pass a background check.

Print an application from the town website and submit it to the Matthews Police Department by Dec. 30, 2016. The first 18 qualified applicants will be invited to participant. Info: Officer Tim Aycock at 704-841- 6754 or

Lake Norman Regional Medical Center Volunteer Auxiliary

Project: The Volunteer Auxiliary recently updated the Critical Care Unit (CCU) waiting room at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center, Mooresville, as their annual project. A committee was named to oversee the updating of the unit to make it more comfortable to visitors spending time waiting while their loved ones are patients in the CCU. The committee was comprised of volunteers Marge Brougham, chairperson, Reba Peablers and Daisy Colaianni. Updating included fresh paint colors, new art for the walls, lamps, a new service cart for coffee and refreshments, and silk floral arrangements. The Volunteer Auxiliary dedicated its project in memory of volunteer Kathryn Sloop.

Girl Souting

Gold Award: Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont announced that Ashley Nicole Jamison, Belmont, earned her Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.

Jamison, daughter of Phil and Debbie Jamison and a member of Troop 00197, worked in partnership with Gaston Day School to reinstate the Middle School Service Club. Jamison led the club, under the direction of a supervisor. She led and organized all meetings and projects, including a letter writing campaign to military men and women serving overseas, a collection drive of food and supplies for the Breakfast and Backpack program and participation in a local event “Stop Hunger Now.” As a result of her project, the club will continue with students electing a leader every year to follow in her footsteps.


Coming soon: Piedmont Animal Emergency & Referral Center (PAERC), offering emergency veterinary care, is scheduled to open Jan. 12 at 2440 Plantation Center Drive in Matthews, off Weddington Road, near the Siskey YMCA and adjacent to the Plantation Market Shopping Center.

The 11,000-square-foot building was purchased in September 2016 from the now shuttered C-VETS Corporation.

“We are delighted to bring back the much-needed service of emergency animal medicine to Matthews and the greater Charlotte region,” says Kim Lance, practice manager.

Piedmont Animal Emergency will be staffed and equipped to offer 24/7 emergency care; it is expected to add board certified specialty care this summer.

Dr. Kay Dodson is the medical director.

The business is expected to bring up to 25 jobs to the region and they are hiring experienced veterinary technicians and receptionists. Visit or apply at

Helping with hearing loss: Theresa “Diane” Howard of Charlotte will receive free hearing aids thanks to the Beltone Hearing Care Foundation.