People & Places Sunday, July 31

Published 12:00 am Sunday, July 31, 2016

Learn about local moonshining and bootlegging

KANNAPOLIS — Mount Pleasant native Vickey Cline has been a member of the Eastern Cabarrus Historical Society for 40 years.

Vickey says, “Most people like to think of their ancestors as saints, but the sinners are more interesting.” She came across old newspaper stories about local moonshining and bootlegging in her research and remembrances of childhood stories resulted in a presentation on the “spirits” of our area.

Come hear about the attitudes toward alcohol of Lutherans, Presbyterians, Baptists and Methodists. Learn how textile mills impacted local moonshining.

Monday, Aug. 1 at 7 p.m. in the A. L. Brown High School social room, 415 East First Street. Park in lot East of Trinity Methodist Church. Call 704-932-7518 or 704-796-0803 for details.


Liar Liar Pants on Fire!


CONCORD — This past Saturday, at Dorton Park, the lies, stories, and exaggerations were fabulously creative and the ice cream delicious. Sonny Tolbert won with the tallest tall tale at the Tall Tales and Ice Cream Contest hosted by Goldmine Toastmasters. He had some stiff competition among the three contestants whose tall tales stirred the imaginations of an audience of more than 20, but his funny and action-packed story about “Rajoo” won the day.  The audience also heard about “Cousin Bo” from Sam Mullis, and “The Walking Stick,” from Mary Rocas.

The homemade  ice cream contest had an array of mouthwatering entries ranging from Creamy Chocolate to Mango Magic. Although there was heated competition, Serena Edwards walked away as the winner of the  ice cream contest. The entire event was chaired by Adrian Marable.

Goldmine Toastmasters Club has hosted this hysterical and historical annual event for more than 25 years.  The annual contests are attended by local club members, family and guests, and top officers from across the state.

Toastmasters International is a nonprofit organization that focuses on helping members improve their communication and leadership skills.  Communication is defined as speaking, listening, and thinking.  Goldmine Toastmasters meets every Saturday morning 8:30-10 a.m. at Connect Christian Church, 3101 Davidson Highway. Guests are always welcome. Contact Matthew Charity at for more information.


Northwest Cabarrus High School reunion plans

Northwest Cabarrus High School staff and alumni are currently planning a Fall and Spring 50th Anniversary Celebration, for 15 October 2016 and 29 April 2017. We would love to hear from any alumni or past staff members/teachers who are interested in helping plan these events, or to provide memorabilia to display, or just to continue to get information regarding this momentous occasion. A facebook page has been developed at or you can contact Ms. Browning at 704-788-4111, extension 105.”

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