Tuesday, October 18, 2011

First United Methodist Church Receives Polished Apple Award

Lincolnton, NC—First United Methodist Church recently received the City of Lincolnton Polished Apple Award for the renovation of their building at 201 East Main Street. John Gilleland, City of Lincolnton Mayor presented the award to the Rev. David Wyant.

"We are extremely happy to present First United Methodist Church with the City of Lincolnton Polished Apple Award," said Jason Harpe, Polished Apple Award Chairperson. "The rehabilitated building and restored stained glass windows is most deserving of this award and we commend First Methodist for their work."

The Polished Apple Award is a city-wide recognition program established to recognize and encourage positive community design improvements in the City of Lincolnton. A program of the City of Lincolnton’s Business and Community Development Department, award recipients are selected by a volunteer citizen group and are determined based on the established program criteria.

“The award recognizes business and property owners that exemplify community pride by exceptional upkeep and improvements to their properties,” said Brad Guth, Business and Community Development Director. “We want folks to take pride in the appearance of our community and give recognition to those that make exemplary efforts to do so.”

The review committee meets on a regular basis to review applications and nominations. A property owner may apply or a noteworthy improvement project may be nominated to receive the award. For more information on the Polished Apple Award, contact the City of Lincolnton Business and Community Development department at 704-736-8915.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Rhyne Financial 8k Run 4k Walk

Rhyne Financial 8k Run 4k Walk

Benefiting: The Lincoln County Public Education Foundation
Date: Saturday, October 22, 2011
Time: 9:00 am
Place: Rhyne Financial-218 West Main St., Lincolnton, NC
Distance: 8k Run/4k Walk

The Rhyne Financial 8k Run/4k Walk will benefit The Lincoln County Public Education Foundation. The purpose of the foundation is to:

  • provide leadership ability and other support for extended educational opportunities

  • to build an endowment fund as a perpetual source of support for educational opportunites, in particular the implementation of technology in the classroom

  • to fund, through the endowment, creative and innovative grant requests from local teachers

  • and to foster a community-school partnership in perserving, maintaining, and improving public education in Lincoln County.

Click Here to Learn More About The Lincoln County Public Education Foundation

Description: All races will be held on Saturday, October 22nd, 2011. The start time for both the 8k Run and 4k Walk is 9:00 am.

8k Run Course:

The run course begins and ends on Sycamore Street behind Rhyne Financial. The 8k run is a challenging one lap course throughout scenic Lincolnton, the Marcia H. Cloninger Rail Trail and many beautiful neighborhoods.

View 8k Run Course Here

Sign up for the Adult 8k Run Here: http://www.racingtoes.com/products/Rhyne-Financial-8k-Run%252dAdult-Sign-Up-.html

Sign up for the Student 8k Run Here: http://www.racingtoes.com/products/Rhyne-Financial-8k-Run%252dStudent-Sign-Up-.html

4k Walk Course:

The walk course begins and ends on Sycamore Street behind Rhyne Financial. The 4k walk is a one lap course throughout scenic Lincolnton, the Marcia H. Clonginer Rail Trail. The 4k walk follows some of the 8k run course, but cuts off for a different ending route, but still ends at the same finish line as the 8k run course.

View 4k Walk Course Here

Sign up for the 4k Walk Here: http://www.racingtoes.com/products/Rhyne-Financial-4k-Walk-Sign-Up-.html

Parking: Race day parking available at The Citizens Center, Emmanuel Lutheran Church and First Presbyterian Church.

Race Entry Fees

Early/Race Day

Adult 8k Only
$20/ $25
Student 8k

4k Walk (all entrants)

Entry Fees are non-refundable and must be received by October 14th, 2011. Early registration guarantees event T-shirt. Online Registration will require a $2.95 processing fee which is calculated at checkout.

Printable Registration Form
*All participants receive a long-sleeve T-shirt and goodie bag*There will be Pre & Post Race entertainment & refreshments*Early Registration-deadline Friday, October 14th, 2011

If mailing in your registration form, please make checks payable to: Lincoln County Public Education Foundation

By Mail Submit Entry Form and Registration Fee to:

Rhyne Financial

PO Box 615

Lincolnton, NC 28093

Or you can deliver to Rhyne Financial located at 218 West Main Street, Lincolnton.

Timing System:

The 8k Run will be manually timed. The 4k Walk will NOT be a timed event.

Packet Pick-up:

1) Friday, October 21, 2011 from 5-6:30pm at Rhyne Financial2) Saturday, October 22, 2011 from 7-8:45am at Rhyne Financial. Race begins at 9:00am. All participants must have registered and received their race number by 8:45am.

Age Divisions:

8k Run

There will be an overall male and female winner for the 8k.
1st, 2nd, and 3rd place award for each age group
14 and under; 15-19; 20-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70-74; 75-79; 80 & over

Affiliated Charities:

This event benefits The Lincoln County Public Education Foundation.

Sponsorship Opportunities:

$100 donation-name will be listed on the back of the event T-shirt. Call Rhyne Financial if interested in Sponsorship at 704-736-0388


Monday, October 10, 2011

October Coffee & Conversation Topics

Thanks to Mayor Gilleland for being our guest at Coffee & Conversation in October!

Topics included: Ingles grocery store development; Former Wal-mart building; Satellite police station location alternatives; County office relocation and possible alternatives to keep all offices downtown; Communications/dispelling rumors; Tourism development; Catawba Valley Pottery Center and the possibilities of a new downtown movie theater.

Mark Your Calendars for Next month’s Coffee and Conversation Friday, November 4th. 36th Street Bakery 8am. Suggestions for our next guest in November are welcome.

October marks the first anniversary of coffee and conversation. Designed to be a small informal discussion group to give downtown business and property owners and interested citizens the chance to express their opinions, make suggestions and ask questions about downtown and the community in general. It has grown to be an essential part of the Downtown Development Association’s business retention and expansion efforts.

It has provided an opportunity for DDA staff and volunteers to learn about the local business community’s perception of Lincolnton and the advantages and disadvantages of operating a business here. We have learned about the needs of specific businesses and been able to respond to those needs.

Around 65 to 80 percent of new jobs are created by existing businesses in a community rather than by those that relocate to a community. Existing businesses are already ‘citizens’ of the community. They employ people who live in the area and purchase goods and services from other businesses in the community.

Coffee and Conversation has provided another informal opportunity for DDA staff and volunteers to communicate with the business community and expand its reputation for caring about local businesses and their success.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

First Friday Coffee & Conversation with Mayor John Gilleland

First Friday Coffee and Conversation (FFCC) is this Friday morning at 8am at 36th Street Bakery & Cafe. Our guest is John Gilleland, Mayor City of Lincolnton. Come share your ideas for the City of Lincolnton.

Designed to be a small informal discussion group to give downtown business and property owners and interested citizens the chance to express their opinions, make suggestions and ask questions about downtown and the community in general. FFCC encourages social interaction among citizens and builds community.

The idea for the Coffee and Conversation series is rooted in the community planning concept of “Third Places” popularized by Ray Oldenburg in his Book--The Great Good Place. The “first place’ is the home and the people one lives with. The ‘second place’ is the work place where everyone spends most of their time. Third places are meeting places such as cafes or coffee houses the ‘anchors’ of community life that facilitate and foster creative interaction and are welcoming and comfortable.

A community's well-being is dependent on the quality of relationships among the citizens of that community. Infrastructure, roads, water, sewer, electricity and housing provides the shell within which people live. It is within this shell that people do the things together that allow them to sustain livelihoods. These include but are not limited to education, health care, business, recreation, and spiritual celebration. People working together with shared understandings and expectations are what provide a place of strong community.

You're invited to this uniquely local experience. Each month a business or community leader will be invited to participate in the conversation. There are no formal presentations or programs. The topics for discussion will be focused on whatever interests those that attend. The event is BYOC--That's Buy Your Own Coffee.