Waverly gets its golden arches
CHARLOTTE – Patrick and Heather Joyner celebrated the opening of their 18th McDonald’s location Wednesday, May 10, in the Waverly development.
The Matthews Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony, while Ronald McDonald entertained children and adults with magic and jokes. Stealz and 103.7 FM also were there with prize giveaways.
The restaurant, located at 11620 Waverly Center Drive, boasts modern seating and décor, double drive-thru for quicker service and digital menu boards. It employs 52 people in crew and management positions.
The store donated $500 each to Polo Ridge Elementary School and Jay M. Robinson Middle School.
Lupus walk raises more than $121K, attracts large crowd
CHARLOTTE – More than 3,000 people took steps against lupus at the 16th Annual Walk To End Lupus Now: Charlotte on Saturday, May 6, at Central Piedmont Community College.
The event raising more than $121,000 to support the Lupus Foundation of America, North Carolina Chapter.
“Our Charlotte Walk To End Lupus event enables us to show the lupus community that there is an entire army standing up for them and with them in the fight against lupus,” said Christine John-Fuller, president and CEO of the LFANC.
Participants walked to raise awareness about lupus and raise money for national research and local support services to help the estimated 10,000 people in the Charlotte area who are living with lupus.
Meck-South Rotary Club honors CMPD first-responders
CHARLOTTE – The Mecklenburg County-South Rotary Club recently recognized some of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s finest at a recent breakfast meeting.
Will Brooks, president of Meck-South recognized four officers for their work in the community.
The club meets Fridays at 7:30 a.m. at Another Broken Egg in Ballantyne. Guests are welcomed.
Visit www.mecksouthrotary.org/contact.php for details.
Treat: Alkaline water good for you
CHARLOTTE – Bill Treat makes the case for alkaline water in a guest column published on www.southcharlott eweekly.com.
Treat, who sells Kangen alkaline water, cites several examples in the column about its benefits to the body. Translated from Japanese, Kangen means “return to source.”
“We were born in an alkaline state,” Treat writes. “Amniotic fluid is alkaline. The best water from natural sources is alkaline.”
State, county sees spike in opioid-related deaths
RALEIGH – Opiate-related deaths in Mecklenburg County have increased from 26 in 2005 to 61 in 2015, according to Gov. Roy Cooper’s office. Statewide, the deaths climbed to more than 1,100 in 2015, a 73 percent increase from 2005.
Cooper proposed providing $12 million in statewide mental health single-stream funds to combat opioid abuse and another $2 million to enhance law enforcement’s efforts to fight it.
He also criticized the Senate Republican budget for appropriating less.
Cooper recently joined leaders across the country in a bipartisan commission to combat the opioid crisis.
Firebirds fights back against childhood cancer
CHARLOTTE – Firebirds Wood Fired Grill is participating in Alex’s Lemonade Days.
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation’s annual fundraiser encourages communities to host lemonade stands to raise money for childhood cancer research.
Staff, guests and children will sell Alex’s Fresh Squeezed Lemonade for $3 per cup at lemonade stands set up outside of all Firebirds locations, June 9 to 11, with proceeds donated to ALSF.
Firebirds will donate $1 per each Big Daddy Lemon Cake sold June 1 to 11.
Firebirds participates year-round in raising money for ALSF by donating $1.25 for every glass of lemonade sold in its restaurants. Restaurants are located at 3920 Sharon Road and 7716 Rea Road.
Trump highlights craft spirits
WINSTON-SALEM – John Francis Trump’s began his exploration into North Carolina craft distilleries with a few blog posts. Those posts laid the groundwork for his new book, “Still & Barrel: Craft Spirits in the Old North State.”
Trump traces the history of manufacturing moonshine whiskey, gin, vodka and rum in the state to today’s boom from the artisan movement.
“Starting with a few distilleries just several years ago, more than 30 distilleries are now members of the N.C. Distillers Association and are tour stops on the state’s spirits trail,” Trump said.
He’ll sign copies of his book at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 24, at Park Road Books, 4139 Park Road.
Visit www.blairpub.com for details.