An “Evening of Honor”

Lewis and Robin Bentley, owners of the LakeHouse restaurant, host the Lake Lure Police Evening of Honor annually.
Recipients of the ‘’Community Support Award” are (l/r) Chris Shuford, Kortney Burrell, Aaron Collins and Tyler Dills. Presenting the award is Police Chief Sean Humphries and sponsors Lynn and Russ Pitts.
Lake Lure Police Force: (l/r) Sergeant Chris Shuford, Officer Robert Owens, Officer Kortney Burrell, Sergeant Carl Umphlett, Corporal Aaron Collins, Officer Caleb Oates, Officer Tyler Dills, Officer Carlos Sanchez and Chief Sean Humphries. Missing Is Glen Gittens. We count on these folks to keep us safe and crime free.

            While cries across the country in recent months have been recklessly calling for “defunding the police”, we locally are truly blessed with a professional, competent and highly capable police force. Acknowledging this, the management team at the LakeHouse Restaurant  have conducted for the past 15 years an ”Evening of Honor” to recognize our Lake Lure Police. The team of officers and staff are treated to a delicious, savory dinner and

words of praise and commendation. The evening is funded and sponsored by the LakeHouse, residents and local businesses.

            Current owners, Lewis and Robin Bentley, host the event while Police Chief Sean Humphries acts as Master of Ceremonies. Chief Humphries selects and recognizes officers who have distinguished themselves throughout the prior year with some significant, outstanding accomplishments.

            Awards presented this year were to Sergeant Glen Gittens,“Distinguished Service”, to Kortney Burrell, “Community Service”, to Corporal Aaron Collins, “Citation of Bravery”, and to Chris Shuford, Aaron Collins, Kortney Burrell and Tyler Dills, “Community Support”.

            For a little icing on the cake, the Olympiad presented Chief Humphries with a check for $1500 for the department’s support of the 2022 Olympiad. Everyone across the Gorge appreciates and give thanks to our local Police team.

            Speaking of the Olympiad (segway to end this article), last year’s 3-day sports event gave back to selected charities and service organizations over $20,000 and over $400,000 in its 18 years of operation. Finally, the Olympiad Board is planning a long distance 3-mile swim at the town beach on June 10th. More details to follow. Mark your calendars if interested. Come out and compete or just watch, cheer and enjoy.

Dustin Waycaster receives multiple checks from Olympiad chairman, Debbie Warren and Bob Keith for all the service organizations that supported the Olympiad. The total is $15,000. This will go to Bill’s creek, fire department, Fairfield, mountains, fire, department, and auxiliary, chimney rock, fire, department, and County EMS. We couldn’t do the Olympiad without these support organizations.
Maria Davis, Mountain Branch Library Manager, and staff members Patti Stewart and Diane Ward receive $1000 check from Olympiad Chairperson Kay Dittmer for the libraries support of the Olympiad in 2022.
LLCA receives $1500 check from Kay Dittmer, Olympiad Chairperson, at basketball game time. Shown in a collegial embrace is mascot Rory Raptor, Athletic Director Ozzie McFarland and Coach Todd Lattimore. Go Raptors!

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