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Municipal elections saw steady turnout By Alan Hodge

Well, the weather was perfect for last week’s municipal elections in Gaston County and a fair number of folks took advantage and got out and voted. Poll chief Tian Sagasi at Precinct 46 in Mt. Holly summed up the pace that was typical of other voting places

in the BannerNews distribution area. “By 11am we had 239 voters come in,” Sagasi said. “It was very busy.” Ditto at the Belmont Central Elementary voting station. “It has been a steady turnout,” said poll chief Delilah Winchester. Anyway, countywide, 13,562 out of 97,883 regis-

tered voters cast their ballot. Don’t forget the election was for municipal seats and/or issues (like the Mt. Holly Parks Bond referendum). In Belmont, mayoral incumbent Charles Martin defeated challenger Claudina Ghianni 957 to 619, followed by Jason Lyle with 124 votes. In the city council contest, See ELECTION, Page 5 Delores Stewart (left) and Pam Burleson voting in Mt. Holly where there was a brisk turnout. Photo by Alan Hodge

Cramerton holds golf history seminar and also surprises local developer By Alan Hodge

Belmont Central Elementary Teacher of the Year Jennifer Ramsey with some of her AIG students from left Virginia Ernst, Jayden Brown, and Emmitt Widner.

Jennifer Ramsey named Belmont Central Elementary Teacher of the Year By Alan Hodge

Working at any career for three decades is a feat, and when a person adds passion for that work to the mix, well, it’s a formula for success. That pretty much describes Belmont Central El-

ementary School Teacher of the Year Jennifer Ramsey. Cramerton native Ramsey has been a school teacher since she graduated from Appalachian State University back in 1990. She started at Lowell Elementary, and from there she moved over to Holbrook Middle. That was

followed by several years at the Gifted Services division of Gaston County Schools. About 17 years ago she landed at Belmont Central and has been there ever since. “It’s been a long time,” Ramsey said. See TEACHER, Page 4

Members of the Cramerton Historical Society and special guests got together recently to discuss the game of golf- specifically as it relates to the town. For nearly a century golf has been woven into Cramerton’s past as tightly as the weave of the famous military cloth once produced there. The first course was built on the banks of the South Fork River by Stuart Cramer back in 1922. The unnamed course was near Tenth St. and extended to Lincoln. St. In 1927, a nine-hole course, Cramerton Golf Course, was constructed at the base of Cramer Mtn. near the Baltimore community. That course was said to be a “marvel of natural beauty and engineering”. In 1954, Lakewood Golf Course was designed and built by Mike Michaels. The course was originally meant

Cramerton Historical Society board chair Richard Atkinson (left) presenting Order of the Long Leaf Pine to Graham Bell. for Burlington Industries executives and workers. It was sold to Graham Bell in the early 1980s. Today, that property is the site of Stuart

Cramer High School. In 1986, Cramer Mtn. Country Club was created on the slopes of Cramer Mtn. See GOLF, Page 6

Hope United Survivor Network launches new website Hope United Survivor Network launched a brand-new website to provide an all-in-one digital home for survivor support and community prevention education in Gaston County. Visit the new website at Hope United Survivor Network was created in spring 2020 to create a single point of entry for residents of Gaston County who need resources to address domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, human trafficking and elder abuse. Gaston County now houses all survivor services under one department, Hope United Survivor Network. Under this umbrella,

programs include: The Lighthouse Children’s Advocacy Center, Hope United’s Family Justice Center, and The Cathy Mabry Cloninger Center: a domestic violence shelter. The survivors’ network hopes this new site serves as a hub for survivors and their support networks to get help and information. The site includes several features to assist residents in vulnerable situations. Notably, if a person is concerned about whether they are in an abusive or potentially violent situation, the website offers information, self-assessments, and a “quick-escape” that redirects the browser to Google if they

need to quickly redirect away from the site. Similarly, the website provides a single home for residents who are looking to support violence prevention work through time or monetary donations. On the website’s “Give Hope” page, supporters can find ways to directly support the programs run by Hope United. Hope United Survivor Network is a community collaborative working in one location to provide survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking, sexual assault, child abuse, and elder abuse a safe and secure place to get the help they deserve.

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R ECOLLECTIONS AND R EFLECTIONS Let’s tell the truth about lying

They’re back! Holiday parades are back. Real parades. Not those so-called drive through ones or virtual ones like we’ve had to deal with for the past couple of years thanks to you know what 19, but real parades with floats floating down streets, and marching bands marching along, and dancing girls, and clowns, and showers of candy thrown from floats and all the hoopla and hooray and yippee that we can stand all crammed into about an hour’s worth of fall fun. The parade season kicked off a couple of weeks ago with the Mt. Holly Lantern Parade. Wow wee how people were happy to get out and see a real parade. The sidewalks were packed with parade watchers and the lanterns lit up the night and folk were so happy they could barely contain themselves. I saw one lady doubled over she was laughing so hard and that was pretty much the entire atmosphere that night. Next was the Shriners parade last weekend in downtown Belmont. The Shriners know how to have a good time and the jalopies and go carts and everything lese they brought to this affair had people smiling from ear to ear. It was a real parade! The Christmas parades will be coming in a few weeks. I go to every one of them I can and take photos for the paper. Rain or shine. I confess that grabbing some candy thrown from floats is one of my favorite things. Not just any candy. Chocolate is my game. One

year I was covering the parade in Stanley and got there kinda late. I bummed a scooter from a guy and used it to race to the front of the parade line as it moved Alan Hodge along. I forgot about Banner-News Editor the candy showers and got pelted several times as I sped through them. It was like being caught in a hailstorm of confectionary. Hey, those sour balls really hurt. One time I saw the Carousel parade in Charlotte. People on floats were throwing candy and the kids were diving to the pavement to grab it up. Suddenly, out of a storm drain, a huge rat appeared. He ran over and got some candy and ducked back in the drain. Really. Oh yeah, don’t forget about you know who the Jolly Old Elf. I think they leave him until last so you have to watch the whole thing before you can leave. The kids demand it. What do you want Sanny to bring you this year? How about peace and quiet and good health. Cheap but priceless in many ways. Well, I hope these dashed off words whet your appetite for the coming parades. Maybe they will stir some memories in your own head of parades past. Maybe things are getting back to normal at long last.

By Mark Costner Ephesians 4:25 Since you put away lying, Speak the truth, each one to his neighbor, because we are members of one another. A man saw this sign: “Talking Dog for Sale.” He laughed out loud and knocked on the door. The owner told him, “The dog’s in the backyard. See for yourself.” Sure enough there it was a white dog with a black tail. “You talk?” the man ask. “Yep,” replied the dog. “I discovered my gift when I was just a pup, and I wanted to help the government. So I told the CIA about my gift, and in no time at all, I was flying around the world from country to country, sitting in rooms with spies and world leaders because no one figured a dog would be eavesdropping. I was their most valuable spy seven years in a row. But the fast pace lifestyle really tired me out, so I got married, had a litter of puppies, and called it quits. And now I’m retired.”

The guy went 18 to 71 agreed to back into the house take a lie detector and ask the owner, test once a week “How much for the for 10 weeks. They dog?” were asked to report “Ten Bucks.” how many times in “Are you out of the previous week your mind?” said the they all had lied. man. “This dog has Those who had lied traveled the world Mark Costner the least reported as a spy. Why so better mental and physical cheap?” The owner said, “Because health, stronger relationships, the dog’s a liar. He didn’t do less trouble sleeping, less tenany of that stuff.” sion, fewer headaches, and I would probably say that fewer sore throats. nobody likes a liar. We’ve all The truth will set you free, known one. We’ve all been the Bible says in Ephesians one at some point. Studies 4:25 tells us to put away lying show that 97.8% of people admit that they have told a lie. and speak the truth instead. In the future if you receive The other 2.2% were lying. an ugly sweater for your We all lie. We tell lies on our birthday, don’t lie. Just say, birthdays, like, “Thanks. I “Thanks so much for not buylove this sweater.” Recently 100 people age ing me the matching pants.”

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What do we owe? By Dennis Siracusa Most of us have had a sleep deprived night sometime. I had one recently; five hours of sound sleep; two more thinking of stuff; finally got up at 4am. I was concerned about today’s pressures on people. Two million households 90 days behind on mortgages, 8 million households behind on rent and our illustrious government cheering about a $3.5 trillion dollar spending package they want to impose on us. How are we going to pay for this staggering infrastructure expense if we can barely pay for rent and groceries? When will the “other shoe drop?” Who is going to enlighten us to the “rest of the story?” Here’s some math to help clarify our position: Current Governmental assets: +$ 5.800T Current Personal Savings +$ 9.650T Federal Debt held by public -$20.830T 2019 Consumer credit card debt -$ 4.165T 2019 Consumer revolving debt -$ 1.080T Subtotal (-$10.625T) (before the infrastructure debt.) Since we owe more than our government and public assets by a wide margin, any encouragement from various leaders to sink a deeper debt hole is unthinkably reckless. We cannot spend air. How will we pay for our existing massive debt; it never goes down? Clearly, something is dreadfully wrong. What’s the answer? Biblical wisdom in Romans 13:8 NLT says “owe nothing to anyone- except your obligation to love one another.” This

teaches, we as a society, are straying far from God’s wisdom and placing our hopes and lives on shaky ground today and saddling future generations with a monstrous Dennis Siracusa problem. Theoretical evolution and the power of man box us into a corner. There is nowhere for our hope to be directed other than to our imperfect selves. God exists and therefore real hope exists! Well some say, “I never hear from Him, or He’s too far away just observing things? The bible refutes that everywhere. Isaiah 43:2 says “When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.” And then Psalm 139 all, places everything in perspective. Vs1 you know everything about me Vs 4 you know what I’ll say before I say it Vs 8 If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the grave, you are there. We all owe God everything but if we really think about it, we give Him little. He is faithful; we aren’t! He created us, provides for us and protects us; is steadfast, never sleeps and is near each of us. According to the whole book of James, the Lord wants to hear from us and He wants us to ask for His help. We are currently treading in deep debt and social waters and God is right there to help us. Let’s turn to the Lord for solutions; now; He is infinitely creative and all He asks for is our heart.

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Chili Cookoff scenes... Judah Christian Church in Stanley held a chili cookoff contest last week. Lots of folks came and enjoyed the chili and camaraderie. Above folks line up for the eats. Photos by Bill Ward

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Winners and others- FD Chief Eric Withers, 2nd place winner John Vernon (wife Connie Vernon standing in for), Mayor Steven Denton, Rec. Dir. Tug Deason, 1st place winner Rhonda Christopher, Pastor John Mayberry, 3rd place winner Stanley Fire Dept. (represented by Brian Weyenth).

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Pastor John Mayberry, Withers, Denton, and Deason were the judges.

The City of Lowell online survey is still open. Lowell needs your feedback for its Parks and Recreation Program Review & Needs Assessment Study. Take the survey online today at About the Project: The Stanley Fire Dept Chief Eric Withers, Mayor Steven Denton, City of Lowell has partRec. Director Tug Deason.

Kristopher Armstrong to perform at First Baptist Mt. Holly Singer Kristopher C. Armstrong, bass, will perform at First Baptist Church, 300 S. Main St., Mt. Holly on November 13 at 6pm. Armstrong has sung on national and international concert stages as a former member of The U.S. Army Chorus and former member of The U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants. He just recently retired from The U.S. Army with over 20 years of collective service. As a member of these ensembles, he had the opportunity to sing for the last four presidents and for the funerals of Presidents Reagan, Ford, and Bush. A featured soloist on choir tours throughout the United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, France,

Netherlands, and Romania, Armstrong is also a highly sought-after soloist for choral works/ oratorios. While a student at Western Carolina University and East Tennessee State University, he worked with teachers Dr. Robert Holquist, Dr. Noelle Woods, and Dr. Thomas Jenrette and, from ETSU, earned the Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance. Originally from Mt. Holly, Armstrong currently resides in Knoxville, Tennessee, with his wife Chara, daughter Adaline, and sons Brogan and Calvin. The performance is free a love offering will be collected.

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This week we will celebrate Veterans Day. We will honor all those who selflessly gave of themselves in the service of their country. When we think of our veterans, we see faithful men and women who love their county, their families, and cherish the country God has given them. Because of that love, they serve without hesitation. As Christians, because of our love for Jesus, we should also desire to live for Jesus every day. James 2:18 says, “Someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works” (ESV). We know that we are saved by our faith in Jesus Christ apart from anything we can do. As followers of Jesus, our desire should be to always live for Him every single day. We should never have to tell someone that we are followers of Jesus, they should see Jesus Christ in everything we do in life. Soon, we will celebrate Thanksgiving together. It is easy to gather around the table and offer a short prayer of thanks to God. However, God has given us so much, and blessed us in so many ways. Jesus gave His life on

the cross for us, so that we may have eternal life. Genuine thanks for what Jesus has done for us, is reflected thorough our actions. We have so many opportunities around us Rev. Trent Rankin to reach people. We may encounter someone who is hungry. We may see someone who is struggling in life. We will encounter many people who need to hear the gospel message of Jesus. This season may we be intentional in our efforts to reach people around us. May this be a season to showcase Jesus everywhere we go. Our veterans boldly stepped up and bravely served their country. Their gratitude for living in a free nation blessed by God, led them to dedicate themselves to serve. We should always seek opportunities to serve Jesus. This Thanksgiving season, and every season, look around and see all the needs around you. We don’t have to look very far to discover many people in need of Jesus, and struggling in these difficult times. We have much to be thankful for, and we can show that thanks through action. Live your faith, showcase Jesus, and the world will know we belong to Jesus, and we are thankful for everything God has done for us!


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the classroom. “She’s really funny,” he said. Student Virginia Brown says Ramsey is “great!” Ramsey has some advice of her own for parents of not only gifted children but all students. “Make sure you open them up to new things,” she said. “Take them to museums, concerts, historical places. Try to spark their curiosity.” Belmont Central principal Phyllis Whitworth knows Ramsey’s value. “Naming Mrs. Ramsey as Teacher of the Year is a

well deserved honor,” she said. “She is outstanding and is willing to do whatever it takes to make sure all students succeed not just her AIG ones.” With 30 years under her belt, Ramsey is not far from retirement, but even when that date comes she plans to keep her hand in teaching. “I will miss the kids,” she confesses, “I would like to come back as a substitute.” She might also bring back the summer science camp she held for the past nine years in Cramerton. “There’s plenty to do,” she said.

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includes deductive reasoning, manipulative math, algebra mysteries, and nonfictional text. “These are things not usually associated with elementary school,” she said. “They are designed to frustrate them a little bit.” Ramsey’s students rise to the occasion and appreciate what she does. “She is really nice and shows us how to do our equations,” said student Emmit Widner. “Another student, Jayden Brown, appreciates Ramsey’s sense of humor in

TEACHER From Page 1 At Belmont Central, Ramsey is an AIG teacher for fourth and fifth grade students. What the heck is that? An AIG teacher teaches academically and intelligent/ gifted kids who are sometimes bored by the “regular” curriculum. “The key is to keep them focused and busy,” she says. “I make sure they have work that challenges their giftedness.” Techniques that Ramsey says she uses in that regard

Queen of Apostles Thanksgiving meal The members of Queen of the Apostles Church, 503 N. Main St in Belmont, will continue our custom of providing a Thanksgiving Meal. Due to the Coronavirus, this year we will once again offer a meal kit to those needing to prepare a Thanksgiving meal at their homes. The meal kit will feed 4 people and will

include a $15 gift card that can be used towards the purchase of a turkey or ham. We can deliver a meal kit to your home on Saturday, November 20th, or you can pick up a meal kit at the church on the same day between 10am and 11am. To place your order, you have 2 options:

1. Call the church office to place your order. The phone number is (704) 8259600. Give us your name, address, phone number, an email address if you have one, and the number of meal kits you need (maximum of 2). The deadline to place your order is Friday, November 12.

2. Go to the church’s web site,, look for the “Thanksgiving Meal Order Kit” slide and click there. That will take you to the online order form. Be sure to indicate on the order form if you want your meal kit delivered to your home or if you will pick it up.

Hats off to the Keep Belmont Beautiful Flower Power volunteers who have done a great job decorating City Hall and other spots for the upcoming fall season. Shown here are Judy Closson, Nancy Bosch, Cara and Ava Cortazzo, Debra Petty, Susan Wall, and Michelle LoSardo. City of Belmont photo

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Part of the Cramerton crowd at the Hudson Bldg. polling place.

Photos by Alan Hodge

ELECTION From Page 1 two seats were up for grabs. Incumbent Richard Turner topped the slate with 1,056 votes, followed by Alex Szucs with 860 votes. Richard Cromlish came in third with 811 votes, followed by Joe Green with 284 votes. In Cramerton, a new mayor was elected with Nelson Wills getting 612 votes and incumbent Will Cauthen getting 535. Will Weber got 19 votes. Two Town of Cramerton commissioner seats were on the ballot. Kathy Ramsey won with 770 votes

and Scott Kincaid grabbed the other seat with 551 votes. Third place went to Brad Milton with 462

votes. In Lowell, there were three council seats available. Travis Smith got the most votes at 361, followed by Phil Bonham with 294 and Ken Ervin with 289. Larry Simonds got 254 votes and John Cato got 172. McAdenville voters elected three council members. Carrie Breyare Bailey got 42 votes, Greg Richardson 39, and Jay McCosh 37. In Mt. Holly, the aforementioned Parks Bonds were defeated 1118 “no” to 887

“yes”. The Mt. Holly council race saw three seats available. Incumbents David Moore and Lauren Shoemaker got 968 and 867 votes respectively. Newcomer Ivory Craig, Jr. rounded out the three with 803 votes trailed by Charles McCorkle with 644 votes, Dennis Petro with 636 votes, Kenneth Reeves with 424 votes, Jesse Fields, Jr. with 413 votes, Scott Lilly with 410 votes, and Randi Moore with 231 votes. In Stanley, Kathy Kirkland ran unopposed for her Ward 02 seat and got 266 votes. Ward 05 saw Chad Jones win with 211 votes and Caroline Reid follow with 124 votes.

More Cramerton campaigning.

Candidates and supporters in Belmont.

Doyt Ledford and Art Shoemaker getting set to vote in Belmont.

Emily Wilson heading into the Belmont Central Elementary voting place.

Folks casting ballots at Belmont Central Elementary.

These folks voted in Mt. Holly, from left- Cecelia Edward Dunlap Jr. handing out campaign Broome, Carlton Broome, Eddie Blackwood, Angela literature in Cramerton. Blackwood.

Mt. Holly candidates and friends.

Lively campaigning in Cramerton.

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Bell (left) and past Long Leaf Pine recipients Art Shoemaker, Susan Neeley, Jack Brown, Marshall Rauch, and Ted Hall.

1940s golfing couple. by Bell. The course was deFrom Page 1 signed by world renowned Dan Maples who was also at the seminar. Maples and Bell, as well as famed local golfer Joel Lineberger, shared their recollections on the past and present of golf in Cramerton at the seminar. Now for the surprise. At the seminar, Bell was presented with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine for his decades of service to Cramerton and Gaston County. The Order of the Long Leaf Pine is North Carolina’s


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top civilian honor. Recipients have included such luminaries as Andy Griffith, Charles Kuralt, Michael Jordan, Ted Hall, and even Art Shoemaker. “I was totally surprised,” said Bell. “I had no clue this was going to happen. I am very honored and appreciative of the award.” But wait, the story of golf in Cramerton is not over. Look for several special events to take place in 2022 to commemorate 100 years of knocking little white balls in holes in the ground in Cramerton. For more information on the Cramerton Historical Society and upcoming events, visit

Attendees at the golf seminar

A sign from a Cramerton golf tournament.

This sign was once at Lakewood Golf Course.

A vintage Cramerton golf score card. Caddies were 20 cents for nine holes.

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“Born Learning” addition in North Belmont Park Gaston County Parks and Rec. has a new and interesting feature at North Belmont Park on Hickory Grove Rd. called “Born Learning”. Signs and other graphics lead kids and grownups on an adventure trail that sharpens minds and gets folks outdoors too. Gaston County United Way and Vallen provided the Born Learning Trail at North Belmont Park as part of the Day of Caring.

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Church Directory Mt. Holly Church of God

Hickory Grove Baptist Church Hickory Grove Rd • Gastonia, NC

208 Rankin Ave. 704-827-8596

Mt. Sinai Baptist Church 339 S. Hawthorne St. 704-827-4320

New Covenant United Methodist 14514 Lucian Riverbend Hwy. 704-827-4468

New Providence Baptist Church 1104 Old NC 27 Hwy. 704-827-0822

New Saint Paul Holiness Church 1529 Old Hwy. 27 Rd. 704-827-5851

North Main Baptist Church 1304 N. Main St. 704-827-6141

Redemption Hill Church

105 Pine Rd. 704-827-3856

River of Life Full Gospel Church 1120 Charlotte Ave. 704-530-5174

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704-867-2317 BELMONT Alexander Memorial Baptist Church 208 South Main Street 704-825-3216

Brotherhood/Sisterhood WNCC UMC 120 Park Street 704-825-1333

Catawba Heights Baptist Church 311 Belmont Road 704-827-8474

Christ Church Presbyterian Church 901 Catawba Street 704-461-8614

Core Church 2316 Acme Rd. 704-822-8033

CrossFix Ministries 6131 Wilkinson Blvd. 704-879-4499

Crossroads Church 101 Beaty Rd. 704-827-8381

Centerview Baptist Church 2300 Acme Road 704-827-2061

East Belmont Baptist Church 501 Catawba Street 704-825-5780

455 Sacco St. 704-825-6007 204 Lincoln St. 704-825-8342

Lutheran Church of the Holy Comforter 216 N. Main St. 704-825-2483

Message of Love Church 306 Pearl Beaty Dr. 704-827-6500

Mount Moriah Baptist Church 110 Lincoln St. 704-825-2046

Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist 212 South Street 704-825-7269

New Hope Presbyterian Church 4357 S. New Hope Rd. 704-824-1697

New Life Baptist Church 201 Oak Trail 704-822-6195

New Mills Chapel Fire Baptized 104 Morning Glory Ave. 704-825-5457

O’Conner Grove Church Ame Zion 613 N. Main Street 704-825-5576

Park Street United Methodist 120 Park Street 704-825-8480

Power of the Spirit Church

East Belmont Church Of God

118 School Street 704-827-7071

320 E. Catawba Street 704- 825-8845

Queen Of The Apostles Catholic Church

East Belmont Free Will Baptist

503 N. Main Street 704-825-9600

909 Edgemont Ave 704-825-5346

Ebenezer United Methodist Church 120 Belmont-Mt. Holly Road 704-827-3366

Exodus Church 6325 Wilkinson Blvd. 704-755-5034

First Baptist Church 23 N. Central Avenue 704-825-3758

First Foursquare Gospel Church 8 Elizabeth Street 704-825-5811

First Presbyterian Church 102 S. Central Ave 704-825-3357

First Presbyterian-Belmont 112 S. Central Ave 704-829-0668

Sanctuary of Praise Ministries 124 Georgia Belle Ave. 704-579-7823

South Point Baptist Church 124 Horsley Ave. 704-825-9516

South Point Freewill Baptist 297 Gaither Rd. 704-825-8045

South Point United Methodist 510 South Point Church Rd. 704-825-4019

Springwood Freewill Baptist 826 Stanley-Spencer Mtn. Rd. 704-827-7801

St. Marks United Methodist Church 701 Secrest Ave. 704-825-8175

The Pointe

First United Methodist Church of Belmont

6700 Wilkinson Blvd 704-825-1709

807 South Point Road 704-825-2106

Unity Baptist Church

Fresh Anointing Church of God 71 McAdenville Road 704-825-7283

Friendship Baptist Church 5008 S. New Hope Rd 704-825-3276

1005 Catawba St. 704-825-8730

210 Park Street, Belmont NC


Tuckaseege Baptist Church Way of the Cross Baptist Church 238 Lanier Ave. 704-827-8111

Wesley Chapel Holiness Church 324 N. Lee St. 704-827-1993

Amazing Grace Baptist Church 7280 Sifford Rd. 704-827-6277

Christ’s Evangelical Lutheran

Chapel Baptist Church

1020 W. Catawba Ave. 704-827-2026

Community Pentecostal Center

324 N. Lee St. 704-827-5526


Community Christian Fellowship

Bethlehem Church

2560 Stanley Lucia Rd. 704-827-5881

3100 Bethlehem Church St. 704-823-5050

5481 Hickory Grove Rd. 704-263-2691

Cornerstone Family Worship

320 Ralph Handsel Blvd. 704-263-8731

First United Methodist Church

Carolina Community Baptist

First Presbyterian Church

709 Rankin Ave. 704-671-8640

604 Martha Ave 704-824-2872

512 Old Mount Holly Rd. 704-263-4275

Covenant United Methodist

Center Baptist Church

Gold Hill Missionary Baptist Church

110 Underwood Dr. 704-820-0603

Family Worship Center 1013 W. Charlotte Ave. 704-827-7656

Finish Line Christian Center 1792, 108 N. Main St. 704-980-285-8334

First Baptist Church-Mt. Holly 300 S. Main St. 704-827-2481

First Free Will Baptist Church 841 Noles Dr. 704-827-7461

First Presbyterian Church 133 S. Main St. 704-827-0521

First United Methodist Church 140 N. Main St. 704-827-4855

Goshen Free Will Baptist Church 1300 W. Catawba Ave. 704-827-3076

Grace Baptist Church 300 Westland Farm Rd. 704-827-8600

Hickory Grove Baptist Church 3717 Hickory Grove Rd. 704-827-3939

Kingdom Hall Jehovah’s Witnesses 1736 Kelly Rd. 704-263-0199

Lighthouse Full Gospel Church 530 N. Hawthorne St. 704-827-1442

Living Witness Ministries

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Epic Church 100 Indian Walk 704-671-4652

Lowell Church of God 804 W. First Street 704-824-3383

Lowell Free Will Baptist Church 3010 Lowell Rd. 704-824-9389

Lowell Smyre United Methodist Church 201 N. Main St. 704-824-8814

Mt. Calvary Baptist Church 120 Branch St. 704-824-4535

First Baptist Church of Lowell 400 W. 1st St. 704-824-1215

First Baptist Church 317 W. 1st St. 704-824-1213

New Life Church 128 Robbins St. 704-824-1356

Presbyterian Church of Lowell 207 E. 1st St. 704-824-3807

7447 Old Plank Rd. 704-827-7966

New Faith Baptist Church 1224 Mayberry Rd. 704-263-0249

New Life Baptist Church 527 N. Buckoak St. 704-263-4647

Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church 2717 Dallas/Stanley Hwy. 704-263-4406

Springfield Memorial Baptist Church 2920 Dallas-Stanley Highway 704-263-4426

Stanley Church of God 324 N. Main St. 704-263-4041

Stanley Pentecostal Holiness Church 113 E. Parkwood St. 704-263-2131

Trinity Full Gospel Church 303 Sunset Dr. 704-263-9765

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Bright Light Baptist Church

1101 N. Main St. 704-824-4261

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd

143 Church St. 704-824-5380

Will of God Church

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First Baptist Church

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St. Anthony of Padua Traditional Catholic Church

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192 Main St. 704-824-2740


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Roper Street 704-601-5146

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Stuart Cramer soccer on a roll

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The Stuart Cramer Men’s Soccer team finished the regular season as the Big South 3A Conference Champions with a record of 13-0-1 and continue to roll in the NCHSAA State Soccer playoffs. The Storm defeated Freedom 2-0 in the first round and Fred T. Foard in the second round 4-2. The Storm have played great team soccer in the playoffs with goals coming from Joseph Bravo, Jack Matz, Drew Crotts, Noah Arrowood, and Aidan Cameron. The Storm now move into the third round of the playoffs to face Central Academy as they continue with their record breaking season. Photos by Bill Bostick Tarheel Sports Photography

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The West Creek Community Recreation Association recently held a festival and kids of all ages had a good time. Here are some scenes from the jolly occasion. Photos provided

The Abbey Players present The Comedy of Errors Nov 11-21 (March 31-April 10.) Tickets and full season info, sign up for email newsletter and audition notices: AbbeyPlayers@ or 704-461-6787. All

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The Catawba River Artisans will hold their “Artworks at Techworks” Fine Arts and Crafts Show, Saturday, November 20th from 11am to 5pm. This is a juried show of outstanding local artisans whose work is unique and handcrafted. The show will include a variety of pottery, jewelry, photography, paintings, textiles, stained glass, mosaics, wood sculptures and more. Enjoy a glass of wine and hor d’ouvres. Examples of the work to be displayed can be viewed at www. Find unique gifts and shop local this Christmas Holiday.

After a postponed and rescheduled season opening due to COVID, The Abbey Players will offer the second mainstage show of the 138th season, Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors beginning Thursday, November 11. A fast-paced, slapstick, full tilt farce, The Comedy of Errors is a series of wild mishaps based on mistaken identities leading to wrongful beatings, a near-seduction, legal trouble, and false accusations of infidelity, theft, and madness. This side-splitting comedy marks the return of The Shakespeare Series to The Haid stage. Expect much laughter, physical comedy and combat, chase scenes, zany antics, and more. Classical Shakespeare productions by The Abbey Players are underwritten by the new Julienne Michel Shakespeare Fund at Belmont Abbey College. The 2021-22 season also includes Christmas at The Abbey (December 4,) Little Women, The Broadway Musical, (February 17-27,) and Yankee Tavern





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Area Shriners got together last Saturday, Nov. 6th and held a parade through downtown Belmont. The weather was chilly but hearts were warmed by the colorful procession of folks who do a lot for children. Here are some shots from the festive occasion. Photos by Alan Hodge

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South Point and East Gaston advance while Cramer falls By John Wilson

South Point East Gaston, and Stuart Cramer all saw action in the first round of the North Carolina High School football playoffs. South Point and East Gaston were able to pull off wins while Cramer fell. South Point 41 East Guilford 31 When two evenlymatched teams take the field the difference between winning and losing could come down to how each team responds at a pivotal moment in the game. The Red Raiders and Wildcats were both faced with critical situations in their first round playoff game. South Point was able to overcome their obstacles while East Guilford could not. Right from the beginning this game was hard fought. Midway through the second quarter the Red Raiders were trailing 14-7. While trying to move down the field the South Point offense coughed the ball up. This mistake was big. If the Wildcats were able to capitalize on the turnover and score a touchdown they would be up 21-7. Fortunately for Red Raiders fans the South Point defense had other plans. “We faced a little bit of adversity early,” head coach Adam Hodge said. “We responded and held them to a field goal. We handled the adversity well. A lot of teams fall apart. We didn’t.” After East Guilford kicked the field goal the Red Raider offense went to work

and soon scored sending both teams to the locker room at half-time with the Wildcats up 17-14. Having averted a potential disaster the Raiders took the field in the second half and continued to fight. East Guilford fought as well as both teams went back and forth trying to find an opening. At the beginning of the fourth quarter the Wildcats punched the ball into the end zone and after the PAT pulled ahead 31-28. However, the Red Raiders were not deterred. As the quarter evolved the momentum swiftly shifted South Point’s way. The Red Raiders offense turned on the afterburners with two Tyson Riley touchdown runs. With the game on the line and time running out the Wildcats found themselves facing their moment of truth. While the Red Raiders had shown that they could overcome a setback with their second quarter stand, East Guilford was finding that they just didn’t have much in the gas tank anymore. In the closing minutes the South Point defense stiffened and all East Guilford could do was turn the ball over. Once South Point had pushed out to a 41-31 lead the Wildcats found themselves trapped. “In the fourth they turned the ball over and we pulled ahead,” Hodge said. “We pulled ahead and kept ahead.” In reviewing the stats it looked like both offenses put up big numbers. Overall South Point managed 451 yards of total offense. 414 of those yards came from a highly effective

running game. Tyson Riley carried the load for Big Red with 36 carries for 372 yards with five touchdowns. Riley’s performance just can’t be understated. Every time he touched the ball he averaged 10.3 yards a carry. South Point’s top defensive performers were Will Ross, Ben Lunsford and Shane Wilson. Ross finish the game with 11 tackles while Lunsford registered nine stops and Wilson finished the evening with eight. Up next the 16-seeded Red Raiders will head to the mountains to take on the top seeded 10-1 Pisgah Bears of the Mountain Seven 3A Conference. “Pisgah is big and physical,” Hodge explained. “They will try to run the football. Whoever is more physical will win. We have to match them.”

The East Gaston Warriors varsity football team held their own in the playoffs last Friday and won their away playoff game against Community School of Davidson by a score of 57-39. The Warriors are having their best season in many years. Keep up the good work. Photo by Jennifer Hall

East Gaston 57 School of Davidson 39 Going into this game Warriors head coach JT Postell thought his team could match up well against the Spartans. As this game started to unfold it looked like Postell was right. While Davidson was able to move the football and score they just could not stop the Warriors ground game. East Gaston rumbled for 541 yards of rushing offense. Justin Hill ran for 255 yards and three touchdowns. When Hill left the field he had 1,818 yards on the year. That proved to be more See FOOTBALL, Page 13

The South Point Red Raiders varsity football team won their home playoff game against Eastern Guilford (Gibsonville, NC) last Friday a score of 41-31. The Red Raiders advance in the playoffs. Here are some scenes, one with a stunning sunset, from the game. See more on page 13. Photos by Calvin Craig/Superraiders

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FOOTBALL From Page 12 than enough to break the East Gaston single season rushing record of 1,714 yards set by Jazz Hopkins in 2014. While Hill definitely had a good game he wasn’t the only Warrior the post big numbers. Markel McKinney ran for 114 yards and three touchdowns while Nehemiah Stovall ran for 112 yards with two scores. Quarterback Trenton Sherrill passed for 62 yards and had a 100.7 QB rating. Sherrill’s top target was Aiden Cloninger who had two receptions for 43 yards. This week East Gaston will host the 25th seeded Forest Hills Yellow Jackets. The 7-4 Yellow Jackets come from the Rocky River 2A/3A. Forest Hills is just coming off of a 27-26 win over the 8th seeded Providence Grove Patriots. Coach Postell sees a difficult matchup.

“It’s going to be tough,” Postell said of the matchup with Forest Hills. “They are a good team. They have a lot of good players. They have some size and speed.” The Warriors are coming off their first playoff win in 15 years. Even with that momentum coach Postell knows the road ahead will not be easy. “When you advance you face a tougher opponent each week,” Postell went on to say. “The games are going to get tougher each week, but we know that’s how the playoffs are supposed to be.” West Charlotte 34 Stuart Cramer 10 Stuart Cramer kept it tight for a while but in the end could not hold back the West Charlotte Lions. Cramer finished the year at 5-6 and worked hard to snag a playoff bracket spot. The Storm can hold their heads high. In 2021 they played some exciting football.

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COMPLETE CARE INC. Is seeking CNAs / In Home Aides for Cleveland and Gaston Counties. Apply M-F, 8am-4pm at 404 W. Warren St, Shelby, NC 28150 or call (704) 4809340

FULL TIME MAINTENANCE MAN NEEDED. Maintain rental properties. Must have valid NC Drivers license. Pay depends on experience. (704) 473-4299

FALL HARVEST SALE/AUCTION. Sat. Nov. 13, breakfast 8am, auction 9am. Big Springs Church; 534 Big Springs Church Rd, Ellenboro NC 28040.


D & B HOME REPAIRS. Small family owned business with 10 years experience. We provide flooring, plumbing, electrical, subfloor, painting, ect. We provide free estimates. Call Darren or email Brittany Bailes. (704) 476-9713 PROFESSIONAL TREE & STUMP REMOVAL. “We Make the Pain in Your Grass.... Disappear!” Call STUMP PROS @ (704) 691-4201 24 HOUR MOBILE MECHANIC. I will come to you to repair any car, lawnmower or tractor. Honest & reliable. (704) 300-2332 SHIPMAN’S MASONRY- 48 YEARS EXPERIENCE. Brick, Block & Stone, Outside Fireplaces, Foundations, Underpinnings. “Free Estimates”. 1st Quality Work! (863) 532-1587 TRACTOR & DUMP TRUCK SERVICE. Bush Hog, Lot clearing, scrape driveway, gravel parking pads and much more. Reasonably priced and insured. Call Chuck 704-692-7536. (704) 692-7536 JIM’S PAINTING SERVICES. Exterior painting only. Free estimates. You will be pleased with our work. We have references. 828-287-9272, (828) 429-7511


YARD SALES CLEVELAND COUNTY YARD SALE Sat., Nov. 13th, 2021 from 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM. Glass collectibles, bed, dresser, end tables, coffee table, picture frames, craft supplies, books, filing cabinet, cookie jar, and miscellaneous. Rain, no sale. Kings Mountain, NC 28086 (704) 7396363 ESTATE/MULTI-FAMILY YARD SALE. Tools, collectibles, vintage and unusual items, lawn and garden, furniture, household items, queen size bedroom set, framed art, lamps, too much to list. Friday, Nov. 19 from 8:00am - 5:00pm and Saturday, Nov. 20 from 8:00 am - until. Address: 1216 West Cabaniss Road, Shelby, NC 28150

FOR SALE GIANT VAC FOR SALE. 16 HP, Vanguard. Great for dump truck or trailor to get up leaves. $1,000. 704-480-7405. 50 LB. ANVIL $150. 6 ft. Scrape Blade $225. Feed barrels, plastic with lids & rings, $20. #2 totes $75. (828) 327-4782

TRIPLE D PAINTING, LLC. All your painting needs. Free estimates. Over 25 yrs experience! Framing, facial boards and much more wood work available! Making your home, building or business look new again. (704) 418-5736



MOVING SALE! Couches, day beds, recliners & antique funiture-much more. 828-2894661.

SIX EXTRA LARGE PLASTIC containers filled with size 1218 women’s clothes. Jackets, dresses, suits, blouses, pants. Excellent condition. $30. 828287-0982.

BASEBALL COMPLETE SETS for sale. From the 80s. Call 828-748-9774. LIKE NEW Men’s Huffy Bicycle. Great Condition Must See! $50.00 Great Trail Rider call 828-782-7221 HAY FOR SALE. 5’x6’ round bales hay for sale. Call 704472-3051. USED CAMPER TOPS: BUY/ SALE/TRADE. Various sizes and styles. 828-980-0881. CHRISTMAS IS GOING TO BE Expensive This year! Kids toys at reasonable prices, great condition. If interested call (828) 469-6412 KILL ALL YOUR WEEDS! Ranger Pro 2.5 gallon. $44.00. 828-287-3272. 16’X40’ OR TWO STORY BUILDINGS BUILT ON SITE. 1 DAY INSTALL. J. Johnson Sales INC. 828-245-5895. FREE FLASHLIGHT WHILE SUPPLIES LAST The South’s Largest Online Mall has FREE flashlights while supplies last. Visit today! FIREWOOD FOR SALE. Long wheelbase load. Fully loaded. $70.00/load. Delivered. 864492-4793 or 803-627-9408. FIREWOOD FOR SALE. All types already split. Can deliver. Truck & Trailer loads, starting at $75. Will negotiate. 704-4667623

855 JUBILEE FORD TRACTOR. Wheel Horse mower with scrape blade, 54” Kubota Zero-turn diesel mower, wall mount gas heater, new bushhog, ladies Rolex watch, field dirt for sale in Chesnee, SC. (601) 740-0837

CLEVELAND MEMORIAL PARK BURIAL PLOTS Total of 4 burial plots. 2x2 (2 separate areas) $600 each or 2 for $1,000 (404) 543-8457 HORSE HAY FOR SALE $6-square and $40-round. 704-692-6325. DEER CORN, 60 POUND BAG. $9. Callahan Farms. 704-300-5341- Steve; 704-4728865 - Cletus; 704-300-5341Todd (704) 692-1627

1982 E-ONE TANKER. 26,100 miles, 1500 gallon tank, 250 GPM Hale Pump. All LED emergency lights. $8,000. Please contact Paul Creasman at (704) 691-4201. ASSORTED POWER TOOLS 10” Black & Decker Table Saw-$50 1/2” Hitachi Drill-$25 Crain Undercut Saw (Jamb Saw)-$40 Milwaukee Sawzall-$25 Makita Jig Saw-$20 Black & Decker 10” Firestorm Electric Miter Saw-$50 (828) 223-2619 AQUARIUM, BIRD CAGE, WEIGHT SET. Aquarium 50 gal with stand, Tall hex bird cage, weight set with bench - $60 each (704) 600-5596

DEER CORN. SHELLED, 50lbs, $10.05. 828-287-3272. 2003 SUBARU BAJA Gray with Black interior, 5 speed, Good tires, needs clutch. $2,500. 704-482-8090 (w) or 704-472-7924 (H). HORSE QUALITY HAY. Square and round bales. Call (704) 487-6855 PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS with Scratch Pads! Press Room Printing. 704-482-2243. (704) 538-5788 GIANT VAC FOR SALE 16 HP, Vanguard. Great for dump truck or trailor to get up leaves. $1,000. 704-480-7405. TRAILERS, LAWNMOWER TRAILERS, Flatbed Trailers, Enclosed Trailers, Horse and Cattle Trailers, Saddlery. Check our prices and quality before you buy. Bridges Riding Equipment. Boiling Springs, NC. (704) 434-6389 ALL METAL GARAGES. Big Discounts! Zero down. Call for more details. 828-382-0455. PROPANE GRILL TANKS RE-FILLED. Only $10.99. Call 828-287-3272. NEW CANNING JARS. With Lids & Seals. $17.67 per case. Call 828-287-3272. ACEPHATE FIRE ANT KILLER. Works great! $12.99. Call 828-287-3272. HAVE A STORAGE BUILDING NOT USING, OUTGROWN IT? Sell it, trade in for new bigger one. We take trades, we buy used buildings. Must be factory built, able to move. J. Johnson Sales INC. 828-245-5895.

1984 E-ONE PUMPER 59,900 miles, 750 gallon poly tank, 1000 GPM Hale 2 stage pump. All LED emergency lights. $20,000. Please contact Paul Creasman at (704) 691-4201.

DUST TO SHINE CLEANING SERVICE. Residential, commercial, weekly, biweekly, monthly, move in/out, construction, one time cleanings offered with over 10 years experience. Free estimates. (704) 297-8355 IT’S TIME TO TRIM CREPE MYRTLE TREES. Spreading Mulch or Gravel, minor chainsaw work and storm clean-up. I can do many of your outside chores with over 15 years experience all over Cleveland County and stretching to the Forest City area. Nice, honest, dependable, clean, drug-free, he’s an all around great guy and handyman, so call Rob today and see what I can help you with. 980-295-0750.

Deadline: Friday at 12:00 Noon

RIDING/PUSH MOWERS, GARDEN TILLERS, GO-KARTS, MINI-BIKES. Ready to mow. All in excellent condition. Can deliver, 30+ years experience in repair work. 828-980-0853, 704-4769383.

CARPORTS, GARAGES, BUILDINGS, RV, BOAT COVERS IN STOCK. Areas largest on site display. Best selection, quality price. J. Johnson Sales, Inc. 2690 Hwy. 221S., Forest City. 828-245-5895. FLAG POLES, FLAGS IN STOCK. Pickup or we deliver and install available. J. Johnson Sales INC, Forest City. Call 828-245-5895. UTILITY BUILDINGS, STORAGE BUILDINGS. Steel, Wood, Vinyl. Some fully insulated, 1 to 2 day delivery if buy from stock. Cash or low down payment with monthly payments. No credit ok. J. Johnson Sales INC. 828-245-5895.

PURE RAW LOCAL HONEY. $18 per quart, $10 per pint. Produced in Rutherford County. Call or text Jackson Corbin, 828-980-1823.

DUMP TRAILERS “WE GOT ‘EM”. 6’x10’, 6’x12’ and 7’x14’ (5 & 7 Ton) “All the Options on All! contact J. Johnson Sales, Inc., Forest City. (828) 2455895

LARGE LIGHTED CHRISTMAS VILLAGE. $90. NEW Gig Bag, 76 key keyboard, $25. Leave message, (704) 4821940

ENCLOSED TRAILERS IN STOCK! 6’x10’, 6’x12’, 7’x12’ and 7’x16’ contact J. Johnson Sales, Inc., Forest City. (828) 245-5895

MORGAN’S FIREWOOD Seasoned Small Stovewood, Cut Split Delivered only $75. Call 828-395-0758

REFRIGERATORS, STOVES, WASHERS, DRYERS. Discount Prices. 1205 Earl Road, Shelby NC. (704) 487-4443

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Deadline: Friday at 12:00 Noon







DANNY’S AUTOWERKS. Buying used or junk cars. Competitive prices. Call Danny 828-289-3081 or Jimmy 828289-1175.

POLISH WHITECRESTED TOPHAT HENS FOR SALE. 6 mths old. $25 for one or $60 for all 3. 828-785-3265

CHINESE SHAR-PEI PUPPIES. Full blooded Chinese Shar-pei puppies for $800 apiece. Sweet and great with kids. Will be excellent watch dogs. (910) 813-5775

2021 HEARTLAND TRAIL RUNNER 211RD. 2021 26ft Heartland RV Travel Trailer Model 211RD. Sleeps 2 adults in Queen Bed up front, plus seating area converts to add 1 to 2 children or pets. Bathroom and stove never used. RV was just brought down from NY brand new for storage and sleeping only. Includes mounted flat screen TV, Fridge, A/C and Heat, Shower, Toilet, 2 Sinks, Microwave/Oven, Radio with outside speakers, Retractable Awning and colored lights. Sway bars included. MSRP $28,900. Can’t travel for awhile so selling. Asking $22,500 Firm, Cash Only. (585) 721-8162



1/2 ACRE LOT UNRESTRICTED!! Near TIEC, $15,000. Call 864-909-1035 or visit: www.

2 OR 3 BEDROOM MOBILE HOMES. For rent in Shelby & Grover. $600-$750. Call (828) 234-8147


MOBILE HOMES & APARTMENTS. In Kings Mountain. Price starting at $100 per week. Call (704) 739-4417

WANT TO BUY. ATV’s, PopUp Campers and Small Travel Trailers. Call 828-429-3935. WANT TO BUY CARS, TRUCKS. Trailers, Tractors, Farm Equipment. Must have ID and proof of ownership. Callahan’s Towing. (704) 692-1006 WE BUY JUNK VEHICLES. WE PAY TOP DOLLAR FOR VEHICLES RUNNING OR NOT, MUST HAVE A TITLE OR ID. (704) 487-5244 NEED TO SELL YOUR HOUSE? I PURCHASE UNWANTED RENTAL PROPERTY AND/OR STARTER HOMES. MUST BE PRICED TO SELL! “QUICK CLOSINGS”! Call 704472-0006. WANTED: OLD AND NEW AMMO. Reloading supplies. Call 828-245-6756 or cell # 828-289-1488.

YOUNG BLACK LAB (MALE) $200. Variety of Chihuahua & Feist (All Lap Dogs) All Under 3 Years Old $100 up . Call (704) 473-8300 AKC GERMAN SHEPHERD PUPPIES. Available for new homes. They’re 9 weeks old and vet checked with shots. Ready to go home with papers. Text for more information. 704-300-6766 $400 (704) 300-6766 ADULT QUAIL $5 EACH. Quail Chicks $1.50 ea. Quail eggs $3 per doz. (704) 476-9943 AMERICAN BULLY BABIES. 5 males and 1 female. 2 white males with 1 blue spot and blue nose. Blue brindles with white markings. (828) 499-0371

QUARRY CRITTERS TURTLE PLANTER. I’m looking for a second nature designs quarry critters large turtle planter. It’s model # is 45122. jflory80@ I PAY CASH FOR DIABETIC TEST STRIPS. Up to $10 per 100ct. Must be Unused, Unexpired. I’m local and pay fast. (828) 577-4197 CASH FOR YOUR CAR running or not, title or no title. Call Charles Dellinger at Red Road Towing. 704-692-6767, (704) 487-0228 WE BUY USED TRAILERS with Titles. J. Johnson Sales Inc. Call 828-245-5895.

FARM & GARDEN YANMAR 22HP DIESEL TRACTOR. Excellent condition! $4495.00 ‘’NO TRADES’’ Call 4 details (704) 718-9122 4’X5’ ROUND BALES FESCUE HAY. $10 to $40 per Bale. Call for details. (704) 215-0214 FORD TRACTOR FOR SALE. Model 860, Runs great, new tires. Lots of new parts.$5,250 or OBO. Call Randy for more info:704-472-7800. NEW SOUTHERN 5 FT. BUSH HOG. $1,250. 828-287-3272.

YORKSHIRE TERRIERS. Standard, black & tan Yorkies, male and female. Raised and imprinted in our home. Tails docked, dewclaws removed, vet checked, dewormed and first shots. Prespoiled babies will be ready for their forever home 12/9/21. Shelby NC area. (704) 692-3698. Scheduled FaceTime welcome. $1200 with $100 deposit to hold your baby. (704) 692-3698 CHIHUAHUA AND JACKAHUAHUA PUPPIES. Chihuahua puppies and Jackahuahua puppies for sale. Both litters will be 12 weeks old first week of Nov. $250 for Full Chihuahuas and $150 for the Jackahuahuas, each one is UTD on shots and worming. Beautiful 828 4296861 Tony (828) 429-6861 DOG KENNELS. 7x7, 5x10, 10x10, 10x20, 20x20 tops, split kennels. Pickup or we deliver and install available. J. Johnson Sales INC, Forest City. 828245-5895.

GOATS & DOG FOR SALE. Two Nigerian doe goats, 2yrs. old, wormed/had shots. $200 ea.or $375/both. Also a Teacup Yorkie Poo Chi, blonde, male, 2 1/2 years old, been neutered. $450. 828-391-0919. AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD PUPPIES. Born 9/6/21. Red Merle, Blue Merle, Black-Tri and Red-Tri puppies available. Call for more information. (828) 308-3710 SPREADING THE LOVE THIS CHRISTMAS. JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS - We have 3 regular Yorkies and 6 Parti Yorkies ready just in time for Christmas. These puppies come with a 1 year medical guarantee, CKC registered, Vet approved puppies. Taking deposits now. So many people missed out on the last litter $1,200 each. (704) 4737042 HEDGEHOGS AND SUGAR GLIDERS HOME. Male and female are available for both babies contact us if interested and for more info (915) 201-5269 deanwillson8@

CARS & TRUCKS 1996 FORD RANGER needs a little body work. Runs good. (980) 404-0027 1998 FORD RANGER XLT. 4.0 engine. 5 speed transmisson. Looks brand new. Call for Price. 704-473-5771. 2001 BUICK LESABRE LTD., 4 Door, 121,518 miles, Leather Seats. Asking $4000 obo. Gold in color. 704-472-2248. (704) 482-2248 2002 FORD CROWN VICTORIA 81,447 miles, good condition. Everything power works. Serious Inquiries only, $5500. (704) 300-2783

MOTORCYCLES & ATVS NEW 2021 AXIS 500 4X4. New with 2 year warranty dump bed lights fully road legal first 7500 cash (704) 690-0988




CLEVELAND COUNTY 3 BEDROOM HOUSE. H/W floors, central heat, air, renovated bath. Near Shelby Middle School. No Pets, No smoking, not Hap eligible. $650 mo. (704) 487-5480 COUNTRY LIVING - FALLSTON. 2 bedroom duplex, H/W floors, central heat, air, laundry room, no pet, no smoking. Not HAP eligible. $600 mo. (704) 487-5480

TREAT YOURSELF TO A VACATION! “Great Fall Getaway Pricing”. We are a full service travel agency offering Air, Land and Sea Vacations. Call 704585-1275 now to plan your trip! Expedia Cruises located at 915 South Point Rd. , Suite E, Belmont, NC or visit OCEAN LAKES MYRTLE BEACH. Cottage N34. 2 bedroom, 2 bath, den, kitchen, dining, covered deck, near country store. Call Dorcas, 803-7182659.

MOBILE HOMES DW 2018 MOBILE HOME For Sale. Never Been Lived In- .63 lot, 4BR, 2BA. #3 School District. 980-404-5200.

REAL ESTATE CLEVELAND COUNTY NEED TO SELL YOUR HOUSE? I PURCHASE UNWANTED RENTAL PROPERTY AND/OR STARTER HOMES. MUST BE PRICED TO SELL! “QUICK CLOSINGS”! Call 704-472-0006. ROSE HILL MEMORIAL PARK PLOTS. For Sale. $1000.00 each for (2) spaces. Section 1, Lot number 74 Spaces 1 & 2. Lawndale, NC 28090 (919) 696-7867 sfweichel@gmail. com

LIONS SENIOR VILLAGE has 1 bedroom HUD subsidized apartments for low income seniors. Taking applications. Age 62 or older. Equal Housing Opportunity. 211 North Morgan Street, (704) 482-7723 2&3 BEDROOM MOBILE HOMES. Nice and clean, water furnished. Oak Grove Community, Kings Mtn. Call or text, 704-739-0259. 1, 2 & 3 BEDROOM TOWNHOMES. Shelby, NC. We are currently accepting applications for our waiting list. Rent is based on income (and some expenses are deducted). Call or visit us today, Laurel Hill Apartments 704-487-1114. Equal Housing Opportunity.

HICKORY CREEK APARTMENTS FOR SENIORS. (62 and older), disabled (50 and older). Shelby. Now taking applications for waiting list. 418 East Warren Street, (704) 487-6354 NO HEAT BILLS HERE! 1 bedroom apartment, excellent location, Shelby. Second floor. Not HAP eligible. No pets or smoking. Heat & water included in $525 month. (704) 487-5480 2 BEDROOM 1 BATH MOBILE HOME. $550 month, $550 deposit. Water included. No pets. 704-300-3647

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MOVE IN SPECIAL. 2 & 3 Bedroom, deposit required. $195 weekly rates. Includes power and water. NO PETS. Visit us online at Oakwood Rentals, Shelby. Call (704) 473-4299 RUTHERFORD COUNTY OAKLAND ROAD 2BR APARTMENT. Like new. Appliances, sewer, water, garbage included. $595 plus deposit and references. 828-248-1776. 2 & 3 BEDROOM MOBILE HOMES. Small private park between Spindale and Forest City. Starting at $500 per month. 828-382-0475.






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2022 Gaston Together MLK Unity Award request for nominations The Gaston Clergy & Citizens Coalition (GC3), an initiative of Gaston Together, will present the 2022 Gaston Together MLK Unity Awards on Monday, January 17th, the MLK national holiday. The details for the event are pending based on current coronavirus guidelines. The Gaston Together MLK Unity Award was established in 2004 by the GC3. The award recognizes current or former Gaston County citizens who have performed exemplary community service to help build bridges of unity across lines of race, class, gender, faith and/or among municipalities within our county. Names of the honorees are engraved on the MLK Monu-

2021 Gaston Together MLK Unity Award Honorees from left: Rev. Dr. Rodney Freeman, Mrs. Sharron Funderburk and Gastonia Police Chief Travis Brittain.

ment located at the MLK Plaza. The Plaza is at the corner of Long Avenue and MLK Way in downtown Gastonia. Past winners include notable community members such as Senator Marshall Rauch, N. A. Smith, Mildred Sadler, the 1964 Gastonia Human Relations Committee, Rev. Houston Matthews, Danny Jackson, Sam Shoukry and Richard and Lucy Penegar to name a few. To get the nomination form and award criteria, contact Gaston Together at Completed nomination forms must be received no later than 5pm on November 1st. The selection committee composed of former MLK Unity Award Honorees will determine the 2022 recipients. The award recipients will be notified in mid-late December. The GC3 is a county-wide, non-denominational ministerial association formed in the late 1990’s by Gaston Together. The GC3 meets on the second

Thursday of each month at 9:00am normally at First United Methodist Church Family Life Center, Gastonia or virtually pending coronavirus guidelines. For more information, please call Gaston Together (704-867-9869.) Founded in 1997, Gaston Together’s mission is to create a Community of Excellence by bringing people and resources of Gaston County together to address Big Community Challenges. Implementation of the purpose is achieved through the principles and best practices of collaboration, facilitation, promotion and the anticipation of possibilities. Current focus areas are Community Pride Building programs, Faith-Based Leadership, Civic Engagement Leadership, Creating a Culture of Wellness and Gaston Vision 2040. Mr. Jason Austell is serving as the 2021 Board Chair.

Howl at the Moon event was a hoot The Downtown Belmont Development Association hosted a canine costume contest called Howl at the Moon in Stowe Park. A crack group of volunteers made the event flow well with excellent support from the DBDA. Belmont PD Officer Ben Henderson of was one of the judges. Here are a few of the 45 dogs who were registered.


LEGION.ORG The American Legion and Banner-News salute our military veterans of all eras this November 11 - and every day. Thank you for serving America with honor, courage and commitment. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Jonathan Young

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