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Thursday, December 23, 2021

Stanley police officer receives awards for heroism By Alan Hodge

Stanley police officer Matthew Curfman was recently honored for his role in rescuing two people from a house fire. The awards included a Proclamation from the Town of Stanley and the Medal of Valor from the Stanley Police

Department. Both accolades were given to Curfman at a recent meeting of the Stanley town council. The incident that Curfman was involved in took place on Oct. 30 at 603 Summerow Rd. just outside the Stanley city limits. When Curfman, who had already worked 11 hours that day, arrived at the

scene, the rear of the house was ablaze and two elderly folks were trapped inside. Nonetheless, Curfman sprang into action. He kicked in the door, entered the house and took one person to safety. Soon, firefighters from Alexis VFD came up. Curfman, without any breathing apparatus, reentered the

Stuart Cramer students among those chosen for state honors chorus Four students from Gaston County Schools were chosen to participate in the North Carolina Music Educators Association’s (NCMEA) high school honors chorus and two of them are from Stuart Cramer High in Cramerton. Nate Kang and Tristan Nogueira of Stuart W. Cramer High School, Isaac Londeree of Ashbrook High School, and Erin Watson of Forestview High School sang in the honors chorus concert

at the Stevens Center in Winston-Salem on November 7. Auditions were recorded and submitted electronically. Approximately 750 students sent in an audition video, but only 176 students from across the state were selected. Ashbrook High School choral teacher Philip Biedenbender said it takes a great deal of courage to stand up and share your voice, knowing that someone is listening to and judging your performance. “All auditionees

deserve a round of applause for putting in the time and the effort required for honors chorus preparation,” said Biedenbender. “Unfortunately, the NCMEA just can’t take everyone.” Forestview chorus teacher Steven Austin praised Watson for being selected as a member of the honors chorus. “Erin is incredibly hardworking and has dedicated four years to the choral program. I could not think of See CHORUS, Page 4

house with firefighters and took the other victim to safety. Sadly, both people later passed away at the hospital. According to the proclamation, a local fire chief remarked soon after the scene“Had it not been for the quick action of Officer Curfman this event could have had a tragic outcome.” A firefighter had this comment- “To see a local officer who is willing to disregard his own safety in a situation his profession normally doesn’t see, and to stick it out in an IDLS situation (Immediately Dangerous to Life and Safety) until he was sure they were out safe, is true definition of a hero.” Stanley mayor Steven Denton told Curfman-- “I want to personally thank you for your heroic efforts in saving the lives of the people caught in the fire. On behalf of the Town Council and the entire Town of Stanley thank you for everything you do for our Town. We are blessed to have an officer like you on the See AWARDS, Page 3

Stanley police officer Matthew Curfman with his proclamation and medal. Photo by Bill Ward

Polly Lowe of Belmont is a steel magnolia By Alan Hodge

The Town of Stanley held a Christmas Parade last week. See more scenes on pages 5, 6 & 7. Photo by Bill Ward

Readers of the BannerNews will recall last week’s edition with the story of Minnie Grier of Belmont who had turned 100 years old on November 30th. Well, just a few days after that, another Belmont resident, Polly Lowe, also topped the century mark on December 4th and here’s her story. Like many Belmont seniors who have lived here over the decades, the textile industry was woven into just about every aspect of Lowe’s young life. Her mom and dad, John and Lilly Smith, both worked in the mills. The family lived in the Eagle Mill area. Over the years, Polly took her own turn in textiles doing a variety of jobs including that of seamstress. See POLLY, Page 5

Polly Lowe and two of her dogs- Riley and Bee Bee. She is never out of their sight. Photo by Alan Hodge

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Electrickery Well, last Sunday morning started off as usual. I got up and first thing swilled a big glug of mouthwash in my craw so as to avoid depleting the ozone layer with my breath. Then, well, you know what then, afterwards I took a shower and put on my uniform of dirty jeans and a 20 year old sweatshirt and booted up the computer. Alan Hodge Then, just as everything seemed nor- Banner-News Editor mal, the electricity went out and Sharon and I were plunged into the 19th century. I never did figure out what caused the outage, but what followed was over three hours of another way of living. First of all, it started getting cold in the house. Not really cold but the reassuring hum of the heat pump was absent and it just seemed cold. Next, the computer screen was black. The TV was black, tunes from WDAV on the stereo were gone. Electric lights were dark. The refrigerator was silent… Oh, Lord, I said to myself don’t let the cornucopia in there go bad. In short, the overall effect of powerlessness was… silence. What to do? Well, I sat in a sunny window and looked at magazines for a while until that became boring. Then I read the newest edition of Agricultural Review newspaper until that became boring. I gazed out the window until that became boring. Then I looked in my book of ancient Egyptian art until I was bored with that. I walked around the house because it was too cold to go outside. I picked up the dust covered guitar I have been trying in vain for two years to learn how to play and dusted it off and strummed (off-key) a while and sang (off-key) a couple of tunes I made up – “A Six Pack Today and a Heartache Tomorrow” and “Fatback Ain’t Streak O Lean” and “Delicious Tremblins”, and “The Art Shoemaker Shimmy” (hey Art!). But that too became boring. I pulled out a legal pad and jotted some notes for my next project for Our State magazine and that too became boring. In short, I was bored. And cold. Time dragged on and no electricity. One hour became two, then two became three. Finally, after about three and a half hours- the lights came back on. The heat pump fired up and began spewing its warmth. The stereo came on and Rachmaninoff’s Sonata for Cello and Piano filled the room. The computer came on! Google was back! The refrigerator hummed ... our food was saved! All was right with the modern, electricity-driven, world. Later I thought about how dependent we are, not just physically but emotionally as well, on having most things in our life dependent on flipping a switch or pushing a button. What would life be like without electricity? Simpler no doubt, but could we really cope with it? At least in my case probably not.

Belmont City Council news At its December 6 meeting, the Belmont City Council approved the South Fork Parkway, a new street that will connect Armstrong Ford Road to Nixon Road and ultimately to Tucker Road and South Point Road, to be built as a city street. The street was originally planned as a state road, but the NCDOT requested changes to the design of this street that would have delayed its construction. If the street were to have remained an NCDOT road, it may not be built until at least 2040-2050. By accepting it as a city street built consistent with the City Council’s longstanding vision this street will be built in the new few years by private developers. City Council approved a capital project ordinance for the Abbey Creek Greenway. The approval of this project ordinance does not obligate funding for the construction of this project, but allows for

the design of the greenway to continue moving forward. The project construction budget for this project will not be determined until it goes out for bid. City Council approved funding for design and engineering services for two pedestrian crosswalks and pedestrian signals on Catawba Street and Keener Blvd (Park Street). These improvements will allow pedestrians a safer option when crossing Keener Blvd (Park Street) from the Chronicle District to the River District in East Belmont. City Council approved an adjustment to the total budget for the Skateboard Park after the State of NC allocated $150,000 towards the project in the 2021-2022 State budget. With the $150,000 contribution the total project budget is $415,000. Construction on this project is scheduled to start in January.

By Allison Bansen brings back all the 2020 brings a new memories. I swear generation of Santa I can still smell her to our children. Sure, cookies and mine he still has the clasnever smell as good. sic red suit, hat and No matter what I do, big belly, but there is my desserts never a twist. His elves are compare. disguised in many Another tradition different vehicles. that many families They don’t only Allison Bansen have started is going come in a sleigh on Christ- to the Christmas Tree Farm. mas day, they also come in Sure, it’s easier and maybe Amazon trucks filled with cheaper to go to Lowes, but toys. As we ride through the what is the fun in that when neighborhood the streets are you can go to a farm. There flooded with the big grey are a lot of different farms trucks that are filled with toys out there that turn their workand gifts. Some truck drivers ing farms into a fun Christare even dressing up as Santa mas paradise. Paradise that to really get into the holiday includes elves, Santa, bon spirit. Every week there is a fires and even farm animals. delivery, and the kids shake Barns are cleaned out for hot the boxes guessing whether chocolate and s’more station. it’s from Santa or not. A lot It really sets the scene for of times it is just laundry sup- believing in the magic of the plies or paper towels, but I holidays. will admit, it is cute watchWith so many traditions ing them get excited about available it is easy to get all these deliveries. It is a de- caught up in the hustle and cade of change and with that bustle that Christmas seems comes new traditions. to bring. For children, Santa Traditions are what makes is a big reason for the seaChristmas, and every fam- son but let’s not forget what ily has their own set of tra- brings us all together. The ditions. From the elf on the birth of Jesus Christ, our Savshelf to making homemade ior. Don’t forget to look up cookies, we all have that one and around at the beauty that memory that takes us back to Christmas brings that aren’t Grandmother’s house. Per- wrapped in presents and sonally, for me, it is when bows. It is always a time of we make chocolate oatmeal hope. Hope that our children cookies. Something about too, will see the real reason the smells and mixing that for the season one day.

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We Celebrate Christmas

Luke 1 The Birth of Jesus Foretold 26 In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” 29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. 31 You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.” 34”How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” 35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called[c] the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. 37 For nothing is impossible with God.” 38”I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her.

Officer Curfman was Grand Marshall of the Stanley Christmas Parade. Photo by Alan Hodge

Mary Visits Elizabeth 39 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 40where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. 41When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! 43But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!” Mary’s Song 46 And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48 for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, 49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is his name. 50 His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation. 51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. 52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble. 53 He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. 54 He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful 55 to Abraham and his descendants forever, even as he said to our fathers.” Luke 2 The Birth of Jesus 1 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2(This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to his own town to register. 4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. The Shepherds and the Angels 8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ[a] the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14”Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” 15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” 16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. Scripture taken from the Holy Bible New International Version

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Stanley Police Dept.” Stanley police chief Derek Summey also had high praise for Curfman’s actions that night- “I am very proud of his performance in that situation,” Summey

said. “He put his own safety aside and did what police officers do every day, he acted because he knew someone needed help.” As for Curfman, he was filled with humility concern-

ing the whole affair. “It was an honor to receive the recognition,” he said. “But there were other officers and firefighters there. It was really a team effort.”

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Connect the Dots: It’s all about Him

Big and small By Dennis Siracusa Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” How many of us breeze through that verse; don’t slow down to consider its implications or search what God is revealing. In the beginning God! Throughout history men’s finite minds have fabricated idols and false gods; fictional notions like Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades (supposed god brothers), or Apollos, Themis, or a pantheon of gods visualized as half human/half animal depending on their specialized capabilities. All are polytheistic substitutes for worshipping our one true God. In Isaiah 43:10 NIV our God tells us “Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me.” And our God is not restricted to the ocean or a mountaintop. Jesus Christ is infinite and measures the entire universe He created, with His hand. Isaiah 40:12 NIV reveals “Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens?” Our God’s throne is outside our observable Whirlpool Galaxy over 31 million light years away, and He is eternal, self-existent, present everywhere, all knowing and infinitely powerful; and …. He is mindful of us. In Psalm 8:4 NIV king David asks “what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?” And “God created the heavens and the earth.” Think about that! God created us and our earth in a planetary system we call our Solar System after the name of our sun “SOL;” and He nestled us between two outer

rings of our Milky Way Galaxy, a full 93 million miles from our sun so we don’t burn up. Our Solar System is about 1 light year in diameter (5.88 Dennis Siracusa trillion miles) and is so small compared to our galaxy, among billions of known galaxies, that our solar system would appear the size of a quarter compared to the whole north American continent. Yes God is huge and we are very small and yet our God is mindful of us. When we look at a clear night sky we see lots of stars flaring up. They seem quiet. Oh we hear crickets, cicadas, and air planes but we don’t hear the stars because they are very far away. Starlight takes years to reach here and all stars are suns similar to ours. The light and heat from our sun (our closest star) takes 8 minutes 20 seconds to get here. Our sun is 100 times the size of earth with a raging 10,000 degree surface temperature. All stars are similar and our God breathed them into existence, maintains them and knows them each by name. Our God is huge and we are very very small. And yet He is ever present, loves us and wants relationship with us. John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” These days much uncertainty abounds. Let’s invite Jesus Christ into our life and ask Him to order our lives while there is time. Can you imagine eternity with God?

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Unlike Watson, Londeree began singing in the sixth grade at Holbrook Middle School. “I initially wanted to be in the band, but I didn’t want my parents to pay for an instrument so I chose chorus instead,” said Londeree, who credits his middle school chorus teacher for his love of singing. “Music is the best way to change, provoke, and convey emotion. It connects us as people in a way that nothing else can.” Londeree said having the opportunity to work in a state choir with other talented students was a rewarding experience. “I absolutely loved it, and maybe I will have an opportunity to do it again as a senior.” Nogueira’s love for music goes back to when he took chorus at Belmont Middle School.

“I have been singing for as long as I could speak. It was something that I only did in the car,” explained Nogueira, who also has performed in many school theater productions. “I never took voice lessons, and only began singing at family events once I joined my middle school chorus.” During his time at the NCMEA conference, Nogueira was reminded that a singer must have fun before music can become great. Music has always been an escape for Kang when life wasn’t always going his way. “Music kept my mind at bay and allowed me to bring my mind and body back in harmony,” said Kang. “Music is life, and it’s all around us.” Kang added, “The relationships made at the honors chorus clinic show just how simply knowing your true potential and that of others

around you creates a mutual respect among fellow singers and music enthusiasts alike.” This year’s NCMEA conference was a two-day event, and students spent one day rehearsing for a concert on the final day. Each year, a nationally-acclaimed guest conductor spends time with the students, preparing them for their performance. Dr. Julie Yu of Kansas State University served as the 2021 guest conductor. At Kansas State, she is responsible for overseeing the undergraduate choral ensembles and the master’s degree in choral music program. In addition to learning songs and preparing for the concert, students had the opportunity to learn about music programs at colleges and universities and fellowship with others who are interested in choral music.

CHORUS From Page 1 any student more deserving of this wonderful opportunity,” he said. For Watson, her chorus roots began in church. “I have been singing for as long as I can remember,” she said. “The first time that I have the faintest memory of singing is performing at church when I was three years old.” Watson feels confident that she will be able to bring what she learned in the honors chorus back to her school. “Being in a great choir makes you want to apply everything you learned to your own choir,” explained Watson. “I hope that my school choir is able to learn from me some of the things I have experienced.”

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The Town of Stanley held a Christmas Parade last week. See more on pages 6 & 7. Photos by Bill Ward & Alan Hodge

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“I worked at Crescent Mill and National Mill,” she said. “I retired from Beltex after 23 years.” As far as schooling, Lowe attended East Belmont Elementary and then went to Belmont High for a spell. Love entered her life at age 15 when she married Conley Stowe in 1936. They had a daughter named Sheila. Tragedy struck when Stowe was killed in action in France in January, 1945. Polly was 24 years old at the time and Sheila was just three. By and by, things perked up for Polly and she married James Lowe on June 18, 1949. He operated the Belmont water plant. They has a son named Keith who was Polly as a young girl enjoying a day on the river. born in 1960. “I liked to drive cars,” she East Belmont Elementary, Another January jolt for Polly came on January 13, said. “We had a Chevrolet once stood. Polly also enjoys 1985 when James passed Caprice and used to drive it reading her Bible and magaaway. In 2019 her son Keith to the beach and to Florida zines. She also likes hearing and daughter Sheila both to see Sheila. I also enjoyed about her three grandchildren going to the mall shopping.” and one great grandchild. passed away. Polly also has several Polly says eating right has Polly says her strong faith Yorkshire terriers. They wor- helped her achieve her rehelped her persevere. “Trust in the Lord,” she ship the ground she walks on markable tally of years. and as soon as she sits down “I like oatmeal with nuts says. and dates,” she says. These days, Polly lives they leap for attention. Other things that have Regarding a secret for with her daughter in law Toby Lowe in a nice home in helped keep Polly in the game longevity, Polly doesn’t have the Timberlake community. are the Young at Heart senior one per se, but offered this She reflected on some of the group at Park St. Methodist brief but eloquent suggestion. “Just try to survive!” positive aspects of a life that Church. Ironically, the church To which daughter in law would have bowed a lesser is on the very ground where Polly’s childhood school, Toby adds- “She’s tough!” being.

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Town of Stanley 2021 Christmas Parade scenes The Town of Stanley held its Christmas Parade last Wednesday under sunny skies. The great weather brought out a huge crowd who were filled with holiday happiness. Here are scenes from the perfect day.

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Photos by Bill Ward & Alan Hodge

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Stanley Christmas Parade scenes.

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Queen Of The Apostles Catholic Church

East Belmont Free Will Baptist

503 N. Main Street 704-825-9600

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

Gaston Christian Church

1117 Old NC Hwy 27 704-827-8826

Loves Chapel Presbyterian Church

East Belmont Church Of God

Ebenezer United Methodist Church

Shiloh AME Zion Methodist

455 Sacco St. 704-825-6007

118 School Street 704-827-7071

909 Edgemont Ave 704-825-5346

740 Rankin Ave. 704-827-5181

Hood Memorial AME Zion Church

1005 Catawba St. 704-825-8730

Upper Room United Pentecostal

210 Park Street, Belmont NC

704-825-9861 Burge Memorial Methodist Church 312 W. Glendale Ave. 704-827-2726

Catawba Heights Church of God 122 Tomberlin Rd. 704-827-4225

CBC-Memorial Apostolic 230 W. Charlotte Ave. 704-827-0968

Chapel Baptist Church 324 N. Lee St. 704-827-5526

Community Christian Fellowship 2560 Stanley Lucia Rd. 704-827-5881

Cornerstone Family Worship 709 Rankin Ave. 704-671-8640

St. Anthony of Padua Traditional Catholic Church

154 N. Main St. 704-824-3831

Cramerton Temple of God Church East Wilkinson Blvd. 704-824-5319

First Baptist Church 235 8th Ave. 704-824-1991

Life Church 501 Cramer Mountain Rd. 704-824-4286

Riverside Baptist Church 171 S. Main St. 704-824-7785

West Cramerton United Methodist Church 207 Lowell Ave. 704-824-4213


St. Paul FHB Church

The Barn at Sandcastle Farm 155 Sandcastle Rd.

1529 Old Hwy 27 Rd. 704-827-5851

Gateway Cowboy Church

Tuckaseege Baptist Church


511 Tuckaseege Rd. 704-827-4301

Amazing Grace 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

Westview Presbyterian Church 1020 W. Catawba Ave. 704-827-2026

LOWELL Bethlehem Church

7280 Sifford Rd. 704-827-6277

Christ’s Evangelical Lutheran 203 S. Main St. 704-263-2621

Community Pentecostal Center 320 Ralph Handsel Blvd. 704-263-8731

First United Methodist Church 5481 Hickory Grove Rd. 704-263-2691

First Presbyterian Church

3100 Bethlehem Church St. 704-823-5050

512 Old Mount Holly Rd. 704-263-4275

Carolina Community Baptist

Gold Hill Missionary Baptist Church

Family Worship Center

604 Martha Ave 704-824-2872

7447 Old Plank Rd. 704-827-7966

1013 W. Charlotte Ave. 704-827-7656

Center Baptist Church

New Faith Baptist Church

Finish Line Christian Center

S. New Hope Rd. 704-824-4121

1792, 108 N. Main St. 704-980-285-8334

1224 Mayberry Rd. 704-263-0249

Epic Church

New Life Baptist Church

100 Indian Walk 704-671-4652

527 N. Buckoak St. 704-263-4647

Covenant United Methodist 110 Underwood Dr. 704-820-0603

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

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

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

Lowell Free Will Baptist Church

First Presbyterian Church

3010 Lowell Rd. 704-824-9389

133 S. Main St. 704-827-0521

Lowell Smyre United Methodist Church

First United Methodist Church

201 N. Main St. 704-824-8814

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 541 Costner St. 704-827-0004

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

First Baptist Church of Lowell

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

400 W. 1st St. 704-824-1215

303 Sunset Dr. 704-263-9765

First Baptist Church

United In Action of Stanley

317 W. 1st St. 704-824-1213

5481 Hickory Grove Rd. 704-524-0555

New Life Church

Welcome Baptist Church

128 Robbins St. 704-824-1356

811 Mauney Rd.

Presbyterian Church of Lowell


207 E. 1st St. 704-824-3807

Restoration Church 1800 Spencer Mountain Rd. 704-824-5250

Woodlawn Baptist Church

1405 Armstrong Ford Rd. 704-825-0604

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd

Will of God Church

110 S. Main St. 704-827-4751


Macedonia Baptist Church

Lakeview Baptist Church


1951 Stanley Lucia Rd. 704-827-9224

143 Church St. 704-824-5380

Goshen Presbyterian Church

Bethel Baptist Church

Morningside Missionary Church

McAdenville Baptist Church

Roper Street 704-601-5146

NC Highway 273 704-827-9846

711 Morningside Dr. 704-822-9142

5339 S. New Hope Rd 704-825-8252

Cramerton Free Will Baptist

108 Horseshoe Bend Beach Rd. 704-827-8676

1101 N. Main St. 704-824-4261

513 Woodlawn Ave. 704-827-5185

151 8th Ave. 704-824-3889

Cramer Memorial United Methodist Church

Revival Tabernacle of Mt. Holly

Grace Wesleyan Church

Cramerton Independent Presbyterian Church

Redemption Hill Church 804 W. Charlotte Ave. 704-820-0954

124 Georgia Belle Ave 704-965-1004


416 Woodlawn Ave. 704-824-1745

Restoration & Deliverance

Grace Korean Ch Assembly-God

300 E. Wesleyan Dr. 704-824-1073

1304 N. Main St. 704-827-6141

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192 Main St. 704-824-2740

Bright Light Baptist Church 112 White Jenkins Rd. 704-681-2017 Don’t see your church listed? Email us today at

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Dallas Christmas Parade brings holiday cheer! Dallas held its Christmas Parade last Sunday under sunny skies. It was a nice day to be outside taking in the Yuletide excitement. Here are some colorful shots from the event. Merry Christmas. Photos by Bill Ward

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Action shot photos by Bill Bostick/Tarheel Sports Photography

Wildcats win championship! The Belmont Middle School Wildcats wrestling team won the Gaston County championship. Congratulations to Coach Karl Miller and Coach Jamie Grigg for leading team to its first county championship in 7 years. 1st - Serious Corzine 1st - Chris Wurster (Most Outstanding Wrestler-Heavyweight Division)

1st - Blake Harkness 2nd - Carson Sprinkles 2nd - Walker Spargo 2nd - Sammy Morgan 3rd - Ammon Scott 3rd - Jeremiah Holt 3rd - Brayden Grigg 3rd - Reid Jefferies

Toy exhibit open

Cecilia Kolbash named to Dean’s List

A new exhibit about toys is now open at the Gaston County Museum of Art & History. Timeless Toys: Childhood Treasures from 1900-1950 will be on display now through January 29, 2022. No matter how technology evolves, toys are timeless. From dolls to bb guns, the Gaston County Museum has a small variety of toys that will remind you of things

Cecilia Kolbash of Belmont NC, was named to the Fall 2021 Dean’s List at Berry College. The Dean’s List honors students who

that are still popular and recognizable today. Visit the Gaston County Museum of Art & History from 10am-5pm Tuesdays through Fridays and 10am-3pm on Saturdays. Holiday hours may vary, so check the website and social media channels before visiting. Visit for more information. Bill Bostick 704-813-6262

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posted an academic average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale while carrying a class load of at least 12 hours during the semester.

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Gaston County Schools receives $20,000 grant from Duke Energy Gaston County Schools is one of six local organizations to receive an impact grant from Duke Energy. The $20,000 award will be

used to support the school district’s STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education efforts.


An awards presentation was held November 11 at Gaston College. Superintendent of Schools W. Jeffrey Booker attended the ceremony to accept the award. Dr. Booker said, “We appreciate Duke Energy’s efforts to support STEM education in Gaston County Schools. Because of our ongoing partnership with Duke Energy, we are able to fund important programs such as the Gaston Regional Science and Engineering Fair that

emphasize the importance of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and encourage the involvement of students in STEM activities.” Students in Gaston County’s elementary, middle, and high schools have been researching and developing hypotheses, conducting experiments, and analyzing results in preparation for next month’s Gaston Regional Science and Engineering Fair.

The annual science fair will be held January 20-21 at the Schiele Museum. The event showcases students’ independent research of a topic using the scientific method. Students entering the science fair are responsible for the work associated with formulating a research problem and determining results, which helps the students develop their reasoning, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. “The investment in Gas-

ton County Schools is a prime example of Duke Energy’s steadfast commitment to our community,” added Dr. Booker. “We are honored to be among the six organizations receiving a grant from Duke Energy, and we are confident that the grant funds will be put to good use as we provide STEM-related academic, extracurricular, and enrichment opportunities for our students to learn, grow, and thrive.”

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Hawks Nest STEAM Academy celebrates ‘Rock Your School Day’ In an effort to make memories for their students while involved in fun learning activities, teachers at Hawks Nest STEAM Academy recently transformed their classrooms and dressed up in costumes for ‘Rock Your School Day’. “It’s a day for teachers to teach outside-the-box lessons,” said principal Tammy Mims. “For example, our kindergarten teachers taught about reading and vowels using a bat theme.” “The most important part of a room transformation is planning engaging activities that have an impact on learning,” said kindergarten teacher Amy Hofferbert, whose lessons focused on reading, engineering, and science. Her students designed bat shelters and tested the strength of the shelters by making sure that toy bats could hang and not touch the surface. The students also enjoyed sampling various fruits that bats like to eat. Teachers participating in ‘Rock Your School Day’ believe it is important to make sure that school is not only a place where students come to learn, but where they also can have some fun. One fifth grade classroom became the “Decimal Diner.”

Using a restaurant-inspired setup, students worked together to solve math problems from items listed on a menu, said teacher Tara Gingles. It made learning about decimals easier and practical as prices on menus often include decimal points. In another classroom, fifth grade science teacher Taylor White taught students about convection, conduction, and radiation in relation to making everyone’s favorite campfire treat, smores. “Our students were split into three groups, and each group had to see how long it would take to make smores using a convection oven, a hot pot of water on a burner, and a lamp,” explained White. ‘Rock Your School Day’ is part of the ‘Get Your Teach On’ movement that encourages educators across the country to use innovative ways to get their students excited about learning. While ‘Rock Your School’ takes place on one day, the idea is for teachers and students to ignite an affection for learning that will last throughout the school year. As principal of Gaston County’s only elementary magnet school with a focus on STEAM (science, technol-

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The Message of Christmas Rev. Trent Rankin Salvation Church, Gastonia, NC

Double Gaston County Championships! Cramerton Middle School is celebrating double Gaston County Championships. Congratulations to the Boys Soccer team on their 1-0 victory against Belmont and the Girls Volleyball team on their 3-1 win over Stanley. Way to go folks!

This is the week of Christmas. This Christmas season seems like it has flown by! Throughout this month we see so much around us reflecting the season. There are Christmas trees, decorations, and lights all around. Soon there will be parties, concerts, and family gatherings. With so much about Christmas all around us, what is the message of Christmas? Luke 2:7 tells us “And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn” (ESV). Joseph and Mary had traveled to Bethlehem, Joseph’s hometown, to take part in the Roman census. When they arrived, they found no available place to stay, so they had to take refuge in a stable. While there, Mary gave birth. She swaddled her precious baby and laid him in a manger. That night Jesus was born. The world would be forever changed by this one great act. Christmas is a time of faith. Joseph, Mary, the shepherds, each had to believe this awesome work God was doing. The message of Christmas is still about faith. Christmas means nothing if we don’t believe that Jesus

came into the world that night for us. It is also a time of hope. In our hopeless world, we know we have hope through Jesus, no matter what we face. Christmas is about love. Rev. Trent Rankin The Father loved us so much that He sent His only Son into the world to die for us, carrying our sin. The message of Christmas is that Jesus Christ came into our world for us. He knew no sin, yet He sacrificed Himself so that we can be reconciled to God. Jesus came for everyone. He was born to a young, village girl and her husband. He was announced to unknown shepherds on a hillside. Jesus came for all of us, regardless of who we are, what we look like, or how much we have. Do we have room in our hearts for Jesus this Christmas? All we have to do is believe. Invite Jesus in your life today! This Christmas season we know the incredible story of the birth of Jesus. We know He came for us all. We know the message of Christmas. Each of us will be giving gifts this Christmas to family and friends. Give people the greatest gift ever this season, Jesus. Share the message of Christmas with someone today.

In early basketball action Cramer and East Gaston look strong By John Wilson

Students from Mrs. Brook’s first grade class at Springfield Elementary in Stanley made a Christmas card for the Stanley Police Dept. All the kids wrote letters wishing the department a Merry Christmas. That’s Officer Scott Wright with the kids.

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The 2021-22 High School basketball season is underway and things are looking good for the Stuart Cramer men and the East Gaston Lady Warriors basketball programs. Stuart Cramer looking good This season the Storm hit the court ready to play. Cramer has jumped out to a 7-0 record going into the holiday break. This year’s Cramer team is built around a solid group of players. Many have played together for three years. This group is truly formidable. Senior Will Kelly is by far Cramer’s stat king. So far this year Kelly has rolled out 187 points and 47 rebounds. Both totals are team bests. While Kelly is definitely putting up big numbers he’s far from alone on the court. So far this season senior Mason Craig has contributed 64 points and 28 boards, while junior Jacob Joyner has added 56 points so far this year. In addition to Kelly, Craig and Joyner Cramer has other players that are putting in solid work. So far this year Francisco Verdezas, John Hill and Justin Rocquemore have all played well. On their way to 7-0 the Storm has played some exciting basketball. Cramer has had blowout wins over South Rowan and North Henderson and some squeakers including a 58-56 win over South Point and a tight 84-83 win over the Lincolnton Wolves. There are many things that factor into the Storms success. For starters Cramer has a deep bench. There is a ton of talent on this team. Another thing that helps is the fact that no matter what the situation is the players really have faith in each other.

“They believe in themselves,” head coach Brad Sloan said of the players. “We have had blowouts and buzzer beaters. We have been in games where we were the better team. We played in games where we may not have been the better team but we found a way to win.” On the court the Storm offense is relentless. They employ a high octane attack style of play that few teams can keep up with. “We play a fast paced game,” Sloan noted. “The motto for the season is 32 Relentless Minutes.” Under the 32 Relentless Minutes mindset the Storm go full throttle all the time. The Storm bench is so deep that when players are substituted there is only a marginal drop off in production. This makes Cramer dangerous. “I couldn’t be more proud of them,” Sloan added. To put it bluntly Cramer basketball is looking good, very good. It’s only December, but it’s fair to say that Cramer is one of the top teams in the Big South 3A. Lady Warriors playing well but must overcome setback Over at East Gaston, head coach David Hansel has the Lady Warriors hungry and ready to take on anyone. Going into the break East Gaston is 5-2. So far this year the Lady Warriors have scored big wins over Forestview, Cramer and North Gaston. The team is led by a solid group of upperclassmen that include seniors Allie Grice and Halle Chaffin along with juniors Heather Longnecker and Zoey Lockridge So far this year Grice has 75 points and 26 rebounds while Chaffin has 63 points and 23 boards.

Longnecker and Lockridge aren’t far behind in their contributions. Longnecker has 56 points and 33 rebounds while Longridge has 41 points and leads the team with 47 rebounds. While there’s no doubt that the Lady Warriors have been playing some good basketball there has been some bad news this year as well. A season ending injury to Halle Chaffin will force East Gaston to make some critical adjusts if they want to keep moving forward. Chaffin’s contributions were enormous. However, head coach David Handsel is positive about the future, and he has a plan. “We are excited about our team,” Handsel said. “Our team has shown a lot of resilience, especially after losing our top scorer.” Handsel doesn’t plan on having any one player step up to fill Chaffin’s shoes. Instead, Handsel is hoping that the players will come together and play even harder as a team. “We will depend on our defense to win games for us,” coach Handsel explained. “You can’t replace that kind of production.” Based on the talent on the EG roster don’t look for the Lady Warrior to slack off. The Storm and Lady Warriors will be busy during the Christmas break. Both schools are slated to play in the 19th Annual Peoples Bank Holiday Clash hosted by Lincolnton High School. The tournament will run from December 28th to December 30th and will include men’s and women’s squads from Bandys, East Gaston, Forestview, Highland Tech, Lincolnton, North Lincoln, Stuart Cramer and West Lincoln.

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To place your ad go to or call 704-484-1047 ANNOUNCEMENTS

GOLDEN DOMERS TOY AND HOBBY. Visit our NEW LOCATION .....Model Cars, Die-cast Cars & Trucks, Tractors, Hot Wheels, Construction Toys, Sports Memorabilia, Autographed Items, Hard to Find Items! See Mike & Brandon Willis. We’re located at 104 Oliver Ave. (behind El Acapulco Mexican Restaurant in Boiling Springs), Shelby 704-297-0102 or 704-297-0103

WOMEN’S SOCCER COACH OPENING at Kings Mountain, NC. Kings Mountain High School is looking for a women’s soccer head coach and possibly assistant coach for the spring season. No teaching positions are available at this time. Anyone interested should email In the email, include playing/coaching experience and contact information. A background check will be required for this position.

COINS * COINS * COINS. We Buy & Sell Coins. “Coin Collector Supplies.” JAKE’S KNIVES & COLLECTIBLES. 1008 South Lafayette Street, Shelby. Call 704-600-6996 (980) 295-5568

COMMUNITY EVENTS VENDOR/CRAFT SHOW, CHRISTMAS BAZAAR. Big Red’s Cafe 830 E. King Street Kings Mountain, NC. 9am-2pm. Variety of Vendors. Come by and shop for those Last Minute Christmas gifts. “Thanks for supporting local businesses!” (980) 295-8222



ONE ON ONE CARE is hiring for full/part time in the group homes for 2nd shift. Transport experience recommended not required. Hrs are 2p-11p weekdays and 8p-8a weekends. Apply in person at 203 Lee St. Shelby

CARE GIVER LOOKING TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR LOVED ONES. 20+ years. Excellent references. Bathe, light housekeeping/cooking, meds, errands. 704-974-5706

ALIVE APPAREL SCREEN PRINTING. Hiring for Production Worker, Warehouse, Screen Department needed. Apply in person M-F 8am-3pm. 331 Jim Cline Road, Fallston, NC. 28042 NOW HIRING AT ESTABLISHED RESTAURANT. Wait Staff, Cook/Grill Staff, Pizza Preppers. Call (704) 470-0559 HOUSEPARENT NEEDED. Children’s Homes has an opening for individual to work as houseparent who is experienced working with or want to care for children/ youth. It is a live in position for seven days on and then off seven days or part time. Must be 21 and have a high school/GED or Houseparents will be responsible for managing the home and all areas associated with parenting children. Responsibilities include being a positive role model, preparing meals, taking them to appointments and administer medications. We usually have up to six children at each home with a full time houseparent and a part time helper. Part time help is also needed for helping run errands and children to appointments, etc. $22,500. or $12.00 per hr for part time. Full time employees get paid health, dental and vision insurance after three months. Christmas bonus. Retirement incentive after one year. (704) 471-1150 ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT. The Administrative Assistant is directly responsible to the pastor for organizing the tasks and functions of the church office. In addition to general office duties, the administrative assistant will be responsible for assisting all staff and church leadership in the tasks of ministry. Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Microsoft Publisher and general booking skills are desired. Hours: 15 hours per week Schedule: Wed. Fri. 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Salary: $13,033 per year. Please submit resumes by mail to: Attention: Personnel Committee Zoar Baptist Church 1740 S. Lafayette St., Shelby, NC 28152 (704) 472-6406

MANUFACTURE REPRENTATIVE. To cover Gaston, Cleveland and Rutherford counties for Tarheel Rubber & Plastics Division of TPI in Winston Salem. E-mail resume to dick@ or call 336760-7400. FULL TIME MAINTENANCE MAN NEEDED. Maintain rental properties. Must have valid NC Drivers license. Pay depends on experience. (704) 473-4299

WOMEN’S SOCCER COACH OPENING at Kings Mountain, NC. Kings Mountain High School is looking for a women’s soccer head coach and possibly assistant coach for the spring season. No teaching positions are available at this time. Anyone interested should email In the email, include playing/coaching experience and contact information. A background check will be required for this position.

HANDYMAN. All rental and residential services. No job too small. Call Wray at 704-6740494 24 HOUR MOBILE MECHANIC. I will come to you to repair any car, lawnmower or tractor. Honest & reliable. (704) 3002332

TABLE TOP SALES BOOTH AVAILABLE. To sell your products over the holidays at our inside location in Kings Mountain, NC. For inquiry call 704750-6102 or you may e. mail

BUSINESS SERVICES GENERAL LAND MANAGEMENT. Bush Hogging, Backhoe & Box Blade Work. “We Do Land Clearing & Cleanup. Driveways and Roads. Tree and Debris Removal.” “Reasonable Rates!” Satisfaction Guaranteed! Contact David Gregory at (256) 636-1255 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 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. HANDYMAN SERVICES. NOW IS THE TIME. Offering: Mulching, Trees and Bushes trimmed, Minor Repairs,Ceiling Fans, Mini Blind Installation, Any Handyman Services. No Job too Big or Small! References available. We will show up and do the job. Call us first, 704-692-4449.

SHIPMAN’S MASONRY- 48 YEARS EXPERIENCE. Brick, Block & Stone, Outside Fireplaces, Foundations, Underpinnings. “Free Estimates”. 1st Quality Work! (863) 532-1587 PAINTING SERVICES. Over 25 years experience, affordable prices. Professional results. References available. Free estimates. Charles, or leave message. (704) 435-8062. 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. (828) 429-7511



HORSE QUALITY HAY. Square and round bales. Call (704) 487-6855

CHRISTMAS SALE OF NEW PRODUCTS. 1. Back supports — Gator face mask — Toboggans — Scarfs 2. Compression sleeves for arms, legs and wrist for those who suffer pain in these areas of the body. 3. Our specialty division manufacture and supply Antimicrobial Sneeze sleeves and Handkerchiefs that help to stop the spreading of germs that one would find in flu and common cold. ( Purchase ) 4. We are located at 143 Rollingbrook road — Kings Mountain, NC Sales office open from 9:30 a.m until 4:30 pm Friday and Saturday

FORD MOTOR AND TRANSMISSIONS. Call for size and price. 828-287-3820. 2017 150CC SCOOTER. “Great Gift For Christmas” Black & Silver (Good Condition) only $550.00. Call (704) 473-5447 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.


CLEVELAND COUNTY GARAGE DOORS. Summer Tuneup Special, $59.95. We will check all your equipment lube, make sure it’s working correctly. We repair broken doors. Also offering new installations. 704477-9119 or 704-472-9367.

EMPLOYMENT A&R CONSTRUCTION & MASONRY is now hiring laborers. Please call Roberto Garcia. (704) 967-5848

HELP WANTED Part-time experience painter. May lead to full time. Must have transportation and be drug free. Call Jimmy-704-692-8001.


Deadline: Friday at 12:00 Noon


TABLE TOP SALES BOOTH AVAILABLE. To sell your products over the holidays at our inside location in Kings Mountain, NC. For inquiry call 704750-6102 or you may e. mail ASSORTMENT OF CHILTON REPAIR MANUALS. I have a large assortment of Chilton Auto Repair Manuals. Some are imports and trucks. Some Motor Manuals all are hard back copies. Best Offer! (704) 300-1818

1967/68 MUSTANG NOS Right and left side quarter panels. Plus NOS taillight panel. All 3 $2100. (704) 533-1269 BELT & DISC SANDER ON METAL STAND, $60; Yamaha keyboard on stand, $50; 3/4 leather coat, zip-out liner, $40. 704-482-2912

ANTIQUES UNIQUE ANTIQUE STATION. Farm House Decor, Antiques, Collectibles, Vintage Toys, Jewelry and MORE. Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-5pm. 985 US 74 Business Hwy., Ellenboro. Find us on FB. 828-382-0075.

FOR SALE EZ GROUT MUD HOG MIXER. Grout Concrete Mortar Mixers. This mixer is less than 1 year old with very light duty. The mixer is over $11,000 new. (865) 296-2787 COUCH, 2 TABLES, 2 LAMPS $500. Grey Super Comfy Couch is less than a year old, two light colored wood end tables, two lamps. (828) 315-0935 JAZZY ELECTRIC WHEELCHAIR $350. 2 yr old Jazzy power wheelchair. FDA Class II Medical Device. (828) 3150935 zamcey2003@yahoo. com

NEON BEER LIGHTS. (Christmas Gift) All working, some very rare. $150-$1400. Pool table lights.$225-$350 Collecting for 30 years. (704) 533-1269 FIREWOOD FOR SALE. Long wheelbase load. Fully loaded. $70.00/load. Delivered. 864492-4793 or 803-627-9408. PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS with Scratch Pads! Press Room Printing. 704-482-2243. (704) 538-5788 FESCUE HAY FOR SALE. $4.50 per bale. Call 704-5384110. If no answer leave message. UTILITY TRAILER 6.5’ X 8’. single axle in good condition $1000; Also enclosed goat & calf trailer $500. (704) 6858565

LINCOLN ELECTRIC WELDER . Weld-Pack 100 and utility cart for sale. 120 volt, self-feed mig welder. $650. 570-4196654. RECLINER LIFT CHAIR $500. Navy blue. 1 yr old oversized lift recliner. Raises to standing position. velvety soft fabric. (828) 315-0935

DEER CORN, 60 POUND BAG. $9. Callahan Farms. Cletus: 704300-5341; Steve: 704-472-8865; Todd: 704-692-1627 EAGLE COMPUTER WHEEL BALANCER EB- 1030, maximum wheel weight 70 kg., Rim diameter-10 in-24 in.,Rim Width-1.5 in.-24 in., $900, 570-419-6654. FLORAL LOVE SEAT. Like new. $100. Can text pictures. (704) 482-9273 HEIL QUAKER CORPORATION OIL Furnace. 85,000 BTU. Good condition. $400.00 or best offer. 828-248-8060. 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. ALL METAL GARAGES. Big Discounts! Zero down. Call for more details. 828-382-0455. ENCLOSED TRAILERS IN STOCK! 6’x10’, 6’x12’, 7’x12’ and 7’x16’ contact J. Johnson Sales, Inc., Forest City. (828) 245-5895 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) 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. 828-2455895. 16’X40’ OR TWO STORY BUILDINGS BUILT ON SITE. 1 DAY INSTALL. J. Johnson Sales INC. 828-245-5895. FLAG POLES, FLAGS IN STOCK. Pickup or we deliver and install available. J. Johnson Sales INC, Forest City. Call 828245-5895. 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. 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 CHINA CABINET LIKE NEW. Good condition $350. (704) 4827274

19.5 FT TRAILER, CUSTOM BUILT. Dual axle with winch ‘69 VW, 60’s VW - Dune body. All 3 $2995.. (704) 533-1269

FIREWOOD FOR SALE. All types already split. Can deliver. Truck & Trailer loads, starting at $75. Will negotiate. 704-4667623

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

ADULT QUAIL $5 EACH. Quail Chicks $1.50 ea. Quail eggs $3 per doz, 50% hatch rate guaranteed. (704) 476-9943

2002 FORD CROWN VICTORIA. 81,447 miles, good condition. Everything power works. Serious Inquiries only, $5500. (704) 300-2783


VINTAGE MARANTZ RECEIVER- BOSE SPEAKERS. Vintage Marantz RS 3559 A/V Receiver Century Collection Champagne Steel Rare - includes Remote Control - $500. Bose Acoustimass5 Series3 Speaker System - $200. (352) 359-1444

BLACK LAB $200. Small Lap Dogs: Chihuahua & Feist Mix. “Will stay small forever!” Call (704) 259-3712


WANT TO BUY DANNY’S AUTOWERKS. Buying used or junk cars. Competitive prices. Call Danny 828-2893081 or Jimmy 828-289-1175. WE NEED YOUR PALLETS. Contact Custom Pallets of the Carolinas. We also need people experienced in pallet repair. Call Amanda at (828) 748-7844 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. WE BUY JUNK VEHICLES. WE BUY JUNK CARS, TRUCKS AND VANS ANY CONDITION MUST HAVE PROOF OF OWNERSHIP AND ID (704) 487-5244 CRESTMIDDLE@AOL.COM


CKC GERMAN SHEPHERD MALE PUPPIES. These two adorable boys are looking for their forever families. Born October 8th, they are vet checked, dewormed, and vaccinated. Asking $600 each. Please call for more details. (704) 734-7088 FLEMISH GIANT RABBITS FOR SALE Flemish Giant baby rabbits for sale. They are great with kids! We have a variety of colors and located in Kings Mountain, NC. (704) 7348392 TWO SEVEN YEAR OLD YORKIES. 1 male, 1 female, selling as pair. Need fenced yard or house-kept. All shots. $1200. 828-200-7441. BUFF ORPINGTONS AND RHODE ISLAND REDS. Three ages, $1-$3. Also Liberty 18 gun safe, $425. 704-487-9764


Deadline: Friday at 12:00 Noon

GERMAN SHORT HAIR POINTER PUPPIES for sale. $250/ea. 6 weeks old, 3 males, 5 females. 864-490-5281.

SHEPWEILER PUPPIES. Imported parents. Free training. 10 weeks old. $250 each. Free puppies and service training to Veterans. 828-755-7335. CHICKENS, DUCKS, RABBITS. For Sale. (704) 538-2004 TEACUP YORKIE POO CHI. Teacup Yorkie Poo Chi, blonde, male, 2 1/2 years old, been neutered. $500. Toy Multi Poo Female puppy. 12 wks old, shots UTD, formed, vet checked. $1500. 828-391-0919. USE SEAL N HEAL® on dogs & cats to seal wounds with a bitter taste to prevent gnawing, allow healing. At Tractor Supply® (

WE BUY USED TRAILERS with Titles. J. Johnson Sales Inc. Call 828-245-5895.

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 LIFT CHAIR. heavy duty. Call: 828-429-7710 CASH FOR YOUR RECORD ALBUMS. Call Ron. (919) 314-7579

CKC MINI CHRISTMAS LONG HAIRED DACHSHUND PUPS. Mother & Father on site. Father - Champion - 2 Blue ribbons, Photos available on request. Microchipped and ready Christmas Eve. $1200. 704-634-1157 HEIFERS FOR SALE. F1 Black Baldy Open Replacement Heifers. Breeding age. Home raised and gentle. Springhill Angus & Hereford Farm.704-477-9054. REGISTERED ENGLISH SETTER PUPPIES. Ready by Jan. 14th. Will come with first shots, dewormed and micro chipped. Parents are accomplished hunters! Taking Deposits - $600 each. (704) 477-3339

WANT TO BUY CARS, TRUCKS. Trailers, Tractors, Farm Equipment. Must have ID and proof of ownership. Callahan’s Towing. (704) 692-1006 WANTED: OLD AND NEW AMMO. Reloading supplies. Call 828-245-6756 or cell # 828-289-1488.

FARM & GARDEN TRACTOR IMPLEMENTS. Category 1, 3 POINT HOOK UP 30’’ REVERSIBLE PAN SCOOP $350.00 (like new); PALLET FORKS $250.00 (like new); ONE ROW CULTIVWOR $125.00 (like new). NO TRADES!!! $600 FOR ALL (704) 718-9122

FREE TO GOOD HOME. Two kittens. 6 months old. Male and female. Cute Black and white. (704) 629-2931


FOUR GREAT LAYING HENS. Hand raised, two Golden Comets, two Sapphire Gems, 7 months old, $10 each. 828-7853265 FREE TO A GOOD HOME. 6 months old large mixed breed female puppy. Spaded, shots up-to-date. Very sweet. Need to find a good home soon. 704300-0220. Also, ask about Gracey Bell.

DOG KENNELS. 7x7, 5x10, 10x10, 10x20, 20x20 tops, split kennels. Pickup or we deliver and install available. J. Johnson Sales INC, Forest City. 828-245-5895. LABRADOODLE PUPPIES $500 EACH. Ready to go December 24. Will have 1st shots & dewormed. Taking deposits now. Henry L. Miller 1608 Walls Church Rd., Ellenboro NC 28040.

DW 2018 MOBILE HOME. For Sale. Never Been Lived In- .63 lot, 4BR, 2BA. #3 School District. 980-4045200. (980) 404-5200

2 & 3 BEDROOM MOBILE HOMES. For Rent in country setting in Kings Mountain area. 704898-9298 or (704) 739-4908 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 MOBILE HOMES & APARTMENTS. In Kings Mountain. Price starting at $100 per week. Call (704) 739-4417

REAL ESTATE CLEVELAND COUNTY 2006 MERCEDES-BENZ C-CLASS C280 4matic, 6 cyl., auto., loaded, good miles, new tires, great car. $2,995 OBO sell or trade. 828-429-8833.

1976 FORD F100 XLT Shortbed, automatic, PS, PB, AC. New inside/out, Candy Apple Red paint. New custom red interior, new chrome, 3 pages of upgrades, highly refurbished. Like new. In family almost 30 years. 4 years of work, over $42K invested. Asking $32,900. (704) 533-1269 2014 DODGE GRAND CARAVAN Call for Price. Braunability Handicap Van. Side entry ramp. Transfer driver seat. Ideal van for disabled person who uses a wheel chair and can still drive. Equipped to add hand controls. (704) 692-6248 buck@



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 2&3 BEDROOM MOBILE HOMES. Nice and clean, water furnished. Oak Grove Community, Kings Mtn. Call or text, 704-739-0259. LAUREL HILL APARTMENTS. Will stop taking applications effective December 1, 2021 for our 1 bedroom waiting lists. 704-487-1114

CLEVELAND COUNTY NICE COUNTRY LIVING. 2 or 3BR mobile homes for rent. 10 minutes from Shelby. NO PETS. Seniors welcome. No Texts. 843-957-9299. NO HEAT BILLS HERE! 1 bedroom apartment, small complex, excellent location, Shelby. Second floor. Not HAP eligible. No pets or smoking. Heat & water included in $525 month. (704) 487-5480 NICE COUNTRY LIVING. 2 or 3BR mobile homes for rent. 10 minutes from Shelby. NO PETS. Seniors welcome. No Texts. 843-957-9299.

RUTHERFORD COUNTY 3 BEDROOM, 2 BATH, secluded 1 acre lot. No pets. First, last, security. 55 & older. Background check. Shiloh area. 828-429-9831. OAKLAND ROAD 2BR APARTMENT. Like new. Appliances, sewer, water, garbage included. $595. Small efficiency all utilities included. $450 plus deposit/ 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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GOLDENDOODLE F1B PUPS Home raised. Hands on from day one. Ready Dec 22nd. Will be vetted, with first puppy shots and parasite free. Have 10, 5 have deposits. $1500. For questions and more pictures text. Marion (386) 365-9703


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CHIHUAHUA PUPPIES. $350 each. 2 boys, one white, one white with brown markings. Will be very small. Shots and wormed. (704) 418-9244



YOUNG ADULT RESCUE CATS. Spayed & neutered. Males $80, females $125. Call for selection. (828) 391-0919

2015 DODGE JOURNEY. Navy Blue, 3 rows, new tires, automatic, 143,000 miles, 2.4 liter engine, $9500 or OBO. 704472-7741.

WANT TO BUY Cedar Logs. Paying $1.00 per foot Intrenational Scale, We Also Sell Custom Hunting Blinds, Lets discuss 627 Dixon road Ellenboro Nc 28040

WANT TO BUY. ATV’s, PopUp Campers and Small Travel Trailers. Call 828-429-3935.

MALE GREY TABBY KITTEN. Nearly 1 year old. Needs good loving home, also 4 young kittens. (828) 201-0133

OCEAN LAKES MYRTLE BEACH. Cottage N34. 2 bedroom, 2 bath, den, kitchen, dining, covered deck, near country store. Call Dorcas, 803-718-2659.

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

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Thank you volunteers! The City of Lowell held a River Sweep event on Nov. 6 and 20 volunteers braved the cold temperatures to help clean up the South Fork River, the banks of the river, and the stormwater outfalls. Volunteers collected approximately 200 lbs. of trash.

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The Belmont Abbey College Republicans club was just established this year by Youthan Love and two friends. Last Wednesday they had their first meeting with 11 people in attendance. They talked about next semester and the goals for the club, along with ways they can be active on campus. Since the first meeting they have received more applications and now have 18 members. The mission of the Belmont Abbey College Republicans is to be involved in the Republican Party and the local GOP while also having the opportunity to meet elected officials. Here are the top three leadership positions for the club. Youthan Love, President (center); Vice President- Jason Tronetti; Secretary- Connor Wilt.

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Congratulations Gaston Christian Middle School boys... Congratulations to the Gaston Christian Middle School boys white basketball team. They defeated Southlake 41-22. Hoersch 10pts, 6asst. Christenbury 11pts, 13 rebounds. Roberts 12pts, 4 rebounds.