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Dedication held for Mt. Holly Police Dept. Memorial Plaza By Alan Hodge

An official dedication ceremony for the spectacular Mt. Holly Police Dept. Memorial Plaza took place last Saturday. The event was attended by a wide variety of law enforcement and municipal officials as well as Mt. Holly citizens. The plaza is built on a knoll at the Municipal Complex and honors not only MHPD officer Tyler Herndon, who lost his life in the line of duty while responding to a larceny call on December 11, 2020, but other law enforcement officers as well. The location is exactly where Herndon’s patrol car was parked for a time after his death and covered with flowers and tributes. Mt. Holly police chief Don

Officer Tyler Herndon Roper was among the dedication speakers. “As we prepare to dedicate the MHPD Memorial Plaza, I am honored to have See MEMORIAL, Pages 6 & 7

Work on new Belmont Parks and Recreation facility gets underway By Alan Hodge

The dream of a new Parks and Rec. facility for Belmont finally took steps towards becoming a reality last week when, after years of planning and preparation, workers began construction of the $13.5 million project. A generous grant from the state will chip in $1.5 million. Belmont Parks and Rec. director Zip Stowe was full of glee and he watched men erecting a temporary fence on the grassy slope in front of the CityWorks building on E. Catawba where the new center will be constructed. A large bulldozer is on the site and ready for action.

“It’s been a long time coming,” Stowe said. “A lot of people are happy to see the work begin.” Belmont is the only town in our area without its own building where things like basketball games can be held. What currently serves the city as a parks and rec. place is the decades old J. Paul Ford Center on Woodrow Ave., but the city’s needs have far outgrown that one medium sized building. The new building will be two stories high and have 45,000 sq. ft. of space. The first floor will feature three basketball courts, a media room for gaming, an exercise studio, a kitchen, a kids See PARKS, Page 6

The MHPD Memorial Plaza with Herndon’s patrol car in front.

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Belmont’s Minnie Grier hits 100 and is still going strong By Alan Hodge

“The Lord, He is my shepherd.” According to Belmont’s Minnie Grier, who hit the century mark on Nov. 30, that verse from the Bible has been her guiding light through a life filled with ups and down, happiness and hard work, fun and family. According to Grier, she was born in 1921 on a farm near Lincolnton to Eugenia and Thurman Smith. She had two brothers and two sisters. “We grew some cotton,” Grier said. “It was hard work. They wouldn’t let me hoe because they said I dug the

plants up. I had to carry a big bag around, pick, and put the cotton in it. At the end of the day I wouldn’t have 50 pounds. I didn’t like that cotton.” The family moved to Belmont and Grier attended Reid High. “It was a great school,” she said. Next, Grier went to work in local textile mills. “I worked at Dixie Yarns and Pharr Yarns,” she said. “It was a lot better than picking cotton. That’s for the birds!” While she was a mill employee, Grier played on a girl’s softball team. It was all African-American players. See GRIER, Page 4

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By Lisa harper It’s that most wonderful time of the year. It came too fast, but I am ready. Most of you who have been following my writings here should be familiar with my love of many things. Two of them are Christmas lights and coffee. These go together (to me) like ham and eggs. Let me explain. The house is currently quiet..for I’ve been sitting at my kitchen table working on Christmas cards. I think they’ll be done by this weekend. I’m also staring at an iced mocha frappe….it warms my soul..(even with ice). The Christmas music is playing ever so softly in the background. The Christmas lights outside my window make me smile. I know this evening, I’ll find myself

once again enjoyfee, along with ing a divine cup of blinking, colorful matlights, can surely ter the flavor. For ignite the inner the weight of my child in us all. coffee cup reminds Sharing a moment me of the serenity of peace that shines of the darkness at like a Christmas Lisa Harper the edge of those tree can do wonChristmas lights ders. outside. And I’m doing what So I hope this writing I love to do…writing. brings a connection for you Creating a moment with in the simple things in life. words to share with friends Like a good cup of coffee, and strangers. Like Christmas and those surreal Christmas lights, these moments in time lights..wherever you are seecan transform our life stresses ing them. I hope my words into a tranquil and peaceful here warm your heart. Even escape. Coffee can do that if it’s just for a few minutes. matter it’s temperaMy mocha frappe is now ture or flavor. This special empty, and the hours are tickseason brings so much to be ing away. I must finish those reminded of. cards. My words may never Wishing you a very Merry change the world, but the Christmas (and a good cup of aroma of a good cup of cof- coffee too).

been stranded on the lake all night long until someone saw them in daylight? Weren’t we commissioned to inconvenience ourselves to ensure boater safety? You already know the answers. Similarly (don’t write me a letter), one could say that Christmas was like the USCG Auxiliary coming to do for that boater what they could not do for themselves. They needed a rescuer. Not a paddle to row their boat to shore. They needed someone outside themselves to save them. The operator of the boat could have said, ‘Yes, our motor isn’t working. We’ll just hope that the wind

and the tide will push us back to Tony Marciano the boat launch.” That would never have happened. Similar to rescuing the boat from being stranded on the water, at Christmas, we remember that God gets involved in the messiness of our life and does for us what we cannot do for ourselves – He rescues us. The difference is that His efforts for us was at the cost of His very life. I’ll be back in two weeks. Until then, live well my friend.

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By Tony Marciano When I signed up to be a volunteer in the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, I thought I would be getting on a patrol boat while the skipper (sounds like the theme from Gilligan’s Island) had us flying over the lake. We would come up to boats in distress and rescue them. Was I ever wrong. After I signed up, I was told I had to take basic training courses. After that, I was put in boat crew training for almost four months. I still hadn’t seen a boat. However, this past summer I actually got on a boat. I was a boat crew trainee. It was a hands-on learning process of the rigors of being in the USCG Auxiliary. Book learning was one thing. Actual hands-on work was much more difficult. One night we were wrapping up a training. As our vessel was heading to the dock, we noticed a ski boat. Normally, we would have assumed they were trading places – skier for spotter. No one was getting into skis. They had the engine cover open. One person was hovering over the motor. That’s never a good sign. We came by and asked if they needed help. They replied that their motor was overheating because the impeller that brings water into the motor was broken. We offered to tow them to safety. Fortunately, the coxswain (skipper) was a very experienced USCG Auxiliarist. He had taken a lot of courses and knew what he was doing. From our pontoon boat he tossed them ropes and had them attach it to the bow of their boat. We secured it to our boat. This is where the danger comes in. If it comes loose from our boat, the rope can hurt those in the tow boat. Conversely, if the rope comes loose from the tow boat, it will fly back and injure the auxiliarists. We positioned one person to shout when the rope was taut vs. when it was slack. Our coxswain had to get our boat moving and then get the tow boat moving without pulling the cleat out of either boat where the rope was secured. I could tell this was going to be a late-night patrol. Since it was dark, we had to watch for other boats who might cut across the tow rope. We brought it safely to the boat launch where his truck and trailer were located. He backed up the truck and slid the trailer under the boat. Once secured, the grateful driver left as if nothing bad had happened. What if we didn’t come along? Would they have


Rapidstrike Blaster. Various other implements of pretend mass destruction included laser swords, a bow and arrow set for girls named “Heartbreaker” and rubber knives. Alan Hodge On the other hand, Banner-News Editor the catalog did have some of what I would term more traditional stuff such as crayons and lots of stuffed animals. You can’t go wrong with stuffed animals- except one whose body contained an LED TV set for $200. Then we have Barbie of the exaggerated body and bleached blonde hair. She and her accoutrements occupied several pages of the catalog. Good ol’ Barbie has been around for decades, but I sometimes think her artificial standards make little girls who don’t match up to them feel left out. On a brighter note, the catalog had a section devoted to mini-musical instruments for kids. One ad had a little chap strumming a hounddog shaped electric guitar. Another featured a tot tinkling the ivories on a cat-shaped keyboard. Yet another pictured a boy in his Pjs beating the daylights out of a drum. Christmas morning jam session I reckon. But lo, and behold! Turning the catalog pages I found a set of Lincoln Logs! It was hard to tell from the photo is they were made of plastic or the wood ones that we gnawed like beavers back in the day, but there they were and only $17.50 for the kit. Bouyed by that discovery, I carefully scanned the catalog some more and found an Erector set much larger and more magnificent than any I recalled. OK, so it was $49.99 but inflation, like rust, never sleeps. Maybe I should not have “picked on” the marketers and toy catalog makers so hard for pushing their wares at the kids. But they know that the children will quickly begin begging their parents for every item in its 50+ pages and with so many budgets tight again this year, I think it’s kind of unfair to put the adults under such pressure. Maybe we need to back up and punt on Christmas and instead of indulging in overpriced “stuff’ that will be played with for a couple of weeks or maybe even a month then left languishing, turn some of that attention and cash flow to those around us for whom a simple baby doll or toy truck would be a blessing. I think that act of sharing would be a good Yuletide lesson for kids that will last them a lot longer than a $200 set of headphones.


I got a catalog the other day full of Christmas toys for kids which seemed odd because I don’t have any- kids that is. The stuff in it was a far cry from the amusements we had when I was a youth. That included things like Lincoln Logs. Erector sets, EZ Bake Ovens, and the king of them all, slot car tracks. Side items at Christmas then included a model airplane or two, a gift box with cheese, weenies, and crackers, and James Bond 007 cologne that smelled like concentrated polecat spray. Of course these goodies were a big step up from what my mom and her Great Depression generation might get at Christmas which was a sock with some nuts and an orange, and if they were real lucky a stick or two of candy. Fast forward to Christmas 2021 and what today’s youth is told by marketing gurus they cannot live without and what parents are pressured to buy or else feel like failures. One of the first things that caught my eye in the catalog was a tousle headed little girl about five years old wearing a pair of stereo headphones and groovin’ up a storm. Nothing wrong with that–except the price, which was just shy of $200. On the next page was a lil’ lad with his phalanges firmly gripping a Playstation setup. Oh, how his eyes were filled with glee. Oh, how the parental pocketbook will howl at the $399.95 price tag. The makers and marketers of handheld devices are hitting the kiddie market hard this Christmas and the catalog reflected this. On one page we see a little girl sporting hornrimmed eyeglasses for a studious look as her thumbs are poised on the keyboard of her smart phone. Someone’s wallet will be smarting too when they fork out the advertised price of $400. And what little boy can resist the urge to have a helmet-mounted camera on their head as they pedal their bike along. That was in the catalog as well with a tab of $199.95. There are some cheaper toys in the catalog I perused. One was a battery-powered miniature motorcycle that was listed at $185.00. Another was a doll dream house that’s only $159.95. Yet another was a doll-sized sports car that was a paltry $179.95. In addition, there was an electric 4-wheeler for ages “3 and up” for$119.95. Another aspect of the “toy” catalog that struck me was the number of weapons, especially guns, being offered. I wondered what message this sends to kids. Some of the more aggressive ones included a Zombie Strike Hammershot pistol, a Mega Centurion rifle, and a

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That Name! By Rev. Trent Rankin Salvation Church, Gastonia, NC

During the Christmas season, we seem to write our names a lot. Many people send Christmas cards to friends and loved ones. People often attach their names to gifts and greetings all season long. A name is an important thing. A person’s name often reflects their legacy, and who they are. We are proud of our names, and the legacies they reflect. Paul in Philippians 2:9 said, “Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name” (ESV). Paul is speaking of that precious baby born in a stable that first Christmas long ago. That child has many names, each reflecting who He is, and what He has done for you and me. Throughout the Christmas story, and the prophets who proclaimed the coming Messiah, we see many names given for this child. Let’s take a look at a few of these names. In Isaiah 9:6-7, the prophet Isaiah said that a child would be born, and His name would be “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (ESV). God is indeed a wonderful counselor to us, walking with us, and guiding our path. He is mighty, and everlasting. In our temporal world, it is so comforting know-

ing we have a God who is more powerful than the evil of this world, and that He is eternal. God has no beginning, and He will have no end. We have little peace in this world, yet we can have Rev. Trent Rankin peace in our hearts through the Prince of Peace. Matthew 1:22-23 reminds us that this child would be called Immanuel. This name reminds us that God is with us. In our sinful nature, we can never reach God. Nothing we can do will ever atone for our sins. Through our works, we can never achieve a perfect relationship with God. We don’t have to worry, God came to us! That first Christmas, God came to earth to reconcile us to Himself. We also find in Matthew 1:21 another name, Jesus. The angel told Joseph to name the child Jesus, because He came to save His people from their sins. The name of Jesus means deliverer, a rescuer. That is exactly who Jesus is! He came to earth to save us through His death and resurrection, forgiving us of our sins. Through Him, we are saved. Jesus, the name above every name. I hope this Christmas as you write your name, that the name of Jesus is written upon your heart. He came that first Christmas for you!


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He is the Answer By Rev. Mark Costner Centerview Baptist Church, N. Belmont

Hebrews 12:2 Keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith. Life is filled with questions. They come in all shapes and sizes, covering a multitude of topics. But they are all very real, and the answers don’t always come in nice, neat packages. Sometimes that’s really hard for us to handle. It’s in our nature to solve problems and provide answers. We may pride ourselves on fixing things. And when we can’t answer the questions we face, it bothers us. The writer of Hebrews understood that. When he talked about laying aside hindrances and avoiding sins, he was really talking about answering the most difficult questions we face, questions that don’t seem to have an answer. If we want to find the answers to those

questions we can’t look inside ourselves. We have to look to Jesus He is the answer to every question. I’ve learned that Jesus is the answer in my Rev. Mark Costner own life. When we feel the need to say that word that we shouldn’t say, when we want to respond with sarcasm and anger instead of compassion and patience, when we had rather cheat than play fair, when we prefer to live a lie than protect our Integrity. Regardless of the question our strength is never enough. Looking to Jesus and relying on him is always the right answer He is both the beginning and the end of our faith. We need Him to put all the pieces of the puzzle in place. When we look to him we know we are moving in the right direction. We get the answers we need because He is the answer.

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GRIER From Page 1 She was the catcher. “We were called the Belmont Blues,” she said. “We played other mill teams from Bessemer City, Lowell, and Gastonia. It was a lot of fun.” Grier got married to her first husband, Howard Wilson, in 1950. He passed away and in the 1960s she married WWII veteran Charlie Grier who died in 1999. Altogether she had six girls and twin boys one of whom died. Moving along, Grier currently has nine grandchildren, 12 greatgrandchildren, and eight great-great-grandchildrenand loves all of them deeply. As you might imagine, Grier has seen some changes in technology during her life. “When I saw my first airplane I didn’t know what to think,” she said. “I never learned to drive a car. I left the driving to other folks.” When television entered her life in the 1950s it was a hit with Grier.

“I loved to watch ‘I Love Lucy’ and Fred Kirby,” she said. One thing has been central to Grier’s life and that’s her church, Mt. Moriah Baptist. “Church teaches you how to be strong in the Lord,” she said “It also teaches you how to raise your children.” The fact that Grier has applied those church principals to her life has not gone unrecognized. On the occasion of her birthday, she received congratulatory proclamations from the City of Belmont, N.C. Governor Roy Cooper, and President Joe Biden. These days, Grier is full of life and has a razor sharp wit. She enjoys time with her family and watching her wide screen TV. As far as tips for longevity, her philosophy is simple yet eloquent. “Trust in the Lord, be a good shepherd, and take your pills!”

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MEMORIAL From Page 1 the opportunity to say a few words about our hero, Tyler Herndon,” Roper said. “While you are here today, please ask one of our colleagues about Tyler Herndon. There are a lot of stories about his tragic passing, but pay attention to the many stories about him helping others, interacting with school kids, greeting the community: these are the stories you should remember and hold close. We at the MHPD are better officers because of Tyler Herndon. We are a better police department; Mount Holly is a better community. Because of what he accomplished in his short two years here he has earned a spot in the history of LE, Mount Holly, and the MHPD. Marked in a prominent location on the MHPD memorial plaza is a term Tyler was known for: ‘Be in Pursuit of the Ultimate Good’. This was Tyler’s attitude, his spirit, his servant’s heart. This attitude reminds me of one of my favorite Bible verses: Isaiah 6:8: ‘Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!”. Please think of Tyler as you reflect upon

engraved with the slogan “Be In Pursuit of the Greater Good”. Blue lights are a prominent feature. These represent the police department but also recall the hundreds of blue lights that people in the Mt. Holly area displayed and still display in remembrance of Herndon. There are also memorial pavers similar to those at the Mt. Holly Community Garden. A statue is also being created that will depict a police officer holding a child. The statue will arrive in 2022. In addition to the Memorial Plaza, Officer Herndon has been remembered in other ways. A five mile stretch of Hwy. 273 between I-85 and the Freightliner factory has been designated as the Officer Tyler H. Herndon Memorial Highway. The route is one that Herndon often patrolled. A Harley Davidson police motorcycle was given to the department by the Call of Duty Riders. The bike bears Herndon’s name. On Oct. 22, a delegation of MHPD officers attended the National Police Memorial Service event in Washington, D.C. where Herndon’s name was unveiled on the wall there. Herndon’s family also attended. A memorial fund has also been set up in Herndon’s name. “The Tyler Herndon

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These two photos taken by a drone show the blue lights that are an outstanding feature of the Memorial Plaza. More on page 7. Memorial Fund” has been created at SouthState Bank. Cash or check donations can be dropped off at any Gaston County location (Mount Holly, Belmont, Gastonia, Dallas, Stanley). All money collected will be given to the Herndon family in honor of their son.

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The new building will go up on this grassy slope in front of CityWorks.

PARKS From Page 1 play area, and a large lobby. The second floor will feature a walking track, an exercise room, a catering kitchen, a lounge, and more play space. The second floor will also feature a balcony with sweeping views of the Catawba River and Kevin Loftin Riverfront Park. Just a few of the activities the new center can host includes pickle ball, gymnastics, cheerleading, karate, movies, ping pong, dance, badminton, classes of various types and many, many more. Folks will be able to rent space in the building for meetings, weddings, birthday parties, and that sort of thing.

Stowe sees the new center not only as a boon to the local activities scene, but as an economic driver as well. “The center will be a place where we can hold events such as basketball tournaments and invite as many as fifty teams,” he said. ‘This will bring people to Belmont who will shop, stay in local hotels, and eat in local restaurants. It will be a big boost economically.” Stowe estimates it will take about 14 months to get the building up and running. Meanwhile, across Catawba St. at Kevin Loftin Riverfront Park, the playground area is still closed for replacement of the wooden climbing structures. “The new equipment will be arriving around the first of February,” said Stowe. “It should be done by March.”

Some of the current playground equipment that’s made of plastic and metal will be saved and moved to another park. “The rock wall and boardwalk will also be reused,” Stowe said. In other Belmont Parks and Rec. updates, work on the long awaited skate park is also slated to begin in January. A new addition to the original plan will be a dedicated area for beginners. “We also got a grant for the beginner’s area,” said Stowe. The park will be located on a strip of land beside CityWorks. As for the dog park plan, well, that’s still on hold. “We are still trying to find a suitable location,” said Stowe.

This architectural rendering shows the main entrance of the new City of Belmont Parks and Rec. facility.

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Memorial ceremony photos continued from page 6. The explanatory plaque.

Above: Entrance to the Memorial Plaza. Right: Chief Don Roper addresses the crowd. Photos by Alan Hodge

Some of the many tributes to Herndon.

The Mt. Holly Fire Dept. flew this large flag at the ceremony.

Memorial Plaza pavers.

Benches for rest and reflection.

Mt. Holly PD officers at attention. Blue pansies planted at the Memorial Plaza.

Some of the crowd.

One of the blue light projectors.

The bike bearing Herndon’s name in the Grand Hall.

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Banner News Fellowship & Faith

Church Directory Mt. Mt M t H Ho Holly oll llly l Church of God

Rankin Ave • Mt. Holly, NC

Mt. Holly Church of God 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

Hood Memorial AME Zion Church 455 Sacco St. 704-825-6007

Loves Chapel Presbyterian Church 210 Park Street, Belmont NC

704-825-9861 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

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

Gaston Christian Church

1005 Catawba St. 704-825-8730

Upper Room United Pentecostal

826 W. Charlotte Ave. 704-827-2999

Ridgeview Baptist Church

Second Baptist Church

151 Henry Chapel Rd 704-825-0711

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704-867-2317 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

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

740 Rankin Ave. 704-827-5181

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

1117 Old NC Hwy 27 704-827-8826


St. Anthony of Padua Traditional Catholic Church

The Barn at Sandcastle Farm 155 Sandcastle Rd.

108 Horseshoe Bend Beach Rd. 704-827-8676

St. Paul FHB Church 1529 Old Hwy 27 Rd. 704-827-5851

Tuckaseege Baptist Church 511 Tuckaseege Rd. 704-827-4301

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

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

Gateway Cowboy Church

STANLEY Amazing Grace Baptist 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

Westview Presbyterian Church

5481 Hickory Grove Rd. 704-263-2691

1020 W. Catawba Ave. 704-827-2026

First Presbyterian Church

LOWELL Bethlehem Church 3100 Bethlehem Church St. 704-823-5050

Carolina Community Baptist

512 Old Mount Holly Rd. 704-263-4275

Gold Hill Missionary Baptist Church 7447 Old Plank Rd. 704-827-7966

New Faith Baptist Church

Family Worship Center

604 Martha Ave 704-824-2872

1224 Mayberry Rd. 704-263-0249

1013 W. Charlotte Ave. 704-827-7656

Center Baptist Church

New Life Baptist Church

Finish Line Christian Center

S. New Hope Rd. 704-824-4121

527 N. Buckoak St. 704-263-4647

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

Epic Church

Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church

100 Indian Walk 704-671-4652

2717 Dallas/Stanley Hwy. 704-263-4406

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

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

Stanley Church of God

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

113 E. Parkwood St. 704-263-2131

Mt. Calvary Baptist Church

Trinity Full Gospel Church

120 Branch St. 704-824-4535

303 Sunset Dr. 704-263-9765

First Baptist Church of Lowell

United In Action of Stanley

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

5481 Hickory Grove Rd. 704-524-0555

First Baptist Church

Welcome Baptist 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 541 Costner St. 704-827-0004

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

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

324 N. Main St. 704-263-4041

Stanley Pentecostal Holiness Church

811 Mauney Rd.

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

Woodlawn Baptist Church

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd

1101 N. Main St. 704-824-4261

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

Cramer Memorial United Methodist Church

Shiloh AME Zion Methodist

1405 Armstrong Ford Rd. 704-825-0604 513 Woodlawn Ave. 704-827-5185

416 Woodlawn Ave. 704-824-1745

East Wilkinson Blvd. 704-824-5319

1120 Charlotte Ave. 704-530-5174

Henry’s Chapel Ame Zion Church

Cramerton Free Will Baptist

Cramerton Temple of God Church

River of Life Full Gospel Church

6014 S. New Hope Rd 704-825-7959

151 8th Ave. 704-824-3889

105 Pine Rd. 704-827-3856

Grace Wesleyan Church

Cramerton Independent Presbyterian Church

Redemption Hill Church

Revival Tabernacle of Mt. Holly 124 Georgia Belle Ave 704-965-1004


154 N. Main St. 704-824-3831

804 W. Charlotte Ave. 704-820-0954

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Grace Korean Ch Assembly-God

McAdenville Wesleyan Church

192 Main St. 704-824-2740

For information on getting your business listed here call 704-825-0580

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Working together Hill and McKinney make East Gaston football history By John Wilson

East Gaston Warriors senior running backs Justin Hill and Markel McKinney recently did something that is rare in football. Both backs eclipsed the 1,000 yard rushing mark all in the same season. Hill and McKinney’s performance helped kick start a Warriors football program that had struggled for years. This year East Gaston finished the season 8-5 and went as far as the third round of the North Carolina High School Athletics Association Football Playoffs. McKinney and Hill will go down in the East Gaston record books as the best running duo the school has ever seen. However, if not for chance, these two runners may never have met, much less had the opportunity to team up and help change the destiny of Warrior football. Justin Hill and Markel McKinney have played football for most of their lives. Justin started at the age of five playing for the Stanley Mighty Mites Pop Warner program where he played quarterback and running back. Football is a game dominated by a sense of direction. Plays develop going to the left, to the right and up the middle. You hand off and pass to the left or the right. In football direction is everything. But for five year old Justin Hill there was one small problem. Justin didn’t quite understand his right from his left. “I didn’t know my right from my left,” Hill laughed. “The coaches had to write it down on my arm.” When you’re five that kind of stuff happens. Of course it didn’t take long for Justin to figure it out and he took to football rather quickly. After going through Pop Warner Justin went on to play running back at Stanley Middle School. When it was time to go to high school he went to East Gaston and was a member of the varsity squad by the time he was a sophomore. Like Justin, Markel McKinney also started football at a young age. But before he ever put pads on he was getting some one on one coaching from his grandfather Wesley Hunter. Mr. Hunter taught his grandson some of the basics. Things that Markel still remembers to this day. “My grandfather taught me the two, four, and six holes on the right side,” Markel explained of the running lanes used by running backs. When Markel finally took to the field he signed up with the Mount Holly Hawks Pop Warner program where he

played running back, quarterback, safety and linebacker. After Pop Warner Markel went to Mount Holly Middle School where he played running back and safety. Instead of going to a public high school Markel chose to play at Mountain Island Charter. Markel played for the Raptors in his freshman and sophomore seasons. Up to this point both players had bright futures, and it’s fair to say that their paths would probably have never crossed if it hadn’t been for COVID-19. During 2020 much of the nation was in a lockdown as athletes across the country saw their programs shut down as the nation battled the virus. It was in the midst of COVID during the summer of 2020 that Markel and Justin happened to meet each while working out. As the two started to talk they found that they had a lot in common. Both shared common goals. Both players wanted to be a part of something special. The more they talked, the more they came to realize that the key to success may just lie with working together. “I ran into Justin while working out,” Markel explained. “After talking to him I decided I wanted to come back to public schools because I liked what he was saying.” What Justin had been saying was that he hoped Markel would be a part of rebuilding the East Gaston Warriors football program. Justin believed that under new coach JT Postell the Warriors had potential and were on the cusp of turning the program around. He thought Markel could be a part of that. The more Justin and Markel talked the more they believed that anything was possible. “We wanted to be the change,” Justin said. “We wanted to turn the bus around.” In 2020 Markel and Justin suited up on the same team and played together for the first time. While the team made progress in 2020 there was still a lot that needed to be done. In 2021 things really started to come together for not only Markel and Justin, but for the Warriors football program in general. Coach Postell knew that he had a lot of talent in his backfield. Justin and Markel both brought a unique skill set to the table. Hill is a hard-nosed NorthSouth runner that kept the chains moving. For his part, McKinney is a versatile slot back who plays well in space and does a great job catching passes out of the backfield. Postell tweaked a few

things and figured out how to get the most out of each back. Once everything was set the Warriors unleased Justin and Markel and the East Gaston offense took off. In 2021 Hill and McKinney ran wild. They gave EG a potent one-two punch that proved to be hard to stop. Working as a team the two backs enjoyed incredible success. Justin broke the season single rushing record for East Gaston by running for 2023 yards while McKinney ran for 1,438 yards and also had 440 yards of receiving offense. In less than two years Hill and McKinney developed a special bond that went beyond football. The two seniors are close. They look at each other as brothers. They cheer each other on. Between them there is no jealousy, only respect. “Justin is a hard-nosed football player,” Markel said of his friend and teammate. “He’s blood, sweat, and tears. He could be on his last leg and he would still play.” For his part Justin thinks a lot of his Markel’s skills. “Kel is a pure athlete,” Justin said of Markel. “He’s a hard runner in between the tackles. He can catch passes out of the backfield. When

it’s time to make a big play he steps up.” As the two players talk about the 2021 season they occasionally pick on each other like brothers will do. Yet in between the occasional banter one can’t help but see how important it was for these young men to have had a chance to work with each other and to have succeeded together. It was in playing together that Hill and McKinney were able to achieve their goals. “We planned this,” Justin said of the two runners going over 1,000 yards. “We talked about doing this our junior year. We wanted to stand out.” “It’s a blessing to have one running back go over 1000 yards,” Markel added. “But it’s a bigger blessing to have two.” Coach Postell couldn’t be prouder of what these two seniors were able to add to the East Gaston football program. “Both had tremendous success for us,” Postell said. “They were the catalyst behind our offensive success. Both are exceptional young men who always pulled for each other and did everything they could for the team to be successful.” With their place in the

East Gaston running backs Justin Hill (left) and Markel McKinney (right) became the first backs in Warriors history to each run for over 1,000 yards in a single season. Hill finished the 2021 season with 2023 yards, while McKinney finished the year with 1438 yards. Photo by John Wilson Warriors record books set Markel and Justin are now turning their sights on what lies ahead. Both runners have garnered interest from various college programs. “I’d like to go to a fouryear university,” Justin said “I’d like to keep playing ball. I also want to focus on studying business.” Markel also has plans for the future that include football, school and opening his own business. “I want to continue play-

ing football at the next level,” Markel went on to say. “I’d like to go to school for music and business and I hope to open my own retail store in the future.” Based on what these two young men have done it’s fair to say that the sky is the limit and anything is possible. As time goes on Justin and Markel can look back on their time at East Gaston with pride. If by chance they ever wonder if they made a difference they need to know but one thing; they turned the bus around.

Storm vs Raiders in hoops action... The South Point Red Raiders varsity basketball team collided with the Stuart Cramer Storm b-ball men last week. In a thrilling game that went to the wire, the Storm pulled out a 58-57 victory. Here are some pics from the action-packed play. Photos by Bill Bostick/Tarheel Sports Photography

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Early College student takes on statewide leadership role as SGA president Gaston Early College High School student Nathan Vasquez is representing all community college students in the state as president of the North Carolina Comprehensive Community College Student Government Association (N4CSGA). Vasquez, who has served as a member of the Gaston College Student Government Association (SGA), attended his first state board meeting in October. “I was thrilled to hear I had been appointed to serve as president,” said Vasquez, who initially interviewed to represent the 17 community colleges in the western division. He now will represent all 58 community colleges statewide. Vasquez says it was his

teachers at H.H. Beam Elementary and Southwest Middle School who pushed him to set goals and do well in school. “During my eighth grade year, my teachers and counselors urged me to apply to Highland School of Technology and Gaston Early College,” said Vasquez, who thought he would attend Forestview High School with his friends. “They told me that I would have an advantage either choosing a pathway at Highland or obtaining a twoyear degree at the Early College.” Due to the lottery selection, Vasquez was put on the waitlist at both schools, but initially was accepted at the Gaston Early College two weeks prior to the start of

school. Since his time at the Early College, he has become a role model for his peers. As a sophomore, principal Josh Allen appointed him to serve on the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council. As a junior, he was a member of the Gaston College SGA, and last year, he was recognized as his school’s “Do The Right Thing” award recipient. “As president of the school’s Beta Club, I recognized that some families were experiencing difficulty buying food during the pandemic,” explained Vasquez. “To help provide assistance to the families, I reached out to Crisis Assistance Ministries and now our Beta Club helps provide food for families in need every Tuesday

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Nathan Vasquez and Thursday afternoon.” In addition, Vasquez has a passion for helping other Gaston College students who are enrolled in the college’s TRiO/ Student Success and Support program. The program is open to first generation college students, students of low-income,

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demonstrate His love, sovereignty, power and truth along with the tragic result of Adam and Eve’s sin choice: the entirety of humanity regularly falling for Satan’s deceptions Dennis Siracusa throughout time. Where is our hope? As our Holy Bible points out, our hope is in Jesus Christ alone. “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.” (John 3:16 NIV) Folks, we first must plug ourselves into God and Jesus Christ or our spirit will never be infused with God’s Holy Spirit and we will not function well. We’ll flounder in our soul, like guiding a lumbering boat with no engine and one broken oar, near dangerous obstacles; never having any advance warning or guidance. How does God talk to us; guide us and warn us? He draws our attention many ways but He frequently begins by grounding us in biblical truths and then shields our minds by connecting truth to our experiences thus protecting us from harmful outside influences. Here, the transducer ground is a trustworthy electrical reference point; a metaphor for regularly meditating on God’s truthful reference point which then shields us from sinful outside influences. By applying ourselves to study and prayer daily, we honor the Lord. Are we firmly plugged into Jesus and are we viewing our world with grounded and shielded protection from His Word; if we are, God will use us and we’ll be safe in His arms.

“So many of our minority students start the process of applying for college through the North Carolina Residency Determination Service, but never complete the application,” said Vasquez. “We’re looking at determining what barriers exist and exploring ways to reduce those impacts.” Currently a real estate broker, Vasquez will graduate in May with a high school diploma and an Associate of Science degree from Gaston College. He remains undecided about what four-year college he will attend next fall, but his long-term goal is to get a four-year degree, go to law school, and become a real estate attorney.


By Dennis Siracusa I have a faulty bass fishing depth finder. The power cord is missing and the transducer cord is frayed. Of my three depth/fish finder instruments, this one is important because it connects to my trolling motor to help me navigate shallower more precarious water. When it’s turned on it becomes a valuable tool instead of a useless decoration. The transducer and cord part is vital because once the power is on the grounded shielded transducer sends accurate information, in a fraction of a second, to the HEAD unit relaying size and depth information to ME. Can you see an emerging spiritual lesson? Imagine “ME” from our fishing example, is our spirit, alive in Christ, and the “HEAD” is our soul. Our soul, “mind, will, and emotions,” is affected by myriad impulses we receive from everywhere all impacting our emotions and choices; political, social, economic, true or false. And God gave us His spirit to guide our soul with direction and information; He inspires creativity and exposes everything; truth and lies, what’s necessary or not, and directionally what door to choose or not. And here is an important corollary to our fish finder. To access to our wonderful God asset, we must be plugged into His Spirit and our receptors have to BE and STAY properly grounded and shielded. The holy bible and all of creation definitively declares that God exists. It’s indisputable and at judgement that point will merit no debate. Also, mysteriously, God has chosen a multi millennial timeline to continually

or students with a documented disability who may experience challenges at Gaston College. One of his first priorities at the state level is finding ways to increase enrollment at community colleges. “Our community colleges have seen a 27 percent decrease in enrollment since 2010, and more recently in 2020, enrollment declined 11 percent,” explained Vasquez. “But, programs such as NC Reconnect were introduced at five community colleges this fall to attract adult learners back to college.” However, one initiative that Vasquez is most passionate about is attracting minority students to our community colleges.

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The East Gaston High Warriors boys and girls basketball teams played the Forestview Jaguars last week. The boys prevailed 67-57 in their contest and the girls pulled out a 32-29 victory. Here are some scenes from courtside of the action. Photos by Jennifer Hall

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Gaston Day iGEM team earns silver medal Gaston Day School’s international Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) team has won a silver medal in the collegiate division along with UVA, Purdue, Cornell, MIT, and Stanford. This is the best iGEM has done since 2014. The students project was assessing the risk of horizontal gene transfer between genetically engineered bacteria and wild bacteria through bacteriophages. They also developed lab equipment for people with visual or motor Let’s celebrate the amazing work these two ladies do at Pinecontrol difficulties. wood Elementary, Mt. Holly. Mrs. Dodge (left) is Pinewood’s 21-22 Teacher Assistant of the Year. She works tirelessly to support her Kindergarten students, and she serves a bus driver as well. Everyone at Pinewood appreciates her high expectations, organization, dependability, and patience! Mrs. Cook is the 21-22 New Teacher of the Year. Although she is only in the third year of her teaching career, she is a master teacher who has a great deal of experience working with children. Pinewood appreciates her rigorous and creative lessons, parent communication, and commitment to the Pinewood team. Gaston Schools photos

Mount Holly resident graduates from WGU On November 20, online nonprofit Western Governors University held its first in-person commencement in over a year-and-a-half at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Among the more than 1,000 graduates in attendance was Leslie Cherry-Alm from Mount Holly who received a Bachelor of Science degree in business – HR management.

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The Stuart Cramer Middle School Eagles captured the county championship last week by a score of 1-0 over the Belmont Middle School Wildcats. The game was a thrilling clash between two great teams and good sportsmanship rivals. Here are some shots from the championship contest. Photos by Bill Bostick/Tarheel Sports Photography

Gaston College hoops action... The Gaston College Rhinos basketball team took on the squad from Spartanburg Methodist College last week. The game was played in the North Gaston High gym. When the final buzzer sounded the Rhinos came up a bit short 69-56. Here are some scenes from the thrilling encounter. Photos by Calvin Craig

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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

NC4.NEWS NEWS AND EVENTS News and Events - Daily updates for this area of the Carolinas

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 mdbridges@ In the email, include playing/coaching experience and contact information. A background check will be required for this position. PATRICIA PINK ZEBRA INDEPENDENT CONSULTANT. I’m a pink zebra INDEPENDENT consultant. A home fragrance & decor (828) 234-4259 sweetsensations12@

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



BUSINESS SERVICES 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

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.

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKING Will you answer the door? Start up an Under 21 Private Dance Club. Fri 72 Juniors with HS ID x $15 = $1,800. Sat 72 Seniors with HS ID x $15 = $1,800. Membership Fee $20 x 144 = $2,880. Time 8-11:30pm, 3 1/2 hours x 2 days = 7 hours. $1,880 x 2 night $1,800 x 2 = $3,600 per week. $3,600 x 50 = $180,000. Membership fee = $2,880 + concessions (food) $182,800 Gross. Not bad for 7 hours a week. How long would it take to pay off $120,000 mortgage on building? Call Tom Bittner 828-453-0828. Also income from: 1) Drive Thru 7-11, 4 hours. 2) Coffee Shop 7-11, 4 hours. 3) Luncheonette 11-4, 5 hours. 4) Dining room 4-8; 4 hours. 5) Catering Rear Kitchen. 6) Outdoor BBQ with seating area. All under one roof!

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

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

NOW HIRING AT ESTABLISHED RESTAURANT. Wait Staff, Cook/Grill Staff, Pizza Preppers. Call (704) 470-0559


IN NEED OF ROLLBACK DRIVER. Auto Parts U Pull & Scrap Metal of Shelby. Must ha ve experience and good driving record. Apply in person at 1025 County Home Road, Shelby, NC 28152, (704) 472-4666

SPRUCE YOUR HOME UP for the new year! Call Rocky’s Junk Removal Service 828-5216383. Free estimates. Whole house/garage cleanouts. Polk, Rutherford and Cleveland Counties.

CARE GIVER LOOKING TO TAKE CARE of your loved ones. 20+ years. Excellent references. Bathe, light housekeeping/cooking, meds, errands. 704-472-3472

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

HELP WANTED. PART-TIME EXPERIENCED PAINTER. May lead to full time. Must have transportation and be drug free. Call Jimmy-704-692-8001. 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 FULL TIME MAINTENANCE MAN NEEDED. Maintain rental properties. Must have valid NC Drivers license. Pay depends on experience. (704) 473-4299 PART TIME CHURCH SECRETARY. Provides effective and efficient general secretarial duties. Responsible for answering phone, publishing bulletins, paying church bills, check writing, payroll and disbursement of church funds in cooperation with church treasurer. Work hours are 8-12, Monday-Friday. Qualifications: At least a high school diploma, experience with MS Office (including Word, Excel and Powerpoint), basic bookkeeping and good organizational skills. (704) 435-6069 fwccherryville@



PAINTING SERVICES. Over 25 years experience, affordable prices. Professional results. References available. Free estimates. Charles, or leave message. (704) 435-8062. 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. 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. 24 HOUR MOBILE MECHANIC. I will come to you to repair any car, lawnmower or tractor. Honest & reliable. (704) 3002332 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.

JD ENTERPRISES. Quality Construction and Electrical Services, and many more. Free estimates. 704-349-2999, 803610-7765 PROFESSIONAL TREE & STUMP REMOVAL. “We Make the Pain in Your Grass.... Disappear!” Call STUMP PROS @ (704) 691-4201 SHIPMAN’S MASONRY- 48 YEARS EXPERIENCE. Brick, Block & Stone, Outside Fireplaces, Foundations, Underpinnings. “Free Estimates”. 1st Quality Work! (863) 532-1587




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.

ELECTRIC HOSPITAL BED. Complete. $60. (704) 538-9021

FOR SALE UTILITY TRAILER 6.5’ X 8’. single axle in good condition $1000; Also enclosed goat & calf trailer $500. (704) 6858565 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 ALL METAL GARAGES. Big Discounts! Zero down. Call for more details. 828-382-0455. 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 FLORAL LOVE SEAT. Like new. $100. Can text pictures. (704) 482-9273 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 2 PERCEPTION ODYSSEY KAYAKS. With paddles. Like new. Great Christmas gifts. Was $1000, asking $600. 704473-8908 VINTAGE PLACE, 2740 CARLA DRIVE POLKVILLE. Open Tuesday-Saturday 8am-2pm until Christmas. Best Christmas gifts, good clothes for women, men, boys, shoes, etc. Tools, bikes, toys, lamps, homemade pickles, thousands more items from A-Z.

DON’T WAIT. MOVING SALE. Big Carpet Machine, rotates and holds 10 rolls of carpet, Fork Lift, Metal Shelving, Desks, Tools, Roof Jacks, Metal Cabinets, Job Box, Tool Boxes, Tar Kettle, Paint Sprayers and 1998 Chevy 1 Ton Pick-Up, crew cab. 116 Rogers Street, Shelby, NC 28150, or 704-477-0516. DEER CORN, 60 POUND BAG. $9. Callahan Farms. Cletus: 704-300-5341; Steve: 704472-8865; 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, 570419-6654. LINCOLN ELECTRIC WELDER . Weld-Pack 100 and utility cart for sale. 120 volt, self-feed mig welder. $650. 570-4196654. HEIL QUAKER CORPORATION OIL Furnace. 85,000 BTU. Good condition. $400.00 or best offer. 828-248-8060. TIRES AND WHEELS FOR DODGE. 2 sets for Dodge 2500. 1 set is new and the other about 1500 miles. 275x70x18 $1000 for new $600 for used or $1400.00 for both! (704) 7470526 MORGAN’S FIREWOOD SERVICE. Green oak, small stove wood. $75, delivered. Call 828395-0758 RIDING/PUSH MOWERS, GARDEN TILLERS, GOKARTS, MINI-BIKES. Ready to mow. All in excellent condition. Can deliver, 30+ years experience in repair work. 828980-0853, 704-476-9383. 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. ENCLOSED TRAILERS IN STOCK! 6’x10’, 6’x12’, 7’x12’ and 7’x16’ contact J. Johnson Sales, Inc., Forest City. (828) 245-5895

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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.


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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.

USE SEAL N HEAL® on dogs & cats to seal wounds with a bitter taste to prevent gnawing, allow healing. At Tractor Supply® (

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

FIREWOOD FOR SALE. Long wheelbase load. Fully loaded. $70.00/load. Delivered. 864492-4793 or 803-627-9408.

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.

16’X40’ OR TWO STORY BUILDINGS BUILT ON SITE. 1 DAY INSTALL. J. Johnson Sales INC. 828-245-5895. SOUND EQUIPMENT ALL PEVEY. 4 DM 112, 4DM 118 SUB WOOFERS, 24 CHANNEL FX MIX BOARD, ROLAND RD150 ELECTRIC KEY BOARD, 5 PEAVEY WIRED MIC’S, 1 WIRELESS MIC, STAGE LIGHTS AND ALL CONTROLLERS, MIC STANDS, GUITAR STANDS, ALL WIRING AND CONNECTOR. IN EXCELLENT CONDITION, NO FINANCE, CASH SALE ONLY, NON- NEGOTIABLE!! CONTACT 828310-3602 (828) 310-3602 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. 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 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 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

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


WANT TO BUY. ATV’s, PopUp Campers and Small Travel Trailers. Call 828-429-3935. 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 RECORD ALBUMS. Call Ron. (919) 314-7579

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

FESCUE HAY FOR SALE. $4.50 per bale. Call 704-5834110. If no answer leave message.

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

WANTED: OLD AND NEW AMMO. Reloading supplies. Call 828-245-6756 or cell # 828-289-1488.


FREE TO GOOD HOME. Two kittens. 6 months old. Male and female. Cute Black and white. (704) 692-2931 YORKIES 2 MALES LEFT! Two Traditional black and tan male Yorkies. Raised in our home under foot. Loved and cared for all day long. Vet checked, first shots, dewormed, tails docked, dewclaws removed. $1200. $100 deposit will hold your bundle of joy available 12/9/21. Call 704-692-3698 to schedule a FaceTime or visit. Shelby NC area. (704) 692-3698 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. YOUNG ADULT RESCUE CATS. Spayed & neutered. Males $80, females $125. Call for selection. (828) 391-0919


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!!! $600.00 FOR ALL (704) 718-9122

FREE KITTENS to a good inside home. Call 704-419 9413 (anytime) or call 828-201-3861 after 4pm.

FREE HORSE MANURE COMPOST. Free composted horse manure. Great for gardens. Located in Bostic, NC. (828) 447-0652

HEIFERS FOR SALE. F1 Black Baldy Open Replacement Heifers. Breeding age. Home raised and gentle. Springhill Angus & Hereford Farm.704-477-9054.

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


MOBILE HOMES & APARTMENTS. In Kings Mountain. Price starting at $100 per week. Call (704) 739-4417 DW 2018 MOBILE HOME. For Sale. Never Been Lived In- .63 lot, 4BR, 2BA. #3 School District. 980-4045200. (980) 404-5200



LOVE UNDER THE TREE. 2 Reg Yorkies, 3 Parti Yorkies. All shots / dewormed up to date. Vet certified. CKC certified. Christmas discounted at $1,000.00 each. Taking deposits. (704) 473-7042

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

1997 FORD RANGER XLT. Extended cab 4x4, 4.0 engine, automatic transmission, runs great. 132K miles. $3500.00. 828-287-3820

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 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 LAUREL HILL APARTMENTS. Will stop taking applications effective December 1, 2021 for our 1 bedroom waiting lists. 704-487-1114

CLEVELAND COUNTY 2 & 3 BEDROOM MOBILE HOMES. For Rent in country setting in Kings Mountain area. 704-898-9298 or (704) 7394908

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@walker-woodworking. com


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.


LIFT CHAIR. heavy duty. Call: 828-429-7710

FOUR CEMETERY PLOTS. Located at Cleveland Memorial Park in Shelby, NC. All four plots are next to sidewalk at the Bell Tower “Great Location”. $2000 each or all four $7000. call (704) 466-8295

TWO CEMETERY LOTS for sale at Cleveland County Cemetery. $1,000/each. 828289-3601.

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

CASH FOR YOUR CAR running or not, title or no title. Call Charles Dellinger at Red Road Towing. 704-692-6767, (704) 487-0228

WANT TO BUY CARS, TRUCKS. Trailers, Tractors, Farm Equipment. Must have ID and proof of ownership. Callahan’s Towing. (704) 692-1006

WOOD SPLITTER 5HP. $600. Cages for wood $25. Feed barrels, plastic $20. Burning Barrels $10. Totes, 275 gallon $75$100. 15 gallon jugs for fuel $20. Jeff, Hickory, NC (828) 327-4782

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

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

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

CHINA CABINET LIKE NEW. Good condition $350. (704) 482-7274

CHIHUAHUA PUPPIES FOR SALE. Pure breed, 3 males, 1 female. $350 each, 704-4189244.

CHICKENS, DUCKS, RABBITS. For Sale. (704) 538-2004

Deadline: Friday at 12:00 Noon

2&3 BEDROOM MOBILE HOMES. Nice and clean, water furnished. Oak Grove Community, Kings Mtn. Call or text, 704-739-0259. NICE COUNTRY LIVING. 2 or 3BR mobile homes for rent. 10 minutes from Shelby. NO PETS. Seniors welcome. No Texts. 843-957-9299. 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 3 BEDROOM, 2 BATH, secluded 1 acre lot. No pets. First, last, security. 55 & older. Background check. Shiloh area. 828-429-9831. FOR RENT IN HISTORIC DOWNTOWN Forest City. Walk to most everything. Quiet, settled neighbors. 1BR apartment, large rooms, studio/ office area, energy efficient, hardwood floors, carport. References. Large 3BR, 2 bath, 9 ft. ceilings, hardwood floors, garage, porches, fenced, energy efficient. References. Call 828-248-1638. OAKLAND ROAD 2BR APARTMENT. Like new. Appliances, sewer, water, garbage included. $595. Small efficiency all utilities included. $450 plus deposit/references. 828248-1776. 2 & 3 BEDROOM MOBILE HOMES. Small private park between Spindale and Forest City. Starting at $500 per month. 828382-0475.


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

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

VACATIONS OCEAN LAKES MYRTLE BEACH. Cottage N34. 2 bedroom, 2 bath, den, kitchen, dining, covered deck, near country store. Call Dorcas, 803-7182659.



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Belmont Christmas Village The City of Belmont became a Christmas Village on Dec. 4th. From a Christmas carousel, horse-drawn carriage rides to holiday offerings from its wonderful downtown businesses, it was a lot of holiday cheer filled fun. If you missed out, you can still enjoy the Festival of Trees in downtown Belmont & Stowe Park through January 2nd. The Festival of Trees is decorated by local schools and non-profit organizations in Stowe Park and in businesses along Main Street! Plus make sure to Shop Small for your holiday gifts from all of our downtown businesses this holiday season. Thanks to CaroMont Health for sponsoring the 2021 Christmas Village. Photos by Garland Burks Marketing