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Community Public Charter School in Stanley set to expand By Alan Hodge

Community Public Charter School in Stanley is going to build a new school to house its growing enrollment. Plans for a 47-room school are drawn up for the new facility slated for a 36-acre site on Mariposa Rd. just past Stanley Environmental. “We are in final negotiations for the land,” said school founder Eddie McGinnis. “We hope to have the new building open in August, 2023.” Cost of the facility will be around $20 million. It will be paid for by a private bond offering. The contractor is Durham-based Hubrich Contracting. “They have built several charter schools across North Carolina,” said McGinnis. Mussman Architects is handling the design. The new building will initially house grades K-8, with more to come. “Hopefully, we will add high school starting with 9th grade in 2023-2024,” McGinnis said. The new building is needed to cope with the growth that CPCS has experienced since it first opened just a few years ago. McGinnis, the former East Gaston High principal, hatched the idea of a charter school in 2016 when he was pastor at Community Pentecostal Center on Ralph Handsel Blvd. After jumping through the hoops required by the state to establish a charter school, Community Charter opened its doors in late summer,

2019, with around 220 students in grades K-5. Since then, the numbers have climbed steadily. By 2020, the school had 350 kids. This year, there are 470 students. Next year the number is expected to be 580 with 700 on the rolls by the time the new building is done. Students come from Gaston, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, and Cleveland counties. A tour of the current school campus reveals three shiny pre-fab buildings with classrooms, a gym, office space, and a nice playground area. A fourth mobile unit is planned for next year. The mobile units are leased. McGinnis says that when the new building is opened, the mobile units will be removed. If a student needs transportation to and from school, Community Public Charter has two buses that run routes to Iron Station, Mt. Holly, Belmont, and Dallas. What explains the success that Community Public Charter is seeing? “We have hired good staff, we have a great school board, and we make sure we get the teachers what they need,” said McGinnis. “It has taken a lot of time, effort, and manpower, but the results are proving to be everything we hoped for.” In addition, the school’s credo includes the following words- “We emphasize the importance of character, kindness, and community”. “We teach American values,” said McGinnis. “We start every day with the Pledge of Allegiance and a patriotic song. We also have a rigorous academic program with the Core See SCHOOL, Page 4

Lowell plans new park City of Lowell story Situated at 1602 North Main Street, Lowell, is a retired dye plant that has not been in operation since 2004. This property has been an eyesore to the community since the former dye plant shut its doors. This 17.02 acre site boasts over 850 feet of frontage along the South Fork River and has over 25 abandoned structures from the previous dye plant. Residential neighborhoods are the predominant adjacent land uses, as well as Gaston County’s Poston Park to the north. On December 14, 2021 the Lowell City Council unanimously voted to receive donation of the property to pursue a brownfield redevelopment of the site. The architecture firm, Creech and Associates was selected in the August of 2021 to perform the conceptual master plan for this site. This process involved a high-level rendering of what amenities and layout of the site could look like. The planned redevelopment of this site would include: a new location for the City’s Public Works Facility and many recreational amenities such as: -Connection to the -Fishing pier Carolina Thread Trail -Kayak launch -Outdoor classrooms -Banquet hall -Multiple playgrounds -Picnic shelters -Amphitheater See PARK, Page 4

Community Public Charter School kindergarten students in Ms. Speas’ class enjoying their lessons.

Belmont’s Auten-Stowe American Legion Post 144 celebrating its centennial By Alan Hodge

One of Belmont’s most venerable and respected organizations- the Auten-Stowe American Legion Post 144- is celebrating its 100th birthday this year. Post 144 got its start on March 20, 1921 when a group of WWI Belmont veterans decided to form an American Legion Post. It was decided to name it after two Belmont lads who had been killed in the war- William Auten and Charles Stowe. A year later, March 29, 1922, Post 144 received its charter. For many years, Post 144 members met at a building called the “Community Center”. In 1952, the headquarters were located to its current location on Park Dr. near Davis Park. Over the decades, Post 144 has been active in many civic affairs. In 1922, it organized the first volunteer fire dept. in Belmont. The group was instrumental in seeing that a memorial was built in Greenwood Cemetery honoring local WWI soldiers who had been killed in action. This monument was dedicated on August 15, 1922. Post 144 has also made it pos-

Auten-Stowe American Legion Post 144 members with the organization’s original charter. From left- Art Shoemaker, Barry Smith, Tommy Christopher. sible each year since the 1960s for local students to attend the one-week Boys and Girls State seminar held at Catawba College. This program allows the students to study politics and government during their stay. Post 144 was also active in the campaign that saw the Spirit of the Fighting Yank WWII memorial statue moved from its former location at Belmont Middle School to

front and center at Stowe Park. Seeing the statue in its current location is a highlight of any visit to downtown Belmont. Each Memorial Day, Post 144 places American flags on veteran graves in Greenwood Cemetery and other locations. It also organizes Memorial Day and Veterans Day events. See LEGION, Page 3

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Most of us, when we ponder chivalry, think of a fearless knight in shining armor riding a white horse. Chivalry didn’t end with William Wallace around 1200 AD, and operates today with men acting like gentlemen; thoughtful, respectful, protective, attentive, and considerate. I have a friend; a motorcyclist, that fits this mold. He has worked hard all his life caring for his family, and often connects with other “bikers” who band together to help many people. My friend goes further. He is sensitive to those too weak to help themselves. He understands the value of all human life and volunteers at a prolife ministry protecting the unborn, and at a children’s special needs ranch every week. My friend stands tall as he regularly goes the extra mile striving to be a provider and protector. Otis Redding was married in 1960 and penned a song in 1965 called R.E.S.P.E.C.T. where the lyrics were about men wanting respect, as breadwinners, when they come home from work. In 1967 Aretha Franklin came out with her version which asks for respect for herself (and women too). Looking at these two songs, it’s not a big stretch to suggest all men and women, deep down, de-

sire respect. But here’s the catch. Respect is earned by more than just working a job away from or in the home; robots can do that. In the movie Old Fashioned, Amber makes an important observation in a conversation with Clay. “The world has enough great men, it needs more good men.” Men have earned seeming greatness by pouring themselves into their work and becoming wildly successful. You don’t find the path to goodness, however, and develop it personally unless you make God and your family a major part of your life along with hard work. Today we hear about much disrespect toward one another. Sexual abuse allegations make daily headlines, as do ones about human trafficking, child abuse, broken homes, and divorce. In fact, a lack of chivalry and respect for one another is so rampant I wonder if that is becoming our new norm. I ask, because huge pockets of influential people often strive to protect the predators and dismiss the horror. How have we come to this place; do we notice; do we care? Where’s the goodness? Goodness embraces many more vital character traits alongside those in our first paragraph. Discretion and virtue are two more that come to mind; “avoiding actions resulting in undesirable ac-

tions” and “moral excellence.” H o w a w a r e are we of sin that Dennis Siracusa plagues us and draws us constantly away from goodness, virtue, love, and even balanced living? Our creator has told us in Ephesians 6:12 that our real battle is “against principalities, against powers, against rulers of the darkness of this world.” We must guard against demonic spiritual darkness invading our lives because, by giving into it, we will hurt ourselves and others. Dismissing God and the devil, makes it impossible to explain the violence and disrespect? Evil is real; God has put overcoming prayer power in His children’s hands; let’s pray hard to bind the demonic strongman.

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Having been inspired by a Ted Talk by Shawn Achor, I begin journaling over two years ago. The instructions were to write down three things I was grateful for, journal one positive experience, and do one random act of kindness. I was also to exercise and meditate. I ignored those last two items. For over two and a half years, I faithfully journaled, including when I was out of town on vacation. I kept reading articles about the importance of exercise and meditation. My stubbornness caused me to say what I was doing was enough. But was it? As I came to my 900th entry, I decided to add the two remaining activities. Some time ago, I converted my wife’s ten-speed bike she purchased in the mid 1980’s into an exercise bike. The rear tire was suspended on a roller. When I set it up, it worked fine. More recently, it leaned to the left when I pedaled. Then I shifted gears and the chain came off. As I went to put the chain on the sprocket, I saw that the gears had separated from the rim. How was I going to keep my New Year’s resolution when the bike was in pieces? I took the rim off the bike and the sprocket fell off the rim. One of the pins that allow it to freely spin came off. I managed to get that back on. There was a cover under which were only six ball bearings. It required a lot more. They were somewhere on the floor. I put the cover back on hoping it would work. Knowing I was in over my head, I asked my wife to help me. She found all the bearings. There was hope we could put this back together. There was nothing holding the cover in place that kept the bearings from falling out. Don’t laugh , but I used two garden hose rubber washers. In concept it worked, but not in reality. My wife kept encouraging me to find a solution. I explained a piece of flat sheet metal would be too thin and would fall out. I watched

was held in place between Tony Marciano the nut and the top of the bearing cap. We put the axle back on the bike. I tried it and it worked. Someone once said that “encouragement” is putting “courage in.” That’s what my wife did – she put the courage into me that we could fix this 35-year-old bike axle with the tools and materials we had at home. As we begin this new year, you may be someone else’s “encourager.” You may be the one to put courage into them so they can accomplish the task at hand. I’ll be back in two weeks. Until then, live well my friend.

enough home improvement videos to see them cut slots in thicker steel. I found a thick flat washer and cut it so it was “C” shaped. It didn’t fit so I had to widen the opening. It was a little better but there was a bur in the steel I had to file down. Again, a little bit better but it wouldn’t go on. More filing and more fitting. My wife took the hammer and started to tap it in place. It started to move. I added a punch which she tapped. It started to go on. I had her stop. I knew we were approaching the point of no return. If I got it on, it wasn’t coming off. Again, I filed a little more and put it on the axle. With the punch in place, she tapped it and it went on. It was thick enough that it wasn’t coming out. It


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the ice house parking lot in Ranlo as I commenced to feeling woozy again and all that day and the day following I was in bed feeling like a dishrag. Last Tuesday I got my ‘booster’. This Alan Hodge was at 3pm. By 7pm I Banner-News Editor was in bed feeling like truck had hit me, I had a throbbing headache and was shaking like a dog passing persimmon seeds with chills and had not the energy to lift my head. The next day was more of the same and I had such chills as I needed to wear a sweatshirt and flannel PJs and got under three woolen army blankets and a down comforter and was shivering some more. Yessir, there was a whole lotta shakin’ going on. Finally, Friday, I felt better just in time to go to the hospital to have my esophagus dilated. Sheesh. I am done with shots. I have been shot to pieces. I know folks who have not had the first shot and who feel great. I know folks who have had two shots and got the You Know What. I have come to the conclusion it is all a roll of the dice. It is a roll hyped by the mainstream news media and with a political streak a mile wide. Maybe you disagree. That’s Ok, as for me, I have done my duty. But as a Civil War soldier wrote home to his wife after his first battle- “Darling, I have done seen the monkey show and I don’t want to see it no more”.


Well folks, have you gotten your shot(s)? You know the one I am referring to. The one that will (allegedly) keep you safe from The Plague. The one (really) that could cost you your job if you say “thanks, but no thanks” to your employer. The one that is (for sure) the epitome of “better safe than sorry”. I got mine. All three. Plus a flu shot. By golly, I feel downright immortal. But there’s a huge hair in the honeybun. Side effects. Plus the fact that maybe the shots aren’t the Colgate Invisible Shield they are supposed to be. Here’s my chronology. Last spring I got my first Covid vaccine. There, I said the “C” word. The only after effect was a sore arm. A few weeks later I went back to the same healthcare facility for shot number two. So, I got the jab and sat in a room with a lot of other jabbees and after about five minutes we were told to git because there was a conga line in the hallway awaiting their rendezvous with the needle. So, I got up and walked down the hall and when I got to the place where folks were being checked in the room commenced to spin around and around and I swooned and two nurses and a security guard scooped me up off the floor and put me in a wheelchair and wheeled me past the aforementioned conga line the folks of which had eyes big as saucers watching as I was wheeled past and they put me in a room by myself and my blood pressure was 200/95 and the made me drink some water and after about twenty minutes I was helped to my car and poured in and I headed for home but had to stop at

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A new addition to the flag pole circle in front of the Post 144 building. Photos by Alan Hodge


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Sponsoring baseball teams has been a big part of Post 144 for decades. Here’s the 1959 team.

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Baseball has been a big part of Post 144’s legacy. It has sponsored teams since the 1930s and is still active in baseball to this day. Post 144’s first com- These men from Post 144 went on to become state-level commanders. mander H.B. Gaston. From left- Dave Hall, Ernest Hubbard, Dr. Sam Shaver. Each year Post 144 holds a gala Christmas celebration. Traditionally, an outstanding local citizen receives the Community Service Award at the event. Currently, Post 144 has over 200 members who share a strong bond of comradeship and camaraderie. Post 144 member Art Shoemaker summed it up. “Post 144 has been a vital part of Belmont for 100 years now,” he said. “It’s an amazing feat to have been here this long. Post 144 gives veterans a place to gather and to plan and do good works for the city of Belmont. It also gives young men a place to play baseball.” All of this is wonderful, but there are some gaps in

Post 144’s history that need filling in. Therefore, Post 144 is reaching out to the community for any information, news clips, photos, etc. that might flesh out its long and distinguished history. “One thing we would like to know is where members met from 1922 to 1941,” said post commander Barry Smith. “Any other information is also greatly appreciated.” Do you know more about the past of Post 144? If so, email at POST144BELMONT@GMAIL.COM. Also, here’s a list of upcoming Post 144 events March 29th - 100th year Anniversary of Post 144 1st meeting - Special Event in Planning.

Memorial Day Weekend - put out flags and breakfast. Gun Raffle tickets begin sales in June - Drawing TBD. August 27 - 100th year of Post 144 receiving charter from National American Legion, September 17th - Fish Fry. October 8th - SAL Golf Tournament (this date is tentative). November 11th - Veterans Day. December 10th - Army/ Navy football game. Also remember that regular meetings are the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 PM, but do not meet in July or December.

Chilibrew 2022 in Mount Holly coming up ChiliBrew is back this year in Mount Holly on Saturday February 12th, from 2 to 6 PM at The Farmers Market, 226 S. Main St., in Mt. Holly. The Mount Holly Community Development Foundation invites you to come out and enjoy this chili cook off. Coddle Creek band will be providing some great music to enjoy as well. Tickets are $20 in advance through eventbrite (https://www.

mh-chilibrew-registrationtickets-230343994087) or $25 at the door with 12under kids tickets at $10. Standard and craft beer will be available (not included in ticket). Taste the chefs’ offerings, and see who wins the Judge’s Award, and vote for your favorite for the People’s Choice Award. Competing chefs will cook from 10 AM until 2 PM on site. More chili chefs are needed for this event. Who

loves to cook chili? Or do you have a famous secret recipe? Spicy? Vegan? Beans or no beans. If you are interested contact MHCDF at mounthollyfoundation@gmail. com, and they will send you the link to register. Net proceeds will be used by the MHCDF Committee, Mount Holly FRiends Of the Greenway System (FROGS), for the benefit of the Mount Holly Riverhawk Greenway.

Beekeepers club being formed Gaston County is forming a new 4-H Beekeepers Club beginning in January. All youth (ages 5-18) who are interested in learning about bees are invited to attend this club kick-off meet-

ing. Volunteers of the Gaston County Beekeeper Association and staff of NC Cooperative Extension - Gaston County Center will be present to help get the club up and flying. In addition to learning

how to safely raise bees and harvest honey, youth will be joining an entire world of 4-H opportunities! Location: Citizens Resource Center, 1303 DallasCherryville Hwy., Dallas, NC.

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Catawba Crossings feasibility study public comment period and meeting The Gaston-Cleveland-Lincoln Metropolitan Planning Organization (GCLMPO) and regional project sponsors are conducting a feasibility study for the Catawba Crossings Project. A feasibility study is an early planning tool that results in conceptual designs, cost estimates, and recommendations for future study. The Catawba Crossings Project proposes a new alignment roadway between NC 279 (S. New Hope Road) in southeastern Gaston County to NC 160 (Steele Creek Road) in western Mecklenburg County. The Catawba Crossings is recommended to be a multi-lane, mediandivided boulevard with landscaping along the roadway as well as bicycle and pedestrian accommodations.

The GCLMPO will host an informal Open House Public Meeting at Gaston College-Kimbrell Campus Auditorium (7220 Wilkinson Boulevard, Belmont, N.C. 28012) on Wednesday February 2, 2022 from 4:307:30 PM. The conceptual roadway design and project information will be available for public review. No formal presentation will be made. Representatives from the project team will be present to answer questions and collect public comments. In addition to the informal Open House Public Meeting, the GCLMPO is offering the public an opportunity to review the conceptual roadway design and project information on the project website (www.catawbacrossings. com). The GCLMPO will ac-

cept comments and feedback during a 30-day public comment period between January 14, 2022 and February 13, 2022. Your insights into the short- and long-term transportation needs of the local community are invaluable, and we welcome your thoughts. The project team will carefully consider all comments received and evaluate whether they can be incorporated into the conceptual design of the project. If you do not have reliable access to the internet, a computer or smart phone, but would like to participate in this project by providing comments, please contact the GCLMPO Project Manager by phone or email to make arrangements that will meet your needs.

Community Public Charter School founder Eddie McGinnis with mobile classes in the background. Virtues.” McGinnis says the school has been getting support from Stanley. “The town is working with us on traffic and zoning issues,” he said. “Also, the parental support is

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Knowledge Sequence and a values-based character education program with Core

great.” To learn more about Community Public Charter School, including how to put your name in the hat for the 2022-2023 selection process (deadline is January 31st), visit

Here’s an architectural rendering of how the new Community Public Charter School will look when it is completed in August, 2023.

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-Volleyball courts -Walking paths Steps forward will include citizen input on the amenities that may be offered at this site, a brownfield steering committee, and developing a plan to phase the project. The City of Lowell has been working with a third-party environmental consultant, Mid-Atlantic Associates, for over 3 years to identify all environmental issues present on the site. The City has also utilized over 50 historical environmental reports from the property owner to determine the risk associated with this property. The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) has been very active remediating the

-Obstacle courses, and more. site over the past several years. The City of Lowell applied for a Brownfield Agreement with NCDEQ in order to bring this property back to life for a different use. The City of Lowell subsequently received a Letter of Eligibility (LOE) into the Brownfield program on November 16, 2021. A “brownfields site” is an abandoned, idled or underused property where the threat of environmental contamination has hindered its redevelopment. The Brownfields Program is the state’s effort to break this barrier to the redevelopment of these sites. Mid-Atlantic is an industry leader in Brownfield

redevelopment. More than 500 sites around North Carolina have gone through with this process to redevelop these same types of properties. You have likely been to a brownfield site before and did not know. The US National Whitewater Center and the Bank of America Stadium are two local instances where brownfield sites were remediated and repurposed. Other regional examples include the Rocky Mount Event Center, Camden Center (Charlotte), Guilford Mills (Greensboro), Conover Station, Smith Property (Shelby), and many more.

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Kazimierz Mieczyslaw “Mike” Kowalewski Denver, NC Kazimierz Mieczyslaw “Mike” Kowalewski, 89, of Denver, North Carolina passed away Monday, November 21, 2021. He was born January 21, 1932, in

Poznan, Poland, and in addition to his parents, Mike was preceded in death by his sister Maria Romanski and brotherin-law Alexander Romanski. Surviving are his wife Donnie N. Kowalewski, of Denver, son Michael Kowalewski and wife Pam of Belmont, three grandchildren Abbey, Mark and Karl; and three nephews. A Memorial Service will be at the Mount Holly First United Methodist Church, 140 North Main Street, Mount Holly, NC 28120, at 2:00 pm, Saturday, January 22, 2022. Visitation with the family will begin at 1:00 pm. Memorial contributions may be made in Mike’s memory to the Biochemistry Department at Belmont Abbey College. Please make a notation with your contribution so his family may be notified of your kindness and generosity. Painter Funeral and Cremation is serving the Kowalewski family. www.

Town of Ranlo seeks board member The Town of Ranlo has a vacancy on the Planning Board. The Planning Board consists of five members, four from the corporate limits of the town and one from the one-mile extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) of the Town.

Planning Board members are appointed by the Board of Commissioners and the current seat must be filled by someone who lives in the ETJ. If interested, please contact Town Hall at 704824-3461.

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Gaston County EMS mourns loss of Lieutenant Massagee On January 9, 2022 Gaston County EMS suffered a devastating loss of one of valued team member Lieutenant Melanie Massagee. Melanie began her service in Gaston County with the Bessemer City Rescue Squad in 1978. She later joined Gaston County EMS as a volunteer Auxiliary member and later, in 2007, joined full time. Melanie was currently assigned to B-Shift as the Lieutenant on that shift. Melanie was known for her giving personality, dedication to ensuring no one was left unheard or went without. Melanie was a friend to all who knew her. Melanie lived a life of service and commitment to her faith, family, friends, and the patients she served.

Melanie had been battling COVID 19 since just before Christmas. She was most recently on a ventilator suffering from COVID complications just prior to her passing. Her family hopes that this tragedy will help others realize how devastating this virus can be and encourages everyone to take all necessary precautions to help prevent such future tragedies. Gaston County EMS extends our heartfelt condolences to Lieutenant Massagee’s family and extended work family. The agency has placed a temporary memorial in front of their station located at 615 N Highland Street in Gastonia for anyone that would like to pay their respects.

Lieutenant Melanie Massagee.

Girl Scouts and Goodwill team together for service project Girl Scouts give back- it’s what they do- and every year Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont, in partnership with Goodwill Industries of Central North Carolina, Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina and Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont, give back together through the Good Turn for Goodwill service project. This service project, now in its 20th year, has local

Girl Scouts collect gently used clothing, toys, books and household items to benefit their local Goodwill stores and donation centers. The program also supports employment and training programs through Goodwill that allows people in the community looking for jobs to gain independence and financial stability. “The Girl Scouts consistently demonstrate what it means to be community-

minded through this annual partnership,” said Jaymie Eichorn, chief marketing officer for Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina. “Good Turn brings four nonprofit organizations together for a shared mission that helps thousands of people find hope and opportunity through the power of work.” The project runs through the month of October, and in October 2021, 1,771 Girl

Scouts from across western and central North Carolina donated over 4,000 bags of items. For more information about Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont or Girl Scouting in your local area, you can contact info@ or 800672-2148. You can also visit their website at www.

Local organization raising awareness about human trafficking January is Human Trafficking Prevention Month, and Hope United Survivor Network (HUSN) is raising awareness through its “blue people” campaign. As part of the campaign, HUSN staff and members of the community wore blue on Tuesday, January 11 to show support for survivors of human trafficking. Also, blue lights will illuminate the Gaston County Courthouse for the whole month, and HUSN will host an online scavenger hunt to help educate the residents about human trafficking. Throughout the month, HUSN will place blue people cutouts around the community to symbolize the different ages, races, and genders that can be affected by human trafficking, as well as represent the ones living in the shadows who may need resources to get to safety. For this reason, the organization will open a Human Trafficking Drop-in Center at

an undisclosed location on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and anyone who needs immediate assistance can call 704-862-6783. Established in 2010, January was deemed the most appropriate month for Human Trafficking Prevention Month to reaffirm the promise of the Emancipation Proclamation, which President Abraham Lincoln signed on January 1, 1863, declaring 3.1 million enslaved people forever free. HUSN and the Lighthouse: Children’s Advocacy Center provide community prevention education, specifically about human trafficking and internet safety. The goal is to empower survivors by meeting their immediate needs, as well as offering resources and safety planning tools. For more information, send an email to

A campaign has been launched to build nearly 200 miles of new trails and connected greenways in our region, including a new hike that would connect Lowell to Spencer Mountain. WBTV owns land in that area for one of its transmission towers and has provided the trail’s easement so everyone can get to the top of the mountain. This roughly 1,000-foot tall overlook will provide incredible views of the Charlotte skyline, Crowders Mountain, and Kings Mountain. It’s all part of the Carolina Thread Trail. City of Lowell photo/info

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Banner News Fellowship & Faith

Church Directory T k Tuckaseege Baptist Church Tuckaseege Rd • 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

300 E. Wesleyan Dr. 704-824-1073

14514 Lucian Riverbend Hwy. 704-827-4468


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

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

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

Redemption Hill Church

Restoration & Deliverance 804 W. Charlotte Ave. 704-820-0954

Revival Tabernacle of Mt. Holly

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826 W. Charlotte Ave. 704-827-2999

Grace Korean Ch Assembly-God

Ridgeview Baptist Church

124 Georgia Belle Ave 704-965-1004

105 Pine Rd. 704-827-3856

Grace Wesleyan Church 6014 S. New Hope Rd 704-825-7959

Henry’s Chapel Ame Zion Church

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

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

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

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

Core Church 2316 Acme Rd. 704-822-8033

CrossFix Ministries 6131 Wilkinson Blvd. 704-879-4499

Crossroads Church 101 Beaty Rd. 704-827-8381

Centerview Baptist Church 2300 Acme Road 704-827-2061

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

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 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

First United Methodist Church of Belmont 807 South Point Road 704-825-2106

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

503 N. Main Street 704-825-9600

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 6700 Wilkinson Blvd 704-825-1709

Unity Baptist 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

St. Anthony of Padua Traditional Catholic Church 108 Horseshoe Bend Beach Rd. 704-827-8676

First Presbyterian 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

Wesley Chapel Holiness Church

Community Pentecostal Center

324 N. Lee St. 704-827-1993

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

604 Martha Ave 704-824-2872

Center Baptist Church S. New Hope Rd. 704-824-4121

Epic Church 100 Indian Walk 704-671-4652

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

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

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

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

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

Bethel Baptist Church

Morningside Missionary Church

Roper Street 704-601-5146

NC Highway 273 704-827-9846

711 Morningside Dr. 704-822-9142

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

United In Action of Stanley 5481 Hickory Grove Rd. 704-524-0555

Welcome Baptist Church

Bright Light Baptist Church

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

112 White Jenkins Rd. 704-681-2017

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

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Goshen Presbyterian Church

512 Old Mount Holly Rd. 704-263-4275


110 S. Main St. 704-827-4751


First Presbyterian Church

Presbyterian Church of Lowell

Will of God Church

1951 Stanley Lucia Rd. 704-827-9224

5481 Hickory Grove Rd. 704-263-2691

811 Mauney Rd.

1101 N. Main St. 704-824-4261

Macedonia Baptist Church

First United Methodist Church

128 Robbins St. 704-824-1356

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd

5339 S. New Hope Rd 704-825-8252

320 Ralph Handsel Blvd. 704-263-8731

New Life Church

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

Gateway Cowboy Church

203 S. Main St. 704-263-2621

First United Methodist Church

Grace Baptist Church


Christ’s Evangelical Lutheran

201 N. Main St. 704-824-8814

1300 W. Catawba Ave. 704-827-3076

207 Lowell Ave. 704-824-4213

238 Lanier Ave. 704-827-8111

Lowell Smyre United Methodist Church

Goshen Free Will Baptist Church

West Cramerton United Methodist Church

Way of the Cross Baptist Church

133 S. Main St. 704-827-0521 140 N. Main St. 704-827-4855

171 S. Main St. 704-824-7785

7280 Sifford Rd. 704-827-6277

Carolina Community Baptist

841 Noles Dr. 704-827-7461

Life Church

Amazing Grace Baptist Church

110 Underwood Dr. 704-820-0603

First Free Will Baptist Church

235 8th Ave. 704-824-1991

511 Tuckaseege Rd. 704-827-4301

Covenant United Methodist

300 S. Main St. 704-827-2481

First Baptist Church


3100 Bethlehem Church St. 704-823-5050

First Baptist Church-Mt. Holly

East Wilkinson Blvd. 704-824-5319

Tuckaseege Baptist Church

Bethlehem Church

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

Cramerton Temple of God Church

1529 Old Hwy 27 Rd. 704-827-5851


Finish Line Christian Center

154 N. Main St. 704-824-3831

The Barn at Sandcastle Farm 155 Sandcastle Rd.

709 Rankin Ave. 704-671-8640

1013 W. Charlotte Ave. 704-827-7656

Cramer Memorial United Methodist Church

St. Paul FHB Church

Cornerstone Family Worship

Family Worship Center

416 Woodlawn Ave. 704-824-1745

Riverside Baptist Church

1117 Old NC Hwy 27 704-827-8826

Loves Chapel Presbyterian Church

Cramerton Free Will Baptist

1120 Charlotte Ave. 704-530-5174

Shiloh AME Zion Methodist

455 Sacco St. 704-825-6007

151 8th Ave. 704-824-3889

501 Cramer Mountain Rd. 704-824-4286

740 Rankin Ave. 704-827-5181

Hood Memorial AME Zion Church

Cramerton Independent Presbyterian Church

River of Life Full Gospel Church Second Baptist Church

151 Henry Chapel Rd 704-825-0711

McAdenville Wesleyan Church

Lakeview Baptist Church 143 Church St. 704-824-5380

McAdenville Baptist Church 192 Main St. 704-824-2740

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Carolina gas prices highest annual average in seven years After a year mostly characterized by rising gas prices, 2021 ended with prices slowly moving lower. The state average for North Carolina decreased 2 cents the past two weeks, averaging $3.07 per gallon over the weekend – whereas the state average for South Carolina increased 2 cents the past two weeks, averaging $3.03 per gallon. “The pandemic has caused a rollercoaster ride for prices at the pump,” said Tiffany Wright, spokesperson, AAA - The Auto Club Group in the Carolinas. “Gas prices plummeted in 2020 when lockdowns led to lower fuel demand, causing a glut in global fuel supplies. As a result, many countries cut back on crude production, leaving the market vulnerable to what

would happen next. In 2021, vaccinations rolled out and demand came roaring back much faster than oil production, which led to fuel prices skyrocketing to levels not seen in seven years.” “For now, it appears these higher gas prices will hang around well into 2022,” Wright continued. “Motorists should expect continued volatility at the pump, as prices will likely ebb and flow, based on news about the pandemic and its implications on global supply and demand.” In 2021, the average price for gasoline in North Carolina started at a low of $2.10 per gallon and reached a high of $3.25 per gallon (October 27). The average price for gasoline in South Carolina started at a low of $2.01 per

gallon and reached a high of $3.18 per gallon (October 27). Now, the current gas price average in North Carolina sits at $3.06, having a 1-cent decrease on the week. This is 10

cents cheaper than a month ago and 95 cents more expensive than last year Today’s national average of $3.28 is 8 cents cheaper than a month ago and $1.03 more than a year ago.

New in-person strength training workshop for seniors Beginning in February, North Carolina Cooperative Extension, in partnership with the Kiser Senior Center in Bessemer City, will offer its newest workshop designed to help older adults improve strength, mobility, and build healthy eating habits. LIFT, which stands for

“Lifelong Improvements Through Fitness Together” is a national program sponsored by Virginia Cooperative Extension and consists of 16 sessions that will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays, February 7 through March 2, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. All sessions will be held

at the Kiser Senior Center, located at 123 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Bessemer City, NC. Instructors include Linda J. Minges, Registered Dietitian and Andrea Nixon, AFAA Personal Fitness Trainer. “This workshop makes such a difference in the lives of participants,” said Minges, a program instructor. “Participants find motivation and encouragement through the success of others in the work-

shop, along with gaining new ideas and ways to meet their own health goals.” There is no charge for the course, but registration is required. To register or for more information, contact Last weekend’s preliminary weather forecast for deep snow Linda J. Minges, with North had sleds flying off the shelves at area stores. Roger Bell at Carolina Cooperative Exten- Stanley Hardware had just a few left after the rush. Photo by Alan Hodge sion, at linda_minges@ncsu. edu or 704-922-2127. The registration deadline is January 14, and group size limited.

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Why do we get excited about snow? By Lisa Harper December 2021 brought a very unseasonable warm month. Trying to sparkle and decorate, all the while wearing shorts and flip flops, somehow put a damper on Christmas. But I kept reminding myself of past years when January and February would roll around. Anything is possible when it comes to the unpredictability of winter. And here we are now..awaiting our first winter storm in 2022. What will we see? By the time this article prints, we will have either survived the ice, sleet, and snow, or succumbed in some fashion to the blizzard that

in a different way. is heading our It gives us a topic of way. Somehow conversation other the news people than the day to day get to remind us routines we become of several things. accustomed to. How to dress, So the moral of drive, putting the snow topic here is together emermake the most of the gency kits and big freeze and snow the like. Here in Lisa Harper heading our way. For the South, the weather is a lead story, espe- we know all too well it will cially when snow is involved. come and go. Let the inner Snow *and especially child inside bloom. Fear not, the thaw will when it comes with ice*… brings change, newness, and be on its way. How long a fresh take on the world. will that be? It depends on Travel is disrupted, meetings what weather person you’re are cancelled, and business watching. “Snow brings a special closures become rampant. This change to our daily quality with it- the power to grind refreshes our jaded stop life as you know it dead minds as we see the world in its tracks.”

Congratulations to the Gaston Christian School Middle School boys red basketball team for their win over Hickory Grove last week. The final score was 45-36. Joy had 19 pts., Leffew had 10 pts., Faile had 9 pts., and Blee had 9 pts.

Congratulations to Gaston Day School volleyball coach Derek Bing for being named The Charlotte Observer Volleyball Coach of the Year. Also, three Gaston Day student-athletes were selected for All-Observer teams: Drew Brown (1st team volleyball), Marco Wright (1st team socBelmont Abbey placed five players in double figures and shot a season-high 64.7 percent from cer) & Anne Bradley Bing (2nd the field to cruise past Converse 102-73 in Conference Carolinas men’s basketball action last team volleyball). Wednesday night at the Wheeler Center. Mario Lacy led all scorers with 24 points, making all 11 of his attempts from the field and both free throws. The Crusaders, playing their first time in 23 days, improve to 6-6 overall and 4-4 in league play. The Valkyries, in their first season of competition, fall to 5-8, 4-5. Belmont Abbey photo

Congratulations to Gaston Day School soccer coach Greg Lekavich. He was recently named NC Private School Coach of the Year by the North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association.

Charity Clark, center, receives her award.

Poetry winner... Recently, Gaston County celebrated its 175th anniversary. As part of the celebration, a poem contest was held throughout the county. Many congratulations to Charity Clark for winning the adult contest with her poem about Ranlo. The Place That Holds My Dearest Memories Charity Clark Mawmaw told me time and time again, “I walked into church that morning and God told me it was him.” By God, it must have been true. Two weeks after meeting, my grandparents said their “I do’s.” They both worked at the Rex Mill in Ranlo for a spell. Spin and spool. Frame and fill. In Ranlo when I spent the night, Mawmaw would whisper “I love you,” as the train whistled through the county with all its might. “I remember when Sears was downtown, and we had a Woolsworth’s, too.” She loved to recall days past when I drove her around. Although today my Mawmaw might be gone, I find a lot of solace in the fact that our county is still going strong. For some Gaston County will only ever be a spot on a map or a place to pass through. But for me, it will always be the place that holds my dearest memories.

Abbey Men’s Volleyball starts strong The Belmont Abbey men’s volleyball team started off its 2022 season with a strong opening match, completing a sweep of Long Island University, 25-16, 25-17, 25-25, Monday night at the Wheeler Center. It was also the first career victory for head coach Derek Sullivan, who was making his head coaching debut at The Abbey. How It Happened- Matteo Miselli finished with a match-high 13 kills in the victory. The junior also finished with a .478 hitting percentage and had four block assists. The Crusaders took control of the match early by jumping out to an early 8-3 lead in the first

set. The Abbey closed the first set strong by earning three of the last four points in the first set. Jake Somers gave the Crusaders a boost with an ace to open the second set. He also added seven kills and a solo block. The Crusaders also were strong defensively, finishing with 14 block assists and a pair of solo blocks. Matthew Maxwell finished with a match-high 25 assists. Brian Knoerr led the Crusaders with six digs. The Abbey held a 20-11 advantage over Long Island in that category. Belmont Abbey was also able to put together a strong start in the third set by taking an early 3-0 lead that later grew to an 11-4 advantage. Belmont Abbey story/photo

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Clean! By Rev. Trent Rankin Salvation Church, Gastonia, NC

Andrea Hilling, teacher, 10+ years

Ashley Smith, teacher, 15+ years

Emily Vaughn, Teacher Assistant, 15+ years

Kassie Heath, Teacher Assistant, 20+ years

Pinewood Elementary news... Congratulations to these Pinewood Elementary School Mt. Holly staff members who recently received their service pins from Gaston County Schools. Keep up the good work.

Local students receive honors Jonathon Holden, a Sophomore Biblical Studies major from Cramerton, was among approximately 820 Bob Jones University students named to the Fall 2021 Dean’s List. Nearly 2,500 make the Dean’s List at CCU Nearly 2,500 undergraduate students at Coastal Carolina University were named to the Dean’s List for the Fall 2021 semester. Students who make the Dean’s List have achieved a grade point average between 3.5-3.99 for the semester. Students recognized include: Mia Dattoli, a Management major of Cherryville, NC; and Kendall Moore, a Psychology major of Mount Holly. Nearly 1,000 students make it onto Fall 2021 Presi-

dent’s List at Coastal Carolina University Nearly 1,000 students earned a spot on the President’s List for the Fall 2021 semester at Coastal Carolina University. Students recognized include: Maya Costales, a Management Pre-Major major from Cramerton; and Grace Weatherston, a Elementary Education major from Belmont. Kelsie Painter Earns Dean’s List at Valdosta State University Valdosta State University congratulates Kelsie Painter of Mount Holly, North Carolina, for earning a spot on the Fall 2021 Dean’s List. Dean’s List honors are reserved for the highest achieving students at VSU. Painter is one of more than 1,700 dis-

Congratulations to Mrs. Sherer from Costner Elementary in Dallas for being selected to represent Gaston County Schools Department of Exceptional Children as the 21-22 Educator of Excellence. Mrs. Sherer, along with other nominees statewide, will be recognized at a ceremony in their honor at the 70th Conference on Exceptional Children. Mrs. Sherer was selected to receive this nomination due to her leadership in service to Costner and Gaston County Schools through innovative instructional programs and methodologies that have demonstrated positive outcomes for students with disabilities. Mrs. Sherer’s dedication has improved the quality of education for exceptional children and she demonstrates a positive reflection on the educational profession.

tinguished and accomplished students recognized for exemplifying excellence in the attainment of their educational goals. SNHU announces Fall 2021 President’s List It is with great pleasure that Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) congratulates the following students on being named to the Fall 2021 President’s List. Full-time undergraduate students who have earned a minimum grade-point average of 3.700 and above are named to the President’s List. Full-time status is achieved by earning 12 credits; undergraduate day students must earn 12 credits in the fall or spring semester, and online students must earn 12 credits in either EW1 & EW2, EW3 & EW4, or EW5 & EW6. Emily Hanegraaff of Belmont, Abigayle Gronstal of Belmont, Abigail Whitlow of Dallas, Jessica Thomas of Mount Holly, Brandon Carpenter of Dallas.

Just recently I wrote about seeing snow during my family’s mountain trip. As I write to you now, we’re about to be impacted with a winter snow and ice storm of our own. We have not had much snow in a good while. Although we certainly don’t want to see ice, and the power outages that go along with it, we do enjoy beautiful falling snow. Fresh snow is so clean and pure. Psalm 51:7 says, “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean, wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow” (ESV). King David wrote those words long ago, but why? David was a man after God’s own heart. He loved God and lived for Him. However, he had grown complacent in life, and perhaps even with God. One day he sinned with another man’s wife, Bathsheba. She even was carrying David’s child. David tried to pass the child off as Uriah’s, Bathsheba’s husband. When that didn’t work, he finally placed Uriah at the front of a difficult battle, and he was killed. David basically murdered him. Thinking it was all forgotten, David was paid a visit by God’s prophet Nathan. Nathan confronted David about his sin and told him of the judge-

ment from God for that sin. David confessed his sin, and Psalm 51 is his plea to God for forgiveness and a restoration of his relationship with God. Rev. Trent Rankin Like David, we all will sin. It is in our nature to sin. Our sin distances us from God. David, who had at one time a close relationship with God, found himself far from God, attempting to hide his great sins. Although we sin, we can find forgiveness for our sins too, just as David did. God put away David’s sin. Through Jesus our sin is put away. Jesus atoned for our sins on the cross, covering it with His precious blood. He has removed our sin as far as the east is from the west. As David prayed to be clean, and washed as white as snow, Jesus is ready to make us clean too thorough a relationship with Him. How do we have that relationship? We simply believe that Jesus died for us, we confess our sins to Him and invite Him into our hearts, and He will save us, putting our sin far away. Are you ready to have a true relationship with Jesus today? He is ready to make you clean. He is ready to wash you as pure and clean as the snow!

Remember the day By Rev. Mark Costner

word, the singing of spiritual songs, the lifting of prayers, and the encouragement of the saints. Our lives Exodus 20:8 Remember the Sabneed time for rest and recreation. bath to keep it holy. God didn’t make our bodies, minds or spirits to go 70 miles per hour The greatest threat to the health continuously. We need a time, at of the American family is the speed least weekly, to slow down, unplug of life. A relentless pace seems to be and stop. the norm. But the Lord created a way We need to recover the practice Mark Costner to counter that trend. God is honored of Sabbath rest if we’re to live baland our lives work better when we anced lives. In order for life to work best, practice the biblical concept of the Sabbath. believers need to incorporate weekly worship Sabbath involves two things: worship and and rest into their lives. Life works better rest. when we take time on a weekly basis to worThe Bible commands us to meet regularly ship with other believers and slow down from with our church family for preaching of the the busy pace of life. Centerview Baptist Church

Hat’s off to Gaston Day School fifth and sixth grade students who recently participated in their first community service outing...”Thankful Pie” deliveries. Showing their appreciation for those that have made a difference in our lives, they delivered 96 pies and made over 16 stops throughout the county. Deliveries included places such as; DMV, Holy Angels, Catherine’s House, Dr. Nigbor’s office, Dr. Hurst’s office, the Gastonia Fire Department, and Truliant Bank. The students had a great experience giving back to their community.


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Gaston County confirms rabies cases On Thursday January 06, 2022 at 10:49pm Gaston County Police Animal Care and Enforcement answered a call for service in the 2600 block of Winterfield Drive Gastonia, NC 28056. The caller advised their dogs fought a raccoon in their yard. Animal Care and Enforcement Specialists investigated the incident. The raccoon was tested for rabies at the State of North Carolina Virology lab. On Monday January 10, 2022 the raccoon specimen tested positive for rabies. The adult dogs at the address, 2600 block of Winterfield Drive Gastonia, NC 28056, that were exposed to rabies was vaccinated and received a rabies booster shot. Animal Care and Enforcement completed a neighborhood canvas in the area of Winterfield Drive Gastonia, NC 28056 to notify the community of the positive rabies result and verify rabies vaccinations for family animals in the area. Gaston County Animal Care and Enforcement also notified the Gaston County Department Health and Human Services so they could complete a follow up investigation.

The Gaston County Police Department Animal Care and Enforcement Unit stresses the importance of having a valid rabies vaccination for all of your pet’s health and safety as well as the health and safety of animal owners and community. This represents the first confirmed rabies case in Gaston County this year. On Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at 10:58am, Gaston County Police Animal Care and Enforcement received a call regarding a positive rabies specimen from Griffin Animal Disease Laboratories Monroe, NC. Griffin Laboratory received this raccoon specimen from Carolina Wildlife on January 09, 2022. Animal Care and Enforcement Specialists investigated the incident. The raccoon was observed wondering around by citizens in the area of the 100 block of Antelope Drive Mount Holly, NC 28120. Carolina Wildlife picked the raccoon up in the 100 block Antelope Drive Mount Holly, NC 28120. Carolina Wildlife determined the raccoon was too sick to rehabilitate. The raccoon specimen was sent to Griffin Laboratories and

LEGAL NOTICE STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF GASTON NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND DEBTORS Having qualified on 30th day of November, 2021 as Executor of the Estate of JOY TEMPLE MCGINNIS, deceased, of Gaston County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons, firms, and corporations having claims against the estate of said deceased to exhibit them to the undersigned, Michael A. Howell, Executor, on or before the 19th day of April, 2022 or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons, firms, and corporations indebted to the said estate to please make immediate payment to the undersigned. This the 19th day of January, 2022. Michael A. Howell, Executor Estate of: Joy Temple McGinnis 44 East Branch Street Gastonia, NC 28054 CE (1/19, 26 & 2/2, 9/2022); BN (1/20, 27 & 2/3, 10/2022)

LEGAL NOTICE STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF GASTON NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND DEBTORS Having qualified on 29th of October, 2021 as Administrator of the Estate of SARAH ELIZABETH WHITE, deceased, of Gaston County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons, firms and corporations having claims against the estate of said deceased to exhibit them to the undersigned, J. Therron Causey, Administrator, on or before the 5th day of April, 2022 or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons, firms, and corporations indebted to the said estate to please make immediate payment to the undersigned. This the 5th day of January, 2022. J. Therron Causey, Administrator Estate of: Sarah Elizabeth White 112 S. Tryon St Suite 760 Charlotte, NC 28284 Counsel for the Estate McIntyre Elder Law CE (1/05, 12, 19 & 25/2022)

on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 the raccoon specimen tested positive for rabies. Animal Care and Enforcement completed a neighborhood canvas in the area of Antelope Drive Mount Holly, NC to notify the community of the positive rabies result and verify rabies vaccinations for family animals in the area. Gaston County Animal Care and Enforcement also notified the Gaston County Department Health and Human Services, so they could follow up with Carolina Wildlife and

their associates involved with this sick wildlife. The Gaston County Police Department Animal Care and Enforcement Unit stresses the importance of having a valid rabies vaccination for all of your pet’s health and safety as well as the health and safety of animal owners and community. This represents the second confirmed rabies case in Gaston County this year. No further information is available at this time.

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STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF GASTON NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND DEBTORS Having qualified on 12th day of December, 2021 as Executor of the Estate of MAGGIE BROWN MCKEE, deceased, of Gaston County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons, firms, and corporations having claims against the estate of said deceased to exhibit them to the undersigned, Peggy McKee Archer, Executor, on or before the 12th day of April, 2022 or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons, firms, and corporations indebted to the said estate to please make immediate payment to the undersigned. This the 12th day of January, 2022. Peggy McKee Archer, Executor Estate of: Maggie Brown McKee 108 Browntown Rd. Belmont, NC 28012 CE (1/12, 19, 26, 2/2/2022); BN (1/13, 20, 27, 2/3/2022)

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Luke Wally’s artwork.

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Abbey men lose to Pembroke The Belmont Abbey men’s basketball team hosted UNC Pembroke in a Conference Carolinas matchup at the Wheeler Center. The Crusaders were able to nearly mount a rally but fell 71-62 to the Braves. The Abbey trailed by as many as 14 points and got as close as seven late into the second half. The Crusaders are now 5-6 overall, 3-4 in the conference while the

Braves move to 9-1 and 6-1, respectively. How It Happened- Sean Halloran and Chandler Baker accounted for the first two made field goals of the game for the Crusaders. Bosko Bojovic and K.J. Garrett accounted for 11 of the final 15 points of the first half for The Abbey. The duo led a late surge with a pair of la-

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Aldridge led the way for The Abbey in his first home game of the season with a team-high 14 points off the bench. He also accounted for two steals. Sean Halloran also finished in double figures scoring with 12 points, a team-high four assists and a pair of steals. L.J. McCoy led Belmont Abbey with six rebounds. Belmont Abbey photo/story

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Deadline: Friday at 12:00 Noon

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

FARM & GARDEN 931 CATERPILLAR STEEL TRACK. 4 in 1 Bucket Loader. Good Tracks & Sprockets. Only $14,800. Call anytime (704) 284-1694


EIGHT GERMAN SHEPHERD PUPPIES. Born November 23rd. Should be ready in 3 weeks. Registered parents on site. 704-689-5253 ADULT QUAIL $5 EACH. Quail Chicks $1.50 ea. Quail eggs $3 per doz, 50% hatch rate guaranteed. (704) 476-9943

CLEVELAND COUNTY FOR SALE BY OWNER. 3.80 acres of land on Gold Farm Road near Boiling Springs Elementary School. County water. $18,200 per acre obo 704-3001137

LIKE NEW Men’s Huffy Bicycle. Great Condition Must See! $50.00 Great Trail Rider call 828-782-7221 JAZZY ELECTRIC WHEELCHAIR $350. 2 yr old Jazzy power wheelchair. FDA Class II Medical Device. (828) 3150935

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


AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD PUPPIES. 7 week old Australian Shepherd pups. Ready now. Males and females. Dew claws removed, docked tails, wormed, 1st shots, weaned. 6 pups from litter available. 2 red/white, 2 black/ white, 1 light brown, 1 Meryl. Beautiful, well socialized, around people and other animals. Parents on site, both full blooded but not registered. $600, located in Fayetteville, NC. Text 910-2734015 for current availability or any other info. (910) 273-4015

FOUND 2 ADULT DOGS in the Bostic, NC Community in late December. One has collar. Looking for the rightful owner. Call to identify. (828) 245-7179

WANT TO BUY 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

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


HORSE HAY FOR SALE. Square bales $6, round bales $40. (704) 692-6325

DEER CORN, 60 POUND BAG. $9. Callahan Farms. Cletus: 704-300-5341; Steve: 704472-8865; Todd: 704-692-1627

6 DAY TOUR BRANSON MISSOURI. Depart April 25th, 2022. Loaded. Contact (704) 263-2264

MILL-SEC K9 OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Starting at $25.00 Rutherford County area. Board and train options available. 828755-7335. LABRADOODLE PUPPIES FOR SALE. 6 weeks old, 1st shots, vet checked, $900. “No shedding.” Text for more info (864) 492-2880 armccraw@

WANT TO BUY. ATV’s, PopUp Campers and Small Travel Trailers. Call 828-429-3935. WANTED: OLD AND NEW AMMO. Reloading supplies. Call 828-245-6756 or cell # 828-289-1488. 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

GORGEOUS REGISTERED BOERBOEL MASTIFFS. 8 weeks old, up to date on shots and deworming. 2 males, 4 females. Dad’s weight 154. Mom’s weight 120. $1200.00 Please call or text 704-600-5388.

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

TWO SEVEN YEAR OLD YORKIES. 1 male, 1 female. Need fenced yard or house-kept. All shots. $600 each negotiable. 828-200-7441.


KENNELS, DOG KENNELS, DOG HOUSES. 7x7x4, 5x10x6, 10x10x4, 10x10x6, 10x20x6, 20x20x6. Roof tops. Delivery & Installation is Available! J. Johnson Sales INC, Forest City,NC. 828-245-5895.

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



1991 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z-28, 5.7 Litre Automatic, New Paint & New Tires, Nice Project Car! $3000 (704) 5388393 2012 BMW 5 SERIES 550i, 4.4 Lt. V8 Twin Turbo, Leased Fleet Car, Dark Saffire, 150,000 miles, Sold new for $90,000. Owner selling for $17,000, (704) 435-0617 2011 FORD RANGER XLT, 4x4, 4 dr., 4.0 engine, aluminum wheels, chrome rails, 68K miles, $9,995.828-287-3820. 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@

CLEVELAND COUNTY 1624 SOUTH POST ROAD. Trailer 17. Shelby NC. 2 bedroom, 1 bath. Rent $750, Deposit $750, Application Fee $25. (704) 472-4666 2 BEDROOM, 1 BATH, MOBILE HOME. Outside City of Kings Mountain, on a large private lot, not pets, no smoking, references required. Call 704418-3790 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 MOBILE HOMES & APARTMENTS. In Kings Mountain. Price starting at $100 per week. Call (704) 739-4417 2 OR 3 BEDROOM MOBILE HOMES. For rent in Shelby & Grover. $700-$850. Call (828) 234-8147

POLK COUNTY POLK COUNTY, SUNNYVIEW, NC. FOR SALE BY OWNER. Convenient location, 8 acre Restricted Estate Lot. Owner Finance Available. Call 828-429-3287.

RUTHERFORD COUNTY 2002 FORD CROWN VICTORIA 80,500 miles, Don’t Wait!, white, leather, everything works. $4500. (704) 3002783


LAND FOR SALE 1 Arce lot undeveloped for sale by owner. $4,900. Beside subdivision. Rutherfordton, NC 28139 (404) 849-3027 martin.lotty@gmail. com

FOR RENT CLEVELAND COUNTY 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 NO HEAT BILLS HERE. 3 room apartment, (1 BR, 1 BA), Shelby, excellent location, Second floor. Not HAP eligible. No pets or smoking. Heat & water included in $525 month. 704-487-5480.

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

RUTHERFORD COUNTY OAKLAND ROAD 2BR APARTMENT. Like new. Appliances, sewer, water, garbage included. $595. Small efficiency all utilities included. $450 plus deposit/references. 828248-1776. 3 BEDROOM, 2 BATH, on secluded 1 acre lot. No pets. First, last, security. 55 & older. Background check. Shiloh area. 828-429-9831.


2008 JOHN DEERE GATOR XUV. Adult owned, recently serviced, info at jeanc@viasolero. com, priced to sell $1,000. (910) 442-8820


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The first winter storm in several years gave us snow and ice last Sunday. Freelance photographer Bill Ward ventured out early and got these photos of the mostly deserted and icy streets of Mt. Holly and Stanley. Photos by Bill Ward

Thursday, January 20, 2022