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“Old” Belmont Middle School up for sale By Alan Hodge

One of Belmont’s most iconic architectural, educational, historical, and whatever else you want to call it buildings is officially for sale. Bids for the former Belmont High School, and later Middle School, building at 110 N. Central Avenue opened January 26. The building is owned by Gaston County. “We will not set an initial minimum bid for the property,” said Ray Maxwell, infrastructure and asset manager for Gaston County. “We do expect bidders to submit reasonable offers though. The final bid will go back to the Commission to be ac-

cepted or rejected.” *See bottom of story for complete information on the bidding process. The building has a history going back over 80 years. It was built in 1938 by local contractor Will Hand. The school was state of the art for its time. It had a spacious auditorium, a superb gym, science rooms, music rooms, a library, and textile vocational classes. When South Point High was built in 1964, the building became Belmont Middle School. Last year, when the new Belmont Middle School on South Point Rd. was opened, the building was closed and its furniture and other equipment auctioned off. See SCHOOL, Page 6

Bids to buy the iconic Belmont Middle School building commenced on January 26.

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Mt. Holly Community Relief Organization celebrates 70th anniversary in 2022 By Alan Hodge

Belmont Banner bound volumes have a new home By Alan Hodge

From time to time folks contact the BannerNews office wanting to know where they can see past issues of the paper. Well, here’s the latest on the situation as well as a bit of background. To begin with, year by year hardbound volumes of the Belmont Banner and later the BannerNews from 19452013 were kept in the newspaper office at 128 N. Main St. in Belmont. They took up a lot of space. Their future was uncertain. So in July, 2018 they were donated to the Belmont Historical Society. By and by storage conditions

and space dictated that the volumes could not stay there. So, in January 2019, the BHS donated them to the Belmont Abbey College Library. The Abbey library gave the volumes some much needed TLC. The volumes were placed in plastic bags and put in a deep freeze. The idea behind that was to kill book mites. The volumes had plenty of those biting, creeping critters and the cold killed them. The volumes were also wiped down with Lysol and treated for mold. The idea was to digitalize the volumes and have their content available online. Some of that was started but See VOLUMES, Page 3

For many of our local citizens in need of nutritional or financial assistance, the Mt. Holly Community Relief Organization (CRO) has been there to help since 1952. The CRO was created by the Ministerial Association of Mount Holly, It is the largest provider of emergency assistance in Mount Holly, providing over $1 million in assistance to over 5,000 residents a year. The CRO’s stated mission is to “Assist neighbors in crisis in a compassionate and respectful manner while engaging them in a series of actions that will empower them to move beyond crisis.” The current CRO board of directors president is Bob Duckworth. He took over January 1 from First United Methodist Church Mt. Holly pastor Rev. Mike Carr who was reassigned to Oak Ridge See CRO, Page 4

CRO board of directors president Bob Duckworth stocking the shelves with food. Photo by Alan Hodge

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R ECOLLECTIONS AND R EFLECTIONS High class literature What oh what can we do to perk our winter and darkness and cold and endless rain weary spirits? The answer is women’s magazines. A variety of publications find their way to the cabin where Sharon and I dwell. Every month for over thirty years a copy of my other employer Our State magazine appears in the mailbox. Now and then I go to a bookstore in Gasolovakia and get a British motorcycle magazine. I have to say I enjoy learning the nuances of the British English language from its pages. For instance, Brits call hand tools “fettling irons” and a brief ride down the lanes is a “bimble”. Sometimes another type of mag appears at the house. A type filled with wisdom. Women’s magazines. I used to scoff at women’s magazines but they have some pretty good health and diet tips in them. All of the story headlines end in an exclamation mark. The women that are pictured with the articles are all grinning from ear to ear....yeah, verily, grinning like possums. Here are some headlines from recent issues- “Dust bunnies are thyroid sappers!”, “Speed weight loss by looking at full plates!”, “Squirming trims your legs!”, “Pine bark reduces stress!”, “Soak in seaweed to stop bulging belly!”, “Supercharge your brain by doing nothing!”, “Ale soothes body aches!”, “Beat the blues by gossiping!”, “Speed fat burn by eating cookies!”, etc. & etc. You get the idea. Another ilk of magazine that often appears at the house are those that keep tabs on celebrities and such. I can barely wait to

read up on the latest adventures of Harry and Meghan, and William and Kate, and Queen Elizabeth, and oh don’t leave out Charles and his mischievous woman Camilla. I feel like I Alan Hodge Banner-News Editor know them personally but they probably won’t ever invite me to high tea. Another facet of the tabloids is they often run photos of “stars” doing everyday things like taking out the trash or gulping tacos dressed in sweats or frumpy dresses. It’s comforting to know that even the rich and famous look pretty bad behind their Tinseltown facade. Most of us could use some good luck right about now and the tabloid mags often have a section where soothsayers and root doctors and such advertise their services. These folks have colorful names if nothing else. For instance “God Gifted Louisiana Wonder Woman” has a nice ring to it. So does “Psychic Soulmate Specialist” and “Helena from Egypt” and “Mother Fixer Rootworker”. If these folks know everything why are they not stock brokers?. Well that’s enough on my reading habits. Here’s hoping you have a happy and healthy 2022 and don’t forget chocolate has a chemical in it - methamphetamine-that triggers a response in your brain that makes you feel like you are in love.

My New Year’s Resolution – Finding my Happy Spot At this time two years ago, we were hearing about a virus that was overseas in China. I remember saying to myself, “Things like that never make it to the United States. It will probably stay there or perhaps affect a surrounding country. We’ll be fine.” Then we heard that the first COVID case was reported in the United States. It was happening in another state. We were safe in North Carolina. Then it hit our state. Then, it came to Mecklenburg County. At the time, I was able to use my hands to count the number of active cases in Mecklenburg County. After a while, I needed to use my toes. I lost count. In 2020, I lost several friends who died from complications due to COVID. 2020 was scary because there was no vaccine. We learned to wear masks all the time. We pumped gas with plastic bags on our hands. Remember the challenge of trying to put your credit card into the slot at the pump? We didn’t go shopping (except for toilet paper). We stayed

Connect the Dots: It’s all about Him

Bad sway or Good sway By Dennis Siracusa Recently my wife drove a back road from my daughter’s house to ours. It is a winding tree lined road with twists and turns that didn’t sit well with my youngest granddaughter. As I’ve gotten older my tolerance of swinging and swaying has changed too. I’m much more affected now. Some may empathize. That dizzy sensation doesn’t feel good; but there are harmful sways beyond the physical in our lives too; ones that spin our emotions and perspectives and we can learn much from them. For instance, we all swim in a sea of bias every day and it sways us toward one way of thinking or another; and danger can lurk there. How do we protect ourselves? Over time many media outlets and publications, with ingrained influencing biases, have come and gone but in

vital contrast, Jesus says “His Words will never pass away.” Matthew 24:35. God is timeless and everlasting and His bible is our most truthful guide for all areas of our lives. God’s truth will keep our steps centered on His purposed path for us. Why does God care about us? Why is faith so important to Him? Why do “good people” suffer? We all have many questions. Some answers may only become apparent in Heaven. Clearly though, many have considered God distant, if He exists at all in their minds, and this tiny earth planet is often viewed as an insignificant speck in the cosmos. How do we begin to understand God’s interest? When we look around, as Romans 1:20 recommends, we begin to glimpse some of God’s attributes; His unmerited love, power, creativity, sover-

eignty, and holiness are visible but too lofty to grasp. We can, however, connect what we each see and encounter with the truth of His word just like we attempt in these essays. God created us in His image with a purposeful path to have relationship with Him. He wants us to use talents and interests He crafted into us to fit an exact place in His unfolding kingdom story; a story we all walk out every single day in obedience or disobedience. We are not insignificant in God’s eyes. We are all a marvelous part of God’s story; one where He made us with an invaluable soul; one outfitted with an incredibly complex brain, will and emotions. And our souls are the focus of His redeeming love and the object of

the first coming of Christ. H e n r y Dennis Siracusa M. Morris has said “The most wonderful measure of man’s importance is the fact that God Himself became man!” He did this to demonstrate His love for creation, exemplify service to one another, and atone for the sins of mankind who accept Him as Lord. As we consider this today, let’s purpose to not let anything sway us from our love and appreciation for our creator and Savior, Jesus Christ. Let’s use the wisdom of God’s word as a moment by moment dependable ruler to keep us on Christ’s righteous path. Colossians 3:2.

home. When the summer came and people went to the beach, my wife and I gasped to see how crowded the beaches were and no one was wearing a mask. It was the first summer we did not go to the beach. 2021 was different. Vaccines were being rolled out and we all felt a lot safer. We flew on planes, traveled extensively, and enjoyed ourselves. 2022 started with the omicron variant. It was known to be highly contagious. I thought I was bullet proof to COVID. I came down with the virus on December 26th. While I was no longer contagious after 10 days, it took a few more days for me to regain my energy. I have some choices to make. I can decide to wait and only be happy after COVID goes away while moping about while it is still here. Happiness is a choice. It was a video that really got my attention. A friend called Steve at 5:30am every morning and said, “This is going to be a great day,” to which Steve said, “I am sleeping.” After a few days of this, his friend reminded him that he had a choice for the attitude that he began each day. As I watched that video, I began to look at my own life. I jokingly say that I don’t

wake up and say, “Good morning, Tony Marciano Lord.” Rather, I wake up and say, “Good Lord, it’s morning.” While people laugh, I found myself waking up each day with a sense of dread over what lay ahead. Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety. Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities, no doubt crept in. Forget them as soon as you can, tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely, with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense. This new day is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on the yesterdays.” Scripture tell us “This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.” What’s your happy place. It is this moment. This very moment you have been given the gift of life. You will never get it back. I’ll be back in two weeks. Until then, live well my friend.

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A vintage Belmont Banner volume front page- August 15, 1945- set up for photographing.


brigade and we passed the volumes to them one at a time,” Millican said. The volumes are currently on heavy duty shelves. But they are not just going to sit there. Oh, no, Millican and friend Roland Setzer are already working on getting select pages in each one photographed and the resulting pictures restored in the inter-

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a lot remains to be done. The volumes were in the Abbey library archives in the basement. Once again, they took up a lot of space. Once again, their future was uncertain. Like a lop eared pup, they sorely needed a forever home. Enter Allen Millican. Millican is owner and founder of Millican Pictorial Museum that’s situated in the circa 1868 Abram Stowe House at 35 E. Catawba St., Belmont. His collection of vintage photographs and other local history memorabilia housed there is one of the largest anywhere. Millican is a bona fide

Belmont history nut. He found out about the volumes and the need to locate them where they would be safe and sound. He sprang into action and contacted Don Beagle, director of library services at the Abbey. The two met and drew up a formal agreement transferring the volumes to Millican’s care. When the time came to move the big books, Millican’s neighbor Derek Peters and his six children, as well as Art Shoemaker, pitched The Gaston Clergy & in. The books were placed in the upstairs portion of the Citizens Coalition (GC3), an initiative of Gaston Tomuseum. “The kids formed a bucket gether, presented the 2022 Gaston County MLK Unity Awards to Mr. R. Dwayne Burks, Rev. Dr. Joan C. Martin, and Mr. Michael Meeks, Sr. on Monday, January 17th 318 South Washington St. • Shelby, NC at 10:30 am. Out of an abundance of caution due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the event 704-487-8114 • this year was live-streamed through the Facebook page of _ Mt. Zion Restoration Church. The Gaston County MLK REEP Unity Award was established in 2004 by the GC3. The & RENO MLK Unity Award recogth Saturday, January 29 nizes Gaston County citizens 8:00 PM who have performed exemTickets Available

Allen Millican with just a few of the archival Banner volumes at his pictorial museum in Belmont. Photos by Alan Hodge est of clarity. “Right now we aren’t trying to photograph every page,” Millican said. “We are going through them and taking photographs of pages with significant historical interest. The photos will go on my Facebook page and website.” Millican also says that hopefully, the volumes could

“They are full of such dynamite stories about Belmont,” he said. “If people want to make an appointment to look through them they can contact me and set up a time.” Here’s the contact information. Call Millican at 704829-8033 or 980-297-1064. Email is allenmillican45@

Michael Meeks, Sr.

R. Dwayne Burks

Rev. Dr. Joan C. Martin

plary community service to help build bridges of unity across lines of class, race, gender, faith, and municipalities within Gaston County. R. Dwayne Burks is being honored for his work in the

community, including his teaching of cultural competency education sessions for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police and founding Gateway Gaston, which serves residents of Gaston County by connecting them to resources in times of need. Mr. Burks also hosted two Legacy of Freedom trips for local clergy from multiple denominations and participated in an outreach ministry serving meals to those in need. A resident of Gaston County since 1988, Mr. Burks continues to serve residents throughout the County. Rev. Dr. Joan C. Martin has served residents of Gaston County since 2004 in many capacities. She has served as a facilitator of the Interfaith Trialogue, a leader and facilitator for the Clergy Women of Gaston County, and a member and past chair of the Gaston Together Clergy and Citizen’s Coalition. Rev. Martin currently serves as the Chaplin of Covenant Village and continues her work with non-profit organizations throughout Gaston County. Mr. Michael Meeks, Sr.,

was born and raised in Bessemer City, NC. He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War and continued his service in the Army Reserve. After a career with Wyndham Worldwide Hotels, he returned to Bessemer City and began volunteering on many community projects and committees. He currently serves as the President of the Bessemer City Crisis Center, serves on the Gaston County Collaborative Board, and delivers Meals on Wheels to area residents. An active member of the Gaston County Honor Guard and Chairman of the Gaston County Veterans Day Parade, Mr. Meeks was honored in 2018 with the Governor’s Award for Volunteer Service and continues to serve the Greater Gaston community through his volunteer efforts.00 The awards are part of an annual event designed by the GC3 to recognize the dream of Dr. King to promote a culture that protects and nourishes every community and every person, a dream very much alive in Gaston County.

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also go back to the Abbey (temporarily) a few at a time to be digitalized. Provided the library gets a grant for that purpose. “Digitalizing the volumes would take a lot of work and expense,” he said. Meanwhile, the volumes are at Millican’s place safe and sound- and available for viewing by the public.

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The former lobby is now a food storage area at the CRO. CRO volunteer Ben Lindgrin clearing the lot after the winter weather event.

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UMC near Greensboro. Duckworth talked about what the past couple of years has brought to the CRO. “When the pandemic hit in 2020 we thought we would get lots of new clients,” he said. “However, with all the government assistance people were getting we actually saw a drop in numbers. We went from fifty or so people a week to the low teens. When 2021 came we began to see our numbers return to normal levels about mid-year. November was a big month. I think one reason client numbers went up was things like unemployment benefits were cut.” Duckworth estimates the CRO gave out around 30,000 pounds of food in 2021. The CRO’s food comes from numerous sources- the USDA, purchases from Second Harvest Food Bank, donations from Food Lion, and private, church, or corporate donations. “Food donations have been good,” said Duckworth. “We also get food from the Mt. Holly Community Garden and the Mt. Holly Farmers Market. We get fifty to one hundred pounds of food six days a week from Food Lion’s meat, produce, and bakery departments.” Duckworth thinks 2022 will be a good year for the CRO. “We have plenty of food and are looking forward to 2022,” he said. “We are also

Gaston County Extension and Community Association (ECA): February 2022 events

The CRO’s truck ready for a foods run. Photos by Alan Hodge increasing our cash assistance program. Last year it was $300 a year for medicine and utilities. Now, it will be $500 a year for medicine, utilities, and rent.” As far as a “wish list” for the CRO’s future, Duckworth says a new truck would be nice- the one they have now is 20 years old- but he says renting one rather than buying is something under consideration. In addition, more storage space for food is needed. “We turned our lobby into a food storage space,” Duckworth said. Overall, optimism is the CRO keyword. “The people of Mt. Holly are very generous to us,” he said. Here are some more CRO particulars- For the foreseeable future, the CRO will continue to operate under COVID-19 protocol. Clients and donors are asked to wait outside. A volunteer will sign you in and provide further direction. The CRO is committed to serving the community while also keeping clients, volunteers, and staff safe. Clients need to sign in

by 11:45 a.m. Donations are the lifeblood of the CRO. Not only food, but cash is welcome. Cash donations can be tagged for food or utility bills. Location- 2120 Spring St. the CRO is nestled between Food Lion and the ABC store. Phone- 704-827-0450. Website The CRO is open most weeks on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9 am to 12:30 pm.The CRO is always closed on Tuesdays. If hours need to change for illness or inclement weather, the CRO will provide updates via Facebook and Instagram. Additionally, the CRO does close for some holidays and for the annual inventory and inspection. At present, the schedule of holidays includes: 01/17 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 04/15 - Good Friday 04/18 - Easter Monday 05/30 - Memorial Day 07/04 - Independence Day 09/05 - Labor Day 11/11 - Veterans Day 11/24 - Thanksgiving Day 11/25 - Thanksgiving Friday

Gaston County Extension & Community Association (ECA) is one of Extension’s volunteer groups. From supporting both Extension and community projects, ECA volunteers also host hands-on workshops, such as quilting and sewing. Interested in learning more - then check out these upcoming events: Monthly Craft-Project Day Sat., February 12th | 10:00am - 6:00pm Lucile Tatum Center (959 Osceola St., Gastonia) Do you have sewing or crafting projects that you’re working on...need more space? If so, and Making crafts with the ECA. you want to join other crafters, (outer bag, pincushion, straps) this monthly event may be for you! 9” x 21” piece (fat eighth) of coordinating Bring your project and supplies and join print (bag lining) ECA volunteers. Our large utility tables are Sand or other heavyweight Pincushion perfect for sewing, quilting, paper crafting, filler etc. Plus, this is a casual way to connect with Instructions provided upon registration. others while working on your project. No cost Weaving Workshop: to participate. Stay for as little or long as you Basket Class like! Tues., March 1st - 22nd (includes 4 sesMore info: Pam Bryson or 704.865.3291 sions) | 1:00pm - 3:30pm Sewing Workshop: Lucile Tatum Center (959 Osceola St., Pincushion Thread Catcher Gastonia) Thurs., February 24th | 5:30pm - 8:30pm Cost: $15 - ECA members; $20 - non ECA Lucile Tatum Center (959 Osceola St., members (includes all 4 meeting sessions). Gastonia) Checks only - payable to: Gaston Co. Cost: $5 - ECA members; $7 - non ECA ECA. Can be dropped off or mailed to: members Gaston Co. ECA, 959 Osceola St., GastoChecks only, payable to: Gaston Co. ECA. nia, NC 28054 Checks can be dropped off or mailed to: GasRegistration Deadline: February 22, 2022 ton Co. ECA, 959 Osceola St., Gastonia, NC Instructor: Diane Smith 28054 This is a Level 1 basket weaving workshop Register by February 17th: Pam Bryson that participants will make a 4” x 7” basket or 704.865.3291 with a handle. Workshop consists of 4 sesInstructor: Marsha McLamb sion. Supply list: For more info: Pam Bryson or 18” x 21” piece (fat quarter) of main print 704.865.3291.

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Richard Atkinson (left) and Ted Hall talk the situation over.

The cavernous gym.

These words speak volumes.

One of several long hallways.


took the tour. “The auditorium could be used as an entertainment venue like the Don Gibson Theater in Shelby,” Atkinson said. “It could also be a senior living place like the

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A tour of the facility was given last week by Rebecca Edison, contracts coordinator for Gaston County. About a dozen interested parties showed up. The group included business folks, local municipal officials, interested citizens, and this reporter. The overall impression of the building is one of space. It has over 105,000 sq. ft. That’s enough to equal 100 hotel rooms. The auditorium can seat 840 people. The gym has 7,800 sq. ft. of space. The cafeteria has 4,000 sq. ft. There are 65 parking spots right now. The school sits on 4.5 acres of prime real estate.

The art room ceiling with tiles painted by students.

The rear courtyard.

Part of the group that toured the school last Thursday. Photos by Alan Hodge

Ray Maxwell (left) and Richard Cromlish at the tour. former Mayworth School we have in Cramerton.” Any and all repairs, upgrades, etc. are the responsibility of the buyer. “It is being sold as is where is,” said Maxwell.

One note- the field behind the school is part of Stowe Park and owned by the City of Belmont. The school is just a couple of miles from US74 and I85. It’s about 15 minutes from Charlotte-Douglas International Airport. Belmont businessman and former city council member Richard Cromlish was one of the tour takers. “I want to see this done right,” he said of the building’s future. “There is huge potential here. It could be a hotel, or a senior living facility, or apartments.” Cramerton town commis- This field out back is actually part of Stowe Park. sioner Richard Atkinson also

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tion as well as photos. belmont_middle_school_ property.php.

Wise words on a classroom door.

The light and airy breezeway.

A photo taken when the building was Belmont High School with the Fighting Yank statue on the campus. Archival picture courtesy Millican Pictorial History Museum

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Lavinder donates hair twice

No Worries!

For the second time in her short life, 16 year-old Riley Lavinder has donated her hair to those in need. In 2017, she donated her hair to support women, like her mom, who were facing breast cancer. This time, still in honor of her mom, Riley is donating her hair to “Children With Hair Loss,” whose mission is “Covering Young Heads to Heal Young Hearts”. Riley is a junior at Stuart Cramer High School where she participates in swimming, softball, and the band. This past summer, she was selected to attend Gaston County Commissioner’s School of Excellence and also participated in a week-long mission trip with her church youth group. In addition to donating her hair, prior to the pandemic, Riley volunteered at “The Woman in Pink Boutique,” which provides free wigs, accessories and loving support to those facing breast cancer. Riley is the daughter of Dawn and Todd La- Riley donated her hair in honor of her mom, Dawn Lavinder of Belmont. vinder.

Rev. Trent Rankin

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As time seems to move faster and faster, we now find ourselves almost through January already. Even though we are a month into the new year, we have a lot of 2022 yet to experience. One thing we can all count all, is that we really have no clue or understanding of what may come our way throughout the year. The last couple of years have shown us all that life can be unpredictable. Regardless of what comes our way, we know that God has a purpose for us. Finding that purpose can be difficult. Our fears of what may happen, uncertainty, and insecurities, can prevent us from discovering God’s purpose for us. In Acts 21:1-14, Paul was returning from his third missionary journey. Paul had been continuing his work, spreading the message of Jesus throughout many regions of the Roman Empire. As Paul made his travels through areas such as Cyprus and Tyre, he had been warned by many that if he returned to Jerusalem, he would face arrest. While in the city of Caesarea, a prophet named Agabus visited him. Agabus took Paul’s belt and tied his own hands and feet with the belt. Agabus said that the owner of the belt would face imprisonment in Jerusalem. When Paul’s friends heard this, they begged him not to return to Jerusalem. Paul told them he was not only prepared to

be imprisoned, but also prepared to die for Jesus if it were necessary. His friends, not being able to persuade him, said “The Lord’s will be done” (Acts Rev. Trent Rankin 21:14, CSB). Paul faced an uncertain future as he traveled to Jerusalem. He could have allowed his fears of imprisonment to stop him from returning and carrying out God’s will for him. This year, we can also allow fear of the unknown, worry that we are not prepared, or other insecurities to keep us from fulfilling God’s purpose for us. Paul simply trusted God. He allowed faith to be his motivation. Our faith in God will give us the assurance we need to overcome our worries this year. Everything we experience this year will lead to God’s purpose. Jesus, in Acts 23:11, had told Paul he would tell people about Jesus in Rome. It was necessary for Paul to go to Jerusalem and even be arrested. After he was arrested, he eventually was taken to Rome, the capital of the Roman Empire, where he told many about Jesus. Whatever comes your way this year, know that each experience is helping to prepare you, and unfold God’s purpose for you. You may not know what is going to happen this year, just as Paul didn’t, but God does, and it will fulfill His purpose for you!

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Banner News Fellowship & Faith

Church Directory Alexander Memorial Baptist Church S Main St • Belmont, 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 Grace Korean Ch Assembly-God 124 Georgia Belle Ave 704-965-1004

Employees of

6014 S. New Hope Rd 704-825-7959

Henry’s Chapel Ame Zion Church

455 Sacco St. 704-825-6007

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

Loves Chapel Presbyterian Church 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

Ridgeview Baptist Church

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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

740 Rankin Ave. 704-827-5181

Shiloh AME Zion Methodist 1117 Old NC Hwy 27 704-827-8826

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

5481 Hickory Grove Rd. 704-263-2691

First Presbyterian Church 512 Old Mount Holly Rd. 704-263-4275

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 811 Mauney Rd.


Presbyterian Church of Lowell

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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Woodlawn Baptist Church


Goshen Presbyterian Church

First United Methodist Church

128 Robbins St. 704-824-1356

110 S. Main St. 704-827-4751


320 Ralph Handsel Blvd. 704-263-8731

New Life Church

Will of God Church

1951 Stanley Lucia Rd. 704-827-9224

Gateway Cowboy Church

203 S. Main St. 704-263-2621

1101 N. Main St. 704-824-4261

Macedonia Baptist Church


Christ’s Evangelical Lutheran

1405 Armstrong Ford Rd. 704-825-0604

5339 S. New Hope Rd 704-825-8252

207 Lowell Ave. 704-824-4213

238 Lanier Ave. 704-827-8111

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd

513 Woodlawn Ave. 704-827-5185

West Cramerton United Methodist Church

Way of the Cross Baptist Church

201 N. Main St. 704-824-8814

Grace Baptist Church

171 S. Main St. 704-824-7785

7280 Sifford Rd. 704-827-6277

First United Methodist Church

1300 W. Catawba Ave. 704-827-3076

Life Church

Amazing Grace Baptist Church

Lowell Smyre United Methodist Church

Goshen Free Will Baptist Church

235 8th Ave. 704-824-1991

511 Tuckaseege Rd. 704-827-4301

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

First Baptist Church


Carolina Community Baptist

841 Noles Dr. 704-827-7461

East Wilkinson Blvd. 704-824-5319

Tuckaseege Baptist Church

3100 Bethlehem Church St. 704-823-5050

First Free Will Baptist Church

Cramerton Temple of God Church

1529 Old Hwy 27 Rd. 704-827-5851

110 Underwood Dr. 704-820-0603

300 S. Main St. 704-827-2481

154 N. Main St. 704-824-3831

The Barn at Sandcastle Farm 155 Sandcastle Rd.

Covenant United Methodist

First Baptist Church-Mt. Holly

Cramer Memorial United Methodist Church

St. Paul FHB Church

Bethlehem Church

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

416 Woodlawn Ave. 704-824-1745

Riverside Baptist Church


Finish Line Christian Center

Cramerton Free Will Baptist

1120 Charlotte Ave. 704-530-5174

709 Rankin Ave. 704-671-8640

1013 W. Charlotte Ave. 704-827-7656

151 8th Ave. 704-824-3889

501 Cramer Mountain Rd. 704-824-4286

Cornerstone Family Worship

Family Worship Center

Cramerton Independent Presbyterian Church

River of Life Full Gospel Church Second Baptist Church

151 Henry Chapel Rd 704-825-0711

Hood Memorial AME Zion Church

826 W. Charlotte Ave. 704-827-2999 105 Pine Rd. 704-827-3856

Grace Wesleyan Church

McAdenville Wesleyan Church

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

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

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

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Warriors keep up the fight despite setbacks By John Wilson

To say that the 2021-2022 basketball season has been crazy for East Gaston would be an understatement. Over the last few months, the Warriors have had to battle a slew of injuries, bad weather and the scourge of COVID. Yet despite all that East Gaston is sitting at 8-7 overall and 2-3 in Southern Piedmont 1A/2A conference play. It’s definitely been an up and down season. The bad weather and COVID related game cancellations have played havoc on the Warrior’s schedule. The situation is so chaotic that the Warriors find themselves in late January and they have yet to play some conference foes. Yet, despite the setbacks head coach Eugene Farrar is taking it all in stride. “We’ve been dealing with injuries, COVID, and the weather,” Farrar said. “We had to shut down in December because of COVID and have yet to play Bessemer City and Thomas Jefferson. It’s just been crazy.” Going into last Friday night’s game against Highland Tech the Warriors had to shuffle things to replace players that have gone down. “Trent Sherrill was out against Highland Tech with

an ankle injury,” coach Farrar explained. “Grayson Falls has also been out for about a week with an ankle injury.” East Gaston will definitely want Sherrill back in the lineup soon. Going into the Highland Tech game Sherrill was the second highest scorer on the team with 230 points. In addition to Sherrill the Warriors have been getting solid production this year from McKaskill Rivers, Chauncey Creamer, and Vallon Rivers. In fact, McKaskill Rivers is the team’s top producer. The six-foot seven-inch junior is having a great year. This season Rivers has scored 283 points and pulled down 168 rebounds. Even with a few roster adjustments the Warriors played well on Friday night against Highland Tech. In a much-needed conference win EG handed the Rams a decisive 70-46 loss. In this one the Warriors jumped out to a quick 22-8 first period lead and never looked back. McKaskill Rivers led EG in scoring with 23 point and 12 rebounds. Also having a solid night against the Rams was junior Connor Rankin who scored 12 points.

Coach Farrar thinks that his team has handled the challenges of this season pretty well. While he knows there is room for improvement, he also sees progress that can be built upon. “The team camaraderie is very positive,” Farrar went on to say. “These guys are really learning to play together.” The next few weeks are going to be very important for the Warriors. The makeup games with Bessemer City and Thomas Jefferson will be critical in determining how season goes. In addition to having to make up extra games the Warriors will need to contend with the fact that none of their upcoming games look to be cakewalks. In fact, the competition in the Southern Piedmont 1A/2A has been very competitive. The conference’s 1A programs are proving to be very tough nuts to crack. The Southern Piedmont’s 1A schools, Bessemer City, Thomas Jefferson and Cherryville are all playing well and all are sporting winning records. This week the Warriors will battle Thomas Jefferson twice. The Gryphons are 11-3 overall and 2-1 in league action.

January 21 saw the East Gaston boy’s and girls’ basketball teams meet the Highland Tech squads. When the evening was concluded, the East Gaston boys had prevailed 70-46 and the East Gaston girls had pulled out a 42-35 victory. Here are some scenes from both contests. Photos by Jennifer Hall

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South Point basketball finds their footing after mid-season slump By John Wilson

In basketball, eleven days can make all the difference in the world. One minute you can be staring into the abyss. The next you may just find yourself watching the sun come up. In a span of eleven days the South Point basketball team has seen a bit of the darkness and a bit of the light. Heading into the January 14th game against Forestview the Red Raiders found themselves in a hole. Big Red was in the midst of a three-game losing streak and was looking for a way to turn things around. What happened against Forestview could very well determine the path the team would take for the rest of the season. “We are in a bit of a spell right now,” head coach Kody Kubbs said before the Forestview matchup. “We’ve dropped six of our last seven.” A quick review of the South Point record up to that point showed a team more than capable of winning. Early season wins against East Gaston, Lincolnton and Huss showed what the Red Raiders were capable of doing. The issue for South Point was consistency. At times the Red Raiders played well. Other times they seemed to shoot themselves in the foot at the worst possible moments. “We are sabotaging ourselves,” Kubbs said. “We’ve blown double digit leads in six of our nine losses, mostly in the second half.” While it’s true that winning is never really easy, the solution to the problem was pretty basic. All the Red Raiders needed to do was figure out how to play heads-up basketball and deliver game to game. “We need to be consistent,” Kubbs went on to say. “We need to be disciplined.

The talent is there, the potential is there. It just needs to be there on a consistent basis. We’ve seen glimpses of what we can be.” Before the Red Raiders took the court against the Jaguars, coach Kubbs planned to stress the need for consistency and discipline. Based on the game results it looked like the players listened. The Red Raiders would go on to beat the Jaguars 55-43 in a much needed conference win. The first half action was tight. Forestview played tough and the Red Raiders went into the locker room with a slim 26-25 lead. In the third period the Red Raiders set the pace and started to take control outscoring the Jags 15-7. Once South Point established a solid lead, Forestview struggled to catch up and the Red Raiders kept up the pressure and came away with the win. Offensively the Red Raiders were consistent across the board. Jackson Blee finished the game with 11 points while Cooper Ray, Jaquis Rumph and Sully Absher ended the night with 10 points apiece. After beating the Jaguars, the Red Raiders kept the forward momentum going by beating the North Gaston Wildcats 68-43 last Thursday night in another Big South 3A contest. Copper Ray and Sully Absher led the offensive attack each dumping in 11 points. Also contributing was Sean Gore who added nine points to the scoring effort. Defensively Sully Absher finished the game with eight rebounds while Jaquis Rumph came away with four steals. With back-to-back wins under their belt, it looked like South Point was on a bit of a roll. However, the red Raiders were about to be seriously tested when they

found themselves in another Big South showdown on Friday night against the 13-1 Stuart Cramer Storm. On paper it looked like Cramer would have had the edge. However, that’s not how things panned out. The Red Raiders and Storm played a heck of a game that wasn’t truly decided until the final buzzer with South Point winning 73-71. South Point’s top performer was Jaquis Rumph who scored 25 points. Rumph also pulled downs seven rebounds and five steals. Cooper Ray also put in a solid performance finishing the game with 19 points. Cramer’s top scorer was Will Kelly who put up 31 points. For South Point this win was big. In the course of eleven days the Red Raiders found themselves going from a three-game losing streak to winning three in a row. South Point now finds themselves 8-9 overall and 4-4 in league play. The team’s dramatic turnabout has definitely been impressive. “The boys have been executing and playing much more cohesively the past few games,” Kubbs said. “Our struggles this year have not been due to a lack of effort, it’s been inconsistent play. We seem to have figured out some of the issues and are beginning to play to our strengths as a team. I’m very proud of their tenacity and the way that they approach the game.” While there is little doubt that South Point is playing better, there is still a bit more basketball yet to be played. Moving forward the Red Raiders need to stay consistent and play smart ball if they hope to have a shot at a playoff spot next month. This week South Point plays Huss and Crest. See more hoops scenes on page 11.

The South Point Red Raiders boy’s and girl’s basketball teams made the journey to Cramerton last Friday where they clashed with the Stuart Cramer Storm teams. A great evening of hoops followed and when the event was over, the Red Raiders boys came out on top by a tight 73-71 margin and the Red Raider girls won 52-45. Here are some shots from the thrilling contests. Photos by Bill Bostick/Tar Heel Sports Photography

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Scenes from South Point vs Cramerton.

Food pantries receive donations... Here is some good news! York Chester Middle School (loading a pickup below) donated 4,290 canned goods to Crisis Assistance Ministry and the Webb Street School food pantry. In addition, Tryon Elementary School (in the gym above) collected more than 2,250 canned goods for the food pantry at Webb Street School.

The North Gaston High School theater department received six awards at the North Carolina Theater Conference High School Play Festival for the production of “Don’t Kiss, Don’t Tell,” which received the Excellence in Playwriting and Festival Spirit Award. Student Martin Mora Aguilar received the Barbizon Excellence in Design and Production - Crew Leadership Award. Students Deven Ghantt and Nevaeh Meadows received excellence in acting awards, and Wesley Lawson received the Spirit of the Theater Award.

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Photos by Bill Bostick/Tar Heel Sports Photography

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Superintendent surprises five finalists for Gaston County Teacher of the Year Five employees in Gaston County Schools got a big surprise recently when Superintendent of Schools W. Jeffrey Booker showed up to announce their selection as a finalist for Gaston County Teacher of the Year. Booker and representatives of the human resources staff stopped in at Bessemer City Primary School, W.C. Friday Middle School, Gaston County Virtual Academy, Hawks Nest

STEAM Academy, and South Point High School on December 17 to share the good news. The finalists said the surprise announcement was like an early Christmas present as their administrators, students, and colleagues cheered for them and offered congratulatory remarks. The five finalists for 20222023 Gaston County Teacher of the Year are: Alexandria Caughey of Bes-

LEGAL NOTICE 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.

Bessemer City Primary Alexandria Caughey

semer City Primary School. Caughey teaches first grade and has been a teacher for five years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Belmont Abbey College. Allie Kleinheinz of Hawks Nest STEAM Academy. Kleinheinz is a fourth grade teacher and has been teaching for six years. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education from UNC-Chapel Hill and is currently pursuing a master’s certificate in elementary mathematics at UNCCharlotte.

Peggy McKee Archer, Executor Estate of: Maggie Brown McKee 108 Browntown Rd. Belmont, NC 28012

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.

Steven Loudon of W.C. Friday Middle School. Loudon is a seventh grade math teacher and has been in the education profession for 15 years. He earned a Bachelor of Science in biblical studies and youth ministry from Emmaus Bible College in Iowa, a Master of Arts in Teaching (elementary education) from UNC-Charlotte, and a master’s in school administration from UNC-Charlotte. Britnee Reid of Gaston County Virtual Academy. For the past two years, Reid has taught science virtually for

Hawks Nest STEAM Academy Allie Kleinheinz

grades 6-8. She has been in education for nine years. She earned a Bachelor of Science in elementary education - secondary science from Appalachian State University. Heather Ulep Waters of South Point High School. Waters is an exceptional children’s teacher (general and adapted curriculum). She has been at South Point for seven years and taught at Webb Street School for six years. Waters attended Mount Olive College and earned a Bachelor of Arts in special education - general cur-

South Point Heather Waters

riculum from UNC-Charlotte. The 2022-2023 Gaston County Teacher of the Year will be named in May as part of the Gaston County Schools Excellence in Education program, which is sponsored by Truist. The current Gaston County Teacher of the Year for 2021-2022 is Staci Nezezon of Pinewood Elementary School. The five finalists will be interviewed for a special program on Spectrum Cable Channel 21 (the Education Station for Gaston County Schools) that will air in February.

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Last Friday night’s snow flurries provided some interesting and icy Saturday morning scenes. Here are a few photos from the winter wakeup. Photos by Bill Ward and Alan Hodge

Gaston Schools Good News, January 2022 The five finalists for Gaston County Schools Teacher of the Year 2022-2023 are Alexandria Caughey, Bessemer City Primary; Allie Kleinheinz, Hawks Nest STEAM Academy; Steven Loudon, W.C. Friday Middle; Britnee Reid, Gaston Virtual Academy; and Heather Waters, South Point High School. The winner will be announced in May. Gaston County Schools had 14 teachers renew their National Board Certification this year. They are Ellen Bolin, New Hope Elementary; Kelly Bridges, South Point High School; Christie Coonse Brown, Gardner Park Elementary; Jennifer Dickerson-Beverly, Forestview High School; Ashley Dixon, Cherryville Elementary; Jennifer Gallagher, Highland School of Technology; Darcy Hay, Cherryville Elementary; Leslie Kalmbach, Forestview High School; Erin Morehead, Bessemer City Primary; Meredith Padgett, Pleasant Ridge Elementary; Ashley Rimmer, Ashbrook High School; James Thomasson, Forestview High School; Allison Wells, W.A. Bess Elemen-

tary; and Samantha Wong, Carr Elementary. The following educators received a $500 grant offered by the Kines family in memory of Kay Scearce, a 31-year teacher for Gaston County Schools who taught at Bessemer City Primary. They are Taylor Carter, Bessemer City Central Elementary; Melanie Curtis, Lingerfeldt Elementary; Arden Darnell, Sadler Elementary; Rhonda Fancher, Bessemer City Central Elementary; and Kimberly Queen, Sherwood Elementary. The following schools received a $300 beautification grant from Keep Gastonia Beautiful: Brookside Elementary, Forestview High, Gardner Park Elementary, Hawks Nest STEAM Academy, Highland School of Technology, Hunter Huss High, Sherwood Elementary, and York Chester Middle. Bessemer City Primary held a Santa Shop and gave students an opportunity to purchase items for family members for only a dollar. Bessemer City High School juniors Randall Pettus and Janiya Adams each

recorded their 1,000th point during a recent basketball game. W.B. Beam Intermediate and the Cherryville branch of the Gaston County Public Library collaborated to host a Cocoa and Coloring Night program on December 6. Students and their families spent time together coloring and drinking hot cocoa. Each student received literacy information, a free book, and a homework pass for their attendance. The W.A. Bess Elementary student council sponsored a food drive and collected 1,320 nonperishable items for the Salvation Army. To say “thank you” for their recent visit to W.A. Bess Elementary, Jessica Haynes’ first grade class created holiday cards and handed out treats to members of the Union Road Volunteer Fire Department. Blake Construction provided supplies, reading material, and blueprints to students in the construction class at Belmont Middle School. Brooke Loftis is the teacher.

Give a “SHOUT OUT” to the fifth grade classes at W.A. Bess Elementary for collecting 361 books and 69 stuffed animals. The books were given to children in an effort to support literacy awareness while the stuffed animals served as “reading buddies” for the children. John Chavis Middle sixth grader Mason Powers was a winner in the poetry competition that was held to celebrate the 175th anniversary of Gaston County. W.C. Friday Middle band students collected $725 and purchased Christmas gifts for children at Levine Children’s Hospital.

The Belmont Police Department donated several boxes of school supplies and masks to Page Primary. Pinewood Elementary student Ava Hoerst won the “Proudest Kid in Gaston County” essay contest, which is sponsored by Gaston Together. The Southwest Middle

School football team was recognized at a recent City of Gastonia meeting for winning the Gaston County Schools county championship. Springfield Elementary received a donation of coats and blankets from 105 Florist and Home Decor.

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NEEDED: ONCE A MONTH HOUSEKEEPER. “Must be reliable & trustworthy”. Gastonia area. ALSO: Electric Chair for Sale. Call 980-745-5396 (Leave Voice Mail)

EXPERIENCED CARPENTERS. If you are looking for a company where you can turn a job into a career, then you need to come work for us! We provide on the job training, uniforms, tools, transportation to job sites, and a family style working environment. We have need for experienced Lead carpenters to perform work as part of a team in a fast paced, dynamic environment. Will be responsible for a full range of rough and finished skilled carpentry work. We are a licensed, certified restoration company, holding contractor licenses in both North and South Carolina. Qualifications: High School diploma or equivalent. Experience in tear out, framing, decking, siding, installing doors and windows, insulation, drywall, and trim. Must be able to wear all required personal protective equipment. Must have valid driver’s license (min. age 21 for insurance) and satisfactory driving record. Must pass background screening and drug testing. We offer competitive wage, health insurance, 401(k) match, and paid time off. 3 ways to apply. Visit our Website https://www. Email resume to: careers@ Apply in person to: American Restoration 930 Wendover Heights Drive Shelby, NC 28150 careers@

SCHOOL CHOICE OPEN HOUSE EVENT For Charity Christian School, 113 Charity Church Rd, Lawndale, NC on January 29th at 4:00pm! Our school includes grades K5 through 12th with a low teacher-student ratio! Our goal is to keep monthly tuition cost low while offering a quality education in a Christian atmosphere. If accepted for enrollment some students may qualify for a full scholarship through the NC Opportunity Scholarship Program! We also offer dual enrollment classes with Cleveland Community College. Call our office number, visit our Facebook page, or Webpage for more information! (704) 419-4574

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

EMPLOYMENT COATS PERFORMANCE YARN. 501 York Road, Kings Mountain, NC. 8 & 12 hour shifts. Apply within. For more info, email kimberly.durden@ or call 980-2915331. NOW HIRING FULLTIME PHARMACY TECHNICIAN, Medical Arts Pharmacy, 108 East Grover Street, Shelby, NC. Fulltime Dishwasher for The Hub Cafe inside Medical Arts Pharmacy, (704) 4878068 SANDY RUN BAPTIST CHURCH Is seeking a part time Secretary, 15-20 hours per week. Exp. with Power Church Program preferred but not required. Send resume to office@ (704) 4346771

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

BUSINESS SERVICES WORLDWIDE TRUCKING MOVING & GRADING Company. We offer grading and moving services. Anything from excavators to household items. We offer demo clearing, flooring contractors and also landscaping. Free estimates, insured. Will also deliver bulk to construction sites. 30 ft flatbed. (704) 297-5033

NEED A CAR DISMANTLER. Auto Parts of Shelby. Apply in person at 1021 County Home Road, Shelby, NC 28152 704487-5234 (704) 472-4666

TALL PINES CORPORATION Give us a call today for all your Grading, Excavation, Land Clearing, and Hauling needs! (704) 600-5438 tallpinesfarm19@

SANDY RUN BAPTIST CHURCH Is seeking a part time Minister of Music. Please send resume to PO Box 297 Mooresboro, NC 28114 or office@ (704) 4346771

SHIPMAN’S MASONRY- 48 YEARS EXPERIENCE. Brick, Block & Stone, Outside Fireplaces, Foundations, Underpinnings. “Free Estimates”. 1st Quality Work! (863) 532-1587


BUSINESS SERVICES HANDYMAN. All rental and residential services. No job too small. Call Wray at 704-6740494

BLANTON’S TREE SERVICE TREE TRIMMING AND REMOVAL, STORM CLEANUP, DRIVEWAY AND OTHER SMALL GRADING JOBS .. FREE ESTIMATES. CALL KALEB 704-6924203 OR 704-692-3562 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.


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.

FOR SALE FORD BEDLINER 6.5 FT. (Fits 2015-2020 Ford Pickup) Tonneau Hard Cover. $300 (Paid $600) “Like new!” Call (704) 300-7563

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ENTERTAINMENT TV CABINET W/SHELVES. white, 72’’highX42’’wideX22’’deep. $100. 4 new golf cart tires w/ chrome rims. $300. New entertainment center. $100. 828-7487985.

TWO CEMETERY PACKAGES at Eternal Hills, Rutherford County. Regular price $6,200. Will sell for $5,000. Plots, vaults, opening/closing. Text 828-289-2895.

FOR SALE Best Offer! Kitchen China Cabinet, Dresser, Oak King Size Bed with Rails, Coffee Table, Hutch Top, Copy Machine. All For $400.00 Obo. Call 704-482-5205 TRANSPORT CHAIR $95 Red transport chair 250lb limit, like new. Will deliver. Call Scooterman John (704) 951-4224 mobilityservices07@ COKE, PEPSI, TONKA & GRISWALD SPECIAL ANTIQUES: COMIC BOOKS, MARBLES, CAST IRON, and KNIVES, 1987 Mazda Low Rider, restorable. Call (704) 4827949

WILL BUY. I WANT TO Buy old 45 records and 78’s call 704782-0647

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 ALL METAL GARAGES. Big Discounts! Zero down. Call for more details. 828-382-0455. TRAILERS, EQUIPMENT, DECKOVERS, GOOSENECK DUMP. CAR HAULER, HIGH SIDE, ENCLOSED. Cash, Credit Cards, Financing, Rent to Own Options. J. Johnson Sales INC. Forest City, NC 828245-5895.

55” LG TV SLIGHTLY USED. No stand, with remote $250. 65” Samsung TV, new smart 4K in box $550. 7000 TV channel box $250. Buy catalog for your life necessities $100. Make money, 25% profit. (704) 962-9007

12 TREADLE SEWING MACHINES $150 each for all. $200 each for less. Call 828305-3123. LARGE PRIDE HD $1695 Brand new. 400 lb capacity, 26” wide seat, delivered, warranty. Call Scooterman John (704) 951-4224


NC4EVER.COM BEST DOG TENNIS BALL. is where you get the BEST Tennis Ball for your dog!

RENT TO OWN CARPORTS, BUILDINGS GARAGES. J. Johnson Sales Inc., Forest City, NC. Call 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.

CARPORTS, GARAGES, RV COVERS, BOAT TRACTOR COVERS IN STOCK. Areas largest on site display. Best Selection, Options. Quality you can getting one place! J. Johnson Sales, Inc. Forest City, NC. 828-245-5895.

SOLID TOP PLASTIC DRUMS $10 Each. Buy 10 or more $6 each. Metal burning barrels $10 each. Plastic barrels with lids & rings $20 each. Water totes $75 each. Call Jeff (828) 327-4782

BUILDINGS, GARAGES, SHOPS with Concrete Slab. “We Got’Em”and “We do them Turn Key” J. Johnson Sales INC., Forest City, NC. 828-2455895. STORAGE BUILDINGS. “We Buy, Sell, Trade” J. Johnson Sales INC. Forest City, NC 828245-5895. DUMP TRAILERS “WE GOT ‘EM” 6’x10’, 6’x12’ and 7’x14’ (5 & 7 Ton) “All the Options on All! contact J. Johnson Sales, Inc., Forest City. (828) 245-5895

HARD SHELL TRUCK BED COVER. Undercover brand truck bed cover. Fits Ford Super Duty 6 3/4 ft bed. Ruby Red color. Good condition. Not on truck now. $500. Come get it! (704) 718-7230 FRAME SHOP EQUIPMENT. Morso Chopper, Seal Commercial 210, C&H Glass Cutter, Oval & Round Master, Jr. Cut Glass and Mats. Mat Cutter. Call (704) 827-3128 CABRIOLET VW. Best Offer! Parts only. Does not run. Call (704) 300-1818 MORGAN’S FIREWOOD SERVICE. Green oak, small stove wood. $75, delivered. Call 828395-0758. PRO-FORM TREADMILL $100. And a BOWFLEX Workout Bench $100. call (704) 6921573 HORSE QUALITY HAY. Square and round bales. Call (704) 487-6855

PRIDE MOBILITY CHAIR $795. Electric wheel chair with handy seat lift, lifts seat to 26@“. Good batteries, delivered, warranty. 225 lb weight limit. Call Scooterman John. (704) 951-4224 ITEMS FOR SALE. Whirlpool Fridge - $650, New Stainless Steel Electric Whirlpool Stove, $830, New stainless steel kitchen sink faucet-$45. 513-3316031 FLAG POLES & FLAGS. 15ft., 20ft., 25ft. “All American Made!” Delivery and installation is available. J. Johnson Sales INC, Forest City, NC. Call 828245-5895.

LAWN MOWER TRAILERS. 4 WHEELER TRAILERS, SMALL & LARGE TRAILERS. “We Got’Em” J. Johnson Sales, Inc., Forest City, NC. (828) 2455895 FESCUE HAY FOR SALE. $4.50 per bale. Call 704-5384110. If no answer leave message. COUCH, 2 TABLES, 2 LAMPS $500. Grey Super Comfy Couch is less than a year old, two light colored wood end tables, two lamps. (828) 315-0935 JAZZY ELECTRIC WHEELCHAIR $350. 2 yr old Jazzy power wheelchair. FDA Class II Medical Device. (828) 3150935 DEER CORN, 60 POUND BAG. $9. Callahan Farms. Cletus: 704-300-5341; Steve: 704472-8865; Todd: 704-692-1627

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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.

AKC REGISTERED LAB PUPPIES. Black and chocolate. Ready middle of March. Parents on site. Champion Bloodline. Great disposition. $925. Taking deposits, $250. 704914-8241

FOUR PUPPIES & ARRAY OF Lap Dogs. $100 to $200. Chihuahua & Feist Mixed. They will remain small, beautiful and loving! Now ready for good homes. (704) 473-8300

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



1624 SOUTH POST ROAD. Trailer 17. Shelby NC. 2 bedroom, 1 bath. Rent $750, Deposit $750, Application Fee $25. (704) 472-4666

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

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

I HAVE TOY POODLE PUPPIES. 6 weeks old, CKC, $1,500. (828) 289-8844

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

FREE TO GOOD HOME Male mixed breed puppy. 8 months old. Small, about 15 pounds. Full of energy. Favors Boston Terrier. (704) 472-4844


LABRADOODLE PUPPIES FOR SALE. 6 weeks old, 1st shots, vet checked, $900. “No shedding.” Text for more info (864) 492-2880

MISSING LONG HAIRED CAT. Black & white ‘tuxedo’ male cat missing since Sat 1/15/22. Vacinity of Worthington & W. Sumter St. Near city park. If seen please call (704) 419-2059 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

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.

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

WANTED: OLD AND NEW AMMO. Reloading supplies. Call 828-245-6756 or cell # 828-289-1488. DANNY’S AUTOWERKS. Buying used or junk cars. Competitive prices. Call Danny 828-289-3081 or Jimmy 828289-1175.

2008 JOHN DEERE GATOR XUV. Adult owned, recently serviced, info at jeanc@viasolero. com, priced to sell $1,000. (910) 442-8820 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 910-273-4015 for current availability or any other info. (910) 273-4015

CARS & TRUCKS 1991 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z-28, 5.7 Litre Automatic, New Paint & New Tires, Nice Project Car! $3000 (704) 538-8393 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

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

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

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. 704487-5480. 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 2 OR 3 BEDROOM MOBILE HOMES. For rent in Shelby & Grover. $700-$850. Call (828) 234-8147 2&3 BEDROOM TOWN HOMES. Townhomes located in Shelby, NC. We are currently accepting applications for our waiting list. Rent is based on income (and some expenses are deducted). Please visit us today at Laurel Hill Apartments 1526 Eaves Rd., Shelby NC or call for more information 704-487-1114. Equal Housing Opportunity. 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

HICKORY CREEK APARTMENTS FOR SENIORS. (62 and older), disabled (50 and older). Shelby. Now taking applications for waiting list. 418 East Warren Street, (704) 487-6354 2&3 BEDROOM MOBILE HOMES. Nice and clean, water furnished. Oak Grove Community, Kings Mtn. Call or text, 704-739-0259. RUTHERFORD COUNTY 2 & 3 BEDROOM MOBILE HOMES. Small private park between Spindale and Forest City. Starting at $500 per month. 828-382-0475. 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.

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PETS & LIVESTOCK BEAGLE PUPPIES. ONE BOY, FIVE GIRLS. Puppies will be ready for their forever homes on February 12, 2022. They will have been wormed and 1st shots. $800.00 each. (304) 419-4041



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

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

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



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

NEWLY RENOVATED BEACH HOUSE in OCEAN LAKES. 2 bedroom, 2 bath. Also pullout couch, golf cart. Weeks and weekends. Call 704-472-5182

DUPLEX IN SHELBY. 2 bedroom 1 bath, Non Smoker, Not HAP eligible, No Pets, $595 month. Lease, references, credit/background check required. If no answer leave message. (704) 482-7504

MILL-SEC K9 OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Starting at $25.00 Rutherford County area. Board and train options available. 828755-7335.

ONLINE & IN PRINT 2002 FORD CROWN VICTORIA 80,500 miles, Don’t Wait!, white, leather, everything works. $4500. (704) 300-2783



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