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Faith Family Farm lives up to its name By Alan Hodge

Faith. Family. Farm. Those three words make up not only the name of the Stroot family spread near Stanley, they also spell out the philosophy of the place. Faith Family Farm is the passion of thirty-eight-yearold Joel Stroot, his wife Andrea, and their daughters, one-year-old Joanna, threeyear-old Leah, and six-yearold Claire. The root of the story starts with Joel, who grew up on a 200-acre farm in Missouri. When he was just 16-yearsold, Joel lost his father, Mike, in a car crash, but the farming gene was already firmly planted in his soul. With Faith Family Farm, Joel is paying homage in many ways to the agricultural lessons he learned at his dad’s side. “I grew up with fire in my

belly to be a farmer,” said Joel. “This whole journey is about getting back to farming and continuing dad’s legacy.” The family moved to the 35-acre former horse ranch off Rhyne Rd. in 2015 and set about turning it into an organic oasis. Joel, who is a bundle of physical and intellectual energy, is a dentist by trade and constantly works the farm when he’s not in his office. He’s been known to be on his tractor in the dead of night. “The neighbors say I’m the midnight farmer,” he says with a smile. Proof that the family that farms together has fun together. Presenting the Stroot group- Joanna, Andrea, Claire, Leah, Joel. Currently, Joel is taking a Photo by Alan Hodge sabbatical from dentistry and devoting his time to getting the farm ready for spring. “I have a big backlog of projects to do,” he said. One of the biggest jobs Joel does is soil preparation. By Alan Hodge See FARM, Page 5

2021 Year in review: Part 2

Cherubs Café celebrated 25 years on December 21 By Shawn Flynn A lot has changed in downtown Belmont the past quarter century. The one staple: the famous chicken salad served up by the Crew members at Cherubs Café. Cherubs Café officially opened the doors on Main Street in December, 1996. The business not only provided a meaningful employment opportunity for the differently able, but allowed Holy Angels to connect with the community. “Our whole goal is to serve the people we support, but also to serve our community,” said Holy Angels Pres-

ident/CEO Regina Moody. “Cherubs Café is our happy place (as the sign reads in the restaurant). This is a little piece of heaven.” Sr. Nancy Nance, Holy Angels vice president of community relations, helped to start Cherubs Café and managed it for the first decade. She called it her greatest mercy moment at Holy Angels. “I loved watching our crew members grow in their job skills,” said Sr. Nancy. “They were so proud of what they did because they knew See CHERUBS, Page 4

The second half of 2021 saw folks continue to get their lives back to “normal” following 2020’s Covid restrictions. Festivals, high school football games, and Christmas parades all drew large crowds of folks happy to be able to mingle again. July kicked off with Belmont’s Red, White, and Belmont July 4th street fest. A huge crowd crammed Stowe Park for music, fun, and fireworks. That same month saw Mt. Holly WWII veteran Willie Bert Rhyne celebrate his 100th birthday. On the school scene, Stuart Cramer High welcomed new principal Jessica Steiner. August came in hot and the Mt. Holly PD was making good use of its new Mtn. Island Lake patrol boat making sure everyone was safe and sound on the water. August

The West Creek Recreation Association near Mt. Holly held a celebration in September. also saw ground broken for the MHPD Memorial Plaza next to the Municipal Center. Another August story

covered the official opening of the new Belmont Middle School. In Stanley, Ashley Price was recognized as Gas-


ton County Firefighter of the Year. September rolled around See REVIEW, Pages 6 & 7


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You say you want a resolution? Well folks, it’s 2022 and like some of you other delusion types I am going to try to make a few New Year’s Resolutions. Here goes. Resolution #1 is to try and at long last cast the burden of my rather convoluted childhood aside and enjoy what days I have left in mental peace. Lawd! Help me with this as I cannot afford a psychiatrist (or trust them either). And certainly don’t have the time to lay supine upon a couch for hour long crying jag sessions when there’s work to be done. The next thing I want to do is lose a few pounds. Hahahaha laughs Fate. Once I was in a Chinese restaurant and my fortune cookie slip declared “you will achieve fame late in life but you will become portly”. I can see that little piece of paper now. My only corn-solation is that Sir Winston Churchill and Teddy Roosevelt were slender in their younger days (as was I) but ‘gained a little” as they matured. Last year I had lunch with an old pal “Little Sammy Lemmond” that I had not seen in about 30-ish years. His first words to me were not “hey old buddy!” but “you blowed up!” Sheesh. Another thing I want to do in 2022 is to stop cussing other drivers on the road. Well, it’s hard not to do that what with all the idiots out behind the wheel texting yakking eating eyeballing speeding tailgating cutting off etc. etc. But I will try. (Good luck with that one Alan). Oh, well, I broke this one the very day after writing this. Another thing I want to do is to delve further into my father’s family (Willeford) genealogy. I have already unearthed up some interesting stuff. Found out my gg-grand-

Embrace the new year

mother’s middle name was Mahaza. Great-grandmother’s middle name was Anza. Beautiful names of Arabic/ Alan Hodge African origin. The Banner-News Editor name Soule’ pops up too. How to say it? Soulay as in the French or Sewell as in what? This year Sharon and I are going on a trip far way. Very far away. The destination is a secret for now but if anyone deserves to see another part of the planet it’s her. I just want to see her face when we are there. This coming year I want to keep writing stories. Lawd! I will be 70 years old on Jan. 21 which I find hard to believe…Most days I still feel about 30 years younger- especially when I ride one of my antique British motorcycles in the country going around curves like I am flying a Supermarine Spitfire. My lifelong companion ADHD is still kickin’ just as strong as ever and drives me forward at my usual breakneck pace. Stories ideas still pop into my head at all hours especially 2am. I think I have written about 2,500 so far. I am like the person that wanted a more curvaceous figure and woke up with their butt hanging off the edge of the bed. I met some fascinating folks for news stories in 2021 and hope to do so in 2022 as well. Well, those are my resolutions composed IPA style with Borodin’s In the Steppes of Central Asia and Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor playing in the background. Hope you’uns have a good year.

Connect the Dots: It’s all about Him

False security I built a bridge crossing a dry creek behind our home. The floor is wood milled from hurricane Hugo pine trees, and the handrails are small pine saplings from my property. It supported me, my riding mower and a trailer full of grandchildren but after 10 years the untreated lumber deteriorated and is no longer safe. What else around us is dangerous? How about thinking we’re safe when we aren’t? In the Banner August 5th issue, Dr. Mollette wrote an important essay about “turmoil.” He wisely advised us to seek peaceful living; not work ourselves to death, nor pile on debt, and he noted “there’s nothing better than living life with peace of mind.” His essay hit home with me because I had just attended a Caromont rehab clinic on Stress and his advice centered on the same topic and living wisely. Immediate danger is acute stress. But how about chronic stress? Do we know what that is? Caromont says it’s a large medical concern; a continuous stress we live with that makes us forgetful and emotional and “releases Cortisol which leads to a host of problems.” Chronic stress af-

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fects our heart, blood flow, blood sugar, cholesterol, blood pressure and shrinks our brains. We are a stressed nation, burdened with fake news, political posturing, huge debt, sleeplessness, choking on the effects of tobacco, and mismanaging diet, nutrition, and weight. We mostly tend to tighten our belt and press ahead banking on hope; little knowing we aren’t brave soldiers; we are hurting ourselves badly by balancing our lives on very shaky ground. In January 2021, Ohio State University, Wexner Medical Center completed a study of 49 vaccine studies completed over the last 30 years. Wexler “examined how stress, depression, and poor health behaviors can negatively affect the body’s immune response to vaccination.” This caught my attention because many are considering mandating vaccines for our current Covid-19 infections. This review of 49 studies showed that stress “impaired immune responses tended to fall into three categories. • interference with the development of antibodies against the pathogen

By Lisa Harper happened in the old It has, once year, (easy or hard), again, been a doozy led us to this moof a year. That is, at ment. That it had purpose, even if we least, something we can’t yet understand can all agree on. I what it is. will embrace 2022 2021 had a fierce with a hopeful spirit Lisa Harper grasp. Typing this, I we will all see light wonder if years from at the end of the tunnow, I will look back and find nel. We know it’s there..we simply must choose to see it myself feeling very much the same. Still, my heart prevails and believe in it. Most New Year’s adages by reminding me no matter urge us to put the events of what transpired this year, I the recent year behind us. was truly blessed. So as we embrace yet an“Out with the old and in with the new”…yet, if these adages other new year, don’t look encouraged forgetting… if back with regret. Let it open they insisted that we erase the past, then I would want nothing to do with them. History likes to show us who’s boss when we’re foolish enough to try and pull a fast one. A new year reminds us to also begin a fresh start. Like the simple turn of a calendar page, we somehow figure The Town of Ranlo is these new beginnings and partnering with Alliance fresh adjustments in how we Code Enforcement. did things prior, will happen Alliance specializes in effortlessly come Jan 1. I’m nuisance abatement against sure you can write a good property owners that do not story on that one. This simple comply with administrative feat usually ends up becom- demands to address ordinance ing a tall order. But we must violations from the Town. acknowledge that whatever Alliance will be riding through Ranlo each week identifying properties that are not in compliance with the Town’s ordinances and mak-

up positive elements in your day to day world, no matter what comes your way. When I think of the new year in terms of my own family and friends, my wish is that 2022 opens up beautifully, with all of my dear ones in good health…and each busy and happy in their own peculiar way. Never regret a day in your life; good days give happiness, bad days give experience, worst days give lessons, and best days give memories. Happy New Year!

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• more rapid erosion of antibody protection that does develop Dennis Siracusa • intensification of vaccine side effects.” The study showed stress, depression, inactivity, use of tobacco, excessive weight, psychological factors, age over 70, and poor sleep can all have a negative effect on our immune system and limit benefits of vaccines against diseases like influenza, Covid-19, Hepatitis B, typhoid, and pneumonia; and for people over 71 “Only 20 % of stressed adults developed antibodies after a flu shot.” So we may be banking on false security on our immunizations. Our efforts will be better placed managing stress, eating right, and living within our means. Dr. Mollette prescribes seeking peace. Where do we find peace? In Galatians 5 one fruit of God’s Holy Spirit is peace. As we all chart our way forward let’s avoid shaky ground and unfounded promises. Let’s seek real peace and require truth from those leading us.

ing contact with the property owner to attempt to reach resolution for each infraction. If you have a complaint regarding a problem property, give Alliance a call at 336655-3799 or report an issue via email at As a reminder, the Town’s ordinances are available online at https://codelibrary.

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Gospel concert planned Lowesville Gospel Concerts @ Vineyard Church - 1062 South Hwy 16 - Stanley (Lowesville) NC presents a free concert Sat Jan 22nd at 5pm. The Stanley Pentecostal Church Bluegrass Band (above) will be sharing the gospel in song, along with Dennis Cook from Athens GA. Everyone is invited, so bring a friend and come worship our Lord with us. Contact: Carroll Cooke 704-618-9762

The Town of Ranlo held swearing-in ceremonies for Mayor Lynn Black, Commissioner Trevor Hay, and Commissioner Wade Morton. Seated, left to right, is Commissioner Doug Moore, Commissioner Jamie Fowler, Mayor Lynn Black, Mayor Pro-Tem Katie Cordell, Commissioner Wade Morton, and Commissioner Trevor Hay. Also pictured is Town Clerk Sarah Rowan and Town Manager Jonathan Blanton.

Gaston County Extension & Community Association (ECA): January Events 2022

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Congratulations to Gaston County Beekeepers Association for being recognized recently at the State Beekeepers meeting in Hickory as the top chapter in North Carolina. The news had everyone buzzing.

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: More info: Call 704.865.3291 or contact Pam Bryson” pam. Community Project: Shirt Savers Thurs., January 13th | 1:00pm - 4:00pm Lucile Tatum Center (959 Osceola St., Gastonia) Want to make a difference in your community? Looking to meet others and get out of the house for a while? If so, this event is just for you! Volunteers are needed to help make shirt savers for both youth and adults of Webb Street School and Holy Angels. If you can sew, iron, pin or cut...YOU can assist with this project! All supplies are furnished by Gaston Co. ECA. Monthly Craft-Project Day Sat., January 15th | 10:00am - 4:00pm 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 you want to join other crafters, this monthly event may be for you! Bring your project and supplies and join ECA volunteers.

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Making crafts with the ECA. Our large utility tables are perfect for sewing, quilting, paper crafting, etc. Plus, this is a casual way to connect with others while working on your project. No cost to participate. Community Project Valentine Cards for Meals on Wheels Tues., January 18th | 2:00pm - 4:00pm Lucile Tatum Center (959 Osceola St., Gastonia) Help us to send a smile Gaston County’s Meals on Wheels participants with hand-made greeting cards! This is also a great way to learn more about paper crafting and card making, while helping others. Volunteers are needed to help in a variety of ways- from cutting, gluing, stamping, and writing sentiments... all levels of card making experience is invited to attend.



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people valued what they were doing. That was a major mercy moment for me.” She says the restaurant remains the longest business still open in downtown on Main Street. The late Belmont mayor, Kevin Loftin, even called Cherubs Café the anchor store. In 2017, Cherubs Café

high school class alumni and was an enthusiastic supporter of the South Point High School Red Raiders. Above all, her unselfish and genuine compassion for others will be tremendously missed by so many. Frances is survived by her husband, Charles, her sons James Michael (Joanne) and Lee (Candie), and her five beautiful grandchildren. She is also survived by her best friend and sister, Mary (Chee) Hamilton. She is preceded in death by her parents, her sister Patricia, brother’s William and John, and her twin brother Frank. In lieu of flowers, Frances had asked that a donation be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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The Stroot farm motto and name.

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not pets, they provide eggs and meat for the table. Joel also adds wild game to the menu. He makes his own beer and wine. He estimates that between the garden, the flocks, and the field, about ninety percent of the family food needs are met. “I plan to add a couple of cows and pigs come spring,” Joel said. Joel and Andrea want to pass on the knowledge they’ve gained at Faith Family Farm to others. Future plans include giving farmstead lessons and tours to interested individuals or groups. In this way, Joel, who

was the 2017 annual North Carolina Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers and Ranchers Excellence in Agriculture Award recipient, is carrying on his father’s legacy not only to his family’s benefit, but to the good of others as well. “We are living out dad’s dreams,“ Joel said. Interested in learning more about sustainable, organic, farming and Faith Family Farm? Text Joel at 704-6890995 and prepare yourself for agricultural amazement. Oh, here’s the website https:// www.faithfamilyfarmstead. com/.

Joel and Joanna at the leaf pile.

The farm is dotted with huge heaps of leaves that the Town of Stanley brought there and dumped. Joel takes the leaves and churns them into the soil. “When we first got the farm the horses had packed the soil down and depleted it,” Joel said. “Tilling in the leaves helps build it back up again.” The trick works. The former hardpan soil is now dark and rich with a wide variety of plants thriving in it. In addition to a vineyard, vegetables, and herbs, the farm also produces fruit trees such as peaches, nectarines, plums, apples, apricots, pears, and cherries. One of the farm’s best crops are the elderberries that Joel and Andrea use to make a type of health supplement syrup that they sell. “By using nutrient dense soil, you can produce nutrient dense food,” Joel says. Livestock currently calling the farm home includes a flock of chickens and turkeys. These well fed critters are Joel showing off some of the rich soil he makes and sells.

Chickens are an important part of the Stroot farm.

Claire and the portable chicken coop.

Joel makes this elderberry syrup but it’s not the pancake variety- more like a tonic.

Photos by Alan Hodge

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End of Watch riders visited Mt. Holly PD in July in honor of Officer Tyler Herndon who lost his life in the line of duty December 11, 2020.

WWII veteran Willie Bert Rhyne of Mt. Holly hit 100 in July. October brought cooler air to our region as well as a story recognizing cool Francina Burris who has been driving a school bus for Ida Rankin Mt. Holly students for over four decades. In Belmont, plans for the Moonlight on Main festival were in the final stages. The event in Stowe Park featured a 28’ in diameter inflatable moon. In Cramerton, members of the Women in Pink group held a fundraiser for Cancer Awareness Month at Cramer Mtn. Country Club. In Mt. Holly the fourth annual Lantern Parade took place. Downtown Mt. Holly was packed with people who were wowed by the amazing and creative lanterns that were carried by


From Page 1 and First Baptist Church Mt. Holly finally held its grand reopening event following five years of rebuild from the July 21, 2016 fire. The Cramerton Historical Society also held a ribbon cutting for its new museum. In Belmont, work continued at a rapid pace on the redevelopment of the 100 year old Chronicle Mill into luxury apartments and retail space. September also saw folks recall the 9/11/2001 attacks with memorial services including one at Community VFD 32 in North Belmont. Also in North Belmont, Centerview Baptist Church celebrated its 100th anniversary.

Belmont held its Red, White, and Belmont event on July 4.

participants. November brought Indian summer to our region and a Veterans Day story profiling Cramerton’s Larry Rick who served in Vietnam and was awarded the Purple Heart. Another personality profile in November looked at Belmont’s Charlie Craig and his incredible collection of vintage autos and artifacts. In Mt. Holly, a stretch of NC Hwy. 273 was officially named

In August, First Baptist Church Mt. Holly was nearly ready for reopening after years of rebuilding from the fire. in honor of MHPD officer Tyler Herndon who had lost his life on duty December 11, 2020. The municipal elections were held in November

and the turnout was steady. Cramerton got a new mayor in Nelson Wills and Belmont mayoral incumbent Charles Martin was reelected.

December brought 2021 to a close with a plethora of Christmas parades and the 66th annual lighting up of See more on page 7.

Newly upgraded and improved Rocky Branch Park in Belmont reopened in August after months of work.

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The Belmont Historical Society Museum recognized the Belmont Police Dept. in September with a special display. Officers gathered for the grand opening.

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Many places remembered Sept. 11, 2001 with special ceremonies. This picture was at Community VFD 32 in North Belmont.

(Left) Ida Rankin Elementary bus driver Francina Burris celebrated four decades at the job in October. Photos by Alan Hodge

the holiday decorations In McAdenFrom Page 6 ville. All the events were attended by heavy masses of humanity who were happy as larks to be able to see real parades after the Covid cancellations of 2020. December also brought an important day to Mt. Holly


on the 11th when the spectacular Mt. Holly Police Dept. Memorial Plaza was officially dedicated. The plaza honors not only Tyler Herndon but all members of law enforcement who lost their lives in the line of duty. December also saw the 100th birthday of Belmont’s Minnie Grier and groundbreaking for the new Belmont Parks and Rec. facilThese ladies at Cramer Mtn. Country Club held a fundraising tournament in October for Cancer Awareness Month. ity.

November brought municipal elections to our county.

Christmas parades returned in December and folks were The Christmas lights went back on in McAdenville for the 66th year. Photo by Steve Rankin thrilled.

The Mt. Holly Police Dept. Memorial Plaza was officially dedicated on December 11.

Classic car guru Charlie Craig was profiled in November.

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Banner News Fellowship & Faith

Church Directory Second Baptist Church

Mt. Holly Church of God

Rankin Ave • Mt Holly, NC

208 Rankin Ave. 704-827-8596

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

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


1104 Old NC 27 Hwy. 704-827-0822

Cramerton Independent Presbyterian 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 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

River of Life Full Gospel Church

6014 S. New Hope Rd 704-825-7959

1120 Charlotte Ave. 704-530-5174

Henry’s Chapel Ame Zion Church

Second Baptist Church

151 Henry Chapel Rd 704-825-0711

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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

320 E. Catawba Street 704- 825-8845

Queen Of The Apostles Catholic Church

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

1117 Old NC Hwy 27 704-827-8826

Loves Chapel Presbyterian Church

East Belmont Church Of God

909 Edgemont Ave 704-825-5346

Shiloh AME Zion Methodist

455 Sacco St. 704-825-6007

118 School Street 704-827-7071

East Belmont Free Will Baptist

740 Rankin Ave. 704-827-5181

Hood Memorial AME Zion 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

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

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

First Presbyterian Church

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

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

Bethel Baptist Church

Morningside Missionary Church

Roper Street 704-601-5146

NC Highway 273 704-827-9846

711 Morningside Dr. 704-822-9142

The Barn at Sandcastle Farm 155 Sandcastle Rd.

7280 Sifford Rd. 704-827-6277

Christ’s Evangelical Lutheran

320 Ralph Handsel Blvd. 704-263-8731

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

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

Gold Hill Missionary Baptist Church

527 N. Buckoak St. 704-263-4647

Lowell Church of God

Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church

804 W. First Street 704-824-3383

2717 Dallas/Stanley Hwy. 704-263-4406

Lowell Free Will Baptist Church

Springfield Memorial 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

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

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

5481 Hickory Grove Rd. 704-524-0555

New Life Church

Welcome Baptist Church

128 Robbins St. 704-824-1356

811 Mauney Rd.

Presbyterian Church of Lowell


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

Bright Light Baptist Church

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

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Goshen Presbyterian Church

Gateway Cowboy Church

New Life Baptist Church

110 S. Main St. 704-827-4751



100 Indian Walk 704-671-4652

Will of God Church

1951 Stanley Lucia Rd. 704-827-9224

207 Lowell Ave. 704-824-4213

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Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd Macedonia Baptist Church

West Cramerton United Methodist Church

1224 Mayberry Rd. 704-263-0249

1405 Armstrong Ford Rd. 704-825-0604

5339 S. New Hope Rd 704-825-8252

171 S. Main St. 704-824-7785

New Faith Baptist Church

1101 N. Main St. 704-824-4261

513 Woodlawn Ave. 704-827-5185

Riverside Baptist Church

S. New Hope Rd. 704-824-4121

201 N. Main St. 704-824-8814

Grace Baptist Church

501 Cramer Mountain Rd. 704-824-4286

Center Baptist Church

First United Methodist Church

1300 W. Catawba Ave. 704-827-3076

Life Church

7447 Old Plank Rd. 704-827-7966

Lowell Smyre United Methodist Church

Goshen Free Will Baptist Church

235 8th Ave. 704-824-1991

604 Martha Ave 704-824-2872

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

First Baptist Church

Community Pentecostal Center

Carolina Community Baptist

841 Noles Dr. 704-827-7461

East Wilkinson Blvd. 704-824-5319

324 N. Lee St. 704-827-1993

110 Underwood Dr. 704-820-0603

First Free Will Baptist Church

Cramerton Temple of God Church

203 S. Main St. 704-263-2621

Covenant United Methodist

300 S. Main St. 704-827-2481

154 N. Main St. 704-824-3831

Wesley Chapel Holiness Church

3100 Bethlehem Church St. 704-823-5050

First Baptist Church-Mt. Holly

Cramer Memorial United Methodist Church

Amazing Grace Baptist Church

Bethlehem Church

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

416 Woodlawn Ave. 704-824-1745


709 Rankin Ave. 704-671-8640

Finish Line Christian Center

Cramerton Free Will Baptist

511 Tuckaseege Rd. 704-827-4301


1013 W. Charlotte Ave. 704-827-7656

151 8th Ave. 704-824-3889

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Cornerstone Family Worship

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300 E. Wesleyan Dr. 704-824-1073

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The Traditional New Year’s Shooter’s group started their “shoot” at the Cherryville City Hall at midnight, Dec. 31, as they do every year, and shoot at various locations throughout the city and the area, ending on January 1, 2022, at the Great Outdoors. The daytime photos are at one of the host’s houses in Cherryville. Photos by MEP/The Eagle/CF Media and Susan L. Powell

“Shooting in” the New Year in Cherryville

The Cherryville New Year’s Shooter’s Inc., group, who start their “shoot” at Black’s Grill in Cherryville, at midnight, Dec. 31, as they do every year, had a “shot” scheduled for Waco, in Cleveland County this year. The group also shoots at various locations throughout the city and the area, and ended their “shot” on Jan. 1, 2022, at Rudisill Stadium, with a tribute to honor the memory and legacy of their late President and long-time shooter, Mr. Carl C. “Boozie” Dellinger. Photos by MEP/The Eagle/CF Media and Susan L. Powell

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Good News from Gaston County Schools, December 2021 The following students were chosen as the “Do the Right Thing” award winners for December: Rakiell Mackins, Lingerfeldt Elementary; Ellie Messer, Costner Elementary; Sophia Payne, Belmont Middle; and Malachi Coleman, Hunter Huss High School. Dr. Aaron Slutsky, chief technology officer for Gaston County Schools, was named the Southwest Regional Technology Director of the Year. He will compete for the North Carolina Technology Director of the Year recognition. The following teachers in Gaston County Schools earned National Board Certification: Erica Hawes, Bessemer City High; Amanda Matz, North Belmont El-

ementary; Kelly Royston, Stuart W. Cramer High; and Kathryn Watts, Southwest Middle. Cramerton Middle School won both the county volleyball and boys soccer championships, and Belmont Middle School won the county wrestling championship. Several high school students from Gaston County Schools took top honors in the Keep Gastonia Beautiful recycled art contest. Among the winners were Evelyn Gonzalez, North Gaston, first place; Najah Walls, Forestview, second place; Heaven Carpenter, East Gaston, third place; and Luke Wally, North Gaston, honorable mention. The following schools won awards in the Festival of Trees competition sponsored

by the City of Belmont: Cramerton Middle, first place; Belmont Central Elementary, second place; and Belmont Middle, third place. Several Ashbrook High School student-athletes received Big South 3A Conference recognition for football. Carmelo Bess and John Derricott were named to the allconference first team, and Jakeem Dennard and Austin Parker were named to the allconference second team. H.H. Beam Elementary sponsored the “Paws for a Cause” fundraiser to support the United Way of Gaston County. For every dollar donated by a student, a paw was placed on the classroom door. In four days, students, staff, and parents raised more than $1,500.

Stewart takes over as East Gaston AD By John Wilson

East Gaston recently tapped volleyball/softball coach Haley Stewart to take over as the Warriors new athletic director. Stewart was elevated to the top spot following the departure of Ryan Resendez who stepped down after serving as East Gaston’s AD for three years. Stewart has been a coach at EG for two years. During her time coaching the softball and volleyball programs, Stewart has established herself as a compassionate motivator who gets the most out of her players. This year, under Stewart’s guidance the Lady Warriors volleyball team finished 16-7 and took the Southern Piedmont 1A/2A. Stewart was named conference coach of the year. Since coming to East Gaston, Stewart has brought a hard charging work ethic to the position. She is well respected by her players and fellow coaches. In a 2020 interview with the BannerNews, Stewart was asked about her coaching approach. “Coach them hard and hug them after,” Stewart said. “I want them to know I care about them and I want what’s best for them on and off the court with all of my teams I preach family.” In many ways Stewart will bring a unique perspective to the job since it hasn’t been that long since she was a player herself. Haley Stewart was a triple letter varsity athlete at South Point High School who excelled at basketball, volleyball, and softball. During her time at South Point, Haley earned all-conference recognition. She graduated in 2014

and went on to play softball at Appalachian State. At App State, Stewart was a tough infielder who led the Mountaineers in fielding percentage. Coach Stewart graduated from Appalachian State in 2019 with a degree in social work. Not long after graduation Stewart was hired to take over the Lady Warriors softball program. Shortly after coming to EG she took on volleyball as well. During her time at East Gaston, Stewart has been an advocate for not just her players, but all East Gaston athletes. Her social media is filled with posts highlighting the accomplishments of Warriors athletes. With that kind of advocacy, it’s no surprise that she was chosen. There is no doubt that the new position will be a challenge, but Stewart seems up to the task. She plans to hit the ground running with a comprehensive forwardthinking vision for the future. “My vision for the athletic department is to be dedicated to providing support to all student athletes with an emphasis on guiding students to academic success, personal excellence, and social growth,” Stewart said. “It is my desire to give all East Gaston athletes a world class experience during their time here.” Stewart really wants to bring the people associated with East Gaston High School together. She believes that athletics is a good way to do just that. The family approach to coaching that she talked about in 2020 will be a big part of her philosophy moving forward. “I want East Gaston Athletics to be known as the home of the toughest, hardest working, well-rounded, most competitive, and closest fam-

Haley Stewart was recently selected as East Gaston High School’s new athletic director. Stewart is 2019 graduate of Appalachian State University. Stewart coaches volleyball and softball and was recently named the Southern Piedmont 1A/2A Conference volleyball coach of the year. Photo by J. Scott ily in Gaston County,” Stewart added. “I will continue to gather our community to be a part of the Warrior family, while we keep students’ quest to excellence and safety the utmost priority. East Gaston is a special place and our supporters, coaches, and students are amazing people. Together, I am excited to see what we are able to accomplish for East Gaston High School. I am beyond excited for this opportunity and cannot wait to continue to give East Gaston High School my all and my best.” East Gaston athletics has made a lot of progress in the last few years. Across the board Warrior athletes have stepped up and shown what they can do. With Stewart’s bold vision for the future, it looks like EG may just be ready to take it to the next level.

The fifth grade classes at W.A. Bess Elementary teamed up with The Cato School of Education at UNCCharlotte and collected 361 books and 69 stuffed animals. The book will be given to children in an effort to support literacy awareness while the stuffed animals will serve as “reading buddies” for the children. Keep Gastonia Beautiful donated two red maple trees to W. A. Bess Elementary. The second grade classes participated in a 30-minute educational program by the City of Gastonia’s arborist and were able to learn about the importance of planting trees. W.B. Beam Intermediate school resource officer William Vaughn organized a room at the school to make space for donated clothing, backpacks, and canned food items. Bessemer City Primary conducted a lollipop sale and collected $2,111 for the United Way of Gaston County annual campaign. In addition, media specialist Sarah Putnam won a Rutherford Electric Bright Ideas grant. Bessemer City High football players Mason Chastain, Justice Cooper, and Jashawn Thomas earned the Southern Piedmont 1A/2A all-conference recognition. Students at Brookside Elementary enjoyed a visit from “Hugo,” who brought the Charlotte Hornets’ book bus to the school and gave a presentation about reading. Carr Elementary students and staff supported a holiday meal drive for the Dallas Christian Ministry. Chapel Grove Elementary raised $450 for the United Way of Gaston County. Students donated money for a chance to put a pie in the face of principal Mitch Allen. John Chavis Middle students and staff collected 1,637 canned goods to donate to the Cherryville Area Ministries. Cherryville Elementary students collected 2,030 canned goods for the community. In addition, students raised $250 for the United Way of Gaston County. Students donated one dollar to guess how much candy was in a jar. The Cherryville High School cheerleaders earned first place at the 2021 North Carolina High School Athletic Association Cheerleading Invitational Championship. The squad earned top awards for small varsity and varsity game day in the Division II category. Cherryville High football players Cadin Beaver, Jack Dellinger, Landon Hahn, and Cooper Sloan earned the Southern Piedmont 1A/2A all-conference recognition. Cramerton Middle School was one of the many pickup sites for the 26th annual Gaston County Toy Run. Beta Club students served

hot chocolate and cookies to share holiday cheer with children and families. Cramerton Middle School raised $1,000 for the United Way. The funds were designated for the American Cancer Society in memory of chorus teacher Patty Fayssoux. Costner Elementary exceptional children teacher Monica Sherer was selected to represent Gaston County Schools as the 2021-2022 Educator of Excellence. Sherer and other honorees from across the state were recognized during a ceremony at the 70th annual Conference on Exceptional Children. The Stuart W. Cramer High School theater department received nine awards at the North Carolina Theater Conference High School Play Festival for the production of ‘Frankenstein,’ which received a superior rating. Student Zoe Jenkins received the Barbizon Excellence in Design and Production, Props Manager, and Rehearsal Swing award. Student Logan Watkins received the Barbizon Excellence in Design and Production, Design/Tech, and Special Effects award. Student Natalie Grier received the Barbizon Outstanding Achievement in Design and Production and Stage Management award. Student Christa Berry received the Excellence in Acting award, and student Tristan Nogueira received Excellence in Ensemble Acting award. Additionally, the school received the Festival Spirit Award and Excellence in Production Design for set, costumes, props, lighting, and special effects). Chuck Stowe is the theater teacher. Zachary Willer and Nicholas Willer of Stuart W. Cramer High School were named to the boys cross country allstate team, and Joseph Bravo and Jack Matz were named to the 3A all-state soccer team. Arias Nash of Stuart W. Cramer High School was named the Big South 3A Defensive Player of the Year for football. Justin Rocquemore was named a first team honoree, and Josue Sanchez, Damien Bentley, and Markiss Nelson were named to the second team. The East Gaston High School cheerleaders earned first place at the 2021 North Carolina High School Athletic Association Cheerleading Invitational Championship. The squad won the super varsity competition in the Division II category. The following East Gaston High School football players earned Southern Piedmont 1A/2A all-conference recognition: Aiden Cloninger, Jake Fox, Shane Goins, Josiah Lucas, Adam Massey, Markel McKinney, and Luis Nunez, and Justin Hill was voted the Offensive Player of the Year.

Forestview High School earned the distinction of First Team Safe Sports School. The honor is presented by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. Forestview High School senior Austin Brotemarkle was named to the boys cross country all-state second team. Forestview High School student-athletes Camury Reid, Christian Williams, Jaycob Neely, and Jesse Osborne were recognized as Big South 3A first-team football honorees, and Jakeem Dennard and Austin Parker were named to the all-conference second team. Keep Gastonia Beautiful donated two trees to Hawks Nest STEAM Academy that were planted in the playground area. Several classes at Lingerfeldt Elementary participated in the “Writing Letters to Troops” project for Veterans Day. Gaston Early College High School seniors Ella Harmon and Trsitin Winkler received the Appalachian State University Excellence Scholarship. Gaston Early College High senior Joseph Wittmer was appointed vice president of the N.C. Comprehensive Community College Student Government Association. In partnership with Keep Gastonia Beautiful, Gaston Early College High School students performed yard and landscaping maintenance at Webb Street School. They also spent time working in the school’s greenhouse and sensory garden area. Gardner Park Elementary third grade students met virtually with author Hans Kullberg, a graduate of Ashbrook High School, who recently published his first children’s book, “Baby Aviva Orangutan Diva.” Teacher Meredith Pendleton arranged the program. Gaston County Virtual Academy first-grade students enjoyed a visit from “Hugo,” the mascot for the Charlotte Hornets, and radio host Derrick “Fly Ty” Jacobs. The students took pictures with “Hugo” and boarded the Book Bus to select a book to take home. Highland School of Technology senior Ajhinae Brooks received a full-tuition scholarship to Rice University through the QuestBridge program. Highland School of Technology senior Ashlynn Stephens was named the North Carolina Volleyball Coaches Association 1A Player of the Year. Highland School of Technology football players Trent Dockery and Patrick Hullett earned the Southern Piedmont 1A/2A all-conference recognition. Hunter Huss High School teacher Michelle Ellis was awarded the North Carolina See GOOD NEWS, Page 12

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Stuart Cramer’s Will Kelly was the Tournament MVP.

Stuart Cramer wins Championship game of Holiday Clash Tournament... Stuart Cramer defeated Lincolnton 67-62 in the Championship game last Thursday night to win the Peoples Bank Holiday Clash Tournament. Photos by Bill Bostick/Tarheel Sports Photography

Stuart Cramer Tournament Champions.

Left to right- #15 Justin Rocquemore, #24 Will Kelly and #22 Taelen Whitley were named all tournament.

Area high school basketball teams gathered last week for the Peoples Bank Holiday Clash Basketball Tournament at Lincolnton High. These are pictures from the Stuart Cramer vs Bandys boy’s first round game. Stuart Cramer won 56-31. See page 13 for more action shots. Photos by Bill Bostick/Tarheel Sports Photography

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second-team honoree. Stanley Middle School was awarded a $20,000 grant from The Citadel. Teachers Alice Ballard and Jacklyn Tant completed a multi-summer program through The Citadel’s STEM Center of Excellence, which focused on infusing computing into the curriculum. York Chester Middle School donated 4,290 canned

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Attorney General’s Dogwood Award for her exemplary work as a science teacher. Students in the marching band at Hunter Huss High School had the opportunity to visit with Dr. Joseph Earp, director of instrumental music at Pfeiffer University. Hunter Huss High School student athlete Gene Neely III was recognized as a Big South 3A first-team football honoree, and Malachi Coleman was named to the second team. McAdenville Elementary second grader Ileny Zuniga was chosen to “flip the switch” at the annual McAdenville tree lighting ceremony. Mount Holly Middle collected more than 2,100 canned goods for the Community Relief Organization of Mount Holly. Page Primary School held a virtual dance-a-thon fundraiser, which resulted in raising more than $10,000 for the purchase of desktop computers for classrooms. State Superintendent Catherine Truitt invited the Pleasant Ridge Elementary drumline to create a performance video, which was shown during the AIM (Accelerate, Invigorate, and Motivate) conference in Raleigh. Daimler donated Thanksgiving meals, including a gift card for a turkey, to Pinewood Elementary families that are involved in the Backpack Weekend Food Program.| McNaughton-McKay donated $3,000 worth of scholastic books to Pinewood Elementary. Each student was able to take home two books for the holiday season. 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. Shannon Stout is the theater teacher. North Gaston High School student-athletes Brian Cole, Jason Melton, and J.J. Gordon were named to the Big South 3A all-conference second team. The National Junior Beta Club at Pleasant Ridge Elementary collected more than 500 toys to support Toys for Tots and the Levine Children’s Hospital. Pleasant Ridge Elementary student Madelyn Lowrance was recognized at the 2021 Gaston Together Community Leadership Awards for winning the “Proudest Kid in Gaston County” essay contest.

Sherwood Elementary fourth and fifth graders sang at the Keep Gastonia Beautiful tree lighting ceremony on Sunday, December 5. Music teacher Anne Beam led the students. Dominion Energy donated holiday meals and gifts for families at Sherwood Elementary. Ryan Harris of South Point High School was named the 2021 Luke Kuechly Defensive Player of the Year, which is an award presented by the Charlotte Touchdown Club. He was recognized on December 6 during the

Bronko Nagurski Awards Banquet. The South Point High School cheerleaders earned second place at the 2021 North Carolina High School Athletic Association Cheerleading Invitational Championship. The award was for outstanding performance in the super varsity competition. South Point High School senior Dylan Nicks was named the Big South 3A Spe-

cial Teams Player of the Year for football. Jacob Patterson, Sullivan Absher, Tyson Riley, Ryan Harris, and Will Ross were named to the allconference first team and Wyatt Triplett was named a

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STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF GASTON NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND DEBTORS Having qualified on 8th of October, 2021 as Administrator CTA of the Estate of ALLIE BOYD FAULKENBURY, 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, Sandra S. Heafner, Administrator CTA on or before the 22nd day of March, 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 22nd day of December, 2021. Sandra S. Heafner, Administrator CTA Estate of: Allie Boyd Faulkenbury 332 Alf Hoover Rd Lincolnton, NC 28092 CE (12/22 & 29/2021 & 1/05 & 12/2022)

LEGAL NOTICE STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF GASTON NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND DEBTORS Having qualified on 19th day of November, 2021 as Administrator of the Estate of CONCETTA JEANINE TATE, 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 at McIntyre Elder Law Firm, 233 E. Graham Street, Shelby, North Carolina, on or before the 15th day of March, 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 15th day of December, 2021. Brenton S. Begley, Administrator Counsel for the Estate McINTYRE ELDER LAW PO Box 165, Shelby, NC 28151 233 E. Graham Street Shelby, NC 28150 CE (12/15, 22, 29/2021 & 1/05/2022)

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)

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Lady Raiders win in Holiday Classic... The South Point Lady Raiders basketball team won first place and also four other awards at the 2021 Bud Black/Dennis Tate Holiday Classic, played on Dec. 27 & Dec. 28, at Nixon Gym, in Cherryville.

Peoples Bank Holiday Clash Basketball Tournament... The semi-final game of the Peoples Bank Holiday Clash Basketball Tournament took place last Wednesday at Lincolnton High. The Stuart Cramer High School Storm played the East Gaston High Warriors. The Storm won 56-54. Here are some shots from that game. Photos by Bill Bostick/Tarheel Sports photography

Winter Wonderland sock skating at the Schiele Fill the holidays with friends, family and sock skating! The Schiele Museum’s Winter Wonderland exhibit is back by popular demand with an exciting activity for kids. Geared toward younger participants, Winter Wonderland invites visitors to take off their shoes and sock “skate.” “Our exhibit team has created an indoor ice skating rink,” Tony Pasour, head of interpretation, said. “Kids can slide around the rink in their socks while keeping warm inside. During this time of year, weather is unpredictable. So, we wanted

to create an environment where visitors can expend energy in a fun, safe way.” The Winter Wonderland exhibit resembles a glazed over pond on a chilly morning. With taxidermy mounts of deer bounding through the forest and life-like cabin scenery, this exhibit develops a frosty scene for children ages 2-10. Visitors can practice ice skating techniques or just enjoy twirling around on the slick floor. To encourage the health and safety of all visitors during

COVID-19, The Schiele Museum wants to provide a low-contact adventure for young guests to adore. The Winter Wonderland experience gives families a way to exercise while spending time together. Parents and guardians can watch ice skaters from a seating area next to the rink. Face masks or coverings are required. The Winter Wonderland exhibit is open now until March 2022. Tickets are $3 for non-members and free for members. For more information, please visit or follow The Schiele Museum on social media.

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To place your ad go to or call 704-484-1047 ANNOUNCEMENTS 7000 TV CHANNELS for $300. 65 inch, New Samsung Smart TV, $650. New iphone12, $650, $10 - Sam Club Card. Sales people need it. 704-962-9007.

GOLDEN DOMERS TOY AND HOBBY. visit our NEW LOCATION .....Model Cars, Die-cast Cars & Trucks, Tractors, Hot Wheels, Construction Toys, Sports Memorabilia, Autographed Items, Hard to Find Items! See Mike & Brandon Willis. We’re located at 104 Oliver Ave. (behind El Acapulco Mexican Restaurant in Boiling Springs), Shelby 704297-0102 or 704-297-0103


GENERAL LAND MANAGEMENT. Bush Hogging, Backhoe & Box Blade Work.”We Do Land Clearing & Cleanup. Driveways and Roads. Tree and Debris Removal. “Reasonable Rates!” Satisfaction Guaranteed! Contact David Gregory at (256) 636-1255

BLANTON’S TREE SERVICE. TREE TRIMMING AND REMOVAL, STORM CLEANUP, DRIVEWAY AND OTHER SMALL GRADING JOBS .. FREE ESTIMATES. CALL KALEB 704-692-4203 OR 704-692-3562 TRIPLE D PAINTING, LLC. All your painting needs. Free estimates. Over 25 yrs experience! Framing, facial boards and much more wood work available! Making your home, building or business look new again. (704) 418-5736

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

24 HOUR MOBILE MECHANIC. I will come to you to repair any car, lawnmower or tractor. Honest & reliable. (704) 3002332

A&R CONSTRUCTION & MASONRY is now hiring laborers. Please call Roberto Garcia. (704) 967-5848 ALIVE APPAREL SCREEN PRINTING. Hiring for Production Worker, Warehouse, Screen Department needed. Apply in person M-F 8am-3pm. 331 Jim Cline Road, Fallston, NC. 28042 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 OPPORTUNITIES TABLE TOP SALES BOOTH AVAILABLE. To sell your products over the holidays at our inside location in Kings Mountain, NC. For inquiry call 704750-6102 or you may e. mail

HANDYMAN. All rental and residential services. No job too small. Call Wray at 704-6740494 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. SHIPMAN’S MASONRY- 48 YEARS EXPERIENCE. Brick, Block & Stone, Outside Fireplaces, Foundations, Underpinnings. “Free Estimates”. 1st Quality Work! (863) 532-1587

DAVID ALLAN COE COLLECTORS LP “Buckstone County Prison” 1978 Soundtrack Album $75. Call 980-329-2648 or (704) 435-8382

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

SIT WITH ELDERLY Parttime. Experience. Reasonable rates. 704-482-0093.

JIM’S PAINTING SERVICES. Exterior painting only. Free estimates. You will be pleased with our work. We have references. 828-287-9272. 828-429-7511. (828) 429-7511



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



TWO GOLF CARTS FOR SALE. One white and one Carolina blue. Call Hillard Wise, Cherryville, 704-477-3500 931 CATERPILLAR STEEL TRACK. 4 in 1 Bucket Loader. Good Tracks. & Sprockets. Only $14,800. Call anytime (704) 284-1694 FOR SALE MOMMA BEAR Freestanding Wood Heater, $550; 2 Sets Gas logs propane, $250 for both, $150 each; Cabinet Style Electric Heater fireplace, $450. 828-286-4426 or 828-289-0901 JAZZY ELECTRIC WHEELCHAIR $350. 2 yr old Jazzy power wheelchair. FDA Class II Medical Device. (828) 3150935 zamcey2003@yahoo. com 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 MATTRESSES, WASH MACHINE AND MORE! Mattress Sets gently used in spare bedrooms; no stains, lumps, or damages! (1) F - $100; (2) - Q - $150 & $250; Adjustable Bed frame - raises/ lowers head - new; $250; (1) Washing Machine - clean and gently used - $150, saddlebags for motorcycle - leather $75; medical knee scooters - new; $75 & $100. Must arrange appt. to see and purchase due to being in home. Available Thurs - 12/30 until sold. (770) 601-8618

Deadline: Friday at 12:00 Noon




LIKE NEW Men’s Huffy Bicycle. Great Condition Must See! $50.00 Great Trail Rider call 828-782-7221

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

OAK DINING TABLE, 6 CHAIRS, Quality oak with Tile inlay, 6 matching chairs, excellent condition. (315) 380-5259 HORSE HAY FOR SALE. Square bales $6, round bales $40. (704) 692-6325 TWO CEMETERY LOTS at Cleveland Memorial Cemetery in Boiling Springs. $1,000 each. 828-289-3601. FIREWOOD FOR SALE. Full size truck $120, short bed $80, 9’ dump truck $250. Seasoned wood & fire pit wood. Delivery available. (828) 461-2379 ALL METAL GARAGES. Big Discounts! Zero down. Call for more details. 828-382-0455. 55 GALLON FISH TANK, COMPLETE. Brand new Total Gym and brand new green tool box with some tools. (704) 7726585 EZ GROUT MUD HOG MIXER. 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 RECLINER LIFT CHAIR $500. Navy blue. 1 yr old oversized lift recliner. Raises to standing position. velvety soft fabric. (828) 315-0935 2017 150CC SCOOTER. “Great Gift For Christmas” Black & Silver (Good Condition) only $550.00. Call (704) 473-5447 ASSORTMENT OF CHILTON REPAIR MANUALS. I have a large assortment of Chilton Auto Repair Manuals. Some are imports and trucks. Some Motor Manuals all are hard back copies. Best Offer! (704) 300-1818 FESCUE HAY FOR SALE. $4.50 per bale. Call 704-5384110. If no answer leave message. REFRIGERATORS, STOVES, WASHERS, DRYERS. Discount Prices. 1205 Earl Road, Shelby NC. (704) 487-4443

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

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


DUMP TRAILERS “WE GOT ‘EM”. 6’x10’, 6’x12’ and 7’x14’ (5 & 7 Ton) “All the Options on All! contact J. Johnson Sales, Inc., Forest City. (828) 245-5895 UTILITY BUILDINGS, STORAGE BUILDINGS. Steel, Wood, Vinyl. Some fully insulated, 1 to 2 day delivery if buy from stock. Cash or low down payment with monthly payments. No credit ok. J. Johnson Sales INC. 828245-5895. 16’X40’ OR TWO STORY BUILDINGS BUILT ON SITE. 1 DAY INSTALL. J. Johnson Sales INC. 828-245-5895. FLAG POLES, FLAGS IN STOCK. Pickup or we deliver and install available. J. Johnson Sales INC, Forest City. Call 828-245-5895. CARPORTS, GARAGES, BUILDINGS, RV, BOAT COVERS IN STOCK. Areas largest on site display. Best selection, quality price. J. Johnson Sales, Inc. 2690 Hwy. 221S., Forest City. 828-245-5895. HAVE A STORAGE BUILDING NOT USING, OUTGROWN IT? Sell it, trade in for new bigger one. We take trades, we buy used buildings. Must be factory built, able to move. J. Johnson Sales INC. 828-245-5895. HORSE QUALITY HAY. Square and round bales. Call (704) 487-6855 PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS with Scratch Pads! Press Room Printing. 704-482-2243. (704) 538-5788 TRAILERS, LAWNMOWER TRAILERS, Flatbed Trailers, Enclosed Trailers, Horse and Cattle Trailers, Saddlery. Check our prices and quality before you buy. Bridges Riding Equipment. Boiling Springs, NC. (704) 434-6389

LOST STEEL WHEEL COVER for 2006 Toyota (like the one pictured). Lost in Rutherford County. If found please call 828-245-2371.

WANT TO BUY WE BUY JUNK VEHICLES. WE BUY JUNK CARS, TRUCKS AND VANS ANY CONDITION MUST HAVE PROOF OF OWNERSHIP AND ID (704) 487-5244 CREST M I D D LE@AOL . COM WE NEED YOUR PALLETS. Contact Custom Pallets of the Carolinas. We also need people experienced in pallet repair. Call Amanda at (828) 748-7844 NEED TO SELL YOUR HOUSE? I PURCHASE UNWANTED RENTAL PROPERTY AND/OR STARTER HOMES. MUST BE PRICED TO SELL! “QUICK CLOSINGS”! Call 704472-0006. WE BUY USED TRAILERS with Titles. J. Johnson Sales Inc. Call 828-245-5895. WANT TO BUY. ATV’s, PopUp Campers and Small Travel Trailers. Call 828-429-3935. I PAY CASH FOR DIABETIC TEST STRIPS. Up to $10 per 100ct. Must be Unused, Unexpired. I’m local and pay fast. (828) 577-4197


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

CHRISTMAS SALE OF NEW PRODUCTS. 1. Back supports — Gator face mask — Toboggans — Scarfs 2. Compression sleeves for arms, legs and wrist for those who suffer pain in these areas of the body. 3. Our specialty division manufacture and supply Antimicrobial Sneeze sleeves and Handkerchiefs that help to stop the spreading of germs that one would find in flu and common cold. ( Purchase ) 4. We are located at 143 Rollingbrook road — Kings Mountain, NC Sales office open from 9:30 a.m until 4:30 pm Friday and Saturday DEER CORN, 60 POUND BAG. $9. Callahan Farms. Cletus: 704-300-5341; Steve: 704472-8865; Todd: 704-692-1627


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CLASSIFIED ADS To place your ad go to or call 704-484-1047 WANT TO BUY



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

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

2011 FORD RANGER XLT, 4x4, 4 dr., 4.0 engine, aluminum wheels, chrome rails, 68K miles, $9,995.828-287-3820.

CASH FOR YOUR CAR running or not, title or no title. Call Charles Dellinger at Red Road Towing. 704692-6767, (704) 487-0228 WANTED: OLD AND NEW AMMO. Reloading supplies. Call 828-245-6756 or cell # 828-289-1488.

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

PETS & LIVESTOCK EIGHT GERMAN SHEPHERD PUPPIES. Born November 23rd. Should be ready in 3 weeks. Registered parents on site. 704-689-5253 LABRADOODLE PUPPIES FOR SALE. 6 weeks old, 1st shots, vet checked, $900. 864492-2880 ADULT QUAIL $5 EACH. Quail Chicks $1.50 ea. Quail eggs $3 per doz, 50% hatch rate guaranteed. (704) 476-9943

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 REGISTERED ENGLISH SETTER PUPPIES. Ready by Jan. 14th. Will come with first shots, dewormed and micro chipped. Parents are accomplished hunters! Taking Deposits - $600 each. (704) 477-3339 DOG KENNELS. 7x7, 5x10, 10x10, 10x20, 20x20 tops, split kennels. Pickup or we deliver and install available. J. Johnson Sales INC, Forest City. 828245-5895.


2013 HONDA ACCORD SDN White, Automatic, 84,000 miles, Excellent Condition, Under Warranty, Service Records Available. $12000. Call (704) 600-5491

FLEMISH GIANT RABBITS FOR SALE Flemish Giant baby rabbits for sale. They are great with kids! We have a variety of colors and located in Kings Mountain, NC. (704) 7348392 TWO SEVEN YEAR OLD YORKIES. 1 male, 1 female. Need fenced yard or house-kept. All shots. $600 each negotiable. 828-200-7441.






and older), disabled (50 and older). Shelby. Now taking


applications for waiting list.

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


2&3 BEDROOM MOBILE HOMES. Nice and clean, water furnished. Oak Grove Community, Kings Mtn. Call or text, 704-739-0259.

2 & 3 BEDROOM MOBILE HOMES. Small private park between Spindale and Forest City. Starting at $500 per month. 828-382-0475.

LIONS SENIOR VILLAGE has 1 bedroom HUD subsidized apartments for low income seniors. Taking applications. Age 62 or older. Equal Housing Opportunity. 211 North Morgan Street, (704) 482-7723 LAUREL HILL APARTMENTS. Will stop taking applications effective December 1, 2021 for our 1 bedroom waiting lists. 704-487-1114

418 East Warren Street, (704) RUTHERFORD COUNTY

487-6354 MOBILE HOMES & APARTMENTS. In Kings Mountain. Price starting at $100 per week. Call (704) 739-4417



40X40 FT. METAL STORAGE BUILDING for rent. $200.00 per month. Poors Ford Road near the Polk County Line, Rutherfordton, NC. 603-5403813.



or 3BR mobile homes for rent. 10 minutes from Shelby. NO


PETS. Seniors welcome. No Texts. 843-957-9299.

3 BEDROOM, 2 BATH, on secluded 1 acre lot. No pets. First, last, security. 55 & older. Background check. Shiloh area. 828-429-9831.


704-484-1047 or Go to and click on:


AKC REGISTERED BELGIAN MALINOIS PUPS. 9 weeks old. $850 (704) 284-2099 GUINEAS FOR SALE LAWNDALE AREA. Downsizing guinea flock. 2 months old, 1 year old and 2 years old. $10, $15, $20. We have pearl, pied and sky blue. Serious inquiries message for more info. (704) 477-8564

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


Deadline: Friday at 12:00 Noon

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


Check us out at:

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


2 BEDROOM, 1-1/2 BATH HOUSE for rent. Close to town, HVAC, safe area. $850 month, $850 deposit. Call 704-300-282



Bill Bostick

Bill Bostick 704-813-6262



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Extension Master Gardenersm Group of Gaston County Awards The MASTER GARDENER Group of Gaston County (MGGGC) had its last meeting of 2021 in November. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Area Extension Agent, Julie Flowers, recognized and honored members with awards. Members often attached these pins to their membership badges. The recipients were as follows: 5 years- Melanie Black, Bobby Black, Carol Brittain, Steve Brittain, Gene Cronin,

Ann Drum, Judy Dunlap, TC Dunlap, Judy Jaeger, Phyllis Lambert, Joan Lanier, Tim Pearson, Paul Pittman, Donna Speed, Kim Wallace, Gayla Woody and Susan Blair; 10 years- Ann Little, Jimmy Little, Martha Strain and Frances Crockett; 15 years Suzanne Griffin; 20 years- Teri Clark; 25 years Ann Jones and Sharon Lanier; 30 years Cecile Hutchins and Kay Pittman; Emeritus Kay Pittman; Initial volunteer hours for

certification completed Ethel Glenn; 250 volunteer hoursMax George, Ann Little, Jimmy Little, Anne Mackey, Martha Strain and Carisa Sumner; 500 volunteer hoursSharon Bean, Gene Cronin, Michael Branch and Suzanne Griffin; and 1,000 volunteer hours- Dana Harper and Barbara Linster. The MASTER GARDENER GROUP of Gaston County has over 100 active volunteers serving the com-

Let’s go!

THE BANNER-NEWS WELCOMES YOUR COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS email: Include your name, address and phone number. Submissions are subject to editorial review.

Every week, people are looking for businesses just like yours.

munity in various educational gardening activities. Any questions regarding the NC State Extension Master Gardener sm Pro-

gram or the next class, which will begin in March of 2022, may be directed to Area Extension Agent Julie Flowers, 704-922-2104 or Julie_flow-

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We are now in a new year! To many people, the new year is a welcome sight, as we put behind us all of the chaos of 2021. Last year may have been a struggle for you, and you may also have had some great experiences as well. Whatever 2021 was, it is now over. As a new year is upon us, have you often thought what it may hold, and what God may have planned for you? In Exodus 3:1-14, God called Moses to lead His people, Israel. Israel had been in slavery in Egypt for 400 years. Moses was living in the land of Midian after having fled Egypt after he had killed an Egyptian who was harming a Hebrew. Moses had married and had sons. He tended the flocks of his father-in-law, Jethro. One day as he was in the fields, he saw a bush on fire, but not burning. He approached the bush, and God called out to him. There, God called Moses to go back to Egypt, and deliver His people Israel. God promised to go with him and help him with this work. Moses retuned, and as we know, led the people out of Egypt with the mighty hand of God. Eventually Moses did lead them to the Promised Land. This year, God has something planned for

you as well. As we enter this year, take inventory of where you have been. Before we move forward, we must understand what we have gone through. Rev. Trent Rankin Also, don’t limit God. Moses was not sure the people would believe him when he spoke of God. Trust the awesome power of God in your life. All things are possible through God! Don’t limit yourself either. Moses had no faith in himself that he could do this great work, yet God reminded him that He would go with him and accomplish this great deliverance. God has equipped each of us with great spiritual gifts to carry out whatever He has called us to do. This year, experience God in a new way. Moses was never the same after that encounter with God at the burning bush. As we seek God this year, we need a total commitment to God, total surrender, allowing God to be Lord of our lives. We have no idea what this year may hold, just as Moses had no clue what delivering Israel from Egypt would take. However, God knew exactly what would happen and He knows our 2022 as well. Are you prepared to go and experience God’s purpose for you this year? He is ready to lead if we will follow. Let’s go!

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