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Downtown Belmont events are a labor of love By Alan Hodge and Jamie Campbell

kicks the logistical wheels in motion to make the events become a reality of light, color, sound, fun, and financial boon for downtown businesses. Once the idea for an event is seized upon, Boggan, along with his co-workers Cassidy Lackey and Morgan Abernathy, spring into action. “We think through things such as how much it will cost to have the event as well as how many volunteers it will take to make it happen,” Boggan said. But that’s just the start.

When folks stream into downtown Belmont for special events like the award winning Moonlight on Main, or Red, White, and Belmont, or Garibaldifest, or Boofest, or the Friday night concert series it’s a safe bet few if any of them wonder just what goes on behind the scenes to make those things happen. Read on to find out. “It all starts with an idea.” That’s what Belmont’s downtown director Phil Boggan says is the spark that

“We work with the police and public works to close the streets where the event will be taking place,” he said. “We also contact the ABC commission if alcohol will be served.” The planning for an event has a long lead time. “We do it well in advance so the ball does not gets dropped,” said Boggan. “Ideally, planning begins a year in advance.” Music is a big part of many downtown Belmont happenings. “We also book bands a

year ahead,” said Boggan. “You have to do that if you want the best ones. We contact booking agents to find out what the hottest bands are.” Other event attractions such as carnival rides and carriage rides need to be booked well ahead too. “There are not many companies left that do those so we need to make sure we have them lined up,” he said. Boggan says he and his staff strive to See BELMONT, Pages 6&7

Belmont’s Moonlight on Main event recently raked in a plethora of awards. Seen with the plaques are Community Event Coordinator Morgan Abernathy, Downtown Director Phil Boggan, and Community Development Coordinator Cassidy Lackey.

From left to right are Miss Mount Holly 2022 Andersen Raines, Miss Gastonia 2022 Sharidan Costner, and Miss Gaston County 2022 Bailey Beam.

Six young women to represent region in this summer’s Miss North Carolina competition

Gaston pageant winners are crowned for 2022 By Todd Hagans Six young women have been crowned to represent the Gaston region in the 2022 Miss North Carolina and Miss North Carolina’s Outstanding Teen competitions. The Miss Gastonia/Miss Gaston County/Miss Mount Holly competition was held on January 8 at Stuart W.

Cramer High School. At the end of the program, six young women emerged from a field of 15 contestants as winners. They are: Miss Gastonia 2022 is Sharidan Costner. She is the 19-year-old daughter of Sheldon and Sharon Costner of Gastonia. A graduate of Forestview High School, she is

a student at Winston-Salem State University where she is pursuing a degree in exercise science. For the talent competition, she performed a tap dance routine. Her community service project focuses on offering support and bringing joy to children who are hospitalized. See PAGEANT, Page 5

Cutter Foulk has firefighting in his genes.

Cutter Foulk named Cramerton Firefighter of the Year By Alan Hodge

Cutter Foulk comes from a long line of firemen and has been named Cramerton’s Firefighter of the Year.

Cutter’s father is John Foulk, captain at the Belmont Fire Dept., and his uncle is Lance Foulk, chief at the Cramerton Fire Dept. They were both excited at Cutter’s


achievement at the tender age of 19 years. “I am proud of Cutter for receiving this award,” Lance said. “He has a bright future See FOULK, Page 4


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R ECOLLECTIONS AND R EFLECTIONS Acquired tastes If ever an old saying is true it’s the one that goes “one man’s meat is another man’s poison”. Why I say that? I’ll sum it up in a word... livermush. Last week in this space I extolled the virtues of livermush. But some folks, lots of folks, care not for it. I know one lady of LatinAmerican background who once remarked to me regarding livermush “I don eet that leevermush eet tastes awful!” Well, she used another word instead of awful but I can’t repeat it here. This whole “leevermush” thing got me to recollecting a documentary show I saw on TV a few years back. In it a group of anthropologists went to Borneo and lived amongst a tribe of aboriginal type folks for a couple of weeks. One fine morning the blokes of the village decided to go out in the jungle and rustle up some brekkers. They knew the scientists would be filming so they dressed to the nines for the occasion. Each native cut a fresh piece of vine and tied it around his waist. They then cut a shorter piece and tied that around their upper arm and then they stuck a colorful parakeet feather in the arm-vine. Now they were ready to let the cameras roll. Oh wait, I forgot to say the vine pieces constituted britches and a shirt and the little parakeet feather passed for a necktie. Thus (semi)attired, the group sallied forth into the thicket that surrounded the village. Back home, native gals wearing grass skirts and big ol’ smiles stoked up the smoldering cook-fires and licked their lips in anticipation of a nice monkey stew for luncheon. Meanwhile, back in the jungle, the native chaps, cool as cukes in their nakedness, strolled along with an easy route-step and the scientists who were clad head to toe in khaki cloth (maybe made in Cramerton?) were plodding along sweating like horses. By and by the group came to a clearing where a large log lay on the ground. One of the natives strolled over to it and the filming began. In a flash the native fellow took the machete he was carrying and commenced chopping at the log. In seconds he had removed

a large section of bark and as soon as that happened all the natives rushed to the log and began plucking out snow white grub worms big as your finger. Without further ado, they began Alan Hodge popping the delicacies Banner-News Editor (to them) in their cake holes and with much smacking of lips and chawing sent the worms down the hatch. Well, not wanting to be rude, one of the natives walked over to the scientists and in gentlemanly fashion offered a big grub to the cameraman who also not wanting to be rude, put it in his mouth and bit down. Lo! And behold! In an instant the cameraman commenced to heaving and gagging and carrying on something awful and he summarily upchucked the grub onto the ground. Well, the natives found great mirth in this and danced a little jig of jollity. The scientists had a box of raisins with them. Wanting to share and share alike, they opened it up and gave each native a big handful. Well, the natives had obviously never seen a raisin so they sniffed them and then pitched them in their mouths. Just like the scientist and the grub, the natives gagged and choked and threw up the raisins much to the merriment of the scientists. In the end everyone in the clearing had a good laugh (boys being boys) and good thing was the natives were OK with the shared joke or the scientists might have ended up in the lunch-pot rather than the rather plump monkey they enjoyed with yams later that day. So. Why I tell you this? Why you cry? To simply illustrate people are the same all over the globe no matter what they wear for trousers or lack thereof and remember we are all brothers and sisters in that great fraternity the Mystic Knights of the Sea and one man’s meat is another man’s poison and that includes leevermush too. Bon appetit’.

Connect the Dots: It’s all about Him

Hunky Dory “How about if I shower before you this morning,” my wife asked. “That’ll be hunky dory,” I said. Where on earth did that come from? I haven’t used that term in decades. In the Peanuts cartoon strip, Linus Van Pelt always carried a blanket with him for comfort. He also used to drag it along the ground where it undoubtedly picked up things. We do that too in the air we encounter, or along the ground or by what we hear or read. Somewhere in my life I encountered the term Hunky Dory, seemingly understood its meaning and, seeing its usefulness, clung onto it like Linus’ blanket. As I navigate my 70’s now I’m writing two books while learning new stuff. I am re-teaching myself golf, restoring a 40 year old boat and learning about residential solar designs. All have lessons to learn, like “loosening my golf grip improved my swing,” and “mystery oil loosened a frozen flywheel, and God’s energy is free why don’t we wake up and use it.” So far my efforts seem hunky dory but how about life in general? Looking at the meaning of Hunky Dory, it has some breadth to it. It can mean “acceptable” like I used it with my wife, or golf swing but it can also mean that everything is “up to standard, or even magnificent.” Overall, as we look around us today, it seems we don’t want to stray too far from how I used it with my wife. Considering raging forest fires in California and Oregon, rampant violence, cancel culture, unemployment, and a morphing pandemic it seems no definition of hunky

dory is fitting at all. When we encounter someone in a store and say “how are you doing” and they answer “great,” is that accurate? Millions of people are far behind on their rent and mortgages, and social Dennis Siracusa pressures abound so what are the odds that people we randomly meet are really doing great? On the boat I am restoring, I discovered three anchors. The bow and stern anchors were still attached to rotting ropes and a third one was loose in the bottom of the boat. Why so many anchors? They serve multiple purposes. They can point a boat a specific direction, avoid drifting and protect boats and occupants from dangerous surf and rocks. In the early church, the symbol of the cross as an anchor infused Christians with hope. God created us with a spirit and soul and our souls, (mind, will, emotions), often need to be directed to God for a shot of hope; not just because we are in desperate situations, but because we are infused with purpose. Max Lucado teaches us that hope isn’t just what we need but “what you would never dream.” (God Came Near) As we chart our path through life, remember God wants to be our anchor and He is our hope and our refuge. In Him, everything will be magnificent. Philippians 1:6. Father, be my pilot and anchor today. Point me to your perfect destination and keep me safe from drifting into dangerous waters.

Loving the difficult people in your life I really hate to admit this, but I am a naïve person. For whatever reason, I believe everyone will treat me the way I treat them. It sounds good. I think it’s very Biblical. It’s close to the Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” It works in theory. It doesn’t work in the real world. Over the course of my life, I have been lied to, verbally abused, insulted, and put down by some well-meaning folks who thought they were God’s ambassador to fix what was wrong with Tony Marciano. Perhaps there was some truth in what they said. The problem was how they said it and the impact it had on my emotions. In this imperfect world, you and I will encounter people who are cranky, grumpy, harsh, etc. While I know that “Hurt People Hurt People”, it still hurts when the verbal attack comes. In the book, The Four Agreements, author Don Miguel Ruiz says on the flyleaf, “Don’t take anything personally. Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.” I have copies of that in my office and in my car. It’s a good reminder that the difficult people will always be in my life. But I am thin skinned and take everything personally. I understand it in my head. I feel the pain in my heart. I’ve seen wounded individuals dump their verbal barrage on me and walk away. Sometimes I felt that I am in the movie Carrie when the pigs’ blood is dumped on her. What do you do? Recently, I came across an article from the late Dr. Norman Vincent Peale about how to make and keep friends. It wasn’t a Dale Carnegie book. Instead, Dr. Peale talked about loving the difficult people in our life. He told the story of the businessman who was struggling with his competitors. He felt they were trying to put him out of business. Dr. Peale encouraged him to pray for God to bless his competitors. The man walked away sad because he just couldn’t (or wouldn’t) do it. The next time they met, the man reported to Dr. Peale that he just couldn’t do that. These men were his competition. How could he ask God to bless them? Wouldn’t that put him out of business?

Once again, Dr. Peale encouraged him to pray for them. Ask God to bless them. Ask God to make their businesses fruitful and profitable. Then watch what happens to your heart. The first time he prayed, was less than eloquent. It sounded more like, “God, you know George who is trying to put me out of business? Well bless him, even if I don’t like him.” As he continued to pray over the days ahead, his tone began to soften. They sounded more like, “God, I ask you to bless George. Let his business always be a success. Let him be profitable beyond his wildest imagi-

nation. Amen.” Finally, Tony Marciano he prayed, “God, bless George. Make him more profitable than I am. Make him more successful than I am. Be with him, Amen.” I came up with my own list of my difficult people. I asked God to bless them beyond their wildest imagination. May they be incredibly successful. In this month of “love”, let’s ask God to bless the difficult people who have crossed our paths. I’ll be back in two weeks. Until then, live well my friend.

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2022 Belmont Friday Night Live Concert Series returns with full line up After the limited concert series in 2021 and the response to other outdoor events last fall, it was clear that the community is excited to have outdoor events back for everyone to enjoy in downtown. Belmont will kick off its concert series with fan favorite The Breakfast Club on Friday, April 29th. This concert will not only open the 2022 concert season, but it will also be the start of a weekend full of music, arts, culture, and festivities during Belmont’s annual Garibaldi Festival taking place on Saturday, April 30th. Staff felt it was important for this festival to come back with a bang after a two-year hiatus. Belmont has been focused on increasing arts and culture in its community, as demonstrated by the Moonlight on Main event this past fall and thought this was a great opportunity to continue that momentum. The full 2022 concert schedule includes: April 29 - The Breakfast Club, “the longest running,

most recognized 80’s tribute band in the United States” May 13 - 20 Ride,” America’s #1 Zac Brown Tribute Band” May 27 - Funky Monks, “America’s premier Red Hot Chili Peppers tribute band” June 10 - Abbey Road, “one of the most musically and visually satisfying Beatle tribute acts in the world” June 24 - 120 Minutes, “90s Alternative, Pop, and Rock tribute band” July 2 - Java Band, “Jazz, Rock, Motown/Beach, R&B, Hip Hop, and Country, they do it all” Vendor, sponsor, and volunteer opportunities are available. For more information, visit, or contact the Community De-

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From Page 1 in the fire service and the Cramerton Fire Dept. is lucky to have him.” As an aside, his grandfather is former Belmont city councilman Ron Foulk. Cutter knew from the time of childhood that he wanted to enter the fire service. “I remember sitting at the dinner table and dad would have to get up and go respond to a call,” he said. “I’ve just always been around it.” Cutter jumped into the world of firefighting at an early age. “I started volunteering at Cramerton when I was sixteen,” he said. “I realized right away how much I enjoyed the camaraderie. It’s like a brotherhood” After graduating from Stuart Cramer High in 2020, he went to Gaston College and got his Firefighter I and II certifications as well as being certified as an EMT. Cutter stays busy. Currently, he’s full time at the

704-487-8114 • Belmont Fire Dept. and part time at Cramerton. He also helps out with his father’s landscape business. “I don’t have a lot of down time,” he said. All that activity has its rewards. “My favorite part of being a firefighter is the variety,” he said. “We do something different every day. You never know what the next challenge will be.” In fact, the morning of this interview saw him on duty at a car fire in Belmont. Cutter also feels being a firefighter has helped him mature. “Being a member of the fire department has helped me grow personally and professionally,” he said. “I try to improve every day.” He’s looking forward to many years as a firefighter and helping others. “This will be my career for the rest of my life,” he said. “I love my job.”



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Get ready to dance in the streets again during Belmont’s 2022 Friday Night Live concert series. The fun kicks off in downtown on April 29th with The Breakfast Club! Bring your family and friends down to Main Street for a fun night full of great music, cold drinks, and lots of dancing! The 2022 schedule includes six concerts held on various Fridays in April, May, June, and July. The concerts will be held on South Main Street adjacent to Stowe Park from 6:00pm to 10:00pm. The evenings will kick off with the opening of the beverage garden and music provided by local DJs. The featured bands will take the stage at 7:00pm. S. Main Street will be closed beginning at 1:00pm on concert days, so please plan accordingly and don’t forget to bring your best dance moves! The Downtown Belmont Development Association (DBDA) is thrilled to be bringing back its first full series of concerts since 2019.

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Thursday, February 24, 2022 focuses on the importance of involving youth in communitybased activities. Miss Mount Holly 2022 is Andersen Raines. She is the 22-year-old daughter of Brannon and LeeAnn Raines of Midland. A senior at Appalachian State University, she is majoring in hospitality and tourism management and currently pursuing employment opportunities in Charlotte. For the talent competition, she presented a character monologue. Her community service project focuses on Career and Technical Education programs in schools. Miss Mount Holly’s Outstanding Teen 2022 is Zoe Gambino. She is the 15-year-old daughter of James and Randi Wilde of Mount Holly. A student at East Gaston High School, her college plans include attending Western Carolina University to participate in the university’s music program and pursue a degree in sports medicine; she eventually wants to become an athletic trainer for the NFL. For the talent competition, she performed a selection on the clarinet. Her community service project focuses on domestic violence prevention. As Gaston County’s titleholders for 2022, the six young women will make public appearances, promote their community service project, and compete for the Miss North Carolina and Miss North Carolina’s Outstanding Teen titles in June. The state competition is set for June 23-25 at the High Point Theater. In the Miss division, the

PAGEANT From Page 1 Miss Gastonia’s Outstanding Teen 2022 is Lorelei Elberson. She is the 15-yearold daughter of Scotty and Kristen Elberson of Denton. A student at South Davidson High School, her college plans include attending Columbia University to obtain a degree in pre-medicine; she wants to become an anesthesiologist. For the talent competition, she presented a speed painting demonstration. Her community service project focuses on the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Miss Gaston County 2022 is Bailey Beam. She is the 24-year-old daughter of Scott and Sherri Beam of Lincolnton. She is a graduate of Lincolnton High School and Lenoir-Rhyne University where she earned a degree in vocal performance/sacred music; she currently works as a children’s ministry director. For the talent competition, she performed a vocal selection. Her community service project focuses on the importance of organ donation. Miss Gaston County’s Outstanding Teen 2022 is Morgan Wuest. She is the 17-year-old daughter of Frank and KK Wuest of Hickory. A homeschooled student, her college plans include attending Catawba Valley Community College and Appalachian State University to pursue a degree in chemistry. For the talent competition, she performed a selection on the viola. Her community service project

list of contestants included Deoveune Chappell, Bailey Clayton, Olivia Taggart, Rebecca DeMar (runner-up), and Deanna Glenn (congeniality winner). The Outstanding Teen contestants included Morgan Kimrey, Natalie Dail (runner-up), Hailey McClellan, and Savannah Royals. The Miss division is open to young women ages 19-26 who live, work, or attend school in Gaston and nine surrounding counties. The Outstanding Teen division is for young women ages 13-18 who are North Carolina residents; the teen contestants do not have to live in a particular county to enter. The Miss Gastonia Scholarship Association sponsored the pageant. The contestants competed for $218,700 in cash and in-kind scholarships. Toyota of Gastonia, Hagans Real Estate of Kings Mountain, and the City of Mount Holly presented the $1,000 scholarships for Miss Gastonia, Miss Gaston County, and Miss Mount Holly. Belmont Abbey College, Gardner-Webb University, Gaston College, and Paul Mitchell – The School in Gastonia provided in-kindscholarships. The pageant featured outgoing 2020-2021 titleholders Julia DeSerio, Miss Gastonia; Keelie Jones, Miss Gastonia’s Outstanding Teen; Mariana Linares, Miss Gaston County; Lexi Foy, Miss Gaston County’s Outstanding Teen; and Anne Marie Hagerty, Miss Mount Holly. Todd Hagans was the emcee, Delores Cox directed the pageant, and Cathy LaytonAupied served as the producer/choreographer.

BANNER-NEWS OBITUARIES Hershel Edward “Ed” Elgin Lincolnton, NC Hershel Edward “Ed” Elgin, age 70, of 1771 Sprouse Street in Lincolnton, died on Sunday, February 13, 2022. A graveside service was held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 15, 2022, in Hollybrook Cemetery with Rev. Jon Mann officiating.

“Ed” was born December 31, 1951, in Gaston County to the late Cohen N. Elgin and Anne Edwards Elgin. In addition to his parents, he was preceded by a sister, Crystal Elgin Brown. He served in the United States Navy and later returned to work in textiles as a dyehouse manager. He is survived by his wife, Juanita Freeman Elgin of the home; brother, Cohen Elgin, Jr. (Anita) of Belmont, stepdaughter, Katrina Simpson of

Belmont; two step-grandchildren, Eric Simpson of Gastonia and Jayden Jennings of Belmont; nephews, Matt Elgin (Heather) of Mooresville, Riggins; and niece, Bella. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 381059959. Warlick Funeral Home is serving the Elgin family.

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From left to right are Miss Mount Holly’s Outstanding Teen 2022 Zoe Gambino, Miss Gastonia’s Outstanding Teen 2022 Lorelei Elberson, and Miss Gaston County’s Outstanding Teen 2022 Morgan Wuest. A highlight of the program was the presentation of the Key to the City to Miss Mount Holly by city councilman David Moore. During his presentation, Moore

complimented Hagerty on her time of service and for finishing as the first runnerup to Miss North Carolina 2021. For more information and

to keep up with the 2022 titleholders, visit or find the “Miss Gastonia Organization” on Facebook.

The A.M. Rollins School once educated local African-American children Fourth in a series of Black History Month stories highlighting local African-American people and places. By Alan Hodge

Since February is officially known as Black History Month, it seems fitting to recognize a chapter in Mount Holly’s African-American heritage that is too often forgotten and whose only tangible evidence of having ever existed at all is a stone monument near the Rollins Apartments on South Hawthorne Street. What the stone marks is the location where the A.M. Rollins School stood from 1930-1969. The school was unique in that it was where all of Mount Holly’s African-American children in grades one through eight were educated before public schools were integrated in the late 1960s. The Rollins School was originally called the Mount Holly Colored School, but was later named after its first principal, A.M. Rollins. There was also another school for AfricanAmerican kids in the Lucia com- The A.M. Rollins School monument at the Rollins Photo by Alan Hodge munity, with just one teacher for all Apartments. grades. This school eventually was Through fund-raisers, corporate and primerged with the Rollins School, meaning all vate sponsorships, and the sale of brick pavers African-American children in the area made engraved with the names of donors, an eightthe trek to S. Hawthorne St. foot granite monument and “Memory Walk” Teachers at the Rollins School who needed sidewalk in honor of the Rollins School was a place to live and who had trouble finding constructed where the school had once stood. transportation often stayed at the nearby The granite monument is engraved with a home of Mrs. Roceda Bailey. With the paslikeness of the school as well as the names sage of the Civil Rights Act of of principals Rollins and Willie McDuffie. In 1964, schools began to integrate and in 1969, Rollins School was closed. For a short front of the monument are three granite pavtime, the school building was used as a com- ers bearing the names of notable Mount Holly munity center, but like the Reid High School African-Americans from the Mt. Holly area. in Belmont about the same time, Rollins was The culmination of the project came on Sept. 12, 2009 with an unveiling of the monument relegated to the wrecking ball. But the memory and spirit of the Rollins and speeches by Mount Holly civic leaders. Today, Ida Rankin Elementary is where School would not die. In the mid-1990s a group known as the Black History Commit- students, black and white, in the Hawthorne tee and led by the late John Hope in Mount St. area of Mount Holly attend classes, but Holly began working on a project to com- the memory of the Rollins School that was memorate the school and the work that had located just a couple of hundred yards down the road, lives on. gone on there.

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This Moonlight on Main photo won best photo at ShowFest, presented by North Carolina Association of Festivals and Events. Photos by Garland and Burks Marketing

BELMONT From Page 1 use local talent but go where they need to get the job done. Funding for events is important too. “Among other things, we write grants for funding,” said Boggan. “We research the grants and staff and volunteers write for them. It’s not always easy to get money. I lay awake at night thinking about money.” Downtown businesses always get a heads up before events. “We notify them so the crowd impact will be positive rather than negative,” Boggan said. Boggan, Lackey, and Abernathy are deeply dedicated to their mission of putting on the very best events that folks will find anywhere. “It’s not an eight to five job,” Boggan said. “Sometimes we work sixty or more hours a week making sure everything is ready.” In a sense, Boggan is like a musical conductor or military general in charge of seeing the event goes off smoothly. “I connect the dots,” he said. For her part, Abernathy spends countless hours reading emails, keeping an electronic calendar, taking and reviewing vendor applications, and communicating

with potential participants. Lackey runs the Main St. program and works with volunteers and businesses. Besides fun, the events fulfill another goal. “It’s not just about amusement,” Boggan said. “It’s about people eating, shopping, and supporting our downtown businesses.” So, what drives Boggan, Lackey, and Abernathy to give their all for downtown Belmont? “We do it for the community,” Boggan said. “At the end of the day we may be burned out but we get to enjoy the validation seeing the big crowds brings.” All the work that the trio does for the city recently brought them well deserved recognition. On January 31, 2022 the City of Belmont Main Street staff attended North Carolina Association of Festivals and Events 2022 ShowFest, an event innovators conference in Charlotte where they were presented with four awards associated with the Moonlight on Main event held in Downtown Belmont in fall 2021. The conference concludes each year with an Excellence Awards Program, where the City of Belmont Main Street

staff was presented with four awards for the Moonlight on Main festival held in late 2021. The event won: Best Brochure for the GOBO Art Walk Brochure, Best Event Photo, Best Event Associated with an Event for the GOBO Projection Art Gallery, and Event of the Year for Moonlight on Main. Moonlight on Main was a three-week arts and culture experience in Downtown Belmont where downtown

was turned into a lunar-inspired, outdoor art gallery with GOBO artwork projected onto buildings around downtown. The event centered around an international touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram, an exhibit of an internally lit replica of the moon measuring 23 meters in diameter and features detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. The event also featured art installations in downtown and through-

out Stowe Park from local students and other groups. The original GOBO artworks were sold in various downtown galleries and businesses throughout the event. The ShowFest Awards are part of the industry’s reward and recognition programs. The ShowFest Excellence Awards are a long-standing tradition of highlighting the best and brightest of festivals, events and associates across the Carolinas. Their

membership is dedicated to identifying the professionals that raise the bar and providing outstanding examples. They also use this program to set new goals and standards for the event planning profession. The annual conference and awards are a way industry professionals can learn from each other and give a hardy round of applause to those who distinguish themselves with great work. See more Belmont, Page 7

These scenes illustrate the fun that special events bring to downtown Belmont. Photos by Alan Hodge

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More scenes of downtown Belmont events. Photos by Alan Hodge

MORE BELMONT From Page 6 Boggan expressed an immense “thank you” to the Main Street and Downtown Belmont Development Association boards, committees, volunteers, community partners, artists, participating local businesses, and those who simply came out to enjoy the event for helping to make this recognition possible. “We were honored to take home these awards on behalf of everyone that made this three-week festival such a huge success,” he said. When asked about the

awards recognition, Mayor Charlie Martin stated, “We couldn’t be prouder of our staff, board members, volunteers, and community organizations for putting on such an unforgettable three-week festival in Downtown Belmont. This festival brought people to Belmont from not only cities in our region, but from all over America. This is a perfect example of how our staff and community work together to make Belmont such a special community to be a part of.”

Costner Elementary’s new principal embraces lessons in leadership “Synergy” is the word of the month at Costner Elementary School in Dallas. And when a second-grade student told principal Dr. Dan Barber “those characters really synergized together” after he read a story during class, he was impressed. “Go home and check with your parents to see if they know what synergy means,” he told the students. “Synergy” (when two things come together to create a better result than when acting independently) is one of the concepts that students are learning about in the school’s Leadership Academy. The school’s leadership concentration is based on The Leader in Me program, which was developed by Stephen Covey and centers around seven habits of highly effective people. Synergy is the sixth leadership habit. Others focus on being proactive, having a win-win perspective, putting first things first, and beginning with an end result in mind. “Having seen leadership at the high school level when I worked as an assistant principal at North Gaston, it’s amazing to see the seeds being planted in our younger students now,” he said. “It’s about getting them involved and making an impact from an early age.” Barber, who just started in his role as principal in January, admitted he never imagined becoming a princi-

pal when he first started his teaching career in Charlotte in 2004. He began working in Gaston County Schools in 2015, and is a former Gaston County Assistant Principal of the Year winner. “I was so passionate about being in the classroom and helping students, but I knew I was limited,” he said. “Now, I feel like I’m in a role where I can support teachers in their careers and have an influence on an even bigger group of students.” That passion for students is still evident as he walks through the halls, fist bumping students and donning a tropical Hawaiian shirt for reading a story to second graders. While Barber says he is still getting used to being a principal, Costner and the Dallas community have felt like a family from the very beginning. He’s grateful that the faculty and staff believe in his vision for the future of the school. “Costner is incredibly unique in developing leadership qualities in children,” he said. “That’s a transferable skill that we’ll be feeding into W.C. Friday Middle School and North Gaston, too. Our students love to get involved in clubs and activities that they may not get to be a part of otherwise.” Barber says the take-away from the leadership and enrichment opportunities is noticeable in his students every

day. With activities like flag patrol, lighthouse team, student advisory team, and green team, students are able to find things that interest them and allow them to grow as a leader in those areas. There are even fifth-grade students who serve as tour guides to show visitors and new students around the school. Costner also offers Spanish classes at the elementary level, one of the only schools in the county to offer a foreign language to the youngest of students. It’s just another way to build the foundation to create well-rounded leaders, who will go on to do great things. “We want our students engaged in leadership in every way possible,” Barber said. “They’re making morning announcements and creating videos called the Costner Cougar News. I joke with them that they are trying to take my job.” Although he’s a new principal, Barber is looking forward to what is in store for Costner Elementary. “We’re putting the students at the forefront of the school,” he said. “We’re teaching them about leadership and ownership and responsibility, which makes us a better school and makes them better students.” Barber added, “I love that our students get to be so involved. Our teachers and staff work together to make sure that students have a chance to step up to be a leader. If we

Dr. Dan Babner is enjoying his new role as principal at Costner Elementary. He’s highly popular with students and staff. Gaston Schools story/photo teach them how to be leaders when they are in elementary school, they will carry what they learn with them to middle school and high school and into life beyond graduation. We like to think we are producing the next generation

of leaders for Gaston County.” Students who live outside the Costner attendance area can apply to attend the school and be involved in the Leadership Academy. Typically, students enter the Academy in kindergarten, but there is lim-

ited space available at other grade levels. The deadline to submit an application is March 18. For more information, visit the Costner website: and click on the “Leadership Academy” tab.

Local students receive recognition Kathryn McIntosh of Mount Holly recognized on GSU fall 2021 President’s List Georgia Southern University recently recognized approximately 2,200 students on the fall 2021 President’s List. Kathryn Mcintosh has been named to the list for excellence in academics. To be eligible for the President’s List, a student must have at least a 4.0 grade point average and carry a minimum of 12 hours for the semester. UT Student, Laken Gallman, of Mount Holly, Earned Dean’s List Honors Laken Gallman, of Mount Holly, earned dean’s list honors at The University of Tampa for the fall 2021 semester. Gallman is majoring

in International Business and Finance BS. Students must maintain a GPA of 3.75 or higher to be eligible for the dean’s list. Gold stars for fall 2021 awarded to Citadel cadets and students Gold stars were awarded to cadets and students at The Citadel who achieved a 3.7 grade point average or higher in the fall 2021 semester. Cadets and students who achieve gold star recognition are also placed on The Citadel’s dean’s list. The more than 650 cadets and students recognized for their academic achievements during the fall 2021 semester include: Ethan Jackson of Belmont, North Carolina, Sara Mauney of Cherryville, North Carolina.

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Church Directory Cramer C amer M Memorial i lU United itt d Methodist Church N Main • Cramerton, NC

Mt. Holly Church of God 208 Rankin Ave. 704-827-8596

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

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

New Providence Baptist Church New Saint Paul Holiness Church

151 8th Ave. 704-824-3889

1304 N. Main St. 704-827-6141

Redemption Hill Church

Cramerton Temple of God Church

455 Sacco St. 704-825-6007

Loves Chapel Presbyterian Church 210 Park Street, Belmont NC

704-825-9861 BELMONT Alexander Memorial Baptist Church 208 South Main Street 704-825-3216

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

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

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

Core Church 2316 Acme Rd. 704-822-8033

CrossFix Ministries 6131 Wilkinson Blvd. 704-879-4499

Crossroads Church 101 Beaty Rd. 704-827-8381

Centerview Baptist Church 2300 Acme Road 704-827-2061

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

204 Lincoln St. 704-825-8342

Lutheran Church of the Holy Comforter 216 N. Main St. 704-825-2483

Message of Love Church 306 Pearl Beaty Dr. 704-827-6500

Mount Moriah Baptist Church 110 Lincoln St. 704-825-2046

Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist 212 South Street 704-825-7269

New Hope Presbyterian Church 4357 S. New Hope Rd. 704-824-1697

New Life Baptist Church 201 Oak Trail 704-822-6195

New Mills Chapel Fire Baptized 104 Morning Glory Ave. 704-825-5457

O’Conner Grove Church Ame Zion 613 N. Main Street 704-825-5576

Park Street United Methodist 120 Park Street 704-825-8480

Power of the Spirit Church

East Belmont Church Of God

118 School Street 704-827-7071

320 E. Catawba Street 704- 825-8845

Queen Of The Apostles Catholic Church

East Belmont Free Will Baptist 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

Second Baptist Church

151 Henry Chapel Rd 704-825-0711

Hood Memorial AME Zion Church

826 W. Charlotte Ave. 704-827-2999

1120 Charlotte Ave. 704-530-5174

Henry’s Chapel Ame Zion 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

740 Rankin Ave. 704-827-5181

East Wilkinson Blvd. 704-824-5319

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

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

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

Shiloh AME Zion Methodist

West Cramerton United Methodist Church

1117 Old NC Hwy 27 704-827-8826

207 Lowell Ave. 704-824-4213

St. Anthony of Padua Traditional Catholic Church


108 Horseshoe Bend Beach Rd. 704-827-8676

Gateway Cowboy Church

St. Paul FHB Church

The Barn at Sandcastle Farm 155 Sandcastle Rd.

1529 Old Hwy 27 Rd. 704-827-5851


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

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

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

Westview Presbyterian Church

Amazing Grace Baptist Church 7280 Sifford Rd. 704-827-6277

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

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

1020 W. Catawba Ave. 704-827-2026

First United Methodist Church

Cornerstone Family Worship


First Presbyterian Church

709 Rankin Ave. 704-671-8640

Bethlehem Church

512 Old Mount Holly Rd. 704-263-4275

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

Covenant United Methodist

3100 Bethlehem Church St. 704-823-5050

110 Underwood Dr. 704-820-0603

Carolina Community Baptist

Family Worship Center 1013 W. Charlotte Ave. 704-827-7656

Finish Line Christian Center 1792, 108 N. Main St. 704-980-285-8334

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

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

First Presbyterian Church

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

133 S. Main St. 704-827-0521

Lowell Smyre United Methodist Church

First United Methodist Church

201 N. Main St. 704-824-8814

140 N. Main St. 704-827-4855

Goshen Free Will Baptist Church 1300 W. Catawba Ave. 704-827-3076

Grace Baptist Church 300 Westland Farm Rd. 704-827-8600

Hickory Grove Baptist Church 3717 Hickory Grove Rd. 704-827-3939

Kingdom Hall Jehovah’s Witnesses 1736 Kelly Rd. 704-263-0199

Lighthouse Full Gospel Church 530 N. Hawthorne St. 704-827-1442

Living Witness Ministries 541 Costner St. 704-827-0004

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

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

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

New Life Church 128 Robbins St. 704-824-1356

Presbyterian Church of Lowell 207 E. 1st St. 704-824-3807

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

Woodlawn Baptist Church

1405 Armstrong Ford Rd. 704-825-0604

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd

1101 N. Main St. 704-824-4261

Will of God Church

110 S. Main St. 704-827-4751


513 Woodlawn Ave. 704-827-5185

Cramer Memorial United Methodist Church

804 W. Charlotte Ave. 704-820-0954

River of Life Full Gospel Church

6014 S. New Hope Rd 704-825-7959

416 Woodlawn Ave. 704-824-1745

154 N. Main St. 704-824-3831

105 Pine Rd. 704-827-3856

Grace Wesleyan Church

Cramerton Free Will Baptist

Restoration & Deliverance Revival Tabernacle of Mt. Holly

124 Georgia Belle Ave 704-965-1004

CRAMERTON Cramerton Independent Presbyterian Church

North Main Baptist Church

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300 E. Wesleyan Dr. 704-824-1073

1104 Old NC 27 Hwy. 704-827-0822 1529 Old Hwy. 27 Rd. 704-827-5851

Grace Korean Ch Assembly-God

McAdenville Wesleyan Church

Macedonia Baptist Church

5339 S. New Hope Rd 704-825-8252


1951 Stanley Lucia Rd. 704-827-9224

Goshen Presbyterian Church

Bethel Baptist Church

Morningside Missionary Church

Roper Street 704-601-5146

NC Highway 273 704-827-9846

711 Morningside Dr. 704-822-9142

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

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

5481 Hickory Grove Rd. 704-263-2691

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.

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Sophomore Kellee Branham (#88) registered five hits and Payton Whitley’s (#36) home run was the game-winner in the opener as Belmont Abbey improved to 10-0 on the season with a sweep of Southern New Hampshire last Saturday afternoon at Crusader Field. The Crusaders won the opener 6-5 before taking the second 10-2 in six innings The Penmen fall to 0-4 on a season-opening road swing through the Carolinas. Belmont Abbey photo

Governor Cooper and state health officials update mask recommendations On Feb. 17, Governor Roy Cooper and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kody H. Kinsley provided an update on the state’s COVID19 metrics and trends. As North Carolina’s COVID-19 metrics continue to move in the right direction and with vaccines widely available, Governor Cooper encouraged schools and local governments to end their mask mandates. “We are taking a positive step on mask requirements to help us move safely toward a more normal day to day life,” said Governor Cooper. “It’s time to focus on getting our children a good education and improving our schools, no matter how you feel about masks.” As entities decide how to move forward, people and businesses should continue

to make the best decisions for themselves, their employees and their customers. There are still some places, such as health care, long-term care and transportation like airplanes, where a mask will be required because of the setting or federal regulations. As it has throughout the pandemic, North Carolina is adapting its response based on the data and for the current stage of the pandemic. Vaccines and boosters are widely available and have protected millions of people against severe illness, hospitalization, and death. Treatment is available for those at higher risk of severe disease. And the state’s COVID-19 trends are decreasing, lowering the risk of infection, and improving hospital capacity. “NCDHHS has always been committed to using the

right tools at the right time to combat COVID-19 and chart a course for us all to get back to the people, experiences, and places we love,” said Secretary Kinsley. “At this time, the most effective tools are vaccines and boosters. Everyone five and older should get a COVID-19 vaccine and everyone 12 and older should get a booster as soon as they are eligible. It’s not too late to vaccinate.” To date, North Carolina has administered over 15.7 million doses of the COVID19 vaccine, with 71 percent of the adult population fully vaccinated. About 75 percent of adults have received at least one dose of the vaccine, including 96 percent of North Carolinians 65 and over. About 51 percent of eligible adults have received their booster shot.

The greatest love Rev. Trent Rankin Salvation Church, Gastonia, NC

We have talked so much about love during February as so many people have focused on love preparing to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Every person wants to be loved and attempts to love others the way they want to be loved. As we know, we find so many instances of love in the Bible. The greatest of these loves, is God’s love for us. There is no greater love than what God has for His children. It is a love so powerful, that it sent Jesus to the cross to die for us. In Luke 15:11-32, we find this love displayed in the parable of the prodigal son. In the story, Jesus tells of a father with two sons. One son asked his father for his portion of the inheritance and set out on his own to a far away land. He squandered his father’s money, living a reckless life. As his money ran out, a famine developed in the land. In want of food, he took a job feeding pigs. He was so in need, that he wished he could eat the pigs’ food. He reasoned with himself that even his father’s servants had plenty to eat, so he would go home. He would offer himself as a servant to his father, no longer deserving to be a son. As he approached home, his father ran to him, embraced him, and threw a party to celebrate his return. The other son returned from his work hearing the party. He was insulted that

his brother was rewarded, as he had always been faithful to his father. In this story, the father is God, and the sons are you and me. We see Rev. Trent Rankin God’s love on display. God loves the lost. The father reminded the faithful son that his brother had been lost, and now was found. The Father sent Jesus to die for the lost. So many people around us are lost, in need of Jesus. God also loves the wayward. The prodigal son had drifted far away, yet his father never ceased to love Him. We may drift from God, but we are never too far away from His love. God’s love is for the faithful as well. The faithful brother told his father that he had always been there, and his father reminded him that he was always loved. Ultimately, we see through this story that God loves us all. Jesus came for us all. Jesus died for us all. God extends His love to each of us, if by faith, we will come to Him. The Father stands waiting just as the father waited for his son. You may be faithful like the other son, you may have drifted far from God like the prodigal, or you may not even know Jesus, yet you are loved. You are loved with the greatest love of all, Jesus.

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Abbey baseball team wins doubleheader The Belmont Abbey baseball team had a strong offensive showing that helped it earn a sweep of a doubleheader against Francis Marion last Saturday. A seven-run third inning provided the boost needed en route for a 17-0 win in Game 1 which was followed by a 10-6 victory in Game 2 to take the opening series of Conference Carolinas play.

Sean Johnson (#24) was one of the leaders for The Abbey with five hits combined in the two games while Ben Gobbel (#30) hit two home runs in the nightcap. Belmont Abbey leaves Florence with a 9-3 overall record and a 2-1 mark in conference play. The Patriots are 6-3 overall, 1-2 in the league following Saturday’s twin bill. Belmont Abbey photo

Navigating the next few... By Lee H. Hamilton political corner. There’s no is capable of “getting things A few weeks ago, New question that there are wor- done,” as Friedman put it in York Times columnist risome trends, especially his column, will take time, Thomas Friedman made a the taste for restricting and patience, and a willingness to startling suggestion. He pro- possibly even overturning compromise—on both sides posed a cross-party 2024 the vote that we’ve seen in of the aisle—that’s been in presidential ticket: Joe Biden recent years in Republican- short supply in recent years. and Liz Cheney, perhaps, or dominated state legislatures But we’ve done it before. My Kamala Harris and Mitt Rom- and the increasingly outsized hope and belief is that we can ney, or another combination influence that sparsely popu- do it again. of a leading Democrat and an lated states hold on Capitol Lee Hamilton is a Seanti-Trump Republican. Hill. Yet if our centuries of nior Advisor for the Indiana Friedman’s reasoning is experience with representa- University Center on Repthat the US is at a crossroads, tive democracy tell us one resentative Government; a and that the country needs a thing, it’s that Americans are Distinguished Scholar at the “broad national unity vehicle” fiercely creative about exer- IU Hamilton Lugar School that would draw members of cising their democratic rights of Global and International both parties. “We all have to and that when things get out Studies; and a Professor of be small-d democrats now, or of kilter they pull the country Practice at the IU O’Neill we won’t have a system to be back on course. School of Public and Envibig-D or big-R anythings,” he Clawing our way back ronmental Affairs. He was a continued. from perilous times to a gov- member of the U.S. House of It was certainly an at- ernment in Washington that Representatives for 34 years. tention-getting column, and it’s hard to argue with the idea that we and our democratic system remain in perilous times. It may well be that to avoid a lurch toward a government that willfully violates democratic norms, some dramatic development like Friedman’s suggestion will prove appealing to many Americans. But looking back at the sweep of American history we also need to keep in mind that our system as it stands now, for all its flaws, has served us remarkably well. For over 200 years we’ve wrestled with the problem of how government should work in a democracy, persisting through economic turmoil, civil war, world wars, a terrible depression, and social and racial tumult. It’s worth remembering that this is a pragmatic country that mostly prefers the middle to the extremes. Ours is still an electorate that is most comfortable in the cenCongratulations Gaston County Police School Resource Offiter. cer Marr. He recently on received the Employee of the Month The truth is, it’s imposaward at W.C. Friday Middle School. This was well deserved sible to see around the next due to all of his hard work and dedication. Good job!

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The Stuart Cramer Storm varsity basketball team hosted the Ashbrook Greenwave squad last week. The game was full of thrills and chills. In the end, the Storm rained on the Ashbrook parade by a score of 81-52. Here are some shots from the contest. Photos by Bill Bostick/Tarheel Sports Photography

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Storm, Red Raiders, and Warriors prep for playoff action By John Wilson

Last week the Stuart Cramer, South Point, and East Gaston basketball teams all made it to the second round of their conference tournaments. Unfortunately, none of them made it any further. Even though the Warriors, Storm, and Red Raiders didn’t pull off tournament wins that doesn’t mean their seasons are over. On Saturday the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) released the seeding brackets for the upcoming high school basketball playoffs. A review of the listings showed that all three teams made the cut. First round playoff action began on Tuesday, February 22. South Point and Stuart Cramer will compete in the 3A West while East Gaston will play in the 2A West. Here is a breakdown of where each team is seeded and what they have to look forward to in the first round of the playoffs.

leased the Warriors landed the 25th seed and are set to go on the road against the 9th seated West Caldwell Warriors. West Caldwell is a member of the Catawba Valley 2A. Road trips are always tough but head coach Eugene Farrar likes what he sees when he looks at this matchup. “We got a couple of scouting reports on them and I think we match up well,” Farrar said. “They have two players, #3 and #1, both guards. Their offense comes off of them whether it’s penetration or straight out shooting the three.” East Gaston has been plagued by injuries all year. But it looks like going into the playoffs the Warriors will be healthy. When asked to confirm that coach Farrar said, The Stuart Cramer Storm varsity basketball team hosted the Ashbrook Greenwave squad last week. Photo by Bill Bostick/Tarheel Sports Photography “Yes we are healthy.”

over 75 points in four of their last five games. Head coach David Sloan is hoping that his team continues with the hot hand going into the playoffs. “I think the playoffs are all about matchups,” Sloan said. “It’s about getting hot at the Stuart Cramer Cramer had an excel- right time. I think we’ve been lent 2021-22 regular season hot offensively the last few finishing at 19-6. When the days and if we continue with brackets were released, the that, we can match up with Storm drew the 15th seed. anybody.” With that seeding Cramer will South Point get a home game in the first South Point finished the round as they play host to the 18th seeded Central Davidson 2021-22 regular season at Spartans. Central Davidson 13-12 overall. The Red Raidfinished the season with a re- ers went 8-6 in Big South spectable 17-7. The Spartans action. When the bracket play in the Mid-Piedmont 3A pairings were released South Every team has its Point drew the 27th seed. The strengths and weaknesses. Red Raiders now have to go One thing the Storm has on the road to go up against going for them is an explo- the sixth succeeded Enka sive offense. Right now, the Jets. The Jets come from the Cramer offense is hot scoring Mountain Athletic 3A/4A.

Enka finished the regular season 22-4. While South Point has shown that they can be a very competitive team facing Enka will not be an easy task. For this one the Red Raiders will need to play smart and be consistent for four consecutive periods. This one will be tough, but head coach Kody Kubbs has scoped out the competition and he believes the Red Raiders are up for the challenge. “It’s a tough matchup for us,” coach Kubbs explained. “They have five guards that are 6’2 or taller, but we are excited for the opportunity. They are a long and athletic team. There is a reason that they’re 22-4.” East Gaston East Gaston finished the regular season going 12-12. When the brackets were re-

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Gaston Christian School Lady Eagles participate in State Championships Congratulations to the Gaston Christian School Lady Eagles swim team who took part in the February 15 State Championships in Greensboro. State Qualifiers were: Kenna Matheney - qualified for 50, 100, and 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke. Kenna chose, for her two events to compete in, the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke. Celia Roche - qualified in 50, 100 and 200

freestyle, 100 backstroke and 200 IM. Celia chose to compete in 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke. Lillian Robinson - qualified in 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke and competed in both events. Girls relay team - Kenna Matheney, Celia Roche, Kaitlyn Baczek and Lillian Robinson competed in 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle relay.




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Mt. Island Charter School swimmers score big at state event Hat’s off to the Mt. Island Charter School HS Swim Team. The boys finished 4th and the girls finished 6th overall at the 1A/2A State NCHSAA Swim Championship Meet. The Senior Girls left it all in the pool. Wiley, Strauss, and Oliverio are the first girls in school history to qualify for the state championship all four years. The Girls 200 Medley Relay, 400 Free Relay and 200 Free Relay (all swam by Wiley, Strauss, Oliverio, Heil) finished 2nd, 3rd, and 5th, respectively. The Boys 200 Free Relay (N. Berry, Lazaroski, Greene, Logue) and 400 Free Relay (N. Berry, Lazaroski, Greene, G. Berry) finished 2nd and 3rd, respectively. Individual performances were as follows: Keara Wiley: 50 Free-5th Cailyn Oliverio: 100 Free6th Sydney Strauss: 100 Fly10th Emily Heil: 500 Free-10th Jack Lazaroski: 200 Free2nd, 100 Fly-7th Nolan Berry: 50 Free-6th, 100 Free-4th Mason Greene: 100 Breast-12th Connor Logue: 50 Free20th, 100 Breast-23rd Grant Berry: 500 Free15th, 200 Free-17th Here are some scenes from the event.

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Carolina gas prices continue to rise as upward pressure lingers According to AAA, gas prices in the Carolinas are still trending more expensive as strong upward pressure remains on prices at the pump. The main culprit behind the most recent climb in pump prices continues to be the high cost of crude oil, which is stubbornly bobbing around $90 per barrel and has caused the average price for gasoline in the Carolinas to set a new 2022 high of $3.33 per gallon in North Carolina and $3.26 per gallon in South Carolina. The national average for a gallon of gas last week was $3.48, rising sharply by 4 cents on the week. This average is 18 cents more than a month ago and 98 cents more than a year ago. According to new data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), total

Fred Glenn at the circa 1925 Baltimore School, in Cramerton. domestic gasoline stocks dropped by 1.6 million bbl last week. On the other hand, gasoline demand rose from 8.23 million b/d to 9.13 million b/d. A decrease in total stocks and increased demand have contributed to upward

Cramerton Historical Society holds Black History Month event

pressure on pump prices, but rising crude prices continue to play the dominant role in The Cramerton Historipushing pump prices higher. Gas prices will likely in- cal Society recognized Black crease as demand grows and History Month last Thursday crude oil prices remain above with a special program. Guest speakers at the $90 per barrel.

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


FREE FOR COMMUNITY. Community Soup Kitchen, Sat, February 26th, 11 am-2 pm. South Mountain Bluegrass Church, 5533 Casar Rd, Casar. Dine in or Take out.

SALON BOOTH FOR RENT. Booth and your own area for rent $60 per week in good location on 180 N (704) 692-8740

SIDE DOOR SALE CALENDAR 2022. (First Saturday of every month) March 5th, April 2nd, May 7th, June 4th, July no sale, August 6th, September 3rd, October 1st, November 5th, December 3rd, Also Dec 10th. Save 70-90% off retail, next to MIGHTY DOLLAR, Forest CIty.

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

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FULL TIME MAINTENANCE MAN NEEDED. Maintain rental properties. Must have valid NC Drivers license. Pay depends on experience. (704) 473-4299 JANITORIAL / HOUSEKEEPING. Full time and part time janitorial positions in Blacksburg. 1st, 2nd, & 3rd shift available. Pay starts at $14/hr. Must pass Drug Screen. Call 864-5907675 for more information. (864) 590-7675 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.


BUSINESS SERVICES 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. CAMP’S COMPLETE LAWN CARE and RESIDENTIAL FENCING. “30 + Years Experience”. Call Donnie at (704) 480-7405 SHIPMAN’S MASONRY- 48 YEARS EXPERIENCE. Brick, Block & Stone, Outside Fireplaces, Foundations, Underpinnings. “Free Estimates”. 1st Quality Work! (863) 532-1587 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 RETIRED GENERAL CONTRACTOR AVAILABLE “SPECIALIZING IN DECKS” Repairs and New Construction. Rutherford/Cleveland County areas. Contact Bob at (828) 476-6058 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

AUCTIONS PANDA STORAGE AUCTION PUBLIC SALE. 1:00PM Feb. 25th. Panda Storage, 1301 US Hwy 221., Rutherfordton, NC. Contents of Units: #C20 Willis, #B04 Hamilton, and #A13 Adams For Non-Payment of Storage Rent. (704) 473-7358


WILL CUT GRASS AND YARD WORK. Clover & York, SC area. (803) 627-9867

Q&A WITH BOARD OF EDUCATION CANDIDATES Danny, Annette, and Ronnie at Landmark Baptist Church Fellowship Hall Saturday, March 5th, 2022 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Food and drink items for small purchase. 1724 E. Dixon Blvd, Shelby, NC. Contact # 704-7512980

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



Deadline: Friday at 12:00 Noon




GREENWORKS PREMIUM ELECTRIC PRESSURE WASHER. 1800 psi, good condition, $60. (704) 756-0551


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, (704) 473-0867

1998 HARLEY DAVIDSON ULTRA CLASSIC. 95th Gold Anniversary Edition. Motorcycle in excellent condition. Burgandy -$9,500. Also, 4 new tires, P-255-70-R18 Bridgestone Dueler tires with rims and center caps. Taken off a Toyato Tundra-$450. 704-297-8344. 2 CEMETERY PLOTS $1400 or Best Offer. Westview Gardens-Bessemer City-Floral Gardens section. Seller will pay transfer fee (704) 974-4605 FIREWOOD FOR SALE. Long wheelbase load. Fully loaded. $70.00/load. Delivered. 864492-4793 or 803-627-9408. USED CAMPER TOPS: BUY/ SALE/TRADE. Various sizes and styles. 828-980-0881. SOLID OAK ROLL TOP DESK. Great condition. $500. Call or text (704) 473-6617 FIREWOOD FOR SALE. Seasoned, green, all types. Dump truck load $250. Pickup load $125, short bed $100. (828) 461-2379 BROYHILL PREMIER SOLID OAK TABLE. 6 chairs, 2 leaves, lighted China cabinet to match, extra large. $500. 704974-4851 ANTIQUE DRESSER. with Big Mirror, Old oil lamps and almost new car seat for baby-1-3 years old. Call for price.704-466-8741. LOG SPLITTER, HEAVY DUTY, electric start Kohler engine, LS 200 Vermeer. $980. Please leave text message 828-429-5473. CABRIOLET VW. Best Offer! Parts only. Does not run. Call (704) 300-1818 1999 DODGE 1500. $800. I have ‘99 Dodge pickup, been wrecked, has some good body parts, has good 360 engine and new radiator. (704) 300-1818 RENT TO OWN CARPORTS, BUILDINGS GARAGES. J. Johnson Sales Inc., Forest City, NC. Call 828-245-5895. 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 BUILDINGS, GARAGES, SHOPS with Concrete Slab. “We Got’Em”and “We do them Turn Key” J. Johnson Sales INC., Forest City, NC. 828-2455895.

RENT TO OWN TRAILERS. DUMPS, GOOSENECK, ENCLOSED, EQUIPMENT, CAR HAULERS, ALL TRAILERS - RENT TO OWN 24, 36 &48 MONTHS. “NO CREDIT CHECK”. J JOHNSON SALES, FOREST CITY, NC 828-245-5895 “AVAILABLE NC, SC, TN, GA”. 12’ FISHING KAYAKS. (1) Nucanoe Frontier 12’ X 48” wide $650. (1) Heritage Angler 12’X 30” $500. Or make offer on both. There are very stable Kayaks. 704-487-1205 FOR SALE Best Offer! Couch excellent Shape, Off White in color $175.00 Round Glass Coffee Table, 36x36 $50.00 call 828-429-1573 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. 2 CEMETERY PLOTS FOR SALE. Cleveland Memorial Park Boiling Springs NC. If interested please call andmake offer. Call 704-284-0227. STORAGE BUILDINGS. “We Buy, Sell, Trade” J. Johnson Sales INC. Forest City, NC 828245-5895. FLAG POLES & FLAGS. 15ft., 20ft., 25ft. “All American Made!” Delivery and installation is available. J. Johnson Sales INC, Forest City, NC. Call 828245-5895. 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.

HORSE QUALITY HAY. Square and round bales. Call (704) 487-6855 CEMETERY PLOTS FOR SALE. Two cemetery plots $1600/ea. Or Best Offer. Current market value $1850/ea. Cleveland Memorial Park Cemetery Shelby, NC. Plots located in Chimes Tower section. Seller pays transfer fee (225) 2768033 ALL METAL GARAGES. Big Discounts! Zero down. Call for more details. 828-382-0455.

WANT TO BUY GOOD, USED 16’ GALVANIZED BOAT TRAILER. Call 704-678-5264. Leave message, and I will return your call. CAMPER Looking for a Scotty Camper. Pay for help finding one.704-418-1388. I PAY CASH FOR DIABETIC TEST STRIPS. Up to $10 per 100ct. Must be Unused, Unexpired. I’m local and pay fast. (828) 577-4197 CASH FOR YOUR CAR running or not, title or no title. Call Charles Dellinger at Red Road Towing. 704-692-6767, (704) 487-0228 WANT TO BUY. ATV’s, PopUp Campers and Small Travel Trailers. Call 828-429-3935. WANTED: OLD AND NEW AMMO. Reloading supplies. Call 828-245-6756 or cell # 828-289-1488. WANT TO BUY CARS, TRUCKS. Trailers, Tractors, Farm Equipment. Must have ID and proof of ownership. Callahan’s Towing. (704) 692-1006


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. PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS with Scratch Pads! Press Room Printing. 704-482-2243. (704) 538-5788 FIREWOOD FOR SALE. All types already split. Can deliver. Truck & Trailer loads, starting at $75. Will negotiate. 704-4667623

FARM TRAILER. Farm Trailer For Sale, 6’ x 10’ with pin type hitch. Heavy duty with wood bed, truck size tires. Great for hauling hay bales, farm produce from field, lumber, etc. Asking $300 obo. (864) 706-9368

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Deadline: Friday at 12:00 Noon







2020 KUBOTA 35HP L-3301 TRACTOR 4x4. 73 hours. Loader w/teeth. 4 pieces quick-attach equipment: 6’ blade tilts/turns, 1 row cultivator, 16 disc harrow, 5’ tiller. $25,000. (704) 538-3337

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

TEA CUP MALTESE PUPPIES. TIny Tea Cup Maltese puppies for sale at only $850. More info and pics upon request. (213) 222-6177




L100 JOHN DEERE RIDING MOWER. 42” deck, 17 HP, $550. F725 John Deere Riding Mower, 54’ deck 20 HP, $1300. Great condition for both. Call or text (704) 473-6617

3 AKC MALE TOY POODLE PUPPIES. Black with white chest. Ready for new homes 2/25/22. Both Parents on site. Contact for more info. (828) 980-3225

AKC REGISTERED LAB PUPPIES. Black and chocolate. Ready middle of March. Parents on site. Champion Bloodline. Great disposition. $925. Taking deposits, $250. 704-914-8241



MINIATURE BOAR PIG. 6 months old, has many black & white spots. 60 lbs, $150 cash. Delivery available. Call anytime. 704-300-2502

2011 FORD FUSION SEL. Leather inside, aluminum wheels, 111,000 miles, $5,750. 828-287-3820

PIGMY GOAT WITH TWO eight week old babies. Both are nannies. Sell only together. Will not separate. $350. 828248-8060. BEAUTIFUL LABRADOODLES Born 11/14/2021 F2’s. No shedding, 2 males, one red, one black. I also have 2 straight haired doddles (reduced pricing) Vet checked and first shots on all. Text for more info. Located in Gaffney (864) 492-2880

DOBERMAN PINSCHER PUPPIES READY. NOW Born 11/22/21. Full-blooded. All males. 1st shots, tails docked, dew claws removed. CKC $600. 29702 area. Text 864-492-5385 (864) 492-5385 BEAGLE PUPPIES. ONE boyFIVE 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 ADULT QUAIL $5 EACH. Quail Chicks $1.50 ea. Quail eggs $3 per doz, 50% hatch rate guaranteed. (704) 476-9943

GERMAN SHEPHERD PUPPIES. 8 weeks old. CKC reg. These puppies will grow up to be great family protectors. Shots & worming UTD. $300 ea. (704) 466-3135

1951 FORD TUDOR CUSTOM DELUXE. 121,343 miles, $19,750, New upholstery, New Wiring, Single family owned, Maintained, Garaged (864) 506-9050 2011 FORD RANGER. 4 cyl., auto., spray in bedliner, cloth seats. 29,000 miles, $7,995. 828-287-3820.

MOTORCYCLES & ATVS 2015 INDIAN CHIEFTON. If you are in the market for an Indian motorcycle, don’t overlook this one. Pristine condition, Thunder black, 32K miles. Many very nice extras, too many to list. Garage kept & covered, been in rain twice. $16,500. Call James. In Shelby. Serious buyers only. (704) 300-2233

OUT OF AREA GREAT FIXER UPPERS WITH LAND. Two Great Fixer uppers with 4.91 acres of land. Excellent location, hwy 21, 2 mins. from I-77 close to town. Houses have hardwood floors and do not leak, just need some TLC. Endless possibilities for this property. Serious inquiries only. $275,000. OBO. Jonesville, NC 28642 (336) 462-5796

FOR RENT CLEVELAND COUNTY NICE COUNTRY LIVING. 2 BR mobile homes for rent. 10 minutes from Shelby. NO PETS. Seniors welcome. No Texts. 843-957-9299. MOBILE HOMES & APARTMENTS. In Kings Mountain. Price starting at $100 per week. Call (704) 739-4417

RESIDENCES AT HUMBOLDT PARK Refreshed Units Available Now! Quiet, Comfortable, 55+ Community. We are conveniently located just off Charles Rd. in Shelby. Under new management, continuing improvements are being made to the units, common areas and amenities. Humboldt Park keeps getting better! Our residents enjoy our on site amenities and quiet, peaceful, park like atmosphere. Our refreshed units offer the highest quality of modern living. Humboldt Partners provides safe, clean, quality affordable housing to our residents and communities. Be at Home, in a Humboldt home. Call Property Management Corp today or come by for a tour. 715 Dellinger Rd Shelby // 704705-4533 (704) 705-4533 2&3 BEDROOM MOBILE HOMES. Nice and clean, water furnished. Oak Grove Community, Kings Mtn. Call or text, 704-739-0259.

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. GASTON COUNTY OFFICE SPACE FOR RENT Gastonia city limits, 980-8887258 (704) 421-5464 RUTHERFORD COUNTY OAKLAND ROAD 2BR APARTMENT. Like new. Appliances, sewer, water, garbage included. $595. Small efficiency all utilities included. $450 plus deposit/references. 828248-1776. 2 & 3 BEDROOM MOBILE HOMES. Small private park between Spindale and Forest City. Starting at $550 per month. 828-382-0475.

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

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.


COCKAPOO PUPPIES BORN JANUARY 6. Tails docked, dew clawed. Parents on site. Ready February 21. $200 deposit. Call Greg after 8am. 828-305-2181.

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


TAILS UP STANDARD POODLES. AKC registered standard poodle puppies,8 & 9 wks. Parents OFA certified, Embark tested, AKC Reunite microchipped, shots, dewormed, tails docked, no dewclaws, health certificate,ch bloodlines, 2 year guarantee, brown, black,red, apricot, Partis limited 2000, full 2500 website: or Facebook page: Tails Up Standard Poodles (318) 614-1130

HOUSE FOR SALE. 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1996 double wide on 3.3 private wooded acres, approximately 1850 sq ft, brick foundation including steps and porches, open floor plan, fridge, stove, washer and dryer included, connected to county water, carpet and vinyl floors need to be replaced. Casar area. Call 704-284-3331 for more info. $149,000 OBO. Call after 5pm. Lawndale, NC 28090 (704) 284-3331 cookestacy@



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 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 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. Available 3/1/22. 704-487-5480.


SUDOKU Fill in the blank squares so that each row, each column, and each 3 by 3 block contain all of the digits 1 thru 9 using logic.



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Mr. Mullens selected Faculty Member of the Month Congratulations to Costner Elementary School Dallas student Gracie Coleman who was recently named the Belmont Abbey Future Scientist Award Winner. Gracie also took part in the Gaston Regional Science and Engineering Fair. She created a rocket and conducted experiments on the different ways she could manipulate the rocket to change its launch. Gaston Schools photo

Congratulations to Mr. Mullins, the Lead Custodian at JB Page Primary School in Belmont. He was selected as the January Faculty/Staff Member of the Month. Keep up the good work! Gaston Schools photo

Congratulations to Joseline Hernandez Alcantara, Freshman, for being selected as the North Gaston High Student LEADer of the Week demonstrating Habit #5 Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood® for Jan 24 - 27th. She’s pictured with George Conner, principal.

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Congratulations also to Lilly Wensil, Senior, for being selected as the North Gaston High Student LEADer of the Week demonstrating Habit #1 Be Proactive ® for Jan 17th - 21st. Principal George Conner is seen with Lily.

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