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Good news for great people! Volume 88 • Issue 5




• Belmont • Cramerton • Lowell • McAdenville • Mount Holly • Stanley

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Dixon Village construction begins By Alan Hodge

Site work has started on the Habitat for Humanity of Gaston County Dixon Village project on Lee Rd. off Hickory Grove Rd. in North Belmont. The development will contain 28 homes and will occupy 7.5 acres. Crews have started working clearing the property of trees and underbrush and an official groundbreaking took place last Monday. Habitat Gaston completed its Phase One fundraising by meeting a goal of $1.5 million dedicated to the neighborhood’s infrastructure. The start of Phase Two fundraising also began following Monday’s groundbreaking. The $1.2 million goal will go directly toward the construction of the Habitat homes. Each Habitat residence will

cost an estimated $150,000. “We are elated to get this innovative project off the ground and build beautiful homes where families can thrive,” said Kay Peninger, executive director of Habitat Gaston. “Dixon Village will provide more than just a house; this neighborhood will offer a community, a sturdy foundation and a homeownership dream fulfilled for many Gaston families.” Plans are for the site work to be done by late April. “We have contracted with Site Works to perform the horizontal work for the Dixon Village project,” Penninger said. “They began working December 6, 2021 and are targeting April 25, 2022 for completion. We do hope that we can begin pouring pads for two to four homes before See DIXON, Page 3

On Monday, Habitat for Humanity Gaston County executive director Kay Peninger (fourth from left) and other dignitaries held an official groundbreaking event for the Dixon Village housing project on Lee Rd. in North Belmont. Photo by Alan Hodge

This marker is also at the Hunter gravesite at Hawthorne and Catawba St. in Mt. Holly.

Former slave Ransom Hunter was an entrepreneurial pioneer Muddy River Distillery founder/owner Robbie Delaney seen with rum aging in oak barrels. This is just a fraction of the product they have on hand. Photos by Alan Hodge

Belmont’s Muddy River Distillery growing by leaps and bounds By Alan Hodge

One of Belmont’s most innovative and interesting small businesses, as well as a tourism destination, Muddy River Distillery, is growing at a prodigious rate. But it may not be in town much

longer. Muddy River was started back in 2011 by husband and wife team Robbie and Caroline Delaney. The idea to start a rum distillery- the first in North Carolina- came to Robbie when he spotted a magazine

article on the subject while flying back to Charlotte from a construction job in Texas. Work in the construction industry was drying up and he was casting about, looking for another career. Not only that, but the constant travel was making spending time

with Caroline logistically problematic. “I got excited when I read the magazine article,” Robbie said. “I started doing research on what it would take to build a still and to begin distilling.” According to Robbie, a See DISTILLERY, Page 4

One in a series of Black History Month stories remembering prominent African-American people and places in our area. By Alan Hodge

Ransom Hunter rose from the bonds of slavery to become one of Mt. Holly’s leading businessmen and citizens and though he died a century ago, his name is still remembered to this day. Hunter was born a slave on a plantation near Charleston circa 1825. As a boy he was sold to the Hoyle family who owned a large farm near Dallas and Stanley in Gaston

County. Just before the Civil War broke out in 1861, Hunter’s owner set him free and gave him a plot of land near the Catawba River that Hunter named “Freedom”. It is believed that Hunter was the first free black in Gaston to own property. Though the land was rugged, Hunter pitched in and through his sweat and sinew created a prosperous farm. During Reconstruction following the war, Hunter’s hard work enabled him to purchase additional land in what is today’s appropriately See HUNTER, Page 7

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R ECOLLECTIONS AND R EFLECTIONS We are getting close to spring

On the Summit Well, the other night I was stretched out on my slab of memory foam listening to WDAV radio but my mind was a rollin’ and a tumblin’ so much that the foam could not keep track of its own memory much less mine. All of a sudden a tune came across the airwave. It was a fav of mine by Richard Strauss entitled Eine Alpensinfonie. Now this ditty was composed by Ricky in 1915 but is as modern as tomorrow in a lot of ways which I will get to in a minute. Around half a century ago when I was 20 years old and had my first apartment I bought a really nice stereo setup. I did not have a sofa or a TV but had the stereo and I suddenly switched musical tastes from acid rock to what is commonly called classical and Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony) was one of the first albums I bought. So there I was last week, 50 years later, trying to sleep but could not. The troubles of our current times were stomping a mud hole in my brain then stomping the mud out. I could not decide what to worry about moreinflation, Covid, the current state of stupidity in Washington, or what sort of mischief Vladimir Pootin’ has up his sleeve in Ukraine. Whatever it is, I bet ol’ Pootin’ will be sure to raise a stink. Anyway, the Strauss piece came on the radio and I felt a wave of peace roll over me. I went to sleep with its tunes in my head. I woke up the next day then went to YouTube

and listened to it four times at least. About the second time something struck me. This piece of music is a metaphor for our world today. Let me explain. Alan Hodge The piece is divided Banner-News Editor into 21 sections that depict a group of folks setting out in the morning and climbing an alpine peak and the things they experience along the way. Sections include such things as The Ascent, On Flowering Meadows, At the Summit, Storm, Mists Rise, In the Thicket, and Sunset. Throughout the piece the music rises and descends in complex and beautiful ways. It carries you with it. I once read that music is the sound our souls make. The Alpine Symphony is as rich and deep as it gets. Thanks, Ricky. So, haven’t we all had moments this past year when we were starting on a journey? Or in a thicket of emotion? Or going through a psychological storm. Or on flowering meadows of joy? Or in mists of uncertainty? It’s been one roller coaster ride after another. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for a long stay at the summit with warm sun on my face and maybe a picnic lunch too. https://www.

Connect the Dots: It’s all about Him

Nope, not dope The bible says God fearfully and wonderfully made us and we all began as a baby wonder. The Chosen Christmas special is packed with very probable “background stories.” This season, after Joseph helped deliver Jesus, he sat back on his heels exhausted, laughed and asked Mary…. “How Did You Do That?” I felt that way about Bev with both of our children. Scripture teaches about Solomon; the wealthiest man on earth; and wise. And yet God informs us the flowers of His fields are arrayed in more glory than any splendor Solomon could adorn himself with. Yes, creation and God are too wonderful to wrap our finite minds around and yet ever since Adam and Eve’s disobedience, humans created in God’s image have gone out of our way to disobey God and minimize Him with notions like evolution, reincarnation, multiple ways to eternity in heaven, and atheism…. God is dead or doesn’t exist at all. A friend recently gave birth to a baby who needs to be fed every 2 hours, uses many diapers, and gets attention loudly. What’s in it for parents? Why cuddle them, care for them, and kiss their cheeks and fingers? Part of it is the obvious miracle of an incredible little life God has entrusted to us! Our spirit recognizes miracles! Second, our baby was created in Gods’ image but also

ours; they often look like us and just like we have hopes and dreams for ourselves, we birth loving hopes and dreams for our new little ones. Yes, God and all of creation is an “out of the ballpark” miracle and we are dangerously straying from that thinking today. How? Erosion!! A recent t-shirt with big block lettering noted that “GOD IS DOPE!” I was completely shocked, maybe you are too but here’s the thing… I’m old and to me dope is a drug or a foolish acting person. You say, Dennis you’re out of it! Well, maybe so but… let’s look at the evolution of this current thinking. Of four Webster’s definitions it has only recently achieved “a modern” 4th position as an adjectival definition. Do you see it; the erosion? Let’s dig a little. We’re all connected! As you read this essay the oxygen you consumed is now not available to any of 7 billion others of us. Yes we are connected physically, academically and socially too. Thinking affects us and others through the internet, conversation, interactive choices, and more so let’s inspect some international nuances of DOPE’s evolving synonyms. Imagine for a minute, Jesus Christ, the architect of all creation and soon coming judge, standing in front of you. Imagine how you may interact with Him. Would you fist bump him and say “man

you are dope!... bang-up, boffo, five star, f a m o u s , Dennis Siracusa numerouno, groovy or a wonderful wizard?” Personally, I can’t imagine the audacity of it. I believe, surrounded by endless miracles and the infiniteness of God, I will be on my face barely able to breathe. Nope! God is not Dope!

By Lisa Harper left in this winter season. I’ve enSo here we are, once again, awaitjoyed watching the birds outside my ing a third snow event. I’m writing windows, as they gather and fight this column late Friday afternoon. over food. All the weather peeps are streamAnd when spring finally arrives, ing their up to the date videos on we all will be busy as carpenter what is in store for us. All the while, bees preparing to begin tackling our Lisa Harper I’m reminded of the annual event honey do lists. Spring cleaning, garhappening in just a few more days. Groundhog Day will have come and gone by dening preparation, and the list goes on. the time this prints. However, I’m personally Spring is my second favorite season next anticipating spring’s arrival. to autumn. Each season brings uniqueness As mentioned some time ago, I was busy and reminds us of new beginnings. Everyup until a few weeks ago planting flower one yearns to look forward to something… bulbs…lots of them. All this snow has cerI’m looking forward to spring. My gardening tainly been like magic dust on the dirt. My neighbor is as anxious as I am to see all the gloves and front porch swing are calling my color and beauty emerge in my yard. In the name now. “No matter how long the winter, spring is meantime, I’ll keep pressing on no matter how many more gray and cold days we have sure to follow.”

Where is your secret place? Rev. Mark Costner

us? In Matthew 6 we are admonished not to practice our faith with trumpet sounds on the street corners and Matthew 6:6 “But when you in the synagogues. So what are the pray, go into your private room, shut street corners now? If Jesus were your door, and pray to your Father to speak these same words today, I who is in secret. And your Father think He would be referring to our who sees in secret will reward you.” posts we put out on social media. I Do you have a secret place where think He would be looking at the deayou spend quite time with Jesus? A con or the minister who can pray in Mark Costner place and time of private, personal the service but never on their faces worship with our Lord? before God. Jesus is challenging us to meet Honestly, public prayer can be gratifying. Him in a secret place. We know God hears us, but then there are the Where is your secret place? Wait! Don’t others who hear us also. It has a tendency to answer that! Keep it secret. But do you have heighten our self-esteem. But does our lack of one? You need one because that’s where God private prayer find its cause in our disbelief loves to manifest His grace and glory to brothat the God who sees in secret will reward ken people. Centerview Baptist Church

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Chilibrew 2022 in Mount Holly coming up ChiliBrew is back this year in Mount Holly on Sat-

urday March 26th, from 2 to 6 PM at The Farmers Market,

226 S. Main St., in Mt. Holly. The Mount Holly Commu-

Unity Baptist fundraiser A Fish/Chicken Fundraiser sponsored by Twin Tops Fish Camp is scheduled for Friday, February 11, 2022 at Unity Baptist Church located at 1005 Catawba Street, Belmont, North Carolina from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. This fundraiser is to support 4-year-old Magnolia White who lives in Belmont. On June 22, 2021, Magnolia experienced a seizure and was rushed to the hospital where she was diagnosed with CNS Neuroblastoma. Magnolia’s type of cancer is extremely rare and there have only been 20 docu-

mented cases of it worldwide in the past 10 years. Since her diagnosis, she has had surgery to remove the tumor from her brain and has been undergoing chemotherapy. If you would like to purchase tickets for this event in support of Magnolia and her family, you may contact Jenny Phillips at (704) 616-4521 (call or text) or at There will be a limited number of walk-up plates available, so please purchase tickets in advance before Tuesday, February 8th.

Donations for this family will be accepted at the fundraiser. There will be pick-up and dine-in service. If you or your business purchases 10 plates, there will be delivery available. Plates are $9 and you have your choice of fish, chicken, or combo plates with all of the fixings. For more information, contact Jenny Phillips at the above contact information, and if you would like to follow along in Magnolia’s journey, you can follow on her Facebook page at “Miracle for Magnolia” or #miracleformagnolia.

Carolina Pro Musica presents a concert about Love on Feb 12th Carolina Pro Musica continues Season 44 with a special program of 18th century music entitled “Love in any Language”. It features works of Purcell, A. Scarlatti, Mouret (of Masterpiece Theatre theme), Hasse, Quantz, Telemann, and Couperin. Vocals deal with love aspects from happiness and jealousy to all the universe (including birds) singing of love. Trios are a combination of delights combining with flutes or flute and recorder. The concert is Saturday, February 12, 2022, at 7:30 PM. Sharon Presbyterian Chapel, 5201 Sharon Rd, Charlotte, NC 28210. Tickets ($16 regular admission, $8.00 students or seniors) are available online or at the door. Masks are required for attendees. More information

nity Development Foundation invites you to come out and enjoy this chili cook off. Coddle Creek band will be providing some great music to enjoy as well. Tickets are $20 in advance through eventbrite (https://www. or $25 at the door with 12-under kids tickets at $10. Standard and craft beer will be available (not included in ticket). Taste the chefs’ offerings, and see who wins the Judge’s Award, and vote for your favorite for the People’s Choice Award. Competing chefs will cook from 10 AM until 2 PM on site. More chili chefs are needed for this event. Who loves to cook chili? Or do you have a famous secret recipe? Spicy? Vegan? Beans or no beans. If you are interested contact MHCDF at mounthollyfoundation@gmail. com, and they will send you the link to register. Net proceeds will be used by the MHCDF Committee, Mount Holly FRiends Of the Greenway System (FROGS), for the benefit of the Mount Holly Riverhawk Greenway.

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then. It is very exciting to see this starting to take shape and form!” According to Peninger, Habitat has updated the ratios of homeowners. Onethird will be Habitat homes. One-third will go to “hometown heroes” – police officers, firefighters, health care workers, teachers, veterans,

Gospel concert planned Lowesville Gospel Concerts at Vineyard Church - 1062 S NC Hwy 16 Bus - Stanley (Lowesville) NC presents Feb 12th at 5pm KC Armstrong with King’s Cadence, plus The Rogers Family from Rutherfordton, NC. All our concerts are love offering only, so bring a friend and come worship with us. Contact: Carroll Cooke 704-618-9762.

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Local churches provide food pantries If your family needs assistance with food, the Stanley FUMC pantry is open Tuesdays from 10-12 pm. Neighbors, within 3-mile radius, are welcome to the food pantry monthly. No appointment is necessary for food. Drive thru for pick-up only until further notice. First United Methodist Church 217 N. Main St. Stanley, NC

704-263-2691 The Dallas-High Shoals Ministry also provides a food pantry to Gaston County residents. The pantry is open Tuesdays from 9 am-1 pm & Thursdays from 2-6 pm. Drive thru pick-up only until further notice. 305 E. Trade St. Dallas, NC 704-922-1236

Lowell Community Committee seeks new member Carolina Pro Musica: Holly Maurer, Karen Jacob, Rebecca Saunders, Edward Ferrell. Photo by John Jacob and ticket purchase: www. See

also: https://www.facebook. com/CarolinaProMusica

The Lowell Community Committee is looking for a new member. This committee meets on the fourth Monday of every month at 6:00pm at Lowell City Hall. If you enjoy being in-

Workers have been busy clearing the land on Lee Rd. where the Dixon Village project will be built.


King’s Cadence

etc. One-third will be marketrate entry-level buyers. The housing will be a mix of single story 3-bedroom houses and two story 4-bedroom houses. The architectural design of the houses will be in the style of a Craftsman bungalow. Design elements such as shingles and material accents will be used to add variation, visual interest, and color to the exteriors. The neighborhood will feature community building amenities such as

front porches, sidewalks, and a park-like green space with a playground, picnic tables, and a walking path. “Homeownership is the foundation of healthy families and communities,” Peninger said. “We are excited to be able to provide affordable housing – housing that families can afford based on their income – in Belmont. When families have a safe and stable home it provides many benefits such as a stable home life, their chil-

dren do better in school, and they have improved health. Homeownership also contributes to breaking the cycle of poverty as families have the opportunity to build equity in their home. Habitat for Humanity of Gaston County is committed to accomplishing this project and serving more families. We have a strong project team in place that will result in a charming and attractive neighborhood.”

volved in your community and want help enrich Lowell’s programs, community events, and beautification projects, then this is the committee for you. Apply online http://www. For questions, please email Alex Blackburn at or Cristy Cummings at

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This architectural representation shows one of the home designs that could be built at Dixon Village. Graphic provided by Tightlines Designs

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DISTILLERY From Page 1 chat with friend Scott Huff, a rum connoisseur, led to the

decision to make rum rather than bourbon or some other

Robbie with the 450 gallon still named “Independence”.

type of libation. Once the decision to distill legal rum was made, the Delaney’s found a space at the former Piedmont Processing plant. Robbie used his construction skills to build his first still. The basis of the still was a stainless steel milk tank he got from his father’s farm in Greensboro. Muddy River became the first modern era rum distillery in North Carolina. From the very beginning, the Delaney’s worked night and day at the distillery. They often slept in the building on a tent in sleeping bags on the concrete floor. The rum began to flow and sales rose. By 2013 the distillery had two large stills operating. The rum was being sold at ABC stores across North Carolina. In 2017, a 450 gallon still named “Independence” came on line. Caroline began giving guided tours of the distillery. Just when things were taking off, Covid came around. Bars and restaurant sales of rum slowed to a trickle. The Delaney’s shifted gears and began making alcohol-based hand sanitizer. It was an instant hit and the sales helped carry them through the worst of the pandemic lockdown. Now that things are getting back to normal, rum sales are soaring and tour group visitors are lining up again with folks eager to see Muddy River’s inner workings, taste rum samples, and buy bottles of the distillery’s award winning product. Currently, the distillery has racks of rum aging in oak barrels. Thousands of bottles are in cases ready for shipment. Rum-making supplies are stacked on pallets everywhere including 30,000 lbs. of sugar and a tank with 2,000 gallons of fermenting molasses. “We have to shuffle stuff around to get to the shipping dock door,” said Robbie. Current production is

1,200 bottles of rum per day. Belmont.” visit muddyriverdistillery. The first rum runs of ten For more information com. years ago made 35 bottles per day. “Bottle sales grew 30 percent last year,” said Robbie. The Delaneys have also hired two full time employees. All that growth had led to a need for more room not just for rum making, but also to have a nice space where folks can come in and linger while they enjoy a rum cocktail or sip shots. “We want to sell an experience like craft breweries do,” said Robbie. Future plans for Muddy River include marketing to a multi-state area and becoming a rum distiller on the national level. But Robbie is frustrated. “We’ve been looking for a larger space for over a year,” he said. “We need at Robbie and Caroline Delaney. least 20,000 sq. ft. of room.” Photos by Alan Hodge Right now, the distillery has only about 6,000 sq. ft. Thoughts of staying in Belmont are currently somewhat dim. “Belmont is geared more 318 South Washington St. • Shelby, NC towards residential development and real estate,” Rob704-487-8114 • bie said. However, the Delaneys have several irons in the fire. _ “We are looking at a place in Mt. Holly that used MEDICATED to be a textile mill,” Robbie said. SUNFISH The structure he referred Friday, February 11th to is the circa 1875 mill 8:00 PM located at Alsace Avenue Tickets Available and N. Main. The building served as the Austrian Consulate for several years. TERRI Another possibility Robbie mentioned is the Top CLARK Golf building on I-485 near Thursday, March 31st Charlotte. 8:00 PM “We are also interested in Tickets Available the area of Gastonia near the new ball park,” said Robbie. The bottom line? “We are growing and we PAUL will move where we have THORN to,” Robbie says. “We are Friday, April 29th probably going to leaving








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Ronald J. Dimmer Ronald J. Dimmer, 83, of Mt. Holly passed away on January 25, 2022 at Caromont Regional Medical Center. He was born on May 11, 1938 to the late Virgil Dimmer and Eleanor Faber Dimmer. He is also preceded in death by

Alma Tate Garrett Belmont, NC Alma Tate Garrett, 94, passed away January 28, 2022. She was born February 7, 1927 in Avondale, North

Joe Raymond Huffstetler Mount Holly, NC Joe Raymond Huffstetler, 88, passed away on Wednesday, January 26, 2022. He was born in Gaston County, son of the late Carl and Mamie Byrd Huffstetler. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Lee Ann Huffstetler; his sister, Louise Perkins; and his brothers, Cecil Huffstetler and Ted Huffstetler. He is survived by his wife of over 60 years, Pansy Warren Huffstetler; his son, Joel Warren Huffstetler and his wife, Debbie; and a number of nieces and nephews. Joe will be remembered by all who knew him for his sense of humor. He put a lot of smiles on a lot of faces over the years. He was an out-

his brother, Raymond Dimmer. Ronald was a longtime member of A Mighty Fortress Lutheran Church in Charlotte where he was very active. He was a member and past President of the Mt. Holly Lions Club. He was also a board member of the Gaston County Home Builders Association and was a founding member of the Mt. Holly Habitat for Humanity. Ronald enjoyed airplanes and flying. He was a small airplane pilot and mechanic. Survivors include his loving wife of 61 years, JoAnn Ferch Dimmer; daughter, Vicky Pierce; sons, Greg Dimmer and wife Shelli and Brian Dimmer and wife Cheryl; brothers, Marlin Dimmer and wife Trina and Duane Dimmer; grandchil-

dren, Brandon, Ashlyn, Andy, Charly, Morgan, Kayla, Sierra, and Blake; and great grandson, Mason. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, February 2, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. at A Mighty Fortress Lutheran Church, 8200 McClure Cir, Charlotte, NC 28216, with Rev. Molly Keukes officiating. Visitation was held one hour prior to the service from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Interment followed the service at Hillcrest Cemetery, Mt. Holly. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Gaston County Habitat for Humanity, 1840 E Franklin Blvd, Gastonia, NC 28054. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.

Carolina, a daughter of the late Nathaniel and Blanch Justus Tate. She was preceded in death by her husbands Paul Walters and Irvin Garrett; brothers Theron and Edwin Tate; nephew Jeff Tate. Alma was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Belmont. Her last years were spent in assisted living in Cramerton. She was especially grateful for her caretakers and those who looked after her well-being while there. She loved everybody and was indeed well loved. Left to cherish her memories are her daughter Karen Abrams of Fletcher, NC; brother Howard Tate and

wife Martha of Chapel Hill, NC; four grandchildren; six great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. A graveside service was held at Greenwood Cemetery, 2:00 pm, Wednesday, February 2, 2022 with Rev. Sam Warner officiating. Viewing was available from 9am until 12 pm prior at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 1, Belmont, NC 28012. Condolence messages may be sent online at McLean Funeral Directors of Belmont is serving the Garrett family.

standing multi-sport athlete in his youth, and in his adulthood was a top local coach in both baseball and football. Joe had a special place in his heart for underprivileged children and would do anything in his power to encourage and support them. In 2010, he was enshrined in the Mount Holly Sports Hall of Fame in the same class as his dear friend, Joe Spears, and his high school teammate, Johnny Wike. When their own children were playing, Joe and Pansy never missed a game. Joe worked his entire career for Sodeyco/Sandoz. For the first half of his career, he was a truck driver and was known for his work ethic and dedication to the company. During his driving career, Joe won every award offered for safety, and for number of miles driven, and finished his driving career with a perfect safety record. In the second half of his career, he served in a management capacity for Sandoz. Joe was a dedicated Christian and was an active lay leader, deacon, and Sunday School teacher for many years in Tuckaseege Baptist Church. More recently, Joe and Pansy have been active members of Westview Presbyterian Church.

Joe loved his classic westerns, ‘real’ country music, comedy, and gospel singing. But most of all, he loved his family. He was a devoted husband, father, and provider; for Joe, family was everything. From his days as class comedian and sports star, to his years as youth sports coach, and his decades of church and community leadership, “Big Joe” was a highly visible and treasured presence in Mount Holly, and he will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. The family received friends from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. on Monday, January 31, 2022, at Woodlawn Funeral Home, Mount Holly. A service to celebrate Joe’s life began at 12:00 p.m. in the Woodlawn Chapel. Joe’s son, The Rev. Dr. Joel Huffstetler, and Pastor Bill Abrams officiated. Burial followed at Hillcrest Gardens Cemetery, Mount Holly. Memorials may be made to Westview Presbyterian Church, 1020 W. Catawba Ave., Mount Holly, NC 28120. Condolence messages may be sent to the family by visiting Woodlawn Funeral Home of Mount Holly is serving the Huffstetler family.

Glenda Lambert Boughman Mount Holly, NC Glenda Lambert Boughman, 81, went to be with the Lord on Friday, January 28, 2022, at her home. She was born in Burke County, daughter of the late Thomas Andrew Lambert and Lucy Smith Lambert. In addition to her parents, she was preceded

in death by her husband, Rev. Henry Mason Boughman; and her siblings, Andrew Lambert, Elsie Jacumin, Russell Lambert, Babe Arrowood, Ruby Ratliff, Lewis Lambert, Lynn Lambert, and Betty Watts. Mrs. Boughman is survived by her children, Julia (Judy) Armstrong, Jim Boughman and his wife, Becky, Gary Boughman and his wife, Pat, Michael Boughman and his wife, Tracy, Dennis Boughman, and Erin Boughman; her grandchildren, Elisha Rhyne, Jamey Boughman, Lauren Eakin and her husband, Nick, and Kasey Boughman; her greatgrandchildren, Kassie Boughman, Kenlie Boughman, Ziva Coward, and Grayson Rhyne; her siblings, Ray Lambert and his wife, Eula, and Bernice Franklin; and a number of nieces and nephews.

The family would like to express their gratitude to Gaston Hospice and to longtime family friend, Tammy Hernandez, for her love and support. The family greeted friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 2, 2022, at Woodlawn Funeral Home of Mount Holly. A service to celebrate Mrs. Boughman’s life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 3, 2022, at Core Church, 2316 Acme Rd., Belmont, NC 28012. Pastor Tim McCarn and Pastor Gary Boughman will officiate. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Gardens Cemetery, Mount Holly. Condolence messages may be sent to the family by visiting Woodlawn Funeral Home of Mount Holly is caring for Mrs. Boughman’s family.

tent, she began to laugh. She was near ninety years old! Abraham was near one hundred! They were well past the time to have children. God asked why Sarah had laughed. God reminded them that nothing was too hard for Him. Like Abraham and Sarah, God may be leading you to the purpose He has in your life. When He does, don’t have low expectations for God. Sarah thought what God said was so impossible that it was funny to her. Is that the way we respond to God’s purpose for us? Whatever God is calling us to do in this life, it may be grand, or not, but it will be exactly what He wants for us. God’s will may not be in our comfort zone, as having a child at ninety wasn’t for Sarah.

However, God knows what we can handle. He knows the spiritual gifts He has given us, and exactly what we can do. We may not be confident in him, but He is very confident in us. As you live out your life for God, don’t doubt what you don’t understand. You may be like Sarah and laugh, not believing that God can accomplish what He’s called you to do. Ultimately Sarah did have this child, Isaac, just as God promised, at ninety years old. He would father Jacob, who fathered twelve sons, the twelve tribes of Israel. God carried out His purpose for Abraham and Sarah, and He will for you too. For us, instead of laughing at what seems beyond us, simply trust God, knowing with Him all things are possible!

Possible! By Rev Trent Rankin Salvation Church, Gastonia, NC

When confronted with a situation or circumstance, it’s easy to have a negative viewpoint or to have low expectations. Often, we tend to look at the negative with things that are happening around us. We want to be optimistic, yet we are surprised when something happens that is greater than what we expected, or ever thought could take place. This is often how we look at God’s work in our lives. We have low expectations for what God can do, and we are blown away when He does great things. In Genesis 18:1-15, Abraham got a visit from three men. These were no ordinary people. These were angels, and God was in their midst. Abraham bowed before them and offered to wash their feet. He quickly prepared a meal and served his three visitors. While the men were eating, they asked where Sarah, Abraham’s wife, was. He said she was in the tent. At this time God began to reveal to Abraham that soon Sarah would have a child, the long-promised heir God had told Abraham would be born. When Sarah heard this in the

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HUNTER From Page 1 named Freedom neighborhood in Mt. Holly. He operated a livery stable on Main St. and ran a general store for the local African-American populace making him one of the first black business owners in the area. He also helped recently freed slaves find jobs and housing. Hunter was a strong believer in education. He learned to read, write, and do math. He also learned carpentry and blacksmithing. He served on the Public School Committee of District No. 12, which at the time was called the “colored” school district, and deeded land to what became Rollins School in 1887. Hunter also had strong faith. He Hunter’s is the first name on the Mt. Holly Historic was the founder of two Mount Holly Person of the Year plaque in the Mt. Holly Historical churches still in existence today: Rock Society Society museum. This is an archival photo of Ransom Hunter’s home in Mt. Holly. Grove Methodist Church, which beFrom Images of America came Burge Memorial United Methodist Manufacturing Mill was constructed on the Church, and Mt. Sinai Baptist Church. land which Hunter purchased in 1874 from Hunter sold land to Abel Peterson Rhyne R.C.G. Love. It was the fourth mill to be built derived from the famed yarn and Daniel Efird Rhyne to build the area’s in Gaston County and is the oldest surviving mill in Mount Holly, New first cotton mill in 1875. The Mount Holly cotton mill today. The name of the mill was Jersey, in hopes of taking after their success. The mill’s success and the prosperity of the area led local residents to petition the North Carolina General Assembly for the incorporation of Mount Holly in 1879. In 1913, Hunter sold the Mayes Manufacturing Company a stretch of land near the South Fork Catawba River and the Southern Railroad, where they built a cotton textile mill.[8] This headstone for the grave of Mt. Holly African-American Hunter died in 1918 at leader Ransom Hunter was dedicated in July 2014 by his dethe age of 93 in Mt. Holly. scendants. Photos by Alan Hodge He’s buried near a large oak in the cemetery at the corner Mt. Holly. his grave. In 2017, Hunter of Hawthorne and West CaIn July 2014, his descen- was named as the very first tawba Ave. in Mt. Holly. dants held a family reunion Mt. Holly Historic Person Hunter is still remembered and a new headstone was of the Year by the Mt. Holly for his many contributions to placed under the big tree near Historical Society.

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

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

New Covenant United Methodist

300 E. Wesleyan Dr. 704-824-1073

14514 Lucian Riverbend Hwy. 704-827-4468


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

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

Burge Memorial Methodist Church

North Main Baptist Church

W Glendale Ave • Mt Holly, NC

Restoration & Deliverance

1304 N. Main St. 704-827-6141

Redemption Hill Church 804 W. Charlotte Ave. 704-820-0954

Revival Tabernacle of Mt. Holly

Employees of

826 W. Charlotte Ave. 704-827-2999

Grace Korean Ch Assembly-God

Ridgeview Baptist Church

124 Georgia Belle Ave 704-965-1004

105 Pine Rd. 704-827-3856

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

Henry’s Chapel Ame Zion Church

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

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

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

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

Core Church 2316 Acme Rd. 704-822-8033

CrossFix Ministries 6131 Wilkinson Blvd. 704-879-4499

Crossroads Church 101 Beaty Rd. 704-827-8381

Centerview Baptist Church 2300 Acme Road 704-827-2061

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

204 Lincoln St. 704-825-8342

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Power of the Spirit Church

East Belmont Church Of God

118 School Street 704-827-7071

320 E. Catawba Street 704- 825-8845

Queen Of The Apostles Catholic Church

East Belmont Free Will Baptist 909 Edgemont Ave 704-825-5346

Ebenezer United Methodist Church 120 Belmont-Mt. Holly Road 704-827-3366

Exodus Church 6325 Wilkinson Blvd. 704-755-5034

First Baptist Church 23 N. Central Avenue 704-825-3758

First Foursquare Gospel Church 8 Elizabeth Street 704-825-5811

First Presbyterian Church 102 S. Central Ave 704-825-3357

First Presbyterian-Belmont 112 S. Central Ave 704-829-0668

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

Fresh Anointing Church of God 71 McAdenville Road 704-825-7283

Friendship Baptist Church 5008 S. New Hope Rd 704-825-3276

Gaston Christian Church

503 N. Main Street 704-825-9600

Sanctuary of Praise Ministries 124 Georgia Belle Ave. 704-579-7823

South Point Baptist Church 124 Horsley Ave. 704-825-9516

South Point Freewill Baptist 297 Gaither Rd. 704-825-8045

South Point United Methodist 510 South Point Church Rd. 704-825-4019

Springwood Freewill Baptist 826 Stanley-Spencer Mtn. Rd. 704-827-7801

St. Marks United Methodist Church 701 Secrest Ave. 704-825-8175

The Pointe 6700 Wilkinson Blvd 704-825-1709

Unity Baptist Church 1005 Catawba St. 704-825-8730

Upper Room United Pentecostal

210 Park Street, Belmont NC

704-825-9861 Burge Memorial Methodist Church 312 W. Glendale Ave. 704-827-2726

Catawba Heights Church of God 122 Tomberlin Rd. 704-827-4225

CBC-Memorial Apostolic 230 W. Charlotte Ave. 704-827-0968

Chapel Baptist Church 324 N. Lee St. 704-827-5526

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

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

First Presbyterian Church

300 Westland Farm Rd. 704-827-8600

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

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

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

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

Wesley Chapel Holiness Church

Community Pentecostal Center

324 N. Lee St. 704-827-1993

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

604 Martha Ave 704-824-2872

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

Epic Church 100 Indian Walk 704-671-4652

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

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

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

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

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

Bethel Baptist Church

Morningside Missionary Church

Roper Street 704-601-5146

NC Highway 273 704-827-9846

711 Morningside Dr. 704-822-9142

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Welcome Baptist Church

Bright Light Baptist Church

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

112 White Jenkins Rd. 704-681-2017

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

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Woodlawn Baptist Church


Goshen Presbyterian Church

512 Old Mount Holly Rd. 704-263-4275


110 S. Main St. 704-827-4751


First Presbyterian Church

Presbyterian Church of Lowell

Will of God Church

1951 Stanley Lucia Rd. 704-827-9224

5481 Hickory Grove Rd. 704-263-2691

811 Mauney Rd.

1101 N. Main St. 704-824-4261

Macedonia Baptist Church

First United Methodist Church

128 Robbins St. 704-824-1356

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd

5339 S. New Hope Rd 704-825-8252

320 Ralph Handsel Blvd. 704-263-8731

New Life Church

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

Gateway Cowboy Church

203 S. Main St. 704-263-2621

201 N. Main St. 704-824-8814

Grace Baptist Church


Christ’s Evangelical Lutheran

First United Methodist Church

1300 W. Catawba Ave. 704-827-3076

207 Lowell Ave. 704-824-4213

238 Lanier Ave. 704-827-8111

Lowell Smyre United Methodist Church

Goshen Free Will Baptist Church

West Cramerton United Methodist Church

Way of the Cross Baptist Church

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

171 S. Main St. 704-824-7785

7280 Sifford Rd. 704-827-6277

Carolina Community Baptist

841 Noles Dr. 704-827-7461

Life Church

Amazing Grace Baptist Church

110 Underwood Dr. 704-820-0603

First Free Will Baptist Church

235 8th Ave. 704-824-1991

511 Tuckaseege Rd. 704-827-4301

Covenant United Methodist

300 S. Main St. 704-827-2481

First Baptist Church


3100 Bethlehem Church St. 704-823-5050

First Baptist Church-Mt. Holly

East Wilkinson Blvd. 704-824-5319

Tuckaseege Baptist Church

Bethlehem Church

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

Cramerton Temple of God Church

1529 Old Hwy 27 Rd. 704-827-5851


Finish Line Christian Center

154 N. Main St. 704-824-3831

The Barn at Sandcastle Farm 155 Sandcastle Rd.

709 Rankin Ave. 704-671-8640

1013 W. Charlotte Ave. 704-827-7656

Cramer Memorial United Methodist Church

St. Paul FHB Church

Cornerstone Family Worship

Family Worship Center

416 Woodlawn Ave. 704-824-1745

Riverside Baptist Church

1117 Old NC Hwy 27 704-827-8826

Loves Chapel Presbyterian Church

Cramerton Free Will Baptist

1120 Charlotte Ave. 704-530-5174

Shiloh AME Zion Methodist

455 Sacco St. 704-825-6007

151 8th Ave. 704-824-3889

501 Cramer Mountain Rd. 704-824-4286

740 Rankin Ave. 704-827-5181

Hood Memorial AME Zion Church

Cramerton Independent Presbyterian Church

River of Life Full Gospel Church Second Baptist Church

151 Henry Chapel Rd 704-825-0711

McAdenville Wesleyan Church

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

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

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Twin brothers lead the pack in cross country By Sean Corcoran Gaston County Schools

Sometimes when people see Stuart W. Cramer High School students Zachary and Nicholas Willer, they do a double take. The brothers are identical twins, and it’s not just their looks that are shared. Their winning ways are, too. In the 3A west regional and state cross country championships as well as most other running competitions, the brothers have been separated by mere seconds. Zachary finished two and a half seconds ahead of Nicholas to win the state title, becoming Gaston County’s first boys state champion in 43 years. Prior to the state contest, Zachary finished one sec-

ond ahead of Nicholas at the western regional meet. Earlier in the cross country season, it was Nicholas who earned first place in the Gaston County meet and the Big South 3A conference championship. While there is a rivalry between some siblings, Zachary and Nicholas say they are not competing against each other, but rather they focus on the athletes on opposing teams. “We support one another,” said Zachary. “We are cheering no matter who finishes ahead of the other. If I see Nicholas doing well during a race, it motivates me that much more.” The two brothers have a good relationship. They played other sports such as

soccer and swimming together before making running their primary focus. “We started running laps in middle school soccer for conditioning,” said Nicholas. “Our coaches saw how well we ran and asked us to give middle school track a try, and the rest is history.” With the cross country season complete, the Willer brothers can now concentrate their training on indoor and outdoor track and field. Both of them compete in the 1600 meters, 3200 meters, and 4x800 relay events. However, running is not their long-term goal. Both realize it would be great to be a professional distance runner, but they know a good education is what awaits them at East Carolina University

where they have earned cross country scholarships to help pay for their studies. “We’re majoring in biomedical engineering,” said Nicholas. “We hope to develop prosthetics for the medical field.” Both Nicholas and Zachary credit the Career and Technical Education (CTE) classes offered through Gaston County Schools and their teacher, Meredith McMillan, for their interest in biomedical engineering. Now, their futures will take them to East Carolina to further their academic and athletic aspirations. Together, they hope to continue being a friendly force in competition and sharing more championship moments.

Twin brothers Zachary and Nicholas Willer, students at Stuart W. Cramer High School, received scholarships to run cross country at East Carolina University.

South Point Football Awards By Charlotte Sautner South Point High School announced its 2021 football awards on Monday, January 24th. Tyson Riley – Dr. Wade Breeland Most Valuable Player – First given in 1948 at the old Belmont High School, this award is presented to the Most Valuable Player on the football team and is the school’s oldest award. It is named in honor of the late Dr. Wade H. Breeland, a local dentist and long-time supporter of Belmont and South Point High School athletics. Wyatt Triplett – Gerald Cortner Character, Leadership, and Scholarship Award – This award is given to a senior football player who excels on the field and in the classroom and who demonstrates outstanding character and leadership qualities. This award is given in memory of Mr. Gerald Cortner, the first principal of South Point High School. Mr. Cortner was a long-time teacher, football coach, and administrator at the old Belmont High School prior to overseeing the consolidation and transition of the Belmont, Reid, and Cramerton High Schools into South Point High School in 1969. Cam Medlock – Wrather Johnson Sportsmanship Award – Awarded since 1967, the football Sportsmanship award recognizes the respect for and fair treatment of one’s teammates and opponents. It is given in memory of Coach Wrather Johnson who coached football, basketball, and baseball at the old Belmont High School. After being sponsored for many years by long-time Big Red Booster Club supporters Yates and Marie Abernathy, it is now sponsored by Dr. Patricia Goble. Ryan Harris – Belmont Drug Best Defense – This award has been presented

since 1967 to the best defender on the varsity football team. First sponsored by the old Catawba Pharmacy in East Belmont, this award is now sponsored (since 2003) by Matthew Morgan, owner of Belmont Drug Store. Jacob Patterson – Dr. Eddie Lineberger Best Blocker – Awarded since 1964 to the best blocker on the football team, this award was originally named after longtime team physicians Dr. Sam Shaver and Dr. Lee Beatty. The award is now sponsored by local veterinarian, Dr. Eddie Lineberger who was the starting center on the 1979 State 3A Championship team. Ethan Thagard – Gaston Auto Glass Unsung Hero Award – Awarded to a varsity football player, who may not be well known to others, but is known by the teammates and coaches as playing a significant role in the success of Red Raider teams. The award is inspired by the late Bobby Brown (Belmont High School Class of 1957 and football player) and is inscribed with the poem “Unsung Hero” written by Bobby Brown. Jaquis Rumph – Bennie Cunningham Most Improved Award – Presented since 1984 to the most improved player on the football team. It is given in memory of Cramerton and Gaston County legend Coach Bennie Cunningham. The award is sponsored by Mr. Art Shoemaker in honor of his former coach who mentored and provided direction to hundreds of area youth as part of the Cramerton Recreation Department and the highly successful Little Orangemen Pop Warner football programs. Xarique Culbreth – Phil Tate “First Things First” Award – This award was begun in 2017 and is presented to a varsity player who places

Back row left to right: Chaynce Ford, Dylan Nicks, Ethan Thagard, Jackson Blee, Sullivan Absher, Jacob Patterson, Xarique Culbreth, and Wyatt Triplett. Front row left to right: Winter Kincaid, Will Ross, Matthew Laney, Shane Wilson, Cam Medlock, Tyson Riley, Jack Milford, Ryan Harris, Jaquis Rumph. Photo by Calvin Craig the needs of the team ahead of his own. It is named in honor of Hall of Fame Coach Phil Tate who taught and coached hundreds of student athletes for over 50 years in football, baseball, basketball and golf at South Point High School. Shane Wilson – Coach’s Award – This award goes to a varsity player who embodies what it means to be a Red Raider, someone who plays with heart, puts the team first, and is tenacious. Walter Kincaid – Lee’s Lawn Service Scout Defense Award – This award is given to a defensive varsity football player who, day in and day out, does an exceptional job preparing the starting unit for the upcoming opponent. They receive little recognition, but their efforts are highlighted by the team’s overall success. Jack Milford – Lee’s Law Service Scout Offense Award – This award is given to an offensive varsity football player who, day in and day out, does an exceptional job preparing the starting unit for the upcoming opponent. They receive little recognition, but their efforts are highlighted by the team’s overall success. Matthew Laney – Herman Gregory “Spirit of the Raider” Memorial Ward – Initiated in 2021, this award is presented

to a football player who embodies the “Spirit of the Red Raider” through perseverance, courage, and commitment to our program and his teammates. The award is sponsored by the Big Red Booster Club and named in memory of former football player #79 Herman Gregory who sadly passed away at a young age in 2021. “Big Herm” loved South Point High School, and especially Red Raider football, and lettered for 3 years, culminating in playing on the 2016 3A State Championship team.

Will Ross – Sheila M. Rollins Memorial Most Versatile Award – Sponsored by Rollins Insurance Agency, this award has been presented to the most versatile player on the varsity football team. It is given in memory of long-time Big Red Booster Club supporter, Mrs. Sheila Rollins. Chaynce Ford – JV Most Valuable Player. Other Recognition announced: Sullivan Absher and Jackson Blee – Academic All State; Sullivan Absher – NC Super Team; Tyson Riley – Queen City

Bowl Selection; Ryan Harris – Luke Kuechly Defensive Player of the Year; Sullivan Absher, Tyson Riley, Jacob Patterson, Dylan Nicks, Will Ross – NC High School OT All State team; Will Ross, Jacob Patterson, Tyson Riley, Dylan Nicks, Sullivan Absher – NC All 3A State team; Tyson Riley, Jacob Patterson, Wyatt Triplett, Sullivan Absher, Will Ross, Ryan Harris, Dylan Nicks – All Big South; and Dylan Nicks – Big South Kicker of the Year.

Congratulations to Gaston Christian School MS basketball red team for their great win last Wednesday. They defeated York Prep 45-24. GCS scorers included- Faile 13pts; Blee 9 pts; Carpenter 7pts; Leffew 4pts.

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Gaston College and Catawba Valley Community College sign agreement with NC State Gaston College and Catawba Valley Community College have become the first two schools in Western N.C. to become a part of North Carolina State University’s Community College Collaboration Agreement (C3). The C3 agreement will guarantee students from Gaston College and Catawba Valley Community College admission to NC State if they meet certain requirements. Students can begin applying to the program in Fall 2022. The major milestone became official at a signing ceremony Tuesday afternoon on the Gaston College campus. Signing the agreement were Dr. John Hauser, President of Gaston College; Dr. Gar-

rett Hinshaw, President of Catawba Valley Community College; Dr. Warwick Arden, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs of NC State; Dr. Don Hunt, Senior Vice Provost of NC State; and Dr. Heather Woodson, Vice President for Academic Affairs of Gaston College. Students from Gaston College and Catawba Valley Community College can dualenroll at NC State and must complete an A.A., A.S. or A.E. degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better to be accepted into NC State through C3. While admission is guaranteed so long as students meet this and the residency requirement, admission into specific majors may be more

competitive. While attending Gaston College or Catawba Valley Community College, the students will have access to special services including advising and networking opportunities from NC State. Nearly 1,700 students transfer to NC State each year, and

Dr. Hauser and Dr. Hinshaw are pleased that their students can now have a smooth pathway to this quality education. Both Colleges also signed bilateral 2+2 articulation agreements with the Wilson College of Textiles at NC State on Tuesday. Catawba

Valley Community College students who graduate with an Associate in Science and meet eligibility requirements would be able to seamlessly transfer into the Bachelor of Science degree in Fashion and Textile Management. Gaston College’s agreement is for

students transferring from the Associate of Applied Science in Textile Technology to the Bachelor of Science in Textile Technology-Undesignated at NC State. The agreements will begin in the Fall 2022 semester.

School choice fair planned for February 12 Gaston County Schools is hosting two information sessions to give students and parents an opportunity to learn about the district’s 21 school choice programs for the 2022-2023 academic year. The first School Choice Fair is Saturday, February 12 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Gastonia Conference Center in downtown Gastonia. Students and parents may drop in to visit the various school booths/tables, meet the principals and other school representatives, and get information about each choice program. A second School Choice Fair will be held on Saturday, March 5 from 10:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Gastonia Conference Center. Below is a list of the 21 school choice/magnet school programs that are offered in Gaston County Schools: Elementary Schools Gifted and Talented Academy @ Pleasant Ridge Elementary School Hawks Nest STEAM Academy Leadership Academy @ Costner Elementary School Middle Schools Career Academy @ Southwest Middle School Career Academy @ York Chester Middle School Gifted and Talented Academy @ Cramerton Middle School Leadership Academy @ W.C. Friday Middle School Public Service Academy @ John Chavis Middle School STEAM Academy @ Stanley Middle School

Technology and Industrial Engineering Academy @ Bessemer City Middle School High Schools Career Academy @ Hunter Huss High School Collegiate Prep Academy @ Forestview High School Gaston Early College High School Gaston Early College of Medical Sciences Health Sciences Academy @ East Gaston High School Highland School of Technology iAccelerate Academy @ Ashbrook High School Leadership Academy @ North Gaston High School Public Service Academy @ Cherryville High School Technology and Industrial Engineering Academy @ Bessemer City High School Online Learning Gaston County Virtual Academy (grades K-12) The school choice programs are open to students who live in Gaston County and will be in kindergarten, sixth grade, or ninth grade next year; however, a few programs have limited space available at other grade levels. Parents with a child who currently attends a private school, charter school, virtual school, or home school are encouraged to attend one of the School Choice Fairs and submit a school choice application. Parents may apply online at The deadline to submit an application is Friday, March 18 at 5:00 p.m. The lottery will be held on April 14.

Local students receive honors Congratulations to the Belmont Middle School cafeteria staff for their fourth year in a row 100 percent rating. From left- Terri Furtick, Angie Hunt, Lynn Connor, Candy Massey. Not picturedPortia Benfield, Phyllis Helms.

Jonathon Holden Named to Dean’s List at Bob Jones University Jonathon Holden, a Sophomore Biblical Studies major from Cramerton, was among approximately 820 Bob Jones University students named to the fall 2021 Dean’s List. The Dean’s List recognizes students who earn a 3.00-3.74 grade point average during the semester.

Nearly 2,500 make the Dean’s List at CCU Nearly 2,500 undergraduate students at Coastal Carolina University were named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2021 semester. Students who make the Dean’s List have achieved a grade point average between 3.5-3.99 for the semester. Students recognized include: Mia Dattoli, a Management major of Cherryville, NC. Kendall Moore, a Psychology major of Mount Holly, NC.

Nearly 1,000 students make fall 2021 President’s List at Coastal Carolina University Congratulations to Mrs. Jennifer Whiteman (above left) on being selected as the J.B. Page Primary School Teacher Assistant of the Year. Likewise to Terri Hughes (above right) who was named New Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Hughes is in her third year of teaching kindergarten at Page.

Nearly 1,000 students earned a spot on the President’s List for the fall 2021 semester at Coastal Carolina University. Students recognized include: Maya Costales, a Management Pre-Major major from Cramerton. Grace Weatherston, a Elementary Education major from Belmont.

Kelsie Painter Earns Dean’s List at Valdosta State University Valdosta State University congratulates Kelsie Painter of Mount Holly, North Carolina, for earning a spot on the fall 2021 Dean’s List. Dean’s List honors are reserved for the highest achieving students at VSU. Painter is one of more than 1,700 distinguished and accomplished students recognized for exemplifying excellence in the attainment of their educational goals.

SNHU announces fall 2021 President’s List

Congratulations to Gaston Day School grads Chip Craig, Class of ‘81 and Dawn Craig Weldon, Class of ‘84 on their recent induction into the Gaston Day School Spartan Athletic Hall of Fame. Great work by both of these fine athletes.

It is with great pleasure that Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) congratulates the following students on being named to the fall 2021 President’s List. Full-time undergraduate students who have earned a minimum grade-point average of 3.700 and above are named to the President’s List. Full-time status is achieved by earning 12 credits; undergraduate day students must earn 12 credits in the fall or spring semester, and online students must earn 12 credits in either EW1 & EW2, EW3 & EW4, or EW5 & EW6.

Emily Hanegraaff of Belmont, Abigayle Gronstal of Belmont, Abigail Whitlow of Dallas, Jessica Thomas of Mount Holly, Brandon Carpenter of Dallas.

Local students named to Dean’s List at St. Mary’s College of Maryland Sydney Rourke a resident of Belmont, NC, was awarded Dean’s List honors for academic achievement during the fall 2021 semester at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, the National Public Honors College. Dean’s List honors are awarded to full-time students at St. Mary’s College who earn a semester grade-point average of 3.5 or better on 12 or more graded credits.

Matthew Dalton earns Faculty Honors at Georgia Tech for fall 2021 Matthew Dalton of Belmont, NC, earned the distinction of Faculty Honors for fall 2021 at the Georgia Institute of Technology. This designation is awarded to undergraduate students who have earned a 4.0 academic average for the semester. The Georgia Institute of Technology, or Georgia Tech, is a top 10 public research university developing leaders who advance technology and improve the human condition.

Dean’s, President’s Lists students named for UA fall 2021 term A total of 11,979 students enrolled during the fall 2021 term at The University of Alabama were named to the dean’s list with an academic record of 3.5 (or above) or the president’s list with an academic record of 4.0 (all A’s). Lauren Lowe of Belmont was named to the Dean’s List. Mary Smallwood of Belmont was named to the Dean’s List. Mary Elizabeth Martin of Gastonia was named to the Dean’s List. Mary Joanne Martin of Gastonia was named to the President’s List. Alexandra Barker of Gastonia was named to the President’s List. Emmily Mobley of Mount Holly was named to the Dean’s List.

Belmont University announces fall 2021 Dean’s List The following students achieved the Dean’s List at Belmont University for the fall 2021 semester. Eligibility is based on a minimum course load of 12 hours (exclusive of audit and pass/fail courses this semester) and a quality grade point average of 3.5 with no grade below a C (inclusive of audit, pass/fail courses and zero-credit courses). Lauralee Hurst of Gastonia (28056), Madison Morgan of Mount Holly (28120).

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CaroMont health offers skin and mask care advice By CaroMont Health While safe and effective vaccine for COVID-19 is here, it is important for every individual to continue practicing safety measures. A face mask is one of the best ways to help stop the spread of sickness. But if you’ve noticed that it also can also cause skin irritation and breakouts, you’re not alone. Caring for your mask goes a long way toward caring for your skin. Read our best tips for both below. Skin Care Tips Choose a natural fiber mask like cotton or bamboo. Natural fibers are more breathable and reduce the risk of irritation. Be sure your mask is clean. If disposable, use a fresh one as often as possible. If reusable, be sure to wash between uses. Wash your face with a gentle cleanser before putting on your mask to reduce oils and dirt that may be trapped below. Using an oil-free makeup primer can create a barrier

between your mask and your skin. It helps reduce friction and lessen irritation in sensitive areas. Wash your face again after taking your mask off and be sure to promptly wash your hands. Don’t forget sunblock to avoid tan or burn marks in areas that your mask doesn’t cover. Wash your reusable masks with a non-scented laundry detergent to reduce the risk of irritation on your face. Mask Care Tips Only use clean masks. If you are using disposable masks, throw away after each use. If you’re wearing a cloth mask, be sure to launder after each use using a non-scented laundry detergent. Try to not touch your mask while wearing and wait until you are home to take your mask off. Wash your hands before taking off your face mask and only touch the ear loops. If your mask has filters, remove and throw away between uses.

Put your mask directly into the wash or laundry hamper. If your mask is reusable, launder in hot water and dry on a high setting. Store your mask in a clean place.

Blake Construction provided $1,200 in supplies, reading material, and blueprints to students in the construction class at Belmont Middle School. Brooke Loftis is the teacher.

Cold weather health tips 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.

By CaroMont Health As colder temperatures set in and COVID-19 continues to make indoor spaces a higher risk for virus transmission, how can you stay comfortable while keeping up your fitness routine? Read our “must have” list of essential cold weather fitness gear to help you stay active and healthy during these winter months. Base Layer The base layer is a layer of fitted clothing that is closest to your skin. It should wick moisture and perspiration to keep you warm and dry. There are lots of options for these pieces and most are made of silk, polyester, wool or a higher tech synthetic fabric like Thinsulate. Cotton and other breathable fabrics are not recommended as those options stay wet longer and actually draw heat away from your body. Mid Layer This layer should focus on comfort and warmth. Fleece, wool and down are all good

options and provide the insulation you need to keep your body heat from escaping. You may also find that mid layer clothing offers lots of ventilation options should you get too warm. Outer Layer For the outside layer, focus on protecting yourself from the elements. That means waterproof material, wind resistant clothing and material that will keep you dry and shielded from inclement weather. While an outer layer is not always necessary, it is a great option to have if there is rain, wind or snow. Head Did you know the majority of your body heat escapes through your head? Wearing a hat that covers your ears will not only keep your head warm, it will help maintain your body heat. Also, don’t forget your ears and your face as both can get chapped and chaffed without proper protection. Hands

Our extremities often feel the cold first and the most. Gloves that are comfortable and wick moisture are great for cold weather runs and walks, while something waterproof is better for longer hikes and snowy weather activities. While fleece is quite warm, it does not repel moisture or wind. Feet Did you know our bodies use our feet to regulate our core body temperature? Choosing a sock that is comfortable and performs well in cold weather is essential for your comfort. Wool socks are a great option and will keep your feet warm and dry. Reflective Gear During the winter months, it gets dark so quickly. If you’re exercising outdoors in the dark, it is so important to wear reflective gear for your safety. Arm bands, vests and LED lights are easy to find and will help alert vehicles of your presence.

Congratulations to Cathy Johnson, Jack Frye, Norris Lamb, and Joanna Fulbright (not pictured). They are the graduates of the Inaugural Lowell Citizens Academy. This group completed ten sessions with different department heads learning about how city government works and they were honored at the recent city council meeting.

Abbey women’s basketball defeat Erskine The Belmont Abbey women’s basketball team got off to a quick start and led wire-to-wire in a 68-38 victory over Erskine in Conference Carolinas action last Monday at the Wheeler Center. It is the largest margin of victory this season for the Crusaders. It was the first home game for The Abbey in 2022 due to schedule changes. The Crusaders won its second straight contest and advanced to 7-5 overall and 5-3 in conference play. Erskine moved to 0-11 overall and 0-8 in the conference. How It Happened- The Crusaders started the contest on a 14-2 run that included a run of thanks to a 14-2 run to begin the game. Brittany Autry provided the early boost with consecutive layups to begin the game. She finished with 14 points, nine rebounds and a blocked shot. The Abbey led 22-6 at the end of the first quarter and held the Flying Fleet to just two field goals in the period. Jo Snow connected on three 3-pointers in the first half as part of her 13

Abbey Women’s Softball update... Alexis Schulz shoots. points for the game. Alexis Schulz (pictured) stepped up in the second half for the Crusaders by scoring 12 of her team-high 15 points in the period. She also added three assists, a pair of rebounds and a steal. The Abbey pulled away by outscoring the Flying Fleet 24-13 in the third quarter. Belmont Abbey held a strong 45-18 advantage in rebounding. Autry led the Crusaders in that category while Sydni Clawges added six rebounds in the win.

The Belmont Abbey softball team earned a first-place vote and was selected to finish fourth in the Conference Carolinas preseason poll that was released last Thursday afternoon. The poll was compiled from votes by the league’s head coaches. The Crusaders are coming off one of their best seasons in 15 years by finishing third in the conference standings in 2021. The Abbey finished 20-18 overall with a 14-6 league record. Mount Olive was selected as the preseason favorite with 129 points and four of 13 first-

place votes. Mount Olive was one of eight teams to earn a first place nod. UNC Pembroke captured two first-place votes and 111 points to rank second while King was picked third with 109 points and two first-place selections. Belmont Abbey opens the 2022 season with a doubleheader against William Peace February 4 at Crusader Field while the conference championship slated for April 28May 1 at Tyger River Park in Duncan, South Carolina. Belmont Abbey photo/story

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Winter birdwatching Written By Rob Hawk NC Cooperative Extension

Winter is a time for repose and reflection, and many gardeners take to bird feeding to fill their need for color, texture, and interaction with their landscape. Feeding birds can really turn into a good wholesome hobby for the entire family. There are three main choices in food: large seeds, small seeds, and suet. Large seeds include black-oil sunflower, striped sunflower, safflower, peanuts, shelled corn, ear corn, and cardinal mixes that contain sunflower, safflower, and peanuts. Birds that love sunflower seeds include Northern Cardinals, Blue Jays, Black-Capped and Carolina and BlackCapped Chickadees, House and Purple Finches, American Goldfinches, Evening and Pine Grosbeaks, Gray and Steller’s Jays, Nuthatches, Crossbills, and Tufted Titmouse. Peanuts provide a nutritious diet for birds, including Black-Capped Chickadees, Nuthatches, Woodpeckers, and Blue Jays. Even North-

ern Cardinals will come to a peanut feeder. However, these feeds also attract mammals including squirrels and raccoons. Safflower seeds are not as attractive to these eating machines. Cracked corn and milo are attractive to house sparrows and starlings, which will discourage other birds from visiting your feeders, and are not recommended. Small seeds include millet and Niger thistle. Millet sprinkled on the ground or in tray feeders will attract darkeyed juncos, mourning doves, and American tree, fox, Harris’, white-throated, whitecrowned and golden-crowned sparrows. Niger thistle will bring American and lesser goldfinches, common and hoary redpolls, house and purple finches, and pine siskins. Many wintering birds also benefit from suet, suet mixes, and peanut butter, including pileated, red bellied, red headed, downy and hairy woodpeckers, chickadees, titmice, and nuthatches. Water is critical to overwintering birds. Including a

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Abilities Tennis of NC Tennis Clinic Northern Cardinal heated birdbath in your feeder set up will be an open invitation to a variety of birds. Don’t worry about birds freezing if they bathe on a cold winter day. This water is primarily for drinking. Include a variety of feeders; open or covered platform feeders, suet feeders, and cylindrical feeders will be attractive to a broad variety of birds. Place feeders close to protective cover and convenient for viewing from a window. The best feeder sites are downwind from the shelter provided by conifers, ornamental grass plantings, brushy shrub, or buildings. To avoid giving raptors or cats an advantage in catching birds, feeders should be at least 10 feet from the nearest cover where such predators could hide, like trees and deck rail-

ing. Use several feeder clusters of three or four feeders per cluster and a ground feeding site. Each cluster should include a variety of feeder types that offer larger seeds, smaller seeds, and suet. Remember winter is a difficult time for birds. Days are often windy and cold; nights are long and even colder. The lush, berry-laden vegetation of summer and fall has withered or been consumed, and most insects have died or become dormant. Finding food can be especially challenging for birds during days with extreme cold temperatures. Setting up a backyard bird feeder makes their lives easier and ours more enjoyable. Just remember to clean feeders regularly to avoid spread of diseases between birds.

Abilities Tennis of North Carolina and the Belmont Parks and Recreation have partnered together to host a free tennis clinic for individuals with intellectual disabilities. The clinics will take place on Sundays beginning in the middle of February and will end at the beginning of April at the Davis Park Tennis Courts from 4:00 PM-5:00 PM. Dates: February 13th, 20th, 27th March 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th April 3rd


Abbey Women’s Track & Field news... Belmont Abbey Women’s Track and Field returned to action on Saturday, competing in the Mondo College Invite at the JDL Fast Track. Belmont Abbey results: Women 60 Dash (Qualifying)- Cristina Villanueva, 16th, 8.43; Sekyah Chestnut, 18th, 8.50 (8.495); Karolina Colon, 25th, 8.81; Shanekera Faulk, 27th, 8.97 Women 60 Hurdles – Prelims- Amalie Bouton, 5th, 10.33Q (10.327); Isabelle Flores, 6th, 9.33q; Karolina Colon, 12th, 9.85; Olivia White, 14th, 9.99; Haley Kells, 25th, 11.09 Women 60 Hurdles – Finals- Isabelle Flores, 4th, 9.33; Amalie Bouton, DQ (hand on hurdle) Women 200 Dash- Sekyah Chestnut, 25th, 27.68; Olivia White, 32nd, 28.28; Karolina Colon, 44th, 29.20; Shanekera Faulk, 48th, 30.80 Women 400 Dash- Isabelle Flores, 7th, 1:02.13; Malia Reitmeyer, 14th, 1:04.82; Tamiya Ellis, 27th, 1:08.67 Women 600- Tory Manno, 22nd, 1:57.68; Madison Jones, 27th, 2:10.17 Women 800- Grace Hetzel, 7th, 2:37.75 Women 1000- Tory Manno, 20th, 3:37.20 Women 1 Mile Run- Makenna Pallozzi, 7th, 5:52.12 Women 3000- Makenna Pallozzi, 15th, 11:19.46 Women High Jump- Macie Sims, 5th, 1.47m; Ka-

trina Morse, 17th, 1.42m Women Long Jump- Cristina Villanueva, 8th, 5.18m; Macie Sims, 12th, 4.76m; Haley Kells, 15th, 4.70m Women Shot Put- Katrina Morse, 8th, 11.00m; Alexa Davis, 17th, 9.56m; Katie Branch, 29th, 6.91m Women Triple Jump- Cristina Villanueva, 14th, 9.86m; Haley Kells, 15th, 9.79m; Macie Sims, 16th, 9.61m Women Weight Throw- Katrina Morse, 10th, 13.83m Women 4x400 Meter Relay- 1) Malia Reitmeyer 2) Sekyah Chestnut 3) Olivia White 4) Isabelle Flores, 3rd, 4:17.74







Having qualified on 30th day of November, 2021 as Executor of the Estate of JOY TEMPLE MCGINNIS, deceased, of Gaston County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons, firms, and corporations having claims against the estate of said deceased to exhibit them to the undersigned, Michael A. Howell, Executor, on or before the 19th day of April, 2022 or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons, firms, and corporations indebted to the said estate to please make immediate payment to the undersigned.

Having qualified on 12th day of December, 2021 as Executor of the Estate of MAGGIE BROWN MCKEE, deceased, of Gaston County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons, firms, and corporations having claims against the estate of said deceased to exhibit them to the undersigned, Peggy McKee Archer, Executor, on or before the 12th day of April, 2022 or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons, firms, and corporations indebted to the said estate to please make immediate payment to the undersigned.

This the 19th day of January, 2022. Michael A. Howell, Executor Estate of: Joy Temple McGinnis 44 East Branch Street Gastonia, NC 28054 CE (1/19, 26 & 2/2, 9/2022); BN (1/20, 27 & 2/3, 10/2022)

This the 12th day of January, 2022. Peggy McKee Archer, Executor Estate of: Maggie Brown McKee 108 Browntown Rd. Belmont, NC 28012 CE (1/12, 19, 26, 2/2/2022); BN (1/13, 20, 27, 2/3/2022)

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Storm and Warriors notch needed conference wins by John Wilson

of four periods. However, in the second period Crest played exceptionally well outscorLast week the Stuart ing Cramer 18-8. In the long Cramer and East Gaston run those 10 points gave Crest basketball teams both saw just the cushion they needed conference action. The Storm to stay ahead of the Storm. played three gamed while the The Chargers stayed the Warriors played two. course for the rest of the game Cramer won two out of and left the court with a 77-70 three while EG won both of win. their contests. Senior Will Kelly had a East Gaston looked good phenomenal game scoring 40 scoring a pair of impressive points in a losing effort. Kelly wins over Thomas Jefferson also led the team with nine rein Southern Piedmont 1A/2A bounds. action. The Crest lost stung, but The Warriors beat the Gryhead coach Brad Sloan made phons 55-35 on Wednesday sure his team remained foand then came back on Thurscused. He knew there were day night to clip TJ again. still games to play that week This time with a convincing and he also knew his team 69-45 victory. would get another shot at the In the first game of the Chargers. week the Warriors set the “There’s a lot of basketball pace early and kept up the left to play,” Sloan said. “We pressure outscoring the Gryknew the Crest game would phons 14-7 in the first period be tough. Now we have another shot at them coming up and we’re looking forward to the challenge.” After losing to the Chargers the Storm shifted gears and got set to play two games against Hunter Huss. Going into the first Huss game Cramer was ready. Reader Advisory: the National Trade Associations we belong to has purchased the following classifieds. Determining the value of their service However, no matter how or product is advised by this publication. In order to avoid misunderstandings, some advertisers do not offer employment but rather supply the readers with manuals, directories and other materials designed to help their clients establish mail order selling and other businesses at home. ready the players were, the Under NO circumstance should you send any money in advance or give the client your checking, license ID, or credit card numbers. Also beware of ads that claim to guarantee loans regardless of credit and note that if a credit repair company does business only over the phone it s illegal to Storm still needed to deal with request any money before delivering its service. All funds are based in US dollars. Toll free numbers may or may not reach Canada. a bit of history. age system. Save matter where you live. Speedmaster. Call Miscellaneous Education In nine seasons of varsity Train online to do medi- money, reduce reli- AT&T Internet. Starting 25 Mbps just $59.99/ 833-603-3236 ball Cramer had yet to beat the cal billing! Become ance on grid, prepare at $40/month w/12-mo mo! Un-limited Data is Miscellaneous Huskies. Yet on Wednesday a Medical Office for outages & power agmt. 1 TB of data/ Here. Stream Video. Put on your TV Ears & night all of that would change Professional at CTI! your home. Full instal- mo. Ask how to bun- Bundle TV & Internet. hear TV w/unmatched when the Storm tore into Huss Get trained & certified dle & SAVE! Geo & Free Installation. Call

and 15-6 in the second. At the half East Gaston was up 29-13. Thomas Jefferson managed to outscore the Warriors 13-12 in the third period, but that was about all the offense the Gryphons could muster. In the fourth EG continued the onslaught scoring 14 points to TJ’s nine. Junior McKaskill Rivers was the game’s top scorer with 12 points followed by Trent Sherrill and Chauncey Creamer who each finished up with eight points apiece. In the second matchup both teams started off fast and played well offensively. Going into the half East Gaston held a 32-25 lead. That ended up being the closest the Gryphons would ever get. When play resumed the Warriors pummeled TJ. East Gaston really turned on the jets outscoring the Gry-

phons 25-6 in the third period. As the game played out it was apparent that on this night Thomas Jefferson just couldn’t keep up as the Warriors rolled on for the win. Sophomore Trent Sherrill was the Warriors top scorer with 22 points followed by McKaskill Rivers with 19 points. Rivers was also EG’s stop rebounder finishing the game with 11 boards. Going into the final leg of the season the Warriors are looking pretty good. Head coach Eugene Farrar thinks his team is on track. “We talk a lot about mojo,” coach Farrar said. “When we played Burns the week before I thought we were getting our mojo back. Then we played back-to-back against Thomas Jefferson and I saw we are playing with more swag.” Playing with a bit of swag is something the Warriors will

need to do as the regular season enters its final few weeks. Going into this week East Gaston is sitting at 9-7 overall and 4-3 in Southern Piedmont 1A/2A conference play. Right now things are still wide open in the Southern Piedmont and the Warriors will have every opportunity to make an impact. “We’re playing a lot better defensively and offensively,” Farrar added. “I think we can make some noise in the conference.” This week the Warriors will take on the 13-3 Bessemer City Yellow Jackets and the 9-3 Shelby Golden Lions. Last week the Stuart Cramer Storm started the week with a loss against Crest and finished up with back-to-back wins over Hunter Huss. In the Crest game the Storm played the Chargers tight outscoring them in two

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breaking the losing streak with an impressive 75-50 win. Once again Will Kelly led the Storm’s offensive effort with a game high 40 points followed by Jacob Joyner who finished the evening with 21 points. Defensively John Hill led the way with 11 rebounds while Owen Sloan and Will Kelly each had four steals apiece. In Friday night’s rematch Will Kelly showed that given the opportunity he can be a one-man wrecking crew. Kelly scored 50 of Cramer’s 85 points as the Storm laid waste to the Huskies in a big 85-67 win. “It’s tough to be beat a team twice,” coach Sloan stressed. “We had never beaten Huss before so Wednesday was about breaking the streak and Friday was about starting a streak of our own.” When coach Sloan said there was a lot of basketball left to play, he wasn’t kidding. Right now, Cramer is 15-3 overall and 6-3 in Big South 3A play with five regular season games left on the schedule. At this stage anything is possible when it comes to the Big South 3A. Taking the conference is going to be tough, but Cramer has the tools and the talent to make a go of it. This week the Storm has league games slated against Ashbrook, Crest and Kings Mountain.

Cramerton Parks & Rec. news Spring Sports in Cramerton Spring Sports Registration opens February 1st and ends March 1st or until teams are full. Register for the following: Baseball – age 7-15; Soccer – age 3-15 Softball – age 7-15; Teeball – age 3-6; Volleyball – age 7-15 $60 resident/$80 non-resident Register at the CB Huss Rec Center (8 Julian St). For more information please call 704-824-4231. Valentine’s Day Sweet Art Cramerton Parks and Rec. has partnered with A Little Bit of Art and The Wandering Cup for a new take on Valentine’s Day. Friday, February 11th the trio will put on the Sweet Art at 900 South Fork Village Drive in the South Fork Village development. It is a drop-in event so you can stop in anytime between 1:00 and 8:00pm. Register for their Sweet Art event and you will get a delicious cookie and sip your hot chocolate from The Wandering Cup while you create a beautiful ceramics piece courtesy of A Little Bit of Art. Friends and loved ones of all ages will love spending time together at this unique spot. Pre-registration is required at the CB Huss Rec Center (8 Julian St). If you have any questions please call 704-824-4231. One-Day Camps for Kids New- Cramerton Parks and Recreation will be offering an alternative for kids and parents on those days when kids don’t have school. Whether it is a Teach Work Day or a school holiday, we have your elementary schoolers covered. Each day has a theme with specific activities geared toward that theme, but we will always have arts, crafts and games available as well as access to the gymnasium and playground. Lil’ Squirt camps for kiddos age 4-6 are back! Lil Squirts days also have a theme with specific activities geared toward that theme, but will always have arts, crafts and games available as well as access to the gymnasium and playground. For more information visit the CB Huss Rec Center (8 Julian St) or call 704-824-4231. $15 resident/$20 nonresident Sideline Sale – Everything under $5 Spring Sports are starting up soon. Do you have all the gear that you need? Whether you’re looking for soccer socks, cleats, softball pants or baseball hats, we have got something for you. Come check out our stock of new and used items with every item being $5 or less. Stop by the CB Huss Recreation Center (8 Julian St) on Saturday, February 26th between 10am and 2pm to stock up! If you have any questions please call 704-824-4231.

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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 UNIQUE ANTIQUE STATION. Farm House Decor, Antiques, Collectibles, Vintage Toys, Hot Wheels, Jewelry, MORE. Tuesday-Saturday 11am-5pm. 985 US 74 Business Hwy., Ellenboro. Find us on FB. 828-382-0075.

HOUSEWARES LIQUIDATION SALE. Save 70 to 90% off original retail. Cleaners, kitchen, and storage. All new $1.99, Baby, & Wedding sections. ONE DAY ONLY, Saturday, February 5th, 9am-5pm at SIDE DOOR next to MIGHTY DOLLAR Forest City. CASH ONLY!

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

HOUSEWARES LIQUIDATION SALE. Save 70 to 90% off original retail. Cleaners, kitchen, and storage. All new $1.99, Baby, & Wedding sections. ONE DAY ONLY, Saturday, February 5th, 9am-5pm at SIDE DOOR next to MIGHTY DOLLAR Forest City. CASH ONLY!

WANTED SITTER MON.-FRI. FOR ELDER PERSON. Quiet setting, located Rutherford/Polk County line area. Some housekeeping & errands required. Interested applicants please call Patty, 828-980-5386 between 9am-7pm. COATS PERFORMANCE YARN. 501 York Road, Kings Mountain, NC. 8 & 12 hour shifts. Apply within. For more info, email kimberly.durden@ or call 980-291-5331. EXPERIENCED CARPENTERS. If you are looking for a company where you can turn a job into a career, then you need to come work for us! We provide on the job training, uniforms, tools, transportation to job sites, and a family style working environment. We have need for experienced Lead carpenters to perform work as part of a team in a fast paced, dynamic environment. Will be responsible for a full range of rough and finished skilled carpentry work. We are a licensed, certified restoration company, holding contractor licenses in both North and South Carolina. Qualifications: High School diploma or equivalent. Experience in tear out, framing, decking, siding, installing doors and windows, insulation, drywall, and trim. Must be able to wear all required personal protective equipment. Must have valid driver’s license (min. age 21 for insurance) and satisfactory driving record. Must pass background screening and drug testing. We offer competitive wage, health insurance, 401(k) match, and paid time off. 3 ways to apply. Visit our Website https://www. Email resume to: careers@ Apply in person to: American Restoration 930 Wendover Heights Drive Shelby, NC 28150 careers@ NEED A LABORER. Apply in person at Auto Parts U Pull & Scrap Metal of Shelby, 1025 County Home Road, Shelby, NC. Must have a valid driver license. (704) 472-4666


SANDY RUN BAPTIST CHURCH Is seeking a part time Minister of Music. Please send resume to PO Box 297 Mooresboro, NC 28114 or (704) 434-6771 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 teresachandler77@ NOW HIRING Fulltime Pharmacy Technician Medical Arts Pharmacy, 108 East Grover Street, Shelby, NC Fulltime Dishwasher for The Hub Cafe inside Medical Arts Pharmacy (704) 487-8068

BUSINESS SERVICES HANDYMAN. All rental and residential services. No job too small. Call Wray at 704-6740494 WALLING’S PAINTING AND CONSTRUCTION. Give us a call because we do it all. Exterior/interior painting. Pressure washing, roof and drywall patching and general repairs. Free Estimates and References. Ask for Marshall or leave mess. (828) 201-5788 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. 980295-0750.

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

SANDY RUN BAPTIST CHURCH Is seeking a part time Secretary, 15-20 hours per week. Exp. with Power Church Program preferred but not required. Send resume to office@ (704) 4346771

WORLDWIDE TRUCKING MOVING & GRADING Company. We offer grading and moving services. Anything from excavators to household items. We offer demo clearing, flooring contractors and also landscaping. Free estimates, insured. Will also deliver bulk to construction sites. 30 ft flatbed. (704) 2975033

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

CLEVELAND COUNTY GARAGE DOORS. Summer Tuneup Special, $59.95. We will check all your equipment lube, make sure it’s working correctly. We repair broken doors. Also offering new installations. 704477-9119 or 704-472-9367.



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

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

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 ITEMS FOR SALE. One Ladies Urn for sale, 1 Male Maltese for sale and 6 inch stove pipes. Call 704-538-3809. NEW UPWALKER Never Used, Don’t Wait! If interested, call 704-487-9344. GE BLACK STOVE FOR SALE. Like new. $350 obo. (704) 7187975 HORSE HAY FOR SALE. Square bales $6, round bales $40. (704) 692-6325 PURE RAW LOCAL HONEY. $18 per quart, $10 per pint. Produced in Rutherford County. Call or text Jackson Corbin, 828-980-1823. NC4EVER.COM BEST DOG TENNIS BALL is where you get the BEST Tennis Ball for your dog! FIREWOOD FOR SALE. Seasoned Oak by truck load also bundles. Will deliver within 15 miles of Cherryville. (704) 4353970 2 GOLF CARTS FOR SALE. 1 is Carolina blue with weather cover and 1 white. 2 seats and good batteries. $4000 each. 704-477-3500

TWO CEMETERY PACKAGES at Eternal Hills, Rutherford County. Regular price $6,200. Will sell for $5,000. Plots, vaults, opening/closing. Text 828-2892895. FIREWOOD FOR SALE. Long wheelbase load. Fully loaded. $70.00/load. Delivered. 864492-4793 or 803-627-9408. DEER CORN, 60 POUND BAG. $9. Callahan Farms. Cletus: 704-300-5341; Steve: 704-4728865; Todd: 704-692-1627 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 HORSE QUALITY HAY. Square and round bales. Call (704) 4876855 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) 473-0867

FORD BEDLINER 6.5 FT. (Fits 2015-2020 Ford Pickup) Tonneau Hard Cover. $300 (Paid $600) “Like new!” Call (704) 300-7563 WILL BUY. I Want to Buy old 45 records and 78’s call 704-7820647 ITEMS FOR SALE. Whirlpool Fridge - $650, New Stainless Steel Electric Whirlpool Stove, $830, New stainless steel kitchen sink faucet-$45. 513-3316031

HOUSEWARES LIQUIDATION SALE. Save 70 to 90% off original retail. Cleaners, kitchen, and storage. All new $1.99, Baby, & Wedding sections. ONE DAY ONLY, Saturday, February 5th, 9am-5pm at SIDE DOOR next to MIGHTY DOLLAR Forest City. CASH ONLY! ALL METAL GARAGES. Big Discounts! Zero down. Call for more details. 828-382-0455.

HARD SHELL TRUCK BED COVER. Undercover brand truck bed cover. Fits Ford Super Duty 6 3/4 ft bed. Ruby Red color. Good condition. Not on truck now. $500. Come get it! (704) 718-7230 FRAME SHOP EQUIPMENT. Morso Chopper, Seal Commercial 210, C&H Glass Cutter, Oval & Round Master, Jr. Cut Glass and Mats. Mat Cutter. Call (704) 827-3128

HOUSEWARES LIQUIDATION SALE. Save 70 to 90% off original retail. Cleaners, kitchen, and storage. All new $1.99, Baby, & Wedding sections. ONE DAY ONLY, Saturday, February 5th, 9am-5pm at SIDE DOOR next to MIGHTY DOLLAR Forest City. CASH ONLY!

TRANSPORT CHAIR $95 Red transport chair 250lb limit, like new. Will deliver. Call Scooterman John (704) 951-4224

PRO-FORM TREADMILL $100. And a BOWFLEX Workout Bench $100. call (704) 6921573 RENT TO OWN CARPORTS, BUILDINGS GARAGES. J. Johnson Sales Inc., Forest City, NC. Call 828-245-5895.

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 828-245-5895. 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. 828245-5895. FLAG POLES & FLAGS. 15ft., 20ft., 25ft. “All American Made!” Delivery and installation is available. J. Johnson Sales INC, Forest City, NC. Call 828-245-5895. BUILDINGS, GARAGES, SHOPS with Concrete Slab. “We Got’Em”and “We do them Turn Key” J. Johnson Sales INC., Forest City, NC. 828-2455895.

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STORAGE BUILDINGS. “We Buy, Sell, Trade” J. Johnson Sales INC. Forest City, NC 828245-5895.

8 GAME ROOSTERS $10 EACH. 7 Hens $5 each. 704477-5175, (704) 937-7448

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



LAWN MOWER TRAILERS. 4 WHEELER TRAILERS, SMALL & LARGE TRAILERS. “We Got’Em” J. Johnson Sales, Inc., Forest City, NC. (828) 245-5895 JAZZY ELECTRIC WHEELCHAIR $350 2 yr old Jazzy power wheelchair. FDA Class II Medical Device. (828) 3150935 RIDING/PUSH MOWERS, GARDEN TILLERS, GOKARTS, MINI-BIKES. Ready to mow. All in excellent condition. Can deliver, 30+ years experience in repair work. 828-9800853, 704-476-9383.

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

WANT TO BUY DANNY’S AUTOWERKS. Buying used or junk cars. Competitive prices. Call Danny 828-2893081 or Jimmy 828-289-1175.

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.

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, Pop-Up Campers and Small Travel Trailers. Call 828-429-3935. WANTED: OLD AND NEW AMMO. Reloading supplies. Call 828-245-6756 or cell # 828289-1488.

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

TWO POMERANIAN PUPPIES. CKC Pomeranian Puppies 8 weeks soft brown and white in color. One male and one female up to date on Vaccine and worming. Puppy comes with puppy pack, first weeks food, vaccine and worming current record and future needs. 100% Pomeranian Bloodline. Delivery arranged in two State area.$1500 each. Don 864-4925138 CKC breeder since 2014. (864) 492-5138 dvcaldwell38@

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

FARM & GARDEN DAMAGED BEE EQUIPMENT SALE. One day only! Sat. Feb. 5, 10am-1pm. Forest City Farmers Market. For more info call 828-980-1823.

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


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

AKC REGISTERED LAB PUPPIES. Black and chocolate. Ready middle of March. Parents on site. Champion Bloodline. Great disposition. $925. Taking deposits, $250. 704914-8241 FREE TO GOOD HOME Male mixed breed puppy. 8 months old. Small, about 15 pounds. Full of energy. Favors Boston Terrier. (704) 472-4844 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 BEAGLE PUPPIES. ONE boy- FIVE girls. Puppies will be ready for their forever homes on February 12, 2022. They will have been wormed and 1st shots. $800.00 each. (304) 419-4041




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2013 RAM 1500 116,171 miles, $24500, super clean truck. Ram 1500. 5.7 Hemi. Has a fifth wheel with two ball hitches, (one 4” ext), lights plug in bed and brake box. I am just buying a 2500. Beautiful truck. It’s the Big Horn edition. Heated seats, power everything, heated steering wheel, sprayed bed liner, rear sensors, 5 1/2 foot bed, tow/haul package, 20” AT tires, four door, etc. It has been used rarely to pull a horse trailer. Two key fobs. Just serviced and put in a new battery. No wrecks. I have title. (704) 578-2827 ivy_baker@



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

2&3 BEDROOM MOBILE HOMES. Nice and clean, water furnished. Oak Grove Community, Kings Mtn. Call or text, 704739-0259.

2014 DODGE GRAND CARAVAN Call for Price. Braunability Handicap Van. Side entry ramp. Transfer driver seat. Ideal van for disabled person who uses a wheel chair and can still drive. Equipped to add hand controls. (704) 692-6248 buck@walker-woodworking. com


MOVE IN SPECIAL. 2 & 3 Bedroom, deposit required. $195 weekly rates. Includes power and water. NO PETS. Visit us online at Oakwood Rentals, Shelby. Call (704) 473-4299 2&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.



MOBILE HOMES & APARTMENTS. In Kings Mountain. Price starting at $100 per week. Call (704) 739-4417 3 BEDROOM 1 BATH. $950 RENT, $950 DEPOSIT, $25 Application Fee. 1008 E. Marion St. Shelby. 704-214-4180, 704-4723100.

RUTHERFORD COUNTY HOUSE FOR RENT 2 bedroom, 1 bath. Newly renovated! Spindale. Walking distance to the library and police station. (828) 424-0017 FOR RENT 3 BEDROOM. 1 BATH, plus basement. $800 rent, $800 deposit. 228 Tryon Road. Rutherfordton, N C. (828) 222-8128

NEWLY RENOVATED BEACH HOUSE in OCEAN LAKES. 2 bedroom, 2 bath. Also pullout couch, golf cart. Weeks and weekends. Call 704-472-5182 OCEAN LAKES MYRTLE BEACH. Cottage N34. 2 bedroom, 2 bath, den, kitchen, dining, covered deck, near country store. Call Dorcas, 803-7182659.

LIONS SENIOR VILLAGE has 1 bedroom HUD subsidized apartments for low income seniors. Taking applications. Age 62 or older. Equal Housing Opportunity. 211 North Morgan Street, (704) 482-7723

HICKORY CREEK APARTMENTS FOR SENIORS. (62 and older), disabled (50 and older). Shelby. Now taking applications for waiting list. 418 East Warren Street, (704) 487-6354

2 & 3 BEDROOM MOBILE HOMES. Small private park between Spindale and Forest City. Starting at $500 per month. 828382-0475. OAKLAND ROAD 2BR APARTMENT. Like new. Appliances, sewer, water, garbage included. $595. Small efficiency all utilities included. $450 plus deposit/ references. 828-248-1776.

ROSE HILL MEMORIAL PARK PLOTS. For Sale. $800 each for (2) spaces. Section 1, Lot number 74 Spaces 1 & 2. These are in the center section and prime locations. Lawndale, NC 28090 (919) 696-7867 FOR SALE BY OWNER 3.80 acres of land on Gold Farm Road near Boiling Springs Elementary School. County water $18,200 per acre or obo 704-300-1137

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


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