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Jeff Hovis of Mt. Holly loves vintage farm machines By Alan Hodge

You might say Jeff Hovis of Mt. Holly has antique farm tractoring in his blood. A walk around his backyard on Oakwood Dr. and the sight of the numerous vintage machines there confirms this. A walk around the backyard of his mom’s house two doors down where more machines reside clinches the deal.

All together, Hovis has nine antique farm tractors. Brands include Farmall, John Deere, Case, and Alis Chalmers. Several are fully restored and shine. A few have a ‘patina’ of grease, oil, and red dirt. One is undergoing cosmetic surgery. All have a story. Hovis got the tractor bug from his dad, the late Larry Hovis. “He told me stories about

using tractors working on a dairy farm in Hardin,” Jeff said. “The interest grew from there.” But Hovis does more than tinker with, show, and ride his tractors up and down the road. He is passionate about sharing the story of agriculture in our area and one way he does that is with the group he’s president of – GAMTRA. See HOVIS, Page 6

Belmont Sports Hall of Fame Banquet set By Ray Hardee The Belmont Sports Hall of Fame gathers again this year to honor a fresh class of excellent athletes who have made their mark beginning in Belmont and outward to the world at large. The Belmont Hall of Fame event is April 19th at 7:00pm at Park Street United Methodist Church in Belmont, N.C. Tickets can be purchased at Phil Champion State Farm Insurance and the Belmont Drug Store. Coach Mike Houston, Head Coach of East Carolina University, will be the headlining motivational speaker for the event. Houston is as well-known for his candor as he is for his athletic success. When asked, “How are you doing coach?” at a post-game press conference, he is likely to respond in kind with a “How are you doing?” to the reporter with questions. After a win, Houston shines praise on his coaches and athletes. When a player makes a great play away from the ball, he is likely to See HALL OF FAME, Page 4

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GAMTRA president Jeff Hovis with just one of his antique tractors- a 1949 John Deere. Photo by Alan Hodge

Sculpture by Belmont artist Juan Logan moves to Gaston County Museum A beautiful sculpture by internationally-known Belmont resident and artist Juan Logan will be getting a new home at the Gaston County Museum in Dallas. “Public art requires a level of care that Pillar of Enlightenment has not seen in recent decades,” said Museum Assistant Director, Ali Pizza. “Museum staff are keenly aware of the need to preserve this important work by Juan Logan of Belmont and look forward to making it accessible to the public in its prominent new location,” Pillar of Enlightenment was commissioned by the Gaston County Library at the request of the Margaret McConnell Holt Estate to highlight a significant regional artist with the intent that it would be accessible for the public to appreciate and enjoy for generations to come. The museum has placed the sculpture in an equally visible location at the entry to the museum so that staff can interpret it’s meaning for visitors and allow them to explore the sculpture See LOGAN, Page 4

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Juan Logan and his sculpture Pillar of Enlightenment.


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R ECOLLECTIONS AND R EFLECTIONS My spiritual experience at the dentist office

When Cheetah came to Stanley Well, I was digging through some old stuff and ran across a copy of a large paperback book called “Mt. Holly News 1950 in Review”. This interesting volume consisted of front pages and selected inside ones all taken from issues of the paper for the whole year of 1950. It was printed in 1970 as a special edition but I am not quite sure why. Anyway, I commenced looking through the pages and found some very amusing and intriguing material. One thing that caught my eye was an ad declaring that Tarzan’s ape Cheetah would be live and in person at the Stanley Theater. Cost of admission to see the rascal was half a dollar. There was no mention of Tarzan or Jane or Boy being on the stage which made me wonder how certain attendees could be that the chimp being trotted out was really Cheetah and not some impostor. I reckon just the fact that an ape was in town brought some folks out. Another ad that captured my attention was one from the Moonlite Drive-In which was once located at the corner of Belmont-Mt. Holly Rd. and Beatty Rd. across from where Rita’s Restaurant is currently situated. Anyway, flicks on offer included “Prairie Chickens”, “Honeymoon”, and “Deputy Marshall”. Two cartoons and selected short subjects were thrown in for free. The Mt. Holly airport had an ad in the August 7 edition for a “Big Parachute Jump Exhibition”. Folks could pay a dollar and ride in the jump plane. Just in case you did not know it, the Mt. Holly airport was once located on NC27 across from Hillcrest cemetery. The A&P supermarket ran numerous ads. Prices were as follows- Bacon was 25 cents a pound, coffee was 67 cents

a pound, canned g r e e n b e a n s went for a dime a Alan Hodge can, filet Banner-News Editor of flounder was 33 cents a per pound, a loaf of bread was 18 cents, roast beef was 69 cents per pound, and Cracker Jacks were going for four cents a box. Read it and weep. A place called the Quality Store sold clothes and shoes and such and were a regular advertiser. Sport shirts for guys went for $1.49, summer shoes for ladies were going for $2.99 a pair, cotton print dresses were $2.99, and boys’ suits were $1.99. Also selling togs was Paul Derr store. At that venerable establishment, slips were a dollar each, nylon hose for $1.35 a pair, blouses for $1.98, and sandals for the same price. Mt. Holly Furniture store had new refrigerators for $189.95. Bostic Beauty shop was giving permanents for $6.00 and haircuts for 75 cents. Over at Abernethy Electric Co. you could get a new TV set for $249.00. I did some research and found out that $249.00 in 1950 is the same as around $3,000 in todays money. As the TV price proves, just because things were cheaper back in the olden days doesn’t mean they were any less of a strain on the pockets of those folks. I did some more sniffing and found out that the average wage of a cotton mill worker back in 1950 was around a dollar an hour. I reckon when it’s all said and done, financial things for the rank and file of humanity don’t really change all that much no matter what the era. It all boils down to one thing- root, hog, or die. Or, as Tarzan was wont to say“Cheetah! Ungawa! Simba! Gaboney!”

When it came to COVID 19, I thought I was bullet proof. While I am double vaccinated, I knew I could still get the virus. I took all the necessary precautions. I wore my mask. At the gas station, I used glove’s when I pumped gas. Yet I wasn’t afraid to shake hands when I met people. I’d often joked that when I greeted someone, my right hand came up as if I was in a gun fight in the wild, wild West. Would the other person shake my hand, fist bump me, elbow bump me, wave me away, or grab me and hug me? While other people got the virus, I seemed to skirt it. I began to boast. No matter what I did, I couldn’t get the virus. I told my wife the CDC needed to extract my blood and make a vaccine with it and spread it over the planet to end this global pandemic. I forgot the scripture verse that says, “Pride comes before the fall.” Let me take you back when I was eighteen. At the time, I was a very good canoeist. I could navigate an aluminum canoe down whitewater rapids on the Delaware River. That is, until the day I wrapped it around a rock. Yes, “Pride comes before the fall. The day after Christmas, I came down with COVID. My wife and I had plans to go away. The next day I was scheduled to speak at a retreat for our Café staff. I was looking forward to it. December 27, I had four rapid tests. The fourth one I waited in line four hours just to prove the other three were wrong. They weren’t. I wasn’t going anywhere. Gratefully, I did not have to go to the hospital. I developed a bad cough and at times felt like I got beat up. I was home the week after Christmas recovering from COVID. I tried going to work but the team sent me home. I was

no longer contagious, but I didn’t feel well. Here’s the problem. I had a dentist appointment on January 10th. I was not contagious. The dentist’s office welcomed me into the office. But I still had a cough. The dental hygienist was going to work inside my mouth. I needed to be calm while she was scraping my teeth. I told her I would close my eyes. Back in May 2020, I had an intense prayer time in the pasta aisle at the grocery store. Could this be another of those deeply spiritual moments? Some people feel more comfortable praying on their knees. When I get on my knees, I fall asleep. Praying behind the wheel of a car works best for me. I am sitting in the dental chair with my eyes closed ignoring the noise the machines were making. I cooperated

with her when she had to add water Tony Marciano or use the vacuum. Then I prayed. I didn’t hear a thing. I was focused on talking to God about the tasks and challenges that lay ahead of me in 2022. In my prayer life to God, I tend to be brutally honest. I talk about my fears, concerns, and frustrations. The hygienist had no idea what was going on. She thought she was removing the tartar and plaque from my teeth. She was. At the same time, the dental chair became a sacred place for me to talk to God. During this church season of Lent, find your own place where you and God have that special connection. I’ll be back in two weeks. Until then, live well my friend.

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What does it mean to you to be a Christian? Sometimes the answer to that question to many people is that moment when you give your heart to Jesus. To some it was when they were baptized. We know that when we come to Jesus by faith we are saved. We are forgiven of our sins, and we have eternal life though Christ. Is that all there is to the Christian life? Is there more to the relationship with Jesus? Jesus said, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23 ESV). When we consider the power of that statement, it totally changes our understanding of what it means to be a

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Christian. Yes, we know we come to Jesus by faith, or not at all, but we also see that our relationship with Jesus is a life journey. It is a journey of discipleship. We can define discipleship as our journey to become more like Jesus. It is a lifelong process of spiritual growth, where we seek to know Jesus better, and to live lives pleasing to God. What did Jesus mean when He told us to deny ourselves? As we come to Jesus, we forget what we were. We cast aside our selfish desires and our sinful pasts. It is no longer about us; it is now about Jesus and our relationship with Him. Jesus also said we are to take up our crosses daily. That is a command to action. As we enter our relationship with Jesus, we enter a daily walk. We are moving forward, growing deeper in

our commitment to God. The life of the Christian is not easy, we face opposition from our enemy Satan. We face reminders or our past failures and sins. Each day we take that cross up, renewing our commitment to Jesus. Jesus also said to follow Him. That sounds simple, yet it means more than sitting on the sidelines. It is more than just identifying as a Christian. It is being a disciple. We may think of disciples as those twelve men who walked with Jesus as He ministered on earth. Yes, those were disciples, but so are you and me! We are Jesus’ followers today. If you don’t have a relationship with Jesus, come to Him today. Trust in Him by faith and begin your journey as a disciple of Jesus. Deny yourself, take up your cross every day, and follow Jesus!

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MASTER GARDENER presentation set The MASTER GARDENER Group of Gaston County invites the public to the CRC in Dallas for a program to be presented by Barbara Pleasant. The presentation will be based on her newest book, Homegrown Pantry. Barbara Pleasant has been researching and writing about organic gardening for over 25 years and is considered one of the leading experts on this subject. Barbara Pleasant She is a regular contributor to MOTHER EARTH NEWS and The Herb Companion. and has written articles for The program will be based Organic Gardening magazine on her newest award-winning

book, Homegrown Pantry, which is based on the topic of planning, planting, harvesting, storing and eating from one’s garden. Books will be available for purchase (cash or check.) When: Thursday, March 17, 2022, 10:00 – 11:00 am Where: Citizens Resource Center, 1303 Dallas Cherryville Highway, Dallas, NC 28034 There is no admission charge and reservations are not required. If you have any questions, please contact Barbara Linster at balinser@ or 704-674-0860.

Crowders Mtn. trailwork planned The Friends of Crowders Mountain, Inc. invites volunteers for trailwork and/or litter pickup on Saturday, March 19. Meet at the Sparrow Springs Visitor Center, 522 Park Office Lane, Kings Mountain, NC at 8:30 a.m.; finish at noon. Tools, snacks, and water will be provided. Dress appropriately for outdoor work and

bring any necessary medications. Trailwork days are heat index(90+) and weather(rain, snow, strong wind, lightning, storms) dependent. Please see or www.friendsofcrowders. com If questions, contact the park office at 704-853-5375.

Bicycle Map input needed North Carolina’s bicycle route system was developed in response to the 1974 Bicycle and Bikeway Act. The system was created on roads across North Carolina that were safer for bicycling, designating a network of “bicycling highways” that provided access to small towns, state parks, historic sites, and other points of interest. These routes generally parallel the major highways along

which cyclists often wish to travel but offer a more lightly traveled alternative than the busy, major roads that are familiar to most people. The N.C. Department of Transportation updated the state bike route system in 2013 and is now initiating another update to the route system, based on a more current review of existing and planned bicycle facilities throughout the state.

The public is invited to help identify additional potential changes to the system, based on recent roadway projects, local planning, and local knowledge and understanding of the routes. To provide input, please visit the NCDOT State Bike Route System Public Input Map at https://ncdot.altaplanning. cloud/. Input will be accepted until March 14, 2022.

Holy Angels offering breakfast and a job Holy Angels is taking job recruitment to the people and offering breakfast as a bonus. “We have held very successful job fairs on our main campus since last year, but now we’re heading to downtown Belmont to recruit the best of the best,” said Donnie Thurman, vice president of human resources. “We want to highlight some of our services and remarkable residents, so we’re offering applicants breakfast and a job.” What: Breakfast and a job (fair) When: Saturday, March 12 – 10 am – noon. Where: Cherubs on the Green, 25 N. Main Street. Belmont Who: Applicants looking for a new mission. There is no need for applicants to register. Just bring your resume and show up on March 12th at Cherubs on the Green in the heart of downtown Belmont and find out more about

the mission of Holy Angels. Recruiters will provide insight into the multiple positions available and offer a breakfast wrap and coffee from Cherubs Café, one of the business enterprises owned by Holy Angels. Positions available include: direct support professionals, nursing, medical technicians, janitorial, cook, resource development and more. To learn more about some of the available positions, applicants can go to www. “Here at Holy Angels, we care for the people who care for our people,” said Thurman. “We offer much more than a paycheck. Our benefits are excellent, but we also care about people’s minds, bodies and souls. We offer scholarships, meal days and even chaplain services. This is a very special place.” For more information, please visit www. or contact Shawn Flynn at

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Arts at the Abbey event Italian musical concepts can be heard in works of Catalonian Francesc Valls, Antonio Soler and Domenico Scarlatti. Iberian folk idioms can be heard in many of Scarlatti’s sonatas written for Maria Barbara, Princess of Portugal, later Queen of Spain. Valls, a generally unknown composer, created a unique setting of Psalm 42. Soler’s setting of the first part of the Lamentations of Jeremiah suits the Lenten season with viola da gamba solo and double bass accompany-

ing the voice. The low strings give the works a unique character. This concert is an opportunity to hear music rarely published or heard. The March 28, 2022, concert will be held at 8:00 PM in the Abbey Basilica, Belmont, NC. There will be in-person attendance with masks required. The concert is free to the public. Donations are gladly accepted. Details can be found at

Airport growth and noise control topics at Belmont Rotary program Charlotte Douglas International Airport is growing in passenger volume at a pace that could bring it close to its record 2019 prepandemic level by the end of this year, CLT Director of Economic and Community Affairs Stuart Hair told the Belmont Rotary Club at its meeting on Feb. 23, 2022. After serving more than 50 million passengers in 2019, the airport dropped to 27 million in 2021. Hair said the pandemic’s impact on air travel was so severe he avoids talking about the 2020 numbers. But the 2021 recovery was the greatest of any airport on the East Coast, and Belmont Rotary Club President Seth Sherrin (center), with CLT DirecCLT ranks as the countor of Economic and Community Affairs Stuart Hair (right) and CLT try’s 6th largest airport Noise Abatement Specialist Dan Gardon. in passengers served. Hair also reviewed for Rotarians highlights of CLT’s capital projects, including a massive terminal and lobby expansion the cost of which could top a billion dollars by completion in 2025, making it the largest project ever for the City of Charlotte. He noted the airport is completely self-funded and is not supported by city tax dollars.

Airport and aircraft noise also was discussed by CLT Noise Abatement Specialist Dan Gardon. In 2017, CLT established a 25-member Community Roundtable with representatives from all areas around the airport. Belmont Rotarian Sam Stowe is a member of the roundtable. CLT officials work with the FAA, which controls aircraft

flight patterns, to mitigate noise issues. Belmont Rotarians meet for lunch and a program each Wednesday at 12:30 at the Home2 Suites by Hilton in Belmont. Rotary is a 117-year-old international service organization with 1.4 million members in 46,000 clubs. “Service Above Self” is the Rotary slogan.

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Smooches for Pooches event scenes... Gaston County Parks and Rec. had great weather and an even better time at the Dallas Dog Park for Smooches for Pooches event recently. Here are a few photos from the fun day. If you missed Smooches for Pooches, save these dates for other upcoming dog events, Hound Egg Hunt April 2 and Canine Carnival/ Just Plain Dog Show May 7.

HALL OF FAME From Page 1 ranks. He climbed the ladder of success while dissecting offenses with his clever defensive mind, examining teams as a biologist would a cell, and bringing out the best

vant-leadership is when you lead by example and bring somebody else with you.” Join attendees at the Belmont Sports Hall of Fame Banquet on April 19th at 7:00. Tickets are on sale at Phil Champion State Farm Insurance and Belmont Drug Store.

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LOGAN From Page 1 themselves. Pillar of Enlightenment will undergo conservation treatment in its new home at the museum. Library Director, Susan McDonald, said of the donation of Pillar of Enlightenment- “The Library has been extremely appreciative and honored to be the display venue for Juan Logan’s work, as well as the works of many other artists. However, the Library is now facing a time of

change in order to serve our patrons most effectively. We are restructuring our floor layouts and optimizing our space to meet the needs of diverse audiences. Having an opportunity to collaborate with the Museum, and to know that these works of art will be professionally cared for, interpreted, and made available for public viewing is the best choice for the artwork and in keeping with the gracious intention of the donors who gave them to the library.” The donation of the Logan sculpture comes at a time

when Gaston County Leadership is striving for better collaboration between departments. Museum Director, Jason Luker, says “it has been very rewarding to work with the library on bringing artwork such as Pillar of Enlightenment into our care. It is our shared goal to preserve the art and history of this county and have it available for future generations to enjoy and study.” For more information, contact Alexandrea Pizza, Assistant Director, 704-9227681 ext. 105 or Alexandrea.

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say, “The old adage is to be a better player without the ball than you are with the ball.” After a tough loss, he will likely compliment his players and their opponents while noting “the electric atmosphere” of the stadium. When he discusses ECU fans, he regales them with pride and effusive praise in statements like this- “It’s one of the reasons so many of them came here to East Carolina is because of Pirate Nation, Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium and the way it is on game day. I think it’s something that should be a great home field advantage and something for them to feed off of.” Clearly, Houston is a coach’s coach who loves football. In 1994, he left Mars Hill College, where he starred at tight end and earned a biology degree, and went immediately into the coaching

in his players at all levels. Houston ascended to the pinnacle of intercollegiate football success when he won the NCAA Division 1 championship with James Madison University in 2016 leading JMU over Youngstown State with a score of 28-14. Houston says, “True ser-

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Many thanks to Just Jeepin 4 A-Cause and everyone who came out to the recent Back the Blue ride (photo above). The Mt. Holly PD was presented a check for $3,260 which was the money collected at the jeep ride from the registration fee along with generous donations. With this money it will allow MHPD to give three scholarships in Officer Tyler Herndon’s name to local high school seniors wanting to pursue a career in public safety.

What does music mean to you? Fred S. Dixon Jr. Fred S. Dixon, Jr., 73, formerly of Belmont NC, died January 20, 2022 at home in Brandywine MD. He was born Christmas Day 1948 in Albemarle NC, grew up in Williamston NC and is an alumnus of NC Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount. Fred was predeceased by his parents, Fred S. Dixon, Sr., and Hazel Basnight Dixon; brother-in-law, Mark Vincent Rust, and fathers-inlaw, Tillman Richard Rust and Alvin T. Simmons. Left to celebrate his live are his wife of 36 years, Karen Simmons Dixon and his mother– in-law, Mrs. Irene Schultz Rust, of Lakewood CO; four children: Meredith Dixon Swartz (Kyle), FuquayVarina NC, Karin Hawfield Sholtis (Robert), Brandywine MD, Joshua Wentworth Hawfield (Amanda), Charlotte NC, Jonathan Ryan Dixon (Jaki-Lyn), Matthews NC; 8 grandchildren: Cara Leigh Caterson, Jason Sholtis, Kam-

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ren Dixon, Benjamin Sholtis, Bailey Sholtis, Bobbie Jo Lynn Sholtis, Viola Wentworth Hawfield,and Aurora Wentworth Hawfield; brothers-and-sisters-in-law: James Theodore and Carol Loudon Rust of Bailey CO, Renee Rust of Lakewood CO, J.R. and Cheryl Rust McKnight, Thornton CO, Roger and Lisa Rust Hayes, Kissimmee FL; many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and greatnephews. A Vietnam War Veteran, he served in the United States military for over 22 years receiving the Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, and the Air Force Humanitarian Award. Fred was a Volunteer Motorman and Docent for the revived trolley line in Charlotte NC from 1997 until 2005. After moving to Belmont NC, he pioneered efforts to establish a trolley line between Mount Holly and Belmont. He spent many hours “riding the line” to determine its condition, seeking federal tourism funding and corporate sponsorships. Though this effort did not see success at the time, he was actively involved each time a new entity renewed the efforts until ill health prevented his participation in 2017. Fred was a member of Post 144 where he was Post Commander, 22nd District Commander, and then Fifth Division Commander. He was among those members instrumental in establishing the American Legion Riders Chapter of this Post. Fred went on to be the first recipi-

ent of the Joe Riley Memorial District Commander of the Year Award for North Carolina. Fred was a member of First Baptist Church of Belmont where over the years he served as Deacon, Director of the Men’s Ministry, and on various committees. His great joy was singing in the Choir and cooking breakfast with the men of the church for the First Responders and Belmont community the first of each month. Visitation with the family will be 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 1, 2022, at First Baptist Church, 23 North Central Avenue, Belmont NC. Fred’s Memorial Service will begin at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 2, 2022, in the sanctuary of the church. A reception and time for sharing memories of Fred will follow the service in the church fellowship hall. In keeping with Fred’s study of Biology and concern for medical advancement, especially in the area of Alzheimers’, the family honored his final wishes by donating his body to Walter Reed School of Medicine. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: American Legion Post 144, 202 Park Drive, Belmont NC 28012; AMVETS, 214 Main Street, Williamston NC 27892; Belmont Historical Society PO Box 244, Belmont NC 28012, Crisis Pregnancy Center of Gaston County, 700 Robinson Rd, Gastonia NC 28056; The Storehouse of First Baptist Church of Belmont, 23 North Central Avenue, Belmont, NC.

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The GAMTRA gin lives in this structure at Dallas Park.

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HOVIS From Page 1 What’s GAMTRA? That’s the acronym for Gaston Agricultural Mechanical Textile Restoration Association. The group meets once a month and besides swapping tractor tales and tips, they work hard to plan the biggest event in Gaston County which is the Heritage and Harvest festival held in October in Dallas Park. It was formerly known as Cotton Ginning Days. “The group was started in 1987 and in 1988 began displaying antique farm equip-

ment such as hit or miss engines,” said Hovis. “In 1989 Gaston County Parks and Rec. partnered with us. My father took the first tractor there in 2002.” The centerpiece of the event is the full scale, operating, cotton gin and its barn at the park’s festival grounds. “Some members found the gin in Georgia,” Hovis said. “They took it apart and brought it to Dallas where it was reassembled. The gin is a link to our area’s textile industry history as well.” GAMTRA members

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come from a wide geographical area and eclectic backgrounds- all bound by their common love of vintage farm machines. “We have members from Gaston, Cleveland, Lincoln, York, and Mecklenburg counties,” Hovis said. “A lot

of them are retired but their professions include business owners, famers, educators, engineers, and machinists.” Like many groups that are enamored of old stuff, GAMTRA is in search of “young blood” to join its ranks. Jeff’s son John is 24-years-

old, inherited the tractor bug, and is a member, but more youngsters are needed. “You don’t have to own a vintage machine to join,” Hovis said. “You just have to have an interest in our agricultural heritage.” Sound interesting? The

next meeting of GAMTRA will be April 7 at 6:30pm at Jacksons Cafeteria in Gastonia. Want to find out more about GAMTRA and/or joining? Contact Hovis at jhovis@eastgaston Happy tractoring.

Tractors, tractors everywhere.

A John Deere 420.

Even more tractors in the Hovis collection.

A classic Farmall.

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Little vintage lawn tractors.

GAMTRA tractor lineup at Heritage and Harvest Days.

The Heritage and Harvest Days parade.

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Gaston County student receives statewide “Yes, I Can!” award Gaston Schools photo/story His teachers, family, and friends call him “Mr. Social.” Now, they also can refer to him as a statewide award winner. Timmy O’Shea is the recipient of the “Yes, I Can!” award that is presented by the North Carolina Council for Exceptional Children. He is one of only five students chosen to receive the award for 2022-2023. The other recipients are from Lincoln, Edgecombe, Wake, and Nash counties. The recognition is intended to “honor children and youth who shine.” O’Shea won the award in the independent living category. Awards also are given in other categories such as selfadvocacy, academics, athletics, extracurricular activities, community service, arts, employment, and technology. “Timmy’s work, determination, and skills are amazing,” said Amber Radford, a special education teacher at Ashbrook High School. While O’Shea is not one of Radford’s students during the regular school day, she has spent time working with him after school. “The award is a great accomplishment, and we are very proud of Timmy.” According to Radford, O’Shea has shown significant progress over the past several years. “Timmy has grown so much with his independent life skills. When I first began working with him, we concentrated on social greetings and how to use them appropriately in the community,” explained Radford. “He has become a ‘social butterfly’

and uses the skills he has learned to greet people, and that is how he got his nickname, ‘Mr. Social.” In addition to learning how to interact with others socially, O’Shea knows how to complete his chores at home with independence. “He has gone from needing a visual schedule to check off his tasks to doing them now intrinsically and demonstrating responsibility,” said Radford. O’Shea’s progress with his social and independence skills has resulted in him getting involved in volunteer opportunities with the Special Olympics, Gaston College, and the Ronald McDonald House. One of his favorite opportunities is volunteering at a local ice cream and coffee shop where he enjoys interacting with people. “He has worked hard on becoming independent with making his own schedule and being responsible for keeping up with his chores, tasks, and homework and needing only minimal prompting from his teachers and other adults,” said Radford. “This is a great improvement from the shy and prompt-dependent student who I first met in 2015. It is wonderful to see how he can go about his day with independence.” Radford said she is most proud of how O’Shea put his life skills to use when his grandfather faced a medical emergency. “He called a family member when he was home alone with his grandpa and realized his grandpa needed help. This was a skill he had practiced, and he was able to use it to help his grandpa in a time of need.” O’Shea graduated from

Stuart W. Cramer High School in 2021 and is in Gaston Links, a dual enrollment program offered by Gaston College and Gaston County Schools. Gaston Links is a three-year transitional program for students between the ages of 18-22. It helps students with developmental challenges transition from the public school system to college and the workforce. Gaston Links offers workforce development, continuing education, and certification courses that are taught by Gaston College instructors as well as career exploration and job preparation courses taught by exceptional children teachers in Gaston County Schools. Over the three-year period, students receive training and support to gain permanent employment or volunteer positions in the community. They also make friends with people of similar ages, work on communication, social, self-determination, and other skills, and develop interests in leisure and recreation activities. Currently, there are 24 students from Gaston County Schools enrolled in Gaston Links. The “Yes, I Can!” awards program began in 1981 as a way to celebrate the achievements of children and youth who have disabilities and encourage them to seek their highest potential. The awards also are designed to increase public awareness of the abilities, aspirations, and personal qualities of people with special needs. O’Shea will be honored at an awards ceremony where he will receive a plaque and plenty of accolades. He beams with pride when

Abbey basketball takes championship Quest Aldridge scored 23 points, hitting 13 of 15 free throws, and No. 2 seed Belmont Abbey used a late run to upset ninth-ranked and top-seeded UNC-Pembroke 79-73 in the championship game of the 2022 Conference Carolinas Men’s Basketball Tournament Sunday afternoon. The Crusaders (22-9) earned their second straight title and fifth overall by outscoring the Braves 18-7 over the final 4:41. How It Happened- Sean Halloran scored 14 points, while freshman KJ Garrett added 13. Chandler Baker also topped double figures with 11 points. Bosko Bojovic and

Mario Lacy, Jr., each grabbed six rebounds. The Crusaders had 43 boards as a team, just one less than UNCP. Belmont Abbey shot a season-low 35.4 percent (23 of 65) after hitting 60.8 percent (76-125) the previous two games combined. Belmont Abbey led by five when the Braves went on a 13-3 run to open a 66-61 advantage. A three-pointer by Garrett with 3:50 left tied the game at 66. The Abbey improved to 18-2 when leading at the half. It was a slim 37-36 margin at the break. Aldridge was named the Tournament Most Valuable Player, while Halloran and Baker were also on the all-tournament team. Belmont Abbey story/photo

someone mentions the award and congratulates him on winning. “I am happy to get this award because I have worked hard,” said O’Shea. “I am excited to see my friends when I get the award, and I love my family and friends.” O’Shea’s father is proud of his son and the growth he has experienced. He is grateful for the efforts of Radford and other teachers who have had a positive influence on Timmy’s life. “Timmy has grown from a shy little kid to an outgoing and social young man,” said Tim O’Shea. “He always keeps an optimistic approach to the activities he does and brightens every room he is in. Timmy’s optimism has enabled him to push through and continuously try until he succeeds at whatever the task. I am very proud of the independent young man he has become and look forward to everything the future holds for him.”

Timmy O’Shea

Mt. Holly Summer Concert series set Downtown Mt. Holly will once again ring with music and merrymaking this summer. An outstanding lineup of bands has been set. Food trucks will also be on hand. Here’s the schedule and info on each group. Trial By Fire (Journey Tribute Band) Friday, May 13, 2022 | 7-10pm Facebook: Journey Tribute Trial by Fire Instagram: N/A Website: home Bakkwoodz - The Bad Boys of Country Friday, June 10, 2022 | 7-10pm Facebook: BAKKWOODZ Instagram: N/A Website: Fireworks Celebration - Coming Up Brass Thursday, June 30, 2022 | 7-10pm Facebook: Coming Up Brass

Instagram: @comingupbrass Website: Earth to Mars (Bruno Mars Tribute Band) Friday, June 10 Facebook: Earth To Mars - Tribute to Bruno Mars Instagram: @earthtomarsband Website: https://www.tributetobrunomars. com/ The Rick Strickland Band Friday, September 9 Facebook: The Rick Strickland Band On the Border (Eagles Tribute Band) Friday, October 14 Facebook: On The Border - the Ultimate Eagles Tribute Instagram: @onthebordereagles Website: https://ultimateeaglestribute. com/home

Connect the Dots: It’s all about Him Shoestrings and Slippery Slopes Have you ever suddenly lost control? I did, vacuuming our bedroom. I had a choice to vacuum close to my closet doors or inside the closet. I opened the doors and our Oreck grabbed a shoe lace and tried to strangle itself. Similarly, while not paying attention mountain hiking years ago I nearly hurt myself uncontrollably sliding down a mountainside on dry pine needles. Both were unexpected and dangerous! We should watch our surroundings; some dangers seem intuitively obvious like not getting too close to cliff edges to capture a selfie while others are more difficult to discern especially if we are in a hurry or not paying attention. Selfie; English has many difficult constructions and one is the inexplicable number of idioms; a phrase of two or more words meaning something different. For instance many people “catch a cold,” or we catch our breath climbing stairs and many of us “cat nap” in the afternoon. In many cases, however, idioms mean an action quickly leading to a downfall; like courting disaster when “horsing around.” Our lives have a material AND spiritual component whether we believe it or not and we can’t afford to horse around. God is real and Satan is real; angels are real and fallen demonic angels are real. God and Satan both have a purpose for our lives; God lovingly offers a free gift of salvation and eternal life in heaven and Satan diabolically offers mirages and eternal destruction and between the two, an unrelenting spiritual battle rages; and we only have to look at our world to see many

people inexplicably courting darkness. Envision Satan or one of his demons perched outside our door every day; he is and he comes at us from every conceivable Dennis Siracusa direction. Let’s start each day close to the Lord; he will warn us when Satan is nearby; and our enemy is cunning; and falling in his traps is easy, like sliding on ice; we need Godly wisdom! And when we sin we cripple ourselves and lose God’s provision and protection until we confess our sins to Him and turn away from those sinful choices. Also, we live in community with one another. Sin, even in secret, always has harmful end results that work their way into other’s live. And breaking a sinful mindset or habit is hard; like trying to climb up an icy slope. The apostle James warns us in James 1:1315 NIV, “When tempted, no one should say, ‘God is tempting me.’ For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.” That is a cautionary picture of a mountainous spiritual slippery slope. Let’s avoid sin and implore Jesus to lead us through a lifetime of righteous choices, victorious living, and abundant blessings. In Christ alone, we learn from spiritual mistakes and how to walk in integrity.

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Banner News Fellowship & Faith

Church Directory Ebenezer United Methodist Church Belmont Mt Holly Rd • Belmont, NC

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

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

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

New Providence Baptist Church New Saint Paul Holiness Church

151 8th Ave. 704-824-3889

1304 N. Main St. 704-827-6141

Redemption Hill Church

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

Revival Tabernacle of Mt. Holly

124 Georgia Belle Ave 704-965-1004

1120 Charlotte Ave. 704-530-5174

Henry’s Chapel Ame Zion Church

Second Baptist Church

151 Henry Chapel Rd 704-825-0711 455 Sacco St. 704-825-6007

Loves Chapel Presbyterian Church 210 Park Street, Belmont NC

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

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

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

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

Core Church 2316 Acme Rd. 704-822-8033

CrossFix Ministries 6131 Wilkinson Blvd. 704-879-4499

Crossroads Church 101 Beaty Rd. 704-827-8381

Centerview Baptist Church 2300 Acme Road 704-827-2061

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

204 Lincoln St. 704-825-8342

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Power of the Spirit Church

East Belmont Church Of God

118 School Street 704-827-7071

320 E. Catawba Street 704- 825-8845

Queen Of The Apostles Catholic Church

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

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

Exodus Church 6325 Wilkinson Blvd. 704-755-5034

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gaston Christian Church

503 N. Main Street 704-825-9600

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Pointe 6700 Wilkinson Blvd 704-825-1709

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

Upper Room United Pentecostal

Ridgeview Baptist Church River of Life Full Gospel Church

6014 S. New Hope Rd 704-825-7959

Hood Memorial AME Zion Church

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

Grace Wesleyan Church

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704-867-2317 Burge Memorial Methodist Church 312 W. Glendale Ave. 704-827-2726

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

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

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

Community Christian Fellowship

740 Rankin Ave. 704-827-5181

Cramerton Free Will Baptist 416 Woodlawn Ave. 704-824-1745

Cramer Memorial United Methodist Church 154 N. Main St. 704-824-3831

Cramerton Temple of God Church East Wilkinson Blvd. 704-824-5319

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

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

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

Shiloh AME Zion Methodist

West Cramerton United Methodist Church

1117 Old NC Hwy 27 704-827-8826

207 Lowell Ave. 704-824-4213

St. Anthony of Padua Traditional Catholic Church


108 Horseshoe Bend Beach Rd. 704-827-8676

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

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

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

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

Westview Presbyterian Church

Gateway Cowboy Church The Barn at Sandcastle Farm 155 Sandcastle Rd.

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

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

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

1020 W. Catawba Ave. 704-827-2026

First United Methodist Church

Cornerstone Family Worship


709 Rankin Ave. 704-671-8640

First Presbyterian Church

Bethlehem Church

512 Old Mount Holly Rd. 704-263-4275

2560 Stanley Lucia Rd. 704-827-5881

Covenant United Methodist

3100 Bethlehem Church St. 704-823-5050

110 Underwood Dr. 704-820-0603

Carolina Community Baptist

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

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

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

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

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

5481 Hickory Grove Rd. 704-263-2691

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

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

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

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

Springfield Memorial Baptist Church

3010 Lowell Rd. 704-824-9389

2920 Dallas-Stanley Highway 704-263-4426

133 S. Main St. 704-827-0521

Lowell Smyre United Methodist Church

Stanley Church of God

First United Methodist Church

201 N. Main St. 704-824-8814

First Presbyterian Church

140 N. Main St. 704-827-4855

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Woodlawn Baptist Church

1405 Armstrong Ford Rd. 704-825-0604

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd

1101 N. Main St. 704-824-4261

Will of God Church

110 S. Main St. 704-827-4751


513 Woodlawn Ave. 704-827-5185

CRAMERTON Cramerton Independent Presbyterian Church

North Main Baptist Church

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300 E. Wesleyan Dr. 704-824-1073

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

Grace Korean Ch Assembly-God

McAdenville Wesleyan Church

Macedonia Baptist Church

5339 S. New Hope Rd 704-825-8252


1951 Stanley Lucia Rd. 704-827-9224

Goshen Presbyterian Church

Bethel Baptist Church

Morningside Missionary Church

Roper Street 704-601-5146

NC Highway 273 704-827-9846

711 Morningside Dr. 704-822-9142

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

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

324 N. Main St. 704-263-4041

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

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

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

Welcome Baptist Church 811 Mauney Rd.

BESSEMER CITY Bright Light Baptist Church 112 White Jenkins Rd. 704-681-2017 Don’t see your church listed? Email us today at

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Hats off to Carr Elementary second grade student, Carson Walters, who collected 150 items for the school’s Toiletry Bags for the Homeless campaign He donated scarves, gloves, toothCongratulations to Carr Elementary Fourth Grade student, Sa- Congratulations to Mrs. Hensley, English Teacher, on being brushes, toothpaste, deodorant, socks, hats, and baby wipes. vanna Bridges. She participated in the Miss Dallas Scholarship selected as the North Gaston High Staff Member of the Week These items will be donated to the Dallas High Shoals Christian Ministries. Thank you for being a leader, Carson! Pageant recently and won the title of Little Miss Dallas 2022. for Jan 24-28th. She’s seen with Mr. Conner, principal.

Five students win state championships in swimming, track, and wrestling Five Gaston County Schools students captured individual North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) state championships in swimming, track and field, and wrestling. Lauren Tolbert of Highland School of Technology won the 1,000 meters event, increasing her state championship total to six for her four years of high school. Tolbert, who will attend Duke University this fall, broke the 1A/2A state indoor track and field record in the 1,000 meters with a time of 2:58.68. Also, in indoor track and field, Stuart W. Cramer High School junior Alexis Willis claimed her first 3A state championship in the triple jump with a jump of 37-10.00. In addition, she placed third in the long jump competition. In swimming, Highland School of Technology senior Asher Neumann claimed his first individual state championship in the 1A/2A 200yard freestyle event. He also placed sixth in the 100-yard breaststroke. In wrestling, two Stuart W. Cramer High School student-athletes won individual state championships. Zach Karagias, who is the school’s first state champion in any sport, claimed his second consecutive state championship in the 145-pound weight class. In addition, teammate

Charlie Sly won his first individual state championship in the 113-pound weight class. In addition to the five individual state champions, below is a list of the studentathletes who placed in the swimming, track and field, and wrestling state championships. Swimming and Diving 100-yard backstroke (Class 3A): Davis Adcock, South Point High School, second place 200-yard individual medley (Class 3A): Davis Adcock, South Point High School, fifth place 100-yard backstroke (Class 3A): Tristan Peyton, Forestview High School, third place 100-yard backstroke (Class 1A/2A): Jake Simpson, East Gaston High School, fourth place 100-yard breaststroke (Class 3A): Labron Dockery, Ashbrook High School, third place 100-yard breaststroke (Class 1A/2A): Asher Neumann, Highland School of Technology, sixth place 100-yard breaststroke (Class 3A): Allison Kimmel, Hunter Huss High School, fourth place 200-yard freestyle (Class 1A/2A): Jake Simpson, East Gaston High School, seventh place 200-yard freestyle relay team - boys (Class 3A): Stu-

art W. Cramer High School, eighth place 200-yard medley relay team - boys (Class 1A/2A): East Gaston High School, seventh place 400-yard freestyle relay team - boys (Class 3A): Forestview High School, sixth place 1-meter diving (Class 1A/2A): Clayton Harper, East Gaston High School, third place 1-meter diving (Class 1A/2A): Harrison King, East Gaston High School, eighth place Track and Field Long jump (Class 3A): Alexis Willis, Stuart W. Cramer High School, third place 4x800-meter relay team - boys (Class 3A): Stuart W. Cramer High School, third place 1,600-meter run (Class 3A): Nicholas Willer, Stuart W. Cramer High School, third place 3,200-meter run (Class 3A): Austin Brotemarkle, Forestview High School, third place 3,200-meter run (Class 3A): Zachary Willer, Stuart W. Cramer High School, fifth place Wrestling 132-pound weight class (Class 3A): Matt Karagias, Stuart W. Cramer High School, third place 152-pound weight class (Class 1A): Chase Miller, Cherryville High School, second place 160-pound weight class (Class 3A): Elijah Antis, Ashbrook High School, fifth place 182-pound weight class (Class 1A): Mason Grindstaff, Cherryville High School, third place 220-pound weight class (Class 2A): Adam Massey, East Gaston High School, fifth place 285-pound weight class (Class 3A): Giovanni Bernal, Hunter Huss High School, fifth place.

Belmont resident and Highland School of Technology senior Lauren Tolbert, a five-time state champion in cross country and track and field, aims to achieve more this fall at Duke University. Photo by Dan Loughlin

A Running Effort: Five-time state champion from Belmont aims to achieve more at Duke University By Sean Corcoran Gaston County Schools

A career in dentistry and a spot on Team USA are on the mind of Highland School of Technology senior Lauren Tolbert. For more than three years, the accomplished studentathlete has won a handful of awards and championships in cross country and track and field. Now, Tolbert’s winning ways are leading her to Duke University. “Duke has always been one of my top choices,” said Tolbert with a smile on her face. “We know they have a strong academic program, and their track team won the ACC championship last spring. So, I believe Duke is the right place for me to continue my education and pursue my dream of making it to the Olympics.” Tolbert has already made a name for herself on the local sports scene. As a junior, she captured the 1A individual cross country state

championship, and her time of 19:15:05 set a state record. The win made her the first cross country champion for Gaston County Schools since South Point High School’s Glenn Sparrow captured a state title in 1978. Last spring, she was named the 1A Female Most Valuable Performer for winning individual state championships in the 400-meter run and 800-meter run. In addition, Tolbert won individual track championships in 2019 in the 400-meter and 1000meter races. After claiming state championships in track and field, Tolbert showcased her talent at the national level. She earned a second place finish at the Nike Outdoor Nationals and gold medals at the AAU Club Championship and AAU Junior Olympic Games. “Lauren has unbelievable, God-given talent. She has amazing drive, sets goals, and goes after them,” said Highland track coach Mar-

cella Robbins. Tolbert is a champion in the classroom, too. She works hard to maintain an A average and wants to graduate with honors. Her plans at Duke include pursuing a degree in biology or other related field, going to dental school, and specializing in oral surgery. “Lauren is one of the most determined, humble, kind, and hard-working students that I have ever had the privilege to teach,” said health sciences teacher Angela Garner. “Not only is she amazing as a runner, but as a person, too. She sets a goal, works daily to achieve it, and then pushes herself to be even better.” So, as Tolbert runs toward a promising and bright future, what’s next for her? “I will be training for the state and national competitions in the spring, and I am looking forward to graduating in June,” she said. “Then, it will be off to Duke University to see what I can achieve there.”

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In only two years Will Kelly set the standard at Stuart Cramer By John Wilson

Will Kelly is one heck of a basketball player. The Stuart Cramer senior will soon finish up his high school basketball career playing in the Carolinas Classic, the North Carolina-South Carolina All-Star game held on March 26th in Wilmington The road to the all-star game has been an interesting journey for Kelly. However, as it turns out, Will’s journey may be just beginning. Will Kelly has held a basketball in his hand for as long as he can remember. “I started dribbling a ball when I was two,” he said. In his early years Will started out playing rec. ball but was soon convinced to consider other playing options after a conversation with his Pop Warner football coach. “Coach Bradley talked to me about playing basketball when I was about nine,” Will explained. “So, I started to play travel ball with the Gastonia Lakers.” Will really enjoyed travel ball. In fact, the more he played the more he found just how much he really liked basketball. When the time came to go to middle school, Will started playing ball with the Belmont Middle School Wildcats. After middle school, Kelly started his high school career at South Point before transferring to Stuart Cramer for his sophomore year. Will played for the Storm his sophomore and senior years. He went to private school for his junior year. Right from the beginning Kelly stood out as a promising player. He made the South Point varsity roster in his freshman year. That accomplishment is something that he is very proud of. “I made varsity as a freshman,” Will said. “Just knowing I could play at that level at such a young age.” During his time at Cramer Will made a significant impact. He proved himself to be a dynamic player who at times was capable of taking over games. Kelly’s presence on the court greatly contributed to the Storm’s best season ever. In 2021-22 Cramer went 20-7. While he only played at Cramer for two years, Kelly set new marks that players in the future may still find hard to match. In just two years Will amassed 1,315 points and 408 rebounds. All Cramer records. Along the way Will has had a lot of positive mentoring and guidance. But the one person that

Stuart Cramer senior Will Kelly has been selected to play in the Carolinas Classic basketball game. The Carolinas Classic an all-star game featuring the top high school players from North Carolina and South Carolina. The game will be held on March 26th in Wilmington. Photo by John Wilson stands out the most to him is his mother, Becky Gaither. “I get everything from her,” Will said of his mom. “My hard work, my dedication. She told me at a young age to finish what I start. I’m able to be who I am because of her. That’s why I never quit and I’m as competitive as I am.” There is little doubt that Will Kelly is a competitive young man. The stats don’t lie. During his time at Cramer, Kelly delivered the goods. However, there is more to this young man, much more. All someone needs to do is spend a few minutes talking to Kelly and they soon find that his mother gave him far more than a competitive work ethic. It’s obvious Becky Gaither taught her son to not only be a determined athlete, but a decent person. Will Kelly comes across as both humble and polite. Will’s down to earth and grounded nature is something that Cramer head basketball coach David Sloan immediately noticed. “He’s a great athlete,” Sloan said. “But he’s also really a humble young man. He doesn’t act like he knows it all. That type of mentality is contagious. He comes to practice ready to learn. That rubs off on his teammates.” In the coming weeks Kelly will have some tough decisions to make as he sorts out his future. As an All-Conference standout who is also under consideration for All-State honors, Kelly is a top recruiting target. Will is still sorting out

where he wants to go, but he seems to have a good under-

standing of what he’s looking for in a college. “I’m hoping to commit sometime after the All-Star Game and make my decision,” Will went on to say. “I’m trying to find a connection with the coaching staff as well as having a good education and a relationship with the teachers.” It’s still to early to say where Will Kelly will end up. The college athletics singing process can be maddening as schools compete to sign the nation’s top athletes. Will has had several offers from some solid Division II programs. With that said, it seems like Will has everything under control. If there is any pressure involved in what college to choose this young man doesn’t show it. He seems to be enjoying the process and taking it all in stride. In the end Will Kelly will choose the school he thinks is best for him. But no matter where he goes let’s hope that the school that signs him understands that they are getting more than just a good ball player.

Last week was National School Counselors Week and Belmont Middle School recognized the counselors there. Congratulations to Ms. Jacobs (left) and Mrs. Weathers. Belmont Middle is thankful for all you do for the school and the support you provide to its students on a daily basis. They are not just your average School Counselors...they go above and beyond.

Congratulations to Mr. Seltun who was named the Carr Elementary Staff Member of the Month for February. Mr. Seltun does a great job as the School Social Worker.

Gifted and Talented Academy The Gifted and Talented Academy @ Cramerton Middle School provides a challenging learning environment that encourages students to interact with their peers academically, creatively, aesthetically, and socially at a higher level. In addition to lessons that involve critical thinking, teamwork, and advanced learning, students have the opportunity to take the following high school courses: English I, Math I, Spanish I, and World History. Providing these courses to middle schoolers prepares them for a more rigorous course of study at the high school level. Further, the schoolwide enrichment model gives all students an oppor-

tunity to explore areas of interest and be involved in special activities. This program creates a pathway for students to participate in the Collegiate Prep Academy @ Forestview High School. Students from outside the Cramerton attendance area who will be in the sixth grade for the 20222023 school year may apply for this program. A lottery process will be used to determine the 25 sixth grade students who will attend (from outside the Cramerton attendance area). Visit the Gaston County Schools school choice webpage for more information and to submit your application: www.gaston.k12.

Abbey Young Republicans attend Lincoln Day event The Belmont Abbey College Republicans recently attended the annual Lincoln Day Dinner at the Gaston Country Club. The College Republicans got the chance to meet Lieutenant Governor Mark Robinson, Congresswoman Virginia Foxx and many other influential people in the Republican Party. College Republican President Youthan Love said this was truly an amazing opportunity and it allowed a few members of the College Republicans to hear from and meet some amazing people and also get to experience politics up close and personal. Youthan also said it was a fantastic experience for him personally as he got to take to the stage and give a speech addressing the growth and progress of the Belmont Abbey College Republicans. This year the annual dinner had a record breaking attendance and showed much excitement for the upcoming midterms in 2022.

John Doucet, College Republicans Vice President Jason Tronetti, State Senate candidate Brad Overcash, College Republicans President Youthan Love, College Republicans Secretary Joey Stansberry.

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Photos by Bill Bostick/Tarheel Sports Photography

Stuart Cramer softball tops Cherryville The Stuart Cramer Storm softball team won their season home opener 5-4 over Cherryville in nine innings thanks to a walk off error in the bottom of the ninth. The game was tied 4-4 in the bottom of the ninth inning with the Storm batting, when a Cherryville error resulted in the game winning run by Stuart Cramer. Stuart Cramer’s Andrea Detweiler went 4-5

at the plate with a single in the third, fifth, seventh and ninth innings and she crossed the plate for the game winning run in the bottom of the ninth. Payton Conroy also hit a home run in the bottom of the fourth inning and solid pitching from the Storm’s freshman Hadley Womack kept the game close throughout. Womack earned the win pitching all nine innings.

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Gaston Schools Good News, February 2022 Gaston County Schools had more than 100 students participate in the all-county high school band clinic on February 11-12 at Ashbrook High School. Students were chosen for the band clinic through an audition process. Barry Howard from Belmont Abbey College conducted the symphonic band, and Dr. Dawn Price from Wingate University conducted the wind ensemble. Stuart W. Cramer High School hosted the South Central All-District Band Clinic, which featured more than 300 outstanding student musicians from across the Charlotte region. The following students from Gaston County Schools were chosen for the all-district band: Jerry Bradley, South Point High School; Mattie Grace Branham, Aaron Hollar, and Hayden Dillard, East Gaston High School; Bailey Dugan, Cherryville High School; Josh Lindsay and Hailey Royall, Stuart W. Cramer High School; Matthew Loudon and Ruby Ruiz, W.C. Friday Middle School; and Jackson Smith, Forestview High School. Additionally, Belmont Middle School band director Carrie Lineberger served as one of the conductors. The “Do the Right Thing” award winners for February are Carson Walters, Carr Elementary; Teverean Steele, Gardner Park Elementary; Ariel Pagan, York Chester Middle; and Riley Royer, Bessemer City High School. Students at Belmont Central Elementary, Brookside Elementary, Cherryville Elementary, Costner Elementary, Hawks Nest STEAM Academy, Page Primary, Sadler Elementary, and Woodhill Elementary celebrated the 100th day of school by dressing as centenarians. The Gaston County Schools Academic Services Department was nominated for the Modern Curriculum of the Year Award, which was presented during the North Carolina Digital Convergence Conference. In addition, Dr. Jill Payne, executive director for student support services, was nominated for the Change Management Principal of the Year honor in recognition of effective leadership to bring the district’s instructional model to life in classrooms. Gaston County Schools was honored during the N.C. School Public Relations Association’s Blue Ribbon Awards virtual ceremony on February 11. The district received five awards in the electronic media, excellence in writing, and image/ graphic design categories in recognition of some of the Communications Department’s quality work over the past year. The following elementary students earned awards at the Gaston Regional Science

and Engineering Fair: Maddox Jennings, Hawks Nest STEAM Academy, Duke Energy Elementary Division Winner; Xane Chandler, Hawks Nest STEAM Academy, Schiele Award of the Earth, Gracie Coleman, Costner Elementary, Belmont Abbey Future Scientist Award; Reagan Lankford, Hawks Nest STEAM Academy, third place in environmental science; Xane Chandler, Hawks Nest STEAM Academy, second place in environmental science; Christian Dean, Hawks Nest STEAM Academy, first place in environmental science; Iris Ritter and Abigail Yost, Hawks Nest STEAM Academy; third place in biological science; Riley Doran, Belmont Central Elementary, second place in biological science; Ella Clanton and Alexandria Otis, Hawks Nest STEAM Academy, first place in biological science; Connor Abernathy and Anderson West, Hawks Nest STEAM Academy, third place in chemistry; Nixon Sipe, Hawks Nest STEAM Academy, second place in chemistry; Sophia Markwith, Hawks Nest STEAM Academy, first place in chemistry; Mason McCarey and Liam Luksa, Hawks Nest STEAM Academy, third place in physics; Kai Gaut, Hawks Nest STEAM Academy, second place in physics; and Gus Barone and Finn McMinn, Hawks Nest STEAM Academy, first place in physics. The following middle school students earned awards at the Gaston Regional Science and Engineering Fair: Samantha Franke, Stanley Middle, Duke Energy Middle School Division Winner; Abigail Stephens, Stanley Middle, Junior Naval Science Award and third place in environmental science; Samuel Cadle, Stanley Middle, second place in environmental science; Jillian Schultheis, Stanley Middle, first place in environmental science; Trevor Goff, Belmont Middle, first place in biological science; Lizzy-Jane Ross, Stanley Middle, third place in chemistry; Adria Radermacher and Akira Biggs, Bessemer City Middle, second place in chemistry; Lillyan Wall, Stanley Middle, first place in chemistry; Tristy Williams, Stanley Middle, second place in physics; and Zuha Shaikh and Wasil Mustafa Shaikh, Stanley Middle, first place in physics. The following high school students earned awards at the Gaston Regional Science and Engineering Fair: Sidney Hare, Gaston Early College High School, Duke Energy High School Division Winner; Heba Patel, Gaston Early College of Medical Sciences, Senior Naval Science Award; James Gunter, Forestview High School, second place in environmental science; Tate Smith and Evan Friday,

Forestview High School, first place in environmental science; Sadie Morton, Gaston Early College of Medical Sciences, third place in biological science; Hannah Mullis, East Gaston High School; second place in biological science; Andre Gaddy, Gaston Early College of Medical Sciences, first place in biological science; Kelly Smith and Zoe Deo, Stuart W. Cramer High School, first place in chemistry; and Abrianna Risner, Gaston Early College of Medical Sciences, first place in physics. The Gaston County Schools Communications Department began distribution in January of the 2022 edition of the “Gaston County Schools Storybook.” The publication features “good news” stories about students, teachers, and alumni. Hawks Nest STEAM Academy, Pleasant Ridge Elementary, and Stanley Middle School participated in the 2022 Modern Teacher national convention held in Charlotte. Ashbrook High School student Teagan Motes received honorable mention in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for his editorial cartoon titled “Record Breaking.” Ashbrook High School senior Labron Dockery finished third in the 100-yard breaststroke competition at the 3A state swimming championship. The following studentathletes signed a National Letter of Intent to play college sports: Jake Beaty, South Point High School, Florence-Darlington Technical College; Trent Dockery, Highland School of Technology, Wingate University; Nakoa Goins, East Gaston High School, Averett College; Justin Hill, East Gaston High School, Emory and Henry College; Arias Nash, Stuart W. Cramer High School; Mercer University; Jaycob Neely, Forestview High School; Gardner-Webb University; Jacob Patterson, South Point High School, Gardner-Webb University; Chloe Ratliff, South Point High School, Limestone University; Camury Reid, Forestview High School, Western Carolina University; Matthew Walker, South Point High School, Limestone University; Luke Whitted, Highland School of Technology, Catawba College; Braley Hamilton, Stuart W. Cramer High School, Gaston College; and Dameian Bentley, Stuart W. Cramer High School, Methodist University. W.A. Bess Elementary fifth graders participated in the career awareness program sponsored by the Gaston County Schools Career and Technical Education Department. The students were taught how to take temperatures and blood pressure readings, check a pulse, and

perform CPR properly. The W.A. Bess Elementary student council sponsored a “Hats for Hearts” fundraiser and collected $270 for Holy Angels. Belmont Middle School eighth grader Brianna Armstrong and Gaston Early College of Medical Sciences sophomore Emma Burger were featured in a “Why I Love NC Public Schools” video sponsored by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction with support from the N.C. School Public Relations Association. Bessemer City High School students Riley Royer and Lacey Pettry along with school resource officer Jeff Thompson collected blankets and toiletry items for the Salvation Army in Gastonia. Bessemer City High School collected 3,074 nonperishable food items for the Bessemer City Crisis Center. Bessemer City High School organized an exhibit in the Beam Gallery at Gaston College that featured artwork by the following students: Emily Hurst, Amarion Knox, Teniyah Little, Elaysia Fleming, Lilly Arrowood, Guadalupe Perez-Velazquez, Kayla Becraft, Ke-Shyne Roary, Jasmine De La Cruz Vargas, and Tori Johnson. Pamela Underwood is the school’s art teacher. Officers with the Gaston County Police Department played in a staff versus students basketball game at Bessemer City Middle School. The officers helped make the basketball game, which was part of the school’s positive behavior program, a big success. Bessemer City Primary held a Title I program on Zoom that gave students an opportunity to learn about new reading games to play at home with their family members. Carr Elementary second grader Carson Walters collected 150 items for the school’s “Toiletries Bags for the Homeless” campaign to support the Dallas-High Shoals Christian Ministry. He donated scarves, gloves, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, socks, hats, and baby wipes. In total, the school was able to provide 70 bags. Catawba Heights Elementary teacher Tyler White achieved the prestigious National Board Certification. Chapel Grove Elementary conducted a “Jump Rope for Heart” fundraiser to benefit the American Heart Association. The school raised a total of $2,490.93. Kindergarten student Carson Jenkins raised $630.91. Physical education teacher Ben Harris coordinated the fundraiser. John Chavis Middle School received a $16,000 donation from Elevation Church to enhance the dayto-day school experience for students. See GOOD NEWS, Page 13

Huge shoutout to Gaston County Parks and Rec ground’s maintenance. employee Brandon Smith for taking initiative and jumping into the Dallas Park lake to save a duck in distress with a fishhook in her eye. Update on the duck - She was taken to Carolina Waterfowl Rescue for her injuries and was given the name Belle. Belle is doing great after emergency surgery. Thank you to Gaston County Police, Gaston County Animal Care and Enforcement, and Carolina Waterfowl Rescue for their help.


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Cherryville High School coach Scott Harrill earned his 400th career win, making him the winningest basketball coach in Gaston County. The Cherryville High School cheerleaders won the North Carolina Cheerleading Coaches Association (NCCCA) small division two championship. The following Cramerton Middle School students received awards in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards program: Justice Rivera, gold key; Tiffany McIntire, silver key; and Aruzhan Suleimenova, honorable mention. Brenda Bradley is the art teacher. Stuart W. Cramer High School junior Alexis Willis won the triple jump at the indoor track and field state championship. She also

placed third in the long jump. Stuart W. Cramer High School senior Nathan Saysomvang received his certification as an emergency medical responder through the North Carolina Office of EMS. Stuart W. Cramer High School senior Sean Brabham and Forestview High School senior Zion Dockery were selectaed for an internship with GSM Services. East Gaston High School held a blood drive on January 28 and collected 26 units. East Gaston High School junior Jake Simpson placed fourth in the 100-yard backstroke and seventh in the 200yard freestyle events at the 1A/2A state swimming championship. East Gaston High School sophomore Zoe Gambino

was chosen to serve as Miss Mount Holly’s Outstanding Teen 2022. She will represent the Mount Holly community this June at the Miss North Carolina’s Outstanding Teen competition in High Point. Forestview High School senior Samantha Bolton advanced to the final round of admission interviews at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Forestview High School freshman Tristan Peyton placed third in the 100-yard backstroke event at the 3A state swimming championship. Forestview High School senior Maggie Lu was the state-level winner of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) good citizen essay contest. Sharidan Costner, a 2020 graduate of Forestview High School, was crowned Miss Gastonia 2022. Currently a student at Winston-Salem

State University majoring in exercise science, she will compete for the title of Miss North Carolina in June. Gardner Park Elementary held its traditional “Cinderella Ball” for kindergarten students on February 14. Dr. Sravan Panuganti of Carolina Urology Partners presented a personal check in the amount of $1,500 to support the new Gaston Early College of Medical Sciences. He made the presentation to principal Beverley Bowman and spent more than 30 minutes talking with the students about the medical field. Hawks Nest STEAM Academy second grade teacher Dara Presnell and Stanley Middle School teacher Alice Ballard were finalists for the Personalized Learning Classroom of the Year Award, which was presented at the 2022 North Carolina Digital Convergence Conference. The honor recognizes teach-

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BIG YARD SALE. Sat., Mar 12th, 2022, 8am until. Furniture, Household items, Decor’ Vintage glass, Linens, appliances, lots of misc. - Across from Cleveland Mall at 1917 E. Marion St, Shelby, NC 28152

FOR SALE WOODWORKING PLANS AND LEARN HOW to Make Money by woodworking from home details at local website BURGUNDY COUCH $100. and 2 end tables $50 each. Good condition. (704) 460-3401 1997 PONTIAC GRAND AM. 2 door, $1800. Also 1970 15 foot Glass Master boat & trailer. $900. (828) 453-1558 FOR SALE BY OWNER Don’t Wait! Kubota L2500 Tractor Starts and Runs Well 700 hours. Front End loader and Bush Hog, Good Tires. We Bought a bigger Tractor. Lawndale Area Great Condition $10,600 Call 704-4180844

BUILDINGS, GARAGES, SHOPS with Concrete Slab. “We Got’Em” and “We do them Turn Key” J. Johnson Sales INC., Forest City, NC. 828-245-5895. CAR TRAILER FOR SALE. $1,000 or best offer. Extra rims. 5 ft. Bushhog for $1,050. Call or text (828) 447-3627 CEMETERY PLOTS FOR SALE. 3 plots, $1600 each. Current market value is $1850 each. Cleveland Memorial Park Cemetery, Shelby, NC. Fountain Section, curbside, near office. Seller pays transfer fee. Barbra.peeler7@ (704) 472-5963 NURSE GIFTS ON LOCAL WEBSITE Coffee Mugs, Tote Bags, Fun Fridge Magnets and now the Nurse Expo is open PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS with Scratch Pads! Press Room Printing. 704-482-2243. (704) 538-5788 ASSORTMENT OF CHILTON REPAIR MANUALS. I have a large assortment of Chilton Auto Repair Manuals. Some are imports and trucks. Some Motor Manuals all are hard back copies. Best Offer! (704) 300-1818 STORAGE BUILDINGS. “We Buy, Sell, Trade” J. Johnson Sales INC. Forest City, NC 828245-5895.

WE SELL GOLD & SILVER COINS and BARS (1 Gram to 1 Ounce). call (980) 295-5568 PORTABLE WASHER AND DRYER. Portable “Magic Chef” Washer and Dryer, used once. No room. $475 for both. Call 980404-0516. A RESTORED OLD FOOTED TUB. with hardware. $1000. By appointment only. 704-825-5201.

FOR SALE FUTON WITH TWIN BUNK BED Futon Mattress, Twin Bed, Ladders on each end $135.00 (704) 822-0544 dianne.gonzales@ ALL METAL GARAGES. Big Discounts! Zero down. Call for more details. 828-382-0455. HORSE QUALITY HAY. Square and round bales. Call (704) 4876855 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. RENT TO OWN CARPORTS, BUILDINGS GARAGES. J. Johnson Sales Inc., Forest City, NC. Call 828-245-5895. USED CAMPER TOPS: BUY/ SALE/TRADE. Various sizes and styles. 828-980-0881. 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.

TRAILERS, LAWNMOWER TRAILERS, Flatbed Trailers, Enclosed Trailers, Horse and Cattle Trailers, Saddlery. Check our prices and quality before you buy. Bridges Riding Equipment. Boiling Springs, NC.704-434-6389, (704) 4730867 RENT TO OWN TRAILERS. DUMPS, GOOSENECK, ENCLOSED, EQUIPMENT, CAR HAULERS, ALL TRAILERS - RENT TO OWN 24, 36 &48 MONTHS. “NO CREDIT CHECK”. J JOHNSON SALES, FOREST CITY, NC 828-2455895 “AVAILABLE NC, SC, TN, GA”.

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SPECIALITY GLOVE LIQUIDATION SALE. SAVE UP TO 85% OFF RETAIL! All gloves only $2.99! Side Door sale, March 5th, 9am-5pm. CASH ONLY. Next to Mighty Dollar, Forest City. FIREWOOD FOR SALE. Long wheelbase load. Fully loaded. $70.00/load. Delivered. 864-4924793 or 803-627-9408. FIREWOOD FOR SALE. Seasoned, green, all types. Dump truck load $250. Pickup load $125, short bed $100. (828) 4612379 1999 DODGE 1500. $800. I have ‘99 Dodge pickup, been wrecked, has some good body parts, has good 360 engine and new radiator. (704) 300-1818 RENT TO OWN TRAILERS. DUMPS, GOOSENECK, ENCLOSED, EQUIPMENT, CAR HAULERS, ALL TRAILERS - RENT TO OWN 24, 36 &48 MONTHS. “NO CREDIT CHECK”. J JOHNSON SALES, FOREST CITY, NC 828-245-5895 “AVAILABLE NC, SC, TN, GA”. 2 CEMETERY PLOTS $1400 or Best Offer. Westview Gardens-Bessemer City-Floral Gardens section. Seller will pay transfer fee (704) 974-4605 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. FIREWOOD FOR SALE. All types already split. Can deliver. Truck & Trailer loads, starting at $75. Will negotiate. 704-466-7623

WANT TO BUY CASH FOR JUNK! Buying all CARS, TRUCKS, SUVS, VANS. No one beats our prices. Cash on spot. 24/7 pickup. 803-504-7617.

WANT A GARAGE, BARN, WORKSHOP, STORAGE BUILDING? “WE GOT ‘EM” 20’X20’, 24X30’, 30’X60’. LARGE ON SITE DISPLAY. WE DO GRADING, GRAVEL, CONCRETE, POWER, ETC..... TURN KEY. J JOHNSON SALES, FOREST CITY, NC 828-245-5895 8N FORD TRACTOR Good Metal & Rubber. Several New Parts. Starts & Runs Good. $2800 Firm. John Deere Riding Mower (Model LA145) 48” Cut, 22 HP. Looks & Runs Good. $500 Firm. (704) 466-2184

BUYING GOLD & SILVER COINS and BARS. call (980) 295-5568 WANT TO BUY. ATV’s, Pop-Up Campers and Small Travel Trailers. Call 828-429-3935.

GUITARS. 2008 CF Martin-DXIR-$390, Late 1960’s Ibanez Cherry Burst-$95. 864-6199372.

LOOKING TO PURCHASE VINTAGE FIREARMS. For restoring or parts. Grips, boxes, any gun related items. Rifles, pistols. Preferred 22’s. (704) 600-8560

FOR SALE Great Deal! 250 gallon Propane Tank $300.00 Alum Tool box $125.00 Bedliner 6.5 feet Fits 05 Ford $100.00 call 828-817-0311

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

FIREWOOD FOR SALE. Seasoned Oak by truck load also bundles. Will deliver within 15 miles of Cherryville. (704) 4353970


YAMAHA KEYBOARD ON METAL STAND $50; Picnic Table with Side Seats “Non Wood” $95. (704) 482-2912

CAMPER Looking for a Scotty Camper. Pay for help finding one.704-418-1388.

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OLDER FURNITURE MADE BY Daniel W. Foster. 18701929. Local carpenter, my great grandfather. Also anything else about him photos, etc. 828-9801896.

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

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




GOOD, USED 16’ GALVANIZED BOAT TRAILER. Call 704-678-5264. Leave message, and I will return your call.

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.

WANT TO BUY CARS, TRUCKS. Trailers, Tractors, Farm Equipment. Must have ID and proof of ownership. Callahan’s Towing. (704) 692-1006 WANTED: OLD AND NEW AMMO. Reloading supplies. Call 828-245-6756 or cell # 828289-1488.


GOLDENDOODLE PUPPIES MINI/MED GOLDENDOODLE PUPPIES. DOB 10/18/21. PARENTS TESTED AND CLEARED. HOME RAISED. READY TO GO NOW. UTD. $2500.00 WWW.BUTTERFLYKENNELS.COM (704) 975-6226 RWENZEL54481@ GMAIL.COM 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/TERRIER MIX PUPS Beagle/Terrier mix puppies. Various colors. Price: make a donation to my daughters. (828) 919-0244

TROY-BILT BIG RED HORSE tiller. Plow and wings, rear tine, one owner. 704-530-0516

PIGMY GOAT WITH TWO eight week old babies. Both are nannies. Sell only together. Will not separate. $350. 828-248-8060.

FREE HORSE MANURE COMPOST Free horse manure. Great for gardens. (828) 447-0652

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. 10% to 20% off adult birds. (704) 476-9943

2008 KIA SPORTAGE low mileage. Asking $4000. Please leave message and phone #. If no answer. (980) 745-5396 2011 FORD FUSION SEL. Leather inside, aluminum wheels, 111,000 miles, $5,750. 828-287-3820


1 YEAR OLD GREY FEMALE CAT. Spayed, shots UTD, looking for forever home. comes with litter box & pet carrier. Good with other pets. (828) 748-5935

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

2 YEAR OLD MALE GERMAN SHEPHERD. Full blooded with papers, shots UTD, comes with Igloo doghouse. $200. (828) 748-5935 BOER BILLY GOAT for breeding. Two years old. $225. 828980-5067.

TAILS UP STANDARD POODLES. AKC registered standard poodle puppies, 11 & 12 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, cream and Partis limited 2000, full 2500 website: or Facebook page: Tails Up Standard Poodles (318) 6141130 debsummerscales777@

CLEVELAND COUNTY MOBILE HOMES & APARTMENTS. In Kings Mountain. Price starting at $100 per week. Call (704) 739-4417 2&3 BEDROOM MOBILE HOMES. Nice and clean, water furnished. Oak Grove Community, Kings Mtn. Call or text, 704739-0259.

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH CONDO. 1 bedroom, 1 bath, kitchen, living room, TVs, pool, 200 feet to ocean. 704-473-6321, (704) 483-0736

DOGS FOR SALE. 5 bird dogs plus mother, 20 chihuahua/feist mixed. (Will stay small). $75 a piece & up. 704-473-8300.

TWO CHIHUAHUA/JACK RUSSELL PUPS Small adorable brother and sister, shots upto-date. Male has certificate to be neutered at no cost $150 each. (803) 289-9839

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


ONE WEEK VACATION RENTAL AT RIPTIDE BEACH RESORT in Myrtle Beach. July 23rd-30th, 2022. One Bedroom, One Bath, Kitchen & Living Area. Nice area and within walking distance to Sea Captain’s and Magnolia Buffet. $800/$100 Deposit. (704) 482-3223


APPROXIMATELY 8 ACRES FOR SALE. in south Shelby. Close proximity to Schools & University. 10 minutes from I-85, less than 1 hour from Equestrian Center. No clearing needed, has been in cultivation. Water on property. $1500 per acre. 704472-5844

BEACH HOUSE AT OCEAN LAKES. 2 bedroom, 2 bath, sleeps 6. Golf cart included. Weeks and long weekends available. 704-473-1494.




HICKORY CREEK APARTMENTS FOR SENIORS. (62 and older), disabled (50 and older). Shelby. Now taking applications for waiting list. 418 East Warren Street, (704) 4876354 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. MOVE IN SPECIAL. 2 & 3 Bedroom, deposit required. $195 weekly rates. Includes power and water. NO PETS. (704) 473-4299

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

HUGE, REFRESHED APARTMENTS! GREAT LOCATION! Love where you live! Available now! 2 bed/1bath; approx 1000 sqft. Come see these wonderfully modernized, huge units and beautifully restored hardwood floors and new quartz countertops. Large floorpan, ample bedrooms with two closets, eat in kitchen, washer/dryer hookups. The property has a freshly repaved parking lot and professional landscaping; it’s beautiful. Everything you need to love where you live! Be at Home, in a Humboldt home! Chamberlain Oaks is located at 940 W Warren St in a quiet area with great access to Hwy 74. Professionally managed by Property Management Corp. Call today to schedule a tour or apply. 704-705-4513 // rhp55plus@ (704) 705-4513


DUPLEX IN SHELBY. 2 bedroom 1 bath, Non Smoker, No HAP, No Pets, $600 month. Lease, references, credit/background check required. If no answer leave message. (704) 482-7504

ATTENTION NURSES, TEACHERS, PROFESSIONALS Furnished room for rent. $600 per month, includes utilities. Male, female, no couples, ready now. 828-289-7502. (828) 289-7502

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

2 & 3 BEDROOM MOBILE HOMES. Small private park between Spindale and Forest City. Starting at $550 per month. 828382-0475.


OAKLAND ROAD 2BR APARTMENT. Like new. Appliances, sewer, water, garbage included $650. 1BR like new $575 plus deposit & references. 828-2481776.



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“Mystic Being”

Justice Rivera- “Birdie” Gold Key winner

Arujhan Suleimenova- 2 Honorable Mentions- “Dairy Footwear” and “Mystic Being”. Great work!

Cramerton Middle School Art winners

Tiffany McIntire-“Omakase” Silver Key winner

Congratulations to these Cramerton Middle School Art students who were announced recently as winners in the Scholastic Art Contest.

Gifted and Talented Academy offers advanced learning The Gaston Schools Gifted and Talented Academy @ Pleasant Ridge Elementary School is designed for students who demonstrate academic excellence and have the ability to excel in a dynamic school environment. Students participate in indepth study of science, math, reading, and other subjects; engage in problem-solving and critical thinking; use modern technology as a learning tool; develop leadership skills; and flourish in their capacity to think creatively and

at a higher level. The schoolwide enrichment model gives all students an opportunity to explore areas of interest and be involved in special activities, including science and math fairs and the concert and marching bands. This program creates a pathway for students to participate in the Gifted and Talented Academy @ Cramerton Middle School. Students from outside the Pleasant Ridge attendance area who will be in kindergarten for the 2022-2023 school

year may apply for this program. A lottery process will be used to determine the 40 kindergarten students who will attend (from outside the Pleasant Ridge attendance area). Please note that applications will be accepted from students who will be in grades 1-5; however, only a limited number of seats are available in grades 1-5. Visit our school choice webpage for more information and to submit your application: schoolchoice.

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