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Keep Belmont Beautiful group lives up to its name By Alan Hodge

There are many unsung heroes in our area and the volunteers with Keep Belmont Beautiful (KBB) are among them. On Thursday, February 24th Keep Belmont Beautiful

recognized three volunteers for their service to the city of Belmont. The first recipient, Terece Miller, has walked and run the streets of Belmont many times, but about three years ago she started volunteering with KBB picking and

bagging trash as she walks. Anytime of the year, on a nice day, you may catch her walking along the corridor of South Main Street and Lower Armstrong Road. She’ll tell you it’s her therapy and laughingly refer to it as her obsession but, at the heart of it, is her disappointment in folks throwing litter along the roadside and trashing the very place that we call home. The second recipients are community activists Elizabeth and Bob Atterberry. Liz and Bob have supported and worked tirelessly for KBB over 16-years. Liz retired as vice chairperson of the KBB Board in 2021. She has worn many hats including chairing our litter abatement program, co-chairing our spring 2021 plant sale, and two support-

ing roles that KBB won first place for in Gaston County: Return the Warmth Grant and a program that recycled phone books. Her husband Bob, a native of Belmont, has been there every step of the way – helping with litter surveys, our Christmas Parade float, and loading and unloading phone books from Belmont as well as plastic bottles from local schools. All this was done while volunteering for the Belmont Historical Society, the Montcross Area Chamber, Queen of Apostles Church, and other worthy causes. KBB is dedicated to doing what its name says. On any day you might see volunteers on their hands and knees pulling weeds at the flowerbed at See KBB, Page 3

KBB Chairperson Susan Wall and KBB founder Judy Closson pitching in.

Belmont Banner-News 86th anniversary coming up By Alan Hodge

Cynthia Hibberts

Cynthia Leonard Hibberts covered the Belmont High court By Ray Hardee She did it all as a student at Belmont High School. She covered the entire court. Back in the day when three players were assigned to each side of the court, Cynthia Hibberts was a guard on an offense that required her to cover the whole court. She took care of all the

court during a time that most people only took care of half the court. Her parents and coaches always said, “Give it 100% and keep learning.” That proved to be prophetic in the way that Cynthia Hibberts has lived her life. Her constant commitment to excellence is being rewarded See HALL OF FAME, Page 5

The birthday of the BannerNews (formerly Belmont Banner) is coming up and a rare treasure donated to the paper several years ago by Curtis Gaston tells an important part of the story. Dated March 18, 1936, the yellowed and fragile artifact, an actual copy of the very first Belmont Banner ever published, is not just a window on life in Belmont back then, but also of the philosophy and hopes of the publication that is now in its 86th year. See ANNIVERSARY, Page 6

Curtis Gaston found this rare first edition of the Belmont Banner when he was looking through some things belonging to his late parents Harley Jr. and Kitty Gaston. Photo by Alan Hodge


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Level 5 Yesterday the mail carrier dropped off a big, white envelope. On the back of the envelope, it had in large red letters “Alan, You Have Reached Level 5!” I held the envelope in my hands wondering what that meant. All sorts of stuff ran through my mind. What could Level 5 be? After a minute or so I tore the envelope in two pieces and pitched it unopened in the trash can. But that red-letter statement saying I had reached Level 5 kept bugging me. Then I realized regardless of what scam the envelope had probably contained…I was in Level 5 of worry. Level 1 of worry for me is health. Simple math means I am on downhill side of this life. Level 2 for me is the worry if will I have enough money to last me until Level 1 conks out. Level 3 for me is will I keep my wits about me until Levels 1 and 2 play out. Level 4 for me is the overall geopolitical state of things currently going on here and abroad. In my whole life I have never seen so many things out of whack at once like they are now. In this country the economy is teetering on the edge of disaster and gas prices are just the tip of the iceberg. How are people that commute 40 or 50 miles a day for work going to manage the cost to fuel their vehicles? Food prices are soaring. Five dollars for a pack of baloney? Healthcare costs are out the wazoo. I had an endoscopy last month. The tab was $9,000. Folks are deep in debt. I feel sorry for couples just starting out with a $2,000 a month house payment and at least one $400 a month car payment not to mention the credit cards. The ice is thin and getting thinner by the day. In Washington too many of our so-called leaders are getting richer by the day and more and more removed from the reality of what everyday folks must deal with to get by. We are ruled by their pet-

tiness and propaganda and twisted lies. I once knew a guy who told me that if you lie enough then the lie becomes believable no matter how outlandish. In Europe we Alan Hodge are seeing a replay of Banner-News Editor 1938-1939 with the Ukraine situation. The British prime minister in ’38 was Neville Chamberlain. In Germany, Adolph, who was already plotting his attack on Poland, sensed weakness in Chamberlain. Chamberlain went to Germany for a chat and Adolph swore he was not going to start a war. Chamberlain fell for it and the rest is history. Go read up on that period and compare it to today you will see what I mean. Oh, Winston, where are you now that we need you? Back when I was about 10 years old the Cuban Missile Crisis took place. My uncle Ronald L. Helton was on active duty in the Navy. He and my aunt Emily lived on the base at Newport News, Virginia. I was visiting them, and he took me to the dock, and I watched bombs and such being loaded onto ships and people running around in a nervous jerk and I can still recall the sense of impending nuclear hell breaking loose that gripped everyone at that time and boys and girls it is hanging over our heads this very day. Level 5 for me is that same worry of nuclear war but of course if that happens none of the above levels will amount to a hill of beans and the world will be a cinder floating in darkness. I wish I knew where it will all end but I don’t so therefore I worry night and day with no relief in sight. If you think praying will fix it then let ‘er rip tater chip because nothing else seems to be working.

Easter meal kit offered The members of Queen of the Apostles Church, 503 N. Main St in Belmont, will provide a meal kit to those needing to prepare an Easter meal at their homes. The meal kit will feed 4 people and will include a $15 gift card that can be used towards the purchase of a turkey or ham.

We can deliver a meal kit to your home on Saturday, April 9, or you can pick up a meal kit at the church on the same day between 10am and 11am. To place your order, you have 2 options: 1. Call the church office to place your order. The phone number is (704) 825-


9600. Give us your name, address, phone number, an email address if you have one, and the number of meal kits you need (maximum of 2). The deadline to place your order is Monday, April 4. 2. Go to the church’s web site,, look for the “Easter Meal Kit Order” slide and click there. That will take you to the on-line order form. Be sure to indicate on the order form if you want your meal kit delivered to your home or if you will pick it up.

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to the suffering in the world. When Paul compares the church to a human body, he reminds us that when one part of the body suffers, 1st Corinthians 12:26 So if one we all suffer. A large part of the body member suffers, all members suffer of Christ is, in fact, suffering daily. If with it; if one member is honored, all we choose to ignore the news, we are the members rejoice with it. also choosing to ignore our suffering, persecuted brothers and sisters I hesitate strolling through any around the world. We are missing Mark Costner news feed these days for fear that I the opportunity to, at the very least might read about yet another natural disaster, pray for them. We might also miss God’s call terrorist attack, mass shooting, or allegation to serve and help in some tangible way. Tragof abuse by some famous individual. It seems edy and suffering are inevitable in this fallen like every day brings a new tragedy to mourn. world. Each report seems more devastating and As we look with great hope to the day closer to home than the last. I’d much rather when Christ returns and restores all things, we believe that the world is such a safe, peaceful must also know that God has called us now place and simply focus on the comfortable, to bear one another’s burdens and shine His easy parts of life. light in dark places. One way we can do that While there are some great things happen- is to become more aware of believers who ing in the world, there are some really terrible suffer and keep their plight and difficulty in things going on as well. As a Christ- follower our minds. May God keep our hearts compaswith almost unlimited access to information, sionate and responsive to those who suffer for I don’t have the option of turning a blind eye Christ’s sake. Centerview Baptist Church North Belmont, NC

The perils of Daylight Savings Time By Lisa Harper This past weekend marked the least favorite time of year for me. Can you say TIRED? The bags under my eyes may go away by the time we do this again in November…but, at least by then, I can catch that lost hour. Time will tell. I prefer to call it Daylight Insanity Time. It messes with our internal clock no doubt. Everyone’s schedule is different, so let me count the various states of mind that come with this delusional day on the calendar. Confused and fatigued are two that seemingly linger till November. I’ve often thought about that old adage of cutting off the bottom of a blanket, only to sew it back to the top of the same blanket. The blanket, folks… is still the same size. The very worst element of DST is that it’s bad for your health. According to several sleep experts, the number of traffic accidents and industrial mishaps increase on the Monday after we (spring forward). Losing even a single hour of sleep over the weekend makes a lot of folks drowsier -on what I call *Black Monday*. Daylight Savings Time

was originally instidriven …(always on tuted in the United society) we live in, States during World DST, to me, serves no War 1 and World War purpose. It certainly II….in order to take messes with schedadvantage of longer ules, and can ultidaylight hours and mately lead to missed save energy for the flights, connections, war production. Now pilot error…well… Lisa you know. you get my drift. Harper So folks, unless For what it’s you live in Arizona worth, write your or Hawaii, none of this silli- local and federal officials ness is needed. Ironically, my and tell them this insanity in-laws live in Phoenix, so I needs to end. Don’t hold your always have to keep a mental breath. note of the time difference beYour brain and body tween me and them. I should will surely thank you. In the be used to it by now, but my meantime, I’ll keep dreaming internal clock digresses. that lost hour of sleep returns Given the technology- to me sooner than later. Phone 704-825-0580 Fax 704-825-0894 Office: 128-C N Main St. Belmont • NC

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L-R: Susan Wall, KBB chairperson; Terece Miller, Volunteer; and Bill Carroll, Public Works Director.

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the point of N. Main St. and Central Avenue, or picking up litter along the roadside or riverbank, or tidying up planters in downtown Belmont. If it helps keep the city neat and lovely, KBB is on the job. “We appreciate all of the hard work that Keep Belmont Beautiful and its volunteers provide to keep our streets clear of litter and our downtown flower beds clear of weeds,” said Belmont city manager Adrian Miller. “They do a great job assisting our public works staff to keep our town looking great!” Judy Closson helped start KBB about 20 years ago. She recently retired. Closson had moved from Fort Worth, Texas, where she had been a member of the Fort Worth Clean City and was interested in joining such an organization in Belmont. She inquired at City Hall and was put in contact with councilman Dick Cromlish. Dick and Sandra Cromlish had organized a city wide clean up with their son, Stan Cromlish, as a Boy Scout project. After meeting with Dick and a group of four other Belmont residents; Dick and Sandra Cromlish, Carol Dixon Strange, and Harold Fite, a committee was formed. Each person contributed $50.00 seed money and Keep Belmont Beautiful began. Once this committee began meeting regularly, they inquired how to form and become an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful with Jernnie Stultz, who at that time was executive director of Keep Gastonia Beautiful and a trainer with Keep America Beautiful. Stultz helped KBB organize and train its board, complete by-laws, become incorporated, obtain office space,

telephone, etc. Once all of the requirements were met KBB was certified on April 21, 2001, with Keep America Beautiful. “Our first office was in the basement of historic City Hall,” Closson said. “As we grew we were given a small closet at School Specialities by Dick Cromlish. KBB planned two clean ups (fall and spring) where we would have 100 plus volunteers attend to clean up the city. David Isnehour, director of public works, played a huge part working with KBB to make these clean ups successful. Our volunteers are from many groups – Boy and Girl Scouts, church groups, sport teams, Belmont Middle School, South Point High School, school clubs, ROTC, as well as. many regular citizens. KBB quickly learned the value of a volunteer always remembering ‘a volunteer does not have to be there’. Mini clean ups were organized by learning that ‘litter breeds more litter’. Also, some volunteers adopted areas to clean up on a regular basis.” Later, KBB moved to space provided by City of Belmont in the public works building. Several years passed and the group moved into a portable building when construction began on the new CityWorks building. Now, with CityWorks completed, KBB has its office there. “KBB branched out with several contests, one being the naming of our ‘mascot’ Cleaning Beauty,” said Closson. “This mascot was designed with a trash can and we won $200.00 at the first Run for the Money sponsored by the Community Foundation of Gaston County. This Run continues today each spring with matching funds given to nonprofits by donors in the surrounding communities. Once we had secured funds we were able to begin giving grants to the five Bel-

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L-R: Susan Wall, KBB Chairperson; Elizabeth Atterberry (Bob not pictured), Bill Carroll, Public Works Director.

mont schools each year for a school beautification project on their campus. The Clean Campus project began with judging of the outside grant projects.” KBB volunteers went into the schools for educating students on ways to help with the drought, growing gardens and recycling. KBB was instrumental in helping North Belmont Elementary plan and build an outdoor reading garden. “We received a grant from KAB to promote a recycling program of plastic bottles,” Closson said. “They were collected and counted daily. The classes that collected the most were treated to ice cream parties at the schools. We were awarded first prize in the area and received 1,000 blue fleece jackets which were made from plastic bottles and were given to the students.” Over the years KBB added Yard of the Month which is held during the summer months. Each month four Belmont resident yards and one business are chosen to display the Yard of the Month sign for that month. Last year, the Flower Power program began with volunteers maintaining the flower beds on Main Street and in the River District. In addition, KBB holds a plant sale in the spring, held a telephone book recycling contest along with all county schools and won, put markers on drains for storm water, has held shred days, planted an Angel Tree at Holy Angels in 2014, donated waste containers, a Stowe Park bench, and received a grant from KAB for cigarette waste containers that have been put around the city. This year, KBB will hold its CityWide CleanUp on Saturday, April 2nd, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM. All the info can be found on KBB’s Facebook page

under EVENTS. Anyone interested in volunteering call KBB at 705825-8587.

Hats off to the Keep Belmont Beautiful Flower Power volunteers who do a great job decorating City Hall and other spots. Here’s the group last fall. Shown are Judy Closson, Nancy Bosch, Cara and Ava Cortazzo, Debra Petty, Susan Wall, and Michelle LoSardo. City of Belmont photo

The award-winning photo on the screen above was one of many shown when Heather and Walter Burks (right) of GarlandBurks Marketing spoke recently to the Belmont Rotary Club. Club President-elect Whitney Norton is at left.

Beautiful photos highlight Belmont Rotary meeting Belmont Rotarians were treated to a presentation that included beautiful local photos when GarlandBurks Marketing owners Heather and Walter Burks spoke at the club’s meeting on March 3, 2022. The couple owned a professional wedding photography business for several years before expanding in 2019 to provide clients a full range of marketing services. GarlandBurks Marketing recently has contracted with Belmont Main Street and Belmont Tourism, and many of the photos shown at the Rotary Club meeting were of downtown Belmont scenes. The GarlandBurks photo on the screen in the photo here

was made during the threeweek Belmont “Moonlight on Main” event last fall and was awarded “Best Event Photo” by the N.C. Association of Festivals and Events. Belmont Rotary President-elect Whitney Norton presided at the club meet-

ing, which takes place each Wednesday at 12:30 at Home2 Suites by Hilton in Belmont. Rotary is an international service organization with 1.4 million members in 46,000 clubs. “Service Above Self” is the Rotary motto.

Lowell to hold Senior Citizen’s Easter picnic The City of Lowell will be hosting a Senior Citizen’s Easter picnic on Thursday, April 14 at 12pm at Harold Rankin Park. There will be additional tables and chairs set up near the picnic shelter. Coast is $3 City of Lowell residents and $5 nonresidents. Lunch will be

provided. There will be a senior egg hunt and play a few rounds of Bingo. Registration required before April 11. You can reserve your spot by calling City Hall at 704-824-3518, option 1. Also on website: https://www.lowellnc. com/.../Senior-Easter-Picnic.

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Strickland to present concert March 27th

Carolina gas prices race to record highs Gas prices in the Carolinas continued to increase rapidly last week to the highest levels in a decade across both North and South Carolina. Prices at the pump climbed an average of 37 cents on the week in North Carolina and 41 cents on the week in South Carolina. “Unfortunately this isn’t the end of seeing prices rise at the pump,” said Tiffany Wright, spokesperson, AAA – The Auto Club Group in the Carolinas. “Motorists could continue to see record high prices at the pump because of the high oil prices

that are surging due to the Russia-Ukraine conflict. Sanctions and regulations against Russia has limited its ability to sell its oil on the global market, which has intensified global supply concerns in what was already a tight market due to the pandemic.” Currently, today’s gas price average in North Carolina sits at $3.92, having a 37-cent increase on the week. This average is 71 cents more than a month ago and $1.35 more than a year ago. Today’s gas price average in South Carolina sits at $3.88,

having a 41-cent increase on the week. This average is 70 cents more than a month ago and $1.37 more than a year ago. These are the highest prices since April 2012. The U.S. price of oil

surged 26% last week, rising a little more than $24 per barrel. An increase of that magnitude translates to a 60-cent increase at the pump. This could yield another 10-15 cent increase at the pump.

Rick Strickland has dedicated his life to singing the Gospel, Rick is recognized as one of Southern Gospel finest tenors, He has been inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and received a nomination for a Grammy award. Rick’s prayer is to share his testimony and to follow under the leadership and the anointing of Jesus Christ, Our Lord. All are welcome! March 27th at 10:30 a.m. Centerview Baptist Church 2300 Acme Road Belmont, NC.

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of the type of car you drive, planet, too. good driving habits contribute Perform routine mainteto better fuel economy, which nance- Your car needs the saves money and helps the right proportions of air and fuel to run efficiently. A wellmaintained vehicle will run at its best. Keep tires rotated and inflated to ideal pressure- To help evenly distribute the wear and tear on your tires, the recommendation is to have your tires rotated every 5,000 to 8,000 miles. Underinflated tires tend to decrease mileage. (They’re dangerous, too.) Check manufacturers’ recommendations and make sure your tires are inflated to the maximum PSI, measured when cold. Saturday Mar 26th - 6 PM. Lowesville Gospel Concerts at Glide into your stops- As Vineyard Church – 1062 South Hwy 16 – Stanley (Lowesville) you approach a stop sign or NC will present a concert featuring two family groups. The light, take your foot off the Marksmen Bluegrass Quartet from Dahlonega, GA, (above) gas pedal earlier and let your and The Chandlers from Greenfield, TN (below). No admis- car downshift before applying sion cost. A freewill offering only to be received, so bring a the brake. friend and worship with us. Contact Carroll Cooke 704-618Combine short trips9762. Warm engines run more efficiently than cold ones. Planning your errands so you travel in a sequence instead of backtracking is an efficient way to save time, as well as gas. Drive at moderate speedsWhile every vehicle is different, mileage decreases quite rapidly over 50 mph in most cases. To save gas, stay at or under the speed limit, and drive at a consistent rate of speed. Use cruise control on Did you know you can save considerably at the gas pump just by modifying your driving habits? Regardless

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long trips. Drive friendly- Aggressive driving habits such as gunning the engine, speeding, screeching around corners and jamming on the gas pedal are major fuel wasters. Avoid fast acceleration and generally drive in a measured and moderate fashion to achieve top fuel savings. Travel light- Extra weight in the car creates a drag on the engine and consumes extra gas. Don’t haul around heavy loads if you don’t have to. Check the trunk and back of the vehicle for unnecessary items that may be safely stored elsewhere. Keep your car aerodynamic- Good aerodynamics affect your car’s fuel efficiency by reducing drag, especially at high speeds. Keep windows and moon roof closed on the freeway. Even keeping the car’s exterior clean can make a difference. Avoid excessive idlingIdling uses a surprising amount of fuel — more than restarting the engine. If you need to wait in your parked vehicle for more than a minute or two, switch off the engine and only start up again when you’re ready to continue driving. In extreme weather, it’s nice getting into a comfortable car but be conscious of how long the vehicle is idling so fuel isn’t wasted.

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Salvation Church, Gastonia, NC

As children, we were often reminded that the Bible says we are to honor, to obey our parents. Obeying our parents showed them that we loved them and respected their position as our parents. As parents now ourselves, we also expect our children to respect and obey us. If our parents, and we ourselves, desire obedience and respect, then certainly God wants, and deserves our obedience. As true disciples of Jesus, our obedience to Him is a major part of our walk with Him. In 1 Samuel 15:22 Samuel told King Saul, “Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord?” (ESV). God had commanded Saul to attack and destroy the Amalekites, who were a people of great sin. God commanded that everything be destroyed in His judgment. Saul attacked them and defeated them, yet he spared their king and all of the livestock and best animals. When the prophet Samuel came to Saul, he was angry that Saul had disobeyed God. Saul said he had kept the animals for sacrifice. Samuel reminded him that nothing was as important as obeying God. As we walk with Jesus, nothing can be as important as listening to Him, hearing Him, and obeying Him. A true disciple follows

Jesus where He leads. If we can’t obey God, how can we serve Him? Obedience to God is one was we can draw closer to God. When we worship Rev. Trent Rankin together in church, we are gathering in Jesus’ name in obedient worship. Reading the Bible is another way we are obedient to God, learning more about Him and growing closer to Him. As we pray, we hear God speaking to us, and guiding us. Obedience shows that God matters to us, that He is important to us. We obey our parents because they are special to us, and we respect them. The same is true with God. If God is foremost in our lives, if He is our priority, then our obedience to Him will be natural. Being a Christian is more than a name identification with Jesus. Belonging to Jesus is more than words, it’s action. We by faith, in our obedience, walk with Jesus every single day. Our world needs to see our obedience to Jesus. It needs to see that God matters to us. If He doesn’t matter to His followers, how will He matter to the world? Let’s show our world committed, obedient disciples of Jesus.

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Lowell street cleanup coming The City of Lowell is registering volunteers for a street litter cleanup event on Saturday, April 2, 2022. This is an opportunity to help keep Lowell beautiful and keep waterways clean while enjoying the outdoors. Did you know that street litter often washes down storm drains, which in turn pollutes our rivers and streams? Volunteers will meet at Lowell City Hall at 8:45 a.m. for check-in. Walk-up registration is also welcome the morning of the event. A limited number of trash grabbers and vests are available for loan to individuals that preregister. There will be coffee, water, and snacks available for volunteers. Disposable gloves, trash bags, instructions and maps to

cleanup sites will be provided at check-in. Participants are encouraged to bring reusable work gloves and a reusable water bottle to reduce waste. Supplies must be returned to

the check-in site by 11am. All participants must be at least 12 years of age. Register Today! https://lowellnc. com/.../Registration-Formfor-Litter

Mt. Holly Chilibrew event is March 26th The 3rd annual Mt. Holly Chilibrew event is slated for March 26, 2022 from 2pm6pm at the Mt. Holly Farmers Market site in downtown Mt. Holly. The band Coddle Creek out of Mooresville NC will provide tunes. A little spin on the traditional bluegrass, they call it Creek Grass. Beer provided

by Old Mecklenburg Brewery. Judges panel: Guinevere Bell from Traust Brewing Company, Steve D’Avria from Gaston Business Association, Al Conklin from. WBTV, People Choice award presented by Mount Holly’s Mayor Bryan Hough. Tickets are on sale through EventBrite.

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with induction into the Belmont Sports Hall of Fame. Cynthia always showed up. She was a four-year starter in basketball, track, and as a cheerleader. In her sophomore, junior, and senior years, she was the Gold Medal State Champion in track and field for her event of choice- the 100-yard low hurdles. She was co-captain of the basketball team and the cheerleading squad during her senior year. She was the Kiwanis Club Outstanding Athlete of The Year. Her exploits on the court and around the track were matched by her off the field accomplishments as well. Vice-President of what was then called Minute Maids and now Candy Stripers, she also excelled in the Drama Club while serving as the Junior Class Treasurer, Senior Class Secretary and on the Student Council for three years (serving as Vice-President he Senior Year. She was Chairman of the Junior Heart Board. She headed up the Sponsors Club for four years. Not content to just play on the field and in the classroom, she also served the school’s journalistic endeavors on the Clarion Staff as a Junior and Senior and Sport Editor during her Senior Year. Did you know that she was also the Home-

coming Queen and the Most Popular Student as a Senior Superlative? She graduated Belmont High Class of 1966. There is a common theme that runs through Cynthia’s life in high school and beyond- excellent, devoted service to others rather than self. Over a forty-five-year professional career, she mastered Nursing through the Cabarrus Hospital School of Nursing as well as earning a Master’s Degree in Education. She served hospitals and secondary schools. She was a Master Lamaze Class Instructor teaching for Western Carolina University. She began teaching Health Sciences during their first-year inception and continued for over three decades serving North Gaston and East Gaston in Gaston County and the Green Hope School of Technology in Cary, NC. She created four programs in these high schools. She was named Teacher of The Year at North Gaston, East Gaston, and Green Hope School of Technology. For good measure, not wanting to leave dear old Belmont out of her resume, she coached Girls Tennis at South Point and also taught there as a teacher. While serving the secondary schools of our state, she of course stayed busy after school with athletic

teams. While at North Gaston, she coached the Girls Swim Team in its inaugural year and continued for four years there. She coached the Cheerleaders and Girls Tennis Team there for five years and ended as the SWC Coach of the Year. Oh, for fun she also coached girls track for two years at North Gaston. She did not stop there. In addition to teaching thirtythree years in North Carolina schools, she also worked for the Gaston County Health Department, opened Covenant Village Retirement Center, and retired there as Director of Nursing along with stints at the Bowman Gray School of Medicine and the Presbyterian Hospital Cardiac Unit. She did whatever it took for things to be successful wherever she happened to be serving. Teddy Roosevelt said, “Success is doing the best you can with what you have where you are.” Cynthia Leonard Hibberts has lived that mantra well. The Belmont Sports Hall of Fame banquet will be held on April 19, 2022 at Park Street United Methodist Church in Belmont, NC. Tickets can be purchased for $20 from Phil Champion State Farm Insurance in Belmont and the Belmont Drug Store.

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Town of Stanley concerts The Town of Stanley has lined up bands for the 2nd Annual Coolin’ Out Concerts on Main series. DJ starts at 6 PM, Bands play 7PM - 10PM. Stage located on S. Main Street at W. Plum Street Intersection. May21st (Sat) - Journey Tribute Band June 10th (Fri) - Band of Oz June 25th (Sat) - Cats Band July 16th (Sat) - Jim Quick & Coastline Band August 6th (Sat) - The Entertainers October 15th (Sat) - The Extraordinaires

East Gaston students and teacher Nikki Akins do a lesson on the anatomage table.

Students in the East Gaston Health Sciences Academy get an early start on professional success

Members of the Mt. Holly Police Department K9 Unit recently met with twin brothers, Bobby and Steven Olsen (seen with deputy chief Brain Reagan and officer Cox). They are members of the Troop 70 Boy Scouts. The Olsen brothers completed their Eagle Scout projects by individually building training aids that concentrate on agility and narcotics/human locating for the K9 Unit. After building these training aids, they delivered them to the Mount Holly Police Department. The brothers did an outstanding job and the Mount Holly Police Department and the K9 Unit could not be more pleased by their generosity and thoughtfulness.

ANNIVERSARY From Page 1 The logo of the paper summed it up, calling the Banner “A New And Modern Weekly Newspaper Published In The Interest Of All the People Of The Thriving City Of Belmont. This Issue Will Be Read In Every Home Within the Community”. The Banner’s publishers, Arp Lowrance, Clyde Moody, and Bomar Lowrance, topped the front page of the inaugural edition with an open letter to the readership that stated- “For the people of Belmont and the surrounding community we present this as the first issue of the Belmont Banner in the hope that it will be accepted by all as Belmont’s own. The cooperation of the merchants and business men in making this a fine issue has been unexcelled in our experience and we could hardly expect a better approval from the readers and the homes of this thriving city.…..For some time the publishers have planned the publishing of a newspaper here and it appears the time is ripe for beginning such an enterprise. As we begin there is more confidence that this healthy baby newspaper will soon grow into one of the leading newspapers of the Piedmont section.” Stories in that very first

edition of the Banner kicked off with a profile of Belmont by Curtis Gaston’s grandfather Harley Gaston Sr. who described the town as “one of the Carolinas’ most prosperous cities”. Another front page article looked at the growth of local schools and declared the city started out with three teachers and ninety students in 1900 and had grown to the 1936 tally of 59 teachers and 2,204 kids. Inside, the first Belmont Banner focused on good things that folks were doing in the community. One article profiled upcoming Boy Scout events and activities. Another piece announced plans by the local PTA to boost membership. On the cultural scene, the Banner covered a Belmont High School glee club and piano concert. The program included tunes such as “Dancing Fairies”, “Spinning Song”, and “My Curly Headed Baby”. In sports, the Banner ran a story by James Dixon laying out plans for a local softball league. Players from local mills such as Imperial, Aberfoyle, and Eagle were hopping on board the league. Dubbed “Local and Personal” the society page of the first Banner gave the lowdown on what area ladies and gents were up to.

Tidbits included news that J. Ross Gilbert was coming home to Belmont after having had an appendix operation in Statesville, that Grady Bowen of Newport News, Va. was spending time with his parents in Belmont, and that Miss Estelle Hall was in a fashion show in Gastonia. Advertisements in the first edition of the Belmont Banner shined a light on local businesses. The Hollywood Theater in East Belmont announced several flicks including “Waterfront Lady”, “The Invisible Ray”, and “Sweet Surrender”. The Leader department store had a big ad proclaiming “smart, spring dresses” for $2.98 each. Belk-Matthews on Main St. offered men’s socks for 10 cents a pair, denim overalls for 97 cents, and men’s shorts for 19 cents a pair, Just a few of the other advertisers in the first Banner included W.H. and D.P. Stowe Company, Warren’s Grocery Store where eggs were 25 cent a dozen, and Ostwalt’s cafe. Overall, the first edition of the Belmont Banner shows that community news was a vital part of the local landscape back in 1936 and is still relevant- and being printed- today.

By Sean Corcoran Healthcare is one of the fastest-growing career fields, and students enrolled in the Health Sciences Academy at East Gaston High School know the program can give them an early start on professional success. The health-related industry is growing in Gaston County and beyond. Through the Health Sciences Academy, which is a partnership with CaroMont Health and Gaston College, students have the opportunity to explore six foundational pathways: healthcare, pharmacy technology, health and fitness science, nursing, medical assisting, and animal medicine. “Our partnership with CaroMont Health and Gaston College opens the door for our students to take the first steps toward providing quality healthcare here in Gaston County,” said principal Jennifer Reep. “When people think of healthcare, they immediately think of doctors and nurses. However, the field involves so many other professionals like people who work at a veterinary office, wellness facility, physician’s office, health department, retail pharmacy, urgent care center, and home health agency. We are offering a foundation for students to learn about a variety of areas in healthcare.” According to Academy coordinator Nikki Akins, the connections to CaroMont Health and Gaston College “bring a wealth of additional experiences and education opportunities that will set our students apart when continuing on to higher education and into their careers.” In addition to high school coursework, students take Gaston College classes that provide hands-on learning. One innovative learning opportunity includes the school’s use of an Anatomage Table, which gives students access to 3D anatomy visualization and virtual dissection right at their fingertips. Teachers are still getting used to the technology, but it has been useful during lessons. “We are very grateful to have the Anatomage Table

Students in the Biomedical tech class perform a forensic assignment. because it enhances what our students are able to learn,” said teacher Amy McAulay. “For example, there are four cadavers on the Anatomage Table, and the amount of information is unlimited.” The available technology is one of many reasons Daniel Burns decided to enroll into the Health Sciences Academy in 2019. “I chose to come to East Gaston High School because I thought it would better prepare me for college and a career in the medical field,” said Burns, who is on track to earn a Health and Fitness Science associate degree from Gaston College. “The classes prepare you and offer great hands-on opportunities. Plus, the teachers are great and go out of their way to help you succeed.” Freshman Aaron Mobley enrolled in the Health Sciences Academy after hearing about the great things his mother does as a nurse. “My mom is a nurse, and I wanted to learn more about the healthcare industry,” said Mobley, who enrolled in the Pharmacy Technician pathway. “As a freshman, one of the classes you take is Biomedical Sciences where I learned about the human body, DNA, and types of diseases.” Sophomore Jonathan Green is one of a handful of students who took the path from Hawks Nest STEAM Academy to the STEAM Academy at Stanley Middle School and then to the Health Sciences Academy at East Gaston High School.

“The learning I received at Hawks Nest and Stanley Middle prepared me for high school,” said Green. “I am excited to take advantage of the skills and opportunities offered basically for free through job shadowing and hands-on learning.” LaTarsha Beam, who has a daughter in the program, could not agree more. “The Health Sciences Academy has set the groundbreaking path for my daughter to have a successful career in the medical field,” said Beam, who is a senior practice administrator with CaroMont Health. “I’m thankful Marya is a part of this innovative Academy that not only continues her high school education, but also partners with Gaston College to pursue further education.” East Gaston High School will host an information session on Thursday, March 10 at 6:00 p.m. Students interested in the Health Sciences Academy and their parents will have the opportunity to meet teachers in the Academy as well as the Gaston College and CaroMont Health representatives. Students from outside the East Gaston attendance area who will be in the ninth grade for the 2022-2023 school year may apply to attend the Health Sciences Academy. The application deadline is March 18 at 5:00 p.m. To apply, visit schoolchoice to complete the online application.

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Congratulations to GES Master Paramedic Ron Huggins on his recent promotion to EMS Lieutenant. During a small ceremony, his sons pinned on his new badge. Keep up the good work in your new role!

Charlotte Sanford

Gaston Day artists shine Congratulations to Gaston Day School senior artists who received awards in the recent Gaston County Senior Art Show. Gaston Day artists received a total of $1,600 of the $2,000 prize money. A record! The Gaston County Senior Art Show awards reception was held at the Gaston College Rauch Gallery.

The annual Gaston County Senior Art Show was open to all senior high school students in Gaston County. This event was made possible by the Gaston County Art Guild, Patti Bean/Back of the Moon Sponsor, Gaston College, GastonArts Council and the NC Arts Council. Gaston Day students in-

cluded- Charlotte Sanford (pictured) - Best in Showcolored pencil; Charlotte Moore - First place- charcoal; Sarah Russell - Second place- collage; Ethan Horky - Merit award- Graphite; Jack D’Amore - Merit awardGraphite; Juliet Granetz HM- colored pencil.

Post 144 American Legion 100th anniversary coming up With the upcoming 100TH Anniversary of Belmont’s American Legion Auten-Stowe Post 144, The Post is asking again if anyone has knowledge of where Post 144 held meetings between 1922 and 1941. Also, Post 144 is inviting Past Commanders, Officers and members. For more past member details or Post 144 meeting place info, Contact a current Post 144 member or the Post at POST144BELMONT@GMAIL.COM.

At the recent meeting of the Lowell city council, the resignation of Ken Ervin was accepted and JoAnna Fulbright appointed to the council. Pictured is city clerk Cheryl Ramsey swearing in Fulbright.

Connect the Dots: It’s all about Him

New Lake Wylie restaurant coming to McLean Marina in Belmont Diners in search of exceptional water views and a fantastic dining experience on Lake Wylie are applauding the announcement of a new restaurant being built near the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden and adjacent to Morningstar Marina on the waterfront in the McLean development. Appropriately named to reflect its laid-back ambience, drift on Lake Wylie is described as a contemporary, chef-inspired chophouse overlooking the lake. Its covered upstairs and downstairs patios have stunning longrange water views.

Spanning about 15,000 square feet, drift’s contemporary barn design will reflect Gaston County’s grassroots farming heritage combined with a modern-day legacy of leisurely lake living. Accessible by boat, the new restaurant will feature fresh fish, seafood, steaks and pasta, plus craft beers and a 1000plus bottle wine selection designed to rival any wine list in the region. McLean is a community of new homes with more than 10 miles of trails connecting residents to its scenic landscape, the waterfront, and

historic properties. The energy and activity around the McLean Marina, Ship Store and Event Lawn made the site the perfect backdrop for drift on Lake Wylie. Harry Schrader is architect and Balfour Beatty is the project’s contractor. The Jewell Agency of Charlotte is handling marketing and public relations. To make the entire experience consistently impeccable, drift will begin serving dinner only in Spring 2022, adding summer weekend lunches according to a seasonal schedule.

The film Wonder itself and its’ box office success is a wonder because of a general recognition to be kind and understanding to handicapped and disadvantaged people. The film’s school administrator actor noted that we all need to “learn a new way of seeing;” stop being superficial and self-focused but intentionally caring and helpful toward others. Wow! What a great lesson and Hollywood promoted it! Speaking about “seeing,” in that movie a classmate tormented Augie relentlessly. If we learn to see deeper we must ask ourselves where the tormenter learned that behavior. May his actions be an accurate reflection of his parents or caretakers? This is a penetrating question. Don’t we all reflect our influencer(s)? This morning, in Bojangles, a young man sat with a 32oz soda and bobbed and weaved to music on the intercom with rapt attention. He was clearly influenced and we are too, every day by voices from Hollywood, media, much of the internet, gossip, news, politicians, and music. All these sources seek to twist the way we see things and motivate our actions. Can any be trusted? What yardstick should we assess them by? In Exodus 20:7 NIV our Lord instructs us about the 3rd of our 10 commandments. “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses His name.” Well, as a superficial seer, I have always equated that to cursing as in getting really angry with careless or arrogant drivers around me. But here’s a deeper way of seeing. I’m a Christian and as such am called by His name. I’m a Christ

follower and Jesus is my Lord. If someone sees me coming unraveled over anything where I act unkindly, self-centeredly, or overbearingly might my actions be viewed as a reflection on my father and Lord? Max Lucado believes so and points Dennis Siracusa this out very clearly and creatively in his book God’s Mirror. Are we misusing God’s name by terrible ways we act? St. Patrick’s Day is nearby and he was a great influencer. At 16 he was just a normal curious kid like so many of us. He, however, was kidnapped and transported to Ireland for 5 years. He escaped and made his way, with God’s steering, back to England where he finished his education. Patrick heard God calling him to become a missionary and he yielded to that call by becoming a missionary Bishop in Ireland eventually baptizing many into the Grace of God. A sign this morning said “May your blessings be many and your troubles be few in 2022.” While this is catchy, this will only be true if we stay close to the Lord and major on that relationship and His guidance for our influence. Shouldn’t we care too, about how people view us and consider our motivations? This St. Patrick’s Day for instance, are we influenced to overconsume green beer in a tavern or choose to build our Godly character and help make our world a better place? I wonder?

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Banner News Fellowship & Faith

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

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

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

New Providence Baptist Church

East Belmont Church of God Catawba St • Belmont, NC

New Saint Paul Holiness Church

151 8th Ave. 704-824-3889

1529 Old Hwy. 27 Rd. 704-827-5851

North Main Baptist Church 1304 N. Main St. 704-827-6141

Redemption Hill Church

Restoration & Deliverance

826 W. Charlotte Ave. 704-827-2999

Ridgeview Baptist Church

124 Georgia Belle Ave 704-965-1004

105 Pine Rd. 704-827-3856

Grace Wesleyan Church

River of Life Full Gospel Church

6014 S. New Hope Rd 704-825-7959

1120 Charlotte Ave. 704-530-5174

Henry’s Chapel Ame Zion Church

Second Baptist Church

151 Henry Chapel Rd 704-825-0711

Containers/Trailers Sales & Storage Rental

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

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

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

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

Core Church 2316 Acme Rd. 704-822-8033

CrossFix Ministries 6131 Wilkinson Blvd. 704-879-4499

Crossroads Church 101 Beaty Rd. 704-827-8381

Centerview Baptist Church 2300 Acme Road 704-827-2061

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

455 Sacco St. 704-825-6007

Loves Chapel Presbyterian Church 204 Lincoln St. 704-825-8342

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Power of the Spirit Church

East Belmont Church Of God

118 School Street 704-827-7071

320 E. Catawba Street 704- 825-8845

Queen Of The Apostles Catholic Church

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

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

Exodus Church 6325 Wilkinson Blvd. 704-755-5034

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gaston Christian Church

740 Rankin Ave. 704-827-5181

Hood Memorial AME Zion Church

503 N. Main Street 704-825-9600

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Pointe 6700 Wilkinson Blvd 704-825-1709

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

Upper Room United Pentecostal

210 Park Street, Belmont NC

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

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

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

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

Community Christian Fellowship

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

Revival Tabernacle of Mt. Holly Grace Korean Ch Assembly-God

300 E. Wesleyan Dr. 704-824-1073

1104 Old NC 27 Hwy. 704-827-0822

804 W. Charlotte Ave. 704-820-0954

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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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Stuart Cramer softball starts 2022 undefeated By John Wilson

The 2022 softball season is under way and the Stuart Cramer softball team is off to a great start. Cramer is 3-0 after big wins against Cherryville, Myers Park and East Gaston. Cramer beat Cherryville 5-4 in extra innings, Myers Park 4-3, and East Gaston 13-2. This year’s team looks to be very special. Cramer head coach James Brown has a roster loaded with talent. The Storm is strong across-theboard offensively and defensively. “The team has a lot of experience,” Coach Brown said. “A lot of our starters have played together for years. They have played hundreds if not thousands of hours of travel and showcase ball to-

gether. So, there is a lot of experience here.” That kind of familiarity is critical. It significantly contributes to team chemistry. Players that are used to playing with each other definitely have an edge. When you look to evaluate a team one of the first places you need to start with is the pitching department. Many times, good pitching is the foundation for a successful year. When you look at the Storm’s pitching this season you can’t help but be impressed. Unlike baseball, in softball a team can roll with just one dedicated starter. However, at Cramer there is enough talent on the roster that the Strom can put two quality pitchers on the mound.

Junior hurler Emma Donaldson and freshman Hadley Womack are both solid. Each is capable of starting. Having that kind of depth opens up possibilities. It gives the coaching staff a chance to mix things up. “It allows me to be strategic with what I want to do,” Coach Brown said. When Donaldson and Womack are on the mound, they have a strong supporting cast. The Cramer defense is made up of players that are flexible and versatile. “A lot of these girls can play three positions,” coach Brown explained. “I can move people around if needed. Some of the top defensive players include shortstop Payton Conroy, catcher Braley Hamilton, and second baseman Andrea Detwiler


While the Storm defense does a good job keeping things in front of them you can’t take away from the fact that Cramer also has a potent offense. Cramer’s top batter is shortstop Payton Conroy who is sporting a .500 batting average. So far this year Conroy has already belted out six RBIs and a home run. “She is our most consistent power hitter,” Brown explained. There is no doubt that so far this year Payton Conroy

is having one heck of a year, but she is hardly alone when it comes to hitting. Three games into the season Cramer has five other players that are batting over .300. Also delivering solid performances at the plate are Braley Hamilton who is batting .462, centerfielder Madison Lee who’s batting .455, Andrea Detwiler who’s batting .429, and Hadley Womack who is batting .308. Womack also plays third base when she’s not on the mound. While it’s true that Cramer

has started the season with a bang it needs to be noted that several Big South programs are also off to quick starts. Right now, Crest is 4-0 while Forestview is 3-1. This week Cramer will be busy. The Storm starts the week with a home game against South Point. After that Cramer hits the road traveling to Denver to play East Lincoln before wrapping the week up with by hosting the Crest Chargers on Friday evening.

The Belmont Abbey cheerleading team hosted the inaugural Belmont Abbey Spirit Classic Saturday at the Wheeler Center. The Crusaders earned first place in the Advanced All-Girl Division with a score of 76.67 points. It was the second straight of weekend of competition for The Abbey after competing in the Conference Carolinas Spirit Championships the previous week in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Three seniors, manager Lauren Walton, Lauren Vitale and Abigayle Kelley were honored at the conclusion of the event. Pictured left to right- Emma Dusterhoff (Cheer Head Coach), Abigayle Kelley, Lauren Walton (team manager) and Lauren Vitale.


John Carayiannis and Mitch Dean

Belmont Abbey wrestlers earn All-American status


Mitch Dean (pictured right) earned the best individual finish in program history by finishing in fourth place last Saturday at the Division II National Championships at Chaifetz Arena. Dean won his first two matches of the day in the 165-pound weight class. He first earned a win over Hunter Mullin of Western Colorado via a 7-3 decision

and followed that up with a victory over Drew Wiechers of Ashland in a 9-8 decision. That advanced Dean to the third-place match against McKendree’s Cory Peterson in a rematch of the quarterfinal match Friday. Peterson won the second matchup Saturday in a 5-3 decision. John Carayiannis (pictured left) also wrapped up his first appearance at the

National Championships with an eighth-place finish. Carayannis competed in two matches Saturday, falling in a 12-4 major decision to Tyler Warner of West Liberty and faced off against the No. 7 seed in Peter Kuster of Drury in the seventh-place bout. Both Carayiannis and Dean earned All-American status with their efforts as well Friday.

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The Belmont Middle School Wildcats defeated Southwest Middle 52-42 in the Gaston County Middle School boys basketball Championship game. The Wildcats were lead by #3 Jaishawn Woods with 16 points and 8 rebounds and #14 Dylan Bradley with16 points and 5 rebounds. K.J Shouse also had a double double with13 points and 14 rebounds as Belmont won it’s first Gaston County Basketball Championship since 2011. Photos by Bill Bostick/ Tarheel Sports Photography




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It was muddy going, but workers from Carolina Park and Play were busy last week putting the new playground equipment together at Kevin Loftin Riverfront Park in Belmont. The long awaited job should be done in a couple of weeks- weather permitting. Photos by Alan Hodge

Stanley Middle School Cheerleaders are County Champs! Congratulations to the Stanley Middle School Cheerleaders and Head Coach Lockridge and Asst. Coaches Wylie and Andrews who are the Gaston County Schools County Cheerleading Champions. A huge thank you to the fan base who showed up to cheer them on.

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Local students named to Mars Hill University Dean’s List Mars Hill University recognizes 362 students named on the Honor Roll of the Academic Dean at the end of the fall 2021 semester. To qualify for the Dean’s List, students must earn a grade-point average of 3.5 on a minimum

of 12 semester hours, and carry no grade below a C. Among them are: Katelyn Blaine Hovis of Alexis, Jordan Wesley Lathe of Belmont, Brogan Michelle Heavner of Cherryville, Lavonte Marquis Hughes of

Cherryville, William Eric Bryson of Gastonia, Kevin May of Gastonia, Nicholas Drake Skaggs of Gastonia, Helen Elizabeth Peddycord of Gastonia, Nicholas Taylor Thorpe of Lowell.

James Madison University announces fall 2021 dean’s list

The South Point High School Cheerleaders held their Cheer banquet at South Point on Wednesday, March 9. Cayden Ritchie was named Outstanding Leadership award winner. Sariana Braggs won the Spirit Award, and Lydia Walker was named Most Valuable Cheerleader. Picture Identification from left to right: Cayden Ritchie - Outstanding Leadership Award, Sariana Braggs - Spirit Award, Lydia Walker - Most Valuable Cheerleader. Photo by Charlotte Sautner

James Madison University is pleased to announce that the following students made the dean’s list for the fall 2021 semester. Students

who earn dean’s list honors must carry at least 12 graded credit hours and earn a GPA of between 3.5 and 3.899. Erica Gratton of Belmont,

Wilson named to Dean’s List


Dillon Lee Wilson, Music major from Mount Holly, NC (28120), has been named to the Fall 2021 Dean’s List at Radford University. Appearing on the Dean’s List is the most prestigious academic recognition Radford University students can receive for their performance during a semester. Students are placed on the Dean’s List if they meet four specific criteria. They must have 12 semester hours of coursework graded A-F; earn GPA’s of at least 3.4 for all courses not graded on a pass-fail basis; obtain no grade lower than “C”; and no incomplete grades.

Gaston Christian Spelling Bee Gaston Christian School held its 2022 school-wide Spelling Bee last week. Congratulations to Katie Goldenburg, pictured above (5th grade) for being this year’s winner. Good job by everyone that took part.

Wofford College announces Dean’s List




Dr. Timothy Schmitz, interim provost of Wofford College, has announced Dean’s List students for the fall 2021 semester. Madelyn Elizabeth Brooks is from Gastonia, William John Jurchak is from Belmont, Kinsley Grace Marsh is from Stanley, Anna Claire Rhyne is from Belmont. To be named to the Dean’s List, a student must be enrolled for at least 12 semester hours of graded courses and attain a semester grade point average of 3.6 or higher.

who is majoring in sport & recreation management. Rhiannon Smith of Belmont, who is majoring in studio art.

CLUES ACROSS 1. Type of footwear 5. Studies a lot all at once 10. Adventure story 14. Hundred thousand 15. Former U.S. Vice President 16. Ruler 17. Indian city 18. Similar 19. Ship as cargo 20. Volcanic craters 22. Boxing’s “GOAT” 23. Bullwghting maneuvers 24. London soccer team 27. Score perfectly 30. No (Scottish) 31. SoCal hoops team (abbr.) 32. Woman (French) 35. Unwanted attic “decor” 37. Peter Grifwn’s daughter 38. Broad, shallow crater 39. Large instruments 40. Low bank or reef 41. __ and Venzetti 42. Oil group 43. Father 44. Aggressive men 45. Pairs well with green 46. Travelers need it 47. Digital audiotape 48. Midway between northeast and east 49. Chemistry descriptor 52. S. China seaport 55. Sound unit 56. Heavy cavalry sword 60. Thick piece of something 61. Spa town in Austria 63. Boyfriend 64. Norse personiwcation of old age 65. Type of box 66. Tie together 67. Fiber from the coconut 68. Chicago mayor 69. Old English letters CLUES DOWN 1. Type of sauce 2. Pattern of notes 3. Plant with long seedpods 4. Map out 5. Numbers cruncher 6. Make a mental connection 7. Italian tenor

8. N. America’s highest mountain peak 9. Witness 10. Arabic given name 11. Music awards 12. “ The Immoralist” author 13. Area units 21. Units of loudness 23. Political action committee 25. Bar bill 26. Witch 27. A theatrical performer 28. 2-door car 29. __ and yowed 32. Papier-__, art medium 33. City in Georgia 34. Irregular 36. College sports conference 37. Angry 38. Partner to cheese 40. S. American mammal 41. Self-immolation by wre rituals 43. Split pulses 44. Diswgure 46. Cow noise 47. Erase 49. Chadic language 50. Reward for doing well 51. Paid TV 52. Millisecond 53. Other 54. Colombian city 57. Necklace part 58. Every one of two or more people 59. Regrets 61. They come after “A” 62. Horse noise

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Holbrook Middle School

Belmont Middle School

Battle of the Books competition winners Congratulations to all of the Middle School teams that recently competed in the Battle of the Books. The winners of the annual competition were: Belmont Middle School, First Place; Gaston County Virtual Academy, Second Place and Holbrook Middle, Third Place. Gaston Schools photos

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Congratulations to Cramerton Middle School 6th grade math teacher, Ryan Magill, who was named a top five finalist as Gaston County Schools Linda Radar New Teacher of the Year. This award recognizes first, second, and third year teachers for making a difference early in their teaching careers. Magill is seen with principal Kevin Doran.

LEGAL NOTICE STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF GASTON NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND DEBTORS Having qualified on 4th day of February, 2022 as Administrator CTA of the Estate of DOROTHY DELLINGER PUNCH; AKA, DOROTHY JEAN PUNCH, deceased, of Gaston County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons, firms, and corporations having claims against the estate of said deceased to exhibit them to the undersigned, Nathan Forb, Administrator CTA, on or before the 23rd day of May, 2022 or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons, firms, and corporations indebted to the said estate to please make immediate payment to the undersigned. This the 23rd day of February, 2022. Nathan Forb, Administrator CTA Estate of: Dorothy Dellinger Punch; aka, Dorothy Jean Punch Counsel for the Estate McINTYRE ELDER LAW 233 E. Graham Street Shelby, NC 28150


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



LOCAL HELP WITH YOUR MEDICARE QUESTIONS. Claudia Vaughn, Licensed Sales Agent, 704-477-1426; ; United Healthcare.

HAVE A CLEAN DRIVING RECORD? AA UNITED CAB COMPANY is hiring qualified individuals for driver positions. “Must Pass Drug Test & Physical”. Call (704) 482-7000

COMPLETE CARE INC. Is seeking CNAs / In Home Aides for Cleveland and Gaston Counties. Apply M-F, 8am-4pm at 404 W. Warren St, Shelby, NC 28150 or call (704) 4809340

TOY SHOW & COLLECTIBLES. Saturday, April 2nd, Old Mooresboro School Gym, 308 Main Street, Mooresboro, NC 28114, 9:00AM-3:00PM. Admission $5, under 10 free; $30 setup fee, limit 3 tables, bring your own table, setup time 7:00AM-9:00AM. Call 828-3518822 or 704-692-7702.

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COINS * COINS * COINS. We Buy & Sell Coins. “Coin Collector Supplies.” JAKE’S KNIVES & COLLECTIBLES. 1008 South Lafayette Street, Shelby. Call 704-600-6996 (980) 295-5568

SPRING FLING POP UP SHOP. There will be several small businesses selling men and women’s clothing, accessories, candles, homemade beauty products, gourmet treats, and so much more. The event will be held on Saturday, April 9th, 2022 from 10:30am3pm at The Social Event Center located inside of Eastridge Mall, Gastonia, NC 28054. The venue is on the lower level beside Curt’s. (704) 981-0936 EVERYTHING STILL ONLY $1.00! Why pay more? MIGHTY DOLLAR

EMPLOYMENT ENERGETIC TEAM MEMBER WANTED. Looking for hard-working, energetic team member to work in a specialty retail business. Must have an outgoing can do attitude. Must be customer oriented. Regular Business Hours are Monday – Saturday 9 am to 8 pm. We offer 4 day work weeks with rotating weekends and flexible schedules. Closed on holidays and Sundays. Must be at least 21 and pass a drug and criminal background check. Send letter of interest with experience or a resume to: 70DustyBear@

HELP WANTED: LAWN CARE WORK. Call for more info, 828289-4901. NEED SOMEONE TO INSTALL my DVD & Firestick. Will pay. please call (980) 2915052 NOW HIRING Medical Equipment Billing/ Sales Manager Fulltime Apply in person at Medical Arts Pharmacy 108 E. Grover St. Shelby (704) 487-8068 COATS PERFORMANCE YARN. 501 York Road, Kings Mountain, NC. 8 & 12 hour shifts. Apply within. For more info, email kimberly.durden@ or call 980-2915331. FULL TIME MAINTENANCE MAN NEEDED. Maintain rental properties. Must have valid NC Drivers license. Pay depends on experience. (704) 473-4299 THE DAILY COURIER IS HIRING! The Daily Courier is currently hiring for the following positions: •Full Time Sales Representative •Full Time Clerk/ Customer Service •Full Time Sports Editor Benefits package available in 30 days for full time employees. Paid vacation and sick time, 401k match. If interested, please specify the position that you are applying for and send resume to: Lori Spurling c/o The Daily Courier, 601 Oak St., Forest City, NC 28043 or email EOE lspurling@ FULL-TIME MAINTENANCE POSITION. Laurel Hill Apartments is currently seeking a Maintenance Technician to join our team. You will be responsible for completing work orders, preparing apartments for new Customers, maintaining the facilities (mail room, grounds, etc...) and other required tasks. Responsibilities: •Complete work and repair orders in a timely fashion. •Meet deadlines and quality standards in preparation of Apartments for turnover. •Document time and extent of repairs. •Perform routine preventive maintenance. •Maintain material and supply inventory. •Oversee work performed by outside contractors as necessary and potentially a technician if Supervisor role. Job Type: Full-time License/ Certification: •Driver’s License •HVAC Certification (Preferred) Interested candidates can forward resume to laurelhill@ or call (704)487-1114 PART TIME PASTOR. Mary’s Grove Community Church now accepting applications for part time pastor. Send resume and references to Church email marysgrovech@gmail. com. For more information call Church Phone 704-2866262. (704) 692-2452 ONE ON ONE CARE is hiring for full/part time in the group homes for 2nd shift. Transport experience recommended not required. Hrs are 2p-11p weekdays and 8p-8a weekends. Apply in person at 203 Lee St. Shelby.

PART TIME POSITION AVAILABLE. (approximately 24 hours per week). Vending Route Driver/Merchandiser position available for Snack, Beverage Route, in the Shelby NC area. The right candidate will be motivated, a self-starter and customer service oriented. Duties include, loading box truck with beverages and snacks, driving to accounts, filling and servicing vending machines. Vending machine service includes, collecting money, rotating products. The role is approximately 20% driving and 80% stocking, moving, loading product. Regular and repeated lifting, sliding, pushing, pulling of 40lbs is required. Base pay starts at 11/hr. Weekends off! Clean driving record required. Employees must consent to background check and drug screening. Please call 704-466-3241 between the hours of 9am until 4pm Monday thru Thursday or e-mail rick@ ELECTRICANS AND ELECTRICIAN HELPERS NEEDED. EXPERIENCE NEEDED. CLEAN DRIVING RECORD AND CRIMINAL BACKGROUND. NO OUT OF TOWN WORK. PAY DEPENDING ON EXPERIENCE (704) 538-8901 LADONNADEDMOND@GMAIL.COM PART-TIME HELP. needed on chicken farm near Casar. 704692-8752 or 704-692-7362.


BUSINESS SERVICES SHIPMAN’S MASONRY- 48 YEARS EXPERIENCE. Brick, Block & Stone, Outside Fireplaces, Foundations, Underpinnings. “Free Estimates”. 1st Quality Work! (863) 532-1587 OLD MAN & A TRACTOR. Garden Tilling Service. Within area of 40 miles of Shelby. Larry Jones, (704) 692-4079 RETIRED GENERAL CONTRACTOR AVAILABLE “SPECIALIZING IN DECKS” Repairs and New Construction. Rutherford/Cleveland County areas. Contact Bob at (828) 476-6058 IT’S TIME TO TRIM CREPE MYRTLE TREES. Spreading Mulch or Gravel, minor chainsaw work and storm clean-up. I can do many of your outside chores with over 15 years experience all over Cleveland County and stretching to the Forest City area. Nice, honest, dependable, clean, drug-free, he’s an all around great guy and handyman, so call Rob today and see what I can help you with. 980-295-0750. JIM’S PAINTING SERVICES. Exterior painting only. Free estimates. You will be pleased with our work. We have references. 828-287-9272. 828-429-7511. (828) 429-7511 24 HOUR MOBILE MECHANIC. I will come to you to repair any car, lawnmower or tractor. Honest & reliable. (704) 3002332 GENERAL LAND MANAGEMENT. Bush Hogging, Backhoe & Box Blade Work. “We Do Land Clearing & Cleanup. Driveways and Roads. Tree and Debris Removal. “Reasonable Rates!” Satisfaction Guaranteed! Contact David Gregory at (256) 636-1255


LAWN CARE AND MORE! Call or text for free estimate! (828) 817-2851 firman2538@yahoo. com WILL CUT GRASS AND YARD WORK. Clover & York, SC area. (803) 627-9867 HANDYMAN SERVICES. NOW IS THE TIME. Offering: Mulching, Trees and Bushes trimmed, Minor Repairs,Ceiling Fans, Mini Blind Installation, Any Handyman Services. No Job too Big or Small! References available. We will show up and do the job. Call us first, 704-692-4449. TRIPLE D PAINTING, LLC. All your painting needs. Free estimates. Over 25 yrs experience! Facial board replacement available!!! Making your home, building or business look new again. (704) 418-5736 I WILL COME TO YOU! Experienced Diesel/Auto Mechanic, Welding & Tractor Work. Honest, Reliable. If no answer, leave message (704) 300-7590 CLEVELAND COUNTY GARAGE DOORS. Spring Tuneup Special, $69.95. We will check all your equipment lube, make sure it’s working correctly. We repair broken doors. Also offering new installations. 704477-9119 or 704-472-9367.

INDOOR CHURCH YARD SALE. Sat., Mar 19th, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Clothes, household items and much more! East Gold Street Wesleyan Church Gym, Kings Mountain, NC 28086 ESTATE SALE. Mon., March 21st - Sun., March 27th. 8 AM-until. Furniture, Clothing, Home Decor’, Crystal and much more. 102 Peoria Lane, Kings Mountain, NC 28086



BEE SUPERS PAINTED WITH RACKS, $10 each. 828-2450956.

TRAILERS, EQUIPMENT, DECKOVERS, GOOSENECK DUMP. CAR HAULER, HIGH SIDE, ENCLOSED. Cash, Credit Cards, Financing, Rent to Own Options. J. Johnson Sales INC. Forest City, NC 828245-5895.

BUSHHOG LIKE NEW. Wheel Horse Mower (nice). 54” cut Zero Kubota mower (diesel), low hours. Wall mount gas heater. Chesnee, SC. (601) 740-0837 RIDING/PUSH MOWERS, GARDEN TILLERS, GOKARTS, MINI-BIKES. Ready to mow. All in excellent condition. Can deliver, 30+ years experience in repair work. 828980-0853, 704-476-9383. MORGAN’S FIREWOOD SERVICE. Green oak, small stove wood. $85, delivered. Call 828395-0758. FOR SALE Best Offer! Heavy Duty Greenhouse 21x36 Straight sided with Gutters 1 3/4 inch metal pipe. $800.00 call 828-288-4929

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

FOR SALE Best Offer! New Inzacare Model 5510 hospital Bed Electric, Cost over 2900.00 new selling for $1400.00 call 828-288-4929

FLAG POLES & FLAGS. 15ft., 20ft., 25ft. “All American Made!” Delivery and installation is available. J. Johnson Sales INC, Forest City, NC. Call 828245-5895.

CAR TRAILER FOR SALE. $1,000 or best offer. Extra rims. 2 5/16 hitch. 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. Bar bra.peeler7@gmail.c om (704) 472-5963 NURSE GIFTS ON LOCAL WEBSITE. Coffee Mugs, Tote Bags, Fun Fridge Magnets and now the Nurse Expo is open FIREWOOD FOR SALE. Seasoned Oak by truck load also bundles. Will deliver within 15 miles of Cherryville. (704) 4353970 WOODWORKING PLANS AND LEARN how to Make Money by woodworking from home - details at local website 1997 PONTIAC GRAND AM. 2 door, $1800. Also 1970 15 foot Glass Master boat & trailer. $900. (828) 453-1558

WE SELL GOLD & SILVER COINS and BARS (1 Gram to 1 Ounce). call (980) 295-5568


A RESTORED OLD FOOTED TUB. with hardware. $1000. By appointment only. 704-8255201.

FLORESCENT LIGHTS. Nine 18 ft. florescent light fixtures with bulbs for sale. $50.00 for all. 704-473-5771.

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

SATORI PORCELAIN TILE. Linen cream matte. 256 pieces available, 12x24 inches, equals 15.39 sq. ft. Originally $4.50 per tile, now $1.50 each or $384. (828) 228-4016

ALL METAL GARAGES. Big Discounts! Zero down. Call for more details. 828-382-0455.

LAWN MOWER FOR SALE Best Offer! Toro self propelled lawn mower. Excellent condition. (704) 524-8761

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

ANTIQUES UNIQUE ANTIQUE STATION. Farm House Decor, Antiques, Collectibles, Vintage Toys, Hot Wheels, Jewelry, MORE. Tuesday-Saturday 11am-5pm. 985 US 74 Business Hwy., Ellenboro. Find us on FB. 828-3820075.

Deadline: Friday at 12:00 Noon

HORSE QUALITY HAY. Square and round bales. Call (704) 487-6855 STORAGE BUILDINGS. “We Buy, Sell, Trade” J. Johnson Sales INC. Forest City, NC 828245-5895.

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) 473-0867 BUILDINGS, GARAGES, SHOPS with Concrete Slab. “We Got’Em” and “We do them Turn Key” J. Johnson Sales INC., Forest City, NC. 828-2455895. PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS with Scratch Pads! Press Room Printing. 704-482-2243. (704) 538-5788 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”. 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 TWO CHIHUAHUA/JACK RUSSELL PUPS Small adorable brother and sister, shots up-to-date. Male has certificate to be neutered at no cost $150 each. (803) 2899839 GUITARS. 2008 CF Martin-DXIR-$390, Late 1960’s Ibanez Cherry Burst-$95. 864-6199372. 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 2 CEMETERY PLOTS $1400 or Best Offer. Westview Gardens-Bessemer City-Floral Gardens section. Seller will pay transfer fee (704) 974-4605

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MISSING DOG. BELGIAN MALINOIS. Escaped in Shelby area. Name is Bella. If you see her, please call (704) 418-1441

DEUTZ ALLIS TRACTOR. 26 HP diesel includes 5 ft. bush hog and 4 ft. box blade, 1989. Steering easy for woman or man. Quick change implements, 1200 hours. $6900. (828) 228-4016

WANT TO BUY WANT TO BUY. Good used tractor or old John Deere mower 140 or 314. (601) 740-0837 DANNY’S AUTOWERKS. Buying used or junk cars. Competitive prices. Call Danny 828-289-3081 or Jimmy 828289-1175. CASH FOR JUNK! Buying all CARS, TRUCKS, SUVS, VANS. No one beats our prices. Cash on spot. 24/7 pickup. 803-5047617.


CRAFTSMAN 27 TON WOOD SPLITTER. Like newish, 6.75HP, B.S. engine, won’t start, $350. Will text pictures. 828-980-1823.


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

WANT TO BUY. ATV’s, PopUp Campers and Small Travel Trailers. Call 828-429-3935. WE BUY JUNK VEHICLES WE BUY JUNK CARS, TRUCKS AND VANS, PAYING CASH!!!! (704) 4875244 CRESTMIDDLE@ AOL.COM OLDER FURNITURE MADE BY Daniel W. Foster. 18701929. Local carpenter, my great grandfather. Also anything else about him photos, etc. 828-9801896. WANTED: OLD AND NEW AMMO. Reloading supplies. Call 828-245-6756 or cell # 828-289-1488. WANT TO BUY CARS, TRUCKS. Trailers, Tractors, Farm Equipment. Must have ID and proof of ownership. Callahan’s Towing. (704) 692-1006



BOER BILLY GOAT for breeding. Two years old. $225. 828980-5067.



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

PETS & LIVESTOCK REG ROTTWEILERS FOR SALE. I have registered Rottweilers for sale. Whelped 2-2022 and ready to go 4-17-22. Tails have been docked and dew claws removed already. They will be wormed and have necessary shot before they go to their forever homes. Get your deposit in and pick out your pup. They wont last long. 1800 neg. 900 deposit remainder at pickup. 30 day health guarantee. Nice big headed pups. Rutherfordton Rottweilers. (828) 447-9976 v8babydoll@ BLUE TICK BEAGLE PUPPIES. 1st shots & wormed. Parents on site. Ready to go. $350 each. (704) 692-6787 DOBERMAN PINCHER PUPS FOR SALE. $150.00 each. Located in Denver, NC. 704-7375775

DOGS FOR SALE. 5 bird dogs plus mother, 20 Chihuahua/ Feist mixed. (Will stay small). $75 a piece & up. 704-4738300.

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) 614-1130


2007 TOYOTA TUNDRA 4WD, 171K miles. Like new condition. $14,987. Travel trailer also available. Call (828) 228-4016

WANTED BLUE HEELER MALE PUPPY to buy. 704-4776355.

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2&3 BEDROOM TOWN HOMES. Townhomes located in Shelby, NC. We are currently accepting applications for our waiting list. Rent is based on income (and some expenses are deducted). Please visit us today at Laurel Hill Apartments 1526 Eaves Rd., Shelby NC or call for more information 704-487-1114. Equal Housing Opportunity. MOBILE HOMES & APARTMENTS. In Kings Mountain. Price starting at $100 per week. Call (704) 739-4417 SMALL MOBILE HOME FOR RENT. One person only, electric heat ant air, private lot, great location, NO PETS, Background check and deposit. Location near Cleveland Mall. 704-477-6355.

OCEAN LAKES MYRTLE BEACH. Cottage N34. 2 bedroom, 2 bath, den, kitchen, dining, covered deck, near country store. Call Dorcas, 803-718-2659. BEACH HOUSE AT OCEAN LAKES. 2 bedroom, 2 bath, sleeps 6. Golf cart included. Weeks and long weekends available. 704-473-1494.



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

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

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

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH CONDO. 1 bedroom, 1 bath, kitchen, living room, TVs, pool, 200 feet to ocean. 704-4376321, (704) 483-0736

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


1985 CHEVROLET CAMARO. 91,000 miles, $4500, Very Good Condition. 704-297-0102

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


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

ADULT QUAIL $5 EACH. Quail Chicks $1.50 ea. Quail eggs $3 per doz. 10% to 20% off adult birds. (704) 476-9943 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.

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. $15,000 per acre. 704-472-5844 TURN YOUR HOUSE INTO CASH? I PURCHASE UNWANTED RENTAL PROPERTY AND/OR STARTER HOMES. MUST BE PRICED TO SELL! “QUICK CLOSINGS”! Call 704-472-0006.


BUYING GOLD & SILVER COINS and BARS. call (980) 295-5568

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


TRACTOR 30 INCH -DIRT SCOOP. Rear 3- point reversible dump and scoop, Like new! Heavy Duty $275.00 OBO. Sells for $380.00 (704) 7189122 scubasteve258@carolina. FREE HORSE MANURE COMPOST Free horse manure. Great for gardens. (828) 447-0652

Deadline: Friday at 12:00 Noon

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 // (704) 705-4513 rhp55plus@outlook. com

COMMERCIAL SPACE, 2000 SQ. FT. With loading dock, restroom, separate entrance, lots of traffic on HWY 10 West near Banoak School. $1250 mo. Call for appointment (828) 228-4016 RUTHERFORD COUNTY OAKLAND ROAD 2BR APARTMENT. Like new. Appliances, sewer, water, garbage included $650. Small efficiency, all utilities included, $495 plus deposit & references. 828-2481776. 3 BEDROOM, 2 BATH, on secluded 1 acre lot. No pets. First, last, security. 55 & older. Background check. Shiloh area. 828-429-9831. 3 BEDROOM, 2 BATH MODULAR. Private, country setting in Forest City. $900 month. $900 deposit. No smoking. 864-3167702.

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

2 BEDROOM, 1 BATH MOBILE HOME. Harris area, private lot. $650 month, $650 deposit. Application required. Proof of income required. No smoking, No pets. 828-4293424.

MOVE IN SPECIAL. 2 & 3 Bedroom, deposit required. $195 weekly rates. Includes power and water. NO PETS. (704) 473-4299

2 & 3 BEDROOM MOBILE HOMES. Small private park between Spindale and Forest City. Starting at $550 per month. 828-382-0475.

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Ida Rankin reading event... Ida Rankin Elementary had an amazing kick off for the recent One and Only Rankin reading event. One of the guest readers was Mount Holly Mayor Bryan Hough (above) and his dogs Guinness and Chloe. The students also participated in animal yoga and got to move like Ivan and his friends.

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The Gaston Christian School Varsity girls soccer team defeated Gaston Day 4-0 in their first home game of the season last week. Ayden 2 goals, Izzy 1 goal, Ryanne 1 goal, Merrin 1 assist, Hannah 1 assist, Julia 2 assists. GCS photo

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COMMUNITY MEETING Monday, March 28, at 7:00 p.m. Residents of Kings Mountain and surrounding communities are invited to attend a meeting to learn more about a new Albemarle Kings Mountain project.

Kings Mountain City Hall 101 W Gold St, Kings Mountain, NC