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179-year-old St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Mt. Holly welcomed folks last Saturday By Alan Hodge

March is Irish American Heritage Month and last Saturday a Mt. Holly landmark gave people a chance to step back in time at a place with strong connections to Ireland. The event was a Catholic Mass held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church- the oldest still standing original Catholic church in North Carolina and the fourth oldest Catholic

house of worship built in the state- to honor St. Joseph’s Day. Last year’s service was called off due to Covid concerns, but the sun shined brightly this year and folks showed up masked and unmasked alike. St. Joseph’s caretaker Bill Bridgeman from Mt. Holly was an attendee. “It’s great that everyone can get out,” Bridgeman said. Belmont resident Janet

Rhyne also attended. “It’s a beautiful day,” she said. “I’ve been coming here for the St. Joseph’s Day service for years.” Real estate agent Judy Bell came from Cornelius to attend. “I discovered this little church while showing a home in the area,” she said. “I became fascinated by it. What a piece of history.” See ST. JOSEPH’S, Page 6

Father Paul Buchanan chats with Judy Bell before the St. Joseph’s Day Mass event. Photo by Alan Hodge

Mark Young- A life in sports By Ray Hardee

The Mt. Holly Farmers Market is opening April 2 and will be celebrating its 17th anniversary this year.

Mt. Holly Farmers Market getting set for another great season By Alan Hodge

The long-awaited spring 2022 opening of the Mt. Holly Farmers Market is coming up. The market will have a soft opening at 8 am-12 noon, Saturday, April

2. The market will stay open until October. The market is located at 226 S. Main St. in downtown Mt. Holly. Look for the large open-air trellis. This year marks the market’s 17th anniversary.

There will be two Entry/ Exit points into the market for customers- one on Main St. and the other at the market rear parking lot. A pickup area will be provided if needed. See MARKET, Page 4

He started playing competitive sports when he was still in the single digits- he was nine. Over the years, he played every sport to which he was introduced. In his family, it was a matter of survival. As part of a family of seven, they shared common characteristics- competitive and focused. Mark says, “I often remember playing sports and truly enjoyed the experience of competing against my older brothers. It was always fun trying to get one up on them. The joys of childhood and the age of innocence with no responsibilities was a great thing in our house.” Mark got his start playing football for the “tiny” Optimist football team in Dallas, N.C. The next year, he took a step up with the Optimist Pop Warner. Moving to Belmont

and living right on the line between Belmont and McAdenville- a haven for the vaunted McAdenville Dolphins. In a long line of excellence and tradition, he joined his team as they made the annual trek to Florida to play bowl teams there from the Sunshine State. In Junior High (then the name for what we call today “middle school”), Mark began playing at Belmont Junior High. He earned the tight to play the quarterback position, enjoyed it immensely, and found his niche. Previously, he had played the running back position almost exclusively. Now, taking the helm behind the center, he discovered his true calling, hitting his stride

Mark Young with his now well-developed athletic talents and skills. The laboratory of athletic development for Mark was exactly what he needed to go to the next level. Having climbed the ladder of success in the junior See YOUNG, Page 4


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R ECOLLECTIONS AND R EFLECTIONS Upset people speak from the brokenness of their life

The front porch By Alan Hodge Banner-News Editor

One of my favorite pieces of music is Knoxville: Summer of 1915. The music was composed by Samuel Barber in 1947 using words of a James Agee poem. It begins… It has become that time of evening When people sit on their porches Rocking gently and talking gently And watching the street And the standing up into their sphere Of possession of the trees, Of birds’ hung havens, hangars. I am lucky enough to live in a dwelling place with a wide front porch. Years ago, it only had a bench and two rocking chairs. Now, it is inhabited by two red pigs, three red chairs, a chicken on a bike, numerous wind chimes, a surplus WWII aerial bomb, signs with sayings such as “Welcome, Now Piss Off” and “Lunatic Asylum Entrance”, a 150-year-old timber from a Canadian cow barn, and a retired mailbox among other doodads. I sit on the porch as often as I can. In cold weather I put on my WWII RAF flying jacket and pull the fur collar up around my ears. In summer I wear my uniform of shorts, a t-shirt, and sandals. I used to sling a hammock on the porch and snooze, but the roar of jets overhead from Charlotte ruined that. From the porch I can see woods and the cul-de-sac. I can see my bird feeders, a bluebird house, and Pooty the life-size, pink, metal pig we have at the end of the driveaway as a gate guardian. Last week I watched two bluebirds checking out the house, but they

could not decide if it was suitable, and they flew off. I saw two redbirds frisking in the gumball tree. When they were done, Mr. Bird smoked a cig and Mrs. Bird straightened her clothes and arranged her hair.. figuratively speaking of course. Spring is here after all, and the huge azalea bushes out front are trying to dodge the cold nights and bloom. When we planted them over 30 years ago, they were in one-gallon pots from Kmart and now they are as big as a pickup truck. When the wind blows the porch chimes make a lovely noise. One is made from an artillery shell casing and it clangs loudly. Others are made from forks, knives, spoons, tin cups and that sort of thing and they clink and clank sweetly. There’s a large rubber bat hanging from the porch ceiling, and it sails and soars in the wind. There’s a hanging artwork Sharon made from frosted glass bottle stoppers and a Lexus car hubcap. The bottle stoppers look like huge raindrops and the sun catches the glass and squeezes it and rainbows come out. Sometimes on the porch I think about nothing. Other times story ideas pop into my head and I keep a pad handy to jot them down. Lately I worry about the state of the nation and world. I try not to but can’t help it. I ponder the fact that it’s been over 35 years since I first sat on that porch and all the talk and thought and observation that has gone on there over three decades. Do you have a front porch? Consider yourself lucky. If not find a nice quiet haven and park yourself there and meditate on what you see, what you have seen, and what you will see there. Stand up, stand up, I say, in your own sphere of possession.

By Tony Marciano Have you ever asked yourself, why do you do what you do? Why do you react or overreact to situations where you say or do things you later regret? Before working at Charlotte Rescue Mission, I was a pastor. In fact, one of the churches I planted was out of a funeral home (but that’s another story). Let me take you into my first pastorate. I was young and inexperienced. I was learning as I went along. The church had some significant debt. In order to reduce our heating bill and save some money, we moved the Sunday services from the sanctuary that had a high ceiling into the fellowship hall that had a normal eight-foot ceiling. We held both Sunday morning and Sunday night services there for the months of January and February. Sunday night church services were more casual. It was after one of those services I was talking to a group of parishioners. We were joking and telling stories about the TV show M.A.S.H. A few minutes into the conversation, another member of the church came up to us and got in my face. He wasn’t kind. In fact, he was upset. With a rather loud voice, he said to the group, “How can you talk about that show M.A.S.H? All it’s about is sex. I can’t believe you are discussing it.” With that, he stormed off. I was shocked. We quickly changed the topic of the conversation. That was January. In May, he and his wife met with me. She was hysterically upset. She was confronting him about having an affair with his sister-in-law. I immediately flashed back to the January conversation when he confronted me about the TV

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2022. The survey will be advertised and made available through the City of Belmont’s website, as well as through its social media channels. More information about this project can be found at https://www.cityofbelmont. org/ped-plan-update.


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things from a position of pain in our lives. Tony Marciano We respond with something harsh to protect us from the truth. Instead of pausing to find out what button got pushed, we snap at the person, verbally attacking them. It protects us from confronting the brokenness in our life, but we don’t get healthy. There will be another situation that presses our buttons. We will repeat the process over and over. I paraphrase a Scripture verse that says, ‘Why do I do the things I shouldn’t do and not do the things I should do. Wretched man that I am, who will deliver me from this body of death.’ Healing begins when we are both honest which buttons got pushed and why they exist. We also need to have the willingness to be vulnerable and admit we have a problem. I’ll be back in two weeks. Until then, live well my friend.

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show and his description of it. Was he feeling guilty for violating his marital vows? Fast forward and I am in my third pastorate. It was a church plant so we were meeting in temporary quarters. It was Valentine’s Day. While I don’t remember the sermon, I do remember it was perhaps the most unconventional sermon I had ever preached. Before I said the “Amen” in the benediction, a parishioner bolted from her seat to the pulpit where I was standing. She confronted me with a rather stern tone and got in my face saying, “That was the worst sermon I have ever heard in my life.” Remembering my experience a few years before, I wondered to myself how long it would take for me to find out the truth of her life. It was two months later when I was driving her to the hospital where her husband was. She was in her mid60’s. They never had children. She confessed to me that marrying her husband was the biggest mistake of her life. It’s too easy to do and say




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How to grow better tomatoes The time to plant tomatoes is rapidly approaching. Here are some timely tips on that succulent subject. By Mary Brennanen The lovely summer tomato, what could be better sliced thickly and served up on a sandwich or as a side? Begin planning now for better tomatoes. There are good cultural practices which can be used in your garden to prolong the life of your tomatoes into the summer. The first step is to carefully consider choosing varieties, also referred to as cultivars, which have resistance to disease. Many of our preferred tomato cultivars that we plant in our gardens are heirloom varieties which are very susceptible to disease and often die by late July. There are tomato cultivars which have

been developed at the NC State University Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center in Mills River by Randy Gardner, Tomato Breeder and Professor Emeritus, Horticultural Science with disease resistances to late blight, Fusarium wilt race 3, and tomato spotted wilt virus. The breeding program, currently led by Dilip R. Panthee, Ph.D. Is also breeding for horticultural traits including earliness, large fruit size, firmness, color, flavor, smoothness, crack resistance, shelf life and high temperature fruit set. Combinations of quality features and disease resistance are sought in a variety of types (large-fruited, Roma, cherry, grape) and in red and yellow fruit colors in the breeding program. Some of the varieties available from

the breeding program are ‘Mountain Glory’, ‘Mountain Magic’, ‘Mountain Majesty’ and ‘Mountain Pride’ for slicing tomatoes. Other varieties with some disease resistance are 2 cherry types ‘Sun Gold’ and ‘Mountain Belle’. A plum type with disease resistance is ‘Plum Crimson’ and a grape type with disease resistance is ‘Mountain Honey’. If you save seed from heirloom types, such as a ‘German Johnson’ or ‘Cherokee Purple’, it is recommended that you make sure the seed is clean of any disease inoculums, which easily overwinters on seed. Threat the seed by dipping it in a solution containing 1 quart of household bleach and 4 quarts of water plus one-half teaspoon of mild dish soap for 1 minute. Constantly stir the solution and








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then wash the seed in running water for 5 minutes and dry the seed thoroughly. The final rinse should be done with a gallon of water with 1 ounce of vinegar. Dry the seed after the final rinse. Consider the nutrition requirements of tomatoes and how you will meet those to keep the plants healthy. Hopefully you are using your soil test report to determine how much fertility to add to the soil for tomatoes. Soil test kits are available at our office between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. and testing is free from April 1 until November 30. Be sure to plant tomatoes when the soil has warmed to 60 degrees Fahrenheit, the appropriate temperature for healthy root growth. In our area, this will depend more on the weather and less on the calendar date, although most tomatoes will be set as transplants from mid April to mid May. Choose healthy transplants that are not showing signs of disease or insect pests. It is best to choose plants that are not blooming and are not root bound in the container. Do not plant your tomatoes where other plants in the Solanaceae family were planted within the last 2 years. By rotating crop families, you can help to break disease and pest cycles associated with the soil. Eggplants and Peppers are other solanaceous plants often grown in our summer gardens. Plant tomatoes spaced at least 2 feet apart so that there will be good air flow to aid in pollination and drying of leaves after showers and heavy dew events. Trellis your tomatoes on sanitized stakes or cages. Plan to prune your tomatoes by suckering them and removing leaves below fruit set. Make sure the plants are receiving at least 1 inch of water a week during the growing season. Only water your tomatoes at the base of the plant. Drip irrigation or soaker hoses can be used to aid in proper watering technique. If disease symptoms appear, remove the plant parts showing signs of disease and dispose of them in the trashcan. You may need to rogue out entire diseased plants, including the roots, to protect the rest of your tomatoes. Mulch your tomatoes to cover the soil, to protect against soil

splash, to suppress weeds and to maintain soil moisture. Organic materials such as wheat, fescue, or alfalfa straw can be used. Many produce farmers use plastic mulch with drip irrigation to create optimum growing conditions for their tomatoes. There are new biodegradable mulches available which can be used. Plan to regularly scout your tomatoes for the presence of insect damage and signs of disease. Using Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a systematic way to manage pests. Many small insects like leafhoppers are vectors for viral diseases. Rather than listing insects and diseases which could be possible pests and then matching them with a pesticide, Cooperative Extension promotes a system of pest management called Integrated Pest Management or IPM. IPM is an approach that uses knowledge about pests and their life cycles, cultural practices, nonchemical methods and pesticides to manage pest problems. It is recommended that you start with prevention in mind by doing all of the good cultural practices that you can to minimize the incidence of pests. Good cultural practices such as choosing diseaseresistant varieties, using soil test results for fertility inputs, planting in well-prepared soil at the proper time, and watering properly will go a long way in reducing pest problems. The IPM steps that are followed in a systematic way along with using good cultural practices in order of practice are next using mechanical and physical tactics for prevention, third, using biorational insecticide or fungicide applications prior to outbreak status. If you wait until outbreak status when you have an infestation of insects or a full-blown disease taking the plant down, you may need to use a more persistent pesticide for control. Pesticides which are persistent are more long lasting in the environment and typically do not readily biodegrade. Biorational pesticides are less persistent in the environment and do biodegrade. Some of the insect pests you are likely to see on tomatoes are flea beetles early in the season, Colorado potato beetle if you are also growing

a lot of potatoes, tomato fruit worm, armyworm, tomato pinworm, stink bugs, thrips, white flies, and mites. Be sure to keep weedy borders mowed and plant flowers to attract beneficial insects which will prey on some of the pests. Thoroughly scout fields and spray only when necessary. For flea beetles, use insecticidal oil, neem, spinosad, or parasitic nematodes as a soil drench. For Colorado potato beetles, use neem oil, spinosad, and pyrethrin for larval control. For tomato fruit worm, also known as the corn earworm, use insecticidal oil, neem, Bacillus thruringiensis, insecticidal soap, and Chromobacterium (Grandevo). For armyworm, including beet, southern, and yellow-striped armyworm, use spinosad, Bacillus thruringiensis, Chromobacterium, Spod-X, and kaolin clay as a repellant. For stinkbugs use Chromobacterium, insecticidal oil, and pyrethrin. For thrips use spinosad, insecticidal soap, and paraffinic oil. For white flies use neem oil, insecticidal soap, and Chromobacterium. Always read the product labels and follow the exact directions for amounts and timing of applications. Remember, using pesticides is the last step in the IPM system. Diseases you may encounter with tomatoes are bacterial canker, bacterial spot and speck, early blight, late blight, powdery mildew, septoria leaf spot, southern blight, and tobacco mosaic virus. Some strategies to use to prevent disease are to use resistant varieties, use disease-free see and transplants, rotate crop families, control solanaceous weeds, use cover crops the season before, destroy crop residue, rogue out diseased plants, promote good air flow by using the proper spacing, do not handle plants when they are wet, water at the base of the plant and ensure that proper fertility is provided based on soil report. Biorational fungicides for use are Bacillus subtilis (Nutria organic control), copper products, lime-sulfur, paraffinic oil, potassium bicarbonate, neem oil, and sulfur products. It is recommended that you alternate the fungicide that you use to avoid the development of disease resistance in the causal organism.

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YOUNG From Page 1 ranks, he entered Belmont’s South Point High School. Mark says, “It was there that I felt like I entered the arena

an Electronic Benefits Transfer card. This card can be used like a debit card to purchase eligible food in authorized retail food stores. To be eligible for SNAP, most households must meet certain bank balance limits. A household with an elderly (over 60) or disabled household member may have a higher bank balance limit. More details at https://www.fns.usda. gov/snap/supplemental-nutrition-assistanceprogram. The way it works is folks can present their SNAP card at a booth for that purpose at the market. The card account values are used to obtain wooden tokens which are in turn used to purchase food. Precooked hot food and art and craft items cannot be bought with the tokens, but things such as fruit and vegetables can. Anyone, not just SNAP clients, can purchase the wooden tokens instead of using a bank card or writing a check for their purchases. Venmo electronic pay will also be available at some vendors. Overall, this year’s Mt. Holly Farmers Market will once again be an oasis of healthy food for its customers and a place where folks can meet and mingle- closer than six feet if they take a notion. For more information visit https://www.

to compete with older, better football players. I knew that I had to bide my time, compete, and make the most out of my opportunity. During my freshman year, I was the secondstring quarterback I knew that I had to be persistent and knowledgeable with learning

Mt. Holly art crawl planned Come to downtown Mt. Holly March 25th from 6-9 pm and see all that will be happening around town in local businesses and art galleries/studios. The event will start at Awaken Gallery (107 W. Central Ave,) and artist/ owner Emily Andress who will have new works on display and artists that occupy

Studios107 upstairs above the gallery will show their work as well. It’s Awaken Gallery’s fourth anniversary. Pick up your map of the businesses and more information about Arts Mount Holly at awakengallerync and artsonthegreenway. There will be a reception at Arts on the Greenway (500 E. Central Ave.) from 6-9.

the high school system and playbook. This was challenging to say the least, but I knew from all the time, effort, energy, and determination that my efforts would eventually pay off.” And “pay off” they did as he ascended quickly during his freshman year to the starting position during the fourth game of the year against North Gaston when the starting quarterback was injured. Since Mark had made the effort to hone his skills, talents, and maturity, he took led the offense with expertise and “never looked back” always determined to be the best player that he could be. The team started winning more regularly and making progress each and every week finishing the season with a winning record. By his senior year, South Point was 10-0 and had a good feeling going into the state playoffs. Unfortunately, they lost in the first round. But Mark’s exploits gave him the opportunity to sign a full scholarship to play college football at Wake Forest University on the Division I level. Mark says, “I was red-shirted my first year and it turned out to be a great thing, because it gave me more time to focus on my studies and to grow athletically and physically.” Fortunately, when he finally took the field, he was

The Mt. Holly Farmers Market Trellis. successful. “I was runner-up for ACC Player of The Year to Ray Agnew from NC State University,” he said. “The very next year, I was on the AllACC First Team as a running back. The college experience has shaped and molded me to be the person that I am and have always been grateful and humbled for the opportunities that I have had to be a student-athlete.” A perennial MVP in baseball and football, Mark was All-State in high school football, All-ACC player in football, and selected as an East-West High School AllStar as well. But his achievements were not confined to athletic fields. He was selected as a regular Member of the Student Council and in his Senior Year (1985), chosen to be President of His Senior Class, Member of the United Nations Club, and selected as one of the Who’s Who Among American High School Students. Mark Young has certainly earned his place in the Belmont Sports Hall of Fame. 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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Now, for even better, long awaited, From Page 1 news. “We are going back to our normal, pre-Covid, operating procedures,” said market manager Scott Griffin. “We are excited. We are pumped.” The market will be offering the usual bounty of fresh vegetables, meat, baked goods, flowers, and more. Last year, a record-setting 34 vendors were on hand. “We are hoping for even more vendors this year,” said Griffin. In addition, there will be music starting from the very first day, and food trucks too. “People can eat breakfast or lunch,” Griffin said. Wait, there’s more. “We will have a chef on hand every other week for cooking demonstrations using market products,” said Griffin. As usual, credit and debit cards will be accepted at the market, as will EBT/SNAP transactions. SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, is the nation’s most important antihunger program. SNAP provides benefits to eligible low-income individuals and families via

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New volunteers: Zachary, Oakley, Ginger, Taryn, and Tristan DeHaan came out to “support local” and cleared trip hazards from Crowders Trail.

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Friends of Crowders Mountain want to remind everyone - Did you know that Apples, Oranges, Bananas, Pistachios, Nuts, Dried Vegetables, etc. are LITTER? They can be dangerous to birds, animals, children, and pets visiting the park. Good rule of thumb: If it is not native to the area, do not leave it.

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The friends of Crowders Mountain held a cleanup day of March 19. Dedicated volunteers spent the time clearing brush and roots. (Above) Father and son, Marc and Craig Bresalier (foreground) handled litter detail from Sparrow Springs Visitor Center to Crowders Mountain. Behind them are volunteers Morris Teeter and Leonard Smith.

Friends of Crowders Mtn. hike planned The Friends of Crowders Mountain will host a three parks, two states loop hike on Saturday, April 23. Limited to 20 hikers. Registration is required by Friday, April 22. This is an intermediate level 10-mile hike. No pets. Meet at the Boulders Access, 108 VanDyke Road, Kings Mountain, NC at 8:45 a.m. Boots On The Trail at 9 a.m. Approximate return is 1 p.m. No transportation nor lunch pro-

vided. Please bring sufficient food and water, along with any medications, sunscreen, and insect repellant that you may need. Restrooms at Start and Finish only. Hike is weather dependent. Donations appreciated. Register by contacting the main visitor center at 704-853-5375. Please see facebook. com/FriendsOfCrowdersMtn or

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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.

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When we think of being followers of Jesus, we often think of worship, going to church, praying, and reading the Bible. All of these things are certainly important parts of being a disciple of Jesus. There is also something else important as well, and that is being a servant. Sometimes the idea of service, and serving others may seem as something beneath us, however being a servant is exactly what we are called by Jesus to be. In Matthew 20:20-28, Jesus was asked a question by the mother of two of His disciples. James and John’s mother asked Jesus if her two sons could sit one on the right of Jesus, and the other on the left in heaven. Wow, what a bold question to ask of Jesus! Jesus told her she didn’t know what she was asking. Could her sons go through what Jesus would go through? Yes, they said they were able. Indeed, James and John would endure much as disciples of Jesus. They were always part of Jesus’ ministry while He was on Earth. Jesus told them they would do many things for Him, yet it was not

for Him to decide who would sit beside Him in heaven, that would be the decision of the Father. When the other disciples heard what James and John had done, they were angry. Jesus took the opportunity to remind them that their rulers and those in authority would rule over them, yet they would be servants. Jesus said, “The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28, ESV). Jesus, the ruler of the universe, came here to be a servant, laying down His life for us on the cross. He, who deserves such awesome worship and praise, lived a life on earth as a servant. This is the example He has given us, to serve. Service is a dedication to God. It is placing Him above all things and living for Him every day. Service is also serving others. It is tempting to want to be the leader, or the one in authority, but as Christians we serve. We put others ahead of ourselves. The concept of service is one of the ways we become Christlike. This is how we become more like Jesus. Through our service we serve God. As disciples of Jesus, we serve.

Moody’s Investors Service recognizes City of Mount Holly strengthened financial position Moody’s Investors Service, an international bond credit rating corporation, has upgraded the City of Mount Holly’s general obligation bonds to an Aa1 rating from an Aa2 rating. The city has approximately $1.6 million in general obligation (GO) debt outstanding. Moody’s delivers independent, in-depth and transparent recommendations on credit risk through its credit ratings. These ratings signify that the issuer is financially sound and has adequate revenues and cash reserves to pay its debts. Moody’s investment grade is similar to an individual’s credit score from companies

such as Equifax or Transunion. The better the rating the higher chances of being approved to borrow money directly from investors by issuing bonds or notes instead of taking a loan from a bank in comparison to an individual wishing to keep a higher credit score to improve their chances of obtaining a loan and securing lower interest rates. Moody’s factors in the City’s tax base, its finances, the management framework and operating history, and current debt and liabilities, similar to an individual’s credit rating analyzing the number of open accounts,

levels of debt, and repayment history. An investment grade rating has 5 levels: AAA, AA, A, BBB and BBB-, AAA being the highest, much like levels of credit scores of exceptional, very good, good, fair, and poor. The upgrade to Aa1 reflects the city’s strengthened financial position following several years of operating surpluses, leading growth in fund balance to outpace that of revenues. The rating also incorporates the City’s limited but growing tax base with average income and wealth metrics and manageable longterm liabilities.

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Father Paul Buchanan performed the St. Joseph’s Day Mass.

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Bill Bridgeman and Janet Rhyne sharing stories.

ST. JOSEPH’S From Page 1 Father Paul Buchanan from Queen of Apostles Catholic Church in Belmont performed the Mass. “It’s great to be back in person,” he said. “This church is a beautiful part of our history.” The 179-year-old church was originally constructed in 1843 to serve local Irish Catholic miners and their families. The church is located on NC273 just past the Freightliner factory.

Nearly everything about St. Joseph’s except the roof, shutters, and a few other things date from its original construction. Even though the 1841 St. Paul’s Catholic Church in New Bern was the first church Catholic church built in North Carolina, a fire destroyed much of the original building in 1947. The fact that St. Joseph’s is nearly all the same as it was in 1843 lets it claim the title as the oldest original Catho-

Folks taking their seats at St. Joseph’s.

The cemetery at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.

lic church in the state. St. Joseph’s was built to serve the Irish miners who were in Gaston County looking for gold. They had come here to work for an Italian gent named Chevalier Riva de Finola and prior to the church’s construction had used his home as a place of worship. After de Finola met with financial setbacks, he moved out of the Gaston County and the miners were without a place to worship.

Thus was born the need for a Catholic church near what would eventually be Mt. Holly. A driving force behind the building of St. Joseph’s was Father T.J. Cronin who started a fundraising effort for the church’s cost which was estimated at $400. Father Cronin had come to Gaston County from Charleston, S.C. A “circuit preacher”, he traveled a wide area, including Gaston County, depending on the hospitality of others as he spread the gospel. Around 1841, one of the Irish miners, William Lornegan, donated six acres of land that would be the site for St. Joseph’s. The church was finished, debt free, in 1843. Unfortunately, Father Cronin had passed away in 1842 in Salisbury before he could see St. Joseph’s built. His body was later brought to the Lornegan plot and he was the first person interred in what would be the St. Joseph’s church cemetery. Next on the St. Joseph’s scene was another missionary, Father J.J. O’Connell, who conducted the first Mass there soon after the building was completed. Though he still continued his circuit riding duties, Father O’Connell

The statue of St. Joseph. Photos by Alan Hodge

The NC Highway Historical Marker on NC273 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. would still swing by St. Joseph’s as often as possible to hold services. In 1844, Father John Griffin came to St. Joseph’s. He would later become the bishop of Chicago. Other priests that served St. Joseph’s in the 19th century included Father L.P. Connell (1861-1865), and Father A.J. McNeil (1865-1870). Father O’Connell returned to St. Joseph’s from 1870-1877. These days, St. Joseph’s is a mission of Queen of the Apostle’s Church in Belmont. Before its restoration, St. Joseph’s went through decades of neglect and was even used at one time as a hay barn. In 1965, Father James Keenan of Queen of the Apostles raised money and had the roof repaired and a paint job done on the church. After that repair, St. Joseph’s went through another decade sans maintenance. In 1974 Francis Galligan of Gastonia led an effort to set things right once and for all. With $15,000 raised from

donations by the Knights of Columbus, Belmont Abbey College, Sacred Heart College, the Boy Scouts, and many individuals, St. Joseph’s was restored inside and out. In addition to the church building itself, one of the most important parts of the site is the statue of St. Joseph himself that overlooks the cemetery. The statue stood for 75 years at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Asheville and arrived in Mount Holly in 2001. It weighs 1,600 lbs. On Nov. 2, 1975, St. Joseph’s was rededicated by Rev. Michael Begley, bishop of Charlotte, and the Rev. Abbot Jude Cleary, of Belmont Abbey. More than 250 people attended the ceremony. In 1979, St. Joseph’s was named a National Historic Site by the US Dept. of the Interior and that same year a NC Highway Historical marker was erected in front of the church and cemetery.

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The City of Lowell held a St. Patrick’s Day event and parade last weekend. It was chilly but everyone had a great time. Photos by Karen Busler and Carolina Spotlight Dance Studios

Lowell Women’s Club and Gastonia Honey Hunters BAM.

Carolina Spotlight Dance studios took part in the parade and showed their St. Patrick’s green.

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Gaston County Extension & Community Association April 2022 classes Gaston County Extension & Community Association (ECA) is one of Extension’s volunteer groups. From supporting both Extension and community projects, ECA volunteers also host hands-on workshops, such as quilting and sewing. Interested in learning more - then check out these upcoming events: Monthly Craft-Project Day Sat., April 9th | 10:00am - 6:00pm Lucile Tatum Center (959 Osceola St., Gastonia) Do you have sewing or crafting projects that you’re working on...need more space? If so, and you want to join other crafters, this monthly event may be for you! Bring your project and supplies and join ECA volunteers. Our large utility tables are perfect for sewing, quilting, paper crafting, etc. Plus, this is a casual way to connect with others while working on your project. No cost to participate. Stay for as little or long as you like! More info: Pam Bryson or 704.865.3291 Monthly Sup & Sew Thurs., April 14th | 3:00 - 8:30pm Lucile Tatum Center (959 Osceola St., Gastonia) Do you have sewing or crafting projects that you’re working on...need more space? If so, and you want to join other crafters, this monthly event may be for you! Bring your project and supplies and join ECA volunteers. Our large utility tables are perfect for sewing, quilting, paper crafting, etc. Plus, this is a casual way to connect with others while working on your project. No cost to participate. Stay for as little or long as you like! More info: Pam Bryson or 704.865.3291

Labor Commissioner Josh Dobson presents employees of the City of Mount Holly’s Public Utilities Department, Street and Solid Waste, Water and Wastewater Treatment Plants with a SHARP flag and certificates for their recertification as Public Sector SHARP sites. From left to right on the front row: Jeff Womack, Robby Stewart, Ronnie Hale, Sarah Conder, Doug Shoutd and Commissioner Josh Dobson. From left to right on the back row: Caleb Monteith, John Womble, Tony Walker, Keith Lynch and Dean Morton. From left to right behind the back row: Mayor Bryan Hough, City Manager Miles Braswell, City Attorney Marie Anders, Councilman Ivory Craig Jr., Councilman Jeff Meadows, Councilwoman Lauren Shoemaker, Councilman David Moore, Councilwoman Phyllis Harris and Councilwoman Christina Pawlish. Photo courtesy of Mary Blomquist, City of Mount Holly Public Information Officer

City of Mount Holly Public Sector earns SHARP recertification The N.C. Department of Labor (NCDOL) recertified four City of Mount Holly departments/divisions as NCDOL Public Sector SHARP (Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program) sites during the City Council Meeting at City of Mount Holly Municipal Complex on Monday, March 14. These departments/divisions include the City of Mount Holly’s Public Utilities Department, Street and Solid Waste, Water and Wastewater Treatment Plants. Labor Commissioner Josh Dobson provided brief remarks and presented the departments with certificates and a new flag. “If you don’t have a com-

mitment to workforce safety, you can’t reach your potential as a city,” Labor Commissioner Josh Dobson said. “You are leading the way on that. You all are part of that. It’s a commitment from your mayor, your city council and your department leaders as well. From my perspective, as Commissioner of Labor, thank you for your commitment to workplace safety and health.” SHARP is administered by the labor department’s Consultative Services Bureau under its Occupational Safety and Health Division. The program is designed for small to mid-size employers that have established, implemented and maintained ex-

ceptional workplace safety standards. The Public Sector SHARP recognizes certain categories of public sector employers. Existing categories include public works, sheriff and police, public utilities, fire, EMS, and parks and recreation. “The day-to-day priorities that lead to receiving these SHARP awards are no small task and worth celebrating,” Mount Holly City Manager Miles Braswell said. “We look forward to our continued partnership with the NCDOL.” The Public Utilities Department and the Street and Solid Waste Department were initially certified in 2013, while the Water Treat-

ment Plant and the Wastewater Treatment Plant were originally certified in 2017. The City of Mount Holly has worked with the Consultative Services Bureau for many years to improve its safety program and work toward the SHARP designation. Several City of Mount Holly departments received awards at last year’s Gastonia Safety Awards Banquet including, Public Works, Public Utilities, Parks and Recreation, and Police. “Receiving these awards, year after year, is a testament to our employees’ dedication to safety as well as providing the highest level of excellence to our community,” Mayor Bryan Hough said.

Sewing Workshop: Easter Ornaments Tues., April 5th | 1:30pm - 4:30pm Lucile Tatum Center (959 Osceola St., Gastonia) Cost: $7 - ECA members; $9 - non ECA members Checks only, payable to: Gaston Co. ECA. Checks can be dropped off or mailed to: Gaston Co. ECA, 959 Osceola St., Gastonia, NC 28054 Register by April 1st: Pam Bryson or 704.865.3291 Instructor: Patti Wells Basic knowledge of sewing machine operation is needed to take this class. Materials needed for class include: Easter egg: bright or pastel yellow, pink, green, purple, etc. (scrap cloth), Carrot: various shades of orange and one green scrap, Bunny: colorful fabric print like a large floral scraps, Flower: various reds, pinks, yellows, or orange for flower top, greens for leaves scraps, Bee: various yellow and black scraps, Pieces of felt as backing for ornaments in coordinating colors, Pencil, Small ruler, Scissors, thread snips, and pinking shears, Small cutting mat, rotary cutter, and small quilting ruler, Pins, Seam roller, Pressing cloth, Glue stick. Sewing Workshop: Placemat Bag Fri., April 22nd | 1:30pm - 4:30pm Lucile Tatum Center (959 Osceola St., Gastonia) Cost: $5 - ECA members; $7 - non ECA members Checks only - payable to: Gaston Co. ECA. Can be dropped off or mailed to: Gaston Co. ECA, 959 Osceola St., Gastonia, NC 28054 Register by April 1st: Pam Bryson or 704.865.3291 Instructor: Patti Wells Basic knowledge of sewing machine operation is needed to take this class. Materials needed for class include: 1 decorative 14” x 19” placemat, 1 ¼ - 18” nylon zipper, 8”-10” matching ribbon for pulls, Sewing clips (optional) Some sewing machines are available at the Lucile Tatum Center. For more info: Pam Bryson or 704.865.3291

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Banner News Fellowship & Faith

Church Directory East Belmont Baptist Church Mt. Holly Church of God

Catawba St • Belmont, NC

208 Rankin Ave. 704-827-8596

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

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

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

Employees of

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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Queen of the Apostles offering Easter meal kit

Town of Cramerton upcoming events

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

The Town of Cramerton has two exciting springtime events coming up. Here’s some information on these fun and frolic times. Float The Fork Date: Saturday, April 2nd Time: 9am-11am Check-in begins: 8:30am Cost: FREE Location: Centennial Center River Access - 141 8th Avenue; Cramerton, NC Join in a beautiful spring paddle on the South Fork River touring all of the river access points and fishing piers in Cramerton. This free, bring your own boat community event is open to paddlers of any experience level. Check in at the Goat Island Bridge at 8:30am and put in at the Centennial Center River Access. Paddle upstream to the Wilkinson Boulevard Bridge to tour all the River Access and Fishing Piers in Cramerton along the South Fork. Then float back down the Centennial Center to give paddlers who need a break a chance to take out of the river. For those paddlers feeling extra spunky, continue down river to tour the Riverside Park and Baltimore River Access and Fishing Pier. Then paddle back to Centennial Center where everyone can relax on Goat Island or enjoy some much needed post-paddle grub and hydration in Riverfront Downtown. A limited number of free kayaks will be provided by the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation and will be handed out on a first come, first serve basis. Twilight Easter Egg Scramble Date: Thursday, April 14th Time: 6pm-8pm Cost: FREE Location: Goat Island Park and Greenway - 141 8th Avenue; Cramerton, NC Join the annual Easter Egg Scramble on Thursday, April 9, 6:00pm at Goat Island Park. There will be over 3,000 eggs spread at different areas of the island for children to make a scramble to collect. The Easter Bunny will be on site to visit with all the kiddies and there’s plenty of space and playgrounds for all the children to run around on to work off that sugar rush before they head home. New In 2022 - No Mass Starts Each age group will have an hour to hunt their area and it will be a rolling or floating start (basically as long as you get there within your hour time block, there will be plenty of eggs to find). Scramblers will be limited to 10 eggs only (everyone will receive the same amount of candy). There will be two golden eggs placed in each age groups scrambling location - one will be placed at the start of the scramble and one will be placed at the half hour mark of each scramble. Egg Scrambles are broken down by the following age groups: 2-year-old and under (Parents are allowed to help their kids pick up eggs as long as the parents behave themselves.Scrambling time will be 6:00pm - 7:00pm. 3 years old thru 5 years old (Parents are allowed to go with their kids but we ask that the children pick the eggs up as long as the parents behave themselves). Scrambling time will be 6:30pm - 7:30pm. 6 years old thru 8 years old (Only kids allowed.) Scrambling time will be 7:00pm 8:00pm. 9 years old thru 12 years old (Only kids allowed.) Scrambling time will be 7:30pm - 8:00pm.

Connect the Dots: It’s all about Him

Stories I love stories; many do. John Eldredge is captivated by them too and has written books like Epic and Wild at Heart illustrating many and I love reading those and wondering what it would be like to experience his wild abandon; but, at least up until now, that’s not my way. I’m introverted at heart; detailed, and comfortable navigating alone, occasionally carefully dipping my toes in risk or danger; and I’ve discovered large groups drain me, can waste time, unwarily loosen my tongue, or draw me off my God given path. Here’s an attention grabber! Ray, I recently discovered, had worked for years in a Pennsylvania coal mine; 600 feet deep into the earth with 100 other men. My brain worked overtime with questions about temperature, lights, equipment noise, smells and fears. I could empathize a bit because I experienced Old Ben No. 17, as a teenager, and well remember that experience. Still, as I pile on years, the stories I value most are God stories; God encounters and one that threads through my life over and over is God’s grace story. Do we consider grace; really ponder it? Do we sail through a canned prayer over our meals and label it grace? I wonder because, in our culture, we sure do a lot ungraciously; consume more than our fair share and what is our fair share anyway? If we believe we evolved from an amoeba or ape then the question is moot because we can’t even ask the question to the author of life. Some may easily dismiss God, purpose and destiny but I cannot because recognizable heavenly grace

has introduced itself and threaded through my life everywhere and since God is no respecter of persons (Romans 2:11), I’m sure grace can be seen in all of your lives Dennis Siracusa too. How to explain a near car accident hurtling me off a cliff, a dangerous slide down a mountain, or my casualty-less fall off a ladder? How explain a song about grace playing on a juke box in a British pub early one morning or how grace placed my first bible in my hands and how a woven series of events tricked me into reading it…a lot; daily for five months? Grace introduced me to my wife to be, over and over until I became captivated? And now, decades later, I find grace all around me as Jesus Christ continues to illuminate His truth to me and open doors for me. God’s Creation Story! I can’t grasp it; why God gets men’s’ attention with frogs or locusts but then sends one angel to rescue or punish. Or why He created humanity in the first place; I for one have given Him much grief. Why does He even give me a thought? One thing for sure… I’m eternally grateful for grace. “For Grace you have been saved through faith and that, not of yourselves, it’s a gift from God.” Ephesians 2:8-9. And isn’t the word “yourselves” exciting? His Grace is offered to all of us and that’s a story for the ages.

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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.

After two-year COVID delay, Multicultural Arts Festival is ‘A Go’ After being delayed for two years due to the COVID19 pandemic, the Gaston Multicultural Arts Xperience, or Gaston MAX, is finally happening in person. The festival will be Saturday, March 26 from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Downtown Gastonia at the Rotary Centennial Pavilion (107 N. South St., Gastonia, NC 28052). The family-friendly event is free and open to all. Originally scheduled to take place in March 2020, Gaston MAX is a collaboration between Gaston County Public Library, the Friends

NC Cooperative Extension workshops set Check out NC Cooperative Extension’s Better Living Series workshops – designed to help you eat smart and move more, plus no cost to participants: 1. Cooking Smart with Spring Foods (online workshop) Tues., March 29th or April 26th | 10 - 11am Instructors: Linda J. Minges, MPH, RD, LDN & Jackson Dellana To register: or 704.922.2127 Have an interest in local foods? Want to learn how to make tasty, delicious, and EASY meals this spring? If so, this workshop is for you! We’ll provide you with a fresh taste of spring flavors and recipes that are sure to help you eat smart and to enjoy delicious foods all season long. 2. Tech Talk: Intro to Zoom (online workshop) Tues., March 22nd | 10 - 11am Facilitators: Linda J. Minges & Emily Winfrey To register: or 704.922.2127 Do you feel uncomfortable or perhaps not very tech savvy when it comes to using Zoom or participating in webinars? If so, this session is for you! Created specifically for older adults, staff from NC Cooperative Extension and Gaston County Library will guide you through the basic features and give you an opportunity to try them out. We will also discuss key steps to help you make your webinar a good experience for you and other participants...or like what we call, “Zoom etiquette”. 3. Living Healthy with Diabetes (in-person workshop) Wed., April 13th - May 18th | 9:30am - 12:00pm Kiser Senior Center, Bessemer City NC (in-person) Facilitators: Linda J. Minges & Ruth Murphy To register: call Kiser Senior Center (704.629.5111) by April 1st This 6-week course is for anyone with diabetes, pre-diabetes, or at risk for diabetes. Participants will learn how to: prevent low blood sugar, prevent and delay complications of diabetes, eat well, use medications effectively, manage pain, fatigue, and depression, solve problems and set goals.

of the Gaston County Public Library, Gaston County Government, and the City of Gastonia. It showcases art, music, literature, and culture. “We are so excited. This has been a long time coming,” said Dandria Bradley, Gaston County’s Deputy Communications Director, who has served as chairperson for the festival’s planning committee since January 2019. The first-of-its-kind festival for Gaston County will feature live performances, story times, food trucks, a beer garden, and more. “I don’t want to give away too much, but there’ll be free face painting, Henna artists, Japanese origami, and more. It’s going to be so much fun,” said Christine Ingle, Event Planner and Resource Manager for the City of Gastonia, who serves as co-chair of the planning committee. The county’s health department will also be on site to provide COVID-19 vaccinations for anyone who wants to be vaccinated. The goal is to come together and celebrate the different people and cultures that make Gaston County a wonderful place to live, work, and play. “These last two years have been difficult for our community, and Gaston MAX is just what we need to remind us of who we are. The people of Gaston County are resilient, and our diversity is what makes us stronger. Together, we can do anything,” said Bradley. For more information, contact Dandria Bradley at dandria.bradley@gastongov. com or Christine Ingle at christinei@cityofgastonia. com. You can also visit the Gaston MAX Facebook page.

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Abbey golf wins Hargett Memorial Invitational The Belmont Abbey men’s golf team was the only team to shoot under par for the day and that proved to be good enough to earn the team title at the Hargett Memorial Invitational last Tuesday at Rolling Hills Country Club. The Crusaders finished the day with a 5-under par team total of 283 and finished with a three-day total of 867, nine shots ahead of the runner-up Queens. Ben Loudermilk finished as the low golfer for the Crusaders, shooting a final round 71 en route to a 3-under par total to finish tied for second with Flagler’s Franco Piovano. Ollie Smith of Queens won the individual title at 5-under par. Jack Warren had the low round of the day for The Abbey, closing out with a 4-under par 68 that put him tied for sixth place with Connor Fahey at 1-over par overall (75-74-68—217). Fahey shot a 3-under par 69 for his best round of the week. Andrew Rose (74-7375—222) and Brendan Kelly (75-73-75—223) finished tied for 19th and 23rd, respectively. Belmont Abbey also had a second team competing at the tournament that finished 9th with a three-round total of 906 (302-310-304). Will Locey led the way with a final round even-par 72 that gave him three-round score of 224 (76-74-72) that gave him a Top 20 finish. Brodie Perry had the next best round from that team with a final-round 73. Belmont Abbey photo/story

Stuart Cramer High softball standout Payton Conroy has. committed to play D1 softball at Campbell University. She’ll sign her letter of intent this fall. Congratulations to Payton.

Town of Stanley taking Spring Yard and Décor nominations The Town of Stanley Beautification Committee is taking nominations for the Spring Yard and Decor recognition. If you or someone you know would like to nominate a yard, you can email the address to or call Town Hall at 704-263-4779. Nomina-

tions may also be sent via FB message or turned in verbally, messaged or in written form to one of the committee members (Chad Jones, Becky Ballard, Gilbert Puckett, LeighAnna Helms, Mark Caldwell, Bill Ward, Linda Wiegert). Deadline for Spring Nominations is March 31st. Nominees will be announced April 1st. Ward Finalists will be announced April 15th. Overall Winner will be announced April 29th.




Belmont Abbey captured the team title at the CIU Rams Invitational behind several top 5 finishes across all disciplines last Saturday afternoon. Isabella Flores placed first and second in her two hurdles races, while Cristina Villanueva (pictured) won the long jump. Belmont Abbey photo

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Holbrook Middle School girls capture county basketball championship The Holbrook Middle School girls basketball team defeated the squad from W,C. Friday Middle School last week to capture the countywide basketball championship. The score was 51-12. Holbrook went the entire season without a loss. Congratulations to the Lady Lions for a great job. Photos courtesy Brian Mayhew/Carolina Top Shots

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East Gaston diver Clay Harper is flanked by coach Roger Hawkins (left) and Assistant Coach Jordan Johnson (Right) shortly after receiving a bronze medal at the North Carolina State Championship in the One-Meter Dive. In addition to medaling at the state level Harper also snared the conference and regional championships. Photo by River Hawkins

The East Gaston 200 Meter Medley Relay team from left to right consisting of senior, Bryson Jones, freshman Carter Johnson, junior Jake Simpson and senior Aiden Cloninger. This group finished 7th in the state. They also won conference and regional honors. Johnson and Simpson also had an impressive season taking multiple conference regional and state honors. Photo by Roger Hawkins




Helping Hawkins is assistant coach Jordan Johnson. Johnson is an East Gaston High guidance counselor and former South Point swimmer. She has been with EG Swim & Dive for seven years. A lot of the team’s credit needs to come her way as well. Looking forward it looks like next season has the potential to be just as successful as the 2022 season was. The Warriors will be losing some talent to graduation, but a lot of the team’s top performers are coming back. “We expect to be as strong next year,” Hawkins added. “We are losing some but gaining some others.”





In addition to those that shined at the conference, regional, and state level, several EG swimmers significantly contributed to the success the team has enjoyed this year. Bryson Jones, Ethan Hilderbran, Aiden Cloninger, Luke Moore, Tate Hawkins and Wyatt Chaney all turned in solid work this season. Based on the results it’s clear that the EG swimming and diving program is the real deal. Of course, the success the team didn’t come easy. A lot of things needed to work out to get to where the team got this season. “It was a big growth year for us,” Hawkins explained. “We had a lot of freshmen come in and they bonded with the upper classmen.” Coach Hawkins has been pushing for a year like this for a long time. His search for a championship goes back to the 80’s. In fact, he was one of the team’s members when the swim program was established in 1984. He has been East Gaston’s head coach for 17 years. In addition to seeing his swimmers and divers acknowledged for their hard work the coaches of the Southern Piedmont 1A/2A acknowledged what Hawkins did as well. This year Hawkins was named the Sothern Piedmont 1A/2A Conference Coach of the Year. While it’s true Hawkins deserves a lot of credit for the success of the program, he hasn’t done it alone.


2022 was a good year for East Gaston Swim and Dive as the Warriors excelled at the conference, regional and state level. A lot of hard work goes into swimming and diving. That hard work paid off for EG this year as the East Gaston men finished the season with a 7-3 record. They also took the Southern Piedmont 1A/2A finishing 7-0 in league meets. The EG Lady Warriors Swim and Dive team also did well in 2022. They finished the season 5-5 overall and also won the Southern Piedmont. Winning the conference proved to be big in two ways. First, neither team has ever won a conference championship since the team’s founding in 1984. On top of that with both squads winning in the same year the program set a new standard that will be hard to beat going forward. The results were something head coach Roger Hawkins is very proud of. “It was a huge deal for the coaches and the team,” Hawkins said. “We had never done it before. It was great for the seniors.” This year the Warriors dominated in many areas. East Gaston won the conference and regional championships in the Men’s 200 Medley Relay and the Men’s 200 Freestyle Relay. While it was clear that the

team shined, several swimmers and divers did well on an individual level earning an impressive haul of medals and accolades. Junior Clay Harper earned a conference title in the One Meter Dive while fellow junior Jake Simpson and freshman Carter Johnson earned conference championships in swimming. Johnson in the 100 Meter Breaststroke and Simpson in the 100 Meter Backstroke and 100 Meter Butterfly. This year Jake Simpson received an additional honor as well. He was awarded the Southern Piedmont Male Conference Swimmer of the Year. What makes Johnson’s performance this season stand out is the fact that he is only a freshman. Seeing an under classmen distinguish himself the way Carter has is impressive to say the least. For the Lady Warriors, sophomore Adelee Stewart delivered this year. Stewart won a conference championship in the 100 Meter Breaststroke. Simpson and Harper would go on to win regional championships as well in swimming and diving. Harper had the best year by far. He earned a regional silver and became a bronze medalist at the state championship in the One-Meter Dive. Simpson was a regional gold and also earned a state medal finishing fourth in the 100 Meter Backstroke.


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Is your life like lasagna? My wife makes the best lasagna you’ve ever eaten. I watched her make it once. She prepares her sauce with secret ingredients that I can’t tell you about or she’d have to kill me. She mixes together all of these cheeses. Then she carefully layers all of these ingredients in her special lasagna dish. It’s the layering that attracted my attention. She puts a layer of noodles, then sauce, then cheese. And she cooks it all together, layer upon layer, until it’s done. So while I smell the lasagna cooking, I listen to life. And I realize that life is somewhat like lasagna. Life layers stuff on you. Some of the stuff you ask for, you like the special ingredients. Other stuff you don’t. But you do get to choose most of your life’s ingredients. And it all cooks together in your life’s pan until it’s done. So what ingredients are you choosing for your life? What’s cooking in your life’s pan? Listen to your life and choose positive life ingredients to cook in you.

Aiming Outdoorsmen Toward Christ By

Gary y Miller

I think all professions and even every recreation is misunderstood by either those who have never participated or by the critics of that profession or recreation. It’s only until we get to know someone close or get to participate, do we really begin to think a different way. This goes GARY MILLER with hunting for sure. Many people think all hunters fall into the same category. They think we are all rednecks, republicans, and even racists. Many think of us as people who rarely have compassion for animals but only revel in taking their lives. They think most of us are set in our ways, unwilling to learn, and unwilling to change. And I get it. Some hunters are these things. And they are vocal in their opinions. But most of the hunters I know are as diverse as any other group. And it’s fun for me when I get to engage with people who are not familiar with hunters and who are unsure about what we are all about. I like it when they discover some of their preconceived ideas were wrong. I think every business, organization and group wants to be understood for who they really are. It’s the same when we talk about those Christians who gather each Sunday. The place that most call church. A few weeks ago, a fairly famous personality made this statement. She said, “I’ve always said you’ll find much better folks in a bar than on a church pew.” I’ve not been able to get this statement from my mind. Even though I was upset with the statement, I was not upset with the person making it. She only knew what she had been taught by people like me and others. And it was not that her statement was wrong, because it wasn’t. It was that she actually thought good people are the ones who ought to be in church. And nothing could be further from the truth. You see, I’m one of those bad people she is referring to. If you knew me, you would know the struggles I have with being good. What I have learned however is church is meant to be like an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. At an AA meeting everyone who attends knows they are not the person they want to be, and neither is everyone else there. But they gather with struggling people to hear words of hope and help. And every Sunday millions of bad people go to church. It is full of people who sin, struggle, and suffer. We gather because we believe we will hear a word of hope and help that will carry us through another week. So, if you think there are better people at the bar, you are without a doubt correct. But the reason is, the bar was not designed to host those who struggle, suffer, and sin. But the church was. Want me to speak at your men’s event or wild game dinner? Yell at me..

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HOUSEWARE LIQUIDATION SAVE UPTO 90% Special selection of Nautica goods starting at $2.99. Side Door Sale, April 2nd, next to Mighty Dollar Forest City, CASH ONLY

SPRING VENDOR EVENT. Variety of vendors, come by and see us. At Big Red’s Cafe on March 26, 2022 from 10-3pm. See you soon. (980) 295-8222

EMPLOYMENT ONE PIECE WOMEN’S BATHING SUITS ONLY $2.99 Sizes 14 to 26 Repriced up to $44.99 Save 95%! Mark your calendars for the next SIDE DOOR sale, Saturday April 2nd. 9am-5pm. Next to Mighty Dollar, Forest City, CASH ONLY. LOCAL HELP WITH YOUR MEDICARE QUESTIONS. Claudia Vaughn, Licensed Sales Agent, 704-477-1426;; United Healthcare. 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 828-351-8822 or 704-692-7702.

CHERRYVILLE, NC, PARTTIME CHURCH SECRETARY. Part-time secretary. Office hours are 8-12 MonFri. Qualifications: HS diploma, MS Office experience, basic bookkeeping & organizational skills. (704) 4356069 PART-TIME HELP NEEDED on chicken farm near Casar. 704692-8752 or 704-692-7362. HELP WANTED: RIVERSIDE RIDING STABLES. Trail Guide, own transportation, dependable, prefer female. Full/Part-time. Must have experience with horses. Serious Inquiries Only! 828288-1302. IMMEDIATE OPENING FOR BILLBOARD INSTALLER. “Apply in Person” (no phone calls please). Headrick Outdoor Media, 600 S. Morgan St., Shelby, NC. Must Be 21. Have Valid Drivers License. Pass A Drug Test. (EOE) NEEDED: MAID ONCE A MONTH. Reasonable, Dependable. Need references. Leave message if no answer. (980) 7455396

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

COINS * COINS * COINS. We Buy & Sell Coins. “Coin Collector Supplies.” JAKE’S KNIVES & COLLECTIBLES. 1008 South Lafayette Street, Shelby. Call 704600-6996 (980) 295-5568



PART TIME PASTOR. Mary’s Grove Community Church now accepting applications for part time pastor. Send resume and references to Church email For more information call Church Phone 704-286-6262. (704) 6922452 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 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@ 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

EMPLOYMENT 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: Fulltime License/Certification: •Driver’s License •HVAC Certification (Preferred) Interested candidates can forward resume to laurelhill@ or call (704)487-1114



RETIRED GENERAL CONTRACTOR AVAILABLE “SPECIALIZING IN DECKS” Repairs and New Construction. Rutherford/Cleveland County areas. Contact Bob at (828) 476-6058

24 HOUR MOBILE MECHANIC. I will come to you to repair any car, lawnmower or tractor. Honest & reliable. (704) 300-2332

I WILL COME TO YOU! Experienced Diesel/Auto Mechanic, Welding & Tractor Work. Honest, Reliable. If no answer, leave message (704) 300-7590 SHIPMAN’S MASONRY- 48 YEARS EXPERIENCE. Brick, Block & Stone, Outside Fireplaces, Foundations, Underpinnings. “Free Estimates”. 1st Quality Work! (863) 532-1587

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) 480-9340 FULL TIME GROUNDS KEEPER NEEDED. Maintain landscaping for rental property. Must have valid NC Drivers license. Pay depends on experience. 704-4734299 COATS PERFORMANCE YARN. 501 York Road, Kings Mountain, NC. 8 & 12 hour shifts. Apply within. For more info, email or call 980-291-5331.

BUSINESS SERVICES CAMP’S COMPLETE LAWN CARE and RESIDENTIAL FENCING. “30 + Years Experience”. Call Donnie at (704) 4807405 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. EXPERIENCED PIANIST AVAILABLE to fill in for church services and events in Rutherford County. Call 704-591-7304. 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 childresstracy1@

PATTERSON SPRINGS STORAGE AUCTION PUBLIC SALE. 1:00PM Mar 28th. Patterson Springs Storage, 1826 Creek Ridge Rd., Shelby, NC. Contents of Units: #2, 3, 4, 23, 24, 27 Lewis For Non-Payment of Storage Rent. (704) 473-7358

YARD SALES CLEVELAND COUNTY 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

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INSIDE ESTATE SALE. Selling contents of house. Sat., March 26th, 9 AM-Until. Furniture, china, crystal, small appliances, kitchenware, jewelry, decorations, NC pottery and more. 119 Blakemore Dr, (Spring Forrest Subdivision), Shelby, NC 28152 RUTHERFORD COUNTY BIG SALE SATURDAY, MARCH 26, 9am-until. Brand new merchandise. Liquidation Items. Huge Discounts. Housewares, home decor, bedding, lighting, rugs, appliances, air conditioners and much more. Don’t miss out! Rain date April 2. 506 Tiney Road, Ellenboro, NC 28040

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. 828-382-0075.

FOR SALE LAWN CARE AND MORE! Call or text for free estimate! (828) 817-2851 firman2538@yahoo. com OLD MAN & A TRACTOR. Garden Tilling Service. Within area of 40 miles of Shelby. Larry Jones, (704) 692-4079 CLEVELAND COUNTY GARAGE DOORS. Spring Tune-up Special, $69.95. We will check all your equipment lube, make sure it’s working correctly. We repair broken doors. Also offering new installations. 704-4779119 or 704-472-9367. IT’S TIME TO TRIM CREPE MYRTLE TREES. Spreading Mulch or Gravel, minor chainsaw work and storm clean-up. I can do many of your outside chores with over 15 years experience all over Cleveland County and stretching to the Forest City area. Nice, honest, dependable, clean, drug-free, he’s an all around great guy and handyman, so call Rob today and see what I can help you with. 980295-0750. 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) 6361255

FOR SALE Don’t Wait! Lexington Bedroom Furniture. Light Cherry Stain W/ Queen Size Head board and Foot board, 2 Night Stands, Dresser, Mirror and Chest. Only $450.00 call 704-692-4765

Deadline: Friday at 12:00 Noon

FOR SALE FLORESCENT LIGHTS. Nine 18 ft. florescent light fixtures with bulbs for sale. $50.00 for all. 704473-5771. LAWN MOWER FOR SALE Best Offer! Toro self propelled lawn mower. Excellent condition. (704) 524-8761 nctomcat2002@ BEE SUPERS PAINTED WITH RACKS, $10 each. 828-2450956. BUSHHOG LIKE NEW. Wheel Horse Mower (nice). 54” cut Zero Kubota mower (diesel), low hours. Wall mount gas heater. Chesnee, SC. (601) 740-0837 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 828288-4929 FOR SALE Best Offer! New Inzacare Model 5510 hospital Bed Electric, Cost over 2900.00 new selling for $1400.00 call 828288-4929 CAR TRAILER FOR SALE. $1,000 or best offer. Extra rims. 2 5/16 hitch. Call or text (828) 4473627 TWO CHIHUAHUA/JACK RUSSELL PUPS. Small adorable brother and sister, shots up-todate. Male has certificate to be neutered at no cost $150 each. (803) 289-9839 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 WOODWORKING PLANS AND LEARN HOW to Make Money by woodworking from home details at local website

COMPLETE SET OF RED WORLD BOOK ENCYCLOPEDIAS. From 1969, $50. 980-3292648 (704) 435-8382 TROYBILT RIDING MOWER. 42” deck, 15HP Kohler engine, new belts, new blades, new oil, $450 cash. Poulan-Pro mower, 48” deck, 25HP Briggs, new belts, new blades, new oil, $525 cash. Call 9am-9pm. (704) 5389743 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. FURNITURE FOR SALE. 4-piece Broyhill Bedroom Suite$400. In very good condition. Broyhill Console Table-$100. Please don’t call unless really interested. 704-692-5855. PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS with Scratch Pads! Press Room Printing. 704-482-2243. (704) 538-5788 BIKERS SUPPORT TRUMP 2024 GEAR has free pics of TRUMP 2024 gear available. Visit online.

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. 704-825-5201. RENT TO OWN CARPORTS, BUILDINGS GARAGES. J. Johnson Sales Inc., Forest City, NC. Call 828-245-5895. BUILDINGS, GARAGES, SHOPS with Concrete Slab. “We Got’Em” and “We do them Turn Key” J. Johnson Sales INC., Forest City, NC. 828-245-5895. CARPORTS, GARAGES, RV COVERS, BOAT TRACTOR COVERS IN STOCK. Areas largest on site display. Best Selection, Options. Quality you can getting one place! J. Johnson Sales, Inc. Forest City, NC. 828245-5895.

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HORSE QUALITY HAY. Square and round bales. Call (704) 4876855

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

FRESH GOAT MILK. Pet use only. $5 quart if you have jar, $2 more if not. Also have goats for sale. 828-429-6319.

WANT TO BUY. Good used tractor or old John Deere mower 140 or 314. (601) 740-0837

LOOKING FOR GOOD INDOOR HOME. For 10 month old male cat. Blonde, very pretty, has been neutered, has rabies shots & wormed. Very playful. Free. (704) 309-6065

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. 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) 4730867 FIREWOOD FOR SALE. Long wheelbase load. Fully loaded. $70.00/load. Delivered. 864-4924793 or 803-627-9408. 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”. RIDING/PUSH MOWERS, GARDEN TILLERS, GO-KARTS, MINI-BIKES. Ready to mow. All in excellent condition. Can deliver, 30+ years experience in repair work. 828-980-0853, 704-4769383. 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 FIREWOOD FOR SALE. Seasoned Oak by truck load also bundles. Will deliver within 15 miles of Cherryville. (704) 4353970 ALL METAL GARAGES. Big Discounts! Zero down. Call for more details. 828-382-0455. 2 GARDEN TILLERS. (Both in good condition.) 1 Craftsman-8 HP - $275. 1 Troy-Bilt- 4 HP$275. Call - (Cell) 704-477-4360 or (Home) 704-434-7210.

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

WANT TO BUY WANT TO BUY. ATV’s, Pop-Up Campers and Small Travel Trailers. Call 828-429-3935. LOOKING TO PURCHASE VINTAGE FIREARMS. For restoring or parts. Grips, boxes, any gun related items. Rifles, pistols. Preferred 22’s. (704) 600-8560 WE BUY JUNK VEHICLES WE BUY JUNK CARS, TRUCKS AND VANS, PAYING CASH!!!! (704) 4875244 CRESTMIDDLE@ AOL.COM WANT TO BUY CARS, TRUCKS. Trailers, Tractors, Farm Equipment. Must have ID and proof of ownership. Callahan’s Towing. (704) 692-1006

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

BLUE RAZORS EDGE PIT BULLS. Ready to go 3-17-22 with first shots. Parents on site. Family in home raised. Beautiful blue and blue brindle. 4 males and 3 females left. $500, negotiable to a good home. (704) 418-8449

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 WANTED: OLD AND NEW AMMO. Reloading supplies. Call 828-245-6756 or cell # 828-2891488.

FARM & GARDEN GRAIN BINS FOR SALE. 8 grain bins for sale $1per bushel. Six 3000 bu, Two 4500 bu (843) 3322850 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 TRACTOR 30 INCH -DIRT SCOOP Rear 3- point reversible dump and scoop, Like new! Heavy Duty $275.00 OBO. Sells for $380.00 (704) 718-9122

AKC REGISTERED LAB PUPPIES. Black/Chocolate. Parents on site. Champion Bloodline. Great disposition. Vet checked and ready to go! Spring Special, $700. (704) 914-8241 REG ROTTWEILERS FOR SALE. I have registered Rottweilers for sale. Whelped 2-20-22 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 DOBERMAN PINCHER PUPS FOR SALE. $150 each. Located in Denver NC. call 704-737-5775

BOATS 2 SEA DOO’S FOR SALE. 1994 and 1997 models. (704) 482-2173

LOOKING FOR POMERANIAN PUPPY TO BUY. Or info from Pomeranian Breeder. (864) 8393176

AKC CANE CORSA PUPPIES. Ready to go. Contact Ronnie for more info. (704) 974-2716

DOGS FOR SALE. 1 miniature male poodle, 8 months old, apricot, CKC - $1,200. Black male puppies, CKC - $1,200. 828-2898844. 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.

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

GOLDENDOODLE PUPPIES MINI/MED GOLDENDOODLE PUPPIES. DOB 10/18/21. PARENTS TESTED AND CLEARED. HOME RAISED. READY TO GO NOW. UTD. $2500.00 WWW. B U T T E R F LY K E N N E L S . COM (704) 975-6226 RWENZEL54481@GMAIL.COM ADULT QUAIL $5 EACH. Quail Chicks $1.50 ea. Quail eggs $3 per doz. 10% to 20% off adult birds. (704) 476-9943




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 // 704-705-4533 (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 LINCOLN COUNTY

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

VACATIONS NORTH MYRTLE BEACH CONDO. 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, Kitchen, Living room, TVs, Pool, 200 feet to ocean. 704-437-6321 or 704483-0736. OCEAN LAKES MYRTLE BEACH. Cottage N34. 2 bedroom, 2 bath, den, kitchen, dining, covered deck, near country store. Call Dorcas, 803-718-2659.


TOY AUSSIEDOODLE PUPS. Up to date on shots, tails docked, $600. Also have Litter of Poodles on the way. (704) 472-2959

BLUE TICK BEAGLE PUPPIES. 1st shots & wormed. Parents on site. Ready to go. $350 each. (704) 692-6787

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



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

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


LOOKING FOR: GREAT PYRENEES FEMALE. Looking for a puppy. No older than 6 months. Live in Arkansas. Coming to Cleveland county in 2 weeks. (980) 837-2135 gingerdubre0@


Deadline: Friday at 12:00 Noon

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

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

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 and references. 828-248-1776. 3 BEDROOM, 2 BATH, on secluded 1 acre lot. No pets. First, last, security. 55 & older. Background check. Shiloh area. 828429-9831. 2 & 3 BEDROOM MOBILE HOMES. Small private park between Spindale and Forest City. Starting at $550 per month. 828382-0475.


FOR RENT CLEVELAND COUNTY MOVE IN SPECIAL. 2 & 3 Bedroom, deposit required. $200 weekly rates. Includes power and water. NO PETS. (704) 473-4299


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Congratulations to Bridgette Best (above left) of Pleasant Ridge Elementary and Anarah Henderson (above right) of Southwest Middle School who have been selected for the inaugural cohort of the Assistant Principal Accelerator Leadership Program. The newly established AP Accelerator Program is a statewide leadership initiative funded by NCDPI and the Belk Foundation to fast track promising assistant principals for principal positions. Gaston Schools photos

Grant and scholarship opportunities for 2022 graduates remain strong at Gaston College Gaston College continues to work to expand access to high school graduates looking to attend college this Fall. Thanks to the recently announced extension of the NC Longleaf Commitment Grant, a program that began during the pandemic to help make college more affordable for 2020 and 2021 graduates, 2022 graduates that enroll at the College full-time may also be eligible to receive grants ranging from $700$2,800 per year. Combined with scholarships offered through the Gaston College Foundation, graduates could get an education at the College at little to no cost. The Longleaf grant value is based on a student’s Expected Family Contribution as determined by their Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, and can be applied to tuition and fees for up to two consecutive years at a community college in NC. To qualify for the grant, students must be a res-

ident of NC and be enrolled in an eligible curriculum program at Gaston College for the start of the 2022-23 academic school year. Over $300,000 in Longleaf grant funds have been awarded so far to 343 graduates that enrolled at Gaston College since the program began. Thanks to generous donors, Gaston College also has numerous scholarship opportunities available through the Gaston College Foundation. All prospective and current Gaston College students can apply now through April 30, for priority consideration. The Foundation expects $400,000 to be awarded through more than 100 scholarship funds this Fall. “We want to help students get the quality education they deserve,” said Gaston College Foundation Executive Director Luke Upchurch. “Gaston College is committed to breaking down barriers for our students so they can achieve their dreams.”

Lincoln and Gaston County graduates that have completed at least 15 credit hours through Gaston College’s College Now program can also take advantage of the GC Promise program, which covers for up to two years all in-state tuition and fees not covered by financial aid and scholarships. “Students should be able to focus on their education and training without worrying about excessive debt. We hope all these opportunities will ease that worry for our students,” said Gaston College President Dr. John Hauser. Gaston College wants to show prospective students that applying for these opportunities is easy. Any 2022 high school graduate that is interested in learning more about these programs is invited to attend the College’s Virtual Senior Night on Tuesday, March 29, from 5:30 to7:30 p.m. To register to attend this free event visit

Thursday, March 24, 2022

Justin Smith signs with Pfeiffer South Point senior, Justin Smith, has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball at Pfeiffer University. Seated from left to right are Steven Smith, Justin’s grandfather; Shawn Smith, Justin’s father; Justin; Judy Smith, Justin’s mother; and Joanne Smith, Justin’s grandmother. Standing from left to right are Heather Hutchens, South Point High School Assistant Principal; Jason Lineberger, South Point High School Head Baseball Coach, and Kent Hyde, South Point High School Athletic Director. Photo by Charlotte Sautner

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