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Thursday, April 15, 2021


Good news for great people! Volume 87 • Issue 15

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Thursday, April 15, 2021

Belmont’s CityWorks Center officially open The City of Belmont recently celebrated the grand opening of the magnificent CityWorks Center with an official ribbon cutting. This building is now home to the following city departments: Administration, Planning & Zoning, Public Works, Finance, Customer Service & Utilty Billing*, and Parks & Recreation. The City Hall building in downtown is now home to the Main Street staff and the Montcross Chamber of Commerce. All city buildings are now opened back up to the public. “After two years of construction and a year of being closed to the public due to COVID-19, I am excited that our new CityWorks Center is officially open to the public,” said Belmont city manager Adrian Miller.

“We opened the building for city staff in October 2020, and it has provided much-needed office and meeting space for our operations. Mayor Martin and the city council wanted to meet in person so that our residents could continue participating in their local government, and our Community Room allowed 30 people to safely attend meetings over the past six months. We have missed seeing our residents over the past year, so we are glad to welcome them back into our buildings and especially the new CityWorks Center.” The CityWorks Center is a 1980s era building, which was formerly occupied by Woodlawn Mills and Beltex Corp. and had been used by the City See CityWorks, Page 6

Coach Hawkins shows a special kind of wisdom By John Wilson As a society, we rarely look for wisdom from that group of Americans known as Generation Z, or Gen Z for short. In a nutshell, the Gen Z crowd is made up of those Americans born after 1996. Conventional wisdom would dictate that if you hadn’t been around during Y2K, Bush v. Gore or the September 11th attacks you probably aren’t very world savvy. Funny thing about conventional wisdom. Sometimes, it’s just dead wrong. East Gaston soccer coach River Hawkins, 21, is an example of conventional wisdom turned upside down. Hawkins is a young man who has experienced some real highs and some tough lows over the last two years. How he dealt with those challenges is impressive, to say the least. For starters, Hawkins recently guided the Warriors men’s soccer team on a successful 7-5 run for the 2020 season. That record coupled with a positive coaching outlook resulted in Hawkins being honored by his peers with the Southwestern 2A Conference Coach of the Year Award. In addition to the conference

The City of Belmont’s CityWorks Center is now officially open for business.

Photo by Julie Bowen

Belmont Parks and Rec. launching exciting new program By Alan Hodge

River Hawkins received the 2020 Southwestern 2A Conference Coach of the Year award after guiding the Warrior’s soccer team to a 7-5 record in 2020. award, Coach Hawkins was also honored with being named the Regional Coach of the Year as well. While Hawkins was pushing his players to live up to their potential on the field the coach was also dealing with more personal matters off the field. A terrifying battle with cancer. See HAWKINS, Page 4

Back in the 1960s the British rock group The Who had a hit song entitled “Going Mo-bile”. Taking a note from that, the Belmont Parks and Recreation Dept,. is going mo-bile with a new program that will see staff members traveling out into parks and neighborhoods with a trailer full of fun. The idea revolves around the concept of loading a former Belmont PD enclosed trailer with a wide variety of recreational activity equipment, and pulling it to parks and neighborhoods, and letting the kids there avail themselves of the stuff for free. The activities will include spikeball, ladderball, basketball, badminton, dodgeball, See PARKS, Page 7

Belmont Parks and Rec. director Zip Stowe (right) and recreational specialist Alex Godette with the mobile fun trailer. Photo by Alan Hodge


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