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Thursday, June 17, 2021

Jesse Whaley’s Eagle Scout project is a great one By Alan Hodge

Boy Scout Troop 56 member Jesse Whaley and his mother Lisa McLean sitting at the veterans memorial plaza he created at Belmont’s American Legion Post 144.

Over a year ago, Boy Scout Troop 56 member (and South Point Class of 2021 grad), Jesse Whaley of Belmont began casting his eyes around for a project to earn his Eagle Scout designation. By and by, his focus fell on the building and grounds at American Legion Post 144

near Davis Park. Whaley observed that the Auten-Stowe American Legion Post 144 building, which dates to around 1952, was starting to look a little tired and the landscaping, such as it was, a bit scruffy. Therefore, Whaley, 18, decided to pitch in and do some fixing up on the place. Whaley has been in scouting since first grade. His

troop is based at Belmont’s First United Methodist Church. “My dad was a scout when he was growing up,” Whaley said. “It’s a family tradition.” Whaley said he was also prompted to take on the Post 144 project because of a desire to honor veterans. See EAGLE SCOUT, Page 9

Graphic provided by City of Belmont

Belmont Council approves Del Webb development At a Special City Council meeting on Monday, May 24 the Belmont City Council unanimously approved the Del Webb age restricted development. With direction and input from the City Council, City staff have worked with the developers for over two years to develop this extensive plan that includes: • 2.7 miles of greenway trail along the South Fork River. • Age-restrictions that result in no school impacts. • Age-restrictions that result in less traffic than a normal development.

• Transportation and intersection improvements in 7 locations. • Construction of the South Fork Parkway at no cost to taxpayers. • A 21-acre natural waterfront park on the South Fork River. • Enhanced stormwater measures to protect the South Fork River. • A neighborhood commercial center centrally located with convenient access to neighboring residents. • A neighborhood commercial center centrally located that supports jobs and See DEL WEBB, Page 4

Dignitaries prepare to break ground for the new CaroMont Hospital near Belmont.

Photo by Alan Hodge

CaroMont Health kicks-off construction for new hospital, medical campus in Belmont By CaroMont Health Last week, CaroMont Health marked the beginning of construction of a new hospital and medical campus in Belmont. Part of CaroMont Health’s commitment to invest more than $300 million

in new and expanded facilities in and around Gaston County over the next three years, CaroMont Regional Medical Center-Belmont is scheduled to open in mid2023. “We are building more than a hospital, more than

a medical campus, we are building the future,” said Chris Peek, President and CEO of CaroMont Health. “In three short years, this will be the site of so much hope and promise – where new life is welcomed, where patients heal and where the next gen-

eration of healthcare professionals find their purpose.” Located off Interstate 85 in Gaston County, the 28acre medical campus will include a 66-bed hospital (54-acute care beds and 12 observation beds), 16-room See HOSPITAL, Page 6

AUGUST 12-17

Veterans Field @ Keeter Stadium www.AmericanLegionWorldSeries.con Celebrating 10 years in Shelby-Cleveland County!