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Good news for great people! Volume 87 • Issue 31

• Belmont • Cramerton • Lowell • McAdenville • Mount Holly • Stanley

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First Baptist Mt. Holly to hold new sanctuary dedication event By Alan Hodge

On July 21, 2016, the stately 1924 sanctuary and education buildings of First Baptist Church in Mt. Holly were nearly completely destroyed in a huge conflagration that took 150 firefighters from 16 different departments several hours to control. Now, after five long years of hard work, dedication, commitment, and prayer, the structure has been completely rebuilt and will be officially dedicated on Sunday, August 22 at 10:30 a.m. Guest speaker for the event will be Dr. Larry Hovis, Executive Coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of North Carolina. Following the service, a covered dish lunch will be provided. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend this historic event. A tour last week of the completed

project really drove home how much had gone into rebuilding the church. The smell of fresh paint and the sight of new wood, furnishings, lighting, and a new pipe organ contrasted sharply with what had once been twisted and charred steel, blackened bricks, and the acrid aroma of ashes. First Baptist’s minister, Rev. Dr. Kendell Cameron looked out across the new sanctuary and reflected on what all has taken place. “Sometimes I walk in here and go back five years,” he said. “Now, it’s still standing and better than ever.” One of the final, and most beautiful, stages of the post-fire rebuild project at First Baptist Mt. Holly involved installation of the magnificently restored and crafted stained glass windows that were one of the sanctuary’s most notable features. See FIRST BAPTIST, Page 6

Turning rocks into diamonds By Kathy Blake “You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you’re going, because you might not get there.” – Yogi Berra Before he ever saw the inside of a dugout, Mike Featherstone saw his future. He felt the ball roll in his left hand, got the grip just right, and hurled a good cutter 90 miles an hour, straight to the mitt. Little kids dream like that, sometimes. What Featherstone actually held was a hand full of rocks, in a back yard, with a fan club of two. “I guess my parents noticed, because I liked See DIAMONDS, Page 10

These First Baptist Mt. Holly kids were enjoying Vacation Bible School last week. From left R.D. Hoffman, Harper Allen, Ava Sisk, Rachel Smith, Elizabeth Lopez. The window’s theme is “Come Unto Me”. Photo by Alan Hodge

Belmont Historical Society names late Bobby Brown 2019 Citizen of the Year The Belmont Historical Society recently held a special presentation and named the late Bobby Brown as its 2019 Citizen of the Year. Over 75 friends and family members attended the event to honor Brown. Phil Tate honored his friend, Bobby Brown, giving the remarks about his life here in Belmont. He was one of the founders of the BHS. He was born and raised in Belmont and always kept his love for the town and the area. Those attending enjoyed refreshments, touring the museum buildings and visiting with each other. Here is a tribute to Brown written by local author and former BHS president Stan Cromlish.

Mike Featherstone

By Stan Cromlish Robert Dallas Brown, better known as Bobby to his friends, lived a lot of life from November 15, 1938 through June 4, 2017. During his life, he was an avid reader, teacher, mentor, writer, friend, promoter, encourager, and someone who lived life completely. He was an eternal optimist believing that like everything else he could overcome Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, a rare lung disease, that really made it difficult for him to breathe and have the energy to participate in the many hobbies and causes that he loved dearly. Bobby had a zeal for life that has been rarely equaled by anyone in the community See BROWN, Page 5

Bobby Brown


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Luncheon is served Lunch. Le dejeuner. Mittagessen. Comida. Wucan. Obed. No matter how you say it or where you are. Around the middle of the day folks start gettin’ hungry and start looking for “something to eat”. OK so I was gnawing on a microwaved burrito the other day and thoughts of luncheons past and luncheon delicacies present started rumbling around in my brain. Here’s some that cut the mustard. Back when I was a painter…not of art but of painter pals and I would often dine at noon on Beenie Weenies, crackers, sardines, and potted meat. This meal would be washed down with beverages such as Boone’s Farm, Ripple, Roma Rocket, or Triple Peach. We called it “beans, ‘tines, and ‘dines”. Before you gourmets scoff at such plebian fare... consider that one of the favorite middle of the day repasts of Johannes Brahms at his Vienna hangout the Red Hedgehog was a big plate of boiled cabbage, a can of sardines from which he allegedly drank the oil before digging out and gobbling down the ‘dines, and a bottle of cheap Hungarian wine. When I first moved back to Gaston County around 1985-ish, I would have lunch in Mt. Holly at a place called “Angelos”. The owner was named Angelo (imagine that) and he made some killer Greek chicken. He had a waitress named Suzy and they argued all the time. One day Suzy told Angelo she was going to “whup” him. Angelo scooped up a ladle of boiling pintos and, brandishing it in Suzy’s direction, exclaimed “no, you no beat me, I go the hot bean”. That seemed to cool things down. One lunch place I really miss in Whites Restaurant in East Belmont. This establishment was in business for decades and was an eatery where folks of every type mingled for vittles. The chef, Carroll White, his wife Mary, and their daughter Sparky served up their food with down home hospitality. Breakfast was available too and there’s no

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telling how many thousands of fried eggs, tons of grits, tanker truckloads of coffee, and countless slabs of crispy on the outside mushy on the inside livermush got gobbled down as Alan Hodge folks sat around and Banner-News Editor gossiped. Don’t forget the kraut and weenies. Down on Wilkinson Blvd. at the river, the Wilkmart store (former Dales Superette) has a grill and also does lunch. The chef there is named Peggy and she fries up huge amounts of chicken and tater wedges. Hamburgers and other sandwiches are created and handed over the counter by her ever busy hands. Sometimes things get creative and she might whip up macaroni and cheese with plenty of cheese on top- kind of like orange pavement- my favorite. Speaking of mac- about 10 years ago when I worked at the Rhino Times paper on Morehead Street in Charlotte, I would walk around the corner to the United House of Prayer where they had a lunchroom. The fare was soul food to the max. Fried croaker, turkey wings and necks, greens, pork chops, beans of every hue, biled cabbage (I used to watch the cook Carlos melt a quart jar amount of butter and pour it in the cabbage pot then put in a two pound bag of sugar thus began my diabetes). The crowning touch was the mac and cheese. Lawd! It was baked with about a half inch of cheese on top all golden brown and slightly darker brown on the edges and you could armor plate anything with that cheese and after you busted through it you got to the macaroni that was tender and al dente and moist as it nestled in some sort of canned cream of something or another soup. These days there is no shortage of great places in our towns to get lunch. Take your pick, choose your eats, and, gentlemen (and ladies) start your own gnawing.

Starting points By Dennis Siracusa Our lives are fast paced; complex too and we are inundated with media resources all vying for our attention. Surely we know there are many agendas in play as information is screened, distorted and filtered before we ever encounter it. It’s unnerving isn’t it and not going along with the crowd is painful; indoctrinators count on it. It’s important to know this because philosophical studies are very vague about bedrock truth, ethics and morals. Their philosophical destinations are as shaky as their starting points and they vigorously want to convince us of truth the way they see it but when we start in the wrong place, we end in the wrong place. I saw a shirt with words that Pontius Pilate uttered at Jesus Christ’s trial, duly recorded in John 18:37. “What is truth?” Jesus had told Pilate… “I have come to bear witness to the truth,” and in John 14:6 Jesus had disclosed to the Apostle Thomas “I am the way, the truth, and the life….”. So, if we seek a reliable destination, doesn’t it make sense to start with the truth? Where should we look for this truth? Can we trust politicians, news broadcasters, A-list movie stars, or social-media? Can we trust scientists; are they all know-

A happy and secure life does not mean immediate gratification. We have heard these words before, “I want it all and I want it now.” Wanting the things of life as quickly as possible is natural. Some climb the career ladder quickly achieving epic heights at young ages. Many burn the candle at both ends in order to have the biggest house the finance company will allow. Some want to have a certain number of children by a certain age along with a mega career, housing, cars and all that a segment of society considers successful.

However, is your mental sanity worth the stress of all that it usually takes to get as much and as fast as you can? The common consensus by many is, “I don’t want to wait until I’m old to have a nice house.” Or, “I don’t want to wait to enjoy the finer things of life.” Consider pacing yourself. Remember this word as much as possible – afford. Try to buy, drive and live with the afford word as your ongoing theme. If you can’t afford it you certainly don’t need it, whatever it is. Don’t overbuy on your house. Buy what you can afford now and maybe soon you can sell and buy greater. If you are living beyond what you

can afford you will end up losing ground. Getting behind with making payments on property or having to file bankruptcy will only put the things you want out of reach. Destroying your credit rating only dismantles what you will want to buy next. So, take your time. Trying to spend more and buy more than you can afford does not make you a greater person in anyone’s minds or eyes. Keep in mind that it’s your

ing; how about university professors or learned philosophers? If we know in our heart the answers to all these questions is NO, then what can we rely on? In 1976 I didn’t know the answer but thought I did. I wrote a wellconsidered essay on ethics that ended with a result the professor wanted but one that was WRONG because I started with man’s thoughts not God’s thoughts. I started with Friedrich Nietzsche, Albert Schweitzer, and Abraham Maslow and as a result, fell short of the truth. Ethics and truth should not be subject to our rationalization screening processes as I proposed. They are not meant to be frivolous like the wind. They are fixed and unalterable and they are clearly contained in the Bible; the author of all creation’s operations manual available to all of us. That’s our firm foundation! You’ve seen political surveys; carefully constructed to play with our emotions. What is startling is their current multiple choice list of terribly wrong things happening in our lives. In the past

we could fairly pick 2-3 most important things, now it Dennis Siracusa seems that almost everything is falling apart. America needs a good dose of truth because our lives and welfare are sifting dangerously through ineffective legislative and judicial fingers; fingers that have little sense of right and wrong; whose daily lives starting points are askew. Many say to know truth we need to ask questions, or learn debate skills or logic or science or psychology. Some of this is helpful but the bottom line is to start with the Word of God. To hold everything up to the Light of God’s truth and then comparisons will become patently clear. God wants to rescue His followers from falsehood and error all the while reminding us we were created for a purpose and are beloved chosen people. Let’s start each day reaching out to Him.


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life and there’s nothing better than living life with peace of mind. If you can be comfortable, eat well and have a good daily life of health then what more do you really want? If you want more, then take your time, do good and more will probably become available to you. The wisdom writer of Proverbs said in 15:16, “Better a little with fear of the Lord than great wealth with turmoil.”

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South Point Class of 1971 reunion The South Point High Class of 1971 will be holding its 50th reunion on Saturday, October 16 at the Gaston County Wildlife Club. Time and details at a later date. If

interested call Don Davis at 864-903-5299, Allen Waters at 704-491-2465, or Joey Metz at 704-460-7713. Friday night October 15 is a homecoming football game.

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Walk, Run or Paddle in Gaston County’s revitalized Goat Island Games 2021

Gaston County Libraries accepting school supplies The Gaston County Public Library will accept donations of school supplies through the end of August. Look for the donation bin in the children’s section of the Main Library Branch at 1555 East Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. Pencils, crayons, composition books, pocket folders, glue sticks and filler paper

are among the most needed items. Supplies will assist students in Gaston County Schools. Donations will also be accepted at the Union Road, Dallas, Mount Holly, and Cherryville branches. These items will be shared with schools in those communities.

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Saturday, August 28, 2021 Goat Island Games will return to Cramerton’s Goat Island Park after going virtual in 2020. The games are a day dedicated to the active, outdoor lifestyle that include free river side yoga, a 5K race, cornhole tournaments, kayak time trial races, and more, with most events being free to the public. Goat Island Park is a 40 acre, family-friendly island with two engaging, natural playgrounds and an outdoor fitness facility. So come enjoy some friendly competition, locally brewed beer, music, and food on the river in Cramerton. Goat Island Games consists of several competitions with handmade custom prizes from a local artist going to the top two competitors in each event. A free youth and adult fishing derby kick off the games at 7:00am. Then find your Zen at 7:30 in Centennial Center with free Flow Yoga before walking across the beautiful Goat Island pedestrian bridge to start the Goat Island Games 5K. Participants will experience one of the most picturesque race courses in the area with shaded rolling hills, four bridges over the river, and history dating back to the late 1800’s. G-Town Disc Golf will be hosting our free amateur disc golf tournament and a pro disc golf tournament requiring an entry fee on Goat Island’s 18hole disc golf course. Bring your bikes for one of the cool-

est groups rides around with the Tarheel Trailblazers. The Trailblazers will be leading a group ride to preview the flowy single-track trail at the newly renovated Rocky Branch Park and Central Park. The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation will be hosting the Games Kayak Time Trials. Time trials are a race against the clock to see who can put in the fastest kayak lap around Goat Island. If you get knocked out of the top spot, you can hop back in a kayak and try to reclaim the leaderboard as many times as you want. Free Ping pong and cornhole tournaments on our 10,000-pound permanent, outdoor ping pong tables and cornhole courts will close out

the games with the smooth sounds of the Brooks Dixon Band winding down the day. Cramerton’s first and only brewery, South Fork Brew Project will be serving locally brewed goodness and Tino’s Munch Box will be taking food orders all day. All the proceeds from the Goat Island Games 5K will be donated to the Carolina Thread Trail, a non-profit organization responsible for our regions premier network of trails that connect 2.9 million people in 15 counties in North and South Carolina. All the proceeds from the Goat Island Games Kayak Time Trials will be donated to the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation whose mission is to preserve and protect the waters of the Catawba-Wa-

teree River Basin. Cramerton is a town of 5,000 in Gaston County founded in 1915 along the shores of the South Fork Catawba River. Though it was founded as a model mill village, today it is natural resources, bustling downtown, and eclectic neighborhoods have made it an outdoor recreation destination in a vibrant community. Visit website at or our Facebook event page at https://tinyurl. com/goatislandgames for updates and to register for the 5K race: CONTACT INFORMATION: Cramerton Parks & Recreation, Rachel Andrea 704824-4231 email randrea@





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On August 14, the City of Lowell will be hosting Music in the Park featuring Echo13. The event will be from 7pm-9pm at Harold Rankin Park. Food trucks by Lobster Dogs, Cavendish Brewery, and XCite Sweet Connections will be on-site. Echo13 is an Amplified Acoustic Experience performing Rock, Blues, Funk and Originals. Bring a lawn chair or a beach towel and enjoy an evening of tunes by Echo13. Music in the Park is sponsored by CaroMont Health.

Partial animal shelter closure Gaston County Police Animal Care and Enforcement would like to request help from the community. The animal shelter is currently experiencing an outbreak of the ringworm virus in our cat population. Through discussions with North Carolina’s Department

of Agriculture: Veterinarian Services the suggested protocol to follow is for Gaston County Police Animal Care and Enforcement to partially shut down the shelter. For a twenty-one-day period, 21 days, we will not adopt or intake any cats. During this twenty-one-day pe-

riod of partial shutdown our cat population will be isolated and medically treated for the virus. Gaston County Police Animal Care and Enforcement appreciates your assistance, understanding and we apologize for any inconveniences this places on our community.

Public transport input wanted Do you want to participate in a CONNECT Beyond Listening Session and help shape the future of mobility/ transportation in our region. Participants receive a $25 gift card. The CONNECT Beyond Team is talking to community members from across our 12-county region to help

refine the recommendations for our Regional Mobility Plan. This Regional Mobility Plan is really important because it will guide future public transit investments in our region and serve as the blueprint for how our region develops an integrated mobility/transportation network. These 30-minute virtual

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The Lighthouse: Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) held a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, July 22 at 9:00 a.m. at its future location at 3100 City Church Street, off South New Hope Road. The CAC – known as ‘A place of healing and hope’ – opened to clients in April 2016 on the lower level of the Highland Health Center in Gastonia with a mission “to provide a safe and child-friendly location that will assist in the investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases, while focusing on reducing trauma to child victims and their families.” Since that time, The Lighthouse has served more than 1,700 children. A child advocacy center acts as a roadmap to assist children and their families from initial concern or disclosure through their healing journey and offers support, education, and referrals during this difficult time. The Lighthouse, along with the Cathy Mabry Cloninger Domestic Violence Shelter, and the Family Justice Center, are all a part of the Hope United Survivor Network. With so many families in the community in need, the current facility is not large enough to handle the numbers. “No parent wants to find themselves in this situation,” said Tara Joyner, director of the Hope United Survivor Network. “However, at this new facility, children and families will receive the services needed to heal from the trauma they have experienced.” City Church offered the land to The Lighthouse to assist in its efforts to secure a larger, more child-friendly location. City Church has partnered with The Lighthouse for several years by providing land, making financial contributions, advocating for child abuse prevention education, and offering community support. The new, larger facility will offer a more home-like feel to help children and their

families using the facility feel more comfortable, while also providing room to grow to meet increased needs for services. It will provide specialized medical services and serve as a collaborativeuse space for various law

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2021 Belmont Back To School Supply Drive The Back to School Supply Drive will return in downtown Belmont this year August 6th through 14th. The Belmont Main Street Advisory Board and downtown businesses will be collecting school supplies to benefit students in Belmont and surrounding communities. We are committed to helping those in need and providing our schools and teachers with the items needed to promote a healthy, safe, and successful school year. We are also excited to announce that this year’s annual Back to School Bash will be held at Stowe Park. The event will be hosted by the Belmont

Police Department and the Belmont Main Street Advisory Board. This anticipated event will include free hotdogs, drinks, and fun activities for children and families of all ages. Attendees will be able to participate in a DWI simulation course, fire safety, and water activities. Join us as the Back to School Bash is designed to give back and educate the community with awareness demonstrations and programs. The Back to School Bash will take place on August 14th from 10:00am – 1:00pm at Stowe Park in Downtown Belmont. Items needed include, but are not limited to: Pencils,

Colored Pencils, Crayons, Pens, Washable Markers, Expo Markers, Highlighters, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Scissors, Composition Books, Sticky Notes, Clorox Wipes, Tissues, Hand Sanitizer. Look for the participation posters and drop off boxes located inside participating businesses and restaurants in Belmont from August 6th through 14th. There will also be a collection box at the Back to School Bash on August 14th and at the Downtown Belmont Friday Night Live Concert beverage tent on August 6th.

The family of Bobby Brown. Lauren Brown Owen, daughter; Sarah Galan, granddaughter; Gail Brown, wife; Shannon Brown Flowers, daughter; Charlotte Flowers, granddaughter; Nico Brown, granddaughter .

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Opioids epidemic town hall meeting planned August 9th The City of Belmont and the Gaston County Controlled Substances Coalition are hosting an informational town hall session on the opioid epidemic. The event will take place on August 9th, 2021, from 6pm - 7pm in the Community Room of the Cityworks Center located at 1401 E Catawba Street,

Belmont, NC 28012. This session is to inform citizens of the ongoing opioid epidemic, resources available to them, and how to help. This is a free event you can register for online at This event will feature presentations from Captain Davis and Sergeant Black from the

Belmont Police Department talking about their experience with the epidemic and Michelle Mathis, the Cofounder of the Olive Branch Ministry, a local harm reduction nonprofit specializing in opioid addiction. The presentations will be followed by a Q&A session.

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Gospel Concert coming up Saturday Aug 14th – 6 PM, Lowesville Gospel Concerts at Living Word Ministries – 1062 South Hwy 16 – Stanley (Lowesville) NC, presents Kentucky Just Us, a bluegrass band from South Central KY, Plus Dixie Revival, a local group from Bessemer City.

This will be a great evening of fun and worship. Bring a friend and come enjoy with us, in the cool air conditioning. A freewill offering only to be received, and you are invited. Contact Carroll Cooke 704-618-9762.

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and from his earliest childhood to his final years, he continuously strived to give his best in everything he did and his best was better than most because he had more energy than two normal men. After 30 years of work in the teaching field and at Summey Building Products, Bobby retired and with the support of his loving wife, Gail Yount Brown, he really got busy. Music, writing, automobile restoration, and philanthropy were just a few of Bob’s many talents, and he put them to good use over the years. He bought a 1930 Model A Ford because it reminded him of the good ole days in Belmont when life was slow and easy. He was an award winning writer with his three books which all won North Carolina Society of Historians awards. Guy Brown is Back! is a biography about his beloved brother and local boxing legend, Guy Brown. Laughin’, Living, and Learning and Some Things That Come With Life are anthologies that contain short stories, epigrams, and poems about life in Belmont. Bobby loved Belmont and its people and it showed through in everything he did. In 2005, with the help of seven like-minded men, Bobby promoted the foundation of the Belmont Historical Society. The Belmont Historical Society museum was founded by these men to preserve the past for the sake of the future. Several years ago, he was approached by Art Shoe-

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Martha Page, president of BHS, Phil Tate, Gail Brown. maker to join the board of directors of the Belmont Sports Hall of Fame. There were no half-measures of support with Bobby; he used his high-octane energy and every promotional tool he had to promote the annual Hall of Fame banquet and induction ceremonies. His promotional prowess made most of these events a rousing success. People always remarked that Bobby seemed to be in a constant state of motion whether it was running errands for the Historical Society, promoting the Sports Hall, or visiting patients for his beloved Mended Hearts Chapter 379. His Mended Hearts involvement gave him an outlet to share that heart disease and heart surgery were not the end of life as the patient knew it but a new beginning. When his application for the Guinness Book of World’s Records was approved for the “Longest Surviving Double Heart Bypass Patient”, he used that not to shine a light upon himself,

but to promote the fact that you can live and live well with heart disease. He often spoke that he would love to be able to congratulate the individual who broke his record of 40 years and 216 days because he would have one more way to help others who suffered from heart disease. Bobby gave full measure of himself in all his endeavors and should be remembered for his “Service Above Self” attitude. Bobby may be gone from the earth, but his contributions and the love he showed everyone he came in contact with will live on forever in the hearts and minds of those people who cherished this man of unwavering energy and devotion. A friend in a remembrance said, “Go rest high on that mountain, Brown. Your work here is done, but the results of your work will never be forgotten.” This legacy of Robert Dallas Brown is only exceeded by the love known by his beloved children and grandchildren.

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Rev. Kendell Cameron (right) and Ricky Wrenn look at a bible saved from the fire.

Rev. Kendell Cameron enjoying his new office.

Having fun at Vacation Bible School- Rachel Smith and Katie Choren.

The prayer room with original stained glass panels saved from Quotes like this are scattered throughout the new sanctuary. the fire.

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The new organ’s pipes.


hundreds of years,” Rev. Cameron said. In addition to the difference in sights and smells, another contrast at First Baptist are the sounds. Last week the laughter of kids enjoying Vacation Bible School rang throughout the building was a marked departure from years of hammering and sawing. In the new offices, folks were meeting, chatting, and planning upcoming events and services. In short, it was back to the business of the Lord as usual. “In the Bible in Ezekiel chapter six it talks about the children of Israel dedicating the second temple,” Rev. Cameron said. “Like they did we are rededicating our church and our mission.”

From Page 1 Statesville Stained Glass got the nod for the project. Avery Wooten supervised the job. Nearly all of the church’s 100-years-old stained glass pieces were salvaged when it burned. What Statesville Stained Glass did was literally put Humpty Dumpty back together again. “Any glass that was broken was duplicated by Kokomo Opalescent Glass Co. in Indiana,” Wooten said. “The glass that was not broken was cleaned and put in new frames.” The large picture win-

dow of Jesus that now faces Main St. was made from scratch by Statesville Stained Glass. The window was designed by Leslie Wicker. Artist Johnny Sherrill did the full-sized rendering. Marty Freeman and Laci Wooten painted the scene on the glass. The theme is “Come Unto Me”. Another major project and upgrade is the new pipe organ. The original organ was destroyed in the fire and Schantz Organ Co. based in Orrville, Ohio created an even a bigger and better one. “The new organ can last

Vacation Bible School craft day.

Children’s minister Tori Freeman with a table that was saved from the fire.

New Sunday School room.

View from the Audio Visual control area. See more on page 7.

Linda Piercy in the new library.

Photos by Alan Hodge

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This cross was made from timbers charred in the fire.

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Scenes from Page 6, First Baptist Mt. Holly transformation. View from the balcony.

First Baptist Mt. Holly Scenes This series of photos shows just a fraction of how much hard work went into the rebuilding of First Baptist Mt. Holly. The photos begin on July 21, 2016 and end with a picture shot last week. Photos by Alan Hodge

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Banner News Fellowship & Faith

Church Directory Alexander Memorial Baptist Church S Main Street •Belmont, NC

Morningside Missionary Church 711 Morningside Dr. 704-822-9142

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

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

New Covenant United Methodist


14514 Lucian Riverbend Hwy. 704-827-4468

Cramerton Independent Presbyterian Church

New Providence Baptist Church 1104 Old NC 27 Hwy. 704-827-0822

New Saint Paul Holiness Church

416 Woodlawn Ave. 704-824-1745

North Main Baptist Church

Cramer Memorial United Methodist Church

Redemption Hill Church

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

Revival Tabernacle of Mt. Holly

Grace Wesleyan Church 6014 S. New Hope Rd 704-825-7959

Henry’s Chapel Ame Zion Church

455 Sacco St. 704-825-6007

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

Message of Love Church

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

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

East Belmont Church Of God 320 E. Catawba Street 704- 825-8845

306 Pearl Beaty Dr. 704-827-6500

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

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

North Belmont Church of God 2316 Acme Rd. 704-827-4092

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

Ebenezer United Methodist Church

503 N. Main Street 704-825-9600

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

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

First United Methodist Church of Belmont

701 Secrest Ave. 704-825-8175

807 South Point Road 704-825-2106

The Pointe

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

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

Catawba Heights Church of God CBC-Memorial Apostolic

Queen Of The Apostles Catholic Church

First Baptist Church

312 W. Glendale Ave. 704-827-2726

212 South Street 704-825-7269

909 Edgemont Ave 704-825-5346

6325 Wilkinson Blvd. 704-755-5034

Burge Memorial Methodist Church

122 Tomberlin Rd. 704-827-4225

118 School Street 704-827-7071

Exodus Church


Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist

East Belmont Free Will Baptist

120 Belmont-Mt. Holly Road 704-827-3366

210 Park Street, Belmont NC

6700 Wilkinson Blvd 704-825-1709

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

Upper Room United Pentecostal 1405 Armstrong Ford Rd. 704-825-0604

230 W. Charlotte Ave. 704-827-0968

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

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

River of Life Full Gospel Church

Riverside Baptist Church

West Cramerton United Methodist Church

Shiloh AME Zion Methodist

207 Lowell Ave. 704-824-4213

St. Anthony of Padua Traditional Catholic Church


108 Horseshoe Bend Beach Rd. 704-827-8676

The Barn at Sandcastle Farm 155 Sandcastle Rd.

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

Tuckaseege Baptist Church

Gateway Cowboy Church

STANLEY Amazing Grace Baptist Church

511 Tuckaseege Rd. 704-827-4301

7280 Sifford Rd. 704-827-6277

Way of the Cross Baptist Church

Christ’s Evangelical Lutheran

238 Lanier Ave. 704-827-8111

203 S. Main St. 704-263-2621

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

Westview Presbyterian Church

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

First United Methodist Church

Community Christian Fellowship

1020 W. Catawba Ave. 704-827-2026

2560 Stanley Lucia Rd. 704-827-5881


First Presbyterian Church

Bethlehem Church

512 Old Mount Holly Rd. 704-263-4275

Core Church 707 Westland Farm Rd. 704-822-8033

Cornerstone Family Worship 709 Rankin Ave. 704-671-8640

Covenant United Methodist 110 Underwood Dr. 704-820-0603

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

First Presbyterian Church 133 S. Main St. 704-827-0521

First United Methodist Church 140 N. Main St. 704-827-4855

3100 Bethlehem Church St. 704-823-5050

Carolina Community Baptist 604 Martha Ave 704-824-2872

Center Baptist Church S. New Hope Rd. 704-824-4121

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

Epic Church

New Life Baptist Church

100 Indian Walk 704-671-4652

527 N. Buckoak St. 704-263-4647

Lowell Church of God

Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church

804 W. First Street 704-824-3383

2717 Dallas/Stanley Hwy. 704-263-4406

Lowell Free Will Baptist Church 3010 Lowell Rd. 704-824-9389

Lowell Smyre United Methodist Church

Springfield Memorial Baptist Church 2920 Dallas-Stanley Highway 704-263-4426

Stanley Church of God

201 N. Main St. 704-824-8814

324 N. Main St. 704-263-4041

Mt. Calvary Baptist Church

Stanley Pentecostal Holiness Church

120 Branch St. 704-824-4535

113 E. Parkwood St. 704-263-2131

First Baptist Church of Lowell

Trinity Full Gospel Church

400 W. 1st St. 704-824-1215

303 Sunset Dr. 704-263-9765

Goshen Free Will Baptist Church

First Baptist Church

1300 W. Catawba Ave. 704-827-3076

317 W. 1st St. 704-824-1213

Grace Baptist Church

New Life Church

300 Westland Farm Rd. 704-827-8600

128 Robbins St. 704-824-1356

Hickory Grove Baptist Church

Presbyterian Church of Lowell

3717 Hickory Grove Rd. 704-827-3939

207 E. 1st St. 704-824-3807


Kingdom Hall Jehovah’s Witnesses

Restoration Church

1736 Kelly Rd. 704-263-0199

1800 Spencer Mountain Rd. 704-824-5250

112 White Jenkins Rd. 704-681-2017

Lighthouse Full Gospel Church

Woodlawn Baptist Church

530 N. Hawthorne St. 704-827-1442

1101 N. Main St. 704-824-4261

Living Witness Ministries

Goshen Presbyterian Church

513 Woodlawn Ave. 704-827-5185

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd

143 Church St. 704-824-5380

Roper Street 704-601-5146

110 S. Main St. 704-827-4751

McAdenville Baptist Church


Grace Korean Ch Assembly-God

Bethel Baptist Church

Macedonia Baptist Church

124 Georgia Belle Ave 704-965-1004

NC Highway 273 704-827-9846

1951 Stanley Lucia Rd. 704-827-9224

Will of God Church

171 S. Main St. 704-824-7785

740 Rankin Ave. 704-827-5181


5339 S. New Hope Rd 704-825-8252

First Baptist Church

105 Pine Rd. 704-827-3856

541 Costner St. 704-827-0004

Gaston Christian Church

East Wilkinson Blvd. 704-824-5319

Ridgeview Baptist Church

1117 Old NC Hwy 27 704-827-8826

204 Lincoln St. 704-825-8342

Cramerton Temple of God Church

235 8th Ave. 704-824-1991

Second Baptist Church

Hood Memorial AME Zion Church

154 N. Main St. 704-824-3831

826 W. Charlotte Ave. 704-827-2999

1120 Charlotte Ave. 704-530-5174

151 Henry Chapel Rd 704-825-0711

Cramerton Free Will Baptist

1529 Old Hwy. 27 Rd. 704-827-5851 1304 N. Main St. 704-827-6141

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151 8th Ave. 704-824-3889

Lakeview Baptist Church

192 Main St. 704-824-2740

McAdenville Wesleyan Church 300 E. Wesleyan Dr. 704-824-1073

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

Welcome Baptist Church 811 Mauney Rd.

Bright Light Baptist Church

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Gaston College nursing student steps up to save a life What started out as a fun outing for Gaston College LPN students and their teacher turned into an actual life-or-death experience. On Thursday, July 22, seven students and their clinical nursing instructor Joyce Floyd, BSN/RN, went to the Olive Garden Italian Restaurant in Gastonia to celebrate the completion of their twomonth clinical rotation at the Stanley Total Living Center earlier in the day. They had been at the restaurant for about 45 minutes Gaston College nursing student Madeline Hare and instructor Gaston College photo/story when a restaurant employee Joyce Floyd. ran to their table and asked for help. Floyd had been pointed Floyd’s directions. “During that, she plans to continue her out as a nurse by someone the procedure the adrenaline education and eventually get who knew her. Another em- took over and I don’t even her bachelor’s degree in the ployee was in the kitchen remember thinking—I was Science of Nursing. choking on food and unable just doing,” Hare said. “After Hare has worked for just to breathe. Floyd immediately the procedure, I thought, ‘Did over a year at CaroMont Rerushed into the kitchen and that just happen? My family gional Medical Center as a got behind him to adminis- will never believe this!’ And CNA in the medical/surgical/ ter the Heimlich maneuver then my hands were shaking oncology unit. After passing in order to dislodge the food and I was so overwhelmed her NCLEX-PN exam, she stuck in his throat, and she by what had just happened. I will be an LPN in the same told employees to call 911. could not believe it was real.” unit. Her career goal is to Although this incident work in labor and delivery or After three or four thrusts that did not have the desired result, was something Hare could women’s health. Floyd called for nursing stu- not have anticipated, help“We are so proud that the dent Madeline Hare to come ing people has been a goal quick action of our people for years. When Hare was in to the kitchen. saved someone’s life,” said Hare is much taller than high school, her sister had a Dr. Allison Abernathy, Dean Floyd and, given the height of surgery that went wrong and of Health and Human Serthe employee who was in dis- she almost lost her life. Hare vices. “It demonstrates the tress, Floyd felt she could be helped her during her recovprofessionalism, skill, and more effective. Under Floyd’s ery and she realized how guidance, Hare performed the much she loved taking care dedication to helping people Heimlich maneuver and on the of people. “Ever since then,” that our faculty and students fifth forceful thrust the food Hare said, “I have had a share. I’m very happy that was ejected. After assessing dream of becoming a nurse.” Madeline, Joyce, and the Hare got her Certified other students were in the the employee’s breathing and condition, it was determined Nursing Assistant, or CNA, right place at the right time.” After the incident, the that the 911 call could be can- certification from Gaston College in 2016 and started in Olive Garden manager, emcelled. Prior to Thursday, Hare the College’s LPN—Licensed ployees, and the choking had never performed the Practical Nurse—program in victim expressed their gratiHeimlich maneuver and never fall 2020. She will graduate tude to Hare, Floyd, and the imagined that she would be from the program on Tues- other students. As for Hare, called upon to do it. When day, August 3, and will apply this lunch at Olive Garden Floyd summoned her help, she to the LPN-RN Program for was “an experience [she] will did not hesitate and followed the 2022-2023 year. After never forget!”

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Finding your purpose Rev. Trent Rankin Salvation Church, Gastonia, NC

One of the hardest things we will ever do in life is trying to find our purpose. We all want to know why we are here, and what it is God created us to do. Some people work most of their lives seeking God’s purpose for them. One thing is for sure, and that is God does have a will and plan for our lives, and God will reveal that purpose to us. In Esther 4:6-17, Esther discovered her purpose. Mordecai and his cousin Esther were two of the many Jewish captives in the Persian Empire. When the Persian king decided to take a new queen, he chose Esther as his wife. In the king’s court, there was a man named Haman who was an enemy of Esther’s cousin Mordecai, and all the Jewish people. He had deceived the king into making a decree that all Jews in the kingdom would be killed. Mordecai informed Esther of what was going to happen to the Jews. He wanted Esther to plead for the king to spare them, but the king had not called for Esther in thirty days. If someone went before the king without him calling them, they would be executed. Mordecai reminded Esther that she could save their people, and this was perhaps what her purpose from God was. She went before the king, and Haman’s wicked plans were exposed. The Jewish people were saved. Each of us are created in God’s image

and created for a purpose. God has something in store for each of us. We are no accident, but God’s children. As we seek to find God’s purpose, we must remove Rev. Trent Rankin any obstacles that get in the way. Satan will place many things in our way to keep us from knowing God’s will. In Esther’s case, it was Haman that was keeping her from saving God’s people. It may be sin in our lives, or relationships, or other obstacles. The most difficult thing in finding God’s purpose is taking the leap of faith to go seek His will. Esther had to step out on faith to approach the king. When we feel God leading us, we must follow. It takes obedience and confidence in God and His plan for our lives. Inaction will rob us of knowing God’s purpose. God’s purpose for us will not just appear, it takes us seeking that purpose by our faith and dedication to God. You may know God’s purpose for you, or you may be seeking that purpose now. God at the right time, will reveal His purpose for you. Ephesians 2:10 reminds us, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (NKJV). God has a purpose for us, a purpose that He planned long before us. In Jesus, we will find that purpose, and you may, like Esther, change the world for God!

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1986 Diamond Deacons cord with 2 saves. All-Conference, 1981 and 1982. 1981 Southwest Conference co-Player of the Year. Intended 6th-round pick of the St. Louis Cardinals. Signed NLI with Wake Forest. Wake Forest University (1983-1986): 1983 – Sixth place, National Invitation Tournament, Wichita, Kansas with the summer league state champions Winston-Salem Indians semi-pro team. 1984 – Cape Cod summer league, Falmouth Commodores. 1985 – Pitched a one-hitter in win over Georgia Tech. 1986 – Team co-captain. Led

Atlantic Coast Conference with most first-base pickoffs. Drafted by Atlanta Braves. Professional: Played for the Pulaski (Va.) Braves of the Appalachian League. Won Rookie League championship. After having had to cancel the 2020 event due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mount Holly Sports Hall of Fame is pleased to announce that the 2021 event will be held on August 21, 2021 at the Mount Holly Municipal Complex at 6pm. Tickets are available for $20 at Moose’s Pharmacy and David’s Detailing.



BY THE NUMBERS East Gaston High School (1980-1982): Sophomore – 22 1/3 innings, 28 strikeouts, 0.94 ERA. Junior – 63 2/3 innings, 97 strikeouts, 7-3 record with 3 saves. Senior – 71 innings pitched, 97 strikeouts, 8-2 re-






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Featherstone’s last game was in 1987. He tore the rotator cuff on his pitching arm and had surgery in the winter. By spring training in Bradenton, Florida, the arm didn’t cooperate. “There wasn’t enough time to rehab, so I got released. My wife and I, we never looked back.” He and Lisa were married in July 1987. They have three daughters – Brittany, Mackenzie and Kassidy. Today, Featherstone works for Duke Energy, as manager of the IT enterprise help desk. He has about 60 employees. “Sometimes, I remember the camaraderie with the guys, and playing the game and the love of the game,” he says. “And those minor league road trips, travelling on the busses…good times. Those are some good memories.”


we’d have a pitchout, where we’re going to pick the runner of first. And sometimes, you get the signals crossed and I throw it right over the plate, and sometimes you hit the ump in the shin guards,” he says. “One time, I kind of hit him in the midsection and he kind of went down, and the catcher told him, ‘You need to loosen up the strike zone, or we’ll do this all night long.’” But back to the W-S Indians… “We ended up going to the national semi-pro tournament in Wichita, Kansas, and ended up finishing sixth. We were playing in the Triple-A ballpark, and the crowd was chanting for us. Ron never dropped an ash the whole tournament. We rented a Greyhound bus, and it smoked like a freight train, so when we left WinstonSalem, instead of going on I-40 through Knoxville and a straight shot to Kansas, we had to go through Atlanta because that thing would not make it through the mountains. I called my dad and said it wouldn’t make it back to North Carolina. Could he get me a plane ticket? Four other guys did the same thing.” Next summer; different team. “My sophomore year, I got a chance to go to the Cape Cod League, and that was a great experience,” he says. “It’s a summer league put together by college coaches, to invite the upper tier of talent to play together. I played with the Falmouth Commodores. It was loaded with scouts at every game.” Featherstone played 52 games in four years at Wake Forest and in 1986 had the second-most strikeouts in the ACC. He pitched 73 innings in 16 games his senior year, with 54 strike-outs. He was drafted by Atlanta and played for the Pulaski (Virginia) Braves in the Appalachian League, and won the Rookie League Championship. “If the world were perfect, it wouldn’t be.” – Yogi Berra


Benson called to say the Cardinals planned to take him in the sixth round and plant him in Arizona. Earnest Featherstone said no. “I wanted to go play ball. That’s really kind of a low point between me and my father. I didn’t talk to him for six months,” Featherstone says. “I would have gone to (Class) A ball or rookie ball, but he was all about education. It was absolutely the right move. Fathers know best. I was only 17. But we mended fences, and I got my degree from Wake Forest.” Featherstone was the winning pitcher against Shelby in the playoffs his senior year at East Gaston, the year Wake was in the market for a lefthanded pitcher. Wake coach Marvin Crater, the ACC Coach of the Year in 1982 – who played in the Yankees farm system and was roommates with Yogi Berra – was in the stands. “He offered me a full ride,” Featherstone says. “He had the paperwork with him.” But before college, there was that certain summer league. The 1983 semi-pro Winston-Salem Indians placed sixth in the National Invitation Tournament in Wichita. “It was a talented team; the guys, the starting line-up had played some level of minor league professional baseball. They were in their late 20s, early 30s, kind of a rag-tag Bad News Bears,” he says. “The owner was an interior decorator. We had a shortstop named Ron Fowler, and during the game he would be smoking a cigarette and he would never drop an ash when the ball was hit to him. He could turn a double play smooth as silk. “They had a cooler in the dugout and they loved Bud Lite. And the more beer they’d drink, the better they’d hit. There’s a lot that goes on that the fans don’t have a clue.” Like, when the umpire is a little tight on the strike zone, and the catcher has to have a talk, send a message. “So, you get a runner on first and


to throw rocks as a little kid, and they got me into the Mount Holly Optimist League, made up of the local churches,” he says. “I started playing Little League and played for the Castena Presbyterian Church on Highway 16 up near Mountain Island.” Being a lefty, he says, made it a natural fit to be a pitcher. He pitched in middle school, in high school, in front of scouts who promised summers in Arizona, and for a team whose antics rivaled the Bad News Bears. He pitched in college, and had his pick-off moved filmed as a training video. He pitched for a summer league team that somehow made it to Kansas in a bus – engine probably held together by Scotch tape and prayer – that didn’t make it back home no matter how many times they clicked their heels. He pitched in a Cape Cod League and in the pros, in the Braves organization, and found that, in baseball, always knowing where you’re going leads to cherished memories of where you’ve been. Featherstone, 56, of Lincolnton, ends his baseball ride in the Mount Holly Sports Hall of Fame. “It’s an honor. The first thing I thought about when they told me was that if my dad were still here, he could participate,” he says. “I’m just honored. I appreciate the acknowledgment.” It was Earnest Featherstone who taught his son about aiming high, but taking the right road to get there. “My dad was my mentor, and I looked up to him and respected him,” Featherstone says. “He made good decisions.” A year before Featherstone graduated from East Gaston High School in 1982, Major League scouts were regulars at games. Particularly Vern Benson, then with the St. Louis organization. Featherstone was All-Southwest Conference as a junior and senior, conference coPlayer of the Year in 1981 and pitched four one-hitters.






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Mt. Holly Parks and Rec. welcomes Kris Lang The Annual Mt. Holly Parks and Recreation Basketball Camp took place from July 19th-22nd. The Camp, which is sponsored by the City Of Mt. Holly Parks and Recreation Department, is held yearly and is free to campers ages 9-14. The Camp is run by Rob Brendle, Parks and Recreation Specialist for the City of Mt. Holly and a former college basketball coach for 16 years. “The camp is Kris Lang a great way to fill some weekdays during the summer and a chance for the City of Mt. Holly to provide a free activity for local kids,” said Brendle. “What is better than being able to give back and at no cost to our parents? That was our goal and the City of Mt. Holly made that possible. Our wonderful staff helped make this camp a success with help from Kent Womack, Connor Sisk, Tom

Katsuleris, Landon Helton and Austin Cook.” The kids enjoyed skill development, games and daily competitions. On the last day of camp the campers were treated with free lunch and ice cream and a special guest speaker- former UNC Tar heel/ Pro Basketball player Kris Lang. Lang spoke to the campers about his experiences at UNC

Mt. Holly Parks and Rec. Basketball Camp attendees and coaches. The adults from Left to Right- Landon Helton, Rob Brendle, Kent Womack. and playing Pro Basketball all over the world. He spoke about favorite teammates and his time with San Antonio Spurs in preseason and playing with Tim Duncan and Tony Parker and against Lebron James and Shaquille

O’Neal. Lang encouraged the kids to be respectful to parents, teachers and coaches and to be a good team mate and always work hard. Lang also told the campers about playing in the Final Four, McDonald’s All American

game and winning a championship overseas. Kris has retired from Pro basketball and is back living in Gaston County and has his own camps and training sessions. A quote form Kris “This is my calling to be

able to speak into these kid’s lives and be there for the kids,” Lang said. For more info on Kris Lang- Check him out on Facebook, Instagram at Langhoops or contact by phone at 704-904-0050.

South Point names NCHSAA 2020-2021 Spring Sports Scholar Athlete Teams and Individual Scholar Athletes Nine spring sports teams and 124 individual athletes at South Point earned scholar athlete recognition by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association for the 2020-2021 spring sports season. Teams of 5 or more members must have a 3.1 or higher unweighted GPA to earn the award, while individuals must achieve at least a 3.5 weighted GPA during the first. South Point Scholar Athlete teams and GPAs: Varsity Softball (3.563); Women’s Varsity Soccer (3.770); Men’s Varsity Tennis (3.944); Men’s Varsity Golf (3.286); Men’s Varsity Baseball (3.269); Women’s Varsity Tennis (3.885); Men’s Outdoor Track and Field (3.447); Women’s Outdoor Track and Field (3.782); Varsity Wrestling (3.147). The varsity football team had a GPA of 3.042, missing Scholar Athlete Team designation by .058. The ladies golf team had a GPA of 3.917, but did not have 5 team members as required by the NCHSAA. South Point’s Individual Scholar Athletes: Sullivan Absher, Jeremiah Agyemang, Nicole Allen, Ayden Austin, Ronald Baker, Nick Barker, Elijah Baucom, Caroline Beaty, Jake Beaty, Jake Bidoglio,

Lila Biggs, Jackson Blee, Noah Bradshaw, Ashleigh Burns, Spencer Butler, Susie Butler, Catherine Carr, Ashton Carter, Gregory Cherry, Jordan Coffey, Amelia Conner, Josh Crowder, Zachary Cunningham, Matthew Dalton, Peyton Decker, Ethan Dellinger, Simon Dellinger, Lauren Downey, Caitlyn Federation, Jenna Feduniec, Sydney Foley, Hailey Franks, Aiden Gant, Lawson Georgian, Ryley Goble, Ethan Gore, Sean Gore, John Gouch, Madison Hancock, Samuel Harris, William Harris, Matthew Hastings, William Hendricks, Nathaniel Hernandez, Julie Ho, Hunter Hogue, Reagan Hollifield, Aiden Houghton, Jacob Humphrey, Quevon Jackson, James Johnson, Jake Jurchak, Anna Kauer, Holly Kellogg, Greyson Kines, Abbygale King, Emily Koehler, Matthew Laney, Courtney Leach, Avery Lester, Emelia Lewandowski, Addison Lomick, Lauren Lucas, Benjamin Lunsford, Abigail Martin, Kendall Martin, Wesley Matthews, Thomas McCormick, Ian McGinnis, Hatsue McQuay, Roger Medlock, Jack Milford, Olivia Milford, Cole Miller, Jackson Miller, Alex Millspaw, Abigail Miss, Samantha Narciso, Grace Nehring, David Nicks, Dylan Nicks, Natalie O’Connor, William O’Connor, Edwaard, O’Neill,

Emmanuel Paddyfote, Jacob Patterson, Anthony Payne, Samantha Pressley, Asheton Queen, Rachel Racz, Robert Raffone, Justin Ray, Tyson Riley, Jackson Risk, William Ross, Lauren Sawyer, Domanick Shelton, Grace Sheppard, Lillian Sheppard, Kamryn Shipman, Ethan Simmons, Anna Smith, Georgia Smith, Carson Smith, Justin Smith, Henry Southard, Dennis Tadokoro, Ethan Thagard, Dawson Tobin, Gabrielle Tracy, Wyatt Triplett, Emilia Vargas, John Vickers, Brooke Villemagne, Jordan Villemagne, Garrett Voorhees, Samuel Walker, Colin Wells, Keira Wilcox, Madison Willis, Ashlea Wilson, Shane Wilson, Marshall Witherell, and Jacob Worley. South Point NCHSAA Scholar Athlete Teams: Men’s Varsity Baseball: Sullivan Absher, Nicholas Barker, Jake Beaty, Jake Bidoglio, Elijah Biggerstaff, Noah Hargett, Samuel Harris, Colten Knight, David Nicks, Dylan Owenby, Justin Ray, William Rhinehart, Jackson Risk, Ethan Simmons, Justin Smith, Wyatt Triplett, Samuel Walker, and Marshall Witherell Men’s Golf: Ayden Austin, Jaycob Austin, William Hendricks, Cole Hunsucker, Greyson Kines, Thomas McCormick, Alex Millspaw.

Men’s Tennis: Ronald Baker, Zachary Cunningham, Aidan Gant, Sear Gore, Jake Jurchak, Wesley Matthews, Cole Miller, Dylan Nicks, and William O’Connor. Men’s Outdoor Track and Field: Ayden Austin, Elijah Baucom, Jackson Blee, Spencer Butler, Matthew Dalton, Edwin Gore, John Gouch, William Harris, Charlie Hill, Julian, Hill, David Howard, James Johnson, Addison Lomick, Bryson Lomick, Ian McGinnis, Jack Milford, Emmanuel Paddyfote, Jacob Patterson, Henry Southard, Ethan Thagard, Dawson Tobin, and John Vickers. Women’s Varsity Softball: Claudia Baucom, Ashleigh Burns, Jordan Coffey, Lauren Downey, Hailey Franks, Reagan Hollifield, Katarina Hovis, Courtney Leach, Kendall Martin, Hatsue McQuay, Asheton Queen, and Ashlea Wilson.

Women’s Tennis: Caroline Beaty, Lila Biggs, Anna Kauer, Holly Kellogg, Emily Koehler, Avery Lester, Lauren Lucas, Abigail Miss, Grace Nehring, Natalie O’Connor, Lauren Sawyer, Grace Sheppard, and Emilia Vargas.

Women’s Varsity Soccer: Catherine Carr, Payton Decker, Caitlyn Federation, Jenna Feduniec, Sydney Foley, Abbygale King, Emelia Lewandowski, Abigail Martin, Rachel Racz, Anna Smith, Georgia Smith, Brooke Villemagne, and Jordan Villemagne. Women’s Varsity Swimming: Avery Boyd, Sofia Gomez-Reynoso, Anna Huffstickler, Avery Lester, Sydney Lester, Kirsten Lynch, Kailee McAlister, Cara Targonski, Brooke Villemagne, and Emma White.

Women’s Outdoor Track and Field: Nicole Allen, Susie Butler, Julia Ho, Olivia Milford, Samantha Narcisco, Samantha Pressley, De’ja Reid, Lauren Sawyer, Lillian Sheppard, Gabrielle Tracy, Michelle Tracy, Keira Wilcox, and Madison Willis. Wrestling: John Berckman, Matthew Burgess, Ashton Carter, Gregory Cherry, Ethan Dellinger, Simon Dellinger, Landon Foultz, Landin Geib, Lawson Georgion, Weston Georgion, Ryley Goble, Aiden Houghton, Jacob Patterson, Anthony Payne, Tyson Riley, Dennis Tadokoro, and Jacob Worley.

McIntosh recognized on GSU Spring 2021 Dean’s List Georgia Southern University recently recognized approximately 3,560 students on the Spring 2021 Dean’s List. Kathryn Mcintosh of Mount Holly has been named to the list for

excellence in academics. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, a student must have at least a 3.5 grade point average and carry a minimum of 12 hours for the semester.

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Gaston Together facilitates 2021 Commissioners School “Movers & Shakers” session On June 7th, Gaston Together facilitated a session for the “Movers and Shakers” group of the 2021 Commissioners School. Eleven students spent the morning participating in a mini-town hall community forum. The session was held at First United Methodist Church, “Greene House” in Gastonia. Student participants represented Ashbrook, East Gaston, Forestview, Gaston

Gaston Together’s “Pride in Gaston” Traveling Tour, a program designed to build community pride in young students. Dwayne Burks, a member of Gaston Together’s clergy association, the Gaston Clergy & Citizens Coalition, partnered to conduct the session. Lockett and Burks discussed the community visioning process. Students worked in small groups in

Christian, Highland School of Technology, Hunter Huss, North Gaston and South Point. Donna Lockett, Executive Director, provided a brief overview of the work of Gaston Together to begin the program and discussed the non-profit concept. She reminded students who were living in Gaston County in their third grade year that they also participated in

2021 Commissioners’ School “Movers & Shakers” group: Back Row left to right: Trinity Brown (East Gaston), Rachel Long (Forestview), Kiersten Sadler (East Gaston), Quinnlyn Beam (Highland School of Technology), Madelyn Ludwig (Forestview), Mo Snipes (Gaston Christian) Front Row left to right: Lilly Riley (Forestview), Keira Wilcox (South Point), Claire Hayes (North Gaston), Kameron Kee (Ashbrook) and Ben Kimmel (Hunter Huss). Photo provided

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Congratulations area coaches Congratulations to two current high school athletic directors and one retired athletic director for receiving awards earlier this week at a North Carolina Athletic Directors Association luncheon. Scott Harrill of Cherryville High School received the Region 6 Athletic Director of Excellence Award. In addition, East Gaston High School athletic director Ryan Resendez received the Region 6 Citation Award and retired Hunter Huss High School athletic director Steve Gardner received the Braveheart Award. Gaston Schools photos



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Catawb Resort wilation h Jeff Cas rryv ille’ k beloved arrived Catholic as a buil Manager le to allow North is eager to possible of fam at CheMet hod ist Casino ate job cre of his tt, who as City the See BOO in what Nation as quickly economic Lord were unab ed in ly mem bersUni ted memoryMiles Gan e ion plac they acceler ion “Th the , t e, K, Pag said casino n bringing the state (his) pass ry to be originalbe- Firs and said heart, and e4 to great uncl for reg the pant e Park, as TAI N, “sparked to begi and jobs wba Chief Jody Church, idea on my it off for Fowler, MO UN Nation he said truction.” inally apfits ssman unique Heritag d by Mr. the City’s ’re Cata laid this I had to put her, I still KIN GS Catawba it will bene region,” said . “We re Busine for cons ler had orig ille City ates requeste issues with though on or anot it.” – The Fow the Cherryv week of the and Har ris Del awathe Fowler cre back to e of with to N.C. d last carriers. and they back Mr. caus ved Bill e with one reas ing back MU ing on e ched le unce nt giv belo ranc open proa com anno his d them an exLC a whi the late insu gs Cae6 k the wor kingour consultags Casino way to nity conit was issue keptFowler said TRY, Pag H • ST Council to honor “We aske fast-trac Two Kinin Kings North, by the d to us ONES Two Kinwell as our- commu ility See PAN the idea memory ement of a Cata wba ort projecting a “preexplaine high liab ntly by ELL Catawbaproject, as •S t Gam rece SOIL ely box, Gantt’s n and plac L E. 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Item region ing this sum no site April t be placed in during collected note that items structur opportunity limited ory y this al curb with other cilitAn introduct still plannedal start gam17-acre casi Please unapproved up mus is to the fee per initi to game t of this e and The casino addition yard nextk. The intenlitter and do plac curb, a $20 required trons & beverage the full feature an s. It will ion will hine this weeis to remove mulated on the load will be the City food amenities. complet the and 0 slot mac t k r to accu project 1,30 erties. truc paid prio items. 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The pro preparing e b times. k weant. taking commun is a cha ject was to re recover par t of 9 with a com ring ity pter the roo the mid-1950s club that mitmentbegun in member But f in to com the fall member . She look was form of the roofing COVID-19 2020. s can plete s ed Prio forw cha com flat in known came to nge memberr to buil e back ard to the the Women a halt d everyth together day ding Fina couple s met ing for the Roo 11-13, lly during fers. of yea at ano the club. na nationaand ther the lly wheNancy join rs, she said the roo led by location house, Bossmaweekend ed fing n she . for a yard of Mar pro n rememb was the club with ch about ready cleaned upject was Billy Hone her par eycutt, with otheers the five and hopfor the nex and memcompleted r chil fun time years old ents bers ed, the nearby rura dre t imp s mee future. efully a l com n of the com ting and covere rovemen are now “Up mun unti t pro Followi d dish Alth mee munity there ng the dinner jjects dinn tings l COVID ities. completough thre and and leadersh in the we had ers pot Friday e the job,e days wer ip As the quarter As theabout onc luck or Women of Bossma used afternoon. the rooferse schedu ly Doris said money led to club, leak age or thee a quarter covered for a Roofers n Billy Saturd wer final clea dish a few ,’ Nan was ing bec roo areas ay mor e finishe on the (Honeycutt cy said phamember she contact bein n-up. minor finish of ame f caught job. ning ed Clu ), far ed Lau g raised, rmacist of Wo Club the clubhou a problem up with . was ing task wa left, Keever,b member men ra Hod se. s and dinners members in sev the Rutherford at the Med Roofers ge, building and the roo 90, and s Nancy Koo eral help money and hav began hos Honeyc and from ton, inqu icine Box that was They fers at the Mae McM ne, 70, ing yard ting to rep time “We hadthe group. iring abo in nea a and the utt taug help spa Dor air club aha new ghe is ed pre buc ht the for the sale n, ut pos rby house the Wo hea pare deli “At job was the roofersto the gro each 76, met throughoutkets were roof. Eve s to raistti sible men Roo rd abo and Fridroofers and n dur up. mor ciou what somethisome timedone in two fers,” ut the goo ing thate BillyHodge said ay eve around s lunch ning. a “I raised the buildingplaced stra to do Dor about ryone mea proud is exp d work of leak,” he ng to the they will days. noo $600 to catch thetegically Nell Honeycutt she immedia flat roo lain gathere n Thursdals have Bov one time “We Doris spo As the said. and f...We tely coned. wat to d insi “They ender beg he and stopped add from de they the roo used the ke up. roo by mys er. tact fers wor an mem ed fello f done,” mon elf,” agreed (club) the ked, rais the discuss w roofer for the annbers of hop she saidey we rais to there ions. Years do the wored the fund The 202 ual Chr efully gett ed to . was ago whe k,” Hon get were org talk s and istm ing COVID 0 event was canas dinner together . roofed anized, n the Woeycutt said we The gath the wom in 202 . celed men Clubho the Mt. 1. hea bec Roo en erin lth of ause and Hon fers gs money use after Ver of “Doris the County,will all dep for sup the comnon Com eycutt “At always end chil Sta plie munity mun group that time s. raised ity par dren,” Mae brough te and Nat on the ties. ion. t gifts the said probab came to we had just of pas for all Mae McM help ly kne time than the t Chr w mor us,” Nel begun and of ahan istmas a andthe commun rememb If ther we did” e about l said. ers bein roofing e is a Bovender roofing at“They Frid it was a ity club also “ha g ay that raised, project request for said almost nights. Theng-out” spo as a teena par t a com age Bovend the gro and the t the up will money munity there wer length re was a for teens r er shu on of e There said. conside can “It was other gam the club ffle boa groups have bee r the be rd a fun house The job, time,” es. materia will not n times whe and never re was Club music,Mae said. allo for the ls but hav only rais n commun member Nancy wed. but dan e ity the Wo work. The e also s (left rememb cing paid money for across to righ homes. men Roo money the the roo was ers chil t) Nan fers coff went fers to play the area gath cy Koo Hon Piedmo ering at dren from ers to back into “The ne, Dor caught eycutt said the club nt-P roof othe clubhou all commun is Ke Keever the gro se wasleasant Hill house project up with r and Mae It was ity,” Nan up nev s. its long the hea children. 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THE SPANGLER REUNION will be Sunday, August 15th, Double Shoals Baptist Church, 12-Noon, followed by lunch. Please bring well-filled basket.

ONE ON ONE CARE is hiring for all shifts. Full/part-time hours available. Group homes are 6 beds or less. CNA/Nursing assistant jobs available but not required. No exp. necessary, all trainings included. Also hiring for Agency QP. Please apply in person at 203 Lee St., Shelby.

BUSINESS SERVICES SHIPMAN’S MASONRY- 48 YEARS EXPERIENCE. Brick, Block & Stone, Outside Fireplaces, Foundations, Underpinnings. “Free Estimates”. 1st Quality Work! (863) 532-1587

LOCK ‘N’ ROLL STORAGE. “ALL NEW” 10’x10’ and 10’x15’ Storage Units Available. Self Store Dawn til Dusk. Secure and Convenient! Located at 1002 Polkville Rd., (Hwy 226 N.) Shelby. Located next to 5 Star Auto Sales. or Call (704) 484-4112 POLKVILLE SCHOOL ALUMINI REUNION. Sat, August 7, 5pm. All former students are welcome. For more information call Marietta Floyd (704) 4875480

NOW HIRING LANDSCAPERS FOR FULL TIME YEAR ROUND EMPLOYMENT. Must have valid driver’s license and transportation. (704) 473-0341 PART-TIME CHURCH HOSTESS FOR FLORENCE Baptist Church. Duties will include but not limited to: Managing Wednesday Night Fellowship Suppers, Meals for Bereaved Families, Vacation Bible School snack suppers and other special fellowship events. For more information visit the church webpage or call the church office 828-245-5411. WANTING TO HIRE: ORDAINED PASTOR for a small, non-denominational, traditional Christian church in the Shelby area. Send resume to: “Pastor”, 836 East Main Street, Shelby, NC 28150

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

EMPLOYMENT EXPERIENCED AUTO BODY TECHNICIAN NEEDED. Must have own tools and valid drivers license. (704) 445-0970 SALVATION ARMY STORE IN SHELBY has part-time positions available for store clerks, truck driver and truck helper. Apply in person at 305 N. Lafayette St., Shelby - 9am12noon or 1pm-4pm Monday-Thursday. NOW HIRING Roofing Laborer. Call 704-477-0516. SALVATION ARMY STORE IN SHELBY has part-time positions available for store clerks, truck driver and truck helper. Apply in person at 305 N. Lafayette St., Shelby - 9am12noon or 1pm-4pm Monday-Thursday. NOW HIRING. Come Grow with us Now Hiring Operators and Laborers, Competitive Pay, Apply online at or call 704600-6534 NEED HELP TO SIT WITH ELDERLY LADY. Days, Nights and Weekends. In the Bostic Community, Rutherford Co. Compensation depends on qualifications. (She does have cats) If interested call Cathy @ 828-447-2419 FULL TIME EXPERIENCED COMMERCIAL MECHANIC ASE Certified A Plus. Apply In Person at 1900 Elizabeth Ave., Shelby, NC

BUSINESS SERVICES ROB’S LAWN CARE. I do lawns in the Shelby Area. Reasonable Rates! Call 704-4875065 or (704) 297-0325 TRIPLE D PAINTING LLC. All your painting needs, free estimates, over 25 yrs experience! Framing, facial boards and much more wood work available! Making your home, building or business look new again. (704) 418-5736

TRACTOR & DUMP TRUCK SERVICE. Bush Hog, scrape driveway, gravel parking pads, lot clearing and much more. Reasonably priced and insured. Call Chuck 704-692-7536. (704) 692-7536 REAL ESTATE CLASSES. Register for Real Estate Prelicense, Postlicense and CE at Top-Rated Virtual Programs - Engaging Instructor - High Pass Rate. (828) 333-7059 thomasresnc@




AMBER HONEY $50. Food Grade Totes $100, Plastic Drums $10, Drums with Lids & Rings $20, Burn Barrels $10. Call Jeff (Hickory, NC). (828) 327-4782

HAVE A TRAILER NOT USING? SELL IT! J. Johnson Sales INC. Buy, Sale, Trade trailers. Must have title. Call 828-245-5895.

TOOL SALE. Saturday, August 7th, 9:00AM - 11:00AM. Everything must go! 218-2 Mount Harmony Church Road, Lawndale, NC 28090


ROOFING, SIDING, GUTTERS, LEAF GUARDS. Tim’s Roof Contractors is your local professional on all types of shingle roofing, metal roofing, Flat roofing and we install all styles and colors of vinyl siding, soffits, fascia trim and aluminum wrap. We are highly rated on Google 4.9 stars with 135 reviews/ BBB accredited with an A+ rating/ Background checked plus Owens Corning Preferred Contractors status. We offer Free Quotes / Roofing repairs and replacement services. Call us to talk to the local pro for services in Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln and Rutherford Counties. Call us today 980-522-5606 or contact us through our website We would like to earn your business. (980) 522-5606 CALL HENRY DODGE. 704470-5241. For Free Estimates on Home Improvement needs. Laminate Floor Installation, $2.50 per square foot. For Labor only.

YARD SALE. Yard Sale 2 weeks, 397 Mt. Pleasant Church Rd, Forest City, NC Wed., Aug 4th -7th, from 08:00 AM Until; Tue., Aug 10th -14th 8am until. Too much to list. For more info call 828-245-4496, Forest City, NC 28043

SYRUP CANE MILL. 3 Yard Vacs. Horse Drawn Pan. Call for info. (704) 931-0335 ONE CEMETERY PLOT in Boiling Springs for sale. $700.00 negotiable. 980-2898841

PAINTING SERVICES. Over 25 years experience, affordable prices. Professional results. References available. Free estimates. Charles, or leave message. (704) 435-8062. CLEVELAND COUNTY GARAGE DOORS. Summer Tuneup Special, $59.95. We will check all your equipment lube, make sure it’s working correctly. We repair broken doors. Also offering new installations. 704477-9119 or 704-472-9367.

CAMPFIRE WOOD BUNDLES FOR SALE. Seasoned wood, stretch wrapped. Similar size to convenience stores/ home centers. $4.50 per bundle. (704) 435-3970

ALL TERRAIN MWD ELECTRIC WHEELCHAIR. Frontier V6 (A7) by Magic Mobility. “Like New!” Must See! Cost $7000 will take $2000. Call (864) 4913439

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

T.V. STAND FOR SALE. New T.V. Stand, $125.00. Call 704538-8867 or cell, 704-8349848.

NEW MENS BIKE. Cash Only. New Mens Bike, ridden only once, yellow, 3 speed, special mirrors, bike carrier, air pump, $175.00 502-594-5279 RIDING MOWER SNAPPER HIGH VAC 28” Cut. “Runs Like New!” Recently Serviced! Has Mulching Blade & Extra Blade. $350 Cash. (704) 300-0030 FACTORY CHROME WHEELS. Fit 20” Dodge Ram. 55 gallon Aquarium, complete set up w/stand. Portable AC/ Heater with remote L/N. (704) 487-0072 JOHN DEERE RIDING MOWER. 42” riding mower. Good condition. $250. (704) 4737726

CARPORTS, GARAGES, BUILDINGS, RV, BOAT COVERS IN STOCK. Areas largest on site display. Best selection, quality price. J. Johnson Sales, Inc. 2690 Hwy. 221S., Forest City. 828-245-5895. FLAG POLES, FLAGS IN STOCK. Pickup or we deliver and install available. J. Johnson Sales INC, Forest City. Call 828-245-5895. 16X40 OR TWO STORY BUILDINGS BUILT ON SITE. 1 DAY INSTALL. J. Johnson Sales INC. 828-245-5895. UTILITY BUILDINGS, STORAGE BUILDINGS. Steel, Wood, Vinyl. Some fully insulated, 1 to 2 day delivery if buy from stock. Cash or low down payment with monthly payments. No credit ok. J. Johnson Sales INC. 828245-5895.

DALE EARNHART SR. SOUVENIRS for sale. 704-4660401, (704) 487-9653

PIANO FOR SALE. Kimball console piano with bench, good condition, Ideal for students. $200.00 (704) 600-7865

RETIRED GENERAL CONTRACTOR AVAILABLE for small job repairs and fixes. Deck repair a specialty. Rutherford/Cleveland County areas. Bob, 828-476-6058.

PHOENIX “HEAVY DUTY” TRAVEL SCOOTER. Four wheel. Adjustable seat & arm rest. Anti tilt wheels, headlight. Paid $1300 new. $650 OBO. Call (704) 750-3182


DEER CORN. SHELLED, 50lbs, $10.05. 828-287-3272.

LOCK ‘N’ ROLL STORAGE. “ALL NEW” 10’x10’ and 10’x15’ Storage Units Available. Self Store Dawn til Dusk. Secure and Convenient! Located at 1002 Polkville Rd., (Hwy 226 N.) Shelby. Located next to 5 Star Auto Sales. For Info Call (704) 484-4112

USED CAMPER TOPS: BUY/ SALE/TRADE. Various sizes and styles. 828-980-0881.

ESTATE/YARD SALE Fri.Sat., Aug. 6-7, 8-5; Furniture, household, tools, rods/reels, canning jars, more. 650 Gun Club Road, Bostic, NC 28018

NICE SUMMER CLOTHES. Shorts, Capris, Tanks, Knit tops, Blouses. Size 10-M. $2$6. 704-484-3128.

HOME HELPER/COMPANION. Assist with activities of daily living. Excellent references. Cherryville, NC and surrounding areas. Call Denise, 614-551-1658. Thank you. IT’S TIME TO TRIM CREPE MYRTLE TREES. Spreading Mulch or Gravel, minor chainsaw work and storm clean-up. I can do many of your outside chores with over 15 years experience all over Cleveland County and stretching to the Forest City area. Nice, honest, dependable, clean, drug-free, he’s an all around great guy and handyman, so call Rob today and see what I can help you with. 980-295-0750.


ESTATE TAG SALE. Sat., Aug. 7th, 2021 from 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM. Glassware, linen, cookware, furniture & more! 2132 Chatfield Rd., Shelby, NC 28150

FULL TIME MAINTENANCE MAN NEEDED. Maintain rental properties. Must have valid NC Drivers license. Pay depends on experience. (704) 473-4299

Deadline: Friday at 12:00 Noon

CAMPER COVER. LEER Fiberglass Camper Cover with Front and Side sliding windows, Excellent Condition, Fits Toyota Tacoma. $400. Call 603-9883430

HORSE QUALITY HAY. Square and round bales, also 3x3x8’ bales. Call (704) 4876855 PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS with Scratch Pads! Press Room Printing. 704-482-2243. (704) 538-5788 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 CASH FOR YOUR RECORD ALBUMS. Call Ron (919) 3147579

RIDING/PUSH MOWERS, GARDEN TILLERS, GOKARTS, MINI-BIKES. Ready to mow. All in excellent condition. Can deliver, 30+ years experience in repair work. 828980-0853, 704-476-9383.

LOST! POCKET BOOK TAKEN FROM CAR. South Shelby Area. Reward offered for return. (704) 466-3627

MAPLE DINING TABLE. 2 leaves, 6 chairs; brand new large microwave; retro 50’s metal dining table, 1/insert; Raytheon Collector’s T.V. 704860-4247

MARY JANE HIPP LOOKING FOR Peggy Dimsdale and Ileene McMurry and picture of Bryce Clemmer for Rutherford County Woodworkers Album. Call 828-447-1314.

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


PROPANE GRILL TANKS REFILLED. Only $10.99. Call 828287-3272.

INTERESTED IN ZERO TURN MOWER. I’m interested in buying a zero turn lawn mower. (No Kohler Engines) Call 704-3008201

NEW CANNING JARS with Lids & Seals. $17.67 per case. Call 828-287-3272. ACEPHATE FIRE ANT KILLER. Works great! $12.99. Call 828-287-3272. KILL ALL YOUR WEEDS! Ranger Pro 2.5 gallon. $44.00. 828-287-3272.

GREAT DEAL!!! Set of 431x10 R15 Wheels and Tires for Ford Ranger. 90% Wear Left. 250.00. Set of 4 Tires wheels for Kia 205, 55 16. 90% wear. 200.00. Call 828-287-3820.

HAVE A STORAGE BUILDING NOT USING, OUTGROWN IT? Sell it, trade in for new bigger one. We take trades, we buy used buildings. Must be factory built, able to move. J. Johnson Sales INC. 828-245-5895.

50+ TRAILERS IN STOCK NOW. More on the way! Areas largest selection, quality, best price. J. Johnson Sales, Inc., Forest City. 828-245-5895.

ENCLOSED TRAILER IN STOCK. Dump trailers in stock and more on the way! J. Johnson Sales, Inc., Forest City. 828-245-5895.



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LOOKING FOR A MEDIUM SIZE USED TRACTOR AND BUSH HOG. Prefer John Deere. 704-466-0401, (704) 487-9653

FREE TO A GOOD HOME. Two border collie-blue heeler, 2 year old dogs, in need of a loving home with wide open space. Finn (boy) and Rey (girl) are two sweet and lovable litter mates. Rey is smaller and has some back leg issues. Finn is very active. They are great family dogs. They come together as a bonded pair. (704) 915-8886

2003 DODGE DURANGO SLT. 4x4, V-8, 107,000 miles, new tires, 3rd row seating, rear air, clean, runs great. $5200. (704) 487-0072

WANT TO BUY. ATV’s, PopUp Campers and Small Travel Trailers. Call 828-429-3935. CASH FOR YOUR CAR running or not, title or no title. Call Charles Dellinger at Red Road Towing. 704-692-6767, (704) 487-0228 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 WANT TO BUY CARS, TRUCKS. Trailers, Tractors, Farm Equipment. Must have ID and proof of ownership. Callahan’s Towing. (704) 692-1006 CASH FOR YOUR RECORD ALBUMS. Call Ron. (919) 3147579 DANNY’S AUTOWERKS. Buying used or junk cars. Competitive prices. Call Danny 828-289-3081 or Jimmy 828289-1175. WANTED: OLD AND NEW AMMO. Reloading supplies. Call 828-245-6756 or cell # 828-289-1488.

FARM & GARDEN 12 ROUND BALES COASTAL HAY. 4.5’ bales. $35 each. Hwy 221 south of Chesnee, left of Cow Bridge Road. (864) 7069738 NEW SOUTHERN 5 FT. BUSH HOG. $1,250. 828-287-3272.

BOATS 14” ALUMINUM BOAT with 30lb. motor. Thrust Guide trolling motor & battery. 2 paddles, 2 life jackets. Battery running lights. Swivel seat in back. $900 Call 980-925-3448

PETS & LIVESTOCK HEDGEHOGS AND SUGAR GLIDERS HOME. Male and female are available for both babies contact us if interested and for more info (915) 201-5269 deanwillson8@

AKC REGISTERED LABRADORS. Chocolate AKC Registered Labradors for sale. Vet checked, 1st shots and papers in hand. $800.00 (828) 345-6215 COCKA- POO PUPS. Cockapoo Pups born June 6. Parents on site. Tails docked, declawed, Will weigh 15 to 25 pounds. Very Tempermental. $900.00 each 828-305-2181 or 980622-3058 GUINEAS KEETS BABIES AND BANTAMS. Guineas Keets Babies $5.00. Bantams Babies $2.00 for sale. One to two weeks old. (704) 476-9943 PUG PUPPIES. AKC Pug Puppies, Fawn, Shots, Wormed, and Starter Kit. $800 each. Ready now. (828) 413-5399 allenhuffy@ RHODE ISLAND REDS Pullets. $8.00 each, Laying Hens - $12.00-$14.00, and others. 704-473-1311. F1B LABRADOODLE PUPPIES. UTD on shots and dewormed. $600 each. Ready July 31. Reserve yours now. $100 deposit. Henry L. Miller 1608 Walls Church Road, Ellenboro, NC 28040.

2007 BUICK LACROSSE V-6, At, all power, local forest city car, 160k miles, $4800, call 828-980-8461 2009 FORD EDGE 147,862 miles, Call for Price, $1299 DOWN (704) 748-1890 sales@ 1993 FORD F-150 CARGO VAN for Sale. 60,000 actual miles. 6 cylinder, AT, AC, new tires, Excellent condition. $5,950.00. 704-487-0550 or 704-678-3954.

1984 FLEETWOOD PACE ARROW MOTOR HOME. 30 FT., 85,987 miles. $8,995 firm. Never be homeless! 828-4530828.







HOUSE FOR SALE 109 Dundee Court, Shelby. 3 BR, 1 BA, Living Room, Large Kitchen & Dining. Very private. 1 acre lot. Little work needed done. $55,000 or OBO. 704974-0611. (704) 974-0611

MOVE IN SPECIAL. 2 & 3 Bedroom, deposit required. $190 weekly rates. Includes power and water. NO PETS. Visit us online at Oakwood Rentals, Shelby. Call (704) 473-4299

HOUSE FOR SALE. 3 BR, 1 BA, 2 car garage, Front screened in porch on 1/2 acre lot. Come and see. 148 Hicks Road in Grover. NEED TO SELL YOUR HOUSE? I PURCHASE UNWANTED RENTAL PROPERTY AND/OR STARTER HOMES. MUST BE PRICED TO SELL! “QUICK CLOSINGS”! Call 704-472-0006.

1, 2 & 3 BEDROOM TOWNHOMES. Shelby, NC. We are currently accepting applications for our waiting list. Rent is based on income (and some expenses are deducted). Call or visit us today, Laurel Hill Apartments 704-487-1114. Equal Housing Opportunity.

RUTHERFORD COUNTY 1/2 ACRE LOT UNRESTRICTED!! Near TIEC, $15,000. Call 864-909-1035 or visit: www.

2012 PUMA 26’ TRAVEL TRAILER. Clean like new, new AC, new skylights, 4 new tires, slide out, queen bed, TV incl, Tow and set up equipment incl., $15,000. Call 828-475-9807 or (704) 5385637

NEW 2021 SUZUKI DR 650 DUAL SPORT MOTORCYCLE. Asking $4,500. Mint condition, warranty transferable. Call 864-279-7840. Inman, SC. 2004 BMW RT 1150 Hard bags, 86K miles, blue. (704) 538-8625

VACATIONS OCEAN LAKES MYRTLE BEACH. Cottage N34. 2 bedroom, 2 bath, den, kitchen, dining, covered deck, near country store. Call Dorcas, 803-7182659, (803) 635-9831

YOUNG PULLETS hatched on April 7th. Easter Eggers, RIR and Golden Comet Chass. #10.00 each. 509-432-4914

1986 MINNIE WINNIE $1820 20 ft. Class C, 5.7L engine, sleep 4-6 pers, 81k miles, info at, non smoker owner. (910) 448-2081

SIAMESE KITTENS Would love 1 or 2. Will give excellent home in country. 704-462-2651 (H) or 828-461-1654 (C).

2014 CEDAR CREEK SILVERBACK 5th wheel, 33 ft., 3 slides, great condition. $32,000. 864-237-5359

DOG KENNELS. 7x7, 5x10, 10x10, 10x20, 20x20 tops, split kennels. Pickup or we deliver and install available. J. Johnson Sales INC, Forest City. 828245-5895.


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OCEAN LAKES BEACH HOUSE FOR RENT. 2 bedroom with sleeper sofa, WiFi, golf cart. Weeks & weekends available. 704-473-1494. OCEAN LAKE BEACH HOUSE 2 bedroom, 2 bath. Also pullout couch, golf cart. Weeks and weekends. 704472-5182

FOR RENT CLEVELAND COUNTY HOUSE IN LAWNDALE. Nice semi-Private Back Yard! Washer and Dryer Hookup. Call (704)538-7661. Sec Dep, Ref, Background required. (704) 538-7661 MOBILE HOMES & APARTMENTS. In Kings Mountain. Price starting at $100 per week. Call (704) 739-4417 SMALL MOBILE HOME FOR RENT. 2 Bedroom, 1 bath, electric heat/air, private shaded lot. Criminal background check. Deposit, no pets, near Cleveland Mall. 1 person only. (704) 477-6355 CHRISTIAN SENIOR PERSON OR COUPLE. To rent furnished mobile home with washer & dryer on private lot, Stoney Point Road, Kings Mtn. 1 year lease required. $650-$700 per month. (704) 829-0703

HICKORY CREEK APARTMENTS FOR SENIORS. (62 and older), disabled (50 and older). Shelby. Now taking applications for waiting list. 418 East Warren Street, (704) 487-6354 2&3 BEDROOM MOBILE HOMES. Nice and clean, water furnished. Oak Grove Community, Kings Mtn. Call or text, 704-739-0259. 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

RUTHERFORD COUNTY 2 & 3 BEDROOM MOBILE HOMES. Small private park between Spindale and Forest City. Starting at $500 per month. 828-382-0475.

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Summer enrichment program makes learning fun for students Gaston Schools story/photos It’s been a summer for learning in Gaston County Schools. The “Camp Gaston” program is concluding its six-week run after providing a wide variety of academic, enrichment, leadership, and extracurricular activities for students. Literacy and math programs ranged from “Camp Little Scholars” and “Camp Ignite” for elementary students to various science, math, and reading programs for middle schoolers. Reading programs featured themes such as “A Hero Lies in You” for sixth grade, “Museum of the Fascinating” for seventh grade, and “Finding the Funny” for eighth grade. Math concepts explored by students included ratios and proportional reasoning, expressions and equations, statistics and probability, and geometry. At the high school level, students were able to choose from college prep, reading and math prep, SAT/ACT test prep, and course preview programs as well as Career and Technical Education (CTE) credentialing. Plus, camp programs were available for various grade levels in the areas of Exceptional Children and AIG (Academically and Intellectually Gifted.) In the “Sparking Your Knowledge” camp, middle school students got a glimpse

into what it is like to work as an electrician. “Our students started camp on Monday morning not knowing what to expect,” said teacher Brian Mitchell. “By Thursday afternoon, students were able to wire fairly complex electrical circuits with light bulbs, switches, and electrical outlets commonly used in their homes.” Other camps such as “Robofun” focused on technology and made it possible for students to design and build robots. “Students worked on an attachment arm that allowed the robot to grab a block, pick it up, and place it into a box,” explained teacher Eric Miller. Middle school students in “Creative Adventures” spent a week learning many aspects of the family and consumer sciences curriculum from sewing to interior design, nutrition, and childcare. The hands-on projects were a hit among the students. “For many of them, this was their first experience with the skills involved in creating and constructing a sewing project or reading and following a recipe,” said teacher Diane Gibson. “I was impressed with the students’ persistence in learning a skill in which they were unfamiliar and how they took pride in their work.” Gibson added, “The students also expressed their excitement and interest in

continuing this as a hobby and enrolling in CTE classes at the high school level.” Not only did “Camp Gaston” offer programs in enrichment areas such as Career and Technical Education, students focused on academic subjects like math, reading, and science and electives such as art, music, foreign language, and physical education. Teachers Alexa Fuller and Laura Rayfield agreed that the time spent on the various subjects will help students get a jump start on the new school year. And, they said it was important for students to practice and hone their academic skills even during summer break. In addition to the in-person enrichment programs at 14 school locations, some students took advantage of virtual learning. Elementary and middle school students were able to engage in online activities at their own pace. High schoolers used the virtual format to get a preview of a course such as finding out what’s ahead in Math 2 after having completed Math 1 last year. The “Camp Gaston” summer session was designed for students to engage in academics, explore life-enriching lessons, discover how they can be a leader, and enjoy activities just for the fun of it. More than 3,000 students took advantage of the various programs.

Sparking Your Knowledge Camp participants.

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WNCW and The Foundation Performing Arts Center present A Drive-In Concert featuring

southern culture on the skids Saturday, Sept. 11 at 8 pm

Camp Gaston participants.

“Out Back” in the parking lot behind The Foundation Performing Arts Center at Isothermal Community College

Admission sold per car with a limited number of cars allowed to maintain social-distancing.

Tickets and more info at