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Ribbon cutting reveals rare reunion in Belmont By Alan Hodge

Many ribbon cutting events for new businesses follow a rather regular routine. Folks gather, they chat, slap backs, shake hands, eat snacks, cut the ribbon, wish the new owner well, and drift back to where they came from. However, a recent ribbon cutting at the new Expedia Cruises office on South Point Rd. produced a very interesting twist that shows just how small the world can be when fate steps in.

When BannerNews ad sales executive Mayra Littman first spoke with Expedia owner Adriana Phillips, they began chatting about their backgrounds- Mayra is from Cuba and Adriana is from Colombia. Then, lo and behold, they learned they had both lived in New York CityQueens to be exact. Then Mayra mentioned that her brother Jose Alonso had attended Immaculate Conception school. So had Adriana. Well, you see where this is going, so let’s allow each See REUNION, Page 4

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Food Lion and East Gaston High teacher team up for a fantastic Thanksgiving lunch By Alan Hodge

Jose Alonso and Adriana Phillips reunited at the Expedia Cruises ribbon cutting.

Thanksgiving came a couple of days early last Tuesday when a group of students at East Gaston High enjoyed a sumptuous lunch courtesy of the North Belmont Food Lion and teacher Sarah Robinson. The idea was hatched by Robinson to not only help her get to know her students a bit better, but to also make sure they had a nice holiday meal. Robinson has only been at East Gaston about six weeks and is already proving a popular addition to the staff there. “The students have been working really hard and I thought it would be nice to have an early Thanksgiving dinner so we could spend some time together,” Robinson said. As a teenager, Robinson had worked at a Food Lion and was aware of the company’s reputation for helping out in the communities they serve. So she contacted the store on Perfection Ave. in North Belmont. The manager of that store, Rebecca Ries was happy to pick up the turkey leg and run with it.

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East Gaston student Shaniya Mitchell gets ready to enjoy her early Thanksgiving lunch while teacher Sarah Robinson who arranged the event looks on. Photo by Alan Hodge “At Food Lion, we’re always looking for opportunities to support our neighbors in the towns and cities we serve,” said Ries, “When East Gaston High School teacher Sarah Robinson

reached out to us about providing her students with a special Thanksgiving lunch with their favorite foods to enjoy with their classmates, we were eager to help. Nourishing our neighbors and sup-




porting our community are what we do every day.” “I was thrilled at the Food Lion response,” Robinson said. See LUNCH, Page 3

Duke Energy has awarded $200,000 in impact grants to Gaston County organizations, helping uplift the community through education, job training, environmental preservation and other needs across the local area. Duke Energy representatives presented the funding to local leaders today at an event hosted by Gaston College, one of the recipients. TechWorks Gaston in Belmont was one of the recipients and received $20,000. “TechWorks Gaston is humbly honored to be one of six grant recipients for the Duke Energy recognition event at Gaston College,” said Terry Cox, TechWorks Gaston executive director.

“Thanks to the generosity of the Duke Energy Foundation, TechWorks is launching a new K-12 STEM program to engage youth in space exploration, robotics, coding, and virtual reality. This grant will help fund a project to build a simulated Mars Rover with middle and high school age kids and adults. Duke Energy has been very supportive of TechWorks Gaston over the past several years, and it’s greatly appreciated.” The other grant recipients are Catawba Riverkeeper, Gaston Community Foundation, Gaston County Schools, TechWorks Gaston and The Schiele Museum of Natural History and Planetarium. See GRANT, Page 6

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I’m reminded that God gives us the gift of Tony Marciano Himself. When I give you a gift, you don’t do anything to prove you are worthy of receiving my gift to you. Rather, you simply say the two words, “Thank you.” There is a Scripture verse that isn’t discussed at Christmas but makes sense in this season. It says, “That I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.” It’s about letting go. It’s not about me. It’s about God. Letting go is hard. Letting go and letting God is harder. It’s also easier. We just say, “Thank you.” I’ll be back in two weeks. Until then, live well my friend.





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was approaching freezing. I didn’t want him to experience frozen pipes and the expense of repairing them. But I also know that in my codependency (my need to fix other people), I have a desperate need to control my relationships, (let me add) having experienced little security in childhood. I mask my efforts to control people and situations as “being helpful.” Here is what I did – nothing. You’re shocked. I was shocked. I did nothing. It wasn’t my responsibility to inform him the temperature was approaching freezing. I swallowed hard and waited. A few days later I received the following text: “Faucet covered, crawl space shades closed” to which I responded, “You are the man.” Letting go is hard. Letting go and letting God is harder. We want to contribute something ourselves so we can say, “Look at what I did.” We make it about us. As we celebrate Christmas and Immanuel, God with us,


Research showed this little tractor had been built in a factory that made engines for the WWII RAF plane called a Bristol Beaufighter- a 10 machine gun twin engine terror to the Germans. The factory was converted at war end to make tractors and from 19461956 turned out 500,000 TE20s that tilled farms all over the British Empire. About 20,000 made their way to America and mine is one of those made in 1949. Being in journalism over 30 years has taught me one very important fact- everything and everyone has a story. When Sharon and I go to Clines Antiques near Mt. Pleasant I look at all the stuff and wonder what sort of tales it could tell if it could talk. When I go out and about

By Tony Marciano I have control issues. I acknowledge that. Letting go is very hard for me. There is a Frank Sinatra song that says, “I Did It My Way.” I want the world to function “my way.” After all, isn’t that the correct way? My wife saw a T shirt that said, “I may be wrong but I doubt it.” I’ve never seen her laugh so hard. When I asked her, “Is that me?” She laughed even more. Let me tell you where I am going with this. Growing up in New Jersey, we never covered our outside water spickets. We had no crawl spaces because everyone had basements. In the basement was an inside shut off valve to the outside water spicket. You shut that valve off and drain the water from the outside valve. You never covered the spicket. In the South, you cover the water spicket when the temI look at people and wonder perature approaches freezing. what their life story might be. Since most of us have crawl Heroes and villains and ev- spaces instead of basements, erything in between roaming you close the crawl space vents. I don’t have the authe aisles of Wal-Mart. I named the new little trac- tomatic crawl space vents. I tor Butterbean. I look at it and have the manual kind that must be closed by hand. wonder what tales it could tell A few weeks ago, I disabout how it came to Amer- connected my hoses from the ica and what work it did on spicket and installed the foam whose farm before it found covers. I closed the crawl itself in my garage. What’s space vents. I was good. But your story? Do you share it what about my son? He was a with anyone? Do you write new homeowner. He closed on his house last December. it down? Or will you it fade Water spickets and crawl away with time and be lost space vents were something forever? Whatever you do, new to him. Would he be as don’t let that happen because OCD as his father to take care somewhere down the road, of them? Every cell in my being sometime in the future, you wanted to call or text him never know who might find it to alert him the temperature utterly fascinating.


it over. It was rough around the edges but started right up and by and by my neighbor Stan and I took his trailer and hauled it back to my house. Sometimes things hold surprises. The Ferguson held a big one. I took paint stripper and removed numerous layers from the data plate. Here’s what was revealed. “Standard Motor Alan Hodge Co. Coventry, England #TE87637”. Banner-News Editor


Well, there’s a new addition to the family. It doesn’t say goo-goo or gah-gah or goo-chee-goo. It doesn’t slurp on a pacifier. It doesn’t wear one of those ungodly disposable diaper things. It doesn’t have four legs and pee on the carpet or yap or claw the furniture. What, in the world, can it possibly be you may wonder. How about an antique English farm tractor. A 1949 Ferguson TE20 to be exact. A bit of backtracking. Several years ago I discovered the 1939 Farmall F30 that my great grandfather Walter V. Smith bought new for $1000. It was used for decades on our ancestral Smith farm in Catawba Heights and was sold in 1971 to the Beatty family. Well, after many twists of fate it followed me home about four years ago and I got it running again. It was a monster and weighed 5000 pounds and had a hand crank and though I loved it the thing was like keeping an elephant in an apartment. Therefore, about a month ago the Farmall went to a new home in Alamance County where it now lives on a nice little farm and the new owner plans to fully restore it. The whole affair was very bittersweet and when Sharon and I went to the Heritage and Harvest fest in Dallas and I saw all the old tractors there I was so sad I nearly busted out cryin’. She told me I looked like a cat that had its tail ran over. I needed a smaller tractor. Correction. I didn’t need a tractor I wanted a tractor. Big difference with similar outcome. So, I sniffed around and found a little one in Cat Square. It was listed as a 1950 Ferguson. I went and looked

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North Belmont Food Lion employees with a cart load of eats that went to the East Gaston High lunch. From left- Heather Farmer, Tracey White, Randy Weathers, Heather Phillips, store manager Rebecca Ries. Photos by Alan Hodge

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Teacher Sarah Robinson and assistant Jarquist Smith unload the lunch.

LUNCH From Page 1 The store cooked and delivered a bounty of goodness. Items on the menu included a huge roasted turkey, a baked ham with pineapple rings, three pies, dressing, green bean casserole, baked mac and cheese, cranberry sauce, rolls, and drinks. The tantalizing aroma from the feast filled Robinson’s classroom and had everyone salivating. The kids wasted no time digging in. “It’s the best turkey I ever ate,” said student Nolan McCorkle. Fellow classmate Joshua Penninger had this to say –“I’m really happy they did it.” Another student, Shaniya Mitchell, heaped her plate full. “It’s delicious,” she said. After the feast, everyone kicked back and let their food settle, knowing they had ex-

Students Joshua Penninger and Nolan McCorkle with teacher Sarah Robinson. perienced the real meaning of Thanksgiving courtesy of folks who care.

“Food Lion really went above and beyond,” Robinson said of the day.

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REUNION From Page 1 participant in this very serendipitous tale to tell their side of the story. Mayra- “What an incredible day it was. I had an appointment to go see a new customer Expedia Cruises in Belmont, and in the process of conversation with owner Adriana Phillips she asked me where I was from so I told her from Cuba and I had moved to North Carolina from New York. To my surprise not only had she had moved here from New York as well but we discovered we had lived in the same neighborhood for many years and that she had gone to the same school, Immaculate Conception, that my brother Jose had. Well that night she looked at her yearbook from 1977 and sent me a picture of one of her closest friends and to my surprise and disbelief it was Jose. I truly almost cried. Right away I contacted him and he couldn’t believe it either. A couple of weeks later she had her ribbon cutting for her new business and Jose and I both went. My goodness what an amazing reunion their seeing each other after 44 years. Yes what a small world!” Jose- “When my sister Mayra called me and told me that she had met one of my friends from school in New York I was truly amazed and almost in shock, then when she told me who she was it was very emotional to me. Adriana was the one person that helped me the most with my school work since at that time my English was almost zero. As a kid back then I probably never thanked her for all she had done for me so this reunion was that much more special since I was finally able to tell her the huge impact she made in my life. I also brought my year book to the ribbon cutting because she never signed it so she did so that day. Now I hope we can continue this friendship for many years to come. Love you my friend and thanks again!” Adriana- “My parents immigrated to the US from Colombia when I was 2 1/2 years old. I lived in Queens, NY and my parents sacrificed quite a bit to send my sister and me to Catholic School, which is where I met Jose. English was not his pri-

mary language. I knew both Spanish and English fluently, having grown up in the US in a Spanish household, so I was happy to help him navigate middle school life.

in 1993 to get away from from where we grew up. Sothe cold winters from the cial media and email didn’t north. Our daughter and her exist when we were growing husband live in Kings Moun- up, if you didn’t have sometain, and we moved to Bel- one’s phone number or admont to be closer to our first dress, you would lose touch grandchild. easily. I lost my job due to Covid You can imagine my in March 2020 and that’s surprise when Mayra and I when I decided it was time to started chatting and found we pursue my passion for travel, were both from the same part which led to opening the Ex- of the city. I never imagined pedia Cruises store in Bel- that I went to school with her mont this past year. brother and that he lives so I have always believed close. Meeting him again was that it is a small world and like being transported back in that it is important to be your time. I had to tell everyone to all City of Lowell resi- best self, help others and be of this amazing story and the kind. But I never imagined reaction has been same - what dents. Best Downtown Store- that years later I would once a small world it is.” Small world in Belmont, front – First place and Run- again see my old friend in a ner-Up winners will receive small-town hundreds of miles indeed. a sign and recognition on the City’s website and soLEGAL NOTICE cial media pages. First place STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA winner will also receive a COUNTY OF GASTON $20 gift card. Judging will be People’s Choice - entries NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND DEBTORS will be posted on the City’s Facebook page and the winners will be chosen by the Having qualified on 1st of November, 2021 as Executor of the Estate of BARBARA JEAN McCLAIN, deceased, of most number of “likes.” All nominations are due Gaston County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons, by 12 noon on December 16. firms, and corporations having claims against the estate of At 18, I joined the US Air Force to see the world, travel has been in my blood since a very young age. Eventually I married, started a family and we moved to North Carolina

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said deceased to exhibit them to the undersigned, Cheryl Perkins, Executor on or before the 1st day of March, 2022 or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons, firms, and corporations indebted to the said estate to please make immediate payment to the undersigned. This the 1st day of December, 2021. Cheryl Perkins, Executor Estate of: Barbara Jean McClain 1308 Pinehurst Street Gastonia, NC 28052 Counsel for the Estate McIntyre Elder Law CE (12/01, 08, 15 & 22/ 2021)


NORTH CAROLINA GASTON COUNTY IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE SUPERIOR COURT DIVISION BEFORE THE CLERK In the Matter of the Estate of: BARBRA WELCH FLINT; AKA, BARBARA WELCH FLINT Deceased. EXECUTRIX NOTICE Having qualified on the 4th day of November, 2021 as Executrix of the Estate of Barbra Welch Flint; aka, Barbara Welch Flint, deceased, late of Gaston County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons, firms, and corporations having claims against the decedent to exhibit the same to the undersigned Administrator CTA on or before the 18th day of February, 2022 or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons, firms, and corporations indebted to the said estate will please make immediate payment. This the 17th day of November, 2021. Donna Jean Welch, Ex. C. Andrew Neisler, Jr. CLONINGER & NEISLER P.O. BOX 515 300 E. King Street Kings Mountain, NC 28086 CE (11/17, 24, 12/01 & 08/2021)

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Friends of Crowders Mountain meeting planned The Friends of Crowders Mountain, Inc.’s annual meeting will be Tuesday, January 11, 6 p.m., Sparrow Springs Visitor Center, 522 Park Office Lane, Kings Mountain, NC. New memberships welcomed – come join in the fun! Topics: Election of officers (Secretaryvolunteer needed), budget approval, Park updates,

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The Gaston County Museum is excited to announce the opening of its newest exhibit- Sacred Geometry: The Biggers Immersive. Step into the world of Gastonia’s most prominent artists, John T. Biggers and James C. Biggers in this immersive exhibit. Featuring art and hands-on activities, this exhibit gives visitors the opportunity to engage in discovery through geometric elements in nature, art, architecture, and more in this dynamic new exhibit. This exhibit invites viewers to be active participants on a journey of discovery through

Gospel concerts... Saturday Dec. 4th - 5 PM. Lowesville Gospel Concerts @ Vineyard Church – 1062 South Hwy 16 – Stanley (Lowesville) NC, The Pine Ridge Boys from Inman SC + J B & Sara Todd from Lincolnton. No Admission Cost, so bring a friend and worship with us. Contact Carroll Cooke 704-618-9762. Also... Lowesville Gospel Concerts – 1062 South Hwy 16 – Stanley, NC. The next concert is Saturday Dec. 11th at ( 5 pm ) and will be featuring The Cockman Family Bluegrass Christmas Concert. These guys have been with us every year since our beginning, and always put on an awesome program. You think the Cockman’s are good, wait till you hear the grandchildren. This will be an exciting evening of Christmas Carols, and some great instrumentals. The Pine Ridge Boys

CRO receives funds The First Presbyterian Church of Mount Holly delivered a $3,000 check to the CRO from the proceeds of its annual Pumpkin Patch. First Presbyterian thanks the community for supporting this effort. Pictured below left to rightJanet DeWater, Bob Duckworth (CRO), Susie Crisan, Jeff Kaylor.






The Lighthouse receives accreditation from nationally recognized organization The Lighthouse: Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) thas announced that it has received its official notice of accreditation through the National Children’s Alliance. This accreditation recognizes that the CAC model follows best practice. It also ensures accountability for standards including case review, mental health/medical services, family advocacy, interviewing, child appropriate environment, etc. Moreover, the accreditation proves the staff and partners’ commitment to providing the best service to children and their

families (i.e. ongoing training, appropriate certification, etc.). Finally, it allows for additional funding as an accredited center. “We are very proud of our team and partners as this process is a very intensive look at our work. Receiving accreditation shows the commitment of our local agencies and internal staff to helping child victims of abuse,” said Heather Kauffman, Program Manager for The Lighthouse. “This is something for our entire community to be proud of! The Lighthouse and MDT are all working together for children and their healing journey.”

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GRANT From Page 1 “Gaston County is an important community to Duke Energy,” said Stephen De May, Duke Energy’s North Carolina president. “We’ve provided service to customers here for more than a century, and we’re proud to partner with local organizations like these who are also committed to supporting and sustaining the quality of life in Gaston.” Other 2021 Gaston Impact Grant Recipients Catawba Riverkeeper – $15,000. “Catawba Riverkeeper is extremely appreciative of the support that the Duke Energy Foundation is showing us through this Gaston County Community Grant. The Catawba River, the South Fork River, Mountain Island Lake, Lake Wylie and their tributaries have always been an important part of the Gaston County community, and being able to expand and enhance our work to preserve, protect and restore those waters will help ensure they will be a part of the fabric of this community for years to come.” – John Searby, Catawba Riverkeeper executive director Gaston College – $25,000. “We are so grateful for this investment from Duke Energy. It is a testimony to the important contributions of Gaston College in supporting local industries, and we are excited that the investment will enable us to help more students get the training and education that will prepare them for rewarding careers.” – Dr. John Hauser, Gaston College president Gaston Community Foundation – $100,000. “On behalf of the board of directors of the Gaston Community Foundation, we are grateful to Duke Energy for their support in this endeavor and for such a significant gift to the New Hope Business, Philanthropy and Healthcare District building project. This gift is extremely important in attaining our goal and we will work wisely to use your investment for the benefit of our community.” – Ernest W. Sumner, Gaston Community Foundation president Gaston County Schools – $20,000. “We appreciate Duke Energy’s efforts to

From left to right: Tim Cascio VP Digital Strategy Holy Angels, Inc.; Captain Lillie Harris, Ret., MPA, founder The Community Policing Project, Inc. and GEM, Inc.; Terry Cox, TechWorks Gaston executive director; Charlie Peninger, Navy veteran, retired business owner. Tim and Charlie are board members of TechWorks. Lillie has an office at TechWorks and involved in its K-12 activities, with a primary focus on building a Robotics Team and teaching the Growth Entrepreneurial Mindset to youth and adults. Their support of these free programs gives our community access to the educational opportunities available at The Schiele while also providing support of the museum to continue to offer quality exhibits and programs for all.” – Dr. Ann Tippitt, Schiele Museum executive director Duke Energy Foundation The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to meet the needs of communities where Duke Energy customers live and work. The Foundation contributes more than $30 million annually in charitable gifts, and is funded by Duke Energy shareholder dollars. More information about the Duke Energy state president Stephen De May and Gaston Foundation can be found at County manager Kim Eagle with the ceremonial “big check” representing the collective local impact of all six grants. support STEM education in Gaston County Schools. Because of our ongoing partnership with Duke Energy, we are able to fund important programs such as the Gaston Regional Science and Engineering Fair that emphasize the importance of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and encourage the involvement of students in STEM activities. The investment in Gaston County Schools is a prime example of Duke Energy’s steadfast commitment to our community. We are honored to be among the six organizations receiving a grant from Duke

Energy, and we are confident the grant funds will be put to good use as we provide STEM-related academic, extracurricular and enrichment opportunities for our students to learn, grow and thrive.” – W. Jeffrey Booker, Gaston County Schools superintendent The Schiele Museum of Natural History and Planetarium – $20,000. “We are grateful for the partners we have in Duke Energy. They have supported the Free Tuesday program for several years and in the last year they stepped up by also offering the Free Friday program each month.


Members of the Belmont Historic Preservation Advisory Board, Historic Belmont Foundation, and the new property owners gathered recently to celebrate the installation of the historic landmark sign at Belmont’s most recently designated historic landmark. The Charles T. and Beatrice Chafin Stowe house was built between 1932 and 1935 and is a remarkable example of Tudor Revival style architecture. The house, located at 304 S. Central Avenue, is highly intact with many of its original exterior and interior building materials still in place. This was the home of Charles T. Stowe who is credited with saving Belmont Hosiery Mills after it struggled through the great depression. Learn more about local historic landmarks here: http://www.

Volunteers recently got together at Tuckaseege Park in Mt. Holly to build a dry creek bed for the beautiful pollinator garden there. Thanks to everyone who pitched in to make the day a big success. Photo by Rich Sauser


Belmont home receives historic landmark status


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Gaston County Health Department December is here…buckle up to take time to smile this holiday offering Covid-19 vaccine boosters ByTheLisalastHarper month of 2021 is upon season. Maybe even breathe a little. The Gaston County Public Health Department will offer booster shots for the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines. Individuals do not need to get their booster dose at the same location where they received their initial vaccinations. In addition, individuals can get a different brand of the vaccine than they received the first time. An individual wishing to receive their booster shot should bring their vaccination card with them. If you have lost your card, you may be able to retrieve your vaccination record by visiting vaccines/after-youve-beenvaccinated/your-vaccine-information.

The booster doses at the health department will be available on a walk-in basis from 8-11:30 a.m. and 12:304:30 p.m. at its location at 991 W. Hudson Blvd. Drive-through boosters are available through StarMed at the Gaston County Jail Annex parking lot, at the corner of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way and West Walnut Avenue from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday and through Kintegra at the Highland Health Center from 8:30 a.m to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. A wider range of pharmacies and medical providers are available to give boosters, and a full list is available by clicking on the ‘Take Action’ tab at As with the Pfizer booster,

WSGE 91.7FM Gaston College’s morning radio personality, music director, assistant program director, film writer/director and philanthropist Tim Greene recently received The President’s Gold Service Award for his continued community service in the Carolina’s as well as throughout the United States and overseas. Marquis Who’s Who In America also presented Tim with a Distinguished Humanitarian Award and the City Of Los Angeles presented Tim with a Certificate Of Commendation for his service to the youth of the city. During his multi city motivational tours, Tim has purchased over 350 laptop computers for low-income students in underserved communities all without any sponsorships.

which was implemented late last month, the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson boosters are available for those who are: 65 or older 18 or older and: Live or work in a longterm care facility; Have a medical condition that puts you at high risk for severe illness, for example: obesity, asthma, heart disease, high blood pressure, or diabetes; Work in a high-risk profession, meaning you come in contact with a lot of people and don’t know their vaccination status; for example, health care workers, first responders, teachers, food processing workers, retail and restaurant workers, and public transportation workers; You live or work in a place where many people live together; for example, homeless shelters, correctional facilities, migrant farm housing, dormitories or other group living settings in colleges or universities. According to the CDC, individuals should be at least six months removed from getting their last dose of the Moderna or the Pfizer COVID19 vaccine before getting a booster. Those who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine should be at least two months removed from their initial shot before obtaining a booster. In addition to booster shots, the Health Department is also making preparations for the anticipated approval of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. The Health Department is slated to receive 1,200 doses of that vaccine in the initial shipment from the state and is making plans for a separate clinic for children. More details will be released on the vaccination rollout for children once final federal approval is in place.

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us…31 days on the calendar..we It can be pretty stressful, what with will welcome old man Winter in a all the parties, gatherings, shopping, few weeks. A busy month it will be cooking, recitals to attend, and meals indeed. Are you ready? to cook. Just because it’s the end of Here are some fun facts about the year doesn’t mean you should bethis hectic month we all love to eicome totally frazzled. Lisa Harper ther hate (or love). Snow, cold, no One element of this season I truly sunlight for too many hours, larger enjoy is writing a personal note in shopping crowds, traveling more miles here each and every Christmas card I send out. I and yonder, eating more… you get the pic- can take the time to reflect on special moture. According to Wikipedia, December ments and remind the receiver of how special starts on the same day of the week as Septem- they are, not only during December, but for ber every year….and ends on the same day every single day of the year. I tend to begin to as April every year (who knew?) December wind down and catch my breath, as I prepare is also the month with the shortest daylight in reminiscing of past memories, and most of hours of the year in the Northern Hemisphere all, in looking forward to new memories to and the longest daylight hours of the year in come. the Southern Hemisphere. Let’s embrace December for *all it Can you say parades? We will begin see- brings*. So, in honor of the 12th month, I ing lots of them..and by the time this prints, present you an awesome quote from the epic you very well may have already been to one, book, “Oh the Places You’ll Go” by our good or more. For the last few years, I’ve chosen friend, Dr. Seuss. “How did it get so late so to view the local parade here from the com- soon. It’s night before it’s afternoon. Decemfort of my recliner..thanks to the folks at the ber is here before it’s June. My goodness how Montcross chamber and their webcam. It of- the time has flewn. How did it get so late so fers a perfect view of all the excitement and soon?”- Dr. Seuss. splendor of the Belmont parade. Have a safe and wonderful December And, don’t forget to celebrate. You need folks.

Connect the Dots: It’s all about Him

Nary By Dennis Siracusa My friend, Gary, told me recently how busy his schedule was but funny thing is, as a real estate appraiser, he sets his own schedule. We rush about our work or recreation, bustle children to endless activities, or absorb ourselves in internet, social media activity or news that has little relevance to our lives personally. We nary invest quality effort in valuable living. Why should anyone care what Kim K. wears, imported news hype, or that a lightning strike happened far away? Why do we get drawn into such trivium; how about spending our efforts blending Godly character like love, gratefulness, resourcefulness, selfcontrol and wisdom into our lives. What’s important? If we believe; really believe we evolved from a slime pit over billions of years then all the above questions require nary another thought. If creation is true and God exists and holds us accountable for our actions and words, then let’s quit ignoring Him and place the proper perspective on our choices; ignoring God is rebellion. God chose Israel as His own to demonstrate His character and capabilities to the world. Even with all the miracles they witnessed and their interaction with God, Israel still veered off course and deviated from God’s guidance over and over. When they admitted they had seriously messed up and were in desperate need they confessed their sin and repented; and God forgave them. Then they waited a short time after suffering their punishment and sinned again and the cycle has repeated itself until their final rebellion hung Jesus on the cross. Still today, do we do better dealing

with our sin? Do we seek God’s direction or go our way, just like Israel? Confronting sin in our lives and living by Jesus’ example is hard work; in fact it is impossible in Dennis Siracusa our strength. John 15:5 is very revealing as Jesus tells us, “Yes, I am the vine and you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” Jesus is the architect of creation; He spoke everything into existence and His powerful words hold all of creation together. We can only learn to be holy and work within His plan, through His guidance and empowerment. In Dallas Jenkin’s new multi-season movie, The Chosen, about the life of Jesus, he displays a fictional but likely peek into biblical history with plausible details in and around biblical events recorded of Jesus’ earthly life and ministry. For instance, he shows the terrain and weather in that area. We see how fanatical the Pharisees were about rejecting Jesus, His miracles, and teachings. We see how they probably brushed their teeth and lit fires. We see how tired they all got; particularly Jesus after healing 150 or more people in a day. We get a glimpse of how and when the disciples understood the first arrival of the Messiah wasn’t about a military revolution against Israel’s oppressors but demonstrating love, spiritual power, and service. In our busyness we don’t think about this enough but this is the essence of life.

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Banner News Fellowship & Faith

Church Directory Lutheran Church of the Holy Comforter North Main St • Belmont, NC

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

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

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

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

New Saint Paul Holiness Church 1529 Old Hwy. 27 Rd. 704-827-5851

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

Redemption Hill Church

6014 S. New Hope Rd 704-825-7959 151 Henry Chapel Rd 704-825-0711

Hood Memorial AME Zion Church 455 Sacco St. 704-825-6007

Loves Chapel Presbyterian Church 210 Park Street, Belmont NC

704-825-9861 BELMONT Alexander Memorial Baptist Church 208 South Main Street 704-825-3216

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

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

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

Core Church 2316 Acme Rd. 704-822-8033

CrossFix Ministries 6131 Wilkinson Blvd. 704-879-4499

Crossroads Church 101 Beaty Rd. 704-827-8381

Centerview Baptist Church 2300 Acme Road 704-827-2061

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

204 Lincoln St. 704-825-8342

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Power of the Spirit Church

East Belmont Church Of God

118 School Street 704-827-7071

320 E. Catawba Street 704- 825-8845

Queen Of The Apostles Catholic Church

East Belmont Free Will Baptist

503 N. Main Street 704-825-9600

909 Edgemont Ave 704-825-5346

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

Exodus Church 6325 Wilkinson Blvd. 704-755-5034

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Pointe

First United Methodist Church of Belmont

6700 Wilkinson Blvd 704-825-1709

807 South Point Road 704-825-2106

Unity Baptist Church

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

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

1005 Catawba St. 704-825-8730

Upper Room United Pentecostal

105 Pine Rd. 704-827-3856

River of Life Full Gospel Church

704-867-2317 Burge Memorial Methodist Church 312 W. Glendale Ave. 704-827-2726

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

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

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

Community Christian Fellowship 2560 Stanley Lucia Rd. 704-827-5881

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

154 N. Main St. 704-824-3831

First Baptist Church 235 8th Ave. 704-824-1991

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

Riverside Baptist Church 171 S. Main St. 704-824-7785

Second Baptist Church

West Cramerton United Methodist Church

Shiloh AME Zion Methodist

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Cramer Memorial United Methodist Church

1120 Charlotte Ave. 704-530-5174 740 Rankin Ave. 704-827-5181

Henry’s Chapel Ame Zion Church

416 Woodlawn Ave. 704-824-1745

East Wilkinson Blvd. 704-824-5319

Ridgeview Baptist Church

Grace Wesleyan Church

Cramerton Free Will Baptist

Cramerton Temple of God Church

826 W. Charlotte Ave. 704-827-2999

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151 8th Ave. 704-824-3889

Restoration & Deliverance Revival Tabernacle of Mt. Holly

124 Georgia Belle Ave 704-965-1004

Cramerton Independent Presbyterian Church 804 W. Charlotte Ave. 704-820-0954

Grace Korean Ch Assembly-God


1117 Old NC Hwy 27 704-827-8826

St. Anthony of Padua Traditional Catholic Church 108 Horseshoe Bend Beach Rd. 704-827-8676

St. Paul FHB Church

207 Lowell Ave. 704-824-4213

DALLAS Gateway Cowboy Church The Barn at Sandcastle Farm 155 Sandcastle Rd.

1529 Old Hwy 27 Rd. 704-827-5851


Tuckaseege Baptist Church

7280 Sifford Rd. 704-827-6277

511 Tuckaseege Rd. 704-827-4301

Way of the Cross Baptist Church 238 Lanier Ave. 704-827-8111

Wesley Chapel Holiness Church

Amazing Grace Baptist Church

Christ’s Evangelical Lutheran 203 S. Main St. 704-263-2621

Community Pentecostal Center

324 N. Lee St. 704-827-1993

320 Ralph Handsel Blvd. 704-263-8731

Westview Presbyterian Church

First United Methodist Church

1020 W. Catawba Ave. 704-827-2026

5481 Hickory Grove Rd. 704-263-2691

LOWELL Bethlehem Church 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

Epic Church 100 Indian Walk 704-671-4652

Lowell Church of God 804 W. First Street 704-824-3383

Lowell Free Will Baptist Church

First Presbyterian Church 512 Old Mount Holly Rd. 704-263-4275

Gold Hill Missionary Baptist Church 7447 Old Plank Rd. 704-827-7966

New Faith Baptist Church 1224 Mayberry Rd. 704-263-0249

New Life Baptist Church 527 N. Buckoak St. 704-263-4647

Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church 2717 Dallas/Stanley Hwy. 704-263-4406

Springfield Memorial Baptist Church

First Free Will Baptist Church

3010 Lowell Rd. 704-824-9389

2920 Dallas-Stanley Highway 704-263-4426

841 Noles Dr. 704-827-7461

Lowell Smyre United Methodist Church

Stanley Church of God

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

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

Goshen Free Will Baptist Church 1300 W. Catawba Ave. 704-827-3076

Grace Baptist Church 300 Westland Farm Rd. 704-827-8600

Hickory Grove Baptist Church 3717 Hickory Grove Rd. 704-827-3939

Kingdom Hall Jehovah’s Witnesses 1736 Kelly Rd. 704-263-0199

Lighthouse Full Gospel Church 530 N. Hawthorne St. 704-827-1442

Living Witness Ministries 541 Costner St. 704-827-0004

201 N. Main St. 704-824-8814

Mt. Calvary Baptist Church 120 Branch St. 704-824-4535

First Baptist Church of Lowell 400 W. 1st St. 704-824-1215

First Baptist Church

324 N. Main St. 704-263-4041

Stanley Pentecostal Holiness Church 113 E. Parkwood St. 704-263-2131

Trinity Full Gospel Church 303 Sunset Dr. 704-263-9765

United In Action of Stanley

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

5481 Hickory Grove Rd. 704-524-0555

New Life Church

Welcome Baptist Church

128 Robbins St. 704-824-1356

811 Mauney Rd.

Presbyterian Church of Lowell


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

Restoration Church 1800 Spencer Mountain Rd. 704-824-5250

Woodlawn Baptist Church 1101 N. Main St. 704-824-4261

1405 Armstrong Ford Rd. 704-825-0604

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd


Will of God Church

110 S. Main St. 704-827-4751

143 Church St. 704-824-5380

Macedonia Baptist Church

McAdenville Baptist Church

Bright Light Baptist Church 112 White Jenkins Rd. 704-681-2017 Don’t see your church listed? Email us today at

Lakeview Baptist Church

Gaston Christian Church

513 Woodlawn Ave. 704-827-5185

5339 S. New Hope Rd 704-825-8252


1951 Stanley Lucia Rd. 704-827-9224

192 Main St. 704-824-2740

Goshen Presbyterian Church

Bethel Baptist Church

Morningside Missionary Church

McAdenville Wesleyan Church

Roper Street 704-601-5146

NC Highway 273 704-827-9846

711 Morningside Dr. 704-822-9142

300 E. Wesleyan Dr. 704-824-1073

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Town of Stanley Christmas tree lighting ceremony The Town of Stanley held its Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony last weekend. Lots of folks turned out for some much needed Yuletide cheer. Here are some scenes from the festive event. Photos by Bill Ward

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South Point beats Crest in 34-27 OT thriller By John Wilson

You have to hand it to the South Point Red Raider football team, they sure have a flair for the dramatic. For the second time this year the Red Raiders beat a Big South 3A rival in a game decided in overtime. The first time was in October when the Red Raiders beat Forestview 17-14 in a double overtime brawl. The second win came on Friday night when South Point pulled off a spectacular 34-27 post-Thanksgiving playoff win against Crest. That win propelled Big Red into the 3A Western Finals of the North Carolina High School Athletics Association Football Playoffs. Going into the game the stakes were high. The Red Raiders were on the road playing against the fourth seeded team in the West 3A. A team the South Point had narrowly lost to earlier in the season. To win South Point would need to play hard, limit their mistakes, and let come what may. For the most part South Point stuck to their tried and true ground attack. But in a bit of a change the Red Raiders passed the ball more against Crest than they had in the last four games combined. In the first half the Chargers and Red Raiders were evenly matched. Yet despite the parity South Point managed to build a small lead and went into the half with a slim 17-13 advantage. In the third quarter there was little scoring, but South Point managed enough offense to get Charlie Birtwistle in range for a 27 yard field goal to increase the Red Raider’s lead to 20-13. While things were looking good for South Point going into the fourth that all changed when Crest got it together and made their move. In a matter of minutes the Chargers scored back to back touchdowns to take a 27-20 lead. With those TDs it looked like the Chargers were now in the driver’s seat and about to put the game away. However, in the final minutes South Point roared back with an offense onslaught that included an impressive 32 yard Elijah Phifer to Ashton Harris pass that kept the chains moving. With time running out Phifer took the ball in for a touchdown with only 10 seconds on the game clock. After a successful Charlie Birtwistle PAT the game was tied up at 27-27. This one would be decided in overtime. As the overtime began the Red Raiders got the ball first and needed but three plays before Phifer dashed into the end zone yet again. This time from five yards out. When Crest got their shot

they just couldn’t get it done. An untimely penalty and some tough play by the Red Raiders defense put the Chargers in a hole. The Chargers playoff hopes died when Crest quarterback Nytavious Huskey threw a pass toward the end zone that was tipped a few times before being snatched by South Point linebacker Ryan Harris to end the game. What a game. Crest may have lost but they went down swinging. Like the Red Raiders, Crest relied heavily on the run but didn’t hesitate to put the ball in the air when needed. On the night the Chargers would finish with 297 yards of total offense. Overall South Point put up some impressive offensive stats. The Red Raiders ended the game with 400 yards of total offense. South Point quarterback Elijah Phifer had an evening to remember. Phifer went four for six for 86 yards in the passing department while on the ground he gained 90 yards off of 21 carries with two scores. Tyson Riley and Cam Medlock put in some solid work as well. Riley finished the night with 113 yards and two touchdowns while Cam Medlock had 10 carries for 90 yards. Charlie Birwistle delivered a strong performance for the Red Raiders special teams unit. Birtwistle hit two field goals and four PAT kicks. He also showed some leg on kickoffs with a 59 yard kick off average that included four touchbacks. Jaquis Rumph was a one man tackling machine on the defensive side of the game. Rumph registered 18 stops. He was joined by Matt Hastings, Shane Wilson and Ryan Harris who all ended the game with double digit tackles. The win over Crest was definitely an awesome way to wrap up the Thanksgiving weekend for South Point. “I’m just proud of our kids and coaches,” Coach Adam Hodge said. “We battled for four quarters and then some. The kids played their tails off. Now we get to play another week, hopefully we will get another one.” This week the Red Raiders face another tough game when they travel to Greensboro to take on the Mid-State 3A Champion Dudley Panthers. Dudley is definitely going to be a tough nut to crack. The Panthers are a good football team that plays well on both sides of the ball. A review of Dudley’s schedule show that the Red Raiders and Panthers had two mutual opponents during the 2021 campaign. This year Dudley and South Point both played Kings Mountain and East Guilford.

The Panthers and Red Raiders both beat East Guilford. As for Kings Mountain, Dudley beat the Mountaineers in the playoffs while South Point fell to KM 24-7 in an early October matchup. The South Point High Red Raiders varsity football team dug deep and pulled out a 34-27 overWhile comparing common time win over the Crest Chargers last Friday. The hard fought playoff game was one for the opponents may be helpful it memory banks. Photos by Calvin Craig Superraiders also doesn’t tell the whole ter team than they were when denying that the Panthers are “Dudley has a good team story. One thing that needs to be they faced the Mountaineers good. But who’s to say that and anything can happen some of that Thanksgiving after Thanksgiving.” coach factored in is the fact that the in October. With that said there is no magic isn’t still in the air. Hodge added. Red Raiders are now a far bet-

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Good News from Gaston County Schools, November 2021 Gaston County Schools held its annual Marching Band Fanfare on October 30 at Stuart W. Cramer High School. The event featured performances by all high school marching bands. The following students were chosen as the “Do the Right Thing” award winners for November: Sofia Crane, Cherryville Elementary; Austin Aviles, Gaston County Virtual Academy; Tyrese Cooper, Holbrook Middle; and Mya Bumeter, Stuart W. Cramer High School. The following educators were recipients of the 2021 Ron L. Ensley Grants, which are presented by the Gaston County Education Foundation: Dana Hinkle, Courtney Lawing, Anne Rymer, and Rebecca Abernathy of Brookside Elementary; Rachel Dyer, Susan Bean, Tina Brown, Tyler White, Ashton Withers, and Brooke Brooks of Catawba Heights Elementary; Janice Kahn of Chapel Grove Elementary; Emily Jarrett, Charles Austin, and Angela Datz of Forestview High School; April Collins, Hayley Bigelow, Katelyn Stevens, and Laura Beatty of Holbrook Middle; Kelly Hawkins, Mike Micik, and Joseph Gabriel of Hunter Huss High School; Tanya Price, of New Hope Elementary; Tonya Dye and Alexandra Klein of Pleasant Ridge Elementary; Kimberly Queen, Christina Smith, Jennifer Gosnell, and Kelly Sprinkles of Sherwood Elementary; and Donna Smith, Robert Lewis, Diana Baxter, Anna Czekaj, and Susan Tobiasson of Stanley Middle. In partnership with the North Carolina Department of Instruction, W.A. Bess Elementary and Pinewood Elementary hosted educators from the Colorado Springs School District to showcase the North Carolina A+ School program. North Carolina A+ Schools focus on adding the arts across the curriculum. The following middle schools won championships during the fall sports season: golf, Chavis; softball, Cramerton; and football, Southwest. Students from Ashbrook, Belmont Central, Belmont Middle, Stuart W. Cramer, Cramerton, East Gaston, Mount Holly Middle, North Gaston, Pinewood, Pleasant Ridge, and Rankin participated in the Mount Holly Lantern Parade. They carried their own handmade lanterns alongside other lanterns that complemented the “Let’s All Go to the Movies” theme. The following high school student-athletes were selected to participate in the Queen City Senior Bowl: Tyson Riley, South Point; Trent Dockery, Highland; Brian Coley, North Gaston; Camury Reid, Forestview; Jaycob Neely; Forestview; Justin Hill, Forestview; Arias Nash, Stuart W. Cramer; Jon-

athan Derricott, Ashbrook; and Kadin Beaver, Cherryville. Justin Clark of North Gaston and Pedro Truesdale of Highland were selected to serve on the West team coaching staff. Fifth grade students at W.B. Beam Intermediate participated in a career awareness healthcare activity, which was coordinated by the school district’s Career and Technical Education program. The W.B. Beam Intermediate student council sponsored a holiday food drive and collected items for the St. John Lutheran Church community food pantry. Belmont Central Elementary received approximately 100 books from South Point High School students Dylan Nicks and David Nicks through their book donation project. Belmont Central Elementary raised $17,500 from its book fair, and the proceeds will be used to enhance the school’s media center. The Belmont Central Elementary PTO held a beautification day at the school on November 7. The Dallas Police Department and the Dallas Walmart provided pumpkins for all Carr Elementary kindergarten students, who were able to enjoy a pumpkin patch experience at school and select a pumpkin to take home. Carr Elementary principal Dr. Rebekah Duncan and assistant principal Thomas Plecnik passed out candy and pencils during a Halloween event at the Historic Dallas Square. Carr Elementary hosted a Classroom Central mobile store for teachers on November 8. Twelve Chapel Grove Elementary teachers received grants from Pisgah ARP Church to support classroom lessons and activities for students. Chapel Grove Baptist Church and Lutheran Chapel Church are providing Thanksgiving Day meals for 20 families at Chapel Grove Elementary. The Gaston County Schools facilities department completed the installation of an outdoor classroom for Chapel Grove Elementary teacher Jozette Franklin. During the Cherryville High School and Bessemer City High School “pink out” football game, the schools raised money for two nonprofit organizations. Bessemer City High School donated $1,000 to Relay for Life and Cherryville High School donated $1,300 to the Atrium Health Foundation. Cherryville High School resource officer Jeff Henry was recognized by the Gaston County Police Department for Outstanding Service Within a Unit (for all school resource officers). Football players from Cherryville High School vis-

ited Cherryville Elementary and W.B. Beam Intermediate School and welcomed the students as they arrived at school. The Stuart W. Cramer High School Stagestruck Players presented “A Cemetery Walk Through Time” at New Hope Presbyterian Church in Gastonia. Students gave tours through the cemetery and introduced tour participants to people from the past. The event served as a fundraiser for the school’s theater arts program. Stuart W. Cramer High School senior Zachary Willer won the 3A individual state championship in cross country. His twin brother Nicholas Willer took second place. East Gaston High School won three awards at the Somethin’ Pumpkin Festival sponsored by the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service. Teacher Jill Lenox and her first period class won the grand prize in the cooking contest with pumpkin tacos. Lenox’s second period class placed first in the dessert category with a pumpkin spice dump cake and third in the main dish category with a savory pumpkin cornbread. Forestview High School student athlete Susan Christy was chosen as the NC Farm Bureau Sportsmanship Award recipient for women’s dual team tennis. In addition, the girls tennis team won the western regional championship and placed second in the state in the dual team competition. Forestview High School senior Ria Patel was selected for the Presidential Scholar in Career and Technical Education recognition. Forestview High School senior Maggie Lu was chosen as the winner of the Daughters of the American Revolution’s good citizen essay contest. Forestview High School senior Austin Brotemarkle placed fifth in the 3A individual cross country state championship. Gaston Early College High School freshman Bronwen St. Romain won two awards in the Somethin’ Pumpkin Festival sponsored by the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service. She placed first in the main dish category with her pumpkin patch pies and third in the dessert category with her pumpkin cookie bars. In addition, senior Madison Dodd placed second with her savory pumpkin cornbread. Gaston Early College High School students assisted Keep Gastonia Beautiful with holiday preparation as the City of Gastonia gets ready to hang wreaths, ornaments, and other decorations in the downtown area. Gaston County Virtual Academy seventh grader Lila St. Romain placed second in the dessert category for ages 8-12 with her pumpkin trifle in the Somethin’ Pumpkin

Congratulations to Ida Rankin Elementary Teacher of the Year for 2021-22 - Mrs. Dolly Williams. She teaches third grade and her students think she’s great. Festival sponsored by the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service. Grier Middle School and Sherwood Elementary received school supplies from the Just Jeepin’ community group. Highland School of Technology senior Lauren Tolbert placed third in the 1A individual cross country state championship. Hawks Nest STEAM Academy celebrated ‘Rock Your School Day’ by transforming classrooms and surprising students with fun and engaging lessons. Hunter Huss High School student Ariyah Graham participated in the Elevating Voices for Equity discussion series. She represented her school as a student panelist for the Creating STEM Pathways for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) seminar. The Hunter Huss High School JROTC participated in the Freedom High School Patriots JROTC Drill Meet and the Western North Carolina Best of the Best Drill Meet. The cadets finished first in the LET1 (first-year cadets) squad drills competition led by cadet captain Gerado Serrando and third in the color guard competition led by cadet staff sergeant Keriston Lowrance. As part of National Author Day, Lingerfeldt Elementary students met and interviewed best-selling children’s author Kelly Starling Lyons through Zoom. Lyons performed dramatic readings of a few of her books and told the students about her journey as an author and the process she uses to write and work with illustrators. Each student who participated in the program was given one of the author’s books. Tabernacle Baptist Church sponsored the virtual event, and Board of Education member Dot Guthrie attended the program. Lingerfeldt Elementary School classes participated in the “Writing Letters to Troops” program for Veterans Day. Page Primary and Gardner Park Elementary hosted

Hats off to all veterans including Pinewood Elementary School Mt. Holly’s very own Mrs. Morrow. Here’s a picture of her leading the pledge recently after the school thanked her for her many years of service to our country. visits by “Hugo,” the Charlotte Hornets mascot who brought his Book Bus to the schools and led a fun presentation about reading. Rankin Elementary held a canned food drive for the Community Relief Organization of Mount Holly. In five days, the students and their families donated 3,733 items, which Congratulations to Hannah Hefner, the is 1,233 more items East Gaston Teacher of the Year. Ms. than the previous Hefner is a Social Studies, English, and Yearbook teacher. year. The South Point High School varsity cheer- Gastonia Beautiful program. leading team took first place Sherwood Elementary celin the super varsity division ebrated great student behavior at the Marvin Ridge Maverick with its first PBIS (Positive Classic competition. Behavioral Interventions and The Schiele Museum is Supports) awards ceremony partnering with Sherwood on November 5. The SherElementary to provide “Sherwood PTO provided the stuwood Night at the Schiele” dents with a treat from Anna’s on December 2. Students and their families will be able to Sweet Treats. Stanley Middle School experience the planetarium, all exhibits including the live seventh grader Payton Lenox animal exhibit, and the farm placed first in the dessert category (ages 8-12) with her for free. Sherwood Elementary pumpkin crumb cake muffourth graders were able to fins in the Somethin’ Pumpexperience a tree planting kin Festival sponsored by the ceremony at the school on North Carolina Cooperative November 8 as part of a Keep Extension Service.

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Gaston Rhinos beat Combine Academy By Richard Walker/Gaston College The Gaston College Rhinos basketball team stays unbeaten. Despite trailing much of the second half, the Rhinos rallied to force overtime before pulling away for a 95-92 overtime victory over Lincolnton’s Combine Academy last Wednesday night at Gaston Christian gym.. Damon Davis (29 points, 10 rebounds) had his second double-double of the season to lead Gaston College (3-0), which hosts Lakeside Prep on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Gastonia’s Piedmont Community Charter School in its next game. Kalil Camara (14 points, 13 rebounds) also had a doubledouble and Da’marco Watson (15 points) and Dee Merriweather (11 points) were other double-figure scorers. Merriweather’s 3-pointer from the left corner with 16.9 seconds left in regulation forced the extra period of a game in which the Rhinos trailed by eight three times in the final 8 1-2 minutes, the last time at 78-70 at the 6:36 mark. In the overtime, Gaston College limited Combine Academy to one of 10 field goal shooting, Watson’s driving layup gave the Rhinos the lead for good at 91-90 and Merriweather hit two clinching free throws with 2.0 seconds left.

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Can you believe that Thanksgiving has already come and gone? I hope everyone had a great day giving thanks to God and thanking Him for everything He has given us. I love Thanksgiving Day. It is such a great time to

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gather with the whole family and enjoy a wonderful meal together, lovingly prepared. It’s a day for many to watch football and parades. It is just a time of contentment, and satisfaction. Thanksgiving is tied often to our satisfaction. If we are content, fulfilled, and satisfied, then we are usually very thankful for the life we have. In Genesis 13:5-17, Abram and Lot found themselves in a difficult position. Abram had left his homeland with his wife Sarai, and nephew Lot, to go to the land of Canaan. God had promised to make a great nation of Abram, later called Abraham. This nation would be Israel. As time passed, both Abram and Lot had been greatly blessed by God with many herds of livestock. The

herdsmen of Abram began to quarrel with the herdsmen of Lot, as they were trying to occupy the same territory. Abram, knowing they needed to separate, told Lot to choose the land where he wanted to go, and he would go the other direction. Lot chose the greener, wetter land of the Jordan Valley. Lot set his eyes on what he thought was better land, while Abram was content where God put him in Canaan. God carried out his plan for Abram in Canaan, and indeed made a mighty nation of him. Lot looked for something better, Abram was satisfied where he was. In our lives, it can be easy to look at life always in the negative. We look for a better life, more money, and other desires. Like Lot, we can set our eyes

on what we think is better. Don’t j u d g e where you are Rev. Trent Rankin in life by where you are not. Take time to look around and see all of the good things God has provided. God has put us all where we are for a reason, just as He had done for Abram. Live life to the fullest, enjoying what we have. True thanks will be seen in our satisfaction. As you look at your life, are you satisfied? If you are, I would imagine you are also very thankful for your life, and what God has given you. If you are not, take a look around you and see all the great things you have from God. We have much to be thankful for! OUR MISSION:

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Stuart W Cramer High School senior Zachary Willer won the 3A individual state championship in cross country. His twin brother Nicholas Willer took second place. Congratulations! Nicholas Willer (left) and Zachary Willer (right) pose with their championship trophies.

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WOOD SPLITTER 5HP. $600. Cages for wood $25. Feed barrels, plastic $20. Burning Barrels $10. Totes, 275 gallon $75$100. 15 gallon jugs for fuel $20. Jeff, Hickory, NC (828) 327-4782 TWO CEMETERY LOTS. For sale at Cleveland County Cemetery. $1,000/each. 828-2893601. DEER CORN. SHELLED, 50lbs, $10.05. 828-287-3272. FESCUE HAY FOR SALE. $4.50 per bale. Call 704-5834110. If no answer leave message. NEW 40 PC CHRISTMAS DISHES. 8pc glasses, 60x84 tablecloth, Holly Pattern. Cost $90. Sale $55. New 20pc Christmas Dishes, CokeCola/ Snowman Pattern, Collectible. Cost $50. Sale $25. 828-2483402. Please leave message. PURE RAW LOCAL HONEY. $18 per quart, $10 per pint. Produced in Rutherford County. Call or text Jackson Corbin, 828-980-1823.

BLACK LEATHER LOVE SEAT. Very nice. $125. 704834-9848, (704) 538-8867 GE WHITE SMOOTH TOP RANGE. Works perfect. I’ve changed to gas. $125. Electric heater in wood cabinet 32x26x11. Will heat Den, Kitchen, Dining Room. $60. 704418-6796 GIANT VAC FOR SALE 16 HP, Vanguard. Great for dump truck or trailor to get up leaves. $1,000. 704-480-7405. 4 MATCHING DINING CHAIRS $40. Very heavy 6’x4’ patio table & benches $120. OBO. Large black leather recliner, real dad’s chair, great condition $80. Brand new SS double bowl sink $60. Fred 828-202-1000. FOR SALE Great Deal! Ceramic Kiln 31 inches Tall Outside 22 inches Top Inside 17x19 call 704-487-7715 FIREWOOD FOR SALE. Full size truck $120, short bed $80, 9’ dump truck $250. Seasoned wood & fire pit wood. Delivery available. (828) 461-2379 2005 AUDI S4. 168,000 miles, very clean, no leaks, maintenance kept. Clean title. Asking $5,700 obo. 704-284-1450 BEDROOM SUIT $400. King size bed with head board, 2 bed side tables, chest, dresser and 2 mirrors. Light colored wood. Just needs some TLC and paint. (864) 219-7050 TINTED GLASS TOP PANEL. Fits 2003 Corvette Coupe. In great shape. Price negotiable. 704-466-0916. USED CAMPER TOPS: BUY/ SALE/TRADE. Various sizes and styles. 828-980-0881.

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BASEBALL COMPLETE SETS for sale. From the 80s. Call 828-748-9774.

16’X40’ OR TWO STORY BUILDINGS BUILT ON SITE. 1 DAY INSTALL. J. Johnson Sales INC. 828-245-5895.

FREE HORSE MANURE COMPOST. Free composted horse manure. Great for gardens. Located in Bostic, NC. (828) 447-0652

RARE BLUE MERLE POMERANIAN. 5 months old female, 1.5 lbs. 1st shots, will stay small. Everything goes with her. $1650. (704) 473-6789

1993 FORD TAURUS $950 cash. Call anytime. (704) 4826010


YANMAR TRACTOR 22 horsepower. Excellent Condition $3500.00 OBO Too many new parts to list, call for details. 704-718-9122 (704) 718-9122

YOUNG RESCUE CATS. Spayed & neutered. Males $80, females $125. Call for selection. (828) 391-0919

HORSE QUALITY HAY. Square and round bales. Call (704) 487-6855 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 ALL METAL GARAGES. Big Discounts! Zero down. Call for more details. 828-382-0455. 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. 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. 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. 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. 828-245-5895. DUMP TRAILERS “WE GOT ‘EM” 6’x10’, 6’x12’ and 7’x14’ (5 & 7 Ton) “All the Options on All! contact J. Johnson Sales, Inc., Forest City. (828) 245-5895

ENCLOSED TRAILERS IN STOCK! 6’x10’, 6’x12’, 7’x12’ and 7’x16’ contact J. Johnson Sales, Inc., Forest City. (828) 245-5895 DEER CORN, 60 POUND BAG. $9. Callahan Farms. 704-300-5341- Steve; 704-4728865 - Cletus; 704-300-5341Todd (704) 692-1627 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.

FORD TRACTOR FOR SALE. Model 860, Runs great, new tires. Lots of new parts. $5,250 or OBO. Call Randy for more info:704-472-7800. NEW SOUTHERN 5 FT. BUSH HOG. $1,250. 828-287-3272.


REFRIGERATORS, STOVES, WASHERS, DRYERS. Discount Prices. 1205 Earl Road, Shelby NC. (704) 487-4443

WANT TO BUY CASH FOR YOUR CAR running or not, title or no title. Call Charles Dellinger at Red Road Towing. 704-692-6767, (704) 487-0228 CASH FOR YOUR RECORD ALBUMS. Call Ron. (919) 314-7579 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 LIFT CHAIR. heavy duty. Call: 828-429-7710 WE BUY USED TRAILERS with Titles. J. Johnson Sales Inc. Call 828-245-5895. WANT TO BUY. ATV’s, PopUp Campers and Small Travel Trailers. Call 828-429-3935. WANT TO BUY CARS, TRUCKS. Trailers, Tractors, Farm Equipment. Must have ID and proof of ownership. Callahan’s Towing. (704) 692-1006


DANNY’S AUTOWERKS. Buying used or junk cars. Competitive prices. Call Danny 828-289-3081 or Jimmy 828289-1175.

4 CKC GERMAN SHEPHERD PUPPIES. We have 4 sweet babies looking for their forever homes. The will be ready around Thanksgiving. They are vet checked. Asking $600 each. 3 males and 1 female. (704) 734-7088

WANTED: OLD AND NEW AMMO. Reloading supplies. Call 828-245-6756 or cell # 828-289-1488.

FREE KITTENS to a good inside home. Call 704-419 9413 (anytime) or call 828-201-3861 after 4pm.








1993 FORD BUCKET TRUCK. 7.2 diesel, 5sp., disc brakes, mechanically sound, 175K mi., $6500. OBO sell or trade. 828429-8833.

FOUND 4 MONTH OLD GREY & BLACK TABBY. In Mooresboro area near Dollar General 114/21, wearing faded blue collar with blue bell. Please call (704) 472-3960 YORKIES 2 MALES LEFT! Two Traditional black and tan male Yorkies. Raised in our home under foot. Loved and cared for all day long. Vet checked, first shots, dewormed, tails docked, dewclaws removed. $1200. $100 deposit will hold your bundle of joy available 12/9/21. Call 704-692-3698 to schedule a FaceTime or visit. Shelby NC area. (704) 692-3698 LOVE UNDER THE TREE. 2 Reg Yorkies, 3 Parti Yorkies. All shots / dewormed up to date. Vet certified. CKC certified. Christmas discounted at $1,000.00 each. Taking deposits. (704) 473-7042 CHIHUAHUA PUPPIES. 3 months old with all their puppy shots and worming. $200 each. (828) 429-6861 roberts1321@ FREE PUPPY TO GIVE AWAY. Chihuahua mix, 6 months old. Call 980-434-3547 TOY YORKIE-POO FEMALE. CKC registered, 1 year old, all shots, vet checked, spayed. $650. (828) 391-0919 CHINESE SHAR-PEI PUPPIES. Full blooded Chinese Shar-pei puppies $1700 AKC registered, with a pedigree blood line traced back 4 generations. The babies already covered in wrinkles. Possibly ready for Christmas TIME. Taking $300 nonrefundable deposits. You can come see your puppy anytime you want, also can send videos of the baby growing. Only serious inquires. Call or message for more pictures. (910) 605-1987 Sandtired@ GOATS & DOG FOR SALE. Two Nigerian doe goats, 2yrs. old, wormed/had shots. $200 ea. or $375/both. Also, a Teacup Yorkie Poo Chi, blonde, male, 2 1/2 years old, been neutered. $550. 828-391-0919. YOUNG BLACK LAB (MALE) $200. Variety of Chihuahua & Feist (All Lap Dogs) All Under 3 Years Old $100 up . Call (704) 473-8300 ADULT QUAIL $5 EACH. Quail Chicks $1.50 ea. Quail eggs $3 per doz. (704) 476-9943 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.

CARS & TRUCKS 2002 FORD CROWN VICTORIA 81,447 miles, good condition. Everything power works. Serious Inquiries only, $5500. (704) 300-2783

1996 FORD F-150. 57,938 miles, $1833, 5.0L engine, garage kept, more info at dvu284@tdyemail. com, very clean inside and out. (910) 427-9810 2014 DODGE GRAND CARAVAN Call for Price. Braunability Handicap Van. Side entry ramp. Transfer driver seat. Ideal van for disabled person who uses a wheel chair and can still drive. Equipped to add hand controls. (704) 692-6248 buck@

VACATIONS OCEAN LAKES MYRTLE BEACH. Cottage N34. 2 bedroom, 2 bath, den, kitchen, dining, covered deck, near country store. Call Dorcas, 803-718-2659.

MOBILE HOMES DW 2018 MOBILE HOME. For Sale. Never Been Lived In.63 lot, 4BR, 2BA. #3 School District. 980-404-5200. (980) 404-5200 hardinw7@yahoo. com


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 NICE COUNTRY LIVING. 2 or 3BR mobile homes for rent.10 minutes from Shelby. NO PETS. Seniors welcome. No Texts. 843-957-9299. MOVE IN SPECIAL. 2 & 3 Bedroom, deposit required. $195 weekly rates. Includes power and water. NO PETS. Visit us online at Oakwood Rentals, Shelby. Call (704) 473-4299 2 & 3 BEDROOM TOWNHOMES. Located in Shelby, NC. We are currently accepting applications for our waiting list. Rent is based on income (and some expenses are deducted). Please visit us today at Laurel Hill Apartments,1526 Eaves Road, Shelby, NC or call for more information. 704-487-1114. Equal Housing Opportunity. LIONS SENIOR VILLAGE has 1 bedroom HUD subsidized apartments for low income seniors. Taking applications. Age 62 or older. Equal Housing Opportunity. 211 North Morgan Street, (704) 482-7723 2&3 BEDROOM MOBILE HOMES. Nice and clean, water furnished. Oak Grove Community, Kings Mtn. Call or text, 704-739-0259.



ROSE HILL MEMORIAL PARK PLOTS. For Sale. $1000 each for (2) spaces. Section 1, Lot number 74 Spaces 1 & 2. Lawndale, NC 28090 (919) 696-7867

3 BEDROOM BRICK HOUSE in Forest City. Central heat and air. Leave a message $950 plus deposit (828) 458-7403

FOR RENT CLEVELAND COUNTY DUPLEX IN SHELBY. 2 bedroom 1 bath, Non Smoker, Not HAP eligible, No Pets, $575 month. Lease, references, credit/background check required. If no answer leave message. (704) 482-7504 MOBILE HOMES & APARTMENTS. In Kings Mountain. Price starting at $100 per week. Call (704) 739-4417 2 BEDROOM, 1 BATH, MOBILE HOME. Outside City of Kings Mountain, on a large private lot, not pets, references required. Call 704-418-3790 LAUREL HILL APARTMENTS. Will stop taking applications effective December 1, 2021 for our 1 bedroom waiting lists. 704-487-1114 NO HEAT BILLS HERE! 1 bedroom apartment, excellent location, Shelby. Second floor. Not HAP eligible. No pets or smoking. Heat & water included in $525 month. (704) 487-5480

3 BEDROOM, 2 BATH, secluded 1 acre lot. No pets. First, last, security. 55 & older. Background check. Shiloh area. 828-429-9831. OAKLAND ROAD 2BR APARTMENT. Like new. Appliances, sewer, water, garbage included. $595. Small efficiency all utilities included. $450 plus deposit and references. 828-248-1776. 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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