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Mt. Holly branch library has had a total transformation By Alan Hodge alan@cfmedia.info

The Mt. Holly branch library staff is glad to be open for patrons in their totally remodeled facility. From left- Geordin Christopher, Chelse Harris, and branch manager Debra Trogdon-Livingston. Photo by Alan Hodge

The venerable Mt. Holly branch of the Gaston County Public Library system has just reopened after a year-long major overhaul that has totally transformed the building’s look and feel. Cost of the project was $584,158. A branch public library has been located in Mt. Holly at 245 W. Catawba Ave. since around 1960. The building was refurbished in 1980 but little other than routine maintenance has taken place since then. In short, the place needed a serious face lift- and it has one now. The curb appeal of the building has been raised to a high level. Tan colored field stone veneer on the front has been combined with brown wood trim to give a Craftsman-type of architectural appeal. The parking lot has been widened and more spaces added. Landscaping is being carried out with new grass and plantings. Overall, the building has been taken from shabby to chic. See LIBRARY, Page 4

New high school designed to prepare students for careers in the medical field By TODD HAGANS Gaston County Schools

There’s a new high school coming to Gaston County, and it will provide a quality education for students who are interested in the medical and healthcare fields. The Gaston Early College of Medical Sciences (GECMS) will open in August 2021 on the Gaston College campus in Dallas. It is an innovative, healthcare-focused high school that is designed especially for students interested in careers in the medical/healthcare industry. The new high school is a collaborative effort among Gaston County Schools, Gaston College, Belmont Abbey College, and CaroMont Health, and it is intended to develop a future workforce to meet the growing demand for healthcare professionals in Gaston County. “This is an outstanding opportunity for students in our community,” said Denise McLean, executive director of student support services

East Gaston High School student Hollee Woodward in the school’s Health Sciences Academy. for Gaston County Schools. “The medical and healthcare industry in Gaston County is growing and expanding, and we realize that CaroMont Health and other agencies will need a trained workforce that is ready to meet the demand.” McLean added, “This new school will provide students with a pathway to obtain the education, knowledge,

hands-on experience, and connections necessary for a successful career in healthcare right here at home.” The new high school will open with enough space for 80 ninth graders and 80 tenth graders. Students need to submit an application, and a lottery selection process similar to the one for the Highland School of Technology will be See SCHOOL, Page 7

The Spencer Mtn. kayak/canoe launch access point is at the South Fork River bridge on Stanley- Spencer Mtn. Rd.

Improvements set for Spencer Mountain kayak launch A favorite spot for outdoor enthusiasts, the Spencer Mountain River Access Canoe and Kayak Launch in

Spencer Mountain, N.C. will soon get a facelift thanks to a grant provided by The Gaston Community Foundation.

The grant of $15,000 was awarded to the Catawba Lands Conservancy, which See LAUNCH, Page 10

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