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Volume 86 • Issue 24

Good news for great people!

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

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Belmont history available for viewing on YouTube By Alan Hodge

As most folks know, all sorts of things from the sublime to the ridiculous can be seen on YouTube. Well, here’s an interesting fact, there are several videos on there of Belmont during the early to mid 20th century made from “home movies” shot by local folks. One of the YouTube videos shows newsreel film shot during the 1930s and 1940s in both Belmont and Kings Mountain. The video includes interviews with mill workers, action from a 1940 flood, and Herbert Hoover speaking to a huge crowd at the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Kings Mountain celebration.

The YouTube video was made and posted by Belmont’s Harding Stowe using original home movies actually shot on the scenes by his uncle, the late Daniel Stowe. “When he passed away I got the films and had them digitalized by a company in Pennsylvania,” Harding said when the first film aired on YouTube in 2013. “I thought other people might want to see them so I posted the video. He started taking movies in the 1920s and the other films are travel and family stuff.” In one early Belmont YouTube video, you see female workers leaving the Majestic Mill while a group of men in overalls hunker under a shade See HISTORY, Page 3

Belmont council gets report on City’s response to COVID19 At its June 1 meeting the Belmont city council was updated with a timeline report by city manager Adrian Miller illustrating the commitment and speed with which the City, the DBDA, private business and other local organizations have come together for the good of the community. A key element to the relief actions, but not listed separately – as the efforts have been constant and are ongoing, is increased communication with downtown businesses and other organizations to share information, assess needs and bolster business cooperation. Here’s what Belmont city manager Adrian Miller had to say about the efforts.

“When businesses had to close or reduce operations in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we had a choice to sit back and see what would happen to our local businesses or we could roll up our sleeves and get to work to help,” he said. “Our Main Street board and staff created the “Keep the Lights on in Belmont” campaign to promote local businesses. A dedicated team of community volunteers, business owners, city staff, and the Mayor and City Council came up with multiple ways to help keep our businesses open during the past 3 months. The Gaston County Travel and Tourism team helped us promote these efforts, and we are See REPORT, Page 4

South Point grads celebrate with a parade South Point High graduating seniors held a celebratory parade last Saturday. The conga line of cars formed up at Main Street Crossing shopping center and made its way through downtown and then on to the school. It was a great way to say farewell to the Class of 2020. See more photos on page 9. Photo by Jennifer Hall

New Belmont Abbey residence hall project making progress By Alan Hodge

Progress continues on the new residence hall under construction on the campus of Belmont Abbey college. Last October, ground was broken on the 136-room residence hall. The largest capital investment in the college’s history, the new hall will primarily serve upperclassmen but also add new classroom, office, and meeting space. MKC Architects designed the new building to mirror the Gothic architecture prominent on the college’s campus. University Housing Solutions is the contractor building the new facility. The structure is five stories, with the first story having meeting areas, social See ABBEY, Page 2

Belmont Abbey’s director of marketing and communications Rolando Rivas at the new residence hall worksite. Photo by Alan Hodge

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