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Volume 86 • Issue 27

Thursday, July 9, 2020

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

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Susan Clements touched a lot of young lives during her career at FUMC Belmont By Alan Hodge

Stanley Middle School held a drive by farewell for its departing eighth grade students. It was a bittersweet moment to see the kids go, but everyone was happy at the thoughts of the bright futures they will have and all they will accomplish in high school. More photos on page 11. Gaston Schools photo

Cramerton sets FY2020-2021 fees and budget The Town of Cramerton has set its FY2020-2021 fee schedule. The Town has also approved the FY2020-20212 budget. The tax rate will be forty seven and five tenths cents per $100 of assessed valuation for property listed for taxes as of January 1, 2020. General Government Fees: Copies: Toshiba Copiers-Town Hall and Recreation Center; Public Documents: First five pages $0.00, thereafter: $0.20 per page; Non-public documents: $0.25 per page, front/back: $0.50 per page, legal: $0.35 per page; Electronic Copies: CD’s and DVD’s of Documents: $10.00 per disc.

Reports: Police Reports: $2.00 (Traffic Reports are also available online). Permits: Rental Property Permits: $10.00 per year; Yard Sale Permits: $5.00 per event; Peddler/Solicitation Permit: $25.00 per solicitation; Private Business Use of Town Property: $200.00 per use-Requires an application and fee submission in advance. Issued for a two week period, Subsequent use requires a new application and fee in advance of each bi-weekly period. Fees: Municipal Vehicle Tag Fee: $15.00; Golf Cart/ Utility Vehicle License Fee: See BUDGET, Page 4

At the end of this month, when First United Methodist Church Belmont Child Development Center assistant director Susan Clements retires, she will leave behind a 39 year legacy of love and learning. Clements grew up in a military family and says she’s from “all over the place”, but landed in Gaston County in 1972. “I graduated from Ashbrook High in 1974,” she said. She married her husband Ronnie and held jobs at John’s Hobby Shop, Akers Motor Lines, and the kindergarten at Belmont Central. Fate had other career plans for Clements. “One of the teachers at FUMC left and I got the job,” Clements said. “I taught the two year olds for six years. My son was in my first class.” Clements had found her niche. “That’s when I knew I loved working with the younger kids,” she says. “They have been my calling.” Clements explained what her favorite part of working at FUMC has been. “I love how eager the kids are to learn and how happy they are when they figure something out,” she said. “They also love for me to tell them stories- any kind of story. They also love to dance. We have a part of class called Spotlight Dance and they get up one by one and dance to music.” Getting the kids ready for the day when they enter the school system is also a big part of their FUMC day. See CLEMENTS, Page 3

First United Methodist Church Belmont Child Development Center assistant director Susan Clements surrounded by some of her students. Photo by Alan Hodge

Local senior is a nationally ranked athlete By Alan Hodge

Local athlete 85-year-old David Hostetler, Sr., has been recognized by USA Track & Field for his outstanding accomplishments in a number of Masters Event sports. The Masters Events are for folks aged 30 to 100+ years in age. Hostetler competes against other athletes of his own age locally and in other places such as Winston-Salem, Charlotte, Yadkinville, and Durham. Sports he competes in includes a variety of track and field events. Hostetler learned of his rankings after receiving a copy of the April/May issue of National Masters News. See ATHLETE, Page 3

David Hostetler wearing a few of the many medals he has earned as a senior athlete.