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

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Mt. Holly police taking to the water at Mtn. Island Lake By Alan Hodge

The Mt. Holly Police Dept. has a new tool in its inventory that’s over twenty feet long. Actually, the “tool” is a boat designed to give a presence on the 27 miles of Mt. Island Lake shoreline the department is responsible for. The craft has a johnboat style hull, is 21-feet long, eight feet wide, and powered

by a 150 horsepower Mercury motor that can send it skimming along at up to 50 miles per hour. It also features a center console, lights, siren, and safety equipment. The boat has Lowrance electronics including a depth finder and sophisticated 3D side-scan and down-scan sonar. The boat didn’t cost the taxpayers of Mt. Holly a penny. “We got the boat with a

state governor’s crime commission grant for $35,000,” said Deputy Chief Brian Reagan. “We typed up a proposal and it was approved.” About ten Mt. Holly officers have taken a boating safety course and are approved to use it. The idea is to have at least two officers on each shift qualified. “We can deploy it 24/7,” said Reagan. See MHPD, Page 3

Mt. Holly police Deputy Chief Brian Reagan (left) and Captain David Sisk scan the Mtn. Island Lake shoreline on a patrol last week. Photo by Alan Hodge

Kemp Michael awarded Order of the Long Leaf Pine By Alan Hodge

One of Mt. Holly’s most distinguished citizens, Kemp Michael, was presented with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine at a recent city council meeting. Since 1963, North Carolina’s governors have reserved their highest honor, The Order of the Long Leaf Pine award, for persons who have made significant contributions to the state and their communities through their exemplary service and exceptional accomplishments. Persons named to The Order become North Carolina “Ambassadors” with their names and award dates recorded on a Roster maintained by The Order of the Long Leaf Pine Society. Michael was completely surprised by the presentation. “I am very appreciative of those who helped me obtain

this high honor!” he said. “I never expected anything like this.” Yet it is that very sense of humility, considering all he has done for Mt. Holly, that makes the Long Leaf Pine designation all the more fitting. Mt. Holly city council member David Moore, like many other city officials and citizens, has long been familiar with Michael’s heart of service. “The Long Leaf Pine Award was well deserved,” Moore said. “Kemp has always been about helping people. He is a huge fan of his hometown and enjoys making things better for people. He is a great person and someone you want to be around.” Retired Mt. Holly city manager Danny Jackson has known Michael professionally and personally for many Kemp Michael and wife Cindy at the Order of the Long Leaf See KEMP, Page 7 Pine presentation.

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Journey of Hope Riders make a special visit to Holy Angels A group of adventurous and dedicated cyclists recently made a stop at Holy Angels during their 59-daylong, 3,663 mile journey across the United States to bring awareness and support for people with intellectual developmental disabilities. The Journey of Hope is an annual cross-country ride created by The Ability Experience, the exclusive philanthropy of Pi Kappa Phi. They started in Santa Barbara, California and will travel to Washington, DC. “It’s crazy because the further we go into it, the less tired we get. The first few weeks were definitely the roughest, but now that we’ve made it further into the trip we’re able to cope with what we’re dealing with,” said Dalton James, a Journey of Hope rider from Shelby who

attends NC State. The riders took a couple of laps around the Holy Angels campus with residents safely cheering them on from a distance. In years past, riders would eat lunch with the residents and get to know them on a personal level. Due to the pandemic, the riders were not able to interact directly with the residents. “Holy Angels is just a magical place for us. The opportunity to bring college students to a residential campus and to see the work Holy Angels does each and every day is inspiring, magical and an opportunity to connect the men of Pi Kappa Phi to these service opportunities is special,” said The Ability Experience CEO Basil Lyberg. “Every time a man steps on See HOPE, Page 6


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R ECOLLECTIONS AND R EFLECTIONS Mask madness Just when we thought we could ditch our “face coverings”, “masks”, or whatever you care to call the rags or surgical-type cottonelle things over the nose and mouth that allegedly keep Covid at bay, it looks like we will have to drag them out of the underwear drawer or desk drawer or wherever we keep them and strap them boys back on. The rules for masking up seem to change every day or as Hamlet said “to mask or not to mask that thar ere the question” or something like that. As of last week, the CDC said wear them inside but not outside. That was last week and may have changed by the time this harangue goes to print. Nonetheless, the JFG said take them off when sipping coffee. The MGB said ok to take off with the bonnet down. The FBI said we see you mask on or off. The MotoGP said “go Rossi go”. No shortage of opinions and directives that’s for sure. Or as Lennon said in I Am the Walrus “everybody’s got one”. I think I will pass on the mask. I did my duty like a good citizen/boy/sheep and allowed myself to be inoculated…twice. The first shot went ok, the second one not ok because I passed out in the lobby of the hospital and was loaded onto a wheelchair by two nurses and a security guard and wheeled down the hallway past other soon to be vaccinated folks whose eyes were big as saucers at the dramatic scene and then I was put in

a room out of sight of the conga line and a blood pressure cuff was strapped on and it read 200/95 and a nurse gave me a bottle of water and whispered other folks had done the same thing Alan Hodge Banner-News Editor as I and after about 20 minutes I told them I had to go home and another nurse helped me to my car and I headed home but had to pull over in Lowell as I was swooning again and after a while I made it home and collapsed in the bed and could not move until the next day. I was wiped out to the max so no more shots for ‘ol Alan. Not only that, but the masks made my peaches and cream complexion break out in a rash so I am tired of this game and like the monkey show I don’t want to see it no mo. Where/when will the mask Covid scare end? When will the so-called main stream news media stop stirring up fear and cramming their propaganda down our throats? When will politicians stop using disease as a tool? It’s a roll of the dice any way you look at it. A germ can go anywhere it pleases. Get a shot or not it’s your body. Turn off the “news”. Wash your hands. Stand clear six feet in crowds if you can. Pray.

Connect the Dots: It’s all about Him... By Dennis Siracusa Poor performance! We are getting used to it aren’t we? This week some doors were delivered to us days late, had parts missing and mislabeled. Poor service, planned obsolescence in products, sneaky food packaging, wrong behavior we are nudged to excuse or tolerate, and look at our own poor attempts to take care of ourselves. In March I had a heart attack. Somehow my arteries got clogged up. I felt OK until the ambulance came to get me. How did this happen? Who’s to blame? Recently unrest in Cuba is being blamed on Covid-19 instead of years of communist rule. Maybe Covid-19 clogged my arteries. Well you and I know that’s ridiculous. I’m to blame. Along with healthy food I also ate too many donuts, piles of fried fatty foods, too much salt and not enough water. This still begs the question, why did this sneak up on me? 1. I couldn’t see the damage accumulating inside me; out of sight, out of mind. 2. Everyone was eating lots of fried chicken, donuts etc. so I did too. 3. I over invested in advertising that said “every meal deserves a sweet ending.” 4. For a time I smoked pipes, unfiltered cigarettes, cigars etc. What was I thinking? 5. I abused alcohol and murdered lots of brain cells AND 6. I didn’t listen to wise food pyramid advice. I seemed to think I was going to escape all the damage from the above or

Why did I read the book I gave my wife as a Christmas gift? By Tony Marciano I refer to my wife as the “gorgeous blonde”. I’ve always been mesmerized by her beauty. When she was in junior high, her classmates called her ugly names. She internalized those names. When I tell her she’s beautiful, she sees herself through the words those junior high classmates called her. She tells me I’m biased. My response is, “Then I marry ugly women.” to which she counters, “That’s not what I said.” I got tired of this fight. I gave her the book, “Curvy and Confident.” After she read it, I asked if I could read it and she agreed. Thus began my journey. The book discusses women who struggled all their life with being overweight. It talks about women who gained a lot of weight while pregnant and never lost it. There was a woman who came down with cancer after


processed foods. Well that didn’t work well for me and I’m changing. Good performance is still possible. For starters let’s take pride in our work, serve others and remember we are responsible for our health. I’m adjusting my diet because I don’t want to join the ranks of the health impaired so when the next virus comes along I won’t become an unwitting victim. Shockingly, in 50 years we have all damaged this earth so badly that 80% of the butterflies and moths are gone. Have we noticed? Do we care? Do we care about all the garbage clogging our oceans worse than what I did to my arteries; non-biodegradable garbage; lots of it? Do we care about taking responsibility and individually making changes? One thing for sure; God is watching and we’ll be judged for our choices. In Revelations 22 the Lord reminds us He is coming as judge soon and will be weighing all of our deeds. And in Matthew 12:37 the Lord warns us that all of our words will either acquit us or condemn us too. When we choose right, things end right. Choose wrong and suffer ill consequences. Choose righteous living and spend eternity with God; choose a self-centered evil life and spend eternity apart from the Lord. Everything is being weighed on God’s scales. If that concerns you please ask Jesus Christ to call out to you by your name, redeem you and pull you into His family. And for those of us worn out by performance, especially poor performance in this messy world, Jesus invites us to come to Him and receive rest for our souls. Matthew 11.

it worth having those rainy days- which is pretty much a metaphor for life. Rainbows represent beauty after a storm..which motivates us to keep going even when things seem like they can’t get much worse. The array of bright colors a rainbow makes always takes me back to something I learned…all the way back to a classroom setting in the 70’s. I’ve never forgotten it either. Roy G Biv. This name represents the colors (in the order they appear) *red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet* when they all come together to create that majestic arch in the sky. These vibrant colors etched across the sky

gotten so big.” It was said loud enough for evTony Marciano eryone to hear. The next time I had driven two hours out of my way to visit her. As I stepped out of the van, she greeted me with the following sentences (in this order) “I can’t put my arms around you (I’m thinking she has bursitis). Second sentence, “You’ve gotten so big I can’t put my arms around you. Third sentence, “Hi Anthony.” Four years later she came to visit me. As she walked in, she said, “You’ve gotten so big.” I was prepared. My response was, “There is a famine coming. When it does, you will be dead, and I have enough fat on me to last another six weeks.” She never responded. I weigh 30 pounds less than I did in 2009. I’m still not happy with my weight. While I do work on it, I will no longer allow individuals to insult me. More importantly, I need to love myself where I am. Not if I am thin, or if I am in shape. I need to love myself where I am. This concept comes from God who loves me exactly as I am, a mess, imperfect and broken; and one more thing – overweight. I’ll be back in two weeks. Until then, live well my friend. Phone 704-825-0580 Fax 704-825-0894 Office: 128-C N Main St. Belmont • NC

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Did you see the rainbow? By Lisa Harper After a heavy shower moved through Belmont late this evening, many in our area were treated to a glorious sight. Social media lit up quite rapidly after the thunder and rain ended. A most unique ending to a wild week of weather, not only in our town, but across several states and beyond. Fred was quite a storm maker. Last I checked, he was still dumping rain today in the northeast. Alas, tonight’s reminder in the sky shined brightly. It was captured quite vividly as its presence made a magnificent appearance in a gloomy sky. Rainbows never fail to bring a smile to ones face, and seeing one always makes

getting engaged and was not able to lose the weight prior to her wedding. At her reception, an aunt asked her if she was pregnant? Some women would not go into the pool because they didn’t want to be seen in a bathing suit. They missed out on having fun with their children. A husband was graduating college and wanted his wife to get a new dress for his commencement ceremony. She took him shopping with her and tried on something that fit like a tent, covering every sag, wrinkle, and wiggly, jiggly arm. He sent her back into the dressing room with a more flattering dress. When she tried it on, he couldn’t take his eyes off her. She was gorgeous. The book challenges you to love the body you have at that moment. I have always had a weight problem. Except for the four years in high school when I ran cross country and track, I have not been in shape. As a kid, my mother always had to buy me the husky size (which was a kind way of saying “fat.”) As I became an adult, I found myself dealing with an aunt whose mission in life was to humiliate me about my weight in front of the larger family. One time I arrived late to church for a family function. I got there as the service was ending. The family was coming out as I was coming in. In front of all my cousins and family members she said, “Anthony you’ve

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Crossing under the Hwy. 16 bridge heading to Mtn. Island Lake dam.

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Another popular riverside spot.

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The shore at Mtn. Island Park. Mt. Holly Parks and Rec. is responsible for keeping this area clean so pick up your trash.

At least one drowning has taken place here.

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Some of the officers, like Capt. David Sisk who piloted the craft on the patrol that generated this article, are seasoned rivermen and familiar with the coves and currents where the boat will see the most use. So, what exactly does it get used for? “There are several locations on the lakeshore where people gather to swim and party and we visit them,” said Reagan. “Also, if someone on the shore or in the woods near the shore were to be injured, it might take officers on foot an hour to get there. The boat can be there in a fraction of that time.” In the sad case of a drowning, the boat’s electronics come in handy locating a victim. The electronics can also detect evidence such as a


weapon thrown in the water. “The 3D is awesome,” said Sisk. The boat is also good for education and public relations- all with safety in mind. “We had a case where two young children were in the water without life jackets,” Reagan said. “We stopped and took care of it.” The boat and Mt. Holly The electronic information display on the setting showing boat officers won’t be checking speed, water depth and temperature. fishing licenses and things like that. “We leave that to the Charlotte, Gaston County, and Wildlife boats,” said Reagan. Overall, the Mt. Holly PD boat is proving to be a valuable, efficient, and economical means of helping folks enjoy Mtn. Island Lake and stay safe while doing so. If The Cramerton Histori- 2 pm on Saturday, August 28. you see it- wave. cal Society will have a grand The museum is located in the opening and ribbon cutting of lower level of the community H OM E its wonderful new museum at center at 1 Julian St.

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It’s back to school time for Gaston County Schools It’s back-to-school time in Gaston County! On Monday, August 23, approximately 29,000 students (pre-kindergarten through high school) and more than 1,900 teachers in Gaston County Schools returned to class at the district’s 56 schools to begin the 20212022 year. Students, parents, and school employees are looking ahead to the new academic year with enthusiasm and optimism and hopes of experiencing a school routine that is as normal as possible while still navigating the effects of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. It is the goal of all teachers and school employees to see students grow and thrive this school year, according to Superintendent of Schools W. Jeffrey Booker. Here is a look at some back-to-school information for students, parents, and employees. Academic achievement is a priority In an effort to mitigate learning loss as a result of the pandemic, schools will concentrate attention on helping students to build on what they learned last year. With a focus on small-group enrichment lessons and activities, teachers will be able to review materials and concepts in subjects like math and reading and personalize learning to address content areas where students need the most help. Schools also will offer various programs to support students socially, emotionally, and behaviorally. Additional highlights include a new program for pre-kindergarten students that teaches them about social and behavior skills, students in the fifth grade will engage in career awareness opportuni-

ties through the Career and Technical Education (CTE) program, and the district’s Composer program, which is designed for students who demonstrate qualities of being academically/intellectually gifted, expands to all Title I elementary schools. COVID-19 protocols and procedures On Monday, August 16, the Gaston County Board of Education voted to require face coverings/masks for people inside school buildings and central office buildings. The requirement is for students, employees, parents, and visitors while they are inside a Gaston County Schools facility regardless of vaccination status. The requirement goes into effect immediately and continues through September 20 when the Board of Education meets again and plans to review the decision. Factors that contributed to the decision include the high transmission rate of the COVID-19 Delta variant and the high COVID-19 positivity rate in Gaston County. Additionally, wearing face coverings/masks indoors is expected to reduce the number of students/employees who are required to quarantine when there is a confirmed case. Students/drivers are required to wear a face covering/mask while riding on a school bus or activity bus in accordance with federal requirements for public transportation. When there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 among students and employees, Gaston County Schools will follow the quarantine procedures that are outlined in the “StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit” beginning on page


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14. Parents and employees are encouraged to review the procedures so they are aware of what steps will be taken when quarantine becomes necessary. Like last year, the district will post on its website a weekly count by school of the number of COVID-19 confirmed cases among students and employees, and schools will send a weekly e-mail to parents and employees to provide a summary of the number of confirmed cases. When there is the need for quarantining students, the school will contact the affected families to provide them with information/instructions. If the closure of a classroom or school becomes necessary, the school will provide information/ instructions for parents and employees. When students are away from school because of quarantine, they will have coursework/assignments available in the Schoology or Canvas learning management system. Schools will encourage social distancing when possible. Students will be reminded to wash their hands frequently, hand sanitizer will be available, and students/ staff will be asked to follow one-way traffic flow in hallways where feasible. Upon arrival at school, students will report directly to class rather than congregating in a common area – this practice was in place last school year. Parents/students and employees are asked to conduct a COVID-19 symptom screening each morning at home before coming to school. Field trips will not take place during the first nine weeks of school, and non-essential visitors will be limited in school buildings. Athletic events will be held as scheduled. School schedule and bus transportation Schools will operate five days a week using the start/ end times that were implemented last year. Elementary schools will operate from 7:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Middle schools and high schools will operate from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. (Parents should check with their child’s school for the exact schedule as start/ end times for some schools may vary by 5-10 minutes.) With a “two-tier schedule,” bus drivers are able to run two routes (rather than

just one) in the morning and in the afternoon – an elementary route first and then a middle school or a high school route. The process is intended to get students to school and back home in a timely manner and ensure that there are enough bus drivers. Please note that students/ drivers are required to wear a face covering/mask while riding on a school bus or activity bus per federal requirements for public transportation. Buses will be cleaned/disinfected after morning and afternoon routes. Every school bus has a four-camera system, which will aid in monitoring behavior and safety and COVID-19 contact tracing. Parents will receive information from their child’s school about bus routes, pickup and drop-off times, etc. Continued focus on school safety In addition to encouraging health and safety procedures related to COVID-19 (such as frequent handwashing, use of hand sanitizer, frequent cleaning/sanitizing, social distancing when possible, etc.), schools will follow its protocol to keep the school environment safe and secure for students and employees. Schools will continue the practice of random metal detection screenings for students and staff. Additionally, metal detection screenings and bag checks will be in place for athletic events such as high school football games. It is recommended that spectators do not bring bags to athletic events – doing so slows down the entrance line because the bags need to be checked. Schools also will conduct evacuation, lockdown, and tornado/severe weather drills periodically. The internal, two-way radio communication system used by schools is being upgraded with the replacement of analog “walkie talkies” with digital ones. A new high school and a new middle school campus For the first time, Gaston County Schools is welcoming students to the new Belmont Middle School campus and the Gaston Early College of Medical Sciences. Belmont Middle is the newest school in Gaston County. It is located at 1020 South Point Road and is less than a half-mile away from South Point High School. It cost approximately $40 mil-


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Six year old Colbie Rankin of Stanley was excited about her very first day of school. She’s now officially a first grader at Community Public Charter School. Photo provided lion to build the school, which replaces the historic school building on Central Avenue near downtown Belmont. The Gaston Early College of Medical Sciences is located on the Gaston College campus in Dallas. The new high school is designed to develop a future workforce to meet the growing demand for healthcare professionals in Gaston County. Students have the opportunity to obtain a high school diploma and associate degree in preparation for a medical-related career. The grand opening celebration for Belmont Middle School was held on August 15. An open house program for the Gaston Early College of Medical Sciences will be held in September. It’s worth mentioning Here are some additional items that are worth mentioning as students and teachers head back to school: Students will receive breakfast and lunch meals free-of-charge. This is made possible again this year through the USDA’s National School Lunch Program. New menu items include chicken wings for middle schools and high schools and chicken drummies for elementary

schools. Some schools have chosen to implement the “grab and go” breakfast option for students. Students will be issued a Chromebook computer for use at school and at home. Providing a computing device for each student was done for the first time when the pandemic began to support remote/virtual learning. Each school will be assigned a full-time nurse to provide additional healthrelated support and care for students. Previously, some nurses were assigned to two schools. Motorists are reminded of heavy traffic near schools in the early morning and midafternoon hours. It is important for motorists to decrease speed in school zones, watch for pedestrians, and use caution when they see a school bus. If parents have a question or concern, they are encouraged to contact their child’s teacher or the school principal to discuss the issue or schedule a meeting. Parents are reminded to make sure that their child’s school has up-to-date contact information (home address, telephone number, and e-mail address).

Local students named to Lee University Spring 2021 Dean’s List Lee University has announced its Spring 2021 Dean’s List. Dean’s List recognition is earned by full-time, on-campus students with a semester grade point average between 3.7 and 4.00. The following

local students made the list: Trent Tatum of Lowell, Michaela White of Dallas. Lee University is a private, comprehensive university located in Cleveland, Tennessee, in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.

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Nancy Pritchard Moore Nancy Pritchard Moore, 76, of Mt. Holly passed away August 14, 2021 at Stanley Total Living Living Center.

She was born on July 27, 1945 to the late Raymond and Betty Ross Pritchard. In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by her husband, Tony M. Moore and brothers, Johnny, Tommy, Mickey, and Andy Pritchard. Nancy loved everyone; especially her family and grandchildren. She loved cooking for her family when she was able. She also enjoyed all kinds of flowers. Nancy will be missed dearly by all who knew and loved her. Survivors include her children; David Moore, Bobby Blackman and wife Monnie, and Penny Self and husband Terry; sisters, Donna “Jill” Pritchard and Jerry Cowart; grandchildren, Amber, Dillon, Bobby, Aaron, Faith,

and Maddie; and great grandchildren, D.J. and Layla. The family would also like to recognize and extend a special thank you to her longtime friend and caretaker, Linda Jones. Funeral services to celebrate the life of Nancy was held on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at Crossroads Church, 101 Beaty Rd., Belmont, NC 28012 with Rev. Joe Harding and Pastor Ronald Lee, Jr. officiating. Visitation was held from 12:30 p.m - 2:00 p.m. also at the church. Interment immediately followed the services at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Mt. Holly. Benson Funeral & Cremation Service is serving the family.

The Belmont High School Class of 1951 recently held its 70-year reunion at Amberjacks Restaurant. Members in attendance- front row Ted Rumfelt, Perry Huffstetler, Bob Thornburg, Max Robinson. Middle row- Don Lingerfelt, Phyllis Buckner Holderby, Jean Rumfelt Robinson, Delores Hodge Edwards, Peggy Steele Hall. Back row- Jerry Haney, Odell Cook, Jack Skidmore. Since the last reunion two years ago, 13 classmates died. Photo by Dale Callan

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this campus they leave with a fuller heart.” The Ability Experience, headquartered in Charlotte, has raised more than $15 million to benefit people with disabilities and organizations dedicated to their service. The relationship between this nonprofit and Holy Angels goes back decades. “We consider members of the Ability Experience our close friends,” said Holy Angels President/CEO Regina Moody. “Ever since our first experience with them in

1989, this organization has continued to support Holy Angels through their time, talent and treasure. The Journey of Hope isn’t just about a long bike ride during one summer for these men. It’s about building strong leaders and creating relationships that last decades.” Moody also serves on the Board of Directors for the Ability Experience. The Ability Experience (then known as PUSH America) first came to Holy Angels in 1989 when members of the fraternity from across the southeast spent a weekend building a play area. The organization returned a few years later for another weekend and helped build Camp Hope, a recreation destination for Holy Angels’ resident on Lake Wylie. Members of the fraternity have made multiple other visits to help refurbish

and expand the original projects. There are four riders with connections to North Carolina participating in this Journey of Hope: Dalton James, Lawndale NC – NC State; Nico Krachenfels, Chapel Hill – UNC – Chapel Hill; Alex Simpson, Huntersville – NC State; Liam Wyman, NC State. “When you ride through and you’re just doing two laps it seems like such a small thing, but you feel like a celebrity. To see them all waiving and smiling. I have chills thinking about it right now,” said Alex Simpson, a Journey of Hope rider from Huntersville who attends NC State. “They’re just so happy to see us and they’re greeting us with wide open arms. They just want to see us. It feels incredible honestly.”

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Kemp with daughter Marie Anders (wife of Joshua Anders) and grandson Leo Michael Anders.

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years. “Obviously, the essence of the award is community service and having a positive influence on those that cross your path. Kemp has accomplished both in fine fashion,” Jackson said. “I am a byproduct of that service and positive influence. I have known Kemp during my entire 34 years of working for the City of Mount Holly. We have had a personal and professional relationship over the years. Kemp has provided guidance to me when we were working on various projects for the City. We have established and reviewed many contracts and agreements for the City. We have worked on various internal policies and practices for the City, most of which are still being utilized today. We have represented the City in court cases over the years and have upheld and protected the best interest of the City. I am very thankful for the opportunity to learn from his wisdom. Personally speaking, we have spent time together outside of the office over the years. This is his way of showing me to not let work override other joys of life. We have broken bread together, which usually leads to some master storytelling on his part. His stories are priceless and speaks to his life experiences. We have gone to sports activities over the years, a lot of the time on a whim, his M.O. His loves in life are family, fishing, career and his fellow man. He will always lend himself to helping another when needed. He has truly been an inspiration to me over the years. The above speaks to why he was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award. He is most deserving of it.” Mt. Holly mayor Bryan Hough and Michael’s daughter Marie Anders submitted information to the Order of the Long Leaf Pine Society that led to Kemp being chosen. Here is the gist of it. Kemp Arnold Michael grew up in Charlotte and as

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Kemp and his son Allen Michael.

a boy was a frequent visitor of his grandparents, who lived on Summit Avenue in Mount Holly. He graduated from law school in 1972 and moved to Mount Holly to begin private practice. In 1974, Mayor Charles B. Black and Councilmember Tommy Belk approached Kemp to talk with him about becoming City Attorney for Mount Holly, and since that time he has faithfully carried out this appointment over his career for a total of forty-six years until he stepped down from that position in December, 2020. Former Councilman Jim Hope stated in a newspaper article recognizing Kemp for 20 years of service as the City Attorney for Mount Holly: “Kemp has demonstrated a professionalism that benefits the city and its citizens first and foremost. He always goes the extra mile and uses it not as a job but as a service to the community he is a part of.” Some highlights of Kemp’s career as City Attorney for Mount Holly include: completing fortyseven annexations, including the historic annexations of Catawba Heights, which approximately doubled the size of the city limits at that time, and of the Freightliner Truck Plant; negotiating the purchase and conservation of over two hundred acres of waterfront property along the Catawba River; negotiating the regional wastewater interconnect agreement with Charlotte Water to accept all of Mount Holly’s wastewater flow, which will allow Mount Holly to decommission its outdated treatment plant and to grow without limitation; and working on such landmark projects as the purchase and renovation of the Mount Holly Municipal Complex, the bond referendum for the downtown streetscape, and the negotiation of easements with American & Efird, Clariant, Duke Energy, and others for the greenway system. Kemp has missed very few City Council meetings over his tenure and has always been available to attend numerous special meetings and to assist the Parks and Recreation Commission, the ABC Board, and the Board

Photos provided Kemp with mayor pro tem Lauren Shoemaker and retired city manager Danny Jackson.

Kemp and the Mt. Holly city council. of Adjustments. His wife, Cindy, was secretary to the City Council for twenty years and kept detailed minutes of every meeting. In addition to serving as the City Attorney for Mount Holly, Kemp also served on the Gaston County Board of Education for fourteen years, served on the Gaston County Board of Adjustments, and served as the City Attorney for Lowell. He coached basketball for the Mount Holly Recreation League, has been a Rotarian since shortly after moving to Mount Holly in the 1970s, serves as a board member of the Mount Holly Historical Society, and is a member of the First United Methodist Church. As a Rotarian, Kemp has served as President of his club, started the annual Christmas Party for underprivileged elementary aged children in Mount Holly, and served on the first scholarship committee for graduating high school seniors. For the last twenty years, Kemp has continued his full time work, community service, and effective leadership while battling challenging health concerns. Rather than giving up, Kemp has turned this adversity into opportunities to help others. In 2001, Kemp’s family began to notice that he was not his usual energetic self. His doctor diagnosed him with kidney failure and he began to take dialysis three times a week. Instead of going to the dialysis clinic, Kemp converted a room of his law office into a “home dialysis” station and

continued to practice law full time, even when hooked up to machines for six hours at a time. In addition, he continued to serve on the school board as the chairperson and to serve as City Attorney, not missing meetings and keeping a full workload. At that time, inspired by the stories of other patients he met at the dialysis clinic, he began a pro bono Wills clinic for Gaston County dialysis patients and their spouses which he still continues to this day. In October 2002, Kemp received a kidney transplant from his son, Allen Michael. Kemp and Allen together used this experience to raise awareness about the critical need for organ donation, including speaking at organ donation rallies by the Mount Holly Rotary Club and the Mount Holly Black History Forum and assisting LifeShare of the Carolinas to dispel myths

about organ donation. Unfortunately, a few years later, Kemp was diagnosed with lymphoma. Faced with chemotherapy and radiation, many people would understandably slow down. Instead, Kemp scheduled his chemotherapy appointments in Charlotte for early in the morning so that he would not miss work and continued to serve as City Attorney for Mount Holly and as a member of the school board. In fact, at that time, he served on the site selection committee for the new high school that became Stuart Cramer High School, traveling to prospective sites and logging extra miles and hours even when greatly fatigued to find the site. Kemp has received numerous honors and awards for his service, including being sworn in to practice before the US Supreme Court in

1999, the Mount Holly Man of the Year award in 2013, and the Distinguished Rotarian award in 2002. He loves the outdoors, especially fishing, camping, going to the beach, and riding horses. Kemp and his wife, Cindy, have been known for their memorable parties throughout the years, including fish fries, Super Bowl parties, and 4th of July parties at their lake house. A devoted husband, father, and grandfather, he has almost never missed a game in which his children and grandchildren have played. His son, Allen, and daughter, Marie, grew up with a father who was never “too busy” to spend time with them, and who played with them every bit as hard as he worked for his community. He is now just as close with his grandchildren: Grace, Olivia, James, Jordan, and Leo.

Last week’s flooding in Haywood County brought help from Gaston County first responders. Along with one member of Gaston County Emergency Management, Gaston County EMS deployed four personnel to Haywood County, NC. They are being tasked to provide support to those affected by tropical storm Fred. Gaston County EMS personnel: Crew Chief Chris Marlowe, Paramedic Robert Brackett, Paramedic Kristina Monk, EMT Savannah Sutton. Gaston County Emergency Management personnel: Emergency Planner Brent Guffey. Kudos to these personnel and everyone else who has participated in preparation for this deployment. GEMS photo

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Banner News Fellowship & Faith

Church Directory Cornerstone Family Worship Rankin Ave • Mt Holly, 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

6014 S. New Hope Rd 704-825-7959

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Henry’s Chapel Ame Zion Church

455 Sacco St. 704-825-6007

Loves Chapel Presbyterian Church 204 Lincoln St. 704-825-8342

210 Park Street, Belmont NC


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

Containers/Trailers Sales & Storage Rental

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 171 S. Main St. 704-824-7785

740 Rankin Ave. 704-827-5181

West Cramerton United Methodist Church

Shiloh AME Zion Methodist

207 Lowell Ave. 704-824-4213

1117 Old NC Hwy 27 704-827-8826

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

First Baptist Church

105 Pine Rd. 704-827-3856


5339 S. New Hope Rd 704-825-8252

East Wilkinson Blvd. 704-824-5319

Ridgeview Baptist Church

541 Costner St. 704-827-0004

Gaston Christian Church

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

Grace Wesleyan Church

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

southern culture on the skids Saturday, Sept. 11 at 8 pm The South Point Red Raiders won the pre season soccer tournament (Gazette Cup) by defeating the Stuart Cramer Storm 3-0 in the Championship game played at Stuart Cramer last Saturday evening. Above are some great scenes from the exhilarating contest. Photos by Bill Bostick/Tarheel Sports Photography

Belmont Parks and Recreation soccer coach volunteers train up for 2021 fall season

“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

The Belmont Abbey College Men’s and Women’s Soccer Program players/staff met up with Belmont Parks and Rec soccer volunteers on Sunday August 8th for their pre-season coaches clinic. The clinic, held at the Ebb Gantt Soccer Complex, covered several key points for both new and former volunteers which helped addressed ways coaches could better serve their players and effectively navigate drills that could benefit particular age groups. Coaches were divided up into two smaller groups and were shown age specific drills and techniques that could give them better success with their soccer teams for the upcoming season. Brian McGonagle, Belmont Parks and Recreation Athletic Director indicated that the partnership with the local college team has been a real blessing over the years. “It’s critical to our success,” added McGonagle.

“We as a department want to ensure each volunteer has the very best knowledge and guidance when managing their team players.” According to statistics, most kids quit sports due to the coaching experience. “I’m very grateful to the coaches and players from Belmont Abbey College,” concluded McGonagle. “Having such a large program, partnerships are key

and we are happy to have the ability to have such an asset like the Abbey so close to home.” Belmont currently will be fielding 37 soccer teams for the fall season and volunteers are always welcome. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer coach for the City of Belmont Parks and Recreation you can reach the parks and recreation office at (704) 825-8191.

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Belmont Parks and Recreation Mobile unit brings the fun! This summer Belmont Parks and Recreation brought the fun to you! Our 2021 Mobile Recreation program allowed us to serve communities around the entire City of Belmont. We hit the road with our trailer stocked full of games, activities, crafts, and snocones. The sidewalks were covered in art, and the air was filled with laughter. Our mission to give back to our local families and friends by providing this free program was more than fulfilling. By traveling to different parks, we were able to encourage all populations to get outside, make new connections, and stay active. The Mobile Rec program stimulated growth in less frequented parks by drawing

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families to each event. Our trailer went to six different parks and served over 100 children. It is safe to say our snocones and bubble machine were the main attractions. Nichols Food Store of Belmont had our backs by providing us all the ice we needed to keep sno-cones coming. At our final stop in downtown Stowe Park we succeeded our goals with the back-to-School Bash event which provided bookbags for 100 students thanks to funding from CaroMont Health. The support that we had to make each event special was uncanny. While we are sad to see summer come and go, we know this is just the beginning Mobile Recreation here at Belmont, NC.

Belmont tennis is a big hit Featured here is the most recent City of Belmont Parks and Recreation August tennis class celebrating their final tennis lesson. The heat didn’t faze these dedicated players who learned how to volley, forehand and backhand with their class instructors. Participants ages 5-13 enjoyed meeting each session from 9:30am – 10:30am; 10:30am – 11:30am working on their individual skills. The overall program saw an increase from previous student turnout by nearly 40%. A big thank you goes out to the Harris Teeter of Bel-

MICS tennis has great match Mt. Island Charter School took on Pine lake Prep in a great tennis match last week. Jackie Reilly and Abrie Ashburn (below) had their first ever tennis win. Senior Brooke Houser (at left) also had a good day. The team coach is Brian Lawing. The team was started spring of 2021 and this is their second season. Photos by Michael Strauss

mont for donating gift cards to purchase several cold treats for the players for their last day of class.

More info on how you can experience a future program contact the City of Belmont Parks and Recreation web-

site at https://parksrec.egov. Or call the main offcie at (704) 825-8191.

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East Gaston and South Point win big By John Wilson

The East Gaston Warriors and South Point Red Raiders started their 2021 football season with a bang. Both squads won big in their openersSouth Point throttled Lincolnton 46-7 while East Gaston thumped North Gaston 52-0. East Gaston-North Gaston Winning is always nice, but winning the opener had to mean a lot to a Warriors team that has been trying hard to change the direction of a program that has struggled over the last few years. Things started moving for East Gaston in the first quarter when Justin Hill scored on a touchdown run from 11 yards out. The Warriors only scored six points in the first quarter but made for it in the second by scoring 19 points. At the half East Gaston was up 25-0. In the third EG continued to rumble putting up 20 unanswered points. By then the game was in hand and head coach JT Postell started to rotate his starters out. “All varsity players got in the game,” Postell said. Overall, coach Postell was very pleased with how things worked out. “It was a good start,” Postell said. “We were glad to get that one, especially against a rival.” On the field it looked the Warriors were focused and ready to go. EG played smart football on both sides of the line. “I liked the team’s focus and energy all week in practice,” Postell added. Offensively the Warriors recorded 406 yards in total offense. With 317 of those offensive yards from the ground game while 89 came through the passing attack. Warrior quarterback Trenton Sherrill turned in a solid performance. Sherrill went 9 for 12 for 89 yards and a touchdown. Markel McKinney and

Justin Hill led the East Gaston rushing attack. McKinney had 122 yards off of 12 carries and two touchdowns while Hill had 14 carries for 106 yards and three touchdowns. McKinney also added 25 receiving yards off of three receptions. On the defensive side of things EG stymied the Wildcats limiting North Gaston to less than 100 yards total offense. “Anytime you can get a shutout that is always huge,” Postell added. “We generated four turnovers with three fumbles and an interception.” Jake Fox led the defensive effort with six tackles followed by Ben Summey who finished the game with five. South Point-Lincolnton The Red Raiders did a good job keeping the Wolves at bay but an early first quarter injury to junior quarterback Elijah Phifer was a cause for concern. After Phifer left the game sophomore David Howard came in to run the offense. Losing a QB is a big deal, but after an adjustment period the Red Raiders started to click. “Our quarterback went down and we had to put another one in,” coach Adam Hodge said. “Anytime you have a change of quarterback it takes a little to settle in, but after a little while we settled down and got into a rhythm.” At the end of the first half Red Raiders were up 14-7. When action got underway in the third quarter the Red Raiders kept the throttle on scoring 21 unanswered points in the third quarter and 11 more in the 4th. Throughout the game South Point pounded the ball. A total of 217 of the Red Raiders 270 yards offense came from the ground game. That’s not to say that the Red Raiders never put the ball in the air. David Howard went 1-2 for 53 yards and a touchdown. Howard’s touchdown toss was

a 53 yard third quarter strike to tight end Jackson Blee. Senior AJ Riley proved to be the Red Raiders weapon of choice. Riley was a beast, he carried the ball 20 times churning out 157 yards with four TDS. He ended the game with an impressive 7.9 yards per carry. Defensively the Red Raiders were strong across the board. They limited the Wolves to only 165 yards of total offense The defensive effort was led by linebackers Ryan Harris and Matt Hastings. Harris had an impressive performance finishing up with 13 tackles and a sack while Hastings ended the game with seven stops. Overall South Point just got the job done. “We faced a little adversity and we responded the right way,” coach Hodge went on to say. In the end the quarterback change proved to be no more than a blip on the radar. When it came down to it South Point focused on what needed to be done. “We played good defense,” Hodge said. “Our offensive line blocked well and our running back ran hard.” On Friday night the Red Raiders and Warriors will face each other in a non-conference matchup. Game time is 7:30 at Arrowhead Stadium.

Here are some action shots from the South Point Red Raider’s 46-7 victory over Lincolnton last Friday night. Photos by Calvin Craig/Superraiders

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Worcester named head cycling coach

Congratulations to South Point High School for being recognized by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association as the Southwestern 2A Wells Fargo Conference Cup champion. South Point High School collected conference championships in men and women’s soccer, women’s tennis, and men’s and women’s swimming and diving. Gaston Schools photo

Former Belmont Abbey cyclist Nat Worcester has been named as the Crusaders’ new head coach, Vice President and Director of Athletics announced today. Worcester begins his duties immediately. “We are thrilled to name Nat Worcester as our new Head Cycling Coach at Belmont Abbey College,” VicePresident and Director of Athletics Stephen Miss said. “As an alumnus of our college and cycling program, as well as a recent convert to Catholicism, Coach Worcester is the ideal individual to form and develop our students, maintain continuity and build upon the foundation established during his athletic career.” A 2020 graduate of The Abbey, Worcester returns to his alma mater where he was a four-year letterman and team captain, participating in the disciplines of track and road. Since graduation, he has been working at the Giordana Velodrome as a Track Assistant, providing instruction in the rider certification program, ensuring operational safety at the track and supervising equipment. He also has served as Director of the DDP Cycling Team, coordinating logistics for races and planning and implementing race strategies. He holds a Level 3 coach-

Nat Worcester ing license from USA Cycling. “I am extremely honored and grateful to Abbot Placid Solari, O.S.B., President Thierfelder and Stephen Miss for the opportunity to return to my alma mater and lead a program that I helped form in its early years,” Worcester said. “Belmont Abbey is a special place with a growing cycling tradition. I am fully committed to continuing the successes of this program.” Worcester earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology with a minor in sport management. He is currently working towards a master’s in psychology with a specialization in sports psychology.

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AKC CHOCOLATE AND BLACK PUPS Big and blocky pups will be 8 weeks old on August 28th. Will have first vaccination and dewormed weekly. Pups come from proven retriever waterfowl and upland bloodlines. Our pups get lots of socialization. They come with a 1 year health garuntee, 30 days free pet insurance, health records and going home package. Like us on Facebook at Harkey’s Labrador Retrievers for videos and pictures of parents and pups. Both sire and dam have wonderful temperaments. $800 each. (704) 472-4695 Jharkey0203@

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

OCEAN LAKE BEACH HOUSE 2 bedroom, 2 bath. Also pullout couch, golf cart. Weeks and weekends. 704-472-5182



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@

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CARS & TRUCKS 2018 FORD FUSION 24,400 miles, $17995, Great Condition (704) 472-6337 1996 CHEVROLET C/K 1500 Truck. Regular cab, long bed, V6, needs motor work. 828248-8060. (828) 248-8060

FOR SALE HAIRSHEEP, RAMS, EWES, goats, pigmy cross, does and wethers, dwarf bucks. 828-248-8060

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@walker-woodworking. com

GUINEAS KEETS BABIES AND BANTAMS. Guineas Keets Babies $5.00. Bantams Babies $2.00 for sale. One to two weeks old. (704) 476-9943

1992 CHEVROLET CORVETTE $8500. 1992 Chevrolet Corvette Classic Red 109k LT1 V-8, Auto T-Top Garage Kept Runs Great 828-584-7364

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.

1978 SILVER ANNIVERSARY CORVETTE. Runs and sounds great. Asking $7,000 OBO. Call 704-418-6978



WANT TO BUY CARS, TRUCKS. Trailers, Tractors, Farm Equipment. Must have ID and proof of ownership. Callahan’s Towing. (704) 692-1006 WANTED: OLD AND NEW AMMO. Reloading supplies. Call 828-245-6756 or cell # 828-289-1488.


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OCEAN LAKES MYRTLE BEACH. Cottage N34. 2 bedroom, 2 bath, den, kitchen, dining, covered deck, near country store. Call Dorcas, 803718-2659, (803) 635-9831


REAL ESTATE HOUSE FOR SALE. Hall Crossing, 3 bedroom, 2 bath. 315 Landry Drive, 704-8423101, 704-739-7065. Kings Mountain, NC 28086

LOOKING FOR GREAT MODULAR HOME FOR RENT? 2 BEDROOM, 2 BATH, DISHWASHER, GARDEN TUB, LOADED WITH EXTRAS. NO PETS. ALSO, HAP APPROVED. (704) 300-2709. (704) 300-2709 MOBILE HOMES & APARTMENTS. In Kings Mountain. Price starting at $100 per week. Call (704) 739-4417 2&3 BEDROOM MOBILE HOMES. Nice and clean, water furnished. Oak Grove Community, Kings Mtn. Call or text, 704-739-0259. 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. 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

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By Rev. Trent Rankin

Salvation Church, Gastonia, NC

This week school goes back in session for many students in our area. Many students have probably forgotten some things they have learned, during the couple of months they have had off from school. Perhaps the first few days will be needed to get kids back in the swing of things as they focus on school again. In a hectic life, it can be easy to forget school, appointments, and maybe even people’s names! It can also be easy to forget God in our lives. In Daniel 4:28-37, Daniel interpreted a dream for King Nebuchadnezzar. Nebuchadnezzar was king of the large, powerful Babylonian Empire, which ruled much of Daniel’s world. Nebuchadnezzar had a dream in which he saw a mighty tree that was full of fruit, and birds filled its branches. Animals took shelter under it. An angel came down and cut the tree down, leaving only a stump. Daniel told

the king that this dream was about him. If he did not turn from his evil, prideful ways, God was going to humble him. He would lose his reasoning and become like an animal in the yard until he acknowledged God. Later, as Nebuchadnezzar was walking through his palace, he recalled all the great things he had done. At this moment, he was struck by the angel, and lost his reasoning, becoming like an animal. He was thrown out of the palace. Years later, he looked to heaven, and God restored his mind and position as king. Nebuchadnezzar from that point, gave God the praise and honor He deserved. Nebuchadnezzar suffered from what many people do today, pride. The king looked at what he had accomplished, what he had done, and the kingdom he had built. Nowhere did he acknowledge that everything he had was a gift from God. It can be easy to be lost in our pride, seeing only what we have done. Today we live in a time where God is acknowl-

It only takes a little to lose a lot.

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 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 3 BEDROOM, 2 BATH, secluded 1 acre lot. No pets. First, last and security. Complete background check. Shiloh area. 828-429-9831. 2 & 3 BEDROOM MOBILE HOMES. Small private park between Spindale and Forest City. Starting at $500 per month. 828-382-0475.







edged very little. His truths are rejected, and too many live lives far apart from God. Proverbs 16:18 reminds us, “Pride Rev. Trent Rankin goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall” (ESV). As Nebuchadnezzar learned, pride leads to destruction. He almost lost everything. Everything we have or hope to have, is a gift from God. God pours His grace out on us every day. Jesus gave His life for us, conquering sin. Because of this free gift of grace, we have eternal life. God is in everything, He created everything, and He controls everything. We have simply forgotten Him too often. Today, may we learn a valuable lesson from King Nebuchadnezzar. He came to understand that God was everything. May we remember this lesson too!

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