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Local fire departments reflect on 9/11 By Alan Hodge

Last Saturday marked the 20th anniversary of the 9/11/2001 attacks on the World Trade Centers in New York, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and the crash of Flight 93 in Pennsylvania. Those horrific events and the heroes who responded to them were remembered with the burying of a 9/11 time capsule at Community VFD 32 at 1873 Perfection Ave. in North Belmont, a ceremony at the Stanley fire depart-

ment on Blacksnake Rd., and the display of a section of subway rails from the World Trade Center at the Mt. Holly fire department. headquarters on Killian Ave. The Community VFD 32 event and time capsule burying was planned by Tracy Jackson, wife of fire chief Gary Jackson. “I fear that people will in time forget the most life changing event in my life,” she said. “We must not let it become just another day and have its memory fade away.” The time capsule was

loaded with 9/11 commemorative coins, U.S. flag pins, and hand written notes from folks expressing how they felt about the 9/11 tragedy. The stainless steel capsule was buried in front of the station and a plaque explaining its purpose put on the wall. The capsule will be dug up and opened on Sept. 11, 2041. Gary Jackson shared his thoughts on the need to remember 9/11 and how we might apply its lessons to our lives today. “It is important not to

Aybree Orr, Layla Orr, and Emma Sigmon got in the patriotic spirit at the 9/11 remembrance event held Saturday at Community VFD 32 in North Belmont. Photo by Alan Hodge forget the events of that day and the courage and selflessness of first responders and citizens who performed he-

roic acts,” Jackson said. “We want to encourage people to live each day to the fullest and do kind acts for others.

In this day and time we see so much hostility. We need to stop and slow down and See REFLECT, Page 2

Students’ letters from 20 years ago included in 9-11 display Rev. Mark Costner says he is looking forward to a great 100th anniversary of Centerview Baptist on Acme Rd. in North Belmont. Photo by Alan Hodge

North Belmont’s Centerview Baptist to celebrate centennial By Alan Hodge

Centerview Baptist Church at 2300 Acme Rd. in the heart of North Belmont will celebrate its centennial on Sunday, Sept. 26 starting with the 10:30am service.

Speakers for this milestone event will include Centerview’s pastor Rev. Mark Costner as well as guest speakers Rev. Dennis Thurmon and Rev. Bobby Moore. Special music by Rev. John Benton. A luncheon and fel-

lowship will follow. RSVP please by calling the church at 704-827-2061. Like many of our local communities, North Belmont grew up around textile mills. In this case, it was the Acme, See CENTERVIEW, Page 5

Letters written 20 years ago by students in Gaston County Schools are being used to commemorate the anniversary of 9-11. Just a week after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, students in the third grade classes at Tryon Elementary School got busy writing letters and drawing pictures to send to people affected by the devastating events of the never-forgotten day. Letters from Sharon Lynn’s students ended up in the hands of Peggy Hare, who was working in the United States Secret Service field office in New York on September 11. Hare later provided some

of the letters to the Secret Service for historical purposes and inclusion in the agency’s archives. Now, Tryon principal Meghan LeFevers has learned that the letters are being featured in a remembrance display at the Secret Service headquarters in Washington, D.C. “It is wonderful to know that letters from our students have been kept all this time and will be part of the 20th anniversary observance,” stated LeFevers, who admits that it was a bit odd to be contacted by someone with the United States Secret Service. “When you get an e-mail from the Secret Service, you immediately think,

‘What in the world is going on?’ and after I read it, my first thought was ‘Is this real?’” Cynthia Ramseur was one of the four third-grade teachers at Tryon in 2001. She is still there and remembers the students writing the letters as a way to show appreciation for the heroic efforts that took place on 9-11. The students also wanted to bring some cheerful thoughts to the individuals who were on the sad and stressful frontlines of the recovery and investigation. “The project had an academic purpose because we wanted the students to learn See LETTERS, Page 4


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Commemorative coins that went in the capsule.

reflect on how we can come together.” In Stanley, a group of folks heard words from fire chief Eric Withers and mayor Steven Denton. A U.S. flag that had flown over the Capitol in Washington, D.C. was raised. In Mt. Holly, two pieces of subway rails that were recovered from the lower level

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Photos by Alan Hodge of the World Trade Center have a place of honor at the fire department headquarters. The rails were brought to Mt. Holly by MHFD members back in April, 2016. Chief Ryan Baker explained how the rails were obtained. “I wrote a letter to the Art Preservation Society in New York,” he said. “They are in charge of distributing one percent of the 9/11 material

Placing the time capsule at Community VFD 32. artifacts that are controlled by the New York and New Jersey Port Authorities. The letter outlined what MHFD planned to do with the rails. It was reviewed and the OK to come get the pieces was given.” Once the pandemic passes, people will once again be able to go to the fire station and see the rails in person.

Baker says that hopefully, one day, the rails can be incorporated into some type of public memorial sculpture. “Different events define generations and 9/11 is the one that defines ours,” Baker said. “Everyone remembers where they were and what they were doing when it happened.”

Community VFD 32 chief Gary Jackson reflecting on 9/11.

Donna and Ayden Abernathy. She sang America the Beautiful. Community VFD 32 members with the capsule from left Justin Francis, Steve Honbaier, Bill Poole, Gary Jackson, Dickie Harris, and Bobby Treece.

Mt Holly Fire Chief Ryan Baker with the World Trade Center subway rails.

Hickory Grove Baptist interim pastor Rev. Dr. Tony Fullbright delivered the 9/11 message.

The flag being raised at the Stanley fire department.

Stanley Mayor Steven Denton sharing 9/11 thoughts.

A variety of officials and citizens were at Stanley’s 9/11 ceremony.

Stanley Fire Chief Eric Withers addresses the 9/11 event crowd.

Photos by Bill Ward

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Governor Cooper pushes vaccination requirements Governor Roy Cooper and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy K. Cohen, M.D. provided an update last Thursday on the state’s COVID-19 key metrics and trends. “We know that keeping kids learning in the classroom is the most important thing for our students right now. Getting vaccinated, wearing a mask in public indoor settings and following the science is what we need to do,” said Governor Cooper. “The faster we put this pandemic behind us, the sooner we can all rest easy and stay healthy.” Currently, 109 school districts covering more than 95% of children have mandatory masks. That is an increase from three weeks ago when only 74 school

districts covering roughly 64% of children statewide were requiring masks. The first weeks of school have brought more COVID cases among schoolchildren, which can lead to quarantines when schools don’t have strong mask requirements in place. School districts should follow the CDC’s recommendation and require masks and keep other important safety measures in place as we continue battling the pandemic. “Thank you to everyone who is doing everything they can to help us get through this critical point in the pandemic and to protect one another,” said Secretary Cohen. “Please talk with your family and friends who are not yet vaccinated. Ask them to join you in vaxing up and masking up.” State employee vaccina-

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Mt. Holly Historical Society event The Mt. Holly Historical Society, 131 S, Main St., in downtown Mt. Holly will have a special event on Tuesday, September 28th at 7:00 PM. Guest will be Colonel Chaplain Henry Haynes - “9/11 at the Pentagon, I was there!” Chaplain (Colonel) Henry Haynes who was Chaplain of the Pentagon on 9/11/2001. He remembers vividly the

sequence of events on that heartbreaking and devastating day and will share his experiences with a focus on what it means to be an American from the context of 9/11. All local veterans are encouraged to attend. Bring your friends and neighbors. Free admission, open to the public. Light refreshments will be served after the program.

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Live for the mic drop By Rev. Mark Costner Centerview Baptist North Belmont

The past few years have seen the popularity of the mic drop. When speakers or singers finish and then drop the microphone down, it’s a sign of triumph. They are confident in what they’ve done, and walk away letting their actions speak for themselves. But we also have moments when it’s just the opposite. We’ve failed at some- Rev. Mark Costner thing, and we walk away feeling miserable. In Matthew 25, Jesus told a parable about two men who have mic-drop moments. They know it because their master tells them, “Well done, good and faithful servant!” They had succeeded in investing their master’s money wisely, and he was very pleased with their results. The rewards for them were about to come flooding in. I think sometimes about how everything comes to a end, the yearly seasons, the brand new stuff we buy, our careers, and eventually our lives here on this earth. Finishing strong is a great road to take. But what does that look like? In Matthew 22: 37-39, Jesus gave the answer to that question. It could be summarized this way: Love God and love others. If we are going to finish well with our lives, we must seek with all of our hearts to love God and care for others. It’s the way Jesus lived. When He came to the end of His life on the cross, He proclaimed, “ It is finished.” He finished well everything He came to do. We too can live so that we can hear the Master say to us, Well done, good and faithful servant!”

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LETTERS From Page 1 about how to write a letter, but it also gave them an opportunity to express their thoughts and feelings,” said Ramseur. “What took place that day was all over the news and everyone, including our students, was seeing what happened. It had an effect on them, too.” Ramseur said each class wrote letters that were sent to different locations. Her students’ letters went to a fire station in New York, and she still has copies of them. “To know that letters from Tryon are part of a 9-11 display makes me proud of our school,” she said. “Through their letters, we felt like our children were helping make a difference in the lives of others who went through a horrible event.” Ramseur remembers her colleague, Mrs. Lynn, as an “awesome teacher.” Lynn, who retired after 37 years of teaching third grade, passed away last year. Ramseur

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knows that it would warm her heart to have people seeing and talking about her students’ letters 20 years later. One letter from a student named Kristen highlights how Mrs. Lynn taught students about the 50 states and how to sing songs such as “The Star-Spangled Banner,” “America the Beautiful,” and

“Anchors Aweigh,” the fight song of the U.S. Naval Academy. “She taught the patriotic songs every year; that was important to her,” said Ramseur, who was a teacher assistant for Mrs. Lynn before becoming a teacher herself. “She loved teaching, and she loved her students.”

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Connect the Dots: It’s all about Him

It doesn’t make sense By Dennis Siracusa A friend gave me a book recently that certainly is in lock step with all the fist shaking at God and utter rejection of the bible these days; efforts favoring philosophies of multiple paths to yours and my after-life where upon arrival we supposedly hear a man’s voice telling us we are now eternally in various states depending on “our class” and social standing and that comfort is dependent on what each person visualizes their comfort needing to be. I won’t go on. Psychic awakening, Immersion training, sleeping prophecy, reincarnation and much more error is poisonous stuff and a book having a bibliography of nearly 90 references doesn’t make it any less dangerous and misleading. Let’s begin by hearing what GOD says. Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis1:26 “Then God said” “Let us make man in our image according to Our likeness…..” From these two verses alone we understand that God is infinite and fashioned us in His triune image with mind, will, emotions; body, soul, and spirit. He did not slide us out of a slime pit to become monkeys and grunting cavemen. Adam and Eve (the first humans) had highly developed intelligence and communication skills and started their work in Eden by naming all existing animals. Heaven isn’t going to be what we construct it to be. No campfires, beer and whiskey and our favorite C&W or rap music. Many parts of the bible give us a glimpse of what heaven will be like and what hell and separation

from God will be like. Different versions of how we are to get to our afterlife abound. Somebody is dreadfully wrong. Don’t you think we should make our research and decision a priority? Shockingly, God says that many will choose the wide path to eternal destruction. Matthew 7:13 is clear about that. Why? Israel was God’s chosen nation and many today grind their teeth about that. Know this though, God didn’t choose Israel because they were stunning human beings! He chose them because He wanted to and HE’S GOD! God chose Israel to be His special people, He poured His love into them, protected them, empowered them, led them and in spite of all of this they repeatedly disobeyed and rejected Him. It wouldn’t have made any difference who God chose. We’re all rebels. We reject God every

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day; everywhere. Our days begin ignoring the Lord, squandering what Dennis Siracusa He puts in our hands, eating and recreating to excess and hardly ever thinking of anyone other than ourselves unless there’s something in it for us. Still, God openly displays His love for us, His infiniteness, and His closeness. It doesn’t make sense that we continue to turn our backs on Him and worse; sometimes join loud voices that try to put God in a small out of the way place so we all knowing humans can conduct life our way. People have no firm foundation and no ethical basis for doing that. No…. fabricating stories about eternity and rejecting God just doesn’t make sense!


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One of the many beautiful stained glass windows at Centerview Baptist.

Folks from all over the county gathered at Centerview Baptist for a special event in the 1920s. That’s the original building behind them.

CENTERVIEW From Page 1 Linford, and Perfection operations. Folks who lived in the adjacent mill villages needed places of worship and Centerview Baptist grew out of that

need. The church had humble beginnings. In June, 1921, open air services were held by Rev. G.H. Johnson who

Centerview Baptist these days.

Centerview Baptist in the 1950s.

was pastor at First Baptist Belmont. In August of that year the services were held in a tent. Meetings were also held in Acme mill village house #19. On August 14, the church was officially organized with thirty one members. In 1926 a wooden sanctuary building was erected. Baptisms were held in a creek behind the church. In the early 1930s the current brick sanctuary was erected. Today, the church still has its original pews and bell. But Centerview Baptist is more than a building. It has been a rock of faith for North Belmont residents and continues in that role today. Rev. Mark Costner came to Centerview in August 2018 as an associate pastor. In February 2020 he began duties full time. Costner appreciates where Centerview has been and where it’s going. “The church grew with the mills,” he said. “People walked here in huge numbers. As the mills died the numbers fell.” Costner estimates that there are currently several hundred members on the church rolls and attendance at services is generally around forty folks. He is determined to see those figures rise. One way is by drawing members from the diverse cultures that are moving into North Belmont. “Our core membership has stabilized and now we are reaching out to the new folks coming into the area,” he

Centerview’s first preacher Rev. Amos Teague.

The pulpit and baptismal area. said. “There is a changing demographic and we want to welcome them.” E v e n though Costner is aware of the need to reach a new audience, he also recognizes that many people Lovely Centerview Baptist ladies of yesteryear. are still craving what might be called “old on Sunday and Wednesday evenings. time religion”. “Our Sunday night service “We don’t water down the Gospel,” he said. “For is very popular,” he said. Overall, Centerview Bapthe most part we sing the old hymns out of the hymn book. tist is still a landmark in People tell me it’s refresh- North Belmont that has stood ing to come to a traditional church. People want to be filled spiritually. We don’t have a lot of flash. We are down to earth.” Centerview is also keeping the tradition of services

This table was made out of a column that came from Centerview’s mother church First Baptist Belmont. the test of time and is looking to a bright future that Costner says is assured. “The church has been here one hundred years and I believe it will be here for another hundred,” he said.

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Church Directory Ebenezer United Methodist Church

Morningside Missionary Church 711 Morningside Dr. 704-822-9142

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

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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

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Loves Chapel Presbyterian Church 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

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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

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Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist

East Belmont Free Will Baptist

120 Belmont-Mt. Holly Road 704-827-3366

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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

West Cramerton United Methodist Church

Shiloh AME Zion Methodist

207 Lowell Ave. 704-824-4213

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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

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STANLEY Amazing Grace Baptist Church

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Way of the Cross Baptist Church

Christ’s Evangelical Lutheran

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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

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1020 W. Catawba Ave. 704-827-2026

2560 Stanley Lucia Rd. 704-827-5881


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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

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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

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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


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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


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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

171 S. Main St. 704-824-7785

740 Rankin Ave. 704-827-5181


5339 S. New Hope Rd 704-825-8252

First Baptist Church

105 Pine Rd. 704-827-3856

541 Costner St. 704-827-0004

Gaston Christian Church

East Wilkinson Blvd. 704-824-5319

Ridgeview Baptist Church

1117 Old NC Hwy 27 704-827-8826

204 Lincoln St. 704-825-8342

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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Gage Cooper Robinson Belmont, North Carolina

Jill Grigg Hargett BELMONT - Jill Grigg Hargett, 59, passed away on Friday, September 10, 2021. She was born in Charlotte

Gage Cooper Robinson, 27, passed away at home on September 10, 2021. He was born in Charlotte, a son of Jerald “Boo” and Marsha Souther Robinson. Gage loved playing video games and his guitar. A historian and Star Wars aficionado, Gage also liked NASCAR and Formula One Racing. He especially enjoyed spending time with his cat “Jack” and his special “South Point Family”. In addition to his parents, Boo and Marsha, he is survived by his brother Abe Mc-

Gill Robinson; grandmother Tony Ann Souther; special aunt Sabrina Kinsland. He was preceded in death by grandfathers, Sam “Doc” Robinson, and Graden Souther. A service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a favorite cat rescue charity. Condolence messages may be sent online at McLean Funeral Directors of Belmont is serving the Robinson family.

on November 17, 1961, the daughter of Loretta Mincey Grigg and the late Bobby Carroll Grigg, Sr. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her brother, Bobby Grigg, Jr. Jill enjoyed playing bingo, drawing, and horseback riding. She had the biggest heart in the world and was a skilled artist. Her life revolved around her family and her grandchildren meant everything to her. She will be remembered as a very loving and caring wife, mother, daughter, sister, and grandmother. In addition to her mother, Jill is survived by her husband of 33 years, Timothy D. Hargett; children, Lacey

Brooke Lynch, Hayley E. Hargett, and S. Chance Hargett; sister, Jennifer Grigg Jackson; grandchildren, Kainen, Kalie, Julius, Skylar, Whisper, Chaos, Hadley; Sommer, Luke, and Baylor; Aunt Dot, and Aunt Barbara. A celebration of life service will be held on Thursday, September 16, 2021, 7:00 PM, at Benson Funeral & Cremation Services of Mount Holly, with Rev. Jerry Pennington officiating. The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 7:00 PM, prior to the service. Online condolences may be made at

Receiving the rating certificate from left McAdenville Mayor Jim Robinette, Fire Chief Lance Foulk, Insurance Commissioner Causey, Cramerton Mayor Will Cauthen. Photo by Alan Hodge

Cramerton/McAdenville Fire Dept. visited by NC Insurance Commissioner NC Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey (also the State Fire Marshal) paid a visit Friday morning to the Cramerton Fire Dept. and delivered the good news that its insurance rating had risen to a Level 2. Back in 2012, the department had a Level 5, that improved to a Level 3 in 2014. With the Level 2, Cramerton/McAdenville is one of just 48 fire districts in North Carolina to have achieved that designation. “It was an overnight success that was ten years in the making,” quipped Cramerton Mayor Will Cauthen. Fire Chief Lance Foulk has this to say. “It was a team effort between members of the fire department, elected officials, and city employees.” The Cramerton fire department recently underwent inspections by the Office of State Fire Marshal. A fire department’s rating affects homeowners’ and business insurance premiums and

The certificate. helps signal how prepared firefighters are at responding

to calls and battling blazes in their respective districts.

Why do we baptize? Congratulations to Belmont PD Officer Mark Reid who was named CPI Security Hometown Hero of the Game at a recent Charlotte Knights baseball game. Mark joined the Army Reserves in 2009. He was enlisted for ten years and completed a one-year deployment in Kuwait in 2018. He has been a Police Officer in North Carolina for the last eight years, serving at Johnson C. Smith University, Durham Police Department, Raleigh International Airport, and is currently with the Belmont Police Department. Mark is a corporal on patrol shift and is currently working towards the position of crime scene investigator. Photo provided

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Rev. Trent Rankin Salvation Church, Gastonia, NC


This past Sunday I had the privilege of baptizing several people. As a pastor, baptizing new believers in Jesus is one of the greatest things I can possibly do. Baptism is such a vital part of our walk with Jesus Christ. Each of us who have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ can remember the day we were baptized. I was baptized on my sixth birthday. That was forty years ago this year! With baptism being such an important part of the life of a believer, why then do we baptize? Matthew 3:13-17 records the baptism of Jesus Christ. John the Baptist had been baptizing people in the Jordan River, calling on them to repent from their sins. John told the people gathered that he was the one that had been prophesied about, that would prepare the way of the Lord. He baptized with water, but there was One coming who would baptize with the Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ. One day Jesus came to Galilee and the Jordan River. He came for John the Baptist to baptize Him. John told Jesus that it should be Jesus baptizing him! Jesus told John that He was to be baptized, so John did. After John baptized Jesus, the Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus like

a dove. At that time a voice came from heaven as the Father said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17, ESV). Jesus was baptized as He began his earthly ministry. Baptism was so important, that it was the first thing Jesus did as He began His work. As Christians, we baptize because it identifies us with Jesus. Every new believer of Jesus is baptized. Our baptism follows Jesus’ example, and shows the world we belong to Jesus Christ, and He belongs to us. Just as Jesus submitted to the will of the Father, our baptism is our obedience to God, beginning a life-long journey of discipleship. Baptism is important, not because it saves us, as salvation comes by faith, but because it represents what has happened in our hearts. When we are saved by our faith, we are transformed. Our old sinful life has been washed away, and we are raised up to new life in Jesus. Our baptism represents that spiritual transformation we experience when we are washed clean in the blood of Jesus. Baptism is such an awesome part of our walk with God, and it represents so much of what Jesus had done in our hearts. Each time someone is baptized, I am sure just like with Jesus, the Father is well pleased with us!

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The South Point High Red Raiders JV football team traveled to Claremont in Catawba County last week and took on the Bunker Hill High Bears. By the time the contest was concluded, the Bears had mauled the Red Raiders 22-8. Here are a few scenes from the event. Photos by Calvin Craig/Superraiders

South Point Red Raiders Junior Varsity football scenes...

Students participate in Junior-Senior Retreat Gaston Day School Upper School students recently took part in the Junior-Senior Retreat. The current senior class and the future senior class bonded together as they “roughed it” in the mountains. The retreat provided a unique experience for the 11th and 12th grade students to participate in team-building activities, develop leadership skills, and have an all around good time away from the day-to-day school routine. Students came back having had an exciting adventure, making new friendships, and memories that will last a lifetime. This year’s host site was at Camp Merrimac in Black Mountain, NC. GDS photo

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Wildcats gridiron action... The Belmont Middle School Wildcats football team battled the Stanley Middle School Blue Devils last Wednesday. When the contest was concluded, the Wildcats had clawed out a 34-0 victory. Here are some shots from the gridiron grapple. Photos by Calvin Craig Superraiders

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Graduation rate for the Class of 2021 is 86.5 percent; six schools are above 90 percent

Test results confirm pandemic’s effect on student achievement Test results for the 20202021 academic year confirm that the COVID-19 pandemic had a significant effect on student achievement in Gaston County and across North Carolina, according to information released by the North Carolina State Board of Education. Statewide, student proficiency rates on end-of-year and end-of-course tests were lower for all tested grade levels and subject areas when compared to data from the 2018-2019 year, the last year when students took state tests, according to the N.C. Department of Public Instruction. End-of-year tests were not administered for the 2019-2020 year after the pandemic forced the closure of school buildings and halted in-person instruction in March 2020. “Everyone realizes that the pandemic has affected all aspects of school, including academic achievement, accountability, and testing so it is not surprising to have test results that indicate lower student proficiency,” stated Superintendent of Schools W. Jeffrey Booker. “The state end-of-grade and endof-course tests are designed to measure student learning based on typical face-to-face classroom instruction during the school year. Because of the pandemic, 2020-2021 was an atypical academic year. The modified schedule reduced the amount of in-person instruction at school and forced us to rely on remote and virtual learning at home.” Dr. Booker continued, “Because of the unprecedented circumstances we have experienced, we know that the test results for 20202021 do not give a full picture of the academic ability of our students. We also know that a decrease in proficiency does not equate to a decrease in effort. Our students, parents, teachers, and school personnel went beyond expectations last year to make school happen, and we appreciate what

everyone did. It is our hope that we have as normal of a school year as possible in 2021-2022 despite the ongoing pandemic.” The preliminary test results released by the state on September 1 provide information about the graduation rate for the Class of 2021 and student proficiency for the 2020-2021 academic year. State tests were administered in the following subject areas to determine proficiency: reading and math for grades 3-8, science for grades 5 and 8, and Math I, Math III, Biology, and English II for high schools. The preliminary results for 2020-2021 do not include information about academic growth and school performance grades. The requirement to report academic growth (whether schools met growth, exceeded growth, or did not meet growth expectations for the year) and school performance grades (the assignment of an A, B, C, D, or F letter grade to schools based on various accountability and testing factors) was waived by the state and federal government. Graduation rate The Gaston County graduation rate for the Class of 2021 is 86.5 percent. Six schools have a graduation rate that exceeds 90 percent: Gaston Early College (100 percent), Gaston County Virtual Academy (100 percent), Highland (100 percent), Cherryville (92.0 percent), South Point (91.8 percent), and Ashbrook (91.0 percent). North Gaston had the most significant increase (+3.4) when compared to last year. Over a three-year period, North Gaston’s graduation rate has risen 6.1 points, going from 82.6 percent in 2019 to 88.7 this year. Cherryville (+4.3) and South Point (+1.7) also saw an increase in the graduation rate over three years. Called the four-year cohort graduation rate, it reflects the percentage of stu-

dents who entered the ninth grade in 2017-2018 and graduated four years later in May 2021. The four-year graduation rate is not the same as the dropout rate, which indicates the number of students who drop out of high school in a given year. When the state first calculated the fouryear cohort graduation rate in 2005-2006, Gaston County’s rate was a mere 68.1 percent. It is important to note that Gaston’s current graduation rate of 86.5 percent is higher than the rate of 84.9 percent in 2018-2019, which was the last “normal” school year before the pandemic hit. Some students need an extra year of high school to complete graduation requirements. The district’s fiveyear cohort graduation rate is 88.4 percent. The five-year cohort graduation rate reflects the number of students who entered the ninth grade in 2016-2017 and graduated by May 2021. Student proficiency Gaston’s overall proficiency rate for 2020-2021 is comparable with how well students across North Carolina performed on state tests. Gaston’s proficiency is 44.1 percent, which is just slightly below the state’s overall rate of 45.4 percent (a difference of only 1.3). Gaston recorded its highest proficiency levels in fifth grade science, eighth grade science, and English II. The schools with the highest proficiency rate include Belmont Central, W.A. Bess, and Hawks Nest (elementary schools); Belmont, Cramerton, and Stanley (middle schools); and Gaston Early College, Highland, and South Point (high schools). Proficiency is based on the number of students scoring a Level III, IV, or V on the state tests. Based on overall proficiency for the state, Gaston County exceeded the state totals in six areas: sixth grade math, seventh grade math, eighth grade math, Math I,

Math III, and Biology. Gaston had the same rate as the state in eighth grade science. “The test results provide a benchmark for our schools by letting us know where our students are academically and what we need to do to get our students on track for success in the 2021-2022 year,” added Dr. Booker. “Our schools plan to use the test data to guide academics and develop instructional plans that are in the best interest of students. Our priority is to meet the educational needs of all students, and we are confident that our teachers are up to the challenge of building on what students were able to learn last year and helping them grow and thrive academically in the year ahead.” See the charts for information about the graduation rate, student proficiency by school, and student proficiency by subject and grade level. The charts include proficiency numbers for 2018-2019 (prepandemic) to illustrate the influence of the pandemic on academic achievement. However, the charts should not be used for comparison purposes because of several factors, including differences in schedules and modes of instruction used during the 2020-2021 school year (in-person, remote, and virtual); the recalculation of performance standards for reading tests and not providing a retest option for reading because of the recalculation; and a varied “testing window” when schools could administer the tests to students. Because of these factors, it is not possible to have an apples-to-apples comparison of proficiency rates for 20182019 and 2020-2021. The test scores released by the State Board of Education are preliminary results. The results must be verified by the state, and official results will be a part of the district and school report cards, which will be issued this fall.

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Gaston Schools renovation and repair projects Students and teachers at 27 schools may have noticed something different about their campus when they returned to class to begin the 2021-2022 academic year. Crews spent time over the summer taking care of various renovation and repair projects, everything from parking lot paving to roofing work. Some projects are more visible than others; it is easy to notice when a school’s interior has been painted while it might not be as obvious when a new generator has been installed. Regardless of the visibility of the work that has been done, all of the effort is a step toward providing students and teachers with even better school facilities, according to Dr. Morgen Houchard, executive director for auxiliary services. Houchard’s team is responsible for identifying necessary renovation and repair projects and working to make them happen. Projects are listed in more than a dozen categories. Life safety, lighting, media centers, flooring, outdoor drainage, and painting are a few of them. The list also includes work on pump grease traps at 54 schools (equipment that “traps” grease and oil from wastewater in kitchens before the water gets to the sewer lines) and wastewater/sewer lift stations at 24 schools.

Here is a list of the projects and schools: Dining Room Renovation Hunter Huss High School Elevator Renovations Ashbrook High School Southwest Middle School Flooring Hawks Nest STEAM Academy Lowell Elementary School Mount Holly Middle School South Point High School Webb Street School Generator Installation Brookside Elementary School Cramerton Middle School Forestview High School Sadler Elementary School LED Lighting Cherryville High School Forestview High School Highland School of Technology Webb Street School Libraries/Media Centers Lowell Elementary School Mount Holly Middle School (in design process) Life Safety (cameras, intercoms, security systems, fire alarms)

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South Point High School Tennis Courts. Bessemer City High School Carr Elementary School New Hope Elementary School Outdoor Drainage Improvements Ashbrook High School Bessemer City High School East Gaston High School Forestview High School Rankin Elementary School Painting and Locker Renovation Webb Street School Parking Lot Paving and Design Bessemer City High School Bessemer City Middle School Catawba Heights Elementary School (in design process) Gardner Park Elementary School (in design process) Hunter Huss High School (in design process) Roofing Design Bessemer City Middle School Cramerton Middle School Forestview High School Holbrook Middle School Kiser Elementary School Pinewood Elementary School Springfield Elementary School Tennis Courts South Point High School Additionally, another summertime project focused on the installation of a four-camera system in all yellow school buses. The system helps to monitor behavior and safety and aids in the COVID-19 contact tracing process. While much work was done this summer, Houchard said some of the projects are in the development stages and will be completed in the months ahead. He said funding for the repair and renovation projects comes from the 2018 school bond referendum and funds set aside for routine maintenance. “It is an investment in our schools for sure,” said Houchard. “We are pleased to be making progress on addressing our critical facility needs, but there is more work to be done. We look forward to using our school bond funds to continue efforts to enhance our school buildings and make them the best they can be for our

students, teachers, and the community.” Chris Mills, principal at Webb Street School, said the new LED lighting, new flooring, and fresh coat of paint on the building’s interior walls have made a significant difference for the school’s look and atmosphere. “Our students, staff, and parents were amazed when they came into the building and saw how much work had been done this summer,” said Mills. “It is a welcomed transformation. With the new lighting, flooring, and painting, we feel like we have a new school. It looks wonderful.” Perhaps the most visible construction project came to fruition this summer with the completion of the new Belmont Middle School. The school held its grand opening celebration on August 15 and welcomed students and staff for the first day of school on August 23. The new Belmont Middle School replaces the historic building on Central Avenue near downtown Belmont that was used as a school campus for eight decades. Belmont Middle is the third new school for Gaston County Schools in five years. The new Pleasant Ridge Elementary School opened in August 2017 and houses the district’s Gifted and Talented Academy for elementary school students. The larger Pleasant Ridge building was designed to facilitate the merger of Forest Heights and Rhyne elementary schools with Pleasant Ridge. In March 2018, Stanley Middle School held its grand opening with the new facility being built on the old football field. When the new building opened, new athletic fields were built where the old school once stood. Essentially, the campus “flipped” with the building now at the back of the site and the athletic fields at the front of the property. Now, attention turns to the next school campus construction project. In August, the Board of Education approved a resolution requesting the approval and appropriation of additional school bond funds from the county. In the resolution, the Board indicated its intention to use a portion of the next allocation of funds for the construction of a new Grier Middle School in Gastonia.

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The Belmont Abbey men’s soccer team opened its 2021 season at Limestone. The Saints won the contest 3-0. How It Happened - In the 17th minute, Kevin Daly took the first shot of the year for the Crusaders. Limestone took the lead in the 13th minute, and held the 1-0 advantage at halftime. The defense was strong throughout the half, limiting the Saints to just three shots in the period. The Saints scored in the 63rd and 65th minutes to take a 3-0 lead. Ben Knust made four saves in goal. Belmont Abbey photo

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METAL & PLASTIC DRUMS WITH LIDS & RINGS. $20. Food Grade Totes $100, #2 $75. Burning Barrels $10. Solid top Plastic $10. 15 Gallon Plastic Jugs $20. 90 lb Anvil $200. (828) 327-4782

YARD SALE. LOTS MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS. Sat., Sept. 18, 8:00AM-Noon. Davidson School property, 500 W. Parker Street, Kings Mountain, NC 28086 HOUSE CLEARANCE SALE. “Everything Must Go!” 3 Days: Fri. Sept 17th, Sat. Sept 18th, and Sun. Sept. 19th, 2021 from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Bedroom Sets, Washer & Dryer, Too Much to List! 101 Timberland Dr., Grover, NC 28073 RUTHERFORD COUNTY YARD SALES. YARD SALE FRIDAY AND SATURDAY SEPT 17-18. 8AM-4PM. FURNITURE, 2 WOOD STOVES, EXERCISE EQUIPMENT, MOLDIND AND MISC HOUSEHOLD ITEMS. 1098 PIEDMONT RD. RUTHERFORDTON N.C 704315-1166. RUTHERFORDTON, NC 28139 (704) 315-1166 2 BEDROOM SETS, Living room set. 7 piece oak dining room set, table saw, drill press, log splitter, M&M collectibles, dolls, Christmas items, antique rolltop desk, & more. Sept. 17 & 18, 8am-1pm. 845 Sandy Level Church Road, Bostic. 828-4297495. Bostic, NC 28018

FOR SALE YARD EQUIPMENT SALE. IH Cub Cadet with loader with duel wheels. Rollover box blade. Yard vac trailer, horse drag pan, syrup cane mills. After 5pm. (704) 931-0335 FOR SALE. 3x5 Welding Table, South Bend Commercial Lathe, 2 Large Steel Racks, 1 Small Rack. Call 828-755-4273. Leave Message 4WHEELER TIRES FOR SALE. 4Wheeler Tires for sale. Used. Good Condition. Never been Punctured. Two 25x8x12. Two 25x10x12. $45.00 Pictures Available. 704-418-5779, (704) 418-5779, samrus53@yahoo. com 7 PIECE DRUMSET with tambourine. Excellent condition. Clothes and 9, 10 & 11 size shoes. Price is negotiable. 704284-8733. DEER CORN. SHELLED, 50lbs, $10.05. 828-287-3272. HOYT VECTRIX XL HUNTING BOW Wt. 50-60- Length 31”. To change draw length need to change cams. 11 carbon express maxima hunter 250 arrows. Scott release. Soft case. Sights, rest, stabilizer Hoyt brand. (828) 429-3010


WEATHERTECH FLOOR MATS. 1 Front & Back Set of Black for 2016 Honda CR-V $75 AND 1 Front & Back Set of Black for 2018 Honda CR-V $75 “Both Sets Like New!” (704) 477-8598

“COVETED VETERANS CIRCLE” In Gaston Memorial Park. Three Burial Plots For Sale. Will Sell Together or Individually. Price Negotiable. (919) 272-5503

ALL METAL GARAGES. Big Discounts! Zero down. Call for more details. 828-382-0455.

PURE RAW LOCAL HONEY. $18 per quart, $10 per pint. Produced in Rutherford County. Call or text Jackson Corbin, 828-980-1823.

PROPANE GRILL TANKS REFILLED. Only $10.99. Call 828287-3272. NEW CANNING JARS with Lids & Seals. $17.67 per case. Call 828-287-3272. 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. HAVE A TRAILER NOT USING? SELL IT! J. Johnson Sales INC. Buy, Sale, Trade trailers. Must have title. Call 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.

WOMEN’S XL HARLEY DAVISON LEATHER JACKET. Worn only 3 times. Paid $300 new, will take $100. (704) 4778598

INDOOR HYDROPONICS GROW SETUP. 2 Big Kahuna Hoods, Four 1000 Watt Hortilux Bulbs, Two 1000 Watt Ballasts, One 600 Watt Ballast, 4’x8’ Tray, 4’x6’ Tray, 40 Gal. Reservoir, 70 Gal. Reservoir, One 8’ Steel Stand, Dehumidifier, 1 Reverse Osmosis System, 2 Blowers, Assorted Feeder Tubes, Pumps, Aerators, Timers, 2 Wall Mount Fans. Several Bags of Growing Medium. Best Offer Over $1000. (864) 9787958 OLD RECORDS LOT OF 7000. APPROX. 7000 RECORDS, RANGING FROM 40’S TO EARLY 70’S. CONDITION FROM GOOD TO BRAND NEW IN PLASTIC COVER. NO CHERRY PICKING! RECORDS COLLECTED OVER SEVERAL YEARS. IE: SINATRA, CLINE, ELVIS, ETC. MUST SELL THE ENTIRE LOT. SERIOUS BUYERS ONLY PLEASE! LEAVE MESSAGE. (828) 625-9744 CSISAMS@HOTMAIL.COM 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.


16X40 OR TWO STORY BUILDINGS BUILT ON SITE. 1 DAY INSTALL. J. Johnson Sales INC. 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. 828245-5895. HORSE QUALITY HAY. Square and round bales, also 3x3x8’ bales. Call (704) 4876855

7 TON & 5 TON EQUIPMENT TRAILERS. In Stock! contact J. Johnson Sales, Inc., Forest City. (828) 245-5895 KANGAROO WALK BEHIND GOLF CADDY. Has new battery, ball washer, basket, seat, cup holder, umbrella, score card holder, rear wheel “Excellent Condition”. Cost $1500 new, will take $500. call (704) 477-2612

FIREWOOD FOR SALE. Long wheelbase load, Full loaded. $70.00/load. Delivered. 864492-4793 or 803-627-9408.

WOMENS CLOTHING. Lots of Womens Clothing Sizes 12,18,20. Dresses, Tops, Pocket Books, Pants with jackets. Real Nice Clothing 828-2870982

6X10 & 6X12 DUMP TRAILERS In STOCK. (5 Ton) contact J. Johnson Sales, Inc., Forest City. (828) 245-5895

RETIRED GENERAL CONTRACTOR AVAILABLE for small job repairs and fixes. Deck repair a specialty. Rutherford/Cleveland County areas. Bob, 828-476-6058. TRIPLE D PAINTING, LLC. All your painting needs. Free estimates. Over 25 yrs experience! Framing, facial boards and much more wood work available! Making your home, building or business look new again. (704) 418-5736

Deadline: Friday at 12:00 Noon

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

REWARD, LOST SHELTIE. Ridgecrest Area Rutherfordton. DO NOT CHASE! Microchipped. 386-451-8200.


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CLASSIFIED ADS To place your ad go to or call 704-484-1047

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CASH FOR YOUR CAR running or not, title or no title. Call Charles Dellinger at Red Road Towing. 704-692-6767, (704) 487-0228

NEW SOUTHERN 5 FT. BUSH HOG. $1,250. 828-287-3272.

FREE TO GOOD HOME. Small mixed breed dogs, 2 males, 4 females. All neutered. 704-6812215, (980) 448-8402

3 FEMALE GERMAN SHEPHERDS. Date of birth 4/12/21. (704) 466-2325




2BR, 1BA HOUSE in Grover. 1300 sq.ft. Non-Smoker only. No Pets. $950.00/ mth. + deposit. 704-937-7630.


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

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 WANT TO BUY: STAMP COLLECTIONS and accumulations of same. Call 828-6529425 or 954-614-2562.

BOATS 96 SEARAY 175, 125 MERC. OUTBOARD $8000 OBO. Fish and Ski model with all the extra equipment and trailer with swing away tongue. Garage kept and maintained. Text for photos. (704) 473-2573

CASH FOR YOUR RECORD ALBUMS. Call Ron. (919) 314-7579 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.

FARM & GARDEN YANMAR 2210 26HP DIESEL TRACTOR Shuttle shift. Rebuilt head. New water pump and hoses. 4 new tires, rear tires filled with antifreeze, and wheel spacers. New radiator and new starter. Oil and filter changed, with new antifreeze. Excellent condition! $4625.00 OBO. (704) 718-9122 1953 GOLDEN JUBILEE TRACTOR For Sale. Good condition. Asking $4,300 or best offer. Several implements for sale also. 704-868-3342



2021 USED OLD TOWN VAPOR Canoe livery selling gently used Old Town Vapor Angler 10’ kayaks. The kayaks were ordered in the spring but due to a mix up the 10 foot Vapors were delivered instead of the 12’ Vapors we ordered. We had to use them in our rental program for a couple of months. Our new ones have come in which is good news for anyone who wants a great kayak at a great price. These Vapor Angler kayaks are great for recreational paddling or fishing. Each kayak comes with a anchor. They are in excellent condition. We currently have 10 available. The price of $425 is a firm price. Get yours now, they will go fast. Located in Crumpler, NC 336-9894 ext. 39 suzykepp@

PETS & LIVESTOCK GOLDEN DOODLE PUPPIES FOR SALE. Cream colored. Ready Sept 11, $600.00 each. First shots and De-wormed. Henry Miller, 1608 Walls Church Rd, Ellenboro, NC 28040

GERMAN MALINOIS (SHEPINOIS) PUPPIES Born 6/18/21. 2 males, 1 female Second round of shots, wormed and started on heartworm prevention. GUINEA CHICKS, $5; BANTAM BABIES, $3; Quail, 3 to 4 weeks old, hatching eggs, 50% guaranteed hatch. (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. 2 MALTESE DOGS. Male & female. $1000. Also 6” stove pipes, $10 each. (704) 5383809


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2018 FORD FUSION 24,400 miles, $17995, Great Condition (704) 472-6337 BEAUTIFUL BOSTON TERRIER PUPPIES. CKC registered 1st shots and dewormed. Vet Health check. Looking for loving homes. Taking deposits now. Price is $1000 (704) 6166114 Denisebrown344@gmail. com

BEAUTIFUL 0.87 ACRES. Located in Lincoln County. $38,000. Owner financing. 704374-5073.


2006 DODGE CHARGER RT, 5.7 Lt Hemi motor, 215,567 miles, $7000. (828) 657-5567


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@

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@

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LABRADOR RETRIEVER PUPS. Chocolate & silver. Parents are AKC registered but selling pups at unregistered prices. DOB 8/821, 1st shots & worming. Taking $200 non refundable deposits now. Chocolate $600, Silver $900. Call or text. Please leave message. (828) 429-0210

VACATIONS OCEAN LAKES MYRTLE BEACH. Cottage N34. 2 bedroom, 2 bath, den, kitchen, dining, covered deck, near country store. Call Dorcas, 803-7182659, (803) 635-9831 OCEAN LAKES BEACH HOUSE. For rent, 2 bedroom 2 bath with sleeper sofa, WiFi, golf cart inc. Summer & Fall availability. Halloween weekend open. 704-473-1494.


5 BEDROOM, 2 BATHROOM HOME. Rent $1250, Deposit $1250, Application Fee $25. 212 Cleveland Avenue, Shelby, NC 704-472-3100, (704) 4724666 RENT TO OWN. 3 bedroom home in country. As is. Big lot. Move today. $800 month, $3,000 deposit. 864-805-0175, 980-552-9027. 2 OR 3 BEDROOM MOBILE HOMES. For rent in Shelby & Grover. $600-$750. Call (828) 234-8147 FOR LEASE - OFFICE SPACE. Over 800 s.f. Break room included. $1250 per month. 112 E. Dixon Blvd. Suite 2, Shelby, NC 28152. (704) 923-1698 1 BEDROOM APARTMENT. Excellent location in Shelby. Hardwood floors, not HAP eligible, No pets, No Smoking. Heat & water included in $550 month. (704) 487-5480

RUTHERFORD COUNTY ICC AREA Small efficiency apartment. Includes electric, water, sewer and garbage. $450 plus deposit and references. 828-248-1776. FOR RENT 30 Foot Fifth Wheel Camper For Rent. Forest City area. Ideal for retired couple or individual. No pets, no children. Water, power, included. $750.00 per month plus deposit. 828-432-6577. RUTHERFORD COUNTY 2 & 3 BEDROOM MOBILE HOMES. Small private park between Spindale and Forest City. Starting at $500 per month. 828-382-0475.

WANT TO RENT WANT TO RENT Small two bedroom house or apartment in the vicinity of Allied Diecast in Rutherfordton. 828829-0439


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 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. MOBILE HOMES & APARTMENTS. In Kings Mountain. Price starting at $100 per week. Call (704) 739-4417

QUALITY, COMFORTABLE, 55+ COMMUNITY Residences at Humboldt Park - 715 Dellinger Rd Shelby. Refreshed unit available now! Welcome home to Residences at Humboldt Park. We are a 55+ apt community located in Shelby just off Dellinger Rd. Under new management, the community features on site amenities and a quiet, peaceful, park like atmosphere. Our refreshed units offer the highest quality of modern living. Humboldt Partners provides safe, clean, quality, affordable housing to our residents and communities. Be at Home, in a Humboldt home. Call Property Management Corp today or come by for a tour. Shelby, NC 28152 (704) 705-4533

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5 ways to prevent your pet from getting lost Loving pets want to be right by their owners’ sides as much as possible. As a result, a boisterous puppy may follow underfoot while a cute kitty will snuggle on the sofa with its owner. Even though pets prefer to stick close by, there are times when distractions, events or noises can cause a pet to roam. Animals that do not know how to find their way back home can quickly become disoriented and lost. The number of pets that go missing can be staggering. The American Humane Association estimates that more than 10 million dogs and cats are lost or stolen in the United States every year. One in three pets will become lost at some point during their lives. The following are five steps pet owners can take to prevent them from getting lost. 1. Get a collar and identification tag. Collars may seem “old school” in a digital world,

but a dog tag is an ideal way to identify a pet and provide contact information should he or she get lost. 2. Invest in microchipping. Microchipping is an effective way to ensure current contact information always accompanies the animal, whether he or she is wearing a collar or not. Microchips are small identification devices about the size of a grain of rice that are painlessly inserted just under the skin of a pet. The microchip gives off a signal that can be read with a handheld scanner used by animal shelters and most vets. A study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, examined information from 53 animal shelters across the U.S. and confirmed the high rate of return of microchipped dogs and cats to their families. 3. Ensure your pet is spayed or neutered. Animals that have not been spayed or neu-

tered have a tendency to roam because they are looking to fulfill the instinct to mate. Neutering removes this desire, and the pets may be more content to remain at home. 4. Leash pets outdoors. Even the most well-behaved and trained animals may dash off after a squirrel or other distractions from time to time, especially if the animal is scared. These issues can be prevented by using a leash outside at all times. 5. Escape-proof homes and yards. Check to see if any potential escape routes are around the house and outside in the yard. Dogs that dig can be derailed by burying chicken wire around the edges of the fence. Make sure gates are self-latching as well. Indoors, check that windows are secure. Exercise caution when opening doors and check that pets have not squeezed through, advising visitors to do the same. If you have a Hou-

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