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Belmont PD teams up with Belmont Historical Society for an interesting display By Alan Hodge

The Belmont Police Department has an interesting history and now a fascinating display of artifacts associated with it are on display at the Belmont Historical Society’s museum at 40 E. Catawba St. The display is called “Belmont Police Department Through the Years”. The artifacts go back to the PD’s earliest days and span a time period of many decades. Items available for viewing are varied. Pictures of former chiefs and officers dating back to the first chief, James Wagstaff who served from 1895-1915 and going up to the contemporary period give a glimpse at the men who led the PD. Several uniforms are on display as well as an assortment of vintage badges and hats. There’s also a section highlighting the Belmont PD’s use of K9s. Other stuff to look at includes early and more modern Breathalyzer machines, an early radar gun, a key to Belmont’s old jail, a red patrol car light, and lots more. Museum member Elizabeth Atterberry explained how the idea for the display came about. “Several of us attended the police National Nite Out event and spoke with Chief Chad

Belmont PD officers looking mighty sharp on the front steps of the Belmont Historical Society museum. Front row from left- Asst. Chief B.P. Falls, Capt. J.B. Davis, Lt. A.T. Black. Rear row from left- Sgt. T.A. Buchanon, Cpl. M.T. Fussell, Officer C.S. Wyatt.

Hawkins about the possibility of featuring the police department in a museum display,” she said. “He was very enthusiastic about the idea. He thought it would be nice to raise awareness of all the good work that the department does for the citizens of Belmont.” Working with BHS members, Belmont PD PARC director Tyler Graham began searching for and collecting artifacts. “It took some digging to find some of it,” he said. “One of the rarest things I found was badge from the 1940s.” Belmont PD captain J.B. Davis was one of several officers to visit the museum last week for a sneak peek at the display. “It’s a great thing,” he said. “It’s all about educating people on the history of the department and telling things about it that are not widely known.” The display will be available for viewing at least until the end of this year. It will be the centerpiece of a “Meet and Greet” event at the museum on October 7 from 5:30-7pm. A number of Belmont PD officers will there to talk to citizen about the department’s role in the community. The event will also feature light refreshments and giveaways. See POLICE, Page 6

More trolleys coming to Belmont By Alan Hodge

Loyal readers of the BannerNews know that numerous stories have appeared concerning the 1913 J.G. Brill trolley that came to town six years ago from Fraser Valley

Historical Railway Society in Surrey, Canada to be restored and put back on the tracks that run from the downtown area to Wilkinson Blvd. That project is still a work in progress and should be wrapped up in a few months.

Now, exciting news has arrived that Belmont will be getting not one, but two already restored trolleys from Charlotte. The cars are currently owned by the Charlotte Historic Landmarks Commission and have See TROLLEYS, Page 3

Dixon Village construction documents approved By Alan Hodge

Habitat for Humanity of Gaston County has announced that construction documents for its Dixon Village on Lee Rd. off Hickory Grove Rd. in North Belmont have been approved. The development will contain 28 homes and will occupy 7.5 acres. The Belmont city council

approved the documents at its August 6 meeting. “I am very excited to achieve this milestone of receiving approval of our construction documents,” said Habitat Gaston executive director Kay Peninger. “Our next steps will be site work, which will add shape and form to this innovative project, and take us one step closer to mak-

ing the dream of homeownership a reality for persons who would not be able to achieve this without a partnership with Habitat Gaston. We look forward to hosting a groundbreaking ceremony once we have some work accomplished on the property and it is safe to have people on site. We are grateful to our See DIXON, Page 4

One of the trolleys that will be coming from Charlotte to Belmont.


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R ECOLLECTIONS AND R EFLECTIONS Dream a little dream… or, is there a psychiatrist in the house? Being possessed of an overactive imagination since birth and one which still kicks out the jambs every now and then, I am blessed or cussed by a dream-life better than going to the movies plus no one is yakking on their phone or rubber necking or sticking their feets under my chair like at the moviehouse plus it’s free, it’s free, it’s free. Want to have some WFO dreams? Eat chocolate before throwing yerself on the pad. Or better yet, eat Chinese food, chocolate and swig a couple glasses o wine then flop. That’s right. Close your peepers then get ready for the show to begin. Lots of times I dream about the house I grew up in on Delgany Dr. in Charlotte. I dream I am far far away and trying to get back there. There are all sorts of impediments in the way. Forests, floods, traffic jams, etc. I struggle and struggle and when I get there I am generally treated like a stranger. Another recurring dreamscape is UPS. I was a slave there for 15 years. In my dreams I go to the dispatch office at the hub on N. Graham St. and ask where the keys to the truck are. No one knows me. I can hear the package conveyor belt rollers squeaking and squealing. I ask for my pay but they say I am not due any since I have not worked there for 36 years. Can you say PTSD? The other night I had a doozy. It even topped the one I had last week of being chased down Hickory Grove Rd. by a giant chicken. Anyway, I was sitting in a church pew and Sharon was on the pew in front of me. My brother in law Gary Rankin (hey, Gary!) was preaching. All at once I felt very sleepy (not from the sermon I hope although as a kid at Catawba Heights Baptist back around 1957-ish I used to observe my great great Uncle Emmitt Fite catch a nap about halfway through the service thank goodness he did not snore). Anyway, I fell over in the dream-pew and then my body rose up in

the air and hovered for a moment and then passed through the church roof and the next thing I was in a waiting room of some sort with all kinds of Alan Hodge folks and a horse and Banner-News Editor then the receptionist had us get into a white van (sans the horse) and we drove past Greenwood Cemetery in Belmont where I have tons of kinfolks buried and then we ended up on a street in a village and the driver said get out. I and my fellow white van passengers got out and I began walking the street which wasn’t all that nice of a place and there were other folks already there and I asked one of them (thinking I was in Heaven) “Uh, where is God?” and got the reply “We been wondering the same thing”. Well, I commenced to cry and another person said in an I-talian accent (he sounded a lot like Valentino Rossi) “Why-a you-a cry?” I said “Because my wife will have a hard time taking care of the house and yard now that I’m dead.” The I-talian guy says “You-a wanna go back-a?” I said yes. The next thing I know, I am falling back to earth through a purple sky full of stars. Then, I woke up but felt all over my body to make I was really in bed alive and not dead. Whew! I told Sharon the dream. She said I needed to watch my diet and lose weight. I told my friend Rev. Mark Costner at Centerview Baptist the dream. He said a prayer. Somebody is trying to tell me something. What are your dreams? Where do you go when you sleep? Do you toss and turn like a worm on a skillet or a caterpillar leaving its cocoon to soar as a butterfly? If so, then you better listen up because somebody might be trying to tell you something too.

Now I can see By Rev. Mark Costner Centerview Baptist Belmont

I can remember when I discovered that I needed reading glasses. While using a scroll saw the lines on the board that I was cutting looked like it grew fuzzy little hairs on it. I told my wonderful caring wife Shirley that something was wrong with this saw. She quickly replied, I believe there’s something wrong with your eyes. You need to get them checked. So after a lengthy discussion about how well I can see, I went to the eye doctor. And sure enough after he examined my eyes he said that you should start using reading glasses when doing up close stuff and I would like recommend some of our prescription reading glasses. I said sure, I’ll get some. I had no idea that these things would cost the same as a trip around the world for a family of four. But I got them anyway. That’s been quite a few years ago. Since then I’ve discovered that Dollar General reading glasses are just fine and they have been my go to place for the health of my eyes for a long time. The thing is this, our eyes and our lives have a lot in common. We don’t realize how bad things are until we glimpse the way things should be. The Bible says in Proverbs

What does it mean to be an American? By Lee H. Hamilton I’ve been thinking recently about what it means to be an American, to have a shared stake in this country and its fortunes. In some ways the question is unanswerable: We are a diverse country, and we each answer the question in our own way. Yet there are traits in common that resonate across communities and political beliefs. You could start, for instance, with a belief in the promise and ideals of the United States, in its Constitution and laws, and perhaps above all in the independence and opportunity that many Americans consider their birthright. Yet all along we’ve balanced this quest for liberty with a sense of responsibility.

As an American, you accept certain responsibilities: to cast an informed vote; to respect the laws and if you disagree with them to work through the system to change them; to defend the Constitution; and to respect the rights, beliefs, and opinions of others. This last is not a nice-tohave add-on. It’s baked into our system. The success of American democracy rests on all sorts of values: open-mindedness, civility, competence. But we also possess a restless and impressive desire to make things better—to improve our communities and the lives of the people who live in them. At its heart, the American system—our representative democracy—is about how we resolve our differences in

order to move forward. This means we solve our problems together, by working with all kinds of people, trying to forge common ground and communicate our ideas effectively. In the end, this means that the country depends on a set of common virtues in its citizens—mutual respect, tolerance, humility, honesty, and a willingness to step up to challenges—that underlie our ability to make progress together. All of this may seem starry-eyed these days. There are plenty of Americans who have no patience for those on the other side. Yet the basic need we confront as Americans has not changed, and that is to use the political system to resolve our challenges.

3:6 In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and he shall direct thy paths. God’s word has an effect on our lives. I would like to think that I am always right. However, I am often humbled when I read God’s word and discover how wrong I can be. God does not reveal our shortcomings to condemn us, but He does it to help us. It may seem that we can live

better on our own, but God’s ways are always best. What we often realize as we dig into God’s word is that our vision is very blurry and only His word can give us clarity. Our lives only make sense when we see them through the lens of Scripture. God wants us to see clearly and see Him clearly, so we can love Him and enjoy Him daily.

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Correction The article in the Sept. 23 issue of the BannerNews regarding West Creek Park incorrectly identified the owner of Leisure Time. Leisure Time is owned by Mike Hart and Rodney Lewis. They supply the equipment to keep grass cut on the field and the bull dozer belongs to Dwayne McCorkle Sr.

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been housed since 2018 at the Sabona Mill in West Charlotte. They could be delivered as early as a few weeks from now. Belmont Trolley Inc, covice president Nate Wells talked about the deal. “We are still working on the final agreement,” Wells said. “Basically, the cars will be given to us as long as Belmont Trolley, Inc. is in business. We will not be able to sell them. If we go out of business or for some reason don’t want them then they go back to Charlotte.” Chances are, once the trolleys cross the Catawba River and arrive in Belmont, they are here to stay. According to Wells, the two Charlotte cars and the 1913 Brill (after it is restored) will eventually be housed in a shed that’s slated for construction in downtown Belmont near the Belmont Historical Society museum on E. Catawba St.. Plans are for the shed to be completed by late next year. Until then, the two Charlotte trolleys will join the 1913 Brill in the garage area at The City of Belmont’s massive CityWorks building a bit further down E. Catawba. But a plan is also in the works to have one of the Trolleys on display at Stowe Park for a spell while the upcoming Moonlight on Main event is going on from Friday, October 22, 2021 until November 7, 2021. “Once people have a chance to see one of the trolleys,” Wells said. “They will be excited.” Having a “fleet” of genuine antique trolleys will make Belmont an even bigger destination. “We’ll be the only operating historic, trolley system between Savannah and

D.C.,” said Wells. “More uniquely, having three trolleys operating is pretty rare and usually you have to go to the big cities up north to find three or more cars that are restored and operational (Memphis and New Orleans have more, but their cars are part of their transit system and are publicly-funded). The few cities around the south that even have trolleys only have one at most that are operational. So three is a pretty big deal.” About the new trolleys from Wikipedia Number 1 The Red One Trolley No. 1 was originally built in Philadelphia by J.G. Brill in 1907 for Athens, Greece. The trolley’s restoration was complete in 1989 by trolley restorer Bruce Thain of Guilford, Connecticut. Number 85 The Green One Car 85, built in 1927, was the last electric streetcar to run in Charlotte on March 14, 1938. Alexander Garfield Collie, Sr. supervised the drivers when the streetcars were retired. His son, Alexander Garfield Collie, Jr. was driving car 85 for its final run in 1938. In his personal diary, Collie Sr. wrote of the car’s final run into the barn. Directing his son, Collie, Jr. to “move over,” he took the controls of number 85 for its final run. After retirement it was sold for $100, along with all the remaining cars. Following the system closure, Charlotte would rely solely on bus transit to serve its citizens until the opening of the Blue Line in 2007. Car 85 was subsequently sold, stripped of its motors and seats, and sold to the N.C. Air National Guard,

which used it for office space at the Charlotte airport. In 1939-1940, it was again sold and converted into a diner/ concession stand at Caldwell Station, N.C., being used in this role until the early 1950s. Around late 1951, it was purchased for $125-150 by Daisy Mae Trapp Moore, a Huntersville resident, who moved it into her backyard and converted it into a mobile home to house relatives. The car was subsequently occupied by various renters. Its last occupant, construction worker Clay Thompson, lived in the former Car 85 from approximately 1972 to late 1987, when the town of Huntersville condemned the makeshift residence as it lacked indoor plumbing. Though Moore had intended to use the former streetcar as a storage shed, she sold it to the Emergency Properties Fund of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Historic Properties Commission for $1,000 on April 12, 1988. Following the streetcar’s discovery, the Charlotte Historic Landmarks Commission led the charge in its restoration. On May 6, 1988, the streetcar was returned by road to Charlotte and stored behind the Discovery Place Museum for preservation and restoration. Original drivers’ stools from the Charlotte streetcars and a period trolley bell were located and donated to the project. By the end of 1989, the streetcar had been moved to a former city bus barn, where restoration continued. Motors, trucks, wheels and electrics were sourced from retired streetcars in Melbourne, Australia. Initially named “Trolley Car No. 2” but unofficially called “Car 85” the streetcar was conclusively identified as Car 85 when surviving

The 1913 Brill trolley has been sanded and will get a nice new paint job shortly. Photo by Alan Hodge interior identifying numbers were revealed during res-

toration work in 1990. Its restoration was completed

This is the other Charlotte Trolley.

in 1991 at a cost of just over $100,000.

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This architectural representation shows one of the home designs that could be built at Dixon Village. Graphic provided by Tightlines Designs The sign on Lee Rd. announcing the development. Lee Rd. is off Hickory Grove Rd. in North Belmont.

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Local medical officials ask for help in slowing the spread of COVID-19

Dire COVID-19 situation in Cleveland County forces mass gathering cancellations KINGS MOUNTAIN, N.C. – With the alarming upsurge in local COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, our local healthcare system has become severely impacted and strained. As a result, officials within our Healthcare Industry have requested help from partners throughout the community to mitigate this incredibly transmissible disease. “As COVID-19 cases continue to rise and place a high level of demand and burden on our healthcare and hospital systems in Cleveland County, using layered prevention strategies is extremely important,” said Tiffany Hansen, Cleveland County Health Director. “We value our partners and their continued commitment

to protecting the health and safety of our community residents.” After careful consideration, review of county and state data and at the recommendation of our local medical providers, the City of Kings Mountain has made the decision to postpone all currently scheduled mass gatherings including the LIVE at Patriots Park Concert and Cruise-In featuring Who’s Bad, The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience, the Great Pumpkin Parade, and Wonderful Adventure to Oz. We look forward to hosting these events and welcoming Who’s Bad to Kings Mountain in 2022. “Our team is committed to providing community activities, enrichment and

entertainment that have a positive impact on our community,” said Christy Conner, Special Events Director for the City. “We will begin utilizing our creative skills to produce smaller, passive activities that are supportive of the health and safety of our guests, community members, volunteers and staff. Our team and community are resilient and I know we will join together to overcome these current circumstances.” For more information concerning event cancellations and passive events being offered in the fall, contact the Special Events Department at 704-730-2101 or access their website at Submitted by Angela Padgett

many supporters and donors who have partnered with us to bring Dixon Village to fruition!” The project will provide homes for Habitat families and entry-level market-rate buyers in a community that is an innovative approach to providing affordable housing. According to Habitat, the housing will be a mix of single story 3-bedroom houses and two story 4-bedroom houses. The architectural design of the houses will be in the style of a Craftsman bungalow. Design elements such as shingles and material accents will be used to add variation, visual interest, and color to the exteriors. The neighborhood will feature community building amenities such as front porches, sidewalks, and a park-like green space with a playground, picnic tables, and a walking path. “Homeownership is the foundation of healthy families and communities,” Peninger said. “We are excited to be able to provide affordable housing – housing that families can afford based on their income – in Belmont. When

families have a safe and stable home it provides many benefits such as a stable home life, their children do better in school, and they have improved health. Homeownership also contributes to breaking the cycle of poverty as families have the opportunity to build equity in their home. Habitat for Humanity of Gaston County is committed to accomplishing this project and serving more families. We have a strong project team in place that will result in a charming and attractive neighborhood.” The Dixon Village project team is composed of expe-

rienced real estate and construction professionals, along with Habitat for Humanity of Gaston County’s Executive Director and Board of Directors who are committed to successful execution of this project. Habitat for Humanity of Gaston County is seeking to raise $1,575,000 to begin development of the Dixon Village neighborhood. The initial work will consist of clearing, grading, installing water and sewer utilities and paving. Habitat will also install sidewalks, a mailbox kiosk, and an entrance sign with accompanying landscaping.

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Despite pandemic, school employees give more than $93,000 to the United Way Gaston County Schools’ employees did not let the pandemic deter their spirit of caring and giving. While the past year has been difficult for many families, businesses, and individuals, school employees contributed $93,382.38 to the 2020-2021 fundraising campaign for the United Way of Gaston County. That’s a lot of money, but what is more impressive is the total is only $630.32 shy of what was raised in 2019-2020 before the pandemic hit. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, schools and central office departments were limited in their traditional fundraising activities to support the United Way, according to Valerie

Yatko, director of business partnerships and coordinator of the school district’s United Way campaign. “If we had been operating under normal circumstances, we most certainly would have met and exceeded the previous year’s total of $94,012.79.” Leading the way in the fundraising efforts were Southwest Middle School, Hunter Huss High School, Forestview High School, Carr Elementary School, Cramerton Middle School, and Warlick Academy. The six schools had the highest donation totals. Four schools and two central level departments had 100 percent participation in the fundraising campaign: Cher-

ryville High School, W.C. Friday Middle School, Robinson Elementary School, New Hope Elementary School, Superintendent’s Office, and Technology Support Services. In addition, 37 schools increased donations when compared to the previous year, and six schools had an increase of more than 50 percent in giving: H.H. Beam Elementary School, Bessemer City Middle School, John Chavis Middle School, Cherryville Elementary School, Holbrook Middle School, and New Hope Elementary School. “I am especially proud of our employees and extend my sincere appreciation to everyone who made a dona-

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One United Way program that has a direct impact on Gaston County Schools is Reading Soul Mates. tion,” said Superintendent W. Jeffrey Booker. “We know that money has been tight for many families, but our employees stepped up to give because of their kindness and willingness to help people.” Funds raised during the annual campaign are used to support United Way programs in three main areas: education, health, and financial stability. An estimated 73,000 people in Gaston County were affected by a United Way program last year. Dr. Booker added, “As a school district, we know that many of our children and families will benefit from the United Way’s efforts to lend a helping hand and strengthen our community. It is important for educators to extend their positive influence beyond the classroom, and making a contribution to the United Way campaign is one

way they do this.” One United Way program that has a direct impact on Gaston County Schools is Reading Soul Mates. Coordinated by the Gaston Literacy Council, the program provides volunteers, who act as tutors and work with students to improve their reading skills and develop a love for reading. Prior to the end of the school year, the volunteers had an opportunity to meet their students in person, and each student received a book to enjoy over the summer. Because of the pandemic, reading sessions were held virtually instead of on campus at Sherwood Elementary. “For the children, having that one-on-one literacy mentorship meant a great deal,” said Merry Deely, a reading tutor for the Gaston Literacy Council. “They knew each week someone cared spe-

cifically about them and how they were doing with their reading.” Deely added, “Nothing takes the place of the classroom teacher, but we have found that literacy mentorship can be an amazing and productive complement to help students with literacy.” The United Way of Gaston County provides funding for community programs and partner agencies that offer support to citizens. The financial support from the employees of Gaston County Schools and many other caring individuals makes it possible for the United Way to continue its good work in Gaston County. If you would like to make a contribution, you may donate online at donate. Gaston Schools story/photo

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Also, the Belmont PD is partnering with Hope United, an agency that works to end domestic violence. “Beginning October 1, 2021 you will begin to see officers from the Belmont Police Department wearing purple patches to bring about awareness for Domestic Violence,” said Belmont PD Capt. J.B. Davis. “October is the month nationally dedicated to educate communities and honor victims of Domestic Violence. Officers from the Belmont Police Department developed

the idea for customizing the patch and presented the idea to Chief Chad Hawkins. The idea garnered full support from the administrative staff. Domestic Violence affects every race, gender, ethnicity and sexual orientation as well as people from all income groups. By wearing the patches on our uniforms we hope to bring about conversations about Domestic Violence and what we can do as a community and agency to reduce the vicious cycle of Domestic Violence incidents.

An early version of a Belmont PD badge.

For the month of October Belmont Police Department will be wearing and selling Purple Patches in order to bring awareness to Domestic Violence and support Gaston County’s very own Hope United. Patches can be purchased for $5.00 at the Historical Society, Belmont Police Department, and Sammy’s Pub in Belmont.” The Belmont Historical Society museum’s regular hours are Saturday and Sunday 1:30pm to 4pm. Call 704-825-4848.

Patches like these are being sold to raise money for victims of domestic violence (see details in story).

Belmont PD PARC director Tyler Graham and Elizabeth Atterberry with a vintage uniform. Photos by Alan Hodge

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Walk to End Alzheimer’s is October 9th The Alzheimer’s Association is inviting Gaston, Cleveland, Lincoln county residents to join the fight to end Alzheimer’s by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® on Saturday, Oct. 9. Presented by Home Instead Senior Care, the Alzheimer’s Association – Western Carolina Chapter will be hosting Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Gaston/Cleveland/Lincoln at Rotary Centennial Pavilion in Gastonia. Check-in opens at 9 a.m. with an Opening Ceremony at 10 a.m., but the Walk route will open at check-in time to allow teams to start walking when they are ready. “We invite the community to join us in taking steps for Alzheimer’s disease. More than ever, we need to come together to support all those

ers to join us at our local event or Walk From Home in their own neighborhoods. No matter where people walk, their health and safety are our top priorities.” The Gaston/Cleveland/ Lincoln Walk will implement safety protocols including physical distancing, contactless registration, hand sanitizing stations and more. Masks are welcome and will be available on-site. The Alzheimer’s Association will continue to closely monitor Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local guidelines to ensure Walk events adhere to recommendations and are safe for attendees. Options will also be offered to participate online and in local neighborhoods. Those who prefer to walk from home can still engage in many Walk-day

affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementia,” said Katherine Lambert, CEO of the Western Carolina Chapter. “With the dollars raised, the Alzheimer’s Association provides care and support to families while also advancing critical research toward methods of treatment and prevention.” On Walk day, participants honor those affected by Alzheimer’s with the poignant Promise Garden ceremony — a mission-focused experience that signifies our solidarity in the fight against the disease. The colors of the Promise Garden flowers represent people’s connection to Alzheimer’s — their personal reasons to end the disease. Added Lambert, “The Alzheimer’s Association is moving forward — and we’re offering options for support-

experiences through the Alzheimer’s Association’s website and mobile app. More than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease – a leading cause of death in the United States. Additionally, more than 11

million family members and friends provide care to people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. In North Carolina alone, there are more than 180,000 people living with the disease and 358,000 caregivers.

To sign up as a walker or Team Captain or to learn more about becoming a sponsor of Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Gaston/Cleveland/ Lincoln, visit or call 800-272-3900.

Lowell plans Festival in the Park Rides, food trucks, craft vendors, and live music by Shelby Rae Moore can find it all at Lowell’s Festival in the Park on Saturday, October 9th. The event will take place at Harold Rankin Park. Free admission to the festival. Ride tickets will be available to purchase at the event. CaroMont Health is a Craft vendors: email proud sponsor of Festival in the Park.

for more information and an application.

Ebenezer UMC community yard sale Ebenezer’s United Methodist Women, 120 Belmont Mt Holly Rd., will have a community yard sale: Saturday, October 2, 2021, 7:00 AM ~ 1:00 PM. Rental Spaces: $15.00 per

space (Tables not furnished) Payable in advance if possible. Reserve your space: 704827-3366 (leave message and you will be called back). Food and snacks available.

CRO News Heritage and Harvest Days Festival set After being canceled in 2020, the Gaston County Parks and Recreation Department and GAMTRA have completed a lot of planning and prep work behind the scenes and will be introducing the Heritage & Harvest Days festival on October 8-10 at Dallas Park on Dallas-

Cherryville Highway. The event includes many of the same activities our community have grown to love and appreciate during Cotton Ginning Days over the last three decades and adds to it to provide a fresh new look for Gaston County’s marquee fall festival.

The Mt. Holly Community Relief Organization (CRO) has posted the following news brief Thanksgiving Bags Each year, we partner with area churches to provide a full Thanksgiving meal, complete with a turkey, to over 150 community families. We will gather names of those in need from October 1st through November 1st. The congregations of local churches buy all of the food, package it, and arrange for pick-up. If you need assistance with Thanksgiving this year, please call us at 704-827-0450 between 9 am and 12:30 pm, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday to add your

name to the list. We cannot take names after November 1st due to the time we need to shop, package, and coordinate pick-up events. If you don’t need help, but know of a Mount Holly family who does, please provide them with this information. Christmas Toys We will collect the names of families who need assistance buying Christmas gifts for their children this year as we usually do. We will provide more details in the near future. If your family needs assistance in this area, look for information coming from your child’s school soon. Visit the CRO website at

Congratulations Pam! Congratulations to Pam Davis who won the recent Table Tennis Tournament held at the Gaston County Senior Center. Contact the Senior Center at (704) 922-2170 to find out more about the programs there. Photo provided




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Banner News Fellowship & Faith

Church Directory First F Fi i tB Baptist Bapti aapptiiistt C Church Ch hurch h h Belmont N Central Ave •Belmont, 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

New Providence Baptist Church 1104 Old NC 27 Hwy. 704-827-0822

New Saint Paul Holiness Church 1529 Old Hwy. 27 Rd. 704-827-5851

North Main Baptist Church 1304 N. Main St. 704-827-6141

Redemption Hill Church

Restoration & Deliverance 804 W. Charlotte Ave. 704-820-0954

Revival Tabernacle of Mt. Holly 826 W. Charlotte Ave. 704-827-2999

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Grace Wesleyan Church 6014 S. New Hope Rd 704-825-7959

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

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

CBC-Memorial Apostolic

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 Queen Of The Apostles Catholic Church

6325 Wilkinson Blvd. 704-755-5034

First Baptist Church 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

503 N. Main Street 704-825-9600

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

212 South Street 704-825-7269

909 Edgemont Ave 704-825-5346

Exodus Church

312 W. Glendale Ave. 704-827-2726

Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist

East Belmont Free Will Baptist

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

Burge Memorial Methodist Church

122 Tomberlin Rd. 704-827-4225

118 School Street 704-827-7071

Ebenezer United Methodist Church


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

East Wilkinson Blvd. 704-824-5319

First Baptist Church

501 Cramer Mountain Rd. 704-824-4286

Riverside Baptist Church 171 S. Main St. 704-824-7785

207 Lowell Ave. 704-824-4213

108 Horseshoe Bend Beach Rd. 704-827-8676

St. Paul FHB Church 1529 Old Hwy 27 Rd. 704-827-5851

DALLAS Gateway Cowboy Church The Barn at Sandcastle Farm 155 Sandcastle Rd.

Tuckaseege Baptist Church


511 Tuckaseege Rd. 704-827-4301

Amazing Grace Baptist Church

Way of the Cross Baptist Church

7280 Sifford Rd. 704-827-6277

238 Lanier Ave. 704-827-8111

Christ’s Evangelical Lutheran

Wesley Chapel Holiness Church 324 N. Lee St. 704-827-1993

Westview Presbyterian Church

203 S. Main St. 704-263-2621

Community Pentecostal Center 320 Ralph Handsel Blvd. 704-263-8731

Community Christian Fellowship

1020 W. Catawba Ave. 704-827-2026

2560 Stanley Lucia Rd. 704-827-5881


5481 Hickory Grove Rd. 704-263-2691

Bethlehem Church

First Presbyterian Church

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

Epic Church 100 Indian Walk 704-671-4652

Lowell Church of God 804 W. First Street 704-824-3383

Lowell Free Will Baptist Church 3010 Lowell Rd. 704-824-9389

512 Old Mount Holly Rd. 704-263-4275

Gold Hill Missionary Baptist Church 7447 Old Plank Rd. 704-827-7966

New Faith Baptist Church 1224 Mayberry Rd. 704-263-0249

New Life Baptist Church 527 N. Buckoak St. 704-263-4647

Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church 2717 Dallas/Stanley Hwy. 704-263-4406

Springfield Memorial Baptist Church 2920 Dallas-Stanley Highway 704-263-4426

201 N. Main St. 704-824-8814

Stanley Church of God

Mt. Calvary Baptist Church 120 Branch St. 704-824-4535

First Baptist Church of Lowell 400 W. 1st St. 704-824-1215

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

Lighthouse Full Gospel Church

Woodlawn Baptist Church

530 N. Hawthorne St. 704-827-1442

1101 N. Main St. 704-824-4261

Living Witness Ministries

First United Methodist Church

Lowell Smyre United Methodist Church

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

Cramerton Temple of God Church

1117 Old NC Hwy 27 704-827-8826


5339 S. New Hope Rd 704-825-8252

154 N. Main St. 704-824-3831

West Cramerton United Methodist Church

541 Costner St. 704-827-0004

Gaston Christian Church

Cramer Memorial United Methodist Church

Shiloh AME Zion Methodist St. Anthony of Padua Traditional Catholic Church 210 Park Street, Belmont NC

416 Woodlawn Ave. 704-824-1745

Life Church

740 Rankin Ave. 704-827-5181

455 Sacco St. 704-825-6007

Cramerton Free Will Baptist

105 Pine Rd. 704-827-3856

Second Baptist Church

Hood Memorial AME Zion Church

151 8th Ave. 704-824-3889

235 8th Ave. 704-824-1991

1120 Charlotte Ave. 704-530-5174

151 Henry Chapel Rd 704-825-0711

Cramerton Independent Presbyterian Church

Ridgeview Baptist Church River of Life Full Gospel Church

Henry’s Chapel Ame Zion Church


Lakeview Baptist Church

192 Main St. 704-824-2740

McAdenville Wesleyan Church 300 E. Wesleyan Dr. 704-824-1073

324 N. Main St. 704-263-4041

Stanley Pentecostal Holiness Church 113 E. Parkwood St. 704-263-2131

Trinity Full Gospel Church 303 Sunset Dr. 704-263-9765

United In Action of Stanley 5481 Hickory Grove Rd. 704-524-0555

Welcome Baptist Church 811 Mauney Rd.

BESSEMER CITY Bright Light Baptist Church 112 White Jenkins Rd. 704-681-2017 Don’t see your church listed? Email us today at

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Raphael Turner named MICS head varsity baseball coach

Gaston Christian School varsity soccer has a great game recently when they defeated Hickory Grove Christian 10-1. Jaylen 4 goals; 3 assists. Patrick 1 goal; 2 assists. Evan 2 goals. Cater 1 goal. Jacob H 1 assist. Cannon 1 goal; 1 assist. Jacob K 1 goal.

Originally from Washington, DC, Raphael was a dual sport athlete at Woodrow Wilson High School. There, he played football and baseball as a three year varsity standout. Recruited to play both sports in college, he chose to continue his student-athlete career at Radford University in Virginia. At Radford, Raphael showed promise as one of the emerging stars for the program but a roller coaster career due to injuries all but solidified an opportunity that would allow him to play beyond college. In his five years of attendance, he majored in Sports Management while also obtaining a minor in Business Management. Raphael would go on to play three years on the independent professional circuit. After his baseball career, Raphael founded Unmatched Performance Athletics in Charlotte, NC. He and the

coaches he partnered “the art of hitting,” with, developed a he welcomed a folyouth baseball orlowing that wanted ganization designed the knowledge he around using basepossessed. He is now ball as a tool to creknown on a national ate hard working, scale in the basehumble, team players ball community as and young men. He “@thathittingguy” served players from on all major social ages six to nineteen Raphael Turner media platforms. years of age. The only thing Raphael parlayed the op- Raphael loves more than portunity with Unmatched coaching is learning how to and local athletes as a chance be the best husband and fato leave a greater footprint on ther possible. Raphael lives in the game of baseball. Always Denver, NC with his wife Joy being in love with the most and their children where they mysterious part of the game, attend Church of Denver.

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Readership It’s true many daily papers have seen n their circulation decline. Banner News’s readership has stayed d consistent over the years. On average over 87% of our delivered papers are picked up by Montcross area customers.


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Congratulations to the coaches and student athletes at Bessemer City High School, East Gaston High School, Forestview High School, Highland School of Technology, and South Point High School for being recognized by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association as an ejection-free school during the 2020-2021 school year. Gaston Schools photo

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Raptors gridiron scenes... The Mt. Island Charter School Raptors varsity football team clashed with the Community School of Davidson gridiron squad last week. When the dust settled, Davidson had pulled out a 23-14 win. Here are a few pics from the meeting. Photos by Mark Giacomin

Mt. Island Charter School recognized its senior tennis players last week. Left- Brooke House and family; Right - Charlotte Porter and family; along with Coaches- Brian Lawing and Don Abernathy. Photo by Michael Strauss

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Belmont Abbey Rugby... way through the first half. The Crusaders (31-1) tied the game at 7-7 a short time later after Michael Brennan broke through the defense, the made the conversion. The Abbey played most of the second half in the 49ers’ end, but could not score until the final kick. Belmont Abbey photo/story

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Eric Morgan converted a kick on the final play of the game, leading 21st-ranked Belmont Abbey to a 10-7 win over UNC Charlotte in rugby action Thursday night. The game was played at Martha Rivers Park in Gastonia. How It Happened- UNCC opened the scoring with a short try and conversion mid-


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Belmont Middle School football scenes... The Belmont Middle School Wildcats football team played at W.C. Friday last Thursday. Belmont won 28-0. They have now won three games in a row. Here are some great scenes from the thrilling encounter. Photos by Calvin Craig

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Kelsie Painter awarded scholarship R

Valdosta State University has awarded Kelsie Painter of Mount Holly, North Carolina, the Music Alliance Scholarship for the 20212022 academic year. Painter is one of nearly 300 currently enrolled, incoming first-year, or transfer students selected to receive

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Red Raiders football action... The South Point Red Raiders football squad journeyed to Gastonia and met the Hunter Huss Huskies last Friday. On a great night for fall football, the Red Raiders dogged the Huskies and went back to Belmont with a 42-7 win. Here are some scenes from the tussle. See story on page 16. Photos by Calvin Craig/Superraiders

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



LOOKING FOR 1961 CLASS PHOTO. For Compact High School, Kings Mountain, NC. (240) 422-1907

ONE ON ONE CARE is hiring for all shifts. Full/part-time hours available. Group homes are 6 beds or less. CNA/Nursing assistant jobs available but not required. No exp. necessary, all trainings included. Please apply in person at 203 Lee St., Shelby.


LOCK ‘N’ ROLL STORAGE. “ALL NEW” 10’x10’ and 10’x15’ Storage Units Available. Self Store Dawn til Dusk. Secure and Convenient! Located at 1002 Polkville Rd., (Hwy 226 N.) Shelby. Located next to 5 Star Auto Sales. or Call (704) 4844112

A NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC. Regarding 120 Brackett St, Casar, NC. We do not want anyone trespassing on our property. No hunting, dumping, no riding 4 wheelers, no shooting. NC General Statutes chapter 14 states that you have no rights on our land. Anyone who violates these statues will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. We are not responsible for anyone who violates the trespassing laws on our property.

EMPLOYMENT NEEDING A PARTS SALESPERSON. Auto Parts U Pull & Scrap Metal of Lincolnton. Apply in person 851 Car Farm, Lincolnton, NC. 704-735-5085

ANTIQUE TRACTOR SHOW. Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021. At T&H EQUIPMENT located at 1721 South Post Rd., Shelby NC. “FREE Admission” Tractors Welcomed! Call Hal at 704300-3071, TJ at 704-477-1561 or Neal at 704-481-5800.

IN NEED OF A ROLLBACK DRIVER. Auto Parts U Pull & Scrap Metal of Shelby, Must have experience and a good driving record. Apply in person at 1025 County Home Road, Shelby, NC (704) 472-4666 NOW HIRING Roofing Laborer. Call 704-477-0516. COMPLETE CARE INC. Is seeking CNAs / In Home Aides for Cleveland and Gaston Counties. Apply M-F, 8am-4pm at 404 W. Warren St, Shelby, NC 28150 or call (704) 4809340

COINS * COINS * COINS. We Buy & Sell Coins. “Coin Collector Supplies.” JAKE’S KNIVES & COLLECTIBLES. 1008 South Lafayette Street, Shelby. Call 704-600-6996 (980) 2955568 ALL WELCOME. North Carolina State Good Sam Rally Fall Festival. Oct 28 thru 31st Located at Tom Johnsons Campers 1885 US-70 Marion, NC 28752 call 1/800-225-7802 or 828-724-4105 To Register cost $20.00 Door Prizes, Live Music, Bingo, Crafts, Food Trucks, Dog Show, Much More HALLOWEEN /CHRISTMAS. Decor, Toys, Gifts and clothing at 70%-90% OFF original retail. SIDE DOOR SALE. Oct 2nd 9am-5pm. CASH ONLY. Next to Mighty Dollar Forest City. 132 Commercial Drive, Forest City.

ALIVE APPAREL SCREEN PRINTING. Hiring for Production Worker, Warehouse, Screen Department needed. Apply in person M-F 10am3pm. 331 Jim Cline Road, Fallston, NC. 28042 GOOD SAMARITAN NEEDED ASAP. To assist disabled lady with small home repairs. Tools and Materials furnished. $10 hour. 704-974-5706. NOW HIRING FOR TEACHERS. CONNECTED KIDS CDC. Call Mandy or Erica. 704487-5792. NOW HIRING FOR TEACHERS. Berryland Clubhouse Inc. Blom@BLC. Ask for Tina Pettis. 704-313-7019. FULL TIME EXPERIENCED AUTOMOTIVE MECHANIC. Apply In Person at 1900 Elizabeth Ave., Shelby, NC (704) 482-0441

FULL TIME MAINTENANCE MAN NEEDED. Maintain rental properties. Must have valid NC Drivers license. Pay depends on experience. (704) 473-4299

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES LOCAL MID-DAY DOG WALKER NEEDED. 2 Dogs. One 14. One is 2. Need a mid-day outing in the yard. 15 to 30 minutes. Monday through Friday. Alternating Saturdays. $40.00 per week Kings Mountain 28086 (845) 541-2412

BUSINESS SERVICES 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 BRADFORD PEAR TREES REMOVAL Whole tree or limbs. FREE Estimates. 828395-0758.


ROOFING, SIDING, GUTTERS, LEAF GUARDS. Tim’s Roof Contractors is your local professional on all types of shingle roofing, metal roofing, Flat roofing and we install all styles and colors of vinyl siding, soffits, fascia trim and aluminum wrap. We are highly rated on Google 4.9 stars with 135 reviews/ BBB accredited with an A+ rating/ Background checked plus Owens Corning Preferred Contractors status. We offer Free Quotes / Roofing repairs and replacement services. Call us to talk to the local pro for services in Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln and Rutherford Counties. Call us today 980-522-5606 or contact us through our website We would like to earn your business. (980) 522-5606 PAINTING SERVICES. Over 25 years experience, affordable prices. Professional results. References available. Free estimates. Charles, or leave message. (704) 435-8062.

24 HOUR MOBILE MECHANIC. I will come to you to repair any car, lawnmower or tractor. Honest & reliable. (704) 3002332

JIM’S PAINTING SERVICE. Exterior painting only. Free estimates. You will be pleased with our work. We have references. 828-287-9272, 828-429-7511 RETIRED GENERAL CONTRACTOR AVAILABLE for small job repairs and fixes. Deck repair a specialty. Rutherford/Cleveland County areas. Bob, 828-476-6058.



LOCK ‘N’ ROLL STORAGE. “ALL NEW” 10’x10’ and 10’x15’ Storage Units Available. Self Store Dawn til Dusk. Secure and Convenient! Located at 1002 Polkville Rd., (Hwy 226 N.) Shelby. Located next to 5 Star Auto Sales. For Info Call (704) 484-4112 CLEVELAND COUNTY GARAGE DOORS. Summer Tuneup Special, $59.95. We will check all your equipment lube, make sure it’s working correctly. We repair broken doors. Also offering new installations. 704477-9119 or 704-472-9367. IT’S TIME TO TRIM CREPE MYRTLE TREES. Spreading Mulch or Gravel, minor chainsaw work and storm clean-up. I can do many of your outside chores with over 15 years experience all over Cleveland County and stretching to the Forest City area. Nice, honest, dependable, clean, drug-free, he’s an all around great guy and handyman, so call Rob today and see what I can help you with. 980-295-0750.



PATTERSON SPRINGS STORAGE AUCTION PUBLIC SALE. 1:00PM Oct 1st. Patterson Springs Storage, 1826 Creek Ridge Rd., Shelby NC. Contents of Units: #33 Cooke, #15 McKnight, #26/30 Ross, For Non-Payment/Lease Violation of Storage Rent. (704) 473-7358

FOR SALE IVERMECTIN HORSE WORMER $7. Antifreeze $6 per gallon. Hundreds of Saddles on sale now at Bridges Riding Equipment. 5 miles south of Boiling Springs on Hwy 150. Call (704) 434-6389

ABSOLUTE AUCTION BUILDING MATERIALS. Saturday, October 2, 2021 10 am Onsite and Online Bidding Location: Pops Discount Building Material 195 Johnston Blvd Asheville, NC 28806 Partial Listing: Windows, Various types of Wood, Crown Moulding, Bathroom Vanities, Tile, Oak Baseboards, Stair Case Spindles, Vinyl Fence, Cinder Blocks, Chippendale Rail Sections, Gondola Shelving, Misc Hardware, Fluorescent Lights and so much more! Not all items will be sold online some will only be sold Onsite. This will be an all day Auction To View Pictures or to bid Online: Edward Johnson Auctioneers, Inc NC8134 NC8496 (828) 593-9649 Ejohnson@

YARD SALES CLEVELAND COUNTY SALE SAT., 10/2, 10/9 Antiques, furniture, tools, new Halloween costumes, sterling silver/costume jewelry. 4133 Polkville Rd., Polkville (226) GASTON COUNTY

FURNITURE REPAIR. Hayden Lafon Furniture Repair Offering All Types of Furniture Repair InHome Repairs, Re - Upholstery and More Free Estimates Call 910-386-2499 SHIPMAN’S MASONRY- 48 YEARS EXPERIENCE. Brick, Block & Stone, Outside Fireplaces, Foundations, Underpinnings. “Free Estimates”. 1st Quality Work! (863) 532-1587


Deadline: Friday at 12:00 Noon

ANNUAL YARD SALE. Fri., Oct 1 & Sat., Oct. 2, 8AM2PM. Rain/ Shine. BBQ & Hotdogs plus baked goods. All Saints Episcopal Church, 1201 S. New Hope Road (corner of Robinwood), Gastonia, NC 28054 RUTHERFORD COUNTY ESTATE SALE Sat., Oct 2nd, 2021 from 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM Lots of household items, Furniture, Tools, Angle Grinders, Sanders, Engine Motor Stands, 2 Propane Gas Heaters. 3677 U.S. 221, Union Mills, NC 28167

ANTIQUES UNIQUE ANTIQUE STATION: Farm House Decor, Antiques, Collectibles, Vintage Toys, Jewelry and MORE. Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-4pm. 985 US 74 Business Hwy., Ellenboro. Find us on FB. 828-3820075.

FOR SALE MITER SAW. Scroll saw, tiller, weed trimmer, treadmill, furniture items. No Saturday calls. (828) 286-3529 POWER CHAIR IN GOOD CONDITION. Must sell! $350. All electric power chair hoist with slide in unit $350. (704) 466-2409 CEMETERY SPACES AND MERCHANDISE CREDIT. 4 Spaces and $1600.00 of merchandise credit at Cleveland Memorial Park in Shelby NC at great location on grounds. $2500 or BO (617) 997-6248

FURNITURE FOR SALE. Sofa & love seat. Clean, good condition. 2 twin beds, free clean mattress & box spring. Chest of drawers, TV stand/computer desk. All for $350. (704) 4877150 8000 LB PULL WINCH. Built by Hickey Enterprises. Worm gear, roller, new controls, 95’ cable. Heavy duty. $200. 864491-6025. WATCH 7000 LIVE CHANNELS. Movies, news, live sports, NBA, NFL, soccer, adult channels, only $150. 65” Samsung TV QLED, 4K, $900. (704) 962-9007 CPAP SANITIZER AND CLEANER Great Deal! Clean and sanitize your CPAP mask, tubing and equipment easily and often, especially while Covid is a threat. New and sealed in box. Did not need after purchasing from HSA. Cheaper than Walmart. $220. Venmo or cash only. (704) 472-5871 HANDI-QUILTER, SWEET 16 QUILTING MACHINE. Plus table with sides, bobbin winder, stitch regulator. Only serious buyers need call. (704) 4346337 HORSE HAY FOR SALE $6-square and $40-round. 704-692-6325. DEER CORN, 60 POUND BAG. $9. Callahan Farms. 704-300-5341- Steve; 704-4728865 - Cletus; 704-300-5341Todd (704) 692-1627 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. HALLOWEEN / CHRISTMAS Decor, Toys, Gifts and clothing at 70%-90% OFF original retail. SIDE DOOR SALE. Oct 2nd 9am-5pm. CASH ONLY. Next to Mighty Dollar Forest City. 132 Commercial Drive, Forest City. FRIDGIDARE WINDOW AIR CONDITIONER. Good clean 15,000 BTU. Do not need. Asking $80 (704) 419-3862 TWIN BEDS. Desk, book case, night stand, mattress, comforters, and linens (706) 318-1654 FLAG POLES, FLAGS IN STOCK. Pickup or we deliver and install available. J. Johnson Sales INC, Forest City. Call 828-245-5895. 7 TON & 5 TON EQUIPMENT TRAILERS. In Stock! contact J. Johnson Sales, Inc., Forest City. (828) 245-5895 PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS with Scratch Pads! Press Room Printing. 704-482-2243. (704) 538-5788 BOAT MOTOR TRAILER. BIRD CAGE, AQUARIUM, RABBIT CAGE. Boat, motor, trailer $1500. Large bird cage $50. Aquarium/stand 50gl $100. Rabbit cage $40. Text for photos. (704) 600-5596

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Deadline: Friday at 12:00 Noon






EZ-GO GAS GOLF CART. Needs repair, $800 Troy-Bilt push mower with grass catcher, $100. (704) 477-6458

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

BLACK LAB FOR SALE. “Still in the pup stages”, but he’s over 1 year old. I need at least $200. Serious inquires may call (704) 473-8300

5 SAUSAGE HOGS. Weigh about 800-900 lbs. 2 or 3 weigh about 500 lbs. Have to look at them for prices. 40 cases used, clean Mason jars, $4 case. 10 Chihuahua puppies. $100 each. 6 wks old. Need to find homes. (704) 308-4721



4 BEDROOM HOUSE. Big game room, 2 bath, workshop w/tools. Upper Shelby, Cleveland County area. 704-4728992.

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

PURE RAW LOCAL HONEY. $18 per quart, $10 per pint. Produced in Rutherford County. Call or text Jackson Corbin, 828-980-1823. 6X10 & 6X12 DUMP TRAILERS In STOCK. (5 Ton) contact J. Johnson Sales, Inc., Forest City. (828) 245-5895 1994 CHEVROLET SILVERADO 2 wheel drive, good running condition. $4,200. 2 riding lawn mowers. Both need a little work. $80 for both. 704-476-5112. FOR SALE 3x8 Welding Table. South Bend Commercial Lathe, 2 Large Steel Racks, 1 Small Rack. Call 828-755-4273 Leave Message

FIREWOOD FOR SALE. Long wheelbase load, Full loaded. $70.00/load. Delivered. 864492-4793 or 803-627-9408. REFRIGERATORS, STOVES, WASHERS, DRYERS. Discount Prices. 1205 Earl Road, Shelby NC. (704) 487-4443

PUPPIES & NUMEROUS DOGS FOR SALE. Starting at $100. “All Lap Dogs”. Chihuahua & Feist. They are small, beautiful and loving! Serious inquiries may call (704) 473-8300 MALE LLAMA for sale or want to buy female llama. Please call 828-248-8060.

MARY JANE HIPP LOOKING FOR Peggy Dimsdale and Ilene McMurry. Call 828-3053272, ask for Charles.

GUINEA CHICKS, $5; BANTAM BABIES, $3; Quail, 3 to 4 weeks old, hatching eggs, 50% guaranteed hatch. (704) 4769943


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 ALL METAL GARAGES. Big Discounts! Zero down. Call for more details. 828-382-0455. DEER CORN. SHELLED, 50lbs, $10.05. 828-287-3272. 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. 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. 16X40 OR TWO STORY BUILDINGS BUILT ON SITE. 1 DAY INSTALL. J. Johnson Sales INC. 828-245-5895. HORSE QUALITY HAY. Square and round bales, also 3x3x8’ bales. Call (704) 4876855 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. HAVE A TRAILER NOT USING? SELL IT! J. Johnson Sales INC. Buy, Sale, Trade trailers. Must have title. Call 828-245-5895.



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.


WANTED: OLD AND NEW AMMO. Reloading supplies. Call 828-245-6756 or cell # 828-289-1488.

GOLDEN DODDLE 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

LAYING HENS FOR SALE $10EA. Call (509) 432-4914

GERMAN SHEPHERD PUPPIES. I have full blooded German Shepherd puppies for sale $400 ea. Mother is registered and has all AKC papers. Father is full blooded but not registered. Call Perry for more info. (883) 305-2683 shadeperry@


LABRADOR RETRIEVER PUPS. Chocolate & silver. Parents are AKC registered but selling pups at unregistered prices. DOB 8/8/21, 1st shots & worming. Chocolate $400, Silver $600. Call or text. Please leave message. (828) 429-0210

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 RUTHERFORD COUNTY

2002 HONDA CR-V. Sunroof very clean and well maintained. Clear title, all service records and local auto mechanic for all service repairs (828) 429-9473

1/2 ACRE LOT UNRESTRICTED!! Near TIEC, $15,000. Call 864-909-1035 or visit: www.



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. ATV’s, PopUp Campers and Small Travel Trailers. Call 828-429-3935. 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

FARM & GARDEN YANMAR 26HP DIESEL TRACTOR Rebuilt head. New water pump and hoses. 4 new tires, rear tires filled with antifreeze. New radiator and new starter. Oil and filter changed, new antifreeze. Comes with new 30’’ reversible pan scoop. Excellent condition! $4625.00 ‘’NO TRADES’’ (704) 718-9122 NEW SOUTHERN 5 FT. BUSH HOG. $1,250. 828-287-3272.

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

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@ LABRADOR RETRIEVER PUPS. Chocolate & silver. Parents are AKC registered but selling pups at unregistered prices. DOB 8/8/21, 1st shots & worming. Chocolate $400, Silver $600. Call or text. Please leave message. (828) 429-0210 FREE CHICKENS STILL LAYING. AND 1 Pot Belly Pig. You must pick up. 704-92-6649 (704) 739-9040 POMERIAN PUPPIES. Can register CKC. 8 wks old, shots UTD, have records. Variety of colors $1200. (828) 289-8952 MINIATURE DASH HOUNDS FOR SALE. CKC registered, 6 wks. old, black and tan, shorthaired. $600 each. 704-3007225. GERMAN MALINOIS (SHEPINOIS) PUPPIES Born 6/18/21. 2 boys left Second round of shots, wormed and started on heartworm prevention. Will get third round of shots this weekend. Tan pup will be a big solid dog like his dad. Darker pup is the only one with his dad’s amber eyes. Absolutely stunning. shadowdancer@mochamail. com

2 BEDROOM MOBILE HOME. Available Oct 1st. $500 month, $500 deposit. 704-300-3647.

2015 GMC YUKON XL DENALI. 4x4, Pearl White, 94,000 miles, Leather, Sunroof, 20” Alloys, Heated & Cooled Seats, $37,500. “Top of the Line!” Call (704) 482-0441 2007 BUICK LACROSSE. V-6, 3.8 All Pwr, local Forest City car, 160k miles, $3900. Call 828-980-8461, (828) 980-8461, 2007 FORD F-150 4WD. No mechanical problems, new brakes, 143k miles. $8500. (704) 616-5522

1 BEDROOM 2ND FLOOR APARTMENT. Excellent location in Shelby. $495 month. Hardwood floors, not HAP eligible, No pets, No Smoking. Heat & water included in $550 month. (704) 487-5480 MOBILE HOMES & APARTMENTS. In Kings Mountain. Price starting at $100 per week. Call (704) 739-4417 2 OR 3 BEDROOM MOBILE HOMES. For rent in Shelby & Grover. $600-$750. Call (828) 234-8147


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. 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 PRIVATE RV/MOBILE HOME hookup. Text to 336-414-3618 for more information.

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 2&3 BEDROOM MOBILE HOMES. Nice and clean, water furnished. Oak Grove Community, Kings Mtn. Call or text, 704-739-0259. RUTHERFORD COUNTY 3 BEDROOM, 2 BATH, secluded 1 acre lot. No pets. First, last, security. 55 & older. Background check. Shiloh area. 828-429-9831. ICC AREA Small efficiency apartment. Includes electric, water, sewer and garbage. $450 plus deposit and references. 828-248-1776. 2 & 3 BEDROOM MOBILE HOMES. Small private park between Spindale and Forest City. Starting at $500 per month. 828-382-0475.

2008 CHEVROLET EQUINOX. Bad engine, Body & Parts good! Rebuilt transmission (Under Warranty). Good tires and battery. 160,000 miles, $1600. (704) 473-9254

VACATIONS OCEAN LAKES MYRTLE BEACH. Cottage N34. 2 bedroom, 2 bath, den, kitchen, dining, covered deck, near country store. Call Dorcas, 803-7182659. 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.


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Thursday, September 30, 2021

Red Raiders and Warriors win big By John Wilson

The South Point and East Gaston football teams both dominated this week. The Red Raiders improved their record to 4-1 after thumping Hunter Huss 42-7 while the Warriors moved to 3-2 after slamming Cherryville 50-14. East Gaston 50 Cherryville 14 In East Gaston’s win over Cherryville the Warriors played solid throughout the game. That’s not something EG had always done up to this point. Consistent play for four quarters was something that head coach JT Postell was looking for all year. “I thought we played well from start to finish,” Postell said “I think we played well and executed in all three phases of the game. I don’t think we had done that up until the other night.” The Warriors offense was dynamic getting it done on the ground and in the air. East Gaston quarterback Trenton Sherrill when 8 for 10 for two touchdowns and 167 yd. Sherrill’s top targets were Markel McKinney and Aiden Cloninger. McKinney hauled in four passes for 60 yards and a touchdown while Clon-

inger had two receptions for 61 yards and a TD. McKinney along with teammate Justin Hill did a good job running the ball for EG. Both runners delivered 100 yard performances. McKinney ended the day with 110 yards and a touchdown while Hill finished with 10 carries for 112 yards and a score. Overall the EG offense had 564 yards of total offense. South Point 42 Hunter Huss 7 In South Point’s win over the Huss Huskies the Red Raiders showed once again that you really don’t have to throw the football to get the job done. Huss started the game strong, scoring once and managing to keep the South Point offense on the bench most of the first quarter. In all South Point only had three offensive snaps in the first quarter. However, once the Red Raiders started to move the ball Huss could do little to stop them. Nine South Point runners contributed to 386 yards of rushing offense. Running back Tyson Riley led the way with 198 yards on 15 carries. So far this year Riley is

having one heck of a season. With five games under his belt the 170 pound senior has pounded out 943 yards for Big Red Defensively the Red Raiders kept the Huss quarterback on his heels. The Red Raiders registered five quarterback hurries and one pick pulled in by Will Ross. Matt Hastings was the game’s top defender with eight tackles. In post-game comments Red Raider head coach Adam Hodge acknowledged that the first quarter wasn’t anything he was thrilled with, but he was glad that his team got on track and finished the job. “I thought we played well for three quarters,” Hodge explained. “The first wasn’t real good. We didn’t score and they scored. We had some penalties, but we were pretty good after that.” This week the Red Raiders face one of the toughest teams on their schedule when they travel to Shelby to play the 3-1 Crest Chargers. This game will be big as South Point and Crest both hope to establish themselves as the top team in the Big South 3A. East Gaston has an important game this week as well as the Warriors host the 3-1

Area students accepted into College of Charleston Honors College Over 280 students have been accepted into the College of Charleston Honors College for the Fall 2021 school year. The Honors College at the College of Charleston was recently recognized as one of the top 40 public university honors programs in the country by Inside Honors. Additional information can be found at The following local students will be at-

tending the College of Charleston Honors College: Elizabeth Morrison of Belmont plans to major in Undecided at the College of Charleston. Sydney Wertz of Cramerton plans to major in Computing in the Arts at the College of Charleston.

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Thomas Jefferson Gryphons. It’s still early in the season but coach JT Postell knows that a win against

Thomas Jefferson may very well pay off when playoff brackets are decided at the end of the season.

“This game has playoff implications,” coach Postell said of EG’s matchup against the Gryphons.

Let your light shine! By Rev. Trent Rankin Salvation Church, Gastonia, NC

Now that our kids are growing older, any time they leave the house to go out with their friends, we always remind them to be good, and make wise decisions. Wherever they go, they carry with them all the values we have taught them through their lives. As followers of Jesus, we represent Christ every where we go. The Apostle Paul said, “Therefore we are ambassadors for Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:20, ESV). Are people seeing Jesus in us? Beginning in Matthew 5, Jesus gave one of His greatest teachings, the Sermon on the Mount. Overlooking the scenic Sea of Galilee, Jesus sat on a mountainside and delivered His profound teachings to those gathered. Jesus’ teachings were radical in His day and ours. He spoke of forgiveness, selflessness, and love for our enemies. Jesus said we are to be salt and light. We are to be the salt of the earth. Just as salt seasons our food, we season the world by representing Jesus before everyone we meet. If we lose our seasoning, how are we influencing people for Jesus? As the light of the world, we should be shining bright for Jesus. We would never hide a light, but instead we would display it so the whole

house would be lighted. In the same way, our light should shine brightly everywhere we go, letting people see Jesus reflected in us. Rev. Trent Rankin So much of what we see around us today is so far away from Jesus and all He teaches us. We live in a time of hopelessness, worry, and fear. The world can be a dark, evil place. In the midst of all of this, we as Christians can offer the light of Jesus. When people see you and I, is Jesus obvious in our lives? Are we reflecting the values of Jesus before the people we encounter ever day? In Matthew 5:16 Jesus said, “Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” (ESV). We are a living testimony for Jesus. Many people see us every day. We have the opportunity to show them Jesus. You never know who you may influence for Jesus, just by what they see in you. People need Jesus. People need to see Jesus in us. Wherever you find yourself this week, shine bright for Jesus. Be a lighthouse for a dark world. Let your light shine!