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1971 Red Raiders to be inducted into Belmont Sports Hall of Fame By Alan Hodge Editor Alan.email@example.com
In 1971 the unemployment rate in Belmont was around 1.1 percent, a fact that made folks smile with happiness. That same year the South Point Red Raiders football team basically stomped every opponent they faced into the turf and that made folks delirious with joy. Recognizing that undefeated team, the Belmont Sports Hall of Fame will add it to the hallowed roster of local sports legends at a banquet and awards ceremony slated for Feb. 19 at 7pm at Park St. United Methodist Church. Guest speaker will be UNC-Charlotte football coach Brad Lambert. The 1971 Red Raiders football team was led by coaches Mike Hudock, Jim Biggerstaff, Earl Lingafeldt, and Phil Tate to a perfect 10-0 record in regular season conference play. It was the first time that record had been achieved in Belmont since 1953, and ironically, Coach Biggerstaff was a player on that squad. In addition to having the whole 1971 team added to See RED RAIDERS, 4B
Benefits could be slashed By Alan Hodge Editor Alan.firstname.lastname@example.org
People drawing unemployment checks in the future in North Carolina got some bad news last week when the NC House voted 77-42 along party lines to approve a Republican-backed bill that would see their benefits sharply slashed. The bill was forwarded to the Senate floor last Thursday for further consideration. Republicans also hold a majority of seats in the Senate. Gaston County Republicans Dana Bumgardner and John Torbett voted “aye” on the bill. The bill is designed to pay down the $2.5 billion that the state owes the federal government for money it borrowed during the height of the Great Recession and tens of thousands of unemployed North Carolinians were availing themselves of benefits extensions that at one time went as high as 99 weeks total state and federal combined. With the unemployment rate still hovering around 9 percent, the state is still borrowing around $25 million a week to pay benefits. The bill that the House passed would cut the maximum benefits to unemployed workers by one-third. Maximum benefits would drop from $535 to $350 a week. The number of weeks a person could draw benefits would shrink from 26 to a shifting scale of between 12 and 20 weeks based on the unemployment rate. However, according to Larry Parker, acting public relations director at the NCESC, folks currently drawing a check will not see their weekly amount reduced. “The proposed reductions will apply to those who file new claims after July 1, 2013,” Parker said. Democrats had tried to get an amendment to the bill to make the date it would go into effect Jan. 1, 2014. See UNEMPLOYMNENT 5A
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African-American Quilters Guild of Gaston County members are seen at the Belmont Historical Society with one of their hand made creations. The group currently has a featured display of other works inside the museum. From left, Jasha Crystal Hunter, Barbara Hart, Louise Keets, and Flossie Fox
From scraps of cloth to works of love By Alan Hodge Editor Alan.email@example.com
Most people take old scraps of cloth and turn them into dusting rags, but members of the AfricanAmerican Quilters Guild of Gaston County turn them into works of art that warm folks’ hearts and bodies. The group currently has about
fifteen members and got its start back in 2005. Quilter Barbara Hart was one of the founders and described how the ladies searched for a home base. “We first started meeting at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Belmont where Rev. Kenneth Alexander and his wife extended a warm welcome,” Hart said. “After about six months we moved to a meeting place in a little house on Devine
St., also in Belmont. We finally moved to Unity Place in Gastonia at St. Stephen’s AME Zion Church where we’ve been for the past two years.” According to Hart, members come from a diverse geographical area that includes Belmont, Gastonia, Charlotte, and even South Carolina. Hart and several other members including Jasha Crystal
Hunter, Louise Keets, and Flossie Fox recently met at the Belmont Historical Society Museum where they talked about how what led them to the art and craft of quilting. “As a child I saw my mother and grandmother quilt, but it didn’t excite me all that much,” she said. “However, as an adult I took a quilting class at the Lucille See QUILTERS 5A
How hazardous is coal ash disposal? By Alan Hodge Editor Alan.firstname.lastname@example.org
Last month Duke Energy representative Tim Gause went before the Belmont City Council and gave his firm’s side of the coal ash safety and disposal debate. Last week the council heard the other side of the coin from Catawba Riverkeeper rep Rick Gaskins who declared the coal ash ponds at Duke’s steam stations such as Riverbend near Mount Holly and Allen below Belmont were like a “sword of Damocles” hanging over the heads of the local populace. Now, for those of you who don’t know, Damocles was a courtier of the 4th century King Dionysius II of Syracuse, Italy. Damocles kept saying how swell it must be to have all that power and luxury and how gladly he would sit on the throne. For an answer, Dionysius gave Damocles a shot at the seat, but suspended a huge sword right over his head held
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This aerial view of the Riverbend Steam Station coal ash ponds shows their proximity to Mountain Island Lake. by a single hair from a horse’s tail. In other words, what Gaskins meant was, in his opinion, the Duke Energy ash ponds are
something that look relatively benign, but could prove hazardous in ways such as water See COAL ASH, 2A
Rowing Club considering River Park as ‘home base’ By Alan Hodge Editor Alan.email@example.com
When most folks think of rowing, or sculling as it’s also called, the image that pops up is that of Ivy-league college boys from Harvard or Yale straining at the oars of a skinny boat. However, there’s a chance that a recreational form of that activity could find itself taking place at Belmont’s planned River Park. “The Charlotte Youth Rowing Club coach, Byron “Doc” Walthall, gave an informative
presentation at the City Council’s Annual Retreat on Saturday, Jan. 26,” said Belmont Parks and Recreation Director Sallie Stevenson. “He proposed their club’s great interest in working with the City to make the future River Park their home base due to the river location there that is better suited for their sculling. The City is taking this under consideration.” Walthall is a semi-retired physician who lives in Charlotte and is executive director of the Carolina Rowing Foundation. He is also a US Rowing Level 3 coach.
Talks are underway concerning the possibility of having a rowing facility in Belmont near the planned River Park. This photo shows Charlotte Youth Rowing members enjoying a day on Lake Wylie. According to Walthall, the Park is to be located near WilkinCatawba River section in East Bel- son Blvd. would make a good mont where the proposed River See ROWING CLUB, 3A
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■ OBITUARIES Patricia Eudy MOUNT HOLLy – Patricia Ethel Bishop Eudy, 49, died Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 at home. She was born in Gaston County, daughter of Mary Welch Bishop and the late Lawrence Wilkins Bishop. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her brother, Buddy Bishop and a sister, Janice Caulder. In addition to her mother, she is survived by her sister, Shelia Holland of Dallas; a brother, Bobby Bishop and his w i f e Terri of Gastonia; a sister-inlaw, Melanie Bishop; her life partner, Dale Davidson; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was a 1981 graduate of East Gaston High School. A memorial service to celebrate the life of Mrs. Eudy will be held at 11a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, at The Woodlawn Chapel of Woodlawn Funeral Home in Mount Holly with Pastor Junior Welch officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Woodlawn Funeral Home, Mount Holly is serving the family.
Rachel Patterson GASTONIA – Rachel White Patterson, 98, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 at her residence. She was a native of Caldwell County NC, born Oct. 30, 1914 to the late John C. and Minnie Chester White. Memorial service was Saturday Feb. 9 at 11am at Goshen Presbyterian Church Belmont with Rev. Mike Moreau officiating. Burial was private.
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Belmont PD responds to over 20,000 calls in 2012 By Alan Hodge Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
The Belmont Police Department stayed busy during the year 2012. According to recently released figures, Belmont PD had 20,414 calls for service during the year. During 2011, the department responded to 20,485 calls. “If you compare the last two years our call volume has stayed about the same,” Chief Charlie Franklin said. “We did see an increase in some areas. This included misdemeanor assaults, general alarm calls, domestics, disturbances and suspicious activity. “But then again we also saw a decreases in aggravated assaulted, burglar alarms, property damage and harassment calls.” The largest number of calls for service in 2012 involved vehicle stops with 2,928 recorded. The next highest number involved special checks with 1,908 tallied. This was followed by community police patrol calls at 1,889. Checking out suspicious persons sent Belmont police on 890 calls in 2012. Checking suspicious vehicles added 609 calls to the 2012
Belmont Officers answered over 20,000 calls in 2012. During this animal assistance call Officers Floyd Bollinger (L) and Brent Herndon (R) try to help an injured goat at the site of River Front Park.
score. Checking on the welfare of elderly or sick folks accounted for 285 Belmont PD calls in 2012. Belmont police were also involved in serving warrants and made 231 calls for this purpose. Belmont police also responded to a total of over 200 calls for help from surrounding law enforcement such as Belmont Abbey police and departments in Cramerton, McAdenville, Mount Holly, Gaston County police, and Charlotte Mecklenburg police. Calls for as-
City recycles tree branches as mulch The City of Belmont street department put new mulch in Stowe Park this week. The mulch is a result of the Duke Energy tree-trimming project in town several weeks ago. The Duke Energy contractor, Asplundh Tree Expert Company, trimmed the trees and limbs that Duke determined could interfere with reliable electricity delivery. Asplundh then put the limbs through a chipped creating mulch and delivered the mulch to the Belmont public works department. This saved Asplundh from transporting the mulch out of town and allowed the City of Belmont to gain hundreds of dump truck loads worth of mulch. The street department will spread this mulch in other city parks over the next several weeks.
sistance from EMS and the fire department came out to about 180 responses. Folks getting rowdy kept Belmont police busy in 2012 with 55 fights in progress, 46 discharging firearms, 191 domestic arguments, 51 harassments, 54 communicating threats, and 371 civil disturbance calls in 2012. There were also 123 cases of misdemeanor assault. Loud disturbances made for 105 calls and loud music 86 calls. Auto accidents accounted for around 750 calls for serv-
ice in 2012 with five of those involving a deadly weapon. Breaking and entering generated 176 calls for service. Intoxicated drivers and pedestrians resulted in a total of 142 more calls for service. Radar license checks ran up 123 calls. Just a few of the other calls that Belmont PD found themselves involved in during 2012 included removing debris from the road, K9 search, fireworks, stranded motorist, shoplifting, skateboarding juveniles, and ABC violations.
■ BELMONT Feb 4: Lashanta Seigle, failure to appear, arrested by Officer R. Cassell, US29/74. Feb. 4: Roger Dale Baker, failure to appear DWLR, arrested by Officer P. Hunter, 902 Laye Ct #2. Feb. 4: Erica Renee Lyles, shoplifting by concealment, arrested by Officer M. Kaiman, 701 Hawley Ave. Feb. 4: Brient Najee Frink, shoplifting by con-
Overall, the Belmont Police Department has maintained a high level of professional service over the past year with a high workload. “Our officers did a good job in 2012,” Franklin said. “We have increased our visibility downtown and instituted a new emphasis on community policing. Our response time to calls is also one of the best in the area. The year 2012 showed once again that Belmont is still a safe place to live and work.”
cealment, arrested by Officer M. Kaiman, 701 Hawley Ave. Feb. 5: Gary Van Snipes, DWI- alcohol, DWLR, rear taillight required, arrested by Officer M. Stroupe, 38 E. Catawba Ave. Feb. 6: Katelyn Brooke Ledford, simple assault, arrested by Officer Wingate, 1617 Bishop Ct. Feb. 7: Terry Scott Lee, DWLR, arrested by Officer
Elizondo, 6751 Wilkinson Blvd. Feb. 8: Ashley Danielle Cook, identity theft, larceny, FTA 2nd degree trespass, arrested by Officer M. Kaiman, 701 Hawley Ave. Feb. 9: Kylie Anne O’Connell. Consuming alcohol by person less than 21, arrested by Officer J. Davis, Belmont Abbey College.
COAL ASH: how safe is the disposal? From page 1A
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and ground pollution, as well as a potential inundation of nearby property if the dams and dikes holding them back should fail. Gaskins’ presentation was thorough in its examination of Duke Energy’s coal ash program. Charts he showed the council ran the gamut from thermal impacts of the company’s coal-fired steam plants to aerial photos of ash ponds, to the number of bass fish a person could safely eat each week from Lake Wylie. The answer was one. Gaskins also gave the council a hard look at seepage from the coal ash ponds at Riverbend and Allen steam stations. The photo he showed of a seepage from Allen station looked like chocolate pudding scattered with leaves. Another aerial shot of what Gaskins said was groundwater contamination at the Riverbend plant declared it exceeded standards for boron, iron, manganese, and sulfates. “Duke told you that the amount of water lost through seepage is minimal,” Gaskins said. “We estimate that each of the larger individual seeps discharge about 50,000 gallons per day which is roughly 28,000 times less than the peak discharge from the Marshall Steam Station, but it is still a lot of contaminants going into a drinking water reservoir.”
Gaskins also said that the seeps are unpermitted and unmonitored discharges. “Duke stated that it was in compliance with its permit,” Gaskins told the council. “But the permit contains no limits for the contaminants of most concern such as arsenic, selenium, and mercury. Thus, to say that Duke is in compliance is to say very little.” Gaskins’ presentation didn’t totally damn Duke Energy. He seemed pleased regarding the recent decision by the company to shut down the Allen Steam Station on Mountain Island Lake in April- two years ahead of schedule. “The closing is great news,” he said. “I commend Duke for closing that plant. It was one of the dirtiest, if not the dirtiest plant in their system.” Overall, Gaskins urged the council to stay informed and in contact with Duke Energy regarding any potential impacts that might arise from the storage and/or disposal of coal ash. “It is appropriate for towns to be concerned about the quality of their water,” he said. Gaskins closed his remarks with a quote from broadcast personality Paul Harvey. “Now you know the rest of the story,” he said.
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place for a rowing facility for several reasons. “Currently we have a rowing facility at the Catawba Yacht Club near the NC 49 bridge at Lake Wylie,” Walthall said. “Due to the success of the youth rowing program, we are outgrowing that location and looking to establish a larger one.” Walthall also feels the waters near Belmont are better for rowing. “The water quality as far as wind-generated waves and boat wakes is better at Belmont,” he said. According to Walthall, rowing is a sport that is beneficial to a variety of people and Belmont’s location near a large metropolitan center would also make it ideal for attracting them. “Men and women can both participate in rowing,” he said. “Though youth rowing is more numerous here, adults of all body types and ages can enjoy it as well. There are groups for races going up to 80 years of age.” So, how could Belmont benefit by having a rowing facility to call its own? Walthall says one way would be to tap into the sport’s upper class image.
Also, the fact that drivers on the I-85 and Wilkinson Blvd. bridges could look down and see rowers in colorful outfits gliding along in their slender watercraft would give a positive image not only to the sport but the city as well. Having a new recreational experience for local youth would also be a plus for rowing in Belmont. According to information that Walthall provide to the council, rowers have the highest GPA among collegiate athletes. Rowing is also considered to have a low impact on the environment. Adults could also benefit from a rowing facility in Belmont by having it serves as not only an individual sport such as kayaking or canoeing, but by also using it as a corporate team building exercise. But there’s still a long way to go before rowing in Belmont becomes a reality. “We are in the exploration phase,” Walthall said. “There are issues to be considered such as funding and the size and capacity of a boat house. The idea now is to work with city officials and consultants to see what we can do to help each other. The devil is in the details, but everyone is hopeful and excited about the concept.”
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Alan Hodge Editor Recently I went to the Belmont branch of the Gaston County library system to do some ‘research’ for the article in last week’s paper about the story time special programs for kids held there and at other locations and how important they are to the intellectual and social growth of the attendees. This got me to thinking about the importance of books and reading in the lives of kids and how the abundance or lack of it can have a profound impact on young lives and how they turn out. My own love of the written word began with those little things called “golden books”. They had a gold-colored spine and inside were pages filled with stories and pictures about all sorts of stuff. The glue that held the books together was pretty tasty too as I enjoyed teething on them or so I am told. Next came the Dick and Jane books in school. How many of you can name the dog in those books, or the cat? Spot and Puff were the names in case you didn’t know. When I was in elementary school we went to what’s called the media center today and got to check out books. My favorites were biographies of people like Robert E. Lee and Winston Churchill. I liked anything to do with history but shunned mystery books as I lacked the patience to read the whole thing to find out who done it. For a spell we lived near the East Branch library off Central Avenue in Charlotte. It had central air conditioning when most homes did not and I would go there in summer to sit in the cool oasis and look at books. By and by when I was about 12-years-old my great aunt
Louise Smith Surratt got me a subscription to National Geographic magazine and my little world suddenly expanded. Many hours I sat down with eyes riveted on those yellowbound pages. My favorite articles and photos dealt with ancient Egypt. I still have a fascination with that culture and time period and once spent a whole day at the British Museum looking at mummy after mummy and statue after statue and pondered what it must have been like to have been a pharaoh and if you wanted to you stand on the steps of your palace and tell everyone to kiss your foot and they would have to do it. Another National Geographic favorite topic was mine were natives from places like Borneo or the South Pacific islands. Once I saw picture of a Borneo chap with a ball point pin in his noise crossways. Another photo showed some of his pals jumping off a huge homemade scaffold
with nothing but some vines around their ankles keeping them from shining the ground below with their faces. Yet another National Geographic pic that sticks in my mind was that of a native girl from Polynesia propped up in the doorway of her hut eating a yam and wearing a big ol’ smile and fluffy grass skirt and that was it. Besides the National Geographic, another influence on my early brain development was the set of Colliers encyclopedias my mom went in debt for. Having a short attention span (still do), meant I could not sit down and start at “A” and work my way to “Z” but I read most of the set by flipping along until I saw something interesting and stopping there to read all about it. Overall, I recall devouring everything to read I could get my hands on. This included my mom’s movie magazines like Modern Screen with ads by June Wilkinson and Fredricks of Hol-
lywood and Boy’s Life and Popular Mechanics that showed you how to fish and fix lawn mowers. As my school days progressed through the years I eventually became interested in the works of Lake District poets such as Coleridge and Wordsworth, Beatnik poets like Gregory Corso, anything by Papa Hemingway, and non-fiction by the tons on any and all subjects. Anyway, I am convinced that reading at an early age and being exposed to an eclectic blend of material in print formed my love of the written word and led me to my work in journalism, for better or worse! Anyway again, what I am saying is that too many kids today have little to no exposure to books and reading. Maybe computers get part of the blame. You can certainly read a book online but it’s just not the same as actually holding it in your hands and feeling the paper and when you are done reading putting a nice
The Montcross and Greater Gaston chambers of commerce hosted a political send-off event at Belmont Abbey recently. Seen on stage answering questions from the crowd are, from left: Rep. John Torbett, NC House District 108; Rep. Dana Bumgardner, NC House District 109; Gaston County School Board At-Large Jeff Ramsey; and moderator Tim Gause with Duke Energy. Topic discussed ranged from taxes to the Garden Parkway project. Photo by Alan Hodge
marker at that page and putting the book away with lots of others on a shelf. I know parents are busy these days and working and running around driving the kids to whatever game or lesson happens to be on the menu for that day and then cooking some food and getting stuff lined up for the next round, and so actually sitting down with the offspring to read together gets put on the back burner but in my humble opinion it would be nice if a slice of the day could be set aside a couple of times each week for some inhouse non-electronic intellectual stimulation. In the meantime, the story tellers at our local libraries are helping out as best they can planting seeds of knowledge and hopefully a love of books and reading into as many little bodies and minds as care to come to the free programs they offer which is about as valuable a service as can be found anywhere at any price.
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Belmont Police review pursuit policy By Alan Hodge Editor Alan.email@example.com
The Belmont Public Safety Committee met Monday afternoon to discuss possible alterations to the cityâ€™s â€œNon-Routine Vehicle Operation Policyâ€?. In other words, what happens if police are involved in a situation such as a pursuit. The meeting was prompted at least in part by concerns relating to the deaths last Feb. 22 of former Belmont mayor Kevin Loftin and his friend Donna Deitz. The couple was returning from a church service in Charlotte when Loftinâ€™s Audi was struck broadside at the corner of US 29/74 and NC 273 by an SUV being driven by Lester Norman who was trying to elude police after he had sped away from a police checkpoint at I-85 at Exit 26. Norman was on federal probation at the time and said the reason acted as he did was because he didnâ€™t want to go back to jail. However, he was sentenced to at least 25 years in prison for the deaths of Loftin and Deitz. Deitzâ€™s sister, Ellen Tucker of Monterey, California, has said several times she thinks Belmont police could have acted differently regarding the pursuit of Norman, such as breaking off the vehicle chase, and perhaps prevented the deaths. On the other hand, Belmont Police Chief Charles Franklin has declared that proper procedure was followed throughout the incident. â€œYou have to take into account the totality of circumstances in each pursuit,â€? Franklin said. At Mondayâ€™s meeting Franklin presented the Public Safety Committee with
an updated version of the non-routine vehicle operation policy that included a number of revisions. The main changes and clarifications related to justification for pursuit of a vehicle and made clear that before officers can chase they must have certain circumstances in place before it begins. This includes if the person is â€œreasonably believedâ€? by police to have committed or attempted to commit a rape, murder, kidnapping, arson, robbery, felonious assault, crime with a deadly weapon, or is wanted on charges with any of the aforementioned crimes. The revised policy also included traffic checkpoints. One change would require traffic checkpoints to be authorized in advance by an officer with the rank of lieutenant or above. Another change would require a minimum of three officers with marked patrol cars for each approved checkpoint. Also, a field supervisor with the rank of sergeant or above must be at the checkpoints at all times. In addition, all police cars at the checkpoints must have a working â€œdashcamâ€? placed in a position top record the actions of officers and motorists at the location. For the purpose of definition, Belmont police have three types of traffic checkpoints. They include a roadside safety check, impaired driving checkpoints, and fugitive checkpoints. The policy changes will be discussed this week by the Public Safety Committee and if approved could go into effect March 1. However, there is the possibility that more evaluation, review, and investigation could go into them as time goes by and further talks on the subject are held.
QUILTERS: creating works of love From page 1A Tatum Center and I was hooked. It was a joy putting scraps of fabric into a thing of beauty.â€? Hunter came from a long line of quilters. â€œMy grandmother and great grandmother taught me the basics,â€? she said â€œBut I learned a lot from my fifth grade teacher at Belmont Central Miss Beatty. Iâ€™ve always making things, Iâ€™m a crafter.â€? Fox says a quilt she saw at a friendâ€™s house turned her on to the art. â€œI didnâ€™t grow up around quilters,â€? she said. â€œI went to visit a friend who was making a quilt and knew right then I wanted to give it a try.â€? A native of New Jersey, Keets is a skilled seamstress and decided to delve into quilting. â€œIâ€™ve been sewing since childhood and mostly made my own clothes,â€? she said. â€œWhen I moved to North Carolina I started looking for a quilting group and found this one online.â€? Each lady in the AfricanAmerican Quilters Guild of Gaston County brings their own style to projects. Several have made quilts depicting scenes from the Underground Railroad. Others have made quilts for folks that tell a story of the recipientâ€™s life. â€œWe made a quilt for a woman who was a hairdresser so it had designs of hairbrushes and driers stitched in,â€? said Hunter. â€œAnother was for a teacher and it included crayons and rulers.â€?
Missionary Kayley Rivera of Belmont is seen with children from the Kenyan Orphanage who are wearing â€œpilliowcase dressesâ€? hand made by members of the African American Quilters Guild of Gaston County. Fox says she made a quilt for her brother who is an outdoorsman that included hunting and fishing scenes. The African-American Quilters Guild doesnâ€™t believe in just making lovely quilts to be looked at or displayed, they share their work with those who could never believe in their wildest dreams that they could wrap up in something so wonderful. â€œWe are also a service organization and give quilts to the homeless shelter as well as those who are sick and shut-in,â€? Hart said. â€œSo far weâ€™ve donated over thirty quilts to these and other causes.â€? The guildâ€™s talents arenâ€™t just limited to quilts. Other items theyâ€™ve made and donated include knit caps, socks, bootees, and scarves. â€œWe have also made quilts to raffle off for money for Relay for Life,â€? said Hunter. â€œWe have made a quilts as a door prize for the Survivors Dinner to be won by
a survivor. That dinner as you probably know is given each year by the Relay for Life committee.â€? Guild members also help needy children overseas in a most imaginative way. First they take a pillowcase or a yard of other material, then add buttons and ribbons to it, then fashion openings on the top and sides, and voilaâ€™, a nice little dress is made. â€œWeâ€™ve sent over 200 pillowcase dresses to children in Kenya and Haiti,â€? said Hunter. Anyone interested in joining the African-American Quilters Guild can contact Hunter at 704860-0415 or Hart at 704-8669840. The group also has a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AfricanAmericanQuiltGuildofGastonCounty. â€œWe meet the fourth Saturday of every month at Unity Place from 12-3pm,â€? Hart said. â€œWe welcome beginners as well as experienced quilters. This is a group of phenomenally talented, Christian women.â€?
UNEMPLOYMENT: benefits could be slashed From page 1A With recent news from the NC Employment Security Commission that nearly 11,000 people in Gaston County are out of work, that the county unemployment rate is stuck at around 10 percent- higher than the state rate- and that Freightliner is planning to lay off hundreds of workers from its Mount Holly factory, the prospect of
benefit cuts has people nervous. A Freightliner spokesman from Mount Holly, Robert Riggins, told the Raleigh News and Observer that the benefit cuts were wrong. â€œThat bill is devastating to North Carolina families and North Carolina workers,â€? he said. Riggins also told legislators they should try living on unemployment benefits to see how they liked it.
Justin Wilkinson of McAdenville has been collecting unemployment benefits while he looks for work and thinks the bill in the General Assembly will have a trickle down effect it passed as currently written. â€œIt will hurt a lot of families, not just the individual that gets the check,â€? Wilkinson said. â€œIt will put their homes and vehicles in jeopardy. It takes a certain amount to keep a family
going and if the cuts are as much as they are talking about people will be devastated.â€? Wilkinson also looked beyond the dollars and cents of keeping a home afloat financially. â€œI coach youth sports and if I donâ€™t have money for gas to get to the gym or field then I guess I wonâ€™t be coaching. This means the benefits cuts can impact other people besides me.â€?
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Church Service Directory MT. HOLLY Bethel Baptist Church NC Highway 273 704-827-9846 Burge Memorial Methodist Church 312 W. Glendale Ave. 704-827-2726 Catawba Heights Church of God 122 Tomberlin Rd. 704-827-4225 Cbc-Memorial Apostolic 230 W. Charlotte Ave. 704-827-0968 Chapel Baptist Church 324 N. Lee St. 704-827-5526 Community Christian Fellowship 2560 Stanley Lucia Rd. 704-827-5881 Covenant United Methodist 110 Underwood Dr. 704-820-0603 Family Worship Center 1013 W. Charlotte Ave. 704-827-7656 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
Goshen Free Will Baptist Church 1300 W. Catawba Ave. 704-827-3076
Mt. Sinai Baptist Church 339 S. Hawthorne St. 704-827-4320
Grace Baptist Church 300 Westland Farm Rd. 704-827-8600
New Covenant United Methodist 14514 Lucian Riverbend Hwy. 704-827-4468
Harvest Time Church of God 707 Westland Farm Rd. 704-822-8033
New Providence Baptist Church 1104 Old NC 27 Hwy. 704-827-0822
Hickory Grove Baptist Church 3717 Hickory Grove Rd. 704-827-3939
North Main Baptist Church 1304 N. Main St. 704-827-6141
Jehovahâ€™s Witnesses 1736 Kelly Rd. 704-263-0199
Restoration & Deliverance 804 W. Charlotte Ave. 704-820-0954
Lighthouse Full Gospel Church 530 N. Hawthorne St. 704-827-1442
Revival Tabernacle of Mt. Holly 826 W. Charlotte Ave. 704-827-2999
Living Witness Ministries 541 Costner St. 704-827-0004 Lutheran Church-Good Shephard 110 S. Main St. 704-827-4751 Macedonia Baptist Church 1951 Stanley Lucia Rd. 704-827-9224 Mt. Holly Church of God 208 Rankin Ave. 704-827-8596 Mt. Holly Noles Baptist Church Hickory Grove Rd. 704-827-2013 Mt. Holly Pentecostal Holiness 406 Scott St. 704-827-8201
Featured Church of the Week Tuckaseege Baptist Church Shiloh Ame Zion Methodist 1117 Old NC Hwy 27 704-827-8826
Tuckaseege Baptist Church 511 Tuckaseege Rd. 704-827-4301
Springfield Freewill Baptist 220 Park Terrace Dr. 704-820-0193
Way of the Cross Baptist Church 238 Lanier Ave. 704-827-8111
Ridgeview Baptist Church 105 Pine Rd. 704-827-3856
St. Anthony of Padua Traditional Catholic Church 108 Horseshoe Bend Beach Rd. 704-827-8676
Wesley Chapel Holiness Church 324 N. Lee St. 704-827-1993
Second Baptist Church 740 Rankin Ave. 704-827-5181
St. Paul FHB Church 1529 Old Hwy 27 Rd. 704-827-5851
Westview Presbyterian Church 1020 W. Catawba Ave. 704-827-2026
Notice In order to accommodate the number of churches in our communities, we will print two alternating lists of churches each week. If you donâ€™t see the church youâ€™re looking for, be sure to check next weeks paper.
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