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1971 Red Raiders to be inducted into Belmont Sports Hall of Fame By Alan Hodge Editor Alan.bannernews@gmail.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.bannernews@gmail.com

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

Photo by Alan Hodge

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.bannernews@gmail.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.bannernews@gmail.com

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.bannernews@gmail.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

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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.

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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 alan.bannernews@gmail.com

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

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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.”

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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.

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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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Roger and Candace Edwards of Absolute Turf & Landscape Management receive a packet of free business services certificates valued at $4,200 from Montcross Area Chamber President Ted Hall (left).

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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

Political send-off

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.bannernews@gmail.com

The Belmont Public Safety Committee met Monday afternoon to discuss possible alterations to the city’s “Non-Routine Vehicle Operation Policy�. 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 Loftin’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 didn’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. Deitz’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. “You have to take into account the totality of circumstances in each pursuit,� Franklin said. At Monday’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 “reasonably believed� 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 “dashcam� 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.

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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.� Hunter came from a long line of quilters. “My grandmother and great grandmother taught me the basics,� she said “But I learned a lot from my fifth grade teacher at Belmont Central Miss Beatty. I’ve always making things, I’m a crafter.� Fox says a quilt she saw at a friend’s house turned her on to the art. “I didn’t grow up around quilters,� she said. “I went to visit a friend who was making a quilt and knew right then I wanted to give it a try.� A native of New Jersey, Keets is a skilled seamstress and decided to delve into quilting. “I’ve been sewing since childhood and mostly made my own clothes,� she said. “When I moved to North Carolina I started looking for a quilting group and found this one online.� 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 recipient’s life. “We made a quilt for a woman who was a hairdresser so it had designs of hairbrushes and driers stitched in,� said Hunter. “Another was for a teacher and it included crayons and rulers.�

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Missionary Kayley Rivera of Belmont is seen with children from the Kenyan Orphanage who are wearing “pilliowcase dresses� 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 doesn’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. “We are also a service organization and give quilts to the homeless shelter as well as those who are sick and shut-in,� Hart said. “So far we’ve donated over thirty quilts to these and other causes.� The guild’s talents aren’t just limited to quilts. Other items they’ve made and donated include knit caps, socks, bootees, and scarves. “We have also made quilts to raffle off for money for Relay for Life,� said Hunter. “We 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.� 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 voila’, a nice little dress is made. “We’ve sent over 200 pillowcase dresses to children in Kenya and Haiti,� 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. “We meet the fourth Saturday of every month at Unity Place from 12-3pm,� Hart said. “We welcome beginners as well as experienced quilters. This is a group of phenomenally talented, Christian women.�

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. “That bill is devastating to North Carolina families and North Carolina workers,� 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. “It will hurt a lot of families, not just the individual that gets the check,� Wilkinson said. “It will put their homes and vehicles in jeopardy. It takes a certain amount to keep a family

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Ridgeview Baptist Church 105 Pine Rd. 704-827-3856

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East Gaston wrestlers post final match of the season East Gaston ends Mega 7 run with win By John Wilson John.bannernews@gmail.com

The East Gaston Warriors wrestling team finished their last team match in the Mega 7 Conference with a 57-16 win over Charlotte’s Olympic High. The Warriors had no problem making short work of the overmatched Trojan squad. The Warrior wrestlers posted five wins on the night. Four came off of pins. One was decided with a decision. The Warriors also posted five wins by forfeit. Over all head wrestling coach Scott Goins was satisfied with the results. “Things went well,” Goins said. “They only had 3 wins. Two by pin and one by major decision. Posting wins for East Gaston were Eric Harvey, Tristan Frazier, Alex Ledford, Jack Reep and Mark Bedard. With the Olympic win the Warriors ended the regular season with a impressive 18-3 record. They ended the year second in the Mega 7 with a 5-1 record. They only lost one conference match up. That was to Charlotte Catholic. With the last Mega 7 team match in the books coach Goins is looking forward to moving back to the Gaston County based Big South Conference next year. “I’m thankful to be going back to the Big South,” Goins said. “That’s where our rivalries are. The fan support and crowds are so much better.”

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East Gaston’s Mega 7 Conference Champion Jacob Griggs slams an opponent into the mat in action earlier this year.

East Gaston’s Mega 7 Conference Champion Jacob Griggs slams an opponent into the mat. Griggs proved a powerful opponent all season long.

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Alex Lapiana of Charlotte C a t h o l i c . In the Heavy Weight title match up East Gaston freshman Jordan Wilson took the conference championship with a pin over Charlotte Catholic’s Matt Kowalewski. Goins had high praise Wilson and fellow freshman Tyler Spurling. “Tyler had a good year,” Goins said. “He earned a varsity letter as a freshman. He went 31-20 on the year. Jordan also came on at the right time this year.” The Warriors had three wrestlers end up taking runner up honors. Three East Gaston wrestlers ended their

The East Gaston wrestling team placed second in the Mega 7 conference tournament held last week at West Mecklenburg High School. The effort put forth by the East Gaston wrestlers pleased head coach Scott Goins. “We had a good day,” Goins said. “A lot of teams were not full.” After the final match the Warriors walked away with four wrestlers being crowned conference champions. When the 120-pound

wrestlers battled it out in the finals East Gaston’s Michael Bedard was pitted against Olympic’s Asher Goodwin. Goodwin and Bedard had met before. “Goodwin won earlier in the year, “Goins said. “But this year in the finals Michael beat him 3-1.” East Gaston’s 126-pounder Jacob Grigg had a strong showing on his way to his conference title. “He won with pins all the way through. “Goins said. Grigg is now 51-1 on the year. In the 145-pound class East Gaston senior Alex Ledford won his title by posting pins over Brandon Addison of Garinger and

tournament run placing 3rd Mega 7 Match Results Mason Lewis (0-1) 106: Nathan Wheeler (Olympic) won by pin over Mason Lewis (East Gaston) 0:00. Eric Harvey (2-1) 113: Blake Jackson (Charlotte Catholic) won by major decision over Eric Harvey (East Gaston) 8-0. 113: Eric Harvey (East Gaston) won by pin over Tri Lee Rash (West Mecklenburg) 0:00. 113: Eric Harvey (East Gaston) won by pin over DeShawn Patterson (Garinger) 0:00. Michael Bedard (2-0)

120: Michael Bedard (East Gaston) won by tech fall over Danny Sardo (Charlotte Catholic) 0:00 19-4. 120: Michael Bedard (East Gaston) won by decision over Asher Goodwin (Olympic) 3-1. Jacob Grigg (2-0) 126: Jacob Grigg (East Gaston) won by pin over Korey Atkins (Garinger) 0:00. 126: Jacob Grigg (East Gaston) won by pin over Clark Edwards (Berry, Philip O Academy of Technology) 0:00. Jared Bassett (1-1) 132: Jared Bassett (East Gaston) won by pin over See WRESTLERS, 2B

Match Results 106: Nathan Wheeler, OLYM, pinned Mason Lewis, EG. 113: Eric Harvey, EG, pinned Matthew Rumfelt, OLYM, 120: Michael Bedard, EG, forfeit 126: Jacob Grigg, EG, forfeit 132: Jared Bassett, EG, forfeit 138: Tristin Frazier, EG, pinned Wallace Koon, OLYM, 145: Alex Ledford, EG, pinned Winston Garrison, OLYM, 152: Jack Reep, EG, pinned Jerry Harris, OLYM, 160: Tyler Spurling, EG,forfeit 170: Marshall Abernathy, EG, forfeit 182: Mark Bedard, EG, dec. Tony Quinn, OLYM, 7-3. 195: Zackary McElveen, OLYM, maj. dec. Sam McInnis, EG, 16-8. 220: double forfeit 285: Evan Patrick, OLYM, pinned Jordan Wilson EG,

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East Gaston basketball player Morgan Ensley is seen grabbing another rebound during the game with South Point last Friday. The Warriors won by a tally of 78-57.

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East Gaston High player Raven Brooks is seen scrambling for the ball with South Point players Callie Poll and Ashley Mull during last Friday’s game. South Point came out on top by a score of 47-37.

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From page 1B Terrence Thompson (Garinger) 0:00. 132: Ben Litton (Charlotte Catholic) won by decision over Jared Bassett (East Gaston) 6-3. Tristin Frazier (0-2) 138: Terrel Thompson-Bell (Garinger) won by pin over Tristin Frazier (East Gaston) 0:00. 138: Irwin Williams (West Mecklenburg) won by pin over Tristin Frazier (East Gaston) 0:00. Alex Ledford (2-0) 145: Alex Ledford (East Gaston) won by pin over Brandon Addison (Garinger) 0:00. 145: Alex Ledford (East Gaston) won by pin over Alex Lapiana (Charlotte Catholic) 0:00. Jack Reep (1-1) 152: Peter Lapiana (Charlotte Catholic) won by decision over Jack Reep (East Gaston) 2-0. 152: Jack Reep (East Gaston) won by pin over Winston Garrison (Olympic) 0:00. Tyler Spurling (1-1) 160: Tyler Spurling (East Gaston) won by tech fall over Fontavius Harding (West Mecklenburg) 0:00 18-1. 160: Chase Hayes (Charlotte Catholic) won by pin over Tyler Spurling (East Gaston) 0:00. Mark Bedard (1-1) 170: Mark Bedard (East Gaston) won by tech fall over Yusuf Baskin (Berry, Philip O Academy of Technology) 0:00 21-5. 170: Spencer Hayes (Charlotte Catholic) won by pin over Mark Bedard (East Gaston) 0:00. Marshall Abernathy (1-1) 182: Tony Quinn (Olympic) won by pin over Marshall Abernathy (East Gaston) 0:00. 182: Marshall Abernathy (East Gaston) won by pin over Steven Gaudio (Berry, Philip O Academy of Technology) 0:00. McInnis (0-1) Sam 195: Nick Elchert (Charlotte Catholic) won by major decision over Sam McInnis (East Gaston) 17-4. Jordan Wilson (1-0) 285: Jordan Wilson (East Gaston) won by pin over Matt Kowalewski (Charlotte Catholic) 0:00.

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At left: Belmont Abbey lacrosse season is getting underway. In this photo Dan Morrissey is seen on the field practicing his throw. Above: Belmont Abbey lacrosse coach Chris Barrett has high hopes for his team in the coming season. Here he’s seen discussing practice with two of his players.

Crusaders baseball team comes from behind to win The Belmont Abbey Crusaders baseball team defeated the Mars Hill Lions 10-8 at Abbey Yard last week in a come from behind victory. Mars Hill jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first with Thomas Timmerman tripling to center over the head of Kennan Stanley. Phillip Carroll then drove a pitch from starter Tim Crawford deep over the 370’ sign in right center for a two run shot. The homer marked the first lead an Abbey opponent held in the 2013 season. Adam Venditti, making his first start in 2013, hit a RBI single, and reached second with heads up base running on the subsequent cut off throw. Gabby Amor knocked a double over the head of third baseman Marc Marsh to send Venditti home. The hit was the first of three for the infielder on the day, giving him a .353 average.

After Mars Hill reclaimed the lead in the third, Kyle Buchanan doubled in the third scored Kennan Stanley and Quinn Hawksworth to give the Crusaders its first lead of the day. The Crusaders would stretch the lead to go up by three runs in the sixth. A pair of defensive mistakes for the Crusaders let the Lions rally and they trimmed the Abbey lead to a single run in the top of the sixth. The bottom of the seventh began with a single by Amor that was nearly caught by Carroll in right. Emilio Pagan hit a homer that cleared right center field with room to spare. The homer was the first to leave the yard for Abbey batters this year. The other homer, by Vazquez against Claflin, was an inside-the-park homer. Mars Hill staged a comeback in the sev-

enth with a three run rally. Kyle Rogers inherited runners on the corners, but walked Matt Mayo to load the bases. When the damage was done, both inherited runners scored with Mayo, to tie the score at eight runs each. In the eighth inning Stanley got a hit over the head of Tommy Scala that advanced Dimino to third. Quinn Hawksworth’s third hit of the afternoon drove home Anthony Dimino to break an 8-8 tie, followed by a long hit from Kyle Buchanan that scored Stanley. The hit accounted for Buchanan’s fourth RBI on the day. The two run eighth marked the first time the Crusaders won in their final at-bat. Emilio Pagan closed the door with a perfect ninth to earn his first save. Kyle Rogers was credited with the win.

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RED RAIDERS: team of 1971 to be inducted into Hall of Fame From page 1A the Belmont Sports Hall of Fame this year, seven individuals from it have been inducted in the past. “The 1971 team was the best one I ever coached in 20 years at South Point,” Biggerstaff said. “They began the winning tradition at the school that lives on today. They went through a lot of hell to be what they were in ’71.” The gridiron exploits of the 1971 Red Raiders was chronicled game by game in the pages of the Belmont Banner starting on September 1 of that year beginning with a huge, full-page ad introducing the team and coaches and touting the upcoming game with Cherryville. Players featured on the front page were quarterbacks Bill Hannon and Butch Harris. The Raiders went on to melt the Cherryville Ironmen by a score of 46-0. The next game for Belmont was against Crest, a team Biggerstaff warned his men had “size and speed”. Alas for Crest, that was not enough to prevent a 29-22 defeat at the hands of the Red Raider crew including several key plays by Scott Crawford. Game three of the 1971

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The 1971 South Point High football team will be inducted into the Belmont Sports Hall of Fame at a banquet Feb. 19 at 7pm at Park Street UMC. The team was undefeated in conference play and produced many outstanding players. football season saw Belmont battle South Rowan, and come away with a 42-6 win including three touchdowns by Crawford and one by Mike McWhirter. Moving along their path to glory, the Raiders next took on Kings Mountain and disposed of that team by a score of 20-0. This was followed by a 42-0 skinning of the Lincolnton High Wolves and a 28-0 win the following week against Central. The undefeated Shelby Golden Lions came to Belmont in late October to try

and break the Raider’s seven game winning streak. Key players that Belmont was counting on to see that didn’t happen were Mickey Lineberger, David Gibson, Danny Clawson, and Tony Beale. When the dust settled, the Lions limped back to Shelby with tail between legs after a 27-6 defeat. The next game of the 1971 Red Raiders football season saw the team blow the East Rutherford team away 60-0 to take the Southwest Conference Championship. The game saw South

Point’s total points scored in the season reach the 300 mark. Scott Crawford scored four times in the rout. In a rematch, the Raiders traveled to Lincolnton to meet the Wolves who were hungry for some Belmont burger. Too bad, because the Red Raiders won that game as well by a score of 34-20. This was followed by trip to Fallston and another 42-13 win over the Burns Bulldogs. Moving into post-season play in the 1971 football year, the Red Raiders met

Newton-Conover on the field at Lenoir-Rhyne College where Belmont bested them by a score of 41-0. For his work, Coach Biggerstaff was named Southwest Conference Coach of the Year. Scott Crawford was also named to the Shrine Bowl team. Belmont Mayor declared Nov. 24-31 as “Red Raider Week”. The grand finale’ of the 1971 South Point Red Raiders football season came when the team butted heads with Boyden High from Salisbury in the WNCHSAA

title game that ended in a 1414 tie with both teams sharing championship honors. This left the Raiders with a season total of 12 wins and the tie capping a remarkable season that folks still talk about. Tickets to the Belmont Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony and banquet are $20 and are available at Art Shoemaker State Farm Insurance office in Catawba Heights and the Montcross Area Chamber office in the Stowe Building in downtown Belmont.

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St. Mark’s UMC is WMU “Blessing Bookworms” focus St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Belmont is helping local schools and students by feeding students through a local weekend backpack program; gathering supplies and books; and helping other local Methodist churches plan their first annual summer day camp. Now through March 24th, St. Mark’s is taking monetary donations to help with the backpack ministry. They are also accepting donations of specific school supplies and BOOKS! And finally, we are looking for adult and teen volunteers to assist with a week-long summer day camp. We are asking the community to help with these ministries. You can make monetary donations to St. Mark’s UMC and memo “Blessing Bookworms” or drop off any of supplies at the church in a designated bin on the Fellowship Hall porch. These supplies will be forwarded on to pre-determined elementary schools before Spring break. The list of supplies includes: new or gently used elementary-age books, crayons, colored pencils, regular #2 pencils, pencil erasers, large bottles of hand sanitizer, adhesive bandages, and facial tissue. You can contact the church and we can provide you with a book list that has been compiled by elementary school teachers. I’m sure all books are appreciated, but the schools now have specific curriculums that require specific books, fiction and non-fiction. St. Mark’s is one of the

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Miss Mount Holly Pageant set for March 10 The Miss Mount Holly Pageant will be held Sunday, March 10 at 3pm at East Gaston High School located at 1744 Lane Road, Mt. Holly, NC 28120. Miss Mount Holly is an official preliminary to Miss North Carolina Pageant and Miss America Pageant. This pageant is open to young women between the ages of 17 and 24 who live, go to school or work full time in Gaston, Mecklenburg, Lincoln, Cleveland and Union counties. The pageant consists of four categories: personal interview, swimsuit, talent and evening gown. Among other prizes the young lady chosen as Miss Mount Holly 2013 will be awarded a $1,000.00 Education Scholarship. There is no entry fee. Miss NC, Arlie Honeycutt will emcee the event.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

■ SCHOOLS WC Friday Students of the Month W.C. Friday Middle School has announced its November Citizens of the Month. Standing (left to right): Shelby Herrin, Aesha Bah, Kade Christian, Riley Thornburg and Allurious Watson. Sitting (left to right): Drew Shaw, Cody Bryne, Madalyn Tate, Ashlee Jenkins and Hope Ramsey.

Friends of Rachel Club

Three selected for NC Honor Chorus

Contributed Photo

The Cramerton Middle School Friends of Rachel Club recently prepared gift baskets for Robin Johnson Hospice House. Seen with the baskets are club officers Crystal Prine, Allison Marlowe and Kayla Burchfield.

Gaston County Schools recently had three middle school chorus students who auditioned and were selected, for the NC Middle School Honor Chorus 2012. Approximately 1000 students auditioned, from across the state, and 157 were selected. GCS students are, from left: 8th Grader Dakota Jones from Belmont Middle School, Katherine Carpenter is his teacher; 8th Grader Blake Santiago from Holbrook Middle School, this is Blake’s second year of being selected, Amy Daniels is his teacher; 8th Grader Hannah McAferty from Cramerton Middle School, Patty Fayssoux is her teacher.

Wasson honored in art competition

Gaston Christian homecoming Gaston Christian High School celebrated Homecoming 2013 on Friday, January 18. The highlight of Spirit Week, Homecoming activities included a parade that spotlighted the members of the Homecoming Court and class floats, a pep rally, and crowning activities that preceded ball games against Westminster Catawba Christian School that evening. Miss Haley O’Brien, daughter of Richard and Tammy O’Brien of Stanley, N.C., was crowned the 2013 Homecoming Queen. Members of the Homecoming Court included the following seniors (pictured from left to right): Ashley Moore, Lindsey Mackey, Taylor Cherry, Haley O’Brien, Kathryn Painter, Carlee Colvard, and Cassidy Bailey.

Jewel Wasson, a Gaston Day School sophomore and daughter of Department of Social Services employee Laura Wasson, won honors for two pieces she submitted to the recent National Arts Program contest. The first piece, “Chained”, was a collage made from a photograph of a friend. This piece won a second place ribbon in the teen category and a $50 cash prize. Her second entry, “The Commitment”, is a block print piece depicting an engagement ring worn on her cousin’s finger. This year’s scholarship award is a very special honor

from the judges. The awards are for those participants that they saw the most potential for artistic advancement. There were only three of these awarded to recipients in the adult and teen category. Each recipient received a gift certificate donated by a local business and a matching $500 scholarship to an art class of their choice. These pieces, as well as all the pieces entered, are displayed through the end of February in the lobby of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center.

Gaston Graduate Team praised The Gaston County Board of Education recognized the Gaston Graduate Team during its recent meeting. Through the hard work of this group, principals and teachers, the graduation rate went up and the dropout rate decreased. The Gaston Graduate Team was created to respond to the needs of high school students who are at risk of dropping out of school. The team includes Sy Pugh, coordinator of social work and mental health; Grant Sparks, director of counseling and media services; Timberly Thornton, behavior intervention specialist; and our social workers and counselors. Also, students who dropout and attend Gaston College must meet with the team before the Gaston College waiver form is signed by the Superintendent. The number of GCS dropouts for 2011-2012 school year was at the lowest point since the 2000-2001 school year. There were 336 students who dropped out in the 2011-2012 and 448 who dropped out in 2009-2010.

UNC Greensboro graduates WSGE welcomes GREENSBORO, NC – Chancellor Linda P. Brady Barnett to staff has announced the names of December 2012 graduates, and of students who attained Deans’ List and Chancellor’s List honors at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro during the Fall 2012 semester. Graduates are Carolina McDonald of Belmont and Vanessa Griffith of Mount Holly graduating with Master’s degrees; and Jasmine Byrd of Mount Holly, Hunter Heath, and Lauren Heath (cum laude) of Stanley graduating with Bachelor’s degrees. Dean’s List: Shela Harris, Taylor March, Kelsey Pate, Kayla Regeis, Michael Wells, and Crystal Windham of Belmont; Michael Bass of Cramerton; Lynh Le of Lowell; Emily Barnes, and Parnian Ghassemi of Mount Holly; and Montana Fenske, and Lauren Heath of Stanley. To make Dean’s List, students carrying at least six hours of course work must earn an academic grade-point average of 3.5 or higher, with no grade lower than a B-. Students are eligible after they have completed 15 hours of coursework. Chanellor’s List: Michael Wells, and Crystal Windham of Belmont. To make Chancellor’s List, full-time undergraduates must have a cumulative grade point averages of at least 3.65 of a possible 4.0. To be eligible, students must be enrolled in at least 12 semester hours of course work. They also must have completed 30 hours of coursework.

Gaston College’s radio station, WSGE 91.7 FM is pleased to welcome Scott Barnett as the station’s new Production Director. Scott joined the station on November 19th and will also serve as the afternoon announcer. He is a native of Chicago and comes to WSGE by way of Arizona. He has more than 15 years of experience in the radio business. Tune into WSGE 91.7 FM weekdays from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. to hear Scott playing an eclectic mix of music on the Afternoon Blend, including his new feature called “From the Archive,” highlighting favorite tunes from the WSGE vault. Owned and operated by Gaston College, WSGE began broadcasting on October 27, 1980. Located on Gaston College’s Dallas campus, WSGE operates 24 hours per day under the slogan, “Your Eclectic Music Station.” Listen to WSGE on 91.7 FM or through the live stream at www.wsge.org.


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