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McAdenville Elementary’s Crosby named Gaston Teacher of the Year By Alan Hodge

“I tell people I have 26 kids,” McAdenville Elementary 5th grade teacher Beth Crosby says. “Twenty four at school and two at home.” That caring and inclusive philosophy is just one reason why Crosby was recently named Gaston County Teacher of the Year 2016. “As our Teacher of the Year, Beth Crosby represents the more than 1,900 classroom teachers we have in Gaston County who are outstanding, qualified education professionals,” said Superintendent of Schools W. Jeffrey Booker. “Every day, our teachers go beyond expectations to ensure that children are successful. We are very proud of Mrs. Crosby and all that she does to teach, help, and inspire her students.” McAdenville Elementary principal Linda Neely had this to say about Crosby. “Mrs. Crosby has earned her position as Gaston County Teacher of the Year,” Neely said. “She teaches with enthusiasm, energy, with a focus on student achievement and growth. Her love of teaching and genuine interest in all aspects of her students' lives creates a classroom environment where students enjoy learning and there is a very high level of student engagement.” Crosby has 16 years of experience in education and earned a Bachelor of Science in child development with licensure in elementary education from Meredith College. A visit to Crosby's classroom tells the story in practical, visual, terms as to why she was honored by her peers. Gaston County Schools 2016 Teacher of the Year, Beth Crosby, is seen enjoying a chat with some of her McAdenville Elemen“My room is like me,” Crosby says. tary 5th grade students. Kids from left- Rodger Barnett, Hannah Etheridge, Emily Gilbert, Skylar Akers. See CROSBY page 2 Photo by Alan Hodge

East Belmont Baptist celebrates seniors Allen Steam Station employees helping out in the community By Alan Hodge

East Belmont Baptist Church celebrated the birthdays of several of its members last week- including the upcoming 100th of Rosa Mae Brannon. The event drew dozens of friends, family, and fellow congregation members from as far away as Indiana who shared wellwishes and stories. Brannon, who was born on Feb. 18, 1917 to Arthur and Martha Brannon, continues to amaze everyone with her energy, intellectual sharpness, and attractiveness. “I grew up on a beautiful country farm on South Point Rd.,” Brannon said. “We had chickens and a cow. I didn't work in the fields but did chores around the house.” Brannon first attended a one-room school across the road from the farm. Later, she went to East Belmont Elementary. When she was 16-years-old she married Ransom Laney. They had one child named Ronald. Like a lot of folks in our region, Brannon spent time working in textiles. “I was a spinner at Sterling Mill and we lived in the mill village at 201 Faires Avenue,” she said. “I also worked at Belmont Hosiery.” Rosa Mae Brannon will hit 100-years-old on February 18th. Being born while World War I was still going on means East Belmont Baptist Church honored her last week with a Photo by Alan Hodge See SENIORS page 2 lunch celebration.

By Alan Hodge

There's a new bench at Stowe Park in downtown Belmont thanks to Duke Energy's Allen Steam Station employees. Last week saw a nice, black powder coated, solid steel bench installed on the S. Main St. sidewalk in front of the park. Several Allen Steam Station workers showed up to see the bench bolted down and to present Belmont Public Works director David Isenhour with a check for $1,100 to cover the cost. “This bench will be here a long time,” Isenhour said. Allen Steam Station's Adam Toney had this to say about how the bench came to be. “Back in October I reached out to Belmont city manager Adrian Miller for some ways Allen Steam Station could give back to the community,” Toney said. “He referred me to David Isenhour who asked if we would be willing to donate See ALLEN STEAM STATION page 5

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SENIORS from page 1 Brannon has seen a lot. She recalls things with a mind that's still crystal clear. “I saw my first airplane when I was about eight years old,” she said. “We heard that one was going to land in a field a couple of miles away so we ran to see it.” Technology came to the Brannon farm in the 1920s. “We had a telephone before a lot of people did,” she said. Times have changed in the 100 years Brannon has been around and she thinks not for the better. “When we lived on the farm our best neighbors were colored people,” she said. “We got along fine. Every-

body got along fine. Now, folks don't get along very good.” Since being modest is one of Brannon's traits, it took words by some of the birthday well-wishers to get a broader glimpse into her personality and impact on others. Neighbor Trudy Abee had this to say about Brannon's agricultural expertise. “Rosa has magic fingers when it comes to growing a garden,” Abee said. “She gets more out of her garden than anybody I've ever seen.” Former neighbors Chris and Sandi Maner drove all the way from Albion, Indiana to attend Brannon's birthday party.

“We were neighbors for ten years,” Sandi said. “She helped raise our children. She was like a grandmother to all of us.” Does Brannon have a formula for century making success? “I don't really have a secret,” she said. “ I just eat common food and go to church.” Other folks that were recognized at the East Belmont Baptist birthday bash included Betty Cherry who will be 89-years-old on Feb. 20, Jack Rhinehart who will be 90-years-old on Feb. 22, and Sheila Quinn who turned 65 on Feb. 3rd.

Other folks recognized last week at East Belmont Baptist for their recent birthdays included (from left) Betty Cherry, Jack Rhinehart, and Sheila Quinn. Photos by Alan Hodge

The Belmont City Council also honored 100-year-old Rosa Mae Brannon (seen with her family and Mayor Charles Martin) last week.

CROSBY Evidence of that statement is the fact that every inch is covered with bright colors, inspirational sayings such as “Be Positive”, “You're Off to Great Places”, “Be an Example”, “Get Stuff Done”, and more. There are traditional desks and chairs for sure, but for those kids who prefer it, a big brown sofa. A large poster of Dale Earnhardt occupies a space on a back wall. There's even what Crosby calls a “Victory Wall”. 'The students get to put a star on the wall whenever they do something they are proud of,” Crosby said. “It doesn't have to just be at school. It can be anything.” The Victory Wall is just one example of Crosby taking an interest in her students' lives outside the classroom. Many of her former students still stay in touch. “It makes my heart happy

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to hear from them,” she said. “Once my kid, always my kid.” When it comes time for her students to get down to classwork, Crosby is right there, pushing in a caring way. “Every child can learn and it's my job to to figure out how to help them,” she said. “Some kids are more handson, others more into technology. They all have amazing potential.” Crosby makes sure her students keep up with their progress. One cool idea she came up with to help them in that regard is what's called the “Data Notebook” where subject test scores, overall progress, and goals on each kid are written down. “They can see their strengths and weaknesses,” she said. Even a casual observer can pick up on the feeling Cros-

by's kids have for her. “She is an amazing teacher,” said student Hannah Etheridge. “We always get to do fun things with her.” Classmate Emily Gilbert agreed. “She pushes me to challenge myself,” Gilbert said. “She also does cool things with us.” Overall, Crosby leads by example. “I love kids and love the fact that I get to spend time helping them realize their full potential,” she said. “I want to give them, the tools to succeed not just academically, but as citizens as well.”

On Feb. 6, the Town of Stanley recognized Mr. Forney Spargo's 100th birthday which was Feb. 5. He was recognized at his home church, Stanley Pentecostal, with a special ceremony. Mr. Spargo is a veteran and upon completing his military service, served as a pastor. Town of Stanley photo

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Carolina Wind Orchestra and Gaston County Schools free concert Carolinas Wind Orchestra was founded over The Carolinas Wind Orchestra joins forces with Stuart Cramer High School Band and other band students from all twenty years ago, as a community band and part of around Gaston County to present a free concert. This col- the Winthrop University music curriculum for adlaboration of professional, amateur and student musicians vanced wind and percussion majors. At least eight is part of the Carolinas Wind Orchestra “Outreach Series”. CWO musicians are Winthrop University music stuThe concert themed “Musical Quotes” is at Stuart Cra- dents selected by Dr. Lorrie Crochet each semester. mer High School Auditorium on Monday, February 20th The CWO rehearses at Winthrop University Byrnes at 7:00 pm. Featured are band works that include familiar Auditorium and is around 90 musicians strong. Community CWO musicians are adults from eight musical themes or “quotes”. The Stuart Cramer High School Wind Ensemble under North Carolina and South Carolina counties. The CWO is a true community band, all instruthe direction of Mr. Kameron Radford will open the concert immediately followed by the Carolinas Wind Orches- mentalists are volunteers. Members are selected by tra or CWO. For the concert finale’, Gaston County’s most audition with over 75% holding bachelor or higher exceptional high school band musicians will join the CWO music degrees. Approximately half work in or are retired music educators. Other’s occupations range and perform a Sousa march. Selections will include “Flight” by Claude T. Smith, from accountants to an airline pilot. The CWO is “Redwood” by Ryan George, “Fantasia in G” by Timo- a not-for-profit corporation with the formal objecthy Mahr and “Manhattan Beach March” by John Phillip tive of “perpetuating the community concert band as part of the tradition of American music, doing Sousa and more. “We’ll finish with a full stage. Two high school se- so by public performance of concert band literature niors from each GCS and private high school in our county played by musicians of advanced proficiency. “ will join us for the march. Students really enjoy the experience.” said Mr. Rick Fischer, longtime CWO percussionist. Fischer, a Gastonian is also the band director at Gaston Day School. The Carolina Wind Orchestra is a community symphonic band composed of professional, amateur and Winthrop student musicians. High schools in Gaston, Mecklenberg, Union and York counties have participated in the CWO Outreach Series. Several Gaston County residents and school band directors are members of the CWO. Their weekly rehearsals provide not only the opportunity for musicians to perform at the highest levels, but exchange ideas on teaching young musicians. CWO is also a performance class for Winthrop University’s outstanding music students. It is an honor for Winthrop students to be invited to perform in the “Monday Night” band by Dr. Lorrie Crochet who is director of bands at Winthrop and conductor of the CSO. Rick Fischer summarized saying, “We hope fans of good music will come see and hear their Gaston County neighbors perform rousing band music. Performing music with these wonderful youngsters is what the Outreach Concerts are all about”. Carolinas Wind Orchestra

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ALLEN STEAM STATION from page 1 the bench to the City of Belmont for $1,100, and the city volunteered to install the bronze plaque with an inscription of whatever we wanted on it. So we decided to have 'Donated By: Duke Energy Allen Steam Station Employees' on the plaque. One thing to remember is that all of the money we use to do community service here in Belmont is raised by the employees at Allen. This is not money that has been granted through the company. We have raised all of this money through our own fundraisers via cookouts, raffles, weight loss challenges and other events.” In addition to the bench, Allen Steam Station has been

involved in a number of other good causes. In August Allen Steam Station raised $23,000 for the Gaston County United Way by way of its annual Golf Tournament. Also in August, Allen Steam Station donated $2,000 in school supplies to Belmont Middle School. In September employees sponsored the Belmont Central fall science festival by donating $600. In November they donated a YETI cooler to the 6th annual “Run for the BCO” $1,320 was raised for The BCO on ticket sales for this cooler. In December the station sponsored 23 Angels tree children 15 from The BCO and 8 from Belmont Middle School. In January

employees supported Steve’s Coats for Kids and donated 47 Coats all collected from plant employees. “We are currently taking orders for Page Primary Elementary School BBQ Fundraiser Feb. 24th and may possibly make a small donation to this fundraiser along with our BBQ orders,” Toney said. “They are raising money to purchase new computers for the school.” P.S. According to Isenhour, other folks or firms are invited to “adopt” the other metal benches already in place at Stowe Park or any that might be placed in the Duke Energy Allen Steam Station employee Adam Toney presents City of Belmont public works future. Isenhour can be con- director David Isenhour with a check for $1,100 to cover the cost of the new bench that was installed at Stowe Park last week. tacted at 704-825-0506. Photos by Alan Hodge

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1951 Stanley Lucia Rd. 704-827-9224

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

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

Mt. Holly Pentecostal Holiness 406 Scott St. 704-827-8201

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


Henry’s Chapel Ame Zion Church


Alexander Memorial Baptist Church

151 Henry Chapel Rd 704-825-0711

Bethel 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

Crossroads Wesleyan 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

Holy Comforter Lutheran Church

NC Highway 273 704-827-9846

216 N. Main St. 704-825-2483

Burge Memorial Methodist Church

Hood Memorial Ame Zion Church 455 Sacco St. 704-825-6007

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

Lutheran Church of the Holy Comforter 216 N. Main St. 704-825-2483

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

Message of Love Church

324 N. Lee St. 704-827-5526

306 Pearl Beaty Dr. 704-827-6500

Community Christian Fellowship

Mount Moriah Baptist Church

2560 Stanley Lucia Rd. 704-827-5881

320 E. Catawba Street 704- 825-8845

110 Lincoln St. 704-825-2046

Core Church

East Belmont Free Will Baptist

Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist

909 Edgemont Ave 704-825-5346

212 South Street 704-825-7269

East Belmont Presbyterian Church

New Hope Presbyterian Church

110 Underwood Dr. 704-820-0603

901 Catawba Street 704-461-8614

4357 S. New Hope Rd. 704-824-1697

Family Worship Center

Ebenezer United Methodist Church

New Life Baptist Church

East Belmont Church Of God

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

201 Oak Trail 704-822-6195

First Baptist Church

New Mills Chapel Fire Baptized

23 N. Central Avenue 704-825-3758

104 Morning Glory Ave. 704-825-5457

First Foursquare Gospel Church

North Belmont Church of God

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

First United Methodist Church of Belmont 807 South Point Road 704-825-2106

Fresh Anointing Church of God 71 McAdenville Road 704-825-7283

Friendship Baptist Church 5008 S. New Hope Rd 704-825-3276

Gaston Christian Church 5339 S. New Hope Rd 704-825-8252

Goshen Presbyterian Church Roper Street 704-827-6280

Grace Korean Ch Assembly-God 124 Georgia Belle Ave 704-965-1004

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

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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 118 School Street 704-827-7071

Queen Of The Apostles Catholic Church 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 220 Park Terrace Dr. 704-827-7801

St. Marks United Methodist Church 701 Secrest Ave. 704-825-8175

Stowe Memorial Baptist Church 26 Kee Rd. 704-825-5987

The Pointe 6700 Wilkinson Blvd 704-825-1709

Unity Baptist Church

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Upper Room United Pentecostal 1405 Armstrong Ford Rd. 704-825-0604

Will of God Church 513 Woodlawn Ave. 704-827-5185

707 Westland Farm Rd. 704-822-8033

Covenant United Methodist

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

Grace Baptist Church 300 Westland Farm Rd. 704-827-8600

Hickory Grove Baptist Church 3717 Hickory Grove Rd. 704-827-3939

Jehovah’s Witnesses 1736 Kelly Rd. 704-263-0199

Lighthouse Full Gospel Church 530 N. Hawthorne St. 704-827-1442

Living Witness Ministries 541 Costner St. 704-827-0004

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd 110 S. Main St. 704-827-4751

Macedonia Baptist Church

Restoration & Deliverance 804 W. Charlotte Ave. 704-820-0954 Revival Tabernacle of Mt. Holly

McADENVILLE Lakeview Baptist Church 143 Church St. 704-824-5380

McAdenville Baptist Church 192 Main St. 704-824-2740

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

826 W. Charlotte Ave. 704-827-2999

Ridgeview Baptist Church


105 Pine Rd. 704-827-3856

Cramerton Independent Presbyterian Church

Second Baptist Church 740 Rankin Ave. 704-827-5181

Shiloh AME Zion Methodist 1117 Old NC Hwy 27 704-827-8826

151 8th Ave. 704-824-3889

Cramerton Free Will Baptist 416 Woodlawn Ave. 704-824-1745

St. Anthony of Padua Traditional Catholic Church

Cramer Memorial United Methodist Church

108 Horseshoe Bend Beach Rd. 704-827-8676

154 N. Main St. 704-824-3831

St. Paul FHB Church

Cramerton Temple of God Church

1529 Old Hwy 27 Rd. 704-827-5851

East Wilkinson Blvd. 704-824-5319

Tuckaseegee Baptist Church

First Baptist Church

511 Tuckaseegee Rd. 704-827-4301

Way of the Cross Baptist Church 238 Lanier Ave. 704-827-8111

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

235 8th Ave. 704-824-1991

Life Church 501 Cramer Mountain Rd. 704-824-4286

Riverside Baptist Church

Westview Presbyterian Church

171 S. Main St. 704-824-7785

1020 W. Catawba Ave. 704-827-2026

West Cramerton United Methodist Church


207 Lowell Ave. 704-824-4213

Bethlehem Church 3100 Bethlehem Church St. 704-823-5050

Carolina Community Baptist 604 Martha Ave 704-824-2872

STANLEY Amazing Grace Baptist Church 7280 Sifford Rd. 704-827-6277

Center Baptist Church

Christ’s Evangelical Lutheran

S. New Hope Rd. 704-824-4121

203 S. Main St. 704-263-2621

Epic Church

Community Pentecostal Center

100 Indian Walk 704-671-4652

320 Ralph Handsel Blvd. 704-263-8731

Lowell Church of God

First United Methodist Church

804 W. First Street 704-824-3383

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

Lowell Smyre United Methodist Church

217 N. Main St. 704-263-2691

First Presbyterian Church 512 Old Mount Holly Rd. 704-263-4275

Gold Hill Missionary Baptist Church

201 N. Main St. 704-824-8814

7447 Old Plank Rd. 704-827-7966

Mt. Calvary Baptist Church

New Faith Baptist Church

120 Branch St. 704-824-4535

1224 Mayberry Rd. 704-263-0249

First Baptist Church of Lowell

New Life Baptist Church

400 W. 1st St. 704-824-1215

527 N. Buckoak St. 704-263-4647

First Baptist Church

Stanley Church of God

317 W. 1st St. 704-824-1213

New Life Church 128 Robbins St. 704-824-1356

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Stay positive Whenever I greet people, they ask, "How are you doing? How is it going in your new position?" I respond, "I am doing great, and the position is going well." Then I get the look that says, "You can tell me the truth. How are you?" I respond to the look by saying things are truly alright. Then I get the curious look. You know the look where they search your eyes to see if you are hiding anything. Why are we so quick to expect or receive someone to be emotionally broken rather than joyful? Often I hear, "Well you are just a positive person." Yes, I try to be positive, but it is more than that. My joy and peace do not necessarily come from my circumstances. "And do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength." Nehemiah 8:10b ESV. As the Israelites returned from exile, they were devastated at what they saw. They mourned the destruction of their home and place of worship. Instead of the people remaining in their misery, God raised up Ezra and Nehemiah to lead them in the hard work of renewal. The people had a choice. They could continue to complain and feel defeated by the monumental task ahead of them. Or they could follow the command Nehemiah gave them. Nehemiah said do not mourn or weep, instead re-

joice. You too have a choice. You can choose to be Rev. Angela Pleasants overwhelmed District by your tasks Superintendent and circum- of Catawba Valley stances. Or, Methodist Churches you can trust in the complete work of Jesus Christ. All too often we are sitting and waiting for God to remove the obstacle. Maybe, God wants us to praise him through the obstacle. "Rejoice in the Lord always, again I will say rejoice." Philippians 4:4 ESV. Joy stems from an abiding relationship with God. Therefore, as I choose to rejoice in the Lord, I am reminded how near God is to the praise of his people. The Israelites were told instead of mourning, to eat, drink and be glad. God's promises never fail. He keeps his covenant relationship. No matter what it looks like around us, God's saving work is complete. Rejoice in the Lord for he is our strength.

Lowesville Gospel Concerts/Living Word Ministries – 1062 Highway 16 South – Lowesville NC presents The Griggs Bluegrass Band from Stanley NC, Saturday Feb 25th at 6:00 PM. The concert will be no admission cost, however a freewill offering will be received. We have southern gospel every 2nd Sat and Bluegrass Gospel every 4th. Contact: Carroll 704-618-9762. Carroll Cooke photo

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Members of the new Salvation Church led by Pastor Trent Rankin of Stanley (extreme left) held a chili cookoff and lunch for folks last Saturday in West Gastonia. Everyone had some great chili and fellowship at the event. For more information on Salvation Church and its ministry, as well as worship times and locations, visit, Facebook, as well as Twitter. Pastor Rankin also can be reached by email: Trent Rankin photo

Love; Don’t Show Up Late! Valentine’s Day is over and floral shops are probably still calculating the roses sold; usually about 1 billion South American beauties. What about Valentine cards; how many of us remember vividly handing one out to evvvverrrryyy single person in our class? “Valentine, will you be mine,” or really serious ones like “roses are red, violets are purple, I love you more than maple surple.” Then artists and poets like Vincent Van Gogh inspired us with thoughtful prose like the “Lighted Lamp.” “Love is something eternal – the aspect may change but not the essence. There is the same difference in a person before and after he is in love as there is in an unlighted lamp and one that is burning. The lamp was there and it was a good lamp, but now it is shedding light too, and that is its real function.” But is shedding love or intending to, enough? For one thing, how do you know you REALLY love someone or that they love you; after all can’t our feelings flutter in the breeze hardly charting a constant course? And then there is that love your neighbor and enemy thing. How can we

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Downtown Belmont planning summer music series

Beautiful, historic Stowe Park will set the scene for a new music series in Downtown Belmont. The Downtown Belmont Development Association (DBDA) will sponsor five concerts to be held every other week, starting May 6 with the final concert for the 2017 series being held June 30 on Main Street. Belmont has established a long-standing, favorable reputation for its Friday Night Live concert series over the last decade. The decision of the Belmont Merchants Association to discontinue the popular concert series prompted the DBDA to plan a new music event series for residents and visitors alike. The organization aspires to introduce a new audience to Downtown Belmont by diversifying the music genres. Moving the majority of the concerts to Stowe Park will further support downtown businesses by reducing the number

of Main Street road closures. “The Belmont City Council’s approval of the DBDA’s request to hold the concerts in Stowe Park, allows us to move forward with event planning”, states DBDA Chairman, John Church. “We hope to build upon the success of the Friday Night Live series that the Belmont Merchants Association ran for ten years”, Church added. The DBDA’s Promotions Committee is currently working to finalize the band lineup, to be announced soon. Concerts dates are May 6, May 19, June 2, June 16, and June 30. Vendor, volunteer, and non-profit opportunities will be available. For more updates and information like the facebook page @MainStreetDBDA or email downtownbelmont@

Eighteenth-century music theorist Werckmeister regarded well-written counterpoint as the end result of God's work. Bach had similar beliefs. Carolina Pro Musica presents Harmony of the Spheres or The Vault of Heaven featuring works of Bach, Handel and Telemann. A flute and harpsichord trio will demonstrate Bach’s counterpoint. harpsichord. Included will be a Bach aria with obligato flute from Cantata 123 and a duet featuring Carolina Pro Musica soprano Rebecca Miller Saunders and UNCC bass-baritone Carl DuPont (pictured) who makes his first appearance with the ensemble. Concert is February 25, 2017 8:00 PM Sharon Presbyterian, Chapel, 5201 Sharon Road, Charlotte. Admission $8.00 students and seniors, $16.00 regular admission. Tickets available in advance from or at-the-door. Reservations accepted 704-334-3468 or online. John Jacob photo

The Mt. Holly PD recently celebrated Miranda “Mo” Pennington’s (seated center) 30th anniversary with the department. "Miranda is a valuable part of the MHPD team,” said Chief Don Roper. “Not only is she extremely knowledgeable about our records system and public information rules and laws, but she has also adapted the role of mentor and guardian to our younger employees. She readily admits that she "mothers" all of the officers, and in return they each have a true affection for her. We have been lucky as an organization, and as a departmental family, to have her guiding us along for the past thirty years." MHPD Photo

The Merling Trio, violin, cello and piano brings together musicians from Polish, Japanese, and Dutch backgrounds. They are ensemble in residence at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan. They have performed across the United States and in Europe. Their program at Belmont Abbey is part of a southern tour that takes them as far south as Florida. Their program here showcases Brahms’ Hungarian Dances and music from their latest compact disk based on the American songbook. Date & Location: February 20, 2017, 8:00 PM The Abbey Basilica, 100 Belmont-Mt. Holly Rd, Belmont NC 28012. Admission is free. Donations are gladly accepted Karen Hite Jacobs photo

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Hogzilla BBQ owners, Jo and Mark Magda, were presented with the You Shape Lives Award by Jean Penner at a recent Montcross Chamber Networking Event. Last year Hogzilla BBQ and Shining Hope Farms partnered together to host a Montcross Chamber Event at the Shining Hope Farms Mount Holly location. Hogzilla donated all of the food and beverages for this event which attracted a huge crowd of more than 175 people. According to Milinda Kirkpatrick, Executive Director at Shining Hope Farms, "Thanks to Mark and Jo we were able to help make people aware of our services, establish networking connections, and establish future partnerships." Pictured from Left to Right: Ted Hall - Montcross Chamber President, Jo Magda and Mark Magda - owners of Hogzilla BBQ, Jean Penner - Shining Hope Farms. Jean Penner photo

The City of Belmont has awarded a contract to Fortiline Waterworks for the upgrade of the City of Belmont water utility meters utilizing the Mi.Net™ advanced water metering solution through Mueller Systems. Through the selection of an Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) two-way communication technology, the City will be able to automate its meter reading process, provide improved customer service, increase billing accuracy, reduce leaks to promote resource conservation, and improve utility operational efficiencies through real-time meter reading data. The City is installing these new meters to replace existing manually read meters as they have reached or exceeded useful life. Many of the City’s meters have been in use for over 15 years. The AMI system uses wireless and Radio Frequency (RF) technology to transmit usage data from individual meters to collector points installed on City-owned equipment for billing and customer account management. The transmissions sent by the meters to the management and billing systems are secured by encryption and contain no customer information. “The City Council has been planning for this change for a long time, and we are excited to be able to use this proven technol-

ogy to provide more efficient services to our water customers,” said Mayor Charlie Martin. “Another great benefit to this new system is that our water customers can check their water usage any time, not just when they get their monthly bill. They will know if they have a leak in time to fix it and save money on their bill.” Installation will require a short disruption of service generally less than 5 minutes for residential customers and less than 20 minutes for commercial and industrial customers. After the new meter has been installed, a door tag will be placed notifying customers the work has been completed. Progress of the installation as well as other information on the project may be found on the City website. Atlantic Utility Solutions, Inc., the contractors conducting the installation, will be supervised by City utility staff, carry proper identification, have a City Contractor magnetic decal on their vehicle, and have successfully completed a background check and extensive training. Project management is being provided by UtiliWorks and MeterSYS, smart metering services companies specializing in AMI projects. For more information on this project, please visit

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Tri-County Animal Rescue Feline PET OF THE WEEK leukemia facts By Joann Hager

Tri-County Animal Rescue Pet of the Week is Owen. This boy is 6 years old and weighs about 50-60 pounds. Owen is part English Bulldog and part Beagle. What a combination. Owen was the only baby in his family for 5 years. Then his folks had a real human baby and Owen was not happy. Owen will need an experienced dog owner with no children (or visiting grandchildren). This boy has an intense food drive and can become aggressive for his food…the reason for no children. Owen loves to play, chase a ball, long walks, etc. He is stubborn but will rollover for belly rubs. Owen is NOT the dog for a timid or inexperienced dog person. Owen is neutered, current on vaccines and micro-chipped. Owen will be present at our adoption event this weekend. If you are looking for an addition to your family, please come and meet our pets. We have many available pets, including puppies and kittens, at the Gastonia PetSmart located at 3698 East Franklin Boulevard this Friday from 6-9 pm, Saturday noon to 6 pm and Sunday 2-5 pm. Having an English Bulldog and Beagle is a good mix because the health issues of the English Bulldog are minimized. Pure English Bulldogs have a short expected lifespan. They also have breathing issues due to the smushed face. When you mix two or more separate gene pools, the recessive genes that carry the health problems are buried. As a result, you get a healthier animal. Simply put, mixed-breed dogs are, in general, healthier than their purebred cousins and typically require fewer visits to the veterinarian. Tri-County Animal Rescue is a non-profit organization serving Lincoln, Gaston and other surrounding counties. We are committed to ending pet homelessness in this area and we need your continued support. If you cannot adopt a pet, then support Tri-County in other ways. We need volunteers and donations to continue our mission of finding homes for these unwanted animals. Please help Tri-County Animal Rescue continue to save pets by adopting your next pet this weekend? Our “needs” list includes: towels, Clorox, laundry detergent, paper towels, dry dog food and dry cat food. For more information, call 704.263.2444, send an email to, visit us on the web at or on FaceBook at Tri-County Animal Rescue. Donations can be sent to Tri-County Animal Rescue, PO Box 483, Alexis, NC 28006.

East Lincoln Speedway benefit race East Lincoln Speedway, located in Stanley, has been leased for one day, Saturday, March 4, for fans, friends, family and drivers to raise funds for a local resident, forty-seven-year-old Manuel Johnson in his battle against Stage IV brain cancer. Manuel attended East Gaston High School, where his daughter Shelby is currently a sophomore. He has been employed by LeeBoy in Denver, and is a member of Alexander Memorial Baptist Church. He has been racing dirt tracks for years, driving in most divisions, and winning numerous races and championships. Manuel's supporters have been meeting for weeks now to orchestrate the event. There will be six divisions making up the race day, including Open-Wheel Modified, Renegade, 4-Cylinder, Thunder Bombers, 4-Wheel-Drive, and Late Model. Practice begins around noon, with main events starting at 1:00 p.m. There will be no purse, as all proceeds will go to the benefit fund. Gates open at 8:30 and tickets are $10 for the stands and $20 for the pits. Rain date is March 18. Volunteers will be on hand at the event to sell hot dogs, BBQ, drinks, chips and desserts. There will also be a silent auction during the day, and live entertainment from 10:00 until noon. Advance tickets will be available. The contact person is Tim Sigmon at 704-617-4550. Please leave a message if he cannot be reached right away.

Feline leukemia virus (FeLV) is a retrovirus that infects cats/kittens. FeLV can be transmitted from infected cats when the transfer of saliva or nasal secretions is involved. If not defeated by the animal’s immune system, the virus can cause diseases which can be lethal. One disease caused by this virus is a form of cancer of the blood cells called Lymphoma. The signs and symptoms of infection with feline leukemia virus are quite varied and include loss of appetite, poor coat condition, uneven pupils, infections of the skin, bladder and respiratory tract, oral disease, seizures, swollen lymph nodes, skin lesions, fatigue, fever, weight loss, gingivitis, litter box avoidance, recurring bacterial and viral illnesses, anemia, diarrhea and jaundice. Asymptomatic carriers will show no signs of disease, often for many years. The disease has a wide range of effects. The cat can fight off the infection and become totally immune, can become a healthy carrier that never gets sick itself but can infect other cats, or a mid-level case in which the cat has a compromised immune system. Nevertheless, the development of lymphomas is considered the final stage of the disease. Once the virus has entered the cat, there are six stages to a FeLV infection: Stage One: The virus enters the cat, usually through the throat where it infects cells. These white blood cells then filter down to the lymph nodes and begin to replicate. Stage Two: The virus enters the blood stream and begins to distribute throughout the body. Stage Three: The lymphoid system (which produces antibodies to attack infected and cancerous cells) becomes infected, with further distribution throughout the body. Stage Four: The main point in the infection- where the virus can take over the body's immune system and cause infection to the bloodstream and intestines. If the cat's immune system does not fight off the virus, then it progresses to Stage Five: The bone marrow becomes infected. Stage Six: The cat's body is overwhelmed by infection and tissue that forms a thin protective layer on exposed bodily surfaces and forms the lining of internal cavities, ducts, and organs become infected. The virus replicates in salivary glands, stomach, esophagus, intestines, trachea, renal tubules, bladder, pancreas, and sebaceous ducts from the muzzle. This is a very serious disease and many owners will euthanize if the cat/kitten tests positive for FeLV. Cats can test FeLV negative upon first testing and then months later test FeLV positive due to prior exposure and incubation period.

N.C. National Guard names new Deputy Adjutant General N.C. National Guard soldier James “Jim” Ernst (left) with Erik Hooks, the Secretary of the N.C. Dept. of Public Safety, and Major General Greg Lusk, Adjutant General of North Carolina, moments after he was promoted to the rank of major general at a ceremony at NCNG Joint Force Headquarters, Jan. 27, 2017. Ernst earned his second general’s star after being named as the Deputy Adjutant General of North Carolina. He is part of the senior command staff leading more than 11,000 NCNG Soldiers and Airmen across the state. Many NCNG Soldiers, Airmen, civilian staff, friends and family filled the JFHQ atrium for the ceremony honoring him. A combat veteran, he has served state and nation for more than 30 years of military service rising through the ranks over the past 27 years in the N.C. National Guard, including commanding at the company, battalion and brigade levels, as well as various staff positions. U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Robert Jordan, N.C. National Guard Public Affairs/release

Mt. Holly golf cart rules update The City of Mount Holly is currently in the final stages of enacting an ordinance for the use of golf carts within certain areas of the City. This is a reminder that carts cannot be operated until they are registered. Registration packets will be available at the Mount Holly Police Department on or after February 14, 2017. In order to receive a registration packet the owner of the golf cart must provide a valid driver license and proof of insurance at the time of application. The complete ordinance will be added to the City of Mount Holly's website (www. within the next few days. With that being said, a few important things to remember about utilizing golf carts once they are registered: 1) Operators must be sixteen (16) years old and a licensed driver with their license in their possession. 2) Golf carts can only be operated on a residential street within the City of Mount Holly and not have a posted speed limit of greater than 25 miles per hour. 3) Golf carts can only be operated between the hours of 7:00am and 11:00pm.

American Heart Month Tips February is American Heart Month, and as a leading community-based organization dedicated to improving the nation’s health, the Gaston County Family YMCA offers the following tips to help families in Gaston County be heart healthy. Get Physical: Being physically active every day is fun and can improve the function of your heart. Plan and schedule opportunities for active play; for example, include a brisk 10-minute trip around the block after meals or a 10-minute walking break during the day. If your family enjoys active video games, select versions that require moving the body’s large muscle groups while playing. Take a Snooze: Lack of sleep can be associated with elevated cholesterol and blood pressure. Adults need at least seven, but no more than nine hours of sleep at night to aid with the prevention of heart disease. Children need 10-12 hours of sleep per night. Develop bedtime routines for the whole Stowe Family YMCA staffer Cassie Alexanfamily to assist with falling asleep faster and stay- der and member Kathy Ferguson work together for heart health. ing asleep. Shape Up Those Recipes: Makeover your famMolly D’Avria photo ily’s favorite recipes by reducing the amount of salt and saturated fat and substituting a lower fat food without sacrificing tastes. For example, use lowfat yogurt instead of sour cream and skip the seasoning packet and use pepper and olive oil instead. Read food labels to learn more about what is in the package, select foods that have less than 1,000 mg of sodium per serving. Feeling the Pressure: Per the American Heart Association lowering or maintaining normal blood pressure can greatly reduce your risk for heart disease and stroke. Nearly 1 in 3 adults (about 80 million people) has high blood pressure and more than half of them don’t have it under control. Start self-monitoring your blood pressure and know the numbers. Discuss the results with you doctor if needed. Play Together: Spending time together as a family is a great way to reduce stress, which is important to heart health. Make homemade valentines for your children’s classmates or build a snow fort together in the yard or the park. For more information on how your family can live a healthy, active life, visit

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Belmont Abbey opened the game on an 8-0 run, but NGU answered with the same surge to tie the game. The hosts responded to lead by as many as seven, 31-24 with 5:51 left in the period, but North Greenville scored six straight to even the tie the game again. The vistors scored four straight to lead 37-33, before The Abbey rallied with a 4-0 run of its own, only to see a three-pointer at the buzzer lift NGU to a 40-37 advantage at the break. The difference in the second half was another Belmont Abbey surge at the beginning. It outscored NGU 12-1 over the first 4:36, and the margin was never less than four after that. BAC pushed the lead to 10 for the first time at 61-51 with 8:06 to play, but North Greenville used a dunk at the 5:15 mark to trail 69-65. However, The Abbey scored six in a row to send the difference back to double digits, then hit seven of 10 free throws in the final 2:32 to preserve the win.

Abbey baseball takes on Tusculum The Belmont Abbey baseball team split last Saturday’s doubleheader against Tusculum, winning the first game 4-2 and dropping the second game 5-1. The Crusaders move to 4-4 on the season as Tusculum improves to 3-4. Josh Thompson got the start on the hill for The Abbey, facing Tusculum hurler Ethan Carpenter. The Pioneers got off to a quick start as shortstop Edison Cabrera singled to lead off the game and scored on a single by catcher Cole Baxley. Tusculum doubled their lead in the third after left fielder Frankie Valle tripled to left-center field and later scored on a groundout. The Crusaders responded in the third with a big inning scoring four runs on three hits. The rally was started by senior centerfielder Nick Beinlich who lead the inning off with a single into center field, one of his three hits in the game. Luke Cuerton was hit by a pitch and Colin Rosenbaum singled into left field to load the bases with no outs. Josh Genthe produced a sacrifice fly to center field before Kayden Krause crushed three-run bomb over the center field fence. Thompson went 3.0 innings allowing two runs on three hits with two walks and two strikeouts. Robert Frantzis relieved Thompson in the fourth as he went on to shut down the Pioneers fanning two. Frantzis would earn the win and Brady Hill recorded the save, coming in to retire the last batter. Michael Gonzalez started game two for the



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The String Bean Belmont Abbey photo Crusaders, he was opposed by the Pioneers’ Tim Hardy. Tusculum jumped out early again with three runs in the first inning taking advantage of back-to-back singles followed by a walk and an RBI single. They stretched their lead to four in the third pushing another run across after a pair of singles. The Crusaders mounted a comeback in the fifth when second basemen Matt McGarry doubled to left field and scored on Cuerton’s single. Rosenbaum worked a walk but the rally fell short as The Abbey was not able to notch any more runs. The Pioneers added an insurance run in the sixth with two singles to push the lead to 5-1. The Crusaders used seven pitchers in the rubber match with both Troy Heterick and Cameron Busby each throwing two innings. Parker MacPhail tossed 0.2 innings followed by Stephan Hueber’s 0.1 innings. Ross Garret threw a seamless 1.1 innings and Hill recorded the last two outs. Tusculum’s Hardy recorded the win, his second of the year.

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Abbey women fall to North Greenville 83-73 The Belmont Abbey women’s basketball squad lost an 83-73 decision this evening to North Greenville in the Wheeler Center. With the defeat, the Abbey moves to 9-14 on the season with a 7-11 conference mark. North Greenville is now 10-14 and 7-11 in Conference Carolinas play. The first quarter was back and forth, with multiple ties and lead changes throughout the period. The Abbey gained an 11-9 lead on an 8-2 run with 2:50 left in the quarter. Freshman Chrystal Ezechukwu scored six points in the final 30 seconds of the period, and the game was tied at 18 when the quarter expired. After an NGU run in the second, a layup by Ezechukwu pulled the Abbey to within one at 24-23. After another North Greenville run, senior Gabrielle Bethel scored five points in a 35-second span to keep Belmont Abbey within striking range. At halftime, NGU led

42-38. Bethel and Ezechukwu combined for 12 of the team’s points in this quarter, as well as five of the team’s seven boards. The teams kept trading baskets in the third. 4-0 runs by Ezechukwu and center Taylor Gittings made it 57-52 at the 2:40 mark. Guard Briana Grier nailed a jumper in the closing seconds of the quarter to pull the team within six at 62-56 to end the frame. Belmont Abbey fell behind by 11 in the fourth, but continued to fight. Bethel made a layup to pulled the team within nine. Grier nailed a jumper to create a similar margin. But in the end, the Abbey lost the game 83-73. On the night, Bethel led the offensive effort with 20 points and eight rebounds. She also blocked two NGU shots. Ezechukwu scored 17 and also grabbed eight boards. Grier chipped in nine points, five rebounds, and handed out three assists.

Cramer girls push past South Point, gear up for playoffs By John Wilson

The Stuart Cramer Storm girls basketball team ended the regular season with a four game winning streak. In late schedule match ups against Huss, East Gaston and South Point, the Storm came away with convincing wins. In Cramer’s regular season finale the Storm ladies crushed South Point 6020. This week Cramer is playing in the Big South tournament. After that Cramer will gear up for the playoff. In last Friday’s South Point game the Storm didn’t start off well. They outscored the Lady Raiders 14-4 in the 1st period but head coach Carey Pohlman expected more. “We got off to a little bit of a slow start.” Pohlman said. The slow 1st period led to a 2nd period where the Storm took it to South Point. Cramer opened up just before the half dumping in 24 points. South Point could only muster 5 points in the 2nd. Cramer went into the halftime break up 38-9. “We really had a good 2nd quarter,” Pohlman said. “We had a pretty big lead at halftime.” In the second half of the game Cramer continued to add to their lead. Cramer was up 53-12 at the end of the 3rd period. South Point played a tough final period. South Point outscored Cramer 8-7. That moral victory wasn’t enough to make a real difference on the final score. Cramer went on to win 60-20. 2016-2017 has been tough on the Lady Raiders. South Point has battled with inexperience and injuries all year. However, coach Amanda Hodge and her crew are due some kudos. No matter who they played, no matter

South Point ends season on a run By John Wilson

what the scoreboard said, South Point never gave up all year. In the South Point game several Cramer players had notable performances. The Trull twins, Laura and Lexi, along with Haley Bourhill and Victoria Polk all had good showings. “Laura and Haley were our leading scorers.” Pohlman stated. Laura Trull had 19, Bourhill had 17 and Polk had nine points. Another stat worth mentioning was the rebound totals. The Trull girls really got it done against South Point. Lexi Trull battled it out under the boards all night coming down with 11 rebounds. Laura Trull matched that performance coming down with 11 of her own as well. The twins ended the game with 22 boards. This week Cramer will be competing in the Big South 2A/3A Conference tournament. Cramer’s first matchup is a home game on February 13th against Huss. After that if the Storm wins they will play out the rest of the rest of the tournament at this year’s host, Ashbrook. After the Big South shindig Cramer will get ready for the playoffs. Cramer ended the season 17-6 in overall play. They finished up 8-6 in conference play. That record get Cramer at least one home playoff game. “We will be the #1 seed for 2A from our conference,” Pohlman explained. “That will get us an automatic home game in the 1st round.” Coach Pohlman and the Cramer crowd should be looking forward to the playoffs. The Storm are undefeated against non-conference foes.

Students make Geogia Tech Dean’s List The following students have earned the distinction of Dean’s List at the Georgia Institute of Technology for Fall 2016. This designation is awarded to undergraduate students who have a 3.0 or higher academic average for the semester. John Abrams of Belmont; Angela Rao of Stanley. One of the nation’s leading research universities, the Georgia Institute of Technology

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is in the business of creating the next - the next idea, the next technology, and the next legion of agile minds well equipped to imagine and engineer our future. More than 25,000 undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled, and Georgia Tech is ranked in the nation’s top 10 public universities by U.S. News and World Report. For more information visit

If you ever had a chance to see the South Point Red Raiders men’s basketball team this year you got your money’s worth. This year the Red Raiders had a rollercoaster season that featured some truly bench stomping moments. South Point ended the 2016-17 season in high fashion with a 82-60 over the Stuart Cramer Storm last Friday. The Red Raiders also finished the year on a five game win streak. South Point ended the regular season with a 13-9. Big Red was 9-5 in conference play This week the Red Raiders are playing in the Big South 2A/3A Conference tournament. Their first game will be at home on February 13th against North Gaston. After the Big South tourney ends the Red Raiders will move on to the playoffs. If the last few games are any indication of how the playoffs may go then South Point could be a real wild card. The Red Raiders have shown that they can match almost anyone. They are getting better. They seem to be at the top of their game. One thing about South Point that makes them dangerous is that they can morph from one style of play to another. The Red Raiders will hit you with different styles of play at any given time. At times the Red Raiders play tough old school power basketball. When in the groove Nick Muse can dominate the inside. On defense he acts like a hockey goalie swatting away flies. On offense he can generate a strong inside game.

At other times the Red Raiders can scorch you off the edges with precision shooting from the field and off the edges. A controlled attack that scores points. When playing with discipline the Red Raiders perimeter game is impressive. South Point’s top scorer this year is Zieske with 309 points. In addition to Zieske the Red Raiders have a host of capable players. Niren Johal is a player that leaves his heart and soul on the court, Blake Turner will kill you from the free throw line. Scooch Baker, Moses Neuman, and Charles Cason round out a group of players that all have skills. In the last few games Moses Neuman has stepped up. In the last 10 days the 6”5” junior has played in four games. In those games he scored 89 points. Neuman scored 23 points against Cramer, 22 against North Gaston, 21 against Lake Norman and 23 against Ashbrook. His emergence has added an additional dimension to coach Kody Kubbs arsenal of weapons. Another thing that makes this group special is the player depth. At any given time any one of these players is capable of stepping up and carrying the load. As a group this team has really grown over the last few weeks. It could be interesting, very interesting. Early projections have the Red Raiders seeded 11th in the Western Bracket. They are tentatively set to travel to Harrisburg to take on the Hickory Ridge Ragin’ Bulls. Exact opponents and game times have yet to be announced.

Finalists announced for Gaston County Principal of the Year Congratulations to the following administrators who were chosen as finalists for Gaston County Principal of the Year, 2017-2018. The winner will be announced during the annual Evening of Excellence ceremony on May 2, 2017. The five finalists are: Chad Carper, Forestview High; Amy Holbrook, York Chester Middle; Crystal Houser, W.C. Friday Middle; Denise McLean, Highland School of Technology; Phyllis Whitworth, Belmont Central Elementary.

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Gaston Day students earn over 100 Scholastic Writing Awards Gaston Day School students received 101 of the 335 awards presented in writing by the Mid-Carolina Region of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Collectively, GDS students won 7 Gold Keys, 28 Silver Keys, and 66 Honorable Mentions. Gold Key recipients were honored at a ceremony on February 4, and their works will be eligible for national recognition. At the Gold Key ceremony, Vincent Liu received the Adams Outdoor Advertising Award. An excerpt from his personal memoir, “How It Feels to Be Colored Me,” will be Gaston Day Students. featured on a billboard in the region. MacKenzie Harris and Vanessa Stafford each received an American Voices Nomination. MacKenzie’s poem “Color Wheel” and Vanessa’s personal memoir “Sisters,” along with three other regional nominations, will compete for an American Voices Medal. Will Hayes received a Best in Show award for his poem, “Elegy to River Rocks.” The Mid-Carolina Region includes Alexander, Alleghany, Anson, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Catawba, Cleveland, Davie, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanly, Surry, Union, Wilkes, and Yadkin counties. Middle School Winners: Samantha Bolton--Honorable Mention; Grace Goff - Silver Key. Upper School Winners: Malek Abedrabouh - Honorable Mention (2) Cecilia D’Amore - Gold Key (Senior Writing Portfolio), Silver Key, Honorable Mention (3) Nick Deely - Silver Key (2), Honorable Mention (3) Elizabeth Efird - Honorable Mention (3) Katie Elder - Silver Key (2), Honorable Mention (2) Meghan Eze - Honorable Mention

Superintendent’s Message W. Jeffrey Booker Superintendent of Schools It was a pleasure to attend the recent Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration in downtown Gastonia and see three citizens receive the Unity Award. The honor is presented annually to individuals who “build bridges of unity” through their work, leadership, and community service. Board of Education member Dot Guthrie was one of the award recipients. A long-time Gaston County educator W. Jeffrey Booker known for her love of children, Mrs. Guthrie has brought many people together through her interest in literature, reading, and school libraries and serving as an associate minister at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Gastonia. Joining Mrs. Guthrie as award recipients were Gaston County Sheriff Alan Cloninger and retired school administrator David Moore, Sr. Sheriff Cloninger has strong family ties to the Dallas community and is well-known across Gaston County as a civic leader and advocate. Mr. Moore spent more than 30 years working as a teacher, guidance counselor, and assistant principal in Gaston County before retiring as principal of Pleasant Ridge Elementary. He, too, is a leader who has worked tirelessly to improve his community and the lives of others. As remarks were shared about the honorees, it was obvious that each one of them cares deeply about education and understands why our schools are an integral part of this community. They are individuals who found value in education, which has served them well, and they have spent much time encouraging others to embrace learning. Congratulations to Mrs. Guthrie, Mr. Moore, and Sheriff Cloninger for exemplifying unity and working to enhance the quality of life in Gaston County. We are a better community because of them.

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Pinnacle Smackdown held Gaston County Schools held its “Pinnacle Smackdown” on Tuesday, January 31 at the Rader Staff Development Center. The event showcases how teachers use technology in the classroom. More than 70 educators involved in the Pinnacle Leaders technology program shared helpful tips and information about how to enhance the classroom experience and engage students in learning through the use of computers and other digital devices. The participants had the opportunity to give two-minute presentations about instructional technology tools and effective lessons they have used in the classroom. Participants voted on the top presentations and prizes such as Chromebooks, iPads, green screen kits, and more were given to the top presenters for use in their classrooms. “Teachers are the best resource for each other,” said Stephanie Adams, an instructional technology facilitator who orPhoto courtesy GDS ganized the event. “Our ‘Pinnacle Smackdown’ is a way for previous and current Pinnacle Leaders from different grade Lydia Goff - Gold Key, Silver Key (2 Senior Writing Port- levels and subjects to have an opportunity to share what they have found to inspire their students for success. Teachers leave folios), Silver Key (2), Honorable Mention (9) Hannah Grimm - Silver Key (2), Honorable Mention (Se- rejuvenated and full of ideas and ready to share with their colleagues.” nior Writing Portfolio), Honorable Mention (2) MacKenzie Harris - Gold Key, Silver Key (Senior Writing Portfolio), Silver Key (2), Honorable Mention (7) Sophia Hastings - Honorable Mention (3) Will Hayes - Gold Key Maggie Hooks - Silver Key (Senior Writing Portfolio), SilAs part of the Keep Gastonia Beautiful program, the Hunter ver Key (4), Honorable Mention (6) Huss High School “Green Team” has adopted Edgefield AvLauralee Hurst - Honorable Mention enue in front of the school and pledged to keep the area “clean RuoTong (Lavender) Liang--Silver Key and green.” The students involved with the “Green Team” take Jie (Vincent) Liu - Gold Key (2), Honorable Mention (2) pride in keeping the school grounds and surrounding areas free Zachary Mandell - Silver Key, Honorable Mention (3) of litter and debris. Vanessa Stafford - Gold Key Hawks Nest STEAM Academy received a $5,000 Toolbox Ruijie (Lilith) Tang - Honorable Mention (Senior Writing for Education grant from Lowe’s for the “Covered Outdoor Portfolio), Honorable Mention (5) Classroom and Interactive Elements for our School CommuHe (Sunny) Wang - Silver Key, Honorable Mention (3) Eleanor Wilkerson - Silver Key (Senior Writing Portfolio), nity” project. The “Do the Right Thing” award winners for January were Honorable Mention (5) Susan Wilkerson - Silver Key (Senior Writing Portfolio), Jeremiah Perez, Pleasant Ridge Elementary; Rocio Lopez, Mount Holly Middle School; and Chandler Thrift and Sarah Silver Key, Honorable Mention Simmons, East Gaston High School. The awards program Lauren Wingate - Silver Key (2), Honorable Mention (2) recognizes students for outstanding leadership, service, and character. Students at Pinewood Elementary enjoyed a visit from “Hugo the Hornet,” who brought the Charlotte Hornets’ book bus to the school and gave a fun presentation about the importance of reading. The 2017 Mid-Carolina Regional Scholastic Art Awards Mid-Carolina Region Art Competition had over 2,200 individual pieces of art and 150 Senior Art portfolios entered in a 18 county region which include Alexander, Alleghany, Cabarrus, Catawba, Cleveland, Davis, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanly, Surry, Union, Wilkes and Yadkin counties. Gaston Day received 29 Regional awards. Gold Key and 3-d Silver Key will be exhibited at Spirit Square through Feb. 22, 2017; 2-D Silver Key will be exhibited at the Mint Museum through Feb. 22, 2017. The Gold Key Ceremony was held at Spirit Square in Charlotte on Feb. 4th. Gaston Day School awardees included: 2017 Scholastics art Binder Scholastic Art Award - Special recognition -Vincent Liu; Gold portfolio Hannah Grimm - photography; Silver Girls Basketball portfolio Lily Reed - drawing; Gold key Vincent Liu - photography; Lilith Tan - drawing - Entangled; Evie Polen - editorial cartoon - A; Silver key Alyssa DeFrancisco - drawing MS; Hannah Grimm – photography; Lauralee Hurst -photography; Alexandra Schenk -sculpture -MS; Alexandra Schenk -drawing -MS; Lilith Tang- drawing. Honorable Mention - Kelly Byas- painting Olivia Coledrawing; Katie Dul- sculpture-MS; Kathryne Garrido- film; 403 East Catawba St. • Belmont, NC Fiona Geraghty- fashion; Sally Heldt- painting -MS; Meghan Pressley- drawing; Meghan Pressley- drawing; Meghan Press704-829-9897 ley – drawing; Lily Reed- drawing; Lily Reed- drawing; Lily Same Drug • Same Price • Better Service Reed- steps; Anna Claire Rhyne -painting; Chad SaundersFree Delivery Medicare Consults drawing MS; Lily Song- drawing; and Roye Zizheng- drawing.

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East Gaston’s Ne`ja Ervin tries to stop a Forestview player in the 44-32 loss last week. Photos by Jim Abernethy

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Lady Warrior Deaja Smith goes up for shot in the 2nd half.

Scenes from the East Gaston vs Forestview games

Deaja Smith gets Senior Night halfcourt greeting by Coach Hayes.

Tyrone Brown being congratulated by Coach Farrar on Senior Night. East Gaston’s Shai Robinson goes up for shot over several Forestview Jaguar defenders. Forestview won 44-32.

East Gaston’s Caleb Bridgewater gets a shot over the Jaguars defense.

East Gaston’s Samuel Brown gets a put back shot during the 2nd half.

Forestview Jaguar Darian Anderson drives the lane for a shot Warrior Tyrone Brown passes the ball to a teammate in East in the loss to East Gaston. Gaston’s 58-42 win over Forestview.

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Spelling Bee results

The Belmont Abbey women’s basketball team recently visited the Stowe Family YMCA. The players talked to the YMCA teams about hard work and fun playing ball! Molly D’Avria photo

A group of Belmont Abbey women’s soccer players took time recently to help in the community by volunteering with the Special Olympic skiing program. Rising senior Junior Nicole Ferren coordinated the event for her teammates for the third year in a row. As a ski instructor at Ski Appalachia Ski Resort and long-time Special Olympic skiing staff member, she led the way in instructing the Special Olympic athletes. Ferren worked with teammates Hannah Siders, Sabrina Bologna, Mary Doyle, Ally Elliott, Kat Laughlin, Emma Ruppert and Conli Schwarz, showing them how to help the participants learn the basic skills and balance for a successful ski run. Special Olympians competed after the training day. Belmont Abbey photo

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The annual GDS Spelling Bee was held this past week and had the school buzzing with excitement. Classroom winners Emily Raspanti, Jack Kimbrell, Koshie Larbi-Siaw, Rayeef Rahman, Samantha Steer, Grant Styers, Austin Moss, Neal Kirkpatrick, Tori Jenkins, and Chad Saunders all took to the stage and displayed their spelling prowess. Winner Chad Saunders (8th) (pictured) and runnerup Samantha Steer (6th) Chad Saunders battled back and forth through sixteen rounds before Chad finally ended the contest, spelling the championship word, edamame, correctly. Chad will compete in the county bee on Friday, March 10th @ 9:30am at Ashbrook High School. Kudos to all of our amazing Spartan spellers! (Photo courtesy Holt Harris)


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Mt. Island Charter School basketball players #2 Asia Washington (right) and #11 Allana Stewart were recently recognized for having each scored 1,000 points during their school careers. They were presented with special award basketballs for the achievement. Photo by Bill Ward





Hannah Bonisa, a sophomore at Gaston Christian School, and member of the school’s basketball team, was recognized recently for getting MAC All-Conference award for the second year in a row. Bonisa has scored 1,000 points in her career. Bonisa is the first player in Gaston Christian School history to reach this milestone. GCS photo THE OTHER COAST

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ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS If you want to drink that is your business, if you want to stop, we can help. For help or meeting info. Call 704-865-1561 (24 hrs.).

EMPLOYMENT COMPLETE CARE INC., IS SEEKING CNAs for Cleveland & Gaston Counties. Apply M-F, 8am-4pm at 404 W Warren St., Shelby, NC 28150 or call 704480-9340. ESTABLISHED COMPANY, IMMEDIATE OPENING. WORKING INSTALLER POSITION: Must be able to travel out of town, consistently pass a drug screen and have clean background. Be physically fit & able to constantly lift 150-200 lbs. Operate construction tools, jack hammer, impact gun etc. Experience preferred - will train the right candidate. Compensation based on skills, experience, references & performance. PLAYGROUND SAFETY SERVICES, INC. Shelby, NC. 704-487-7774, 800-3734508. NOW HIRING experienced Single Ply Roofers and experienced Shingle Roofers. Must have valid drivers license. Cline Co., Inc. 704-477-0516. DRIVERS WANTED: Class A CDL. Full & part-time. All local trips. 2 yrs experience, 53’ trailers. Excellent pay. Great benefits. Cyclone Trucking. 704-236-4095. GASTON COUNTY/ BELMONT: Experienced carpenter/painter, handyman, moving & clean up. Must have drivers license, dependable transportation & no criminal record! Want hard worker! Start ASAP, $10 hour. 704575-9445.

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FARM & GARDEN PINE SHAVINGS & SAWDUST, Animal Bedding, Sawdust, Shaving, Woodchips. 18 yard dump load, $200. Pickup truck $25. 1 yard bin $15. Bags $5. Trailers filled. 828-443-0534. 8 ROLLS OF 5X4 FESCUE, 2016 cutting, dry storage. $360 for all or $50 each. Leave message for Larry. 704-482-9408. 1941 JOHN DEERE Model B Tractor with hand crank. Has been restored with new front wheels & tires, new rear tires. $4000. 828-228-7710. FESCUE HAY for sale, $4.50 per square bale, horse quality. Call Gail, 828-288-1101. SUPER A FARMALL TRACTOR, partially dismantled, partially restored. Lots of time & money invested. Selling due to health reasons. $1600 firm. 864461-7202.

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AUTOS•TRUCKS 2006 CHEVY MALIBU MAX, 88,000 actual miles. V6, 4 dr., sunroof, all power, looks & runs good, $4800 obo. Call 704-4870550, 704-678-3954. 1988 CADILLAC DEVILLE, 66,000 actual miles. V8, leather, new tires, original paint, excellent condition, $4200 obo. Call 704-487-0550 or 704-678-3954. 2005 HYUNDAI TUSCON SUV, 4 cyl, burgundy, 111,290 mi, clean and smoke free. Power windows & locks, 2WD. $4990. 704-466-5908. 1988 FORD F150, 4 WHEEL DRIVE, camper top, $5000. 704-692-2933. 2004 MINI COOPER, AUTO, SUNROOF, low miles, too many options to list. Blue w/white top, great gas mileage. $5500. Priced to sell! Must See! 704-215-3207. 2002 VW DIESEL JETTA, high mileage. Great for putzing around town, best offer. 704472-1929.

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2007 FORD MUSTANG, TUNGSTEN METALLIC, 4.0L V6, leather interior. Premium Sound System, power windows & seats. Pony package, excellent condition, 100k miles, $6500. 704538-0188. ONE OWNER! NEW PRICE! $19,995. 2013 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited 127,565 miles. https://www.leasingservicesinc. com/off-lease-sales/2013-toyota-highlander/ (704) 482-2491. 1986 CORVETTE, T- tops, 40K miles, make offer. 704-460-1745.

2003 FORD F150 with stainless toolbox & factory ladder rack, Goodyear tires, $2600. Rutherford County. 828-395-7685. 1987 NISSAN PATHFINDER, 4x4, $800. 1981 Nissan 280ZX, as parts or restored, $700. 1995 Ford Probe SE, 4cyl, needs distributor, $800. 828-863-4134. (4) TIRES AND WHEELS, P235/75R17, rims fit Ford pickup trucks, $250. 828-305-2764. 2006 CHEVY MALIBU, Black SS, 3.9 V6, 191k miles, RUNS AND LOOKS GOOD, asking $3200. Call 828-247-0329 after 2pm.


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2009 SUZUKI BOULEVARD CRUISER, 800cc, 1 owner, 4,080 actual miles, $4000. 828657-4843 or 704-692-9490.

NEW LISTING! 2013 Nissan NV3500 SV HR Cargo Van, $15,995. 156,599 mileshttps:// (704) 482-2491.

INVENTORY FROM CLOSED Motorcycle Shop. Doing cyl boring, cyl sleeving, crank new rods - parts cheap. Call 9-4 M-F. 828657-5966.

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