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Serving Belmont, Mount Holly, Stanley, Cramerton, and McAdenville

Volume 78 • Issue 11 • Wednesday, March 13, 2013


Drive has toilet paper rolling in

Photo by Alan Hodge

Bicycling is getting to be very popular in Belmont and the city has a Master Plan to guide its development. These riders were getting set to take off from downtown on a ride during last year’s Fall Festival.

Belmont is buzzing over bicycles Photo by Alan Hodge

North Belmont Elementary student Allie Payton is seen with some of the toilet tissue rolls she and her classmates gathered for the CRO and SOCKS relief organizations. The kids collected 1,000 rolls. By Alan Hodge Editor

When North Belmont Elementary fourth grade student, eight-year-old Allie Payton, learned of a plea for toilet tissue from two local relief groups, she quickly formulated a plan for getting the rolls rolling in. “I saw on Facebook where the CRO in Mount Holly and SOCKS needed toilet paper for the people they help,” Allie said. “So I

decided to start a drive at school to collect as much as possible for them.” Allie’s mom, Paisley Payton, contacted North Belmont principal Ryan Smith with her daughter’s idea of having every class in the school collect as many rolls as possible, then bring them to school. She made flyers announcing the contest that were distributed at the school. For an extra incentive, the winning class would See PAYTON, 5A

MH Sports Hall of Fame banquet set for August The Mount Holly Sports Hall of Fame has announced its induction class of 2013. In its seventh year, the Hall has previously recognized 37 individuals and teams. This year continues the tradition of inducting people who displayed excellence in their respective fields and bringing attention to the city, while showing character in the process. The Mount Holly High School Hawkettes basketball teams of 1944-45, 1945-46 and 1946-47 will be inducted. These three consecutive teams stand out as arguably the best era of ladies basketball at MHHS. The teams were coached by three different coaches. L. C. Ward coached the first team to a 13-5-1 record, G. D. Wilson coached the second team to a 15-3-2 record and a conference championship, and Wales Sigmon coached the third team to a 12-1-1 record and another conference championship. Together, the teams racked up a 30-9-4 overall tally. Mount Holly High School Hawkettes basketball teams of 1966-67 and 196768 will also be inducted for 2013. These were the two best teams of the Joe Spears

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Long-time Belmont Banner and Mount Holly News contributor Sarah Nixon will be one of the 2013 Mount Holly Sports Hall of Fame inductees. Nixon is being recognized for her “Community Spirit”. coaching era at MHHS, with records of 17-4 and 18-3, respectively. They lost only one conference game in two years, winning conference c h a m p i o n s h i p s each year. Their two-year record was 35-7. Inductee Charlie “Poss” Drumm was a basketball star on the outstanding Mount Holly Hawks teams of 194849 and 1949-50. Poss achieved state, regional and national fame as a 20-year competitor in the Senior Games. Competing in golf, Poss won the national competition for his age group in St Louis in 1989 against a field of 30 regional winners. His 3-on-3 basketball team won the state medal. At 80 years of age, Poss continues to play 3-on-3 basketball See HALL OF FAME, 6A

By Alan Hodge Editor

At the recent Belmont City Council meeting, a presentation on Belmont’s Bicycle Master Plan was given by John Cock of Davidson-based Alta/Greenways and it contained a wealth of information on the direction cycling is taking in the community. The Executive Summary for the Belmont Comprehensive Bicycle Plan covers a lot of ground figuratively and

factually speaking and is based on what is termed the “Five Es”. That is, Engineering, Education, Encouragement, Enforcement, and Evaluation. “The Belmont Comprehensive Bicycle Master Plan envisions a connected network of on-and off-street bikeways, that provides safe and convenient access between neighborhoods, schools, and downtown for all types of bicyclists,” says the Plan Vision Statement. “The Plan expands Belmont’s reputation as a destination for bicycling and recreation, as a community that

considerately shares its roadways, and as a healthy place to live.” The Master Plan recommends that Belmont have a bicycle network of roads and trails stretching nearly 90 miles. The routes would include 14.85 miles of boulevard and neighborhood roads, 13.73 miles of bicycles lanes, 10.9 miles of paved road shoulders, a 4.4-mile cycle track, 7.2 miles of side paths, and 36.6 miles of greenway riding. To help folks navigate on foot or on See BICYCLES, 6A

Brown recalls the roar of airplanes over the Catawba River By Alan Hodge Editor

Any hour of any day, people in and near Belmont can see and hear the roar of jets carrying passengers to and from Charlotte-Douglas International Airport. But there was once a time when the purr of Piper Cubs and similar small aircraft was the main sound that filled the air along Wilkinson Blvd. near the Catawba River. The reason being, Belmont had its own airport for several years there during the late1940s and early 1950s. The airport was a dirt strip that ran through Browntown parallel to the north side of the boulevard from about where Catos Trailer Park is now located down to Riverview Avenue. Benny Brown, 73, grew up in the area that was named for his grandfather and as a boy spent a lot of time at the airport. In fact, he credits those days with launching his career in aviation.

Photo by Alan Hodge

Benny Brown grew up near the former Belmont airport and still lives in a house where the runway was. In this shot he’s seen holding a propeller from a Piper J3 Cub of the type that was often stationed at the dirt strip. “I got the flying bug at the Belmont airport,” Brown said. “I went on to become a commercial pilot with over 3,000 hours of flying time.” Brown still lives in a house with his wife Betty and grandson Tyler that sits where the runway ended,

and often thinks about the days when small planes buzzed overhead piloted by characters from Belmont and the surrounding area. Of course, there was plenty of adventure at the little airport. “Near where the house is

there was a big tree and to land, the pilots had to come in over it and drop down,” said Brown. “Once, a pilot misjudged and bounced off the roof then went through the cabbage patch with the See BROWN, 5A

Scrapbooks from the ‘40s discovered By Alan Hodge Editor

When Benson Funeral and Cremation Services owner Benny Benson bought the American Legion Building at 101 Oak Grove Street in downtown Mount Holly for his new business, he found a trove of archival items in the form of old scrapbooks, but instead of tossing the treasures, he’s going to see that they go to a good home. “I’m from the old school and enjoy relics and history,” Benson said. “Mount Holly has an interesting downtown and the American Legion building is part of it. After I look at the pictures and other things that are in the scrapbooks I intend to donate them to a group like the Mount Holly Historical Society so others can enjoy them as

well.” The material in the scrapbooks dates to the late 1940s and early 1950s and includes photographs and news clips of Mount Holly American Legion Johnson-Lineberger Post 152 activities. A lot of the pictures in the book show members of the Post 152 baseball team, both individual players and the whole team. The baseball images were taken by Rumfelt Studio in Belmont. A news clip of the team has names attached and declares it to be the “first legion team to represent Mount Holly.” Some of the players included Jack Summey, Jim Rhyne, Otis McCoig, Bob Huffstickler, Bill Painter, David Beane, and Bob Kistler. Another yellowing photo with “Mount Holly News” scrawled on the back in pencil shows Legionnaires James Neill and Clarence Rice shaking

hands in front of an American flag. Yet another old photo shows an unnamed US Navy sailor in front of a large statue of a man clutching a bunch of bananas. An interesting clip found in one scrapbook and dated May 1950 in the publication “North Carolina Legion News” announced with great delight that Mount Holly’s Johnson-Lineberger Post 152 had paid off the loan on its building and elected WWII veteran Jack Summey as Commander. ViceCommander was Rufus Ingle. News of Post 152’s membership drive filled several pages in one of the old scrapbooks. The efforts paid off. By 1950 Post 152 had 250 members. Membership dues were listed at $3.50 a year. Another article in the scrapbook declared that Post 152 had been formed on Sept. 10, 1923 with fifteen See AMERICAN LEGION, 5A

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Cemetery Cleanup Day is March 25

Robert Carpenter, Jr. U.S. Navy veteran and life-long Boy Scout

The City of Belmont will have its cemetery cleanup day March 25 at Greenwood Cemetery. The city portion of Goshen Cemetery in North Belmont will also be cleaned that same day. Photo by Alan Hodge

Downtown Belmont needs your online vote! in the “Great Neighborhoods for Kids� contest Construction on the upscale South Fork Village apartments in Cramerton is progressing at a rapid pace. The complex will eventually have 352 apartments and is being built on a 38-acre site on the north side of US 29/74 at the South Fork River. The first phase of the complex will have 216 units and will be ready in early 2014 for residents. Triangle Realty is in charge of building, the parent company is Southwood Realty that owns several other local apartment complexes. Photo by Alan Hodge

Spy Tech of Belmont recently received an interesting project. A production company in Charlotte is shooting a major commercial for the soft drink company Pepsi Cola and wanted an audio video recorder hidden in a Pepsi can. Color correct cans were sent and after a full day of tinkering Spy Tech squeezed the equipment in. The commercial should air nationwide in about thirty days. The photo shows technician Scott Loften doing the job. Contributed Photo



March 5: Matthew Hunter Welty, simple physical assault, injury to personal property, intoxicated and disruptive, arrested by Officer M. Stroupe, Flowers Court. March 5: Jimmy Lee Morris, drug violations PWISD, marijuana, cocaine, paraphernalia, failure to appear, arrested by Officer P. Hunter, 29/74 at Heritage Inn.

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Larry Wayne Goodson A member of Fraley Memorial Baptist Church BELMONT–Larry Wayne Goodson, 80, died Wednesday, March 6, 2013. He was born in Gaston County, son of the late Earl and Bessie Moore Goodson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Jack and Robert Goodson, and a sister, Colleen Goodson. Mr. Goodson was a member of Fraley Memorial Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Mildred Louise McCall Goodson; a daughter, Wanda Buchanan and husband Farrell of McAdenville; three sons, Barry Goodson and wife Michele of Belmont, Lloyd Hill of Belmont, and Michael Hill of Mount Holly; a sister-inlaw, Betty Goodson of Gastonia; nine grandchildren,

McLean Funeral Home Garrett Goodson and Emma Goodson of Belmont, Lacey Joines of Gastonia, Michelle Buchanan and Dawn Baxter both of McAdenville, Jason Hill, Clint Hill, and Daniel Hill all of Gastonia, and Crystal Hill of Mount Holly; numerous great-grandchildren; and special friends, Mark Hayes, Mark Putnam, and Mike Phillips. A service to celebrate the life of Mr. Goodson, was held at 2p.m. Saturday, March 9, at The Woodlawn Chapel of Woodlawn Funeral Home in Mount Holly with Rev. Dr. Warner Doles officiating. Burial followed at Gaston Memorial Park in Gastonia. The family received friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Fraley Memorial Baptist Church, P.O. Box 775, Lowell, NC 28098. Woodlawn Funeral Home, Mount Holly served the family.

Budget workshops set for April 11, 25 The Town of Cramerton will hold special budget workshops on April 11 and April 25 at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall, 155 North Main Street, Cramerton. The Town does not discriminate on the basis of disability. If you need an auxiliary aid or service or other accommodations in order to attend or fully participate at this meeting, please contact the clerk’s office as far in advance of the meeting as possible so that your request can be considered. For more information call Wilene Cunningham, Town Clerk, at 704-824-4337.

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BELMONTRobert Rhyne “Bob� Carpenter, Jr., age 82, passed away on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at Robin Johnson House. A native of Gaston County, he was the son of the late Robert Rhyne Carpenter, Sr. and Lela Howell Carpenter. Bob graduated from Cherryville High School where he was active in athletics. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, graduated from Duke University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and retired from Duke Power Company. A long time member of First United Methodist Church, Belmont and a life-long Boy Scout, Bob was asked to start a scouting program at the church in 1957. Still today, Troop #56 continues to make a positive impact on boys’ lives in the Belmont area. Bob was a history buff of the Civil War era and an avid genealogist. He was a member of both the Gaston and NC Historical Society. Bob was an avid fan of the game of football. He was an accomplished football official, working as a referee with the ACC and NCAA for many years. He will be greatly missed by all

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My Big Sister’s Closet expands Owner Janice Gravley cut a ribbon recently at a Montcross Area Chamber event celebrating the latest expansion of My Big Sister’s Closet, a plus-size consignment boutique, at 119 N. Main Street in Lowell. The addition makes room for junior-size clothes, jewelry and other merchandise. At the event, plans were announced for a third expansion, which soon will provide space for regular-size clothes. Also in the photo, on the front row (from left) are Chamber Board Secretary Dr. Joe Keith, Lowell Mayor Judy Horne, Lisa Spencer and Anna Puckett of My Big Sister’s Closet, Lowell City Council member Martha Burris and Chamber member Chris Kille. On the back row (from left) are Lowell City Manager Al Greene, Chamber President Ted Hall and Chamber Board Chair-elect Brad Thomas. Store hours are Tuesday - Friday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 until 4. For more information, call 704-824-5403, or visit online at Montcross Area Chamber photo

Christy’s Place has new owners Christy’s Place is a bit of an icon in Mt. Holly. The building’s been there forever, going through a few owners. Now, Barry and Denise Nantz are the proud new owners. Things there have stayed the same except for a few changes. Christy’s has gone through a quiet new opening celebration with a few friends and has started new hours, opening from 6 am to 9 pm Monday - Friday and 7 am - 9 pm on Saturdays. Christy’s also opens for

breakfast and lunch on Sundays, from 9 am to 2 pm. The newest change is Christy’s serving dinner, with nightly specials and of course, serving breakfast all day. Barry is retired from the Air Force and is a native of Mt. Holly. He was a cook, among other things, and has brought some of the recipes he acquired along the way with him. Barry met his wife, Denise, when she was managing a BBQ place back at Lackland AFB. She brings

some British flavor to Christy’s from her British upbringing. European and Asian dishes are some of the new recipes on specials. However Christy’s prides itself on good old home cooking. Just like your grandmother cooked. If you haven’t tried Christy’s Place in a while, come on in. You may just have found a new best restaurant. At right: the new staff of Christy’s Place in Mount Holly

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Alan Hodge Editor Well, Sharon and I both hate the winter and so we went to the recent Southern Spring Show in Charlotte and, after scurrying through the parking lot while snow and sleet fell on our heads, walked in the doors of the exhibition halls and suddenly it WAS spring what with all the flowers and plants and lush man-made gardens on display and babbling waterfalls and such. It was easy to see that the mob shuffling along in the aisles between the vendor stalls were all of a similar mindset. That is, “we too are sick of being cold and want to get outside and start scratching warm dirt and planting things.” As is generally the case when we go to shows like that I swear that I will not buy a thing but once again came home with a “goodie”. This time it was a little wooden box with holes drilled in the top and a jar screwed on the bottom designed to catch carpenter bees the likes of which attack our cabin every year when the weather warms up. Usually I employ a badminton racquet to knock the gnawing nuisances out of the sky while Sharon does it with a bullwhip. Anyway we got the bee trap and will see how it works when they come calling in a few weeks. Another aspect of the show was the huge variety of garden tools and equipment on display and the equally huge prices some of them commanded. Five grand for a lawnmower? None for me thanks. This got me thinking about traditional back yard gardening and how folks in our area have for generations hacked at the red clay soil and raised all sorts of vegetables. But backyard gar-

Continual cheerfulness is a sign of wisdom.

old Irish saying

dening is not always Eden and can be challenging in a number of ways. I recall when I was a little kid we lived in a rat-infested duplex for a while (the biggest rat we named Elmer) in Catawba Heights, and there was an elderly lady across the road and she was trying to till the hardpan clay of her side yard with a hoe and she was barefoot and a misplaced down-stroke of the hoe-tool took the end of her toe off. I have tried gardening myself and once raised a little patch of corn in the yard and it was about six feet tall and had little cobs on it and I would go every day and look at my corn-kingdom with reverence and awe. But then came a fateful summer storm with lightning and wind and hail and in a matter of moments my lovely corn was flatter than a pancake. Woe was me! But there was a lesson in the corn-catastrophe. I pondered. What if I was a farmer for real and my family and livestock had depended on a good corn crop and a storm came along and smashed it down? It would not be funny in the least. So from that episode I gained a new-found respect for agriculturalists. Many is the mill village home that had a little garden beside or behind it. Yessir, and who that has grown a tomato or cuke or some string beans from one can forget the first delicious bite of a tomato sandwich of the season or sliced cukes floating in vinegar or a pot of beans boiled up with a big chunk o’ fatback languishing in the glistening grease-water and the satisfaction of having grown something with their own hands. For those of us who want fresh vegetables and homemade pies and cakes and other eatables but do not possess a green or flour-coated thumb, we are lucky in our area to have several farmers’ markets that fill the bill. For just one example, Leigh Brinkley has ram-rodded the one in Mount Holly to great acclaim. On a grander scale, I sub-

scribe to a free publication from the NC Dept. of Agriculture called, appropriately enough, “Agricultural Review”. This little monthly newspaper consists mainly of ads placed by farmers and country folk from across the Tar Heel State offering everything from farmland to antique Farmall tractors for sale. My favorite ad sections in the Agricultural Review are where folks sell seeds for heirloom flowers and vegetables. These are also known as “oldtimey” varieties such as Mr. Stripey seeds, Dixie Lee pea seeds, Madison County greasy long cut (whatever that is) seeds, and sweet hale cantaloupe seeds being offered just to name a few. You can also get seeds for all sorts of gourds and even sorghum cane just in case you get the urge to boil some molasses in your backyard. The livestock section of the Agricultural Review always has some interesting offers. This past issue there were some Simmental bulls for sale. I thought the name sounded a lot like sentimental but its not so– the bulls are not sad as I once thought when I first glimpsed the name. Goats and chickens and ducks, and donkeys and guineas, and horses and cows of all types are up for sale by folks in every corner of the state. Beekeepers can also get their stuff in the Agricultural Review. Everything from live bees to hives to honey extractors is for sale. My pal Calvin got started backyard beekeeping and so can you. I guess what I am driving at with all this agri-speak is the fact that even though at one time the biggest part of the population in our area either had a farm, was raised on a farm, or had a farm in their family background, today we are down to just a few such enterprises. However, that does not mean that given the right resource material and some simple tools such as a sharp hoe (wear shoes), that folks cannot have their own little bit of backyard bean-raising and benefit greatly from it.

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Letter to the Editor SPRING is in the air……. “The land is coming to life and with it so can we, if we focus on the questions of why we are here and its simple answer; to tell the glory of God and to sing for joy” Spring is truly amazing isn’t it? When an increase in warmth as well as more light from the sun, when new shoots of flowers suddenly begin to break their way through the soil, and when new, baby creatures of all sorts start to hum, buzz, crawl, chirp, hop, or leap their way into life. This is one of the most glorious signs to me that God shows us all during this transition from Winter to Spring. I so enjoy seeing all the flowers pop up through the ground again. I love to smell their sweet fragrance riding on the gentle morning breeze. It is a reminder that the cold Winter is slowly disappearing… while fresh and warmer days are just around the corner. We find ourselves feeling that we have awoke from a long nap and now are seeing all the colors of the rainbow sprout before us overnight. Nature comes back to life to start yet another new Season (Spring) so that we can be reminded of God’s unfailing love for us all. This past week I have felt more warmth coming down upon us from above. It has triggered green sprouts and blooms throughout my yard. I have noticed a return of the beautiful Mourning Dove. I have seen the

return also of my favorite bird, the great Cardinal. Isn’t it invigorating to suddenly see a sleek, beautiful little bird zoom its way into your field of vision and then land like an inspired little soldier all upright and happy upon a branch still looking lifeless without its leaves? I hope to believe that the purple crocuses outside serve not only to remind me of the way God has already given me grace and forgiven me, but also as a sign of him wishing me well too. Just as we wish to brighten someone’s day longer than our presence when we take flowers to those who are ill or disheartened; they serve as a reminder that they are loved and thought of. I thank the Lord for his reminding all of us during the transition into Spring, that by his adding color, fragrance, and the sounds of life that we see around us.. is just a heartfelt reminder of his everlasting love. Though this world is full of hopelessness and despair, I pray that God’s reminder of new life will encourage us to keep our eyes focused on Him. There is hope, there is beauty, and there is new life….in Him alone. Enjoy His beauty this Spring time~ Praise the Lord for His gift of rebirth and new life! Praise Him for His mighty deeds. Amen. Lisa Harper Belmont NC

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This picture shows the Mount Holly American Legion Post 152 baseball team around 1947. The photo was in an old scrapbook found in the American Legion building by new owner Benny Benson.

LEGION: scrapbooks from the ‘40s, ‘50s discovered in old building From page 1A members. Clips concerning fundraising efforts by Post 152 also pop up in several pages of the scrapbook. Fish fry prices were listed at $1.25 a plate. Kids under 12 years ate free. Another fundraising drive mentioned a coat hanger drive where members of Post 152 collected hangers donated by Mount Holly citizens and

sold them for cash. Not all the news in the scrapbook was about Post 152. A section dated April 30, 1954 showed Mount Holly Mayor Dewitt Beatty pinning a carnation on the town’s Man of the Year, C.W. Pierce. The Woman of the Year was Mrs. W.G. Henson who was recognized for her work at the local school lunchroom. Another scrapbook page dated 1954 had

news clips announcing that Mount Holly would soon get a “modern dial phone system” with free calls to Charlotte. These days since the sale of the building to Benson, Post 152 is in a state of limbo. Current Post Commander Danny Turner says membership has dropped off considerably from the time when it was over 200 guys. “We are down to about 30 members now,”

BROWN: recalls airplanes in Belmont From page 1A prop throwing cabbage everywhere. It made cole slaw with an airplane.” Pilot Author Hawkins, whose son Festus still lives where the strip was located, also had an adventure. “Author would never tie his shoe strings,” Brown said. “Once, the strings got tangled in the control pedals and he crashed too.” Both the cabbage-shredder and Hawkins came out of their mishaps OK. Local aviator Manson Arrowood, who had flown anti-submarine patrol aircraft looking for German U-boats along the North Carolina coast during the war, owned the Belmont airport. His name is listed on a Civil Air Patrol “Certificate of Belligerency” roster for that time period with the rank of lieutenant. Arrowood was known for his flying proficiency and had several stunts to his “credit” in Belmont. “I heard he flew an airplane under the Buster Boyd Bridge and the Wilkinson Blvd. Bridge as well,” Brown said. “He would swoop down on boats and chase them too.” Dorothy Smith Goode, who grew up on her father Sinclair Smith’s farm in Catawba Heights, remembered Ar-

rowood and his yellow Cub as well. “He would land in the cow pasture and take us for rides,” she said. Brown says the airstrip would often hold shows on weekends and Arrowood as well as other local pilots would wring their planes out. “They would draw a big crowd,” he said. “People would line up.” Popular stunts Arrowood would perform included throwing a roll of toilet paper out of his plane and spin around to see if he could cut the streaming tissue with the prop. The Belmont airport was also a flight school. “One student’s name was Sparky Armstrong and he was only 15-yearsold, and officially too young to fly legally by himself but did anyway,” said Brown. “Manson told Sparky if he ever came in to land and saw the black and white FAA car, to fly over to the Mount Holly airport and wait a while.” Armstrong took the skills he learned at the little dirt strip in Belmont, and then went on to a career in the US Air Force and with Eastern Airlines. Back when the Belmont airport was operating, traffic on Wilkinson Blvd. was a whole lot less than today, a fact that came in handy at least once. “One pilot named Runt Adams had a

plane that was dirty and the airport didn’t have a way to wash it so he taxied across the boulevard where there was a hose,” Brown said. “After it was clean, he just pulled onto the highway and took off.” Another incident that could have ended tragically took place just after the end of the war when a military plane was trying to find the Belmont airport in the dark. “He buzzed back and forth across town and finally some people took cars to the strip and lit it up with their headlights,” said Brown. All good things must end and so did the brief yet colorful career of the airport in Belmont. Brown says that for a time it was a dirt auto racetrack, then the homes, businesses, and trailers that are there now took over. “I can still smell the oil, paint, and gas aroma in those planes even today,” Brown said. “it was a great place.” *If anyone has recollections of or photos from the Mount Holly airport that ran beside NC27 please contact me here at the paper I would love to write a story on that bit of local aviation history as well.

Turner says. “We are supposed to meet at 5pm the first Monday of each month at McDonalds in Mount Holly but I guess I am the last of the Mohicans.” Nonetheless, Turner said Post 152 still has its charter and welcomes anyone that might care to join or become active again. In the meantime, the books that Benson found are going to a good home.

PAYTON: toilet paper drive has it rolling in From page 1A get a pizza party. As they starting coming in, the rolls were stockpiled in Smith’s office. “It looked like a shrine to TP,” he said. Smith was impressed with Allie and her idea. “It was such as huge thing for her to come up with this idea and to make it happen,” he said. “It is phenomenal to me when you have a child that wants to do community service.” Allie’s teacher, Jennifer Russell, was also proud of her. “Allie is one of my most excellent students,” she said. “She wants to help everyone and is determined and hard-working.” The final count for Allie’s toilet paper project saw 1,000 rolls collected. Russell’s class topped the list with 233 rolls.

The toilet paper collection caper isn’t the first time Allie has launched a drive to help others. She also gathered candy, gift cards, and other items, put them in boxes, and had the packages sent to our troops in Afghanistan. In return, one of the officers there sent Allie a flag that had flown over their outpost. Now that the TP supply at the CRO and BCO has replenishments on the way, it’s possible a few rolls will stay at North Belmont Elementary. Rumor has it that Smith might just find himself acquainted with it in a way sure to amuse the kids. That is, swathed from head to toe in TP like an Egyptian pharaoh mummy- a royal and rollicking way to reward his students for all their hard work helping those in need.

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Church Service Directory MT. HOLLY Bethel Baptist Church NC Highway 273 704-827-9846 Burge Memorial Methodist Church 312 W. Glendale Ave. 704-827-2726 Catawba Heights Church of God 122 Tomberlin Rd. 704-827-4225 Cbc-Memorial Apostolic 230 W. Charlotte Ave. 704-827-0968 Chapel Baptist Church 324 N. Lee St. 704-827-5526 Community Christian Fellowship 2560 Stanley Lucia Rd. 704-827-5881 Covenant United Methodist 110 Underwood Dr. 704-820-0603 Family Worship Center 1013 W. Charlotte Ave. 704-827-7656 First Baptist Church-Mt. Holly 300 S. Main St. 704-827-2481 First Free Will Baptist Church 841 Noles Dr. 704-827-7461 First Presbyterian Church 133 S. Main St. 704-827-0521 First United Methodist Church 140 N. Main St. 704-827-4855

Goshen Free Will Baptist Church 1300 W. Catawba Ave. 704-827-3076

Mt. Sinai Baptist Church 339 S. Hawthorne St. 704-827-4320

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

New Covenant United Methodist 14514 Lucian Riverbend Hwy. 704-827-4468

Harvest Time Church of God 707 Westland Farm Rd. 704-822-8033

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Living Witness Ministries 541 Costner St. 704-827-0004 Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd 110 S. Main St. 704-827-4751 Macedonia Baptist Church 1951 Stanley Lucia Rd. 704-827-9224 Mt. Holly Church of God 208 Rankin Ave. 704-827-8596 Mt. Holly Noles Baptist Church Hickory Grove Rd. 704-827-2013 Mt. Holly Pentecostal Holiness 406 Scott St. 704-827-8201

Featured Church of the Week Queen of the Apostles Catholic Church Shiloh Ame Zion Methodist 1117 Old NC Hwy 27 704-827-8826

Tuckaseege Baptist Church 511 Tuckaseege Rd. 704-827-4301

Springfield Freewill Baptist 220 Park Terrace Dr. 704-820-0193

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

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

St. Anthony of Padua Traditional Catholic Church 108 Horseshoe Bend Beach Rd. 704-827-8676

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

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

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

Westview Presbyterian Church 1020 W. Catawba Ave. 704-827-2026

Notice In order to accommodate the number of churches in our communities, we will print two alternating lists of churches each week. If you don’t see the church you’re looking for, be sure to check next weeks paper.

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Design competition ends March 15 The Mount Holly Community Development Foundation has announced its design competition for the 2013 Mount Holly Springfest 5K t-shirt. The competition is open to artists of all ages and any artistic ideas. The winning design will be chosen by the Springfest 5k committee and will be featured on all 2013 5K tshirts, seen by hundreds, including runners, sponsors, and festival attendees. Artist of the winning design will receive a free t-shirt

and earn the bragging rights for having their design chosen. Contest rules and design parameters: Design must be hand drawn on 8/12 X 11 size paper (a signature on the design is allowed); Design must be 4 colors only (black is considered 1 color, 3 additional colors may be included in design); Design must fit on the front of the tshirts (no front and back designs). Design must include the following: 16th Annual Mount Holly Springfest 5k

Run/3k Walk May 4, 2013 wording and date may appear anywhere in your design - do not have to be together - placement of wording and date in design is at artist’s discretion; design should encompass the meaning of the event. All designs must be received at MHCDF office at 106B S. Main Street, Mount Holly 28120 by noon on March 15, 2013. Designs maybe mailed or dropped off at the office, Monday-Friday between 10 am and 2 pm.

MH Historical Society meets For its Feb. 27 meeting the Mount Holly Historical Society held a joint event with the Black History Forum in celebration of Black History Month. The featured program was music by Mt. Holly’s own, James “Tootie� Hogan, professional jazz and R&B guitarist. Hogan was born in New Haven, Conn., but at an early age moved south with his family to Mount Holly. He discovered his gift for music, through the influence and direction of his father, James Hogan, Sr, whose passion and position was planted in gospel music as both a singer and guitarist. Tootie’s talents were nurtured in the church under his Father’s direction. He learned to play the piano and bass guitar but his passion and power would be found when he began to play the lead guitar. His talents found a spotlight as a lead guitarist. During the 70’s and early 80’s he performed and traveled extensively with various well-known national

musicians, such as The Drifters, The Tams, the Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose, The Chairman of the Board (featuring General Johnson), Junior Walker & the All-Stars, Hank Crawford, Eddie Floyd and Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs. Hogan has also toured worldwide with Roberta Flack, mainly in Japan, the Philippines, Australia, Spain, England, Canada and the Bahamas. He also appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson; opened for jazz trumpet player Miles Davis in Madison Square Garden in New York City, and shared the stage with The Spinners, Lou Rawls, Little Richard, Clarence Carter, the Platters, Major Lance, the Coasters, Lynn White, Joe Tex, Mary Wells, Martha & the Vandellas, and Betty Wright. Hogan has shared the stage with Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, Mother’s Finest, Tyrone Davis, Williams Bell, Candi Staton,

Archie Bell & the Drells. Later he became the music director & lead guitarist for A Good Man is Hard to Find; a national gospel play. Hogan has released three albums, one of which was called “Dreamin’at Midday� on Depriest Records. It received excellent reviews and exposure on one of the nationally known jazz radio stations throughout the USA. On Feb. 15, 1997, Tootie opened up for Reverend Jesse Jackson celebration of the 37th anniversary of the “sit-in movement� in Greensboro, NC. The release of the second album written and arranged by Tootie was called “Last Flight Out.� Hogan’s third & latest CD is “Final Destination�. Today he performs with his own four-piece band, which is composed of drums, bass guitar, keyboards and himself on lead guitar. Charlotte based video production company Episode XI Studios is working on a documentary about Tootie’s life.

Gaston College SciVisit Day, April 12 Gaston College will host SciVisit Day Friday, April 12, 2013 from 9 a.m. until 12 noon at the Dallas Campus. This is a handson, interactive event for middle and high school students interested in the fields of science, technology, engineering, math and medical careers. Students will learn about

STEMM educational opportunities and career paths available at Gaston College through a variety of experimental learning activities, demonstrations and the use of the “iPod� concept. For more information, contact Heather Woodson at (704) 922.6311 or

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BICYCLES: creating a buzz in Belmont From page 1A wheels, a series of wayfinding signs would also be part of the Master Plan. These signs would include information giving distance to various locations and landmarks such as Belmont Abbey as well as the time to walk or cycle there. The Bicycle Master Plan also names several high priority projects. These bike routes include seven main biking corridors including the Armstrong Ford Road Corridor from Eagle Road to the city limits west, Catawba Street Corridor from N. Main Street to US 29/74, Central Avenue Corridor from N. Main Street to S. Main Street, and the N. Main Street Corridor from US 29/74 to Myrtle Avenue. Also, The S. Main Street Corridor from Myrtle Avenue to Eagle Road, the South Point/Central Avenue Corridor from S. Main Street to city limits south, and the Woodlawn Avenue Corridor from Belmont-Mount Holly Road to School Street. The cost estimate for these projects, which would require infrastructure work such as creating bike lanes and/or lane marking would be in the range of $3.5 million. Speaking of infrastructure, Belmont already has several opportunities in that regard as they relate to cycling. These include abandoned railroad lines, a neighborhood network of roads, and traffic-calming features along Main Street, Central Avenue, and Church Street. Some roads are already wide enough for bike lanes and need no additional footage.

“Our citywide efforts are focused on making Belmont a fun and active place to start a business and raise a family,� said Belmont Assistant City Manager Adrian Miller. “Through our investments in the new soccer and river parks, the rail trail that will connect downtown to Belmont Abbey, and improvements to making walking, running, and cycling easier and more convenient, we have been able to attract people to town. We have seen a large increase in the number of hardcore and recreational cyclists all over town and we feel that this will continue as we hold more cycling events and add new bike lanes to Belmont. Belmont will be the place to be for cyclists.� In addition to the Bicycle Master Plan and the impact it will have on Belmont, there’s also the upcoming Belmont Criterium race that has people excited. The race is scheduled to run in conjunction with the city’s annual Garibaldifest on May 4 and will see dozens of pro bike racers pedal like fury along a predetermined course downtown. The route will include Main St., E. Woodrow Ave., Glenway St., and Davis St. The streets will be closed from 10am to 4pm the day of the race. The race is part of USA Crits Speed Week series that will see the same group of racers travel to ten locations in the Carolinas and Georgia doing their two-wheeled thing. Thousands of spectators will be lining the race route in downtown Belmont. The event is being organized by South Main Cycles and the Belmont Merchants Association and sponsors are needed. To inquire about sponsoring, contact Miller at 704-901-2067.

HALL OF FAME: MH banquet set From page 1A each Wednesday. James Browning Thompson, now deceased, will also be one of the 2013 inductees. Thompson was a star lineman at Mount Holly High School in the early 1930’s. He went on to star at NC State for four years after that. Finally, he was a member of the semipro Charlotte Clippers in 1941, before entering the military service as a navigator aboard B29s during WWII. Thompson was a well-known businessman and public servant in Mount Holly in his later years. Inductee Doug Smith took over as wrestling coach at East Gaston High School in 1979, then led the school to prominence in wrestling circles in the state. He coached numerous individual state champions as well

as team champions in 1991, 1992 and 1993, during his 20-year career at the school. Still the all-time basketball scoring leader at East Gaston with 1,685 points, inductee Shane Trull graduated in 1988, in an era when high school eligibility consisted of only three years. A prolific scorer, mostly on the inside but also having a soft touch outside, Trull held the Belmont Abbey scoring record until recently. The “Community Spirit Award� goes to inductee Sarah Nixon for her column “Personally Mentioned� in the Mount Holly News. Later, as editor, Nixon covered news and activities in and around Mount Holly for over 50 years. Along the way, she supported youth and school sports programs, by “mentioning� participants in her columns and stories.

Nixon has received numerous awards for her journalism and civic participation all over the globe. The Mount Holly Sports Hall of Fame was established to honor the community’s rich sports history and to recognize outstanding individuals and teams who have excelled over the last century on behalf of the city. The class of 2013 will be inducted on August 17 at the Mount Holly Municipal Center. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased from any Hall of Fame committee member. For more information, contact Gary Neely at 704-827-4005 or Gary would like to hear from members of the teams being inducted, and from family members of the teams from the 1940’s.

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McMillan named head football coach at Cramerton By Alan Hodge Editor

The new Stuart W. Cramer High School in Cramerton continues to get its staff arranged and named Ben McMillan as head football coach last week. A press conference saw a host of Gaston County Schools and other officials including the school’s new principal Audrey Devine and athletic director Terry Radford in attendance. McMillan, 30, and a native of Mebane, is currently serving at Forestview High as assistant varsity football coach and head junior varsity coach. He will begin his duties at Stuart Cramer on June 1, and will be responsible for forming the school’s first football team. “I am very honored to be named the first head football coach at Stuart Cramer High School,” McMillan said. “Building a new football program is an exciting opportunity. I know its going to take a lot of hard work to get things started, but I look forward to the challenge and I hope to gain a lot of support from the community. I would also like to thank Mrs.

Devine and Coach Radford for giving me this opportunity and I look forward to working with them.” In addition, McMillan will be bringing on board an assistant coaching staff. “As of now I am working on hiring assistant coaches and Coach Radford and I are in the process of ordering all of our equipment needs,” he said. “In the next month or so we will get out to the schools and talk with our incoming players about summer workouts.” McMillan graduated Elon University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education degree. While at Elon, he played wide receiver, tight end, and on special teams. He was named Phoenix of the Week in 2002 and was a strength and conditioning Gold Club member. While attending college, he served as an assistant varsity baseball coach in 2004 at East Alamance High School. McMillan began his work at Forestview in 2005 and has coached in several capacities there. He was assistant varsity basketball coach from 2005-2006, assistant varsity baseball coach from

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Ben McMillan (center) has been named as the head football coach for the new Stuart Cramer High in Cramerton. With McMillan are the school’s athletic director Terry Radford and principal Audrey Devine. 2007 to the present, and head JV baseball coach in 2010. The JV baseball team compiled a 15-5 record in 2008. McMillan’s role as head football coach 2007-2010 at Forestview saw his teams attain a 24-11 record and two conference championships. In addition to his coaching duties, McMillan did jobs ranging from organizing practices to helping maintain the fields of play.

At Forestview, McMillan is also a Health and Physical Education teacher. He is a certified CPR/First Aid instructor with the American Red Cross and has a Commercial Drivers License with School Bus Endorsement. He is a member of the NC Coaches Association. Stuart Cramer High will open its doors this coming August with student/players from the 9th and 10th grades

and for the 2013 season will field a junior varsity football team. For the 2014 season it will add a varsity team when the 11th grade is added. In 2015, the 12th grade will come on board with the first graduating class set for 2016. “Our summer workouts will begin in June,” said McMillan. “Having only a JV team the first year is going to give us an opportu-

nity to work with and build our players up so we can be successful on the varsity level in the next few years.” The state-of-the-art school will eventually have 1,200 students under its 268,000 sq. ft. roof. The team’s home games will be played in a brand-new 3,000-seat stadium. The first football game is set for Aug. 22 against Ashbrook. A 1,500-seat gym at the school will accommodate other sports activities. The campus is surrounded by more than 55 acres of protected natural area. “Stuart Cramer has some amazing facilities and I can’t wait to get things started this summer.” McMillan said. A committee made up of middle school students slated to attend the school chose “Storm” as the mascot and silver, black, and purple as the school colors. The school will play in the Big South 2A/3A Conference. It will be one of three 2A league teams along with Lake Norman Charter and Hunter Huss. The 3A classification will include South Point, East Gaston, Ashbrook, Forestview, and North Gaston.

Targonski takes gold By John Wilson

Running the rail trail Saturday’s Belmont Rail Trail 5k run/walk and run event drew over 100 participants who helped raise money for a connector trail between downtown Belmont and Belmont Abbey College. In this photo Belmont police Cpl. Doug Huffstetler, Belmont Walk and Run owner Julie Seligman, and Kathleen Boyce get ready to take part in the event. Photo by Alan Hodge

Crusaders win doubleheader The Belmont Abbey baseball team won both games of its doubleheader against the visiting Bloomsburg Huskies on March 9, taking game one 6-0 and coming from behind to win game two, 11-10 in seven innings. The Abbey is now 144-1, while Bloomsburg drops to 3-6. The first game was all Belmont Abbey, as the Crusaders scored two runs in

both the third and fourth innings, and added another in the fifth. John Pilla, who finished three for four in game one, gave starting pitcher Cody Stull the only run he would need in the fourth. After a one out double by Gabby Amor, Pilla laced a single to left to bring him home with the game’s first run. Pilla scored the second run as he moved to third on a single by

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Ian Vazquez and scored on an error on a pickoff attempt to nab Vazquez at third. One inning later the lead doubled as Levi Wright hit his third homer of the year that also scored Ryan Allen. In the fifth the Abbey closed the scoring as Kennan Stanley worked a walk, stole second and scored on Michael Falsetti’s double. Belmont Abbey totaled See CRUSADERS, 8A

South Point High School’s Mary Ellen Targonski recently walked away with a gold medal at the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3A Diving Championships. The event held at the Pullen Aquatic Center in Raleigh on Feb. 7 featured the top high school divers from all over the state. Targonski placed first in the 1-meter event with a score of 401.60. One week earlier she was the runner up at the regional diving championships coming in second behind Marvin Ridge’s Sara Maleski. In the state championship Targonski turned the tables. This time Maleski finished second with 385.35 points. Last year Mary Ellen walked away with a pair of bronze medals in the 1-meter and 3-meter events at the 2012 AAU Diving Nationals held at the Huntersville Family Fitness and Aquatics Center (HFFA). The 2012 AAU event was a home meet of sorts. Targon-

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the 2013 Spring and Summer USA Diving Events. The regionals will be held at UNC Chapel Hill later this month. If past accomplishments are any indication of future performance the future looks bright for her. There is every reason to believe that this gifted student athlete will continue to excel.

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ARC to host Green Middle School 2012-13 Run 5K March 16 baseball schedule The 1st Annual Green Run 5K and 1 mile Fun Run is set for March 16 at 4 pm. The start/finish line is the Walk and Run Belmont store in downtown Belmont. Registration is $30 for the 5k and $15 for the 1 mile Fun Run. Individuals with developmental disabilities fee is $5. Family registration is $75 for four members of the same family. Packet pickup is 11 am-6 pm on March 15 and 10 am-start of race on March 16. All proceeds will benefit The ARC of

Gaston County, fitness programs for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities. All donations and sponsorships are tax deductible. Contact Amber Gibson, 200 E. Franklin Blvd., Gastonia, 28052 Call 704-718-2032 fax 704-864-9464 or email Race information 704-829-1082 Walk and Run Belmont. First 200 registered get guaranteed Dry Fit Tshirt.

CRUSADERS: win double header From page 7A 13 hits as Pilla and Vazquez had three each. Wright and Amor had two each. Brad Smith and Joey Casselberry led the Huskies with two hits apiece. Bloomsburg finished with seven. In game two, which was only seven innings, the Crusaders scored the first eight runs of the game as they plated five in the second, with the big one coming on Pilla’s two RBI double. Pilla later scored on a double by Levi Wright, Adam Venditti scored on a wild pitch, and Wright scored on a groundout by Ryan Allen. The lead grew to 8-0 as Stanley ripped a two RBI single, and Pilla scored on a Vazquez double. Bloomsburg bounced back in the top of the fifth

and scored seven runs to cut the Abbey’s lead to one. The first six Husky batters of the inning reached base, five by base hit, before a strikeout by Kyle Rogers slowed the action. Rogers then hit Casselberry with the bases loaded and scored another run, followed by a walk. After an infield fly, Brian Almand delivered a two RBI single to cut the Abbey’s lead to one. Rogers was then lifted for Smithey, who recorded the final out. The Crusaders used three pitchers in the frame. The following inning the Huskies claimed their first lead of the series as they scored three runs on two hits, the first of which came on Casselberry’s two RBI single that moved Bloomsburg ahead for the first time. Cassleberry extended the

lead to two when he scored on a wild pitch. That was all of the scoring until the bottom of the seventh when the Abbey seized the win. Smithey, the fourth and final pitcher of the day for the Crusaders, was credited with the win after allowing three runs, one earned, on four hits in the final two and one-thirds innings. He struck out two and walked one. Matthew Dean, who entered the game in the sixth inning, took the loss after giving up three runs, one earned, on two hits. Both teams finished with 11 hits as Pilla totaled three in three at bats, as he finished six for seven in both games. He drove in three runs. Vazquez and Stanley both drove in a pair of runs.

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NEWS Gaston Christian Middle School

GASTON CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL BETA CLUB held its ceremony for new inductees on Monday evening, February 25. The forty-eight students and their parents were honored at a reception following the induction service. Pictured are the 2013 inductees (left to right): Row 1—Alison Faulkenberry, Brandy Crenshaw, Payton Calvert, Trey Ballard, Sam Baker, Andrew Walker, Sarah Adams; Row 2—Hannah Elliott, Chloe Herman, Claire Hardin, Allie Rae Grayson, Alexander Goedl, Baker Ferguson; Row 3—Caylah Kearly, Lucas Jung, Paige Jones, Miriam Jessen, Louis Jang, Stephen Jackson, Luke Hovis; Row 4—Casey McNiff, Bryce Martin, Ashley Layne, Tucker Knouse, Elisabeth King, Griffin Keiser; Row 5—Rachel Putnam, Lisha Pang, Joe Painter, Madalynn Nance, Drew Muana, Caroline Moore, Mary Elise Monroe; Row 6—Mattie Rutherford, Kendall Rouse, Kelsey Romero, Devin Rickus, Connie Revis, Natalie Rapp, Madison Ramsey; Row 7—Jack Zaffarano, Ree Yang, Savannah Witt, Gabrielle Wilson, Clay Wilson, Noah Springs. Not pictured: Maddie Harlan, Anna Long

Belmont Middle School JR Scipio, an eighth grader at Belmont Middle School, has qualified to represent his school and participate at the state level of the National Geographic Bee. The state Bee will be held on April 5 at UNCC. Scipio is shown with BMS Media Coordinator Linda Cathcart. Contributed photo

THE MATH-ELITE TEAM from Belmont Middle School won first place at the county competition on March 7, 2013. The team consisted of six 6th grade students who auditioned to be on the team. They competed against other middle schools in the following categories: Logic, Number and

Operation, Patterns and Functions, Problem Solving, and Measurement and Geometry. Each student received a medallion, and the school won a trophy. The members of the team were Mary Grace Biggerstaff, Caleb Brown, Claire Mitchell, Priyanj Patel, Jackson Peck, and Maddie

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Catawba Heights Elementary Catawba Heights wins robo contest By Alan Hodge

By putting their heads together, a group of students from Catawba Heights Elementary School beat out over 40 other area schools and claimed Grand Champion position in the recent RoboGaston 2013 competition. The event took place at East Gaston High and pitted elementary and middle school teams against one another in a contest to create the best robotics device that could be of use to senior citizens. The Catawba Heights “Robocanes” came up with a robotic glove equipped with sensors that could be used by someone suffering from an affliction such as arthritis. The device blended a robotic glove with a robotic hand designed for amputees. “The children did an excellent and fantastic job with this project,” said Catawba Heights principal Phyllis Whitworth. “I am very proud of them.” Teachers Page Medlin and Stacey Zannis coached the Robocanes. “Both of them put in many

hours of work on the project,” Whitworth said. Last year, Catawba Heights came out on top in the county contest, and went on to the Western North Carolina competition. Last year, a dozen schools sent teams to RoboGaston. The 2013 competition saw several times that number of schools take part. Other area schools and how they fared in RoboGaston

2013 include: Robot Performance, elementary level Pinewood (Mount Holly) Elementary Thunderbolts; Robot Performance, middle school level Cramerton Middle Titans; Teamwork First Place, Rankin Elementary (Mount Holly) C.L.A.S.S.; Project Presentation First Palce, Lowell Elementary Bionic Builders; Project Presentation Second Place, North Belmont Elementary Golden Eagles.

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Hawks Nest Intermediate

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Mount Holly Middle School SPELLING BEE – Alexander Licata, Mt. Holly 8th grader, won the school spelling bee competition. Mrs. Kimberly Blackwood, language arts teacher and spelling bee coordinator, will accompanied him as he competed in the Gaston County Spelling Bee on March 12 at Gaston College. Contributed Photo

MHMS students participate in Ensemble Festival SPELLING BEE WINNERS – Hawks Nest Intermediate School has announced its spelling bee winners. First place Lexi West, Mrs. Hunnicutt’s fourth grade. Runner-up Conner Kimbrell, Mrs. Gerringer’s fourth grade. Contributed Photo

ASU Dean’s and Chancellor’s Lists Appalachian State University has announced its Chancellor’s and Dean’s List for Fall 2012 Semester. To be included on the Dean’s List undergraduates must either be enrolled in 12-14 hours of academic credit and attain a minimum of 3.45 grade point average or be enrolled in 15 hours or more of academic credit and attain a minimum of 3.25 grade point average. To be on the Chancellor’s List, full-time undergraduates must have a 3.85 or higher grade point average. Local students on the lists include: Belmont-NC Chancellor’s List: Brittany Nicole Bivins, Kathryn Carter Davis, James Hunter Justice,

Kathryn Wynzelle Mayo, Nicolas James Pressley, Tracy Ann Taylor. Belmont-NC Dean’s List: Emily Taylor Arndt, James Arthur Davis, Sarah Lynn Green, Dillon Craig Lackey, Andru Robert Lockridge, Connor Douglas McSpadden, Jacob David Painter, Jessica E.J. Paratore, Caitlin Brianna Parker, Brandon Keith Price, Kara Elizabeth Rauch. Mount Holly-NC Chancellor’s List: Rebecca Elayne Coley, Hannah Elizabeth Gray. Mount Holly-NC Dean’s List: Megan Christine Boughman, Mackenzie Dare Harkey, Tyler Andrew Helton. Stanley-NC Chancellor’s

List: Chase Garret Gorowski, Cory Wilson Gudger, Travis Michael Wright. Stanley-NC Dean’s List: Caitlyn Judith Bales, Brett Cameron Bowen, Devin Haley Browning, William Clark, Ashton Marie Forlines, Alyssa Kristine Lowery, Natasha Marie Lyons, Lydia Ansley Newton, Alexandra Carlene Rhodes, Kayla Webb, Sara Elizabeth Wingate. Cramerton-NC Chancellor’s List: Benz Lior Sawhney. Cramerton-NC Dean’s List: Daniel Stephen Alliss, Sarah Katherine Houser, Jeffrey Tyler Ramsey, Brittany Rochelle Stroupe.

The following Mount Holly Middle School students participated in the recent Small Ensemble Festival that saw groups from across the state compete at Myers Methodist Church in Gastonia. The Mount Holly teams won several awards. 6th grade- Jessica Flowers, Morgan Funk, Briason Harvey, Morgan Johnson, Sara King, Emily McAbee, Mary Mills, Natalie Petrea, Ivy Sheridan, McKayla Stone, Morgan Washam,

Jamir Wise, Emily Birtwistle, Kayla Buxton, Kyaira Henderson, Kelsey Hinson, Savannah Hollder, Catherine Hornbeck, Jessica Houston, Vivian, Huynh, Carley Womack 7th grade- Abigail Burnett, Alexis Byrd, Maleah Crocker, Charles Foster, Traci Groves, Logan Harper, Eric Helms, Leslie Hicks, Bradley Hinson, Layla Hopkins, Makayla Icehour, Kyndal Knight, Mackenzie Miller, Sydney Payne, Sierra Sanderson, Shane Thorn-

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Congratulations to the following South Point High School students for outstanding performance at the NC DECA 69th Marketing Conference in Greensboro. Proficiency with a Certificate of Excellence: Camden Van Pelt and Paul Katopodis; Sports and Entertainment Marketing Team; Jon Robert Stewart and Wesley Davis; Sports and Entertainment Marketing Team; Jeth Champion and Jacob Stanaland; Sports and Entertainment Marketing Team; Jack Clawson; Principles of Marketing; Bilal Jaliawala; Principles of Marketing; Trent Joiner; Retail Merchandising and Sports and Entertainment; Wesley Davis; Sports and Entertainment; Paul Katopodis; Food Marketing; Camden Van Pelt; Automotive Marketing. Voting Delegates for the South Point Chapter were Paul Katopodis, Camden Van Pelt, Jon Robert Stewart and Wesley Davis. Marshall Stine represented our district on the Screening and Nominating Committee. Contributed photo

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