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

Volume 78 • Issue 14 • Wednesday, April 3, 2013


Michaux’s discovery still blooming By Alan Hodge Editor

Andre Michaux

When most folks think of pioneers in our area the image that comes to mind is someone with a coonskin hat and squirrel rifle. However, 217 years ago this very week a distinguished scientist from France walked among the Eastern Gaston County woods during an expedition that would see him discover one of the world’s rarest plants, on land near what would eventually become Mount Holly and Stanley. Andre Michaux (1746-1802) was a botanist sent to America by King Louis XVI of France to find new plants to ship back home to improve the forestry and agriculture there. Thomas Jefferson, who was Minister to France, had urged Louis XVI to send this

expedition. Though he was a sophisticated man, Michaux wasn’t afraid to get his hands dirty and has been described as “tough as bull hide, but with the heart of a poet”. Overall, Michaux spend over a decade traveling throughout the eastern half of the United States, and one of his trips took him through Charlotte and into Gaston County where he was the first to collect, describe, and name a rare and beautiful new species of magnolia tree called the Bigleaf magnolia or Magnolia macrophylla. With plants gathered near Stanley, Michaux soon introduced the species into the gardens of France. Michaux recorded the event in his diary entry dated April 3, 1796 and written while he was staying at a Stanley area farm. “Sunday the 3rd of April arrived at Bennet Smith’s 12 miles from Lincoln; remained

all day to pull shoots of a new Magnolia with very large leaves, auriculate, oblong, glaucous, silky, especially the young leaves; the buds very silky; Flowers white Petals with a base of a purple color. Stamens yellow etc. Along the creek on the bank of which this Magnolia grows I saw the Kalmia latifolia, Viola lutea, foliis hastatis; Ulmus viscosa then in process of fructification; Halesia; Stewartia pentagyna. The 4th started and crossed Tuckasegee Ford on the Catawba river 10 miles from Bennet Smiths.” While he was in the area, Michaux also took a hike to land south of Belmont near where Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is located. Gaston County has twelve natural heritage sites listed as being of state or regional significance. Six of these are listed because See MICHAUX, 6A

SELC moves forward Harper Park set to open May 11 with coal ash suit By Alan Hodge Editor

By Alan Hodge Editor

The debate over Duke Energy’s method of handling ash from its coal-fired steam generating plant on Mountain Island Lake near Mount Holly continued last week with a notice from the Southern Environmental Law Center and Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation that they intended to sue the utility company over the matter. The 60-day notice of intent to sue was sent from the SELC to the EPA in Washington, D.C. on March 26. It’s opening remarks read: “This letter is to notify the United States Environmental Protection Agency the North Carolina Department of Environmental and Natural Resources, and Duke Energy of ongoing violations of the Clean Water Act at the Riverbend Steam Station coal-fired electricity generating plant in Mount Holly, NC and owned by Duke. The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation and its members are very concerned about continuing serious violations of the Clean Water Act at Riverbend that have caused and continue to cause pollutants to enter North Carolina waters and navigable waters and cause unpermitted discharges to flow from the coal ash lagoons into Mountain Island Lake and the Catawba River, the drinking water source for hundreds of thousands of people including the residents of the Charlotte area. The substances illegally discharged at Riverbend include arsenic, cobalt, manganese, iron, barium, boron, strontium, and zinc.” The SELC and the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation’s notice also says they will file suit in federal court to stop the pollution if Duke does not take appropriate action to “enter into a binding agreement to cease and remediate promptly all such violations.” “Duke should not be storing toxic coal ash in unlined lagoons beside Charlotte’s drinking water reservoir,” Frank Holleman, Senior Attorney at SELC, said. “If there was ever a place where it is irresponsible to store coal ash, this is it. Duke should remove its toxic ash to a lined landfill away from drinking water and remove pollutants from the groundwater.” The Catawaba Riverkeeper Foundation’s Rick Gaskins had this to say. “The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation is committed to protect the Catawba River and the drinking water of the Charlotte area,” said Gaskins. “It is long past time that Duke moved its coal ash away from Mountain Island Lake and stopped discharging toxic substances into Charlotte’s drinking water reservoir.” Duke Energy spokesperson Erin Culbert issued a statement in response to the lawsuit notice. “We are reviewing today’s notice and agree Mountain Island Lake is a critical resource for our region, and Duke Energy has been monitoring water quality there since 1953,” she said. “We consistently find that water quality is good, fish are healthy and drinking water supplies are safe.” As far as toxins leaking into the lake and groundwater from the lagoons, Culbert replied in this manner. “Seepage is normal and necessary for an earthen dam’s structural integrity,” she said. “We have routinely informed the state of the seepage occurring at the toe of our ash dams. The volume of seepage is extremely small and has no impact to the overall water quality in the lake. We monitor groundwater around the Riverbend ash basins and report that data to state regulators. We find elevated levels of iron, manganese and low pH, which pose no health risk. Arsenic levels in Mountain Island Lake are at the lowest amounts laboratory instruments can accurately measure just a short distance from the plant.” Riverbend was officially retired on April 1. The decommissioning will be a multi-year process to remove materials, safely deconstruct the powerhouse, close the ash basins and See LAWSUIT, 6A

After many months of dreaming, planning, and construction, the Town of Stanley’s new $1.4 million Harper Park is within an inch of opening. According to Stanley’s Park and Recreation director Tug Deason, the official opening ceremony has been set for Saturday, May 11 at noon. “The grand opening will have a live band, food, and a big, fun atmosphere,” said Deason. “We are all really excited about the park.” Last week saw workers putting finishing touches on the park, preparing for the historic day. “We still have to install over thirty park benches, build pitching mounds on the baseball fields, and do some landscaping and paint touchups,” Deason said. Harper Park is the first public park in Stanley and has plenty of amenities. These include two baseball fields, bleachers, a large picnic shelter with tables, plenty of paved parking, a nice restroom and a concession center. Also, a basketball court, two playgrounds, a splash pad for hot summer days, horseshoe pits, a walking track, nature trail, and beach volleyball. The park has 1,000 feet of road frontage and occupies 19 acres conveniently located on Blacksnake Road just a couple of hundred yards from NC Hwy 27.

Photo by Alan Hodge

Harper Park in Stanley will have a grand opening celebration on Saturday, April 13. The park is named for Ron and Katherine Harper who were instrumental in its creation. A large flagpole at the park will bear a plaque honoring US Marine Lance Cpl. Nick O’Brien, a local man who lost his life in Afghanistan. Harper Park was paid for with some creative financing as well as help from local residents Ron and Katherine Harper, for whom the park is named. Fundraisers included selling bags of peanuts at Stanley Parks and Recreation events and setting the money aside for the park. The Harpers helped with cash and the property where the park is located. A

$500,000 state PARTF grant helped the project along as well. Other fundraising efforts ranged from corporate contributions to yard sales. A large and colorful sign greets visitors at the park entrance. The sign was financed with donations in lieu of flowers following Ron Harper’s passing on April 14, 2012. One of the anticipated uses for Harper Park will be hosting the Dixie Youth State Tournament for Little League baseball. The tourney will take place June 12-20.

Neighbors recall days of travel, adventure By Alan Hodge Editor

When it comes to getting around the nation and globe, Lyn McFarland and John Cromlish of Belmont have both covered a lot of territory, each in his own special way. Currently next-door neighbors at Terrace Ridge assisted living facility on Hudson Blvd., McFarland and Cromlish often visit each other and reflect back on their individual travels, preferred modes of transportation, and the exciting things they did and saw. For McFarland, it was all about wings. A retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Colonel, McFarland was a pilot who not only had a wide variety of postings, but also flew an astonishing array of VIPs far and wide during a career that spanned 1957-1991. “I was stationed in Texas, New Mexico, Ohio, Mississippi, Arizona, and Maryland,” he said. “I also served 983 days in Viet Nam.” During his tour in ’Nam, McFarland took part flying missions in an AC-130 airplane rescuing downed aircrew. See NEIGHBORS, 6A

Photo by Alan Hodge Retired US Air Force Lt. Col. Lyn McFarland (left) and railroad buff John Cromlish are from Belmont but currently next door neighbors at Terrace Ridge assisted living facility. In this shot they are shown with some of their favorite memorabilia.

Kids learn gardening with Food Corps By Alan Hodge Editor

Kids at North Belmont Elementary School got a feel for what it takes to farm last Wednesday morning, dirty hands and a freezing spring breeze included. About 60 third grade students filled raised garden beds on the school’s campus with soil, picked up trowels and hand shovels, and planted vegetable seeds–all while a chilly

wind blew. The planting is part of the Food Corps program sponsored by the Gaston County Cooperative Extension Service. Sarah Dixon from Food Corps was on hand to help the kids get the garden going. “Food Corps is a non-profit in 14 states that works in school garden-based nutrition programs,” Dixon said. “The garden helps connect kids with healthy foods.” The vegetable garden program is going on at 11 Gaston County schools. See NORTH BELMONT, 6A

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Mount Holly officials begin review of 2013-14 budget By Alan Hodge

Last week, officials in Mount Holly took a very preliminary look at how the FY 2013-2014 budget might shape up and a lot of its direction will be dependent on the amount of revenue the state decides to send back the city’s way. Assistant City Manager Jamie Guffey met with the city council on March 25 and presented information on several budget topics including fee schedules, the debt schedule, and possible directions issues such as personnel compensation might take for FY 20132014.


“This is the first of many steps in crafting the budget,” Guffey told the council. Plans are to have a budget sorted out in May, with a public hearing and vote in June. Cities, including Mount Holly, generally get money back from the state each year, but the amount can vary and this year it could vary a lot. “I still don’t have the state money numbers for shared revenues,” Guffey said. “We get a significant amount from the state.” A bill currently in the NC General Assembly, Senate Bill 394, would eliminate things such as beer and wine privilege license

fees and electric and gas franchise monies collected by municipalities and if passed could see a considerable amount of cash cut from Mount Holly’s revenues. “Our revenues are under attack,” Guffey said. The shared revenues situation could also impact the possibility of Mount Holly city workers seeing a pay increase this year. The pay subject was broached last week and is on the table, but how much if any and what the basis for raises would be is still in the very early stages of talks by the council. Last week’s meeting also saw the city’s fee schedule posted. The

fees can be altered at any time but numbers handed out pegged the property tax rate of 53 cents on each $100 of valuation in the Mount Holly city limits as of January 2011 as solid. “The tax rate is set in stone,” said Guffey. One fee that has generated about $25,000 in the past year for the city has been rental of the Great Hall in the Municipal Complex. Weddings made up the bulk of the rentals. “We’ve been fortunate to book it like we have,” said councilman David Moore. The current fee for a resident of Mount Holly to rent the Great Hall

is $1,000 for the entire space and $500 for the north half. A $300 refundable damage deposit and a $250 non-refundable cleaning deposit go with the rental. Non-resident rental fees are $2,000 and $1,000. Groups that promote Mount Holly can rent the Great Hall for $500 and $250 respectively. After seeing the revenues generated by renting the Great Hall, council members talked about ways to increase awareness that the facility was available for social functions. Council member Carolyn Breyare suggested posting photos of events held in the Great hall on the city’s website.


Safe Digging Month This April marks the sixth annual National Safe Digging Month, reminding North Carolina residents to always call 811 before any digging project. National Safe Digging Month has been formally proclaimed by the governor of North Carolina, the Honorable Pat McCrory. When calling 811, homeowners and contractors are connected to North Carolina 811, Inc. which notifies the appropriate utility companies of their intent to dig. Professional locators are then sent to the requested digging site to mark the approximate locations of the underground lines with flags, paint or both. Every eight minutes an underground utility line is damaged because someone decided to dig without first calling 811. “As April marks the traditional start of digging season, we are using this month to strongly encourage individuals and companies to call 811 before they begin digging,” said Louis Panzer, Executive Director of NC811, Inc. “By calling 811 to have the underground utility lines in their area marked, homeowners and professionals are making an important decision that can help keep them and their communities safe and connected.” North Carolina 811 encourages area residents to promise to always call 811 before digging by visiting www.the811 For more information about 811, visit or

Drivers needed Spend one hour a month delivering a smile and a hot lunch to homebound elderly. Help is needed for Meals on Wheels in Cherryville, Mount Holly, and Stanley for the Gaston County Adult Nutrition Program. To volunteer, call 704-862-7825.

GC Schools proms Gaston County schools have announced their prom dates and times. For more information contact your local school office. Ashbrook High School –Saturday, May 4, 8:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. at the Gaston Country Club. Bessemer City High School- Saturday, April 20, 7:30 p.m.-12:00 a.m. at the Gastonia Conference Center. Cherryville High School -Saturday, April 13, 8:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. at the Cherrvyille Country Club. East Gaston High School –Friday, April 26, 8:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. at the Oasis Shrine Center, Charlotte. Forestview High School –Saturday, May 4, 8:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. at the Gastonia Conference Center. Gaston Early College High School –Saturday, April 27, 8:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. in the school commons area. Highland School of Technology –Saturday, May 18, 8:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. at Rodi Loft, Gastonia. Hunter Huss High School –Saturday, May 18, 8:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. at the Gaston Country Club. North Gaston High School –Saturday, May 11, 8:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. at the Gastonia Conference Center. South Point High School –Saturday, May 4, 8:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m., at the Oasis Shrine Center, Charlotte. Webb Street School –Friday, May 24, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Rodi Loft, Gastonia.

Through an Artist’s Eye Gaston County Schools and the Gaston County Museum have partnered to present artwork from elementary, middle and senior high school students. The exhibit, Through an Artist’s Eye, features more than 600

pieces of artwork and will be on display through Saturday, May 11. There are 10 categories including painting, sculpture, fiber arts, photography, print making, comic art, ceramics and glass, digital art, drawing and mixed media. To view this exciting exhibit of student artwork, please visit the Gaston County Museum located at 131 W. Main St., Dallas, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. For more information, go to

Free art exhibit at Gaston County Museum Opening April 9, and running through June 8 at the Gaston County Museum’s bull pen is Happy Accidents: Artwork by Jeff Mackin. Mackin was born in New York in 1968, but has lived in North Carolina for more than twenty years. After finishing his Associates Degree in Fine Arts at Gaston College and his Bachelor’s Degree in Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Jeff worked as a potter in Seagrove. He currently works in acrylic paint. Jeff is a member of the Gaston County Arts Guild, and lives and works in Gastonia. Gaston County Museum of Art & History is located at 131 West Main Street, on the square in historic Dallas. The museum is housed in an 1852 brick Greek revival style hotel that has been adapted for visitors and travelers of today. Museum hours: Tuesday – Friday 10am-5pm, and Saturday 10am3pm.

Boy Scouts hold Merit Badge University Around 1,300 Boy Scouts participated in the 2013 Merit Badge University held recently at the Gaston College Dallas Campus. The MBU is an opportunity to learn from Gaston College faculty and staff and other professionals who are experts in a variety of fields. To earn one badge each Scout was required to participate fully and to complete all requirements. Most of the badges had prerequisites that were accomplished before MBU day. The Scouts could select from over 62 available badges to earn. Sessions included art/oceanography, textiles, plumbing, and much more. Also, eight adult courses were available for Adult Scouters. Jeremey Falkenau, District Executive for the Boy Scouts Battleground District said, “This training event is not intended to be an easy way to get a merit badge but rather a well-earned experience. Scout advancement works best when a Scout learns, is tested, is reviewed, and then recognized.” The event was sponsored by The Boy Scouts Council Training Team and the Eswau Huppeday Lodge. This is one of the largest events that the Boy Scouts hold every year.

Phenomenal women recognized Gaston College’s radio station, WSGE 91.7 FM recognized phenomenal women on the air in celebration of Women’s History Month in March. The station highlighted women who have made outstanding contributions to community service or volunteer organizations. Dr. Pat Skinner, Dr. Linda Greer, Karen Williams, Ann Neal and Rhonda McLean were the women recognized throughout the month. The following criteria was used to determine who would be recognized; significant commitment to community service, length and degree of service, and the degree to which their service has made lasting or meaningful contributions to the community.

Stanley Creek bridge nears completion Photo by Alan Hodge

After several months of work the bridge over Stanley Creek on Blacksnake Road in Stanley is nearing completion. The former bridge was a narrow affair and the new one is not only wider but safer as well. Projected opening date is four to six weeks from now.

Two injured in Hickory Grove Road Crash A Stanley woman was charged with driving while impaired and reckless driving after she sideswiped two cars on Hickory Grove Road near North Belmont Sunday afternoon. According to the Highway Patrol, Nancy Lowe, 50, of Stanley, was attempting to negotiate a sweeping curve near Old Hickory Grove

Road when she ran off the right shoulder of the road. Lowe overcorrected, sideswiped two other cars and flipped. Besides Lowe’s Chrysler, the other cars involved included a Ford Focus driven by Bertha Gross, 61, of Mount Holly and a PT cruiser driven by Marquita Hughes, 29, of Charlotte.

Hughes was not hurt. Lowe and Gross were both taken to Gaston Memorial Hospital with non -life threatening injuries. A witness to the wreck pulled Lowe from her overturned car. According to police, Lowe said that she had been smoking crack cocaine before the accident.

The Producers, Director, Cast and Crew would like to thank the Town of Belmont for their overwhelming support and assistance with the filming of "SHUFFLETON'S BARBERSHOP" THANK YOU BELMONT for helping to make our scenes a success!

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Vehicle pursuit policy once again on agenda By Alan Hodge

Catawba Heights Students of the Month Contributed Photo Students of the Month at Catawba Heights Elementary School for February: Maria Batshon, Heath Monroe, Rocky Mathis, Maria Gary, Savannah Johnson, Akeelah Jones, Jamison Miller, Emma Bolynn, Jessi Cartwright, Cameron Alexander, Chloe Ratliff, Tristan Ragan, Emma Lutmer, Joshua Smith, Conner Cobb, Kaycee Killian, Madison Bartlett, and Alicia Maceda. The Character Trait was Honesty.

SP Students score in Oratorical Contest

Congratulations to the following South Point High students for placing in the Belmont Optimist 49th Oratorical Contest based on the theme “ Why my Voice is Important�. The event was held at Foursquare Church in Belmont, Tuesday, March 26. 1st place Gold: West Russell, Chasity Mayfield; 2nd place Silver: Austin Strenkert, Julia Underwood; 3rd place Bronze: Dru Bennett, Quincey Walker.

Others with outstanding speeches include: Daniel Brock, Shelby Basham, Bri Thomas and Allie Fennell. Belmont Optimist is also sponsoring Wyatt Martinez of Piedmont Charter School in the Essay contest. Russell and Mayfield will advance to Region 2 competition on April 28. Judges were Matt McKenzie, Dr. Leighton Stamps and Calvin Craig. Scott Van Pelt served as timekeeper and

Eddie Horne as Sergeant of Arms. Dan Underwood presided over the meeting as Vice President of the Belmont Optimist with Rhonda Van Pelt, oratorical chair. The student speakers are in English class with Rachel Hord and Marigrace Licitra of South Point High School. Belmont Optimist carries the motto of Optimist International “Bringing Out the Best of Kids�.

Hawks Nest spelling bee winners Contributed Photo

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.

The Belmont Police Department vehicle pursuit policy was once again on the city council’s agenda Monday and Chief Charles Franklin updated everyone on it. Several changes were made to the policy recently. Belmont police checkpoints now require an officer with the rank of lieutenant or above to authorize the checkpoints, a minimum of three officers with marked cars must be at the checkpoint, a supervisor with the rank of sergeant or above must be in place at the checkpoint, and all patrol cars at the checkpoint must have working video cameras with the lens pointed so as to capture the actions of officers and drivers there. Franklin presented a chart to the council showing how patrol cars and officers will be placed at checkpoints in the future so as to provide overlapping and triangulated fields of vision for man and machine. “Right now we are satisfied with the policy we have in place,� Franklin said. “Our check-point policy is just one of the many guidelines we have to help our officers do their job in a safe and professional manner. I try to look at the big picture. We are always evaluating our policies and procedures. If we find a better way to do something we seriously look at it.� Franklin also told the council that his officers would be doing some advanced training on nighttime driving techniques at a date in the near future. The Belmont City Council also approved a measure Monday designating the mu-

nicipality as a Purple Heart City. Last month, city officials heard representatives from the Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 634 ask that the city consider joining Mount Holly in recognizing wounded veterans with a proclamation. Mount Holly recently installed Purple Heart City signs at five highway locations coming into town. The Purple Heart was the first American service award or decoration made available to the common soldier and is awarded to any member of the United States armed services who is killed or wounded in combat with a declared enemy of the nation. George Washington first created the medal in 1782 as the Badge of Military Merit. In other action Monday, the council approved resolutions allowing the sale, possession, and consumption of alcoholic beverages at specific locations and times during several upcoming events in downtown Belmont. The events include the Friday Night Live concert series starting May 4 and running through September 6, the Belmont Criterium bicycle race on May 4, and the Between Two Rivers Music Festival on August 24. Certain provisions apply to the alcohol issue. Alcohol may not be brought in from outside the event area or any business within the area, alcohol may not be taken out of the designated sale, possession or consumption area (which will be cordoned off), event personnel will be posted at the designated area checking IDs and selling tickets, and event personnel must receive training by state Alcohol Law Enforcement (ALE) for the event.

Cramerton Middle claims Battle of the Books title Cramerton Middle won first place honors in last weeks GCS Middle School Battle of the Books competition. Stanley Middle took second place and Belmont Middle captured third. Congratulations to our winners

and all participants for an outstanding academic competition. Cramerton Middle will represent Gaston County in the regional finals. Ann Neal, director of languages, coordinated the event.

East Gaston High team wins Moot Court The East Gaston High School moot court team of Hannah Wells and Scarlett Bethune won the N.C. Western Regional Championship. The event was held at the Charlotte School of Law on Saturday, March 16. Their coach is East Gaston teacher Lisa Hargitt. The East Gaston team will repre-

sent western North Carolina in the state moot court finals on May 3 in Raleigh. They will argue in the state Supreme Court Chambers against the winning team from the Eastern Regional. Ashbrook, Highland and South Point also represented the district in the regional championships.

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Government The Belmont City Council on the first Monday of every month at 7 pm. They hold a work session at 6:30 pm, prior to the regular meeting. Both meetings are open to the public. The agenda is available on the website one week prior to the meeting. Please sign up at the meeting if you wish to address the council at public comment or at a public hearing. The Mount Holly City Council meets for at 7:00 pm on the 2nd Monday and 6:30pm on the 4th Monday of every month. The 2nd Monday is the monthly business meeting and the 4th Monday is the council roundatable worksession. Meetings are open to the public and are held at City Hall, 400 East Central Ave. Gaston County Board of Commissioners meets the third Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. in the commissioners’ chambers, second floor, at the Gaston County Courthouse, 128 W. Main Ave., Gastonia. The Gaston County Board of Education conducts its regular meeting on the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. The Board Operations and Instruction Committees also meet monthly. Board meetings are held at the Central Administrative Center, 943 Osceola Street, Gastonia, N.C.

Events/Meetings Overeaters Anonymous meetings: Kings Mountain: Christ the King Catholic Church, 714 Stone St., 6:30 p.m., meets 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. Contact Mary at ; Lincolnton: Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 2639 N. Carolina 150, 10:30 a.m. – Noon, 2nd & 4th Saturdays, hut in back. Contact Robbie at ; Shelby: Cleveland County Memorial Library, 103 Howie Drive. Call for meeting times. Contact Robbie at . You may also call the ReachLine & Information at , or go to . The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop eating compulsively. There are no dues or fees for membership. Our groups are self-supporting. NOW – April 15 – AARP Tax Prep at the Gaston County Senior Center is open to seniors 55-plus. Location: Gaston County Senior Center, 1303 Dallas – Cherryville Highway, Dallas, N.C. Advance registration is required please call ( to schedule an appointment Monday – Friday during center hours. Appointments are filling up fast so don’t wait too long. Gaston County strives to make its programs, services, and activities accessible to all. If you will require an accommodation we request that you contact our office at least five days before the event.

Church Queen of Apostles Homelessness Program – Homelessness, its challenges and solutions will be presented at Queen of the Apostles Catholic Church on April 11. The issue of social justice concern will be presented by Kathleen Boyce of Family Prom-

ise; Stephen Crane, executive director of Reinvestment in Communities of Gaston County and Sister Carmelita Hagan of Catherine’s House. The free program begins at 7 pm. and is open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Queen of the Apostles Catholic Church is located at 503 N. Main St., Belmont. For more information contact George Burazer at 704-820-3163 or georgeburazer Ebenezer United Methodist Church, 120 Belmont-Mount Holly Road in Catawba Heights, will have a yard sale on April 27 from 7am to 2pm. Tables will be available for rent for $10 each. For more information call the church at 704-827-3366.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013


Your guide to area events

Club Meetings The Quiltmakers Club meets on the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. All skill levels and ages are invited to the Lucile Tatum Center, 959 Osceola St., Gastonia. Please call the center (704) 865-3291 to speak to Pam Bryson for further information.

Health NOW & throughout the year – The Parkinson’s Disease Support Group (PDSG), Cherryville, N.C., meets the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m., at Cherryville’s First Presbyterian Church, located at the corner of Mountain Street and Academy St. near downtown. Meetings are for PD patients and caregivers, who are invited to attend. There will be speakers, information on PD topics and research, as well as open discussion. If questions please call group leader Dan Harvey at (704) 297-0865. Handicap Parking is available and the meeting is held on the first level of the church. 2013 meeting dates, all at 6:30 p.m., are as follows: April 11; May 9; June 13; no July meeting; Aug. 9; Sept. 13; October 11; and Nov. 8. There will be no Dec. meeting.

Hospice April 9 – “Reflections” Sharing Group. This grief sharing group meets for six weeks. No cost and open to anyone who has lost a loved one. If you plan to attend one of our groups, please make every effort to attend all six sessions. Tuesday mornings April 9, 2013, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Tuesday evenings April 9, 2013, from 5:30 – 7 p.m., at Hospice Cleveland County Administration Building, 951 Wendover Hgts. Dr., Shelby. For more info, call (704) 487-4677. RSVP to ext. 166 if you plan to attend. April 5 – Hospice Chicken Dinner Fundraiser Friday, April 5, 2013, 3-7 p.m. $10 a plate. Drive-thru only! Free business delivery for orders of 10 or more available for advanced purchases. Tickets can be purchased either at the Hospice Administration Building, 951 Wendover Hgts. Dr., Shelby, at The Hospice Store, or by calling (704) 487-4677.

ton Area meets the second Saturday and the third Thursday of every month at 6 p.m., at the Gaston County Citizens Resource Center, Dallas-Cherryville Hwy. For more information, call Shirley at (704) 865-5663. The Compassionate Friends – Death of a Child (any age) Support Group, local chapter. This is a monthly support group for people who have lost a child. For more information, call Rose and John Stanley at (704) 865-7229, or John’s cell (704) 6166000. The group meets at First Presbyterian Church, 1621 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. Gaston Hospice is now offering free advance directive clinics to discuss living wills, health care powers of attorney and the new M.O.S.T. form, (Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment). A medical social worker will explain these forms and help you complete them and then notarize them. These clinics can be offered off-site at an office or church. For more information, contact Cindy Harry at (704) 861-8405. Sessions will be offered the first Thursday of every month from 11:30 until 1p.m., and the third Thursday from 4 until 5:30 p.m.

Reunions April 4 – Former employees of the Carlton Yarn Mill will have their 25th reunion at Roma Italian restaurant in Cherryville on April 4, 2013, from 5 p.m., on. There will be special prizes offered, so don’t miss coming to this reunion! For more information call Dot Leonhardt at (704) 435-2295, or Vivian Patterson at (704) 435-6182.

Education NOW – April 22 – Students can apply for scholarships for the 2013 -2014 academic year at Gaston College, now through April 2. More than $150,000 in scholarship assistance is available to students through the Gaston College Foundation. Scholarship awards can range from $250 to more than $2,500 each. To apply go to the Scholarship Tracking and Review System (STARS) at .

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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 hands-on, 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 ( or .

Classes Gaston College’s “Alive at 25” driving program for high school students is designed to assist drivers 16-24 in making good driving decisions. Class is a four and a half hour, highly interactive session. Cost is $67. To register or for more information, contact Donna Nichols at (704) 922-6353, or e-mail Gaston College’s Defensive Driving Course – Call to see if you qualify. If you have been charged with a traffic violation and the charge was NOT in a school or work zone, or does not involve the use of alcohol; you may be eligible for the Defensive Driving Course (DDC-4). Course is offered in cooperation with the District Courts in Lincoln and Gaston counties and the North Carolina Health and Safety Council. Classes available at both Dallas and Lincoln campuses. Cost: $67. To find out if you qualify, contact Donna Nichols at (704) 922-6353, or e-mail NOW – May 2013 – Gaston College is offering a series of free classes to teach the aspiring entrepreneur or seasoned small business owner how to run a small business more efficiently. Classes will be offered now through May 2013 on Thursdays from 6:30 9 p.m., Room KCC114B, Kimbrell Campus, 7220 Wilkinson Boulevard, Belmont. Also, a series of four basic accounting classes will be offered on Tuesdays from 5:30 -7:30 p.m., Room KCC114B beginning April 16. For more information call Stephanie Michael Pickett at (704) 922-6215.

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Church Service Directory BELMONT Alexander Memorial Baptist Church 208 South Main Street 704-825-3216 Brotherhood/Sisterhood Wncc. 120 Park Street 704-825-1333 Catawba Heights Baptist Church 311 Belmont Avenue 704-827-8474 Catawba Heights Wesleyan Church 101 Beaty Rd., Belmont 704-827-8381 Centerview Baptist Church 2300 Acme Road 704-827-2061 East Belmont Baptist Church 501 Catawba Street 704-825-5780 East Belmont Church Of God 320 E. Catawba Street 704- 825-8845 East Belmont Free Will Baptist 909 Edgemont Ave 704-825-5346 East Belmont Presbyterian Church 901 Catawba Street 704-825-8822 Ebenezer United Methodist Church 120 Belmont-Mt. Holly Road 704-827-3366 First Baptist Church 23 N. Central Avenue 704-825-3758 First Foursquare Gospel Church 8 Elizabeth Street 704-825-5811 First Presbyterian Church 102 S. Central Ave 704-825-3357 First Presbyterian-Belmont 112 S. Central Ave 704-829-0668

First United Methodist Church of Belmont 807 South Point Road 704-825-2106 Forest Pointe Church Meets at Stowe Family YMCA Bldg. 704-825-1709 Fresh Anointing Church of God 71 McAdenville Road 704-825-7283 Friendship Baptist Church 5008 S. New Hope Rd 704-825-3276 Full Gospel Church 106 School St 704-827-9621 Gaston Christian Church 5339 S. New Hope Rd 704-825-8252 Goshen Presbyterian Church Roper Street 704-827-6280 Grace Korean Chr. Assembly-God 124 Georgia Belle Ave 704-829-1091 Grace Wesleyan Church 6014 S. New Hope Rd 704-825-7959 Henry’s Chapel Ame Zion Church 151 Henry Chapel Rd 704-825-0711 Holy Comforter Lutheran Church 216 N. Main St. 704-825-2483 Hood Memorial Ame Zion Church 455 Sacco St. 704-825-6007 Loves Chapel Presbyterian Church 204 Lincoln St. 704-825-8342 Message of Love Church 306 Pearl Beaty Dr. 704-827-6500

Mount Moriah Baptist Church 110 Lincoln St. 704-825-2046 Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist 212 South Street 704-825-7269 New Hope Presbyterian Church 4357 S. New Hope Rd., Gastonia 704-824-1697 New Life Baptist Church 201 Oak Trail 704-822-6195 New Mills Chapel Fire Baptised 104 Morning Glory Ave. 704-825-5457 North Belmont Church of God 2316 Acme Rd. 704-827-4092 O’Conner Grove Church Ame Zion 613 N. Main Street 704-825-5576 Park Street United Methodist 120 Park Street 704-825-8480 Power of the Spirit Church 118 School Street 704-827-7071

Featured Church of the Week St. Anthony of Padua Church Queen Of The Apostles Catholic Church 503 N. Main Street 704-825-9600 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 Southpoint Church Rd. 704-825-4019 Springwood Freewill Baptist 220 Park Terrace Dr. 704-827-7801

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.

St. Marks United Methodist Church 701 Secrest Ave. 704-825-8175 Stowe Memorial Baptist Church 26 Kee Rd. 704-825-5987 Unity Baptist Church 1005 Catawba St. 704-825-8730 Upper Room United Pentecostal 1405 Armstrong Ford Rd. 704-825-0604 Will of God Church 513 Woodlawn Ave. 704-827-5185

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Warriors sitting at impressive 4-1 standing

Hittin’ the fishin’ hole Contributed Photo

East Gaston catcher Jared Chapman adjusts to a pitch in 1st inning action against Berry Academy. East Gaston went on to beat Berry 11-3.

Fishing action was sporadic at the Hot Hole near Belmont last week. Nathaniel Hall (above) from Charlotte says he comes to fish at the Hot Hole near Belmont several times a week. Last Friday morning he was looking to catch another forty-pound catfish like he had earlier in the week. Colton Wade (below) from Kings Mtn. had caught a seven-pound bass earlier and was waiting on his next bite Friday morning when this photo was made. Photos by Alan Hodge

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Mt. Holly- In the first game of a two game home stand the East Gaston Warriors came one step closer to a shot at the Mega 7 4A title. The Warriors made easy work of the West Meck Hawks in an 11-0 shut out. The Warriors improved their conference record to an impressive 4-1. Two weeks ago the Warriors beat Charlotte Catholic to put themselves in a twoway tie for second place in the conference. But last week solid play by the Warriors and a little bit of good fortune helped the East Gaston cause. Fellow Mega 7 4A foe Olympic beat Catholic 9-0 to put East Gaston solely in second place. East Gaston is now one step closer to a shot at first place Olympic who sits atop the Mega 7 4A with an undefeated conference record. Against West Meck the Warriors got an outstanding performance by junior pitcher Patrick Murphy. Murphy, who improved his record to 2-0, only pitched five innings. In that time he only gave up two hits and

had no runs scored. East Gaston pitching coach Andrew Cooper had high praise for the junior right-hander. “He’s pitched well all season,” Cooper said. “He is a real striker thrower. He ended the game with 5 strike outs.” Head coach Randy Sellers echoed Cooper’s assessment of Murphy’s abilities. “He doesn’t overpower you,” Sellers said. “He just throws strikes.” Murphy got a lot of help from East Gaston’s defense. The Warriors put together an error free game. That kind of performance was not overlooked by coach Sellers. “Zero errors,” Sellers said. “We haven’t had that all year.” With the Warriors putting 11 runs on the board against West Meck, East Gaston is showing that their offensive output can match their defensive toughness. The game began with East Gaston striking first with one run in the first inning. The Warriors added two more runs in the third. The fourth inning turn out to be all East Gaston. The Warriors scored eight unanswered runs to put the final

HS Baseball Standings Big South 3A Conf. W L South Point 5 0 Crest 4 1 Forestview 3 2 N. Gaston 3 3 Kings Mtn. 2 3 Hunter Huss 1 4 Ashbrook 0 5

All W L 10 0 7 3 8 4 7 5 4 5 3 6 3 8

MEGA 7 3A/4A Conf. W L Olympic 6 0 East Gaston 5 1 Chlt. Catholic 4 2 West Meck. 4 4 Berry Acd. 3 4 Harding 1 4 Garinger 0 8

Gaston College graduates All W L 8 4 6 5 9 3 4 6 3 8 2 4 0 9

GC girls softball falls 5-4 The Gaston Christian girls’ softball team was narrowly defeated last week by Metrolina School with a score of 5-4. Leading offense for Gaston Christian included: Ashley Moore 2 for 3 (one RBI);

total at 11. Coach Sellers credited the offense numbers to solid team play. “We had a good team effort” Sellers went on to say. “We ended up with eight hits” Overall Coach Sellers believed that the Warriors were strong across the board against West Meck. They played a complete game hitting on all cylinders. “We had a well pitched game,” Sellers said. “We had good defense along with situational hitting. I have been preaching that all year.” While talking about the West Meck game Coach Sellers was getting ready to lead his team on to the field against the Berry Academy Cardinals. Sellers knows that his team cannot over look anyone if the Warriors hope to get a shot at Olympic. “We are one game out of first place,” Sellers said. “We control our own destiny. We have a shot at a conference championship. But we are not overlooking Berry.” A few hours later the Warriors were still in control of their destiny. East Gaston beat Berry 11-3.

Lauren Adams 1 for 2; Faith Wilson 1 for 3 (one RBI); Madison Ramsey 1 for 3. Gaston Christian’s record is now 5-5 The Lady Eagles will play Northside Christian away on Tuesday, April 9 at 4:30.

Gaston College held the Adult High School and General Educational Development graduation ceremony on Friday, March 22, 2013 at their Dallas Campus. A listing of graduates from the local area is as follows: ADULT HS- Nelmont; Steve Gamble Riles; Mt. Holly; Robert Daniel Frasure, Sarah Jane Warwick. GED- MCADENVILLE; Brittany Megan Tessier. STANLEY; Linda Jolene Allen.

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Men’s lacrosse breaks two school records The Belmont Abbey men’s lacrosse team broke two school records as ten different players scored goals in a 21-3 win at Alderson-Broaddus during their recent match-up. The victory ups the Abbey’s record to 7-3, while the Battlers drop to 0-7. The Crusaders broke school records for margin of victory (18) and fewest goals allowed while the 21 goals scored are the second most in school history. The mark is 26, set in a 26-9 victory over Lees-McRae on March 28, 2006, the first year of the pro-

gram’s existence. Daniel Marshall scored all six of his goals in the first quarter. Ryan Corrigan added four and one assist, while Tanner Scharr, Connor Sellars and Scott Balzano all had two. Joey McGinley, Sean O’Connell, Scotty Steele, Vin Loscalzo and Corey Cooke all netted one. Scharr handed out three assists, while Sellars, McGinley and O’Connell each totaled two. Steele, Connor Doyle, Dan Morrissey, Brendan Rogers, Josiah Nash and Ian McKay all had one.

Schmitz Named Athlete of the Week Belmont Abbey freshman distance runner Lucy Schmitz has been selected as the NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas Women’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week during week three of the 2012 – 2013 Outdoor Track & Field season. Schmitz, a freshman from Forestville, Wisconsin, finished second in the performance 5000m Run at the High Point Vertklasse

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Meet, finishing the event in 17:28.86, an improvement of over 40 seconds from her indoor best and qualified her for the USATF Junior National Championships (19 and under) that will be held in Des Moines, Iowa in mid-June. She also broke the school record by more than two-and-a-half minutes held by teammate Allyson Craven.

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MICHAUX: his discovery is still blooming in Gaston County From page 1A of the presence of the Bigleaf magnolia. This incredible plant has the largest simple leaf of any species outside of the tropics, and it also has one of the largest flowers. The leaves can reach 32 inches long and widths of 12 inches. The flowers of the Bigleaf magnolia can be 10 to 16 inches wide, with six white petals. There can be is a purple blotch at the base of the petals. The flowers have a sweet aroma and bloom in May to early June. A cone-like fruit also develops that is three to four inches long and has orange-red seeds when it ripens in early September.

Of the over thirty known sites containing Bigleaf magnolias in North Carolina, nearly all are in Gaston County. The Bigleaf magnolia is rare, but not endangered. No one knows why it prefers this region. They like moist ravines beneath taller hardwood trees, which is where they are found today on Red Lair Farm off Hickory Grove Road between McAdenville and Stanley. After his 1796 trip, Michaux returned to France and then traveled to the island of Madagascar where he died in November 1802. Michaux’s discoveries and travels in Gaston County over 200 years ago are still remembered. In 2002, a five-

day symposium was held at Gaston Day School, Belmont Abbey College, The Mint Museum in Charlotte, and Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. During the events, 28 speakers from nine states as well as France gave lectures on Michaux and his discoveries. A plot of land at the Belmont Abbey exit on I85 was cultivated with examples of plants Michaux found in our area. A librarian named Charles Williams from Charlotte dressed in 18th century garb and did an impression of Michaux. These days, the Brevard Station Museum in Stanley has a replica of a Bigleaf magnolia leaf and flower on display that is on loan from the Schiele Museum.

Photo by Alan Hodge

Brevard Station Museum co-curator Joyce Handsel is seen with a replica of a Bigleaf magnolia leaves and flower of the type found by French botanist Andre Michaux near Stanley on April 3, 1796. The piece is on loan from the Schiele Museum.

LAWSUIT: over coal NEIGHBORS: recall days of travel, adventure ok.� from Chicago to San Francisco.� From page 1A ash moves forward By the time of his retirement, McOn the Zephyr, Cromlish got to be in From page 1A return it to an environmentally-neutral site. More detailed ash basin closure procedures Duke Energy plans to implement were outlined in this manner by Culbert. “We plan to close the ash basins once they are no longer needed, in close coordination with state regulators. We are evaluating multiple closure options to ensure we select methods that provide high water quality protection, while balancing the many interests of our customers. The ash basins provide an important stormwater management function for the site and will need to continue operating for a limited time after the plant retires. We will submit

a closure plan one year prior to ash basin closure as required by NCDENR. Our responsibility does not end once the plant retires. Even once the ash basins are closed, Duke Energy will continue monitoring groundwater there for many years and will continue to manage and steward the site. We will continue our commitment to safety and protecting the environment through and after site decommissioning.� A similar suit by the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation and SELC against South Carolina utility SCE&G was settled last year when the utility agreed to move all 2.4 million tons of coal ash from its unlined Wateree Station lagoons to a lined landfill.



March 26: Michael Paul Rife, larceny, arrested by Officer M. Hall, 701 Hawley Ave. March 27: Anthony Clayton Morrow, all traffic except DWI, OFA, arrested by Sgt. J. Quinn, Times Turn Around. March 29: Michael Brandon Caskey, possession of firearm by felon, poss. of cocaine, poss. of marijuana up to ½ oz., poss. of drug paraphernalia, arrested by Officer M. Elizondo, 7220 Wilkinson Blvd. March 29: Bradley Shane Dove, aggravated assault, drunk and disruptive, arrested by Officer P. Hunter, 200 N. Main St. March 29: Elaina Marie Barnett, school attendance violation, arrested by Officer C. Falls, 305 Forrest Lane. March 29: Leslie Shrum Howie, larceny shoplifting, arrested by Officer M. Hall, 701 Hawley Ave. March 30: Jesus Cabarales Rangel, no operator license, arrested by Officer M. Hall, E. Catawba St. March 30: Trinity Glen Campbell, assault on a female, arrested by Officer D. Wingate, Parkdale Drive at Vine St.

“We saved over 30 crew members that had either bailed out or survived a crash,� he said. Back in the states, McFarland took an assignment at Andrews Air Force base in Maryland. That tour saw him shuttling dignitaries back and forth in a VC-140 aircraft. The plane is a military version of the civilian Lockheed JetStar favored by business executives. “The VC-140 could carry up to eight passengers plus crew,� said McFarland. The list of folks McFarland flew during his Andrews AFB stint included King Hussein of Jordan, Texas governor John Connelly, Henry Kissinger, former president Lyndon Johnson and his daughters, and Spiro Agnew to name just a few. After leaving the Air Force, McFarland kept his flying hand in by joining the Civil Air Patrol. During those years he did search and rescue missions in Maryland, the Carolinas, Virginia, and West Virginia. The CAP planes McFarland flew were small ones like a Cessna 172, and since it had been a while since he had flown solo in a prop plane as opposed to an Air Force jet, he needed checking out in one. “I went to an airport in Maryland for a checkout and the instructor pointed out a power cable at the end of the runway,� McFarland said. “He told me to fly over, under, but not through it. My first solo flight there was exciting but I made it

Farland had logged over 13,000 hours in the air and rubbed elbows with dozens of dignitaries. “I had a great career as a pilot,� he said. During his sojourning years, Cromlish took to the rails. “When I was growing up in Belmont I used to go to the rail depot and talk to the engineers,� he said. “Sometimes they would let me blow the whistle.� When he was only ten or so years old, Cromlish decided he would like to see more of the world from a rail car. “A friend of mine and I would catch a bus to Charlotte to the rail station on Tryon Street,� he said. “We would catch the train there and ride it to Gastonia, then get another bus back to Belmont and be back by dinner time.� Cromlish said another friend of his ran way and joined the circus. Later, the circus came to town and he ran into the guy who was by now a professional clown. “I got to see his room on the circus train,� Cromlish said. When he “grew up�, Cromlish hit the rails hard. During his time as a traveler, he rode trains to over half of the 50 states. The other half, he went by tour bus. “In 1990 I took my first Amtrak trip to Raleigh,� he said. “The next year I rode the Empire Builder train from Chicago to Portland. A couple of year after that I rode the California Zephyr

on some filming action. “I went into the dining car and a crew was filming a story on the Zephyr,� he said. “I got to eat with the producer.� Another adventure Cromlish has enjoyed on his train and bus travels is whitewater rafting. “I’ve been down the Colorado River and the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho,� he said. A DVD that Cromlish had made contains over 200 photographs out of the 6,000 he took as he wandered around the states from Alaska to the Mississippi River. Even though he’s seen a lot railroadwise, Cromlish still has a couple of things he wishes he had gotten around to. “I always wanted to see Grand Teton National Park and ride the Crescent from New York to New Orleans,� he said. Overall, Cromlish feels like travel by rail broadened his Belmont horizons considerably. “You see the country from an entirely different perspective,� he said. “And you meet a lot of interesting people.� Even though they don’t get around as fast as they once did, McFarland and Cromlish have plenty of treasured memories of times in the sky and on the rails that they often share. That, plus a treasure that can’t be measured in miles- true friendship.

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Vegetables going into the North Belmont Elementary garden included carrots, peas, spinach, kale, and other varieties of good things. According to principal Ryan Smith, the vegetables will be put to good use when harvest time comes. “The students make a big salad and everyone enjoys it,� he said. “Whatever is left over, we give to people in the community.� Smith praised the garden from an academic standpoint as well. “It is a great program and gives students the opportunity to learn hands-on science,� he said. “They can see how vegetables are produced from beginning to end.� Third-grade teacher Brandi Bridgeman had on her coat and was in the field with her students during the planting. “I think this is a great thing because the kids learn so much real world experience in gardening,� she said. “It ties right in with our plant life cycle curriculum.� As for the kids, the third graders shook off the shivers and dug right in on the gardens like veteran agriculturalists. “It was pretty fun,� said Caiden Moore. “But farming is hard work.� Moore’s classmate, Celina Truong, also had fun learning about gardening and looked at the planting from an original angle. “I really liked it,� she said. “We have to tuck the seeds into bed.� Photo by Alan Hodge

Seen planting seeds with Food Corps volunteer Sarah Dixon are from left, Celina Truong, Johnny Albarran, Caiden Moore, and Brianna Chidester.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013


House of Mercy to host Walk for AIDS April 13 Contributed photo

This shot shows last year’s group taking part in the Walk for AIDS in downtown Belmont. The 2013 version of the event is shaping up to be a success as well.

Gad-Abouts donate over $1K to BCO The senior adult group, Belmont Gad-Abouts, donated $1,111 recently to the BCO (Belmont Community Organization) from the proceeds of an annual auction fundraiser. Pictured are the members of the Sr. Advisory Board for the Gad-Abouts and Marty Barnes, President of the BCO. Left to right: John Sutton, Joyce Antley, Marty Barnes, Cathy Gutkowski, and Neal Winslow. Contributed Photo

The Kings Mountain Herald presents

Darin & Brooke Aldridge

usic M Fest April 12 & 13

10am on April 13 rain or shine. Tax-deductible donations can also be made at The House of Mercy is also in need of items for residents. Donations can be dropped of at 701 Mercy Drive, Belmont on the Sisters of Mercy Campus or call 704-825-4711. Items needed include: bottled juice, Gatorade, kool aid, tea bags, crystal light, garbage bags, liquid soap, Clorox, Brillo pads, Lysol, Mr. Clean, movie tickets to Franklin Square, gift cards to WalMart, Golden Corral, Pizza Hut, Blockbuster, KFC, 40 and 75-watt light bulbs, ziplock bags, denture cleanser and adhesive, Dove soap, deodorant, shampoo, triple blade razors, Vaseline, chap stick, individually wrapped snacks, canned foods, fruit cups, flushable wipes, paper towels, toilet paper, Kleenex, hand sanitizer.

GC Elementary laudes students Third marking period Honor Roll 2012-2013


Brooke & Darin Aldridge

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Friday ~ April 12 • 7pm • Men Standing for Christ • The Kingsmen Quartet • Darin & Brooke Aldridge

Saturday ~ April 13 • 8pm Jimmy Wayne

The House of Mercy in Belmont will holds its 20th Annual Walk for AIDS on Saturday, April 13. The event will be a three-mile walk through downtown Belmont and will begin and end on the Sisters of Mercy campus. Check-in begins at 9:30am. Music will be provided by DJ Buddy Love. Sister Jill Weber and House of Mercy Board Chair Maggie Baucom will welcome participants before the 10am start. Walk for AIDS t-shirts will go to the first 300 walkers. A picnic will be served after the walk. This year’s goal is $32,000. Donations forms, team captain packets, a map, and fundraising tips can be printed from or call 704-8254711 x3 for information. In case of inclement weather, turn in donations at the stone shelter on the Sisters of Mercy campus by

• Country music sensation Jimmy Wayne! • Darin & Brooke Aldridge Proceeds to benefit

Fifth Grade – All A Honor Roll Aidan Jones, Caroline Joyce, Carson Lankford, and Daniel Nivens. A-B Honor Roll Alexis Baker, Jacob Byarlay, Destiny Faggart,, Robert Fernandez, Mikayla Gordon, Casey Hagaman, Karina Jones, Mallory Morton, Johnny Suter, Anna Teague, Ethan Watson, Chase Chriscoe, Caroline Curtis, Victoria Graham, Caleb Lyle, Isabella Reid, William Bantz, Taylor Hagaman, Nathan Hoover, Lydia Kish, Jackson Lee, Emma Plunkett, Macy Price, Parker Riley, Ava Rose, and Austin Wingard. Fourth Grade – All A Honor Roll Caleb Spear, Dalton Beasley, Megan Givan, Kylie Hill, Luke Hoyle, Caleb Smyre, Samuel Ellington, Monica Goedl, Grayson Guy, Jake Hoyle, Chandler Jones, Savannah Kaylor, Anna Grace Stiltner,. A-B Honor Roll Madison Lowry, Bennett Stowe, Meredith Wirth, Caleb Boyter, Savanna Craig, Maggie Ferguson, Austin Grahl, Gabe Huitt,

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Tickets can be purchased at the Joy Performance Center Box Office, The Kings Mountain Herald, or at

For more information call 704-472-7762

Macy Monteith, Ryan Olson, Michaela Robinson, Walker Shields, David Tamberella, Joshua Bradshaw, Cody Chapman, Hollyn Durkin, Justin Farris, Jonathan Kuhn, Maddie Perkins, McKenna Robinson, Sophie Seley, Morgan Shuford, Mackenzie Simpson, Anna Whitlow. Third Grade – All A Honor Roll Gillian Allen, Guilia Chitu, Corrie Cloninger, Morgan Elmore, Lacie Grubbs, Dakota Hawxwell, Adam Hoyle, Sydney Foley, Madison Huffman, Jael Jordan, Lily Grace McCullough, Morgan Pressley, Jake Sosebee, Cadence Ackerson, Ella Berry, HannahReese Evans, Izzy Hoover, Molly Jahn, Jason Lareau, Connor Nanney, Tatum Perrine, Ben Tugwell, Carter Wilson, Charlotte Witt, Leah Young, Brianna Cope, Allie Guy, Makayla Lang, Grace Marlowe, and Alex Meade. A–B Honor Roll Nathan Luetters, Kenna Matheney, Lanie Pettit, Brandon Fulbright, Landon Jenkins, Braden Olson, Lauren Routhier, Lanie Schultz, Jacob Thorn, Ben Crenshaw, Aaron Duncan, Lauren Fisher, Brandon Harris, Carson Lyle, Cheyenne Philbeck, Chet Rutherford, and Mark Schopfer.


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