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Volume 78 • Issue 16 • Wednesday, April 17, 2013


Belmont, Mount Holly set for spring festivals By Alan Hodge Editor

Warm weather is here at last and spring festival time is upon us. May 4 will bring the Belmont Criterium Day, Festival & Concert to town. The Belmont Criterium bicycle race is sponsored by Carolinas Health Care System and will bring scores of pro bike riders to downtown Belmont for a thrilling race on the streets. This event is organized by the Merchants Association, the City of Belmont and South Main Cycles. The GaribaldiFest spring festival will begin the day at 11am. Vendors will be in Stowe Park and along South Main Street from 11am-5pm. The festival will feature arts and crafts, jewelry, a variety of businesses, food, children’s activities, music and fun. There will be a children’s area in Stowe Park with inflatables such as the Rainforest and Tiger as well as sev-

eral games with prizes. All events are free except for children’s area in Stowe Park. All Day Wristbands for the children’s area in Stowe Park will be sold for five dollars each. For the concert on Main St., “Moses Jones� will play and a drum circle will be held from noon until 2:30pm. A variety of local dance groups will perform in the gazebo and a demonstration by Explosion Martial Arts will be held from 11:30am until 5pm. There will also be a DJ and Karaoke by Buddy Love. At 2pm activities will begin on North Main and Catawba Street featuring a Kids Zone with more inflatables and fun activities, beverages, funnel cakes, food, a hospitality tent hosted by String Bean Restaurant and the South Point High Band. At 4pm the women’s pro criterium bike race will begin and at 5pm the men’s pro race will begin.

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Spring festivals will be coming to Belmont and Mount Holly in the next few weeks. This shot shows the crowd last year in Stowe Park.

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By Alan Hodge

The Stanley Town Council gave unanimous approval last week to a plan that will address the municipality’s sewer needs. The plan that was approved will see Stanley’s wastewater tied in with Two River Utilities via a new line to an already existing one at High Shoals. The project will be paid for with an up to $3 million no interest loan from the state. Stanley was also on the receiving end of a $600,000 grant from the Clean Water Management Fund. Thanks to the no interest loan, Stanley customers won’t see an increase in their sewer bill. Once the line is hooked up, Two Rivers Utilities will charge Stanley $3.80 per 1,000 gallons to treat wastewater. That’s the same amount Two Rivers charges its other wholesale customers. “This option stood out as the best one for our town,� said Stanley’s Interim Town manager Heath Jenkins. Two Rivers Utilities provides regional services to approximately 100,000 residents of Gastonia, Bessemer City, Cramerton, Kings Mountain, Lowell, McAdenville, Ranlo and Clover, S.C. The water treatment facility processes about 5 billion gallons of water per year. There are three wastewater treatment facilities – Long Creek, Crowders Creek, and Eagle Road. The water treatment plant processes approximately 5

By Alan Hodge Duke Energy’s McGuire Nuclear Station on NC Hwy 73 is only ten miles from Mt. Holly as the crow flies and has an excellent safety record. However, if a nuclear accident of some sort should take place, Duke has a plan laid out to alert citizens regarding what steps they should take. To help spread the word, the utility has created an informative calendar that includes everything from evacuation maps to how local citizens can protect themselves from radiation. “The calendar is mailed to all residents in the ten mile radius Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ),� said Duke Energy spokesperson Jennifer DeWitt. “The calendars are also available to anyone who calls and requests one or stops by the EnergyExplorium – the education center located at McGuire Nuclear Station. We are happy to answer any additional ques-

tions.� At the heart of the plan and calendar is a map with McGuire as the bull’s eye and concentric rings radiating from it at five and ten mile intervals. The map is divided into lettered zones and a key to the letters is provided that shows where emergency reception centers are located. For example, for students in school, Ida Rankin Elementary in Mount Holly is located in zone “S� and the emergency reception center for those kids is South Point High in Belmont. Other Gaston County schools within the ten-mile zone include Kiser, Pinewood, and Springfield elementaries, Mount Holly and Stanley middle schools, Mountain Island Charter, and Stanley Christian Academy. In addition to South Point, North Gaston High and Harvest Community Church are listed as evacuation centers. The calendar map also has schools and their respective emergency reception See EVACUATION PLAN, 7A

Monument rededicated

By Alan Hodge

Folks who consume catfish caught in Mountain Island Lake might want to eat more chicken. Last week an advisory went out from the NC Division of Public Health citing potentially unsafe levels of PCBs, polychlorinated biphenyls, in catfish in Mountain Island Lake. The lake is the main water source for Mount Holly, Charlotte, and Gastonia. PCB levels in the water itself are not under advisement, only the amounts in catfish. Before the 1980s PCBs were used as coolants in devices such as electrical transformers and motors. In 1979, Congress banned production of PCB. The chemical has been known to cause cancer in animals, but not in humans. However, PCB is a long-lasting toxin and exposure to it has been linked to non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, a form of cancer that can prove fatal. The state recommends that no one eat channel catfish from Mountain Island Lake and that pregnant women, women nursing, or children under the age of 15

not eat the cats or largemouth bass. Others should not eat more than two meals a month of largemouth bass or more than one meal a month of blue catfish. Lake Norman has also been placed under a PCB/fish advisory- the first ever for the lake. The state is recommending that pregnant or nursing women, women who might become pregnant, and children under 15 not eat striped bass or largemouth bass caught in the lake. The advisory also cautions other folks to eat no more than two meals a month of largemouth bass and one meal a week of striped bass. Since many Latino fishermen eat their catch at homeespecially stripers- the state plans to have Spanish-speaking representatives visit popular fishing spots on the lake providing information on the PCB advisory. Catawba Riverkeeper Rick Gaskins had this to say about the PCB advisories. “At the present time the source of the PCBs is not known. Catawba Riverkeeper is working with both North Carolina and South Carolina to identify potential sources of PCBs. In addition, See WARNING, 7A

Guardians ride for the children By Alan Hodge


Photo by Alan Hodge

The monument on the grounds where East Belmont Elementary once stood was rededicated last Friday, five years to the day it was first unveiled on April 12, 2008. Attending the rededication were from left: Charles Arrowood, Norman Phillips, Jo Ann Trull, Caroll Trull, Roy Young, and Reginald Deal. See the story on page 3A.

The rumble of motorcycles and riders in black jackets might seem like the last thing someone would associate with child abuse prevention, but that is exactly what a local group of riders is all about. Known as the Guardians of the Children, the 20 or so members of the Gaston chapter of the Texasbased club ride to raise awareness of child abuse and neglect.

Tina Gordon of Belmont loves bikes and kids and joined the local club not long after its founding in November 2010. “Child abuse is a rising problem in our area,� said Gordon. “It’s up to us adults to report it if we see it.� Fundraising for child abuse agencies is one of the things that the Guardians do and they have a ride coming up for that very purpose on April 20. See GUARDIANS, 2A


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■OBITUARIES James Levi Caldwell Loved to be outside and riding his bike STANLEY – James Levi Caldwell, 7, 5858 Cedarbrook Court, died Monday, April 8, 2013. He was born in Atlanta, Georgia. He was p r e ceded in death by his maternal great grandparents, John and Emmie Schrader and an uncle, John Schrader. James was in first grade at Catawba Springs Elementary School. He was “all boy� and loved to be outside. He enjoyed doing wood work with his Papa, riding his bike and running the leaf blower. James loved karate and was getting ready to test for his orange belt. He is receiving an honorary orange belt. He loved to sing and “Go Tell It On The Mountain� was his favorite song. James and his cousin, Chloe were best friends and were inseparable. James was ex-

Helen Cash Davis A member of Second Baptist Church, Mount Holly MOUNT HOLLY–Helen Cash Davis, 90, a resident of Meadowood Nursing Center in Lowell, formerly of Mount Holly, died on Wednesday, April 10, 2013. She was the daughter of the late Charles Edward and Cora Lee Robinson Cash. She was p r e ceded in death by a son, Harold Davis. She was a member of Second Baptist Church in Mount Holly. She is survived by a daughter Sharon Brooks and husband James of Mount Holly; one son James Edward “Jed� Davis and wife Pilar of Cooper City, Florida; daughter in law Ann Davis of Charlotte; grandsons, Travis Brooks and wife Lisa of Johnson City, Tennessee, Josh Brooks and wife Hillary of Mount Holly, Kenn Davis and wife Rachel of Holly Springs, NC, Scott Davis and wife Lanier of Raleigh, Michael Izquierdo and wife Crissy of Cooper City, Florida, Andrew

Phyllis Carroll GASTONIA - Phyllis Elaine Winstead Carroll, 49, passed away Monday, April 8, 2013 at Caromont Regional Medical Center Gastonia. She was a native of Gaston County, NC, born Oct. 19, 1963 to the late Neville E. and Edna Messer Win-

cited about a beach trip planned for the summer and looking forward to seeing the ocean for the first time. Survivors include his parents, Kenneth R. and Nancy Arwood-Caldwell, Jr.; twin sister, Jazmin Caldwell; brother, Josiah Caldwell; sister, Kymesha; cousin, Isabella Arwood; great grandparents, Kenneth and Mary Frances Caldwell, Sr; and numerous cousins. A celebration of life service was held at 11am on Saturday, April 13 at Revival Tabernacle Church in Stanley. Bishop Robert Gittens and Rev. John Mayberry officiated. Burial followed in the Gold Hill Missionary Baptist Church cemetery. The family received friends from 10-11am prior to the service. Memorials may be made to Woodlawn Funeral Home, P. O. Box 445, Mt. Holly, NC 28120. Woodlawn Funeral Home in Mt. Holly was in charge of arrangements.

Hildred Wagstaff A member of Hickory Grove Baptist Church Gastonia- Hildred Lackey Dellinger Wagstaff, 86, died on Monday, April 8, 2013. She was born in Caldwell County, daughter of the late D. E. and Bessie Lackey Dellinger. She was preceded in death by her husband Fred L. Wagstaff, a son Mark Wagstaff, a brother Bill Dellinger, and a sister Doris Wickham. She was a member of Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Mount Holly. She is survived by a daughter in law, Marilyn Wagstaff Moss of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; one brother, Clint Dellinger of Hattiesburg, Mississippi; two half sisters, Barbara Blankenship and husband Steele and Vir-

ginia Burns; one half brother, Gene Dellinger and wife Mary; her loving caregivers and best friends Brenda and Dickie Leonard of Gastonia and a number of nieces and nephews. A graveside service to celebrate the life of Mrs. Wagstaff was held at 12 on Friday, April 12 at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Charlotte with Chaplain Ivan Davis officiating. Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Condolence messages may be left at Woodlawn Funeral Home in Mount Holly served the family.

â– BELMONT Izquierdo of Plantation, Florida; granddaughters Cynthia Stewart and husband Michael of Stanley, Ashley Brooks of Mount Holly, Lainey Izquierdo of Plantation, Florida; great grandchildren, Jamie Stewart of Stanley, Zoe Brooks of Mount Holly, Holly Davis of Holly Springs, Rose Davis of Raleigh, Logan Izquierdo of Cooper City, Florida, Chelsea and April Woerner of Chapel Hill, NC. A service to celebrate the life of Mrs. Davis was held at 12pm Saturday, April 13 at Second Baptist Church with Rev. Bruce Bradley officiating. Burial followed at Hillcrest Gardens Cemetery. The family received friends from 10-12 on Saturday at the church. Memorials may be made to Second Baptist Church, 740 Rankin Avenue, Mount Holly, NC 28120 or to Hospice of Gaston County, PO Box 3984, Gastonia NC 28054. Condolence messages may be left at Woodlawn Funeral Home in Mount Holly served the family.

April 10: Thomas Christopher Gibson, fraud obtaining money property by false pretense, arrested by Officer M. Stroupe, 209 Hickory Lane Dr. April 8: Timothy Reid Vincent, Jr., assault on a female, arrested by Officer P. Hunter, 929 Laye St. April 8: Christie Garner, larceny shoplifting, arrested by K9 Officer K. Wingate, 701 Hawley Ave. April 9: Joshua Alan Marr, fishing without a license, arrested by Officer C. Falls, 100 Stowe Rd. April 9: Clinton Darrel Setzer, simple misdemeanor, arrested by Officer C. Falls, 110 Watson St. April 9: Brandi Nichole

Leroy “Cooter� Walker Loving brother and uncle Mount Holly- Leroy Hayward Walker III “Cooter�, 50, 357 Lanier Avenue, died on Wednesday, April 10, 2013. He was born in Gaston County, son of the l a t e Leroy H a y w a r d Wa l k e r II and I n e z H i l l Walker. He is survived by two brothers, Johnny Walker and wife Linda of North Belmont and Wayne Walker and wife Christy of Stanley; two step brothers, John Masengill and wife Cathy of Mount Holly and Roland Masengill and wife Sharon of Mount Holly; step mother Mary

Walker of Mount Holly; one niece Kaylie Ensley of Stanley; one nephew Matthew Kluttz of North Belmont. A service to celebrate the life of Mr. Walker was held 4pm on Sunday, April 14, at the Woodlawn Chapel with Pastor Michael Mitchell officiating. The family received friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to help defray the funeral expenses in care of Woodlawn Funeral Home, PO Box 445 Mount Holly NC 28120. Condolence messages may be left at Woodlawn Funeral Home in Mount Holly served the family.


Pinson, possession of drug paraphernalia, arrested by Officer C. Falls, 110 Watson St. April 10: Keith Shepard Runions, disorderly conduct, drunk and disruptive, arrested by Officer R. Cassel, 110 Watson St. April 10: Angela Michelle Beam, larceny shoplifting, arrested by Officer P. Hunter, 701 Hawley Ave. April 11: Deborah Faye Jackson, larceny, arrested by Officer B. Bingham, 6507 Wilkinson Blvd. April 11: Benjamin Lee Covington, larceny, simple assault, second degree trespassing, arrested by Officer B. Bingham, 6507 Wilkin-

son Blvd. April 12: Miles Austin Carter, possessing/concealing consume open container in passenger area of vehicle, arrested by Officer K. Wingate, 100 Caldwell Farm Rd. April 13: James Dibrell Hayes, aggressive driving, open container, DWI alcohol or drugs, arrested by Cpl. M. Harris, First Nation Bank. April 14: Victory Quadell Blalock, OFA, arrested by Officer C. Falls, 222 Cedar St. April 14: Dominique Montez Smith, driving while license revoked, careless/reckless driving, fictitious plate, arrested by

Officer K. Wingate, I85@ Catawba River. April 14: Akeetha Katera Gleaton, trespass second degree, arrested by Officer F. Bollinger, 701 Hawley Ave. April 14: Cory Deshawn Foust, criminal damage to property, vandalism, arrested by Officer C. Falls, 215 Cedar St. April 14: Phyllis Starr Roper, larceny shoplifting, defrauding taxi driver, possession of Sch. II, arrested by Officer M. Hall, 701 Hawley Ave. April 15: Brian Andrew Baucom, larceny shoplifting, arrested by Cpl. M. Harris, 701 Hawley Ave.

GUARDIANS: ride for the children Members of the Guardians of the Children motorcycle club take part in numerous causes dedicated to raising awareness of and preventing child abuse. The group has a charity ride set for Saturday, April 20. Contributed photo

stead. Funeral service was held at 3:30pm on Saturday at the funeral home with Andy Black officiating. The family received friends one hour before the service at Withers & Whisenant Funeral Home. Interment was at Armstrong Cemetery.

From page 1A The event slated for that date will be a child abuse prevention and awareness “poker run�. Registration for the run will begin at 11am at American Cycle Works, 1724 Mt. Olive Church Rd. in Gastonia. The last bike will leave at 12:30pm. All bikes will be in by 4:30pm at The Home-


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stead, 267 Stowe Rd. also in Gastonia. Cost to take part is $15 for single hand, $25 for three hands. A meal ticket is included and prizes will be given for the best and worst hand. There will also be a raffle drawing and prizes. “The money raised from the poker run, will go to the Child’s advocacy Center in Gastonia,� said Gordon. “The reason we choose this center is due to their funding has been cut, and any report of abuse through DSS the kids are sent to the center for the interview with professionals and any detective assigned to the case. Most of the children that we help within our community comes to us through the Advocacy Center.� Another project that the local Guardians of the Children take part in is paying visits to the With Friends Youth Shelter Services in Gastonia where at-risk youth

ages 10-22 years can find emergency shelter and transitional living among other services. “We go there about once a month,� Gordon said. Carolina Looney is director at With Friends. “The Guardians of the Children are a blessing to us and an awesome organization,� Looney said. “They are very supportive and positive. They’ve done things like prepare a Thanksgiving meal for us, give the children gifts and gift cards, and even acted as mentors and chaperones at a recent dance we held at the Bradley Center.� Yet another act of empathy Guardians of the Children performed was that of motorcycle escort at the funeral of child abuse victim two-year-old Addison Lanham of Bessemer City when she passed away in July 2011. On April 26, the

Guardians of the Children plan to gather at the Gaston County DSS office for a candlelight vigil for child abuse and neglect victims. Even though most members own a motorcycle that’s not a requirement to join the Guardians of the Children group just so long as access to one is available through a spouse. However, what is required is a background check and the desire to make a difference in a child’s life. New member prospects are given an evaluation every three months up to one year being for being eligible for a patch to wear on their jacket. The group is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and all money raised by events such as the poker run go to benefit abused children and to educate the public about preventing child abuse. To join, or for more information, go to www.goc

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Walk raises $39,491 for House of Mercy House of Mercy, a nonprofit residence in Belmont serving lowincome persons living with AIDS, held its 20th Walk for AIDS on Saturday, April 13. Approximately 350 persons participated in the walk on a beautiful spring morning to raise AIDS awareness and funds to benefit House of Mercy. One Voice Chorus sang a beautiful version of the national anthem to kick off the event. Stan Patterson, House of Mercy President, and Maggie Baucom, House of Mercy’s Board Chair, welcomed

participants and honored the service of the late John Capps, MD who served as Medical Director of House of Mercy in the early 1990s and also as a Board Member. Sister Jill Weber spoke about Catherine McAuley, foundress of the Sisters of Mercy and her mission to serve the poor and sick. House of Mercy continues her mission by providing compassionate care for persons living with AIDS. Since its founding in 1991 by the Sisters of Mercy, House of Mercy has been home to almost 300 men and women living

with AIDS. Following the 3-mile walk through historic downtown Belmont, walkers gathered on the House of Mercy grounds for a picnic lunch. DJ Buddy Love provided music and inspiration for dancing. Stan Patterson announced $39,491 had been raised to support services at House of Mercy. Prizes were awarded to Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, top fundraising team, and to Scott Cloninger, top individual fundraiser. South Charlotte Associ-

Monument rededicated at East Belmont Elementary

By Alan Hodge

Several former students of East Belmont Elementary gathered last Friday to rededicate the monument placed there five years ago in honor of the school, and to share recollections of days spent in its classrooms before it was torn down in 1973. The rededication event included the placing of a large floral arrangement on the granite and bronze marker. The flowers were a donation from Winter Past Flowers and Gifts in Belmont. The site where the school stood for 70 years beginning in 1903 on the corner of Catawba and Park streets is now occupied by Park Street United Methodist Church, but the memories of folks who went there still see the ground as it was when kids filled the halls and campus. The lunchroom at East Belmont Elementary made a big impression on kids raised on cornbread. “I remember the food was real good and lunch only

cost ten cents,� said Carrol Trull who attended the school starting in 1943. Charles Arrowood began his stint at East Belmont Elementary in 1941. He recalled the lunchroom as well as the discipline that was expected of students. “The school had great food and a great staff,� he said. “But the principal had a paddle and we knew to keep quiet.� Halloween parties were another big hit for kids at East Belmont Elementary. Reginald Deal went to the school starting in 1942 and remembered the scary gigs. “At the Halloween parties they would have us put our hand in a bowl of cherries and say it was eyeballs,� he said. Roy Young started at East Belmont in 1944 and remembered games on the dirt playground out front. “We shot a lot of marbles there,� he said. Trull and the others who showed up last Friday for the rededication of the East Belmont Elementary monument were part of a larger group known as the East Belmont

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Friends. They worked as a team to raise money for the monument that recognizes not only the families that used to call the East Belmont neighborhood home, but residents there who served in the armed forces. Money for the monument, about $12,000, was raised by grassroots efforts that included the sale of copies of a map of East Belmont drawn by Trull. Fundraisers included a benefit dance at the McAdenville Community Center, a monument rally at Park Street UMC, Octoberfest at Stowe Park, and lunch at the Disabled American Veterans headquarters in North Belmont, and other sponsors. The original dedication on April 12, 2008 included a ribbon cutting, speeches by local officials, and patriotic music.

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Date set for spring planting in MH The City of Mount Holly, together with the Mount Holly Community Development Foundation, is updating downtown planters as an Earth Day activity on Saturday, April 27, 9:30 am. Volunteers will meet in front of the Old City Hall garden on Main Street, across the street from City Cafe. All ages are welcome to help. Bring your favorite small garden hand tool, gloves (if you prefer them), wagon, cart, jugs or watering cans, etc. Show up with helping hands and we’ll put you to work. Scout and school groups are heartily welcome. It is helpful, but not necessary, for you to let us know if your group is participating. The more the merrier! All helpers are welcome. Please call Barbara Linster at 704-674-0860 if you have any questions, or send an email to

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Mount Holly City Councilman David Moore was one of the volunteers who took part in a recent Earth Day planting. Here he’s seen watering one of the downtown flower boxes.

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Appreciating sovereign grace There are moments I have great faith in prayer. Then there are moments I waver kicking my feet like a child and wondering why it is taking so long to hear from God. I cannot Rev. Angela Pleasants First United Methodist Church, imagine how Moses felt when Mount Holly he earnestly prayed to see the Promise Land only to hear these words from God found in Deuteronomy 34:4, “This is the land of which I swore to give Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, saying, ‘I will give it to your descendants.’ I have caused you to see it with your eyes, but you shall not cross over there.” Moses remained God’s faithful servant. He remained in a trusted close relationship with God. What about Paul? Paul had a thorn in his flesh. Some try to guess what could be the thorn in Paul’s flesh. We do not know definitely his predicament. We do know from II Corinthians 12:7-10 that Paul prayed three times for God to remove the thorn only to hear these words from God, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” There are times during prayer I sense God saying yes and sometimes no. There are also times of silence. What I have come to appreciate is not so much his response as his sovereign grace. God’s sovereign grace means he has total control of all things past, present and future. Our living faith is in our living God. In his grace his answer is always for our benefit. Sometimes he has something better for us or he desires to grow us to maturity. How should we respond? We should respond in our complete trust in the Sovereign Lord knowing that he loves us and know what is best for us. Listen to Jesus’ words in John 13:7 “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”

In the photo (from left) are: Chamber Board Secretary Dr. Joe Keith, Belmont City Council member Martha Stowe, Lynn Peppler, Chamber Board Chair Brian Herre, Karen Knight, Ryan Schrift, Bisque Imports President D.J. Toal, Vince Hill, and Robert Aldrich.

Bisque Imports hosts Chamber Close to 100 Chamber members and friends made business contacts, enjoyed great food and beverages and toured the former Majestic Mill, now home to Bisque Imports at 406 Catawba Street in East Belmont, on Thursday evening, March 28. Bisque Imports sells unglazed ceramic figurines to crafts stores and other cus-

tomers worldwide. In the photo, Bisque Imports President D.J. Toal tells Chamber guests how he started the business in Belmont more than 10 years ago, acquired the 80,000-square-foot mill and now has outgrown it and is preparing to move to a larger facility in North Belmont. D.J. and his brother Scott Toal, president of

Short Run Pro, received the Chamber’s EPIC Award for 2012 for their entrepreneurial contributions to the business community. They own and operate several businesses in Belmont, among them Slumpy’s and Short Run Pro. H&M Deli of Cramerton catered the afterhours event. (Montcross Area Chamber photo)

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Barron English, owner of this fiery ’37 Chevy sedan, is pictured with Shriner Keystone Kop Robert Grant at the April 3rd classic car cruise-in event in downtown Belmont. The event was sponsored by Spy Tech to raise money for the Shriner Children’s Hospital and the Oasis Keystone Cops were on hand. The Spy Tech Cruise In will run every Wednesday from 6 to 9 PM.

The Montcross Area Chamber has a couple of exciting events coming up. On Friday, April 26 from 7:30-9am at the Kimbrell Campus of Gaston College, 7220 Wilkinson Blvd., Belmont, the Chamber will host a forum featuring the mayors of Belmont, Mount Holly, Cramerton. Lowell, McAdenville, and Stanley. The mayors will discuss the accomplishments and challenges facing their respective communities. Attendees will be able to ask questions following the talks. There will be a catered breakfast at the event. Cost is $15 for Chamber members and $20 for non-members. Registration and payment must be

turned in by 5pm on April 19. On May 9, the Chamber will have its annual golf tournament at Pine Island Country Club, 1701 Stoneridge Dr., Charlotte. Registration starts at 7:15am and the shotgun start will be at 8:30am. Sponsorships are available and include Masters, $2,500; Luncheon, $2,500; Putting Contest, $1,500; Beverage Cart, $500; Closest to Pin, $400; Longest Drive, $400; Driving Range; $400; Hole Sponsor, $250. To register for these events or for more information call 704-825-5307 or visit www.montcrossarea

Churn named Belmont Rotarian of the Year Richard Churn of the Belmont Rotary Club has been voted as Belmont Rotarian of the Year. Mr. Churn has been a Rotarian for 17 years. At the present time he serves as the President of the Belmont Rotary Club. A special recognition will be presented to Mr. Churn at the Annual District Conference held May 4 at Grandover Resort and Conference Center in Greensboro, NC. Mr. Churn is the Exploring Executive for Piedmont Council Boy Scouts of America.

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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 Stowe Memorial Baptist 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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South Point beats Crest, Kings Mountain

South Point Lady Raiders softball pulled out a 2-1 victory over Kings Mountain Friday, April 12. #5 Summer Davila makes the catch but Kings Mountain’s Miranda Ellis still slides in as safe. Photo by Bill Ward

East Gaston edges Catholic, Warriors By John Wilson

East Gaston vs Catholic

South Point pitcher Aaron Biggerstaff puts one over the plate. Photo by Bill Ward

By John Wilson

Belmont- Last week the South Point baseball team set out to get back on track. Fresh off their first loss of the year at the Gaston County Tournament the Red Raiders traveled to Cleveland County to take on Crest. It was a trip the Chargers probably wish the Red Raiders had not made. The visiting Red Raiders smothered Crest 14-3. Getting the start for South Point was Andrew Locklear. Locklear had a solid game in which he only gave up five hits in five innings of work. It turned out that on this day the Chargers were no match for an invigorated South Point team. Two South Point players nailed home runs. Mykel Davis had a pair of homers and Derek Perry had a three run homer early in the game. The win against Crest kept the Red Raiders conference record unblemished.

The Crest game wasn’t the only action for South Point last week. On Friday the Red Raiders hosted Kings Mountain in another Big South 3A match up. This time South Point shut down the Mountaineers 7-0. On the mound for Big Red were Aaron Biggerstaff and Dan Johnson. South Point got some outstanding hitting from players like Locklear, Tanner Muse, and Mykel Davis. Defensively South Point played very well. The Red Raiders only had one error in seven innings of play. The Red Raiders are now 14-1 on the year and are still undefeated in the Big South 3A Conference. This week South Point will play 3 games in 4 days. The Red Raiders will take on the Huskies on April 16. The next day South Point will meet the 10-7 East Lincoln Mustangs. On April 19 Big Red will end their week by taking on the Green Wave of Ashbrook. “We will have a busy week,” said coach Jason Lineberger.

MOUNT HOLLY–Last week the East Gaston baseball team hosted the Charlotte Catholic Cougars in an important conference match up. A win would set the Warriors up for a major Mega 7/4A Conference showdown this week against the Olympic Trojans. In the Charlotte Catholic game the Warriors edged out the Cougars 5-4. The game against Catholic was an important one for East Gaston. The Cougars were trying to keep pace with the Warriors in an attempt to get back into the hunt for the Mega 7/4A championship. East Gaston head coach Randy Seller chose to put right-hander Matt Grimmett on the mound. Grimmett did not disappoint. “Matt pitched a good game,” Seller said. The Cougars tested Grimmett by putting up nine hits. But the Warriors defensive unit stood their ground and looked out for their pitcher. The Warriors defense played flawlessly. “Defensively we played well,” Seller said. “We didn’t have any errors.” With Grimmett and crew holding the Cougars back the Warriors turned to their heavy hitters to pull out the win. “Chase Hanifin had two hits,” Seller said. “Then Justin Williams had a 2 out 2 run home run that won the game.” After beating Catholic the Warriors were set to travel to North Gaston to take on the Wildcats. East Gaston vs North Gaston STANLEY–Last month the North Gaston Wildcats edged the East Gaston Warriors 2-1. The Warriors didn’t forget that as they traveled to Stanley. The Warriors avenged the loss by tak-

ing out the Wildcats 11-6 in a matchup against an old Big South 3A Conference foe. Tyler Price got the start for East Gaston. The Wildcat did their best to hammer Price. He held on but East Gaston head coach Randy Sellers decided to call in some help in the form of Alex King. King came in and did his part. “Alex King came in and got the win,” Sellers said. In a game that almost got away from the Warriors, the pitching combo of Price and King did just enough to get the job done. “Overall we had some good pitching,” Sellers said. Earlier in the week East Gaston played an error free game against the Catholic Cougars. But against North Gaston the normally solid Warriors defense struggled against the Wildcats. “We had some errors,” Sellers said. “It cost us some runs. It could have cost us the win. We need to do better.” With Price and King trying to hold the Wildcats back East Gaston turned to its hitting game to turn the tide. In an explosive 7th inning the Warriors shellacked North Gaston scoring seven runs. “It was 6-4 in the 7th inning,” Seller said. “We rallied from 2 down to win 116.” Top hitting honors went out to Justin Williams, Sawyer McGraw and Tyler Price. Williams was 3-5. Price and McGraw were both 2-4. The 10-6 Warriors will now travel to Charlotte to take on the Olympic Trojans in a game that will determine who will be in 1st place in the Mega 7/4A Conference. The Warriors last played the Trojans on March 8. In that game Olympic edged East Gaston 8-6. There is no doubt that coach Sellers and company will use that loss as motivation. On the Olympic side, the Trojans are still smarting from a recent 9-0 loss to Catholic. Both teams are evenly matched and talented.

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The earthwork has begun on the Ebb Gantt Park on Brook Street in Belmont. The sanitary sewer and storm sewer will be worked on during the month of April with the water lines for irrigation and restrooms will be worked on in May. Plans are for the park to be ready for use by mid-November of this year.

Gaston Christian wins one, loses one Gaston Christian School defeated Northside 20-1 in their recent match-up. Leading hitters for Gaston Christian included Sarah Adams 2 hits (2 doubles and 3 RBIs); Alanna Freeman 2 hits (1 double and 1 RBI); Madison Ramsey 2 hits (1 double and 1 RBI). Madison Ramsey was the winning pitcher with 8 strikeouts.

Gaston Christian was defeated by Hickeory Grove by a score of 4-2. Leading hitter for Gaston Christian was Alanna Freeman 2 hits (One double, one homerun, one RBI); Madison Ramsey, Sarah Adams, Lauren Adams, and Samantha Mecimore had one hit each. Mecimore had an RBI. GCS record is 6-6.

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This map shows the ten-mile radius area surrounding Duke Energy’s McGuire Nuclear Station. The utility has plans in place for evacuating citizens in case something should go wrong at the facility.

EVACUATION PLANS: set in case of nuclear emergency From page 1A centers in Lincoln, Iredell, and Mecklenburg counties. The calendar also lists Primary Evacuation Routes by giving map zones, the communities in the zone, and driving directions to reception centers. For instance, Alexis, Mount Holly, and Stanley residents would drive west on

NC275 to Dallas, then south on NC 279 to Ashbrook High. Reception centers are equipped with food, water, medical help, showers, toilets, staff from groups such as the Red Cross, and if needed, decontamination facilities. Items Duke Energy recommends folks take to the shelters includes two changes of clothes, two

blankets or a sleeping bag for each person, important documents, toiletries, medications, baby food and diapers, and a battery operated radio. Anyone going to a reception center for needs to bring a photo ID. Contact information for Emergency Management Offices in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, and Catawba

counties is also listed in the calendar. In addition contact numbers and email addresses for McGuire Nuclear Station and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission are posted as well. Other informative material found on the calendar’s pages includes instructions on what a person should do in case of a problem at McGuire as well as instruc-

FESTIVALS: signs of spring set for Belmont, Mount Holly From page 1A At 7pm a live street concert by “Rough Draft� will perform from 7-10pm. Food and beverages will be sold all day and night during the event. For more information about the event or if you would like to participate call Reba Edwards, Belmont Parks and Recreation Community Event Director at 704-901-2069. Mount Holly’s Springfest will include a number of events beginning with a golf tournament on April 29, and winding up with the downtown Mount Holly Springfest event proper on May 11. The Mount Holly Springfest Golf Classic will be held April 29 at Pine Is-

land Country Club. Registration begins at 10:30am with a shotgun start at noon. Applications can be found at or contact Lisa Stivala at 704-822-2927 or email The 16th Annual Mount Holly Springfest 5kRun/3k Walk will be held on Saturday, May 4 at 8:30am. Applications can be found at or www.mountholly Fun in the Park Day will be held May 4 at River Street Park from 10am to 2pm. There will be fun and games for everyone. The Senior Dinner takes place at 5:30pm on May 7 at the Mount Holly Municipal Complex and will have a 50s

and 60s rock n roll theme. Seniors who want to attend the free dinner should call Mount Holly City Hall at 704-8273931. Seating is available for the first 300 individuals who register. Pre-School Play Day on May 8 from 9-10:30am at the Tuckaseege Community Center will see Sparky the Fire Dog as a special guest and other entertainment for kids ages 4-5 years old. May 11 will bring the long-awaited Springfest event to downtown Mount Holly from 10am-4pm. There will be over 120 vendors, food, a car show, entertainment and more. For more information on Mount Holly Springfest, call 704-951-0159 or visit


Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden offers guests a chance to escape from their daily routine–or just spend an afternoon with friends– during its Splendor in the Spring picnic on April 28, 2 - 5 p.m. Guests are invited to bring their own picnic during this annual event, which will include live music, a wine tent and fun games. In addition, for those who want the convenience of having a pre-prepared picnic basket, the Garden’s Exclusive Caterer Best Impressions will offer picnic baskets for two and four people that include sandwiches, seasonal fruits, international cheeses, assorted crackers & breads, and a bottle of wine. Baskets must be purchased by April 22 by calling 704333-9779. Basket menus and prices can be found at detail.php?id=2073 During the event, guests will be able to grab a snack at The Garden Store and purchase wine provided by Best Impressions Caterers. The event is free with Garden admission. Members are free; adults, $12; seniors 60+, $10; and children 4-12, $6.

Catawba, McGuire, and Oconee nuclear plants. No public action is required. On the lighter side, the Duke Energy Emergency Planning Calendar features some nice photos reflecting the various seasons of the year. For more information, call the Energy Explorium at 1-800-777-0003 or

WARNING: don’t eat channel cats out of Mountain Island Lake From page 1A Catawba Riverkeeper is advocating for testing of additional fish species and for testing in the lakes above Lake Norman. Catawba Riverkeeper will be doing its own testing for PCBs in Lake James during the second half of 2013.� According to Gaskins, financial constraints limit what his organization can do regarding testing. “The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation would like to be able to do additional testing the three lakes between Lake Norman and Lake James, including Lake Lookout Shoals, Lake Hickory and Lake Rhodhiss,� said Gaskins, “But due to the high cost of approximately $1,000 per sample analysis, does not presently have the funds.�

SEWER: upgrades approved in Stanley at no cost for customers From page 1A

Happenings at the Garden Carolina Pro Musica DSBG Picnic

tions on how to protect farm animals in case of a nuclear emergency. Testing of emergency plans and alerts is a part of Duke Energy’s nuclear accident set-up and the calendar lists the dates when these take place. Last Wednesday was test number two for 2013. The next test date will be July 10 at 11:50am at Duke’s

DSBG May classes Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden this May will offer special continuing education classes including: Digital SLR I - The Basics, instructed by Dave Kelly, DEK Photography – May 4, 9:30 a.m. to noon. Learn how to set-up your new digital SLR camera. This class is $40 for Garden members and $46 for nonmembers. Birding Walks, instructed by volunteer Karen Gibson – May 14, 9 to 10 a.m. Stroll through the gardens, Meadowood Walk and Persimmon Trail to scout for seasonal birds – observe nesting patterns and establish a basis for bird counts. Digital SLR II - Metering, instructed by Dave Kelly, DEK Photography – May 18, 9:30 a.m. to noon. This class is $40 for Garden members and $46 for nonmembers. Horticultural Highlight Walk, led by Garden staff – May 18, begins at 1 p.m. Join DSBG horticulture staff as they take you on a custom tour of the Garden. For more information or to register for a class, please visit or call 704-829-1252.

coming to Abbey, April 22 Carolina Pro Musica will present The Pilgrims’ Way on Saturday, Apr 20th, at 8pm at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 1510 E. 7th St., Charlotte. The program features music from Medieval Spain including selected work from the Cantigas de Santa Maria sung as pilgrims made their way to Compostela and the complete Llibre Vermell, music in anticipation of seeing the Virgin of Montserrat. All music dates from 1399 or earlier. Tickets are $15 regular admission, $7.50 for students and seniors. Tickets may be reserved through the Carolina Pro Musica website or by calling 704-334-3468. Tickets will be available at the door or in advance through Carolina Pro Musica, established in 1977, performs music composed before 1800 with period instruments and voice. They have also performed in Poland, England and Boston during the Early Music Festival. This concert will be repeated Monday April 22 at 8pm in the Abbey Basilica, Belmont Abbey, Belmont, NC as part of Arts at the Abbey.

Meals on Wheels needs drivers Spend one hour a month delivering a smile and a hot lunch to homebound elderly. Help is needed in Belmont and Lowell for the Gaston County Adult Nutrition Meals on Wheels Program. To volunteer, call 704-862-7676 and ask to speak to Dale Porter, Nutrition Program Specialist.


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Name the River Park Applications for nominated names will be accepted until 5:00pm on May 3 at City Hall. Applications are online at or can be picked up at Belmont City Hall or the J. Paul Ford Recreation Center. 03/27/13c

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THE EAST GASTON JROTC – program was recognized as a program of “Distinction” through the Marine Corps based on the school’s annual inspections. Only the top 20 percent of the JROTC programs in Region 6 are recognized with this honor.

enth grade student, who is a Duke TIP participant, scored high enough on the SAT to not only qualify to attend the state recognition ceremony, but the grand recognition ceremony as well. Only a few students in the country qualify for this recognition.

Gaston Day students selected to NC Governor’s School

GASTON COLLEGE VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS CLUB ANNUAL SHOW – Opening April 20 and running through June 29, at the Gaston County Museum is Violet, the Gaston College Visual and Performing Arts Club annual show. The event will take place at the museum’s Depot. Each year, the Gaston College Visual & Performing Arts Club (GCVPAC) hosts a juried contemporary art show that includes paintings, sculpture, ceramics, photography and graphics. This will mark the seventh year that the Gaston County Museum and the GCVPAC have collaborated on this show. GASTON COUNTY SCHOOL NUTRITION – will be participating in the 2013 Summer Feeding Program. This program provides free bag lunches at sites throughout the county for children eighteen years of age and younger. If you would like to receive free meals for the children at your camp, program, or organization please contact Caren Berrier at 704-824-8423 ext. 237 to check your eligibility. Information regarding locations, dates, and times where children can receive free meals will be posted on the School Nutrition page of the Gaston County Schools website soon. HIGHLAND SCHOOL OF TECHNOLOGY SCHOLARSHIPS – The following Highland School of Technology seniors recently received scholarships: Sam Amarasinghe- Presidential Scholarship at University of Alabama and Bell Tower Scholarship at Furman University; Deanna Canipe- Brevard Leadership Award; Dash ChrisnerRensellaer Leadership Award and Syracuse Dean’s Scholarship; Addison Collins- Cooper Scholars Award at the University of South Carolina and Chancellor’s Leadership Scholarship at NC State University; Abigail Hardee merit scholarships at Wake Forest University, Washington and Lee University, and named a Cooper Scholar at University of South Carolina; Kameron Harper- Pinnacle Scholarship at Lees McRae University; Josh NeelyGuilford Achievement Award at Guilford College; Rachel Terrio- California PolyTechnical University Outreach Scholarship. HOLBROOK STUDENT RECEIVES STATE HONOR – Ashlynn Jones, a Holbrook Middle School sev-

MT. HOLLY MIDDLE SCHOOL BAND AWARD – The Mt. Holly Middle School 8th Grade Band received a Superior rating at the South-Central District Music Performance Adjudication Band Festival on March 13 at Wingate University. This is the 9th year in a row that the band program at Mt. Holly Middle School has received a Superior rating. Eric Myers is the band director MT. HOLLY MIDDLE SCHOOL ARTISTS – The following students from Mount Holly Middle School have artwork displayed in the Gaston County School annual end of the year art show, Through an Artist’s Eyes. Students include: Rebecca Carson, Malia Moore, Nicole Pressley, Bailey Barker, Kaylnn Helms, Patrick Ouzman, Nicole Hernandez, Sarah Conder, Zoe Savranakis, Rachel Sterling, Kim Vu, Scarlett Hannah, Joshua Morgan, Aaron Johnson, Kaylie Nelson, Jordan Hunt and Mikaela Blackwood. Kim Vu won first place in the Fiber Category and Joshua Morgan won first place in the Drawing Category. Joshua also won “Best of Show” for the entire art show. The art is on display from March 23- May 11 at the Gaston County Museum of Art and History in Dallas. TEACHER ASSISTANT OF THE YEAR FINALISTS – Gaston County Schools has announced its finalists for Teacher Assistant of the Year. This announcement follows school nominations and interviews. Finalists include Christine Wingo, Catawba Heights Elementary; Denise Baum, Bessemer City Primary; Tyler Bullock, Sherwood Elementary; Judy Mauldin, Lingerfeldt Elementary; Julia Reep, Forest Heights Elementary.

Gaston Day School Students, Charlie Manolakis and Parth Patel have been selected to attend North Carolina Governor’s School. Charlie will be attending for the subject of French and Parth will be attending for the subject of Natural Science. Charlie’s parents are Mr. and Mrs. Michael Manolakis of Charlotte. Parth’s parents are Mr. and Mrs. Jayeshkumar Patel of Belmont. The Governor’s School of North Carolina is a fiveweek summer residential program for intellectually gifted high school students, integrating academic disciplines, the arts, and unique courses on each of two campuses. The program is open to rising seniors only and is located on two different campus: Meredith College

Charlie Manolakis

Parth Pate

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and Salem College. The program is administered by the Public Schools of North Carolina, the State Board of Education, and the Department of Public Instruction through the Exceptional Children Division. A Board of Governors, appointed by the State Board of Education, acts as an ad-

visory body. Gaston Day School freshman, Kathryn Rhyne has been selected to attend the Commissioners’ School of Excellence. Kathryn’s parents are Mr. and Mrs. Jeffery Rhyne of Belmont. Each summer, the Gaston County Board of Commissioner funds a two-week

residential experience for rising 10th graders at Belmont Abbey College. The Commissioners’ School of Excellence offers a variety of hands-on activities and seminars designed to help participants better understand Gaston County, and their own roles as future leaders.

Carr Elementary names ‘Terrific Kids’

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Carr Elementary School has announced its Terrific Kids for March. These students were recognized for demonstrating the character trait Perseverance. The Kiwanis Club sponsors this program.

WC FRIDAY WINS POLAR PLUNGE – W.C. Friday Middles School, Dallas, won the ‘Polar Plunge’ for Gaston County Special Olympics. The students, staff and parents at Friday collected over $1500.00 for Special Olympics. The school also had the largest number of participants in the Polar Plunge on Saturday, March 16. The school had 15 staff members and five additional staff family members participate. Friday principal Crystal Houser says, “We were very excited that we were able to contribute to Special Olympics of Gaston County.”

Thank You The Green Banana Project sincerely thanks everyone for their support of Music Fest last weekend. Each sponsor, all who purchased tickets and made donations, and those who gave so generously of their time now has a hand in helping us feed hungry children, and continue the fight against cancer. We appreciate your support!

The Green Banana Project... Instilling and Restoring HOPE that things will look better when those bananas are ripe!

Students raise money for St. Jude’s Catawba Heights students raised $1,289.91 for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Second Grader, Emma Bolynn raised $500. Pictured with Emma are coordinator Christine Wingo and Assistant Principal Dr. James White. Contributed photo

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