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

Volume 78 • Issue 21 • Wednesday, May 22, 2013


Remember those who served ALAN HODGE

Editor’s note: Archival volumes containing both the Mount Holly News and Belmont Banner for 1945 are in our office and were used in researching this story.

they missed home. Some even received copies of the Banner or News delivered to them in farflung outposts, and that provided a

welcome connection to their communities. Thousands of men from Gaston County were drafted in WWII and

Memorials for fallen soldiers can come in many forms including stone, bronze, or the hometown newspaper. Both the Belmont Banner and the Mount Holly News were in print during WWII and their pages are full of news, good and bad, from the front about local men and women, where they were serving, and what was happening to them. Often, soldiers wrote letters to the papers, telling how much

hundreds never came back. According to Cope and Wellman’s “County of Gaston� book, about 300 men from here were killed in WWII. The wounded were many times that figure. The only volumes of the Banner and News from the WWII era still in existence are those from 1945. Turning the dry, brown pages opens up a window on just exactly how hard hit our area was in terms of casualties and deaths of local boys serving overseas. Nearly every issue for 1945 from January up until the surrender of the Japanese in August has mention of some local serviceman who was wounded or killed. The very first 1945 edition of

By Alan Hodge

After months of discussion by officials, a group of kudzu eating goats put boots, er, hooves, on the ground in Mount Holly early Friday morning and set to work clearing a 0.68-acre vacant lot owned by the city at the corner of Highland St. and E. Central Ave. The 30 goats are being leased from Horseshoe, N.C. based Wells

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Justin (left) and Christopher Oplinger of Mount Holly are starting careers as race drivers in the quarter midget ranks. The brothers are the sons of Heather and Dale Oplinger, Mount Holly’s fire chief.

Oplinger brothers are tearing up the track

NASCAR’s Busch siblings Kyle and Kurt had better watch out because there are two other brothers in Mount Holly coming up in the ranks of drivers looking to move into the big league of auto racing, as soon as they finish elementary school that is. The Mount Holly driving duo is 10-year-old Christopher and 8-year-old Justin Oplinger, the sons of Heather and Dale Oplinger. The kids attend Ida Rankin Elementary and Dale also happens to be Mount Holly’s fire chief. Racing is in the Oplinger blood. Dale’s dad was a driver and Heather’s brother took his share of turns around the track as well. When it came time for Christopher and Justin to stick their toes in the racing world waters, Dale and Heather took them to a quarter-midget car event as spectators. The boys liked what they saw and the rest is history. The cars that the boys drive are scaled down versions of midget racers and are built with tubular frames and fiberglas bodies. The single-cylinder engines propel the cars around a 1/20 mile paved track at speeds of up to 45mph. The cars are equipped with full roll cages, safety belt harnesses, and are painted to the driver’s specs. “They cost around $5,500 new,� said Dale. Like pro drivers, Christopher and Justin wear racing suits, shoes, full helmets, gloves, and neck braces. Each outfit adds another $1,000 or so to the racing bill. “All of the equipment is safety approved,� said Heather. According to the U.S. Auto Club, quarter midget racing has fewer injuries than little league baseball. The safety setup has come in handy. In one race, Christopher hit the guardrail at a track and flipped upside down over it. “He was a little sore the next day,� said Heather. “But I know they are safe in those cars. If I get butterflies before a race it’s because I want them to do well.� Both Christopher and Justin admit to having a few butterflies of their own before the green flag

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Goats hard at work in Mount Holly

NASCAR here we come!


the Banner dated January 3 had front page articles announcing the combat deaths of US Navy sailor Clyde Muse and US Army Pvt. Charles Painter. The same page told of the wounding of Pvt. Wade Benfield and Gunners Mate James Craig. Only a few weeks later, January 31, more sad tidings were on the Banner and News front pages with the announcement that Pvt. Sidney Chaney and Lt. William Williams had been wounded and that Pfc. Charles Cowart and Lt. Frank Shook were missing in action. One week later, Conley Stowe

falls. “I feel like my stomach is nervous,� Christopher said. “On the track it goes away and I am confident I can win.� Christopher has a dozen victories in his three seasons behind the wheel and Justin four wins. Currently Justin is tied for first place in his class. There’s no money up for grabs in quartermidget racing, but pride and plaques are the rewards. There’s also the chance to gain experience and get exposure to potential sponsors. NASCAR drivers who got their start in quarter-midgets include Joey Logano, Jeff Gordon, and Ryan Newman to name a few. “Right now we are sponsored by True Timber and are looking for more sponsors,� said Dale. So, what do Christopher and Justin like most about quarter-midge racing? “I like how you go really fast and race with your friends,� said Christopher. That same feeling fuels Justin love of the sport as well. “You make good friends at the track and have a lot of fun,� he said. Both Dale and Heather point out that the quarter-midget tracks are family oriented and everyone watches out for everyone else’s kids. “They can be with their friends and we don’t worry,� said Dale. So, what does the future hold for the Oplinger brothers and their racing careers? “I would like to be on Kyle Busch’s team,� said Christopher. “I want to be on Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s team,� said Justin. Either way, the future looks bright for the Oplinger brothers and here’s wishing them luck on and off the track. The North Carolina Quarter Midget Association was started by NASCAR driver Bobby Labonte in 2004 and has a track at 1130 Speedway Blvd., Salisbury. The group has a website at with race schedules and other information about the sport and how to get started in it. Admission to races is free.

Farm and were delivered by Ron Searcy and assistant Jake Dorner. No sooner had Searcy and Dorner pulled the transport trailer up to the thicket and thrown the door open than the goats leapt out like paratroopers and attacked the scrub. In minutes they were cutting a swath though the tangled greenery. “The rougher it is the better they like it,� said Searcy. See GOATS, 5A

Argument ends with shooting Mount Holly Police responded to a shooting call at 109 Sella Ridge Dr. at approximately 8:40 pm on May 18, 2013. When officers arrived at the scene they observed that two adult males, a father and son, had been shot. The father was identified as Eugene Pittman, 59, the son was identified as Andrew Pittman, 22, both of 109 Sella Ridge Dr, Mount Holly, N.C. Preliminary investigation indi-

cated that father and son were arguing over a handgun, The handgun discharged hit the father in the torso area then the bullet hit the son in upper leg area. Both were transported to Carolina Medical Center in Charlotte, NC. Both are in good condition at this time. All facts of the case will be presented to the Gaston County District Attorney’s Office in reference to any charges.

Belmont’s water is good By Alan Hodge

The City of Belmont has issued its annual Water Quality Report and according to the facts and figures local citizens can drink up with little worry. Each year the NC Dept. of Environmental and Natural Resources (DNENR), Public Water Supply Section (PWS), Source Water Assessment Program (SWAP) tests water sources across the state, including Belmont. The purpose of the tests is to determine the susceptibility of drinking water sources to Potential Contaminant Sources (PCSs). The results of the assessment are available in SWAP Assessment Reports that includes maps, background information, and relative susceptibility rating of Higher, Moderate, and Lower. Belmont gets its water from the Catawba River/Lake Wylie near the US 29/74 bridge. According to the DNENR report, that area was given a “Higher� susceptibility rating on Fe. 2010. However, that susceptibility rating does not imply poor quality water, only the system’s potential to become contaminated by PCSs in the assessment area. Belmont monitors its water for over 150 potential contaminants. Even if certain contaminants are present, that does not mean the water is a health risk. Recently, debate led by the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation has gone on over the possibility of the Catawba River’s water being

contaminated by seepage from coal ash ponds at Duke Energy’s Riverbend steam station on Mountain Island Lake and at the Allen steam station near Belmont. Allen steam station is downstream from Belmont’s water intake and the nowclosed Riverbend station ten miles upstream. The Belmont report is based on testing done from January 1 through December 31, 2012. Test results from that period indicate that Belmont water did not have any violation of coliform bacteria, fecal coliform or E. coli. Turbidity of Belmont’s water was also in the good range. Belmont’s water was also in the non-violation range regarding fluoride contaminants as well as copper, lead, and organic carbon. Overall, the reports numbers show that Belmont’s water is safe and good. The complete assessment for Belmont can be seen online at Copies of the report are also available at City Hall. Questions about the SWAP report can be directed to Source Water Assessment staff at 919-707-9098. In Belmont, contact Joseph Roy, Senior Water Treatment Operator, at 704-825-2625.


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Wednesday, May 22, 2013


Ina Kees A watchmaker and artist BELMONT – Ina Turner Kees, 87, passed away on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 in her apartment at Stanley Total Living Center. A nat i v e Floridian, she lived in Sylva, NC for over 20 years and for the past 5 years in Gaston County to be closer to her daughter. She was daughter of the late, Marion Augustus and Lacy Orene Brantley Turner. She was a watchmaker and an artist. A service to celebrate her life was held May 17 at 3pm at McLean Funeral Directors of Belmont with Reverend John Pruitt officiating. The family received friends prior

Larry Mahaffey A professional musician MOUNT HOLLY – Larry Eugene Mahaffey, 69, of 5101 Clearwater Lake Road, died on Saturday, May 11, 2013. He was born in Stony Point, NC, son of the late Eugene and Helen Douglas Mahaffey. He was a professional musician “drummer� and played in several bands. He is survived by his wife Kelly Lynne Mahaffey; five children Sharon Mahaffey and Heather Ward both of Florida, David Mahaffey of Lakeview, SC, Robert Mahaffey of Charlotte, and Stacy Williams of Colorado; one brother Robert Mahaffey of Florida; a number of Julia Rankin She loved studying and teaching the bible

to the service from 2-3pm. Survivors include her daughter, Tracie K. Henry and spouse, John Henry of Belmont; two grandsons, Chris and Chad Henry. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Kees and her sister and brother in law, Erline and Dick Moore. A special thanks to the staff at Stanley Total Living Center for their exceptional care. The entire staff should be commended for their superior work. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Heart Society of Gaston County, 1201 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia, NC 28054. Condolences may be sent online by visiting McLean Funeral Directors of Belmont served the Kees Family.

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STANLEY- Mrs. Julia P. Rankin, formerly of Mt. Holly, died May 11, 2013, at the Stanley Total Living Center, Stanley, NC. She was born in Staunton, Va., on March 7, 1924, and was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William C. Pancake. She attended Stuart Hall, gradua t e d from Mary Baldwin College, and completed training and certification as a speech therapist at the University of Virginia. She served her church and community with energy and imagination. She was a devoted member and elder of First Presbyterian Church, Mt. Holly, and ably served her church in many capacities. She especially loved teaching and studying the Bible. She was an active volunteer with the Gaston County Medical Auxiliary, the Girl Scouts, the Gaston


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Literacy Council, and Meals on Wheels. Survivors include a daughter, the Rev. Kitty Rankin of Gastonia, NC; a son, Dr. Richard Rankin, Jr. and wife Sarah Park of Mt. Holly, NC; and son-in-law John Civils and wife Debbie of Birmingham, Al. Her husband, Dr. Richard E. Rankin, Sr., preceded her in death, as well as her daughter, Julie Rankin Civils. She was also preceded in death by her brothers Frank C. and John S. Pancake. A sister-in-law, GG Pancake, still resides in Staunton, VA. Her grandchildren are Stewart Civils, Isaac Rankin, Louisa and Emily Sloan, Katherine Civils, Khoury Wood and Angel Beery. She also had a number of nieces and nephews to whom she was devoted. A Worship Service was held on May 19 to celebrate the life of Mrs. Rankin 2pm at the First Presbyterian Church, Mt. Holly, with the Reverend’s Wilson Rhoton and Jason Bryant officiating. The family received friends after the service in the Fellowship Hall. The family wishes to thank Stanley Total Living Center for their compassionate care. Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 135 S. Main Street, Mt. Holly, NC 28120. Woodlawn Funeral Home of Mt. Holly served the family of Mrs. Rankin. Condolence messages may be sent to

Charles Isbell U.S. Marine veteran MARSHALL, IL – Charles William Isbell, 87, of Marshall, Illinois passed away peacefully in his home Friday, May 17, 2013. He was born May 20, 1925 in Sullivan, IN, the youngest son of Lucy Burke and Wesley Isbell. Charles joined the U.S. Marine Corps on December 27, 1943 a n d served with the first amphibian unit driven into battle in WWII. He saw action in Saipan, the Marianas Islands, Tinian and Iwo Jima, where he was witness to the first flag-raising on Mount Suribachi. He was discharged as a corporal in November 1945 and returned to farming and construction work around West Union. Charles was pleased and proud to participate in the WW II veterans Flight of Honor to Washington, DC with his oldest son, Ron in May 2011. Charles married Virginia Fern Heleine on January 10, 1948 in Marshall and went on to raise four children. They enjoyed camping with family and friends, playing cards and dominoes, and putting out his summer fruit stand. He retired from Farm Service Co in 1985. He was a member of the West Union Christian Church, the West Union American Legion, and the Marshall V.F.W.

Charles is survived by his wife of 65 years, Fern; two sons, John & Debbie Isbell of Woodstock, IL and Chris & Teresa Isbell of Lena, IL; his daughter, Kim & Jim Bass of Henderson, NV; his daughter-in-law, Wendy Isbell of Kings Mountain; seven grandchildren: Angela Isbell, Trevor Isbell, Amy & James Lombardo, Jason Isbell, Amanda & Heath Gerkin, Melissa Isbell, and Bryan Isbell; three stepgrandchildren, Erin Cummins, Tracie Moore, and Wayne Conner; great-grandchildren: Elijah, Emmit, and Easton Gerkin; step-greatgrandchildren, Brette and Eli Cummins, Bryton Moore, and Jordyn Scott; two sisters, Hazel Downey and Beulah Harper; as well as several nieces, nephews, and church family. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Dave, Ralph, and Don Isbell; his sister Ruth Hayek; and his son Ron Isbell (former owner/publisher of the Kings Mountain Herald, Banner News, and Cherryville Eagle). Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 22nd at the West Union Christian Church, with Pastor Ken Gillaspy officiating. Burial will be in the Harrison Cemetery, rural West Union, with military rites being conducted by the Marshall V.F.W. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21st at the church. Memorials may be made to the West Union Christian Church or to the donor’s choice.

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GASTONIA - Margie Carpenter Ray, 86 passed away May 13, 2013 at Brian Center. She was a native of Gaston County, NC. born December 16, 1926 to the late Mark and Fannie Mae Ernie Carpenter. Funeral service was held 1pm Thursday, May 16, at the Assembly of Faith, 1030 Lower Dallas Road, Dallas The family received friends one hour before the service at the church. Interment was at Gaston Memorial Park. The family was cared for by Withers and Whisenant Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 2916 Union Rd



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Suggestions being taken on MH Pedestrian Plan By Alan Hodge

There’s still time for folks to put in their two-cent’s worth of opinion on Mount Holly’s Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan. The idea of improving how people get around on foot in Mount Holly has been in the works for several months now and the city will be taking suggestions on the subject until the end of May via an online or paper survey. People can even walk into City Hall and fill out a survey. Mount Holly Planner Brian DuPont was manning an information booth at the recent Springfest event, explaining the survey and handing out copies of it. “We’ve had over 300 surveys completed so far,” he said. Mount Holly has been proactive in seeking responses to the sidewalk sur-

vey. “We’ve met with groups like the Sole Patrol and at Woodhaven Rest Home to get their thoughts on the pedestrian plan,” said Dupont. “We’ve also sent letters to local churches and schools.” The survey consists of nineteen questions designed to gain input and guidance for improvements to city infrastructure such as sidewalks. Another benefit will be to plant the seeds for a “walking culture” in Mount Holly that will not only improve the health of residents but lessen traffic as well. The survey delves into matters such as how often folks walk and to what destinations, if they live or work in Mount Holly, do they go to or have children in Mount Holly area schools (including Belmont Abbey), and do they use the Catawba River Greenway. Digging deeper, the sur-

vey asks what are the top three factors that discourage people from walking in Mount Holly, would more sidewalks, trails, and roadway crossing improve the pedestrian situation, how does the current pedestrian situation in Mount Holly rate, and what are the best ways to improve it. Selections for pedestrian improvements that the city includes in the survey range from streetscaping with shade trees to pedestrian scaled lighting. One improvement mentioned in the survey is already in the works- wayfaring signs for walking routes. According to DuPont, the Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan project was jumpstarted with a $45,000 grant from the NC DOT, to which was added another $1,250 from Mount Holly. Once the May deadline for submitting filled out surveys has passed, Dupont

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Mount Holly Planning Department staff member Brian DuPont was at the recent Springfest event explaining the city’s Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan. The city is seeking input from local citizens about the plan. says staff will study the results and present their findings to the city council.

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Belmont Memorial Day service set for May 26 Belmont American Legion Post 144 will have a Memorial Day service Sunday, May 26 at Greenwood Cemetery in Belmont starting at 2pm. The event will feature a presentation of colors by South Point JNROTC Color Squad, Pledge of Allegiance by First Presbyterian Church Scout Troop 62, singing of the National Anthem by Courtney Bowen and Connie Atkins, and remarks by Belmont

Mayor Richard Boyce and Belmont Post 144 Commander Ron Self. In addition, Rev. Kenneth Alexander from Mt. Moriah Baptist Church will deliver the message. There will also be a closing prayer by South Point FCA Lindsey Lee, a 21-gun salute by the Gaston County Honor Guard, and Taps by the Sheriff’s Office.

Sen. Kay Harrington appointed to ED Committee

Roper sworn-in as new Chief Photo by Alan Hodge

Don Roper was sworn in last week as Mount Holly’s new police chief. Seen with Roper are his wife Julie and Mayor Bryan Hough. Roper has over 26 years experience in law enforcement.

Mount Holly says no to carts

Sen. Kathy Harrington (R-Gaston) has been appointed by Sen. President Pro Tempore Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) to serve on the Economic Development, Transportation, and Cultural Affairs Committee of the Southern Legislative Conference. The Southern Legislative Conference is the regional arm of the Council of State Governments. As a committee member, Harrington will have access to the full resources of the Council of State Governments, including the reports, issue briefs and other services

Keith Lowe enjoys driving his golf cart on the streets in Belmont. However, a plan to allow Mount Holly residents to do the same in their city fell short when the council voted last week to shelve a cart ordinance there that had been under discussion for several weeks.

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Elsewhere on this page you will see a letter from AAA regarding the motorcycle helmet law in North Carolina and how the Alan Hodge latest attempt Editor to repeal it was “shot down� by the General Assembly. That is what prompted this column. The helmet law issue is one that has strong proponents and opponents. That is, those that ere fer it and those that ere agin it. Some see it as an infringement on personal freedom by a nanny state and others see it as a means to save lives –not to mention insurance payouts and hospital bills. I have been riding motorcycles since I was 15 years old and spent two years racing dirt track on a semi-pro level. Once, several years ago, a person asked me if my having a bike at “my age� was because of a mid-life crisis. I replied that since high school I had always had a red MG sports car, ridden bikes, or flown airplanes it must be an ongoing thing with me. Haha. Right now there are five motorcycles in my garage at home. The 1972 Triumph Bonneville is my favorite closely followed by the 1968 BSA Lighting. I have had the same 1968 MGB nicknamed “The Peanut� for 35 years. I am currently not in a spot financially to fly as the cost is more than double what it used to be, but boys look out if I ever win the lottery. Bikes, sports cars, and planes are very similar in sensation when operating them. They can be exhilarating, but they can also kill you if you lose respect for them. I know this first hand. There are old pilots and bold pilots but few old, bold pilots. Add bikers to that list as well. When I was17-years-old and living in the Queen City my pal Brutus Casey and I decided to ride our bikes after school to Concord where there was a Triumph dealer. I had a Yamaha 250 and Brutus a 305 Honda and we would go to the shop and drool at the big Britbikes and wonder if we would ever have the nerve to ride one, or the dough to buy one. A new Bonnie back then went for $1,200 by the way. So. It was in wintertime when we did this ride and we had on heavy coats and boots. We made it to the shop but night was falling fast. We had gone to Concord on US 29 because I-85 from there to Charlotte was not

done being just graded off red dirt. We hatched a plan. I would take graded off I-85 and Brutus would take paved US 29 and we would race to see who could get home first. We took off and I was whizzing along on the red dirt and then it happened. All I remember was waking up in the middle of the night on the dirt with cows around me. My left foot was turned 90 degrees. My helmet had a huge gouge on its side. There was a drainage ditch nearby that I had hit in the dark doing about 60mph. Once I regained my senses, I made it to a farmhouse and they called an ambulance. I had a concussion and foot broken in six places. The helmet saved my life. On the other hand. I had another high school friend named Charles. He had a new 1970 Honda 350 his dad bought him. One day after school Charles decided to emulate Evel Knieval and ride his Honda down Sharon Amity Road standing up on the seat. Charles fell off and hit his head on the pave but seemed ok. He went home and at the dinner table fell over unconscious and later died. He did not have a scratch on him. The diagnosis was swelling of the brain. Charles had been wearing a helmet. I tell these two stories to illustrate that in some cases a helmet can save you but not in every case. Nowadays, when Sharon and I ride the Honda Shadow cruiser thing we wear helmets, jackets, boots, jeans, and gloves. Having felt the pain of a bike crash, I shudder at the sight of people riding clad in flipflops, shorts, and tank tops- but that’s their choice. And that’s what the helmet law should be about- choice. It is a known fact that you cannot legislate morality or stupidity and any attempts to do so have generally resulted in failure. For those who wear helmets and other protective gear I applaud your desire to save yourself and your hide. For those who shun helmets and shoes and britches (just go down Hwy. 321 to the South Carolina line to see plenty of these folks), I hope you never have a situation come up where you wish you were better equipped. Law or no law, if you care about yourself and the loved ones you might leave behind wear a helmet not because someone in Raleigh says to, but because it has been known to make a difference in some cases and the next case might be yours. PS you can have fun and be safe at the same time.

Letter to the Editor Dear Editor: On Wednesday, the House Judiciary B Committee adjourned without taking a vote on House Bill 109, which would eliminate North Carolina’s mandatory motorcycle helmet law. AAA Carolinas is strongly opposed to any changes in the state’s current helmet law. The most recent statistics show that one in every eight North Carolina traffic fatalities involves a motorcycle. If North Carolina’s universal motorcycle helmet law is repealed or altered, this number will increase. Some motorcyclists want the “choice� to wear a helmet but experience has shown many won’t and don’t use helmets in states with weak or no helmet laws. Every government or traffic safety oriented agency that has analyzed motorcycle helmet usage has concluded that helmets save lives. According to a 2012 Governors

Highway Safety Association report, when universal helmet laws like North Carolina’s were weakened in other states, motorcycle fatalities increased. In Arkansas deaths went up 21%, in Texas 31%, in Kentucky 58%, in Florida 81%, and in Louisiana deaths increased 108%. North Carolina was ranked first nationally in lives and money saved due to its helmet law in a June 2012 study by the Center for Disease Control. If the helmet law is repealed, three things are certain: Motorcycle fatalities will increase, insurance costs for everyone will go up due to brain and other serious, lengthy motorcycle-related injuries and North Carolina will lose its only number one status for a traffic safety law. Why change a clearly successful law? Sincerely, David E. Parsons President and CEO AAA Carolinas

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■ MEDITATION Setting our minds on God’s will What are we to do with phrases from scripture such as, “Be perfect as God is perfect” or “Without holiness no one will see the Lord.” It is Rev. Angela Pleasants difficult to hear First United Methodist Church, these passages Mount Holly especially when we know we are not perfect and at times our behavior is less than holy. I understand Paul’s cry, “So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my mem-

bers. What a wretched man I am!” Romans 7:21-24a NIV. When we fall prey to the pull of the flesh we often say, “Well, I am a sinner” as if to justify our actions. While it is true we have an inner struggle with our flesh we must also remember the final words of Paul in this passage. “Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God – through Jesus Christ our Lord!” Romans 7:24b-25 NIV. Jesus Christ has set us free from sin and death. It is through Jesus Christ that we are made the righteousness of God. “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” II Corinthians 5:21 NIV. Jesus died in our place that we might be reconciled to God, cleansed by the Holy Spirit and set apart for God’s use (holiness). This does not mean, however, that we have no responsibility in our spiritual growth. We

are to submit to the desires of God’s will in our life. “Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their mind set on what the Spirit desires.” Romans 8:5 NIV. Our lifestyle in the Spirit flows from our mind will and desires that

has been set on things of the Spirit. We must continually set our minds on the things of God that we might live in a way that pleases God. Every day we must seek to feed our mind upon God’s Word and applying his Word to our living. It is imperative we spend time daily in prayer and meditation as we continue to grow in our relationship with God.

VETS: Remember those who served

GOATS: hard at work in Mount Holly

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Photo by Alan Hodge

Goats from Wells Farm arrived in Mount Holly on Friday to begin clearing land the city owns of underbrush. The goats plunged right in and began eating as soon as they hit the ground. From page 1A “It should only take them a couple of weeks to clean this out,” Dorner said pointing at the mass of briars, kudzu, poison ivy and other vegetation the goats were feasting on. Electrified fencing approximately four feet high is enclosing the 30 or so goats that are eradicating the weeds. Wells was responsible for bringing the goats to Mount Holly as well as providing additional feed for them. The city will keep them watered. After the goats have cleaned off the first site, city officials will inspect the job. If it is up to snuff, Wells will then move the goats to a second 2.9-acre site on the west side of N. River St. The goats will likely have a guard there

in the form of a 150-pound Great Pyrennes dog. “There are some pit bulls down there and the dog will protect the goats if one should get out and try to attack them,” said Shan Horton with the City of Mount Holly. If the spring grazing works out, Wells will bring the goats back in the fall for a second grazing. The city has until July 1, 2013 to cancel the second trip. The contract holds the city harmless for any death or injury to the goats during their trips to or from Mount Holly, or any personal injury or property damage caused by the goats. Wells is also responsible for any liability stemming from the installation or maintenance of the electric fence. As far as the bottom line goes, the total that Wells can

charge the city for transporting the 30 goats, fencing, and extra feed, is not to exceed $4,500. The “goat-day” cost is based on 45 days of grazing, but that is subject to change depending on condition. Wells charges $1.85 per day per goat. In an effort to reduce the use of herbicides, using goats to clear land has proven to be an increasingly popular option in municipalities nationwide. Cities such as Chattanooga, and Knoxville in Tennessee, as well as Carrboro and Tryon in North Carolina have all turned goats loose on overgrown land. Last year, Belmont used a herd of Wells goats to clear out kudzu and other underbrush from land that will eventually become River Park.

was killed in France and Pfc. Paul Lingerfelt and Pfc. George Smith were wounded. Week after week after week, the 1945 Banner and News passed on the grim reports from the fronts in Europe and the Pacific. Sometimes the serviceman’s picture accompanied the report, sometimes not. Some of the notices were simply reprints of the letter the serviceman’s family received from the government. POWs were a part of the Banner and News 1945 pages. One report announced that Cpl. Woodrow Hudspeth had been captured Dec. 22, 1945 during the Battle of the Bulge and had been allowed to send a postcard home to his wife Lucille who lived on Hickory Grove Rd. near Mt. Holly. President Roosevelt’s death shared the front page of the April 18, 1945 Banner along with a notice of a memorial service for three local boys who had been killed in battle. The soldiers were Charles Cowart, Wade Benfield, and James Stowe. After Germany’s surrender, there was a lull in battlefield reports but they soon picked up again as fighting in the Pacific intensified. The June 6, 1945 Banner and News announced that a Pfc. Crawford had been wounded on Okinawa, On June 13, two local lads, Sgt. George Leeper and Sam Bentley, were listed as having been killed fighting the Japs. On June 27, sailor Archie Stowe was listed as missing in action. But the Banner and News for 1945 also had some lighter moments in their reporting on local servicemen. One featured a write-up on Capt. Vernon Rankin who reported he received his Banner and News papers in bundles of four to six at a time delivered to him via army mail on the front lines in Italy and France. Stories that Rankin no doubt found interesting as he sat in his foxhole eating Crations included one in the May 2, 1945 Banner that revealed the folks back home would have to do without beef for up to two weeks. Other hometown news that made it to Rankin listed the movies playing at the Iris and Gay

theatres. Another article told of a chance meeting on the Pacific island of Peleliu of former Belmont neighbors Cpl. Jack Brown and Pfc. Robert Grier. Both Brown and Grier shared memories of home and their current combat ops with a war correspondent that had forwarded his article to the Banner. The July 4, 1945 Banner ran a story submitted by Pfc. Roy Brannon who wrote to the paper from Germany expressing what a joy it was to get copies of the hometown news and how his comrades in arms loved reading it as well. “We get a kick out of the funnies and the smart way the Banner expresses itself and Belmont as well,” Brannon said. Of course the pages of the 1945 Banner and News also had many ads urging folks to buy war bonds. Local textile mills also crowed about their production for the war effort. The January 18,1945 News ran a memorial on the front page to local Mount Holly businessman Leroy Willeford who had recently died and who was known for letting servicemen see movies at his Gaston Theatre for free. Like the soldiers it reported on 19411945, time marched on and in 1996 the Banner and News further recognized local WWII veterans and their sacrifices by publishing a book with approximately 1,000 wartime photos of them and a brief biographical sketch telling where they were from and where they were serving. The 65-page volume was created entirely from photos that the veterans or their friends and family had contributed. The photos had first appeared in the May 3, 1944 Banner in a 40-page special section. The Mount Holly News also printed photos of local servicemen in July, 1944. John Lippard worked on putting the 1996 book together with help from Banner/News editor Dwight Frady, and Auten-Stowe American legion Post 144 members including Art Shoemaker and Clayton Sutton. Two copies of the book are on display for public view at the Belmont Historical Society Museum on Catawba Ave.

Fellowship & Faith

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Featured Church of the Week East Belmont Presbyterian Church Shiloh Ame Zion Methodist 1117 Old NC Hwy 27 704-827-8826

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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â– SCHOOLS Lowell Elementary

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Mount Holly Community D e v e l o p m e n t Foundation board member, Bob Mageau, recently planted flowers with 5 volunteers from Pinewood’s “Green Team�. Pictured above are Pinewood students Andy Mageau, Riley Cockrell, Jacob Leonhardt, Kolby Smith and Caitlin Miller who gave their time to help Mount Holly continue to be the beautiful city it is. The students of Pinewood adopted the Mount Holly gateway sign in 2009 and have volunteered to maintain it ever since. They work hard, do a great job and have fun in the process. They understand how important it is to have a clean and beautiful city so everyone can take

pride in where they live. Mrs. Hancock is the school representative for the group. The Mount Holly Community Development Foundation thanked the Pinewood Elementary Student, Green Team members, and Mr. Mageau for their efforts and dedication to this project. If you or your organization would like to adopt a gateway or community garden, contact Barbara Linster, Mount Holly Community Development Foundation/ Community Image Committee Chair. Mrs. Linster can be reached by email at or through the Foundation at or 704-827-5262.

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Pictured above are Lowell Elementary School students of the month for March. The Character Trait was Perseverence.

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Pictured above are Pinewood Elementary (Mount Holly) Citizens of the Month for April. The Character Trait was Fairness. Contributed photo

South Point High School Sports Marketing and Entertainment class and DECA members made a day visit to experience marketing first hand. The group began their day with The Charlotte Observer visiting circulation, advertising, news-

South Point wins Blumey Award The South Point High Playmakers won another Blumey Award this year—this time for Best Set for their work on “Seussical�. The students worked hard to build and paint this complex set. The Blumeys are sponsored by the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. This year’s competition pool was increased from 19 schools to 32 schools across North and South Carolina.

Stuart Cramer HS Booster Club event set for June 1 Stuart Cramer High School Athletic Booster Club is hosting a “Preparing for the Storm� event on June 1, from 11:30am-1:30pm. This is an opportunity for the community to meet our coaches, tour the football stadium, purchase SCHS Storm apparel and to join both the SCHS Athletic and Academic Booster Clubs. Community restaurants will be providing free food and refreshments for everyone in attendance. We welcome everyone to visit during our inaugural Football Stadium Open House at the new Stuart Cramer High School. When visiting our event, please use the lower Lakewood Road Entrance.

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Red Raiders advance, then fall to Hickory By John Wilson

The South Point Red Raiders hosted two play off games last week at Raider Field. One went well for Big Red. The other did not. In the first game South Point played strong on both sides of the ball as the Red Raiders beat the visiting West Henderson Falcons 5-3. But three days later the Red Raiders would face a tough Hickory High team that would end their play off run. In the first game of the week the 20-3 Falcons came to town hoping their star pitcher Cameron Crisp would foul things up for the Red Raiders. But things just didn’t work out that way for West Henderson. Powered by a solid first and fifth innings the Red Raiders were never in any real danger of letting this game get away from them. South Point’s head coach Jason Lineberger chose to stick with the triplet pitching combo of Aaron Biggerstaff, Adam Andrew and Dan Johnson. The South Point triplets proved to be very effective against Enka last week. Once again the potent trio played well as a unit and kept the West Henderson batters at bay by giving up only four hits. “They have been very effective,� Lineberger said. “All three have unique abilities. With the injuries we have had they give us the best chance to win.� South Point went out from early in the game going up 3-0 in the first. West Henderson was not going to go out easily. The Falcons tied things up in the 3rd inning off a big three run homer. “That could have been a real momentum shift,� Lineberger said. “But it didn’t phase us.� With the score tied up 3-3 South Point put things away in the fifth inning. The Red Raider batters drove in two more runs to make the final score South Point 5 West Henderson 3. South Point’s biggest offensive output came from infielder Derek Perry. Perry has been causing problem for opposing pitchers all year. Against the Falcons Perry popped a two run homer early in the game to start things rolling for the Red Raiders. “Derek got a two run homer,� Lineberger said. “Dustin Wiles a got a single RBI and Dan Johnson got two hits.� Defensively South Point played smart baseball against the Falcons. The Red Raider fielders did a good job supporting the triplets. South Point only committed two errors.

Dan Johnson Hickory stops the Red Raiders The Red Raiders next match up would come against the 15-10 Hickory Red Tornadoes. The Red Tornadoes traveled to Belmont for the third round of the state baseball playoffs fresh off a 7-2 win off of Asheville High. For the Hickory game Coach Lineberger planed to add a new dimension to the South Point triplets pitching lineup, Garrett Davila. “Friday we may have a different order,� Lineberger said. “We may mix up the order and add Garrett Davila.� Davila had stepped into the Red Raiders pitching line up earlier in the year and held his own. Scouting reports indicated that the Red Tornado batters struggled against left handers. Davila, a left hander was a logical addition to the lineup. Coach Lineberger’s strategy of having several starting caliber pitchers combine their efforts to work over a team was a creative approach. By doing this Lineberger hoped to keep everyone fresh. The changes were designed to create real match up problems. On paper the strategy looked good. But when the Red Tornadoes took the field their batters showed they were a little better against left handed pitchers then some would have expected. Hickory got 5 hits and 3 runs off of Davila who pitched for four innings. South Point turned to the triplets to see if they could turn the tide. After Davila left the

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game Johnson, Biggerstaff and Andrew all spent time on the mound for the Rd Raiders The trio’s performance was commendable but this just wasn’t South Point’s night. The usually dominant South Point batting game wasn’t as productive as it had been in past games. South Point slugger Derek Perry had a nice RBI single in the fifth inning as South Point fought to get back in the game. But it just wasn’t enough. The Red Tornadoes held on and beat the Red Raiders 5-2. The 2013 Red Raider season may have ended with a loss but this team had a heck of a run. Pitcher Garrett Davila may have got the loss against Hickory but it was players like him that got the Red Raiders as far as they

got this year. The Red Raider’s 2013 season was one marred with injures to key players. Davila and others like him stepped up and helped turn what would have been a disaster into an impressive 23-2 record. This year South Point will lose 10 seniors to graduation. To some programs that would be a death blow. But coach Jason Lineberger has shown that the Red Raiders can over come anything. With Davila, Perry, Johnson, and Andrew all returning next year the Red Raiders will have a good core group of players. If you had players like Zacc Romano and Aaron Maulden to that mix Lineberger will have a lot to work with. 2013 may be over but 2014 should be a good year for Red Raiders baseball.

‘Walk Down Memory Lane’ golf tourney May 25 Green Meadows Golf Course, 957 Kelly Rd., will host a tournament on Saturday, May 25 to benefit the Mount Holly Black History Forum’s Walk Down Memory Lane� at the site of the

former Rollins School, and the Mount Holly Community Relief Organization. The event will start at 1pm with a cost of $220 per team or $55 per person. Fee includes cart, green fees, and

lunch. Trophies and prizes will be given. For more information, contact Danny Jackson at 704-616-7730 or John Hope at 980-522-0248.

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Memorial Day safety tips Memorial Day is next week which means summer is just around the corner. While we’re all ready for a day off from work and to spend time with our family and friends, it’s important to play safely. Millions of Americans will hit the roads this Memorial Day weekend, but before you do, here are a few tips to keep you safe and healthy. Dehydration Symptoms of dehydration can fall into the mild to moderate and to severe categories, which in this case is a medical emergency. Here’s what to look out for: Mild to moderate symptoms: Dry, sticky mouth, decreased urine output — no wet diapers for three hours for infants and eight hours or more without urination for older children and teens, dizziness or lightheadedness You can usually reverse mild symptoms of dehydration by taking in more fluids. Severe dehydration, a medical emergency, can cause: Extreme thirst, extreme fussiness or sleepiness in infants and children; irritability and confusion in adults, lack of sweating, little or no urination — any urine that is produced will be dark yellow or amber, low blood pressure, rapid heartbeat, rapid breathing. Severe symptoms like these require immediate medical attention.

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Heat Stroke Heat Stroke is the most serious form of heat injury and is a medical emergency. If you suspect that someone has heat stroke—also known as sunstroke— you should call 9-1-1 immediately and render first aid until paramedics arrive. Know the symptoms of heat stroke: High body temperature, dry skin (no sweating); rapid pulse; headache, dizziness, nausea, confusion, unconsciousness. If you or someone you know has these symptoms, cool your body temperature (like cold showers or water) and seek immediate medical assistance. Tips to avoid heat stroke: Limit your time outdoors, especially in the afternoon when the day is hottest; never leave a child, a disabled or elderly person, or a pet in an unattended car, even with the windows down. A closed vehicle can heat up to dangerous levels in as little as 10 minutes, dress appropriately in loose-fitting, light-colored cotton clothes.


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Riddle stood for all during his time of service by MICHAEL E. POWELL

The late Presbyterian pastor George L. Riddle took his message of Christ’s kingdom to the battlefield, living it daily, in spite of the horrors of war. That faith, according to the Rev. Dr. Bill Lowe, current pastor of one of Riddle’s former congregations, is what helped him through it all. Riddle was called to First Presbyterian in Cherryville, in 1937, Lowe said, but was already in the Army Reserve as a chaplain. “So when the Second World War started, he was called up, joining the 82nd Airborne Division,” he said. Lowe said Riddle was with them from the time they invaded Sicily, through their Italian campaign, on up through D-Day, and into October and November, in the invasion of Holland. It was in that invasion he was in a glider crash where he was badly hurt. “That crash was similar to what was shown in the movie ‘Saving Private Ryan’,” Lowe said. As a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps, Riddle, according to one old newspaper article, was put in charge of burying the D-Day dead. The article, written by Washington, D.C. newsman Dan Hoover, reported Riddle was asked by Major General Matthew Ridgeway to see to the interment of the many, many bodies, both 82nd Airborne and German Wehrmacht, littering the battlefield. He enlisted the help of another Carolinian, then-Lt. Col. J. Strom Thurmond, to help him out. Riddle even had the place for their burial already picked out. Thurmond was true to his word, getting Riddle the needed personnel and help to see to the proper burial of the fallen warriors of both sides. While Riddle was “over there”, Lowe noted he would get to come home on leave periodically. “He told the governing body here (at the church), which is called a ‘session’, that he would resign and they said, ‘Well, we’ll just give you a leave of absence for the duration of the war’, thinking, like a lot of people, that the war would be over in a year or two. You know, they were very optimistic then!” Lowe said. Unfortunately for Riddle and his many compatriots, it wasn’t, and he was engaged over there the whole time, Lowe added. While Riddle was facing danger on the

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This photo, taken from a commemorative book about the 82nd Airborne’s role in D-Day, shows Lt. Col. Rev. George L. Riddle (left); Maj. Fredrick G. McCollum, Divisional Provost Marshall; Lt. Col. Fredrick M. Schellhammer, G-1; and Charles Mason, Divisional Sergeant Major. Riddle was Divisional Chaplain for the 82nd Airborne. fields and hedgerows of Normandy, the Cherryville church he pastored was having troubles of its own. “On the second Sunday in December 1944 the church building here burned down,” Lowe said, adding Riddle was already being Medevaced out after his almost fatal glider crash and was in a United States military hospital. About the crash “It was a July ‘44 glider crash near Nijmegen, and he was almost killed,” Lowe recounted. “He was one of the few men that lived through it. Hoover’s article, written a few years before Riddle’s death, described Riddle’s “hard landing”. Riddle told Hoover the glider crashed into a plowed field, bounced about 45 feet into the air, and came down hard. They cart-wheeled in and the glider essentially broke apart, throwing Riddle and the rest of the occupants and crew out. Riddle was “knocked out and bleeding”, and was in “imminent danger.” “My nose was busted, flattened out,” Riddle told Hoover. He said his surgeon almost didn’t recognize him as the chaplain. They fixed him up and he was reporting in 11 days back to his old unit, the 82nd. Lowe takes up the story again. “He told the people (at First Presbyterian) not to do anything until he was out of hospital and back here (in Cherryville). Of course, he came back here after November 1944, and he retired here at First Presbyterian in 1968.”



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Lt. Col. Rev. Riddle was born in Clover, S.C., went to undergraduate school at Presbyterian College, then attended Columbia Seminary, in Decatur, GA. Riddle’s first call to ministry was in Rutherford County, served two churches over there. Riddle returned to South Carolina, a little town called Iva, after his retirement at First Presbyterian. He did not, however, retire from preaching. Reverend Lowe said when he came to First Presbyterian on Oct. 1, 1991, his first Sunday service was World Communion Sunday. Riddle came back and preached another Homecoming at the field stone church. His last sermon preached at First Presbyterian was in April 1996, for the 50th anniversary of the congregation worshiping for the first time in this sanctuary. Lowe noted Rev. Riddle suffered from Parkinson’s Disease and was having a difficult time getting around. Lowe, himself a military veteran (Air Force, 1969-1973) is originally from Anderson County, S.C. Riddle’s military decorations were listed as being the Bronze Star with an Oak Leaf Cluster, the Purple Heart, and the Netherlands’ Order of Orange. Lieutenant Colonel the Reverend George L. Riddle passed away in Iva, S.C. in either in 2000 or 2001, Lowe isn’t sure which. He was 94 when he died. Lowe said Riddle left quite a legacy not only on him, the church and its congregation, but on the American military as well.



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The Belmont Connectors BNI (Business Networking International) group hosted members and friends of the Montcross Area Chamber of Commerce Tuesday, May 14, 2013, for “Network After Work� at Village Restaurant in McAdenville, where the group meets every Thursday morning at 7:15 a.m. Sybil Melton, a BNI regional director, told participants about the referral network. She said the local group consists of representatives from many types of businesses, who weekly refer thousands of dollars in business within the membership. In the photo are (from left): Chamber Board Chair Brian Herre of Park Sterling Bank, with BNI officers Bill Slavick of Aire Serv, Diana Blair of CommunityOne Bank, Terry Knight of Terry Knight Insurance, Sybil Melton, Bill Joles of International Minute Press, Betty Love of Love Home Improvements, and Mike Claypool of Computers by Mike. For more information on the local BNI group, call Bill Joles at 704-813-0835. (Montcross Area Chamber photo)

MHHS MEETING – The Mount Holly Historical Society will meet on Tuesday, May 28th, at 7pm. The featured speaker will be Stewart Winslow of Pacolet Milliken Enterprises and the Noble Tree Foundation “The Spartanburg Story of the Noble Tree Foundation�. MHHS business session will include review of May committee reports and to accept nominations for new Board of Directors members for our next fiscal year beginning in August. Light refreshments will be served; Historic exhibits will be on display. Meeting location is at MHHS Headquarters Building - 131 South Main Street, Historic Downtown Mt. Holly. Admission is free and open to all MHHS members and the general public. There will be no MHHS monthly member meetings during the summer months of June and July, but we will start back on Tuesday, August 28th at 7PM to kick off the 20132014 fiscal year with our Annual Member Meeting. ENTREPRENEUR ROUNDTABLE SET – The next session of the Montcross Chamber’s Entrepreneurs Roundtable will take place Thursday, May 30 from 6-8pm at the Gaston College Kimbrell Campus, 7220 Wilkinson Blvd., Belmont and will feature three local successful business owners will appear in a panel discussion and open up about their successes and failures, as they share insights that will help you start a business or improve your existing business. Whether you’re already in business or just think you want to be, don’t miss this valuable opportunity to learn from others who’ve been successful in starting and building businesses. There is no cost to attend, but it is important to pre-register at If you have comments or questions, please email Teresa Rankin at or call 704-825530 RIBBON CUTTING – On May 30 the Lyerly Agency will celebrate its relocation to Belmont with a Chamber ribbon-cutting and refreshments from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. The address is 126 N. Main Street. The marketing, advertising and public relations firm had been headquartered in south Charlotte for 35 years before choosing downtown Belmont as its new home. MOUNT HOLLY PARKS & RECREATION – will be hosting Movies in the Park on Saturday June 1 at Tuckaseege Park. We will be showing the movie Brave. Pre-movie activities begin at 630pm, while the movie begins at dusk. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to this free family fun. Mount Holly Parks & Recreation is looking for teams for its adult open summer basketball league. The deadline to register your team is Friday June 21. Registration takes place at Mount Holly City Hall. Challenger Soccer Camp will be in Mount Holly the week of July 15-19 at Tuckaseege Park. The 6-9 year old session goes from 9am-12pm, while the 10-14 year old session goes from 5:30-8:30pm. To register for the camp please go to Mountain Island Lacrosse will be having a summer lacrosse camp at Tuckaseege Park August 6-8 from 6-8pm. To register for the camp please e-mail SPRING GARDEN TOUR – The Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Group of Gaston County (EMG) will host a Spring 2013 Garden Tour on Saturday, June 1, 2013, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. This year’s tour is on Robinwood Road and the surrounding area, which includes Gardner Park, Kendrick Road and River Wood. Nine gardens, each uniquely distinctive, feature an outdoor living area, gardening that maximizes small spaces, a small orchard and vegetable garden, a woodland escape, whimsical garden art amongst over 400 cultivars of daylilies, and more. Tickets may be purchased from an EMG Volunteer at the Gastonia or Mount Holly Farmer’s Markets and on the day of the tour until 1:00 pm at All Saints Episcopal Church, 1201 S. New Hope Road. To make other arrangements, call committee chair Gerald Deal at 704-614-2575. The cost is $15 each; $25 for two. All proceeds from the garden tour will be used to fund a horticulture scholarship for a Gaston County student to the college of their choice. Ticket brochure includes a map and garden descriptions. Garden tour reception signs, directional arrows and parking signs will be clearly visible. Car pooling and viewing the gardens in random order is recommended.

Caromont Regional Medical Center was recognized with an “A� Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The A score was awarded in the latest update to the Hospital Safety Score SM, the A, B, C, D or F scores assigned to U.S. hospitals based on preventable medical errors, injuries accidents, and infections. “This is very encouraging and reaffirms our trajectory of a culture of patient safety,� said Doug Luckett, Interim CEO. Patient safety is our number one priority everyday and we owe it to our community we serve



Caromont Earns an A in Safety Score to provide just that. We are honored again to receive this recognition and are encouraged to uphold this status through continuous improvements every year.� The Hospital Safety Score was compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peerreviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety (April 2013), Hospital Safety Score is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families. “Earning an ‘A’ on the Hospital Safety Score demonstrates that this hospital has exhibited excellence in our national data-

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