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Serving Belmont, Mount Holly, Stanley, Cramerton, and McAdenville | Volume 79 • Issue 26 • Wednesday, June 25, 2014


Lawsuit against City still pending By Alan Hodge

February 20, 2012 is just another day for most people, but for Ellen Deitz Tucker and her family it is one burned forever into their beings. That's the night that Tucker's sister, Donna Deitz and her friend former Belmont mayor Kevin Loftin, were killed in a car crash at the corner of NC273 and US74. Loftin's Audi was struck broadside by an SUV being driven by Lester Saunders Norman Jr. as he was being pursued by Bel-

mont police after having driven through a checkpoint. Norman was eventually convicted on two counts of second-degree murder and sentenced to at least 25 years in prison. But for the living, that night lives on. So much so for Tucker that she and her family went before the Belmont council asking for modifications to the city's police pursuit policy, several of which were put into place. In January of this year, the family filed a lawsuit against the city and the See LAWSUIT, 7A

Coal ash clean up plan introduced By Alan Hodge

The NC Senate is getting in on Duke Energy's coal ash storage situation. Last week legislators revealed a plan to make the utility clean up all 33 of its North Carolina coal ash ponds within 15 years. This includes those at the nowclosed Riverbend Steam Station near Mount Holly. Riverbend is located on Mountain Island lake, the source of Mount Holly's drinking water as well as that of Charlotte-Mecklenburg and Gastonia. The cleanup plan was introduced by Senate leader Phil Berger and Senate Rules Chairman Tom Apodaca. It would force Duke Energy to stop dumping coal ash in storage ponds by the year 2020. Not only that, it would also make Duke dig up the estimated 100 million tons of coal ash already stored across the state and either move it to another location or seal it in place to prevent leakage. Other aspects of the Senate plan would require coal ash ponds at Riverbend and three other steam stations to be evacuated and closed no later than 2019. It would place the remaining statewide storage ponds in three categories based on risk levels. High risk would have a 2019 deadline, intermediate risk a 2024 deadline, and low risk by 2029. The Senate plan would also create a commission to oversee things such as risk classifications closure plans. The commission would have nine members with six being named by the General Assembly and three by the

governor. The latest Senate plan used one from Gov. Pat McCrory as a springboard. However, his original plan does not eliminate all 33 coal ash ponds, requires closure plans within three months for Riverbend and three other steam stations, shortens time for public notification of spills from 24 to 48 hours, identifies and addresses illegal wastewater discharges at coal ash ponds, and beefs up control of solid waste disposal of coal ash. Duke estimates it could cost up to $10 billion and take three decades to remove the ash from all 33 sites. Spokesman Jeff Brooks stated the company's position to the BannerNews. “We continue to watch the legislative situation,” he said. “We believe the bill introduced last week is aggressive in its timeline and will create significant challenges to meet it. Coal ash storage needs to be addressed but it should be with a scientific, fact-based plan.” Who would pay for the coal ash removal job is also part of the current debate. Duke has said it would pass the cost to customers. However, the Senate plan would bar that from happening at least until January 2015, after which the firm could go before the NC Utilities Commission with a rate hike request. Besides simply storing the coal ash at other sites or sealing it up, several creative uses for the byproduct have been suggested such as mixing it with concrete and using it in construction projects such as roads.Talks had taken place over the past few months to have the Riverbend coal ash moved to Charlotte-Douglas International Airport for use as landfill. However, that plan has hit several stumbling blocks and is probably kaput.

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This photo shows the Spirit of the Fighting Yank statue just after he was taken down from his former home in front of Belmont Middle School and was being prepped for the trip to Stowe Park. With the Yank are rear row, Art Shoemaker, Ron Foulk, Juan Logan, Bob Brown. Kneeling, Hunter McMillan and Jerry Johnson.

Fighting Yank at home in Stowe Park By Alan Hodge

After months of planning, debate, fundraising, and a bit of fussing, the Spirit of the Fighting Yank WWII memorial statue has finally made his move from the campus of Belmont Middle School to a new location in Stowe Park. The statue, one of just five like it in the nation, had been dedicated in 1946 at the then Belmont High. The Yank had been vandalized twice. The latest episode took place in 2012 when he was pulled from his stone base and de-

capitated. Restoring the soldier's head cost over $30,000. Last year, a group of concerned local citizens headed by Art Shoemaker floated the idea of moving the statue to Stowe Park where it would be more visible and secure. After discussion with City of Belmont and Gaston County Schools officials, permission to move the statue was given. After several delays caused by bad weather this past winter as well as equipment problems, the long awaited moving day took place last Monday. The job was a big one, a team from McMillan Crane Service, who volun-

teered time and equipment, arrived at Belmont Middle around 9am. Men from the City of Belmont public works department also showed up as did a small crowd of curious spectators and commentators. No long after a backhoe began digging around the base of the statue, a glitch popped up in the form of a mass of underground concrete that the Yank's base was resting on. A jackhammer was pressed into action and the situation resolved. Next, the crane, operated by Hunter McMillan, was moved over the statue and heavy cargo See STATUE, 3A

Belmont council adopts budget By Alan Hodge

FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE – Belmont Mayor Charlie Martin (aqua shirt) was getting in on the Friday Nite Live action. Friday Night Live concerts are held every other Friday evening now until September 12. The concerts run from 7 pm until 10 pm, but South Main Street is closed between the railroad tracks and Myrtle Street around 2 pm in order to set up for the event.The concerts are free and open to all, but there is a charge for food and drinks.

The City of Belmont officially adopted its FY20142015 budget last week. The budget featured $8,859,250 in anticipated revenues and expenditures. Utility fund revenues and expenditures are pegged at $5,226,500. Stormwater fund anticipated revenues and expenditures are logged at $390,000. The tourism fund tallied $70,000 in anticipated revenues and



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Connectivity a priority for Main Street team

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North Carolina Main Street Program team members were in Belmont last week looking around and gathering ideas for the future of the downtown area. From left; Liz Parham, Bob Murphrey, Sherry Adams, Stephanie Richardson, Lauren Malinoff. Malinoff Main St. Designer from Asheville office. “We travel North Carolina visiting towns and specializes in downtown revitalization and development,� said Parham. Besides Belmont, just a few of the other towns the group has visited includes Waxhaw, Bessemer City, Kings Mountain, and Davidson. The group's Belmont tour included checking out the current state of downtown development. Things they looked at included design, organization, promotion, economic opportunities, and links between the Main St. downtown area and East Belmont. “We examined every as-

By Alan Hodge

A team from the North Carolina Main Street Program visited Belmont last week, looked around, held a public meeting, and shared some ideas for where development of the downtown area should go in the coming years. The team, who are employed by the NC Dept. of Commerce, consisted of Bob Murphrey coordinator of Small Town Main St. Eastern Region, Sherry Adams coordinator Small Town Western Region, Stephanie Richardson Main St. Designer, Liz Parham Director Office of Urban Development, and Lauren

pect of the downtown area,� Parham said. “We especially want to look at making the Main St. and East Belmont connectivity better.� The group also interviewed a wide variety of Belmont officials and business folks during its stay including city manager Barry Webb, police chief Charlie Franklin, businessman Rob Presley, councilman Ron Foulk, and this writer. Prior to its visit, the group had mailed out surveys to various folks and businesses in Belmont looking for feedback on where locals might like to see the town head developmentwise. “We had a fair number of returns,� Murphrey said. Following their tour and interviews, the group met local citizens Thursday night at First Presbyterian Church for a public talk and listen. The team will issue a formal report on their observations, opinions, and suggestions in about a month. Belmont was designated as a North Carolina Main Street community in 2000 but decided in 2010 to go inactive and discontinue their participation in the Main Street program. With shifts in the economy and a desire to pursue a broader economic strategy that will strengthen the traditional downtown, the East Belmont neighborhood commercial district and the area that links these two distinct Belmont centers, the city applied for Main Street

reinstatement and was welcomed back into the program as an active North Carolina Main Street community effective December 2013. With Belmont’s re-designation, there are 60 active

Main Street communities and 45 active Small Town Main Street communities in North Carolina that are successfully following the principles of the National Main Street Center’s Four-Point ApproachŽ to downtown

revitalization. North Carolina Main Street communities have experienced$2 billion in public and private investment and a net gain of more than 19,000 jobs since the inception of the program in 1980.

Games, vendors, fireworks Red, White and Belmont set for July 4-6 The big Red, White,and Belmont event is coming to Stowe Park July 4-6. The schedule includes: July 4- 6:30-10:00pm Kids Inflatables in lower Stowe Park, $5 wristband includes these inflatables: 2 giant slides, bounce house, pitching machine for baseball, football, and soccer, basketball hoops game. 7:0010:00pm Friday Night Live concert on Main Street: Spontanes/Image: 6:0010:00pm: Vendors: arts and crafts, merchandise, jewelry, home improvement, body care treatments, photography, and food: 10:00pm Fireworks show. July 5- 2:00-10:00pm Kids Inflatables in lower Stowe Park, $5 wristband includes these inflatables: 2 giant slides, bounce house, pitching machine for baseball, football, and soccer, basketball hoops game. DJ Buddy Love on the Stowe Park Gazebo Stage and the Arts and Crafts and other vendors will be there all day too.

July 6- 2:00-10:00pm: Kids Inflatables in lower Stowe Park, $5 wristband includes these inflatables: 2 giant slides, bounce house, pitching machine for baseball, football, and soccer, basketball hoops game. Arts and crafts and other vendors will be there from 2:0010:00pm. 7:00pm-9:30pm: Dixie Still Concert in Stowe Park. 9:45pm: Fireworks show finale'.

Cramerton to have fireworks June 28 The town of Cramerton will hold a celebration with live music and fireworks celebrating Independence Day from 6:30-9:30 p.m., Saturday, June 28. All events will take place in downtown Cramerton.

Mount Holly FUMC welcomes fireworks new pastor July 3 The City of Mount Holly will be holding a Red, White and Blue celebration. Included in the festivities will be their first fireworks display slated to take place July 3rd at Ida Rankin Elementary at dusk. The display should be visible to most of the Mount Holly area.

First United Methodist Church, Belmont, welcomes a new pastor, George Ragsdale from Myers Park Methodist. He is joined by his wife Courtney and 3 ½ year old daughter Claire. The family is expecting a baby girl in September. His first service will be July 13.

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STATUE: Fighting Yank makes its way to new home in Stowe Park

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From page 1A straps attached to the Yank's torso. He was delicately lifted in the air as everyone held their breath, needlessly as it turned out. “It was just another job,� McMillan said. The Yank was gently placed on styrofoam blocks in a trailer and whisked to the public works garage where a minor repair and new mounting pins were fabricated. At the school, a lowboy trailer arrived and stood by as workers prepared the stone base for lifting. After the base was broken free, it was lifting by straps and placed on the truck for the trip down Myrtle St. to Stowe Park. The truck, with police escort, pulled up to the spot on S. Main St. at Stowe Park where a new concrete pad had been prepared. The crane backed up in the park. Traffic was halted and curious folks came out of stores

to see what all the commotion was about. With all equipment in place, the Yank's stone base was again lifted by straps and lowered to its new home in the park. An ingenious method of getting the straps loose took place when bags of ice were placed under it, the base lowered down to rest on them, the straps snatched out, the ice melted and the whole shebang settled into position. On Wednesday about 2pm, McMillan Crane workers came back to Stowe Park and soon the Yank was delivered to his new home. A few adjustments had to be made to get the stone base perfectly level, then the statue was lifted up by crane and ever so gently lowered atop the granite pedestal. It was a magnificent sight. At that point, everyone present breathed a collective sigh of relief. “It has been a long time coming but the statue is finally here,� said Shoemaker.

“To see it put in place almost made me cry.� The next step in the Yank's story will come over the next couple of months as landscaping and a stone pavilion will be built around the statue. According to Shoemaker, a grand re-dedication ceremony is in the works for sometime in September with dignitaries, speeches, and plenty of patriotic music. Shoemaker has even sent a letter to NC Gov. Pat McCrory inviting him to attend and speak.





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Mount Holly’s Oldest Club Receives Recognition By Katie Cauthen Staff Writer

In 1921, at the home of Mrs. Edwin Hutchison of Mount Holly, twelve ladies met with the intention of starting the Twentieth Century Book Club, more commonly known today as the Mount Holly Book Club. Dressed in their Sunday best with hats and gloves, the ladies helped themselves to elaborate refreshments and, of course, books. Although it is a more casual affair today, the club continues to thrive as a social organization with 23 active members and four honorary members. The ladies continue to meet eight times each year. At these meetings, they have a variety of programs held by members or by a guest speaker. These programs have covered topics such as travel, art, the history of Mount Holly, plans for the future of Mount Holly’s parks, and other interesting issues. In addition to being a social group, the club is also quite philanthropic. Over the years, they have financially assisted the Mount Holly Li-

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This photo shows members of the Mount Holly Book Club at a meeting in 1996 when the organization was celebrating its 75th anniversary. Front row: Jane Ware, Martha Beam, Hazeline Massey, Louise Thompson, Margaret Davenport, Helen Massey, Doll Mason. Second Row: Doris Connell, Anne Brinkley, Emily Massey, Jean Whitt, Sue Massey, Mary Ann Clegg Smith, Frances Bowden, Anne Brown, Jane Hollar, Nancy Smith, Frances Springs, and Holley Stowe. brary, Holy Angels Nursery, and other meaningful projects. However, the main focus of their philanthropy lies in literacy. As many of its members were teachers, the

club places a great deal of emphasis on the importance of reading for school-aged children. To encourage literacy, the club provides awards to the top Accelerated Readers at each of the

three Mount Holly Elementary Schools - Ida Rankin, Catawba Heights, and Pinewood. The club also donates books to the Mount Holly Public Library in memory of

its deceased members. The books they select to donate are within the interest of the late member. In the past, they have donated books on gardening, art, religion, history, and the Bible.

In October, the Mount Holly Book Club will celebrate the 93rd anniversary of its founding. The club was also recently awarded Club of the Year at the Mount Holly Community Awards.

CMA winners to perform in Stowe Park July 6 Dixie Still will be performing in the Gazebo Stage in Belmont’s Stowe Park, as the final act before the Sunday night fireworks. You can catch them there at 7:009:30pm. Two Gaston County natives and a boy from “Mayberry� (or Mt. Airy) are “Dixie Still�, the country band with the album “Rumor� hit the airwaves in the summer of 2013. Seventime Grammy-winner Mark Fain with Black River Entertainment, produced this album. Fain is an accomplished Nashville producer and bassist and well known for his extensive work in the music industry over the past few decades, and has won multiple Grammys for his work with Ricky Skaggs, Bruce Hornsby, Charlie Hayden, just to name a few. Fain has also played on the Grand Ole Opry stage countless times. Fain’s worked as a road manager and bass player for Ricky Skaggs, as well as a studio bass player for well-known country music artists such as, Alan Jackson, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Ricky Skaggs, Tim McGraw, Martina McBride, Joe Diffie, Hall & Oats, Marty Stuart, and many more. Dixie Still is made up of Holly Robinson Branch, from the small-town of Bessemer City, NC and some may say she was born singing. Holly started singing at the age of 7 in local churches in her hometown, and is the youngest artist in the history of

RELAY FOR LIFE – The make-up Relay in East Gaston went very well with 10 teams set up and around 300 people in and out throughout the night. A little over $6,000 was raised to toward the goal of $10,000. Pictured above is the East Gaston High JROTC which presented the flags during the National Anthem and led the Survivor Lap at the recent event held in Stanley. Fundraising continues through August 31 so the community continues to have the opportunity to raise money to help fight cancer. Your donations can be mailed to: American Cancer Society, Attn: RFL of East Gaston, 1901 Brunswick Avenue, Suite 100, Charlotte, NC 28207.

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Roger Tates and his niece Anna Stinson staffed Tates' tent at Belmont’s Juneteenth last Saturday where they sold jewelry and other items. The event held annually in Stowe Park had a good turnout despite some rain. Photo by Katie Cauthen

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■ OBITUARIES Frances M. Pillow Loving mother and grandmother MOUNT HOLLY – Frances Moore Pillow, 88, of 1503 Old Highway 27, passed away on Wednesday, June 18, 2014. She was born in Gaston County, daughter of the late Harlan P. and Macie Hoffman Moore. She was a member of Catawba Heights Baptist Church and also attended Sandy F o r d Freewill Baptist Church. She was the owner and operator of Russell and Barron's Mobile Home Park. She was preceded in death by her husband J. Russell Pillow, a son Barron D. Pillow and a sister Bonnie M. Sherrill. She is survived by two sons, Melvin R. Pillow and Gene E. Pillow and wife Sandra; three foster daughters, Ruth De Bello and husGayle B. Suggs Loved the outdoors BELMONT – Mrs. Gayle Bennett Suggs, 75, 200 Oakcrest Drive, died peacefully Friday, June 20, 2014, after a brief illness, at Caromont Regional Medical Center, Gastonia. A native of Chattanooga, TN, she was the only daughter of the late Harold Frederick and Mary Francis Cahoon Bennett. She was the office manager for her husband’s dental practice for many years, R.B. Suggs Dentistry in Belmont, and a long-time member of First Baptist Church of Belmont. She loved to fish and the outdoor lifestyle at their home on Lake Wylie and beach home at Cherry Grove Beach. Survivors include her loving husband of fifty-six years, Dr. Robert B. Suggs of Belmont; daughter, Debbie Suggs of Belmont; sons and daughters-in-law, Robby and Andrea Suggs of Clemmons, NC and Scott

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band Fred of Morrill, Texas, Barbara Poteat of Charlotte and Betty Lou Rush and husband Jess of Knoxville, Tennessee; two grandsons, Edward and Chris Pillow; three granddaughters, Amanda and Kim Pillow and Melody Bruce; four great grandsons, Trevor Pillow, Dustin Whitaker, Justin Stickle and Austin Bruce; one great granddaughter Hailey Pillow; two step great granddaughters and one step great grandson. A service to celebrate the life of Mrs. Pillow was held 7pm Friday, June 20, at the Woodlawn Chapel of Woodlawn Funeral Home in Mount Holly. The family received friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Private family interment took place Saturday June 21, at Hillcrest Gardens Cemetery. Condolence messages may be sent to the family at Woodlawn Funeral Home in Mount Holly, NC is serving the family.

and Leah Suggs of Belmont; grandchildren, Lauren Suggs of Clemmons, John Suggs of Clemmons, Aaron Suggs of Mooresville, Cody Suggs of Pembroke, Chris Suggs of Belmont, stepgranddaughter Madison Faile of Belmont; a great granddaughter, Lily Suggs of Mooresville; and her loving dog, Katie Sue. A memorial service was conducted by the Rev. Joe Lawing at 2pm Tuesday, June 24, at South Point Baptist Church, Belmont. The family received friends in the church sanctuary from 12pm Tuesday. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to the Gaston Humane Society. P.O. Box 2334, Gastonia, NC 28053-2334 or to Goodwill Industries, 15810 Indianola Drive, Rockville, MD 20855. Online condolence messages may be sent and viewed at McLean Funeral Directors of Belmont was in charge of arrangements.

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Mary Frances Walters Loving mother and grandmother MOUNT HOLLY - Mary Frances Hall Walters, 84, passed away on Thursday, June 19, 2014. She was born in Gaston County, daughter of the late Shuford and Callie Hall. She was preceded in death by a brother Robert Hall and a sister Juanita Rumfelt. She was a lifelong member of Mount Holly Pentecostal Holiness Church. She was a volunteer at the Mount Holly CRO. She is survived by three children Cynthia S. Hooks and husband Nathan of Mount Holly, Jeff and Mark

Sample both of Rock Hill, SC; two step sons, Todd Walters of Indian Trail and Allen Walters of Virginia; three brothers, Arnold Hall, Luther Hall and wife Donnie, and Earl Hall and wife Betty; six grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. A service to celebrate the life of Mrs. Walters was held 11am Monday June 23, at the New Beginnings Church in Mount Holly with Rev. Mitch Carlyle officiating. Entombment followed the service at Hillcrest Gardens Cemetery. The family received friends from 6-8pm Sunday at Woodlawn Funeral Home in Mount Holly. Condolence messages may be sent to the family at Woodlawn Funeral Home in Mount Holly, NC served the family.

Belmont Police June 16: Jessica Nichole Gibson, OFA, DWLR, tag revoked, arrested by Officer M. Kelske, I-85 S. June 18: Michael Arron Nixon, simple poss. marijuana, equipment, paraphernalia, arrested by Officer K. Hall, Main St. June 18: Matthew Richard Howes, DWI, RDO, DWLR, altered tag, expired tag, arrested by Officer M. Kelske, Elm Tree at N. Main. June 18: Jon Anthony Mullis, FTA, DWI, arrested by Officer M. Kaiman, 201 Chronicle St. June 19: Matthew Howell Moore, RDO, NOL, fail to stay at scene of crash, arrested by Officer B. Pickert I-84N Exit 27. June 19: Devon Marquis Murray, DWLR, revoked

tag, arrested by Officer M. Kelske, 6750 Wilkinson Blvd. June 20: Marjorie Velasquez Aguilar, DWLR, arrested by Officer K. Seigler, 6846 Wilkinson Blvd. June 21: Bradley Anderson Montgomery, fighting, communicating threats, arrested by Officer K. Seigler, Alice Ave. June 21: Jimmy Ray Nixon, fighting, arrested by Officer K. Hall, Alice Ave. June 21: Shirley Nixon, fighting, arrested by Officer K. Hall, Alice Ave. June 22: Alejandro Guerra, drunk and disruptive, arrested by Officer K. Hall, 6750 Wilkinson Blvd. June 23: Elizabeth Hayes Iverson, communicating threats, arrested by Officer K. Seigler, 7008 Wilkinson Blvd.

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County Police Explorer Post to hold Family Day On Saturday, June 28, 2014 the Gaston County Police Department Explorer Post will hold a Family Day from 12:00pm to 4:30pm at Robert’s Retreat located at 440 Dover Rd. Kings Mountain, NC. During this event Explorers and their families will have a chance to socialize as well take part in demonstrations of police tactics to include traffic stops, robbery responses, and police K-9 operations. Youth ages 14 through 17 who are interested in law enforcement are also invited to attend with their families. These youth must RSVP no later than 5pm on Thursday June 26. For further information or to RSVP contact Officer Grant Kendall, Gaston County Police Department Explorer Post Advisor, at 704-866-3320 or by email at

First Tuesday program to feature sculpture Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden’s July First Tuesday program will feature a look behind the scenes of the Zimsculpt exhibition, which opens at the Garden on June 27. The program will be held at the Garden at noon on July 1. Joseph Croisette has been immersed in the art of Zimbabwe for 20 years, and as the curator and managing director of ZimSculpt, Croisette exhibits art all over the world. He’ll introduce you to the art of Shona stone sculpture and the Zimbabwean artists who will make the Garden their home this summer. First Tuesday and the exhibition is free with garden admission. Members admitted free, $12 adults, $11 seniors 60+, and $6 children 4-12. Guests are encouraged to bring a bag lunch.

Men from Lowell and Stanley were arrested in the most recent drug roundup in the Gaston County area. Local suspects include Rashawn Anthony McCorkle, 23, 410 Black Snake Road, Stanley. He was charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver Schedule III, sell and deliver controlled substance Schedule III. Bond set at $20,000 secured. Also, Billy Ray Putnam, Jr., 37, 1210 N. Main Street, Lowell, charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to manufacture Schedule II, possession of a controlled substance Schedule II, sell and deliver a controlled substance Schedule II. Bond set at $40,000 secured. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotic’s investigators, detectives, deputies and Catawba County Sheriff’s officers deployed throughout the county last Wednesday looking for 60 suspects involved in illegal drug activities. Teams of deputies were assigned a list of individuals from each of the three county districts identified in true bills of indictment handed down by the Lincoln County Grand Jury. The round-up got underway shortly after a briefing at

5 : 3 0 a.m. in the Harven A. Crouse Detent i o n Center. The 60 McCorkle offenders targeted in t h e roundup are facing a total of 2 0 6 felony d r u g Putnam charges. The suspects are street level and large scale traffickers and less than 25 percent are repeat offenders. They range in age from 15 to 67 years old.

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

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

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

Featured Church of the Week St. Anthony of Padua Traditional Catholic 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

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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Belmont Middle announces award winners

Hannon Orthodontics "Make A Difference" Award presented by Leanna London to Lexy Henson ( 6th grade) Sarah Neil (7th grade) and Ally Adams (8th grade)

Ann Helms Award - Madison Davis and Brandon Tudor

Al Hovis - Principal Award Victor Hernandez

Gadd Accelerated Reader Award - Jessica Helton

BMS BETA Club President John Deason presented a check to Laura Blaha with the Make A Wish Foundation for $600.

DAR Award - Ally Adams

Holder graduates NC State Summa Cum Luade Shannyn Ashley Holder, of Belmont, was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Textile Engineering, Summa Cum Laude at North Carolina State University’s commencement ceremony which was held May 10th. Shannyn achieved Valedictorian status with a 4.0-grade point average and earned the Phi Kappa Phi Golden Medallion. She was also honored with the John E. Reeves Award for service and proven leadership, the Engineering Medal and Scholars Medal. Shannyn was inducted into, participated in and graduated in the honor societies of Kappa Tau Beta, Phi Kappa Phi, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Order of 30 and 3, Delta Delta Sigma (DDS), Sigma Tau Sigma, and NCSU Scholars Program. She was Awarded 1st place in Textile Engineering Senior Design 2014. Her team was awarded Best in show overall Engineering Senior Design 2014 - out of 80+ engineering senior design teams competing. During her time at NSCU Shannyn became in-

volved with many organizations. One of her favorites was the Engineering Ambassadors program where she would meet with current and prospective students to help them learn about the opportunities available in the College of Engineering. Shannyn spent the spring semester of her sophomore year studying at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. During that time she took engineering classes and joined an organization called SHAWCO (Student’s Health and Welfare Centres Organisation), where she traveled to small villages in the outskirts of Cape Town helping to administer health care to local people. You can read about her adventures in a blog she wrote: “A Journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles” Shannyn joined in several Alternative Service Break trips during her time at NCSU. During her senior year, Shannyn and another student organized and led a group of 17 students to Belize on a service trip. It was truly amazing experience for her and the group. Shannyn had many accomplishments while attending NCSU. One of her greatest accomplishments was being part of the team of three that won First Place at the 2014 Senior Design Day in the College of Textiles and Best in Show overall

To emphasize the importance of academics in the athletic program the South Point athletic department established the South Point Academic All Conference Red Raider team. This team recognizes those who were All Conference in their sport but who have also maintained high academic standing during their sports season. For the 2014 season those honored were: Row 1 - Left to right: Chelsea Houser (volleyball), Madison Carr (golf), Madison Monteith (golf); row 2 - Left to right - Morgan Mahaffey (cross country), Jenna Rayfield (cross country), and Grace Russell (cross country).

in the College of Engineering for their design of a ‘Realistic Bite Sleeve for Canine Training’. This project was sponsored by the US Army Research Office in collaboration with the Materials Science and Engineering Department. The main purpose was to produce a design and create a prototype bite sleeve that mimics human skin but at the same time protects the handler and the canine. A test bite suit will be developed and tested that mimics the tactile sensation, puncture resistance, smell and taste of skin for military working dogcombat canine bite training. Shannyn will be working at the UNC School of Dentistry as a research assistant for the next year and then will attend Dental School in the fall of 2015.

Barnette Award - Ally Adams and Case Helton (Not pictured)

Howe attends leadership seminar Belmont resident and South Point High student Rachel Howe recently attended the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Seminar held at Winston-Salem State University. Howe joined more than100 other young high school leaders from the region. Each spring, select area high school sophomores from public and private schools convene at one of the 70 State Leadership Seminars across the country to recognize their leadership talents and apply them to becoming effective and ethical leaders. Student participants (known as HOBY Ambassadors), take part in hands on activities, meet leaders in their state, and explore their own personal leadership while learning how to to lead others and make a positive impact on their community. At the end of the seminars, HOBY Ambassadors are challenged to give back by serving at least 100 volunteer hours in their communities. Students who complete the Leadership for Service Challenge (L4S) within 12 months of their seminar are eligible for HOBY L4S Challenge Award and the President's Volunteer Service Award. Alumni who log 4,000 hours of service receive the President’s Call to Service from HOBY. To date, HOBY Ambassadors have performed over 3 million hours of volunteer service.

Chris Wylie Award - Richelle Liggayu

Mims graduates The Citadel Christopher Adams Mims of Mount Holly graduated as a member of The Citadel's Class of 2014 as a member of the S.C. Corps of Cadets. The class is the largest graduating class in recent memory with degree candidates including 493 cadets, 5 veteran cadets, 13 active duty, and 8 veteran day students, as well as 324 graduates from the evening program who will receive master's, specialist and undergraduate degrees. The total number of graduates is 872.

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Belmont Yards of the Month for May 2014

LAWSUIT: against City still pending From page 1A two officers involved in the pursuit. The family is asking for compensation for Deitz's funeral and hospital expenses as well as loss of income and companionship. The exact amount has yet to be determined. The city turned down the request, one that Deitz says is not about money, but about continuing the effort to have more modifications to Belmont's police pursuit methods put in place such as using spike strips to deflate a suspect's tires. Tucker went back to the council again recently during the public comment portion of that body's monthly meeting. One part of her 1,400 word statement said“I hope you know that recently we offered to drop our

suit in exchange for your agreement to reform Belmont’s police practices,” she told the council. “Surely your city manager told you that? I assume you also know that the offer was not made on a 'take it or leave it' basis. We were willing to sit down with you and talk about our proposals. We were willing to work out mutually agreeable reforms. So, why did the city respond to our offer as it did? Why did you flatly refuse to consider any of our proposals? If you had at least considered our request, you would have opened the dialogue we have been seeking for over two years. Between us we might have arrived at an agreement—perhaps not achieving all the changes our family would like to see, but at least taking a few positive steps.

We want to think you are reasonable people. We’d rather not think that you turned down our offer just to spite us. So we conclude that you turned us down because you believe that the way the Belmont Police currently operate is best for the city.” City manager Barry Webb referred questions about the lawsuit to attorney Scott Maclachie. “The city's position is that (police) Chief Franklin, after the tragic accident, implemented changes to the pursuit policy that far exceed those of other law enforcement agencies in the region. For example, pursuit of vehicles is no longer initiated over minor traffic violations.” For now, the lawsuit remains in place with no pending court dates.

1006 Assembly Street, Rick Lee & Christine Ward

2040 Middleton Farm Road, Brian & Melissa Robinson

2507 Shannon Drive

COUNCIL: adopts Belmontʼs annual budget From page 1A expenditures. The current tax rate of 47.5 cents per $100 of valuation will remain the same. Total valuation exceeded one billion dollars at $1,141,000,000. For FY20142015, a five dollar Vehicle Tax will be levied for any vehicle resident of the city. City Manager Barry Webb praised employees at all levels for their efforts. City workers will receive a pay raise. “I would certainly credit all of our department heads for helping to keep the operational budgets in line for the 20142015 budget year so that we could include a salary adjustment for all of our employees,” said Webb. “At the Council’s planning retreat this past Janu-

ary, the Council has set a goal of addressing employee wages in the 2014-2015 budget to the degree it could be done within budgetary constraints. Due to the work of the departments in putting together their budget and to some cost offsets that we were able to achieve with some of our employee benefit programs, Council was able to include a three percent salary adjustment within the new budget, the first adjustment of any type in two years. I would also particularly credit the work done by Finance Director Michelle Davis in working with the departments during the budget process and developing a set of figures that allowed us to achieve the goals we had going into the process.” Water and sewer rates for FY2014-2015 will have a mini-

mum charge of $13.75 for 2,000 gallons or less inside city limits and $27.14 minimum for the same amount outside city limits. Sewer rates for 2,000 gallons or less inside city limits will be minimum charge of $15.62 and outside city limits will be minimum of $31.24. Construction water from a city hydrant will be $100 for initial use of hydrant and meter and $34.80 for each 1,000 gallons or any part thereof from the hydrant. A variety of fees for FY20142015 were also set in the budget. Several fees went up by a few dollars from last year's budget. For instance, single family residence variance request increased from $300 to $306. Fee schedules can be seen at the City of Belmont website, click on “Finance Department”.

4013 Lake Ridge Drive

Caldwell Banker – Mecca Realty, Eric Clay

Classified Ads Home for Sale or Rent MOBILE HOMES AND APARTMENTS FOR RENT IN KINGS MOUNTAIN-Prices starting at $100/week. Call 704-739-4417 or (evening) 704739-1425. (tfn) SMALL KM HOUSE FOR RENT. 1 BR & 1 BA on Duke St. $320/mo + $320 deposit. Call: 828446-4985. (tfn) HOUSE FOR RENT IN CHERRYVILLE -2BR, 1BA, central heat & AC. includes stove, r e f r i g e r a t o r, washer, dryer, and storage building. $450 per month. Deposit required. Referenced required. Call 704435-8750 and leave message. (6/04,11,18 & 25) 2 BR, 1 BA Apartment, Sunset Rd., Cherryville. $350 rent; $350 deposit. Call (980) 2414510. (6/25 & 7/02) GROVER- NEWLY REMODELED, 3 BR, 1 BA in quiet & friendly neighborh o o d . $775/mo+sec, deposit. No smoking, no pets. Call or text for photos 803-322-0099. (6/25) CHERRYVILLE AREA: Two bedroom, one bath duplex apt. Appliances furnished, washer and dryer hookups. Water, sewer, lawn maint. included. $500 per month. Deposit

and reference required. Call (704) 813-2425. (6/25) Commercial Space for Rent BUILDINGS FOR RENT – (1) = 600 sq. ft. and (1) = 1600 sq.ft. Both Heated & A/C with Bath. 435 N. Piedmont Ave., KM. Call 704-739-2353 or 704-418-3848. ( 6/25 & 7/02). Land for Sale CREDIT NO PROBLEM, OWNER WILL FINANCE with LOW DOWN PAYMENT, lots in Gaston, Cleveland, Rutherford and Cherokee Co., some with water & septic. Call Bryant Realty at 704-5679836 or yantrea l t y . o r g . (6/04,11,18,25) Pets FREE CATS – Have 5 CATS to give away. Please save them from the pound. 1 female adult, 3 female and 1 male kittens. Call after 5 pm at 704-4184935. Ask for April. Wanted to Buy CASH ON THE SPOT! Will buy tools, riding lawnmowers, furniture or building full of merchandise, pictures or anything of value. Will also buy musical instruments. Call: 704-

300-0827 or 704300-7676. (6/18, 25) Auto for Sale AUTO FOR SALE 2006 Chevy Uplander Utility Van; mileage: 167,000. Call (704) 4358928 between 9 am -5 pm Tuesday through Friday; 9 am – 2 pm Saturday.


HUGE 3 KM FAMILIES YARD SALE – 307 Reliance Road on Sat., June 28th. 7 am – 11:30 am. A variety of items for everyone. MOVING SALE, 155 Mozelle Rd., Cherryville, N.C., now through July 4th weekend. Open at 8 a.m., closes at 4 p.m. 1989 Jeep Wrangler, antiques and collectibles, Harley-Davidson coat and boots. More! Too much to list! GARAGE SALE – 115 Stonewood Estates Dr., Cherryville. Saturday, June 28th. 8 am – 12 (noon). HUGE KM YARD SALE – 3 DAYS, Thurs., June 26th, Fri., June 27th, Sat., June 28th. 8 am – Until. 107 Plantation Dr. (White

Plains Development) Elementary classroom materials (bulletin board, baskets & misc. supplies) Plus size Women’s, Big Mens, Adults, Girl’s & Boy’s Clothing, Shoes (Children’s & Adult’s), pocketbooks, twin beds, Misc. household items, small appliances and lots more of good stuff. KM ESTATE SALE – Fri., June 27th & Sat., June 28th. 7 am – Until. 714 Williams St. (Take Bus. 74 which is King St.- Turn onto Edgemont (beside hospital), then right on Williams St.) Antiques, Twin Beds, 4 Tables, set of 4 metal ice cream chairs, wardrobe, various chairs, fire screen, lamps, old clocks, watches, pictures, china, silver, decorative items, fabric rolls, books, window treatments, tablecloths, pillows and much more. KM YARD SALE – Sat., June 28th, 7 am – 1 pm. 906 Monroe Ave. Lots to Sell. Including – (2) Twin Beds, “1949” Bedroom Suite, “1956” Chrome Dinette Suite, “1950’s” Metal Porch Furniture, Lift Chair, Wheel Chairs, Mandolin & More. 5 BELMONT FAMILIES YARD SALE – 121 Pratt Street, Sat., June 28th . 8 am – Until.

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Legals STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF GASTON NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND DEBTORS Having qualified on the 11th day of June as Administratrix of the Estate of Dorothy Gwendolene Lyman, AKA: Gwendolene Sisk Lyman, deceased, of Gaston County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons, firms, and corporations having claims against the estate of said deceased to exhibit them to the undersigned Sandra Long. Administratrix, on or before the 25th day of September, 2014, or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons, firms, and corporations indebted to the said estate will please make immediate payment to the undersigned. This the 25th day of June, 2014. Sandra Long, Administratrix Estate of Dorothy Gwendolene Lyman; aka: Gwendolene Sisk Lyman 2221 Acme Rd., Belmont, NC 28012 BN10575 (6/25, 7/02, 09,16/14 )

STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF GASTON NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND DEBTORS Having qualified on the 20th day of June as Administrator of the Estate of Joanna Kathlenna McCurry, deceased, of Gaston County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons, firms, and corporations having claims against the estate of said deceased to exhibit them to the undersigned Billy Ray McCurry. Administrator, on or before the 25th day of September, 2014, or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons, firms, and corporations indebted to the said estate will please make immediate payment to the undersigned. This the 25th day of June, 2014. Billy Ray McCurry, Administrator Estate of Joanna Kathleena McCurry 115 Red Fox Ct., Mt. Holly, NC 28120 BN10576 (6/25, 7/02, 09,16/14

STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF GASTON NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND DEBTORS Having qualified on the 5th of June as Executor of the Estate of Geneva Abernathy, aka: Mamie Geneva Abernathy, deceased, of Gaston County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons, firms, and corporations having claims against the estate of said deceased to exhibit them to the undersigned Herman E. Parnell, Executor, on or before the 18th day of September, 2014, or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons, firms, and corporations indebted to the said estate will please make immediate payment to the undersigned. This the 18th day of June, 2014. Herman E. Parnell, Executor Estate of: Geneva Abernathy, aka: Mamie Geneva Abernathy 102 Fairway Drive Belmont, NC 28012 BN10574 (6/18, 25/14 & 7/02, 09/14)

STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF GASTON NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND DEBTORS Having qualified on the 3rd day of June as Executor of the Estate of Bernice Bramwell, aka: Bernice Beatty Bramwell, deceased, of Gaston County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons, firms, and corporations having claims against the estate of said deceased to exhibit them to the undersigned Charles A. Bramwell. Executor, on or before the 11th day of September, 2014, or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons, firms, and corporations indebted to the said estate will please make immediate payment to the undersigned. This the 11th day of June, 2014. Charles A. Bramwell, Executor Estate of: Bernice Bramwell, aka: Bernice Beatty Bramwell 117 Colvard Drive, Gastonia, NC 28056 BN10573 (6/11,18,25& 7/02/14 )

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Jumping rope is fun and it is good exercise. It is a workout for your legs, your arms and your cardiovascular system (your heart and lungs)! Jumping rope is a sport you can do almost anywhere! Try it – you’ll LOVE it!

It pumps blood to all parts of your body. It works all the time, even when you’re sleeping. Think about how you would make other muscles in your body strong, such as your arm or leg muscles. Exercise, followed by rest and good eating habits, is the key to a strong muscle and a healthy treasure chest.

Real hearts don’t look much like Valentine hearts. Inside the treasure chest is a picture of a real heart. The tubes that stick out from the heart are the arteries and veins that carry blood to and from all parts of your body. Arteries carry blood from your heart to your body, to deliver oxygen. Veins carry the blood, minus oxygen, back to your heart. To find out the size of your heart, make a fist with one hand. This is about the size of your heart.

To find it, read each food item at right and pick the one that is lowest in saturated fat. Then color the letter of that choice on the grid and discover the hidden treasure!

Foods high in saturated fat add cholesterol to your blood. Too much cholesterol can be bad for your heart. It can cause the arteries that bring blood to your heart to clog up.

Which animal has the fastest heart rate? To find out, draw a line to match the heart parts. The number inside the matched parts tells how many times that animal’s heart beats in one minute.

Your heart needs exercise, just like all of the other muscles in your body. The faster you move, the faster your heart beats. Exercising for a while every day is good for the heart. Place two fingers on the inner side of your left wrist. Do you feel a little jump? This is the blood from your heart going to your hand. You can feel that jump every time your heart beats. This is called your pulse. Jump up and down 10 times. Is your pulse faster or slower?

1. W: whole milk, N: skim milk, G: low-fat milk 2. P: baked fish, Q: fried chicken 3. E: muffin, S: doughnut, R: bagel 4. U: 2 tsp. of margarine, K: 2 tsp. of butter, A: 2 tsp. of cream cheese 5. X: baked potato, B: French fries, 6. O: a slice of pepperoni pizza, D: a slice of cheese pizza 7. T: quarter pound cheeseburger, I: plain roast beef (3 oz) sandwich, J: fried fish sandwich 8. F: mayonnaise, C: mustard, V: low-calorie mayonnaise 9. L: ice cream, M: apple pie, H: low-fat frozen yogurt


Look through the newspaper for pictures or letters that make rhymes. Find 10 or more rhyming pairs. Glue each word or picture onto a 3 by 5 card to make a deck of word cards. Play a game of Go Fish! with your cards.

Make a Heart Smart poster. Draw a big heart. Look through the newspaper for pictures of heart eart smart exercises ses or foods. Glue ue them onto the hee heart.

How fast can you find all of the letters of the alphabet in order? Standards Link: Reading Comprehension: Follow simple written directions.

Find the words in the puzzle, then in this week’s Kid Scoop stories and activities. H E H A L R T A H D E E Y E A D R H E S X S R T A T O T G T E L E U E R A O O A R U E R S R T T L E C P I G U A S S C B I E E T A A E I



ANSWER: They don’t like to play near the net.

ou have a treasure chest with you every day. Inside your chest, there is a treasure that keeps you alive. It is your heart. Your heart is in the middle of your chest, a little to the left. Put your hand on your chest and be very still. Can you feel your heart beating? Your heart is actually a muscle, a very strong muscle.

This week’s word:

RATE The noun rate means the amount of something measured in units. Jane walked at a rate of three miles per hour on her way to school. Try to use the word rate in a sentence today when talking with your friends and family members.

What do you like to do to exercise your heart?

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