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Volume 78 • Issue 27 • Wednesday, July 10, 2013

INSIDE... Tate achieves high ranks at national Jr. rodeo . . . 8A This week marks 97 years since record flood . . . 3A Meditation . . .


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Nixon to be inducted into MH Sports Hall of Fame Photo by Alan Hodge

South Main Cycles owner Steve Pepitone (center) was not only instrumental in the development of Rocky Branch Park, he and several of his friends were on hand for the recent grand opening ceremony.

Bike Park up and running in Belmont By Alan Hodge

Belmont’s new Rocky Branch Mountain Bike Park opened last week and considering the fact that is was done mainly with volunteer labor and free land is one of the city’s best park and recreation deals ever. Belmont Mayor Pro Tem Ron Foulk spoke at the grand opening. “I am proud to be here with those of you who gave of your time and talent to develop

By Kathy Blake

Rocky Branch, the park that was developed without a formal budget,� said Foulk. “People working together can do great things when there is a shared vision and determination to make that vision happen.� The new park is located just a few minutes from downtown Belmont at the end of W. Woodrow and has a couple of miles of single-track trails for biking and running. It weaves through the forest and across a creek. The city had 28 acres there that was not being used and the adjacent property owner,

Virginia Feimster, is allowing the city to use her 12 acres to expand the site to a 40-acre park. The idea for the park came about after a conversation between Belmont Assistant City Manager Adrian Miller and Belmont Police Cpl. Doug Huffstetler concerning the unused, wooded section of city-owned property on W. Woodrow and its potential as a biking/hiking trail. Miller and Huffstetler shared their thoughts on a bike park with See BIKE PARK, 5A

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If the mother ever did sleep, her youngest daughter didn’t see it. There always was too much for Sarah Nixon to do, with her newspaper writing and volunteer work, raising four children and hand-sewing their clothes. “She would go to sleep after she put us to bed, and she would get up before we got up,� Murray Nixon, 55, said. “My mother was never sick, never had a headache. You never saw her on the couch dozing during the day. She was in the kitchen a lot, and always cooked from scratch for us.� Sarah Nixon, 90, spent a lifetime doing for others. Her resume lists nearly five decades of composing newspaper stories about people and events that shaped Mount Holly, and nearly seven decades of volunteer service to help shape the world. She still belongs to two circles at her

The times, and Brooks new newspapers sure SP principal have changed Educator has roots in Gaston County Dave Blanton Staff writer


Council adopts 2013-14 budget The Belmont city council adopted the 2013-2014 budget on June 20, 2013. The total budget, including the General Fund, Water and Sewer Fund, Stormwater Fund, and Tourism Fund, is $13,973,250. This total amount is 3.7% higher than the 2012-2013 budget, and most of this increase is in the Water and Sewer Fund. The General Fund projects revenue to increase 3.31% from the 2012-2013 budget to $8,424,750. Property tax rate will remain at $0.475 per $100 of valuation and a total property valuation of approximately $1,117,000,000. General Fund expenditures are also projected to increase by 3.31% from the 2012-2013 budget to $8,424,750. The largest share of increase in expenditures comes from personnel costs, which accounts for 57.06% of the total proposed budget. There is no salary increase for city employees in the budget and no new positions created in the budget. The increase in personnel costs See COUNCIL, 6A

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Friends Terri Grier Smith (left) of Belmont and Vivian Suber of Charlotte were in the Banner News office recently and found some interesting reading in the archival volumes that illustrated the evolution of race relations in our country. ALAN HODGE

“It was really interesting to see that back then we had one little section in the Belmont Banner.� That’s what Terri Grier Smith, 51, of Belmont said after she leafed through the 1945 Banner archival volume on file at the BannerNews office and ran across examples of the columns titled “Colored News� that were a regular feature in that paper as well as the Mount Holly News. Smith’s friend, Vivian Suber, 57, was also taken aback by the section

in the old papers devoted to goings on in the local African-American community. “I had never actually read newspapers with articles named Colored News,� she said. “I was amazed.� The oldest bound volumes of the Belmont Banner and Mount Holly News in existence date back to 1945. The others were lost in a fire many years ago. Over the course of several decades, both the Banner and News ran the Colored News column until changing social attitudes saw it fade into the pages of See NEWSPAPERS, 5A

Describing herself as a hard worker who is “excited to be a Red Raider,â€? Glynis Brooks is South Point High School’s new principal. The Gaston County native, whose career in education began in the late 1980s at Mt. Airy Senior High, comes to South Point from Southwest Middle School, where she served as principal for five years. Brooks said in a recent interview that she plans to spend the first few weeks getting settled and making some fresh goals. “I’ll spend some time to learn the school ‌ and get to know the staff, the kids and the community,â€? said Brooks, whose interests outside of work include church, baking, reading and family. She also describes herself as a big fan of old Westerns. “I’ve seen hundreds and hundreds of them. It’s my favorite kind of movie. And ‘Gunsmoke.’ If it’s on, I’m definitely watching it.â€? The seasoned teacher and administrator is a 1981 Hunter Huss High School graduate who, although she left Gaston County to attend college and graduate school, says she knew she always wanted to work in the area she considers home. Brooks earned a degree in business administration from

Glynis Brooks the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She then completed a master’s degree in school administration at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C. After a two-year stint in Surry County where she taught marketing education – her first teaching job – Brooks returned to her old stomping ground to teach the same subject at former rival Ashbrook High School. And she’s remained within the Gaston County School System ever since. The next step for Brooks was to work in administration. In 2001 she became the assistant principal at Woodhills Elementary. The next year she moved to Bessemer City Primary School (K-2), where she had her first turn as principal. Brooks then moved to the assistant principal spot at East Gaston High School. In 2005 she returned to Woodhills to take that school’s top job. “One of my goals was to return to high school See BROOKS, 5A


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■ OBITUARIES Denise Diane Mayfield Burgess U.S. Air Force veteran MOUNT HOLLY Denise Diane Mayfield Burgess, 51, 1513 Joy Anne Court, died Thursday, July 4, 2013. She was born in Forsyth County and gradua t e d f r o m E a s t Lincoln H i g h School in Denver, NC, a n d King’s Business College in Charlotte. She was a U.S. Air Force Veteran. She is survived by her parents, Alonzo and Nina Mayfield of Stanley; one son, Dominick Alan Burgess of Mount Holly; one daughter, Sarah Kaitlin Burgess of Mount Holly; three sisters, Tammy M. Laub and husband Kenneth of Stanley,

George Milton “June” Howe Loved sailing and playing golf CHARLOTTE– George Milton “June” Howe Jr, 69, died July 1, 2013 at home. He was a native of McAdenville; son of the late George Milton Howe, Sr. and Mary Sue Lineberger Howe Stell, brother to the l a t e Mary R u t h Howe. H e gradua t e d f r o m Charlotte Country Day School in 1962, and from UNCChapel Hill in 1966 with a B.S. in Business Administration. He worked his entire career at Knitcraft, Inc. becoming President in 1988; served as member of the Board of Directors at Knitcraft, Inc., Beltex Corporation, and Swag-Nit, Inc.; served as President of the Howe Foundation; served as a Board Member of both the R.L. Stowe Family YMCA and the METRO Board of the Gaston County Family YMCA system. He was a member and leader in the First Presbyterian Church, Belmont, where he served as a Deacon, Elder and longtime member of the Adult Choir; he also served on the Finance Committee of the Presbytery of Western North Carolina. June loved the outdoors especially sailing and playing golf. He also enjoyed participating in the theatre arts as a member of numerous casts. In his later years, he spent countless hours loving and looking after his precious grandchil-

Lora M. Jones and husband Mike of Mount Holly, and Patricia Goshorn of Stanley; one brother, Timothy M. Mayfield of Mount Holly; and a number of loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grand-nephews. A memorial service to celebrate the life of Ms. Burgess will be held 6:00 pm Thursday, July 11, 2013, at the Woodlawn Chapel of Woodlawn Funeral Home in Mount Holly. Family will receive friends immediately following the service at the funeral home and at other times will be at the home of Tammy and Kenneth Laub, 165 Heathergate Lane, Stanley, NC. Memorials may be made to the Tri-County Animal Rescue, P.O. Box 483, Alexis, NC 28006.

dren. He is survived by his loving wife, Terry Doty Howe; daughter, Leah Howe Cupp and husband, John, Gastonia; son George Milton “Trip” Howe III and wife, Stefhanie, London, England; sister Susan Howe Haynes and husband, Donald, Statesville; brothers, Samuel Lineberger Howe and wife, Stasia, Greensboro, Andrew Gullick Howe and wife, Bobbie, and William James Howe, Belmont; grandchildren, Kathryn O’Neil Cupp, Mary Claire Cupp, Jane Holton Cupp, George William Oates Howe, and Harrison James Milton Howe; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. The family would like to express its sincerest gratitude to the staff and physicians at Metrolina Nephrology Associates of Charlotte for many years of excellent care through the years. The Funeral was at 11:00 am on Friday, July 5 at First Presbyterian Church, Belmont, Rev. Sam Warner officiating. Visitation followed in the church’s gathering area. Interment was private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund, PO Box 1, Belmont, NC 28012 or to the Polycystic Kidney Foundation, Charlotte Chapter, 8704 Taunton Drive, Huntersville, NC 28078. Condolence messages may be sent and viewed at McLean Funeral Directors of Belmont was in charge of arrangements.

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Cora Lea Mullis Loving wife and mother Charlotte- Cora Lea Laughter Mullis, 80, 2317 Belmeade Drive, passed away on Monday, July 1, 2013. She was born in Spindale, NC, daughter of the l a t e Henry a n d Mary Foster Laughter. She was preceded in death by four sisters, Gladys Baker, Dorothy Correll, Helen Foard, Jackie Steen; and one brother, Harvey Laughter. She is survived by her husband Burette Franklin “Doc” Mullis; two daughters, Vicki Teresa Mullis of Charlotte and Deborah R. Aguirre and husband David of Belmont; two sons, Frank


and Jeffrey Mullis both of Charlotte; three grandchildren, Carla Mullis of Boone, Steven Mullis of Ridgeville, SC and Christopher Aguirre of Belmont; one sister, Ailene Friday of Stanley; two brothers, Franklin Laughter of Concord and Donald Laughter of Tennessee. A service to celebrate the life of Mrs. Mullis was held 3pm Friday, July 5, 2013, at the Woodlawn Chapel of Woodlawn Funeral Home in Mount Holly. Burial followed at Hillcrest Gardens Cemetery. The family received friends from 1-3pm Friday at the funeral home. Condolence messages may be left at Woodlawn Funeral Home in Mount Holly served the family.

Curtis Lee Presley U.S. Army Air Force veteran Gastonia- Curtis Lee Presley, 93, passed away on Tuesday, July 2, 2013. He was born in Union County, son of the late Fulton and Lillie Starnes Presley. He was p r e ceded in death by his wife Edith Hester Presley, a son Jerry Presley, two sisters Lola Little and Helen Bland, three brothers Frank, Truett, and Deward Presley. He was a WWII US Army Air Force veteran. He attended North Belmont Church of God and was a member of the Mount Holly Lions Club. He is survived by a son, George Presley and wife Linda of Springwood; one sister, Betty Murphy of Mount Holly; three brothers, Houston Presley of North Belmont, Brady Presley of


Police investigate peeping case Belmont landlord is charged with secretly videotaping tenant. More charges may follow. Belmont Police arrested a local landlord in connection with a complaint that he had set up a video camera and recorded one of his tenants. Belmont Police Chief Charlie Franklin said that officers responded to a complaint from a North Street resident that she had found a video camera hooked up in her bedroom. Officers traced the camera back to an out building next to the victim’s residence. The outbuilding belonged to the victim’s landlord, Mickey Cook of 603 North St. When officers received consent to search the outbuilding they found a TV monitor that was connected to the camera by wire. Police also found a VCR recording device, several floppy disks along with pornographic material. Officers then conducted a

search of Cook’s residence and found several videotapes along with a computer believed to be linked to the crime. “Crimes like this are disturbing,” Franklin said. “People should not have to fear being recorded in their homes. Anyone caught doing something like this in Belmont will be prosecuted.” According to Franklin, Belmont officers interviewed Cook about the incident. “When our officers talked to him he basically admitted to hooking up the camera and watching his tenant.” At this time police only have enough evidence to charge Cook with the misdemeanor charge of Secret Peeping. Chief Franklin said that the investigation is ongoing.

“We are going to look at the videotapes, the computer and any other evidence we have,” he said. “At that time we will determine if other

charges are warranted.” Cook was placed in the Gaston County jail under a $2,500 secured bond.

Goins formally indicted East Gaston High wrestling coach Gary “Scott” Goins was formally indicted by the grand jury last week in connection to alleged sexual misconduct with students. The indictments included two charges of statutory rape and two counts of sexual activity with a student by a coach. Goins was arrested on June 5 and charged with 14 counts of indecent liberties with a child and one of statutory rape. Two counts of crimes against nature were later added. The alleged in-

cidents took place between 1999 and 2004. The accusers were juveniles and on the East Gaston wrestling team at the time.

CaroMont Medical Group, Cigna join forces Cigna and CaroMont Medical Group, a multi-specialty network of 44 physician practices within five counties and two states, have launched a collaborative accountable care initiative to improve patient access to health care, enhance care coordination, and achieve the “triple aim” of improved health, affordability and patient experience. Collaborative accountable care is Cigna’s approach to accomplishing the same population health goals as accountable care organizations, or ACOs. The program will benefit more than 3,000

individuals covered by a Cigna health plan who receive care from CaroMont physicians. Consumers benefit from improved care coordination and greater emphasis on preventive care. Primary care doctors are rewarded for improving patient health and lowering medical costs. The program includes registered nurse care coordinators aligned with Cigna case managers “This is a win-win-win for all of us – CaroMont Health, Cigna and our patients,” said Dr. Randall Gehle, D.O., CaroMont Family Medicine. “Car-

oMont and Cigna can synergistically empower our 17 Level 3 National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) recognized primary care practices to further enhance comprehensive well care and primary prevention to our patients. Patients benefit from more streamlined services using shared technology to better care for patients in a timely fashion and save everyone precious health care dollars; this is the future of medicine.” “Cigna welcomes CaroMont Medical Group as we continue to expand our successful collaborative ac-

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Yard sale to benefit Children’s Miracle Network A group yard sale is planned for Saturday, July 13, from 8 a.m. to noon. Location is 130 S. Main St., Mount Holly; Stowe Insurance parking lot, beside BB&T. Household items, baby items, clothing, house plants and more will be for sale. The sale benefits Mount Holly’s Outstanding Little Miss Queens and Children’s Miracle Network.

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Easley, SC, and Wade Presley of Hope, Arkansas; two grandchildren, Sharon Huffstetler and husband Gary of Gastonia and Chris Davidson and husband Jerry of Gastonia; three great grandchildren, Thomas Vella Jr., Jennifer Hill, and Emily Davidson; daughter in law, Nancy Presley and longtime friend Jim Raper. A service to celebrate the life of Mr. Presley was held 11am Friday, July 5, 2013, at the Woodlawn Chapel of Woodlawn Funeral Home in Mount Holly with Rev. Carl Overton officiating. Entombment followed at Gaston Memorial Park Mausoleum. The family received friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Condolence messages may be left at Woodlawn Funeral Home in Mount Holly served the family.

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This week marks anniversary of devastating flood By Sarah Gibson Special to the Banner News

This very week 97 years ago, weather patterns in the North Carolina Mountains kick-started a series of events that led to the worst natural catastrophe in the history of Belmont and Mount Holly. On Monday July 10, 1916, two category four hurricanes merged in the Blue Ridge Mountains and combined to produce torrential downpours that broke all previous 24-hour rainfall records. Rain hit the Charlotte area Monday afternoon and continued to fall virtually without ceasing at a rate of one inch per hour onto dry soil, conditions which assured that by Sunday the Catawba had swelled 22 feet and was rising an average of one foot an hour. Panicked rumors began to buzz among the locals that bridges were collapsing and by the afternoon of Sunday the July16th, they proved true. Flooding happened violently and abruptly, submerging entire neighborhoods and tearing down every railroad and highway bridge crossing the Catawba and South Fork rivers. A bend in the northeastern section of the Catawba spilled over with

such force that it ripped open the earth, revealing the skeletons, earthenware pots, and weaponry of a Native American burial ground. Homes along the riverside were swept away, and many small towns and villages in the region were left without access to electricity, running post, or much needed supplies. The streets of the Harden community were swirling with torrential rivers that evoked images of Venetian canals, and the filthy waters that had flooded Harden’s Mills were nine and a half feet deep. Charlotte’s formidable Mountain Island Manufacturing Company was ripped to shreds, with damage to the company totaling over $350,000 dollars. Even more expenses were accrued in lost merchandise when 1,000 cotton bales were swept out of storage and into the flood. Local boys risked their lives in the torrential downpour when the company offered a small reward for each safely returned bale. The most remarkable tragedy of this flood however, was the Catawba River railroad trestle catastrophe, in which 19 rail workers attempting to fortify the structure with cables and timbers were swept

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into the flood rapids when the trestle collapsed underneath them. Historians Robert F. Cope and Manly Wade Wellman claim that “for a moment [the trestle] seemed to sail like a raft; then it broke to pieces. Agonized watchers saw the workmen gulped down by the great foamy deluge”. The drowning men clung to floating debris to keep from

going under, and in a stirring act of courage, two African American men navigated a rowboat through the floodwaters and saved six of the 19 workmen. Peter Stowe, an elderly gentleman and former slave, and Fons Ross, a neighbor of Stowe’s who worked flipping signs at railroad crossings, prepared for the endeavor by making use of

a uniquely designed flatbottomed boat, and praying on their knees before setting out. Upon return, the heroic pair were commended by the city and awarded $500 by the Charlotte Observer for their life-saving efforts. Despite the immense damage done to property and people’s lives during the flood, effective rebuilding strategies and an atti-

tude of resilience ensured that Belmont’s five mills were quickly reopened and ready to fill war orders to following year. In addition, The Duke Power company and other mills in the area began to plan their dams and artificial lakes with flood control in mind, ensuring that the flood of 1916 was never to be relived.

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and Community Association, for 20 years; * Was a 4-H leader, and involved her four children in 4-H activities. She also took her daughters to dance and piano lessons. Nixon bought herself a manual typewriter and taught herself to use it. For her 75th birthday, her children bought her a computer. “Momma worked from home a lot and went into the office maybe one day a week, and she would take us with her in the summers,” Murray Nixon said. “So, she was always there. Between

her and my dad, when it came to us kids, they were always there.” Roy Nixon, who died in 2002, worked for McClure Lumber Company until he retired in 1980. “They loved retirement,” Murray Nixon said. “They gardened, and mom canned and froze. And to this day, she still crochets a lot. She makes baby afghans for all the nieces and nephews.” Her favorite part about the newspaper business, Sarah Nixon said, was doing feature stories about people, fascinating people. “That’s

the main thing I enjoyed, giving a little bit of credit to the ones who are behind the winners, the ones who may have missed out on the top awards,” she said. “I think that may be why people liked what I was writing. If you’re interested in life around you, you’ll be fine.” But if you ask Sarah Nixon about her greatest accomplishment, she doesn’t mention anything about a job, or writing, or traveling, or organizing. “I guess my four children and my marriage are my greatest accomplishment,”


anything.” She called Mason Rodchurch, drives her own car, den, editor of the Mount and can repair anything that Holly News, and asked him will succumb to a hammer to use her stories in his and Phillips head screw- paper, if she included Lucia driver. She lives in the same and Riverbend news. It was home she and her husband, the start of 44 years with the Roy, built 60 years ago, just News. On Nixon’s birthday over the county line from that year, 1959, she wrote her first-ever feature story – Stanley. “When I look back, my a piece on the police chief’s mom was very frugal. She wife. “If you talk to anyone could stretch a dime,” Murray Nixon said. “She gave about me, they’ll remember awards to the high school, the ‘Personally Mentioned’ sent lunches to people at my column, but I ended up as dad’s office who couldn’t af- news editor and did the ford it … she just did it. She whole paper between edididn’t want attention or tors. I did everything,” she glory; she just felt it was her said, “sports, city council, gift that the Lord put her everything for years and here to do. She is a very lov- years, until I retired about five years ago.” ing friend and mother.” Among Nixon’s accomSarah Nixon is most known for the newspaper plishments: * Forty-four years with part, the one role in her life the Mount Holly News, as that caught her by surprise. Editor, then After graduating from Society Mount Holly High School in Women’s Editor, and 42 1940, she found work on years as author of the ‘Perthird shift at Stowe Thread sonally Mentioned’ column; * General News reporter, Mill, during World War II. She married Roy Nixon in covering civic organizations, 1947, on her 24th birthday, clubs, schools, sports, and the couple had four chil- church news, and 30 years of dren – Clifton (1950), Susan City Council meetings. (“It (1952), Kathy (1955) and was like watching the city’s Miriam, a.k.a. Murray history unfold,” she said.) * Worked four years as a (1958). She always liked newspa- writer for the Mountain Ispers and subscribed to the land Monitor; * Was president of the old Charlotte News and Carolina Press Mount Holly News and read North Women’s Association, which them front to back. When Sarah Nixon was met annually at the Carolina 34, a gentleman named Guy Inn in Chapel Hill; * Joined a Home DemonLeedy came to call. Leedy was publisher of stration Club (now Extenand Community the Lincoln Times and Lin- sion coln County News, and he Association) in Gaston was looking for a writer. “He County in April 1947, starthad been to the old Lowe’s ing a 64-year span of volunhardware store, and someone teer work to help women, suggested he come talk to children and families in come. I don’t know why they operation with the North told him that,” Nixon said. Carolina Family and Con“Maybe because I was active sumer Sciences Department and U.S. Department of in the community.” It was 1957, and Leedy Agriculture. She traveled as sat on Nixon’s couch and a delegate to conferences in talked about community cor- Africa, the Netherlands, TasSubmission of news“When items and social respondence. he notesmania and Australia; * Helped organize the came to call that morning, he gave me a stack of paper, Mount Holly Extension and Association and he said to use all I Community Letters and to the to Editor needed write clearly Club, which won a Mount and to print the names,” she Holly Community Service said. “I wrote by hand. He Award in 2008; * Was editor of TarHeel said he had plenty of that Weddings & Engagements paper. That’s how I started. I Homemaker, a statewide didn’t Obituaries have a typewriter or newspaper for the Extension


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she said. “If you talk about ‘smother love,’ I get it. I guess the good Lord walked with me every day of my life. I had a good, supportive husband. He never complained. We worked together. We had a lot of fun in our family. If you’re doing for others, you’ll do all right.” The seventh annual Mount Holly Sports Hall of Fame banquet will be held Satuday, August 17 at 6pm in the Mount Holly Municipal Complex. Tickets are $20 from Charlie’s Drugs or committee members.

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Church celebrates 75th homecoming

Dealing with Temptations When I am training I try to abide by the demands of my coach. I do fairly well until I am with friends and sharing a delicious meal. Last week I spent time in Rev. Angela Pleasants Cherokee, First United Methodist Church, North Carolina, Mount Holly having dinner with friends. They often chide me about being too small so they enjoy placing second helpings in front of me. I was doing well until they brought out the peanut butter pie. Anything dealing with peanuts is a weakness. I tried to picture my trainer and all the push-ups I would endure. I even sent him a text message asking for help. Alas, I succumb to the pressure and indulged in the peanut butter pie. Does this story sound familiar? At some point in our life we are plagued by temptations of various sorts. How do we deal with temptations? “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself again the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” II Corinthians 10:4-5 NKJV. There is a Chinese Proverb that says “You cannot keep the birds from flying over your head but you can sure keep them from building a nest in your hair.” Our mind is like a fortress. Thoughts will come, but we should not cleave to thoughts that contradict the life of Christ. “Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs].” Romans 12:2a AMP. To conform to the sinful age is to allow it to change us into its pattern of living. We are to cast down those things that exalt itself against the knowledge of God. The mind is where we make our choices. Therefore, we should allow our mind to be transformed by the Holy Spirit toward the things of God. When our inner thoughts are changed according to the leading of the Holy Spirit and God’s word an outward transformation takes place. “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things.” Philippians 4:8 NKJV.

Craig Memorial Baptist Church on Mariposa Road in Stanley recently held its 75th homecoming event. Following a service led by Rev. Gary Rankin, who served as its pastor for 35 years, church members had a feast and fellowship. Contributed Photo

Gaston Day students tour Europe

Students standing: Gracie Christenbury, Sophie Heldt, Maggie Ballard, unidentified GD student, Ceci D’Amore, Melissa Moore, Paige Brown. Kneeling: LouLou Christenbury, Amber Ballard, Becky Heldt, and Sue Brown Gaston Day School French teacher. Contributed Photo

From June 10 through June 19, Gaston Day School French teacher, Sue Brown, (kneeling far right) led a group of 10 students and parents on a student educational tour through EF Tours. The tour, titled The

French Promenade, started in Paris, traveled southwest to Bordeaux, south to San Sebastián, Spain, from Biarritz, France to the ancient Roman ruins in Carcassonne, Nimes and Avignon, to the Pont du Gard Roman

aqueduct and then to the beaches of the Riviera in Cassis and Nice, Monte Carlo and the Fragonard perfume factory in Eze. The group enjoyed the sights as well as the food and the language.

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

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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

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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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A number of Belmont dignitaries and city officials gathered at the grand opening of Rocky Branch Park recently. The biking/hiking trails are at the end of W. Woodrow near downtown.

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Steve Pepitone of South Main Cycles and they in turn hooked up with the Piedmont Single Track Association who had experience in trail development. Work on the park quickly got underway with volunteers spending many hours in sweltering conditions clearing brush and building creek-crossing bridges on the trail. About a dozen Belmont police officers gave their time to the project. Just a few of the officers that took part in building the trail and bridges include Chief Charlie Franklin, Capt. Ward, Lt. Marett, Sgt. Wilson, Sgt. Mull, detectives Plummer, Pullen, Buchanon, and Cpl. Huffstetler. “A lot of work went into the project,” said Huffstetler. “Thanks to Chief Franklin for letting us take part. We are excited about how everything turned out. What we have is a high quality recreation area convenient to everyone. That gives the community a feeling of ownership.” Pepitone was on his mountain bike at the opening ceremony with several other cyclists eager to hit the trail. “This is really just the beginning,” said Pepitone. “The park has a lot of potential to get upwards of five or six miles added by connecting with the Carolina Thread Trail and then it will become a destination for people from afar.” Reba Edwards with Belmont Parks and Recreation was also on hand. “This is a great addition and I want to commend the police department and others for all their hard work,” she said. Future plans for Rocky Branch Park include expanding the trail so that it links up with the campus at the new Stuart Cramer High School as well as the Carolina Thread Trail. Work on Phase II is slated to begin soon and continue into the coming months.

administration,” she said. “I feel like I’ve come full circle.” Brooks said she feels like she’s not only stepping into a role that is a good fit for her, but that her predecessor and the existing administration at South Point have established an excellent foundation for success. “I feel really good coming in behind Gary Ford,” she said. “You can tell that the staff there is very dedicated to that high school.” Ford’s new post as the Executive Director of Middle School Instruction took effect July 1. Brooks, recalling her teenage years at Hunter Huss, said that as a youngster she didn’t quite know what field she would wind up in. “Like most teenagers I was unsure what I wanted to do career-wise,” she said. It was following her undergraduate years that it clicked that she enjoyed the teaching experience and working with kids. Brooks and Ford join four others in a major jobs shakeup within Gaston County schools. Lorinda Brusie moves from the top job at Hawks Nest Intermediate to York Chester Middle School. Mike Grimmer will take over as principal of Hawks Nest Intermediate, leaving his post as principal at York Chester Middle School. Rebecca Huffstetler leaves her job as principal at Rhyne Elementary to become Southwest Middle School’s principal. Linda Neely takes the top job at Rhyne Elementary after leaving the assistant principal post at York Chester Middle School. All new positions were effective July 1.


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the Banner reported that a “Negro Café” was opening on Airline St. by C.M. Ostwalt who was said to have remarked, “It is the only Negro restaurant in downtown Belmont”. By the 1960s social change was on the rise in America. The Colored News section had morphed into Negro News and was written by Mrs. Anne Miller. The last column with that headline appears to have been in the August 28, 1963 Banner. Subjects covered included the return of Archie Reeves, Jr. and his son Donald to their home in New Jersey after visiting relatives in Belmont. Also, Love’s Chapel Presbyterian Church was recognized for a program it held where Mrs. V.M. Reid gave a speech entitled “Standards for Christian Youth”. In addition, Miller reported on the visit of Wilton McLean from New York to his parents Mr. and Mrs. Lattimore McLean who lived on Todd St. Grier and Suber both grew up in a time when African-Americans were experiencing integration in every aspect of life- including the news media, so seeing the Colored News section of the Belmont Banner and Mount Holly News from decades gone by let them get a local glimpse at what has transpired over the years in the realm of race relations. “Wow, the world has changed,” said Suber. “This country has come a long way.” Smith agreed. “That’s right,” she said. “Times have really changed.” And so have newspapers.

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Gaston Day student wins art contest Congressman Patrick McHenry has announced Supichanee Thangjitpreedanon as the winner of the 10th District’s 2013 Congressional Art Contest. Supichanee’s piece, “Cool & Calm� was selected as the winner by visitors to the congressman’s Facebook page. She is a student at Gaston Day School in Gastonia where she studies under art teacher Holt Harris. Supichanee’s artwork will be prominently displayed in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. alongside pieces from each of the Congressional districts across the country. She will be eligible for a scholarship to the Savannah College of Art and Design. The Congressional Art Contest began in 1982, and, since then, over 650,000 high school students have participated in this nationwide event enabling high school students to showcase their artistic ability. This year’s theme was An Artistic Discovery. “I would like to thank all of the students who contributed artwork to the competition and congratulate Supichanee on winning,� said Congressman McHenry. The Congressional Art Contest is a privatelyfunded competition with support from SouthWest Airlines and the Congressional Institute. For more information, please visit

GC Schools host summer nutrition program Gaston County Schools is having its 2013 Summer Feeding Nutrition Program at sites throughout the county. The sites will be closed July 4 and 5. The program is offering free bag meals for children eighteen and under. Local sites and times are as follows: Lowell Unit, 715 N. Main, Lowell, until Aug. 16, breakfast 8:30-9:30am, lunch 11:30am-12:30pm, call 704867-6145; New Life Baptist, 527 Buckoak St., Stanley, until Aug. 9 Monday-Thursday, lunch 121pm, call 7604-263-4647; North Belmont Camp, 210 School Rd., July 15-19, 11am-1pm, call 704827-3366; Ways to Success, 312 W. Glendale Ave., Mount Holly, until Aug. 16, breakfast 8-9am, lunch 11:45am-12:45pm, call 704-430-1776; YMCA, 196 YMCA Drive, Belmont, until Aug. 16, breakfast 7:30-8:30am, lunch 11am-1pm, call 704-822-9266. For more information, contact Caren Berrier, Field Coordinator, Gaston County School Nutrition, 500 Reid St, Lowell, 704-824-8423 ext. 237.

COUNCIL: adopts 2013-14 budget From page 1A is due primarily to the increased costs for employees’ insurance and retirement expenses. Health insurance rates will increase 19%. The major new capital expense in this year’s budget is debt service for the new Gantt Park on Brook Street. Water and Sewer Fund overall revenues are projected to increase by 4.34% from the 2012-2013 adopted budget to $5,094,500. Water sales are projected to increase 5.05% and Sewer sales are projected to increase 5.75% over the adopted 2012-2013 budget. This increase is due to the continued implementation of the third year of the rate plan adopted by city council in the 2011-2012 budget. The rate plan for water and sewer calls for an increase in the base water rate of 5% and an increase in the water usage rate of 8%. It also calls for an increase in the base sewer rate of 10% and an increase in the sewer usage rate of 12%. The revenues generated by

these rate increases go toward water and sewer capital improvements, such as upgrades to water and sewer lines. Overall expenditures in the water and sewer fund are projected to increase 4.34% from the 2012-2013 budget to $5,094,500. Overall revenues in the Stormwater Fund are projected to remain constant in the new budget at $384,000. These revenues come from the $3 per month stormwater fee on all residences in Belmont and from the rate for non-residential properties that are determined by the amount of impervious surface on each respective site. This funding goes toward the costs of various drainage projects. Tourism Fund revenues and expenditures are estimated to increase 27.3% in the upcoming budget year from the 2012-2013 budget. This results in an increase from $55,000 to $70,000 and is based on actual experience during the 2012-2013 year. This funding comes from the 3% occupancy tax on hotel rooms in Belmont.

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STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF GASTON NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND DEBTORS Having qualified as Administrator of the Estate of Jeanette Waters Stalvey, 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 on or before the 19th day of September, 2013, 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 19th day of June, 2013. George Ronald Stalvey, Administrator ESTATE of: Jeanette Waters Stalvey 109 Julia Ave. Belmont, NC 28012 BN10537 (6/19, 26, 7/03 & 10/13)

NOTICE TO CREDITORS The undersigned, having qualified as Co-Executors of the Estate of MARVIN JAMES POPE, aka: MARVIN JAMES POPE, SR., late of Gaston County, North Carolina, hereby notifies to all persons, firms and corporations having claims against said Estate to present them to the undersigned on or before October 7, 2013, 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 3th day of July, 2013. Marvenia P. York, Co-Executrix 1015 Wilkerson St., Belmont, NC 28012 and Marvin J. Pope, Jr., Co-Executor 2015 Rankin Rd., Gastonia, NC 28056 and Marie M. Anders, Atty. For Co-Executors 124 W. Catawba Ave. Mt. Holly, NC 28120 BN10540 (7/03, 10, 17 & 24/13)

STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF GASTON NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND DEBTORS Having qualified as Executrix of the Estate of William Marshall Rumfelt, 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 on or before the 10th day of October, 2013, 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 10th day of July, 2013. Kathy Rumfelt Bailey, Executrix ESTATE of: William Marshall Rumfelt 808 Martha’s View Dr. Huntersville, NC 28078 BN10541 (7/10, 17, 24 & 31/13)

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STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF GASTON NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND DEBTORS Having qualified as Co-Executrixes of the Estate of Rachel H. Jenkins, aka; Rachel Hardin Jenkins, 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 on or before the 26th day of September, 2013, 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 26th day of June, 2013. Sybil J. Hicks, Co-Executrix ESTATE of: Rachel H. Jenkins, aka; Rachel Hardin Jenkins, 80 Jon Jeff Dr. Lilburn, GA. 30047 and Susan L. Black, Co-Executrix ESTATE of: Rachel H. Jenkins, aka; Rachel Hardin Jenkins, 1459 Angela Court Lincolnton, NC 28092 BN10538 (6/26, 7/03,10 & 17/13)

STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF GASTON NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND DEBTORS Having qualified as Executor of the Estate of William Rollen Felton, aka: William R. Felton, 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 on or before the 3rd day of October, 2013, 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 3rd day of July, 2013. Jimmy A. Felton, Executor ESTATE of: William Rollen Felton, aka: William R. Felton 191 Smith Clemmer Rd. Mt. Holly, NC 28120 BN10539 (7/03,10 & 17 & 24/13)

STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF GASTON NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND DEBTORS Having qualified as Executor of the Estate of Lizzie Jane Hayes, 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 on or before the 10th day of October, 2013, 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 10th day of July, 2013. Elbert Moser Vassey, Executor ESTATE of: Lizzie Jane Hayes PO Box 125, Alexis, NC 28006 BN10542 (7/10, 17, 24 & 31/13)

STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF GASTON NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND DEBTORS Having qualified as Executrix of the Estate of Irvin Thomas Garrett, 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 on or before the 10th day of October, 2013, 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 10th day of July, 2013. Alma T. Garrett, Executrix ESTATE of: Irvin Thomas Garrett 1924 Chesterfield Drive Belmont, NC 28012 BN10543 (7/10,17, 24 & 31/13)

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Fun with the Grizzlies Above: Bannernews contributor Bill Ward and his musical group We R Forgiven sang the National Anthem at the recent Gastonia Grizzlies Family and Faith event. From left. Donna Ward, Bill Ward, Keith and Cathy Mincey. Photo by Jael Winkler

At left: Ruby Grace Eller had a great time at the recent Gastonia Grizzlies Faith and Family event. The Grizzlies mascot got some good hugs from Ruby. Photo by Bill Ward

Sluggo’s headed for the frozen north!

FUN ON THE LINKS – Carlos Harris, 10 years old, teed off recently at Green Meadows golf Course in Mt Holly. Harris was golfing with his mentor Chester Belton of Mt. Holly. Photo by Wes Anthony

Front row l-r: Jo Ann Spencer Trull, Mary Ann ‘Sluggo’ Suggs Clemmer, and Betty Rankin Sipe. Center l-r: Evelyn Lewis Funderburk and Shirley Bridges. Back row l-r: Don Funderburk, Carrol Trull, and Roy Young. By Carrol Trull Special to the Banner News

Belmont is losing one of its former Raiderettes from the old Belmont High School, now South Point High. She is Mary Ann Suggs Clemmer, known affectionately as “Sluggo� by her close friends.

Clemmer played basketball at Belmont High and her nickname came from two of her eighth grade classmates, Henry Jones and Chris Jones who remarked, “look at that girl slug that ball�. She became Sluggo then and it’s still Sluggo some fifty years later. Mary Ann is moving to Jamesville, New York, thirty miles from the Cana-

dian border to be near her son Marvin Clemmer and his wife Mary Dow Clemmer, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Recently, Mary Ann met with some of her classmates at a local restaurant to share memories of the good old days and say goodbye before she moves to the frozen north.

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Tate takes high ranks at national Jr. rodeo Dave Blanton Staff writer

Bailey Tate, a rising 9th grader at North Gaston High School, pulled down 6th and 8th place rankings at the ninth annual National Junior High Finals Rodeo (NJHFR) in Gallup, New Mexico, last week. Tate, who made the long trip with three fellow North Carolina National Junior High rodeo kill ‘team’ teammates, won 6th place in Barrel Racing and 8th in Pole Bending. “This is the biggest event, prestige-wise, that she’s competed in yet,” said her grandfather Randy Franklin, who attended the seven-day event along with Tate’s mother Kim Tate (Franklin) Stines and her brother Jayden, 10. Featuring more than 1,000 contestants from 41 states, including Alaska, five Canadian provinces and Australia, the National Junior High Finals Rodeo is the world’s largest junior high rodeo. In addition to competing for more than $75,000 in prizes, National Junior High Finals Rodeo contestants like Tate, 14, vied for more than $100,000 in college scholarships and the chance to be named the Na-

The rodeo is a family affair for Bailey Tate, who traveled out west with her mother, her younger brother and her grandfather. She’s been riding horses competitively since age 7. tional Junior High Finals Rodeo National Champion. Live broadcasts of each National Junior High Finals performance were broadcast online at Tate, who took up competitive riding at age 7, is no stranger to winning. At 10 earned fifth place at the 12 and under Youth World Championship in Jackson, Mississippi. Last year, she was the Youth 1D champion saddle winner at Double HH Ranch in Kings Mountain, and placed third in the Ed Brown IPRA Rodeo. Tate was

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also an A Honor Roll student at W.C. Friday Middle School. “Bailey got to meet a lot of people – got to know people she competes with on the state level” at the New Mexico event, said Franklin.” Tate wasn’t the only member of her family who saw some action. On Saturday her younger brother spotted an unattended truck that was rolling because it had been left in gear. The youngster responded quickly and jumped into the cab of the truck, which was hooked to a trailer carrying horses, and brought it to a stop. “He said it himself and he’s right – he saved the day,” the boy’s grandfather said. “People could have been hurt.” Later this month Tate heads to Perry, Ga., to compete in the National Barrel Horse Association (NBHA) Days. Tate is sponsored by Dr. David White, DDS, PA, Orthodontist of Gastonia, Southern States farm supply of Gastonia, and the Double HH Ranch of Kings Mountain. For more National Junior High Finals Rodeo results,

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Rogers achieves Eagle Scout rank The highest award from the Boy Scouts of America was presented on June 23 to 16-year-old Noah Rogers of Belmont in a Boy Scout Court of Honor ceremony held June 23 at Holy Comforter Lutheran Church. Noah is the son of Gary and Karen Rogers and received the Eagle designation after earning 24 merit badges as well as completing his service project at the Heritage Oaks Assisted Living Home where he designed and built a pergola to provide residents with a wheelchair accessible shaded outdoor space. Noah, a South Point High junior, advanced through the ranks of Scouting as a member of Troop 58 sponsored by Park Street United Methodist Church in Belmont. He will take part this July in the 2013 National Scout Jamboree at the new Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in West Virginia.

Gaston Museum offers Day Camps Spinning Camp The Gaston County Museum 131 West Main, Dallas, will host its fifth Drop-in Day Camp of the year Thursday, July 18 at the museum. The theme of this year’s Drop-in Day Camp is “From Cotton Fields to Textile Mills.” Each week, campers will be introduced to a different aspect of Gaston County’s rich textile heritage. By the end of the summer, campers will have experienced the entire process of turning raw fibers into finished yarn and cloth. On July 18th, the Drop-In Day Camp session will focus on Spinning. Campers will make their own hand-spun yarn bracelets, learn about the use of child labor in textile

mills in the early twentieth century, and experience what it might have been like to work as a doffer in a mill. This program is free and open to children ages 5-12 years-old and runs from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Parents are asked to have their children at the museum 10 to 15 minutes early for registration and orientation. Medical and photo release forms can be downloaded and filled out ahead of time at sp. Participation is limited to 45 campers per week; call the museum to preregister and ensure a spot for your camper. Parents are also encouraged to visit the museum during the program or even sit in on the camp sessions. Snacks will

be provided for campers at the conclusion of the program. Pottery Camp Is your child bored at home and looking for a fun one day camp? If so, join the Gaston County Museum 131 West Main Street, Dallas, on July 19 for their Pottery Camp from either 10 AM – 12 PM or 1 PM – 3 PM. This special one day experience for kids ages 8 – 12 is $25 per child. Kids will learn about the rich pottery tradition in North Carolina, make several clay art/sculpting projects, and see a potter turn wares. This program will be very interactive and hands-on. RSVP required by July 15 to Becky Soules at 704.922.7681 x106.

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