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Volume 78 • Issue 42 • Wednesday, October 16, 2013

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Fighting Yank ‘moving’ forward By Alan Hodge

Progress is being made in moving the Spirit of the Fighting Yank WWII memorial statue from the Belmont Middle School

campus to Stowe Park. This past summer the Belmont City Council approved placement of the bronze soldier in Stowe Park. The idea of moving the monument had been See FIGHTING YANK, 4A

Photo by Alan Hodge

This pile of trash gathered during Operation Big Sweep at the Catawba River boat launching area near US 29/74 represents only about half of the garbage that was lying around.

Trash a growing concern ALAN HODGE

What if you built a fine new home and woke up every morning to see the vacant lot next door filled with garbage and shady characters lingering around? That’s similar to the scenario that’s often acted out on the banks of the Catawba River near US29/74 and adjacent to where the City of Belmont

plans to built the new Kevin Loftin River Park. The boat ramp and parking lot near the bridge is a popular spot for lawabiding fishermen and people launching watercraft, but there’s a perennial problem with the amount of trash that’s left there by less than respectable persons, and some folks are concerned that when the new park is built the nastiness will become a problem there as

well. The recent Keep Belmont Beautiful Big Sweep citywide cleanup brought the situation into focus when a group of over 40 students from the South Point High Navy JROTC attacked the garbage at the boat landing and, after two hours of picking up all types of horrible stuff, had collected a huge heap of trash- and that amounted to See TRASH, 4A

Thompsons granted rezoning request By Alan Hodge

At its Oct. 7 meeting the Belmont City Council approved a rezoning request by Jeffrey and Blythe Thompson for their 1.1 acres and house located at 123 N. Main St. from General Residential (G-R) to Neighborhood Center Commercial Conditional District (NCC/CD). The vote was 4-1 with councilmember Martha Stowe casting the nay vote. But the balloting was just

part of the brouhaha that has taken place over the last several weeks that saw opponents of the rezoning, led by David and Wendy Hostetler, argue that changing the Thompson property’s status and allowing a business to operate there would be detrimental to Belmont’s “charm� and could even create a “domino effect� that might lead to other downtown area houses following suit. The Hostetlers live five houses further up at 215 N. Main St. from the Thompson property.

The Thompson’s bought the house in 1996, but currently reside in Hillsborough. City planning staff recommended the rezoning. However, the Planning and Zoning Board deadlocked 44 in the matter at a meeting held on Sept. 19. The council meeting brought proponents and opponents of the rezoning together and packed city hall. During the public hearing prior to the vote, around 30 people took the opportunity to speak for or against the

rezoning. Opinions were about evenly divided for or against approval. Monroe Whitesides, who resides with his family next door to the Thompson property, supported the rezoning. “When you live on Main St. you live in a different type of neighborhood,� he said. “The Thompson’s will not change the house, only its occupants and that’s OK with us.� The new occupant of the Thompson property will be Allison Love’s Fine Jewelry. See REZONING, 4A

Belgians in Belmont By Alan Hodge

Belmont was a stopover on Friday morning for a group of sports car enthusiasts from Belgium. The group of 60 or so folks had their cars loaded up in the port of Antwerp and brought to New York City. From the docks there, they hopped in and headed for Miami via

every back road they could find–and Belmont just happened to fall along that route. While they were in Belmont, the group had coffee at Cherubs while folks outside eyed the vintage European and British autos that included MG, Austin-Healy, Mercedes, Porsche, and Jaguar brands. “We do this every week in Belgium,� said driver Michel Sels. “This year we decided to come to the USA.� The official name of the motorcade is “Antwerp, New York, Miami Americal.�

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Driver Reis Oostlander and his wife from Schilde, Belgium were part of the vintage car motorcade from that nation that stopped in Belmont as they were traveling from New York to Miami. The car is a 1957 Mercedes 220S.

Photo by Alan Hodge

Plans are moving forward to relocate the Spirit of the Fighting Yank statue from Belmont Middle School to Stowe Park. A landscape architectural design for the pavilion where the bronze soldier will be placed has been completed.

Parks & Rec gets ok for $37M improvement plan By Alan Hodge

The Belmont Parks and Recreation 2012/2013 Capital Improvement Plan received unanimous approval by the city council last week. The plan lists 18 Parks and Recreation projects slated for construction, expansion, or improvement, and assigns them a priority. It also lists the cost and financing arrangements for the projects. The entire package, including financing costs, is just over $37 million. Options for financing include bonds, loans, general fund, and grants. The following are the projects ranked in priority order and their 2012 costs excluding financing and inflation adjustments. Topping the list is the Brook St. Soccer Complex at $950,000. Next on the list is the Kevin Loftin River Park with a cost of $1,778,000. The Rail Trail is third on the priority list at $1,335,000. Stow Park upgrades are slated number four with a cost of $460,000. Number five on the list is upgrades to Reid Park at a cost of $410,000. Sixth on the list are Crescent Park upgrades at a cost of $201,000. That’s followed by Davis Park combined improvements with a tab of $920,000. Number eight on the roster are upgrades to Rodden Field. Coming in at number nine is the Recreation Center and Gym Phase 1 project at a cool $2,000,000. Rounding out the top 10 Parks and Recreation projects is the Skate Park slated for construction next door to the Belmont Police Department. Number eleven on the priority list is the Perfection Park Athletic Field with a cost of $538,000. The twelfth project on the Park and Recreation plate is the Abbey Creek Greenway with a bill of $755,000. The Rocky Branch Park bike and hike facility was done initially mostly with volunteer labor but it is still listed as thirteenth on the priority list at a cost of $105,000 that will pay for a parking lot and dog park. Mini Parks in southwest and southeast Belmont are slated at fourteenth and fifteenth on the list at a cost of $367,000 each. A major Sports Complex comes in as the sixteenth Park and Recreation priority with a 2012 dollars tab of $5,838,000. Rocky Branch Park Phase II picnic shelters and restroom is slated seventeenth at a cost of $306,000. Rounding out the list is a Recreation Center and Gym with a bill of $6,684,000.

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■ OBITUARIES William Andrews Former Deacon at First Foursquare Church BElMONT– William Oscar Andrews Jr., 83, 214 Springwood Drive, passed away on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at his home. He was born in A l a mance County, son of the late William and Ada Hearne Andrews. He was preceded in death by his wife Colleen Worick Andrews, a stepdaughter Terry Boswell, and a stepson Charles Medford. He was a Deacon for over 30 years at the First Foursquare Church in Belmont. He is a member of the Way of the Cross Baptist Church in Mount Holly. He is survived by his daughters libby Cagle and husband Eddie of Maiden, and Kim Gibson and hus-

band David “Hoot” Gibson of Belmont; grandchildren lee Boswell, Michael Bishop, Mark Bishop, Jeremy Gibson, and Kimberly Gibson; great grandchildren Justin “JJ” Gibson, William “Wally” Gibson, Payten Bishop, and Isaac Bishop; a number of nieces and nephews. A service to celebrate the life of Mr. Andrews was held at 2:30pm Friday, October 11, at the Way of the Cross Baptist Church in Mount Holly with Pastor Bobby Meeks officiating. Interment followed at Gaston Memorial Park. The family received friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Condolence messages may be sent to the family at Woodlawn Funeral Home in Mount Holly served the family.

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Gaytonia Smith A member of Spiritual Guidance Holiness Church MOuNT HOlly– Gaytonia Jean Mitchem Smith, 60, a resident of Woodlawn Haven Nursing Facility, died Saturday, October 12, 2013. She was born in Gast o n County, daughter of David Oates a n d Anna Coley Mitchem. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a daughter, Bobbie Jean Strain; two brothers, Jimmy and Joe Mitchem; and a grandson, Austin Chance lowery. She was a member of the Spiritual Guidance Holiness Church. She is survived by a daughter, Betty Jo lowery and companion Rick Sutton of Marshville, NC; a son, Danny lowery and wife Melanie of Belmont; three Larry Foster GASTONIA - larry Kent Foster, 72, passed away August 9, 2013 at his residence. He was a native of Guilford Co., born April 21, 1941 to the late Redmond

sisters, Tina Tessenar and husband Mike of Mount Holly, Darlene Holloman and husband Garry of lexington, NC, and Nadine Smith of Mount Holly; three brothers, Danny Mitchem of Dallas, David Mitchem and wife Karen of Mount Holly, and Bobby Mitchem and wife Donna of Gastonia; husband, Dwayne Smith of Stanley; a son-in-law, Jeff Strain of Belmont; and nine grandchildren. A service to celebrate the life of Mrs. Smith was held at 3pm Tuesday, October 15, at the Woodlawn Chapel of Woodlawn Funeral Home, 375 Woodlawn Avenue, Mount Holly with Reverend Tim Small officiating. Burial followed at Greenwood Cemetery in Belmont. The family received friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Woodlawn Funeral Home, Mount Holly served the family.

Ruby Thomas Loving mother and grandmother Mount Holly- Ruby Baker Thomas, 93, a resident of Stanley Total living Center, formerly of Mount Holly, died on Thursday, October 1 0 , 2013. She was born in Gaston County, daughter of the late lester Parks and Alice Rice Baker. She was preceded in death by husbands Charles Donald Christopher and Pledger Thomas. She is survived by four children, Richard Christopher and wife Pamela of Belmont, Tamara Mills and husband Steve of Iron Station, Donald Christopher Hilda Williamson Served as a Deacon and Elder

Jesse and Ethel lowe Foster. A memorial service was held at 2pm Saturday October 12, at Withers & Whisenant Funeral Home with Rev. Ann K. Myers officiating. Visitation was one hour before the service.

MOuNT HOlly– Hilda Phillips Williamson, 81, died Friday, October 11, 2013. She was born in Edgecombe County, daughter of the late Fred and Berta Weeks Phillips. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Ray Williamson. She graduated

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and wife Roseanne of Mount Holly, and Tommy Christopher and wife Shelia of Mount Holly; one brother Tommy Baker of Bristol, TN; one sister Christine Rausche of Washington, D.C.; eight grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. A graveside service to celebrate the life of Mrs. Thomas was held at 2pm Sunday, October 13, at Hillcrest Gardens Cemetery. The family received friends from 1-2pm Sunday at Woodlawn Funeral Home. Condolence messages may be sent to the family at Woodlawn Funeral Home in Mount Holly served the family.

from Flora McDonald College, now St. Andrews university, in laurinburg, NC. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Mount Holly where she was active with the Presbyterian Women and served as both a Deacon and Elder. She is survived by one daughter, Kathryn Williamson of Mount Holly; two sons, Mac Williamson and wife Kimberly of Winterville, NC and Marc Williamson and wife Gail of Stanley; four grandchildren, Ryan Stone and wife Peggy, Amber Johnson, Phillip Williamson and Andrew Williamson; and three greatgrandchildren, Jayse, Gaige, and Willow. A memorial service to celebrate the life of Mrs. Williamson was held at 11am Monday, October 14, at the First Presbyterian Church, Mount Holly with Reverend Jason Bryant and Reverend Wilson Rhoton officiating. A private family burial will take place at another time. The family received friends immediately following the memorial service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Grandfather Home of Banner Elk, P.O. Box 98, Banner Elk, NC 28604 or by visiting, Gaston Hospice, P.O. Box 3984, Gastonia, NC 28054 or by visiting, or any other charity of the donor’s choice. Condolence messages for the Williamson family may be sent by visiting Woodlawn Funeral Home, Mount Holly served the family.

NCDOT warns motorists to watch out for deer Motorists across NC are being warned to stay alert for deer now that fall has arrived. A study from the N.C. Department of Transportation shows that in 2012, there were 20,181 animalrelated crashes. Officials also say about 90 percent of all reported animal-related crashes involve deer, and 50 percent of those crashes traditionally occur October through December. Deer activity is on the increase as a result of the mating and hunting seasons. Crashes are most common between 5 a.m. and 8 a.m., and from 6 p.m. to midnight, when more vehicles are on the road, deer movement increases and limited visibility makes it harder for motorists to see them on or near roadways.

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South Point Navy JROTC working toward 2K hours of community service Community service is no strange affair to South Point High School’s Navy Junior ROTC. With 297 hours this school year, the unit is on track to complete over 2000 hours. Perhaps you have see the young men and women of South Point’s

Navy Junior ROTC carrying orange bags full of trash during Saturday morning strolls at South Fork River Park. Maybe you have seen them wearing their signature red unit shirts at the Taste of Gaston festival or possibly at the Keep Belmont Beautiful community initiative.

Cadets from the South Point High School Navy Junior ROTC have been hard at work this school year. Their efforts are part of South Point High School’s Navy Junior ROTC program initiative to instill a sense of responsibility for serving the community. While the respon-

sibility may sometimes feel overwhelming, high school senior cadet Josh Perrigo says, “We counsel and support each other to realize our potential and purpose within the community”. With such a supportive environment, expect the cadets of South

Point High School to achieve their goal of 2000 hours of community service this school year. So the next time you see those young men and women wearing their signature red shirts, give them an “at a boy” for the good they do within the community.

Saturday saw sunshine and a good sized crowd for the annual Belmont Fall Festival. Whether picnicing in the park or enjoying a funnel cake, like the young lady at right, a good time was had by all.

CRAMERTON CANDIDATE FORUM – Candidates for political office in Cramerton got together last week and held a forum on topics important to the town. This photo shows office-seekers Thurman Linker, Will Cauthen, James Burr, Demetrious Koutsoupias, Ricky Houser, and Keith Lowe pondering a question. Mayoral candidates Ronald Worley and Sue Carpenter were also on hand. Contributed Photo Photo by Alan Hodge

Members of the William Gaston Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, placed a memorial wreath on the NC Highway Historical Marker last week in front of the Belmont History Museum in honor of Maj. William Chronicle who was killed during the October 7, 1780 Battle of Kings Mountain. As the sign says, Chronicle had a home nearby.

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FIGHTING YANK: plans are moving forward


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MHHS to meet The Mount Holly Historical Society Oct. 22 meeting program will be “Local Cemeteries History” presented by Terry Waldrop, a Mt. Holly native and local historian who specializes in researching old cemeteries and genealogy. Waldrop has compiled and published several volumes of his book, “Old Gravesites Revisited”, and is sure to deliver an interesting program. During the meeting, the MHHS will plan a field trip to visit several local cemeteries with Terry.

“Operation Medicine Drop” The Cramerton Police Department, in collaboration with the Gaston County Police Department, Operation Medicine Cabi-

net NC, and the US Drug Enforcement Administration, will host an “Operation Medicine Drop” event on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Cramer Market Place Shopping Center, 202 Market Street in Cramerton. At this “Take Back” event, you can drop off your leftover medicines with qualified personnel who will ensure that the drugs are safely incinerated. Law enforcement will be on hand to supervise the collection but nobody will ask you any questions about what drugs you are dropping off or how you got them. All expired and unused prescription medications can be dropped off as well as all over-the-counter medications. For information on this particular event contact Sergeant T.N. Jones at (704)824-7964 or Drive up, Drop off, and Drive out. No questions asked.

floated by Art Shoemaker, Bobby Brown, and other citizens who had expressed concerns over the statue being vandalised at it current schoolyard location. In addition, supporters of the relocation also felt that the statue was in a rather obscure location compared to the public exposure and appreciation it would receive in the park. Some folks disagreed with that assessment, but after a long public hearing that saw over 20 citizens chime in yea and nay on the issue, the council voted to support the move. “We plan to have the statue in place in Stowe Park by next Memorial Day,” Shoemaker said. To that end, a design for the pavilion in Stowe Park where the Fighting Yank will be placed has been crafted by landscape experts Rouse and Associates Inc. of Gastonia. The pavilion will be across from Caravan Coffee and connected to the Main St. sidewalk. It

will have a stone patterned, stamped concrete surface. The Fighting Yank will have place of honor in its center. The statue and stone base will be surrounded by a two-foot high, wrought iron fence with spotlights on each corner. Security cameras are also planned to keep a 24/7 eye on the statue. The pavilion will feature an 18inch wide seat wall made of cultured stone as well as two benches flanked by cast iron urns. There will be twenty lights on the pathway and seating area. “Veterans and other citizens will be able to sit and reflect on the history and meaning of the Fighting Yank,” said Shoemaker. At the rear of the pavilion, a series of steps will lead down in to Stowe Park proper. Plantings at the pavilion will include oak leaf holly, nandina, wintergreen boxwood, royal purple liriope, and American boxwood. With plans now drawn, the fundraising portion of the Fighting Yank move is also underway.

“We have a committee of veterans and others who are working on raising the funds,” said Shoemaker. “We have already had several major contributions come in and I expect to get another one soon.” Once the money has been raised and the statue moved, Shoemaker and his group plan a big unveiling bash. He has already been in touch with NC Gov. Pat McCrory’s office about having him come speak. Shoemaker is active in the American Legion, and hopes to get high-level dignitaries from that organization to come as well. Contact has been made with WWII re-enactors with the idea of having them attend dressed in their D-Day type garb. Shoemaker says that anyone who cares to chip in on the cost of moving the Fighting Yank can send a tax-deductible check to American Legion Post 144, PO Box 932, Belmont, NC, 28012 and make it out to “statue project”.

TRASH: a growing problem along the riverbanks From page 1A only about half what was still on the ground when time ran out. The haul included nine tires, a lawn mower, an old record player, syringes, household garbage, broken glass, cans, bottles, and bedding from a homeless person’s camp. KBB board member Neil Brock was on the scene. “We barely scratched the surface of the amount of trash that was there,” he said. Brock raised concerns at last week’s city council meeting about the trash situation and how close the boat ramp is to where the new park will be. “My concern is building the park next to what amounts to a dumping ground,” Brock said. There’s also the fact that some folks spend the night on the riverbank, and not all of them are fishing. “We saw evidence of

homeless people camping,” Brock said. “There was bedding and a makeshift camp. There was a guy with a moped, a tent, and lots of personal items.” Brock says he’s not trying to pick on the homeless, but worries that once River Park opens, they could do the same there. Donna Dayton who works at Dales Superette adjacent to the riverside lot agrees that people camping there is not good. “Sitting in a lawn chair fishing is one thing,” she said. “But camping takes it to another level. It’s a safety issue as well.” However, Dayton thinks things have gotten better regarding the squatters. “There used to be loads of them in tents,” she said. “But the cops ran them off.” According to Sgt. John Wilson with Belmont PD, the boat launch lot gets calls for service from time to time, but not excessively so. “We respond to calls such as suspicious persons

or vehicles,” Wilson said. “There are also people hanging out and drinking but generally it’s not a major problem.” So far in 2013, Belmont Police have been to the launch lot 11 times. This includes three suspicious vehicles, two civil disturbances, two followups, one assist Gaston County Police, one health and welfare check, one fight in progress, and one vehicle stop. Jeremy Davie of Belmont spends a lot of leisure time fishing from the shore at the boat launch lot. He thinks the litter problem would be less if there was somewhere for people to put their beer cans and other garbage. A previous attempt at putting trash cans there saw them stolen in short order. Davie is looking forward to the Kevin Loftin River Park completion. “We need the River Park to be built as soon as possible,” he said. “Now I go to

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Jeremy Davie of Belmont goes fishing at the Catawba River boat launch lot near US 29/74 and says it would be nice if some garbage cans were in place there. Goat Island in Cramerton.” As far as the City of Belmont getting some sort of official handle on the boat launch lot situation right next to the new park, that is a little complicated. For one, the lot is not even in the city limits. Also, ownership of the property is

something that City Attorney Parks Wilson is working on finding out. Annexation of the property could be a protracted affair as would purchase by the city of the property- even if the owners want to sell. In the meantime construction on the new park is going to

start soon and Brock as well as his KBB colleagues just wants to make sure the new park doesn’t suffer from vagrants or garbage. “My purpose is to keep this issue in the forefront,” he said. “The city is about to spend major taxpayer dollars on a nice park.”

REZONING: approved for Thompsons downtown Belmont home From page 1A Love told the council she is looking forward to doing business in Belmont and has plans to upgrade the home’s landscaping. “I will make the front yard fantastic,” she said. On the other hand, Wendy Hostetler spoke against the rezoning. “This rezoning will break the continuity of the downtown neighborhood,” she said. “One day we could be living next to a business.” David Hostetler delivered an impassioned remark to the council prior to the vote and told them “You have a chance to move forward or backward. You can protect downtown history or slide backward by converting more houses into businesses.” Some of the speakers took a swipe at Belmont’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan and felt it needed tweaking before any decision on the Thompson request could be decided. Planning and Zoning Board member Rob Pressley said he had previously supported the rezoning, but changed his mind over concerns about the Land Use Plan and its impact on downtown. “The rezoning should be delayed or outright denied until the Land Use Plan is reviewed,” he

said. Stowe made a motion that the rezoning request go back to the Planning and Zoning Board for further study. However, her motion did not get a second and City Attorney Parks Wilson told the council that once the public hearing was held they were required to take a vote. Even though the Thompson rezoning request was granted, it comes with a lengthy list of conditions. Restrictions include no nightclubs or bars, live music, gas stations, convenience stores, manufacturing, parking structures, recreational facilities, or outdoor storage of landscaping or garden supplies. Also, the existing building envelope and facades cannot materially change on the east, north, and south facades. If any changes are requested the owner or occupant will hire an independent architect to determine what is a reasonably material change. The owner or occupant agrees to abide by the decision and to follow the design and materials guide recommended by the architect or professional. Any building expansion can only occur on the west side of the building and only to the extent to allow a total building footprint of 6,000 sq. ft. the maximum allowed in NC-C district.

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After much input during a public hearing, and by a vote of 4-1, the Belmont City Council approved rezoning this house at 123 N. Main St. for commercial use with conditions. Other restrictions include any commercial use of the property may only make interior structural wall modifications that are required by North Carolina or federal building or accessibility codes. The major architectural elements of the house such as Pullman train car ceiling, staircase, and porch must remain intact less any change required by building code. The facades of the house must remain largely unchanged and must stay consistent with the historic nature of the home. In the event of a catastrophic loss of the house due to

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fire, acts of nature, or other events that render the house uninhabitable, the owner will build back a residential structure that is substantially similar in character and design to the existing house. A commercial building will not be built if the existing house is destroyed. There’s more. The house can only be de-constructed in the event of a catastrophic event or if condemned for unsafe conditions. It cannot be torn

down to build a different structure. No new parking area is allowed in the front yard. Parking may occur only on the existing driveway and parking area located between the house and the detached garage. The parking area is limited to the northern side of the property and will be screened from the adjacent property through landscaping. And more. No neon or similar lighting effects are allowed on any sign visible from Main St., whether the sign is located inside or outside the building. A freestanding sign may be added to the front yard in accordance with the requirements of the Belmont sign ordinance. The freestanding sign may be externally illuminated, per the sign ordinance, but any external illumination must be mounted on the top of the sign and focused downward on the sign. Finally, if the City of Belmont creates its own local historic district, the owner agrees to participate in that district and abide by its requirements. The Thompson’s house has a long history. According to “The Architectural Heritage of Gaston County” it was originally built in 1898 for merchant George Gullick (1866-1913) and features both Colonial Revival and Victorian styles in its construction.

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Meth lab busted in Belmont Belmont officers uncovered a meth lab on Saturday while investigating a sexual assault. According to Belmont Police Chief Charlie Franklin, officers were summoned to a Belmont address on Saturday, Oct. 12 to investigate a potential sexual assault. “While the officers were speaking to witnesses they gathered information that a possible meth lab was being operated at 23 Greenway Circle,” Franklin said. Based on that information a team of Belmont uniformed officers and detectives went to 23 Greenway Circle. While there officers did a “knock and talk” interview. “The officers really didn’t know if

Oct. 7: Heather Marie Dulaney, simple poss. Less than ½ oz. marijuana, drug violations equipment/paraphernalia/poss./conceal, arrested by Officer R. Cassel, Wilkinson Blvd. at Mercy Dr. Oct. 7: Eugene Paul Teal Jr., order for arrest, arrested by Officer C. Falls, Browntown Rd.

there was anything going on there or not,” Franklin said. “All they did was go over to the house and talk to the people there.” While the officers were doing interviews they detected a chemical odor consistent with the production of methamphetamine. “Once the officers detected that distinct chemical smell they stopped what they were doing and got a search warrant,” Franklin said. With the assistance of the Gastonia Police, North Carolina SBI and Gaston County Police a search warrant was executed. While searching the house officers found the precursor ingredients used to make meth. They also found an unde-

Oct. 7: Michael Eugene Hallman, assault on a female, arrested by Officer C. Falls, 1006 Catawba St. Oct. 9: Cathy Graham Ellis, felony elude, habitual DWI, reckless driving, DWI, DWLR, stop light, arrested by Officer R. Berry, 71 Wade St. Oct. 10: Brian Andrew Baucom, 2nd degree tres-

termined amount of methamphetamine, burners, cold packs, and a significant amount of over the counter medication used to make the drug. Belmont officers arrested Tammy Earline Dillard 43, and Gary Ross Brewster 47 of 23 Greenway Circle. Chief Franklin believes that meth is becoming a growing problem in Gaston County. “Sadly we are seeing more meth in the area,” Franklin said. “All I can say is that when we find out about it we will go after it. We are ready.” Dillard and Ross were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine. Bond was set at $50,000 secured of both. The case is still under investigation and other charges are pending.

pass, arrested by Officer M. Stroupe, 100 block Willerene Dr. Oct. 10: Ryan O’Neal Truesdale, larceny shoplifting, trespassing, arrested by Officer M. Kelske, 701 Hawley Ave. Oct. 11: David Dearman Williams, assault on a female, arrested by Officer B. Bingham, 309 Devine St.

Oct. 12: Nicole Qiona Hall, attempt to obtain CS forgery/fraud, arrested by Officer K. Hall, 6750 Wilkinson Blvd. Oct. 14: Dorsey Todd Sorrow, communicating threats, identity theft, resist delay obstruct, obstruction of justice, arrested by officer R. Berry, 6822 Wilkinson Blvd.

A Stanley man has been arrested in connection with a false bomb threat called into Ashbrook High on Sept. 27. Matthew James Murphy, 19, 211 W. Parkwood St. in Stanley, was arrested last Wednesday and charged with making a false bomb threat and resisting arrest. He was placed in the Gaston County Jail under $100,000 bond. According to the Gaston County Sheriff’s Dept. website, Murphy has four prior arrests going back to Feb. 2011 when he was incarcerated for disorderly conduct. That was followed on June 22, 2011 when he was locked up for making a bomb threat, misuse if 911, and resisting. On August 10, 2011 he was arrested for communicating a threat. August 25 saw Murphy arrested for misuse of 911, making a false police report, and simple assault.

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■ BRIEFS SHADE GARDENING PROGRAM – Marian St. Clair will be presenting a program on “Shade Gardening” to the Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Group of Gaston County on Thursday, Oct. 17, at 10:00 am. The lecture will be at the County Citizen’s Center, 1303 Cherryville Hwy (NC Hwy 279), Dallas. This program is expected to be one hour and the public is invited to attend at no charge. If you have any questions, please call Barbara Linster at 704-674-0860. EAST BELMONT BAPTIST GOSPEL MUSIC FESTIVAL – The East Belmont Baptist Church adult choir will present a Southern Gospel Music Festival on Sunday morning, Oct. 20, at 11am. The choir will be accompanied by piano, organ, banjo, guitar and saxophone on a number of southern gospel favorites. The music program will serve as a prelude to East Belmont Baptist’s fall revival, which will begin Sunday evening and continue through Wednesday evening. Pastor Jeffrey Taylor will deliver the revival messages. For additional information, you

may contact the church office at (704) 825-5780. The church is located at 501 East Catawba St. FALL DOWNTOWN PLANTING DAY – The City of Mount Holly, together with the Mount Holly Community Development Foundation, will be updating downtown planters on Saturday, Oct. 26, 10:00 am. Community volunteers will meet by the garden in front of the Historical Society (Old City Hall) on Main Street, across the street from City Café. We welcome all ages to come out and help. Bring your favorite small garden hand tool, gloves (if you prefer them), wagon, cart, jugs or watering cans, etc. If you have any questions, please call Barbara Linster at 704-674-0860 or email BOOTANICAL – Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden continues its Fall With a Flourish season through October with an event especially for families. Bootanical will be held Oct. 26 and 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Using nature-based elements as inspiration, Bootanical has become a fa-

vorite for children who can celebrate a fun Halloween in the daylight. Participants can enjoy activities like: AllWrapped-Up-Mummy, where children can created ghoulish mummies from recycled items like toiletpaper rolls; and Scented Pumpkin shaker, which turns recycled egg cartons into a fragrant clove holder. Kids can also look forward to nature based scavenger hunts and games that include Dragon Eye Popper, Spider Ring Toss and Candy Corn Bag Toss. Children are encouraged to come dressed in their favorite costume. Children wearing costumes will receive a 50% discount with a paying adult. In addition, the Garden is adding an outdoor botanical marketplace to Bootanical, where guests can find one-of-a kind creations. Featuring pottery, baskets, gourd art, herbal soaps, lotions, candles, handcrafted jewelry and other decorative art, this is the perfect opportunity to get in some holiday shopping. The Garden is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m., seven days a week. For more information call (704) 825-4490 or log on to

Belmont police arrested a 102-year-old woman last week after a car chase. Actually, the person involved in the incident was 54-year-old Cathy Graham Ellis of 71 Wade St. who initially gave officers the centurymark age when they pulled her over for allegedly speeding and driving around a construction barrier near Exit 26 on I-85. But according to police, Ellis sped off from the first stop and after finally being stopped a second time, refused to take an Intoxilyzer test. According to the Gaston Sheriff’s Office Inmate Lookup website, last week’s incident led to Ellis being charged with DWI, reckless driving, wanton disregard, flee/elude arrest by motor vehicle, driving while license revoked, and fail to stop for steady red light.

Ellis has a history of arrests in Clay and Gaston counties going back six years. Her Gaston County record includes charges such as assault, DWI, assault and battery, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct.

Stanley stalker A Stanley man has been charged with stalking his exgirlfriend. According to the Lincoln C o u n t y S h e r i ff ’s Dept., Jordan Keeley Arwood, 32, 5858 Cedarbrook Court, Stanley, is facing a misdemeanor stalking charge of Kurstie Danielle Goins, 17, 5854 Cedarbrook Court, Stanley, NC. The warrant, taken out by Goins, states that Arwood unlawfully and willfully did contact her numerous times via text messaging, telephone calls, as well as in person. Furthermore, he has frequently gone to East Lincoln High School where she is enrolled, and inquired about her attendance as well as various other personal matters. Arwood was arrested on October 4, and released on a $1,000 secured bond. This was not Arwood’s first brush with the law. In September, he was charged with involuntary manslaughter related to the deaths of Chloe Arwood, 6, and James Caldwell, 7, who lost their lives when one side of a large dirt pit Arwood was digging with a backhoe behind his parent’s home near Stanley collapsed on them, according to police. Chloe Arwood was Jordan Arwood’s daughter, and Caldwell was his nephew. Officials said he did not have the proper permits. Detectives said Arwood showed culpable negligence in the deaths of the children. Detectives also charged Arwood with manufacturing a controlled substance and possession of a firearm by a felon. According to police, the weapon and a marijuana plant were found in Arwood’s home.

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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 Roman 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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Arts at the Abbey Carolina Pro Musica Arts at the Abbey presents “The Vienna Court of Ferdinand II of Hapsburg� featuring the college’s ensemble in residence Carolina Pro Musica October 28, 2013 at 8:00 PM in the Abbey Basilica, Belmont NC. The court of Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand II (r. 161937) was the center of a rich music culture. Works from the imperial court were the earliest to incorporate Italian innovations as the Hapsburgs looked to Italy for artistic excellence. Experience the dramatic and melodic inventiveness of this new-old music as Carolina Pro Musica performs rarely heard music for voice and instruments by Arrigoni, Priuli, Castello, Frescobaldi and more The series is sponsored by the monks of Belmont Abbey and the Associated Foundation of Belmont. As usual the concert is free to the public but donations are gladly accepted. Additional information is available at or 704-461-6813. Contributed Photo

This is a recent pic of the Belmont Gad-Abouts at Myrtle Beach, SC, getting ready to board the Barefoot Princess Riverboat for a dinner cruise on the Intercoastal Waterway. Forty-four participants went on the 4-day, 3-night trip sponsored by the Belmont Gad-Abouts, a senior adult group with the Belmont Parks and Recreation Department. Any Belmont senior adult may join this group; call 704-825-8191 for more information.

■MEDITATION Walk in forgiveness and love The traditional Passover Seder is a meaningful time during the Easter Holy Week Season. We begin with a lesson from the Passover Haggadah. The Haggadah shares the story of the Israelites deliverance from their bondage in Egypt. During the Seder meal Rev. Angela Pleasants we share in the unleavened First United Methodist Church, bread, green herbs, haroseth Mount Holly and bitter herbs, lamb (unless you are a vegetarian), and wine (for us Methodist grape juice). Each part of the menu has a special significance to the Exodus experience. I remember the first time I sat at a Seder meal and ate the bitter herbs. I never experienced raw horseradish before and no one warned me of its potency. My face drew up in a pout and I began to cough over the strong bitterness of the horseradish. There are some bitter things I enjoy such as unsweetened tea. However, I do not prefer all things bitter. I do not prefer bitterness in my soul. Bitterness is defined as sharp to the taste. It is also defined as angry and resentful. When we allow the root of bitterness to lodge in our hearts it brings forth malice, anger and revenge. These characteristics are an offense against God. It is a sin to allow the root of bitterness to remain in our soul. “But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil things are there.� James 3:14-16 NKJV. Bitterness hinders our relationship with God and it destroys our relationship with each other. How do we confront the root of bitterness? “Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.� Ephesians 4:31-32 NKJV. We must confess our sin for allowing bitterness to enter our heart. We must ask the Holy Spirit to replace the bitterness with the love of God. We must walk in forgiveness and love.

Gad-Abouts publish booklet on daytripping The Belmont Gad-Abouts, a senior group sponsored by the Belmont Parks and Recreation Center, has published a booklet “Daytripping with the Belmont Gad-Abouts� listing over 180 day trips they have taken. The booklet gives the physical address, web address, and phone number of each sightseeing designation or activity. The trips are alphabetized and categorized according to

location such as Local, North, East, West, or South within a 150-mile radius of Belmont/Charlotte. The information in the book is a valuable tool for groups of any age including seniors, scouts, and day care centers, as well as families looking for staycation ideas and places they can visit close to home.

The 20-page booklet is $5 and all proceeds go to the Belmont Community Organization (BCO). Since 2000, the Gad-Abouts have donated over $16,000 to the BCO. The booklet can be purchased at Walk/Run Belmont, Surprise Me, at the Belmont Fall Festival on Oct. 12, or by contacting Neal Winslow at 704-582-9187.

Belmont’s ‘Friday Night Live’ nominated for music award Its official! Friday Night Live, the outdoor concert series sponsored by the Belmont Merchants

Association, has been nominated for concert series event of the year by the Carolina Beach Music Awards.

CFGC cares about Belmont On September 12 of this year, the Board of Directors for the Community Foundation of Gaston County, Inc. voted to create a fund called the Belmont Community Impact Fund. The Fund will be established using a grant from the Foundation of $10,000. The grants committee of the Foundation felt this fund would continue the mission of the Foundation to connect donors with community needs. One important aspect of the fund creation will be those selected to meet and consider future grants from the Belmont Community Impact Fund. A committee of Belmont community leaders will be assembled to serve as individuals determining specific needs to enhance the lives of present and future Belmont residents. The Community Foundation of Gaston County and Belmont have close ties. Many Belmont donors have

used the resources of the Foundation in managing their charitable intent. Churches and companies have also set up endowments and funds to have the Foundation’s resources positively impact dollars needed for the future. Consistently, the Board of Directors has had Belmont representation. Currently, Bill Carstarphen and Bill Toole serve as Board members. How can you help? Anyone wishing to participate with the Belmont Community Impact Fund can do so in several ways. Donations can be sent to the Foundation earmarked for the Fund. Tickets to the Better Gaston Bash (BGB) can be purchased online at or by contacting CFGC @ 704 864 0927. This event is a celebration of the creation of the Fund along with funds for two other Gaston County towns.

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Each year since 2007 thousands have come to dance in the streets of downtown Belmont. Now, the concert series has been nominated as one of the best in the Carolinas. “It’s quite the honor to have been nominated and our hope is to win the trophy,� Neil Brock, vice pres-

ident of the merchants association said. “We are competing against five other cities. The trophy belongs to all the folks who have traveled to Belmont and made this series what it is. The nomination just speaks volumes of the success that Friday Night Live has been to the city of Belmont.�

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South Point High School held it’s homecoming activities Friday night. Pictured above are the 2013 Homecoming Court and Queen: Rachel Abernathy, Claire Russell, Hannah Phillips, Kendall Harper, Lyndsey Stephens, Queen Kayla Hannah, Charley Woodman, Christina Benedict, Callie Poll, Reagan Lamont, Miranda Wood, and Hannah Broome. Contributed photo

WIN! – Cramer High’s JV football team won its first game of the season last Thursday against Lake Norman High by a score of 28-7. Jakeem Brand had 160 rushing yards and 2 TD’s. Scott Moore blocked a punt and recovered it for a TD. Noah Oxendine threw a TD pass to Darnell Johnson. Moore, Oxendine, Johnson and AJ Lovell led the defense.

South Point washes out Green Wave 48-14 By John Wilson

Last week the Red Raiders were challenged by the Hunter Huss Huskies. The game ended in a controversy over a 2-point conversion. At the end of the game many people in Gaston County were whispering. Some were saying maybe the Red Raiders weren’t really that good. When South Point lined up against Ashbrook they played like a team that had a statement to make. The Red Raiders were solid on both sides of the ball. They showed what they were capable of if they played smart football. South Point overwhelmed the Green Wave 48-14. “We played well,� head coach Mickey Lineberger said. “It was the best game we played all year. We played with intensity and effort.� The South Point offense was led by an explosive performance by quarterback Juquan Brooks. Brooks ran for 207 yards against Ashbrook. He was also two for four for 69 yards and a


touchdown. Brooks’ performance was something Lineberger was happy South Point 48 with. “They tried to take Ashbrook 14 Tyler Bray away and Juquan stepped up,� 1 2 3 4 Final Lineberger said. “He ran 48 the option to perfection.� SP 0 14 27 7 Brooks also did his AB 0 14 0 0 14 part in putting points on the board for Big Red. He ran for three touchdowns and hit Diontrea held the Green Wave to 237 King on a 57-yard strike in yards of total offense. “It was a total team efthe third quarter. fort,� Lineberger said. Lineberger said that Brooks and the offense got a “Everybody did their job.� Lineberger was happy lot of help from the guys up with the production he got front. from all facets of the de“Our O-Line played well. Ashbrook had a lot of speed fense. “We had a good pass and size. They played rush,� Lineberger said. “We well.� had a lot of three and outs. The Red Raiders’ offense got back on track against We played lights out deAshbrook. South Point had fense.� One group did its best to 459 yards in total offense. get back on track. All year Even though the Green Wave defenders tried to teams have challenged the limit Bray they came far Red Raiders’ defensive short of stopping him. Bray backfield. Against Ashbrook had 98 yards off of sixteen they stepped up and recarries. He also scored deemed themselves snaring three interceptions on the twice. The Green The South Point defense night. Wave passing game was 12 also did its job against Ashbrook. The Red Raiders’ D for 23 and a meager 67 yards.

East Gaston keeps fighting thoughts. “The score was not indicative of how we played,â€? Joyce East Gaston 7 The East Gaston football said. program can best be deWhen you break Hunter Huss 41 scribed as a work in down the numbers Joyce progress. Head has a point. The Warriors 1 2 3 4 Final coach Sean Joyce is trying put up 305 yards in total 7 to change the school’s mind- offense compared to 354 EG 0 7 0 0 set. The Warriors are run- by Huss. East Gaston HH 14 7 7 13 41 ning with a team that is had no turnovers and reundermanned and out covered one from Huss. gunned in almost every East Gaston’s penalties also scored the Warriors’ game. Against Hunter Huss were also down. they were again faced with a On the offensive side of lone touchdown with a sectough opponent as the things East Gaston Fullback ond quarter six-yard plunge. Joyce is happy with the Huskies beat the Warriors Dontavis Walker ran hard way his fullback has been 41-7. With that said, the and put up solid numbers. playing. game wasn’t the runaway He was the Warriors’ offen“Dontavis ran for over a the score projected. sive battering ram as he Head football coach Sean pounded the ball for 125 100 yards,â€? Joyce said. “He Joyce echoed those same yards on 25 carries. Walker is really figuring out what to do.â€? In reviewing his teams’ "  performance, coach Joyce also had positive comments  !  for QB Austin Woods. #$!%   " $# $! ! #  !  " “Austin Woods did a good "     job running the option.â€? #! $    " $   "! OFF Woods ended the night !


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Newcombe named to Carolinas’ Carrousel Hannah Newcombe has been named the Gaston Day School representative at the Carolinas’ Carrousel. In 1967, Carolinas’ Carrousel, Inc. instituted its Carrousel Queens Scholarship Program to recognize outstanding students in the region. Each area high school was invited to select a senior girl to represent the school and compete for the college scholarships offered by the Carolinas’ Carrousel.

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Belmont Central Elementary recently held a fall carnival that saw staff and students enjoy some fun time together. Face painting, fortune telling, and a raffle were part of the excitement.

SP honors Academic All Conference team

South Point High recently honored its Academic All Conference students. Honorees Morgan Mahaffey and Kayla Karr are seen with Principal Glynis Brooks. Wanting to show how important academics are emphasized within the athletic program the South Point athletic department established the Keith Hawthorne Ford 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. Two teams are recognized each year: one for the fall sports season and one for the winter and spring sports season. Prior to the Sept. 27th home football game versus East Gaston South Point High School recognized its Academic All Conference team for the 2012-2013 winter/spring sports season. To receive this award the scholar athlete must be named an All Conference player; maintain a 3.5 unweighted grade point average during that sports semester; incur no infractions; and have no more than 5 excused absences. Those recognized were: Kayla Karr – a junior who was All Conference in track. Her parents are John and Beverly Karr; Chuck Lawing–

was All Conference in baseball. He is a freshman at North Greenville University. His parents are Doc and Molly Lawing; Andrew Locklear – was All Conference in baseball. He is a freshman at Charleston Southern University. His parents are Ray and Kelly Locklear; Morgan Mahaffey – a junior who was All Conference in softball. Her parents are Mike and Terry Mahaffey; Kristen McAndrew – was All Conference in softball. She is a freshman at Lincoln Memorial University. She is the daughter of Tim and Kim McAndrew; Max Neisler – a junior who was All Conference in golf. He is the son of Lee and Lisa Neisler; Phillip Telsrow – a junior who was All Conference in golf. He is the son of Sharon and Sam Telsrow; Janet Widenhouse – was All Conference in soccer. She is a freshman at Brevard College. She is the daughter of Derek and Lydia Widenhouse; Dustin Wiles – was All Conference in baseball. He is a freshman at Hampden-Sydney College. His parents are Richard and Carol Wiles.

That program continues today as the Carrousel Scholarship Program. Scholarships are awarded to the top Carrousel Scholar and four runners-up. The program grants the Bill and Mary Ann York Community Service Award, and partners with some local colleges that offer scholarships to our Carrousel Representatives. Hannah is the daughter of Jennifer and Artie Newcombe.

Gaston College GED computer site Gaston College is one of only 14 computerbased GED® testing sites in the state. Students in the Gaston College service area are being encouraged to complete the current test series by Dec. 18 or their test scores will no longer be valid, and they will have to start over with the new 2014 GED® Test. Since the cost of the test is increasing from $35 to $120 starting in January 2014, the college is exploring possible scholarship opportunities. Students interested in taking the current GED® test should pay the $35 testing fee at the business office and attend pre-registration at the Katherine Harper Testing Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Mondays. GED testing services are given in the new Katherine Harper Testing Center which opened on Wednesday, January 2nd. The Center is located in the Craig Arts and Science building, Room 210. For questions about testing services, call 704.922.2433.

Ramsey honored Parker Ramsey, a Gaston Christian High School senior, has been named a Commended Student in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. He is being recognized for his exceptional academic promise, placing him among the top five percent of students who entered the 2014 NMSC competition. Ramsey, the son of Tim and Phyllis Ramsey of Charlotte, serves as president of the Student Government Association at Gaston Christian and participates in the Beta Club, National Honor Society, International Club, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. An Eagle Scout, Parker is also involved with the Gaston County Teen Court.

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WARRIORS: still fighting From 8A with 18 carries and 46 yards on the ground. He was also four for 11 for 74 yards in passing. What makes the Warriors program so special does not rest in the win, loss column or in the numbers. What makes the Warriors special is the heart of the players. Many of the East Gaston players are playing both ways. That means they are playing offense and defense. They never leave the field. One such player is defensive standout Morgan Ensley. He played linebacker, fullback and tight end. “Ensley played well,� Joyce said. “He played on both sides of the ball. He has a great

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NewBridge Academy in Belmont answered a call by the Belmont Community Organization to help raise funds for shoes for needy children. The staff and kids at NewBridge collected $345 in contributions. Photo shows owner Amanda Hommell (left) with staffers Cindy Mullis and Stephanie Lindsay. Kids that helped out are, from left, Riley Doran, Vaughn Nguyen, Brendan Sherrill, Blake Sherrill, and Anna Robinson.

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5. Entries may be mailed to The Kings Mountain Herald at PO Box 769, Kings Mountain, NC 28086 if postmarked no later than 5 p.m. on Friday or brought by The Eagle office at 107 1/2 E. Main Street, Cherryville; The Herald office at 700 E. Gold Street, Kings Mountain; or The Bannernews office at 128-C N. Main St., Belmont, no later than Friday at 5 p.m. 6. Limit one entry per person, per envelope. Must be 18 years old to enter. All entries must be on blanks clipped from The Eagle, The Banner News or The Herald. No photocopied entries will be accepted. 7. All entries become the property of Gemini Newspapers, Inc. 8. Winners will be contacted as soon as the contest is judged and prize money will be mailed to address on the entry blank. 9. Employees of Gemini Newspapers, Inc. and their families are ineligible. 10. All judges decisions are final.

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Classified Ads FREE ADS! Have something to sell (under $100) or give away? Just fill out the form below & run your ad for FREE!

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) 704-7391425. (tfn) BRICK HOUSE For RENT: 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, living rm/den, kitchen, appliances including washer and dryer. Furnished. Large yard. Water and heat included. $600 month. 1 month deposit required. No inside pets. Grover Area near the KM Battleground & I-85. Call 704-739-1545. (10/16) MARY LEIGHS COTTAGE is accepting applications for 1 BR waiting list. Designed for elderly, (62 or older) or persons with disabilities, Rent based on income. Rental assistance subject to availability; Located at 204 N. Goforth St, Kings Mountain. Office hrs. 11am – 1pm. M-F & by ap-

pointment. Call Site Manager, Jerry Mullinax at (704) 739-8302 or (704) 734-0055 for additional information. $25.00 application fee; Accessible units designed for persons with disabilities subject to availability; Equal Housing Opportunity; This institution is professionally managed by Partnership Property Management, an equal opportunity provider and employer. (10/09 & 16)

Miscellaneous for Sale ANTIQUE OAK SCHOOL DESK for SALE - $40.00. Call: 704-739-5064. (10/16) 4 WHEELER for SALE. Battery powered. Child Size. Needs battery. $45.00. Call: 704-739-5064. (10/16) 3 ROUND BATHROOM SINKS for SALE – Excellent condition. $30.00 for all. Call: 704739-5064. (10/16)

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Land for Sale LOW DOWN PAYMENT. PRICES REDUCED! LOTS in Gaston, Cleveland & Cherokee Co., some with water & septic, owner will fin with low DP. Call Bryant Realty 704567-9836 or w w w. b r y a n t r e (10/16)

Wanted to Buy CASH ON THE SPOT! Will buy tools or building full of merchandise, pictures or anything of value. Will also buy musical instruments. Call: 704300-0827 or 704-300-7676. (10/16)

2 DAYS YARD SALE – Fri., Oct. 18th and Sat., Oct. 19th. 8 am – Until. 106 Doral Court, Kings Mountain (Behind Woodbridge Country Club) – Silk Draperies, Drapery rods, 3 piece wrought iron outdoor furniture, China cabinet, Costume jewelry, Halloween items, All Sizes of Clothes and much, much, more. KM YARD SALE – Sat, Oct. 19th. 8 am – 2 pm, 210 Press Sweezy Rd. (off Bell Road or Mary Grove’s Church Rd in Oak Grove area) Lots of Girl’s Clothes (sizes 12

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STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF GASTON NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND DEBTORS Having qualified as Executor of the Estate of Joe Milton Beatty, 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 25th day of December, 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 25th day of September, 2013. Wayne T. Beatty, Executor 2518 Stanley Lucia Rd. MT. Holly, NC 28120 BN 10549 (9/25, 10/02, 09, &16/13)

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STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF GASTON NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND DEBTORS Having qualified as Executrix of the Estate of Eldred Lawrence Armstrong, aka; Eldred L. Armstrong, 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 25th day of December, 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 25th day of September, 2013. Sharon Reynolds Armstrong, Executrix Estate of: Eldred Lawrence Armstrong, aka; Eldred L. Armstrong 5352 South New Hope Rd. Belmont, NC 28012 BN10548 (9/25, 10/02, 09, &16/13)


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School News ...

East Gaston High School Photos by Lauren Grady and Sydney Morris

School Calendar October 17 Early Dismissal; 6-Week Report Cards Distributed; High School Parent Conferences; Elementary and Middle School Professional Learning October 18 Optional Teacher Workday October 29 End of First 9-Week Grading Period November 7 Early Dismissal; 9-Week Report Cards Distributed; Elementary and Middle School Parent Conferences; High School Professional Learning EG's Automotive Technology students working on a car

November 8 Optional Teacher Workday November 11 Holiday (Veterans Day) November 21 End of Second 6-Week Grading Period November 27 Student Holiday/Teacher Annual Leave November 28-29 Holidays (Thanksgiving) December 5 Second 6-Week Report Cards Distributed December 23 Student Holiday/Teacher Annual Leave December 24-26 Holidays (Winter) Dec 27 - Jan 2 Student Holiday/ Teacher Annual Leave January 17 End of Third 6-Week Grading Period; End of Second 9-Week Grading Period

Jessica Jones, Brandon Wyatt, and Miranda Green posing for a picture on their way back from lunch.

January 20 Holiday (Martin Luther King Day) January 21-22 Mandated Teacher Workdays

Coach Johnson helping the school sell BBQ tickets

Photos by Lauren Grady and Macy Maddy

January 30 All Report Cards Distributed February 17 Optional Teacher Workday March 6 End of Fourth 6-Week Grading Period March 13 Early Dismissal; 6-Week Report Cards Distributed; High School Parent Conferences; Elementary and Middle School Professional Learning March 14 Optional Teacher Workday March 28 End of Third 9-Week Grading Period April 3 Early Dismissal; 9-Week Report Cards Distributed; Elementary and Middle School Parent Conferences; High School Professional Learning April 18 Holiday (Good Friday) April 21-25 Student Holidays/Teacher Annual Leave April 28 End of Fifth 6-Week Grading Period May 8 Fifth 6-Week Report Cards Distributed May 26 Holiday (Memorial Day)

Above: Theater teacher Jan Harris helping students Morgan Sanders and Jason Lindsay with their skit.

June 10 Students’ Last Day; Early Dismissal

At right: Yearbook students hard at work creating their spreads.

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iGEM team earns medal at Jamboree For the third year in a row, Gaston Day School’s iGEM (international Genetically Engineered Machines) team returned from the annual Jamboree with a medal for their Fluorescent Detection of Cadmium in Water project. Together with about 60 colleges and universities from all over North America, including Duke, Yale, and Berkeley, the team competed in Toronto, Ontario for medals and other awards. Each team is judged on a presentation, a poster, and a website which document their work on a project through the summer. The GDS team is comprised of students in grades

10-12 who design and carry out a project to engineer bacteria to detect heavy metal pollutants in water. This is the fifth year that Gaston Day School has fielded the only high school team in the collegiate division of the iGEM competition. Thanks to our sponsors this year: SignSmart, the Hall Family, and New England Biolabs. GDS will begin recruiting its 2014 team shortly after Fall Break. If you have any questions, contact Anne Byford (

Contributed Photo

Gaston Day School recently received a bronze medal at the iGEM event in Toronto. The GDS team included: rear row from left: Parth Patel, Jewel Wasson, Will Reiber. Front row from left: Claire Lamadrid, Steven Allen, Heather Cheung, Paige Brown, India Mackinson. Not pictured but on the team: Gordon Ellison, Nana Boateng.

scary story contest Photo by Jennifer Newcombe

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Gaston Day fifth and sixth grade students recently returned from a trip to the Barrier Island Environmental Education Center. Students learned about local barrier island ecology, marine animals, entomology, and just how much fun a mud pit can be. In this photo some of the girls that took the trip had fun in the tidal mud.

Gaston College events AATCC Symposium: Textile Wet Processing, October 16 – 17: The Association of Textile, Apparel & Materials Professionals Chemical Applications Interest Group is sponsoring a symposium, Textile Wet Processing: The Way Forward…to remain competitive & sustainable, on October 16-17, 2013 at the Textile Technology Center on the Kimbrell campus in Belmont. The program will focus on sustainable initiatives, fibers, processes and technologies. The symposium will provide workshops about sustainable fibers, processes and technologies throughout the textile supply chain. A special presentation will be held on the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals roadmap – who, what & how. Also, a workshop will be held about eco-friendly dyes and chemicals, waterless dyeing technology, and much more. Symposium attendees will tour the Textile Technology Center and learn how the center partners with industry for training, testing and product development. For program details and registration information go to the AATCC’s website at G_Symp_2013.htm. The Foreign Film Night Series Features Sci-Fi from India, October 16: This fall, the TRiO program will present Foreign Film Night from 6 to 9 p.m. in the David Belk Cannon Auditorium (DBC) on the Dallas Campus. The fall series will focus on mainly sci-fi movies from India which include:Robot (2010), Wednesday, October 16, Krrish (2006), Wednesday, November 13 and 3G-A Killer Connection (2013), Wednesday, December 11. Following each film a discussion will be led by English Instructor John M. Withers IV. For more information, contact TRiO at 704.922.2363 or John Withers IV at 704.922.2367 or A Visual Harvest Juried Art Exhibit, October 24: Gaston College and the Gaston County Art Guild will sponsor A Visual Harvest, an annual juried art exhibition from October 24 – December 12, 2013, in the Jeanne Rauch Gallery in Rauch Science and

Fine Arts Building on the Dallas Campus. The annual show features work that focus on nature. Pieces entered in the competition may include plants, animals or natural landscape native to North America. Artists are allowed to submit two pieces of artwork. In the exhibit held last fall, there were more than 100 entries and 50 of those were selected for the juried show. A reception for the artist will be held on Thursday, October 24th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Awards Presentation will be held at 7:00 p.m. The gallery hours are Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information: Gary Freeman, 704.922.6344 or Free College Day, October 26: Visit Free College Day for a chance to experience college for free and learn about the opportunities available at your local community college. Classes begin at 9:00 a.m., with registration starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Dallas Campus. Participants can register for up to three courses. Each class is 50 minutes in length. For a complete list of available courses, go to and select the Free College Day link, located under Campus News and Events. Please call 704.825.6267 or email for additional information. Introduction to International Organization for Standards 9001, October 29: This one-day workshop illustrates what it really cost to not have an effective management system. Learn what is involved with ISO 9001:2008 and be able to make an informed decision. There is a set of five International Standards for Quality Assurance. The ISO 9001 is intended for suppliers who do a lot of design or customization. The class will be held on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Room 206, Dalpiaz Student Success Center, Dallas Campus. Full tuition for this 7-hour class is supported through the Productivity Enhancement Customized Training Budget. Free tuition provided on a first-come-first-serve basis. To pre-register, e-mail cash.cynthia@ or call 704.922.6447.

Grades 3-4; 5-6; 7-8

here’s how it works... Students in grades 3-8 are invited to write a story about the picture shown here. Why is that ogre tipping over a house? is it the witch’s house? what’s up with those ghosts? and who is the monster that’s eating all of them?? Use your imagination and be creative. the length of the story is not important. judging will be based on creativity, imagination and clarity.

teachers: you can even make this a class assignment and enter all of your students’ works in our contest! Children up to Age 6 can color a picture (Look for it in this weeks paper!) the winner will be printed in our oct. 30 edition!

here’s what you could win... • First place in each age division will win a pumpkin and a carving kit! • second and third place will win great gift certificates and prizes! The winners’ stories will even appear in the newspaper!

here’s how you enter... Just color your picture or write your story and mail entries to the Kings Mountain Herald, PO box 769, kings mountain, nc 28086 or drop your entry off at any of our offices: Banner News - 128-C n. main st., belmont cherryville eagle - 107 e. main st., cherryville kings mountain herald - 700 e. gold st., Kings mountain or they can be emailed to Be sure to include your first and last name, age, grade and school, your phone number and name of your parent or guardian.

Deadline is 5 p.m. October 18. Belmont General Store 1811 Shelby Rd., Kings Mountain


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10th annual

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Sponsored by Cleveland County HealthCare System

Stronger Than Before

Saturday, October 26 10 a.m. to Noon

LeGrand Center 1800 East Marion St. Shelby h lby, NC helby Shelby,

Jeff Ross, M Motivational Speaker Sp p d Relay R l for Lf f Life and Hall of Famer, will be our guest speaker. Come, bring a friend and join us as we celebrate our 10th year of honoring our breast cancer survivors and caregivers. F ashion Corner will present the latest Fashion trends for fall. Jeff will share his journey with breast cancer as a husband, father and caregiver caregiver..

FOOD MUSIC FUN FELL FELLOWSHIP OWSHIP R Remember emember to wear pink! This event is FREE and refreshments will be served rv .

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