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Volume 78 • Issue 43 • Wednesday, October 23, 2013

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

MH Detective Walker honored By Alan Hodge

In days gone by, the only education that a law enforcement officer needed was a high school diploma. That’s no longer the case, and Mount Holly Police Detective Tony Walker is proof that putting hundreds of hours into books and training can pay off not only for himself, but for the citizens he’s sworn to protect. Last week saw Walker receive recognition for all his hard work when he was presented with his Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate– one of the highest recognitions of its type in the state. The award was given to Walker by Mayor Bryan Hough at the city council meeting. To earn the certificate, Walker has accumulated around 1,100 hours of classroom time and training as well as many years of law enforcement experience. Walker is currently enrolled at Liberty University where he’s completing his Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. Just a few of the many types of training that Walker

has received include interrogation scenarios, gang intelligence, field sobriety testing, and homicide investigation. The homicide investigation portion has come in especially handy. Walker has been in charge of the last two murder cases in Mount Holly. Choosing the law enforcement field for a career path and excelling in it is natural for Walker, a 38year-old Gaston County native who is married and the father of three children. “The reason I decided on a career in law enforcement was because of where I grew up,� Walker said. “I lived in the Highland Hills area of Gastonia and the Oak Ridge community near Lake Wylie and saw crime first hand like back in 1988 and 1989 when crack came in and ruined so many people’s lives.� One type of crime in particular gets Walker riled up. “The most disturbing is any crime against a child, especially sexual abuse,� he said. During his time on the police force, Walker has

By Alan Hodge Safety first. That’s the motto Debbie Rogers-Lowery spreads like a gospel throughout the towns in Gaston County via her safety consulting service Compliance Training Associates, Inc. For over 20 years Rogers-Lowery has worked with municipalities such as Belmont, Mount Holly, Stanley, Cramerton, McAdenville, Cherryville, Bessemer City, Ranlo, and Dallas to educate their employees in safety practices and procedures. Thanks to Rogers-Lowery’s guidance, last May the City of Mount Holly was given the prestigious SHARP Award by NC Secretary of Labor Cherie Berry. SHARP is the acronym for Safety Health Achievement Recognition Program. By way of thanks for all she has done to help Mount Holly workers stay safe and sound, the city presented her with a special certificate of appreciation at last week’s council meeting. City manager Danny Jackson has seen the results of Rogers-Lowery’s work with his staff. “I have known her for the 15 years that she has worked for the City of Mount Holly as its Safety Coordinator,�

Remember the rolling snack wagon? ALAN HODGE


Rogers-Lowery lives by motto ‘safety first’

Photo by Alan Hodge

Belmont Historical Society member Bobby Brown is seen with the dope wagon that was donated by Jerry Gibson of Stanley. The wagon was a rolling snack cart in the Perfection Mill for decades. Brown and Martin Murphy refurbished the cart for future display.

Jackson said. “She has been a great guide for the city when it comes to having a safe working environment. In my humble opinion Debbie’s greatest character features are loyalty and dedication to the City of Mount Holly. She goes beyond the call of duty when protecting the city’s best interest. It’s nice to work with someone that saves the city a lot of money by keeping our employees safe and avoiding needless medical expenses. The city’s recent awards and other recognition in the safety industry is a direct result of Debbie’s leadership. The City of Mount Holly is very fortunate to have Debbie as a consultant.� According to RogersLowery, it was a tragedy that spurred her interest in safety. “The chicken processing plant fire in Hamlet in Sept. 1991 was a big motivator in my choosing to go into the workplace safety field,� she said. The incident RogersLowery referred to was an industrial fire in Hamlet, North Carolina, at the Imperial Foods processing plant on September 3, 1991, resulting from a failure in a hydraulic line. Twenty-five were killed and 55 injured in the fire, trapped behind locked fire doors. The fire was North Carolina’s worst industrial disaster. Making sure workplaces are safe means inspections, and Rogers-Lowery does that by going in the field wearing jeans and boots. See SAFETY FIRST, 8A

There’s a new artifact in the collection at the Belmont Historical Society that goes by the name of “dope wagon� but it’s not what the modern use of that term might suggest. The dope wagon in question is actually a type of wooden, rolling snack

cart that was used in textile mills for many, many years and not a conveyance for controlled substances. However, certain products sold from the dope wagon when blended together did give workers a much needed “buzz� and took the edge off seemingly endless hours of doffing bobbins. The concept of the dope wagon was to give mill workers access to things

New market brings more than fresh food to McAdenville community

Photo by Alan Hodge

This group of students from Webb Street School had a great outing last week at the McAdenville Community Market where they planted flowers, had lunch, and fed ducks. Seen with them are teacher Angela Neal, Master Gardener Susan Jenkins, and market manager Carol Shrum. ALAN HODGE

McAdenville has long been known as Christmas Town USA, but a new enterprise there is not only drawing attention, but doing good deeds as well. Take a drive along Wesleyan Drive to catch a view

of Santa’s Elves and the “McAdenville Christmas Light Engineers� and you will find the McAdenville Community Market located right in the middle of town. The market opened its doors this summer with the hopes of bringing a different style of a fresh fruit and veg-

etable market to McAdenville and so far is doing just that. While most farmer’s markets in Gaston and surrounding counties are open from spring until early fall, the McAdenville Community Market is open six days a week and starting Nov. 15


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such as cold soft drinks, sandwiches, crackers, cigs, snuff, chewing gum, and headache remedies like BC and Goody powders. The dope wagons were on wheels and just wide enough for the owner/operator to make it between the rows of spinning machinery. The operator of the dope wagon paid the mill a fee in order to have the “franchise�. See DOPE WAGON, 8A

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will be open every day. Carol Shrum, who also manages the Gastonia Farmer’s Market and was instrumental helping to start the Conover Farmer’s Market, wanted to help bring a new concept to the McAdenville area. See MARKET, 8A




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■BRIEFS Mt Pleasant BBQ Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church, 212 South St., Belmont, will be having a fundraiser Port-A-Pit barbeque chicken event on Friday, Oct. 25 starting at 11am and continuing until sold out. Plates are $8 and include ½ chicken, baked beans, slaw, rolls, and dessert. Drinks with dine in. Will deliver for orders of 10 or more plates. Call 704-451-3647 or 704-825-7358 to reserve plates.

YMCA Fall Festival Join the Stowe Family YMCA located at 196 YMCA Drive in Belmont for their annual Fall Festival this Friday, October 25th from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. This fun filled family event is free to the community and includes Live Music, Trunk or Treat, Hayrides, Bounce House, Ghost Bingo and more. A barbecue fundraiser is also on the agenda for the evening. Call the Y at 704-822-9622 for more information.

CaroMont Health Pink Glove dance video CaroMont Health will be competing in the 2013 Medline

A member of the Gold Prospectors of America Mount Holly- Marc Andre Smith, 60, 125 N. Tanninger Road, passed away on Thursday, October 17, 2013. He was a member of the Gold Prospectors of America. He is survived by his wife Carol Lynn Smith; one daughter Katelynn Smith of the home; two sons Luke Smith of Raleigh and Marc Smith of Massachusetts; and two grandchildren. A memorial service to celebrate the life of Mr. Smith was held at 6pm James Whit King Concord– James Whitcliff “Whit� King, 58, formerly of Gastonia, passed away on Thursday, October 17, 2013 at his residence. He was a native of Gaston County, born February

South Point choral program South Point High will present a choral program “Rocking Summer Nights� at Catawba Heights Baptist Church on Oct. 26 from 5-7pm. Tickets are $12. Call 704-825-3351 or email Melissa Glover at

â– OBITUARIES Marc Andre Smith

Pink Glove Dance Video Competition with the goal of winning a $25,000 donation to a breast cancer charity and international social media attention. The video will feature participants dancing and wearing pink-colored exam gloves to raise awareness about the importance of early detection of breast cancer through mammograms. As part of the competition, CaroMont Health also has a goal of raising more than $2,000 for Cancer Services of Gaston County. To date, CaroMont has raised more than $10,000. For more information about the competition, please visit All videos will be posted on beginning Oct. 25 where the public can go online to vote for their favorite video. The winners will be announced Nov. 15, with the winning team receiving a $25,000 donation in their name to the breast cancer charity of their choice. The second place winner will receive $5,000 and the third place winner will receive a $2,000 donation. The video, “CaroMont’s Hope�, was inspired by an employee who was diagnosed with breast cancer last year. Hope Thornburg is a Radiologist Technician in the operating room at CaroMont Regional Medical Center. Hope worked throughout her cancer treatment and remained positive. In fact, she tried to keep her diagnosis private because she didn’t want her cancer to define who she was.

Monday October 21, at the Woodlawn Chapel of Woodlawn Funeral Home in Mount Holly with Rev. Mitch Murrow officiating. The family received friends immediately following the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Stuart Cramer Marching Band, 101 Lakewood Road, Belmont NC 28012. Condolence messages may be sent to the family at Woodlawn Funeral Home in Mount Holly served the family.

22, 1955 to James L. King and the late Tommie Tucker King. A memorial service was held at 6pm Tuesday, October 22, at East Garrison Baptist Church with Rev. Jack Fleming officiating.

Fall planting day The City of Mount Holly, together with the Mount Holly Community Development Foundation, is updating downtown planters on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 10am during Make a Difference Day. Community volunteers will meet by the garden in front of the Historical Society (Old City Hall) on Main Street, across the street from City CafĂŠ. 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. This is a great way to meet neighbors and make new friends while beautifying downtown. Scout and school groups are heartily welcome. If you have any questions, please call Barbara Linster at 704-674-0860 or email

Oct. 17 Joseph Brandon Brown, simple assault, arrested by Officer M. Elizondo, 279 Green Oak Dr. Oct. 19: Daniel Brian Fannon, expired registration plate DWLR, arrested by Cpl. J. Pierson, McAdenville Rd. Oct. 19: Melissa Biddix Armstrong, larceny shoplifting, arrested by Officer C. Falls, 701 Hawley Ave. Oct. 20: Charles Franklin Baldwin, failure to appear, arrested by Cpl. J. Pierson, 6325 Wilkinson Blvd.

Belmont Library - craft day The Belmont Public Library, 125 N. Central Ave. will be having a “Craft Day for Tweens & Teens� on Nov. 7 at 1pm. Registration is required. Call 704-825-5426 to register. The event is for ages 10 to 18 years. Nov. 7 is 12 noon dismissal at the schools, so the library is hoping that the 1pm time will be good for those who are interested.

Wednesday, October 30, from 2:30-7pm; Fellowship Hall of First Presbyterian Church, Belmont. To schedule appointment, email: No appointment required. Drop-ins welcomed!

Ten successful entrepreneurs were on the program for Entrepreneur Summit 2013 last Friday, and Gaston County native Sharon Decker, NC Secretary of Commerce, delivered the keynote address at the Kimbrell Campus of Gaston College. The Montcross Area Chamber and Gaston Regional Chamber partnered on the summit to provide valuable information on starting and operating businesses to local small business owners and those thinking of starting a new business. Topics discussed included funding new businesses, E-commerce and women entrepreneurs. Also presenting were Louis Foreman, founder of Enventys and creator of the PBS television serries “Everyday Edisons,� and Launch Pad Business Plan Contest winner Alan Nash of AcuteCare Solutions. ImageMark Business Services presented the keynote luncheon and Secretary Decker’s address. Other sponsors were Wilbert Plastic Services, PSNC Energy, Duke Energy, and Stress Free Home Care.

Completely You! Completely You! at Discover You!, CaroMont’s health education facility in the Mount Holly Municipal Complex, will be a celebration of women and the fight against breast cancer. This special event from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. offers opportunities for women to learn and be inspired, and enjoy a delicious brunch prepared by Chef Nancy Pinkerton with Nana’s Angels catering. Join Discover You! staff and other participants for good food, fellowship and a presentation by CaroMont Breast Surgi-

Riverside Baptist hosts outdoor services Riverside Baptist Church, downtown Cramerton, will be having Outdoor Services every Sunday night in October at 6pm. Bring a friend and lawn chairs. Call 704-824-3182 for more information.


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Melia Lyerly, the jewelry artist of Laughing Planet Jewelry, has been creating original works of jewelry art for over a decade, working in a variety of mixed metals to create uniquely distinctive and highly individual pieces. Join Lyerly as she demonstrates her work during Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden’s First Tuesday presentation Nov. 5 from noon to 1 p.m. All of Lyerly’s metalwork is cut, shaped and textured by hand to create necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings from sterling silver, copper and brass. She’s one of the artists who supplies The Garden Store with locally produced, hand-made products that comprise nearly half of all merchandise in the store. Born in Charlotte and now living in Gaston County near the Garden, Lyerly draws inspiration from numerous sources, from primitive designs to more contemporary and sometimes industrial styles. Her work is earthy, textural and bold. In every case, she works carefully and precisely to make a piece that is beautiful, fun and as uniquely distinct as the person who wears it. “Taking sterling silver, copper and brass and then forming and shaping them into something beautiful and expressive speaks to my soul,� Lyerly said. “I love to take these basic, raw metals and give them personality, passion and joy. My goal is to express a mood, an attitude or a feeling that the wearer finds reflects her own personality.� First Tuesday presentations are free with Garden admission. Admission for members is free; adults, $12; seniors 60+, $10; and children 4-12, $6. Guests are encouraged to bring a bag lunch. For more information, visit or call 704825-4490.

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DSBG First Tuesday

Red Cross Blood Drive

â– BELMONT POLICE Oct. 15: Wayne Royal Deese, Jr., larceny shoplifting, trespassing, arrested by Officer M. Kelske, 6507 Wilkinson Blvd. Oct. 16: Stacy Lynn Felton, larceny shoplifting, arrested by Officer K. Hall, 701 Hawley Ave. Oct. 17: Benjamin David Abernathy, larceny auto parts and accessories, arrested by Officer K. Hall, 201 Chronicle St. Oct. 17: Tracy Harrington Smith, order for arrest, arrested by Cpl. M. Harris, 30 Flowers Ct.

cal Specialists’ fellowship-trained breast surgeon Paula Lundgren, MD. Origami Owl, Thirty-One, Mary Kay and others will be on hand. There will be door prizes including a $350 personal chef package donated by Chef Pinkerton. Tickets are $25 and space is limited. Contact Discover You! at 704.827.6770 or visit to reserve your spot.

Medical Center Pharmacy • in Cherryville

South Point High BBQ sale set for Nov. 1 South Point High School’s 39th Annual BBQ is Friday, Nov. 1 from 9am6pm. The plate consists of BBQ, slaw, rolls, chips and dessert, catered by Buddy’s BBQ. Cost is $7 per plate. Deliveries are available to businesses in Gaston and Mecklenburg counties from 9am-2pm with a ten-plate minimum. There is a convenient online delivery order form on the school’s website at /Pages/welcome.aspx Curbside service is available all day. Teachers such as Kelly Bridges (pictured) will be dressed as pigs. The school is located at 906 South Point Road in Belmont. The school phone is 704-825-3351. Contact Information: Rhonda Van Pelt at South Point High, 704825-3351; 704-825-3352,

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Fellowship trained Cardiothoracic Surgeon joins CaroMont Health

RIBBON CUTTING – Jimmie West, who recently joined the Montcross Area Chamber, cuts a ribbon for his local waste collection business Belmont Removals. He provides weekly trash pick-up service and on-demand pick-up for special requests and says no job is too big or too small for him to handle. He serves Belmont and Gastonia and most other cities and towns in eastern Gaston County. Jimmie says personal service and going the extra mile for his customers sets his business apart from larger competitors. Helping Jimmie celebrate, on the front row (from left) are Freda Hall, Katie Goforth, Montcross Area Chamber President Ted Hall and Chamber Past Board Chair Timothy Roberts. Several of Jimmie’s friends came out to support him at the ribbon cutting. They are (second row, from left) Chuck Clark, Don Dillard, Larry Eller and Steve Ray. For more information on Belmont Removals, call 704-891-8555. (Montcross Area Chamber photo)

Last month, CaroMont Health welcomed Alec Akbarov, MD, PhD, FACS to its medical staff as a Cardiothoracic Surgeon and Director of Thoracic Surgery for CaroMont Heart. “I’m very excited about joining CaroMont Heart and Dr. Greelish as a partner,� said Dr Akbarov. “I’m highly impressed by the high standards, quality of care and commitment from the CaroMont Team. They have shown exceptional standards in their cardiac and oncological care.� Cardiothoracic surgery is the field of medicine involving surgical treatment for diseases affecting organs in the chest. Dr. Akbarov will assist patients who are diagnosed with a number of conditions, including heart disease and lung cancer. Highly proficient in General Thoracic and Thoracic Oncological Surgery, his professional expertise also includes Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS), a minimally invasive (through small incisions) procedure performed with the assistance of a small camera. Dr. Akbarov’s extensive knowledge and skill is a huge asset to the existing group of worldclass surgeons who comprise the nationally recognized cardiac/thoracic program at CaroMont Health.

Dr. Alec Akbarov “Dr. Akbarov brings a strong track record of leadership qualities and outstanding patient outcomes,� said Daniel Tuffy, Vice President of Operations for CaroMont Health. “He will help us deliver the highest quality care for our patients.� Dr Akbarov is a fellowship-trained Cardiothoracic Surgeon. He received his medical training from the Academy of Medical Science in Moscow, Russia. While in Moscow, he completed his PhD at the Institute of Clinical Oncology of Russian Federation. Dr. Akbarov fulfilled his residency in surgery at St. Agnes HealthCare in Baltimore, MD. He completed his cardiothoracic training at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, NJ. Dr. Akbarov is certified by the American Board of Surgery, as well as, the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.

RIBBON CUTTING – The new Belmont law firm of Marguerite Eubanks Stricker at 203 Glenway Street celebrated its opening with a Chamber ribbon-cutting Friday afternoon and a backyard barbecue that continued into the evening. Some of the services offered by the firm include estate planning, elder law, family law and mediation and real estate. Belmont native Marguerite Eubanks Stricker is shown cutting the ribbon along with her granddaughter Taylor Simonds. Also behind the ribbon are (from left) Tonya Simonds, Larry Simonds, Andrew Brandt and Montcross Area Chamber President Ted Hall. Holding the ribbon are Freda Hall of Reflection Properties Real Estate and Chamber Board Secretary Dr. Joe Keith, dean of the Gaston College Kimbrell Campus in Belmont. The Marguerite Eubanks Stricker firm also has offices in Murphy, NC. For more information on the Belmont firm, call 704-823-8034, or visit (Montcross Area Chamber photo)

“Fore� The Kids golf tourney needs community support Sons of the American Legion and Auten Stowe American Legion Post 144 in Belmont are hosting a golf tournament on Saturday, October 26, to meet the special needs this Christmas of students at four Belmont elementary schools. Teams and sponsors still are needed for the tournament, and all proceeds will go to meet needs during the Christmas season of children at Belmont Central, North Belmont, Catawba Heights and Page Elementary. “A group of sons and daughters of American Legion veterans, has come together in partnership with Post 144 to make sure all students at these schools have a good Christmas this year,� said Greg Garrison, one of the tournament organizers. “We feel a special

responsibility to do what we can to meet this need, and call on others throughout the community to pitch in and help.� The tournament is called “Fore� the Kids and will take place at Green Meadows Golf Course, 964 Kelly Road, in Mount Holly. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., with a shot-gun start at 10 a.m. There will be a $10,000 hole in one contest and a $5000 putting contest. Lunch will be donated by Hillbilly’s BBQ a& Steaks. Team fee is only $200,

and individuals play for only $50. All players are asked to bring a $10 toy. Sponsorships are available in a broad range from $25 to place a name on the welcome banner to $1000 for two teams, signage on all marketing materials, hole sponsor and name on the Friends of the Legion banner. For more information on entering a team or becoming a sponsor, call Tommy Christopher at 704.825.9022, Tommy Loudermilk at 704.616.3873,

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The haves and the have nots One of my favorite Ernest Hemingway novels is called “To Have and Have Not�. It’s about folks in Key West in the 1930s during the Depression and some of them are rich (the haves) and some are not (the have nots). I recently saw a modern example of this very principle and it got me to thinking about the future of the nation. So, here’s what got my brain-wheels turning. First of all, I am a have more so than a have not. I live in a nice place and have plenty of clothes and much much more food to eat than I really need on any given day and an older but sturdy vehicle and lots of toys so I can’t really complain. I have a job (actually two jobs if you count this one and my 25 years freelancing for Our State magazine)) doing what I feel is my “calling� of community journalism. I even have a few bucks in the bank and so I took some of them weekend before last and Sharon and I went to Lake Lure and spent one very expensive night at the 1927 Lake Lure Inn. FYI the 1927 Lake Lure Inn is a swanky joint with a lobby filled with artworks and photos of some of the famous folks who have crashed there including great writers such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Alan Lee Hodge (only kidding about the latter one). Completing the ambience is classical music piped in softly and cushy sofas for lounging on and soaking up the overall feeling of having “made it� if only for a few hours. The only drawback is the bathrooms. They are very small and obviously from another time period. The back of the bathroom doors have a fulllength mirror and if I go back there again I plan to take a

Alan Hodge Editor black plastic trash bag and some duct tape and cover the mirror so I don’t have to see my body in its current state of flabbiness. Across from the inn is a marina and at the marina you can pay $15 each and take a pontoon boat tour of Lake Lure. Basically, what the boat tour does is show you the many mansions perched on the lakeshore including one that costs (according to the tour guide) a cool $4 million. Other palatial digs are in the measly $1 million range. I think Jesus said something about many mansions being prepared for believers but I don’t think he was speaking about Lake Lure. Anyway, after having sopped up as much of the envy tour as I could stand, and having been ripped off at a nearby restaurant for lunch, and not being invited to the wedding reception feast that was spread out at the inn, we beat it down the road a few miles to a big new supermarket and attacked the deli counter for some supper to take back to the room. Of course the doorman stuck his nose in the air at the sight of my two cans of PBR in a paper bag but he came around the next day when I slipped him a fiver. It was at the supermarket that I had a revelation. In front of us in line was a rather large lady in an electric cart. She had a girl child with her about nine years old. The lady had her groceries rang up and bagged but after eyeing the total she didn’t

Each Make A Difference Day, millions of busy Americans set out to help others. Whether they rebuilding a playground or cleaning up trash, volunteers proved a universal tenet to be true: It is better to give than to receive. For that period of time, they make the world seem like a better place. What is Make A Difference Day? Make A Difference Day is the most encompassing national day of helping others – a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors. Everyone can participate. Make A Difference Day is an annual event that takes place

on the fourth Saturday of every October. Millions participate. People who care enough about their communities to volunteer on that day accomplish thousands of projects in hundreds of towns. Anyone, young and old, individuals and groups, anyone can carry out a volunteer projects that help others. Your project can be as large or as small as you wish! Look around your community and see what needs to be done. It might be as ambitious as collecting truckloads of clothing for the homeless, or as personal as spending an afternoon helping an elderly neighbor or rela-

tive. Are people hungry, homeless or ill? Are parks or schools dirty or neglected? No matter where you live, there’s a need nearby. You can act alone or enlist your friends, family and co-workers. Dozens of people across the community can band together. Carry out your plans to help others on Make A Difference Day, this Saturday, Oct. 26. Be sure to take lots of pictures and share them with us in our Make A Difference Day photo album. Send your information to; be sure to include your name and phone number.

Letters to the Editor Letter to editor – About every textile plant in Belmont ran cotton in some form or way or the other so that’s why I call this a cotton tale. Miss Leckie Brown lived at the bottom of Sloan St. and worked the first shift at Piedmont Processing which was six in the morning until two in the afternoon. Now Leckie didn’t own an automobile so she walked to and from work. Leckie had the knack of getting to work about two minutes til six everyday. She would check in and go straight to her job which was running a winder. When Leckie went through the door to clock in she was moving like a firetruck going to a fire. Now you know how it was working at a textile plant everyone knew everyone and playing pranks on one another was a common practice so a few winder hands decided to pull a prank on Leckie Brown. So one morning right before Leckie was due one of the women lay down on the floor as if she had a problem. Well here comes Leckie right on cue. When she opened the door she saw the woman lying there and looked down at her for a split second stepped over her, clocked in and went right to work. When asked why she didn’t stop and check the woman out Leckie said I’m no doctor and if she had been dead there wasn’t a thing she could have done. This story is true because Leckie Brown was my aunt. She was a hard worker and a wonderful lady. If you would like to hear more cotton tales about the people who worked in textile mills let me know.


Letter to editor – This is a letter of recommendation for Richard Turner who is running for a seat on the Belmont City Council in the up-coming election on Nov. 5th. In the past several years, I have gotten to know Richard while we served together on the City Planning Board. During this time it has become apparent to me that Richard has a sincere interest in Belmont. He serves on the Parks and Recreation Committee, and is a member of the Belmont Planning Board. Richard is also a Boy Scout leader in a local church troop. He and his wife are members of Queen of Apostles Church here in Belmont. Richard can see the “big picture� when looking at the future growth of Belmont. He realizes, for instance, that the future growth of the business district should be directed down East Catawba Street instead of up North Main Street. He is also dedicated to do what is best to preserve the fine older homes in Belmont that are a tremendous part of Belmont’s charm. Belmont is positioned for a substantial increase in growth over the next years, and it would be a good thing to have Richard Turner on the Belmont City Council to help in directing that growth. Richard would appreciate your support. Frank Traywick Belmont

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Letters to the Editor Letter to editor – Let’s see now candy has M&M now Belmont may have MCM which means here comes old MCM (Mayor Charlie Martin). I think MCM will be good for Belmont as M&M will be to a sweet tooth. Charlie Martin has always been a mainstay in Belmont and knows futuristic good things are still in store for Belmont. Belmont has to have good government to see good things happen and Belmont has always had that government force. I’ve watched Belmont grow for sixty years. When most of our textile plants went down everyone thought this may be the end of Belmont and I was one of them. But all the men and women who govern Belmont didn’t roll over and give up their job is to figure out what’s best for Belmont Well. They’ve done their job from what i can see. Oh they had plenty of opposition and that’s what governement is all about. You can please all the people but it’s the majority that counts old MCM had a lot to do with that. Before I end this Charlie Martin didn’t pay me to write this because he knows I do what I want to do and say what want to say. Me and Charlie Martin don’t always agree on a lot of things like the moving the Fighting Yank I would have been happy if they put it in my front yard.

Letter to editor – Please accept this letter as my endorsement of Richard Turner for Belmont City Council in this fall’s election. I have known and served with Richard on the Belmont Planning and Zoning Board and on the Belmont Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, which he chairs. I have always found Richard to be thoughtful and deliberative in making decisions. He is a consensus builder who studies all sides of an issue and listens to others viewpoints before forming an opinion. Richard is very dedicated to the preservation of Belmont’s unique character and will work very hard to improve the quality of life for all of Belmont’s citizens. He has great ideas for the improvement of Belmont and will work tirelessly to serve our city. His many years of community service in Belmont are impressive and demonstrate his strong sense of service and love of Belmont. Richard will be a strong force for change on the Council and will listen and respond to the citizenry’s vision for growth that will keep Belmont a great place to live, work and play. Join me in voting for Richard Turner for Belmont City Council on Nov. 5.

Rev. Angela Pleasants First United Methodist Church, Mount Holly

HODGE: The haves and have nots people who are strapped for cash and legions of dolts with lots of dollars. Good looks might help bring on the bucks, but not in every case. Inherited money is also hit or miss. I think the nation is drifting into a have and have not scenario. Contrary to what some may say, the Great Recession is not over, many people whose finances were on the hand to mouth register five years ago are still struggling while on the other side of the proverbial coin, or one hundred dollar bill, those with plenty of dough are getting just as many tax breaks as always. Where is this all leading? History has shown that as long as there is a

have enough money to pay the bill so began the embarrassing task of sorting through the stuff and taking out items and deducting them from the tab. At the time I was irked at having to wait. But later, when I got to thinking about the glaring contrast between the haves in the inn and lakeshore mansions, and the have nots such as the lady in the store, I could not help but ponder why some folks seem to have everything (at least in a material sense) and others struggle to get by. Surely it is not all about intelligence as there are plenty of smart

middle class in the majority then societal stability is more or less assured. It is when the have nots increase in greater and greater numbers and their patience grows thinner than the cloth on the seat of their britches that things get dicey. Just ask Czar Nicholas II. So, if nothing else, I came away from my 36 hours rubbing elbows with the Lake Lure haves, and one have not, with not only a greater appreciation of my current place in society but a real concern over where the country will be in the years to come both socially and economically. In my opinion, right now it doesn’t look too good.

quality of life and making Belmont a better place to live now and in the future. His wife Dot owns her own tax business and Charlie was in the insurance business in our area for the past 43 years. He has served the City of Belmont as a councilman the last eight years and is well thought of in our community. Please make sure you exercise your vote in this election on Nov. 5th and especially vote for Charlie Martin for Mayor in this important election. Margaret Mayes, Belmont


Michael Holder Belmont

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Letter to editor – Belmont residents: Please vote for Charlie Martin as our next mayor. My daughter and I have known Charlie to be completely trustworthy for 27 years. He is devoted to his faith as we see him and his wife in church every Sunday. He graduated from Belmont Abbey College and married a local girl from Belmont. They raised five children in Belmont and have 15 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He is a devoted family man and has always been dedicated to improving our

One of the worst hurts is when we are hurt intentionally or unintentionally by members of the church. If we leave our wounds unattended it can fester and we become bitter. It causes us to lose trust with the body of believers, the leaders, pastors and worse with God. Have you been hurt by the righteous? I recently read a book by Anne Graham Lotz entitled Wounded by God’s People: Discover How God’s Love Heals Our Heart.” Anne Graham Lotz said, “everyone has been wounded…hurt…neglected…by others. Some of the most painful wounds have been inflicted by God’s people. People that we have grown to love.” After reading this book I began to reflect inwardly. I recalled the times I have been wounded by the righteous intentional or unintentional. I also recalled the times I have wounded others intentional or unintentional. How can we heal from these wounds? I began my steps to healing first repenting from the times I have wounded others. I recently sat with a colleague and said I was sorry for a past event where I unintentionally wounded him

with my words. I then ask God to forgive me for the carelessness of my words. I asked the Holy Spirit to help me forgive others who wounded me. I asked the Holy Spirit to overflow my heart with God’s love. “Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Romans 5:5 NKJV. I learned a valuable lesson in learning to use grace filled words rather than words filled with malice and bitterness. “Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to

answer each one.” Colossians 4:6 NKJV. Finally, it takes growing and maturing in the Word of God. When we strive against one another we are living as infants or carnal Christians. “I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able; for you are still carnal. For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like mere men?” I Corinthians 3:2-4 NKJV. Growth and healing can be painful but the result of growing the character of Jesus is worth it.

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SP shoots down Forestview 49-34 The Friday night match up between the Forestview Jaguars and South Point Red Raiders South Point 48 was a battle between two Forestview 34 different offensive styles. The Red Raider 1 2 3 4 Final have won Big South Conference champi- SP 4 14 14 7 49 onships year after year 34 by pounding the ball. FV 0 14 14 6 The Red Raiders legendary "Red Bone" out. Tyler Bray hit his third triple option running attack TD of the night with 2 yard is capable of putting points run. He ended the night with on the board and yards on 5 trips to the end zone. the stat sheet. Bray once again showed Forestview on the other that he is a complete packhand is a high-powered age. In the 3rd quarter he passing team. For their part scored his 4th touchdown they are just as capable of with a sensational 98-yard putting points on the board. kickoff return. He would get The match up proved to his final TD in the 4th quarbe a battle between a battle ter to wrap up the South tank and a fighter jet. The Point scoring. winner would take the lead Brooks ran well for Big in the Big South Conference Red. For the second game in championship hunt. When a row he ran for over 200 the battle ended and the dust yards. Against the Jags settled the Red Raider tank Brooks finished up with 205 prevailed. South Point shot yards and a score. down Forestview 49-34. South Point wingback Both offenses put up Diontrea King also had a big huge offensive totals. South night. King had 109 yards Point had 484 yards in total off of 9 carries. He also offense, almost all of which scored in the 3rd quarter. came on the ground. The Jaguars tried their Forestview finished the best to exploit the Red night with 478, most of Raiders pass defense. The which came through the air. Red Raiders bent but they South Point played mis- never broke. The South take free ball. They had no point defense got two picks turnovers and only 4 penal- and held the line. As potent ties. as the Forestview passing The Red Raiders started game was the running game things off in the first quarter was the opposite. South with a pair of Tyler Bray Point limited the Jags to just touchdowns. Bray ended the 90 yards off of 20 carries. night with 150 yards. South Point now sits In the second quarter the firmly in control of their fireworks started. Each team destiny in the Big South. scored 14 points. South Next up for Big Red is a Point quarterback Juquan home game against Lake Brooks scored from 7 yards Norman Charter.


Class of 2003 reunites Senior class officers Nick Byrne and Nick Karvounis of the South Point High School Class of 2003 hosted a tenyear reunion the weekend of October 11-12 in Belmont. Reunion festivities coincided with South Point’s Homecoming football game against Ashbrook as well as the Belmont Fall Festival. On Friday, reunion festivities included a pre-game barbecue picnic served by Buddy’s BBQ at the picnic shelter in Stowe Park. Later that evening, graduates joined the capacity crowd at Lineberger Stadium to take in a South Point gridiron performance with the Red Raiders prevailing over the Ashbrook Green Wave by a score of 48-14. On Saturday, graduates enjoyed an evening social at Belmont Food & Beverage with drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and desserts. The evening’s entertainment included a slideshow and video presentation along with a prize giveaway raffle featuring items from Downtown Belmont merchants. A DJ also played select, throwback tunes from the 2002-2003 school year. More than 60 graduates attended one or both of the events. In total, about 75 total guests attended at least one event during the weekend festivities. Many of the attendees hailed from the Belmont area and/or North Carolina. Graduates vying for the distinction of farthest distance traveled hailed from California, Atlanta, Ga., and New York City. From the outset, reunion organizer Nick Byrne was most focused on ensuring the event was accessible while also focused on promoting Downtown Belmont. “Over a year ago we began our official event planning with a few things in

mind,” he said. “Get as many people to the events as possible, allow opportunities for grads with families to include their new additions, and ensure that we made the event special. I think we succeeded on all fronts.” The scheduled events allowed grads to reunite in Belmont the same weekend as the Belmont Fall Festival, giving folks a chance to enjoy many of Belmont’s local shops and restaurants along with the nice weather that swept in over the weekend. Moreover, in the lead up to the event, organizers developed a social media presence on Facebook allowing grads to share class photos, reminisce over high school memories, and organize other informal events such as the Reunion Bowl – a flag football contest pitting former Red Raider gridiron stars and non-players alike—and a gathering at Sammy’s Pub on Friday evening. A Facebook page for the twenty-year reunion has already been posted, although there has already been a request to host a fifteen year reunion. Date and time for either event is to be decided.

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The Belmont Abbey soccer team decided last Thursday was a nice cool day for a run so they got together dressed in purple and pounded the pavement downtown.

Two in a row for Stuart Cramer football

Stuart Cramer High defeated North Gaston last Thursday by a score of 3520 to take its second win in a row. Quarterback Noah Oxendine threw three TD passes and scored on a run as well. Jakeem Brand had a touchdown catch and a touchdown run. Isaiah Foust made a scoring catch as did Wade McLain. Stuart Cramer defense was spearheaded by Darnell Johnson, McClain and Scott Moore. “Our guys really took advantage of the turnovers from North Gaston and put some points on the board,” said coach Ben McMillan. “Our defense made some adjustments and played really well in the second half. I’m really proud of our guys for the way we are playing now after battling some adversity earlier in the season. They have come out every week with a great attitude and continue to get better each week.” Stuart Cramer (2-6) hosts Hunter Huss next Thursday.

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WALKER: honored for hard work & dedication

DOPE WAGON: remember the rolling snack carts?

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worn many hats including patrol community service, doing background checks on potential police candidates, and the vice squad. “I enjoy all phases of police work,” Walker said. “But if I had to pick a favorite, it would be community service. Events like the National Night Out give us a chance to show people, especially young people, that we are here and they can trust us. I hate it when people tell children the police will get them. We are the kid’s friends.” Walker’s outreach extends beyond the police headquarters. He is active at his place of worship, CORE Church (Connect, On center, Relationships, Empower), where every Tuesday night at 6pm food is given out to the hungry. “We hope to have fed 20,000 people by the end of this year,” Walker said. Another CORE Church program that Walker is keen on is Potters House. “It’s a shelter for women who are victims of domestic violence,” said Walker. Mount Holly Police Chief Don Roper says Walker is a valuable member of his team. “Detective Walker is well liked by his fellow officers, and is respected in the law enforcement community,” Roper said. “He is active in his

Carrol Trull of Belmont worked at the Climax Mill in the 1950s and recalled the dope wagon there. “We had a twister room, a spinning room, and a carding room at the Climax,” said Trull. “The person that ran the dope wagon would push it through the mill every two hours and park it in the different departments for about twenty minutes each. It was like an oasis in the mill. When it wasn’t out on the mill floor, it was kept in a room we called the dope house.” The dope wagons weren’t terribly large and demand for its wares could be high. “Sometimes by the time the second and third shifts came on the dope wagon would run out of sandwiches and they had to take what stuff was left,” said Trull. The interior of a textile mill running at full tilt was noisy and hot. Workers were expected to maintain high levels of production. Often a “pick me up” was needed. This is where the dope wagon came in handy. One way the workers lifted their energy level was by purchasing a drink such as an RC Cola, a Coca-Cola, or an Original 3 Centa Drink and adding to it a Goody or BC powder. The resulting mix of caffeine in the drink and the aspirin in the powder produced a kick the equivalent of today’s energy drinks such as Monster. A less common practice but one that some mill workers whose nerves were jangled by the roar of machinery turned to was to buy a Coke from the dope wagon and pour a splash of spirits of ammonia in it then swig the high octane cocktail. The BHS dope wagon spent its days starting in the 1920s at Perfection Mill in North Belmont. It was owned and operated at the mill by several different people over the decades. The wagon was last owned and operated from 1961 to 1963 by Jerry Gibson of

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Mount Holly Police Detective Tony Walker is seen with the North Carolina Advanced Law Enforcement certificate he received at last week’s city council meeting. church and with his family, and is a dedicated professional serving the citizens of Mount Holly. “I know that I can count on him to give 100% when he is

assigned a task.” Tony Walker wears a badge and the heart behind it is full of love for Mount Holly and its citizens.

Stanley. It was pretty much an all day thing,” Gibson said. “I would operate the dope wagon from 6am until around five in the afternoon. I had a helper who kept it open for the third shift. It wasn’t just the people working in the mill that bought things. Some people that lived in the mill village would come in the back door of the mill and buy items.” Gibson pushed the dope wagon envelope by also offering hot dogs and hamburgers he cooked at home and brought to the mill. Gibson says he believes his cart was run by a guy named Pokey Beatty in the years before World War II. With the advent of vending machines, the dope wagon went the way of the dinosaur and so Gibson retired his and placed it in a barn loft where it sat for fifty years before he donated it to the BHS. To get the Gibson dope wagon back in working order, BHS members Martin Murphy and Bobby Brown replaced several rotten boards as well as the wheels and tires. They also affixed some BC and other advertising cards to the sides and placed samples of goodies and drinks the wagon would have originally sold. “We wanted to keep it as original as possible,” said Brown. Right now the BHS dope wagon is in storage awaiting a place to put it on display. Once the time comes that it sees the light of day again, you can be sure lots of folks will gaze at its BC Powders and RC bottles and recall a time when mixing those two products together would brighten their working world– if even for a few minutes. There will also be a new generation of folks that Gibson says will learn something new. “A lot of people who never worked in a mill will look at the dope wagon and wonder what it is,” he said. “It was from a different time.”

SAFETY FIRST: is Rogers-Lowery’s motto

MARKET: bringing more than food to community

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“Examples of what an inspection might include are pointing out hazards such as improper use of extension cords or slip/trip hazards,” she said. “It could be something as simple as a crack in a shovel handle that could break and injure the person using it.” After she does an inspection, Rogers-Lowery fills out a written report and gives it to the head of the department she is looking at. For instance, in Mount Holly the Streets and Solid Waste Dept. is headed up by Mike Santmire and her report on anything connected with that section would go to him. “Once something is written up it has to be corrected,” she said. In addition to safety inspections, Rogers-Lowery also administers a wide variety of other safety and health related actions. These can include hearing tests, workplace noise level evaluations, respirator fittings, safety committee meetings, OSHA training, and response to serious workplace injuries or accidents. “I want to have an impact on the behavior of employees so they practice safe work habits even when no one is watching,” she said. In addition to saving cities like Belmont and Mount Holly money on worker comp claims dues to accidents and injury,

“We have thousands of vehicles who come through the center of town each morning and afternoon,” said Shrum. “McAdenville is a wonderful location to start a new and very welcomed business.” The market is offering a plethora of baked goods, jams, flowers, honey, birdhouses, crafts, vegetables, and more. It’s all locally made or grown. The McAdenville Community Market is a gathering spot for the community and already has plans to expand the market and what it wants to offer. Out back is a “children’s learning garden” with raised beds which offers wheelchair friendly access, making it possible for everyone to be a part of the garden activities. Students from Webb Street School visited the market last week and planted the learning garden with pansies and daffodil bulbs under the guidance of Gaston County Extension Master Gardener Susan Jenkins. They also enjoyed a picnic and fed the ducks at the lake across the street from the market. Webb Street School is a public separate school in Gaston County. It serves students aged 5 - 22 years with intellectual disabilities. The instructional program follows the North Carolina Standard Course of Study Academic Extensions. Webb Street School also instructs students in Gaston County with its Community Based Training program. Angela Neal is the Webb Street School teacher who brought the kids to the market and saw them dig in and do some planting. “This is an amazing way for the students to learn and explore,” she said. “It’s a nice relaxing day.” Of the six students that Neal brought, three are in wheelchairs. All of the students are non-verbal. Helping Neal were teacher assistants Laura Dunlap and Rocko Wright.

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Consultant Debbie Rogers-Lowery was presented with a certificate of appreciation from the City of Mount Holly for helping its employees maintain a safe work environment and practices. Rogers-Lowery’s focus on safety also extends beyond the jobsite. “I tell people don’t drive through piles of leaves because a child might be in one,” she said. “Also, never use an extension cord with a spacer heater and keep your clothes dryer vent free of lint.”

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Overall, Rogers-Lowery is on a mission that sees her working 12-hour days and driving her car over 30,000 miles per year all in the name of making sure folks are OK. Or, as she so succinctly put it: “At the end of the day I want everybody to go home to their family safe and sound.”

According to Neal, a chat with Shrum at the Gastonia Farmer’s Market led to an invitation to bring the kids to the McAdenville market. Another group of kids that will soon be availing themselves of the learning garden are from the Head Start program. There are lots of other exciting events slated at the McAdenville Community Market. On Saturday Nov. 9, from 10am until 1pm, the market will host a Holiday Sampler event. This event is free and shoppers will be able to place their holiday orders. In the coming months, the McAdenville Community Market will form a garden club in the spring. Holidays are special in McAdenville and the market is offering cookiedecorating workshops and make your own fresh Christmas wreath parties. You can sign up at the market or phone 704-860-4451 for more information. The Lady’s Auxiliary of McAdenville will be selling their Christmas Town USA tshirts and sweatshirts at the market during the holiday season.

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Katie Boyd (left) and Carol Shrum are keeping things lively and fresh at the McAdenville Community Market.

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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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Lowell Elementary students of the month

Pennington chosen Top Math Teacher in state Lisa Pennington, assistant principal at East Gaston and a fifth grade teacher at Costner last year, was chosen North Carolina Outstanding Mathematics Teacher of the Year. She will be recognized at the North Carolina Council for Teachers of Mathematics Conference, November 1. Pennington was also selected to present at the conference with Deputy Superintendent Dr. Lory Morrow. Her session is titled Implementing the Common Core State Standards Through Math Investigations.

North Belmont Elementary teacher honored

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North Belmont fifth grade teacher Amie McLean won classroom and school supplies when she received an award from OfficeMax. The A Day Made Better award is to assist teachers who are always putting their own money into their classrooms. Miss McLean received items such as a Kindle Fire, digital camera, new desk chair, and a large box loaded with various classroom items like glue sticks, pencils, paint and much more.

Lowell Elementary has announced its Students of the Month and Employee of the Month. The Character Trait was Responsibility and Mrs. Guiton (picured above) was Employee of the Month.

Lunch Week celebrated Gaston County Schools celebrated National School Lunch Week Oct. 14-18. The theme for the week was “School Lunch Across the USA.� Each day, more than 22,000 lunches and 8,700 breakfasts are served in Gaston County Schools’ 56 school cafeterias. During the 2012-2013 year, more than 1.5 million breakfasts and four million lunches were served in school cafeterias. Good nutrition is a key ingredient to student success and achievement. The Gaston County Schools Nutrition Department provides healthy, well-balanced meals to students daily. Students can choose from a variety of entrees, grainrich items, fruits and vegetables. All meals meet federal dietary guidelines. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act requires school meals to provide students with more of what they need – fruits, vegetables and whole grains – and less of what they do not need – sodium and saturated fat. Superintendent L. Reeves McGlohon stated, “During National School Lunch Week, I encouraged everyone to thank the school cafeteria staffs for their hard work in providing wholesome, nutritious meals for students and employees. We sincerely appreciate their commitment and loyalty to Gaston County Schools.�

Students attend STEM Fair Catawba Heights and Rankin elementary students were among more than 500 fifth graders to participate in the third annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) interactive learning fair held recently at Duke Energy’s EnergyExplorium. “This annual event introduces fifth graders to people who have built successful careers that require science, technology, engineering and math,� said Catawba River District executive director Edna Chirico. Students were separated into small groups and visited learning stations. At each station, students spent 30 minutes learning about air and water quality, energy, recycling, and weather forecasting. “We learned how meteorologists use math and science to forecast the weather,� said Evie Tyree, a Catawba Heights student. Gaston County Schools Deputy Superintendent of Instruction Lory Morrow was impressed with how the students grasped information as it was presented to them by volunteers from colleges, businesses and nonprofit environmental groups. “We want our students to get excited about science, technology, engineering and math, and to see how these subjects are an important part of life,� said Morrow. “This outstanding program reinforces critical thinking and problem solving skills, which are key to developing globally competitive students.� The Catawba River District in partnership with the UNC Charlotte STEM Education Center, Novant Health, Huber Technology, Piedmont Natural Gas and Charlotte Paint sponsored the outdoor learning fair.

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Legals 2. The City Clerk is hereby directed to publish this Resolution of Intent once a week for four successive weeks in The Banner News, or another newspaper of general circulation in the area. 3. The City Clerk is further directed to transmit by registered or certified mail to each owner of property abutting upon those portions of Elm Street, Hill Street, Hermes Avenue, and Wilson Street a copy of this Resolution of Intent. 4. The City Clerk is further directed to cause adequate notices of this Resolution of Intent and the scheduled public hearing to be posted as required by G.S. 160A299. Upon motion duly made of Councilperson Bishop and duly seconded by Councilperson Toomey, the above resolution was duly adopted by the City Council at the meeting held on October 14, 2013, at the Mount Holly Municipal Complex. Upon a call for a vote the votes were unanimous in the affirmative. BN10552 (10/23, 30/2013 & 11/06, 13 & 20/13)

RESOLUTION OF INTENT A RESOLUTION declaring the intention of the City Council of the City of Mount Holly to consider the closing of portions of Elm Street, Hill Street, Hermes Avenue, and Wilson Street. WHEREAS, G. S. 160A-299 authorizes the City Council to close public streets and alleys; and, WHEREAS, the City Council considers it advisable to conduct a public hearing for the purpose of giving consideration to the closing of those portions of Elm Street, Hill Street, Hermes Avenue, and Wilson Street, as shown and described in a certain Petition filed by Caromont Health Inc. and others dated October 10, 2013. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council that: 1. A public hearing will be held at 6:30 PM on November 25, 2013, in the Mount Holly Municipal Complex to consider a resolution closing those portions of Elm Street, Hill Street, Hermes Avenue, and Wilson Street described in the Petition.

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