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Volume 82 • Issue 48

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• Belmont • Cramerton • Lowell • McAdenville • Mount Holly • Stanley

Belmont’s Dick Cromlish receives William Gaston Award By Alan Hodge

Belmont business and civic leader Richard “Dick” Cromlish was recently recognized by the Gaston County Board of Commissioners with its highest honor- the William Gaston Award. Commissioners Mickey Price and Joe Carpenter nominated Cromlish. “I was astounded, shocked, and surprised to receive the award,” Cromlish said. “It is a great honor.” The award is named for New Bern native Judge William Gaston (1778-1884), the man for whom the county is named. Among his many accomplishments, Judge Gaston penned the official NC state song “The Old North State”. Cromlish is a lifelong resident of Belmont. He is manager and president of School Resources, Inc. for 47 years. He has been married to his wife Sandra Killian Cromlish for 52 years and they have two sons Travis and Stan. Cromlish has been described by his colleagues as a reliable and engaged proponent of economic development and quality growth. He has been a stable presence on the Gaston County Economic Development Commission (EDC) for more than 21 years. Known for his willingness to “roll up his sleeves”, his enthusiasm and exemplary work ethic have made him indispensable as the ViceChairman of the EDC, a leadership role he has maintained for numerous years. Cromlish served on the Belmont city council for twelve years. He is an active member of First Presbyterian Church, in Belmont, serving as Deacon, Elder, Scout Master and Assistant Scout Master for more than 30 years. Being an active member of the community, Dick has served five years as; a former board member of Citizens South Bank; Belmont's Dick Cromlish is seen with the William Gaston Award he recently received from the Gaston County Board of Commissioners for the many years of work he has put in to make Gaston County and Belmont great. Photo by Alan Hodge See CROMLISH page 3

Restoration of First Baptist Mt. Holly to begin soon Mid-week rain helped, but drought still around By Reeves McGlohon

On July 21st, 2016 the sanctuary of First Baptist Church of Mount Holly was destroyed by fire. Over 150 firefighters and EMS personnel worked over three hours to put out what Mount Holly Fire Chief, Ryan Baker, called "the biggest fire ever in the Mount Holly downtown district." The church has a plan for the future. In a few weeks, the rubble that currently fills the walls of the sanctuary will be removed and the church will begin the process of rebuilding a structure that had stood for almost 100 years. The sadness of watching a revered building destroyed by fire will be replaced by the joy of seeing a new sanctuary rise into the sky. Disaster One is the company that has been hired to remove the debris from inside the sanctuary. Disaster One plans on removing the part of the sanctuary that is This was the scene last July when the sanctuary of First Baptist Mt. Holly went up in flames. See CHURCH page 3 Work to rebuild the structure will begin in a few weeks. Photos by Alan Hodge

By Alan Hodge

Mt. Holly's popular Tuckaseegee Park is on the banks of the Catawba River- or what trickle remains of it. Last week several folks walking the riverside trail there stopped and stared at what the drought has done to the river's water level. At Tuck Park you can just about throw a rock to the Mecklenburg County side. “It's awful,” said Mt. Holly Parks and Rec. employee Cheri Love as she stood on what amounted to a beach and looked at the narrow river channel. “We need some rain badly.” Well, Love and plenty of other folks got their wish mid-week as a cold front came through our area and produced a round of showers- but it's going to take a lot more precipitation than that to break the drought that's had a hold on us since late summer. According to the National Weather Service, it was over a month ago, when Hurricane Matthew doused us, that any rain had fallen in the Metrolina region. Currently, our area is over 7 inches short of normal rainfall levels and the long range forecast isn't offering much in the way of relief. The foothills and mountains of our state have had it even worse. Asheville went over 50 days with no rain. The City of Belmont has posted a notice on its webSee DROUGHT page 3

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The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart.

-Helen Keller

After 74 bags of mulch MY OPINION: A cornucopia of Christmas craziness I stopped sinning No sooner has the last dry morsel of turkey and dressing and wilted pea salad and semi-liquid cranberry sauce made the journey from plate to esophagus to other parts unmentionable, than Santa Claus rears his bearded head. A few weeks ago Sharon and I went to a place that had a big show full of all types of Christmas stuff. It was a veritable cornucopia of doo-dads and dainty eatables and several tractor-trailer loads of things… things I tell you - more things than you could shake a stick at. Well, for over two hours I shuffled my feet across the concrete floor until I thought they would burst out of my shoes, and even if they had, and under other circumstances sent me collapsing to the ground, that would not have been possible since I was crushed front, rear, left, and right by hordes of female shoppers, and could not have fallen downward if I wanted to. Or, as the guy said when the Hindenburg blew up in flames in 1937- “Oh, the humanity of it all!” Anyway, whilst being swept along by the onrushing tide of lady folks, I took time to observe the sights, sounds, and smells that permeated that Yuletide spendosphere. One thing I noticed first was the mob at a booth giving out free samples of wine. So thick in number were the imbibers that in another place and time it could have been an Old West saloon at midnight but instead of cowboy hats and boots and sixguns most of the sippers had on what appeared to me to be Eskimo mukluk boots, tight jeans, and poofy sweaters. Let's backtrack a bit to the boots. I saw women wearing boots of every description. Some had on ones that looked like German stormtrooper style. Others had on types with spike heels and toes so pointed they could pierce armor plate. Others had on boots with so many buckles up the side they could set off a metal detector. Others sported boots that were made of fuzzy fur. I even saw one dame wearing boots just like the kind that were once favored by Confederate cavalry

troops. Topping that was a damsel with black and white fur boots looking like two polecats striding along. Oh well, moving along another corridor, I glommed a chap selling hot nuts. Some of you fans of 1960s Beach Music might recall a guy named Doug Clark who led a band named the Hot Nuts but this was not Doug. Of course Santa Clause, Alan Hodge or Kris Kringle, or Sinter Klaus, or Sanny Claus or whatever you want to call him was in attendance. In this case Sanny was offering up his lap for kids to sit on so they could blurt out what they wished would fall out of the sky and land under their tree on the upcoming Christmas Eve (or morning depending on the time zone). I paused and reflected on what some of these kids were demanding...I mean wishing for..IPads, smartphones, xboxes, drones...Oh well what ever became of Easy Bake ovens, doll babies, model airplanes, and Lincoln Logs. I always liked Lincoln Logs. Now I live in a log house so I reckon things have come full circle but I don't gnaw on our house logs like I used to gnaw on the Lincoln Log pieces. What do you want this Christmas? Once when I was a kid I asked my grandfather Sinclair Smith that question. He said “Good health.” I did not understand he had suffered a stroke and thought that was a dumb answer but now I have lived several years longer than he did and the answer rings in my ears. What do you want this Christmas? My over the top fantasy gift would be a 1950 Vincent Black Shadow motorcyle. My real life gift would be good health and peace on earth and that's about it.

Welcome to Washington, Mr. President-Elect By Lee H. Hamilton As hard as the campaign might have been and the transition is proving to be, Donald Trump’s challenges are really just beginning. Governing after a toxic election in which the results awarded him an ambiguous national mandate — his opponent, after all, got more votes – will require finesse, a clear-eyed view of his role in the world, and no small amount of luck. He will soon find that the commitments and promises made during the campaign are going to be very hard to carry out. The new President’s number one priority almost certainly is going to be rebuilding U.S. economic power. A great many of the people who voted for

him did so because they expect him to produce more good jobs, better incomes, and better economic opportunity. But he faces great difficulties on this front, from persistent poverty and a decaying infrastructure to rapid technological and global changes that make it harder for people without a college education to find work. Plus, of course, a slow-moving Congress and an entrenched bureaucracy. Other domestic issues he addressed in the campaign will prove no easier to pursue. Donald Trump campaigned on replacing Obamacare, a position that President-Elect Trump began to moderate within days of winning the election. He has not set out a comprehensive al-

ternative — simply keeping the popular parts and jettisoning the rest, which he suggested he might do, is not an acceptable or workable option. He has made clear that he wants to enact large tax cuts, especially on businesses — while at the same time spending billions on infrastructure improvements. Most evaluations of his policy proposals suggest that deficits will explode under his program. We’ll see how much stomach Congress and the country have for sending deficits spiraling upward. Others of the President-elect’s programs — slashing regulations on financial institutions, on worker protections, and on environmental impacts — would create major changes in American

This past June, my daughter got married. With family coming in from New Jersey, I planned a family picnic at my house on the day after the wedding. It all sounded good until I remembered my cousins and Aunt Mickey had never visited my home nor would there ever be another opportunity for them to see it again. It needed to look perfect. As I examined the house, the gutters were black and there was some green mold on the trim. They needed to be pressure washed. When it was done, the house looked amazing. The grounds needed work. I began trimming trees that had never been trimmed. In addition, we pulled out over forty bags of leaves from the property. My neighbors thought I was moving. I bought 12 bags of mulch and spread it out. You couldn’t even see it. I went back to the store and bought another 18 bags. More impact but a lot more needed to be done. Another trip netted another 18 bags. Now I was up to 48. Things were starting to look better, but not perfect. There was a piece of the property that looked “natural” (code for overgrown and never mowed). First I mowed it and then raked out the leaves. It needed mulch. Another 18 bags brought us to 66 bags. The backyard area needed mulch too. Eight more bags brought the total to 74. Each time I went to buy more mulch I got a funny look from the cashier. The front door had not been painted in 19 years. We painted it. The mini bench on the front porch next to the newly painted door was in shambles. We dismantled it, saving only the legs, rebuilding it with new lumber. We then painted it with two coats of paint, the same color as the door. It looked good. We painted the front railings as well. The swing chair also needed

policy at home. These, too, will arouse much opposition. As a candidate, Mr. Trump effectively captured the discontent and anger of many Americans. With his proposals, he has upended the political order with a new brand of politics and policies. My guess is that he is on a steep learning curve, having under-estimated the difficulties and over-estimated his capabilities to deal with them. We should all extend the President-elect the benefit of the doubt, be vigilant, and see how his presidency unfolds before becoming judgmental.

painting. We sanded it and applied three coats of paint. Then to be sure burrs didn’t snag anyone’s Tony Marciano clothing, I wet sanded it with 2000 grit sandpaper. I also replaced the light on the back of the house that had rusted. I joked to myself, “Aunt Mickey had better appreciate three full months of work every weekend.” After purchasing 74 bags of mulch, it occurred to me; I knew Aunt Mickey very well. Her love for me wasn’t dependent on whether my property looked like something out of “Better Homes and Gardens”. She just loves me. Lewis Smedes in his book, “Shame & Grace” says this – “Grace is the beginning of our healing because it offers the one thing we need most: to be accepted without regard to whether we are acceptable. Grace stands for gift; it is the gift of being accepted before we become acceptable…Grace overcomes shame, not by uncovering an over looked cache of excellence in ourselves but simply by accepting us, the whole of us, with no regard to our beauty or our ugliness, our virtue, or our vices. We are accepted wholesale. Accepted with no possibility of being rejected. Accepted once and accepted forever. Accepted at the ultimate depth of our being. We are given what we have longed for in every nook and nuance of every relationship.” I stopped buying mulch. Seventy-four bags were enough. Aunt Mickey came to my house the day after the wedding. I told her about all the work I did. She laughed and told me I didn’t need to do that. She accepted me and loved me unconditionally. So does God. Phone 704-825-0580 Fax 704-825-0894 Office: 128-C N Main St. Belmont • NC

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From page 1 citizens to voluntarily limit water use. exists; The use of water for washing The City draws its water from the Ca- down outside areas such as driveways tawba near Kevin Loftin Riverfront or parking lots should be curtailed; FauPark where the low water level has left cets should not be left running while a wide mudflat like the one at Tuck shaving, brushing teeth or washing Park. dishes; The use of clothes washers and Based on the measurements of dishwashers should be limited to the Duke Energy’s drought indicators, the degree possible. These units should Catawba-Wateree basin is in a Stage 1 be operated with full loads when used; level drought, as identified in Duke’s Washing cars or other vehicles should Low Inflow Protocol, or LIP. be limited to no more than two (2) days During the declared Stage I water per week. Hoses should not be left runemergency, Belmont is notifying its ning while washing vehicles; The use water customers to request that the of flow restrictors and other water savfollowing voluntary water conserva- ing devices is encouraged; The use of tion practices be implemented for the disposable and biodegradable dishes public water system served by the City: and cups is encouraged; Showers Watering of lawns, ornamental plants should be used for bathing and should and gardens shall be limited to that be limited to five minutes or less; Any necessary for plant survival only and practice listed above may be modified should be limited to no more than two or additional practices may be added at (2) days per week; Household water the discretion of the Utility Director; should be reused for watering purposes The City shall provide a status update to the greatest extent possible; Planting to the CW-DMAG on actual water of new ornamental plants and seeding withdrawal trends as noted in the LIP. of lawns should be deferred until the The next chance for rain is not until water emergency situation no longer Dec. 6th.

Mt. Holly Parks and Rec. employee Cheri Love looks at what's left of the Catawba River at Tuckaseegee Park. The ground she's standing on was under several feet of water a few months ago. Photo by Alan Hodge

Route and lineup changes for Belmont Christmas parade

CROMLISH From page 1 founding member of Keep Belmont Beautiful Organization, with more than seven years of service; current member and past president of the Montcross Chamber of Commerce (formerly Belmont Chamber of Commerce) for 46 Years; current member and past president of Belmont Rotary Club for 46 years; current Treasurer for the Belmont Fire Department Firemen’s Relief Fund with 37 years of service; founding and current member of Mended Hearts Chapter 379 at CaroMont Heart for more than six years; served on the Garden Parkway Study Committee in1989; and, is a current member of the Gaston County Travel and Tourism Advisory Board. He received the Belmont Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award in 2001 and was a Belmont Rotary Club, Paul Harris designee. In a recent quote, Cromlish said “I believe elected office is a public trust. Your pledge is to serve the public, not yourself and not each other. If we keep it that simple, we will have a great and strong government.” Congratulations, Dick.

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Safety and traffic concerns have prompted changes recommended by the Belmont Police Department for the 67th Belmont Christmas parade, which takes place on Tuesday, December 6, at 4 p.m., and is one of Gaston County’s biggest parades. The Montcross Area Chamber coordinates the parade for the City of Belmont. The parade will begin this year at Stowe Park at the intersection of South Main Street with McLeod Street and Myrtle Street. Parades in the recent past have started at South Main and Central Avenue. The change will keep Central Avenue open to traffic, reducing congestion at that busy intersection. Professional floats and most other parade units will lineup before the parade on McLeod Street, with units entering the lineup from Keener Boulevard. Portions of South Main Street and Myrtle Street also will be used for the parade lineup. Units assigned to those areas will receive special instructions. Except for the starting point, the parade route will be the same as in the past, proceeding north on Main Street, turning right on Catawba Street, crossing Park Street and disbanding at the intersection of Church and Tucker streets near Dwight Frady Field. To ease congestion at the end of the parade, participants will not be allowed to stop on Catawba Street. Those not hav-

ing passengers to unload will continue straight on Catawba toward Wilkinson Boulevard and leave the area as soon as possible. Those needing to unload passengers will turn left on Church Street, unload as fast as possible and leave the area on Park Street or 6th street to Wilkinson Boulevard. Professional floats only will turn right on Tucker Street and unload passengers on Brook Street. No other traffic will be allowed on Brook Street. Street closures in downtown Belmont will begin at 1:30 p.m. on McLeod Street and at 2:30 on Main Street and Myrtle Street. Parade units will begin lining up at 3 p.m. following directions provided. Traffic congestion should be anticipated throughout the downtown area between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. on parade day. “With traffic in Belmont increasing and the Christmas parade attracting more units every year, these changes are important to keeping parade participants and spectators safe and minimizing delays for motorists,” said Montcross Area Chamber President Ted Hall. “As coordinators of the parade, the Chamber is grateful to the Belmont Police Department and Public Works Department for the effort that has gone into creating these new procedures and for the work required to make the parade a spectacular annual event.”

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above the balcony level of the structure. This area has been deemed to be unsafe and needs to be removed before the debris can be removed from within the remaining walls of the structure. Once the top part of the structure has been removed and the debris cleaned out from within the remaining walls, the bottom part of the sanctuary will be tested to see if it is structurally sound enough to remain. If that is the case, the rebuilt sanctuary will include the remaining walls and windows. Disaster One will make every effort to keep intact the stained glass windows that were not damaged by the fire. If the remaining structure is found not to be structurally sound, then it will also be demolished before the new structure is built. The demolition process and the removal of debris from the site will hopefully begin within the next thirty days. No firm timetable for completion of this work has been established due to the uncertainty of what the demolition crew will find once they begin their work. Many members of the First Baptist congregation watched helplessly on that hot summer afternoon as flames engulfed a beloved structure that held memories of baptisms, marriages, funerals, covered-dish luncheons, Easter Sunrise and Christmas Eve Candlelight services. A congregation that was to host numerous summer activities suddenly found itself homeless and wondering how it was going to recover from such an event. Local and regional newspapers and television stations provided extensive coverage of the fire but little has been reported about what has happened since July 21st. The events that have transpired over the past four months tell a story that is both amazing and heart-warming. In an open letter sent to the entire First Baptist congregation

soon after the fire, Pastor Kendell Cameron said, "We are not a building, we are not a geographic address. We are Christ's church, and we meet here - wherever here may be." For the six weeks following the fire "here" was the Grand Hall in the Mount Holly Municipal Complex. Dr. Cameron indicates that the outpouring of offers for help from within the community were overwhelming. "The City of Mount Holly could not have been more supportive and the help provided by the faith community of our city was amazing." First United Methodist provided a place for Vacation Bible School. Tuckaseege Baptist sent a team to handle child care during services. Core Church provided storage space and First Presbyterian Church invited the First Baptist congregation to join them for an evening of fellowship and food. In addition, CaroMont's Discover You (also located in the Mount Holly Municipal Complex) provided space for children's activities during Sunday morning worship services. Pastor Cameron reflects that, "We felt the love and prayers of the entire Mount Holly community and that support gave us the spirit and resolve to overcome the obstacles created by the fire." First Baptist has clearly been successful in overcoming those obstacles. The church was able to clean up and repair damage to its Fellowship Hall and came back "home" to that facility for all church activities on September 11 which was weeks sooner than anyone thought possible. The church has added 15 new members since July 21st; has increased attendance; and has maintained financial support. There is a great pride among the congregation that the church's children and youth programs are flourishing as well as programs for senior adults. The same is true of the music programs where choir and hand bell groups continue to add to the church's worship experience. Taylor Vancil is the Minister of Music at First Baptist and comments that, "Our goal has been to maintain planned programs and activities despite the inconvenience brought on by

This photo shows the devastation inside the First Baptist sanctuary.

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the fire. We've had to change how we do some things and that has been good for us in that it has opened our eyes to alternative, and sometimes better, ways of fulfilling our mission as a church." Minister of Children, Reverend Marie Graeper, shares the belief that change necessitated by tragedy can have some positive aspects. "We lost almost everything in the fire, including the space set aside for children's activities. Toys, books, teaching materials, cribs, and changing tables had to be discarded and replaced. Our congregation really stepped up and provided what our children need. They did so lovingly and without even being asked. The children love their new space and have shown an amazing resiliency." The new spaces for children's programs were staff offices prior to the fire. Church staff has been relocated to Manor on Main which is an office building next door to the church. "Our staff has been remarkable throughout this process" says Chairman of the Board of Deacons, Richard Flowers. "They have shown such a positive spirit and their can do attitude has been contagious." Pastor Cameron shares a similar sentiment about the congregation. "The people of First Baptist have shown an unbelievable willingness to do whatever is necessary to allow our church to hold fast to its mission of Christian service," says Cameron. "The feeling of shock and despair that was evident in the days following the fire has been replaced by an attitude of optimism and excitement ." Undoubtedly, there will be additional bumps in the road before the new structure is dedicated, but First Baptist has already learned the wisdom of their pastor's words written four months ago: "We are not a building; we are not a geographic address. We are Christ's church and we meet here - wherever here may be."


A fence has gone up in front of First Baptist and cranes that will be used to start rebuilding the structure are scheduled to begin arriving soon.


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DINING Guide Supply 101 Kenwood St. Belmont, NC 28012 (704) 829-7788 Belmont Soda Shop 31 N. Main St. Belmont, NC 28012 (704) 461-8580 Brenda’s Cake Gallery 11 S. Main St. Belmont, NC 28012 (704) 825-2253 Buddy’s BBQ Inc. 5945 W. Wilkinson Blvd. Belmont, NC 28012 (704) 825-8777 Cafe Internet 508 Beaty Rd. Belmont, NC 28012 (704) 820-8040 Captain’s Cap 670 Park St. Belmont, NC 28012 (704) 825-4103 Caravan Coffee & Dessert Bar 11 S. Main St. Belmont, NC 28012 (704) 829-7711 Catfish Cove 1401 Armstrong Ford Rd. Belmont, NC 28012 (704) 825-3332 Cherubs Cafe 23 N. Main St. Belmont, NC 28012 (704) 825-0414 Chicken King 501 Woodlawn St. Belmont NC 28012 704-827-1552 Cowboy B’s Family Restaurant 1420 Perfection Ave. Belmont, NC 28012 (704) 820-8653 Demetrios Restaurant 6928 W. Wilkinson Blvd. Belmont, NC 28012 (704) 825-0057

Taxco Mexican G Grill 6418 W. Wilkinson Blvd. Belmont, NC 28012 (704) 825-2108

Just C Cookin 1108 E. Main St. Dallas, NC 28034 (704) 922-7031

Chicken King 130 W. Charlotte Ave. Mt Holly NC 28120 704-812-8266

China Garden 190 E. Dallas Rd. Stanley, NC 28164 (704) 263-8788

New China 6517 W. Wilkinson Blvd. Belmont, NC 28012 (704) 829-1010

The Grill 682 Park St. Belmont, NC 28012 (704) 825-5179

Long Creek Fish Fry 1425 Lower Dallas Hwy. Dallas, NC 28034 (704) 922-3998

China Two Mt Holly 595 Highland St. Mount Holly, NC 28120 (704) 827-8090

Friendly’s Of Stanley 119 N. Main St. Stanley NC 28164 704-263-7088

Old Stone Steak House 23 S. Main St. Belmont, NC 28012 (704) 825-9995

White Restaurant 417 Catawba St. Belmont, NC 28012 (704) 825-3886

North Star Seafood 2150 Dallas High Shoals Hwy. Dallas, NC 28034 (704) 922-7715

Sake Express Inc. of Mount Holly 349 W. Charlotte Ave. Mount Holly, NC 28120 (704) 827-4819

Gus’s Sir Beef Restaurant 106 Mariposa Rd. Stanley NC 28164 704-263-3988

Peace-N-Hominy Q Shack 403 E. Catawba St. • Ste 200 Belmont, NC 28012 (704) 464-7647

Wingstreet 685 Park St. Belmont, NC 28012 (704) 825-7335

Peet’s Coffee & Tea 715 W. Trade St. Dallas, NC 28034 (704) 922-6791

Side Trax Sports Bar & Food 121 W. Central Ave. Mt Holly NC 28012 704-827-3603

Hunan To Go 509 S. Hwy 27 Stanley NC 28164 704-263-3988

Peet’s Coffee & Tea 701 Hawley Ave. Belmont, NC 28012 (704) 825-8885


Tavern On The Square 602 Queens Dr. Dallas, NC 28034 (704) 922-5425

Vasileious Italian Kitchen 200 S. Main St. Mount Holly, NC 28120 (704) 820-8539

Niko’s Grill 124 N. Main St. Stanley, NC 28164 (704) 263-1311


Woodshed Restaurant 212 S. Main St. Stanley, NC 28164 (704) 263-1030

Reach Out of The Box 360 Glen Arbor St. Belmont, NC 28012 (704) 825-3446 Rita’s Family Restaurant 108 Beaty Rd. Belmont, NC 28012 (704) 820-2894 Sake Express 675 Park St. Belmont, NC 28012 (704) 461-0400

Asian Garden 202 Market St. Cramerton, NC 28032 (704) 824-8318 Doffer’s Canteen Restaurant 119-B Center St. Cramerton NC 28032 (704) 879-7270 Georgios Restaurant 202 Market St. Cramerton, NC 28032 (704) 824-2220

Simonetti’s Pizza 6432 W. Wilkinson Blvd. Belmont, NC 28012 (704)825-5555 Southpoint Grill 1901 S. Point Rd. Belmont, NC 28012 (704) 829-1043 String Bean The Fresh Market & Deli 106 N. Main St. Belmont, NC 28012 (704) 825-3636 Sub Corral Sandwich Shop 6831 W. Wilkinson Blvd. Belmont, NC 28012 (704) 825-5466

Dallas Clemmer’s Country Kitchen 1313 Old Dallas Rd. Dallas, NC 28034 (704) 922-8384 Dallas Fresh Seafood Market 3110 Dallas/High Shoals Hwy Dallas, NC 28034 (704) 923-8223 Dallas Fish Box 1031 Lower Dallas Hwy. Dallas, NC 28034 (704) 922-8930

Grits N Greens 125 N. Main St. Lowell NC 28098 704-879-4073 Hillbilly’s Barbeque & Steaks 720 McAdenville Rd. Lowell, NC 28098 (704) 824-8838

McAdenville Little Village Restaurant 129 Main St. McAdenville, NC 28101 (704) 824-3624

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Double Dragon Chinese Restaurant 3130 Dallas High Shoals Hwy. Dallas, NC 28034 (704) 923-8030 Jack In The Box 102 College View Dr. Dallas, NC 28034 (704) 922-9178

Billys Barbeque Family Restaurant 1127 W. Charlotte Ave. Mount Holly, NC 28120 (704) 827-8747

H&M Deli and Market 1019 Wilkerson Blvd. Belmont, NC 28012 (704) 820-8611 Joe’s Touch of Italy 503 S. Central Ave. Belmont, NC 28012 (704) 825-2805

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Church Directory Burge M B Memorial i l Methodist Church

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd 110 S. Main St. 704-827-4751

Glendale Ave. • Mt. Holly, NC

Macedonia Baptist Church 1951 Stanley Lucia Rd. 704-827-9224

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For information on getting your business listed here call 704-825-0580

Restoration Church 1800 Spencer Mountain Rd. 704-824-5250

Woodlawn Baptist Church 1101 N. Main St. 704-824-4261

Morningside Missionary Church 711 Morningside Dr. 704-822-9142


Mt. Holly Church of God

143 Church St. 704-824-5380

208 Rankin Ave. 704-827-8596

Mt. Holly Noles Baptist Church Hickory Grove Rd. 704-827-2013

Mt. Holly Pentecostal Holiness 406 Scott St. 704-827-8201

Lakeview Baptist Church McAdenville Baptist Church 192 Main St. 704-824-2740

McAdenville Wesleyan Church 300 E. Wesleyan Dr. 704-824-1073

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

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

New Providence Baptist Church


Grace Wesleyan Church

Will of God Church

Alexander Memorial Baptist Church

6014 S. New Hope Rd 704-825-7959

513 Woodlawn Ave. 704-827-5185

208 South Main Street 704-825-3216

Brotherhood/Sisterhood WNCC UMC 120 Park Street 704-825-1333

Catawba Heights Baptist Church 311 Belmont Road 704-827-8474

Crossroads Wesleyan Church 101 Beaty Rd. 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

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

Lutheran Church of the Holy Comforter 216 N. Main St. 704-825-2483

Message of Love Church 306 Pearl Beaty Dr. 704-827-6500

Mount Moriah Baptist Church

MT. HOLLY Bethel Baptist Church NC Highway 273 704-827-9846

Burge Memorial Methodist Church 312 W. Glendale Ave. 704-827-2726

Catawba Heights Church of God 122 Tomberlin Rd. 704-827-4225

CBC-Memorial Apostolic 230 W. Charlotte Ave. 704-827-0968

Chapel Baptist Church 324 N. Lee St. 704-827-5526

Community Christian Fellowship

110 Lincoln St. 704-825-2046

East Belmont Presbyterian Church

Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist

Core Church

901 Catawba Street 704-825-8822

212 South Street 704-825-7269

707 Westland Farm Rd. 704-822-8033

Ebenezer United Methodist Church

2560 Stanley Lucia Rd. 704-827-5881

New Hope Presbyterian Church

Covenant United Methodist

120 Belmont-Mt. Holly Road 704-827-3366

4357 S. New Hope Rd. 704-824-1697

First Baptist Church

New Life Baptist Church

110 Underwood Dr. 704-820-0603

23 N. Central Avenue 704-825-3758

First Foursquare Gospel Church

New Mills Chapel Fire Baptized

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

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 Ch Assembly-God 124 Georgia Belle Ave 704-829-1091

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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

Queen Of The Apostles Catholic Church 503 N. Main Street 704-825-9600

Sanctuary of Praise Ministries 124 Georgia Belle Ave. 704-579-7823

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 South Point Church Rd. 704-825-4019

New Saint Paul Holiness Church 1529 Old Hwy. 27 Rd. 704-827-5851

North Main Baptist Church

909 Edgemont Ave 704-825-5346

201 Oak Trail 704-822-6195

1104 Old NC 27 Hwy. 704-827-0822

Family Worship Center 1013 W. Charlotte Ave. 704-827-7656

First Baptist Church-Mt. Holly 300 S. Main St. 704-827-2481

First Free Will Baptist Church 841 Noles Dr. 704-827-7461

First Presbyterian Church 133 S. Main St. 704-827-0521

First United Methodist Church 140 N. Main St. 704-827-4855

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

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

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

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

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

Living Witness Ministries 541 Costner St. 704-827-0004

1304 N. Main St. 704-827-6141

Restoration & Deliverance 804 W. Charlotte Ave. 704-820-0954 Revival Tabernacle of Mt. Holly 826 W. Charlotte Ave. 704-827-2999

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

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

Shiloh AME Zion Methodist 1117 Old NC Hwy 27 704-827-8826

CRAMERTON Cramerton Independent Presbyterian Church 151 8th Ave. 704-824-3889

Cramerton Free Will Baptist 416 Woodlawn Ave. 704-824-1745

Cramer Memorial United Methodist Church 154 N. Main St. 704-824-3831

Cramerton Temple of God Church East Wilkinson Blvd. 704-824-5319

First Baptist Church 235 8th Ave. 704-824-1991

Life Church 501 Cramer Mountain Rd. 704-824-4286

Riverside Baptist Church 171 S. Main St. 704-824-7785

West Cramerton United Methodist Church 207 Lowell Ave. 704-824-4213

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

STANLEY Amazing Grace Baptist Church 7280 Sifford Rd. 704-827-6277

Christ’s Evangelical Lutheran 203 S. Main St. 704-263-2621

First United Methodist Church 217 N. Main St. 704-263-2691

First Presbyterian Church 512 Old Mount Holly Rd. 704-263-4275

Gold Hill Missionary Baptist Church 7447 Old Plank Rd. 704-827-7966

New Faith Baptist Church 1224 Mayberry Rd. 704-263-0249

New Life Baptist Church


527 N. Buckoak St. 704-263-4647

Bethlehem Church

Stanley Church of God

3100 Bethlehem Church St. 704-823-5050

324 N. Main St. 704-263-4041

Carolina Community Baptist

Stanley Pentecostal Holiness Church

604 Martha Ave 704-824-2872

113 E. Parkwood St. 704-263-2131

Center Baptist Church

Trinity Full Gospel Church

S. New Hope Rd. 704-824-4121

303 Sunset Dr. 704-263-9765

Epic Church

United In Action of Stanley

100 Indian Walk 704-671-4652

5481 Hickory Grove Rd. 704-524-0555

Lowell Church of God 804 W. First Street 704-824-3383

Lowell Free Will Baptist Church 3010 Lowell Rd. 704-824-9389

Springwood Freewill Baptist

Lowell Smyre United Methodist Church

220 Park Terrace Dr. 704-827-7801

201 N. Main St. 704-824-8814

St. Marks United Methodist Church

Mt. Calvary Baptist Church

701 Secrest Ave. 704-825-8175

120 Branch St. 704-824-4535

Stowe Memorial Baptist Church

First Baptist Church of Lowell

26 Kee Rd. 704-825-5987

400 W. 1st St. 704-824-1215

The Pointe

First Baptist Church

6700 Wilkinson Blvd 704-825-1709

317 W. 1st St. 704-824-1213

Unity Baptist Church

New Life Church

1005 Catawba St. 704-825-8730

128 Robbins St. 704-824-1356

Upper Room United Pentecostal

Presbyterian Church of Lowell

1405 Armstrong Ford Rd. 704-825-0604

207 E. 1st St. 704-824-3807

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McAdenville starts the Christmas season with annual Christmastown parade McAdenville held its annual Christmastown Parade last Saturday morning and a good crowd turned out for the festivities. Photos by Steve Rankin

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Belmont City Hall is a drop off location for Toys For Tots and food donations for the Belmont Community Organization as well. Kade Barker, 8, is seen putting a toy in the box. Drop off gifts until Dec. 14th. Photo by Elizabeth Bell

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December 1 thru December 26 – “61st Annual Christmas Town USA- Christmas Light Celebration” Downtown McAdenville / The lights glow nightly: Monday – Friday, 5:30PM-9:30PM and Saturday & Sunday 5:30PM-11:00PM. The quiet little town of McAdenville, which lies along the South Fork River in Gaston County, comes alive in spectacular fashion each year as Christmas draws near. Almost overnight, the small textile town is transformed into "Christmas Town USA." The history of the McAdenville Christmas Lights dates back to 1956, when the McAdenville Men's Club conceived the idea of using lights to decorate a few trees around the McAdenville Community Center. Nine trees were decorated the first year, and reaction to this early effort was so favourable that the number of trees increased each year until in 1998 more than 450,000 red, green and white bulbs on approximately 400 trees gave off a warm holiday glow to the town and surrounding area. For more details call 704-823-2260 / 704-823-2330; or visit www. Note: the lights are on an automatic timer and will go out every night on time even if you are in line. See you there! Photo by Steve Rankin

The Belmont Parks and Rec Gadabouts senior citizen group are seen heading to the Southern City of Belmont employees Debra Brown and Michelle Wood are seen admiring the new ChristChristmas Show where they had a great time. For more info on senior activities through the mas tree in front of City Hall. The Carolina sapphire cedar was donated by Cline Landscaping. The official tree lighting ceremony will be held Dec. 5th at 5pm. Belmont Gadabouts group and Belmont Parks and Recreation, call 704-825-8191. Photo by Alan Hodge Belmont Parks and Rec photo

Holy Angels presents inaugral Legacy of Love awards In conjunction with the Annual Grazie Mille . . . A Weekend of 1000 Thanks, Holy Angels established the Legacy of Love Award to honor those individuals who have made a lasting impact on Holy Angels and the residents they serve – leaving a legacy to be long remembered. The awards were presented on Saturday, November 19, during the Grazie Mille Gala, being held at the Mt. Holly Grand Hall. According to Regina Moody, Holy Angels President/CEO, “we honor a group of very special individuals who have made profound contributions to our legacy – past, present and future. They have given us wings to soar as we fulfill our commitment to provide a place of loving, living and learning for the differently able.” Over 50 years ago, Senator Marshall Rauch was in-

vited by Sr. Marie Patrice Manley, RSM, founder of Holy Angels, to join three other gentleman to raise the funds needed to build a facility for children with special needs. Throughout Holy Angels history, Sen. Rauch, has served as an advocate on behalf of Holy Angels, the children and adults we serve as well as their families. As a North Carolina State senator, he was instrumental in helping Holy Angels secure much needed state funding. Today he provides the needed leadership in beginning a new fundraising event for Holy Angels, The Hoops & Halos Basketball Tournament. Following an interview with Sr. Patrice 40 years ago and Dr. C. Ellis Fisher was named Holy Angels medical director. This Duke Blue Devil has shared his caring hands and caring heart with Holy Angels residents and

their families – seeing the potential in each resident. For over 40 years, Dr. Fisher has brought his unique sense of humor and caring compassion to the children of Holy Angels. He has been there with parents and staff in making the best choices for their child. In his role as our faithful medical director, he has done some extraordinary things in a simple ways. Four Italian women, Mimma Ferando, Franca Gatteschi, Lele Vitali, Cristina Carletti, who are affectionately called the Italian Mammas, traveled hundreds of miles from the Tuscan region of Italy to share their passion for cooking and generous spirits with Holy Angels to create a most unique event – Grazie Mille. . . 1000 Thanks! On this their seventh and last visit to North Carolina, they leave Holy Angels with the most successful event they

have helped build – from a one evening event to an entire weekend. And they will tell you, “It is for the children!” Holy Angels was founded in 1955 by the Sisters of Mercy – beginning a much

needed specialized service for children with delicate medical conditions from throughout the state of North Carolina. The private, nonprofit corporation located in Belmont, NC, provides resi-

dential services and innovative programs for children and adults with intellectual developmental disabilities with delicate medical conditions.

Holy Angels Legacy of Love Award recipients: Left to Right- Regina Moody, Holy Angels President/CEO; Lele Vitale; Cistina Carletti; Franca Gatteschi; Sen. Marshall Rauch; Dr. C. Ellis Fisher and Mimma Ferrando. KM Photography photo

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8th annual Spooktacular event was special By Tabitha Whetstine The Partnership for Children of Lincoln & Gaston Counties eighth annual Family Spooktacular was held on Saturday, October 29, 2016 and had an attendance of approximately 2,500 children and family members. Patrons came to enjoy the day’s festivities at the WoodMill Festival Grounds in Vale, which included trunk or treat, a live DJ, face painting, fitness trail, and much more. The local ambulance, fire truck, smokehouse, and police car were also at the grounds to educate children. The event was geared toward families with young children and helped raise awareness of the Partnership’s services. Parents were able to learn more about the different Smart Start funded projects which include our Child Care Health Consultants, Positive Parenting Program, Adolescent Parenting Program, and others. “This year’s Spooktacular has exceeded our expectations. We are most grateful for our generous sponsors, especially Roechling Engineering Plastics (Event Sponsor) and Woodmill Winery (Host Sponsor),” said Mike Linker, Executive Director of the Partnership. “Without their support and that of our volunteers, staff, and community agencies, this event simply would not happen. Thanks to all for making this a great day of free family fun for the community!” Various activities returned this year included the Tumblebus, a bounce house and slide, Schiele Museum, wood-working, and several others. Patrons also enjoyed the fitness trail with a free book and bookmark at the end! A free, healthier option hotdog lunch was provided again this year which included wheat buns and turkey hotdogs. Want to learn more about the Partnership for Children of Lincoln & Gaston Counties? The Partnership for Children of Lincoln & Gaston Counties is your local Smart Start agency. You can reach them at 704922-0900 or visit online at PFCLG’s mission is to lead, advocate and collaborate with others to insure the wellbeing of children, ages birth to five. Connect with:; pfclg; Twitter: Ready4School.

The Partnership for Children of Lincoln & Gaston Counties announced that Glenn Cook, of Gastonia, is the winner of a Samsung 60-inch Smart TV. Money from the raffle will support early childhood literacy. Pictured from left to right: Rosalind Richardson-Technical Assistant with the Partnership, Glenn Cook, Linda McConnell-Program Manager with the Partnership, Kim Ward-Technical Assistant with the Partnership, and Mike Linker, Executive Director of the Partnership for Children. Photo by Tabitha Whetstine

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Dos and Don’ts with the Leftover Holiday Foods By Joann Hager All animals will beg for food. Whether you are having the traditional Holiday meal, a vegetarian Holiday meal or just eating junk, your dog will be by your side begging for some scraps. But stay strong! The best thing you can do is hoard all those leftovers for yourself because many veterinarians will tell you that unexpected foodrelated illnesses soar over the holiday season. From pancreatitis to gastroenteritis, dogs and cats are getting sick from your scraps, so try to resist those puppy dog eyes—here are some tips: Remove Trash: DO Take out the trash immediately to avoid your dog getting into it later. Leftover Meat: DO Scraps of turkey, prime rib, and even properly cooked ham are just fine to add to your dog’s food—although be sure to take into account how sensitive your dog’s stomach is. Also, try to avoid fat and gristle. Cooked Bones: DON’T You definitely do not want to let your dog chew on any cooked bones. The bone may splinter and the shards may pierce your dog’s digestive tract. There is also a choking hazard with cooked bones. Green Beans: DO Vegetables like green beans that are either raw or lightly steamed are a good addition to your dog’s diet. Avoid corn, though, because dogs have difficulty digesting it. Grapes or Onions: DON’T These common foods are often added to holiday dishes, so be sure that none make it into your dog’s bowl. Both can be very toxic. Sweet Potatoes/White Potatoes: DO Pure diced sweet pota-

toes with no added ingredients are great for regulating your dog’s digestive system. Skinned white potatoes in moderation are good as well. The skin of white potatoes is not healthy, so be sure to remove it. Cranberries: DO / Cranberry Sauce: DON’T One of the most common holiday side dishes can help your dog if they are in the right form. Whole cranberries are great for bladder health, but the added sugars in cranberry sauce are not ideal. Pumpkin or Squash: DO Cooked pumpkin or squash is great when it is blended and mixed with dry dog food and other meats. This helps create healthier bowel movements. Stuffing/Dressing: DON’T The complex carbohydrates in turkey stuffing and dressing can cause your dog’s liver to overproduce enzymes to digest and process that food. This can cause serious health problems later in life. Plain Soup/Broth/Gravy: DO As long as there are no onions or other dangerous foods in there, plain soups, broths, or gravies are a nice addition to your dog’s food. Think of it as their little holiday treat. You can just pour over the dry food and watch him lick the bowl. Chocolates/Candies: DON’T For many dog caretakers this is common knowledge, but a little reminder always helps. The chemicals in chocolate and other holiday candies can be lethally toxic to dogs. Make sure your fourlegged friends don’t get near this stuff. Everything in Moderation: ABSOLUTE MUST The key to good canine nutrition is to make sure that you do not over indulge your pet. Just like humans, too much of anything can be a bad thing.

Local girls help county police The Gaston County Police Department K9 Unit recently recognized two local girls for assistance provided during an investigation. The K9 Unit was attempting to locate a wanted felon in Gaston County. The two children provided pertinent information which assisted the officers in locating and safely taking the suspect into custody. The two received a certificate which expressed the Department’s sincere thanks as well as a McDonald’s gift card. The two girls that were recognized were Destiny Taylor and Skyler Chastaine. For additional information contact K9 Unit Sergeant J. Leatherwood at 704-747-1580.

The Dangers of Winter Coats and Car Seats By Tabitha Whetstine Public Information Coordinator Partnership for Children of Lincoln & Gaston Counties

The temperatures have started to drop, which can only mean one thing-winter is on its way. You obviously want to keep your child warm on chilly days by bundling them up in a thick coat, but when it comes to their safety in a car seat, there are some things you need to know. There are ways to safely transport children in the cold weather while still keeping them warm. Winter coats should not be worn underneath the harness of a car seat. A bulky coat under a harness can result in the harness being too loose to be effective in the unfortunate event of a crash. Here is a simple way to check if your child’s coat is too big and bulky to wear under their harness: Put the coat on your child, sit them in the child seat, and fasten the harness Tighten the harness until you can no longer pinch any of the harness strap with your thumb and forefinger. Without loosening the harness, remove your child from the seat. Take the coat off, and put your child back in the child seat

and buckle the harness straps, which are still adjusted as they were when he/she was wearing the coat. If you can pinch the harness strap between your thumb and forefinger, then the coat is too bulky to be worn underneath the harness. If the coat cannot be worn safely under the harness, there are a couple of things you can do to keep your child safe and warm in his/her seat. After securing your child in the seat, turn the coat around backwards with their arms through the arms holes and the back of the coat acting like a blanket. Or you could lay a blanket over your child to keep them warm. These tips should help keep your little ones safe and warm this winter. Want to learn more about the Partnership for Children of Lincoln & Gaston Counties? The Partnership for Children of Lincoln & Gaston Counties is your local Smart Start agency. You can reach us at 704-9220900 or visit us online at Our mission is to lead, advocate and collaborate with others to insure the wellbeing of children, ages birth to five. Connect with or http://www.facebook. com/pfclg or Twitter: Ready4School.

Tri-County Animal Rescue Pet of the Week Tri-County Animal Rescue Pet of the Week is a small Terrier mix named Sammy. Sammy is 2 years old and weighs 15 pounds. He is a very sweet little boy that plays well with other dogs and loves everyone. Sammy was surrendered to Tri-County because his elderly owner could no longer afford his care. He will make someone a great companion. Terriers are wonderful dogs and make terrific companions. As with all dog breeds, individual dogs have their own personalities, but there some traits that are very common throughout the breed. Sammy has a short coat which makes grooming pretty simple. Bath and brushing is all he needs to keep him looking nice and clean. Terriers are the biggest dogs you'll ever meet in such a tiny package. They are sharply intelligent and absolutely nothing gets past them. They are spirited dogs, fearless and sassy with minds

of their own and aren't above causing mischief to get a laugh. They are highly trainable and are famous for their antics. When raised alongside children, Terriers make fine family dogs. Their size makes them appealing to apartment dwellers. Fenced in yards are good for daily exercise. Daily activities should include both walking and time to run in the yard. Terriers are highly intelligent dogs and need as much mental stimulation as they do physical activity. Sammy is neutered, current on vaccines and micro-chipped. Come check him out this weekend! Please come out to our adoption event this weekend. If you are looking for an addition to your family, please come out and meet our pets this weekend. We have many available pets, including puppies and kittens, at the Gastonia PetSmart located at 3698 East Franklin Boulevard this Friday from 6-9 pm, Saturday noon to 6 pm and Sunday 2-5 pm.

Tri-County Animal Rescue is a nonprofit organization serving Lincoln, Gaston and other surrounding counties. We are committed to ending pet homelessness in this area and we need your continued support. If you cannot adopt a pet, then support Tri-County in other ways. We need volunteers and donations to continue our mission of finding homes for these unwanted animals. Please help Tri-County Animal Rescue continue to save pets by adopting your next pet this weekend? Our “needs” list includes: towels, Clorox, laundry detergent, paper towels, dry dog food and dry cat food. For more information, call 704.263.2444, send an email to, visit us on the web at or on FaceBook at Tri-County Animal Rescue. Donations can be sent to Tri-County Animal Rescue, PO Box 483, Alexis, NC 28006.

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Gaston Day students tour farms Mrs.Hurd’s environmental science class at Gaston Day School recently took a field trip and visited Big John’s hydroponics farm to learn more about hydroponics and to later on make a project for the Lexicon of Sustainability. This farm is a tomato farm that grows tomatoes in nutrient water. This farm is run by Big John and his father. The Environmental class were shown the ways and techniques used in this type of farming. Student Grace Vercauteren exclaimed “ I didn’t know plants could be grown in water.” Later on, the class went to Maple Springs Farms. The class traveled here also to learn and create a project about the Lexicon of Sustainability. At this farm they grow many fruits and vegetables, but their main produce is strawberries. The owner of this farm is Ethan. Mrs. Hurd’s class visited Fred Isle’s Bison Farm and learned how to manage bison in sustainable ways. “We started our day off riding around on UTV to see his bison fields and equipments. We toured the grounds and watched the bison change pastures,” student Sophia Hastings, who is highlighting this farm for her project, said. “It was really interesting to see a bison farm in action and I appreciate Fred Isle for taking the time to show it to us. We took a look at the equipment used to weight the bison and make sure they are healthy and on track.” Mrs.Hurd’s Environmental science class also visited Profitt Cattle Farm to learn more about organic cattle and to create a project for the Lexicon of Sustainability. At this farm they raise organic cattle and grow their own organic hay. The owner of this farm is Shelly. She demonstrated how to tag cattle, how to where and how to feed the cattle and the process to be an organic farmer. Later in that day the class had the pleasure of being able to go to Lomax Farms. This farm is special because it trains new young farmers how to run their own organic farm. The farmer who showed us around was Matt. He brought students to multiple different farming plots, that different farmers own. He grows several types of lettuces and even kohlrabi. He also showed students where the farmers grow organic hops. Student Sterling West wrote this article and Mrs. Hurd’s Environmental class took the photos.

On Saturday, November 19, the Cramerton Middle School Chorus and Handbells performed at Sweet Frog Premium Yogurt in Gastonia. Both groups provided outstanding entertainment to customers at Sweet Frog, and the company generously donated 20% of the proceeds to Cramerton Middle School. Patty Fayssoux is the choral director and coordinated the event. Brian Denton photo

Now through December 20, 2016

Register for Spring 2017 classes at Gaston College Gaston College is now accepting applications for spring 2017 classes though Tuesday, December 20, 2016. You can register online and in person from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. at three convenient campus locations: Dallas Campus, 201 Highway 321 South, Dallas, 28034; Lincoln Campus, 511 South Aspen Street, Lincolnton, 28093, and Kimbrell Campus, 7220 Wilkinson Boulevard, Belmont, 28012. Gaston College will close December 21, 2016, for winter break and will reopen on Tuesday, January 3. Late registration will be held January 3 -5, 2017. Spring classes will begin Monday, January 9, 2017. Earn a Certificate, Diploma or Associate of Arts Science Degree in Therapeutic Massage. Applications will be accepted for the Spring 2017 Certificate and Diploma Program (Day Option) from November – December, 20, 2016 and January 1 to July 31, 2017 or until program is filled. Call 704.922.2270 or email phillips. for more information. You can also complete an application online at http:// h e r a p e u t i c m a s s a g e /admission-requirements/. Export University 201: Optimizing Global Distribution Channels, December 14, 2016 The U.S. Commercial Service in collaboration with Gaston College and United Parcel Service will host the workshop, Export University 201- Optimizing Global Distribution Channels for new-to-export firms and current exporters that are interested in learning about international exporting. The workshop will be held on Thursday, December 14, 2016, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Myers Center Multipurpose Auditorium, 201 Highway, 321 South, Dallas, NC 28034. Registration is at 8:30 a.m. The session will show companies new strategies and approaches to better identify potential distribution partners and, once selected, how to work with your distribution partners to keep them motivated to market your company brand and sell your company’s products and services. Learn from experienced practitioners who will present course material drawing from their extensive expertise in in-

ternational trade. They will discuss the following topics: Global distribution best practices; Legal considerations in working with international distributors, representatives and sales agents; Optimizing your Global Web Presences; Analysis of Global Supply Chain; Cultural aspects of building distribution channels. The Export University presenters are members of the North Carolina District Export Council, a group of private sector individuals appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to provide counsel mentoring on the export process. To register, go to The cost is $65 (incudes continental breakfast, lunch and course material). For more information, go to or call Gaston College Continuing Education at 704-922-2244 or the U.S. Commercial Service at 704-333-4886, ext. 229

Julie Scott inducted into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi Julie Scott of Lowell, N.C., was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Scott was initiated at University of South Alabama. Scott is among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors, having at least 72 semester hours, are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction. Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine and headquartered in Baton Rouge, La., Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline honor society. The Society has chapters on more than 300 college and university campuses in North America and the Philippines. Its mission is “To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.”

Meghan Eze earns Girl Scouts’ highest honor Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont is pleased to an- linas Peaks to Piedmont. “She saw a need in her community nounce that Meghan Eze, Gastonia, earned and took action. Her extraordinary dedicaher Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest tion, perseverance and leadership, is makaward in Girl Scouting. ing the world a better place.” Eze, daughter of Augustine and Theresa The Gold Award represents the highest Eze and a member of Troop 20197, worked achievement in Girl Scouting; it recognizes in partnership with Terrace Ridge Assisted girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonLiving facility to create a garden club. She strate extraordinary leadership through taught the residents how to grow their food sustainable and measurable Take Action and learn more about agriculture, as well as projects. After the minimum requirements explore the world around them. are completed, the Gold Award project is By earning the Girl Scout Gold Award, the culmination of a girl’s demonstration Eze has become a community leader. Her of self-discipline, leadership ability, time accomplishments reflect leadership and management, creativity, initiative and a citizenship skills that set her apart. significant mastery of skills. Each girl must “Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award dedicate a minimum of 80 hours to plandesignation is truly a remarkable achievening and implementing her project, which ment, and this young woman exemplifies must benefit the community and have long leadership in all its forms,” said Lane Cook, lasting impact. chief executive officer of Girl Scouts CaroMeghan Eze

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Gaston County area happenings for December 2016 December 1 thru January 7, 2017 – “Artisans Holly Days Market” – Arts on Main, 11:00AM-4:00PM Arts on Main is located at 212 W. Main Avenue in Gastonia. Come and enjoy unique, hand-crafted gifts: pottery, jewelry, fiber art, handmade soaps, paintings and more, all created by Gaston County Art Guild members. The gallery and market are open Wednesday through Saturday. For more details call 704-865-4224. December 1 thru March 4, 2017 – “World War I Hometown Heroes” – Gaston County Museum ~ Free 2017 marks the 100th Anniversary of the United States involvement in World War I. In recognition of this significant anniversary, the Museum will present World War I Hometown Heroes. The exhibition will celebrate the Gaston County men and women who contributed to the war effort at home and abroad. Visitors will “see” war first-hand through the stories, objects, and photographs of seven men who bravely fought in WWI. Hometown Heroes will also feature local service organizations, such as the YMCA and Red Cross that supported the troops overseas and the families at home. The exhibition will include hands-on stations, children activities, and the WWI history based computer game Valiant Heart. Drawn primarily from the collection of the Gaston County Museum, Hometown Heroes will also feature objects from private lenders never before on view as well as significant loans from the King’s Mountain Historical Museum. For more details call 704-922-7681 or email www.gastoncountymuseum. org. December 3 – “Girls on the Run Annual Fall 2016 5K” – Stowe Park in Downtown Belmont This timed run/walk event is open to the public! Join hundreds of fall participants as they celebrate the culmination of their 10 week season. All proceeds from the 5K benefit Girls on the Run of Gaston County. These funds will enable our council to continue making the program available to all girls regardless of their families’ financial circumstances. Pre-race festivities begin at 7:30am in Stowe Park. In addition to the race, family members can enjoy music, Happy Hair Station, Photo Stop/Selfie Station, Mean Stinks/Inspiration Station, and refreshments. After the race, return to Stowe Park for 5k Race Awards and the No Fizz Challenge drawing. No Fizz participants must be present to win. For more details please visit

December 3 – “York Chester Historic Home Tour” – Gastonia, 5:00PM-9:00PM Come see how some of the city’s most charming homes are decorated for the season! This event is presented by the York-Chester District Neighborhood Association. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. For more details please call 704-7960757 or email lynnstepp03@ December 3 – “Cramerton ~ Breakfast with Santa” – 9:00AM This event is held at the Cramerton Community Center located at 1 Julian Street in Cramerton. Registration is required. For more details call Cristy Cummings at 704824-4231. December 3 – “Bessemer City History & Arts Society Christmas Home Tour” – 3:00PM-8:00PM The cost of a ticket is $10 per person and may be purchased at Central Drug Store (704-629-2163) or the Kiser Senior Center; both locations are in downtown Bessemer City. December 3 thru 23 – “The Train To Christmas Town” ~ ALL ABOARD! The train depot this year will be located at 601 Modena Street in Gastonia. The ride is approximately 70 minutes from the time the train departs the station until it returns. This is a memory you’ll want to save so bring a camera with a flash as Santa and his elves board the train for a Christmas story and so much more! For departure times and prices please contact Customer Service Representatives by calling 877-421-0008. Representatives are available 7 days a week from 8:00am to 8:00pm EST. Make the correct selections for the Piedmont & Northern Railway. Alternatively, you can reach them by email at Note: The Train to Christmas Town is an independent holiday rail experience and does not include a visit to and is not affiliated with Christmas Town, USA. You will remain on the train the entire adventure. If you have more questions you may also visit frequently-asked-questions. December 4 – “Christmas in the City One-Day Holiday Festival” – Downtown Gastonia, 1:00PM-6:00PM This event will be located at 193 W. Main Avenue in Gastonia. Bring your family and friends to the Gastonia Christmas Parade plus the City Tree Lighting and a Christmas Village chocked with vendors and Santa? Art on Main’s Artisan’s Holly Days Market is also open from 1:00PM-6:00PM. The

activities are planned as follows. The Christmas Village from 1:00PM-9:00PM ~ the Christmas Parade, 4:00PM and the Christmas tree lighting at 6:30PM. For more details call 704-866-6839 or visit www.cityofgastonia. com. Note: the tree lightning will be at the Rotary Pavilion which is located at 111 N. South Street, come start your tradition today! December 6 – “Belmont Historic Home Tour 2016” – Downtown Belmont, 1:00PM-6:00PM Come celebrate the holidays in Belmont, NC at our first Historic Home Tour. Tickets are on sale now at December 6 thru February 11, 2017 – “Artwork by Albert Kauslick” – Gaston County Museum Hours are Tuesday – Friday 10:00AM-5:00PM and Saturday 10:00AM-3:00PM / Kauslick is an artist and designer from the Greensboro/ Winston-Salem area of North Carolina. He works in paintings, portraits, drawings, furniture design, relief prints and graphic art. Kauslick’s work represents a wide range of themes and mediums and inspires the viewer to really take time and get to know the piece. For more details call 704-922-7681 or visit www. December 9 – “Family Movie Fridays” – Bessemer City Branch Library, 3:30PM The library is located at 207 N. 12th Street in Bessemer City. Come and join us for a family friendly movie and refreshments at the library! Movies are to be announced. For more details call 704-629-3321. December 9 – “Holiday Open House” – Gaston County Museum, 4:00PM6:00PM Our Annual Holiday Open House features Christmas traditions for the whole family! Come see the Hoffman Hotel decorated for the season, visit the Museum Gift Shoppe for gifts and stocking stuffers, listen to carols being sung and accompanied by music on the 100+ year old pump organ, and decorate cookies. After the Dallas Christmas Parade, visitors will get the chance to meet some very interesting traditional characters from early Christmas celebrations: Saint Nicholas, The Krampus and The Christkindl! This is a free event and no reservations are required. For more details please contact Jason Luker at 704.922.7681 ext. 105 or December 10 – “Crowders Mountain State Park Trail Volunteer ~ 2016” – Crowders Mountain, 8:00AM-11:30AM / The

park needs volunteers to help maintain the hiking trails at Crowders Mountain. Come meet new people; work with experienced volunteers and park staff who are dedicated to maintain the beautiful hiking trails at the park. No experience is required. This will be a great learning opportunity as well. The trail work includes task such as: erosion control, rehabbing old trails, building new trails, and rerouting sections of eroded trails. All work tools, safety glasses, and hearing protection will be provided. Water and refreshments will also be provided. They ask that you bring work gloves, appropriate footwear for the outdoors, sunscreen, and insect repellant. You will meet at the Sparrow Springs Visitor Center for refreshments, fellowship, and a short safety meeting. For more details or if you are interested in volunteering please call the park office at 704-853-5375. December 10 – “9th Annual 1890’s Heritage Village Christmas Celebration” – 2:00PM-5:00PM Gaston County Parks and Recreation and the Gaston County Historical Preservation Commission will host the 9th Annual 1890’s Heritage Village Christmas, a celebration of what Christmas was like for the majority of Gaston County residents at the turn of the 20th Century. This free Christmas celebration will be held in the 1890’s Heritage Village at Dallas Park, visitors can enjoy Christmas as it may have been during the 1890’s and early 1900’s here in Gaston County. The event will feature caroling, cider making, candle making, Christmas crafts for kids, s’more’s, hot chocolate and cookies. Santa will be there to share the holiday cheer so don’t forget to bring your cameras. Following the Historic Christmas Celebration we will be showing The Polar Express inside the Gaston County Senior Center from 6:00PM-8:00PM. Admission to the movie is free; there will be pizza and drinks for purchase, along with free popcorn. For more details

call 704-922-2160 or visit the county’s website at www. Come out and join us! December 10 – “Colonial Christmas & Candleighting” – Schiele Museum, 2:00PM6:00PM Bring your family and celebrate the season in the 18th-century style! Join us in the “Procession of the Yule Log”, decorating with greenery, singing early American carols, and English country dancing. As the day draws to a close, gather with our Backcountry family for the traditional Candle-lighting Service and scripture reading. Enjoy colonial hospitality with a taste of Christmas pudding and hot gingered apple cider. For more details call 704-866-6900 or visit www. December 15 & January 19, 2017 – “Creative Pollinators” – Gaston Arts Council, 6:00PM This event will be located at Courtyard by MarriottGastonia, 1856 Remount Road in Gastonia. Creative Pollinators gatherings will provide an environment and atmosphere for cross pol-

lination and exchange of innovative ideas among artists (“artprenuers”) of all disciplines – with the goal of connecting people and resources for success! The speakers will share valuable and insightful industry information. Meet the Artist during the featured artist segment. Refreshments will be served. RSVP at https://goo. gl/WzshO7 or call 704-853ARTS (2787). December 31 – “Sparkle & glow New Years’ Eve” – Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6:00PM-9:00PM Celebrate the New Year’s Eve with a family-friendly early event featuring New Year’s Eve traditions from around the world. Wish lanterns are available for purchase for a luminary release at the end of the night for wishes in the New Year! This event is free with admission to Holidays at the Garden. Plus…for an additional $20 per guest there will be sparkling wine tasting available. For more details call 704-825-4490 or visit www.

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Raptors power past Thomas Jefferson Academy 54-40 By John Wilson

In the second round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 1A football playoffs the Mountain Island Charter Raptors got off to a somewhat shaky start. But it didn’t take long for the Raptors to get their act together. By the end of the night the Raptors had pulled out a win by beating Thomas Jefferson Academy 54-0. It was the second time the Raptors had beaten the Gryphons this year. Both schools are members of the Piedmont 1A. The last time they went at it Mountain Island beat Thomas Jefferson 31-13. But due to a paperwork issue involving an expired physical that win was forfeited. So once again the Raptors and Gryphons would do battle. This time the loser would go home for the year. Playing a team you’re familiar with in the playoffs can be tough. They know you. There are usually no suprises. Head coach Robert Washington attributed the slow start to to a case of pre-game butterflies. “We had game time jitters,” Washington said. “It’s hard to play the same teams twice. Especially in your own conference.” The Raptors took it in stride and pushed on. “The coaching staff made some adjustments,” Washington said. “We just needed to calm the kids and do what we needed to do to win.” The Raptors may have started off slow but they were hardly inept. At the end of the 1st half MICS still led the Gryphons 21-19. But as the Raptors took the field in the second half they started to move things in their direction. As stated earlier, there are few surprises when confer-

ence teams meet each other. But coach Washington and the MICS staff threw a few wrinkles out there anyway. The most dramatic involved Aapri Washington. Washington is a pure athlete. He can run, catch, and even pass. Finding ways to get him the ball will usually result in good things for MICS. So the coaching staff decided to do a variation of the National Football League’s “Wildcat Formation”. The Wildcat involves putting a player in at quarterback that is more of a running back. It creates mismatches. The Wildcat paid off. Washington had 204 yards and 2 TD’s. He was 4 for 6 and 83 yards in passing. The Raptors usual starting QB Kyle Holcomb saw action as well. He threw for 62 yards and a TD. Having Washington in a QB also loosened things up for the other Raptor backs. Terrell Hager had a career high 276 yards and three touchdowns. Elijah Burris had 137 yards and two scores of his own. The Raptors running game would not be denied. They ended the night with 617 yards of ground offense. A staggering number. The Raptor offense did the heavy lifting. The defense did its job as well. They didn’t play as dominating as they had in the past but they kept the score low enough for the offense to do what it needed to do. The Raptors defense recorded six sacks and an interception. Aapri Washington was involved in the defensive effort as well. Washington snared the lone Raptor interception and one of the six sacks. The defensive effort further illustrates the type of athlete he truly is. In his post game comments coach Washing-

ton praised his rivals and pondered the Raptors’ next game against Murphy. “Our hats are off to Coach Jerry Cash and his team,” Washington said. “They were well coached and prepared. They are young but they never laid down.” As for the Murphy Bulldogs. Washington knows his staff will have a lot of work to do to prepare. Murphy and MICS play different styles of football. Murphy is no joke. They are good. Very good. “Murphy is no flash,” Washington added. “Just straight old school smash mouth football. They have a lot of tradition there.” The Murphy Bulldogs are 12-1 this year. They won the Smoky Mountain 1A Conference by going undefeated in Raptor Eric Gallman helps upend a Thomas Jefferson Classical conference play. player. So far this year in the Photos by Michael Strauss playoffs the Bulldogs have

beaten Winston-Salem Prep and South Robeson. The Bulldogs can run and throw. Murphy doesn’t boast many mind blowing stats. But with a 12-1 record you don’t have to. “This is a clash of styles,” Washington went on to say. “Some may call us a finesse team, but were physical. We play with enough physicality.This is about playing sound and disciplined football.” This is going to be an interesting matchup. The Raptors high octane anything goes offense against Murphy’s ground and pound attack. This game will come down to which team plays better defense. Playoff Prediction I’m going to wimp out and not give one. The variables are just too numerous to make a call.

MICS’s Terrell Hager #3 eludes a swarm of Thomas Jefferson Classical defenders.

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Mt. Island’s Aapri Washington makes a diving touchdown catch Raptor Najeer Elliot exults in Mt. Island’s playoff win over in the Raptor’s 54-40 win over Thomas Jefferson Classical. Thomas Jefferson Classical.



Mt. Island’s Elijah Burris soars high in the 54-40 win against Bryson Howell #9 tips a pass by the Thomas Jefferson ClasThomas Jefferson Classical. sical QB.

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South Point just keeps going, beats Tuscola 45-6 By John Wilson

Just how good are these Red Raiders? That’s a hard question to answer. This is a football team that is currently 9-4. Early in the year they got off to a rocky start and suffered through an assortment of tough losses and injuries. They were given up for dead. But in early October things turned around in an astounding way. The Red Raiders made a late season push. The team showed they could learn from past mistakes. They developed depth. The team grew. Yeah, but how good are they? Well let’s just say the Red Raiders are currently one of only three Gaston County schools still in the playoffs. Two weeks ago the Red Raiders smashed up West Henderson 59-0. Last week they took apart a very good Tuscola 11-2 program. The Red Raiders beat the Mountaineers 45-6. Those wins show that South Point is playing good football. So how GOOD are they? Well, to be honest we still don’t know. This team is defying logic. They keep growing and developing. They are living prove that it ain’t over til it’s over and any other cheesy sports cliche you can come up with. Last week when the Red Raiders took the field against Tuscola they were about to go at it against a tough Western North Carolina 2/3A Conference opponent. Tuscola shared the conference title with two other teams. All of which finished with identical records. This year, the Mountaineers were without doubt one of the top teams in western part of the state. They were, as coach Mickey Lineberger put it, “the pride of the mountains�. Well, maybe the Red Raiders players didn’t get that memo about how good Tuscola was because after the Mountaineers scored first off of Grayson Perkins 2-yard run the Red Raiders shut them down. The only time the game was close was in the 1st quarter. After Perkins scored, South Point’s Jake Alexander countered with a 8-yard run to give South Point a 7-6 lead going into the 2nd quarter. In the second the Red Raiders unleashed on the Mountaineers. Alexander scored again, followed up by a Scottie Lee 8-yard keeper to give the Red Raiders a 21-6 lead at the half. Nick Farmer got things going in the 3rd with a 9-yard run to increase the Red Raiders lead. In the 4th quarter, Nick Muse snatched an errant Tuscola pass and returned it for a South Point TD. Muse’s performance highlighted just how well the Red Raider defense played against the Mountaineers. South Point managed to keep the highly touted Tuscola running game in check. Despite being out weighed on both sides of the line the Red Raiders still controlled the line of scrimmage. The Red Raiders defense seriously hampered the Mountaineers offensive effort. Tuscola was limited to only 163 total yards of offense. They were held to only six first downs. South Point scored the final points of the game when Scottie Lee connected with Ray Grier for a 23-yard TD. The Tuscola offense was boxed in most of the game. But that wasn’t the case with the Red Raiders. The Red Raider had 346 yards of total offense and 311 of it came off of the ground game. Once again Jake Alexander was the Red Raiders top back with 183 yards. In all categories the Red Raiders came out on top. They played sound, mistake free football. So what now? Up next the Red Raiders host another Western North Carolina 2/3A Conference co-champion. This time the Pisgah Bears. For what it’s worth Pisgah has played two teams the Red Raiders have beaten. Franklin beat Cramer two weeks ago in a playoff match up 30-21. Pisgah also beat Tuscola earlier in the year 23-20 in overtime. South Point beat Cramer and Tuscola

Max Meade makes haste against Tuscola.

A Tuscola Mountaineer runner hits the dirt thanks to South Point’s #75 Tyler Kotula. Photos by Calvin Craig/

South Point’s Jake Alexander looks for a hole in the 45-6 win over the Tuscola Mountaineers.

South Point QB Scottie Lee stretches his legs in the 45-6 win Red Raider Nick Farmer tears up the turf against Tuscola. See SOUTH POINT page 15 over Tuscola.



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Red Raider quarterback Scottie Lee looks down field.

Defensive End Matthew Robinson gets pressure on the Mountaineer quarterback. Photos by Tommy Bain

Jake Alexander races to the end zone for a touchdown.

SOUTH POINT From page 14 this year handily. If those game can be used as a measuring stick then South Point should be able to compete. But here are little things that make this match up special. Some of them statistical. Some can’t be measured on paper. This years South Point team has some qualities that past Red Raider teams teams have not. Over the years the Red Raiders have shown that they can run the football. This year South Point added an offensive dimension that is serving them well. This year South Point has a shown they possess a credible passing game. Scottie Lee has tossed 12 TD passes this year. He has also tossed almost as many interceptions. But that’s not the point. The fact is that when facing the Red Raiders teams have to respect the pass. They can not simply stuff the line of scrimmage. Coaches hate being burned by the pass. Lee has enough firepower to back safeties off the line of scrimmage. That in the end helps the running game immeasurably. This years Red Raiders have also developed in other ways that don’t go on the stat sheet. This squad went through a very tough early schedule full of highs and lows. This team went into the season as one of the most inexperienced squads South Point has ever had. Everyone thought the Red Raiders would field a decent squad. But not a dominating squad. So when the Red Raiders were 2-4 at the end of September no one was startled. Many believed 2016 just wasn’t going to be a good year South Point football. But that didn’t happen. In a corny way South Point football is high school version of The Little Engine That Could. You can’t bet against the Little Engine and in this week’s game prediction I won’t. Playoff Prediction South Point 31 ~ Pisgah 17

Nick Muse, #33 stops the Mountaineers quarterback.

Max Meade hangs on for the tackle.

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South Point’s Nick Farmer returns his second interception of the night.

South Point’s defense stopped the run and passing game of the Mountaineers.

Nick Muse #33 returns the interception for a pick six.

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A group of 8th grade students from Stanley Middle School recently made a trip to the state capital in Raleigh. The students spent the day touring sites such as the NC History Museum, the Legislative Building and Executive Building/State Capitol. Gaston Schools photo

Students at Stuart Cramer High recently held a powder puff football game and raised funds to help assistant principal Dawn Lavinder with medical bills during her fight with cancer. “I want to express my sincere gratitude to our Stuart Cramer family for the outpouring of love and support you have shown me both during my cancer battle last year and the new one this year,” Lavinder said. “I was overwhelmed by the amount of money the Student Council was able to raise during the Powder Puff Lavender for Lavinder game. This money will be a huge help to my family. Because I know others do not benefit from the same support the Storm community has shown me, I wanted to take a small portion of the proceeds in hope it will help others. I have donated $100 to Cancer Services of Gaston County in honor of our Stuart Cramer Family and $100 to The Woman in Pink in honor of our Stuart Cramer Staff. Thank you all for your continued support. I continue to improve each day and look forward to seeing everyone soon!” Gaston Schools photo

Belmont Abbey basketball wins big Freshman Gunnar Hardarson scored a career-high 19 points to lead five double figures as Belmont Abbey cruised to a 93-33 men’s basketball victory over Christendom last Tuesday night at the Wheeler Center. Ben Ferguson and Aidan Richard tallied 12 points apiece, with Daniel Spencer and Drexler Clark chipped in 11 and 10 points, respectively. Belmont Abbey (3-2) never trailed in the contest, scoring the first three points, then answering a Christendom basket with a 23-0 run.

The visitors broke a scoring drought of 8:10 with a threepointer that made the score 26-5. The Crusaders continued the half strong, opening a 49-11 lead by intermission.

The Abbey shot 50.0 percent (19-38) in the period, while holding Christendom to 19.2 percent shooting (5-26). Jacob Wilson topped the team in both rebounds (nine)

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Enchantment in The Garden event is Dec 9 The Mt. Holly Community Garden, located in downtown Mt. Holly, will hold its 2nd annual Enchantment in the Garden event on Friday, Dec 9, 2016 from 6-9pm. There will be 52 beautifully decorated garden beds, Santa, live music, luminaries, cookies, and more. Awards for the Garden’s first annual photo contest will also be given out. Last year’s event drew hundreds and was a big success.









Karla Laws (pictured) says the Belmont Community Organization Angel Tree and food drop off box at Nichols store, 318 S. Main St., Belmont, will be accepting donations until December 15. Photo by Alan Hodge

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Ladies from Mount Holly and the town of Stanley left to right Denise Saturday Dec 3rd 6:00PM Lowesville Gospel Concerts at Liv- Miller, Lillian Beaty, Heather Beaty, DeRee Galya, Kamdyn Young, ing Word Ministries – 1062 Hwy 16 South – Lowesville (Stan- Melissa Bousselot, Kim Carpenter, Katelyn Ford were spotted at the ley) presents The Hayes Family from Boone NC, also on the Southern Christmas Show. program will be Kira Shcherbakova from Philadelphia PA. The concert will be no cost, however a freewill offering will be received. Contact Carroll Cooke 704-618-9762. Photo courtesy Carroll Cooke

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Belmont council approves senior apartments At its last meeting the Belmont city council approved a Conditional Use Permit request by the Southern Benedictine Society that will allow the development of a 120,420 sq.ft. senior citizen apartment building on Hawley Ave. The four-story structure will be called Loftin at Montcross. It will be on the south side of Hawley Ave. within the Montcross development, east of Walmart and beside the Loftin senior living aprtmernt building already in place there. The project will have 98 units and will be intended for occupation by senior citizens. There will be one parking space per unit.

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REAL ESTATE LAWNDALE AREA. 1.3 acre lot, water & septic, priced to sell. Owner will finance with low DP. Call Bryant Realty. 704-5679836 EAST RUTHERFORD CO, off Hwy 120, beautiful 1.5 ac lot, cleared and ready for home with water & septic. Owner will finance with low DP. Call Bryant Realty, 704-567-9836 FOR SALE BY OWNER 3BR, 1.5BA, fireplace, gas logs, heat pump/ac. 704-481-9766.

143 MCINTYRE RD, CHERRYVILLE, NC. 3BR, 2BA, site built ranch style home with lake view! Fireplace, single carport w/storage area. 2 large decks. Fenced yard. Updates starting in 2012 til 2016 - windows, plumbing, gutters, new carpet, new laminate, fresh paint. Storage buildings. ALL appliances remain! Must see! $98,000. RE/ MAX Select- Katie Bradley Ingle 704-472-0133 cell, 704-4877653 office. 500 W. Warren St., Shelby. 44.39 ACRES: 9/10 mile of frontage on Second Broad River, highway frontage, city water, creek, hardwoods, open field, $3000 per acre. 864-909-1035. 2BR, 2BA BRICK on 1/2 acre, approx 1,260 sqft., carport, builtin range, oven & dishwasher, nice neighborhood, $98,000. 828-245-9749.

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