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Good morning, it's David. Today is Tuesday January 19th. As of tomorrow, out with the old, in with the new-president wise that is.Some of you are thrilled, some are disappointed, but life goes on. For most of us, we are more worried about the the health and well being of our families, our jobs, and our communities.

Today  will be mostly sunny, and  a high of 56. Tonight will be mostly cloudy, with a low of 38.
Gastonia's new baseball team called Honey Hunters
The Gastonia Honey Hunters are the newest team in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB). They will play in the beautiful new FUSE ballpark in downtown Gastonia.

Take our survey: What do you think of the team name and logo?
Covid vaccinations continue at the   Gastonia Farmers Market

NC opens vaccines for 65 plus

Find out which group you are in with this graphic.

Find out when and how shots are scheduled in Gaston County, or call 704-866-3170.

Appointments are already scheduled for January  22nd. Appointments may be open for the 29th.

Gastonia being considered for a Biscuitville

If you travel to the Triad area of NC you have either been to, or at least passed by, a Biscuitville restaurant. Gastonia is on the list of possible sites for their expansion, along with Mooresville, Harrisburg, Huntersville, Rock Hill, and Hickory. Biscuitville serves breakfast food and southern cuisine. They claim that their biscuits are made hot "from scratch" every 15 minutes. Yum!
Can you help?

A local food pantry trailer has been destroyed by fire. The "Bountiful Blessings" trailer owned by Mt. Zion Restoration Church burned after a power line fell across it.  The trailer and all of it's contents were scorched. The trailer stored non-perishable items,but also had several refrigerators inside for other items.
The food pantry served over 135,000 people last year; more than usual due to Covid-19. Second Harvest Food Bank has agreed to loan them a trailer for a few weeks, but they are raising funds for a new trailer.

Interested in helping?

If you are interested in donating towards a new trailer, you can send money to the church’s Venmo account @Bountiful-Blessings-1 or mail checks to 2311 Crescent Lane Gastonia, NC 28052
So how did our grocery survey turn out?

Lots of you want a Trader Joe's...

Last week we asked where you shop for groceries, and where you'd like to shop-if you had the opportunity. We had about 40 responses from all over Gaston County, and obviously most of us shop at a grocery store near our homes- but not always! Here are the results:
Where we shop now:             Where we'd like to shop

Food Lion 18                          Trader Joe's  18
Harris Teeter 11                      Ingles 6
Aldi 7                                       Publix  4
Publix 4                                   Whole Foods 3
Wal Mart 4                               Harris Teeter  2
Lidl 3                                        Fresh Market  2
Bi Lo 3                                     Earth Fare 1
Ingles   2                                  Wegmans 1                         
                                                 Costco 1                  
                                                  Meijer 1
                                                  Lowes 1
Heirloom American Restaurant
                                                                                                    Heirloom owners Scott & Linda Murphy
We told you last week about the new restaurant "Heirloom" coming to Belmont. They are truly a farm to table restaurant-you can check them out here... They will be located in the new North Main Station in Belmont, where the old train cars used to sit. They are looking at a June opening.
Belks in trouble?

Did you grow up going to the Belks in Gastonia or Belmont? Or maybe at Eastridge Mall? I did, and I hate to hear talk that Belk might be the next retail casualty. Standard & Poors says it is likely that the business will run out of cash within a year. Bloomberg News reports that Belk is months behind in paying it's vendors. I guess I shouldn't be surprised, but I still hate to hear it. The retail landscape is changing rapidly, but Belk has been such a strong local name. Looks like Amazon is gobbling up the world.
Three phase community to be built near KM casino?

Not if the Cherokees have anything to say about it...

Wallace Cheves, owner of Let's Roll Holdings and developer of the Kings Mountain Casino is planning a 3 phase community near the casino. The development would include approximately  a combined 600  town homes, apartments, and single family homes.
Meanwhile, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians have a lawsuit pending to try and stop the Kings Mountain casino. The Cherokees claim that the Catawba Indian Nation is encroaching on their lands.
 20 people dead in Gaston County

 Wear a mask!

20 Gaston County people have died of Covid-19 since last Tuesday

We have had 19,028 positive tests to date, and 298 people have died in Gaston County due to the virus. 119 people are hospitalized with Covid,  and 17 people are on  ventilators. The largest group affected is ages 25-49. See interactive graphic here...

Gaston County Jobs

Automotive tech, Finish carpenter, Real Estate Showing Asst., Rural mail carrier, Safelite auto glass trainee, bank teller, and more.

Gaston jobs here...
Not Gaston County, but baseball is universal...

"My 74 year old husband would like a partner to throw the ball with..."

So started a social media post by Alice Miller of Dallas Texas; talking about her husband Frank. Frank is 74, and pitched in high school and college. Lots going on in the news, but somehow this seemed important. More...
         New ice rink at Catawba Farms
Day trip to Catawba Farms? They have a new ice rink!

Catawba Farms in Newton has a new ice rink- and it's good year round! They also have a winery, a bed and breakfast, a brewery, and animals galore. Newton is about 30 minutes North on 321. Find out more!
Looking for employees? Did you know that  our "Who's Hiring in Gaston County?" is consistently one of our most clicked links? Contact us to find out more...
Interested in becoming a featured partner and reaching people all across Gaston County? Our advertising team can help. Contact us today to talk about how we can help your business thrive.
Mans' blue eyed best friend
Lucy (A46386966) is a sweet 1 year old Alaskan Husky mix weighting in at 44 pounds. This bubbly girl is actively looking for a new best friend to go on adventures with. Do you know of anyone that can help her out? Lucy loves treats of all kinds and will even sit patiently while she waits for one. Lucy's adoption fee is $90 and that covers her spay, microchip, vaccinations and other vetting.

Lucy is waiting on you to stop in and meet her today. Not yet approved? Fill out our adoption questionnaire here...
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