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Hello Tuesday, it's David. Today is December 21st. Above is a shot I took on a ride through McAdenville this week. Just about everyone likes Christmas lights, but opinions are divded on color. A Charlotte Axios survey showed that (in Charlotte anyway) twice as many people like white lights as colored, and almost  90% don't like inflatable decorations.  Holiday beauty is in the eye of the beholder...

Weather wise, today will be mostly cloudy, with a high of  48. We will have occasional rain this evening, otherwise mostly cloudy, with a low of 30.
Solar panel company to invest $159 million

It looks as if Silfab Solar is the company behind Project Borealis, although they have not confirmed their participation.Silfab produces solar panels, and has locations in Ontario and Washington. Apparently the project will locate at 
Gateway85, NorthPoint Development's 365-acre industrial park between Gastonia and Lowell. Jobs at their new facility are reported to pay upwards of $42k.
Mount Holly Community Garden event a great success!

The Mount Holly Community Garden wants to thank everyone who came out this past weekend to enjoy our 6th Annual Christmas Enchantment in the Garden. Even with a little bit of rain, we had an amazing crowd enjoying the decorations, lights and merriment. We couldn’t do it without our hard working garden members, local artists and volunteers. Already looking forward to next year. 🎄
Local airports  to receive grants

On December 16th, the Federal Aviation Administration awarded Charlotte Douglas $43.2 million for infrastructure improvements.It is expected that they will receive $215 million of the five year life of the $15 billion dollar program. Charlotte Douglas ranks among the 10 busiest airports in the nation.

Several local and regional airports also received funds.  Gastonia Municipal Airport received $159,000, which is expected to be a recurring grant over the next five years.

Restaurant News

YummmDonut  opened Friday at 2516 East Franklin Boulevard,
Suite 9.  That's pretty close to Cox and Franklin, in the strip mall just to the right of Walgreens and across from Panera. Info...

Handel's Ice Cream is opening January 6th. They make ice cream daily, fresh, in-store.Can't wait! They are located at 2272 East Franklin Boulevard near Golden Corral. More...
Triva answer from Facebook and Instagram

On Saturdays we post a Gaston county related trivia question on Facebook and Instagram.

The question was: Who was the architect who designed the Gastonia High School (now Ashley Arms Apartments), the Gastonia Post Office, the Stowe house in Belmont, the Cramerton Gymnasium, and many more local buildings of note.

The answer:  Hugh Edward White 1869-1939. White, a South Carolina-born architect, worked in various locations before moving about 1920 to the growing textile city of Gastonia, North Carolina.  White had nearly 300 documented projects in Gastonia and other North Carolina and South Carolina towns.  More...


New Ice Trail

The Whitewater Center’s ice rink has grown to over 24,000 sq. ft. this year and includes four distinct skating areas, including two ice trails and two free skate zones. The new trail addition extends access further into the Upper Pond towards the pump house and provides a brand new experience for guests. 

Centered in the converted pond is an on-ice Airstream serving hot and cold beverages when guests need a skate break. 

Swoon over every scoop!
Handel's Home Made Ice Cream Coming Soon!

Handel's Homemade Ice Cream has been around since 1945, using only the freshest ingredients and recipes exclusive to us-and we never skimp!. We look forward to serving Gaston county and surrounding areas.

2272 E. Franklin Blvd, Gastonia NC 28054
Facebook - handels.gastonia
Website -

Holiday Specials-On Track Yoga
Holiday Specials- Dec 15 thru Jan 1, 2022

*Yoga Class Specials
* Thai Yoga Therapy (feels to massage, but more stretching)
*Ayurveda Health Counsling
*Private Yoga Classes
Find out more!

Holidays at the Garden

Through January 2, 2022 from 5 to 9 p.m.
Advance tickets available now, here...
Bessemer City hosts Polar Plunge for kids Christmas

About ten years ago, Steve and Sandy Jenkins were fooling around in their pool and came up with their Polar Plunge idea.

This year about half a dozen participants  braved the cold temps and took the plunge. They paid a modest fee, but also took pledges and challenges. Local businesses also contributed, and $6000 was raised for local kids to go to Walmart and buy presents and anything else that they need. Brrrr!

Charlotte Med Schools

As we have reported before, there are not one, but two Charlotte Medical schools planned, so your little genius won't have to go far to become a doctor. Last week a 4.538 acre parcel was purchased near the site of the planned Wake Forest Baptist School of Medicine. The site sold for $38.8 million.
Light rail to Belmont delayed?

2021 Municipal elections in Mecklenburg County were, delayed, so a planned sales tax to fund the light rail never came to a vote. And at this time it isn't clear how the County would get other counties to pay,or help pay, for the project, which will cost an estimated $13.5 billion. Local funding will need to cover 60% of the cost, with Federal funds covering the rest.
At this point the timeline has been pushed back to 2040.

 This weeks Christmas gift -for her!*

From a local Etsy seller Lisa Granados, Gastonia-buy online!

Awesome chunky bead  bracelet, $22 + $4.15 shipping here

This weeks Christmas gift -for him!*

From a local Etsy seller Scott Anderson  in Gastonia -buy online!

Ground oats and honey soap, $6.00 , here...
Lots of other scents and products available (dog shampoo!) and gift wrapping is available

*Due to the late date and shipping delays, these may not be available until after Christmas. Please check with the seller.
Hosting an event?

Let us help you get the word out- purchase an event listing!
Gaston Covid cases flat, NC up 4.9%

Gaston County reported 7 deaths and 616 cases last week. The previous week 4 deaths and 641 cases were reported.
North Carolina ranked 30th in states where Covid is spreading the fastest. However, governor Cooper says we could see a 10,000 new cases due to the  Omicron and Delta variants after the holidays.
Does your portfolio include baseball cards, comic books?

I used to be stock broker, but I have never invested in baseball cards or comic books. Maybe I should have.

If a decade ago you had put your money in vintage and modern trading cards instead of the stock market, your payoff would be more than twice as big.  In fact, in the last ten years, the return on investment grade cards has approximately doubled the S&P 500.

Last week a fellow named Mark Michaelson sold a rare 1939 Superman comic book for $2.6 million in cold hard cash. Michaelson, who paid for college by trading comics, bought the rare comic in 1979.

Evidently it pays to be a kid at heart.
Booster doses are in!

The Gaston County Heath Department has Covid booster shots available.
Police Officer

The Town of Dallas is currently accepting applications for the position of Police Officer.  This position performs a full range of general law enforcement duties.  Work includes patrolling the Town during an assigned shift in a police car, on bicycle, or on foot; preventing, detecting, and investigating disturbances and crime; performing traffic control work; apprehending suspects; and executing related assignments.  Work involves frequent public contact which requires tact, firmness, and decisiveness.

                Applicant must have a working knowledge of law enforcement principles, practices, methods, and equipment; skill in the use of firearms; knowledge of the use of information technology as it applies to law enforcement; communicate effectively in oral and written forms; and the ability to build and maintain cooperative and effective public relations with the citizens.

                Graduation from high school and completion of basic law enforcement training; possession of a Basic Law Enforcement Certificate; or an equivalent combination of education and experience; and possession of a valid North Carolina Driver’s License.

                Hiring range for this position is $41,811 to $44,152 DOQ, with a 5% increase following the probationary period.  Applications may be obtained at the Town of Dallas Administrative Offices located at 210 N. Holland St., Dallas, NC 28034 or at  Completed applications can be emailed to [email protected] or turned in at the Administrative Offices.  Open until filled.  EOE

 Gaston County Jobs

Order picker @ Target $19.50 hr, Dental front desk $16-$21 hr, Guest services and event security at Bank of America Stadium P/T $15 hr, and more.

See Gaston County  jobs here...
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.
Meet your new best friend!
Meet Ollie!

Ollie is three months old and is a rescue.
The vet is not sure of his makeup but thinking American bulldog/Lab or Pitbull mix. Whatever the mix, he is going to be a gorgeous big boy and he is SO very sweet!   He is available through Great Dane Friends

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