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Good morning, it's David. Today is Tuesday February 9th. Spring is 39 days away.

Is it just me, or was that the worst Super Bowl and half time show ever? A friend of mine said "are those guys wearing underwear on their heads"? That was 2020 returning in a time warp...

Today we will have occasional morning rain and drizzle, otherwise low clouds and a high of 57. Tonight will be overcast with a low of 40.
This house in Belmont just sold for $905,000

Located on Arbors Ford Court, this 5 bedroom, 3 1/2 bath on Lake Wylie has an open, flowing plan conducive to a relaxed lifestyle. It  features a dining room with wainscoting, chefs kitchen opening into family room (can be closed off by custom designed barn doors), sun room, and master suite with privacy balcony to enjoy views and morning coffee. Second level features three additional bedrooms, bedroom/bonus room, jack'n'jill bath, additional bath, study.Basement level is partially finished and includes living area, study, recreation room, and leads to covered porch with patio and fireplace for outdoor living and entertaining.Plumbing available in unfinished basement area adjoining powder room for shower addition or wet bar/ kitchenette. Third bay garage is accessible from basement. See more...
Parents concerned about assaults, fights at Forestview

A male and a female student were assaulted, two days apart in incidents at Forestview High School. In both cases, there was no teacher present. One case happened before school began, and the other during a restroom break. See article and video here..
Signed Michael Jordan card goes for $1.44 Million

A signed  1991 Upper Deck basketball card featuring Micheal Jordan has sold for $1.44 million. Also included was a portion of the jersey that Jordan wore in the 1992 All Star game.The card was autographed by Jordan in thin blue marker. More...
Man accused of killing Mt. Holly policeman appears in court

24 year old Joshua Funk appeared in court last Thursday, accused of killing Mount Holly Police officer Tyler Herndon in December of 2020. Prosecutors are seeking life in prison, rather than capital punishment in the case
US Treasury  & Taxpayers lose approximately $2.5 million on Alliance Bank

Gastonia based AB&T Corp. ( owners of Alliance Bank ) shares were bought by the Treasury  during the Great Recession to the tune of $3.5 million. They recently sold those shares in two lots at an approximate 72% discount, recouping about $1 million.
The good news-for shareholders at least-is that there was a market for the shares, even at a reduced price, which signals that there is some confidence in the firm's financial future. Says Chris Marinac, a bank analyst with FIG Partners " "Someone believes in the residual value of the company," he says. "They're thinking it's not going to fail. So take a flyer."

The home at 117 North Main Street in Belmont, formerly Blythe Galley has been sold. Former owners John and Nan Bridgeman plan to travel and spend some time this summer at their home in Blowing Rock. Good luck and have fun guys!
Covid-19 Stops With You!
Covid-19 vaccinations continue at the Gastonia Farmers Market

NC opens vaccines for 65 plus

Find out which group you are in with this graphic.

Get added to the list , or call 704-866-3170.

Get more info here...

Worried about which vaccine to get? So far, research shows that any of the five vaccines can save your life.  My sister is a nurse practitioner, and I asked her which shot to get. She said "the first one available".

Sad news-91 year old found deceased

91 year old Donald Edwin Joy had been missing since February 3rd was found Sunday in Hickory. It appears that his truck left the roadway and Mr. Joy died as a result of the accident. Police say there was no evidence of foul play. Sad news, but hopefully his being found will give the family some closure.
Duke to retire Coal Unit at  Allen Steam Station 9 months early

Duke Energy Carolinas tells regulators that the Allen Unit #3 will be shut down early, as of March 31. Duke says the plant has "reached the end of it's useful life". The Sierra Club welcomed the news- the Allen Plant is coal operated.
Heather Danenhower, spokesman for Duke said
"We currently have no plans to retire other coal plants earlier than what is in the 2020 Integrated Resource Plan," she says.
15 Gaston County people have died of Covid-19 since last Tuesday

 Wear a mask!

We have had 22,234 positive Gaston County Covid tests to date, and 364 people have died due to the virus. Currently 49 people are hospitalized, and 1 person is on a ventilator. The largest group affected is ages 25-49. See interactive graphic here...
Yummiest Burger Challenge

Tell us about your favorite Gaston County Burger!

Do you like bacon,onion straws, a fried egg, pickles, tomato, lettuce, bbq sauce, pulled pork, ketchup, mayo, mustard, a plain bun, seeded bun, brioche bun, hoagie bun, coleslaw, chili, jalapenos, American or Swiss cheese-or just pain bread and meat? How much meat? One pattie, two, four?

Let us know about your favorite burger and burger place here , and we'll share the results next week!
Gaston County Jobs

Management trainees $40-$50k, Refuse Collector $26-$43k, Water treatment plant operator $32-$49k, Crawl space tech w/Dry Pro $40-$50k, Server w/Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen  and more.

Gaston 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 Ace- the Retriever Mix
Ace (46451152) is definitely one of a kind. This blissful Retriever mix is 57lbs and a year old. He never meets a stranger and he is just one treat away from being your new best friend!! Ace is very energetic and looking for a home  that will keep him busy. Do you have the energy to keep up with him?
Ace’s adoption fee is $90 and includes: His neuter, microchip, vaccinations and other vetting.
Come see Ace and all his friends today!! Not yet approved? Fill out our adoption questionnaire at:
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