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Good morning, it's David. Today is Tuesday January 26th.

Today  we'll have a morning shower; otherwise partly sunny with the temperature near the record  of 74 set in 1950- the high will be 73. Tonight will be partly cloudy and mild,  with a low of 54.
Roger Self Pleads Guilty to 2nd Degree Murder

Roger Self plead guilty to two counts of second degree murder yesterday. He is charged with driving a vehicle into the Surf & Turf Lodge, killing two and injuring multiple family members in May 2018. His sentence has not been determined.

Many people in the courtroom were in tears or holding back tears. Self, while before the judge, answered questions through tears with a cracked voice.
Before Covid I was going to the gym 3 times a week...

But...that was before Covid. I was going three times a week- meeting a couple of buddies and making new friends. I had started in early 2020 and went for about three months, and was actually enjoying it,  before Covid and the gym closed. They have  reopened, but I'm not going back until I have my Covid vaccinations. Since then, I have been walking in my neighborhood, but honestly, very little.

What has Covid done to your exercise routine? Are you back in the gym, or have you started a new routine...or just sitting on the couch eating popcorn watching Netflix?

Click here and let us know....
" Honey Hunters"- not feeling the love
So we asked you guys what you thought of the new team name, the  " Honey Hunters" in our survey last week. They are the baseball team owned by Brandon Bellamy that will play at the beautiful new FUSE stadium,The results are that you most of you don't care for it, by a margin of 4 to 1.

Some of the positive comments were "I dig it" and "love it", among others.

But most comments were not so positive. Here are a few of those:

"This name is creativity gone wrong.It's laughable and cheesy rather than ingenious"

"Disappointing...Honey Hunters was the best the team could come up with??? I am embarrassed for them..."

"...terrible. Should have been something like Catawba Copperheads or South Fork Mudcats. I think those names would have been much more marketable. The new logo looks like a pissed off skunk. Not a great start!"

"It's awful! There is no direct connection between hunting and the honey badger. If you have to go into a long explanation about your nickname and logo, it's just not a good nickname.It makes me think of Pooh Bear and his honey pot!!"

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...

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Kings Mountain Casino moves forward

The Catwaba Indian Nation announced that they have reached an agreement with state leaders for a Class lll gaming compact, which allows high stakes table games and slot machines at the casino. Governor Roy Cooper approved the agreement, which now goes to the U.S. department of Interior for approval.

There is sharp opposition from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, who have filed a lawsuit to stop the project. It remains to be seen if it will have any effect.
Duke Energy Agrees to $1B Coal Ash Settlement

Duke agrees to pay $1B in coal ash clean up costs, instead of passing those costs along to customers. The agreement was reached as part of a settlement with environmental and consumer advocate groups.

Based on current regulations however, customers could still be liable for approximately 87% of clean-up costs.

No Metro Diner After All

Metro Diner, which was planned for the Franklin Woods area of Gastonia, won't be coming after all. Management says they have paused all development until Covid is over. They still plan to consider Gastonia in the future.
Le Casa de Juli Now open

Located in the old Chantilly's location at 1003 Union Road in Gastonia,  Le Casa de Juli is now open. They serve empanadas, egg rolls, soups and salads, and have daily lunch specials. Check out their menu here...
The Bearded Buffalo to replace Friends in Belmont

First it was Bentley's, the Friends, and now The Bearded Buffalo.  Chad and Jennifer Angelo are the new proprietors behind the new Sports Bar at 16 North Main in Belmont.Food will be made in house, with a focus on football friendly fare, including wings, burgers, pulled pork, mac and cheese, and coleslaw.Check out their FB page here
Pita Wheel Coming Back to Dallas

Pita Wheel owner Christopher Davis is reopening in Dallas, with local favorite Amanda Gardner as manager.  They will have the same offerings as before- pitas, burgers, craft beer and more, but there are also a few changes.  A new lighted patio is being added out front, along with a new HVAC system and slight remodel. They have also cut down a tree to add to the always busy parking.  Davis expects to reopen in February.
Former Panther Olsen to retire

After 14 seasons, Greg Olsen is hanging up his cleats. Olsen, most  recently with the Seahawks, spent nine years with the Panthers, and was one of Cam Newton's prime targets. We will miss you #88!
 26 people dead in Gaston County

 Wear a mask!

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

We have had 20,660 positive tests to date, and 334 people have died in Gaston County due to the virus. 81 people are hospitalized with Covid,  and 5 people are on  ventilators. The largest group affected is ages 25-49. See interactive graphic here...

Gaston County Jobs

Warehouse worker $15-$18 hr., CAD Drafter/Designer, Animal Placement Coordinator $14-$22 hr, Construction office mgr. $50k-$85K, 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...
Home2 Suites by Hilton now open in Belmont

The new Home2 Suites by Hilton Charlotte Belmont hotel is now open. They are located at 871 Hawley Avenue, which is beside the Chick-Fil-A  in Belmont. They are an extended stay lodging option- all rooms feature a fully equipped kitchens and modular furniture. The also offer free wi-fi, free breakfast, outdoor pool, and combined laundry and fitness. I guess that means you can do crunches while your socks are in the dryer.
DSBG ranks 10th in largest arts, science and history non-profits

DSBG, with revenue of $2,616,488 ranked 10th the the Charlotte Business Journal's list of largest area non-profits. First on the list was Blumenthal Performing Arts, and #25 was JazzArts Charlotte.
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' best friend
Meet Chanel, she is 6 years old. She looks like a mini sheep dog. Chanel weighs 33 pounds and is a very sweet girl. She is spayed, microchipped and up to date on vaccines.

Email [email protected] for an application.
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