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Hello Tuesday, it's David. Today is January 4th, 2022.  Where are the flying cars?

New Years trivia: What year did the ball first drop in times square?
a. 1904  b.1907  c.1912  d.1921
(answer at the end of today's newsletter)

Weather wise, today will be plenty of sunshine, and a high of  45. Tonight there will be increasing cloudiness, with a low of 30.
Belmont Trolley project rolling along
Meet Streetcar No. 1. Just look at this little gem (right). Streetcars like streetcar No. 1 are extremely rare; there are fewer than a dozen cars of this vintage in the world.
Keep a look out for this car - she will be arriving to Belmont as early as tomorrow and parked on Glenway Street in front of Station and Heirloom Restaurant. Stay tuned for details on the arrival time! More...

Pictured above is a different trolley that arrived in Belmont yesterday from Charlotte.
North Carolina growing

North Carolina grew by about 95k people from July 2020 and July 2021, or about 261 per day. Births and deaths were approximately equal, so the growth came from people moving here.
Bar/Restaurant News
It looks like the Double Barrel Saloon is reopening with new owners. They are located at 508 West Main, Gastonia, near the ball park.

Handel's Ice Cream is opening Thursday.. They make ice cream daily, fresh, in-store.They are located at 2272 East Franklin Boulevard near Golden Corral. More...

Looks like Whiskgars Whiskey  & Cigar Lounge is about ready to open in downtown Gastonia. More...
Webb Custom Kitchen installed an homage to the Webb Theater sign with a new blade sign. Coolio! The sign was designed and installed by Gastonia's Sign Connection, and Page Power Systems installed the juice. Well done!
The Gaston College Rhino's men's basketball team will play 5 home and 2 away games in January. The home games will be played at North Gaston High School.

Schedule and times
King Street in Boone yesterday.
1905 Dr. Glenn home needs some love

Welcome home to this beautiful historic Queen Ann nestled in the heart of York Chester Historic District. This home is named after the original owners, Dr. Lucius and Nena Glenn. Dr. Glenn saw the need for health care in Gastonia and, along with 4 other doctors, helped found the first hospital in Gastonia, City Hospital in 1908, and acted as VP. Dr. Glenn and his wife are laid to rest in the Oakwood Cemetery just up the street. This home still holds a lot of the original character you would expect from a historic home! The home has 5 bedrooms and 3 full baths split between the first two floors. The third floor holds two spare rooms. This home also includes a full basement accessed from the exterior of the home. This home would be perfect for a bed and breakfast, office space or make it yours and live in it and love it! There is so much potential! So bring an open mind and dream of the possibilities!  More...
The Ice Skating Rink at the whitewater center is still open. More...

Mount Holly peeps

Local artist Dariusz Czekak is looking for anything that would have the old Jones Brothers grocery store, grocery bags, etc.  You can contact him here...
You can't snow ski in a puddle

(and you can't roller skate in a buffalo herd)

North Carolina ski resorts are taking it on the chin because of our unusually warm weather. Appalachian, Hawksnest, Sugar and Beech were all closed at least part of the weekend because of warm weather. Some hope to open today, but check before you go.
Sign of the times
Blackberry out of the phone biz

Blackberry has announced that it will stop supporting legacy devices. Blackberry has 20% of the mobile phone business in 2009, but the iPhone pretty much demolished it. Don't feel too bad for Blackberry- they pivoted into a software valued at $5 billion +.
Catawba Two Kings Casino  doing a $100,000 Ford F-150 Giveaway on January 24th
You must be a Lucky North® Club member to win. Total prize pool is guaranteed at least $100,000, including $60,000 in Free Play prizes and the retail value of the Ford F-150 of $60,000 (or cash equivalent of $42,000). Info...

Rollin CLT and Eastridge Mall are having a skate party January 22nd,  1-6 PM
Skate rentals available. More...
Hosting an event?

Let us help you get the word out- purchase an event listing!
Booster doses are in!

The Gaston County Heath Department has Covid booster shots available.
Omicron raging-get vaccinated!
 Gaston County Jobs

Dental front desk $16-$21 hr, Guest services at BOA Stadium from $15 hr, Medical testing $17 hr, Production @ Red Valve $18.50 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 Ozzy

Ozzy is very easy to walk and is an overall calm dog. He does appear stressed in his kennel, but once out and about, he thrives. He knows sit and takes treats gently. He is not interested in toys. He seems to be a fairly easy going guy, he does not run in the yard much but certainly enjoys his walks! He is quiet and uses the bathroom first thing when outside.

Ozzy is about 2 1/2 years old, and appears to be a neutered male, tan and white mastiff mix. He weighs 72 pounds.

Ozzy is currently being fostered, so he is not at the Charlotte Mecklenburg shelter.
Contact foster parent at [email protected]
Trivia answer: What year did the ball first drop in Times Square?

1907 was the first year for the ball.
The first New Year's Eve Ball, made of iron and wood and adorned with one hundred 25-watt light bulbs, was 5 feet in diameter and weighed 700 pounds. It was built by a young immigrant metalworker named Jacob Starr, and for most of the twentieth century the company he founded, sign maker Artkraft Strauss, was responsible for lowering the Ball.
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