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Hello Tuesday, it's David. Today is July 13th- National French Fry Day!

Today it will be humid with intervals of clouds and sunshine, with a thunderstorm in spots in the afternoon, and a high of 86 . Tonight there will be patchy clouds, and a low of 70 .

Looking ahead, it looks like we have a stretch of mid to upper 80's coming up. Be glad you're not in California- Death Valley soared to 130 degrees on Friday.

Medical marijuana in NC closer to reality

North Carolina Senate Bill 711 , entitled " The compassionate care act" , is the latest in a 12 year attempt to legalize marijuana in the state.

“This bill is narrowly tailored to offer medical marijuana to those with legitimate medical needs,”  said Wally Nickel, D-Wake. Bill sponsors called it  “the most conservative and restrictive medical marijuana bill in the country.”

It is certainly not a done deal,
It still must clear — in this order — the Finance, Health Care, and Rules and Operations committees before a potential Senate floor vote. You can read the full text of the bill here.

Meeting discussed light rail stations

Meetings have been set to discuss the Silver Line's expansion into Gaston County (Belmont), and the question of stations. The Gaston County meeting was yesterday at Belmont Point Church. Recently released figures show the estimated cost of the project at $13.5 billion.
Vacation time? Air Fares in Charlotte at a 25 year low

Now might be a good time to book that vacation you have been putting off since all this Covid mess started.
As of Monday morning, there were round-trip fares listed to Las Vegas for $107; Anchorage, Alaska, for $225; Bozeman, Montana , for $260; Zurich, Switzerland, for $509; Hong Kong for $563. All of these are lower than the normal prices.
If you haven't checked Google Flights maybe you should. We just checked a week in August, and there were lots of flights to Europe in the $500 range-Rome $527, Dublin $503, Madrid $509.
One other flying may want to check Southwestern. They are often not included in online searches.
Schiele Museum celebrates 60 years

The Schiele Museum celebrates 60 years July 24. The museum began with the opening of a 1,500 sq. ft. museum in 1961 that has expanded in size and impact in the community through the last six decades. Find out more...

The Hoyle Historic Homestead is Gaston County's oldest home. It dates back to circa late 1700s, and, in 1993 was placed on the National Historical Register. The Hoyle Historic Homestead, Inc. is a non-profit educational organization.  The home is located 1214 Dallas Stanley Highway in Dallas, NC
Home built in 1888 for sale in Historic York Chester

Great home in Historic York Chester neighborhood. Master on the Main! Three bedroom house, 2.5 baths. Needs some modifications to bring back the residential charm. Upgraded with gas tank-less water heater system. Wonderful wrap around front porch! Must see. Crossed listed with MLS 3685747 More..
WBTV's Eric Thomas to retire

I've been watching Eric Thomas since he had red hair. He covered Hurricane Hugo in 1989, and has been a fixture on the 6 o'clock news for a lot of us. He plans to retire at the end of the year.  Congratulations Eric!!!
This settles the toilet paper question

Here's the orginal 1891patent paperwork (pun intended) showing the correct way to hang tp.

Shopping with your local farmers and artisans is a great family activity! With plenty of vendors and artisans for all ages to enjoy! We are open 8am - 12pm and can’t wait to see you! 🌽🍅🥬
Our vendors accept debit, credit, and SNAP.
The Mount Holly Farmers Market is open 8-12 on Saturdays
Remember Billie Jean's Grasshopper?

Lot's of people do, and we are looking for anyone who knows some of those old recipes-especially the Cajun shrimp. Contact us here...
Live music Mt. Holly Friday Night

Thursday July 15: Taylor Scott Band

Friday July 16th: Revelwood Mission
Saturday July 17th: Pluto Gang


Snake causes power outage in Gastonia

The City of Gastonia posted this Monday morning: Power is being restored in north Gastonia. A snake caused the outage at Station 9, at N. Morris Street and Sycamore Avenue near Erwin Park. Photos of the snake are a bit too gory to post. Let's just say it did not survive the encounter.


Gastonia police are searching for a person who robbed a business at 3935 East Franklin Boulevard in Gastonia.They report that the suspect fired his gun during the course of the robbery. No one was hurt.

The man was seen in a surveillance video being dropped off and picked up by a white 2019-20 Nissan Altima with rear damage.

The robber is described as a Black man, between the ages of 25 and 30, about 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighing about 180 pounds.

Anyone with information is asked to call Gastonia police at 704-866-6885.

Cool pic of the retro Coke sign in downtown Mount Holly, taken from the lawn of the first Methodist Church.
Hosting an event?

Let us help you get the word out- purchase an event listing!
Belmont McDonalds in the news

Fox 46 is reporting that the McDonalds in Belmont is raising the minimum wage to $20. If you read the whole story, they are actually paying $11-$15 for entry level employees, and $15-$20 for managers. Meanwhile in California:
Two boys, both 17 years old, are representing the USA and Belmont NC in the BMX World Championship in Netherlands Aug 16-22, 2021
Nolan Cardwell age 17
Charlie Biggs age 17

Congrats guys!
Covid Count

 So far Gaston County has lost 446 people to the virus and we have had a total of 27,265 total cases.

Gaston County has about a 36% vaccination rate. Mecklenburg County is at 50%

At least 1,017,435 people in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus, and at least 13,483 have died since March 2020, according to state health officials.

Read more here:

Honey Hunters back in town this weekend

The Honey Hunters are back for a 3 game series against the West Virginia Power, this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The Friday and Saturday games are at 6:50, and the Sunday game is at 4:50.
City of  Belmont Jobs

Police officer, Summer camp leader, P/T Parks & Rec leader, Utility maintenance mechanic, and more.

See Belmont 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...
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