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Good morning, it's David. Today is June 22nd, 2021.

I know the 4th of July is a little over 10 days away, but is it ever too early to start planning your celebration? Hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill, watermelon, kids splashing and playing-it's the best!

It will be a tiny bit cooler today-thank goodness. It will be cloudy most of the time, breezy and not as warm with a couple of thunderstorms; additional rain can lead to flooding problems. The high will be 80. Tonight will be mainly cloudy and cooler, with a low of 61.

Fireworks Scheduled

Everybody loves fireworks, so here's where you can see some sky sparkles! Not all happen on the 4th...

Thursday July 1, Downtown Mt. Holly 6:30 pm

US National Whitewater Center Sat July 3rd, and Sun July 4th
Sun July 4th downtown Gastonia 9:30-10:30pm

Sun July 4th Dallas Park 6-9 pm

Sun July 4th City of Gastonia 6--9 pm

Sat July 3rd downtown Cramerton 7-11 pm

Fri Jul 2nd Harper Park Stanley 5 pm until..Parking at Stanly Pentacostal Holiness for a shuttle to the park

Six Gaston County docs joining Tryon Medical Partners

Dr. Brian Wysong and Dr. Mike McCartney are two of six family practitioners who are joining Tryon Medical Partners. The doctors had faced opposition in 2019 from Caromont when they tried to join Tryon Medical Partners. A point of contention was whether or not Tryon Medical Partners constituted a competing hospital or healthcare system. In April their lawsuit was settled, without details being provided.
Flying today? Check that flight status....

American Airlines has canceled flights from Charlotte Douglas  to Chicago, Denver, Boston, Dallas- Fort Worth, and Minneapolis  due to weather, increased customer demand, and labor shortages. Those poor gate agents...

Meanwhile in Charlotte, Prices Chicken Coop going, going, gone...

After 59 years, Prices Chicken Coop in Charlotte is gone. "It's time," owner Steven Price said Thursday among a crowded lunch rush. "There's a time and a season."
On a Facebook post, owners cited a labor and coin shortage, food quality and rising food costs as factors. Their last day was Saturday.
Gastonia's CaroMont Health Park
The Golden  Palace on South Union Road in  Gastonia has closed. A lot of folks are really sad to see it go.
Rename the Cameron Morrison bridge?

There is some discussion concerning the renaming of the Cameron Morrison bridge on I-85 that crosses the Catawba River.
Morrison is a former North Carolina Governor.
In office from 1921-1925, Morrison is remembered for leading the “Red Shirts,” a group of white supremacists that intimidated black voters.
NCDOT says there has been no petition  to rename  the bridge.

KNOLL America to bring 31 new jobs to Gaston County

German company KNOLL America will invest $7.8 million into their headquarters in Gastonia's Apple Creek Park. The company will also create 31 new jobs.

“We are excited to have another global manufacturer choose North Carolina for its headquarters,” said Gov. Roy Cooper. “This decision affirms our state’s reputation of having a strong manufacturing workforce and great quality of life.”
KNOLL  America is a supplier of conveyor and filtration systems.

Gastonia Police are asking for help from the public finding a woman who has been missing for 20 years.

Lillian Lawren Nance, 52, was last seen on June 20, 2001, on Sunshine Avenue in Gastonia, which runs off of Front Street south of Hwy 74 and west of Hwy 321.

Nance is described as a black female, 5′4″ tall and 130 lbs, with black hair and brown eyes.

Her family held a balloon release in Gastonia to bring awareness to her 20-year disappearance.

Retro Coke sign finished in Mount Holly

Boyce McKinney has finished the Coke sign in Mt. Holly. The sign features the the "Coke Sprite Boy" from the 1940's.

Catawba Two Kings Casino close to opening

July 1 is the anticipated opening date for the Catawba Two Kings Casino in Kings Mountain.  The casino-right now prefabricated buildings called a "pre-launch facility- will hold about 500 slot machines. They will have a snack car and food trucks, but no liquor until they procure liquor licenses.
Hosting an event?

Let us help you get the word out- purchase an event listing!
Ghost Kitchens?

Thanks to Gaston Eats and Staci Tooke for this info:



While I can’t say don’t buy into the concept of a Virtual brand like Mr. Beast, let me educate you a little on why this isn’t something to support if you want to support local small businesses.
These are brands which pay a restaurant to produce the products in their kitchen, so in effect they are leasing some of the kitchen from this brick-and-mortar store to have their product cooked. It is a virtual restaurant; their food is only available through a delivery service.
While the idea seems great because it could allow mom and pop places a way to generate income during this current economic climate, the mom-and-pop places aren’t the restaurants these virtual brands are going after. They are going to try to market to places like Chili’s, Outback, and Taco Bell because these places have so many more locations than a single family-owned restaurant in our town.
So just because you see a new location on the delivery app, don’t assume it is an actual locally owned restaurant. Here is the list so far:

*MrBeast Burger is a ghost kitchen brand started by popular Youtuber Mr Beast, who is using Chili’s kitchens in the local area to cook and sell their product. (300 locations btw)

*Pasqually's Pizza & Wings is a ghost kitchen brand owned and operated by Chuck E. Cheese

*It’s Just Wings is a ghost kitchen operated by Chili’s.

*Tender Shack is a ghost kitchen operated by Outback Steakhouse

*Hootie’s Fish and Tackle is operated by Hooter’s

*Burger Den and Melt Down are ghost kitchen brands owned and operated by Denny's


The Bottle Tree in Bemont has a new covered patio out back. Nice people, great food and ambiance-check it out!
 4 Gaston County people have died of Covid since last Tuesday

4 Gaston County families have lost a loved one since last Tuesday to Covid. So far Gaston County has lost 446 people to the virus. Right now we have 0 people on a vent, 7 people hospitalized, and have had 27,147 total cases.

At least 1,009,893 people in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus and 13,320 have died since March 2020, according to state health officials.

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Jazz  at the Garden

July 1 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden and Live On Stage Productions are proud to present Jazz at The Garden the first Thursday of each month through October. The July show will feature The Reggie Buie Jazz Group. Bring your lawn chair and a picnic to enjoy with the show. (Large coolers, alcoholic beverages, tents and umbrellas not permitted).

Order dinner and they will have it ready for you when you arrive!
Please note: Event registration is required and dinner is sold as a separate transaction
A link to the event was not available at press time. Please check for further details.
Remember Windows 10?

Microsoft will announce it's new Windows operating system on June 24th...ugh.
You have 19 hours left in Amazon Prime day

If you are an Amazon Prime member, you have 19 hours left to partake of Amazon deals. Cuz...they really need the money.
Gaston County Jobs

Billing tech @ City of Gastonia $31,826-$52,513, TSA officer $51,250-$79,404, Dock worker, up to $61,500 yr and more.

See 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 your new best friend!
Are you looking for a handsome fella to add to your life? You’re just in luck - we have you covered!

Sasa (A41018316) a stunning 4 year old Terrier, Pit Bull mix that weighs 57lbs. He is a very smart guy He already knows several commands and catches on very quickly, especially for treats Sasa loves to run  and play just like every dog  but we have noticed when he is hanging out with us in the office he also has a very chilled and relaxed personality.
Sasa’s adoption fee is $90 and that includes his neuter, microchip, vaccinations and other vetting. You know what the best part is? He is ready to go home with you today!
Come fall in love with Sasa today! Not yet approved? Fill out our adoption questionnaire at:
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