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 Good morning, it's David. Today is Tuesday June 23rd.
 Today we will have partial sunshine, and a high of 88. This evening it will be mostly cloudy , with a low of 70.

SC fireworks sales (pick one) exploding*rocketing*booming!

Fireworks stores say business is booming after being closed for Covid-19. Fireworks may be relieving stress for some people, but causing it for others.
In NYC, fireworks complaints for the first half of June are 80x higher than the same time last year. In Boston, complaints flared up from just 22 a year ago to 1,445. More...
 Gaston County Covid-19 cases rise dramatically to 307
Up from 164 last week

Unfortunately, Coivd-19 cases are increasing at a rapid pace in Gaston County. Currently we have 307 active positive cases of Coronavirus , with 455 recovered, and 12 deaths.You can get daily info at

Gaston health officials said last Wednesday that  the county saw a 312 percent increase in positive tests between May 30 and June 12. During that same period, the percentage of positive tests out of total tests increased from 5.14 percent to 11.17 percent. The number of hospitalizations also increased from single digits in mid-May to more than 20 over the past week. More...
Apple is temporarily closing stores in North Carolina,as well as South Carolina and Arizona and Florida, due to the upswing in Covid-19 cases. The two NC stores are located in Southpark and Northlake malls.
Catawba River Keeper offers "camp in a box!"

With parents concerned about their kids being in groups this summer, Catwaba River Keeper has come up with a home based camp experience.


CAMP IN A BOX is a home edition of the Catawba Riverkeeper’s H2O: Hydro Hands-On! summer camp experience.

Your “CAMP IN A BOX” includes 6 age-appropriate science, nature, and outdoor recreation activities that campers can do from home. All instructions and supplies included. You’ll also get access to engaging videos that explain and set your camper up to complete each activity. All activities will be taught by our 2020 summer counselors Ryan and Morgan!

Price: $50 (per child) + $20 for each additional sibling*

Age Options

  • K-2 Grade
  • 3-5 Grade
  • 6-8 Grade
  • 9-12 Grade
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Sign of the times? Another brand gets a refresh: Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream says it will retire its Eskimo Pie, acknowledging that the name is “inappropriate.”
Noose found in Bubba Wallace's garage stall at Talladega-"the King" responds

Federal authorities are investigating a noose that was found in the NASCAR garage stall of Bubba Wallace. Wallace is the driver who successfully pushed the race series to ban the Confederate flag at their events earlier this month. Richard Petty, known as "the King" has this to say: "
“There’s absolutely no place in our sport or society for racism,” wrote the Hall of Famer . “This filthy act serves as a reminder of how far we still have to go to eradicate racial prejudice and it galvanizes my resolve to use the resources of Richard Petty Motorsports to create change. This sick person who perpetrated this act must be found, exposed and swiftly and immediately expelled from NASCAR. I believe in my heart this despicable act is not representative of the competitors I see each day in the NASCAR garage area. I stand shoulder to shoulder with Bubba, yesterday, today, tomorrow and every day forward.” Watch the youtube video here...
Congrats to Floyd & Blackies- the coffeehouse and bakery were featured today on WBTV's QC life...
Riverfront Greenway  Opening Ceremony

Mount Holly Community Development Foundation in collaboration with Duke Energy and the City of Mount Holly will be celebrating the opening of the Riverfront Greenway with an intimate ribbon cutting on Saturday June 27 at 2pm.
The live event will be following the CDC guidelines and limited to only 25 invited guests, so please join us in the excitement online!

 Info here..
So what does $1.5 mil buy you in Belmont house wise?
The most expensive house sold in Gaston County in May

Okay, so it was really only $1,480,000. But you got 4847 square feet, 5 bedrooms, 6 baths, a pool, on a cul-de-sac, on Lake Wylie. Oh, and a four car garage, but that's it (!)
Check it out...
The Gastonia Grizzlies hope to begin their delayed season July 1st, pending news from Raleigh. This being their final season in Gastonia, they are calling it "The final show".
There will be some Covid19 changes- all spectators will be required to wear masks. No mask, no entrance. There will also be hand sanitizer available, and special seating to ensure social distancing.
Does your small business use Square? Did you know that Square has been withholding 20-30% cent on some "risky" customers they collected monies from. Square says that  they have done this to protect themselves from risky transactions or customers who want their money back. It is legal, but many customers say they have had no returns, and got no warning this was going to happen. In some cases folks have had to lay off employees and sell assets to make ends meet. Some merchants are switching to Redde Payments, which charges 2%  instead of the 3.5% that Square charges.
Who's Hiring in Gaston County This Week?

UPS driver, mail carrier, school bus driver, athletic director-Gaston County
Schools, and more...
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.
Mans best friend

Meet Odie, he is a 5 months old Beagle/terrier mix. Odie is scared at first, but then becomes your best buddy. He needs another dog in the family as well as an active family to get his energy out. Odie is very protective of his family, so he needs a  strong alpha pet parent and some training.
Odie is neutered, microchipped and up to date on vaccines.

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