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Good morning, it's David. Today is Tuesday March 30th.

Nope-not time for strawberries quite yet. Probably late April early May. I can't wait!

Today there will be sunshine mixed with some clouds, with a  high of 70. Tonight will be mild with plenty of clouds. The low will be 59.


Through An Artist's Eyes
Gaston County Schools Annual Art Show 2021

Check it out!
Gaston County plans in-person graduation ceremonies

Gaston County high school graduates can plan on an in person graduation ceremony this year. The ceremonies will be held outdoors. Although graduation is scheduled for May 29, but most graduations will be held Friday May 28. Graduating seniors will be broken up into different groups to allow for Covid protocols.

“Based on the current local and state mandates limiting the number of people we can have in both indoor and outdoor venues, and the the need to maintain the six feet of social distancing, the single Saturday morning ceremony we’ve had in years past is in not an option at this time,” district leaders say.
Protesting South Point's Red Raider mascot

About three dozen protestors were present a last Fridays' football game at South Point HIgh School. The protestors said they do not feel heard by the Gaston county School Board, so they brought their protest to the Friday night game. They want to retire the Red Raider mascot, saying the mascot is harming students and crating a hostile learning environment.
Gaston County passes protest ordinance

Last week, Gaston county commissioners unanimously approved an ordinance that would require groups of 25 or more to give an advance notice of 24 hours or more if they plan to  protest within 50 feet of Gaston County property.
Some people claim that this violates their First Amendment rights, while the County claims that the ordinance will keep both protestors and law enforcement safe.
Hosting an event?

Let us help you get the word out- purchase an event listing!
Haute Cocoa now open in Belmont.
The Rosebud Motel is for sale

Are you a fan of "Schitt's Creek"? The actual Rosebud Motel featured in the series is for sale for $1.6 million. It's actually the Hockley Motel just outside of Toronto. More...
Work moves ahead at Chronicle Mill in Belmont

Hopefully soon, chronicle Mill in Belmont will be home to 238 luxury apartments, as well as 9000 square feet of retail  and more.There are also plans for a pool, community park, parking deck and some new construction.
Work is proceeding with workers tearing up damaged floors, and cleaning up construction debris.
Pass the popcorn-Godzilla vs. King Kong!

Regal Cinemas is panning to reopen their theater in Gastonia on May 14th. They have been closed since March of 2020.
KM Casino to open "pre-launch" facility this summer

The Catawba Indian Nation has announced that they will open a "pre-launch" facility this summer, after approval by the U.S. department of the Interior of a Class lll gaming compact with the state. The facility will include 500 slot machines and create 200 jobs.
Still pending in Federal Court is a suit by the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians, asking the Department of Interior to reverse their March 2020 decision to place the casino site into a trust for the Catawbas.
Walmart leads local grocers

According to the Charlotte Business Journal, Walmart leads local grocers in the Charlotte metro area, with 21.3% of the local market. Harris Teeter and Food Lion came in at 176% and 156% respectively.
As we mentioned last week, the Bi-Lo in Stanly is slated to close April 11.

Still wish we could get a Trader Joe's!
Covid-19 Stops With You!
Covid-19 vaccinations

Find out which group you are in with this graphic.

Get added to the list , or call 704-866-3170.

Get more info here...

Over 1.7 million people in North Carolina, about 17% of the state, have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine as of Friday.

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

4 is still too many

We have had 24,773 positive Gaston County Covid19 tests to date, and 409 people have died due to the virus. Currently 29 people are hospitalized, and 2 people are on a ventilator. The largest group affected is ages 25-49. See interactive graphic here...
Gaston County Jobs

Police records clerk $32 hr, Global Material Group Manager, up to $125k, Payroll Asst, $32-$51k, Asst. Rec Supervisor $38-$63k, and more.

Gaston jobs here...
Tillis to have surgery for prostate cancer

U.S.Senator Thom Tillis will undergo surgery next week for prostate cancer.

“I am in the hands of outstanding medical professionals and expect to make a full recovery. I am blessed that my cancer was detected relatively early, and I can’t emphasize enough how important routine screenings are, regardless of how healthy you think you are,” Tillis said in a statement Monday.


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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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Meet Bobo-your new best friend!
Gaston County Animal Care & Enforcement

How is Faye still here? This sweet girl has been patiently waiting week after week for her turn to find her forever home  and yet another week has gone by and she is still waiting. Faye hopes to see you come by the shelter and visit her tomorrow from 11-2 and just maybe take her home
Faye (A46206837) a Terrier, American Pit Bull that is 2 years old and 51lbs. She found her way here when her owners could not keep her anymore due to moving. Faye is very energetic and looking for someone that can devote some quality time just for her-and if you know how to give good belly rubs that’s a plus!. When playing Faye can be mouthy at times, especially when she gets excited, so we recommend a home  with no small children.
Faye is part of our Love & Go program which makes her ready to leave with you today! She is already spayed so her adoption fee is $25 and includes her microchip, vaccinations and other vetting.
Come by and see Faye today! Not yet approved? Fill out our adoption questionnaire at:
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