Hello Tuesday, it's David. Today is November 9th. The holidays are upon us!
Thursday is Veterans Day- a salute to all living veterans of the armed forces. Know a veteran? Be sure to thank him or her!
Weather wise, today we will have plenty of sunshine and and a high of 77. Tonight will be partly cloudy, and a low of 44.
Gastonia man wins $1 Million dollar lottery
Joshua Helton was on his way to work when he stopped at the QSC Food Mart in Lowell. While there, he bought gas and coffee, and a winning lottery ticket.
“I walked back out there and pumped my gas, got back in my truck and scratched it off,” said Helton. “I didn’t really know what to do at the time so I just called my wife and woke her up, told her what was going on.”
Helton claimed his prize in late October at the lottery headquarters in Raleigh. According to a release, he had the option of taking the $1 million prize as an annuity of $50,000 a year over 20 years, or a lump sum of $600,000.
He chose the lump sum and after federal and state tax withholdings, he took home $424,507, lottery officials said.
Motions filed to dismiss Mark Carver's murder charges
Motions were filed in Gaston County to dismiss the murder charges against Mark Carver. Carver was convicted in the 2008 murder of Ira Yarmalenko in Mount Holly. A judge can now consider the motion to dismiss. If the case is not dismissed, there will be a new trial.
Earlier, the North Carolina Supreme Court denied the state’s petition to hear Carver’s case.
Piedmont Lithium still planning on digging a mine in Gaston County
Piedmont Lithium, hoping to cash in on the escalating need for lithium for batteries, is optimistic about their planned project just east of Cherryville. They already own thousands of acres there. Lithium is sometimes called "white gold", and is used in cell phone and car batteries, by such companies as Tesla.
But so far, Piedmont does not have permission from Gaston County to begin operations. County commissioners have recently passed rules that would govern mining projects, but will not give Piedmont the go ahead until Piedmont gets a permit from the State of North Carolina.
There is a public hearing to be held at the Gaston County Court House on November 15th from 6:30 to 9:30.
Kyle Larson is the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series champion after winning Sunday’s race at Phoenix Raceway.
Most retail stores will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. We talked to Eastridge Mall, Kohl's, and Dick's Sporting Goods- all plan to be closed. All Walmarts will be closed, according to their website.
Caromont Health 5th largest in Charlotte Metro area
Gaston County's Caromont Health is the 5th largest hospital in the Charlotte Metro area in a recent list complied by the Charlotte Business Journal. Caromont Regional reports 435 beds. The number of employees was not reported.
Chris Peak is the Hospital Administrator, and Kathleen Besson is the Chief Operating Officer.
Historic Oage Mill in Bessmer City to be redeveloped
WinnDevelopment announced it will redevelop the historic Osage Mill in downtown Bessemer City into 139 workforce-housing apartments and 30,000 square feet of commercial space.
The historic mill will be turned into apartments for individuals of families earning less that 60% of the area median income, and will include one, two and three bedroom apartments.
Construction is expected to begin in spring of 2022.
Shred Day is this Saturday, November 13th, at the Gastonia Farmer's Market, from 9AM until 1 PM.
Panthers lose to the Patriots 24-6.
Poor Sam Darnold- he can't win for losing. Darnold ended up the day with 16-for-33 for 172 yards, three interceptions and zero TDs — and a 26.3 QB rating. Backup quarterback PJ Walker stayed on the bench the entire game, even though he took most of the snaps during practice.
Looks like the Panthers are going to go back to the quarterback market this off season. The Panthers play the Cardinals in Arizona Sunday at 4:05 PM.
Belmont plans new skateboard park
A new 6000 foot skateboard park is planned for 1401 Catawba Street in Belmont. The planned $265,000 park will feature a closed kidney bowl, rails, quarter pipes, and more. Construction is expected to be complete by February.
Vote for Christmas town USA!
For the fourth year in a row, McAdenville is a contender in the USA Today's "Best Public Holiday Lights Display in the USA". The contest began today, and voters 18 and over can vote once in a 24 hour period. You can vote here...
The Chutes at Crowder's Mountain open November 19
The Chutes offers snowless tubing lanes, a snack bar and more.They also host groups and birthday parties. Get tickets here...
Get your tickets now for this traditionally sold out event! Tix..
COVID metrics looking good-now it's the flu!
Jam at the Dam
Jam at the Dam is a monthly live music event held on Friday nights at The Boathouse in McAdenville, NC! Each Jam at the Dam event features an indoor and outdoor bar that serve local beer, a food truck, live music, and discounted paddling.