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Hello Tuesday, it's David. Today is National Farmer's Day! For a thousand useless points, what is the #1 cash crop in the U.S.? (Answer at the end of this newsletter)

Today it will be partly sunny with a  high of 81. Tonight  will be clear with a low of 60..

Gaston Community Foundation to build $10 Million "Epicenter"

The Gaston Community Development Foundation is planning on constructing  a 20,000 square foot brick, hardwood and glass building on the site of the old Girl Scout Building. The Girl Scout building, located on the corner of South New Hope and Country Club, has been vacant for several years.

According to Foundation President Ernest Sumner, a careful mix of tenants will be chosen.
"We want to be very strategic in who will be housed in Foundation Hall," he said. "We want to be sure we achieve that balance of business, philanthropy, and health that we have envisioned."
Restaurant News
Sub Station II in Belmont has new owners

Jonathon & Holly Camp have sold the Sub Station II in Belmont. They stated COVID, supply chain shortages, mask mandates as a reason to devote more time to other projects. We wish the Camps and the new owners all the best!


We are hearing once again that work is underway at the former Miles restaurant location..and supposedly it's going to be a Cuban restaurant. Fingers crossed!

Eggs Up Grill

Eggs Up Grill is a franchise restaurant similar to The Famous Toastery. They are supposedly opening soon in the former Round Bistro location on south New Hope.

Dunkin' Donuts

Word is that Mt. Holly is getting a new Dunkin' Donuts, to be located near the McDonalds.

Gastonia's Highland Tech one of Charlotte Metro's best

Eight public high schools in the Charlotte Metro area earned a spot on The Niche list of top local high schools. Niche is a Pittsburgh based research and review site. Highland Tech was the only Gaston County High School that made the list.

Highland School of Technology, Gastonia (magnet school/Gaston County Schools)
  • North Carolina rank: No. 21
  • National rank: No. 704
  • Overall Niche Grade: A+
  • Academics: A
  • Diversity: A-
  • Teachers: A
  • College Prep: A-
  • Clubs & Activities: A-
  • Health & Safety: A
  • Administration: A
  • Sports: C+
  • Food: B-
  • Resources & Facilities: A-
Dallas Heritage & Harvest Days a success!

Heritage & Harvest Days took place last weekend at Dallas Park in Dallas.  Tons of folks were out to enjoy the beautiful fall weather, the antique tractors and machines, crafts, music, and lots of good food!
Two Gaston county banks among N.C.'s largest community banks

Two Gaston county banks are on a recent list of community banks compiled from FDIC info by the Charlotte Business Journal.

Gastonia's Alliance Bank was the 11th largest bank of community banks with deposits less than $10 billion. As of June 2021 Alliance had assets of $199.84 million, and a .060 market share.

Belmont's Belmont Savings Bank was 17th on the list, with deposits of $87.72 million and .030 market share as of June 2021.

On Track Yoga is a boutique yoga studio + lounge located in the heart of downtown Mount Holly, NC in Gaston County. We offer a variety of classes daily, led by professional teachers who personalize our yoga instruction to meet your needs and lifestyle. While we do offer some more upbeat, empowering vinyasa flow classes, our main focus is slow, steady, and mindful including Yoga Ease, Yin Yoga, and strong slow flow classes, accessible to beginners and experienced students alike. 

Find out more!

121 South Main Street, Mount Holly * 704-951-7107

Oh Panthers...sigh...

The Panthers lost to the Eagles 21-18 on Sunday. That leaves the Panthers at 3-2, and snapped a 3 game losing streak for the Eagles.
The Panthers were in control for most of the first 3 quarters, and kept QB Jalen Hurts contained.  That all changed with the game on the line. Hurts ran for 2 touchdowns and the Eagles came back from a 12 point deficit to win the game.
James Bond in Charlotte?

Evidently Daniel Craig, star of the new Bond movie "No Time to Die" was in town to be the honorary starter at the Bank of America Roval 400. Race officials declined to let him race his Aston Martin with machine gun headlights.
Gambling business good in KM

Evidently the gambling business is going great guns at Catawaba Two Kings Casino in Kings Mountain.  The casino is averaging about 2500 daily visitors, which is about 900,000 visitors per year.

The casino had announced last week that they were going to double the size of the pre-launch facility. The expansion will add about 500 more gaming machines.

Now plans have been announced for phase one of the permanent casino. The original 60,000 square foot building approved by Cleveland County has now been increased to several hundred thousand feet. Construction is expected to take approximately a year, at a cost of $273 million.

Meanwhile, the Cherokees have added a convention center and a Guy Fieri restaurant at their casino in the NC mountains.

704 shop and Cheerwine partner on project

Charlotte's 704 shop has announced a new partnership with local soft drink Cheerwine. The 704 Shop markets t-shirts, hats, and apparel with a stylized 704 logo.

"This is certainly a bucket-list project for us and we're treating it as such," said 704 Shop co-owner Scott Wooten . "The folks over at Cheerwine were gracious and trusting enough to let us create an entire collection comprised of our vision completely." 
We will show you the new Cheerwine collection when images are available.
Hickory Grove Haunted Trail

For more than 20 years the Hickory Grove Haunted Trail has been scaring Gaston County residents - all in good fun!  The Trail was started by Chad Drury and friends, and Eric Woodward joined in the second year. For years they gave money to Habitat, the fire department, and schools, but now it's a full time business.They were unable to host the Haunted Trail last year because of COVID, but ticket sales are strong so far this season.

The trail is open  October 1st- 31st. More... Tickets are $20, children 6 and under are free (based on parents discretion)
Dallas man still missing

Jody Wayne Ledford, 51, of Dallas, has been missing since September 3rd.
In the early morning hours of September 3rd, Ledford sent a text to a co-worker to say he wasn't coming in, and he hasn't been seen or heard from since.

Police ask that anyone with information about Jody Ledford's whereabouts contact the Gaston County Police Department at 704-866-3320.
Whitewater River Jam done for the year

2022 schedule coming soon...

The Whitewater Center hosts The River Jam every May through September, and at Whitewater Center Festivals
Hosting an event?

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Covid numbers trending positive in Gaston County
Customer Service Representative Needed

The Town of Dallas is currently accepting applications for the position of Customer Service Representative.  This position performs a variety of customer service, cashiering, cash receipting and data entry tasks for the Town’s centralized billing and collections. 

  Applicant must be able to operate a computer and a 10-key calculator; have the ability to work with money, checks, and credit card transactions; enter data accurately; speak clearly and distinctly; and multi-task in order to provide assistance to Town departments and citizens as needed.  Must be able to be bonded. 

Graduation from an accredited high school and experience in cashiering, preferably in a public organization, is required. 

 Hiring range for this position is $15.75-$17.51 per hour, depending on qualifications.  Applications may be obtained at the Town of Dallas Administrative Offices located at 210 N. Holland St., Dallas, NC 28034 or from the Town’s website  All applications should be sent to 210 N. Holland St., Dallas, NC 28034 or emailed to [email protected].  Closing date for applications is Friday, October 29, 2021.  EOE

 Gaston County Jobs

Warehouse worker $17 hr, Gage tech $18-$20 hr, Temp call Ctr Agent $15-work from home, Plastic Mfg from $17 hr,  and more.

See Gaston County  jobs here...
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Meet your new best friend!
Meet Kovu. He is a 10 week old walker hound mix. Kovu is ALL PUPPY and has all the puppy energy. Kovu will need a fenced in yard to be able to run and burn his puppy energy in. Kovu is neutered microchipped, and up to date on his puppy shots.

Email [email protected] for an application.
*Answer to question in header: What is the #1 cash crop in the U.S.?

Marijuana production, at a value of $35.8 billion, exceeds the combined value of corn ($23.3 billion) and wheat ($7.5 billion)
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