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Happy Tuesday everyone! David here.
Today is September 15th.

 Today will be mostly cloudy and not as warm, with lower humidity,  and a high of 80.
This evening will be partly cloudy, with  a low of 62.

Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus...just fewer lights in Christmastown

There will be lights  in Christmastown (McAdenville) this year, just not as many. There will be no lights along the lake, no tree lighting ceremony, and no Yule Log Parade- all in response to Coronavirus.  I guess some Christmas is better than no Christmas....2020 can't get out of here soon enough....
 Online Open House regarding the Lynx Silver Line to Belmont

There is an online open house today at 5:30 PM regarding the light rail project to Belmont. The LYNX Silver Line is a proposed 26-mile light rail project from the City of Belmont in Gaston County, through Center City Charlotte and the Town of Matthews, with a potential extension into Union County. Get webinar info here...
The building housing Nellie's Southern Kitchen in Belmont has been sold to new owners.  Renovations are being made to the building, including changes in the kitchen and a larger expo window. A new manager, Chad Holland, has been brought in from Texas to oversee operations as well.
Gaston college to Receive A $5.3 Million Dollar Grant

Gaston college and Catawba Valley Community College are both receiving  funding to produce personal protective equipment. The Gaston College grant will  go toward the construction of an Incubator and Extrusion Center for Advanced Fibers for the Textile Technology Center. The aim is to  allow more production for equipment including diagnostic test kits and fabrics for PPE, such as face coverings, shields and gowns. The testing and prototyping of reusable PPE products will be used for entrepreneurs and existing manufacturers,
Local Museums Reopening

The Gaston County Museum of Art & History has reopened-at least the first and second floors.  Admission is free, but appointments are required.
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art: Reopening on Friday, September 25. Free admission during opening weekend.
Charlotte Museum of History: Opening TBD. The museum is hosting a one-day ticketed outdoor event on Saturday, September 19.
Discovery Place Science: Reopening on Saturday, September 26.
Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture: Opening TBD, but the museum is continuing to host virtual events.
Levine Museum of the New South: Opening TBD, but the museum is continuing to host virtual events, including one tomorrow with Dr. Bernice A. King, the daughter of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Mint Museum (Uptown and Randolph Road): Reopening Friday, September 25. Free admission during opening weekend.
NASCAR Hall of Fame: Reopening September 16.

Panthers fall to Raiders 34-30

Here are 4 big takeaways from Sunday's game...
For more info on how to support this great event for Gaston County Veterans and Camp Centurion, see here

Not in Gaston County, but still disappointing...Spoon's BBQ on South Boulevard in Charlotte is closing. They have been there since 1963.
Supposedly Metro Diner is still opening  across from Franklin Square in Gastonia. We are trying to contact management to find out what's up...There has been no word since March, when they said they would be opening  "between June and September."
Our friends at Old Stone Steakhouse in Belmont are back open for lunch, Monday through Friday!

More restaurant news...Mike's Grill in Bessemer City is for sale. Owner Vicki Lutz says "Hardest decision I've ever had to make!"
Panthers worth $2.6 Billion according to Forbes

Carolina ranked 22nd out of 32 franchises in value. David Tepper placed 2nd in the wealthiest owners list, with a fortune of $13 billion. Dallas placed first again on the most valuable franchises list at $5.7 billion. The NFL is the most lucrative sports league in the world, based on franchise values and collective revenue.
 72 Gaston County People Have Died of Covid-19

Active cases are  1,213. To date 3,283 have recovered, and we have had 4,568 positive tests. 72 people have died from the virus. The largest group of positive cases are in the 25-49 age group. See interactive graphic here...

Gaston County Jobs

Deputy Clerk of Superior Court, Inventory and Shop Control Manager, Coordinator of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Server and bartender, 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.
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"I pass the dog adoption floor many times throughout the day, and every time I look and wave at all the sweet pups patiently waiting for their furrever homes. Today when passing through, my heart broke into pieces at what I saw. Quincy had his back completely turned and would not even face the viewing window...see, Quincy has been here for a bit now, and still has had no luck in finding his happy ever after, and I have NO clue why! He is one of my favorites we have here right now; he is such a fun loving sweet dog that wants nothing but to find a home of his own. Quincy was in the vet tech program last week, and they had NOTHING but wonderful things to say about him!!!! He is treat motivated and knows some commands. So WHY is he still waiting? As you can see in the pictures posted below and the short video, we had a wonderful play date and Quincy has his smile back. Just look what opening a gate to a kennel door can do- now just imagine what a furrever home will do for him!!!!"
- Our Kennel Specialist Elizabeth
Approved adopters, Quincy (45240903) has been here for over a month since he was picked up as a stray in Gaston County. Let's get him a freedom ride this weekend!
He is approximately 3 years old, 60lbs, neutered, microchipped, complete on all vet work and shots. We do not have info on cat or child reactivity. Because of his length of stay, he may also be pulled by an approved 501 rescue partner.
***Quincy also has a free bath and nail trim waiting for him, provided by and generously offered by
5 Star Pet Services would like to offer free dog walks for a week if Quincy is adopted in Charlotte area! ***
The first step in adopting from our shelter is to fill out an adoption questionnaire:
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