Archive for January, 2008

Belmont MS Girls Hoopsters predicted to fare well

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In a preview of the middle school basketball season, the Gazette mentioned that the girls team from Belmont should do quite well.

Unfortunately, the new coach didn’t submit any information to the Gazette for the article. Based on various girl’s participation in other sports this school year, the basketball team should be just as athletic as the fall sports squads.

Good luck ladies, and boys too.


January 31, 2008 at 3:47 pm Leave a comment

Belmont Citizens of the Year


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The Belmont, oops, Montcross, Chamber of Commerce bestowed its highest community award to Jack and Gearl Dean Page at its January 24 annual dinner.

We also congratulate the Pages for this award. As friends and neighbors at church and in the community, Jack and Gearl Dean have always been active and engaged in community projects.

Both the Gazette and Gaston/Lincoln section of the Observer wrote very nice stories about the Page’s involvement in a host of community activities.

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Caravan Coffee owner, Vince Hill, was recognized as Business person of the year.

Now about changing Belmont to Montcross… 

January 31, 2008 at 3:31 pm Leave a comment

Recycle Those Old Phone Books


Keep Belmont Beautiful is sponsoring a telephone book recycling contest through each of the area schools.

You can drop off your old phone books at Page, North Belmont, Belmont Central, Belmont Middle, and South Point HS by Thursday, January 31.

KBB will be sorting, counting, and recycling the books on Friday with prizes given to the schools that collect the most phone books.

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January 29, 2008 at 12:11 am 1 comment

Belmont Middle School BBQ Friday



The Belmont Middle School barbeque is Friday, February 1.

Tickets can still be found for $6 per plate.

January 28, 2008 at 11:50 pm Leave a comment

Gastonia’s city manager suing former employer in New Mexico

Does THIS surprise anybody?  

He did it in Bay City, He is doing it in Rio Rancho, He will probably do it in Gastonia.

Not IF it happens, but when…

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January 24, 2008 at 5:37 pm Leave a comment

Belmont becomes Berkeley


Belmont Middle School students, evoking memories of a past era of protests by young people, held their own rally at Stowe Park on January 15. A peaceful protest rally seeking to be heard in the town-wide discussion of behavior in the park and downtown area.

Spurred on by a growing animosity between hundreds of adolescents in the downtown area immediately after school and downtown merchants, Belmont police addressed all the parents via a letter.

The word got out that the city wanted the park emptied of young teens and that the kids were ‘banned from the park”.

As the BannerNews reported, albeit delayed by its posting on this site, the students were not “banned”, but were definitely given the message to “go elsewhere”.

Parks and Recreation opinion — set up surveillance systems to track troublemakers — not a good option.

Downtown Merchants opinion — get them out, or get them supervised — not particularly good, but better.

Belmont Police — we need more officers, we need more money — SOP response, also not productive.

Gaston County Schools’ — once the students leave our campus, they are no longer our responsibility — oooh-kaay, how productive is that?  

The kids took matters into their own hands, and, voila’, a meeting occurs on January 16.

Way to go Teens! 

We still stand by our original opinion, that all the groups need to dialogue/plan better afterschool options so that “bad apples” don’t spoil the adolescent need to “hang out” in public areas — and feel safe while growing up.

It does require the entire community to monitor. It does require individual families with children in this age group and school group to have open communication and supervision of the kids. It does require cooperation.  


January 24, 2008 at 2:02 pm 1 comment

It pays to think outside the box

Forwarded email is funny sometimes:

It pays to think outside the box!



We went to breakfast at a restaurant where the “senior special” was two eggs, bacon, hash browns and toast for $1.99.


“Sounds good,” my wife said. “But I don’t want the eggs.”

“Then I’ll have to charge you two dollars and forty-nine cents because you’re ordering a la carte,” the waitress warned her.

“You mean I’d have to pay for not taking the eggs?”, my wife asked incredulously.

“YES!”, stated the waitress.

“I’ll take the special then”, my wife said.

”How do you want your eggs?”, the waitress asked.

“Raw and in the shell,” my wife replied.

She took the two eggs home.


DON’T MESS WITH SENIORS!!!      We’ve been around the block more than once.


January 23, 2008 at 11:57 am Leave a comment

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