Archive for February, 2008

Headlines sell papers, content brings them back

Often, we are stirred to emotional response by the headlines of a “news” article, opinion page, and yes, even a blog headline.

A current article in today’s Gazette makes us chuckle a bit: “How Liquor Stores Stack Up in Gaston County”.

At first glance, without reading the article, one would think (even the simpletons who edit these pages), that we have stacks of ABC stores in our backwoods lovin’ neighborhoods.

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You could have a stack of books, a stack of boxes, or a stack of pallets, but stacking up liquor stores?

Of course it made us look — you did too if you clicked on the link or read it in the paper.

The content of the story is trying to make a case to combine all the community’s ABC boards into one (Re: Gastonia), and to point out that the smaller towns don’t know how to market their local operations. And of course, the Gastonia ABC general manager points out that people want to shop at larger, well lit stores. (Re: Gastonia –Cox Road or Long Avenue).

Well, we haven’t seen either dirty or poorly lit stores in either Cramerton or Mt. Holly. Yes, the selection of product is smaller, and as most retail outlets will demonstrate, product offerings tend to follow local consumer demand. Certain items that sell well at Cox Road might not do well or even be offered at Mt. Holly. We get a kick out of the fact that a Harris Teeter is nearby the Cox Road store, and “Always Low Prices” Food Lion is next to the Cramerton and Mt. Holly stores.

Hmmm…

Mt. Holly and Cramerton have Belmont’s business depending on which side of town you are coming from. It certainly is more convenient most of the time to shop locally.

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Good for the Gazette trying to imply that the yokels outside of Gastonia don’t know what they are doing. It certainly sold a couple of papers.

February 29, 2008 at 2:36 pm Leave a comment

Men don’t listen !

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Marion’s dishwasher quit working so she called a repairman. 

Since she had to go to work the next day, she told the repairman, “I’ll leave the key under the mat. Fix the dishwasher, leave the bill on the counter, and I’ll mail you a check …” Oh, by the way don’t worry about my dog Spike. He won’t bother you. But, whatever you do, do NOT, under ANY circumstances, talk to my parrot!” “I REPEAT; DO NOT TALK TO MY PARROT!!!”

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When the repairman arrived at Marion’s apartment the following day, he discovered the biggest, meanest looking dog he has ever seen. But, just as she had said, the dog just lay there on the carpet watching the repairman go about his work. 

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The parrot, however, drove him nuts the whole time with his incessant yelling, cursing and name calling.  Finally the repairman couldn’t contain himself any longer and yelled, “Shut-up, you stupid, ugly bird!” 

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February 29, 2008 at 1:28 pm Leave a comment

Gaston Co. to consider sales tax increase for schools

The Gaston County commissioners are planning to discuss a request by the County Schools to add a 1/4 cent sales tax to help build and maintain the school system.

This will be an interesting discussion because the residents just approved a $175 million bond referendum last November, and the schools have a multi-million dollar shortfall from the previous bond funds.

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The “no-tax-but-will-fund-silly-projects” county board of commissioners will be televised tonight for your entertainment. Of course, it will be on the non-consent portion of the agenda after the consent agenda approves over $1.7 million of money including additional “donations” to DSS.

February 28, 2008 at 1:58 pm 1 comment

Ribbon-Cutting Tuesday, March 4, at Stowe Pointe Community

New Montcross Area Chamber member, Stowe Pointe, invites fellow members and friends to a catered lunch, prize giveaways, a ribbon-cutting and tours of the newly decorated Winslow II model on Tuesday, March 4, from 11 AM until 2 PM

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(Lennar Homes rendition)

Stowe Pointe is a Lennar Homes community at 405 Stowe Road, which is off South Point Road, just south of South Point High School. Homes are 4 and 5 bedroom, from 3,042 to 3,735 square feet and priced from the $270s.

The Chamber ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place about noon. RSVP is
requested at 704-258-8290. More information on Stowe Pointe is available at www.lennar.com

February 26, 2008 at 3:44 pm Leave a comment

Kaley Rivera – 2008 Miss South Point

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Cortner Auditorium at South Point High School was groovin’ to the 60’s sound of hit-making Motown last night as the community crowned Kaley Rivera Miss South Point 2008.

This year’s scholarship pageant theme taken from the Academy award-winning movie from last year, crowned a women’s soccer player and musically talented Kaley Rivera over twelve other equally talented young women.  

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Victoria VanDyke was selected as first runner-up, and Sierra Roberts was second runner-up. Emily Wallace was awarded Miss Congeniality. Sierra Roberts also sold the most advertising for the program for this year and was given the Spirit Award.

Each of the contestants were competing for up to $4,000 in scholarships for their further education past high school. 2007 Miss South Point, senior Lindsay Hawkins, crowned Kaley as the 2008 winner.

The crowded auditorium was entertained by math teacher and perennial event MC, David Grimes, and special guests, Miss Mount Holly, Katherine Southard, and 2007 Miss Ashbrook, Katie Beasley. South Point art teacher, Alyson Hall, was recognized for her dedicated leadership of the organizing committee and the set design of the event.

Contestants competed through interviews, talent, and modeled fashion wear and formal evening wear. Judges reviewed and made their selections on a number of established critieria. All of the contestants sang, danced, or played instruments.

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February 24, 2008 at 11:36 am Leave a comment

Interesting Blogs

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Our group of editors like to read other blogs for ideas, style, and interesting articles by other people.

Many blogs out there in the “world” can be really scary. We found one that has been very popular within the past month called, Stuff White People Like. Just putting the link here and not posting it to the blog roll is probably all we are willing to do right now.

Have you ever seen nine people try to push each other into the bushes? It’s not a pretty site, even with glasses of Pinot Grigrio, or Merlot in hand. It’s easier with a Budweiser though…

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In our opinion it is a funny and thought-provoking cultural view. Any thoughts from ya’ll?

February 24, 2008 at 10:30 am 1 comment

Run For The Money – 6

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Many people in the community received the official 6th Annual Run For The Money donor forms in the mail this week from the Community Foundation of Gaston County.

Over 100 nonprofit organizations benefit from contributions to the Community Foundation through this event. Since its inception, the Run For The Money event has raised over $5 million with $1.4 million coming from the Community Foundation itself.

With the recent cutbacks by the United Way to emergency service organizations, it is a prudent and wise investment of donor directed funds to this annual event.

Mark April 19 on your calendars and participate in the 5K run or 2K fun-walk, but more importantly, make a contribution to one or more of the organizations listed and approved for participation.

You do need to obtain and official form and those can be received directly from participating agencies and the Community Foundation.

Mailer: run-for-the-money-donor-form.pdf

February 22, 2008 at 6:02 pm Leave a comment

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