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Discovery Place eyeing Belmont for children’s museum

Even though the concept is old news ’round here, when the Gazette picks it up, it must be important.

We think this is a great reuse of the inactive mills, it helps from a destination place viewpoint, and it keeps the Discovery Place program in the forefront of children’s programming.

Our wholehearted endorsement of this program is just a few small voices applauding the formation and planning process.

With homes in the former Chronicle Mill village converted to private ownership, and the lack of significant parking, what are the plans to move cars, and the many school busses and day care busses through the neighborhood?

This will certainly be a challenge to Mayor Richard Boyce’s vision of “Neighborhood Preservation’ as expressed in the recently passed Comprehensive Land Use Plan.

We would assume the RL Stowe Fiber Lab will be eliminated for the parking needs, but that begs the question about the Belmont Parks and Rec department onetime eye on the land next to the new police station. Members of council had shared an interest several years ago in this land for a Recreation Center when the police station was under construction. Now that the Parks Bond has passed, maybe they have backed off on that idea?

The program of regionalizing the Discovery Place for children in the lower elementary grades is a workable concept. Already in the design phase, a similar regional Discovery Place Kids will be located in Huntersville. As many as five regional prgrams could be established. Kinda wonder what would happen to the Schiele Museum over in Gastonia. The city’s museum is struggling financially and the current city manager has put pressure on all the department heads to lower city-funded operating losses.

Could Discovery Place Kids be the Wal-mart of children’s museum programming?

Good Luck with this project, we hope it works out for the best for everyone.

 

June 2, 2008 at 11:04 pm Leave a comment

WOW – SP Baseball Team Makes it Exciting!

 

South Point made an exciting statement last night in the first game of a 3 game series to determine a state finalist in 3A baseball.

A 1-0 victory over a previously undefeated West Rowan pitcher and a No-Hitter by local standout Zach Horne, put SP in the driver’s seat to advance in this tournament.

(Gazette Photo)

The Gazette account of the game is pretty accurate.

Sophomore Wes Lawing, the hero of the R.S. Central game the other day, provided the scoring heroics again last night. His eighth-inning bloop single scored Jordan Edgerton who sprinted in from third base. But the real hero was Horne’s pitching performance.

Horne struck out 10 batters, and allowed only one runner to progress, and that was on a fielding error in the top of the 8th inning. For the most part, SP had come to play, they just couldn’t score off the 6 or 7 hits that they made through the game.

The next game is tonight at West Rowan, where the opposition has several tough undefeated pitchers waiting to face the Raider bats. Depending on that outcome, a third game will be played on Saturday night at South Point or the Raiders advance with a win tonight.

Go Red Raiders!

May 23, 2008 at 10:29 am Leave a comment

Grier marched through MS soccer playoffs

Grier middle school used consecutive “shots from the mark” situations to win the Girls MS Soccer Championship this week over Cramerton.

Grier needed to get past Belmont last Thursday to play in the championship match. They progressed after outlasting Belmont through 70 minutes of a scoreless draw and winning 2-1 in “shots from the mark” ( commonly called, “PK shootout”). Neither team had many opportunities in regulation and the overtime periods. Both coach Wydo of Grier, and coach Barnhardt of Belmont looked to bulking up their defenses using Shannon Kay of Grier, and Molly Fisher of Belmont as center backs or sweepers to keep out the opposition. The resulting progession to shots allowed Grier to progress after the girls figured out how to look for corners in those big goals.

A similar scenario greeted the Grier Knights as they played Cramerton for the championship. After a 1-1 regulation match and no score in overtime, Pk’s once again forced a result.

Congratulations, we at the Front Porch are looking forward to the next year of soccer in the Gaston County area. There will be many exciting youngesters joining the high school programs, and the continued growth of the sport in this area is developing many more players and fans.

May 22, 2008 at 1:08 pm Leave a comment

Palenick and Council Cronies to use strong arm tactics

Over in the county seat, Gastonia citizens are experiencing yet another turn from the litigious-minded city manager, Jim “Big Plan” Palenick.

 

Why not force a business to GIVE their land to the city through the eminent domain process granted to public entities? The issue is the bank building and land within “Big Plan” Palenick’s downtown renovation. The city wants the land for the “public good”, the bank wants fair market value for the property. The city says the fair market is only UP TO $600,000, the bank disagrees. Three members of city council have sided with the government – well, that’s all it takes – now it appears the citizens of Gastonia will be headed for court.

What a great use of taxpayer money! Something continues to stink in Gas-town.

 

 

May 22, 2008 at 12:12 pm Leave a comment

Kids fly high with kites in Belmont

 march-15-kite-flying.jpg (Gazette Photo – Brad Coville)

From the Gazette article:

 gracie-smith.jpg (Gazette Photo – Brad Coville)

Winners from Saturday’s “Go Fly a Kite!” in Belmont

2- to 5-Year-Olds

Most Unusual

Leah Bivens

Dhruv Patel

Sophie Smith

Quickest Controlled

Puja Patel

Mason Craig

Kevin Granson

Highest

Mason Craig

Leah Bivens

Dharmin Patel

6- to 8year-olds

Sarah Griffin

Maddie Deal

Niraj Patel

Quickest Controlled

Eternity Moore

Priyanka Patel

Kendal Craig

Highest

Eternity Moore

Hemali Patel

Gracie Smith (tied for third)

Ekta Patel (tied for third)

9- to 12-year-olds

Brendan Granson

Neerel Patel

Destiny Moore

Quickest Controlled

Destiny Moore

Neerel Patel

Brendan Granson

Highest

Destiny Moore

Brendan Granson

Neeral Patel

March 16, 2008 at 11:23 pm Leave a comment

Belmont to get green this spring – Gaston towns tired of being brown

Bowing to the pressure of local small businesses dependent on public water for their livelihoods, the Belmont City Council water committee has put forth a motion to ease water restrictions in the area.

Residents would be able to hand water, drip irrigate trees, shrubs, and personal gardens.  If approved, the watering could be done during the entire day on those three days. “I don’t mind the hand held watering,” said Councilman Charlie Flowers”.

This action is occurring while other Gaston county towns are also loosening restrictions.

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It seems that the “squeaky” (re: “leaky”) wheel gets the grease.  If City Council passes the recommendation, residents still will not be able to water their lawns.

Other communities throughout the state are still working on further restrictions and closely tracking water use, Belmont gets a bit a rain and Poof! – no more drought — in some eyes.

We admit there has been some improvement in the drought, but the area is still in what is considered exceptional drought conditions. Typically late February and the month of March are “catch up” months in regards to rain. Not this spring – so far.

A special meeting next Monday evening (6:30 PM) will have this discussion and vote. Interested people should attend this meeting and see how council members who have landscapers maintain their personal yards vote on this issue.

More information links: System Status for Belmont

Belmont Water Use Tables

Facility   

Basin    Pop    2008-03-10    2008-03-03    2008-02-25    2008-02-18   
Belmont Catawba River 8,974   1,676,143 1,605,571 1,668,286

Older table dates

Facility   

Basin    Pop    08-02-04    08-01-28    08-01-21    08-01-14    08-01-07   
Belmont Catawba River 8,974 1,545,286 1,672,429 1,685,857 1,568,714 1,744,143

Sure doesn’t look like water restrictions have affected Belmont’s use of water. Going back to an earlier article where the Belmont Front Porch reported on the growing practice of new wells being dug throughout the county, the County Health Department repudiated the charge that new wells were an issue with groundwater.

With this information, it seems that local “businesses” would not be affected — according to the County health department — just dig a well.

Good for business, keeps the businesses off the backs of elected “leaders”, and keeps the progeny of local councilmembers with their jobs.

It’s all good.

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March 11, 2008 at 12:12 pm 5 comments

Red Raiders favored to win Big South baseball title

 zach-horne-south-point-pitcher.jpg (Zach Horne – Gazette file Photo)

The Gazette is reporting that the South Point boys baseball team is favored to win the Big South Conference title this season.

“Lineberger isn’t sold that his team is the one to beat in the Big South this season” stated the article. While we tend to agree with the coach, there are some good possibilities to the season. Like the girl’s soccer in the conference, anybody could win with the right combinations.

South Point has good pitching, however the young sophomores have a lot of strength to face with opposition hitters at Crest, Forestview, and East Gaston.

South Point’s infield is good, and fast which should make for some interesting games this season.

Count on the Gazette and the BannerNews for most of the complete coverage articles during the season. Click here for team “capsules”.

A couple of the ballplayers for the Red Raiders have promised to submit their thoughts to the Front Porch, but it IS spring, the PROM and graduation seem to be occupying a lot of minds at 906 South Point Road right about now.

March 11, 2008 at 10:31 am Leave a comment

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