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mayflower mills: It was wide and flat enough to land a seaplane a spectacle he witnessed in 1938 or '39, according to NOW Magazine. I probably saw the last one land, said Reece. Reece, 91, can still picture the South Fork backed up to form a massive pool serving the Mays and Mayflower mills' dyeing and finishing operations. His father moved the family from their York County, S.C., farm to the mill village in 1922. But it was also a dumping ground for the mills, and the cascade of dye waste they poured in gave the South Fork its nickname Rainbow River. It was full of fish, Reece said of the river then, and deep. ( As reported in the news.

challenge coleman: If voters elect Cearley he would have to resign his alderman seat and the full board would choose his replacement to fill out the two remaining years of his term, according to NOW Magazine. Voters will also select two seats on the Board of Aldermen. Alderman Jerry Red Cearley filed as a chandidate to challenge Coleman. The face features newcomer John Orlando and two incumbents, Aldermen Darlene Morrow and Hoyle Withers. Municipal Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 5. Early voting ends Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. ( As reported in the news.

dismissive answer: It's a reference that results in Morasso fielding questions from confused patrons of Webb Custom Kitchen, according to NOW Magazine. They ask, What is GTown ' said Morasso, who often finds himself playing it off with a dismissive answer. Located right outside City Hall, the traffic light and street sign post is one of several that also bears a small framed square, filled with a logo that proclaims the area as GTown. And I'll just say, Oh you know, GTown, like Great Town.' Morasso only recently learned what led to those markers being posted throughout the historic business district several years ago. And as the city continues its push to rebrand and redevelop downtown, he and others believe the time has arrived to kick the GTown' moniker to the curb and come up with some kind of replacement symbol. But he believes whatever point there was to it has long since faded in the general public's mind. ( As reported in the news.

larry simonds: Mayor Sandy Railey faces a challenge from Larry Simonds, according to NOW Magazine. Whoever wins will get a four-year term. Not only does the incumbent mayor have a challenger from a former mayor, four of the five incumbent members on City Council are running for election, but have a total of six others seeking a seat on the board. Incumbent council members Phil Bonham, Ken Ervin, Candy Funderbunk and Thomas Gillespie are all running for re-election. Incumbent Councilman DeWayne Chitwood did not file for re-election. Newcomers seeking seats include Sean Brafford, Ashley Merritt, Shane Robinson, Martha Patterson Ray, Ann Worthy and John Cato. ( As reported in the news.

radio station: The morning disc jockey was a young fellow named Chuck Mosley, who billed himself as The Livermush Kid, according to NOW Magazine. The morning show's main sponsor was a mom 'n' pop grocery called Walsh's Market which sold the very best homemade livermush in the region. For my mother and me, the radio station whose tunes resounded through our kitchen in the mornings was WSVM, 1490 AM, Valdese. While Mom was cooking breakfast and I was preparing for my daily trudge to Drexel High School, The Kid would fill our mornings with the smooth sounds of early '70s pop. But our particular favorite was John Denver's Take Me Home, Country Roads. Mom and I both loved James Taylor's Fire and Rain, Neil Diamond's Cracklin' Rosie, The Temptations' Just my Imagination, and Neil Young's Heart of Gold. ( As reported in the news.

box ideas: I generally want to do things for members of the community to let them know there's still hope and love in the world, according to NOW Magazine. The latest idea Tucker purposed to his multicultural church is a free car giveaway. I try to think of out of the box ideas, Tucker said. Within a week, Tucker said members of his church came together to raise enough money to purchase two used cars. The people at Destiny Church are really dedicated to helping out people in our community. I told them what I wanted to do and they made it happen, Tucker said. ( As reported in the news.

hilton swing: Flat Rock residents will be able to vote for a candidate in each of the districts, according to NOW Magazine. The District 3 race features newcomers David Dethero and Hilton Swing running for the seat held by John Dockendorf. Two candidates are running in each of the three districts. Dockendorf did not file for re-election. For more information about the General Election, visit or call 828-697-4970. In-person early voting begins Oct. 16 and runs through Nov. 1. ( As reported in the news.

overmountain men: The Overmountain Men and the back country militiamen from North Carolina's western regions are rightly held in high esteem for their two-week pursuit of and victory over British Maj, according to NOW Magazine. Patrick Ferguson and his army of American loyalists at the Battle of Kings Mountain. Commemorations are held to honor the courage and sacrifice of the men and women who resisted the advance of the British Legion during the summer of 1780. And, this year, new stories emerge about another Ferguson at the battle; moreover, residents of the Catawba River valley from Charlotte to Valdese have their own new reasons for patriotic celebration, too. He was young, possibly just 16 at the time of the Oct. 7, 1780, battle at Kings Mountain. Andrew Ferguson was a patriot militiaman originally from Virginia, a free man of color. ( As reported in the news.

gaston: And while some believe there's a clear point and a benefit to not tying such candidates to a political party, others believe the system presents disparities and issues of its own, according to NOW Magazine. There are clear arguments for and against each side, according to the National League of Cities, a nonprofit that serves as a resource and advocate for the nation's cities and their leaders. That information isn't immediately available in nonpartisan races, such as the municipal elections taking place in cities and towns across Gaston County this fall. Proponents of nonpartisan ballots contend that political parties are largely irrelevant to providing services, which is the key responsibility of municipal leaders. But proponents for partisan elections counter that the absence of party labels has the potential to confuse voters, as a person who must choose from a group of candidates they know nothing about will have no meaningful basis in casting a ballot. People of that viewpoint also tend to believe that cooperation between elected officials belonging to different parties is more likely in nonpartisan arenas. ( As reported in the news.

sea level: On one fact, however, scientists are almost unanimous Sea level is rising, according to NOW Magazine. By the year 2100, the world's oceans will be 1.5 feet to 3 feet higher than they are now. There's still a debate, of sorts, about whether the world's climate is changing, and how much of this is humanity's fault. A United Nations science panel last month reported that the rate might be even worse than that as glaciers and ice sheets melt in Greenland and the Antarctic. That's the conclusion of Sea Level Rise, a brief, bleak tome by Orrin and Keith Pilkey. And while there's a bit of huffing and puffing, nobody is doing all that much about it. ( As reported in the news.

defense effort: The capital murder trial of Irving Lucien Fenner Jr. started in Catawba County Monday morning, according to NOW Magazine. Superior Court Judge Robert Ervin listened to the many pretrial motions filed by the defense, including one to delay the start of trial until a witness could review documents about Fenner s mental state. Joyce Orlando Star J Orlando Monday Sep 30, 2019 at 3 59 PM Sep 30, 2019 at 6 23 PM The trial for an accused cop killer will move forward despite defense attorneys' effort to postpone it. Irving entertained some but denied the delay of trial and one for a pre-trial hearing on diminished capacity by the defense. His attorney, Victoria Jayne, is using a diminished mental capacity as a defense in his trial. Fenner is accused of shooting and killing Shelby Police Officer Tim Brackeen in 2016. ( As reported in the news.

county: He was booked into Gaston County without bond pending a review of his immigration status, according to NOW Magazine. Police arrested Cerna-Martinez on Sept. 19 at his home in Clover. Jose Armando Cerna-Martinez, 74, now of Clover, South Carolina, was charged with three counts of indecent liberties. He was brought to Gaston County on Tuesday. Gaston County Police began investigating the allegations in June. Police say the assaults occurred in Gaston County between February 1998 and October 1999, and involved three girls ranging in age from 5 years to 9 years. ( As reported in the news.

home: She is instead a delightful mixture of humility, kindness, patience and love for others, according to NOW Magazine. She is, in short, the perfect waitress for the enchanting piece of downhome Americana known as Home Folks Cafe on Main Street in downtown Cherryville. Despite her regal bearing, however, neither snootiness nor arrogance are a part of Hancock's makeup. Strangers may enter the door at Home Folks, hungry for sausage and eggs and biscuits, but no stranger walks out the exit. Hancock, 77, has been greeting both regulars and newcomers alike at Home Folks for the past 53 years. Hancock makes sure of that. ( As reported in the news.

mike patton: Aside from his first year as coach at North Gaston, Patton has taken players and coaches away from the comfort of their hometown for a week developing rapport and cohesion with teammates, according to NOW Magazine. Such was particularly necessary this year, as Patton welcomed a healthy group of freshmen to the fold. It may not have the same allure as the first day of fall practice, but the importance of summer camp remains a pivotal part of team building for Mike Patton. I think we took the most freshmen we've ever taken with us, the North Gaston head man said. They got to know each other, and it is going to be a big plus for us. What we did was group the older guys in a suite with our younger ones, and the main thing I took from it was the bond built among them. ( As reported in the news.

schiele staff: And as he integrated into his new surroundings, the man known as Ishi' would go on to become an early 20th century celebrity, popularized as the last wild Indian in North America, according to NOW Magazine. That remarkable story will be the subject of a special program at 3 p.m. Two entirely different worlds dramatically came face to face with one another. Sunday at the Schiele Museum of Natural History in Gastonia. Schiele staff have worked painstakingly to create a detailed mannequin modeled after an iconic photo of Ishi from 1915, just a few months before he died from tuberculosis. It will coincide with Ishi being introduced as a new cultural hero figure within the museum's Henry Hall of the American Indian. ( As reported in the news.

andrew lee: That makes 2016 winner Ashbrook the defending champion - the Green Wave come in this year with a different look under new head coach Evan Rankin, according to NOW Magazine. Ashbrook Coach Evan Rankin 1st season Last year's record 9-14Returning lettermen 14Key returners Tristan Mantecon, Brandon Lopez, Andrew Lee, Will Niemeyer, Jonothan Hernandez, Abdiel Prado, JJ Diaz, Jonothan Laverde, Jared Hernandez Key newcomers Alfredo Cacho-Laurido, Jayden Dixon Key losses Eric Vera, Adriel Prado, Nic Heavener Overview Niemeyer tied for the team lead in goals last season with eight, while Prado had a strong year with six goals and six assists. There was no winner crowned last year in the tournament, as the final between Gaston Christian and Forestview was cancelled due to unplayable field conditions when a storm swept through Gaston County. Rankin was an assistant for two seasons with the Green Wave. East Gaston Coach Pedro Aguilar 3rd season Last year's record 8-10-1Returning lettermen 9Key returners Nick Smith, Jonathan Hollenbeck, Trevor Latter, Carter Beck, Brandon Aguilar, Josh Jolly Key newcomers Dylan West, Dashaun Corry Key losses Ivan Serrano Overview The Warriors were much improved last year, winning eight games. Now, he takes over for former coach Joel Webb. ( As reported in the news.

greg lloyd: Greg Lloyd considers himself pretty blessed these these days, according to NOW Magazine. For one, his football program has been highly successful of late, going 52-16 and making two trips to the state playoff semifinals in the last five years. The only thing not on its resume is a state championship. We've just had a lot of good players and been fortunate with injuries, knock on wood. The program, he hopes, is going to continue building this year. We've had good teams before but these last five years I've been really proud of where we've come and it's just kind of built on itself, said Lloyd. ( As reported in the news.

highland: But when David DeLaO took over prior to last season, his primary goal was to make opponents think twice about looking forward to playing the Rams, according to NOW Magazine. We want to be competitive, the Highland Tech football coach said. For years, Highland Tech found itself on the wrong side of countless gridiron beatdowns. It's what I tell my guys all the time. For years, everyone wanted to push Highland Tech around. Don't worry about anyone else, just do what we do and not let anyone push us around. ( As reported in the news.

stuart cramer: The three-day tournament will take place at Martha Rivers Park in Gastonia, with the first pair of games kicking off Monday at 5 p.m, according to NOW Magazine. Games will also take place on Wednesday and Saturday. Among the local teams taking part include Ashbrook, East Gaston, Highland Tech, Hunter Huss, Lincolnton, North Gaston, South Point and Stuart Cramer. The regular season got underway last week. Here's a look at the eight teams in this year's event, as well as the other squads in the local coverage area. However, the Gazette Cup presents the tournament's eight participants with their first opportunity for hardware. ( As reported in the news.

state titles: For the first time in more than a decade, the Mustangs finished with a losing record, according to NOW Magazine. And despite shocking top-seeded Pisgah in the opening round of the 2AA playoffs, they were forced to look on as rival North Lincoln seized its share of the spotlight. Accustomed to being in the conversation for conference and state titles, the 2018 season served as somewhat of a shock to the system for the East Lincoln football program. Last year was up and down, up and down, said East Lincoln football coach David Lubowicz. We talk about the standard all the time. We had some injuries early, at one point last year we had seven starters on offense riding the bench. ( As reported in the news.

players hope: Football again is a big deal in Clover, according to NOW Magazine. While participation is considered down in many communities nationwide, Blue Eagles head man Brian Lane has those in the South Carolina town straddling the state line buying in. With added bodies, coaches and players hope it also equates to more wins for the Blue Eagles. Our numbers are really up, he said. When I first got here, we just had about 54 kids overall. We have around 40 seniors, and a total of 140 guys in the program. ( As reported in the news.

kick returner: Pep' was special, said Bessemer City football coach Larry Boone, according to NOW Magazine. He had skills and talent that you just can't replicate. One would be hard-pressed to find a role Jaquaylen Pep Hardin didn't fill for Bessemer City a season ago. His graduation left the Yellow Jackets with plenty of holes to fill - quarterback, defensive back, punt and kick returner among them. You have to pound the rock, you have to be able to run the football, Boone said. While it'll take more than one young man to fill his many roles, Bessemer City is sticking with a formula that has brought it so much success through the years. ( As reported in the news.

school piloted: Our teachers really came up with this idea because the first few weeks are always lost to routine, lost to trying to figure out how to be a student and building up that endurance throughout the day, Principal Scott Lewis said, according to NOW Magazine. There's no nap anymore, so kids have to build that endurance up. During the first week of August, Pleasant Grove Elementary School piloted a four-day kindergarten readiness camp to aid its youngest students in adjusting to school before the official first day Aug. 26. And then there's the emotional piece, too. We're leaving the tears here this week so on Aug. 26, they're ready to roll. Kids are crying the first few days, so we're getting all of that out of the way now the parents crying, too, because their baby's leaving. ( As reported in the news.

conference championship: I think this group is better than improving just one spot, said Pruitt, who guided Cherryville to a 4-8 overall record and 2-5 conference mark a season ago, according to NOW Magazine. I think we have the potential and the ability to challenge for a conference championship. In fact, Pruitt says the Ironmen have the potential to do even better than the fifth-place finish predicted in a preseason poll of the conference coaches. Pruitt's sunny outlook is fueled by better-than-average depth at the skill positions, the presence of two top offensive lineman, and the potential of new additions. Four players who made all-conference last year and one who made the list in 2016 return SPC specialist/returner of the year Cruyff Fleurine, leading team rusher Chapel Moss, center Jace Brittain 6-3, 275 linebacker Sean Kostiuk, and defensive end J'son Pitts, an all-conference performer two years ago. I am excited about the amount of experience we have and how all the pieces are going to come together, he said. ( As reported in the news.

depth chart: Senior running back/linebacker Jamal Littlejohn and quarterback James Woods are two newcomers Gibson believes will play major roles and have big impacts for the Wolves this season, according to NOW Magazine. This will be Woods' first season and he will be competing with Amontre Finger and E.J. Manjerres for the starting position on the depth chart. I think last year we just needed more confidence early because once they gained confidence we finished the season pretty good, Gibson said. Like Littlejohn, he will double on defense. He will return to the Wolves after spending last season with the Roswell Hornets in Georgia where he was primarily an outside linebacker finishing with 46 tackles, one sack, an interception and one forced fumble. Gibson plans to have a little more run oriented offense at the start of the season centered around Littlejohn. ( As reported in the news.

state championships: In the past 20 years, the program has been one of North Carolina's most consistent, winning 10 or more games in all but six, according to NOW Magazine. During that stretch, South Point has claimed 16 conference titles and three state championships. South Point may not have been in mind for whoever coined the phrase, yet with the Red Raiders' track record the notion certainly applies. Last year was another noteworthy season for the Red Raiders, unbeaten in regular season play and earning the Southwestern 2A title. Finishing the job and keeping the program's chain intact serve as twin goals for South Point as the 2018 season nears. However, they finished short of their goal, losing to conference rival Shelby in the second round of the state playoffs. ( As reported in the news.