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october 31, 2014



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Ferguson Ace Hardware

Medical Center Pharmacy

The Great Outdoors


Dallas Express Pharmacy


Fallston Pharmacy


Amity Finance

Ewing Insurance

Hillbillys BBQ

Smith Drug Store


Amity Finance

Griffin Drug

Love’s Fish Box

Oak Grove Auto Sales

Parker Farm Service



Chrysler Jeep Dodge

Carolina Hardware


Amity Finance


Walker’s Pharmacy


Carpet One Interiors


Basic Finance

M&J Loans

Folk’s Cleaners


Allen Drug

Family Med Pharmacy


Mitchem’s Kitchen


By Calvin Hastings - Listen to Calvin on the radio M-F 6am-8am on 1050AM, 1390AM & 1590AM


Several area  County golfers will be heading to the state girls golf tournament this week.  They include Rachael Lindsay of East Lincoln.  Mary Prunier and Karleigh Morrison of North Lincoln and Harley Schronce of West Lincoln.   Madison Lutz of Kings Mountain and Brianna Plummer of Crest also qualified along with Madison Monteith and Samantha Telsrow of South Point.  Savannah Hovis of East Gaston.   And Madison Mathis of North Gaston.  Also Caroline Cole, Kimberly Shellman and Ashley Lowry of Highland Tech.  kara Vowell and Brittany Pillow of Bessemer City.  Courtney Brown of Cherryville.  Mary Prunier and Karleigh Morrison of North Lincoln.  The 1A/2A state championship will be held at the Foxfire Golf and Country Club in Pinehurst.  The 3A state championships will be held at the Longleaf Golf and Country Club in Southern Pines.

The Forestview Jaguars honored former Jaguar and now professional golfer Harold Varner III at last Friday night’s football game with Ashbrook.  Varner is a 2008 graduate from Forestview and played in the 2013 U.S.Open.

The Crest Chargers girls tennis team suffered their first loss of the season by a 9-0 score to Marvin Ridge.  The loss eliminated the Lady Chargers from further playoff contention

A.C. Reynolds eliminated Kings Mountain 3-0 in the state 3A volleyball playoffs.  The Lady Mountaineers finished 19-5 on the season.

Former Hunter Huss Huskie Cody Jones has been named the MEAC special teams player of the week after kicking four field goals and converting three extra points for North Carolina A&T.  He also averaged 53.2 yards with four punts during their win over Delaware State last week by a 33-20 score.

Hats off to the Forestview Jaguar soccer team as they finished the conference season with a perfect 14-0 record.  The Jaguars are now 18-2 overall.  The state playoffs get underway this week.

Gardner Webb’s Kenny Cook has been named the National FCS Receiver of the Week by College Football Performance Awards.  Cook caught 12 passes and had 251 yards of receiving in the Bulldogs’ 47-41 double overtime win over VMI last week.  The 251 yards of receiving in one game is tops for Gardner Webb, the Big South and Foster Stadium.


What’s Up Prep Football?


By Andrey S. Bush (overall record 87-27 / Last Week 9-5)

It will be a Trick-or-Treat Halloween Friday Night.  Go out and get some early festivities done then tune in to KTC Broadcasting for some Spooky Friday Night Action. I would like to wish everyone a safe and Scary Halloween. For those of you who are active social media buffs and have any disagreements with my picks or analysis in my predictions week to week tweet me at @AndreySBush and lets go back and forth with reasons for victory.  Below, you will find my predictions for this week’s games, winners in BOLD/ALL CAPS!

CREST CHARGERS @ Burns Bulldogs

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This has been a matchup marked on the calendar of many Bulldog fans and maybe not so much the Charger fans.  Yeah, records say that this will be a lop-sided victory for the rolling Chargers who still remain undefeated on the year, demolishing all and any opponents. The matchup strikes interest as former bulldogs make their return to Lawndale.  Last year during a very drastic transition of changing coaches the Bulldogs also had players change uniforms,  with the biggest change being quarterback Willie Green (Jr).  For the returning players this will be a bitter sweet feeling to see all your former classmates and friends, but the sweet taste of victory will put the Chargers at 10-0 on the season and 7-0 in the SMAC.  Coach Senseney and the Bulldogs have battled this season, after a slow start, to (4-4) and a (4-2) in the SMAC so don’t expect the Dogs to come out and just rollover and play dead to the Chargers.  I expect a close game to start but once emotions settle down, the Chargers will seize control and this will be a runaway victory.


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The East Lincoln Mustangs are running towards the playoffs with a stream of smoke behind them as the offense and the will to win no matter the circumstances of star athlete, quarterback, Chazz Surratt.  The Mustangs had another slow start last week allowing (3-6) West Caldwell team to trade back scores and end the first quarter with a 14-14 tied score.  Needless to say with the score tied there were few worries on the faces of Mustangs’ faithful who knew the moment was coming when Surratt would take the reins of the game and put the Mustangs ahead.  That turn happened in the second half when the offense exploded for seven touchdowns.  The Mustangs high powered pass game was virtually unstoppable piling up 293 yards and five touchdowns in the second half.  This weeks KTC Broadcasting Lincoln County Game of the Week will be the powerful offensively driven Mustangs at the Maiden Blue Devils.  This game will have 8pm start due to downtown Maiden being closed down 5:30-7:30 for the Halloween Trick-or-Treaters.

Draughn Wildcats @ SHELBY GOLDEN LIONS

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The Golden Lions are back in action in “The Jungle” hosting the dismal Wildcats of Draughn.  The Golden Lions last week had a much needed “bye” week from action as they prepare to make their run towards repeating as State Champs.  The offense of Shelby has had their struggles with slow starts this season but with the reemergence of the run game led by Chad Reid.  Reid right now stands a top the conference in rushing with 863 yards and 13 touchdowns.  Starting the season too much pressure to move the ball was in the hands of the passing game which led to a lot of slow starts as they struggled to get into rhythm.  With help from the run game RJ George has been dialing in the receivers throwing for over 500 yards in his last two games before taking a much needed rest last week.  Against the defense of Draughn the Golden Lions could see two milestones passed RJ George (1,771 passing yards) going over the 2,000 yard passing mark and Chad Reid (863 rushing yards) crossing over 1,000 yard mark.


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The Bessemer City Yellow Jackets are in the drivers seat of the Southern Piedmont 1A Conference.  The Yellow Jackets remain undefeated in conference play with Thomas Jefferson and Cherryville close behind on their heels, both teams with two wins and one loss.  This week the Jackets will try and create some space from the rest of the league with a win over Highland Tech to remain undefeated at four conference wins.  The ground game was big last week when they had three players toppled the 100-yard mark on offense Tyler Bess with 17 carries 198 yards lead the bunch.  Cedric Mackey had 19 carries 119 yards and Josh Davis 8 carries for a 110 yards. The Rams will have trouble stopping the three headed monster that has emerged in Bessemer City.  This will a big game for work horse, Cedric Mackey.  Mackey has the size and play making ability to impact any game he plays in, mix that with a really good Yellow Jacket defense the Rams will be in for a troublesome Friday Night.

CHERRYVILLE IRONMEN @ Comm School of Davidson Spartans

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The Cherryville Ironmen last week helped the conference and themselves out by knocking off Pine Lake Prep and breaking the cluster of teams that were sitting knotted at 1-1 in conference standings.  The Ironmen put themselves in a second place  tie with Thomas Jefferson hoping for the Yellow Jackets to stumble so they can, like last year possibly get a share of the Conference Championship.  The Ironmen, despite giving up nearly 250 yards of offense to Pine Lake Prep, was able to walk away with a 27-14  victory.  The Ironmen never trailed in the game thanks to first quarter score by Ryan Owens followed by  Grant Henderson showing off in the second quarter throwing a 59 yard touchdown pass to Andrew Thompson, then taking it upon himself, after a Pine Lake touchdown, for a 23 yards touchdown run.  Davidson had a blowout win over Highland Tech 46-20, but will have their struggles against this Ironmen team who are trying to force another season ending tie for Southern Piedmont 1A Conference Champion.


West Caldwell Warriors @ LINCOLNTON WOLVES

Statesville Greyhounds @ NORTH LINCOLN KNIGHTS

Lake Norman Charter Knights @ ASHBROOK GREENWAVE

North Gaston Wildcats @ SOUTH POINT RED RAIDERS

Stuart Cramer Storm @ EAST GASTON WARRIORS

FORESTVIEW JAGUARS @ Hunter Huss Huskies

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Week 9: Hollywood’s nfl pick’em


By Kevin Hastings - @KevinHastings

Each week we countdown each team’s chances of making it to, and winning the Super Bowl.  It’s NOT a power poll.  Top 12 teams are current playoff teams. We also say goodbye to a team each week, eliminating them from the poll.  This week we say goodbye to the 24. Houston Texans (4-4)  The Texans actually have a decent team and I’d usually send off the Saints or Falcons but those two teams are still competing for first in the worst division in football.  Sorry Texans fans, fact is, you’re not winning a Super Bowl with Ryan Fitzpatrick as your quarterback.


23.  New York Giants (3-4) Eli and the gang are barely holding on.  You might have to win 10 games to make the playoffs in the NFC. (Except for the South of course)

22. Chicago Bears (3-5) I almost cut the Bears but their offense is just too talented not to be able to compete for a playoff spot.

21.  Miami Dolphins (4-3) Very surprising this team is above .500 and competing for a playoff spot.  It might not last too long.

20.  Cleveland Browns (4-3) I firmly believe they can’t win a Super Bowl this year with the quarterback controversy sitting on the sidelines.


19.  Atlanta Falcons (2-6) Dirty. Just filthy.

18. New Orleans Saints (3-4) Speaking of dirty, the whole NFC South is dirty. But hey, they’re only 1/2 game out of first place


17.  Kansas City Chiefs (4-3) On Sunday, Alex Smith didn’t throw a pass over 10 yards.  The game also had 104 drop backs and zero sacks.

16.  Pittsburgh Steelers (5-3) The most unpredictable team of the year.  Before the season I had them in the Super Bowl.  It’s been a roller coaster ride since Week 1.

15.  Seattle Seahawks (4-3) The Seahawks did everything in their power to let Carolina take that win.  This just isn’t the same dominating team from last season.

14.  San Francisco 49ers (4-3) Now two games out of first place and out of the playoffs, the 49ers and the Seahawks have some work to do the rest of the season.

13.  Baltimore Ravens (5-3) The Ravens have played well but karma has them out of the playoffs with a 5-3 record while the 3-4-1 Panthers, a team they destroyed, is in first place in the NFC South.


14.  Seattle Seahawks (3-3)  Something is wrong in Seattle.  They’re not used to losing like this and I don’t know if they can handle it.  I think Dallas really exposed them.  Russell Wilson became the first person in NFL annals to throw for at least 300 yards and rush for at least 100 yards in the same game — and the Seahawks lost.

13.  San Francisco 49ers (4-3)  They’ll compete to the end with Detroit and Philadelphia for a Wild Card spot if they can’t wrestle the division from Arizona.


12.  Buffalo Bills (5-3) Buffalo had two scoring drives of negative yardage.  Yes America, if the season ended today, Buffalo would make the playoffs.

11.  Detroit Lions (6-2) How can I still rank them this low? Two reasons: They were dominated by the Panthers and they’re the Detroit Lions.

10.  Carolina Panthers (3-4-1) Cam is now 27-28-1 as an NFL starter.  It’s 8 games in and Cam is also the team leader in rushing with 190 yards.  While Cam’s completion percentage is horrible, he doesn’t have the same help around him this season as in year’s past.  It looks like every running back on the roster should be cut along with most of the offensive line.  Cam is doing it by himself right now and he’s not good enough to carry a team by himself.  They’re lucky they’re in the division they’re in.

Cam also has to stop with the first down dances.  You don’t see Peyton Manning out there dancing every time he gets a first down. On a 3rd and short on Sunday, Cam thought he had the first down did his dance, and the refs measured, he was short.  Talk about high comedy and embarrassing. Not learning his lesson, he got the first down on fourth and did another first down dance.  Really?  C’mon man! No shame on his part at all and a poor example of leadership.

9.  Cincinnati Bengals (4-2-1) They are on an 12-0-1 regular-season home streak and an 0-3 postseason home streak.

8.  Indianapolis Colts (5-3) Great offense, no defense.  Almost every team in the NFL right now has some glaring holes.

7.  Philadelphia Eagles (5-2) I see a collapse coming soon from Philly.  Chip Kelly is going to wear out his team and his welcome if they can’t get right soon.

6.  Green Bay Packers (5-3) R.E.L.A.P.S.E.

5.  San Diego Chargers (5-3) The Bolts may not be for real but I’m glad they keep feeding Antonio Gates because he’s on my fantasy team.


4.  Dallas Cowboys (6-2) How ‘bout them Cowboys! While it was a good game to watch it was another bad game to be a Boys fan as once again the coaching staff drops the ball and loses another game.  How many games do the coaches have to lose before Jerry fires them.

Monday night was an example of the organization’s policy that no matter what happens, try to blame Romo.  Why let him in the game at the end? Why did they throw the ball on 2nd & 3rd and 2 from the goaline?  Why did they throw the ball on 2nd & 3rd & 4th downs with 2 to go on the last drive of the game.  It’s just plain idiotic and I’m tired of watching it.  In the past five seasons, two year’s Dallas missed the playoffs because of Garrett’s poor clock management.  I honestly believe that Garrett has no idea that it’s not illegal to call a running play on 2nd & 3rd downs.  He won’t do it, he can’t do it.

The first set was bad because DeFumble, I mean DeMarco just ripped off a 50-yard run and they then called two passes with a backup quarterback on the 2-yard line instead of feeding the best running back and running game in the NFL the ball.  Just stupid.  It’s way past time to fire Jason Garrett but Jones won’t do it.  Not as long as he can have Garrett call passes.  You see, if Garrett calls a pass play and it doesn’t work it’s Romo’s fault.  If Garrett calls a running play and it doesn’t work it’s his fault.  Sometimes coaches coach to keep their jobs instead of winning.  Kicking field goals down 20, not going for 4th and shorts, punting in opponents territory are some ways coaches try to just get by instead of trying to win the game.

In the end, Dallas will be alright. Congrats to Colt McCoy who played a heck of a game. Between all the Dallas mistakes, he still had to play well to win and he did just that.  You just can’t get beat by the 3rd string quarterback in a division game.  Pathetic.

3.  Arizona Cardinals (6-1) Great win over Philly and Jason Garrett throwing the Cowboys game puts the Cards right here until Sunday when they face Dallas.

2. New England Patriots (6-2) Possession results for New England versus Chicago: TD, field goal, TD, TD TD, TD, punt, field goal, field goal, kneel to end game.

1.  Denver Broncos (6-1) It’s the regular season and the Broncos have a cake schedule.  I fully expect them to compete for another Super Bowl berth.


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Cardinals @ COWBOYS

Eagles @ TEXANS


Jaguars @ BENGALS

CHARGERS @ Dolphins

Redskins @ VIKINGS

Rams @ 49ERS

Raiders @ SEAHAWKS


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Dixon Hord of Kings Mountain, NC -  scored 23 Points

A Bad Trip On Catnip

What’s Up with Thinkin’ ‘Bout It

With Vince Hefner, Pastor First Baptist Church, Cherryville

Before I get started, I want to go on record and say that I am not a medical doctor, pharmacist, veterinarian, or holistic healer, nor do I play any of these characters on TV or in real life. My interpretation on the following story is not based on any authority that comes from years of classroom study. With all that being said, here we go. I have always been an animal lover, with a particular fondness for cats. Nothing against dogs, I have owned several in my lifetime and have loved them all, but cats are easier for me to deal with on a daily basis. Dogs seem to want and need a great deal of attention, they are always staring at you as if they want to know what you are thinking. Cats are different. When a cat stares at you, it seems they want you to guess what they are thinking. I believe you can own a dog but under no circumstances can you ever “own” a cat. At best, a cat is like a roommate with whom you share a dwelling place but you are the one responsible for the rent, utilities, food, etc…

The Hefner household is down to two cats, which is a manageable number. Both of these cats are well behaved and mind their own business. We have been responsible for both of them since they were kittens, which has been over ten years. Since we just moved into our new home, we bought a home warming gift for the cats. It was a package of play mice filled with catnip. I’m not exactly sure what catnip is, all I know is that my cats get very excited when they get a toy laced with the stuff. My cat, Jedi Jones, took the catnip to the extreme a few nights ago and had my entire family scared to death. I was about to go to bed and noticed that Jedi was acting strange. All cats can act strange from time to time, but this time was different. Jedi was hiding under the kitchen table meowing in a strange way, and was in no mood to be petted or picked up. As a matter of fact, Jedi took off to find better company than me! After chasing him through a few rooms and finally catching him, I noticed something strange about his eyes. They were dilated! Eventually I found the toy mouse, minus the catnip. Jedi had removed the catnip and had done something with it. I’m not sure if he smoked it, snorted it, or sprinkled it on his food, but it was gone, all of it. The entire situation reminded me of that old country song with the lyrics, “He took a trip and never left the farm…” It took a few hours, but my cat returned to normal. Now I’m not saying that it was the catnip that did it, like I said earlier, I’m not a medical doctor or anything like that, but we have removed all catnip from the house, just in case.

What can we learn from this story? How we respond to a gift may tell us if the gift was good for us or not. In other words, if you were better off without something than with something, then don’t attempt to get what could hurt you. Since different people respond to things in life in different ways, what is the thing that is a blessing to everybody? Proverbs 9:11-12 tells us, “Wisdom will multiply your days and add years to your life. If you become wise, you will be the one to benefit. If you scorn wisdom, you will be the one to suffer.” When you wake up each morning, is it your goal to seek Godly wisdom by reading the Bible and spending time in prayer with God? Take time today and make sure you are seeking the profitable things in life that will be a blessing to you and to others.

Remember, Don’t Give In To Sin. Think About It!

The View From The Other Side

What’s Up with Dr. Bo

By Dr. Bo Wagner is pastor of the Cornerstone Baptist  Church of Mooresboro, NC, and author of several books.  His books are available at  www.wordofhismouth.com

No matter how much we try to avoid it, there is something in us that is much more likely to be afraid of people who are not like us than people who are like us.  This sometimes reveals itself along racial lines.  I hear very regularly anecdotal accounts of white people who are afraid of black people, especially black people with any type of a criminal past.  But a conversation we had with some young children this past Sunday morning opened my eyes to the hilarious view from the other side.

On Sunday mornings my wife and children and I go into town and pick up several precious young black children to bring them to church. Their grandmother has been a friend of ours for a good many years.  While speaking with her at breakfast on Sunday morning before going to pick up the kids, the subject turned to a prison escapee who was running around our area uncaught.  She mentioned that she and the family had stayed awake late the previous night, since he was rumored to be in their area.

When we picked up the children a few moments later, my wife asked them if they had had any excitement on the previous night. Immediately their eyes grew wide, and they shouted out,

“Yeah, we were scared to death. A WHITE GUY escaped from prison! If I see a white guy, I’m gonna run!”

I (a certifiable white guy, albeit with a good tan) nearly wrecked the vehicle laughing…  I guess it had never really occurred to me that the fear of the unfamiliar works both ways.

Just a little while later, though, those precious children were right in the midst of a church with a whole bunch of white folks, sitting with them, hugging them, and being loved by them.  They colored me some pretty pictures during Sunday school, and brought them to me during church as a gift.  There was not one ounce of fear or discomfort to be found anywhere.

Familiarity is a powerful antidote to fear.  People see skin and make assumptions about what is beneath the skin.  But the capacity for great good and great evil is found in equal measure in every race.  It is when people take the time to become familiar with people of other races that fear goes away.

In the Great Commission which Jesus gave to us in Matthew 28:18-20, we find the command to take the gospel to every nation. The Greek word there for nation is ethnay, we get our word ethnicity from it.  It literally means that we are to take the gospel to every ethnic group on earth.  And one of the great benefits to that is that, when a person gets saved, regardless of what their skin color is, they literally become family, they become a brother or sister in Christ.

A dear black lady that comes to our church, Mrs. Rogers, has an “umph” to her worship that is hard to describe.  Not many white folks have that.  My hope is that she rubs off on everyone, and that we all get it!

Never fear what is on the surface. When Jeremiah was thrown into a pit, it was black man named Ebedmelech that pulled him out.  When a black Ethiopian needed Jesus, it was Jew named Phillip that won him.

Jesus didn’t come to deal with skin, He came to deal with sin.

Dr. Wagner can be contacted by email at 2knowhim@cbc-web.org

october 24, 2014



whats up local sports with calvin

By Calvin Hastings - Listen to Calvin on the radio M-F 6am-8am on 1050AM, 1390AM & 1590AM


Hats off to Belmont Middle School for winning their third straight Gaston County Middle School golf championship.  Garrett Robinson of Belmont took medalist honors carding a 38 at the Cherryville Country Club.  Cramerton finished 12 strokes back followed by WC Friday and Chavis.

Congratulations to Owen Levy of Highland Tech.  He scored his 49th career goal to become the school’s all time leading scorer in a 2-1 win last week over Cherryville.

Highland Tech won the Southern Piedmont Conference girls golf championship followed by Pine Lake Prep and Bessemer City.  Highland Tech’s Caroline Cole took medalist honors with a 43 at the Woodbridge Golf Course.  Cole was named the Golfer of the Year and Marty Hutchins of Highland Tech was named the Coach of the Year.

The South Point Red Raiders won the girls Southern Piedmont Golf Championship.  They were followed by North Gaston and Forestview.   Kate Beeken of Lake Norman Charter was named the Golfer of the Year and Jason Tant of South Point was named the Coach of the Year.

Lake Norman Charter captured the Big South Cross Country girls championship.  They were followed by South Point and Ashbrook.  Mariah Howlett of Lake Norman Charter was named the girls runner of the year and Craig Zamiars of Lake Norman Charter was named the girls coach of the year.

The Forestview Jaguars captured the boys Big South Cross Country championship.  Lake Norman Charter placed second followed by East Gaston.  Max Flores of Forestview was named the boys runner of the year.  John Hunsucker of Forestview was named the coach of the year.

The Shelby boys won the South Mountain Athletic Conference Cross Country Championship.  Shelby was followed by Draughn and East Burke.  Shelby’s Blanton Gillespie was named the top boys performer.  The Kings Mountain girls took home the girls South Mountain Athletic Conference Cross Country Championship.  They were followed by Draughn and Shelby.  Draughn’s Aleah Blalock was named the girls top performer.

The North Gaston Wildcats honored their first major league player last Friday Night by retiring Jake Buchannan’s Number 6 jersey.  Last season he was 1-3 with the Houston Astros.

The state volleyball playoffs are underway.  In 1A play last week Bessemer City and Cherryville were both eliminated.  Lincoln Charter advanced with a 3-0 win over Albemarle. In 2A play, East Lincoln and Stuart Cramer were eliminated.  In 3A play, Forestview, North Lincoln, East Gaston and South Point were all eliminated.  North Gaston advanced with a 3-1 win over Ledford and Kings Mountain advanced with a 3-0 win over East Gaston.

Shelby’s Nancy Bridges captured the 2A Western Regional singles championship with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Charanya  Uppalapati of Lake Norman Charter.  She now advances to the state tournament set for this weekend at the Cary Tennis Center.

Crest’s Lauren Scism is heading to the state 3A state singles tournament in Burlington this weekend as the number four seed from the West.