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MAY 1, 2009

Students For Relay For Life



Here are some Fallston Elementary School students making Luminaries for Relay For Life.  Each student  decorated  a luminary bag, and are asking for a donation of $10.00 from a friend or family member to sponsor their bag.  The bags will be displayed at Relay For Life Cleveland County - Shelby on May15, 2009.

Art Round Town Gallery Crawl

What’s Up-town Shelby

By Janet Berry


Mark your calendar and plan to attend the “Art ‘Round Town Gallery Crawl” to be held Thursday, May 7th, 5:30 – 8:30 in Uptown Shelby.  “Participating galleries will be open extended hours serving light refreshments and featuring distinctive and original artwork.” Said Violet Arth, Cleveland County Arts Council.  Participating galleries are:

Cleveland County Arts Council, 111 S. Washington Street, will feature the opening reception of the Cleveland County Artists’ Competition.  Exhibit will be open May 7th  - June 11th.

Buffalo Creek Gallery, 104 E. Warren Street invite you to browse their beautiful and unique gift items.  Meet the artists and see the talents hidden around each corner of the gallery.

Alley Quilts, 213 Trade Street.  Mary and Paula invite you to “Come see what’s new this spring. We have crib and youth size quilts, new choices for little boys such as dinosaurs and creepy crawlers as well as many lovely items for home and gifts.” 

Synergy Studios, 212 W. Warren Street, will feature their new resident studio artist, potter, Kathy Kemerait.  You can meet Kathy; see her work as well as the work of all the artists at Synergy Studios.

Allen Griffin Studios, 302 S. Lafayette Street, will have pottery by Allen Griffin and pottery studio associates Vicki Halloran, Susan Jones and Eugene Young. 

Frame Masters Gallery & Gifts, 105 W. Warren Street, proudly invite you to meet artist Fred Jack Hoyle, Jr.  You will have the opportunity to see and purchase original works by this talented young artist.  “My favorite subjects to paint are people in various situations.  I want to convey an emotion or thought with my work.” Said Jack.  “I take on commission work and would love the opportunity to paint murals for childrens rooms.”  When appropriate, Jack incorporates butterflies, lizards and birds in his art.  He says, “I like the challenge of their vast color schemes.”  Jack is part of the Hoyle Plumbing Company family and attends Aldersgate United Methodist Church.  During this evening event, Frame Masters Gallery will honor 50% off custom framing of art purchased here or at any gallery.  For more information phone 704-481-8312.

Plan to attend a ribbon cutting on May 9th for the newest antique store in Uptown Shelby.  Ann Finnegan, owner of Country Heart will officially open her doors at 14 W. Marion Street.  See you there! 

Be Inspired, 

Be Different, 

Be Uptown Shelby 

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The Carolina Drillers


The  Carolina Drillers 9U Travel Baseball Team were 1st Runners-up in the 5th Annual Carolina Hardball Challenge held at Renaissance Park in Charlotte, NC April 25 & 26. The Carolina Drillers are made up of players from Cherryville, Dallas, Bessemer City and Kings Mountain. The Carolina Drillers primarily play in Tournaments put on by Nations Baseball in Gastonia, Kings Mountain, Charlotte and Morganton. The Carolina Drillers would like to thank the many sponsors that support the team, because without them it would not be possible to play. The team consists of front row, L-R: Nick Carpenter, Jared Emory, Levi Kiser, and Logan Scates. Second row, L-R: Zach Hester, Stephen Sigmon, Will Walker, Noah Eaker, Tobie Tate, Zackary Lambert and back row, coaches, L-R: Matt Lambert, Mark Hester, Chad Carpenter and Allen Eaker. Not pictured, player, DJ Elam.

Rotary’s Taste of Belmont 2009 Features Casino Night on May 9


Belmont will be rocking like Vegas when the Belmont Rotary Club presents it’s much anticipated Taste of Belmont for 2009, with a casino night theme, on Saturday, May 9, from 6:30 – 11 p.m. The lobby and grounds of the Hampton Inn - Belmont at Montcross will be transformed to host a variety show and Vegas-style gambling for fun. Guests will have the option to dress in their Vegas finest or as their favorite Vegas celebrity. They’ll enjoy an open wine and beer bar and dance to the sounds of the Red Hots band. Food will be provided by 10 Belmont-area restaurants, and the coveted “Best of Belmont” trophy will be awarded. Restaurants scheduled to participate include: Bentley’s Bar & Grill , Brenda’s Cake Gallery / Caravan Coffee , Buddy’s BBQ, Café Soul 

Cherub’s Café, Food Glorious Food , Georgio’s , Simonetti’s Pizza , The String Bean , and Twin Tops Fish Camp .

Proceeds from the event will go to the Belmont Community Organization and the Belmont Downtown Merchants Association, sponsors of the popular summer Friday Night Live street concerts.  Taste of Belmont Tickets are $50 per person and are available from any member of the Belmont Rotary Club. Tickets also are available at School Resources, Belmont Chiropractic Center, Creative Travel and the Chamber of Commerce office in Belmont. Business sponsorships for the event are available from the $150 level to $750. For information on sponsorships, call Dick Cromlish at 704-825-2322. Additional information is available from Taste of Belmont chairperson  Tammey Thomas at 704-825-2946 and from David Demperio at 704-825-9799.

Merry-Go-Round Festival

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Door Prize Winners From the Merry-Go-Round Festival:

$100 Shopping Spree at Cline’s Nursery

Crystal Warlick of Shelby, NC

Free Golf Passes To River Bend Golf Course

Chad Martin & Robin Mauney of Shelby, NC

Free Passes to the Carmike Cinemas

Rhonda Thompson; David Hux of Shelby; Vickie Dalton of Kings Mountain;  Jacob Stone of Shelby;  Destiny Lanier of Shelby

What’s Up Shopper T-Shirts

Teresa Walker of Shelby and Gerri Ellington of Morganton

May Is Strawberry Month

What’s Up with the NC Cooperative Extension

By Melinda Houser


May is the month you’ll find homegrown berries in supermarkets, pick-your-own fields, purchase at the site where they are grown, or purchase at your local farmers market.

“Doubtless God could have made a better berry, but doubtless God never did.” Such was the opinion of writer, William Butler, about strawberries. The strawberry harvest is at its peak during the month of May and if you are among the 90 percent of Americans who enjoy these berries, you may want to keep the following guidelines in mind.


Strawberry facts:


• The fruit size of the very early strawberries was very small.

• Strawberries are the first fruit to ripen in the spring.

• Strawberries are a member of the rose family.

• The strawberry is the only fruit with the seeds on the outside of the fruit.

• Farm fresh strawberries are hours old with little or no handling or traveling. It’s easy to enjoy the flavor and fragrance of fresh-picked strawberries. Look for plump, bright red and fully ripe berries. Caps should be attached, green, and fresh looking. The size of the strawberry is not important. All strawberries, large and small, are equally sweet and juicy.

• Choose locally grown strawberries during the harvesting season. They will be the freshest and the most flavorful. When picking strawberries, try to pick early in the morning or later in the day when the fruit is cool. Strawberries are best used within 2-3 days of picking. Cover and store them, single layered and unwashed, in the refrigerator. Do not crowd or press.

• Sort and remove any bruised or damaged berries as soon as possible. Place the berries in cool, well ventilated containers, preferably in single layers to prevent bruising berries. The moisture content of fresh strawberries is high, so store uncovered or loosely covered with paper towel. Careful storing and handling will maintain their maximum flavor, color and texture.

• Strawberries are delicate so rinse them with a gentle spray of cool water JUST before serving. Don’t remove the green caps before washing. The caps prevent water from breaking down the flavor and texture inside the berries.

• If you are cooking with strawberries, you can remove the green cap with a light twist or by using the point of a sharp paring knife. Try not to remove any of the berry itself. If you eat them plain, you’ll only get 55 calories from a cup of fresh strawberries. This same cupful of berries will give you 150 percent of your Vitamin C, and it is a good source of fiber.


Freezing Strawberries


Strawberries are easy to freeze using a dry-sugar or syrup pack. The dry-sugar pack is especially easy and gives the best flavor and color for sliced or crushed berries. For whole frozen berries a syrup pack is recommended because it produces a plump, well-shaped berry after thawing. For special sugar-free diets, strawberries can be frozen unsweetened, but they will not be as high in quality as sugar- or syrup-packed berries.


•  Use only firm, fully ripe berries.

•  To avoid bruising and waterlogging the berries, wash only a few at a time in cold water.

• Drain on absorbent paper or in a colander or sieve.

• Remove the hulls.


Dry Sugar Pack


•  Halve, quarter or slice clean berries into a bowl or shallow pan.

• Sprinkle sugar over berries using 1/3 to 3/4 cup sugar for each quart of fruit.

• Stir very gently until the sugar is dissolved.

• Package and freeze.


Unsweetened Pack


Pack whole, sliced or crushed berries in containers and cover with water or berry juice. For better color retention, add ascorbic acid to the water, berry juice, or crushed berries. Cover crushed berries with their own juice. Package and freeze.


Nutrition Information

• Good source of vitamin A and fiber

• Provide a source of Folic Acid and iron

• Whether fresh, preserved, frozen or prepared in recipes, strawberries provide a powerhouse of good nutrition.

• Berries eaten with minimal preparation are at their best within one day of picking.


Strawberry Measurement Equivalents

• 1 quart weighs about 1 ¼ to 1 ½ pounds and will yield 4-5 servings.

• 8 quarts weighs 12 pounds = 13 pints frozen.

•1 ½ quarts is needed for a 9” pie.

BCHS’ Mike Mahaffey Stepping Down

What’s Up in Local Sports

By Calvin Hastings

Longtime Bessemer City Athletic Director and Baseball Coach Mike Mahaffey will be stepping down after this season.   For 29 years Mahaffey has served as head baseball coach and 21 years as Athletic Director at Bessemer City.   His baseball program won nine conference championships and reached the state finals once.   The 55 year old Mahaffey plans to spend more time with his family.   His oldest daughter Taylor is a sophomore at South Point where she pitches and his other daughter Morgan is a sixth grader playing middle school softball this fall.   In addition to coaching, Mahaffey  taught U.S. History and Sociology.    The baseball stadium was named Mahaffey Field in 2001.  Bessemer City’s last home game will be May 11th against Cherryville.   One other footnote to this story.   I want to personally say “thanks” to Coach Mahaffey for his hospitality whenever our radio station did a broadcast from Bessemer City.  Whether it be baseball, football or basketball we were always welcome.   I’ve always felt at home with the people at Bessemer City High School.  It’s always been one of my favorite places to work,  broadcasting a sporting event.   On another note, I also want to thank Coach Mahaffey and the coaching staff at Bessemer City when my son Kevin transferred to Bessemer City  his senior year.   He along with our family were welcomed with open arms as he participated in the basketball, football and baseball programs.   There is no doubt about the fact that the coaches at the school do look after their kids.   Thanks Coach.  You did a wonderful job and you should be proud!   Now go enjoy your family and do a little fishing.  Lewis Carpenter has the bus cranked and he’s ready to go!

Bessemer City principal Ted Saunders named Brian Thornburg as its new Athletic Director replacing the retiring Mike Mahaffey.   The 27 year old Thornburg has served as Head JV Baseball Coach and Assistant Football Coach.   Thornburg will start July 1st and plans to boost fundraising efforts at the school.   Thornburg is a 2000 graduate from Kings Mountain and received a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management from Gardner Webb in 2005.   At Gardner Webb, Thornburg played football and was a four year letterman and an all conference team member twice.  He also played in the Arena Football League before coaching at Bessemer City.   Sanders plans to announce his new baseball coach at the end of the current season. 

Good news for North Gaston’s Justin Parker.   The Wildcat catcher sustained only a slight concussion after a baseball hit him in the head on Tuesday.  Parker was taken to Gaston Memorial Hospital and released after being check out.

Hats off to the Shelby Golden Lions boys tennis team.   The Lions won the Southwestern 2A/3A Conference title going  8-0 in league play and 10-1 overall.   Shelby will host the conference tournament starting next Wednesday and Thursday.

Congratulations to Forestview’s Shannon Smith and Ken Beaty.   Smith was named the N.C. Basketball Association’s girls state Player of the Year after leading the Jaguars to the state championship game.   Smith averaged 26.3 points per game and 6.6 assists per game.   In addition Jaguar coach Ken Beaty was named the state’s Girls Coach of the Year leading Forestview to a 27-5 season record.   

Hats off to the Dallas Wildcats 12 and under Nations baseball team as they won the Ultimate National Championship Invitational.  Team members include Moe Neal,  Drew Green, Jarrad Hunt, Dylan Smith, Nick Guffey, Devin Smith, AJ Cook, Jonathan Carpenter, Alex Murray, Trey Holt and Mack George.  The team is coached by Chris Neal and Lamont Hunt.

The Mayo brothers have made their collegiate choices.   Eric Mayo will be heading to Kilgore Junior College in Shreveport, Louisiana and Derrick Mayo will be playing at Davidson County Community College in Lexington.   Eric Mayo was named the Southwestern Conference Player of the Year the past two seasons and  Derrick Mayo led Shelby to the State 2A boys basketball championship.   Eric Mayo was also named the Most Valuable Player in the State 2A championship game in Chapel Hill.  

Shelby’s boys tennis team has won another Southwestern Conference championship.   The Golden Lions went undefeated in conference play and finished 8-0 and 10-1 overall.  The conference tournament is underway this week.

Lincolnton’s Tripper Crisson has signed to play baseball at Catawba Valley Community College.  Crisson plays shortstop for the Lincolnton Wolves and 2nd base for Cherryville Post 100. 

Shelby won the 27th annual Shelby invitation Track and Field Championships last week at Blanton Memorial Stadium.   Shelby was followed by  Forestview, Ashbrook, Crest and Kings Mountain.   Ashbrook’s Jheranie Boyd was named the Most Outstanding after winning the 100 and 200 meters along with two relay team races.   Crest set a new meet record in the 4X100 relays with a time of 42.87.   The former record of 43.11 was set in 1990 by West Meck.

Shelby High School golfer Spencer Jones got a quick golf lesson from Golf Hall of Famer Gary Player.   Player spent about 30-40 minutes working with Jones on his swing and putting.   In 2008 Jones was named the National Junior Golf Assocaiton Player of the Year.   Gary Player won nine major championships in his storied career.

Former Cherryville Ironmen Kenneth Harris  has signed a free agent contract with the New Orleans Saints.   Harris is a 6 foot 3 inch 215 pound wide receiver out of the University of Georgia.   Harris will begin his pro career with the Saints mini-camp May 7th-9th.  

Three new members were inducted into the Cleveland County Sports Hall of Fame on Monday night.   They included Gardner Webb’s all time leading scorer and rebounder George Adams.   Also Shelby and Georgia Tech football star Kenneth Howell and longtime community sports activist Dr. Robert Litton.   Adams also played in the NBA.   Howell played in the Shrine Bowl and was an East West All Star Player.   Litton ran track at UNC-Chapel hill and also played tennis.

Gardner Webb receiver Dobson Collins has signed a free agent contract with the San Francisco 49ers.  Collins was honorable mention in the Football Championship Subdivision and received All America honors in 2008.  Collins caught 76 passes for 937 yards and 10 touchdowns last season.

West Lincoln’s Corey Martin has signed to play baseball at the University of South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg, South Carolina.  Martin is hitting .535 this season at West Lincoln and has two pitching wins for the Rebels.

Lincolnton’s Jimmy Angle has signed to play football at Brevard College.  Angle helped lead Lincolnton to the 2007 2A State Football Championship.

Edwards Tries a New Way to Flip


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What’s Up In NASCAR

By:  Clint Spencer

Talladega lived up to it’s reputation on Sunday as race fans witnessed not one but two big ones that collected at least ten cars each just when we all thought we had seen it all. Let me rewind the race back with only two laps to go.  Ryan Newman and Dale Earnhardt Jr. are locked into a tight draft that currently has the #39 in first place.  When out of nowhere you see the #99 making a late charge being pushed my none other than Earnhardt’s protégé, Brad Keselowski.  This is the same #99 car that hung out in the back of the field all day to avoid the big one.  With one lap to go the #99 takes the lead with the # 09 Keselowski glued to his bumper.  When the front four cars come out of turn 4 Keselowski ducks to the inside of the #99 and Edwards goes for the block hoping the #09 will drop back to avoid going over the feared yellow line.  To Edwards dismay the #09 holds his position and Edwards get bumped in the left rear while traveling nearly 200 miles per hour.  The bump sends Edwards flying into the #39 which catapults him into the catch fence sending car debris into the crowd.  When the dust settles Keselowski crosses the finish line first earning him his first Sprint Cup win in just his fifth career start.  

Dale Earnhardt Jr. finishes second while Ryan Newman still manages to come home third.  Edwards managed to jog home, literally, finishing 24th.  After the race Keselowski had these comments, “he blocked and I wasn’t going to go below the yellow line”. “I felt bad, I was watching Carl wreck in my mirror, but he put himself in that spot.  I hope he’s ok.  When interviewed, Edwards was not upset at the #09 but instead at NASCAR, “We’ll race like this until we kill somebody, Edwards said, “then (NASCAR) will change it”.


Spencer’s Power Poll

1. #2 Kurt Busch- We have a new points leader!  The driver of the #2 Miller Lite Dodge moves up two spots to first this week.  Finished the race in sixth posting his sixth top ten for the season.  If he can keep this up, he may just find himself on the big stage in Las Vegas.

2. #24 Jeff Gordon - It was not a good day for the #24 who was hoping for a good run for the Retro Pepsi Challenger.  He crashed in the first big one and finished the race in 37th falling a spot in the points.

3. #48 Jimmie Johnson - Just like his teammate he fell another spot in the points this week.  The driver of the #48 was collected in the second big wreck and finished the day in 30th.

4.  #14 Tony Stewart - My predicted winner for the week doesn’t even come close as he finishes the race 23rd.  Smoke will make up for the poor finish by running well at Richmond Saturday night.

5.  #11 Denny Hamlin - If you could gain points for pushing then Hamlin would be the point’s leader.  The driver made one heck of a drafting partner on Sunday but could not seem to keep the lead when he did find it.  Finished one spot ahead of former teammate, Stewart.

6.  #18 Kyle Busch - He as not part of the big one but did spin out on his own once hurting his chances of a win.  I have to give him props for holding onto the car the way he did finishing back in 25th but managing to climb one spot in the points.

7. #99 Carl Edwards - Despite the wreck he still climbs one spot in the points.  I know Carl is mad at NASCAR for allowing the races at Talladega but I have some words of advice for Cousin Carl, “If you can’t run with the big dogs, stay on the porch”.

8.  #33 Clint Bowyer - Still free falling as he falls two more spots in the points.  Bowyer was part of the first big one but went back out after many laps in the garage to continue his streak of no DNFs.  Heads to Richmond as the defending race winner.

9.  #31 Jeff Burton - He fought his way back to a tenth place finish after being a few laps down.  Climbs two spots in the points.

10. #16 Greg Biffle - Climbs four big spots in the points and cracks the surface of the top ten.  Only four points separate him and David Reutimann who is currently 11th.

11. #00 David Reutimann-not a good week for the #00 as the team falls two spots.  Look for Reutimann to rebound.

12.  #17 Matt Kenseth- The driver of the #17 holds onto the coveted 12th spot but will need to finish better next week if he doesn’t want to fall out.

Prediction for the Crown Royal presents the Russ Friedman 400 at Richmond International Raceway.  Dale Earnhardt Jr. came so close to tasting his first victory of the season last weekend at Talladega.  If Junior wants a chance at making the Chase he needs to finish well this week in Richmond and the next at Darlington.  Fortunately for him, he loves these two tracks.  Look for Junior in victory lane as he goes for his fourth win at the Virginia short track.

Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society Inducts New Members


The Gamma Beta Phi National Honor Society held its Spring induction ceremony at Cleveland Community College on Friday, April 24. Mr. Chuck Barbee, Assistant Director of Children’s Homes of Cleveland County served as guest speaker for the night’s special event.

During the ceremony, 20 CCC students were honored for their scholastic achievement and community service. Qualifications for Gamma Beta Phi membership include a grade point average of at least 3.5, completion of at least 15 semester credit hours, and a commitment to participate in service to the college and the community. The installation of new members was conducted by Alumni representative and Gamma Beta Phi National Executive Committee member, Mr. Ron Teague.

In addition, CCC faculty member and Gamma Beta Phi advisor, Mrs. Barbara Taylor also inducted new officers for 2009-2010 school year. New officers include: President, S. Javon Key; Vice-President, Cole Kepner; Corresponding Secretary, Jaime Gipson; Recording Secretary, Harriet Wilson; Treasurer, Brittany White; Reporter, Harriet Wilson; Historian, Michele Richardson; and Newsletter Editor, Lynda Payne.

For more information contact:    Margo Greene, Public Information and Marketing Coordinator,  Cleveland Community College,  (704) 484-4101,   greenem@clevelandcommunitycollege.edu

Spring 2009 Gamma Beta Phi inductees, (L-R)First row: Catherine Cook, Stephanie Purnell, Christine Appleman, Second row: Brittany White, Sandra Harrelson, Shekelia Adams, Jacquelyn Moore, Cynthia Wray, April Hayes, Third row: Linda Payne, S. Javon Key, Terry Childers, Cole Kepner, Debra Hope, Terra Dover