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Will Wakefield takes over the new position Jan. 1, replacing Joyce Edwards, who is retiring after 31 years with Caldwell’s DSS.

Foundation donates socks, hats: The Hands N Feet Foundation of Charlotte recently donated socks, gloves and hats to Gaston County Schools students experiencing homelessness and poverty. The foundation gave the district 792 pairs of socks, 720 pairs of gloves and 660 hats to keep children warm this winter.

L-R fans and students have a bear on campus, a 15-foot-high burly beast residing on 7th Avenue NE

The persistent reminders are saturating our eyes and ears in full force. This is a season – the season – of anticipation, joy and goodwill.

A recently formed economic development group in Gaston County plans to release Dec. 15 a comprehensive plan offering a range of initiatives to stimulate growth.

Pageant winners: Eleven girls won crowns during the Little Miss Gastonia – Gaston County Pageant on Oct. 18 at the Gaston School of the Arts in Gastonia. The Little Miss Gastonia winners were Baby Miss Brooke White, Miniature Miss Berkeley Wilhoit, Tiny Miss Makayla Thomas and Young Miss Helayna Myers. The Little Miss Gaston County winners were Baby Miss Samantha Myers, Miniature Miss Kinsley Jordan, Tiny Miss Adrianna Hayes, Young Miss Anna Leigh Jones and Junior Miss Madison Blanton.

Science fair winners: Catawba County 4-H and Catawba County Schools partnered to offer the Catawba County Science Fair, which culminated with the county contest in November.

Forward McKenzie Owen is a fairly shy, quiet, mild-mannered young lady – off the court, said Belmont Abbey women’s basketball coach Jason Williams.

Kyla Little remembers waking up, alone in her house, without her mother. She would have to climb up on the kitchen counters to search for something to eat.

How children, adults and families react to traumas such as the loss of a loved one or physical or sexual abuse can trigger a range of reactions – angry outbursts and aggression, panic attacks or withdrawal.

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