Gaston & Catawba

Archaeologist to discuss Burke County dig site

Gaston County

Archeology presentation: John Krebs, archeologist at the Berry Site in Burke County, will be the presenter at the meeting of the Broad River Genealogical Society at 3 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Neal Senior Center, 100 T.R. Harris Drive, Shelby. Entrance is through the back of the building.

Krebs will speak about how the old Spanish Fort San Juan was discovered in Burke County and why the Spanish Explorers came into the interior region of the New World to have a settlement in the 1560s, many years before Jamestown, Va.

The program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served after the presentation.

Holiday Shopping Expo: A Holiday Shopping Expo will be held 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 15 at New Covenant United Methodist Church, 14514 Lucia Riverbend Highway, Mount Holly.

Vendors will offer custom artwork, handmade items, scarves, jewelry, Thirty-One Gifts, wreaths, Tupperware and more. The event will also feature a silent auction, a photographer, breakfast, lunch, a bake sale and a Santa Shop where children ages 12 and younger can do their holiday shopping with Santa’s Helpers.

Donations of small gift items are being accepted for the Santa Shop. Call 704-827-4468 for details.

Best Fall Window award: The Art and Business Collective of Mount Holly, an association of Historic downtown merchants and artists, recently held its inaugural Fall Window Contest.

The winner was Uptown Salon, owned by Tammie Wofford. The winner was chosen based on the number of photos taken of their storefront’s decorations and posted on social media using the hashtag #fallinmh. The contest was based solely on the participation of visitors to downtown.

Wofford is a Pittsburgh native who now lives in Mount Holly with her family. She opened Uptown Salon three years ago and has been cutting hair nearly 20 years.

Classes: Classes in digital photography and holiday wreath building are being offered this month at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. For details or to register for a class, visit or call 704-829-1252.

Classes are as follows:

Horticultural Highlight Walk, led by Garden staff: 1 p.m. Nov. 15. Free with garden admission.

Birding Walk, instructed by Garden volunteers: 9-10 a.m. Nov. 11. Free with garden admission.

Holiday Wreath-Building, instructed by Garden staff: 12:30-2:30 p.m. Nov. 30. $28 plus a $25 materials fee. Garden members receive a 15 percent discount on the class cost, but not the materials fee.

Family Spooktacular: About 1,500 children and their families attended the Partnership for Children of Lincoln & Gaston Counties’ sixth annual Family Spooktacular on Oct. 25 at WoodMill Festival Grounds in Vale. More than 336 hours of volunteer time was dedicated to the event.

The event included trunk or treat, inflatables, face painting, a woodworking area for children, a live-animal display from the Schiele Museum, a free hot dog lunch and a fitness trail. The local ambulance, fire truck and Inmate Transport Van were also at the grounds to educate children.

The event was geared toward families with young children and helped raise awareness of the partnership’s services, such as Smart Start-funded projects including the Lincoln County Child Advocacy Center, the Assuring Better Child Health and Development Program, the Very Important Parents Program and the Lincoln County Child Care Health Consultant.

Lincoln County

Grassroot Sub-grant Awards: The Arts Council of Lincoln County recently announced the recipients of the 2014-15 Grassroot Sub-grants.

The grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations devoted to promoting and developing cultural arts programming in Lincoln County.

Funding priority is given to arts organizations, arts-in-education programs conducted by qualified artists, and other community organizations that provide arts programs in the county. Projects must occur between July 1, 2014 and June 30. For details, contact the Arts Council of Lincoln County at 704-732-9044 or

Awardees are as follows:

Lincoln Cultural Development Center: $750 for the 2015 Heafner/Williams Vocal Competition

Lincoln County Concert Association: $1,500 for a live concert in Lincoln County featuring five Cuban performers know as Los Habaneros.

Lincoln Cultural Development Center: $750 for a live performance featuring the re-enactment of the book “Slave Narratives 1 & 2,” written by local artist Steve Payseur.

Lincoln Theatre Guild: $1,171 for “The tales of Peter Rabbit” free theater experience for Lincoln County children.

Art Crawl cancellation: The Downtown Lincolnton Art Crawl Committee has canceled the fall Downtown Lincolnton Art Crawl, originally scheduled for Nov. 14, due to lack of artist participation. The annual spring Downtown Lincolnton Art Crawl is still scheduled for March 13. For details or to register as an artist, contact the Arts Council of Lincoln County at

Art contest winners: The Arts Council of Lincoln County recently announced the winners of the 2014 Paul C. Rhyne Art Competition and Exhibit. The exhibit will be on display through Nov. 15 in the galleries of the Lincoln Cultural Center, 403 E. Main St., Lincolnton. For details, contact the Arts Council at 704-732-9044 or

The winners are: first place, Booty Moran, “Glowing Waters;” second place, Brenda Beard-Bostian, “Mistress Mary Sleeping Beautiful;” third place, C.M. Kakassy, “Mysterious Light;” honorable mentions, Kae Wright, “Moving On;” Gretchen Robinson, “The Birds;” Kathy Collins, “Highway 84.”

Kings Mountain

‘Say Ahh!’ exhibit: Kings Mountain Historical Museum displayed an original exhibit, “Say Ahh! The Incredible Medical History of Kings Mountain,” June 14-Oct. 25. The exhibit received more than 1,400 visitors.

Many residents of Kings Mountain visited the exhibit to see displays that involved family members. Mary “Pucky” Nantz brought her granddaughters to “Say Ahh!” several times to see a display honoring her father, a veteran and a long-time Kings Mountain dentist. Dr. William Ramseur, Jr. brought his son and grandsons to see a display that represented his father’s long-standing medical practice in Kings Mountain. The oral history interview featuring Dr. George Plonk drew four generations of the Plonk family plus friends, neighbors and former patients.

The museum is developing two new exhibits for 2015 which will focus on local women’s history and the history of local food. For details, visit, call 704-739-1019 or email


New project manager: Campbell Design, a commercial architecture and interior design firm in Denver, recently added Lou Ann Cooper to its staff as a project manager. Cooper has 23 years of architectural experience with strengths in needs assessment, programming, master planning, interior design, project management, technical specifications, construction documentation and construction administration.

Her design experience includes state, county and municipal government facilities, law enforcement and fire/EMS facilities, educational and religious facilities, and medical and corporate facilities, both small and large. Previously, she was project manager at Stewart Cooper Newell Architects in Gastonia.

Among Campbell Design’s most recent projects are the Perfect Workout in Conover, the Manufacturing Solutions Center in Conover, Interior Design for Laurel Park/ Caldwell UNC Healthcare in Lenoir and the Catawba County Economic Development Spec Building in Claremont.

Stricker Law Firm relocation: One year after opening an office in Belmont, the Stricker Law Firm celebrated recently with an open house and reception to mark the grand opening of their new and larger offices at 112 Kenwood St., Belmont. A Montcross Area Chamber ribbon cutting ceremony kicked off the event, which included a live band, wood-burning fire pits and refreshments.

With offices in Belmont and Murphy, Stricker Law practices in many areas, including asset protection planning, business formation and planning, elder law, estate and will disputes, will preparation, estate planning, family law and real estate. For details on Stricker Law, call 704-829-8034 or visit

New Walmart: A new Walmart Neighborhood Market opened Nov. 5 at 1300 Dallas Cherryville Highway in Dallas.

The grand opening celebration included presentations of $7,800 in grants from Walmart to local community groups. Grant recipients include Community Christian Academy, Dallas Rescue Squad, North Gaston High School and the town of Dallas. Compiled by Gina Smith