Gaston & Catawba

11 win crowns at Miss Gastonia pageant

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.

The Mini-Majestic Miss Gastonia winner was Scarlett Rostmeyer and the Majestic Miss Gastonia winner was Emily Miller. The signatures award winners were Scarlett Rostmeyer, Adrianna Hayes, Makayla Thomas, Brooke White, Helayna Myers, Anna Leigh Jones and Madison Blanton. The overall signatures award winners were Samantha Myers and Emily Miller.

The Halloween Cute Costume winners were Scarlett Rostmeyer, first place; Berkeley Wilhoit, second place and Brooke White, third place. The talent award winners were Emily Miller, first place; Anna Leigh Jones, second place; and Madison Blanton, third place. The overall photogenic winners were Makayla Thomas and Madison Blanton. The pageant was an official preliminary program for North Carolina’s Outstanding Little Miss Pageant. Proceeds benefited the Miss Gastonia scholarship fund. For details, visit

Healthy Gaston Campaign: On Nov. 12, the Gaston Community Healthcare Commission, an initiative of Gaston Together, hosted its second annual Healthy Gaston Community Forum. The forum focused on the Healthy Gaston initiative, which recognizes businesses, churches and schools, striving to create a culture of wellness.

During the forum, CaroMont Health chief executive officer Doug Luckett discussed the importance of lowering the obesity rate in Gaston County, and Gaston Community Healthcare Commission board of directors chair David Fogarty shared the Healthy Gaston’s activities and outcomes from the past year, including a pilot project at the Bethlehem West church. During 2014, Healthy Gaston volunteers also participated in the Bellies, Bodies and Brains exhibit at the Schiele Museum, the CaroMont Community Challenge and the YMCA Gaston Cup among other events.

For details about building a culture of wellness at your business, church or school, contact Darcel Walker at or at 704-867-9869 ext. 110.

Lincoln County

Call for artists: The Lincolnton Art Crawl Committee has issued an open call for local artists who would like to participate in the annual spring art crawl March 13 in downtown Lincolnton. Downtown restaurants and businesses will host Lincoln County artists and craftspeople who will showcase their work, including paintings, drawings, photography, pottery, fiber arts, jewelry, metal, wood-turning and more. The deadline to register is March 6. For details or to register, contact the Arts Council of Lincoln County at or 704-732-9044.


Ribbon-cutting: Divine Mobile and Internet Solutions held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Dec. 3 to celebrate its opening. Owner Terell Smith specializes in a range of payment solutions for every type of business. Cleveland County Chamber of Commerce members who sign up for his services will receive a special offer of no cost upfront, free equipment and waiving of the setup fee. For details, call 704-466-5577.

Ribbon-cutting: Berry Business Machines held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Nov. 25. Berry Business Machines is at 410 S. Post Road, Shelby. Tony Berry has owned and operated Berry Business Machines since 1976. He provides point-of-sales systems to restaurants in the Carolinas. Berry Business Machines also sells office supplies and furniture and offers computer technical support. For details, call 704-482-4006.

Ribbon-cutting: 9Round Shelby held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Dec. 1. 9Round is at 1230-5 E. Dixon Blvd., Shelby. 9Round Shelby offers a 30-minute circuit training workout that incorporates kicks, punches and more traditional exercise. No experience is necessary and the workout can be customized for injuries or beginners. The first workout is free. For details, call 980-404-0640.

Compiled by Gina Smith