Gaston’s wreck hotspots
The Gazette has a good article about problem areas and driving in Gaston County. Near the end of the article is a list of deaths in the county and statewide.
This is a concern, most of the deaths were attributed to alcohol as a factor. Speed was another.
A great community is made up of a lot of things. Please drink responsibly, and slow down.
A listing of local hot spots:
Park Street and Wilkinson Blvd;
Hawley Avenue and Wilkinson Blvd;
Nixon Road and South Point Road (HS intersection);
Central Avenue and North Main Street (the “point”);
Woodlawn and Belmont-Mt Holly Road (Belmont Abbey stoplight);
North Main Street and McAdenville Road (by Hawthorne Ford).
(Mike Hendsill – Gazette Photo)
Have you ever seen a ruff, tuff football player making the rounds, hat in hand, to sell fruit during the holidays? At the local churches for the “pre-game” meal served to South Point football players, do most of them thank the preparers/servers with a handshake or a word of praise? It must be a God-given right for football players to have a trainer, doctor, and multiple coaches along the sideline to “guide these young men and leaders” through the intracacies of high school life. The message is, “someone else will take care of you”. What are they teaching their charges about life?
Not so, for the so-called “non-revenue sports and extracurricular activities”. Scraping by every year to teach fine arts at the high school level, teachers employed by the school system, resort to what amounts to begging for leftovers through piddly-fundraisers. Nickels and dimes are raised to offset the thousands of dollars necessary to operate a band or theater program.
At South Point for example, the band instructor, Tim Hamilton, has as many as 80-100 students in the marching/concert band class in fourth period. John Devine, PE teacher, has as many as 6-10 coaches, some of those are volunteer-daddies, for 60 players. Players from South Point are also fed, visiting teams as well, after each home game — granted, a couple of hotdogs/hamburgers — but still fed, while the band has to run out to the local McDonald’s to get hamburgers at a reduced rate. According to SPHS Booster Club (re: FOOTBALL), this is because, “If we fed the band, we wouldn’t have enough to sell”.
Football, and all sports for that matter, are extracurricular activities, just like Band, cheerleading, French Club, and Moot Court. We would expect as taxpayers, that the various school sports booster clubs respect the students and families that PAY to see the football darlins’ — in the case of the Red Raiders — HOME and AWAY.
The 70 or so banner sponsors(at $300 a pop), Ray McKenney, and the Football Boosters should also support the Marching Band, which is an important part of the Friday Night High School Tradition.
We are calling on our Belmont friends and neighbors to help support the bands and fine arts programs at South Point. Participate in their fundraising activities and consider “adding” some dollars to your contribution for their effort.
You can call the school, 704-825-3351 to get band contacts, and contacts for the other programs as well.
Habitat for Humanity of Gaston County continues to build homes and hopes for families throughout Gaston County.
Their most recent home is now under construction in the Highland community on Pryor Street in Gastonia.
If you would be interested in volunteering on a Habitat project, you should call 704-864-6536
Congratulations to Habitat for keeping housing affordable so that all people can participate in “The American Dream”.
The commissioners make the Parks and Recreation Department run through all kinds of hoops to get funding for a project that would affect thousands of people, and yet, has little comment on projects that affect a few.
“Gaston County may eventually try to recoup some of its investment by approaching other area police departments that will benefit from the track.” — a quote from the Gazette article.
We believe that’s wishful thinking on the part of the county commissioners. Their track record on “investments in the community” is not so good. It seems that it would have been more prudent to secure the collaborations and commitments to use the facility BEFORE approaching the taxpayers for money.
But again, people like Tom Keigher and Mickey Price like to spend OPM (“Other People’s Money”).
(photo by Daniel Jackson – Gaston Gazette)
Just Kidding ! We knew our soil was fertile, but this is ridiculous !
Friend and neighbor, Benny Brown, has grown a whopper of a melon and his garden made headlines in today’s Gazette.
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Consumer Reports is advising consumers to recession-proof their financial future by taking steps to shield four areas of financial life that are vulnerable to a shrinking economy.
Housing is one of those areas.
Even though economic growth is chugging along just ahead of the traditional definition of a recession — two consecutive quarters of decline in the Gross Domestic Product — some economists say the nation is skirting precariously close to the edge of economic rupture.
UCLA Anderson Forecast economists recently reported the economy is “certainly close” to a recession even as it conceded an economic about face is not imminent.
Consumer Reports says because a recession is declared in hindsight, consumers who wait for the announcement will put their finances in peril.
Along with the three areas of financial life that need attention now — investments, borrowing and employment — a fourth area, housing, is already taking a beating in a growing number of markets. Housing woes are symptomatic of recessionary conditions.
Here’s how Consumer Reports suggests homeowners prepare to get through hard times that could be ahead.
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