Belmont Front Porch

Area boys’ soccer teams do well, er, except for Forestview

Congratulations to the Storm of Stuart Cramer HS on their defeat of the Forestview Jags on Monday night.  The rest of the scores as reported by the Gaston Gazette:

North Gaston 9, Burns 1: Seth Scoggins and Ulises Trejo scored three goals each. Michael Chafin had two and Sam Christy had one.The Wildcats (9-4-1, 4-2-1 Big South) visit Huss on Wednesday. The Bulldogs (1-12, 0-7) visit Ashbrook.

Stuart Cramer 1, Forestview 0: Zeke Baker scored the only goal of the game and Caleb Kirschenmann had the shutout in goal as Stuart Cramer upset the Jaguars for the first win over Forestview in school history. The Storm (6-7-1, 4-2-1 Big South) visit Kings Mountian on Wednesday. The Jaguars (9-3-1, 5-1-1) visit Crest.

South Point 7, East Rutherford 0: Dylan Maynard and Nelson Lomick scored two goals each. AJ Robinson, Colby Howe and Cade Ratliff all scored a goal. Henry Keel and Ryan Gutkowski had two assists, while Zac Baker and Maynard had one. The Cavaliers (0-10-1, 0-2-1 Southwestern) host Chase on Wednesday. The Red Raiders (9-3-1, 2-1) visit R-S Central.

East Gaston 2, Chase 1: Jonathan Hawkins and Carter Beck scored for the Warriors, with O’Brien Knight adding an assist. The Trojans (6-5, 1-2 Southwestern) visit East Rutherford on Wednesday. The Warriors (9-4, 2-1) host Shelby.

Gaston Christian 9, Metrolina Christian 0: Davis McBee had two goals and an assist and Colten Brewer had two goals. Lucas Whiteside, Jacob Foster and Caleb Thornburg had a goal and an assist each. Frank Lopez and Josh Putnam scored a goal. Jacob Neely had two assists and Jake Hoyle had one. Gaston Christian (13-2-1, 8-0 MAC) will host Hickory Grove Christian on Tuesday.

JV boys soccer

South Point 4, East Rutherford 1: South Point (6-2, 3-0) had goals from Quinn Lewandowski, Matthew Carr, Addison Lomick, and Ian Davis. Raiders goals were assisted by Adam King, Addison Lomick, Carson Smith, and Kaden Ivey.

Tom Petty has died

RIP, Tom Petty. You made life worthwhile.


Montcross Area Chamber Active and Thriving


The Montcross Area Chamber of Commerce is thriving thanks to the hard work of the members, executive director Ted Hall, and staffers Teresa Rankin and Andrea Schrift.


Ted Hall

teresa rankin

Teresa Rankin


Andrea Schrift


Riversweep, the annual clean-up event of Lake Wylie’s 325 mile shoreline, will be held
on Saturday, October 7th, from 8 AM to 12 PM.

Volunteers can pre-register on-line now at to
help at one of the 15 Riversweep site locations around Lake Wylie

Walk-up volunteers can register at the site they select the morning of the event.
Boat owners are needed to serve as Boat Captains to shuttle volunteers who
retrieve the trash and debris from the shoreline; pontoon boats are particularly
useful. Other volunteers help at the sites to offload the debris as it comes in.

Wear comfortable, old clothing, closed-toe shoes that can get wet and muddy, a
hat or sun visor and sunscreen

Riversweep Site Captains will distribute bottled water, work gloves, and trash
bags to their volunteers.

If you have questions about the pre-registration process, please e-mail the
Registrar at

A New Beginning

It has been a while, with job losses, relocation,  and children moving away, our crew has been slightly distracted for a number of months, and now, what appears to be years.

We hope to get back into the swing of community commentary and punditry.

Your input and feedback is vital. And, once again – we are just a few folks who like our community, like where we live, and love our families. Just like you. We may disagree, we may state that disagreement, but we will neither get emotional or upset about any of it.

Lessee, there is a lot to look at, where do we begin…..

South Point is again doing well in Football, a new Harris Teeter is opening soon. Seven sites remain to be developed in Belmont Reserve, and it appears that Brookline Homes have six more sites in Eagle Park.

Speaking of Brookline, who opened offices on East Catawba. They will be doing a chunk of the development along the river where an old mill once stood. Municipal elections coming up soon (Nov. 7th) and new hurdles for bridge(s) over the Catawba (like the idea or or not).

RE: Belmont’s Busy Weekend

Well, a big weekend has come and gone in dear old Belmont.

Some of the more progressive realtors in town were able to piggyback on the weekend that drew thousands of visitors to Friday Night Live!, the Garibaldi Festival, and the Belmont Women’s Club Home Tour. There were multiple “open houses” for homes that were for sale in the Belmont area. Realtors certainly took advantage to show their listings this weekend and particularly on Sunday.

photos from Belmont Rocks! website:

Some homes for sale within the tour pattern were visited by a number of individuals, and a few received offers this week according to our sources.

Now this is the way to market Belmont, events, social life, school activities, and FUN!

congratulations to all the people who continue to show the best of what Belmont has to offer. This summer should be very interesting with all the upcoming events that are planned.

Palenick and Council Cronies to use strong arm tactics

Over in the county seat, Gastonia citizens are experiencing yet another turn from the litigious-minded city manager, Jim “Big Plan” Palenick.


Why not force a business to GIVE their land to the city through the eminent domain process granted to public entities? The issue is the bank building and land within “Big Plan” Palenick’s downtown renovation. The city wants the land for the “public good”, the bank wants fair market value for the property. The city says the fair market is only UP TO $600,000, the bank disagrees. Three members of city council have sided with the government – well, that’s all it takes – now it appears the citizens of Gastonia will be headed for court.

What a great use of taxpayer money! Something continues to stink in Gas-town.