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McAdenville dedicates new Town Hall

Tuesday, November 13, 2018


McAdenville Mayor Jim Robinette cuts the ribbon at the new Town Hall with Town Council members, from left, Reid Washam, Jay McCosh, Carrie Bailey, Joe Rankin and Greg Richardson, along with Town Clerk Lesley Dellinger and staff member Angie Bradshaw. Holding the ribbon are, at left, Chamber Board Chair Carey Roberts of Carey Roberts Design and Board Secretary and former Chair Melia Lyerly of Lyerly Agency.

McAdenville celebrates with open house and ribbon cutting 

In most town hall council chambers, the mayor and other elected leaders sit in front of large round replicas of the town’s official municipal seal. 

Fortunately, the Town of McAdenville, also known as Christmas Town USA, is not like most towns. Blessed with a unique opportunity when the town renovated a former church building to become its Town Hall, officials chose to retain a large stained-glass window and make it the focal point of the council chamber. 

Mayor Jim Robinette and members of the Town Council invited McAdenville residents, Montcross Area Chamber members and the public to see the new Town Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, during a ribbon cutting and reception from 4:30 until 5:30 p.m., just before a meeting of the Council. 

The new Town Hall at 163 Main Street formerly was home to McAdenville United Methodist Church, which started at a nearby location in 1890, and built on the present site in 1961. The town bought the 4,800-square-foot building last year and began work to make it the new Town Hall, freeing up former town offices in the business district for additional retail space. Chamber member BowerTraust Construction is the contractor for the project. 

In addition to the stained-glass window, visitors to the new Town Hall will see from the former church the original floors, many of the 1960s light fixtures and some of the pews. A large 1892 bell from the original church is on permanent display in front of the Town Hall.


McAdenville Town Council members and Mayor Robinette take their places for a meeting that followed the ribbon cutting. 



W.O. Owens Jr. Worship and Fine Arts Center

Thursday, November 8, 2018

105-year-old Gaston Christian School founder Dr. M.O. Owens Jr. cut a ribbon Thursday officially opening a new Worship and Fine Arts Center named in his honor. The 26,000-square-foot arts center includes a 520-seat auditorium and a 2,000-square-foot stage for student assemblies, theatrical and musical performances. A bronze statue of Dr. Owens was unveiled in front of the Fine Ares Center. 

Band, chorus and other fine arts classrooms will serve the 1,000 GCS students, and the center also includes dressing rooms, space for set design and a large lobby reception area. The $4 million brick and stucco Fine Arts Center sits at the entrance to the 56-acre campus between the two elementary and middle and high school buildings. 

Gaston Christian School Board Chair Timothy Roberts spoke at the dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting along with Head of School Dr. Marc Stout. Dr. Owens daughters, Celia Alexander, Mary Lancaster and Linda Russ, accompanied him to the dedication.  




Gaston College Textile Technology Center

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Past and present administrators, faculty and students of the Gaston College Textile Technology Center gathered on Nov. 8, 2018, at the Belmont campus to celebrate the center's 75th anniversary. College President Dr. Patricia Skinner welcomed more than a hundred who came to celebrate the occasion, and College Board Chair Dr. Jim Watson also spoke. 

Among those speaking about the advanced testing and research on fibers and fabrics being conducted at the center today were: Parkdale Mills President and CEO Andy Warlick, Pharr Yarns Vice President of Manufacturing and Textile Technology Center Advisory Board Chair Don Hager, and Dupont Protection Thermal Apparel Technical Marketing Leader Dr. Paul Schiffelbein.

Mayor Charlie Martin welcomed the group to Belmont, and Textile Technology Center Director since 2012 Sam Buff talked about the center's past, present and future before conducting tours.

Belmont Abbey College hosts Network After Work

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Dr. Thierfelder and Carey Roberts are in the center with Belmont Abbey students (from left) Taylor McEachern, Jillian Culbertson, Jimmy Hartley, Theresa Wilson, Brette Linkenhoker, Olivia Young, Landon Issacs and Jamie Mayberry.


Belmont Abbey College administrators, faculty and students hosted a large group of Chamber members and friends for Network After Work in the Haid Building Ballroom on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. Creative Solutions Special Events was the co-sponsor. 

College President Dr. William Thierfelder welcomed the group to the campus, and Chamber Board Chair Carey Roberts of Carey Roberts Design reminded everyone of the Chamber's Fall Membership Campaign now under way. 

Network After Work is one of the Chamber's most popular and well attended events, taking place at least once each month at the location of a host member.  








McKenney Chevrolet hosts Chamber Network After Work

Thursday, October 25, 2018

McKenney Chevrolet General Manager Clif Calvert (left) at the reception with City of Lowell officials (from left) Council member Candy Funderburk, City Manager Kevin Krouse and Mayor Pro-Tem Thomas Gillespie.

McKenney Chevrolet also lead sponsor of Amazing Race

McKenney Chevrolet not only was the major sponsor of the 2018 MACC Amazing Race Challenge, but also hosted a Network After Work reception after the race to celebrate the promotion to general manager of Clif Calvert. 

Calvert formerly served as manager of the service department at McKenney Chevrolet, and he also serves as a member of the Montcross Area Chamber Board of Directors. 

Amazing Racers were completing their afternoon of competition and crossing the finish line at McKenney Chevrolet just as the Network After Work reception was starting. Amazing Race winners were announced and prizes presented during the reception, which attracted a large crowd of Chamber members and friends. 

Hillbilly’s BBQ & Steaks of Lowell provided food for the reception.

Amazing Race takes teams on Gaston County tour

Thursday, October 25, 2018

The top three finishing teams in the MACC Amazing Race Challenge were (from left): the Who's The Boss Team of Brad Thomas and Lauren Taylor from Creative Solutions Special Events; the Fighting Iris team of Brad and Rachael Wruble from Belmont Eye; and the Crusaders team of Landon Isaacs and Jamie Mayberry from Belmont Abbey College. 

Creative Solutions Special Events team takes first place 

Racing to solve clues and overcome mental and physical challenges in seven Gaston County cities, 2018 MACC Amazing Race Challenge teams competed for bragging rights and cash prizes on Oct. 25, 2018. 

It was the second year for the event coordinated by the Montcross Area Chamber and sponsored this year by McKenney Chevrolet, along with Choice USA Beverage, Wilbert Plastic Services, Pinnix Inc. General Contractors 12 more local businesses. 

The race started in Stanley, where teams competed in challenges and struggled to solve clues to learn the locations of additional challenges in Belmont, Cramerton, Gastonia, Lowell, McAdenville and Mount Holly. 

After mastering the challenges and overcoming roadblocks and detours along the way, they finally reached the finish line at McKenney Chevrolet in Lowell, where an awards ceremony and Network After Work reception  followed the event. 

The top three teams and racers were: 

  1. Who’s The Boss, representing Creative Solutions Special Events, with racers Brad Thomas and Lauren Taylor.
  2. Fighting Iris, representing Belmont Eye, with racers Brad and Rachael Wruble.
  3. Crusaders, representing Belmont Abbey College, with racers Landon Isaacs and Jamie Mayberry. 

Please see the list of sponsors and teams here and join the Chamber in thanking all of the participants and dozens of volunteers who made the Amazing Race possible.


Owner Amy Bossard moved cross country

Thursday, October 18, 2018


Amy Bossard cuts the ribbon with Chamber friends and canine customers at Simply American Dog Treat Truck. From left, are Chamber Board Secretary Melia Lyerly of Lyerly Agency holding Ricky Bobby, James Congelli of Wells Fargo Bank in Mount Holly, Allison Cottingham of Belmont Realty, Bryan Dalton of 321 Equipment, Jennifer Church of the Chronicle Mill, Katie Foeste holding Felix, Neil Brennan of the Lake Wylie Marine Commission, Chamber President Ted Hall and Chamber Board member Nicole Flowers of Wilbert Plastic Services holding Lily.

All products are sourced and made in the United States

When Amy Bossard moved recently from Portland, Oregon to Belmont, she came with her own line of dog treat products and a dream to put a dog treat truck on the road here. The truck idea is still developing, but she's getting a feel for the local market by selling her treats from a tent she sets up at locations in Gaston County and Charlotte. Every Thursday afternoon she's at the corner of N. Main Street and Woodrow Avenue in Belmont. The address is 200 N. Main Street. 

A new member of the Chamber, Amy hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony and invited fellow members to come with their pets. For those who weren't able to bring their dog, she was happy to send home samples of her Simply American Dog Treats baked in the shape of the state of North Carolina. 

Amy has been in the pet business since 1991, and she started her own line of dog treats in 2015. All of her products are sourced and made in the United States with no additives or preservatives. Stop by and check out her products on Thursdays between 2 and 6 p.m. Or see them online at For more information, call 503.550.8885.





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