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Grace Christian Counseling opens office in Belmont

Monday, October 28, 2019

Roberta Wilson and her fiance Art Tilley have just cut the ribbon at the new Grace Christian Counseling practice, accompanied by Chamber members, friends and church members. In the photo, from the left, are Annette Gehle, the Rev. David Hiatt of Park Street UMC, Belmont Mayor Charlie Martin, Larry Nordlinger of the Nordlinger Agency, Erin Rice, Freda Hall of Belmont Realty, Bryan Dalton of 321 Equipment, Mandy Turner and son Caleb, Denise Price Thomas of DPT Consulting and Training and Chamber Board member Robert Aldrich of Aldrich CFO Services. (In the small photo below, are Roberta Wilson and Chamber President Ted Hall.)

"Grace" most important word in the name of this practice 

When Roberta Wilson owner of Grace Christian Counseling in Charlotte and Lincolnton needed a Belmont office to serve her growing Gaston County client base, she considered several traditional office possibilities, but none seemed to work for her practice. 

A call to the Montcross Area Chamber led to a referral to the Rev. David Hiatt at long-time Chamber member Park Street United Methodist Church, and a win-win-win was created for the church, Grace Christian Counseling and the Chamber, which gained a new member. 

GCC now is settled into its office in the church at 120 Park Street in Belmont and celebrated its grand opening and Chamber ribbon cutting on Oct. 28, 2019. 

Grace Christian Counseling offers individual, couples, family and group psychotherapy services for adolescents and adults. 

“While I am a Christian counselor,” Roberta says, “I approach all clients with empathy and kindness. I only integrate faith at the client’s request and I am no one’s judge. I believe my faith helps me approach others with love and encouragement. The name of my practice says it all … Grace.” 

For more information on Grace Christian Counseling, call Roberta Wilson at 704.748.3585. 

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During the grand opening reception, Roberta Wilson is telling the group about her practice with the Rev. David Hiatt and Mayor Charlie Martin.









The Nordlinger Agency celebrates with ribbon cutting

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Larry and Reina Nordlinger are cutting the ribbon, with (from left) Jim Crisp, Elizabeth Atterberry, Darlene Avery, Ruthaa Woolridge, Samuel Jordan and Carey Roberts.

Teaching clients to lead a "debt-free" life 

Larry and Reina Nordlinger have opened an area office for The Nordlinger Agency - Symmetry Financial Group, and they celebrated with a ribbon cutting on Oct. 23, 2019, at the office of the Montcross Area Chamber in Belmont. 

The goal of The Nordlinger Group is to help clients learn to lead a "debt-free" life, by teaching them how to become debt-free in nine years without spending more money they they are today. 

For more on The Nordlinger Agency, call 864.553.1310, or visit

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Mullis Construction open house and ribbon cutting

Monday, October 21, 2019

Jami Mullis is cutting the ribbon with members of his family Denyse Downer, Angie Mullis, Tate Hall, Makenna Mullis, Brandi Hall and Tailyn Hall.

Chamber members and friends welcome Mullis Construction Group

Mullis Construction Group, multi-family residential and commercial contractors, hosted Chamber members and friends along with clients, vendors and sub-contractors for an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony at their offices at 7202 Wilkinson Blvd., Suite G/H, in Belmont.

Mayor Charlie Martin welcomed Mullis Construction to the Belmont business community, and MACC President Ted Hall welcomed the business to membership in the Montcross Area Chamber of Commerce. The large crowd attending enjoyed refreshments and business networking, while learning about Mullis Construction Group.

For more information on the company, call 704.798.8419, or visit

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Jami Mullis celebrates along with the crowd as the ribbon is cut at the Mullis Construction Group open house. 


Candidate Forum: Belmont City Council

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Candidates from left are Marc Seelinger, Claudina Ghianni-Toole, Jim Hefferan, Martha Stowe and Ron Foulk. In the smaller photo below, Ron Foulk is drawing for seating and opening statement position, with forum moderator Ted Hall holding the bag, and candidates Marc Seelinger and Claudina Ghianni-Toole.   

Big crowd turns out for forum at TechWorks of Gaston County

Five candidates vying for three seats on the Belmont City Council responded to questions and presented their cases in opening and closing statements during a forum coordinated by the Montcross Area Chamber at TechWorks of Gaston County in Belmont.

The Gaston Gazette and the Banner News were promotional sponsors. A full-house of about 100 residents attended the forum, and many more watched on a Facebook live video. Incumbents in the race are Martha Stowe and Ron Foulk. Challengers are Marc Seelinger, Claudina Ghianni-Toole and Jim Hefferan. 

Montcross Area Chamber President Ted Hall was forum moderator. 

Early voting in all local races began October 16 and will continue through Nov. 2. Election day is Nov. 5.

For more information on all municipal elections in Gaston County, go to

Belmont Abbey Science Hall gets a major renovation

Saturday, October 12, 2019

George Horner cuts the ribbon in front of a renovated William Gaston Science Hall at Belmont Abbey College. The smaller photo below shows exterior improvements made during the renovation. (Photos by John and Karen Jacob)

Updates make a new biochemistry program possible 

New labs and a new biochemistry program are among the many additions and renovations at the William Gaston Science Building at Belmont Abbey College. A new entrance canopy and large decorative signage transformed the appearance of the building's exterior without altering its distinctive architecture.

The improvements were made possible by a major gift from George and Susan Horner. During homecoming weekend festivities, George Horner cut a ribbon and unveiled a commemorative plaque to celebrate the occasion.

College President Dr. William Thierfelder spoke, as did Abbot Placid Solari, chancellor of the college.The Montcross Area Chamber of Commerce assisted with the ribbon cutting, and President Ted Hall made comments. After the program, guests toured the building. 

George Horner comments after unveiling a plaque commemorating the gift he and his wife Susan made to the renovation project.  

Sarah Duckworth Events hosts Network After Work

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Sarah Duckworth (center) with her vendor friends who provided catering, music, balloon art and photo booth services for her anniversary celebration. In the smaller photo below, Sarah is with Chamber Board Past-Chair Melia Lyerly of Lyerly Agency and Chamber President Ted Hall. (Photos by Dodie Huffman of Image Source.)

Sarah's passion for planning events started in high school 

Chamber Members and Friends enjoyed a fabulous garden party on the grounds of Stowe Manor in Belmont to celebrate the first anniversary  of Sarah Duckworth Events at the Network After Work on Oct. 10, 2019.

Guests enjoyed great food and beverages, a beautiful balloon installation, music provided by a DJ. and a fun photo booth.

A Vermont native, Sarah's career in events started in high school when I worked on the banquet staff at The Equinox, a Luxury Collection Golf Resort and Spa. Despite the long hours,she loved working weddings. In 2010, she received her bachelor’s degree in Sports Entertainment and Event Management from Johnson & Wales University, Charlotte. Since that time, she's gained over 10 years of experience in the industry working for companies within the NBA, AHL, NFL, PGA, NASCAR and the Olympics.

She founded Sarah Duckworth Events in 2018. 
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Lots of new members and first-timers raised their hands at the event. (John Jacob Photo)  

CaroMont and Belmont Abbey College hospital plan called

Friday, September 27, 2019

Aerial view of planned CaroMont hospital in Belmont. In the small photo below, the blue shaded area is the site for the new hospital on Belmont Abbey land, just off I-85 near exit 27 and Highway 273.

Construction could begin in first half of 2020

Chamber members and friends learned at breakfast today about the "Thoughtful Collaboration for Gaston County" that has resulted in CaroMont Health and Belmont Abbey College coming together on a plan that will benefit people here for generations to come. The Southern Benedictine Society, which owns Belmont Abbey College, had the land and a calling to use it to serve the community. CaroMont Health had the ability to build and operate a 66-bed, almost $200 million hospital. CaroMont CEO Chris Peek and Abbot Placid Solari of Belmont Abbey discovered last year their individual visions could be realized through a partnership. This is the moving story those attending the Chamber's Business Buzz breakfast heard this morning. There are many steps yet to be taken, but if all goes smoothly, construction of the hospital could begin in the first half of 2020.

CaroMont CEO Chris Peek, with Chamber Board Chair Shannon Thomas and Abbot Placid Solari of Belmont Abbey. 




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