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Gastonia Gazette (Newspaper) - August 31, 2015, Gastonia, North Carolina Gastons Miracle Man Albright shares secrets for navigating health care 75c a monday August 31, 2015 Widen this Road and stretch your legs City to shift Money from proposed transit Center to fund other projects by Michael Barrett mbarett@gastonga7ette.com Gastonia a waning interest in building a new transit Center has translated into new ideas for spending $750,000 in transportation Money. City Council members who were elected four years ago have never been thrilled about a proposal to build a Hub for rail bus and other Public transit near downtown. Federal Grants would pay 80 percent of the estimated $12 million Cost of such a Complex but the City would still have to come up with As much As $ 1.2 million for the project. So As that idea has cooled Over time local transportation engineers have considered where the Money could be better spent. Most recently City staffers have suggested pulling $750,000 from the transit Center project and putting it toward three other ventures that Are seeing Cost overruns. A a it a somewhat of an aligning of the stars a Gastonia engineering director Rusty bust said. A you be got one project that really no longer has any support and others that have ended up being More expensive because of an increase in construction costs. The Best Way to use that Money is to flex it Over to projects that need More Here a where City leaders plan to shift the funding Mike Hensdill the Gazette traffic flows along South new Hope Road in Gastonia on aug. 21. The City plans to shift $531,000 in former transit Center Money to fund a widening project for the Road and two other ventures that Are seeing Cost overruns. She a trading pinup shoots for playmates i Widen South. New Hope Road Gastonia voters approved a hefty Bond referendum in 2009, and one of the major reasons was to Widen a Small but significant portion of South new Hope Road. A 2,800-foot Span Between Buttonwood drive and Garrison Boulevard now has Only four lanes but will be expanded with a Center turn Lane. The delays in doing the work have stemmed from How Many different funding sources Are paying for it. Its a Complex project due to the Large number of Utility lines buried and Strung within the area and issues with right of Way acquisition have also bogged Down Progress. The City plans to shift $531,000 in former transit Center Money to the widening project. That will help to further it along though Bost said completion is still two to three years away. Greenway to Rankin Lake Park in May City leaders renewed a commitment to build a new Greenway segment that will fully connect downtown with Rankin Lake Park. The Highland rail Trail is an existing walking and biking Trail that runs out of downtown and approaches 1-85 but the new construction will make the Long awaited connection to the Park. Its being designed in ret Gazette photos by John Clark Phillip Coram 68, makes his Way around the walking Trail at Rankin Lake Park in 2014. An estimated $125,000 could go toward helping extend the Highland rail Trail to the Park. Members of a fitness class work out at Lineberger Park in 2013. City leaders Are looking at a plan that would put $93,750 toward improving sidewalks and other City amenities to better connect downtown Gastonia with the Park. Conjunction with a renovation of the entire 1-85/ . 321 interchange. City leaders plan to take $125,000 from the transit Center venture and put that toward the new Greenway which could be completed in two to three years. 3 connect downtown. To Lineberger Park As Gastonia a downtown rebirth continues City leaders have sought to better connect it with another local Gem Lineberger Park. Anyone can use Basic sidewalks to get Between the two Points now. But the City wants to make improvements that will make it easier for people to make the trip while walking or cycling. The City will pull $93,750 in transit Center Money to do that. That will help to not Only improve sidewalks but also add crosswalks wheelchair ramps and markings to the pavement along with new signs directing people what route to take using Chestnut Street and second Avenue Bost said. John Clark the Gazette Brandywine studio owner Brandy wine takes photos of a client in her Kings Mountain studio thursday. Wine said she has decided to Stop taking pinup photos and focus More on her family. Racy photo shoots evolved into full time gig for mom of three by Lauren balled ibahen@gast0nga7ette.com the name Brandy wine is synonymous with pinup style photography. But the Kings Mountain photographer is putting aside the red lipstick and lingerie to focus on her family. Until March Shell continue to shoot in the Kings Mountain historic Home that houses her studio. Then she plans to focus on wedding and lifestyle photos and her kids two boys and a girl. Wine owner of Brandywine photography Calls it an extended hiatus. A see pinups Page 3a photos Courtesy of Brandywine photog Candace Humphries top and Jamie we or Model for pinup photos. Mary Blake 79. Gastonia Christopher Plumley 28, North Myrtle Beach. . William Robinette jr., 35, Belmont Edith Calpe 87, Mcconnells. . W. Edward Cauthen. 81. Belmont Rosalee Duncan 85, Belmont Dennis Dellinger 72. Kings Mountain Kayo Rosenblatt 73, Charlotte Sharon Donaldson 55, Charlotte William Starks 58. Gastonia William Newman Halifax Page edited by Lauren Frame to Call the Gazette 704 8691700 delivery questions 704 869 1800 10339 Quot 00001 daily 75<burnut set

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