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6-28-22 roundup: Pro baseball, basketball and soccer, Legion baseball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker The Charlotte Hornets made their rehiring of Steve Clifford as head coach official during a Tuesday news conference. Clifford, who guided the franchise for five years from 2013 to 2018, said he expected to use the same kind of up-tempo offense that plays to the skills of 2021 NBA Rookie of the […]

6-24-22 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball and soccer, Legion baseball, College baseball and athletics

By Richard Walker Gastonia’s Isaiah Whaley has agreed to an Exhibit 10 contract with the Charlotte Hornets after he went undrafted in Thursday’s 2022 NBA Draft. A former Grier Middle School and Ashbrook High School standout, Whaley just completed a five-year career at Connecticut with averages of 6.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.5 blocked shots […]

BACK TO THE FUTURE: Hornets re-hire Steve Clifford as head coach

By Richard Walker For the second time in Charlotte Hornets history, the franchise will be hiring a head coach for a second tenure as Steve Clifford has agreed to become the organization’s head coach. Clifford will join Paul Silas as two-time Hornets’ head coaches in team history and hopes to guide the franchise back to […]

6-23-22 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball and soccer, Legion baseball, College baseball and athletics

By Richard Walker The Charlotte Hornets went big in the draft as they drafted two college centers. But the franchise traded one center away in a deal that will reportedly net five future draft picks and kept the other one. Charlotte first selected Memphis center Jalen Duren with the 13th overall pick in the draft […]

6-22-22 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball and soccer, Legion baseball, College baseball

By Richard Walker The Charlotte Hornets own three picks in Thursday’s 7 p.m. NBA Draft at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center – Nos. 13 and 15 in the first round and No. 42 in the second round. Will the Hornets keep them all or make a trade or trades? Those possbilities – and when the franchise hires […]

6-21-22 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball and soccer, Legion baseball, College baseball

By Richard Walker It could be a big week for the Charlotte Hornets. On Tuesday, ESPN’s NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski reported that veteran NBA head coach Mike D’Antoni was to meet with Hornets owner Michael Jordan on Tuesday to discuss the team’s head coaching position. D’Antoni has long been considered a top candidate, even before […]

6-20-22 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball and soccer, Legion baseball, College baseball

By Richard Walker For the first time in Charlotte Hornets history, the team will apparently make NBA Draft picks at a time when it doesn’t have a head coach. Team general manager Mitch Kupchak and his staff have hosted 97 pre-draft workouts over 16 dates from May 29 to June 19. Over the weekend, Golden […]

6-19-22 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball and soccer, Legion baseball, College baseball and football

By Richard Walker The Charlotte 49ers had eight players selected to Phil Steele’s 2022 Preseason All-Conference USA football teams. Charlotte had four offensive players, two defensive players and two special teamers named to Steele’s annual list of the league’s top players. First team selections included junior wide receiver Grant DuBose, who made an immediate impact […]

6-18-22 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball and soccer, Legion baseball, College baseball

By Richard Walker Upon further review, the Charlotte Hornets do not have a new head coach. ESPN reported Saturday that Kenny Atkinson informed the franchise he won’t become the Hornets new head coach and will remain with the NBA champion Golden State Warriors as the top assistant. Atkinson had reportedly agreed to a four-year contract […]

6-17-22 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball and soccer, Legion baseball, College baseball and basketball

By Richard Walker The Charlotte Hornets continued their pre-NBA draft workouts on Friday with the six candidates, including Gastonia’s Isaiah Whaley for the second team. Involved in Friday’s workouts were the following: MarJon Beauchamp (G League Ignite) Malaki Branham (Ohio State) Kendall Brown (Baylor) Bryce McGowens (Nebraska) Isaiah Whaley (UConn) Trevion Williams (Purdue) Whaley, who […]

6-15-22 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball and soccer, Legion baseball, College baseball

By Richard Walker Baseball players from Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties were honored this week when the N.C. Baseball Coaches Association announced its 2022 all-state teams. Six Cleveland County, three Gaston County and two Lincoln County players were honored by the NCBCA. In Class 3A, Crest’s Colby Humphries, Kings Mountain’s Charlie Melton and Zane Brockman […]

6-13-22 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball and soccer, Legion baseball, College baseball and basketball, Hall of Fame

By Richard Walker In a game that didn’t end until 1:40 a.m. early Monday morning, East Carolina’s storybook baseball season ended in an 11-1 loss to Texas. The defeat gave Texas (47-20) a 2-1 win in a best-of-three NCAA Division I Super Regional Series and denied East Carolina its first College World Series appearance; The […]

6-11-22 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball and soccer, Legion baseball, College baseball

By Richard Walker Longtime powers will meet in the final two games of the inaugural June Classic on Sunday at Shelby’s Veterans Field at Keeter Stadium. Group A champion Rowan County meets Cherryville at noon and Group B champion Wayne County will meet host Cleveland County at 2:30 p.m. JUNE CLASSIC 2022 Friday’s games (at […]

6-10-22 roundup: Pro basketball, football, baseball and soccer, Legion baseball, College baseball

By Richard Walker Former Crest standout C.J. Mayhue and former Lincolnton standout Lane Hoover shined on Friday as East Carolina took the opener of a best-of-three series over Texas 13-7 in front of a Clark-LeClair Stadium record crowd of 5,723. Mayhue, a 2019 Crest High graduate, started and went five innings with nine strikeouts for […]

NEW COACH: Hornets set to hire Warriors assistant

By Richard Walker Multiple reports on Friday indicated the Charlotte Hornets have hired Kenny Atkinson to be their new head coach. Atkinson, 55, is currently a Golden State Warriors assistant coach and long been considered a strong candidate since James Borrego was fired on April 22. A source told the The Associated Press on condition […]

6-9-22 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball and soccer, High school baseball, Legion baseball, College baseball

By Richard Walker Unbeaten Big South 3A Conference championship-winning softball team Crest High took two of the three top honors in all-league done by conference coaches. The Chargers’ Aidan Ledbetter was named pitcher of the year and Greg Earl was named coach of the year after Crest went 14-0 in league play. Kings Mountain’s Austyn […]

6-8-22 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball and soccer, High school baseball, Legion baseball, College baseball

By Richard Walker The area high school baseball season has come to a close after the 49th advance to a state championship game or series by a Gaston County school last weekend. When Perquimans County defeated Cherryville 2-1 in a best-of-three series, it came in Cherryville’s 15th overall state finals appearance and first finals loss […]

6-7-22 roundup: Pro football, basketball, baseball and soccer, High school football, softball and girls soccer, Legion baseball, College baseball and women’s lacrosse, Hall of Fame

By Richard Walker An East Gaston High player and a pitcher and coach that helped Burns to the league title top the Southern Piedmont 1A/2A Conference’s top softball honors in voting by league coaches for the 2022 season. East Gaston’s Maddison York was named player of the year and league champion Burns was selected for […]

6-6-22 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball and soccer, Hall of Fame

By Richard Walker The Bessemer City Sports Hall of Fame will induct its second class on July 30 at the First Wesleyan Church of Bessemer City. The induction class will be comprised of baseball player Chris Mason, the 1986 Bessemer City High School baseball team, coach Calvin Albright, coach Marty Hatchell and football player Phillip […]

6-4-22 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball and soccer, High school baseball and softball

By Richard Walker UNC-Wilmington signee Tanner Thach was too much for Cherryville this weekend as the Perquimans County left-hander played a key role in both of his team’s wins in the N.C. 1A state championship series at Ting Stadium in Holly Springs. Thach had improved to 13-0 on the season with a 1-hitter with 12 […]

6-3-22 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball and soccer, High school baseball and softball, College baseball and athletics

By Richard Walker Cherryville High’s baseball team will need to win twice today to take its 11th state title after suffering a hard-luck 1-0 loss to Perquimans County and UNC-Wilmington signee Tanner Thach at Ting Stadium in Holly Springs. The Ironmen (21-11) meet Perquimans (30-1) at 2 p.m. on Saturday in the second game of […]

6-2-22 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball, soccer and football, High school baseball, softball and track, Legion baseball

By Richard Walker It’s “Back to the Future” for Kings Mountain High baseball fans as the star of that school’s 1989 state championship team, Paul Brannon, has had his state home run record tied during the 2022 state playoffs. The person who tied his record? His son Brooks Brannon, a senior catcher at Randleman who […]

6-1-22 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball, soccer and hockey, High school baseball, softball and girls soccer, College football, Legion baseball

By Richard Walker Gastonia’s Jerry Shaw will be a part of a seven-member 2022 induction class into the Lenoir-Rhyne University Sports Hall of Fame. The late Shaw, the first African-American student-athlete in L-R history in 1967, will be joined by Sarah Atkins, William Combs, Kate Griewisch, Catherine Hauck, Chandler Rearden and Jameil Surratt with Shaw […]

5-31-22 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball, soccer and hockey, High school baseball, softball and girls soccer, College baseball, Legion baseball

By Richard Walker With Charlotte FC having its longest break of the franchise’s inaugural 2022 season, the team has decided Miguel Angel Ramirez has been been fired as head coach and assistant coach Christian Lattanzio will as interim head coach for the rest of the season with goalkeeper coach Andy Quy remaining on staff. “This […]

5-29-22 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball, soccer and hockey, High school baseball, softball and girls soccer, College baseball, Legion baseball

By Richard Walker North Carolina freshman Vance Honeycutt slugged two home runs to power the University of North Carolina to its eighth ACC baseball tournament title on Sunday in a 9-5 victory over N.C. State at Charelotte’s Truist Field. Playing in front of an ACC tournament championship game record of 10,500, Honeycutt’s two-run home run […]

5-19-22 roundup: Pro basketball, football, baseball, soccer and hockey, High school baseball, softball and girls soccer, College golf

By Richard Walker Kings Mountain High’s first conference title in 13 years led to the team getting top honors in the 2022 Big South Conference all-league selection, highlighted by player of the year Zane Brockman and coach of the year Brad Melton. Kings Mountain had three other all-league picks in Charlie Melton, Caleb Broome and […]

5-17-22 roundup: Pro baseball, basketball, soccer, football and hockey, High school baseball, softball, golf and girls soccer, College baseball and athletics

By Richard Walker For the 22nd time in franchise history, the Charlotte Hornets were in the NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday night. And for the 11th time, the Hornets remained in the position in the draft in which they entered as the franchise will choose 13th in the first round of the June 23rd draft […]

5-13-22 roundup: Pro baseball, basketball, football, soccer and hockey, College football, High school baseball, softball and girls soccer, College softball, Middle school girls soccer, Legion baseball

By Richard Walker The coach who guided East Gaston to its winningest baseball season in school history announced his retirement after the Warriors’ 2022 season ended with a second round playoff loss at Randleman. Randy Sellers, who became East Gaston head coach in 2007, guided the Warriors to a 20-7 overall record this season to […]

5-3-22 roundup: Pro football, baseball, basketball, soccer and hockey, High school baseball and softball, College baseball, Middle school baseball and girls soccer, Legion baseball

By Richard Walker Former East Gaston High standout Robert Washington has been invited to Philadelphia Eagles rookie mini-camp that will be held this weekend. A 2016 East Gaston High graduate, Washington played collegiately at Charlotte (2016-17), Old Dominion (2019) and Valparaiso (2021) where he picked up 1,758 yards rushing in 17 games is ninth in […]

4-22-22 roundup: Pro baseball, basketball and soccer, College basketball, High school baseball and softball, Hall of Fame

By Richard Walker The Charlotte Hornets will have a new head basketball coach after the team fired James Borrego after four years in that position. Borrego was named the 11th head coach in team history on May 10, 2018 and had guided the franchise to a 138-163 record in four seasons. “I want to thank […]

4-14-22 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball and soccer, College football, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and girls soccer

By Richard Walker After improving by 10 wins but getting blown out in the play-in tournament for a second straight year, Charlotte Hornets fans almost certainly have mixed feelings about the franchise’s future. Has improvement from 23 wins in the 2019-20 season to 33 victories last year to 43 wins this season mean the trend […]

4-13-22 roundup: Pro basketball and soccer, College baseball, High school baseball, softball and track, Middle school baseball and girls soccer

By Richard Walker For the second straight season, the Charlotte Hornets saw their season end on the short end of a road NBA play-in tournament loss. A year after getting routed 144-117 at the Indiana Pacers in the league’s inaugural playoff tournament, the Hornets were blasted again on Wednesday in a 132-103 loss at the […]

4-12-22 roundup: Pro basketball and soccer, College baseball and golf, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and girls soccer

By Richard Walker The Charlotte Hornets begin what they hope is a two-game winning streak that’ll land them into the NBA playoffs for the 11th time in franchise history when they visit the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Both teams finished 43-39 in the regular season but the Hawks earned the right to […]

4-11-22 roundup: Pro basketball, golf and soccer, College basketball and golf, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and girls soccer

By Richard Walker John Drew, one of Gardner-Webb’s greatest basketball players in history, died on Sunday at 67 in Houston, Tex., of bone cancer. Drew is one of four eventual NBA players for the Runnin’ Bulldogs – Artis Gilmore, George Adams and Eddie Lee Wilkins are the others – and his No. 22 jersey is […]

HORNETS-HAWKS: Wednesday’s play-in game conjures memories of 1998 playoff series

By Richard Walker When the Charlotte Hornets visit the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in an Eastern Conference play-in playoff game, it’ll mark the 131st meeting between the I-85 rivals. For Charlotte, it’ll tie the Hawks with the Miami Heat for most meetings in team history. It’ll also conjure memories of the first […]

4-10-22 roundup: Pro basketball, golf and soccer, College baseball, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and girls soccer

By Richard Walker The Charlotte Hornets continued their strong finish to the season with a 124-108 home win over the Washington Wizards on Sunday afternoon. And the Hornets (43-39) will need to continue that momentum next week in the NBA play-in tournament to advance to the eight-team Eastern Conference playoffs. Charlotte finished as the No. […]

4-9-22 roundup: Pro basketball, golf and soccer, College baseball and beach volleyball, High school baseball, softball and girls soccer, Middle school baseball and girls soccer

By Richard Walker Gastonia’s Harold Varner III struggled in Saturday’s unseasonable weather at The Master’s on Saturday. A 2008 Forestview High graduate, Varner shot a eight-over-par 80 to fall from a tie for sixth to a tie for 36th in arguably the PGA’s most prestigious annual event. Varner, who tees off at 11:10 a.m. for […]

4-8-22 roundup: Pro basketball, golf and soccer, College basketball, High school baseball, softball and track

By Richard Walker Gastonia’s Harold Varner III not only made the cut in his first appearance at The Masters, but he will enter the weekend in title contention. A 2008 Forestview High graduate, Varner shot a second straight one-under-par 71 to finish his second round with a two-under-par score of 142 that leaves him tied […]

4-7-22 roundup: Pro basketball, golf and soccer, College football, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and girls soccer

By Richard Walker Gastonia’s Harold Varner III is tied for 11th after shooting a one-under-par 71 in the opening round of The Masters on Thursday. It is Varner’s first appearance in the prestigious tournament and the 2008 Forestview High graduate eagled one hole (No. 13) and birdied four others (Nos. 2, 8, 14 and 16) […]

4-6-22 roundup: College basketball and baseball, Pro basketball, golf and soccer, High school baseball, softball and girls soccer, Middle school baseball and girls soccer

By Richard Walker Former Belmont Abbey College assistant coach Jonas Hayes was named the 16th head men’s basketball coach in Georgia State history on Wednesday. Hayes, who coached at Belmont Abbey from 2007 to 2012, last Thursday guided Xavier to the NIT championship as an interim head coach. Hayes was named interim head coach at […]

4-5-22 roundup: College basketball and baseball, Pro basketball, golf and soccer, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and girls soccer

By Richard Walker Gastonia’s Harold Varner III will tee off at 1:08 p.m. on Thursday in his first career appearance at the prestigious Master’s golf tournament in Augusta, Ga. A 2008 Forestview High graduate, Varner qualified through his high world golf ranking (currently No. 40) and he is paired with Sergio Garcia and Thomas Pieters. […]

4-4-22 roundup: College football, baseball and basketball, Pro basketball, baseball and soccer, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and girls soccer

By Richard Walker The Charlotte Knights begin their 2022 season with a six-game road trip to Norfolk that begins Tuesday night at 6:35 p.m. The team held its annual media day and Gastonia’s Wes Helms, entering his second season as manager, is thrilled to have a traditional schedule and protocol after the COVID-19 pandemic cancelled […]

4-3-22 roundup: College baseball and basketball, Pro basketball and soccer, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and girls soccer

By Richard Walker Two local baseball programs had a good weekend as Gaston College recorded a three-game sweep to reach 30 victories and Belmont Abbey won two of three games at perennial power Mount Olive. Gaston College won 7-4 and 4-3 in extra innings on Saturday then won 9-8 on Sunday to improve to 30-2 […]

4-2-22 roundup: College basketball, football and baseball, Pro basketball and soccer, High school baseball and softball

By Richard Walker For the 27th time, an ACC team will play for the NCAA championship following Saturday’s 81-77 North Carolina victory over Duke in the Final Four in New Orleans. Duke has advanced to the title game to most (11 times) and won five NCAA tournament titles with six runner-up finishes. North Carolina has […]

4-1-22 roundup: Legion baseball, Pro basketball and soccer, College basketball, football and baseball, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and girls soccer

By Richard Walker American Legion baseball is six weeks away from starting and North Carolina Area IV will have 19 teams competing for its title when the regular season begins on May 15. In the 10-team Eastern Division, Gaston Braves Post 144-266 and Gastonia Post 23 and Lincoln County Cardinals Post 455 will be joined […]

3-31-22 roundup: Pro basketball and soccer, College football, basketball and baseball, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and girls soccer

By Richard Walker Back-to-back nail-biting wins over South Point this week have extended Crest’s conference winning streak to 35 games as well put the Chargers in first place of the Big South 3A Conference standings. As rain wiped away all area games on Thursday, the Chargers (9-3, 6-0) are idle until hosting North Gaston on […]

3-30-22 roundup: Pro basketball and soccer, College football, basketball and baseball, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and girls soccer

By Richard Walker The Charlotte 49ers and Gardner-Webb announced their 2022 college football schedules on Wednesday. Charlotte plays a schedule with eight Conference USA games and seven 2021 bowl teams and includes a first-ever home game against a Big Ten opponent (Maryland) and first-ever road game at South Carolina of the SEC. Fourth-year 49ers head […]

3-29-22 roundup: Pro basketball and soccer, College football, basketball and baseball, High school football, baseball and softball

By Richard Walker North Gaston High School has a new football coach. Dan Rothwell, a Michigan native who spent 10 years coaching in his home state, was named North Gaston’s 10th head football coach on Tuesday. Rothwell has coached in Gaston and Mecklenburg counties the past six years, most recently as defensive line coach and […]

3-28-22 roundup: Pro football, basketball and soccer, College basketball, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and girls soccer

By Richard Walker The rebirth of the United States Football League could see the rebirth of one of the most accomplished athletes in North Carolina high school history. Sage Surratt, a star football and basketball player at East Lincoln and Lincolnton high schools, was selected with the 41st pick of the sixth round of the […]

3-27-22 roundup: Pro basketball and soccer, College basketball and baseball, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and girls soccer

By Richard Walker Nine NCAA schools have advanced to the Final Four 10 times or more – and three of them have advanced to this year’s Final Four as Duke, Kansas, North Carolina and Villanova make up the field that will play next weekend in New Orleans. North Carolina is making its record 21st Final […]

3-26-22 roundup: Pro basketball and soccer, College basketball, baseball and softball, High school baseball

By Richard Walker On a Saturday in which Gaston College officially re-opened Sims Legion Park, its mascot “Mo the Rhino” was introduced and president Dr. John Hauser threw out the ceremonial first pitch, the baseball team set its own history. Right-handed pitcher Gus Hughes did the lion’s share of those honors with the first no-hit […]

3-25-22 roundup: Pro basketball and soccer, College basketball and softball, High school baseball, softball and track, College football

By Richard Walker To call the current NFL offseason a rollercoaster would be an understatement. For the Carolina Panthers, that’s been unmistakably true as head coach Matt Rhule and general manager Scott Fitterer have tried to reshape a roster that ended last season 5-12 to complete a franchise-worst fourth straight losing season. This offseason, Carolina […]

3-24-22 roundup: Pro basketball and soccer, College basketball, High school baseball, softball and track, Middle school baseball and girls soccer

By Richard Walker The Gaston County Conference middle school 2022 baseball and girls soccer seasons began on Thursday. Here are the results of baseball games: Belmont 18, Bessemer City 0: Zeke Pruitt and Gavin Smith combined on a no-hitter with eight strikeouts and Luke Oberman (3-3), Pruitt, Smith, Jonathan Kalmbach, Carter Rowe, Brody Crawford and […]

3-23-22 roundup: Pro basketball and soccer, College basketball, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and girls soccer

By Richard Walker The only good news for the Charlotte Hornets Wednesday was that they didn’t lose any ground in the Eastern Conference standings. With a chance for their longest winning streak since the 2015-16 season, the Hornets never led in a 121-106 home loss to the New York Knicks in front of 16,290 at […]

3-22-22 roundup: Pro basketball and soccer, College basketball and baseball, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and girls soccer

By Richard Walker The Gaston County Conference will crown its first middle school champions since 2019 in baseball, girls soccer and boys and girls track this spring. That starts this week for baseball and girls soccer on Thursday. In opening games for those two sports, Belmont visits Bessemer City, Mount Holly visits Grier, Southwest visits […]

3-21-22 roundup: Pro golf, basketball and soccer, College basketball and football, High school baseball and softball

By Richard Walker With a current world golf ranking of 40, Gastonia’s Harold Varner III will soon make a career milestone when he makes his debut at The Masters in Augusta, Ga. on Aug. 7-10. A 2008 Forestview High graduate, Varner is off to the best start of his career and this weekend will host […]

3-20-22 roundup: College basketball and baseball, High school baseball and softball, Pro basketball and soccer

By Richard Walker The ACC continued a remarkable streak in NCAA tournament history when three teams advanced to this week’s Sweet 16. The league that started in 1954 has had at least one Sweet 16 team every year since 1980 – and has only missed out on the Sweet 16 five times in league history; […]

3-19-22 roundup: College basketball and baseball, High school basketball, baseball and softball, Pro basketball and soccer

By Richard Walker Bessemer City’s Randall Pettus has been named N.C. 1A public high school player of the year and Class 1A first team all-state by hoopseen.com. A junior guard, Pettus averaged 26.4 points, 6.5 rebounds and 7.2 assists for the Yellow Jackets this season as they advanced to the state quarterfinals for the first […]

3-18-22 roundup: College basketball, football, baseball and softball, High school football, baseball and softball, Pro basketball, football and soccer

By Richard Walker Belmont’s Leonard Laye will be remembered for his love of sports and his long career in journalism. Laye died at 78 on Wednesday in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The cause of death was pulmonary fibrosis, a lung disease that Laye had battled the last several years. Funeral service details haven’t yet been made. […]

3-17-22 roundup: College basketball, High school baseball, softball and track, Pro basketball and soccer

By Richard Walker One of Gaston County’s oldest sporting events will return after two years away due to the coronavirus pandemic as the Gaston County Baseball Championship returns in April to Gastonia’s Sims Legion Park. Started in 1987, the event will enter its 34th season with an eight-team field from among its 10 Gaston County […]