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February 03, 2022

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ISSUE NO. 5 • February 3, 2022 ISSUE NO. 5 • February 3, 2022 • • • 828-248-1408 • 828-248-1408 Our 30 th Year • Over 25,000 Weekly Readers •Motorcycles, 4 Wheelers •Golf Carts •Quick, Easy Cash Loans •Quality Merchandise •Best Prices: Gold, Silver, Diamonds •Large Selection Home Appliances •Layaways •Much, Much More B&D'S THRIFT & LOAN THRIFT & LOAN 596 S. Broadway St., Forest City 828-245-3551 Mon-Fri 8-5:45 • Sat 8:30-4 Major Credit Cards Accepted Your Valentine's Day Headquarters! Large selection of jewelry! Very low prices! Gifts for him or her! A Rutherford County native, Montana Bright, who is an operating room nurse at Atrium Health in Charlotte spends part of her free time at her part-time job as a Honey Bee dancer for the Charlotte Hornets. Declaring she's been a dancer "my entire life" Montana had dreams of becoming a Honey Bee. After auditions that lasted over a month, Montana shared how she learned she had been selected as a Honey Bee. The 26-year-old Chase High graduate, who received her BSN, RN from Gardner- Webb University, learned she was selected on the 2021- 2022 Honey Bee team while she was actually on her job as a nurse. She was assisting on a pediatric cardiac surgery case at Atrium Health when a co-worker-friend delivered the news. Montana's co-worker Meg opened the doors to the operating room and announced Montana had been selected as a Honey Bee. "Due to being in the operating since 6:30 a.m. that day I was unable to check my email or social media accounts and had no idea the post had been made," Montana recalls. "I had just completed the almost one-month long audition process and immediately cried when she told me the news," she said. Montana, the daughter of Sherry Bright of Forest City and Brannon Bright of Forest City, explained the auditions process. Round one was virtual due to COVID-19. Dancers who advanced to round two, including herself, were allowed to meet in person. "We learned a routine and performed it the same day, and from there, 30 dancers were chosen to move on to round three," Montana explained. Round three consisted of multiple routines, a professional interview, talent night, and physical fi tness evaluations over a two-week period. "The Hornets organization takes such good care of us. They truly care about and appreciate the Honey Bees and what we bring to the game day experience for fans," Montana said. There are Honey Bees at all Hornets games during the season although all team members do not work every game. There are 22 women on the team and every game features from 12 to 16 dancers. "One of the requirements of being on the team is to have a full-time job or be a full-time student, so all of us are able to balance either work or school and still be able to dance as well," Montana said. Montana admits she had been a dancer "my entire life." Continued on page 3. Article Provided By: Jean Gordon. Photos Contributed. An operating room nurse still taking to An operating room nurse still taking to the dance Ðloor for Charlotte Hornets the dance Ðloor for Charlotte Hornets A graduate of Gardner-Webb University with a BSN, RN degree, Montana on the job at Atrium Health in Charlotte. While not working or dancing, Montana takes time out with Wallace. Montana Bright getting ready to meet up with the other Honey Bees. VALENTINE'S DAY IDEAS, SEE PAGE 7! VALENTINE'S DAY IDEAS, SEE PAGE 7!

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