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Good morning-this is David. We are another week closer to the "promised land" of being back to normal. We are in this together- we can do this!
Today's weather: Mostly cloudy today with a shower or thunderstorm in spots in the afternoon,high of 82. Mostly cloudy and mild this evening, low of 60.

Amor Vincit Omnia
Good news for children everywhere! The Easter Bunny has been deemed an Essential Worker!
Strawberries are in! Linberger's Maple Springs Farm just changed the sign from Strawberries Soon! to Strawberries Now!. They are $3.50 per quart, $7.00 for a half gallon.
Some good news! Dymax Corporation to establish a $21.5 million dollar manufacturing facility,  and 59 new jobs. Dymax provides integrated rapid and light-cure formulations and equipment for the consumer and automotive electronics, aerospace, defense, and medical markets.
Own a small business?  Here's what you need to know about the Coronavirus relief bill.
On Sale?

Most of these companies are local (Charlotte metro) or have a major presence here- check this out. They say that the stock market is the only place where, when everything is on sale, most people run out of the store.
Duke energy and Piedmont Gas waiving certain fees during COVID-19 outbreak. More...

Don't know if it was the best or the worst time to renovate, but J.R. Cash's Grill and Bar on Lake Wylie in Mount Holly  is reopening tomorrow (Wednesday)- can't wait to get back out on the deck for a burger and a cold one! (After this is all over) Meanwhile, they will reopen with take-out, curbside, and delivery.
Doordash and other delivery services are still delivering food straight to your door. They are one of the few businesses actually benefiting from this health crisis. You can check it out here- many restaurants offer free delivery. You may be surprised at how many locally owned restaurants are closed- but please support the ones that are still open.
Hillbilly's Barbeque & Steaks is moving from their present location on I85 in Lowell to a brand new building on South Main Street in Lowell. Owner Gerald Duncan expects to be open in May, probably offering only drive through and take out at that time.

Muddy River Distillery  donated 300 gallons of hand sanitizer to Gaston County healthcare and first responders this month. They appreciate Lowe's Home Improvement helping offset operations costs to make this possible. If you are an organization in need of sanitizer as a donation or for purchase, please visit their website to fill out a sanitizer request form.   

Gaston County has 32 active, positive cases of Coronavirus, with 24 active, recovered, and 2 deaths.You can get daily info at
Carolina Silver Bells along the South Fork river. Photo courtesy of Ruth Neely.
Following the Big 3 automakers, BMW is closing their plant in Spartanburg through April 30. This will surely cause a ripple effect for other upstate businesses.
The Gastonia Farmers Market, located at 410 East Long Avenue, will be open Saturday from 7:30-12:30. They do have some safety protocols in place, so your shopping experience may be a little different- but same great fresh produce and products!
Featured Partner

You 1st Pharmacy has curb side pick-up!
No need to come in- we'll come to you!

Welcome to the Chamber You 1st Pharmacy. You 1st Pharmacy offers under-insured patients reasonably priced medications and services to keep them compliant with medication. You 1st is owned and operated by Iemaan Baagil, a pharmacist who has three decades of pharmacy experience and has practiced locally in Gastonia over two decades.

240 East Garrison Blvd,in Water Tower Place Phone 980-320-0160, Fax 980-320-0161
More Tiger King? Looks like the network ID (Investigation Discovery) is launching an unofficial sequel, focusing on Carole Baskin's missing husband millionaire husband, Don Lewis. Did she really dip him in sardine oil and feed him to the tigers? This stuff is like a traffic accident- horrible, but you can't look away!
People On The Move
Let us know about new faces, promotions and awards!  704-650-8330 or email [email protected].
Featured Partner

Gaston County Calendar

Please Note:these dates were viable when first listed. Check with each sponsor to be sure event has not been changed or rescheduled. Obviously our calendar is abbreviated at this time- hoping to get back to normal soon!

May 30, An evening with Maria Howell at the historic Loray Mill,  featuring Noel Freidline and his band. Tickets


Just a little somethin' somethin' from Floyd & Blackies Coffeehouse & Ice Cream...strawberries are  in season!
Nursing assistant, vet tech, Executive Director, Licensed General Contractor, and more...
Looking for employees? Did you know that  our "Who's Hiring in Gaston County?" is consistently one of our most clicked links? Contact us to find out more...
Interested in becoming a featured partner and reaching people all across Gaston County? Our advertising team can help. Contact us today to talk about how we can help your business thrive.
Man's Best Friend

Sweet Coco is still waiting for a new family to call her own. Coco was surrendered to the shelter and has been quite the lady. she gets along with other dogs and loves attention. You can fill out an adoption questionnaire here...
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