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 Good morning, it's David. Today is Tuesday, August 4th.
 Today we will have clouds yielding to sun, and a high of 88. This evening there will be mainly clear, with  a low of 69.

County Commissioners Vote to Move Monument

After the Commissioners appointed "Council of Understanding" voted 7-5 to move the statue, the commissioners decided to direct the county attorney to work towards drafting a bill that would go to the North Carolina Assembly to allow local voters to decide the fate of the statue.
Once it was determined that the bill would not make this years November ballot, Gaston county Chair Tracy Philbeck and Commissioner Allen Fraley sponsored a resolution to give the statue to the Sons of Confederate Veterans. The resolution passed with a 6-1 vote.  The statue will be conveyed within ten days. It  will be  moved within six months at county expense, at a cost of $200,000.


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Woman at Tony's Protest Given 30 Days

Lydia Maria Robinson was jailed on charges of criminal contempt on Sunday in Gastonia. . Evidently she had come to the magistrates office to complain about a death threat she had received on her phone. After it was determined not to be a death threat, she was asked to leave. Robinson continued to banter with the magistrate and videoed portions of the exchange.
Cell pones are not allowed in Magistrate Court, and there are posted signs to that effect.
Robinson currently has no bond because she is serving an active sentence and not awaiting trial. She can appeal the sentence to Superior  Court, and would likely have a bond set within 24 hours by a District Court judge.
Have you finished Netflix- ready for some different scenery? Check out the Charlote Douglas Airport Overlook at 7300 Airport Overlook Drive in Charlotte.They are open 8 AM until 10:30 PM.  See video here
Governor Coopers "Phase 2" Expires Friday at 5 PM

Unless he changes his mind, that is. Moving into the next phase could allow gyms, yoga studios, bars, movie theaters and museums to open. It could also increase capacity limits at restaurants and raise the number of people allowed to congregate at indoor and outdoor gatherings. We'll see.
Movie withdrawal? Movie theaters in South Carolina can reopen at half capacity as of yesterday. Moviegoers will be required to wear a mask.
It turns out that Carolinians are buying more ice cream and less deodorant while we are working from home...(did you just sniff yourself?)
Back to the Salt Mine

The Federal unemployment benefit of $600 expired July 25th. Eligible folks can still receive NC benefits, which are capped at $350 per week for 13 weeks.Both Republicans and Democrats seem to agree on new $1200 stimulus checks, but disagree on a new unemployment amount.
 11 People Have Died of Covid-19  Since Last Tuesday

11 people have died of Covid-19 in Gaston County since last Tuesday. To date, we have had 3,035 positive tests, and currently have 1341 active cases, 1653 recovered, and 41 deaths. Check out Gaston County's new dashboard here. Dr.Anthony Fauci says he is hopeful that we will have a vaccine by the end of 2020 or early 2021.
The Smoke & Barrel Cigar Bar and Lounge  is now open in Mount Holly.
Smoke & Barrel offers a large selection of cigars and features a walk-in humidor as well as a variety of of beers, wines, and liquors. The locally renowned Catawba Coffee will also be served. More..
Sammy's Restaurant & Pub is coming along in Dallas!
Vote! (or you can't complain!)

Make a note-2020 General Election early voting begins October 15 and continues through the 31st. Find out where you vote here,,,
9 Free Movies for You to Stream

Heard of Peacock or NBCUniversal? Well, now you  have. You have to sign up, but there are 15,000 hours of free movies and TV. You do have to put up with some ads..but check out "Bug" with Ashley Judd, or "The Paperboy" with John Cusack ( a personal favorite), Matthew McConaughey , Zac Effron and Nicole Kidman. Check it out..
Floyd & Blackie's Bakery in McAdenville is expanding- they say they are close to opening!
Gaston County Jobs

HVAC Tech, Receptionist, Customer service rep, Park & Rec assistant, Polysomnography tech, 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.
Mans best friend
Meet Denny, he is a 10 month old Terrier mix. Denny is such a sweet boy that has lots of puppy energy. Denny would love a home with kids and another pet to play with. He loves to play with toys and is working on housetraining. Denny is neutered, microchipped and up to date on vaccines. Find out more here..
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