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Good morning everyone, David here.
Today will have intervals of sun and clouds, and a high of 67.  This evening will be mainly cloudy and cool. The low will be 49.

Covid 19 has caused a lot of sickness, death, and destruction-- to our wallets, that is. But believe it or not, there are some positives. For the first time in almost 20 years, in March there were no school shootings. Experts expect (surprisingly) that the divorce rate will go down, and Carbon emissions in Gaston County and around the world have dropped as folks are driving less. Commercial consumption of natural gas is expected to decline by about 7% this year.

We'll take the small victories where we can.

Amor Vincit Omnia
Help DSBG by filling out the Garden's Visitor Survey
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden remains closed, but now that the State of North Carolina has begun its phased reopening plan we can develop ours.
The Garden’s leadership team and board of directors have been in discussions about how the Garden can reopen in a manner that is safe and healthy for our staff, our volunteers and our guests. Now we would like to know what you think. Please take a minute to fill out a short survey by clicking the link below. We'll use that information to help us plan, and we will share those plans soon as possible.
Meanwhile, you can still connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you all again soon!
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There are about 9000 living WWII veterans still living in North Carolina. Here are the stories of two from this area. You can find info in the Queen City Honor Flight here...
Here's how "local" brands stack up among the nation's most valuable. Lowes is up, Bank of America, down.
The Pita Wheel was slated to open in June is downtown Gastonia, but now it looks like July or August. They are still open in Dallas for the time being though.
Aaron Dellinger says their new Whiskey Mill location in Gastonia is 99% ready to open. They are just waiting to see how this pandemic plays out, and when workers are available again. Meanwhile, the original Whisky Mill in Bessemer City is still open for take-out.

Looks like Nothing Bundt Cakes will be open in June- and a lot of folks are excited! They are located across from Chick-fil-a on Franklin.
Metro Diner was scheduled to open in March, but the opening now could be as late as September. They will be located beside Aspen Dental on Franklin.
Gaston county churches want to open, but they are unsure as to  if it's legal appears that church gatherings will be allowed in Phase 2 of Governor Coopers plan, expected to occur between May 22nd and 29th. More...
Kintegra Health is doing free COVID-19 testing in Gastonia, via a mobile bus. You must be experiencing symptoms of the virus, and make an appointment. Call 704-874-3316 to make an appointment and find out the mobile location for that day.
Eastridge Mall has reopened, with  some health related changes. The food court is open, but for take-out only. The seating section in the food court remains closed.  Not all stores are open yet, and the ones that are are limited to 50% occupancy.
The new Gaston County animal shelter will open on May 18th. The shelter is located at 1491 Business Park Court in Gastonia. The old shelter in Dallas will be closed as of May 15th.
Check out this cool condo for sale in downtown Gastonia. It features large windows on the front elevation for lots of natural light, open concept floor-plan, industrial chic, 2 1/2 baths, 2 bedrooms and more.

Check out this cool video from the Mount Holly Farmer's Market here..
Gaston County currently has 28 active positive cases of Coronavirus (up from 24 last week), with 148 recovered, and 5 deaths.You can get daily info at
Own a small business? Gaston County is offering small business bridge loans. Loans of up to $5000 will be available on a first-come first-serve basis. The term of the loan is 36 months, at 3%. Payments will not begin until after the 12 month, although interest will accrue during that time. Find out more...
The NC License Plate Agency inside Eastridge Mall is closed after an employee tested positive for COVID-19. Evidently they will be closed until May 18th. If you  have an update on this please let us know..
Restaurant team members, production at Red Valve, employee relations consultant at Caromont, machine operator-ring spinner at A&E, 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

Hey. My name is Chanel and I am a Chocolate and White Beagle. That is not dirt on my legs, it is brown ticking. I don’t get dirty! I am 2 years old and I’m a diva. I think there is a very special family out there that has just been waiting for me to get center stage. I love to play and will run for hours…then I drop. I love people, young and old.

I would prefer kids 8 years old and older. I also need another dog to play with, and I do need a fenced yard because sometimes I forget and will chase a critter. I am 30 pounds, spayed, heartworm negative, current on vaccines and micro-chipped. So, if you have a fence and want a beautiful young lady to play with just send in that application. Remember to ask for CHANEL.

Beagles are clowns at heart, but they carry themselves with dignity. They are playful dogs, ready and able for games, but they are also lovers, and must be close to their humans. Beagles love to be the center of attention, and are heartsick if ignored. Personality-wise, Beagles are happy and affectionate, loyal and charming, playful and mischievous. They are very intelligent, however, they can be willful, which makes training challenging.
  Interested? Email [email protected] for an application.
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