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Today will be cooler with periods of rain and a thunderstorm, and a high of 71.  This evening; cloudy, heavy showers followed by periods of rain and a thunderstorm late. The low will be 55.

Amor Vincit Omnia
This peaceful scene is in Foscoe NC, with a view of Grandfather Mountain in the distance.  It was taken by talented Gaston County photographer Ruth Neely.
Where are the strawberries?

Oops! Hard to have strawberry muffins without strawberries! Publisher error- we left out the strawberries in Shelby Wilson's strawberry muffin recipe in the May print issue of GA. That was 2 cups of chopped strawberries. Get recipe here...
Have an account at Truist, er... was that Truliant? What is Tru? Truliant has sued Truist in a trademark infringement case. In a counter suit Truist claims that the Trulant name "lacks commercial strength". Truist, the new name for the merged banks BB&T and SunTrust, claims to have spent $125 million so far on the renaming. More...
NC Reopening Phase 2 tentatively set to begin this Saturday, May 23rd

Phase 2 of Reopening North Carolina

Phase 2 could begin as soon as May 23.

The following changes are planned to be made in Phase 2:

  • Lift the stay-at-home order with a strong encouragement for vulnerable populations to continue staying at home.
  • It will allow the limited opening of restaurants, bars and other businesses. They will follow strict safety protocols such as reduced capacity and social distancing.
  • Allowing gatherings at houses of worship and entertainment venues at reduced capacities.
  • Allow an increase in number of people allowed at gatherings
  • Open public playgrounds
  • Continue restrictions on nursing homes and congregate-living settings
Can you help? Your local food pantries are stretched thin.The Mount Holly CRO especially needs canned fruit, canned pasta, canned beef stew, canned tuna, instant oatmeal and grits (boxed individual servings), and spaghetti and spaghetti sauce. Find out more here...
Gaston County man wins $100k in lottery, buys wife a car
You should be so lucky!
Student from Charlotte wins lottery- mom thought it was a prank! Hadleigh Painter won $25,000 a year for life (she took the one time payout instead). She says she will tithe money to the Elevation church, and buy herself a new PC for school. The rest will go into a trust. More...
Judge lifts restriction on indoor worship

As of Saturday, indoor worship is allowed indoors, lifting Governor Cooper's executive order 138, which mandated that any religious gathering of over 10 people had to take place outside. The South Gastonia Church of God held services at 10 am and 6 pm on Sunday, with safety protocols in place.
Local wedding business losing it's shirt during shutdown

Byron Sackett of Homestead Events is frustrated. Sackett says they have lost out on three normally busy month's of business, and some brides are starting to book in neighboring South Carolina because of the uncertainty. Sackett is also frustrated that the event business is not mentioned in phase 1,2, or three of the governor's plan. More...
People on the move

The Gastonia Police Department has it's first Latina woman police captain. Sergeant Nancy Brogdon was promoted to captain recently, according to Police Chief Robert Helton. Congratulations Captain Brogdon!
High school graduation goes on, sort of...

Superintendent  Jeff Booker say there will be no traditional graduation ceremonies next month. Instead, graduates will walk across the stage in 10 minute increments, and a virtual ceremony, including speeches by faculty and students, will be live streamed on June 13th, the original graduation day.
Unfortunately, Coivd-19 cases are up again this week. Gaston County currently has 30 active positive cases of Coronavirus (up from 28 last week), with 180 recovered, and 6 deaths.You can get daily info at
Patient service specialist, production rubber builder, route sales rep with Frito Lay,  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

The Gaston County Animal Care and Enforcement  opened their new facility yesterday,  May 18, 2020. The new Animal Care and Enforcement Shelter is located at 1491 Business Park Court in Gastonia NC. As of  May 15, 2020, the previous location in Dallas Park is closed.

The shelter is requesting that all citizens contact Animal Care and Enforcement at 704.922.8677 prior to coming to the shelter to prevent any inconvenience to the citizens.

 Please contact us at 704.922.8677 with  any questions. If you are looking for a lost pet, please go to our website at

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