Thankful for their service

Thankful for their service

While walking on the Avon Creek Greenway in Gastonia, Bob Bigger met up with these “brave, dedicated defenders of our freedom,” as he puts it. Bigger said he stopped to thank the men for their service. “Just had to pause and say thanks for the bravery, commitment, and vigilance that keeps us free.” [PHOTO SUBMITTED…

Downtown park redevelopment plan to be unveiled Wednesday

Downtown park redevelopment plan to be unveiled Wednesday

Gastonia City Manager Michael Peoples said they have had multiple conversations with Kuester officials about the overall concept since the beginning of the year. But the information that is presented Wednesday will essentially be as fresh to the city as it will be to the public. “We’ve been waiting on their presentation and we do…

Test Drive: 2019 Lexus IS300 AWD

Test Drive: 2019 Lexus IS300 AWD

Entry Price: $40,760Price as tested: $49,295 This week, we drive the 2019 Lexus IS300 Sedan, a potent sedan that competes with the best in the business. Delivered with a $2,795 “F-Sport” option, our Lexus all-wheel-drive (AWD) tester was a pleasure to drive and provided spirited performance when called on. Notable is that even in performance…

Purple Heart veteran to receive new home

Purple Heart veteran to receive new home

Fifteen years have passed since the attack near the al-Asad Airbase. Gladney survived the assault, but the blast left the Army National Guard staff sergeant with a traumatic brain injury and years of painful memories. Post-traumatic stress disorder caused from his wartime hardships hasn’t gone away, but until 2017 he found comfort in the partner…

Fire department promotes fireworks safety

Fire department promotes fireworks safety

The Gastonia Fire Department is warning residents of the dangers of fireworks this Independence Day. The annual Gastonia July 4th Celebration is 5 to 10 p.m. on July 4th, with professionally-supervised fireworks beginning at 9:30 p.m. And according to the fire department, the main way to keep you and your family safe this time of…

A Shared Experience

A Shared Experience

Source: Gaston Gazette A Shared Experience They went around the room, one at a time introducing themselves: Name, branch of the military, years served. Sometimes they’d mention action they’d seen, or say something funny about themselves or about the guy sitting next to them. A couple of them said they’d been around the world during…

Inspired by their fathers

Source: Gaston Gazette Inspired by their fathers Maurice Taylor III has spent his life following his father’s career path. Maurice Jr. served in the Navy during the Gulf War, so his son joined that branch of the military and later deployed to Japan. Maurice Jr. worked in law enforcement as a detective in the North…

New owner takes over popular pizza parlor in Belmont

Source: Gaston Gazette ‘When opportunity arises’ Jason Toms is well aware of the loyal following Johnny B’s Pizza Pad has secured during the past decade in Belmont. So as the new owner of the downtown eatery, he wants to reassure patrons that the most popular menu items there aren’t going anywhere. “I will keep  everything…

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