Gaston County

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A panel of Gaston County residents voted 7-5 Monday to remove a Confederate monument that has stood in front of the county courthouse for 88 years. The vote came after heated debate over whether the statue represents white supremacy. 

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There was a lot of talk about unity and common ground at the first meeting of Gaston’s Council of Understanding, but sharp differences emerged, too. Twelve volunteers gathered to hear each other’s views of the towering Confederate monument that stands outside the courthouse where they met.

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Twelve volunteers will walk past a towering Confederate monument into the Gaston County Courthouse Tuesday to discuss whether that statue should be removed. The outcome will provide one measure of just how much perspectives are shifting on matters of race, power and history. 

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Gaston County health officials say they’re concerned about a 312% increase in coronavirus cases in the county over the last two weeks – and especially alarmed by a sharp increase in the test positivity rate and hospitalizations for COVID-19 in that same stretch.

GASTON COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Gaston County’s 16-year-veteran Health and Human Services Director Chris Dobbins resigned abruptly Monday. Gaston County's government says it won’t comment because it’s a personnel issue.

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The chairperson of Gastonia-based CaroMont Health has resigned after making Facebook posts in which he called stay-at-home orders “tyranny” and offered COVID-19 conspiracy theories.

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A protest is planned in Gastonia on Saturday morning to support the reopening of Gaston County businesses. It’s one of a number of similar “reopen rallies” that have happened around the state.

Kathy Floyd runs Floyd & Blackies coffee shop in Cramerton, in Gaston County. She's willing to wait until the state stay-home order expires May 8 to reopen fully.
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People in Gaston County are debating the need for a continued statewide stay-at-home order as some county leaders say they'll support any businesses that want to reopen. Gov. Roy Cooper says reopening too early could cost lives. 

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Giuseppe Losavio, owner of Enzo’s Pizza in Gastonia, said he’d been planning to open his dining area May 8 until he heard there was a new plan for Gaston County. In a Wednesday morning press conference, County Commission Chairman Tracy Phlibeck said the county was "open for business"as long as businesses followed safety guildelines, despite the state's order.

In Gaston County, the policy lists the type of personnel action, up to dismissal, that an employee making unauthorized purchases might face.
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Gaston County Commissioner Chad Brown, who also serves on the county board’s of health, says he agrees with the opening of nonessential businesses. However, law enforcement will take action if they don’t follow social distancing.

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The mayors of Gaston County's 12 cities and towns pushed back Wednesday night against county statements earlier in the day that businesses could open, despite Gov. Roy Cooper's extension of a stay-at-home order until May 8.

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For elderly shut-ins across the country, a daily knock on the door means they’ve not only got a hot meal, but a check-in with the outside world.

Meals on Wheels programs have served as a connection for people isolated by age or disability since long before people started social distancing and having meals routinely delivered to their homes to protect against the coronavirus.

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Police have arrested a Gaston County man they accuse of coughing at a customer at a Walmart store and saying he had the coronavirus. 

Gaston County Commission Chair Tracy Philbeck (left) and Mecklenburg commissioner chair George Dunlap led a joint meeting of the two county commissions Wednesday at CPCC's  Harris Campus.
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County commissioners from Gaston and Mecklenburg agreed in principle Wednesday to push for restarting the Mountain Island Lake Marine Commission, which was disbanded after a disagreement six years ago. And they agreed to cooperate on other shared issues, like state legislation and transportation. 

An architect's drawing shows what the proposed CaroMont Regional Medical Center-Belmont would look like from I-85.
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North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services has approved CaroMont Health’s plan to build a hospital in Belmont near Interstate 85 and state highway 273. 

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Updated Jan. 22.

A growing number of North Carolina counties are becoming so-called Second Amendment sanctuaries, including several in the Charlotte region.

Gaston County Sheriff's Office

A Gaston County man faces a first-degree murder charge in the 2018 death of his wife – who state investigators allege was poisoned with eye drops.

Voters in Gaston County were asked to decide Tuesday on numerous city leaders, including Gastonia Mayor.

Follow live updates on the results below.

GASTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

GASTONIA — An assistant principal at a Gaston County school has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from accusations that she was having sex with a student earlier this year.

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In 2011, Mark Carver was convicted of the death of a UNC Charlotte student found dead on the banks of the Catawba River.

But in June, Superior Court Judge Christopher Bragg overturned Carver’s conviction. It’s been almost three months since he posted bond and walked out of the Gaston County jail.

But to say that Carver is a free man, would be an overstatement. Although his conviction was overturned, Carver’s charges still stand. 

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