Tag Archives: gaston county

The Most Patriotic Man in North Carolina

Americans love Old Glory. We proudly wave it, pledge our allegiance to it, and honor it as often as possible. But no one loves our flag more than John Andringa.
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Posted in Military, November 2013 | Tagged , , , | 5 Comments

The Loray Mill Strike in Gastonia

Demands for higher pay and a 40-hour workweek ignite a furor in Gastonia in 1929.
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Posted in Business & Politics, February 2014, History & Religion, Western N.C. | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Fresh, Fried, & Familiar: Fish Camps in Gaston County

In Gaston County on Friday night, if you’re not feasting on catfish, hush puppies, and slaw in a fish camp — you’re probably waiting in line to get in.
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Posted in Dining, Piedmont, September 2013 | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Page Turners

The Thursday Afternoon Book Club of Kings Mountain celebrates a century of reading and culture.
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Posted in Books, March 2013, Piedmont | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Hell and High Water

The flood of 1916 broke every record in the book. The death and destruction it caused in Western North Carolina defined flooding for an entire generation of survivors, and their stories live on nearly 100 years later.
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Posted in February 2013, Western N.C. | Tagged , , , , , , | 15 Comments

Crossroads Cafe

In a community so small it lacks its own ZIP code, residents find identity at Byrum’s.
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Posted in Dining, November 2012, Piedmont | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Oyster Supper Spread

In Cherryville, a cookbook preserves history through families and food.
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Posted in October 2012, Recipes | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Spreading his Gospel

A Gaston County disc jockey works to revive beach music.
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Posted in July 2012, Music | Tagged , , | 5 Comments

Breakfast: Alfred & Charlie’s BBQ House

Editor’s Note: Click here to see an interactive map of breakfast locations. Robin Estes admits that it’s unusual to find superb French toast in a barbecue restaurant. But what may be even more unusual is who comes to eat it.
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Posted in Dining, January 2011, Mountains | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments


In its textiles and deeply religious college, it is a town connected to the past. In its trendy downtown and new commuter resident base, it is clearly ready for the future.
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Posted in Central N.C., December 2010, History, Piedmont, Small Towns, Travel | Tagged , , | 4 Comments