Meet 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.


The Loray Mill Strike in Gastonia

Demands for higher pay and a 40-hour workweek ignite a furor in Gastonia in 1929.


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.


Hell and High Water: The Flood of 1916

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.


Crossroads Cafe

In a community so small it lacks its own ZIP code, residents find identity at Byrum’s.

October 2012

Oyster Supper Spread

In Cherryville, a cookbook preserves history through families and food.

July 2012

Spreading his Gospel

A Gaston County disc jockey works to revive beach music.



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.