Gaston County

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Articles about Gaston County

  • Soutern red oak, but not the Rankin Oak. Photo: Minnette Marr

    The Rankin Oak, a champion among trees

    No tree on the Rankin property was more prized by those who lived there than the southern red oak known as the Rankin Oak. But its main influence was on the lives of those who lived under its massive branches. What became of the huge tree?
  • Wine for sale in downtown Bessemer City, which OK'd alcohol sales in 1969, mixed drinks in 2006. Photo (2011): John Chesser

    Hitting the bottle: Do drink sales shape where growth goes?

    Planners and others say alcohol sales are a primary catalyst for attracting the development of restaurants and stores. Government officials like the extra tax revenue. But in some places, voters still say no.
  • Red fox. Photo: N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission

    Like a fox on the run

    Most people around the Gaston County town of Stanley today know nothing about fox hunting. No one hunts foxes here anymore. Once upon a time, however, things were different.
  • Large homes along Lake Norman in Mecklenburg County town of Cornelius. Image: Bing Maps

    No 'small house' trend in region; houses keep growing

    Since the 2008 housing crash, there’s been talk of Americans downsizing and Millennials rejecting large houses. But recent U.S. Census data show that in the Charlotte area, homes only got bigger after 2000.