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I don't know if the New Deal-era mural on a wall at Belmont City Hall is a great piece of art.

Every cemetery has its secrets. But the one Lenoir-Rhyne University professor Mark Hager and about 20 of his oral history students have been investigating this summer almost overflows with them.

Police car No. 1288 rolled up to what was left of the old mill, still smoldering from a major fire the night before in south Gastonia.

They tried to talk 17-year-old Ryan Brennan out of taking on the Eagle Scout project.

The sound of breaking glass wakes you in the dead of night. An intruder slips in and begins stalking around the house. There's no telephone in your bedroom, and you can't dial 911.

Two patriots. Two journeys.

Last spring, the public had a first shot at shaping a massive regional trail described as a “green interstate.”

It isn't the best of economic times, but Teresa McCarter has decided to open a new business anyway.

The haunting portraits photographer Lewis Hine made in November 1908 of Gastonia's cotton mill kids were meant to document abuses of child labor laws.

The 220-foot-long “grand hall” seemed to swallow me.

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Joe DePriest
Joe DePriest is a columnist for the Neighbors of Catawba & Gaston.
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