Gaston & Catawba

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Gaston County will open its TV studio so families can videotape a message to relatives who are U.S. troops stationed overseas. Taping will be done 1-9 p.m. Nov. 19 and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Public Forum in the Gaston County Courthouse, 325 N. Marietta St., Gastonia.

Taping will be by appointment only, 704-869-7318.

“Greetings from the Home Front” is available only to Gaston County residents with immediate family on active duty outside the U.S. Details: Pam Peacock, 704-866-3141.

Lincolnton Parks and Recreation is accepting registration for the 2008-09 Youth Basketball League. The league is for boys and girls in grades K-9.

Players can register 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday at the Lentz Recreation Center, Betty G. Ross Park, 800 S. Madison St. Preseason weekend registrations will also be held 9 a.m.-noon Nov. 15 and Nov. 22 and Dec. 6 at Lentz Gym.

Cost is $30 per child for city residents and $45 for nonresidents. Deadline is noon Dec. 6.

The Recreation Department is also seeking volunteer coaches for the youth basketball league. For details and an application, contact the recreation office at 704-735-2671.

The “Honor Our Veterans” exhibit runs through next Sunday at the Kings Mountain Historical Museum, 100 E. Mountain St. This year's focus is the Vietnam War. Photos, memorabilia, uniforms and weapons from the Revolutionary War to the Iraq War are also on exhibit.

Museum hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Details: 704-739-1019 or kings

The 10th annual Miss Forestview Pageant was held Oct. 25 in the Forestview High School auditorium as a fundraiser for the school's Fine Arts Department.

Conner Neal was named Miss Forestview 2009. Landon Crowder was first runner-up. Second runner-up was Emily Anderson, and third runner-up was Kelly McHugh. Brooke Queen was awarded Miss Congeniality.

Master of ceremonies was Jeff Phillips of Wilmington. Miss Gastonia Laura Page and Miss Gastonia Outstanding Teen 2009 Logan Freeman provided entertainment. Nova Lewis was pageant director.

The Gaston County Sheriff's Office Explorer Post 566 participated in the Survival Camp Explorer Competition on Oct. 24-26 at Camp Grimes in Nebo. The post received the best overall award for the second year in a row.

Explorer participants were Jarreal Grier, Ashley Ortega, David Thornburg, Brandon Grier, Delaurentez Davis, Derrick Prather, T.J. Wallace, Scott Howell, Stephen Clark, Josh Green, Bobby Morris, Taylor Whaley, Jennifer Newman, Ahmad Davis, Holden Anderson, Michael Dillard, Travis Hensley and Jonathon Pack.

Advisers are Deputy Brian Goodson, Deputy Thomas Sainz, Deputy Matthew Branch and Charles Hall.

Gina Smith