Gwendolyn Glenn/WFAE

As part of our “Block by Block,” series, this report takes you to Gastonia. In the early 20th century, Gastonia was home to one of the largest textile mills in the South:  The Loray Mill. It grew to employ 3,500 workers, and most lived in the surrounding mill village. The neighborhood’s ties to the mill stayed strong well after the company stopped providing housing. In fact, it’s still strong 22 years after the mill closed and accelerated the community’s decline.

CaroMont Health's 'Cheat Death' Slogan May Be A Goner

Apr 8, 2013
Mark Hames / Charlotte Observer

“Cheat Death” may have a short life as a hospital slogan, at least at CaroMont Health in Gastonia.

The nonprofit company that operates Gastonia’s hospital as well as medical offices in Gaston and Mecklenburg counties is apparently backing off of its new tagline, which was roundly criticized after it was unveiled last week.

Should Teachers Train To Fight Shooters?

Feb 11, 2013
Ben Bradford/WFAE

A Gaston County martial arts instructor held a seminar a week ago for teachers about how to respond in a school shooting. First grade teachers, school nurses, and administrators practiced how to defend a classroom should a shooter try to enter, and how to fight back. Similar events have been popping up across the country, run by martial arts gyms, firearms training centers, and even schools, in the wake of Sandy Hook.